Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced today 11 new shareholders: C.J. Chapman (Denver), Cristal Torres DeHerrera (Denver), Cara Elias (Denver), Josh Hicks (Las Vegas), Kory Langhofer (Phoenix), Kristin Macdonald (Denver), Andrew Moore (Las Vegas), Karl Schock (Denver), Ryan Smith (Washington, D.C.), Jay Spader (Denver) and David Spaulding (Denver).
As a member of Brownstein’s real estate department, C.J. Chapman’s practice focuses on the acquisition, disposition, development, financing and leasing of office buildings, shopping centers and other commercial properties. He also advises private companies on corporate matters, including partnership agreements, formation of entities and general corporate governance. Currently, Chapman serves as corporate counsel to one of the nation’s largest cattle feed manufacturers advising them on all corporate matters, including partnership agreements and corporate finance. In addition, he represents a large national REIT on a portion of their retail portfolio negotiating small to anchor-sized lease transactions for various properties across the U.S. Chapman also has extensive experience in negotiating office leases on behalf of landlords for multiple office buildings in the Denver-metropolitan area.
Working in Brownstein’s corporate and business department, Cristal Torres DeHerrera’s practice focuses on advising public and private companies on the full spectrum of securities laws and regulations and representing them in a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, equity and debt financings, fund formation, complex business transactions and general commercial and corporate matters. She also provides counsel on public and municipal finance law. DeHerrera’s recent work includes counseling a NASDAQ listed company on a stock-for-stock public company merger and serving as disclosure counsel for the City and County of Denver, Department of Aviation (DIA) financings. In addition, she has worked on numerous issues connected to the development and financing of a significant potash mine in Arizona, including the initial public offering and follow-on offerings. Active in the community, DeHerrera co-chaired the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 38th Annual Convention this past fall, which drew an international audience to Denver, and recently presented to the Downtown Denver Partnership on Engaging the Next Generation of City Builders. In addition, DeHerrera volunteers her time to numerous nonprofit service organizations and bar and trade associations.
Cara Elias counsels single-employer, multi-employer and governmental funds as well as qualified health plan issuers on ERISA and federal tax compliance. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the design, implementation and administration of health and welfare plans. On behalf of fund clients and their purchasing coalitions, Elias negotiates contracts with service providers, including consultants, third-party administrators, health care providers, hospital facilities, pharmacy benefit managers and utilization review companies. Elias also advises clients on HIPAA compliance matters.
Josh Hicks is a member of the firm’s government relations department and taxation group. His tax practice focuses on Nevada state and local tax matters, ranging from tax planning to litigated tax controversies. Hicks’ government affairs practice focuses on representation before the Nevada Legislature, local governments and state government agencies. In addition, Hicks practices in all aspects of Nevada campaign finance and election law, including all aspects of ballot initiatives.
Kory Langhofer serves as co-chair of the firm’s political law group, and his practice focuses on litigation and public law. Langhofer regularly initiates and defends litigation concerning election laws and civil rights, and represents clients in connection with investigations arising under political regulations. He also advises charitable and social welfare organizations in connection with political activities, and advises PACs in connection with formation, registration, disclosures and other matters. Before joining the firm, Langhofer served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, litigation counsel for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and the lead prosecutor in the trial of Sen. Scott A. Bundgaard before the Arizona State Senate Ethics Committee. He has spent hundreds of hours before federal grand juries and federal trial and appellate courts. Langhofer currently serves as general counsel to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Kristin Macdonald works in Brownstein’s corporate and business department where her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and public and private securities offerings. Macdonald represents companies, private equity investors, asset-based lenders and borrowers. She has represented several clients including one of the larger solar energy installers in the residential and commercial sectors in the U.S. in its successful completion of a $20 million underwritten follow-on public offering and a $9 million PIPE investment. Macdonald represented Gaiam, Inc. in the $51.5 million sale of its media division, and its acquisition of MyYogaOnline. She assisted in the representation of KSL Capital Partners in the sale of five iconic resort properties to TRT Holdings, owner of Omni Hotels & Resorts in a series of five related transactions. Macdonald also represented Western Athletic Clubs in its financing of a term loan from Ventas Healthcare Properties, Inc. and BroadHop, Inc. in a Series A-1 preferred stock financing from its existing venture capital investors and founders. She secured a $30 million financing for The Homestead, a historical luxury resort and spa in Virginia and leveraged dividend recapitalization of Cross MediaWorks, Inc. existing senior and subordinated indebtedness.
