Publisher Chambers & Partners recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its annual Chambers USA Guide with Colorado practice rankings in: corporate mergers and acquisitions; intellectual property; labor and employment; litigation: general commercial; natural resources and environment; real estate: hotels and leisure; and real estate. The firm’s real estate and corporate/mergers and acquisitions practices were ranked among the best in the state, while the litigation: general commercial practice moved up in the rankings this year.
Chambers & 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 29 Brownstein attorneys as the best in their respective fields with leading individual rankings.
Numerous shareholders received honors within Chambers’ corporate category:
Co-Managing Partner Adam J. Agron (Colorado corporate/M&A) 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. Robert Attai (Colorado corporate/M&A) is a seasoned corporate attorney who manages domestic and international joint ventures, equity financings, procurement and merger & acquisition transactions in the energy, technology and real estate sectors. 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), co-chair of the firm’s corporate and business department, is a corporate finance attorney who specializes in middle market M&A/private equity transactions. Elizabeth D. Paulsen (Colorado corporate/M&A), co-chair of the firm’s corporate and business department, concentrates on joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate matters. Co-Managing Partner Ellen Schulhofer (Nevada-corporate/commercial) was ranked as a top Nevada attorney in corporate and commercial matters. Schulhofer assists clients in a broad range of corporate and general business transactions, including public offerings, private financings, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. Albert Z. Kovacs (Nevada-corporate/commercial) received a new ranking in the Nevada corporate and commercial matters 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 O’Gara and Frank A. Schreck ranked among the top gaming and licensing attorneys nationwide. Arrajj (nationwide and Nevada gaming & licensing) 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. In addition to gaming-related issues, O’Gara has represented individuals, companies and organizations with respect to other regulated leisure activities. His background encompasses a wide range of areas, including gaming-related compliance and securities issues. Schreck (nationwide and Nevada gaming & licensing), 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. He has received a Star Individual ranking in the Chambers Global Guide since 2013 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, Penn National Gaming, Inc., The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, bwin.party Digital Entertainment plc, William Hill plc, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, WMS Industries, and Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Schreck has also represented Steve Wynn, Marvin Davis, Ronald O. Perelman, Carl Icahn, Sumner Redstone, Leon Black and David Bonderman. Jennifer Carleton (Nevada gaming & licensing) was also ranked in the gaming and licensing practice area in Nevada. 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, Christine A. Samsel, Nancy A. Strelau and Andrew S. Brignone received honors within Chambers’ labor and employment category. Berger’s (Colorado labor & employment) practice emphasizes the representation of management and employers in labor and employment law matters, including both preventive counseling and litigation. Samsel (Colorado labor & employment) advises companies nationally 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 issues 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) has more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits law, ERISA, labor law and employment law.
Chambers’ litigation category also included Brownstein shareholder representation:
Richard B. Benenson (Colorado litigation: general commercial), co-chair of the firm’s litigation department, defends companies in commercial and complex litigation, antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, class actions and securities matters. Hubert A. Farbes, Jr. (Colorado litigation: general commercial) focuses on construction law, regulatory law, public utility law and natural resource law, with project disputes and civil trial experience that includes Colorado's $1.7 billion T-REX highway and light rail expansion project. 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. With extensive experience trying cases in both federal and state courts, Lawrence W. Treece (Colorado litigation: general commercial) maintains a practice that focuses on antitrust, corporate governance, class actions and securities litigation. Kirk B. Lenhard’s (Nevada litigation: general commercial) practice focuses on commercial and complex litigation, and his clients have included Clark County, McCarran Airport, Republic Services and Bally Technologies. Eric. R. Burris (New Mexico litigation: general commercial), co-chair of the firm’s litigation department, 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.
Brownstein’s natural resources department saw several shareholders secure Chambers honors:
Shareholders Scott S. Slater, Wayne F. Forman, Mark J. Mathews, and Ronda L. Sandquist were recognized within the natural resources and environment practice area. An experienced litigator, Slater’s (California environment) 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. Forman (Colorado natural resources & environment) represents public and private clients in all aspects of Colorado water law, land use litigation, condemnation, and environmental law and litigation. Mathews’ (Colorado natural resources & environment) practice concentrates on environmental and energy law and regulation, as well as complex litigation. Sandquist (Colorado natural resources & environment) serves as a strategic advisor to clients on environmental, regulatory and legislative approaches for major projects and legal compliance.
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 and has helped execute some of the biggest development transactions in the western U.S. Bruce A. James (Colorado real estate: hotels and leisure) worked on some of the most notable new hotel projects in Colorado and nationally, including: the Hyatt Fitzsimmons Hotel and Conference Center in Aurora; the Marriott Lane Field Hotel in San Diego and the Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California. Carolynne C. White (Colorado real estate: zoning/land use), co-chair of the firm’s real estate department, is an experienced land use and public policy attorney, with strong state and local government relationships. Her practice spans the land use, government relations, real estate and natural resources groups. Angela Turriciano Otto (Nevada real estate) 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, MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts, to name a few.