ST. LOUIS, December 12, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – By a vote of the partnership, Bryan Cave has elected 14 lawyers to partnership in the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2008. This brings the number of partners firmwide to 331. New partners are:
George C. Chen, Phoenix
George Chen is a registered patent attorney. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting and other intellectual property matters. He has appeared before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and various United States District Courts. Additionally, he has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications and negotiated technology, trade secret and patent licenses with Fortune 500 companies. In 2005, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association selected him as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40.” Chen currently serves on the Arizona Governor’s Asian-American Advisory Council. In the past, he served as president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Maricopa County Bar Association. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is a co-inventor of four United States patents. Prior to becoming an attorney, Chen worked as a device and process development engineer and a patent agent for Motorola Inc.
Nicholas Cherryman, London
Nick Cherryman specializes in international litigation and arbitration involving complex and multijurisdictional disputes. In recent years, his practice has largely focused on disputes emanating from Russia and CIS. Cherryman also has a breadth of international experience related to corporate disputes, insolvencies, trusts, fiduciary duties, fraud and asset tracing. As a barrister called to the Bar in England, Cherryman both advises clients and appears on their behalf in court, including appearances in the highest courts in England, from the High Court and the Court of Appeal to the House of Lords (the equivalent of the Supreme Court in the United States). Cherryman advises in disputes in all the major common law offshore jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, the Bahamas, Anguilla, Turks & Caicos Islands, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Belize, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. He has authored a number of chapters on insolvency law and company law in practitioners’ texts in England.
Stephanie M. Hosler, St. Louis
Stephanie Hosler has experience with a broad range of corporate transactional matters, including formation of a venture capital fund, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, corporate formation, general commercial transactions and corporate governance matters. Prior to law school, Hosler served as an associate at LEK Alcar, an international consulting firm that specialized in mergers and acquisitions.
Keith J. Kehrer, St. Louis
Keith Kehrer’s practice focuses on issues related to tax-exempt organizations. Kehrer has advised numerous tax-exempt organizations on a variety of tax-related issues under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, including issues related to public charities, the organization, qualification, combination, merger and dissolution of tax-exempt organizations, lobbying, private inurement and excess benefit, and unrelated business income. He also has advised private foundations, including family and employer-sponsored foundations, on issues related to self-dealing, minimum distribution requirements, excess business holdings, jeopardizing investments and taxable expenditures. In addition, Kehrer has advised social welfare organizations, trade associations, business leagues and social clubs regarding tax-related issues specific to such organizations. A frequent speaker regarding nonprofit and tax-exempt organization issues, Kehrer also is a certified public accountant.
Jennifer S. Kingston, St. Louis
Jennifer Kingston’s practice focuses on litigating complex commercial lawsuits, product liability lawsuits and class action lawsuits. She has significant experience in all phases of litigation from pre-trial discovery and motion practice through appeal. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts and has considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution. Kingston is one of two St. Louis coordinators in the firm’s Trial Training Program. She also has served on the Recruiting Committee in St. Louis for five years and has co-chaired the St. Louis Summer Associate Program for two years. In 2003, Kingston was named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of 10 individuals who go “Above and Beyond” in their charitable and civic efforts. Kingston is currently on the Steering Committee for the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure and is involved in a variety of pro bono legal services (e.g., assisting in obtaining protective orders for Legal Advocates for Abused Women).
Keith D. Klein, Santa Monica
Keith Klein is a commercial litigator with a focus on franchise and distribution law. He has litigated franchise, distribution and licensing matters for the past 10 years, representing franchisors ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up ventures. Klein has broad experience handling disputes involving all aspects of the franchise relationship, including development agreements, earnings claims, boundary disputes, de-identification Lanham Act violations, mergers and acquisitions and sales of franchise systems, franchise nondisclosure claims and franchise terminations. Klein also has experience litigating other commercial contract, tort and statutory claims. Klein has tried cases in many state and federal courts, and he has litigated before both domestic and international arbitration tribunals.
Andrew Klungness, Santa Monica
Andrew Klungness focuses on the management and commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights and technology. He has structured and negotiated numerous transactions in the areas of software, merchandise, content and technology licensing; consulting and outsourcing; joint development; interactive entertainment; and e-commerce. He also has counseled numerous clients on the development, enforcement, maintenance and exploitation of their intellectual property assets. Klungness has worked with clients from a range of industries, including software, entertainment and media, hardware, e-commerce, health care, telecommunications, apparel, toy and game, consumer goods and financial services. He was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer “Rising Star” for 2006 and 2007 by the publishers of Law and Politics and Los Angeles Magazine.
