Much Shelist Names New Principals, Re-Elects Management Committee
CHICAGO—July 6, 2010—Chicago-based law firm Much Shelist recently named two new principals and elevated two existing principals to equity status. In addition, David T. Brown (Chair), Steven L. DeGraff, Mitchell S. Roth, Steven Schwartz and Anthony C. Valiulis were re-elected to the firm's Management Committee, which is responsible for firm governance and strategic planning. The Management Committee members began serving another year-long term on June 1, 2010. These elections were part of the firm's annual strategic planning process, which took place at the end of the fiscal year.
James M. Kunick, elevated from principal to equity principal and named chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology practice group, has nearly two decades of experience representing regional and multinational clients in a broad range of intellectual property, information technology and corporate transactions. His experience includes technology transactions and licensing, outsourcing, media transactions, franchising and corporate representations. Kunick received a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michael B. Viner, elevated from principal to equity principal, serves as vice chair of the Real Estate practice group. He handles a variety of real estate transactions, including commercial acquisitions and dispositions; tax-deferred exchanges; commercial, office and industrial leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants; condominium developments; and financing and refinancing on behalf of property owners. He received a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Illinois.
Jonathan M. Ruby, elevated from associate to principal in the Real Estate practice group, counsels individuals and businesses on a wide range of issues involving the acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of real property. He has advised clients with both domestic and international real estate holdings, including industrial, shopping-center, residential and office properties, as well as vacant land. Ruby received a J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, an M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Michigan.
Jonathan D. Sherman, elevated from special counsel to principal in the Creditors' Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Real Estate practice groups, draws on more than two decades of experience to represent lenders, developers and business owners in commercial litigation and financial distress issues. He also assists clients in real estate transactions. Sherman received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan.