Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced today 11 new shareholders: Beth A. Collins-Burgard (Santa Barbara), Kelley N. Goldberg (Las Vegas), Joshua M. Hantman (Denver), Darryl T. Landahl (Phoenix), Adam E. Lyons (Albuquerque), Emily Phan (Las Vegas), Jonathan G. Pray (Denver), Chad. P. Seber (San Diego and Los Angeles), Amy M. Steinfeld (Santa Barbara), Michael F. Tamm (Phoenix) and Ashley B. Wingfield (Denver).
Founded in 1968, Brownstein practices in the areas of real estate, natural resources, public policy, corporate and litigation. With more than 260 attorneys and legislative consultants in offices across the western U.S. and in Washington, D.C. and Atlantic City, the firm works in industries ranging from health care, real estate, hospitality, private equity and telecommunications, to technology, construction, energy, banking and finance, water and gaming.
Collins-Burgard, a member of the natural resources, real estate, land use and litigation groups, brings a unique mix of litigation, transactional and significant entitlement experience to her clients. Whether litigating in court, advocating before public agencies or negotiating a deal, Collins-Burgard specializes in assisting a broad range of land owners, energy companies, vintners, ranchers and developers with high-controversy projects and complex issues. She has significant legal expertise with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Coastal Act, Subdivision Map Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. Representative projects for Collins-Burgard include one of the largest mixed-use projects in the City of Los Angeles, master plan developments for a museum in Santa Barbara County and a university in West Los Angeles, and the largest mixed-use project processed in the City of Goleta. She also served as local counsel for the first wind project entitled in the County of Santa Barbara and represented a major utility in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals defending the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s issuance of a hydroelectric dam permit.
A member of the firm’s intellectual property and technology group and head of the Las Vegas office’s intellectual property and technology department, Goldberg’s practice focuses on establishing, protecting and defending intellectual property rights in the United States and abroad. She negotiates complex intellectual property agreements, counsels clients on intellectual property issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions, oversees a domestic and international trademark and copyright portfolio of thousands of assets, and manages intellectual property litigation in federal courts and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Goldberg serves clients across a breadth of industries, including gaming, software, entertainment, and hospitality companies. In addition to her law practice, Goldberg sits on the Board of Directors for Luminous Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing a world-class art, design and cultural center to downtown Las Vegas. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, and provides pro-bono legal services to numerous non-profit organizations throughout the valley.
A member of the bankruptcy and restructuring group, Hantman's practice focuses on a broad range of business reorganization, restructuring and distressed acquisition matters. He represents debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, lenders, and purchasers of distressed assets in both litigation and transactional situations. Hantman's recent experience includes representing Mercury Companies, Inc., a holding company for title companies in numerous states, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case; representing Big Sandy Holding Company in the sale of its subsidiary bank, Mile High Banks, through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case; successfully litigating appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee and confirming a creditor plan of reorganization in an oil and gas bankruptcy case, both over objections; and representing an investment fund in acquiring a $50,000,000 multi-family development in San Francisco.
A member of the health care group, Landahl represents health insurers and plans, health care providers and other health care entities on both a state and national level. Landahl has represented several of the nation's most prominent managed care companies, Medicare Advantage organizations and Part D sponsors as both in-house and outside counsel. He advises managed care and other clients on all types of regulatory and transactional matters, including federal and state licensing and enforcement, compliance program development and implementation, provider network development and leasing, and health plan product development. Landahl has significant experience negotiating provider network access agreements between leased networks and self-funded plans and other third-party payors. He regularly provides counsel in negotiating payor/provider and health care administrative services agreements, and in resolving reimbursement and other disputes with contracted and non-contracted providers. Landahl also represents hospitals and other health care providers in a wide array of regulatory and transactional matters, including structuring joint ventures and contractual arrangements, compliance program development and implementation, and medical staff and peer review issues.
