Several leadership changes across North America announced
Baker McKenzie has appointed Stephanie Vaccari, from its intellectual property practice, as managing partner of its Toronto office, effective Oct. 1.
Vaccari, who will succeed Kevin Coon, leads the Toronto office's industrial design and transactional IP team, and co-leads its IP portfolio management and trademark enforcement teams. She also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Toronto consumer goods and retail group, the Baker women's networking group and is spearheading the Toronto office's luxury and fashion group.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto and her LLB at the University of Western Ontario, before being called to the Ontario bar in 1997.
Alongside Vaccari’s appointment, Baker McKenzie also announced a number of other leadership changes in North America. Maurice Bellan, from the litigation and government enforcement practice, will be managing partner of the firm's Washington, DC office.
Scott Brandman, managing partner of the New York office will take on additional responsibilities as managing partner of the Miami office. Bill Roppolo will serve as local lead partner in Miami.
Meanwhile, Bobby Albaral, from the firm's tax practice, will become managing partner of the Dallas and Houston offices.
“Maurice, Scott, Bobby, Bill, Brendan and Stephanie will be outstanding leaders for our firm in these key North American markets,” said Baker McKenzie North America CEO Colin Murray. “Each of them is highly respected by colleagues and clients alike, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to further elevate our capabilities throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. I offer them my sincere congratulations.”