Christopher A. Lause, Phoenix
Christopher Lause has more than 25 years of experience in corporate, securities law and business counseling to boards of directors, audit committees and other board committees, and management of public and private companies. He has acted as lead counsel in national and international merger and acquisition transactions, tender offers, securities regulation matters and offerings, venture capital transactions, commercial and asset-based lending transactions, joint ventures, workouts and complex commercial transactions (including transactions with state and federal agencies). Lause’s broad mergers and acquisitions experience includes representations involving the divestiture of a biotech company’s immunotherapy and gene therapy divisions to other publicly held biotech companies, the sale by merger of a publicly held defense contractor, the divestiture of major mining assets by a multinational corporation, the acquisition of several chemical lime companies in the United States and Canada, and the acquisitions of telecommunications assets out of bankruptcy. Securities regulation experience includes public and private securities offerings, Exchange Act reporting, preparation of proxy statements, SEC filings in connection with public merger transactions and Sarbanes-Oxley counseling and compliance. General finance experience includes representing institutional lenders in asset-based financing, commercial lending and leveraged buy outs, representing mezzanine lenders, investors and venture capital funds with respect to providing seed capital to start-up companies and funding expansion of mature companies. He is a frequent lecturer and author of numerous articles on related business law topics.
K. Lee Marshall, St. Louis
Lee Marshall has an active litigation practice with an emphasis on appellate and intellectual property matters. He has tried numerous cases and presented oral argument before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits, as well as the Missouri and Illinois Courts of Appeals. Outside of work, Marshall is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University, where he founded and teaches the Appellate Clinic. In addition, he is one of two Missourians appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee to the Eighth Circuit by Chief Judge James Loken. Marshall also does significant pro bono work. He has served as lead appointed counsel in a rare instance in which the district court granted a writ of habeas corpus, handles appellate work for Voices for Children on an ongoing basis and served as counsel to the Advisory Committee on St. Louis Public Schools.
Tara B. Newell, New York
Tara Newell is involved in a wide range of transactions for a variety of industries. Her representations have included the domestic and cross-border acquisitions of both publicly and privately held corporations and representation of both strategic and financial acquirers, including private equity firms and sellers and targets. She also counsels clients in connection with joint ventures, strategic alliances, compliance and general corporate matters, including commercial contracts. In addition, Newell has represented lenders, equity investors, borrowers, vendors and lessees in connection with various secured and unsecured financings.
Margery H. Perlmutter, New York
Margery Perlmutter counsels developers, architects and not-for-profit institutions on zoning and land use, development enhancement strategies, building code and related environmental issues. She also represents owners in obtaining special permits, variances, zoning map and text changes and other special approvals from governmental and quasi-governmental regulatory agencies, including the New York City Planning Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals and the Department of Buildings. Prior to practicing law, Perlmutter was managing partner for more than 15 years of a private architecture practice in New York City. She has been a registered architect in New York since 1982.
Joseph Richetti, New York
Joe Richetti’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patents, trademarks, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. A significant portion of his practice also is devoted to licensing, right-to-use and infringement studies, validity and enforceability studies and due diligence studies for the purchase or sale of intellectual property assets. Richetti has co-authored the Model Patent Jury Instructions for the American Bar Association and Federal Circuit Bar Association.
Staci Olvera Schorgl, Kansas City
Staci Olvera Schorgl is a trial lawyer who practices in the areas of commercial, products liability and employment litigation. She has experience in litigating matters through all phases, including case strategy, depositions, hearings, trial preparation, trial and appeals. She has obtained several favorable results in jury and bench trials in personal injury, products liability and commercial disputes. She also has obtained several favorable results through alternative dispute resolution methods including arbitration and mediation. Her experience includes litigation of a variety of complex commercial disputes including professional negligence, fraud, statutory claims, breach of contract and products liability. Schorgl has extensive experience prosecuting and defending non-competition, unfair competition, non-disclosure and trade secret claims. A member of the firm’s Diversity and Recruiting Committees, one of Schorgl’s Law Review publications was recognized in the “Worth Reading – Constitutional Law” section of the National Law Journal.
Nicole J. Simonian, Santa Monica
Nicole Simonian concentrates her practice in the areas of international transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and strategic alliances as well as representing domestic and international financial institutions. She represents a broad array of U.S. and foreign companies in structuring their international operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She also represents companies in strategic outsourcing transactions. Industries in which she has particular experience include semiconductor assembly and testing, contract manufacturing, outsourcing services, apparel and textiles, toy and design manufacturing and advertising services. Simonian represents domestic and international financial institutions in strategic acquisitions as well as representing them in their capacities as collateral agent, escrow agent and corporate trustee. She also is experienced in advising international private equity funds and their portfolio companies in legal issues related to their U.S. operations. Simonian was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer “Rising Star” for 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the publishers of Law and Politics and Los Angeles Magazine.
Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiaries Bryan Cave International Trade LLC and Bryan Cave Strategies LLC, provide trade and customs consultancy and government relations and strategic counsel, respectively. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 900 lawyers and other consulting professionals in 21 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.
For more information, contact:
Meghan Clinton at (212) 576-2700 ext. 223