Working in the firm’s gaming group, Andy Moore represents clients with gaming regulatory and licensing matters before state agencies and local jurisdictional bodies in Nevada. Moore has assisted large institutional investors with gaming regulatory matters before the Nevada Gaming Control Board and other state gaming regulatory agencies. He has assisted clients with live entertainment tax appeals and administrative hearings before the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as well as obtaining special use permits from local jurisdictional bodies in southern Nevada. Moore also assists clients by reviewing and drafting rules for their promotional sweepstakes and contests. In 2013, Moore was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star and one of the Legal Elite by the Nevada Business Journal. Andy is a member of Brownstein’s Pro Bono and Karma committees, as well as a member of the 100 Hours Club of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada - Pro Bono Project. Additionally, Moore has written articles about gaming regulation for the William S. Boyd School of Law’s UNLV Gaming Law Journal and the State Bar of Nevada’s Nevada Gaming Lawyer publication.
Karl Schock works with the firm’s litigation department where his practice focuses on commercial and complex civil litigation, including contract disputes, corporate governance, business torts, antitrust, consumer protection, and securities matters. Schock also regularly represents clients in appeals before both state and federal appellate courts and has represented clients in enforcement actions brought by the Colorado Attorney General. Recently, Schock successfully defended a public pension fund against claims by the Colorado State Treasurer for breach of fiduciary duty and access to fund records, obtaining an order disposing of all claims on a motion before trial and then an affirmance of that order on appeal. Schock also recently prevailed in an eight-day arbitration on behalf of the manager of an ambulatory surgery center against a physician owner group, successfully obtaining injunctive relief securing his client’s management control over the center.
Ryan Smith is a member of the firm’s government relations department and energy, environment and resources strategies group where his practice focuses on water law, natural resources litigation, endangered species law, Indian law and government relations. Before joining Brownstein, Smith served as a senior legislative advisor to U.S. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, where he was instrumental in the development of federal legislation relating to Indian tribes and western natural resources. Before his service in the Senate, Smith was deputy counsel for the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Smith has a number of legislative accomplishments in Congress including Public Law 112-270, which amends Public Law 106-392 to maintain approximately $3 million in annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2019. He also was instrumental in the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, which authorizes and confirms four Indian water settlements totaling nearly $1 billion, including the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act, and a $3.4 billion settlement of financial mismanagement claims brought by American Indians against the United States Department of the Interior (Cobell v. Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior).
A member of the firm’s corporate finance group, Jay Spader’s practice focuses on representing both borrowers and lenders in a wide variety of complex financing transactions, including significant experience drafting and negotiating loan agreements, security documents, inter-creditor agreements and commitment papers. On the lender side, Spader’s practice has been focused on representing lead arranger banks in syndicated loan transactions and “club” deals. Notable recent clients have included KeyBank N.A. and CoBank. On the borrower side, Spader’s practice has been focused on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies principally in connection with leveraged buyouts. Notable clients have included: KRG Capital Partners, KSL Capital Partners, Ares Real Estate Group and Bow River Capital. Spader currently serves on the board of governors for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
David Spaulding works in Brownstein’s employee benefits group where his practice covers a wide range of employee benefits matters, including the design, implementation and administration of all types of tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements, equity-based compensation plans, and health and welfare plans. He advises clients on issues related to nonqualified and tax-qualified benefit arrangements including ERISA, IRC Section 409A and multidisciplinary issues involving corporate, securities and tax laws relating to employee benefits. Spaulding has experience with retirement; welfare and fringe benefits; design, implementation, administration and disclosure matters for domestic and international equity-based compensation plans; and reporting and payroll tax withholding requirements related to compensation and benefits. In the context of mergers and acquisitions, he conducts due diligence, negotiates agreement terms and advises on post-merger integration issues.