Brownstein Attorneys Make 2021 List of Best Lawyers in America
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Brownstein Attorneys Make 2021 List of Best Lawyers in America

August 20, 2020

Fifty-eight attorneys from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publication. Attorneys from seven of Brownstein’s offices were recognized in 36 different law categories ranging from bankruptcy, litigation and gaming to corporate, real estate and government relations. 

Two attorneys received “Lawyer of the Year” recognition, including Albert Z. Kovacs from the firm’s Las Vegas office for corporate law and Paul M. O’Gara from Brownstein’s Atlantic City office for gaming law.

Attorneys from the firm’s seven offices included: 

  • Steven E. Abelman, litigation - bankruptcy        
  • Adam J. Agron, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law and securities/capital markets law
  • Nicole R. Ament, real estate law        
  • Steven A. Amerikaner, land use and zoning law, natural resources law and real estate law
  • David R. Arrajj, gaming law        
  • Robert P. Attai, corporate law, international mergers and acquisitions and mergers and acquisitions law
  • Sarah Auchterlonie, corporate compliance law
  • Richard B. Benenson, commercial litigation and mass tort litigation/class actions - defendants    
  • Gregory W. Berger, tax law        
  • Andrew S. Brignone, litigation - ERISA
  • Peter N. Brown, land use and zoning law        
  • Norman Brownstein, government relations practice        
  • Eric R. Burris, product liability litigation - defendants
  • Justin L. Cohen, commercial litigation        
  • Erin M. Eiselein, health care law and litigation - health care        
  • Hubert A. Farbes, Jr., commercial litigation and litigation - construction    
  • Michael F. Feeley, government relations practice        
  • Frank M. Flansburg III, commercial litigation
  • Stanley L. Garnett, criminal defense: white collar    
  • Stephanie Osler Hastings, water law        
  • S. Craig Hemenway, patent law        
  • Bradley J. Herrema, water law        
  • Lisa Hogan, litigation - labor and employment        
  • Aaron M. Hyatt, real estate law        
  • Christopher A. Jacobs, real estate law        
  • Bruce A. James, real estate law        
  • Robert Kaufmann, real estate law        
  • Michael W. King, corporate law and health care law    
  • Jeffrey M. Knetsch, securities/capital markets law        
  • Albert Z. Kovacs, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law
  • Mitchell J. Langberg, first amendment law and media law    
  • Kirk B. Lenhard, bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation    
  • Mark F. Leonard, family law        
  • Mark J. Mathews, environmental law        
  • Gino A. Maurelli, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law    
  • Alfred E. Mottur, communications law        
  • Paul M. O'Gara, gaming law
  • Angela Turriciano Otto, real estate law    
  • Michael J. Pankow, banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law    
  • Elizabeth D. Paulsen, corporate law    
  • Jonathan G. Pray, litigation - construction     
  • Patrick J. Reilly, commercial litigation        
  • Ronda L. Sandquist, environmental law
  • Robert J. Saperstein, water law        
  • Scott Scherer, gaming law        
  • Frank A. Schreck, gaming law        
  • Ellen L. Schulhofer, corporate law    
  • Adam P. Segal, litigation - ERISA        
  • Steven O. Sims, water law        
  • Scott S. Slater, water law        
  • Ryan A. Smith, Native American law    
  • Amy M. Steinfeld, water law    
  • Nancy A. Strelau, employee benefits (ERISA) law        
  • Russell W. Sullivan, tax law        
  • Gregory A. Vallin, real estate law    
  • Sonia Church Vermeys, corporate law and gaming law    
  • Eric Waeckerlin, environmental law, litigation - environmental and natural resources law
  • Carolynne C. White, land use and zoning law and real estate law    

In addition, eight attorneys from the firm’s Denver and Las Vegas offices were listed in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. They included:

  • Matthew C. Arentsen, commercial litigation
  • Travis F. Chance, commercial litigation and litigation - labor and employment
  • Erin Elliott, land use and zoning law
  • Emily A. Ellis, commercial litigation
  • Julian R. Ellis, Jr., government relations practice
  • Maximilien D. Fetaz, commercial litigation
  • Chloe Mickel, litigation - construction
  • Eric D. Walther, appellate practice and commercial litigation

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which tens of thousands of leading attorneys cast almost 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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