Chambers and Partners recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its annual Chambers USA Guide with several top practice rankings including California environment; Colorado corporate/mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation – general commercial, natural resources and environment, and real estate; Nevada corporate/commercial, gaming and licensing, litigation – general commercial, and real estate; and New Mexico 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 Brownstein attorneys as the best in their respective fields with leading individual rankings.
Numerous shareholders received honors within Chambers’ corporate category:
Adam J. Agron (Colorado corporate/M&A), co-managing partner of Brownstein, was ranked among the best attorneys in the Colorado 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. 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. 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. Albert Z. Kovacs (Nevada corporate/commercial) received an Up & Coming attorney honor 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, with a particular emphasis on matters of Nevada corporate and LLC law.
Shareholders David R. Arrajj, Paul M. O’Gara and Frank A. Schreck ranked among the top gaming and licensing attorneys nationwide. Schreck and Arrajj also received honors in the Nevada gaming and licensing practice area. Arrajj (nationwide and Nevada gaming & licensing), 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 (nationwide gaming & licensing) 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. Schreck (nationwide and Nevada gaming & licensing), shareholder and chair of the firm’s gaming law practice, ranked among the top gaming and licensing attorneys as a Star Individual both nationwide and 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. Jennifer Carleton (Nevada gaming & licensing) ranked in the gaming and licensing practice area in Nevada. As a shareholder, she counsels clients on corporate and regulatory matters, focusing on the licensing aspects of deal structures and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, and public finance.
Shareholders Bill C. Berger, Andrew S. Brignone, Christine Samsel and Nancy A. Strelau received honors within Chambers’ labor and employment category. Berger (Colorado labor & employment) was ranked for his practice focusing on the representation of management and employers in labor and employment law matters, including both preventive counseling and litigation. Brignone (Nevada labor & employment – ERISA) has more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits law, ERISA, labor law and employment law. Samsel (Colorado labor & employment) advises companies on virtually every aspect of employment law, from advice and counseling, training and contract negotiation to litigation. 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.
Chambers’ litigation category also included Brownstein shareholder representation:
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. 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 project disputes and civil trial experience in the state and federal district courts and the U.S. Claims Court. 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. Tamara Beatty Peterson (Nevada litigation: general commercial) focuses on commercial and complex litigation representing both individuals and large public and private corporations. 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. Richard B. Benenson (Colorado litigation: general commercial) 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. John C. West (Arizona healthcare), also named a Recognized Practitioner, is an experience litigator with three decades of experience in health care litigation, regulatory and legal issues. Emily 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) concentrates his practice on environmental and energy law and regulation, as well as complex litigation. Ronda L. Sandquist (Colorado natural resources and environment) serves as a strategic advisor to clients on environmental, regulatory and legislative approaches for major projects and legal compliance. Scott S. Slater (California environment), co-chair of the firm’s natural resources department, 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 worked 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 routinely closes more than $1 billion in real estate gaming transactions annually and has played a key role in some of Nevada’s most significant hospitality transactions serving as Nevada counsel for clients including Caesars Entertainment, Station Casinos, and Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, to name a few.