A member of the firm's litigation department, Lyons has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts in numerous jurisdictions at both trial and appellate levels. His practice focuses on commercial disputes, employment litigation and real estate litigation. Lyons' successes include, a substantial jury award in an intellectual property matter, a dismissal during jury trial of a plaintiff’s claim for premises liability as a matter of law, successful outcomes in defense of several construction delay claims and the redetermination of a zoning issue before the Bernalillo Board of County Commissioners for a major commercial entity. He also successfully represented clients in telecommunications disputes and those facing commercial tort liability, and has served as lead counsel on a number of cases brought against employers under federal and state law.
A member of the corporate and business group, Phan’s practice focuses on mergers, stock and asset sales and acquisitions, securities and capital markets, banking and finance, restructurings and other complex transactions. She has extensive experience guiding both publicly-traded and privately-held companies through corporate and commercial transactions, including equity and debt offerings, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, financial restructurings, joint ventures and corporate partnering arrangements and venture capital/private equity investments. In addition to advising clients during contract negotiations, due diligence investigations and preparation of legal opinion letters and transaction agreements, Phan regularly serves as Nevada counsel to various corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities in connection with organizational and governance matters.
A litigator, Pray advises clients involved in real estate and construction disputes. He represents clients in all aspects of the development and construction industries, including commercial and residential developers and landlords, design and engineering firms, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, sureties, municipalities and public agencies. Pray has litigated construction and real estate disputes in both state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitrations. He also regularly advises clients on the drafting and negotiating of construction contracts for public and private projects. Pray's recent experience includes trying a complex construction dispute involving the developer of a large, mixed use project in Vail, the project’s construction manager, and a project subcontractor in Eagle County District Court.
A member of the firm's defamation, media and entertainment litigation group, Seber is part of a powerhouse team lead by renowned defamation litigator Barry Langberg. In addition to defamation and entertainment law, Seber also focuses on a variety of dispute resolution proceedings including complex commercial litigation. He will continue to develop his growing internet defamation practice which draws on his litigation experience with data recovery of electronically stored information. Seber is a former Marine Corps attorney and prosecutor with years of complex trial experience and continues to pursue his clients' claims with professionalism and vigor.
As a member of the water and public lands group, Steinfeld represents public water agencies, special districts, private landowners and water utilities in both litigation and transactional matters. Steinfeld works on a broad range of water and land use issues, including CEQA compliance, water rights permitting, administrative proceedings, complex groundwater adjudications and water supply planning. Her experience includes serving as co-trial counsel for one of California's largest shareholder-owned public water suppliers in a complex litigation to successfully adjudicate and control the water resources in the Santa Maria groundwater basin. Steinfeld also represented San Diego County Water Authority and won a broad appellate reversal of the trial court’s judgment invalidating 12 of the historic Quantification Settlement Agreements (QSA) in the complex, coordinated QSA cases. Steinfeld has specialized experience in Colorado River issues and Endangered Species Act compliance and serves as a director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.
A member of the firm’s litigation and health care groups, Tamm’s practice is concentrated in health care law, ERISA, Medicare and commercial litigation. He provides comprehensive legal, business, and litigation counsel on a range of legal matters, including health care law, professional negligence, and contract disputes. Tamm advises managed care organizations, public and privately funded health benefit plans, plan sponsors, hospitals, physicians, providers, skilled and assisted nursing facilities, and attorneys in a wide range of health care law and litigation matters. Tamm’s experience includes network contracting disputes, payor / provider contracting and reimbursement issues, ERISA and Medicare preemption, medical malpractice, bad faith, and benefits litigation. He also advises ancillary providers on medical staffing issues. Throughout his career, Tamm has successfully defended and prosecuted cases for his clients, obtaining several defense verdicts, favorable judgments via motion practice, and procuring settlements within all areas of his practice.
Wingfield represents a wide range of clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including development, finance and lending, acquisition, disposition and leasing. She has represented landlords and tenants in the negotiation of a variety of retail and office leases; guided her clients through all stages of retail, office, mixed-use, and multi-family residential projects, from the initial structuring of investor arrangements through acquisition and disposition; managed complex acquisitions and large-scale property developments; and has represented developers in addressing a wide range of issues including subdivision, utilities, reciprocal easements, common interest communities, special districts and condemnation.