Publisher Chambers & Partners recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in its annual Chambers USA Guide as a top Colorado real estate practice, a top Nevada corporate and commercial practice, a top Nevada gaming and licensing practice, and a top New Mexico corporate and commercial practice.
Additionally, Brownstein was ranked among the best in Nevada real estate and litigation - general commercial practices. The Colorado labor and employment, natural resources and environment, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, and litigation – general commercial practices were also ranked among the best in their fields.
To compile the awards, Chambers & Partners hires a team of 40 full-time researchers to conduct more than 14,000 interviews with attorneys and their clients across the U.S. Since the rankings began in 1999, law firms and attorneys have been measured on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
Chambers also recognized 27 individual Brownstein attorneys as the best in their respective fields.
Managing partner Bruce A. James ranked as a top attorney in the Colorado real estate – hotels and leisure category. James maintains a practice that’s active in markets across the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean as he guides the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of large-scale urban redevelopment projects and hotel/resort properties.
Frank A. Schreck, shareholder and chair of the firm’s gaming law practice, ranked as a star performer among Nevada’s top gaming and licensing attorneys for his superior efforts in private equity licensing. Schreck’s clients have included many of the premier public and private gaming companies in licensing matters including Caesars Entertainment, Station Casinos, and Wynn Resorts.
Managing partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office, Ellen L. Schulhofer 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 restructuring.
Shareholder Kirk B. Lenhard 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 Shuffle Master.
Shareholder David R. Arrajj, ranked as a top Nevada gaming and licensing attorney, 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.
Shareholder Andrew S. Brignone was ranked as a top attorney in the employment – ERISA category in Nevada. Brignone has more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits law, ERISA, labor law and employment law.
Shareholder Nancy A. Strelau ranked as a top attorney in the Colorado labor and employment – employee benefits and compensation category. Strelau 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.
Shareholder Timothy R. Van Valen was ranked as a top New Mexico attorney in the area of corporate and commercial – tax. Van Valen devotes his energy to helping businesses, such as those invested in renewable energy projects, understand the State’s tax system as they expand in or relocate to New Mexico.
Several shareholders were touted within the Colorado real estate practice area. Edward N. Barad, 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. Catherine C. Gale’s 25 years of experience inform a practice that focuses on all aspects of real estate development, with an emphasis in acquisitions and dispositions, land use, and public-private partnerships. Lynda A. McNeive applies more than 30 years of experience to representing developers and investors in retail, office, industrial, residential and mixed-use properties.
Shareholders Adam J. Agron, Kevin A. Cudney and Jeffrey M. Knetsch were ranked among the best attorneys in the Colorado corporate/mergers and acquisitions practice area. Agron, co-chair of Brownstein’s corporate & business department, 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. A co-chair of Brownstein’s corporate & business department, Cudney asserts more than three decades of experience to guide a practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital formation, and securities advice. Knetsch, with distinguished clients such as TeleTech Holdings, Inc. and KRG Capital, focuses his practice on public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, private equity fund formation, and corporate restructurings and workouts.
Several shareholders were honored within the New Mexico corporate and commercial practice area. Ranked as a top attorney, Perry E. Bendicksen III’s practice focuses on private equity, venture capital, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Ranked as a top attorney, David P. Buchholtz’s practice focuses on government finance law, economic development and state tax incentive law. Bonnie J. Paisley and Jill K. Sweeney were also ranked among the best attorneys. Paisley advises clients—primarily technology companies—on business matters that include choice of entity, securities matters, contracts and various types of transactions. Sweeney focuses on government finance law, economic development and state tax incentive law, and government relations and securities law.
Several shareholders were ranked as among the best Colorado attorneys in the area of litigation – general commercial: Timothy R. Beyer, Hubert A. Farbes Jr., John V. McDermott and Lawrence W. Treece. Beyer’s practice focuses primarily on commercial and complex litigation, antitrust, securities, telecommunications, oil and gas law, class actions, and appeals. Farbes’ practice focuses on construction law, regulatory law, public utility law and natural resource law, with civil trial experience that includes Colorado's $1.7 billion T-REX highway and light rail expansion project. Co-chair of Brownstein’s litigation group, McDermott handles all types of commercial and securities litigation matters and represents entities in multimillion-dollar class action cases in state and federal courts. With extensive experience trying cases in both federal and state courts, Treece maintains a practice that focuses on antitrust, corporate governance, class actions and securities litigation.
Shareholders Wayne F. Forman and Mark J. Mathews were recognized within the Colorado natural resources and environment practice area. Forman represents public and private clients in all aspects of Colorado water law, land use litigation, condemnation, and environmental law and litigation. Mathews, co-chair of the firm’s natural resources department, concentrates his practice on environmental and energy law and regulation, as well as complex litigation.
In the realm of Nevada real estate, senior counsel Leslie Terry Jones was ranked as senior statesman and shareholder Angela Turriciano Otto was designated as an up and coming attorney. 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. Otto has played a key role in some of Las Vegas' most significant hospitality transactions, including the acquisition and sale of prominent properties on the strip and, most recently, she served as real estate and Nevada counsel to certain Caesars Entertainment Corporation subsidiaries with respect to a new $450 million credit facility to be used to complete the construction of the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace and to develop a retail, dining and entertainment project between the Imperial Palace and Flamingo properties.
A premier western water law expert, shareholder Steven O. Sims was ranked among the best New Mexico attorneys in the area of environment, natural resources and regulated industries – water law. Sims’ practice focuses on water-related litigation, appeals, and administrative and transactional matters.