Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Jennifer M. Anderson, Benno M. Guggenheimer, Dulcinea Z. Hanuschak, Ryan L. Nichols, Garrett M. Smith and Rick D. Thomas have joined the firm as associates in the firm’s Denver office.
Jennifer M. Anderson is a member of the Natural Resources Department. Her practice focuses on all aspects of natural resources and environmental law with a particular focus on water quality, remediation, water rights, telecommunications and energy. She has represented clients in court and before administrative agencies and testified as an expert in the area of Federal Communications Commission law before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the Director of Alcohol and Gaming for the State of New Mexico. Prior to that, Anderson practiced natural resources law at what is now Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. She earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico Law School and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.
Benno M. Guggenheimer is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Group. His experience is focused on patent prosecution, patent analysis, and patent litigation related to electronic devices, software products, medical devices and automated systems. He has also provided patent counseling for high-stake patent litigation matters for numerous Fortune 500 companies. His technical background includes more than 10 years of experience in research and product development. He served as senior mechanical engineer and project manager with Dakocytomation, senior hardware engineer at Agilent Technologies and project engineer at CBW Automation. His engineering work resulted in 10 U.S. patents for inventions in biomedical instrumentation, optical sensors, and high-precision optical alignment systems. Prior to joining the firm, Guggenheimer was an associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco, Calif., and a judicial extern for the Honorable George P. Schiavelli in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. He earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
A member of the Natural Resources Department, Dulcinea Z. Hanuschak’s practice focuses on water and environmental law. She has experience representing corporate, non-profit, municipal and individual clients in administrative proceedings, litigation and appeals in both state and federal court. She has provided legal representation in water and public land cases as well as National Environmental Policy Act litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Hanuschak was an associate at Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin in Santa Fe, N.M. for four years. She also served as a law clerk at Trout, Raley, Montano, Witwer & Freeman and at White & Jankowski and as an intern at Colorado Water Trust. She earned her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
Ryan L. Nichols is a member of the Corporate & Business Department where his practice focuses on general corporate matters, business entity formation and restructuring, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legal intern at Molson Coors Brewing Company, where he focused on contract drafting for both corporate and commercial agreements and was involved in negotiating and drafting service agreements with IT vendors and as well as distribution agreements for the sale of malt beverages. Nichols has also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Howard R. Tallman in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College.
Garrett M. Smith is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Group. He has experience in drafting patent applications related to mechanical devices, power systems, software, semiconductor technology and medical devices. He has prosecuted numerous applications, as well as managed intellectual property portfolios for clients in addition to counseling on various matters, including patent/trademark procurement, intellectual property planning and business-related strategy. Prior to joining the firm, Smith was an associate with Hoffman Warnick LLC in Albany, N.Y., and a law clerk for Davis & Bujold, PLLC in Concord, N.H. He earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Rick D. Thomas is a member of the Real Estate Department. His practice focuses on representing clients, including REITs, in connection with the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of commercial properties, including shopping centers, medical office buildings, assisted living facilities, CCRCs, independent living facilities, hotel properties, golf courses and amusement parks. Prior to joining Brownstein, he was an associate at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in Orlando, Fla. Thomas also served as a legal intern in the general counsel’s office for CNL Financial Group, one of the nation’s largest private real estate investment and development companies. He earned his law degree from Emory University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.