New York, January 30, 2013 — Hughes Hubbard & Reed announced today that Savvas A. Foukas, Eric S. Parnes and Michael D. Tiger have been promoted to partner, effective as of January 1, 2013. Separately, Kenneth M. Katz and Jessica S. Studness have been elected counsel of the firm. Foukas and Tiger are litigators in the firm’s New York office and Parnes is a litigator in the Washington, DC office. Katz and Studness are both members of the Litigation Department in the firm’s New York office.
“Savvas, Eric and Mike are extraordinary litigators with consummate analytical skills and an unyielding focus on delivering excellence in all they do on behalf of our clients,” said Candace K. Beinecke, Chair of Hughes Hubbard. “Each is also a leader in his own right at Hughes Hubbard and in the wider legal community. We are delighted to welcome them to the partnership.”
Foukas has served in leading roles in major business cases, including complex and high-profile securities litigation and regulatory matters. After serving as a summer associate in Hughes Hubbard’s New York office, Foukas joined the firm in 2001 after graduating from Columbia University Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He graduated from George Washington University, cum laude.
Parnes is well-respected for his extensive experience and insights concerning healthcare and pharmaceutical industries-related issues in addition to his skills as an appellate advocate and in internal investigations and regulatory matters. Parnes was a summer associate in 2001 and has been with Hughes Hubbard’s Washington office since graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 2002. In law school, Parnes was Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park.
Tiger has deep experience litigating complex, multi-jurisdictional matters in courts around the country. He has developed a particular strength in cutting-edge product liability matters. He has represented clients in “bet the company” pharmaceutical, environmental and financial litigations. Tiger served as a summer associate in Hughes Hubbard’s New York office, and began his career at the firm in 2001 following his graduation from Columbia Law School in 2001, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Managing Editor of the school’s Journal of Law and Social Problems. He graduated with distinction from Cornell University.
Katz is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department in its New York office. His principal focus is on securities, accountants’ liability, and financial services litigation. Katz started with Hughes Hubbard in 2001 as a summer associate. He rejoined the firm after graduation in 2002 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he was an associate editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Katz graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.
Studness is also a member of the firm’s Litigation Department in New York. She has widespread experience in product liability defense, with a particular emphasis on regulatory issues affecting pharmaceutical companies. Studness joined Hughes Hubbard in 2003. She graduated in 2001 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was Professional Authorities Editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Studness is a graduate of Cornell University.