Law Firm Kamlet Shepherd Elects Partners And Promotes Attorneys As Special Counsel

DENVER– LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire –Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert, LLP today announced the election of two partners, Rebecca L. Almon in the Environment, Energy and Resources practice group, and Trygve E. Kjellsen in the Corporate and Securities practice group. In addition, the firm promoted John D. Mereness to special counsel of the Litigation practice group, named Denise D. Riley as special counsel and chair of the Labor and Employment practice area, and named Robert P. Coyne as senior counsel in the Real Estate and Finance practice group. The firm also announced the recent hiring of three associates and one professional.

The three associates are Jessica M. Johnson in Litigation; Jennifer C. Ratkiewicz in Real Estate and Finance; and Mark A. Walker in the Communications, Internet and Intellectual Property practice group. All associates, special counsel, senior counsel and partners are located in the Denver office of Kamlet Shepherd and licensed in Colorado.

“We welcome these talented people,” said Willie E. Shepherd, chairman of Kamlet Shepherd. “Our firm is committed to hiring professionals with the skill and drive to produce superior business results for our clients. We are pleased to name partners—Rebecca Almon and Trygve Kjellsen—in two areas that are growing in importance for our clients who have interests in energy and the environment and strategic alliances and joint ventures.”

Cathy Tripodi

Cathy Tripodi has been appointed director of Policy and Government Affairs serving in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office where she focuses on energy and communications regulatory policy and legislative initiatives. She is responsible for strategic regulatory and legislative direction for clients in those areas, as well as direct advocacy. Prior to joining Kamlet Shepherd, Tripodi served as policy advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Rebecca Almon

Almon’s practice focuses primarily on environmental, energy, and land use law. Her background includes environmental enforcement as an Assistant Attorney General, environmental permitting, and remedial actions; assisting her clients with the environmental aspects of business transactions, compliance advice, environmental audits, and representation at rulemaking hearings. Almon’s area of expertise includes CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Underground Storage Tanks, and other Federal and State environmental statutes. Almon’s energy practice focuses on due diligence, title and contract issues, and environmental assessments and regulatory reviews. Almon routinely works with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of Energy and other agencies to keep clients in compliance, secure permits, respond to investigations and address regulators’ concerns over control technology.

Trygve Kjellsen

As partner in the Corporate and Securities practice group and chair of the firm’s Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures practice area, Kjellsen’s practice involves a full range of corporate finance and M&A transactions, with an emphasis on financial services and negotiating complex strategic alliances and joint ventures, both domestically and internationally. He represents clients in all aspects of equity financings, including venture capital transactions. Kjellsen also has advised foreign clients in connection with their private equity investments in, or acquisitions of, U.S. companies. Kjellsen has additional expertise in the financial services industry, including stored value and payroll cards.

Robert Coyne

Coyne focuses on public finance law and public-private partnerships in the context of public finance. With more than 21 years of experience in municipal bond law at firms in New York City and for the past 10 years in Denver, he has extensive experience as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, letter of credit bank counsel, bond insurer’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, borrower’s counsel in conduit bond issues and developer’s counsel. In addition, he has served as tax credit investor’s counsel on multifamily housing revenue bond transactions across the nation.

John Mereness

Mereness focuses on corporate and commercial litigation. He also has an active construction litigation practice, including construction contract negotiations and complex multi-million dollar construction arbitrations. He has significant experience with contractors, developers and subcontractors in lien foreclosures, change order disputes, delay claims and bonding claims and substantial experience in jury and bench trials.

Denise Riley

As special counsel at Kamlet Shepherd and chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice area, Riley represents employers in employment related claims before federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Colorado Civil Rights Division. She regularly advises local and national employers on a wide range of issues, including personnel policies and practices, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, equal opportunity complaints, internal investigations, management and workforce training, employment audits, compensation, wage and hour matters, terminations, layoffs, large scale reductions in force, performance management, and dispute resolution measures, including arbitration and mediation. Riley also is experienced with a wide variety of transactional employment matters.

Kamlet Shepherd, one of the fastest growing law firms in the Rocky Mountain region, focuses on Corporate and Securities; Real Estate and Project Finance; Environment, Energy and Resources; Communications, Internet and Intellectual Property; and Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense.

Kamlet Shepherd is a comprehensive legal services firm with 45 attorneys. The firm’s website is located at Based in Denver and with a Washington, D.C. office, it was formed by partners determined to make customer service and responsiveness a hallmark of the firm. In 2006 it earned the designation Best Place to Work in Denver for medium-sized companies and placed in the top 10 in 2007. The Washington, D.C. office of Kamlet Shepherd is located at 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 800.

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