Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced today 14 new promotions, including: eight shareholders: Sean Bahoshy (Denver), Amy Diaz (Denver), Benno Guggenheimer (Denver), Erin Lewis (Las Vegas), Bryce Loveland (Las Vegas), Ali Metzl (Denver), Tenley Oldak (Denver) and Rita Wu (Denver); two Of Counsel, Ryan J. Cudnik (Reno) and Emily Holmes (Denver); one Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Rosanna L. Carvacho (Sacramento); one Senior Policy Advisor, Zachary S. Pfister (Washington, D.C.); and two Policy Directors, Brooks A. Brunson (Washington, D.C.) and Cate McCanless (Washington, D.C.).
Founded in 1968, Brownstein practices in the areas of real estate, natural resources, public policy, corporate and litigation. With more than 250 attorneys and legislative consultants in offices across the western U.S. and in Washington, D.C., and Atlantic City, the firm works in industries ranging from health care, real estate, hospitality, private equity and telecommunications, to technology, construction, energy, banking and finance, water and gaming.
As a member of Brownstein’s real estate department, Sean Bahoshy’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on the acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial properties. He has extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in connection with real estate financing transactions, including working with private equity and institutional lenders and on loans intended for securitization. In addition, Bahoshy maintains an active hospitality practice and regularly serves as counsel to buyers, sellers, owners and hotel operating companies with respect to the purchase and sale, financing and management of hotels and resorts.
Working in Brownstein’s real estate department, Amy Diaz puts her broad experience managing complicated real estate deals to work for both developers and investors providing strategic counsel on acquisitions and dispositions for commercial development and large-scale commercial leasing. In her lending practice, Diaz represents commercial banks, private equity firms, insurance companies and commercial borrowers in connection with senior, mezzanine, construction and permanent loans secured by real and personal property.
Benno Guggenheimer is a member of the firm’s intellectual property group where his practice includes patent prosecution and patent analysis for electronic devices, software products, medical devices, manufacturing and automated systems. He works closely with his clients to develop patent portfolios that are relevant and enforceable. Guggenheimer routinely provides analysis for patent acquisitions, preparation for licensing, license enforcement and patent litigation. He applies years of litigation experience to patent disputes and is skilled at asset evaluation, patent due diligence, assessment of patent validity and infringement analysis.
Erin Lewis, also a member of the firm’s intellectual property group, works with gaming, entertainment and hospitality clients in acquiring, protecting and enforcing intellectual property assets with an emphasis on trademarks, domain names, copyrights and rights of publicity. Lewis is skilled in managing large-scale trademark portfolios and advises clients at every stage of brand development. With concentrated knowledge in the emerging field of cyber law, she also is at the forefront of brand protection and enforcement on the Internet and regularly assists clients in recovering infringing domain names through various legal and administrative proceedings.
Bryce Loveland is a member of the litigation department and uses his experience and knowledge of the health care industry to advise clients on complex employee benefits laws. His experience representing national health insurance plans in litigation while also counseling multiemployer pension, health, training and vacation plans and trusts on compliance issues gives him the ability to understand issues affecting his clients from multiple perspectives. Loveland uses his diverse skill set to help protect plans and trusts in litigation, and in ERISA, HIPAA and Affordable Care Act compliance. He also assists with Department of Labor audit defense and collection of unpaid employee benefit contributions, withdrawal liability and third party reimbursement.
Ali Metzl works in Brownstein’s corporate and business department specializing in middle market M&A/private equity transactions with a current emphasis on consumer products, hospitality and health care. She represents private equity funds, other financial sponsors and their portfolio companies as well as entrepreneurs and business owners in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, follow-on investments, internal reorganizations, divestitures, minority investments, equity financings, corporate governance advice and management equity arrangements. Metzl co-founded and currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative which seeks to develop female attorneys and policy professionals into leaders in their respective practice groups, the firm and the communities in which they live.
