Publisher Chambers & Partners recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its annual Chambers USA Guide as having top practices in the categories of Colorado real estate, Nevada corporate and commercial, Nevada gaming and licensing, and New Mexico corporate and commercial.
Additionally, Brownstein was honored for practices in the categories of Colorado labor and employment, natural resources and environment, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, and litigation – general commercial practices; California environment; and Nevada real estate and litigation – general commercial.
To compile the rankings, Chambers & Partners uses a team of more than 50 full-time, independent researchers who conduct thousands of interviews with attorneys and their clients across the U.S. Since the guide began in 1999, law firms and attorneys have been measured on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients.
Chambers also recognized 30 individual Brownstein attorneys as the best in their respective fields.
Numerous shareholders received honors within Chambers’ corporate category:
Adam J. Agron (Colorado Corporate/M&A), co-chair of Brownstein’s corporate & business department, represents private and public companies, investment banks, private equity and venture capital funds, sponsors and entrepreneurs in a diverse set of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and debt and equity financings. Perry E. Bendicksen III (New Mexico Corporate/Commercial) focuses on private equity, venture capital, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. David P. Buchholtz (New Mexico Corporate/Commercial) focuses on government finance law, economic development and state tax incentive law. Co-chair of Brownstein’s corporate & business department, Kevin A. Cudney (Colorado Corporate/M&A) applies more than three decades of experience to a practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital formation and securities advice. With distinguished clients such as TeleTech Holdings, Inc. and KRG Capital, Jeffrey M. Knetsch (Colorado Corporate/M&A) focuses his practice on public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, private equity fund formation, and corporate restructurings and workouts. Bonnie J. Paisley (New Mexico Corporate/Commercial) advises clients—primarily technology companies—on business matters that include choice of entity, securities matters, contracts and various types of transactions. Managing partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office, Ellen L. Schulhofer (Nevada Corporate/Commercial) assists clients in a broad range of corporate and general business transactions, including public offerings, private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. Jill K. Sweeney (New Mexico Corporate/Commercial) focuses on government finance law, economic development and state tax incentive law, and government relations and securities law. Timothy R. Van Valen (New Mexico Corporate/Commercial – Tax) devotes his energy to helping businesses, such as those invested in renewable energy projects, understand the State’s tax system as they expand in or relocate to New Mexico.
Chambers’ litigation category also had Brownstein shareholder representation:
Amy L. Benson (Colorado Litigation – General Commercial) has broad experience trying cases in state and federal court and before arbitral forums as it relates to commercial litigation in telecommunications, consumer class actions, commercial contract disputes, software licensing and product liability. Chair of the firm's white collar criminal defense and investigations group, Stephen A. Best (District of Columbia Litigation – White Collar Crime & Government Investigations) has successfully conducted more than 200 felony jury trials in both state and federal courts. Among his notable representative matters is advising Mark Cuban as it related to an insider trading complaint brought by the SEC. Timothy R. Beyer (Colorado Litigation – General Commercial) focuses primarily on commercial and complex litigation, antitrust, securities, telecommunications, oil and gas law, class actions, and appeals. Hubert A. Farbes Jr. (Colorado Litigation – General Commercial) focuses on construction law, regulatory law, public utility law and natural resource law, with civil trial experience that includes Colorado's $1.7 billion T-REX highway and light rail expansion project. Kirk B. Lenhard (Nevada Litigation – General Commercial) focuses on commercial and complex litigation, and his clients have included Clark County, McCarran Airport, Republic Services, Wynn Resorts and Shuffle Master. Co-chair of Brownstein’s litigation group, John V. McDermott (Colorado Litigation – General Commercial) handles all types of commercial and securities litigation matters and represents entities in multimillion-dollar class action cases in state and federal courts. With extensive experience trying cases in both federal and state courts, Lawrence W. Treece (Colorado Litigation – General Commercial) maintains a practice that focuses on antitrust, corporate governance, class actions and securities litigation.
Shareholders in Brownstein’s real estate department were also well represented in Chambers:
Edward N. Barad (Colorado Real Estate), who served as chairman of the firm’s real estate department for more than two decades, has helped execute some of the biggest development transactions in the western U.S. Backed by more than 25 years of experience, Catherine C. Gale (Colorado Real Estate) focuses on all aspects of real estate development, with an emphasis in acquisitions and dispositions, land use and public-private partnerships. Managing partner Bruce A. James (Colorado Real Estate – Hotels and Leisure) maintains a practice that’s active in markets across the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean as he guides the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of large-scale urban redevelopment projects and hotel/resort properties. Leslie Terry Jones (Nevada Real Estate) calls on more than 45 years of legal experience in Nevada, having represented the firm's major gaming and non-gaming clients in numerous real property and financing transactions. Lynda A. McNeive (Colorado Real Estate) applies more than 30 years of experience to representing developers and investors in retail, office, industrial, residential and mixed-use properties. Angela Turriciano Otto (Nevada Real Estate) routinely closes more that $1 billion in real estate gaming transactions annually, and has played a key role in some of Nevada’s most significant hospitality transactions for clients including Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts and Stations Casinos.
Brownstein’s natural resources department saw several shareholders secure Chambers honors:
Wayne F. Forman (Colorado Natural Resources and Environment) represents public and private clients in all aspects of Colorado water law, land use litigation, condemnation, and environmental law and litigation. Mark J. Mathews (Colorado Natural Resources and Environment), co-chair of the firm’s natural resources department, concentrates his practice on environmental and energy law and regulation, as well as complex litigation. A premier western water law expert, Steven O. Sims (New Mexico Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries – Water Law) focuses on water-related litigation, appeals, and administrative and transactional matters. With more than 24 years of experience, Scott S. Slater (California Environment) serves as special water counsel to investor-owned utilities, private equity groups, private corporations, special districts, cities and large landowners. He currently serves as president and general counsel for Cadiz, Inc. in its pursuit of developing groundwater in the Mojave Desert.
Shareholders David R. Arrajj and Frank A. Schreck received honors in the Nevada gaming and licensing practice area. Arrajj has represented Brownstein’s exclusive gaming clients in connection with issues such as licensing, regulatory investigations, compliance matters, financings, and mergers and acquisitions. Chair of the firm’s gaming law practice, Schreck represents many of the premier public and private gaming companies in licensing matters, including Caesars Entertainment, Station Casinos and Wynn Resorts.
Shareholders Andrew S. Brignone and Nancy A. Strelau received honors within Chambers’ labor and employment category. Brignone (Nevada Labor & Employment – ERISA) has more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits law, ERISA, labor law and employment law. Strelau (Colorado Labor & Employment – Employee Benefits & Compensation) works on an array of employee benefits such as qualified plans, non-qualified plans and executive compensation arrangements. Her clients include plan sponsors that are publicly traded and closely held companies, and governmental and tax-exempt entities.