Otterbourg Promotes Nneoma Maduike to Member of the Firm and Three to Counsel

January 16, 2019

Otterbourg P.C. announced today promotions of four attorneys, effective January 1, 2019.

Nneoma A. Maduike has been promoted to Member of the Firm in the Banking and Finance Group. Ms. Maduike represents banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, commercial finance companies and other institutional lenders in connection with the structuring and documentation of loan transactions, including asset based, cash flow and structured finance transactions, as well as leasing transactions, loan workouts and restructurings, and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions. In the course of her career, Ms. Maduike has worked on numerous financing transactions confronting a wide range of legal issues raised by federal, state and international law.

Ms. Maduike has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the top 15 Women of Influence in America and is a winner of the 2017 Commercial Finance Association 40 under 40 Awards. Ms. Maduike has also been recognized as one of the 2018 Top 50 Women in Commercial Finance. She is an active member of several legal organizations, including the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, the Commercial Finance Association, the New York City FinTech Women and the New York City Bar Association. She is a board member and the past president of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law – New York.

She earned her J.D. from Northeastern University in 2006 and her B.A. from Rutgers University, magna cum laude, in 2003.

Pauline McTernan has been promoted to Of Counsel in the firm’s Litigation Group. In addition to serving as co-chair of the firm’s recruiting committee, Ms. McTernan represents corporations, governmental agencies, financial institutions, and individuals in a broad spectrum of litigation, arbitration, and bankruptcy matters. She has advised on disputes involving a diverse array of issues, including breach of contract, commercial and bank fraud, restrictive covenants, letters of credit, entitlement to tax refunds, intellectual property, class action defense and employment and corporate governance matters. Ms. McTernan’s experience spans all aspects of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, and trial.

Ms. McTernan is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations.

She earned her J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 2008 and her B.A. with distinction from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004.

Evan A. Pilchik has been promoted to Of Counsel in the firm’s Banking and Finance Group. In addition to serving as co-founder of Otterbourg’s Data and Cybersecurity Practice, Mr. Pilchik represents banks and other financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting a diverse array of financing transactions and workouts, including domestic and cross-border senior secured financings, revolving credit and term loan facilities, cash flow facilities, intercreditor arrangements, Chapter 11 exit financings, and factoring arrangements.

Mr. Pilchik earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1999, his B.A. degree from University of Delaware in 1988, and his Master of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1992.

Ikhwan A. Rafeek has been promoted to Of Counsel in the firm’s Banking and Finance Group. Mr. Rafeek represents institutional lenders, banks, commercial finance companies, and factors in connection with the documentation of domestic and international secured lending arrangements, including asset-based, term loan, healthcare, real estate, middle market, leveraged, and first and second lien loan transactions. Mr. Rafeek also frequently represents secured lenders in workouts and restructurings, and in portfolio acquisitions and dispositions.

Mr. Rafeek is an active member of the Commercial Finance Association. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2008 and his B.A. from City University of New York – Baruch College in 2005.

About Otterbourg P.C.

Otterbourg P.C. offers clients a unique combination of legal insight and practical solutions and is known for its integrity, legal expertise, stability and business knowledge. The firm, established more than 100 years ago, regularly represents clients in matters of national and international scope, including banks, finance companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, real estate investment firms, corporate clients and high net-worth individuals. The firm’s practice areas include domestic and cross-border financings, litigation and alternative dispute resolutions, real estate, restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, and trusts and estates.