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By a vote of the partnership, the global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has elected 17 new lawyers to partnership in the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This brings the number of partners firmwide to 561.

This is BCLP’s second class of new partners since the merger of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2018. Consistent with the firm’s core values and commitment to diversity, this class is diverse in terms of geography and ethnicity. In addition, almost 60 percent of the new partners are women.

“This has been a remarkable year for BCLP as our firm advances and develops, and we are excited to share our vision with this talented group of new partners,” said firm Co-Chair Lisa Mayhew. “Our firm continues to thrive across our global platform, bolstered by the addition of these new partners. We congratulate them all.”

The new partners are: 

Cathryn Benedict, St. Louis

Cathryn Benedict is a member of the Tax Advice & Controversy Group. Her transactional practice includes representing public and private companies in taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations and restructurings, and analysis of domestic and international tax issues associated with such transactions. Her federal tax controversy experience includes representation of business entities before the IRS with respect to matters relating to acquisitions, partnerships, restructurings, and research credit. She also serves as an adjunct professor for the Master of Laws in Taxation program at Washington University School of Law, where she teaches Advanced Corporate Taxation.

Jennifer Berhorst, Kansas City

Jennifer Berhorst specializes in commercial and employment litigation. Her litigation practice includes all aspects of the litigation process, including case strategy, motion practice, depositions, court hearings and pre-trial preparations. She also defends employers against class and collective actions alleging state and federal wage and hour violations and advises on various labor and employment matters, including proper employee classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Erin Brooks, St. Louis

Erin Brooks is an environmental attorney whose national practice specializes in real estate redevelopment and renewable energy. She leads responses to regulatory and enforcement actions, site investigation and remediation, transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, compliance counseling encompassing all environmental media, and all phases of litigation. As part of her brownfield redevelopment practice, she routinely represents real estate developers, investors and sellers in all phases of transactional matters.

Leah Fiorenza McNeill, Atlanta

Leah Fiorenza McNeill practices in the Restructuring & Insolvency Group. Her experience includes representation of distressed companies, Chapter 11 liquidating trustees, creditors’ committees, DIP Lenders, stalking horse bidders and secured and unsecured creditors. She has handled litigation and appeals in bankruptcy and insolvency matters in federal and state courts, with particular experience in Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Texas. She has participated in multiparty mediations and has led commercial arbitration proceedings. On the transactional side of her restructuring practice, Leah has substantial experience in complex out-of-court workouts, ABCs, and liquidations. She has particular industry experience in food and beverage and healthcare. 

Heather Goldman, Washington

Heather Goldman is an experienced commercial litigator who regularly assists clients with resolving complex commercial disputes and responding to government investigations and inquiries.  A former producer for CNN, she has represented clients in connection with matters involving the First Amendment and other media law issues, the Americans with Disabilities Act and website accessibility, intellectual property disputes, and false advertising.  She has also represented clients in connection with litigation involving securities and corporate matters, contract claims, business torts, and employment matters.  She has significant experience advising and assisting clients in conducting internal investigations and responding to government inquiries.

Elizabeth Haden, Kansas City

Beth Haden’s practice is focused on the representation of lenders and borrowers in lending transactions. She has significant experience in assisting clients with all phases of a financing, from the structuring of a deal, to drafting and negotiating the required documentation, and handling complex closings, through loan enforcements and workouts. She regularly represents clients in single-bank, club and syndicated credit facilities, with areas of emphasis in commercial and industrial, real estate, unsecured, agricultural, construction, and asset-based loans.

Timothy Hanson, Denver

Tim Hanson is a member of the firm’s Transactions Client Service Group and Private Equity Team. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity and strategic transactions, commercial transactions, corporate law matters and executive and equity compensation issues. He has experience advising private equity funds and public and private corporations regarding their M&A and commercial transactions, as well as advising on day-to-day corporate and compensation issues.

Timothy Hasken, St. Louis

Tim Hasken focuses his trial and appellate practice on product liability, mass tort, and consumer class action defense.  He has defended numerous pharmaceutical, agricultural, automotive, and consumer product manufacturers in venues across the country. He has been a member of high-stakes trial teams in both evidentiary and legal issues roles. He has also authored appeals in numerous federal and state appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and many U.S. Courts of Appeals and state Supreme Courts.

