Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP today announced that James F. Fitzsimmons has joined the firm’s Florham Park, New Jersey, office as a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group. Fitzsimmons comes to the firm from Budd Larner P.C.

Fitzsimmons advises private equity firms in connection with minority and majority investments, mature companies and their owners in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, emerging growth and growth companies in connection with formation, capital raising activities and outside general counsel support and ultra-high net-worth families with their investment activities.

“Jamie’s broad corporate finance experience is impressive,” said Andrew C. Kassner, chairman and CEO of Drinker Biddle. “He will bring immediate value to clients, further strengthening our growing national Corporate and Securities team.”

Fitzsimmons’ work encompasses a broad range of industries, including financial technology, financial services, consumer finance, cosmetics, health care, media, technology and traditional industries.

“Jamie is highly regarded by so many of us here who have worked with him on prior deals,” said James M. Fischer, chair of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. “His wide-ranging experience will help our clients navigate the complex finance and governance issues they face on a regular basis. Jamie will also fit well into our culture of collaboration and collegiality, and we are happy to have him on our side of the table.”

Before entering private practice, Fitzsimmons served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Newman, J.A.D. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. He earned his Juris Doctor from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from St. Lawrence University.

Andrew B. Joseph, regional partner in charge of the firm’s Florham Park office, said that Fitzsimmons’ practice, “bolsters our accomplished corporate and securities capabilities in New Jersey and across the firm nationally. Jamie’s focus on providing innovative strategies while protecting clients from unnecessary risk aligns well with Drinker Biddle’s commitment to the highest standard of client service.”

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