Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce six first-year associates joined the firm in 2015. In Denver, Mike Havlik joins the Corporate Department, Gina Tincher joins the Litigation Department, Zach Siegel and Rob Steinhoff join the Real Estate Department and Mike Smith joins the Energy & Natural Resources Department. In Las Vegas, Jeffrey Lavigne joins the Litigation Department.
Mike Havlik’s corporate practice draws on his background in business and finance with hands-on familiarity in corporate structures, business financials, publicly and privately traded securities and complex mergers and acquisitions deals. Havlik graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a bachelor’s of arts and of science and earned his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.
Gina Tincher is a litigator with a background in law enforcement and oil and gas regulations. Prior to law school, she worked as a narcotics detective for the Gainesville Police Department in Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida, a Master of Science at Florida State University, and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law.
Zach Siegel will work with the Real Estate Department primarily on large-scale, mixed-use development projects. His experience ranges from negotiations to drafting contracts and includes navigating city government contracts, concessions agreements and a variety of leasing requirements. Siegel earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.
Rob Steinhoff’s real estate practice applies his prior real estate experience, including managing land acquisition, development, and marketing for a national homebuilding company. He uses that experience to help national real estate development clients navigate acquisitions, leasing, public and private debt financing including REITs, and joint ventures. Steinhoff earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Houston, his M.B.A. from the University of Florida, and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. He also served as a major in the United States Army with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mike Smith’s practice with the Energy & Natural Resources Department will focus on the legal and business ramifications of federal and state environmental regulations. He has experience working on cases involving water rights, water quality, public lands, and federal rulemaking. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point, after which he served two combat tours in Iraq as an infantry officer. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Jeffrey Lavigne’s practice will focus on commercial litigation and include assisting business clients in litigation disputes involving trial and arbitration. Lavigne earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nevada and his law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law. He previously taught public speaking at the College of Southern Nevada and University of Nevada. An active member of the Las Vegas community, he also volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Nevada.