Wiggin and Dana Announces New Partner and Counsel Promotions

January 4, 2016
Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce the promotions of three new Partners and new Counsel effective January 1, 2016. John Doroghazi, Michael Menapace and Christine Owens Morgan were promoted to Partner and Najia Khalid was promoted to Counsel.

"We are proud to recognize and promote John, Michael, Christine and Najia to Partner and Counsel within their respective practice areas. These attorneys have contributed to their profession in many ways and have proven to their peers that they are worthy of this important next step in their careers," said Paul Hughes, Wiggin and Dana's Managing Partner. "Wiggin and Dana understands that these individuals represent the future growth of the firm and we know that we will continue to see great success come from this group."

John Doroghazi is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department. His commercial litigation practice focuses on franchise and class action cases. John represents franchisors in all types of franchise-related litigation before state and federal courts and in arbitrations. He also focuses his practice on defending both nationwide and state-specific consumer class actions for clients including franchisors, insurance companies, manufacturers, hospitals, and financial services firms. Due to his substantial class action and consumer protection experience, John works with clients in a variety of industries to assess their marketing practices and develop practical changes that minimize forward-looking risk.

Michael Menapace is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, the insurance and reinsurance industries, and data breach/cyber liability issues. Michael represents clients before state and federal courts in complex insurance disputes as well as in arbitrations across the country. Michael has litigated bad faith insurance coverage claims, reinsurance disputes, utility and energy infrastructure construction disputes, securities class actions, and merger and acquisition claims. Leading insurance industry trade groups have engaged Michael to represent them on matters of industry-wide importance before trial and appellate courts. He has tried numerous cases through final verdict.

Christine Owens Morgan is a Partner in the firm's Real Estate, Environmental and Energy Department. Her primary practice is real estate development and finance and she has general experience in all aspects of real estate, including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, leases and easements. She has represented clients in connection with the development and preservation of affordable housing for rental units, single-family and condominiums for first-time homeowners, and mixed-use developments. These transactions typically involve a number of funding sources, including conventional construction and permanent loans, governmental grants and loans, community loan funds, state and federal low-income housing tax credits, state and federal historic tax credits, tax-exempt and taxable bonds, HUD-insured loans, and Section 8 and RAD subsidies. She has also represented conventional and non-conventional lenders in connection with hundreds of commercial real estate loan transactions.

Najia Khalid is Counsel and Co-Chair of the firm's Immigration and Nationality Law and Compliance Practice Group, and Co-Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. Najia assists national and multinational employers from a wide array of industries, including businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations, with facilitating the movement and relocation of employees, new hires, and their families to the U.S., as well as assisting with the international transfer of U.S. employees. She represents clients with respect to all facets of business-based U.S. immigration and nationality law, employer compliance, and global work visas.