Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce two leadership promotions. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Nicole Ament, a shareholder in the firm’s Denver office, is chair of the Real Estate Department. Greg Berger, also a shareholder in the firm’s Denver office, is chair of the Corporate & Business Department.
“Over the years, both Nicole and Greg have been instrumental in contributing to the growth and evolution of the firm,” said Rich Benenson, Brownstein’s managing partner. “They are highly respected for their broad vision and extensive legal knowledge and we are looking forward to their continued leadership as department chairs.”
Since joining the firm in 1999, Ament has been an integral member of the Real Estate Department and was named chair of the firm’s Hospitality, Resort and Recreation Group in 2015. Building upon the strong foundation set by previous chairs, Ament will ensure the department continues to be at the forefront of real estate law. She brings more than 20 years of local and national experience working with complex real estate portfolios and large single assets, specializing in land use, development, financing and disposition unique to real estate portfolios with emphasis on resort and recreation work.
Berger is a longtime member of the Corporate & Business Department and respected for his tax expertise. During his more than 25 years with the firm, Berger has chaired the firm’s Tax Group and is a former member of the firm’s Management Committee. He works closely with the Government Relations Group on representing clients before Congress and the U.S. Department of the Treasury on significant tax policy and legislative issues. He also has extensive experience in corporate and partnership taxation and public finance.
Ament and Berger brought the firm’s real estate and corporate expertise together in 2019 to educate and advise clients on the investment potential of Opportunity Zones and structure transactions to take full advantage of the tax benefits associated with Opportunity Zones created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.