Linda Hsu, Los Angeles

Linda Hsu practices in the Class Actions, Product Liability, and Commercial Disputes Groups. She has experience litigating issues confronting small and large companies, including defense of companies against class, complex, and multidistrict claims in federal and state courts throughout the United States. She handles cases in all stages of litigation and represents businesses ranging from financial institutions to emerging technology companies against putative consumer class action matters. She often defends aircraft manufacturers, maintenance service providers, component part manufacturers, and aviation service companies in accidents and airport incidents, as well as in mass toxic-tort litigation.

Lindsay Sklar Johnson, Atlanta

Lindsay Sklar Johnson practices primarily with the Antitrust & Competition Practice Group. She handles a variety of antitrust litigation with a focus on representing corporate plaintiffs who choose to opt-out of class actions to separately pursue antitrust recovery. Lindsay also represents defendants in antitrust cases, including class actions. Apart from litigation, Lindsay advises clients on a variety of competition-related issues, provides companies with antitrust training and compliance programs, and assists corporate clients with merger clearance. 

Ciarán Londra, London

Ciarán Londra is a member of the Real Estate Sector. He has a broad commercial property practice advising landlords, tenants, developers, investors and other stakeholders on real estate JVs, sales and purchases of real estate at the asset and corporate level as well as complex lease and pre-let transactions. Having spent eight months on secondment in the corporate real estate team of a large London clearing bank, he also regularly advises borrowers and bankers on the real estate aspects of complex investment and development financings.

Claire Morel de Westgaver, London

Claire Morel de Westgaver is a dual-qualified arbitration practitioner admitted to practice law in England and Wales and in the U.S. (New York). Claire has a mixed common / civil law background and practices in English and French. She has been involved in arbitrations conducted under the arbitration rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, AAA-ICDR, CCJA, CEPANI and WIPO and has particular experience of disputes relating to technology, corporate transactions, distribution, cross-border sale or service agreements, as well as disputes involving fraud, secrecy and intellectual property issues. In addition to her work as counsel and advocate, Claire sits as an arbitrator. She is a co-chair of the Young Professionals group of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC-YP) and she sits on the Steering Committee of CEPANI 40.

Giles Pink, London

Giles Pink works within the firm’s Planning & Zoning (UK) Group in the Real Estate Sector. He specializes in town and country planning law and related matters, such as highway and compulsory purchase. He has experience in the promotion of large retail, commercial, residential and mixed-use schemes. He has specific experience with large, commercial development in Central London and has worked on several large infrastructure schemes under the DCO and other regimes for both public and private sector clients.

Matthew Pomfret, London

Matthew Pomfret advises on a broad range of commercial real estate matters with a focus on large mixed-use development projects, applying his experience in both the office and retail sectors. He has experience acting for institutional landlords, developers, property investors and public bodies. Clients value Matt’s technical expertise in site assembly, development constraints analysis, development agreements and rights of light strategy. He has experience acting for both landlords and corporate occupiers on significant leasing transactions. Matt joined the firm as a trainee in 2008 and spent a year on secondment at a large commercial property and development company in 2017/18.

Jarriot Rook, St. Louis

Jarriot Rook advises trustees and international families and family offices on planning for U.S. beneficiaries, U.S. investments, pre-immigration tax planning for foreign individuals who plan to become a U.S. tax resident, expatriation from the United States, and FATCA and CRS compliance matters. He also assists U.S.-based clients in designing and implementing plans to minimize income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes through the use of irrevocable trusts, lifetime gifting and closely held business succession planning.

Barbara Smith, St. Louis

Barbara Smith is an experienced trial and appellate advocate who handles litigation involving complex business transactions and commercial contract disputes at all levels of the federal and state courts. Her practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution. She has litigated, among other things, questions of constitutional law, statutory construction, administrative law, labor and employment, white collar crime, ERISA, bankruptcy and sovereign debt. Barbara is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and D.C. Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith.

Payam Yoseflavi, London

Payam Yoseflavi is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Finance practice. He specializes in advising lenders and borrowers on debt financing transactions secured on a full range of real estate asset classes. He has acted for investors, funds and financial institutions and has extensive experience of senior debt, mezzanine debt, investment, development and Islamic finance transactions. Payam has been recognized as a leading practitioner at his level for real estate finance in each of the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of Chambers, as a ‘Rising Star’ in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 and as a ‘Rising Star’ at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Rising Star Awards 2019. Payam has been at the firm his entire career, joining as a trainee in 2010.

About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

With over 1,400 lawyers in 31 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

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