Spokane, WA— LAWFUEL – Law Newswire – Kirkpatrick & Lockhart P…

Spokane, WA— LAWFUEL – Law Newswire – Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates) welcomes partners Tom Bassett and Philip J. Carstens and of counsel Jody K. Hamilton to the firm’s business and corporate practices. All three come to K&L Gates from Lukins & Annis P.S.

Tom Bassett works across multiple corporate practices and brings nearly 30 years of experience counseling clients in creditor’s rights, employment law and commercial litigation, bankruptcy law, real and personal property foreclosures, and financing and contractual matters. He represents community-owned banks, creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and both borrowers and lenders.

Philip J. Carstens is a corporate and tax lawyer who brings over 30 years of experience representing a wide variety of clients in corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions, and financial transactions. His practice focuses on corporate law, tax, trusts and estates and leveraged ESOP buyouts. Carstens also has specific experience related to the design and structure of ESOPs and other plans governed by ERISA.

Jody K. Hamilton practices corporate, securities and healthcare law. She has significant experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, negotiated contracts, private security offerings, real estate matters, and ESOP transactions. Hamilton’s healthcare focuses include physician practice management, contracting issues, fraud and abuse, and stark compliance.

Michael Ormsby, Administrative Partner of K&L Gates Spokane, said: “Tom, Philip and Jody bring diverse experience to K&L Gates’ already strong corporate presence. Their practice strengths will benefit clients doing business in Spokane and around the globe. We are pleased to welcome this group to our firm.”

K&L Gates comprises approximately 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia, and represents capital markets participants, entrepreneurs, growth and middle market companies, leading FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and public sector entities. For more information, visit www.klgates.com.

K&L Gates comprises multiple affiliated partnerships: a limited liability partnership with the full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP qualified in Delaware and maintaining offices throughout the U.S., in Berlin, and in Beijing (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP Beijing Representative Office); a limited liability partnership (also named Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP) incorporated in England and maintaining our London office; a Taiwan general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis) which practices from our Taipei office; and a Hong Kong general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, Solicitors) which practices from our Hong Kong office. K&L Gates maintains appropriate registrations in the jurisdictions in which its offices are located. A list of the partners in each entity is available for inspection at any K&L Gates office.

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