Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced today that the firm is transitioning to its new leadership of co-managing partners for a two-year term effective June 1. The new co-managing partners are shareholders Ellen Schulhofer and Adam Agron. Schulhofer and Agron currently serve on the firm’s executive committee. Bruce James will be returning to the full-time practice of law with the firm after 10 years of serving as managing partner.
Steve Farber, president and founding partner of the firm, said, “The firm has benefited greatly from Bruce’s leadership. The success and growth we’ve experienced could not have been achieved without his steady hand and artful direction.”
James will be returning to his real estate practice, where he most recently was involved in the Union Station hotel, DaVita world headquarters and Colorado Justice Center projects. During James’ tenure as managing partner, the firm grew from a Denver-based firm with 110 lawyers and policy advisors to one of the 200 largest law firms in the nation that today includes 250 lawyers and policy advisors. James steered the firm through two successful mergers and was instrumental in the firm’s expansion into Arizona, California, Nevada and New Jersey. The firm reported 2012 revenue of $150 million and its Washington, D.C., lobbying practice ranked fourth in total revenue in 2012.
“I appreciate the firm’s support in having me continue for another term but after 10 years, the time is right for this transition,” James said. “We’re fortunate to have two qualified and accomplished leaders in Ellen and Adam to continue building upon the firm’s strategy of specialty, high-end practice expertise in the West, national gaming and water dominance and a top five federal lobbying practice.”
Schulhofer is a shareholder in the firm’s Las Vegas office where she has been serving as that office’s managing partner for more than 10 years. In her practice, she assists clients in a broad range of corporate and general business transactions. She represents public and privately held gaming and non-gaming companies, as well as financial institutions, investment banks and private equity funds, and serves as Nevada counsel in public offerings, financings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and other complex transactions.
Agron is a shareholder in the firm’s Denver office where he co-chairs the firm’s Corporate and Business Department. In his practice, he represents private equity funds, investment banks, private and public companies, sponsors and entrepreneurs in a diverse set of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, leveraged and management buyouts and corporate restructurings.
Schulhofer and Agron will maintain active law practices in their respective offices while co-managing the firm. Similar to James, Schulhofer and Agron will work closely with Blane Prescott, the firm’s chief executive officer, who will continue overseeing much of the firm’s business functions.
“While I am pleased with our financial accomplishments, that is not where I feel the most pride,” James said. “Ten years ago we did not have a pro bono committee, a full-time community relations director, a professional development director, a diversity committee or a wellness committee. What makes me most proud is that while balancing the demands for financial success, together we experienced tremendous growth and created a culture that demonstrated that a firm could achieve success in all of these areas, and yet never ignore the bottom line.”