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Davis & Gilbert LLP Elects Two New Partners and One Counsel

New York, January 19, 2012 – Davis & Gilbert LLP is pleased to announce the election of Jessica Golden Cortes and Vejay G. Lalla to the partnership, and Jennifer B. Soussa to Counsel, effective January 1, 2012.

“These talented attorneys have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their clients and colleagues and I celebrate their achievements,” Ronald R. Urbach, Davis & Gilbert’s Chairman, said.

Jessica Golden Cortes, Partner, is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. Ms. Cortes counsels clients and actively litigates on their behalf on a multitude of workplace legal issues, including discrimination, hiring, termination, restrictive covenants, wage and hour issues, and federal and state family and medical leave laws. Her recent notable work includes successfully compelling arbitration of a former employee’s claim on behalf of a major financial institution, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit just affirmed this ruling. In addition, Ms. Cortes first-chaired a trial in which she successfully defended a well-known temporary staffing agency against a claim of retaliation, obtaining a ruling of first impression nationwide on the inadmissibility of fMRI technology as a lie detection mechanism. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2001 and her B.A., with high honors, from Wesleyan University in 1998.

Vejay Lalla, Partner, is a member of the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group. He counsels an array of entertainment, media and technology companies, advertising, media and social media agencies, and advertisers on a wide range of transactional matters. Mr. Lalla’s areas of experience include negotiating complex agency-client, media, barter, sponsorship, talent, music and interactive agreements, and advising on issues such as regulatory, data security, privacy, intellectual property, contests and sweepstakes, and rights of privacy and publicity. He also negotiates television, film and publishing agreements with an emphasis on the production of scripted and non-scripted television series, as well as branded and unbranded content. Most recently, Mr. Lalla advised media company Everyday Health in connection with both a broadcast television series and a channel agreement with YouTube for original programming. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2000 and his B.A. in Political Science from Boston University in 1997.

Jennifer B. Soussa, Counsel, is a member of the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group. Ms. Soussa’s practice involves counseling clients and negotiating complex agreements, including agency-client, sponsorship and talent, joint venture, commercial production, sports and technology license agreements. She also advises clients on false advertising, claim substantiation, privacy, charitable solicitations, endorsement and testimonial issues, as well as matters relating to food and drug marketing, with an emphasis on dietary supplements. Most recently, Ms. Soussa assisted Sanofi Pasteur in connection with a nationwide charitable sales promotion on behalf of AmeriCares, and also represented a major dietary and weight loss plan company in the development of advertising and branding for the launch of the company’s new diet food product line. Ms. Soussa received her J.D. from Fordham Law School in 2001 and her B.A. from Binghamton University in 1998.

About Davis & Gilbert LLP
Davis & Gilbert LLP is an independent, strategically focused, full service, multi-disciplinary law firm of more than 110 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in a single office in New York City, the firm represents a wide range of clients - including some of the world's largest public companies, small and mid-size independent companies, partnerships, joint ventures, large media conglomerates and multinational holding companies - throughout the United States and internationally. Davis & Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on real estate, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, corporate and middle market M&A, and private client services.

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