Hunton & William LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its Atlanta office with the creation of a Lending Services Practice Group, and the continued growth of both its Corporate Technology and Labor Teams.
Joining Hunton & Williams from Smith Gambrell and Russell (SGR) are partners Bruce W. Moorhead and John R. Schneider and counsel Greta T. Griffith. Kurt A. Powell, Managing Partner of the Atlanta office, commented, “We are excited to have Bruce, John and Greta join our firm. The addition of this group will complement and strengthen the firm’s existing corporate finance and lending practice. We also anticipate this move will result in greater opportunities for representation of national financial institution clients.”
Moorhead was a partner in SGR’s Corporate Section, where he served as Corporate Department Head. His practice is concentrated in corporate and commercial finance, and he has extensive experience representing financial institutions and intermediaries in connection with the resolution of problem loans, as well as DIP and exit financing. Moorhead is a founding member of the Georgia Financial Attorneys Conference. He also served as Managing Partner of SGR’s Washington, DC office. In addition, he is a community leader, serving as Chairman of the Board for The Bridge, an organization serving Georgia’s abused and neglected adolescents. Moorhead received his B.B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his J.D. with distinction from Emory University School of Law.
Schneider was also a partner in the SGR’s Corporate Section, representing banks and other financial institutions in connection with corporate and asset based lending transaction and asset securitizations. Additionally, he regularly advises lending clients with respect to troubled loans, work-outs and loan restructuring matters. Schneider has significant experience advising public and private companies in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and other significant corporate transactions, including tender offers, stock-for-stock mergers, proxy contests, cash mergers, restructurings, spin-offs and stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, including cross-border transactions. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from St. John’s University, and his J.D. from the University of Georgia.
Griffith was a partner in her former firm’s Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights Section. She concentrates on commercial/secured lending and other transactional work. During her first year of practice, she worked extensively on the TWA bankruptcy case. Griffith received her B.A. magna cum laude from Clemson University, and her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.
Together, Moorhead, Schneider and Griffith led the financial institution lending service practice at Smith Gambrell. Commenting on the decision to move to Hunton & Williams, Moorhead explained, “With Hunton & Williams, we see an opportunity to offer our financial institution clients a broad array of services across multiple markets where both Hunton & Williams and our clients have an established presence.”
In addition to the new lending services practice, the firm has bolstered its Corporate Technology and Labor and Employment practices too.
Timothy R. Dodson has joined the firm as counsel on the Corporate Technology Team. Dodson previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of WebTone Technologies, Inc., an Atlanta-based software provider. Dodson has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and other technology agreements. He received his B.A. in Economics magna cum laude from Princeton University, his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jon Neiditz has joined Hunton & Williams as counsel on its Labor and Employment Law Team. Before joining the firm, Neiditz led PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ HIPAA and Privacy Advisory Services to employers. Neiditz practice will focus on privacy and human resources information matters, particularly in healthcare, insurance, government and pharmaceuticals. Neiditz is a nationally recognized leader on privacy and HIPAA issues and will work closely with the Hunton & Williams Center for Information Policy Leadership, which provides thought leadership, solution development and strategic legal counseling on all aspects of information policy, privacy, security and management. Neiditz holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.