Publisher Chambers and Partners recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its annual Chambers USA Guide with several practice rankings including California environment; Colorado corporate/mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, litigation – general commercial practices, natural resources and environment and real estate; Nevada corporate/commercial, gaming and licensing, litigation – general commercial, real estate; and New Mexico corporate/commercial - tax and litigation: general commercial.
Chambers and Partners has a staff of more than 100 full-time researchers who develop rankings of lawyers and practices based on written submissions provided by law firms, telephone interviews with clients and lawyers and other resources. Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team’s findings.
Chambers also recognized 30 leading individual rankings for Brownstein attorneys as the best in their respective fields.
Numerous shareholders received honors within Chambers’ corporate category:
Adam J. Agron, co-managing partner of Brownstein, was ranked as a top attorney in the Colorado (Colorado Corporate/M&A) practice area. He 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. Ellen Schulhofer (Nevada Corporate/Commercial), co-managing partner of the firm, was ranked as a top Nevada attorney in corporate/commercial matters. Schulhofer assists clients in a broad range of Nevada corporate and general business transactions, including public offerings, private financings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and equity and debt offerings. Timothy R. Van Valen (New Mexico Corporate/Commercial – Tax) was ranked as a top New Mexico attorney in the area of corporate and commercial: tax. Van Valen 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. 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. Gino A. Maurelli (Colorado Corporate/M&A) is co-chair of the firm’s corporate and business department and specializes in middle market mergers and acquisitions/private equity transactions. Albert Z. Kovacs, (Nevada – Corporate/Commercial) received a new personal ranking this year as an Up & Coming attorney in this category. His practice focuses on helping clients navigate complex corporate governance issues and counseling businesses in a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions. Michael W. King was named a Recognized Practitioner, a new category Chambers launched in 2014. King has a broad business transactional practice with special emphasis on health care transactions, mergers and acquisitions, lending finance, securities offerings and general corporate matters.
Shareholders Frank A. Schreck, David R. Arrajj and Paul M. O’Gara ranked among the top gaming and licensing attorneys nationwide. Schreck and Arrajj also received honors in the Nevada gaming and licensing practice area. Schreck, shareholder and chair of the firm’s gaming law practice, ranked among the top gaming and licensing attorneys both nationwide and as a star individual in Nevada for his superior efforts in private equity licensing. He also received a Star Individual ranking in the 2013 Chambers Global Guide for his strong, successful record in both Internet and land-based gaming. Schreck’s client list includes Apollo/TPG, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International, Pinnacle Entertainment, Station Casinos, bwin.party Digital Entertainment plc, William Hill plc, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, WMS Industries, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Churchill Downs, Oaktree Capital and Leonard Green. Arrajj, ranked among the top gaming and licensing attorneys nationwide and in Nevada, has represented most of Brownstein’s exclusive gaming clients in connection with issues such as licensing, regulatory investigations, compliance matters, financings, and mergers and acquisitions. With nearly 30 years’ experience in gaming law, O’Gara represents many premier casinos, casino holding companies, financial institutions and investors, as well as those who do business with casinos before the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and other gaming regulatory bodies both in the United States and foreign jurisdictions.
Shareholders Andrew S. Brignone, Nancy A. Strelau and Bill C. Berger received honors within Chambers’ labor and employment category. 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. Brignone (Nevada Labor & Employment – ERISA) has more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits law, ERISA, labor law and employment law. Berger (Colorado Labor & Employment) was ranked for the first time, and his practice emphasizes the representation of management and employers in labor and employment law matters, including both preventive counseling and litigation.
Chambers’ litigation category also had Brownstein shareholder representation:
Kirk B. Lenhard (Nevada Litigation – General Commercial) was ranked as a top Nevada attorney in the area of litigation: general commercial. Lenhard’s practice focuses on commercial and complex litigation, and his clients have included Clark County, McCarran Airport, Republic Services and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. John V. McDermott (Colorado Litigation – General Commercial) handles all types of commercial and securities litigation matters and represents entities in class action cases in state and federal courts. Hubert A. Farbes, Jr. (Colorado Litigation–General Commercial) focuses on construction and regulatory matters, including public utility matters, and natural resource and environmental litigation matters, with recent civil trial experience in the state and federal district courts and the U.S. Claims Court. Lawrence W. Treece (Colorado Litigation – General Commercial) maintains a practice that focuses on antitrust, corporate governance, class actions and securities litigation, with extensive experience trying cases in both federal and state courts. Tamara Beatty Peterson (Nevada Litigation – General Commercial) received a new personal ranking this year. She focuses on commercial and complex litigation representing both individuals and large public and private corporations. Eric. R. Burris (New Mexico Litigation – General Commercial), co-chair of the firm’s litigation department, received a new personal ranking in this category. He has more than 25 years of experience in complex civil litigation, primarily as defense counsel in matters that include commercial litigation issues, economic torts, intellectual property, employment and labor issues, complex/mass torts, products liability and other personal injury disputes. Richard B. Benenson was named a Recognized Practitioner. As co-chair of the firm’s litigation department, Benenson defends companies in commercial and complex litigation, antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, class actions and securities matters. Emily A. Renwick was named an Associate to Watch in the litigation: white collar and investigations category.
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) was ranked among the best New Mexico attorneys in the area of environment, natural resources and regulated industries: water law. Sims’ practice focuses on water-related litigation, appeals, and administrative and transactional matters. Ronda L. Sandquist, (Colorado Natural Resources and Environment), received a new personal ranking in this category. She serves as a strategic advisor to clients on environmental, regulatory and legislative approaches for major projects and legal compliance. Scott S. Slater (California Environment) was ranked as a top attorney in the California environment category. An experienced litigator, Slater’s legal practice emphasizes negotiation and strategic planning for clients seeking to secure new water supplies and assisting them in meeting their objectives for reliability and sustainability. Slater serves as special water counsel to investor-owned utilities, private equity groups, private corporations, special districts, cities and large landowners.
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, Bruce A. James (Colorado Real Estate – Hotels and Leisure) is ranked as a top attorney in the Colorado real estate: hotels and leisure category. Over the past year, James has continued to work on some of the most notable new hotel projects in Denver and nationally, including The Crawford Hotel at Union Station and The Art Hotel in Denver, the Hyatt Fitzsimons Hotel and Conference Center in Aurora, the Marriott Lane Field Hotel in San Diego and the Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California. Leslie Terry Jones (Nevada Real Estate), senior counsel, was ranked as senior statesman in the area of real estate. Calling on more than 45 years of legal experience in Nevada, Jones has represented the firm’s major gaming and non-gaming clients in numerous real property and financing transactions. Angela Turriciano Otto (Nevada Real Estate) was ranked as a top Nevada attorney in the area of real estate. Otto has played a key role in some of Nevada’s most significant hospitality transactions serving as Nevada counsel for clients, including Apollo/TPG, Station Casinos, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.