Bayard announced today that two attorneys have joined the firm, expanding its capacity in the areas of bankruptcy law and transactions. Daniel O’Brien will focus on bankruptcy law and John Venskus will focus on transaction work.
Daniel O’Brien will practice bankruptcy law as an associate. He recently completed a clerkship with President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. in the Delaware Superior Court.
Dan received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Delaware in 2002, and his J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006. He is licensed to practice in Delaware and New Jersey.
John Venskus will advise on legal transactions as an associate. He brings a broad range of experience in private placement of securities in the U.S. and U.K., mergers and acquisitions, and aircraft lease financings. John joins from the U.S. Army, General Advocate Judge Corps., where he served as an attorney in multiple leadership roles including Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Acting Chief of Military Justice and Chief of Legal Justice.
Before starting his service as an attorney with the U.S. Army Reserve in 2002, John worked as a corporate and securities and bankruptcy/ restructuring attorney with Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in political science from The John Hopkins University in 1998, and his J.D. from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1994. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has passed the Delaware bar exam and is expected to be licensed to practice in Delaware in December 2007.
“We’re very pleased to welcome these exceptional associates to the firm,” said Bayard’s Chairman Jeffrey Schlerf. “As we enter our 50th anniversary year, Bayard is well poised for continued growth and success, with a deep breadth of expertise at all levels and across all areas, including bankruptcy and transactional work.”