Back to the Future – FisherBroyles adds Partners From Distributed Competitors. Ari Levine joins in Philadelphia and Gary Rinkerman in Washington, DC.

Jul 07, 2020
  • FisherBroyles News

(Philadelphia / Washington, DC – July 7, 2020)—FisherBroyles, LLP, the first and largest distributed law firm in the world, welcomes Ari Levine, a commercial transactions Partner, who joins the Firm in Philadelphia and London and Gary Rinkerman, an intellectual property attorney, who joins the Firm in Washington, DC., also as a Partner.

Ari rejoins FisherBroyles after leaving to become a partner at RimonLaw less than twelve months ago.   Gary joins from Culhane Meadows after determining that FisherBroyles was a better fit for his practice.   Each partner joins as the Firm continues to increase headcount in the U.S. and U.K. following appointments of dozens of new partners to its U.S. team, the majority of which joined from Am Law 100 firms, and the recent expansion of its offering in London.

Kevin Broyles, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of the Firm said: “We are delighted to welcome Ari back.  We told him when he decided to try Rimon that our door was always open and we would welcome back such a valuable partner and quality individual.  He is a fantastic corporate lawyer and our partners are thrilled to be able to work alongside Ari again.”

Ari Levine said: “FisherBroyles’ distributed model is built to thrive in the current and post-Covid economic environment.  After trying a different take on the original model, I now understand even better how FisherBroyles has perfected the incentives required to create collaborative network effects that are hard to duplicate in traditional or newer law firms.  You don’t often get the chance to go home again.  I’m grateful to be able to rejoin an incredible group of lawyers and friends.”

James Fisher, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of the Firm said: “We are excited to add Gary to our team in Washington, DC. We understand that it can be hard to navigate through the marketplace noise about the various distributed models created over the last 18 years to compete with FisherBroyles.  His decision to join our firm after trying out Culhane Meadows is the latest vote of confidence in our long-established and proven model.”

Gary Rinkerman said: “The streamlined leadership and lack of bureaucratic red tape at FisherBroyles was a real draw for me.   FisherBroyles strongly promotes diversity and provides a team approach that  is, in my experience, unique.  I was also especially pleased by the fact that, unlike antiquated practice models, the distributed law firm model at FisherBroyles does not burden clients with overhead and costs that are unnecessary and serve only to inflate hourly rates.   The diversity, team approach, and rational rate structures are important to me and my clients.  The larger depth and breadth of practice groups is an opportunity few if any other distributed firms can provide.”

Ari Levine is an experienced corporate transactional and compliance lawyer specializing in cross-border transactions, financial and commercial matters, and has successfully closed transactions in over 20 countries and five continents. Ari advises domestic and international companies on transactional matters, business structure, outsourcing and cross-border compliance issues including import/export, FCPA/Bribery Act, and local standards.

Ari received his B.A. magna cum laude from Drew University and earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

Gary Rinkerman is an intellectual property attorney with diverse clients – large international companies to startup and medium sized businesses. He handles IP generation, clearance opinions, assessment, enforcement, defense, and transactions in product design, manufacturing, distribution, retail, digital media, software, film, music, advertising, and apparel, including footwear, clothing and accessories. He has been lead attorney in various landmark cases, including the first case where the International Trade Commission (ITC) held that computer programs are protected by copyright, and the first wave of ITC semiconductor patent cases, known as ‘the chip wars’.

Gary received his B.A. summa cum laude from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. He is an Honorary Law Professor at Queen Mary University of London School of Law and an adjunct professor at New York University and with the Executive MBA Program of the George Mason University School of Management in Northern Virginia. He also sits on the Board of Directors for MusicianShip and The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.


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