Wiggin & Dana Announces New Firm Management

November 13, 2002
New Haven, CT — Wiggin & Dana LLP announces that Edward Wood Dunham has been elected the chair of the executive committee of the 150-lawyer firm, which has offices in New Haven, Stamford and Hartford, Connecticut; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The new executive committee consists of five members and will serve a three-year term.  Dunham, a trial lawyer, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Franchise Law Journal.  He has been elected to serve on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising, and is also listed as a commercial litigator in the 2003 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Also on the committee is James F. Farrington, Jr ., chair of the Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Group.  Farrington concentrates his practice on commercial business transactions, especially acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing and other technology transfer transactions.  He has successfully developed a strong international presence, especially in the Swedish and other European biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  Farrington recently closed a $150 million deal for Swedish client Biovitrum AB in a major collaboration with global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
David B. Fein , formerly Associate Counsel to President Clinton and senior federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, will serve on the executive committee while continuing to head the firm’s White-Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group.  Fein played major roles representing Arthur Andersen in defense of the government’s obstruction of justice charges earlier this year and serving as a consultant to the U.S. government in its antitrust litigation against Microsoft.  Fein is also a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, where he teaches a class on federal criminal investigations.
Peter J. Lefeber is past chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Department and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section. He represents management in all aspects of the employment relationship, including union organizing drives, unfair labor practice cases, arbitrations, labor contract negotiations, immigration matters, discrimination claims, wage and hour cases, wrongful discharge suits and related issues.  He is a regular lecturer for a variety of management groups in the field of employment law, and has been published frequently on employment law issues.
Maureen Weaver is the chair of the Health Care Department. She advises hospitals, provider networks, long-term care providers, assisted living residences and continuing care retirement communities on regulatory, patient care, reimbursement and corporate matters.  Ms. Weaver is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the category of health care lawyers, and is President of the Connecticut Health Lawyers' Association.
Noel Hanf , managing partner of the firm since 1994 will now resume his full-time practice, continuing his concentration in utilities law. 
“Noel’s able stewardship of the firm in the last nine years has helped make us immeasurably stronger than ever, in all respects,” said Dunham.  “We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
Founded in 1934 with predecessor firms dating back to the 19th century, Wiggin & Dana’s expertise includes all forms of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities law, labor and employment, complex corporate and real estate transactions, health care and estate planning and administration. For more information visit
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