Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Adds Four Partners to International, Technology, and Finance Practices

10/1/1999

Morrison & Foerster has announced the election of four new partners in key areas of its business practice: Thomas Wheelock, formerly Of Counsel with the firm, has joined the partnership in the Palo Alto office and will continue his patent practice; Robert Woll will join the corporate practice in Hong Kong; Jill Holtz Feldman will join the international commercial and project finance practice in the San Francisco office; and Larren Nashelsky will join Morrison’s bankruptcy practice in New York.

"We welcome these talented lawyers to the partnership," said Stephen Dunham, Chairman of Morrison & Foerster. "They further confirm our unique position as a global law firm serving clients in the technology and finance areas."

Robert Townsend, Chair of the Business Department, noted, "This is an exciting time for all of us at Morrison & Foerster. This expansion of the partnership in the Bay Area, New York and Asia demonstrates the firm’s commitment to supporting our clients as they expand their businesses in all parts of the world, and adds even more strength to our technology and finance practices."

Jill Holtz Feldman’s practice focuses on international project and commercial finance specializing in project finance, equipment leasing, commercial lending and aircraft finance transactions. She has substantial experience representing lenders and borrowers in project finance transactions and in the documentation, negotiation and closing of middle market leasing and secured lending transactions. Ms. Feldman has significant experience in international and domestic commercial transactions, including the purchase, sale, and leasing of worldwide assets such as equipment, computers, video games and other intellectual property. Ms. Feldman joins Morrison & Foerster from the San Francisco office of Graham & James where she was a partner and a member of the firm’s project finance and development and credit practice. She earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Hastings College of the Law in 1986.

Larren Nashelsky’s finance and restructuring practice focuses on complex transactional, litigation and advisory work relating to business restructurings, commercial finance, Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, non-bankruptcy workouts, pre-packaged Chapter 11 cases, and transnational bankruptcies. He has extensive experience in real estate restructurings and real and personal property acquisitions and dispositions, including the purchase of substantially all the assets of a Chapter 11 debtor. He has been involved in numerous high-profile Chapter 11 cases on behalf of debtors and secured, undersecured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Nashelsky joins the firm from the Business Finance and Restructuring Department of the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He received his J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1991 where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.

Thomas Wheelock joined Morrison & Foerster in 1992 as Of Counsel. Prior to joining Morrison, Mr. Wheelock was Chief Patent Counsel at Catalytica Incorporated and Counsel to various subsidiaries of Exxon Corporation. Mr. Wheelock plays a pivotal role in the medical devices side of the firm’s life sciences patent practice . Mr. Wheelock was formerly an Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a Technical Advisor to the predecessor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has developed a particular expertise in patent re-examinations. Mr. Wheelock has written over 800 patent applications, most of which have resulted in issued patents. Mr. Wheelock received his J.D. degree from the University of Houston Bates College of Law in 1973 and his LL.M. in Trade Regulation Law from George Washington University in 1980.

Robert Woll's practice includes domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and project development and finance. Since the early nineties he has concentrated his practice in the emerging markets of Asia. He has also acted in a broad variety of corporate and financial transactions on behalf of Japanese corporations, trading companies and financial institutions. Since mid 1997, when Mr. Woll moved to Hong Kong, he has been working principally on bank restructuring matters, corporate finance matters, and regional mergers and acquisitions. Formerly, Mr. Woll was a partner with Dewey Ballantine in Hong Kong. He received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1984 where he was Senior Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review.

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