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Zuckerman Spaeder Hires Tomback as New York Practice Grows

October 05, 2011

(Updates with Cohen interview in seventh paragraph.)

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Zuckerman Spaeder LLP hired Andrew E. Tomback, formerly a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, as the law firm expands its New York white-collar criminal defense practice.

Tomback joins recent hires Steven M. Cohen, a former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and defense attorney Paul Shechtman in Washington-based Zuckerman Spaeder’s New York office, the firm said today in a statement on its website.

“This addition again demonstrates what we are building here in New York--a top flight team of lawyers that mirrors what Zuckerman Spaeder offers in Washington, D.C., and all its offices,” Cohen, whose hiring was announced Sept. 21, said in the statement.

On Oct. 3, Zuckerman Spaeder said it added Shechtman, a former director of criminal justice under Governor George Pataki. All three new hires are former federal prosecutors, the firm said.

Zuckerman Spaeder, founded in 1975, opened its New York office in 2004.

Partner William W. Taylor III successfully defended Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, who was accused of sexual assault and attempted rape by a hotel maid in New York. Manhattan prosecutors dropped the charges in August.

Cohen said in a phone interview today that he’s developing a “strategic-management crisis avoidance” program to reduce a company’s need for future legal counsel by addressing internal issues before they create trouble. He declined to name any current clients.

Cohen said he plans to hire more lawyers within the next three to four months.

“There will come a time when we are looking for attorneys out of the U.S. attorney’s office, the SEC, and the DA’s office,” he said. Cohen said he doesn’t want a big practice, and will stop hiring “when the feel is right.”

--With assistance from Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia. Editors: Andrew Dunn, Mary Romano

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