Cozen O’Connor — The law firm announced two new hires. Martin Schrier has joined the firm’s Miami office as a member. Schrier, previously a partner with K&L Gates LLP, will advise middle-market private equity firms, as well as high net worth individuals and corporate clients on M&A matters. Matthew Criscuolo is also joining Cozen O’ Connor as an associate in the commercial litigation department. He will work out of both the firm’s West Palm Beach and Miami offices. Criscuolo was formerly an associate at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. The firm recently announced on March 20, the opening of a West Palm Beach location to be headed by office managing partner Scott Elliott.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP — The law firm brought in ambassador Ron Kirk (pictured, above), the former mayor of Dallas, as senior of counsel. At Gibson Dunn, Kirk will advise companies with global interests out of both the Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. Kirk most recently served as the U. S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama until February 2013. Before that, he was the Secretary of State of Texas under Governor Ann Richards and served two terms as the Mayor of Dallas. He was the first African American to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative and Mayor of Dallas.

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