New York – January 2, 2013 – J. David Dantzler Jr., a veteran commercial litigator, has been named managing partner of the New York office of Troutman Sanders LLP.

Dantzler, who has been a partner at Troutman Sanders since 2005 and previously led the law firm’s Securities Litigation and Critical Matters practices, succeeds Aurora (Rori) Cassirer, who will continue to serve on the firm’s Executive Committee and to grow her extensive business litigation practice.

“We are grateful for the outstanding leadership Rori has shown in overseeing the New York office’s growth,” said Stephen E. Lewis, firm-wide managing partner. “We also are confident that David has the perfect mix of legal skills and management experience to further focus Troutman Sanders’ profile in the nation’s financial capital.”

Dantzler has extensive experience in corporate and securities litigation, including cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts. He recently was named one of The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation for 2013, and has been honored numerous times as a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation and as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite.

His high-profile work in recent years has included some of the largest fraud cases in the southeastern United States, including the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Florida-based mortgage lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. and the SEC receivership of convicted Ponzi-schemer Albert E. Parish in Charleston, S.C.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue building on the strong foundation in our New York office,” said Dantzler, who has relocated to New York from the firm’s Atlanta office. “This demonstrates Troutman Sanders’ tremendous commitment to the New York market and the importance of this office to the firm’s overall success.”

Cassirer has led the New York office since 2005 when 89 attorneys from the former Jenkins & Gilchrist law firm joined Troutman Sanders. An experienced trial attorney and partner in the firm’s Business Litigation practice, Cassirer has substantial experience in securities fraud class actions, breach of contract, qui tam, fraud, and valuation actions. Among her many notable cases, she served in 2010 as receiver in the case of convicted Ponzi scheme operator Kenneth Starr, who defrauded investors out of $30 million, and served as Chapter 11 trustee in the high-profile bankruptcy case of attorney David Schick, who also ran a Ponzi scheme.

About Troutman Sanders:

Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 600 lawyers and offices located throughout North America and China. Founded in 1897, the firm’s lawyers provide counsel and advice in practically every aspect of civil and commercial law related to the firm’s core practice areas: Business Law, Energy and Industry Regulation, Finance, Litigation and Real Estate. Firm clients range from multinational corporations to individual entrepreneurs, federal and state agencies to foreign governments, and non-profit organizations to businesses representing virtually every sector and industry. See for more information.