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www.95gowu.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kasey Broach | Public Relations firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.382.6019 SNELL & WILMER ELECTS 13 NEW FIRM PARTNERS AND ONE SENIOR ATTORNEY New Partners cover diverse legal practice areas PHOENIX (February 19, 2008)—Snell & Wilmer is proud to announce the election of 13 new partners throughout its six offices. Jeff Beck, Brian Burke, Brian Burt, Marc Erpenbeck, Joseph Kiefer, Barbara McCloud, and John Platt were elected partner in the Phoenix office. Nathan Davis was elected in the firm’s Denver office. Brian Cheney, Elizabeth Evensen, and James Gardner were elected partner in the Salt Lake City office, as well as David Williams, who was elected senior attorney. Alex Fugazzi was elected in the firm’s Las Vegas office and Rick Tache was elected partner in the Orange County office. Jeff Beck, a business and finance attorney in Snell & Wilmer’s Phoenix office concentrates his practice in securities, mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting, corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Beck’s wide-ranging expertise is complimented by his background as a Certified Public Accountant. Beck is actively involved as a member of the Accounting Advisory Counsel of the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University and is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and the America Society of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Brian Burke concentrates his legal practice in business and finance, working extensively in securitization and secondary markets transactions, asset-based lending transactions, and corporate finance transactions. Burke received his Bachelor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and went on to earn his juris doctor from Syracuse University in 2000. Brian Burt, a business lawyer in Snell & Wilmer’s Phoenix office, advises entrepreneurial companies in all stages of development, from formation to liquidity. He has extensive experience in corporate structuring and governance, angel and venture capital financing, securities regulation, technology transfer and licensing, shareholder and employee issues, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. Burt received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Allegheny College, where he was class valedictorian. He then went on to earn his juris doctor from Harvard Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Brian Cheney concentrates his practice in real estate and commercial finance transactions. He has extensive experience working in condominium, hotel, hotel condominium, resort, master planned communities, and other commercial real estate development projects and business transactions. Mr. Cheney received his B.A. in business and finance from the University of Utah in 1997. He then went on to earn his juris doctor from the University of Utah College of Law where he also acted as a Senior Editor for the Utah Law Review. Nathan Davis, a litigator in Snell & Wilmer’s Denver office, concentrates his practice in product liability, commercial, and oil and gas litigation. Davis received his B.A. from Wabash College and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Davis has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, as well as before the American Arbitration Association. Davis is one of the original attorneys in Snell & Wilmer's Denver office. www.95gowu.com Marc Erpenbeck, an attorney in Snell & Wilmer's Phoenix office concentrates his practice in litigation and transactional matters related to construction, the environment, and toxic torts. Erpenbeck has extensive experience in environmental and land use counseling; energy and natural resources; environmental due diligence and land development including permitting, compliance and administrative dispute resolution. Erpenbeck has given back to the community through the Arizona Air & Waste Management Association, City of Chandler Housing Human Services Commission, Valley Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Elizabeth (Leeza) Evensen concentrates her practice in real estate law, focusing on hotel, resort, retail, condominium, office, and other commercial real estate development and disposition; office/retail leasing; partnerships and joint ventures; construction; real estate workouts; real estate financing; and general commercial and corporate transactions. She received her B.A. in journalism from Moscow State University with honors. She then went on to earn her juris doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 2000. Evensen is an active member with the Utah State Bar and the American Bar Association. She was named one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine in 2008. Alex Fugazzi, an attorney in Snell & Wilmer’s Las Vegas office concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. Fugazzi received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1997. He then went on to earn his juris doctor from the University of Michigan School of Law in 2000 where he graduated with cum laude recognition. Fugazzi is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the District of Nevada, the Supreme Court of Nevada, the United States District court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Supreme Court of Illinois. James Gardner’s practice is concentrated in commercial litigation. Gardner, who joined Snell & Wilmer’s Salt Lake City office in 2000, has extensive experience in federal and state court business litigation arising from corporate and partnership disputes, racketeering claims, contract disputes, business torts, real estate disputes, and other commercial matters. Gardner received his B.A. from Brigham Young University with magna cum laude recognition. He then went on to earn his juris doctor from Duke University School of Law where he graduated with cum laude honors. Joseph Kiefer concentrates his practice in product liability and complex civil litigation. In his nearly 10 years of practicing law, Kiefer has gained extensive experience representing automobile manufacturers in major cases in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. Kiefer received his B.S. in political science and economics from the United States Naval Academy. He then earned his M.B.A. from Chaminade University, followed by his juris doctor from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Barbara McCloud, a labor and employment attorney in Snell & Wilmer's Phoenix office has been with the firm since 2003. Previously, Ms. McCloud served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas and was Associate General Counsel for the University of Kansas. She has extensive experience advising clients in areas of employment, labor and education law, as well as representation before various state and federal agencies and litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. Ms. McCloud earned her B.S. from Northern Arizona University and her M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Kansas. John Platt, an attorney in Snell & Wilmer’s Phoenix office, focuses his practice in intellectual property. He has represented clients in matters ranging from patent and trademark prosecution, non-infringement opinions, trademark oppositions, licensing agreements, and intellectual property litigation matters. Platt received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993, his Juris www.95gowu.com Doctor in 1999, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2000, all from Arizona State University. Platt is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Arizona, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. J. Rick Taché, an intellectual property attorney in Snell & Wilmer’s Orange County office concentrates his practice on transactions, litigation, prosecution, portfolio management, and client counseling. Taché has extensive experience in multi-billion dollar transactions and has been involved in several patent and trademark cases for major corporations. Taché received his Bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick. He then went on to earn his M.B.A. in sports administration from Ohio State University, a Bachelor's degree in law from the University of Windsor and his juris doctor from the University of Detroit. David Williams, who joined Snell & Wilmer’s Salt Lake City office in 2002 focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. Williams received his B.A. and M.B.A. in finance from the University of Utah. He then earned his juris doctor from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of law in 1995, where he also acted as note and comment editor for the Utah Law Review. About Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in six offices throughout the western United States, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Orange County, California; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Salt Lake City, Utah. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.swlaw.com.
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