Wiggin and Dana Announces Attorney Promotions

January 2, 2013

NEW HAVEN – Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce three new Partners and two Counsel effective January 1, 2013.


Sarvesh Mahajan is a member of the firm's Technology and Outsourcing Group and is based in the firm's New York office. He advises a broad range of clients on the negotiation, drafting and implementation of technology and commercial agreements. He has particular experience assisting clients with complex, global information technology and business process outsourcing arrangements. Sarvesh is fluent in Hindi.

Tamia Simonis is a member of the firm's Technology and Outsourcing Group. Her practice encompasses representing outsourcing suppliers in complex, competitively-bid, business process outsourcing arrangements, from initial RFP through post-transition support, and advising customers and suppliers in the development, procurement, distribution, implementation, maintenance and use of technology-enabled products and services. She regularly helps clients create, negotiate and document near-shore, off-shore and global outsourcing arrangements, complex software development and license agreements, consulting and professional services engagements and other information technology and sourcing transactions in a variety of vertical industries.

Tahlia Townsend is a member of the firm's Litigation Department specializing in Defense, Export Controls and OFAC Compliance, Appellate and Complex Legal Issues, Art and Museum Law, and Franchise and Distribution. Tahlia has extensive experience conducting internal investigations relating to ITAR and EAR compliance for leading defense contractors and drafting voluntary disclosures, export licenses and agreements. Tahlia has also represented franchisors, universities, corporations, and individuals in a wide variety of disputes in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and before arbitral panels. Tahlia has lived in Tanzania, Hungary, and Belgium, and speaks Hungarian, French, and German.


Arsineh Kazazian is a member of the firm's Private Client Services Department. She assists individuals and families in all aspects of estate and gift planning, such as developing family wealth management strategies and advising business owners with respect to succession planning. In addition, Arsineh negotiates and structures prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements. Arsineh also advises individuals and nonprofit clients on establishing and operating private foundation and charitable trusts.

Joseph C. Merschman is a member of the firm's Litigation Department, and part of the firm's Class Actions, Franchise and Distribution, Antitrust and Consumer Protection and Environmental Litigation Practice Groups. Joe represents the firm's clients in a broad range of commercial and complex litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts. He is Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Commercial & Business Litigation Committee and a member of the New Haven Inn of Court.