International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP continues to build its California presence in Palo Alto and Costa Mesa. The Firm recently added six attorneys to its Finance & Restructuring, Labor & Employment, Benefits & Compensation, Tax, Trusts & Estates and Corporate Groups.

Joseph T. Lynyak III
Mr. Lynyak has joined the Firm as a partner in the Finance & Restructuring Group. He will be resident in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. and Southern California offices.

Mr. Lynyak possesses a broad knowledge base regarding foreign and domestic banks, savings associations, bank and savings and loan holding companies, finance companies, mortgage banking companies and their subsidiaries and affiliates. His practice includes providing financial intermediaries advice in the areas of strategic planning, application and licensing, legislative strategy, commercial and consumer lending, examination, supervision and enforcement, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Lynyak has practiced bank regulatory law for over 35 years, most recently as a partner in the Financial Services practice of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Melissa Muro LaMere
Ms. Muro LaMere is an associate in Dorsey’s Labor and Employment Group. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and advice.

Ms. Muro LaMere represents clients in employment litigation involving race, gender, national origin, religion, disability, and age retaliation and discrimination; sexual harassment; and wage and hour claims. Melissa also has experience representing employers and employees in claims involving enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation), as well as tort disputes such as breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and defamation claims.

Hebba Aref
Ms. Aref, an associate in the Finance and Restructuring Group, recently relocated from the Firm’s Minneapolis office to Palo Alto. She practices in the area of commercial finance, representing both lenders and borrowers in bilateral and syndicated transactions. Prior to joining Dorsey, Ms. Aref worked for a large international law firm in the Middle East and the United Kingdom, with a focus on cross-border aircraft finance and Islamic finance transactions.

Jamison Klang
Mr. Klang is an associate in the Benefits and Compensation Group. He recently relocated from the Firm’s Minneapolis office to Palo Alto. Mr. Klang advises clients on ERISA, tax and related issues affecting qualified and non-qualified plans as well as executive compensation arrangements. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to advising both public and private companies on compensation and benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions.

Nicole-Marie Giuntoli
Ms. Giuntoli is an associate in Dorsey’s Corporate Group. Her practice focuses on commercial contracts, corporate compliance and governance matters, as well as mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and private equity financing.

Before joining Dorsey & Whitney, Ms. Giuntoli worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of a Big Four Accounting Firm. While in law school, Ms. Giuntoli was part of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic, where she helped clients comply with copyright and trademark laws. Prior to entering law school, she worked on a grant funded by the Ford Foundation to help working families access financial literacy and health care programs.

Carol Wang
Ms. Wang is an associate in Dorsey’s Tax, Trusts and Estates Group. Her practice focuses on U.S. tax issues related to cross-border mergers, acquisitions and investments, as well as inbound and outbound tax planning related to multinational structures, controlled foreign corporation and passive foreign investment company issues, tax treaty eligibility, and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).