In its annual Chambers USA Guide, publishers Chambers & Partners recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as the top Colorado real estate practice, the top Nevada corporate and commercial practice, the top Nevada gaming and licensing practice, and the top New Mexico corporate and commercial practice.
Additionally, Brownstein was ranked among the best in Colorado labor and employment, natural resources and environment, corporate/mergers and acquisitions and litigation – general commercial practices. The Nevada office’s real estate and litigation – general commercial practices were ranked among the best in their field and the California office was ranked one of the top environment practices.
To compile the awards, Chambers & Partners hires a team of 40 full-time researchers to conduct more than 14,000 interviews with lawyers and their clients across the U.S. Law firms and attorneys are ranked on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
Chambers also recognized several individual Brownstein attorneys as the best in their respective fields.
Bruce A. James, managing partner and CEO, ranked in the Colorado real estate - hotels and leisure category. James played an integral role in the sale and financing of Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, Calif., and represents developers in public/private transactions in the Denver area including the Denver Art Museum Residences.
Frank A. Schreck, shareholder, ranked as a star performer among Nevada’s top gaming and licensing attorneys for his stellar achievements in private equity licensing. Chair of the firm’s gaming law practice, Schreck has personally represented many of the premier public and private gaming companies in licensing matters including MGM MIRAGE, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., Station Casinos Inc., Wynn Resorts, Ltd. and Sahara Hotel/Casino.
Ellen L. Schulhofer, managing partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office, was acknowledged as a top Nevada attorney in corporate and commercial matters. Schulhofer has served as local Nevada counsel or lead counsel, in numerous restructurings, mergers, stock and asset sales and acquisitions, and other complex transactions.
Shareholder David R. Arrajj, named one of Nevada’s top gaming and licensing attorneys, focuses on all aspects of gaming law. His clients include Mandalay Resort Group, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., and Wynn Resorts, Ltd.
Ranked among the best in the employment - ERISA category in Nevada, shareholder Andrew S. Brignone has worked for more than 30 years in employee benefits law, ERISA, labor law and employment law.
David D. Powell Jr., shareholder and chair of Brownstein’s employment practice, was recognized in Colorado labor and employment. His practice focuses on the counsel and defense of employers in a variety of matters arising from the employer-employee relationship.
Top-ranking Brownstein shareholders, Perry E. Bendicksen III, David P. Buchholtz, Bonnie J. Paisley and Jill K. Sweeney were recognized by Chambers as among the best New Mexico lawyers in corporate and commercial law. Bendicksen’s practice focuses on private equity, venture capital, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Buchholtz focuses on government finance law, economic development, and state tax incentive law. Paisley represents small businesses - primarily technology companies - in various stages of development. Sweeney focuses on government finance law, economic development and state tax incentive law, government relations and securities law.
Chambers also acknowledged shareholders Kevin A. Cudney, Jeffrey M. Knetsch and Adam J. Agron in the Colorado corporate/mergers and acquisitions law rankings. A co-chair of Brownstein’s corporate & business department, Cudney’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital formation and securities advice. Knetsch represents several distinguished companies, including TeleTech Holdings, Inc., KRG Capital and American Residential Communities in corporate and securities transactions. Agron, shareholder and co-chair of Brownstein’s corporate & business department, has amassed significant experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in matters relating to acquisitions, financings, mergers, recapitalizations and public offerings.
Shareholder Edward N. Barad, named one of Colorado’s top real estate attorneys, was recognized for his continued leadership and stellar performance in some of the biggest development transactions in the western United States.
Shareholders Mark J. Mathews and Wayne F. Forman were recognized in Colorado natural resources and environment. Co-chair of the firm’s natural resources department, Mathews’ practice concentrates on environmental and energy law and regulation, as well as complex litigation. With extensive experience in water quality and wetlands matters, and in NEPA litigation and compliance, Forman represents clients ranging from national homebuilders and natural gas exploration and development companies, to real estate developers, national retailers and ranchers.
Recognized as a leading Nevada real estate attorney and notably ranked as a senior statesman, shareholder Leslie Terry Jones’ practice focuses on real estate matters and real property transactions. He has represented MGM MIRAGE and Station Casinos, among others.
Among the best Colorado real estate counselors were shareholders Lynda A. McNeive and Catherine C. Gale. McNeive’s practice focuses on representing developers of retail, office, industrial, residential and mixed-use properties, while Gale concentrates on all aspects of real estate development, with an emphasis in acquisitions and dispositions, land use and public-private partnerships.
Brownstein shareholders ranked as top Colorado attorneys in the area of litigation – general commercial include: Timothy R. Beyer, Hubert A. Farbes Jr., Lawrence W. Treece and John V. McDermott. As chair of Brownstein’s litigation department, Beyer focuses primarily on commercial and complex litigation. Farbes’ broad range of civil trial experience includes more than 100 litigated matters, such as representing construction contractors for Colorado's $1.7 billion T-REX highway and light rail expansion project. With extensive appellate and trial experience, Treece’s litigation practice encompasses complex corporate and commercial cases. McDermott handles all types of commercial and securities litigation matters and represents entities in multimillion-dollar class action cases in state and federal courts.
Chambers recognized shareholder Stephanie Osler Hastings as a top California environment attorney. She represents the interests of water users in matters of water law and related environmental compliance.