Wiggin and Dana Announces New Partner Promotions

December 19, 2018 Press Release

Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce the promotions of four new Partners effective January 1, 2019. We are proud to congratulate the following attorneys who will be promoted to Partner:

  • Benjamin H. Diessel
  • Tadhg Dooley
  • Jody Erdfarb
  • Michael J. Lipp

"I feel privileged to work with this distinguished group of lawyers.  Each is a respected leader in his or her field.  I am grateful for the high level of service and counsel they provide to our clients as well as the leading roles they play within the firm and the communities in which they live and work.  I am proud to call them my partners and look forward to their ongoing contribution to the continued excellence and growth of the firm," said Paul Hughes, Wiggin and Dana's Managing Partner.

Ben Diessel is Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and is a member of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group; Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group; and White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group. Ben is an experienced litigator who has devoted his practice to helping clients navigate a broad range of complex legal issues, including antitrust, intellectual property, licensing, securities fraud, commercial contracts, and regulatory matters. Ben has successfully developed and executed strategies in coordination with clients, experts, and consultants in matters involving billions of dollars of alleged damages exposure.

Tadhg Dooley is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department, where his practice focuses on appeals and complex civil litigation. As a member of the firm's Appellate Practice Group, Tadhg has significant experience handling appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. He co-directs the Appellate Litigation Project at Yale Law School and is the co-author of firm's widely circulated and well-read Supreme Court Update. Tadhg also has significant experience representing individuals and media entities facing claims defamation and related privacy torts and, as a member of the firm's education practice group, he has counseled and defended colleges and universities in civil matters, including private actions under Title IX.

Jody Erdfarb is Partner in the firm's Health Care Department. She advises a wide range of health care organizations such as hospitals, long-term care providers, dental practices, behavioral health clinics, individual practitioners, and electronic medical record and telehealth companies on a broad range of issues, including compliance, fraud and abuse, privacy, regulatory, and corporate matters. She assists providers with state and federal survey issues, Medicaid audits, and government subpoenas.  Jody also develops and implements corporate compliance and privacy programs for clients, providing training, conducting internal investigations, submitting self-disclosures, and handling negotiations with government authorities. Jody currently serves as the American Health Lawyer's Association (AHLA) Vice Chair for the Health Information Technology Practice Group's Digital Health Records Affinity Group, is on the editorial board of the AHLA's Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations publication, and is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law teaching Health Information Privacy and Security Law.

Mike Lipp is Partner in the firm's Real Estate, Environmental and Energy Department. His practice includes commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, financing transactions, leases, and development and construction contract negotiation. Mike has significant experience representing both large and small companies as landlords and tenants on numerous types of leasing matters for various kinds of space throughout the country, including office, medical, warehouse, manufacturing and educational. Mike has represented various lenders on a wide range of real estate loans, including recently representing a regional lender in a series of loan transactions to one of its borrowers which totaled over $130 million. Mike regularly advises owners and investors in connection with acquisitions, financing, refinancing, property management, and dispositions of commercial and multi-family residential properties. Mike's background as a civil engineer and former project superintendent for one of the nation's largest builders provides unique insight and experience for negotiating all types of construction contracts, whether large, complex projects or simple, expedited projects.