Publisher Chambers & Partners recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its annual Chambers USA Guide with Colorado practice rankings in: corporate mergers and acquisitions; labor and employment; employee benefits; litigation: general commercial; intellectual property; natural resources and environment; and real estate. The firm’s real estate and corporate mergers and acquisitions practices were ranked among the best in the state. Brownstein was also recognized with Nevada practice rankings in the following categories: corporate and commercial; gaming and licensing; litigation: general commercial; and real estate. Brownstein's California practice was ranked in the environment category, and the New Mexico practice was recognized in the litigation: general commercial category. The firm also received national recognition for gaming and licensing.
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 27 Brownstein attorneys as the best in their respective fields with leading individual rankings.
Corporate & Business Department:
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) serves as counsel in joint ventures, stockholders and operating agreements; financings and restructurings; mergers; stock and asset purchases; corporate governance and other complex business transactions in a variety of industries including real estate, technology, energy and manufacturing. 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), 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 Paulsen (Colorado corporate/M&A) serves on the firm's executive committee, concentrates on joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate matters. Albert Z. Kovacs’ (Nevada corporate/commercial) 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. Ellen Schulhofer (Nevada corporate/commercial) assists clients in a broad range of corporate and general business transactions, including public offerings, private financings, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.
David R. 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. Paul 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. Frank A. Schreck (nationwide and Nevada gaming & licensing), 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. 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 Management/TPG, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, Wynn Resorts, Scientific Games Corporation, Pinnacle Entertainment, Station Casinos, Penn National Gaming, Inc., The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, GVC Holdings PLC (bwin.party/Ladbrokes), PlayAGS, Inc., Credit Suisse, The Drew (formerly Fontainebleu), 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. Ellen Whittemore (Nevada gaming & licensing) was also ranked as a top Nevada attorney in the gaming and licensing practice area. She has served as lead Nevada gaming regulatory counsel to MGM Resorts International for over fifteen years and with her extensive background in gaming law and regulatory practice, she has represented many other gaming companies in compliance, regulatory investigations, financings, and mergers and acquisitions. She represents many of the leading gaming technology firms engaged in skill-based and other new gaming offerings.
Employment and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation groups:
Lisa Hogan (Colorado labor & employment) has extensive trial experience and knowledge of how business issues play out in court. Her clients include various large regional companies in industries ranging from health care to aviation, energy and engineering/construction to food service, public utilities to telecommunications. Christine A. Samsel (Colorado labor & employment) advises companies nationally on virtually every aspect of employment law, from advice and counseling, training and contract negotiation to corporate transactions, and is a seasoned litigator, regularly representing clients in administrative proceedings, arbitration and state and federal courts, as well as assisting companies in internal and governmental audits. Nancy 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. Andrew S. Brignone (Nevada labor & employment ERISA) has more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits law, ERISA, labor law and employment law.
Richard B. Benenson (Colorado litigation: general commercial) is 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) practice focuses on construction law, regulatory law and environmental law, with major infrastructure experience that includes Denver International Airport and the metro area’s beltway development projects, including the region’s $1.7 billion T-REX multi-modal [highway/lightrail] expansion project. 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 Clark County Dept. of Public Works. Eric R. Burris (New Mexico litigation: general commercial) is co-chair of the firm’s litigation department. Burris 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.
Natural Resources Department:
An experienced litigator, Scott S. 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. Wayne F. 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. Mark J. Mathews’ (Colorado natural resources & environment) practice concentrates on environmental and energy law and regulation, as well as complex litigation. Ronda L. Sandquist (Colorado natural resources & environment) serves as a strategic advisor to clients on environmental, regulatory and legislative approaches for major projects and legal compliance.
Real Estate Department:
The Colorado real estate practice area highlighted 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 Boston Seagate Hyatt Hotel; the Marriott Lane Field Hotel in San Diego; and the Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station and the Maven Hotel at the Dairy Block in Denver. Carolynne C. White (Colorado real estate: zoning/land use), shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s real estate department, practice spans the land use, government relations, real estate and natural resources groups. She is an experienced land use and public policy attorney, with strong state and local government relationships. Angela Turriciano Otto (Nevada real estate) continues to be 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 transactions serving as Nevada counsel for clients including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, the Clark County Stadium Authority and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts to name a few.