Working in Brownstein’s corporate and business department, Tenley Oldak advises clients ranging from individuals and emerging businesses to Fortune 500 companies on strategies to efficiently and effectively achieve their tax and business planning goals. She counsels clients in a broad range of tax and other corporate needs, including mergers and acquisitions, tax aspects of real estate transactions (including like-kind exchanges), partnership and joint venture formation and taxation, tax controversies, tax-exempt entities, and other tax planning and advice for business entities and individuals.
Dr. Rita Wu is part of the firm’s intellectual property life sciences patent group. When advising her clients, she blends her technical expertise in molecular and cellular biology with 15 years of patent law experience. Her background includes a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology as well as clinical research experience as a post‑doctoral fellow studying cancer immunotherapies at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is a trusted advisor to biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and medical device companies nationwide. Her practice encompasses strategic patent prosecution, counseling, related due diligence reviews and opinion work.
As a member of Brownstein’s intellectual property group, Ryan J. Cudnik manages high-profile patent litigation cases, including many involving “blockbuster” pharmaceutical products with global sales exceeding $1 billion per year. His complex patent enforcement experience includes multidistrict litigations, Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigations, and unfair import investigations (section 337 patent infringement actions) in the U.S. International Trade Commission. Cudnik has also managed high-stakes gaming litigations that involved a blend of intellectual property and contract issues.
Emily Holmes is a member of the intellectual property group where she leverages her intellectual property experience to help clients develop, protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in the United States and internationally. With a focus on protecting her clients’ interests while fostering growth in their businesses, she also frequently drafts and negotiates intellectual property agreements and advises on advertising and promotional materials. Holmes is a certified privacy and data security practitioner, and has earned the designation CIPP/US from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Rosanna L. Carvacho is a member of the government relations department and uses her in-depth knowledge of the legislative process, experience navigating complex issues and relationships with legislators and senior staff to identify issues impacting individuals and businesses in California. Longstanding connections with policy makers, top advisors to the Governor, and state agency and department officials at all levels, help her effectively represent her clients by advocating for the passage of legislation or to stop or modify legislation conflicting with her clients' interests. Carvacho has managed successful legislative negotiations with leading government officials, an array of interest groups, lobbyists and agency representatives on numerous controversial statewide policies. She works with Fortune 500 companies, public and private companies of all sizes, and statewide associations. She has also represented multiple water districts, special districts, cities and counties throughout California.
Zachary S. Pfister is a member of the government relations department. Pfister built his career in Democratic politics while serving as legislative director for Representative Larry Kissell (D-NC), and as an aide to Representative Brad Ellsworth (D-IN). Most recently, he served as the lead Democratic lobbyist for the House of Representatives at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the premier trade association for credit unions representing over 100 million members and 40 affiliated state associations. Pfister’s relationships among congressional Democrats are deep and extend across the moderate and progressive spectrum of the Democratic Caucus. Pfister utilizes this broad network of relationships to identify opportunities for collaboration between clients and members of Congress. He has been especially successful in identifying new generations of policy champions as Congress has seen significant turnover in membership in recent years.
As a member of the government relations department, Brooks A. Brunson provides support on strategic federal lobbying initiatives for clients in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining the firm, Brunson was senior director of congressional affairs and PAC director for Qwest Communications where he formed and maintained relationships with congressional offices. He attended hearings, assisted in creating Qwest's positions and strategy on Capitol Hill, drafted memos regarding legislation and its possible effects on Qwest and the telecommunications industry. Brunson also managed and controlled QWESTPAC where he lobbied members of Congress on telecom issues, wrote e-campaigns from Qwest executives, and organized events and fundraisers for members in Washington, D.C.
Cate McCanless is also a member of the government relations department where she manages the advocacy and policy agendas for clients in the health care sector. Relying on her years of experience, McCanless is viewed as a resource in Washington, providing strategic advice and insights that help frame legislative and regulatory debates. During her career, she has represented and advised clients across the health care spectrum, including physician organizations, hospitals, consumer organizations, health care technology companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and non-profit organizations regarding federal health care programs and policies. Her recent successful work challenging the Food and Drug Administration to apply more accurate risk/benefit profiles to needed therapies for obesity was acknowledged by Professional Women in Advocacy with their Excellence in Advocacy for an Up and Coming Practitioner Award.