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NEW YORK – Mar. 05, 2007 – Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, a multi-service law firm offering litigation and transactional services nationally and internationally, announces the addition of three attorneys – Geoffrey Heineman (partner), Melissa Demmon (of counsel) and Blaise Chow (associate) – to its growing New York office.
“The expansion of our New York office and overall East Coast presence has been an increased focus for the firm and the addition of key attorneys such as Geoffrey, Melissa and Blaise assist us in achieving our strategic growth goals in the region,” said Rick Wilson, firmwide managing partner of Ropers Majeski. “These three attorneys bring such diverse backgrounds ranging from intellectual property to insurance coverage, which is a testament to the firm’s commitment of offering a multi-service practice on both the East and West coasts.”
According to Andrew Margulis, managing partner of the New York office, “We are pleased to have Geoff, Melissa and Blaise join our team of outstanding New York attorneys. We have maintained steady growth in just the past few years that has truly solidified our East Coast footprint. Our goal is to continue to build our New York office and capitalize on the momentum we have achieved thus far.”
Formerly with Ohrenstein & Brown, Heineman brings more than 20 years of experience to Ropers Majeski. His general business practice includes extensive litigation experience involving coverage disputes, commercial contracts, securities laws, employment practices and intellectual property issues. He is widely recognized as an expert in matters pertaining to insurance coverage and corporate governance, with an emphasis on policies issued to directors and officers, financial institutions, agents and brokers, attorneys, and other professionals, as well as policies providing coverage for complex property losses. Heineman is a frequent lecturer on issues related to directors and officers, ERISA coverage, claims defense management, and loss prevention techniques to various professional services firms and organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law (1983), his LL.M. in corporation and securities law from New York University School of Law (1988) and his B.A. from New York University (1980).
Also joining from Ohrenstein & Brown, Demmon’s practice includes insurance coverage, professional liability and directors’ and officers’ liability concerns. Demmon has played key rolls in critical matters involving the IPO Laddering Litigation and Market Timing, Broker Steering, and Excessive Fees Litigation stemming from the New York Attorney General’s investigation of the mutual fund industry. She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law (1998) and her B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University (1995).
Accompanying Heineman and Demmon in the move to Ropers, Chow focuses his practice in the areas of directors and officers, commercial insurance, corporate law and reinsurance. He represents insurers and reinsurers in claims against investment advisers, mutual funds and brokers, and counsels on claims arising from Federal and State class actions and derivative lawsuits against public companies, including violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (2000) and his B.A. from University of Rochester (1997).

About Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley
Based in Redwood City, Calif., Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley conducts a multi-service practice offering litigation and transactional services to domestic and international businesses and individuals.  The firm's practice areas include appellate; corporate law and business litigation; banking and consumer credit; construction; real estate; employment; environmental; professional liability; intellectual property; insurance coverage, bad faith and regulatory matters; fidelity and surety; product liability; asset protection, estate planning and tax.  For more information, visit

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