Three Duane Morris attorneys based in the firm's Baltimore office have been recognized by Best Lawyers. George J. Nemphos, the Chair of the firmwide Corporate Practice Group, has been selected as a "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of leveraged buyouts and private equity law in Baltimore for 2014. In addition, partners Jay Cohen and Robert Hopkins were cited in the Best Lawyers listings in the areas of venture capital law and admiralty and maritime law, respectively.
Only one lawyer in each practice area and city is awarded the Lawyer of the Year designation by Best Lawyers. Honorees are selected based on high marks received during the extensive peer-review assessments conducted by Best Lawyers each year.
In addition to being chair of Duane Morris' Corporate Practice Group, Nemphos is the managing partner of the firm's Baltimore office. He is also a member of the firm's national governing Partners Board. Nemphos practices in the areas of corporate and securities law. He has extensive experience in representing both private and public companies, venture capitalists, angel investors and private equity funds. He frequently represents clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well as securities law, compliance and general corporate matters. Nemphos' clients have included emerging businesses; high-tech and telecommunications companies; private equity and venture capital funds; manufacturing companies; and companies in the capital markets, life sciences and homeland security industries.
Nemphos has been listed in Smart CEO's Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Maryland Super Lawyers, and Institutional Investor's "10 Rising Stars of Private Equity and M&A Law." He is a graduate of the 2006 GBC Leadership program, a program that hand-picks Baltimore area leaders from business, nonprofits and the government to become strategists for the future of the region. In 2001, Nemphos was named one of the "40 Under 40" business leaders in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal.
Nemphos is a 1994 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was a member of the Heuisler Honor Society and a member of the Tax Moot Court team. Nemphos also holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a graduate of Boston University.
Cohen has more than 25 years' experience representing clients with their general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity requirements, both domestically and internationally. He regularly counsels start-up companies seeking to attract venture capital funding. Cohen has represented companies in the retail and fashion industries. He also regularly represents companies in connection with their joint ventures, license/technology transfers, and financings. In addition, Cohen has represented businesses and private equity funds in connection with their activities in the Middle East/North Africa and Persian Gulf.
Cohen has been listed in Best Lawyers, Washington-Baltimore Edition, 2013, for his venture capital practice; Smart CEO's Leading Lawyers, 2011 edition, and The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 edition.
Cohen is a graduate, with honors, of George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.
Hopkins practices in the area of litigation with a concentration on transportation, products liability and commercial litigation both domestically and internationally. He also has represented clients in administrative proceedings before various federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Department of Homeland Security. Hopkins has also counseled clients in large scale product recalls and reporting obligations under the laws enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and is one of only a handful of attorneys who has actually tried a case in federal court against the CPSC.
Hopkins is a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and a graduate of Trinity College.
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