SNR Denton Announces Promotions in the United States

New Partners, Counsel and Principals Continue Tradition of Excellence

NEW YORK, March 12, 2012 - SNR Denton US LLP announced today the election of 16 new partners and the appointment of two counsel and two principals in its US offices. The promotions are effective January 1, 2012, and include lawyers and professionals resident in nine of the firm's US offices.

Those promoted to partner are: Matthew Adams, Gene R. Besen, Roland S. Chase, Steven M. Geiszler, Qian Huang, Andrea M. Kimball, Sean Leonard, Derek T. Neathery, Jessica M. Norris, Abraham D. Piontnica, Timothy J. Santoli, Jason A. Schumacher, Ryan W. Sears, Peter P. Thieman, Charles Vantine and Anders C. Wick. Todd Anderson and Charles Gelinas have been elevated to counsel. New principals are Mathew P. Lapinski and Mary Pat Lawrence. These lawyers and professionals represent the Capital Markets; Corporate; Energy, Environment and Resources; Intellectual Property and Technology; Litigation; Public Policy and Regulation; Real Estate; Tax; Trusts and Estates; and Venture Technology practices.

"We are pleased to be able to promote such a strong class that come from diverse backgrounds and span the majority of our US offices," said Peter D. Wolfson, SNR Denton's US chief executive, adding, "These colleagues are already accomplished professionals in their respective fields and have demonstrated the level of quality professional work and client service that are pillars of our firm."

Mike McNamara, SNR Denton's US managing partner, commented, "We congratulate our new partners, counsel and principals on attaining this milestone in their careers and we look forward to their continued contributions to our clients' success."

Elevated to Partner:

Matthew Adams (San Francisco, Energy, Environment and Resources) focuses on advising developers, public agencies, Indian tribes and trade associations on compliance with and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and other state and federal environmental impact assessment laws. Berkeley Law School, University of California, 2003, J.D.; University of California, 2003, Master of City Planning; University of California, 1999, M.A., Political Science; Northwestern University, 1998, B.A., with departmental honors.

Gene R. Besen (Dallas, Litigation) handles investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and US Department of Justice, as well as corporate internal investigations, and has extensive commercial litigation experience on behalf of financial institutions, corporations and funds. SMU Dedman School of Law, 2004, J.D.; Brandeis University, 2001, B.A.

Roland S. Chase (Short Hills, Venture Technology) focuses on securities transactions, including public offerings (IPOs, follow-on and secondary offerings) and private placements of equity and debt securities, corporate governance, and the reporting requirements under the US securities laws, and the listing standards of the national stock exchanges. University of Virginia School of Law, 2001, J.D., Virginia Law Review; Washington and Lee University, 1995, B.A., with honors, magna cum laude.

Steven M. Geiszler (Dallas, Intellectual Property and Technology) focuses on intellectual property litigation, with particular emphasis on patent litigation in federal district courts and before the US International Trade Commission. University of Virginia School of Law, 2001, J.D.; Baylor University, 1995, B.A.

Qian Huang (Washington, DC, Intellectual Property and Technology) is a technically trained patent litigator with many years' experience representing clients in proceedings in the ITC and the US district courts. Qian also prosecutes patents and advises clients on developing patent portfolios and monetizing IP. Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 2005, J.D.; Michigan State University, 1994, Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering; Kansas State University, 1989, M.S.

Andrea M. Kimball (Kansas City, Litigation) has extensive experience practicing business litigation, intellectual property, computer privacy, real estate litigation, product liability, pharmaceutical, trade secret, employment and non-competition agreement litigation. University of Toledo College of Law, 1997, J.D.; Western Michigan University, 1994, B.A.

Sean Leonard (Boston, Real Estate) concentrates on the representation of various participants in the equity financing of tax-advantaged transactions, focusing primarily on those generating federal and state low income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits and renewable energy tax credits. Suffolk University Law School, 1999, J.D., cum laude; Springfield College, 1990, B.S.

Derek T. Neathery (Chicago, Real Estate) concentrates in the areas of dispositions, acquisitions, leasing and development and also regularly works with clients on property ownership and management matters. University of Wisconsin Law School, 2005, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; University of Michigan, 2001, B.A., university honors.

Jessica M. Norris (Kansas City, Corporate) specializes in mergers and acquisitions, finance, securities regulation, corporate governance and general corporate law. She is part of a team of SNR Denton lawyers that serves as general counsel for Jordan Industries, Inc., Bolder Capital, LLC, RoundTable Healthcare Partners and Prolamina Corporation. School of Law, University of Missouri, 2002, J.D.; University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999, B.A.

