SNR Denton Soars as Market Attracted to Unique Proposition

Law firm adds 20 senior professionals in first three months of 2012 including 12 new partners; arrivals extend from New York to Moscow, Dallas and Washington.

April 5, 2012 - Global law firm SNR Denton has expanded its expert ranks with 20 prominent professionals in the first three months of 2012. Twelve partners, seven counsel/senior advisors and one principal have joined several of the firm’s offices including Dallas, Kansas City, London, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, DC. Earlier this month, the firm announced 20 promotions in the United States including 16 partners, two counsel and two principals—demonstrating that growth is being driven from both within and outside the firm.

"It is a testament to our global platform that such a high level of talent and experience in the legal industry are moving their practices and clients to SNR Denton," said Elliott I. Portnoy, SNR Denton’s Global Chief Executive. "Last year we attracted more than 80 new partners, principals and senior advisors to our firm, and we expect this year to continue that level of growth and trajectory."

As a result of the latest intake, several of the firm’s key practice areas bolstered their capabilities. The Banking and Finance/Financial Institutions and Funds team added four laterals; the Energy, Transport and Infrastructure group expanded by five; the Intellectual Property and Technology practice added four partners; the International Tax team added three partners, a counsel and a project director; the Public Policy and Regultion team increased by two—a principal and a senior advisor; and the Hotels and Health Care teams added a partner each.

In addition to welcoming a number of accomplished professionals from other law firms, several of the new arrivals bring top-level US government sector experience at both the federal and state levels.

Senior laterals who have joined SNR Denton since January 1:

Martin A. Bruehs (Washington, DC; Intellectual Property and Technology; partner) will serve as Chair of the Chemical Patent Practice at SNR Denton. His practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of US and international patent applications in a range of technologies including chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical/cosmetic products and nanotechnology - for more information.

Charles R. Bruton (Washington, DC; Intellectual Property and Technology; partner) focuses his practice on patent, trademark and other complex commercial litigation. He has served as trial counsel in dozens of cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States - for more information.

Scott W. Cummings (Washington, DC; Intellectual Property and Technology; partner) former Primary Examiner at the US Patent & Trademark Office. He focuses his practice on various areas of technology, science and engineering, including solar energy, fuel cells, catalysts, nanotechnology, metallurgy, inorganic chemistry, medical devices and automotive technologies - for more information.

Robert S. Gelbard (Washington, DC; Public Policy and Regulation; senior advisor) in his prior career in the United States Foreign Service, Ambassador Gelbard held numerous senior foreign policy positions, including as the President’s Special Representative for the Balkans, Ambassador to Indonesia and Bolivia, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South American Affairs, Director for Southern African Affairs and Deputy Director for Western European Affairs - for more information.

Sheila M. Geraghty (New York; Tax; counsel) focuses on developing international structuring strategies, supply chain planning, transfer pricing planning and documentation, audit support for transfer pricing, foreign tax credit planning, FIN 48 analysis, qualified cost sharing agreements and buy-in payment analysis and advanced pricing agreement and tax audit support - for more information.

Terry Goddard (Phoenix; Public Policy and Regulation; senior counsel) previously served for eight years as the Arizona State Attorney General, where he led successful prosecutions across a wide range of matters including combating border smuggling and money laundering, protecting consumers and the environment and fighting mortgage fraud. At SNR Denton, Goddard focuses on consumer protection, financial services, environmental and anti-money laundering issues - for more information.

Edward Hickman (London; Banking and Finance; partner) is a leading structured finance partner, with expertise in all types of securitisation (ABS, CMBS, CDOs and WBS), loan portfolio sales, project bonds, structured utility bonds, covered bonds, commercial real estate, multi-source intercreditor arrangements, derivatives and regulatory capital - for more information.

Karl V. Hopkins (Washington, DC; Corporate/Energy, Transport and Infrastructure; partner) concentrates on the development, construction, start-up and operation of large international energy projects. Hopkins has represented a number of prominent companies including: national oil companies (NOCs), independent oil and gas producers, refining companies, pipeline companies and oilfield service companies - for more information.

David M. Hryck (New York; Tax; partner) named US Head of International Tax. With over 17 years of experience as a tax and business lawyer, Hryck advises clients on the tax and business aspects of structuring their domestic and cross-border operations and investments. - for more information.

David M. Klein (Washington, DC; Hotels and Leisure; partner) is primarily focused on the hospitality and leisure industry. He has been actively involved in the hotel industry for the past 13 years in various capacities, including private practice and as a founding principal for a lifestyle boutique firm and a hospitality corporation - for more information.

Robert Kramer (Silicon Valley/San Francisco; Intellectual Property and Technology; partner) is a trial lawyer and veteran patent litigator with decades of experience handling complex patent infringement cases in the district courts and International Trade Commission (ITC) - for more information.

Jeffrey S. Korenblatt (Washington, DC; Tax; partner) concentrates his practice on international tax planning for public and private multinational companies - for more information.

Lisa M. Ledbetter (New York; Corporate/Financial Institutions and Funds; partner) - most recently vice president and deputy general counsel at Freddie Mac. Her practice will include a focus on Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act - for more information.

Charles A. Luband (New York; Health Care; partner) has worked with a broad range of health care providers, associations and companies on a wide range of health care regulatory and reimbursement issues, including Medicare and Medicaid issues, the 340B drug pricing program and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). He is highly knowledgeable about health care provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and in the Affordable Care Act - for more information.

Marina Makanova (New York; Tax; project director) specializes in strategic business planning, financial performance management, streamlining business processes, knowledge management and practice integration, lateral recruiting and business development and client relations - for more information.

David A. Mason (New York; Tax; partner) focuses his practice on transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, including venture capital, and private equity and corporate governance and strategic advising, including for start-ups, in technology, real estate, retail, entertainment and fashion - for more information.

Sinan Pismisoglu (Washington, DC; Corporate/Energy, Transport and Infrastructure; Foreign Law Specialist) focuses on the representation of public and private entities in international litigation, project finance, privatization, construction, real estate development and management. He has also participated in major power project finance performed in Turkey, and performed due diligence for IFC and EBRD with respect to their investments in Turkey - for more information.

Shon C. Ramey (Washington, DC; Corporate/Energy, Transport and Infrastructure; counsel) focuses on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financings. Prior to moving to SNR Denton, Ramey was in Abu Dhabi, UAE where among other engagements he was the senior foreign counsel representing a sovereign wealth fund in the privatization of their national air carrier - for more information.

Dmitry Shiryaev (Moscow; Banking and Finance; counsel) experience includes advising major Russian and international clients on a broad range of banking, finance and capital markets transactions, including secured and unsecured lending, lease and mortgage finance, project finance, securitisations and with respect to securities regulation, insolvency proceedings and related litigation.

Kelvin Simmons (Kansas City and St. Louis; Public Policy and Regulation; principal) is the former Commissioner of Administration and Senior Cabinet Director for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon - for more information.

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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