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Harter Secrest & Emery Promotes Five to Senior Associate

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce Matthew A. Eldred, Jonathan R. Jasinski, Caitlin Forsyth Kireker, Anna S. M. McCarthy, and Margaret K. Rhoda have been named senior associates in the firm.

Eldred is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Transactional practice group where he primarily assists private equity and strategic firms with mergers and acquisitions in the middle market. He works closely as a key advisor to a variety of private and public companies assisting with a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters, including corporate structuring, internal governance, and trade partner negotiations, as well as working with clients in the renewable energy space. While in law school, Eldred was a summer law clerk for the Hon. Charles J. Siragusa of the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York and interned in the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division. Prior to his legal career, Eldred worked as a land surveyor at Erdman Anthony, planning and directing a team in completing intricate projects for national and multi-national organizations, many of which won national and international awards for outstanding quality of work and advancement of technology. He received a B.S., magna cum laude, from SUNY Alfred and a J.D., magna cum laude, from University at Buffalo School of Law.

Jasinski is a member of the firm’s Private Equity and Venture Capital practice group where he represents clients in a range of corporate matters, including transactions and agreements involving private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate formations and dissolutions, contracts, and other general corporate matters. He brings extensive experience with corporate governance, New York not-for-profit corporation law, franchise law, and financial services regulation. While in law school, Jasinski law clerked at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Houston, TX and a legal/finance intern with the Nashville Predators NHL franchise in Nashville, TN. He received a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, a M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma, from Vanderbilt Own Graduate School of Management, and J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Kireker is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group where she represents clients in all phases of litigation, including before arbitration tribunals and appellate courts. She helps resolve business disputes that involve commercial contracts (force majeure, damages and liability limits, confidentiality, licensing, vendors, interference, non-competes, etc.), labor and employment, securities, and intellectual property. She also assists businesses and individuals in criminal, civil, and administrative investigations. Prior to joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Kireker worked as an associate in the litigation department at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York City. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

McCarthy is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group where she advises clients on both complex labor and employment issues, as well as privacy and data security concerns. She represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including the development of employee policies, union relations, wage and hour issues, discipline and termination decisions, discrimination and harassment claims, and employment contract disputes. McCarthy also assists with the development of clients’ affirmative action programs and in ensuring compliance with employment-related federal and state regulations. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D., cum laude, from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Rhoda is a member of the firm’s Securities & Capital Markets practice group where she works primarily with publicly held and private companies in federal securities compliance and corporate governance matters. She brings experience in counseling public companies with respect to regulatory requirements, including the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and NYSE and Nasdaq rules, as well as corporate governance best practices. Rhoda also regularly advises start-up and microcap companies regarding compliance with federal and state securities laws in connection with private offerings. Before joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Margaret practiced as a corporate associate in the real estate capital markets group at Proskauer Rose LLP in Chicago, IL, with a particular focus on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and mergers and acquisitions. She received a B.A., with honors, from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law.

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