Abraham D. Piontnica (New York, Trusts and Estates) concentrates his practice on domestic and international estate planning and administration, with a specialty in wealth preservation through effective tax planning. New York University School of Law, 1995, LL.M., Taxation; Columbia Law School, 1991, J.D., Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Transactional Law; Brooklyn College, 1988, B.A., summa cum laude.

Timothy J. Santoli (New York, Tax) has expertise in a wide variety of domestic and international federal income tax matters, including domestic and cross-border tax-planning strategies as well as taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of domestic and foreign corporations. New York University, 2002, LL.M., Taxation; Suffolk University, 2001, J.D., magna cum laude, Suffolk University Law Review; The State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1998, B.A.

Jason A. Schumacher (Dallas, Energy, Environment and Resources) assists clients ranging from energy holding and development companies to oil and gas companies to the financial institutions that provide debt and equity capital to such entities. He handles transactional and project development matters. The University of Texas School of Law, 2004, J.D.; Abilene Christian University, 2000, B.B.A., summa cum laude.

Ryan W. Sears (Dallas, Energy, Environment and Resources) focuses on representation of clients in the energy industry, primarily on matters relating to upstream and midstream oil and gas exploration, production and transportation. College of Law, University of Oklahoma, 2004, with honors, J.D.; University of Oklahoma, 2001, B.A.

Peter P. Thieman (Washington, DC, Energy, Environment and Resources) specializes in advising domestic and global investors, developers, utilities, lenders and electric cooperatives on renewable and conventional power-related deals and agreements, acquisition and financing transactions, and regulatory issues at the federal and state levels. Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1993, J.D., Energy and Environmental Law Certificate Program; University of Virginia, 1990, B.A.

Charles Vantine (St. Louis, Real Estate) has represented all types of construction industry clients in claims-related and transactional matters throughout the US. He has handled complex issue and multi-party litigation at the state, federal and appellate level, as well as in the alternative dispute resolution forum. St. Louis University, 2003, J.D.; Concordia College, 2000, B.A.

Anders C. Wick (Chicago, Litigation) is a litigator with a background in antitrust and class action defense, as well as construction and bankruptcy litigation. University of Michigan Law School, 2000, J.D., cum laude, Editor and contributing editor, Michigan Law Review; University of Chicago, 1996, A.B.

Elevated to Counsel:

Todd Anderson (New York, Tax) advises clients on the federal and state tax aspects of domestic and international private equity fund formations and operations; mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations; public and private debt and equity offerings; and general corporate, partnership and investment issues. New York University School of Law, 2005, Taxation, LLM; Suffolk University Law School, 1998, magna cum laude, J.D.; Boston College, 1994, Carroll School of Management, B.S.

Charles Gelinas (New York, Capital Markets) works on all aspects of the financing (through secured credit facilities, securitizations and repurchase facilities) of loans and securities secured by residential and commercial real estate, as well as receivables, with a focus on servicer advance facility transactions. Charles also serves as an adjunct professor in the Financial Services LLM program at New York Law School. Harvard Law School, 2001, J.D.; Dartmouth College, 1998, B.A.

Elevated to Principal:

Mathew P. Lapinski (Washington, DC, Public Policy and Regulation) specializes in federal and state legislative, regulatory and public policy advocacy for corporate, trade association, nonprofit and local government clients. Mat's substantive expertise includes financial services, insurance, health care and energy, and he also leads the firm's Information Capital practice, advising clients on the impact of legislative and regulatory developments on their business decisions. Georgetown University, 2002, B.A., Government and B.A., History, magna cum laude.

Mary Pat Lawrence (Washington, DC, Public Policy and Regulation) assists in advocating issues to Congress and federal agencies, particularly in the areas of insurance, federal funding, appropriations, financial services and the judiciary. Mary Pat joined the firm following service on Capitol Hill as counsel to Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby of Alabama on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. School of Law, University of Alabama, 2000, J.D.; University of Alabama, 1997, B.A.

About SNR Denton

SNR Denton is a client-focused international legal practice delivering quality and value. We serve clients in key business and financial centers from more than 60 locations worldwide, through offices, associate firms and special alliances across the US, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, Asia Pacific and Africa, making us a top 25 legal services provider by lawyers and professionals. Joining the complementary top tier practices of its founding firms—Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and Denton Wilde Sapte LLP—SNR Denton offers business, government and institutional clients premier service and a disciplined focus to meet evolving needs in eight key industry sectors: Energy, Transport and Infrastructure; Financial Institutions and Funds; Government; Health and Life Sciences; Insurance; Manufacturing; Real Estate, Retail and Hotels; and Technology, Media and Telecommunications. Please see for more information and Legal Notices.



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