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Perkins Coie Announces 2013 Partner Class

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Firm Elects 17 New Partners and 8 New Senior Counsel

SEATTLE, WA, January 8, 2013 – Perkins Coie has announced that 17 associates and of counsel have been promoted to partner.  The new partner class of 2013 includes Brian A. Audette (Chicago), Eric G. Barber (Madison), Jeff J. Bowen (Madison), Adam M. Docks (Chicago), Albert M. Ferlo (Washington, D.C.), Andrew L. Greene (Seattle), Jeff Hanson (Seattle), Brian Hennessy (Palo Alto), Erika E. Malmen (Boise), Ezra Reese (Washington, D.C.), Danielle M. Ryman (Anchorage), Andrew H. Solomon (Portland), Amanda Tessar (Denver), Jeanette L. Thomas (Portland), Teresa Poulsen Tate (San Francisco), Amy Tucker (Seattle), and Brandon White (Washington, D.C.).

In addition, eight attorneys were promoted to senior counsel:  Gabrielle E. Bina (Madison), Nathan F. Fahrer (Chicago), Timothy J. Fete (Denver), Diane Gorczyca (San Francisco), Daphne M. Higgs (Palo Alto), Seth J. King (Portland), Steven M. Lubezny (Chicago), and Katherine E. Page (Seattle).

“We are extremely proud of our newly promoted attorneys,” said Bob Giles, Perkins Coie’s Managing Partner.  “Our new partners represent a cross-section of our world-class practices, work in offices across the country, and bring to our partnership a wealth of unique work and life experience.  Our new Senior Counsel are outstanding attorneys as well, and are excellent role models for our associates.  All of these individuals represent the very best of Perkins Coie and embody our commitment to excellence and innovation in client service.”

Perkins Coie 2013 Partner Class


Brian A. Audette
(Chicago) is a member of the Financial Transactions & Restructuring practice.  His practice involves representing lenders, creditors, trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, and debtors in chapter 7 liquidation proceedings, chapter 11 reorganization proceedings, state court foreclosure actions, and out of court restructurings and liquidations.  Mr. Audette also litigates commercial disputes in state, federal and bankruptcy courts around the country.  He serves on the private panel of chapter 7 trustees maintained by the Office of the United States Trustee for the Northern District of Illinois, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Eric G. Barber (Madison) is a member of the Insurance Coverage Litigation practice.  His practice involves representing policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers under a variety of different types of insurance policies.  Eric recently co-authored Mutual Fund Litigation and Insurance Practice Guide (Lexis 2012), the definitive resource on investment companies’ insurance needs.  He has represented clients in matters related to Ponzi schemes, securities fraud lawsuits, employment practices violations, construction mishaps and defects, hurricane damage and environmental contamination.  Eric is co-chair of the Excess and Umbrella sub-committee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association.

Jeff J. Bowen (Madison) is a member of the Insurance Coverage Litigation practice and has represented a wide range of clients in commercial litigation, arbitration, and insurance matters, including insurance recovery, patent and copyright disputes, breach of contract actions, and regulatory matters.  He has also advised numerous clients on insurance coverage and corporate indemnification issues.  His clients have included mutual funds, financial institutions, and pharmaceutical and telecommunications companies, as well as non-profit organizations.  Jeff has also represented pro bono clients in immigration, voting rights, and civil rights matters.

Adam M. Docks (Chicago) is a member of the Real Estate practice group and a key member of the Hotels & Leisure industry practice group, focusing on the acquisition, disposition, joint venture and financing of lodging properties.  Adam’s hospitality practice also includes the negotiation of hotel management agreements, franchise agreements and asset management agreements.  Adam frequently advises CMBS special servicers in connection with their servicing and restructuring of distressed hotel loans and their ultimate repositioning and disposition of REO lodging properties.  Finally, Adam represents receivers in their hotel receivership engagements, including the negotiation of receivership orders, receiver franchise agreements and receiver sale agreements.

Albert M. Ferlo (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the firm's Environment, Energy & Resources practice and has more than 30 years of experience in environmental law.  He served for 14 years as an attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, where he litigated major cases in the natural resource and regulatory areas.  In addition to his extensive counseling experience, Albert has prepared briefs and argued cases in nearly every U.S. federal circuit court.  His current practice focuses on federal approvals needed for infrastructure projects such as solar energy projects and highways. 

Andrew L. Greene (Seattle) is a member of the Commercial Litigation practice, focusing on construction law and complex commercial litigation.  He has experience assisting public and private clients, including school districts, universities, ports, hospitals, and developers in resolving disputes through negotiation, alternate dispute resolution and trial.  Andrew also drafts and negotiates construction (fixed price, cost-plus, GC/CM and design-build), architect, engineer, construction management and procurement agreements.  In addition, Andrew regularly counsels clients on construction, procurement, housing and accessibility, prevailing wage, public records and document retention issues.

Jeff Hanson (Seattle) Jeff Hanson is a member of the Commercial Litigation practice, focusing on intellectual property litigation, contract disputes and complex commercial litigation.  In addition to representing clients in breach-of-contract litigation, Jeff has significant experience counseling clients on contract issues, including on damages, under the common law and Uniform Commercial Code.  Jeff's experience in intellectual property litigation includes cases involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and trade secrets misappropriation.

Brian Hennessy (Palo Alto) is a member of the Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation practices.  Brian has handled a multitude of federal court intellectual property lawsuits on behalf of leading internet industry clients, such as craigslist.  He has also successfully defended numerous class action lawsuits in jurisdictions throughout the country. Brian tried a two-part federal jury and bench trial against a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company, resulting in a $16 million verdict for his client.  Brian is also the Founder and Chairman of The Council of Goodness, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and financial aid to low-income, highly motivated youth who have a passion for helping others and desire a better life.

Erika E. Malmen (Boise) is a member of the Environment, Energy & Resources practice, representing clients in permitting, compliance, and litigation under various statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Federal Land Policy & Management Act (FLPMA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Erika’s practice also includes state water law, real estate and procurement.  Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Erika was as an attorney with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior and served as Acting Special Assistant to the Solicitor. 

Ezra Reese (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the Political Law practice.  He counsels on campaign finance issues for political committees and issue advocacy organizations, as well as for elected officials and political party committees.  He also represents public charities and other non-profit organizations with respect to Internal Revenue Service restrictions, in particular those regarding lobbying and political activities.  In addition, he counsels organizations on issues relating to lobbying disclosure and ethics issues, including the regulation of gifts to and travel by Members of Congress and employees and officials of Executive Branch agencies.  Ezra has represented clients before the Federal Election Commission, before the Internal Revenue Service, and in federal court on campaign finance and non-profit tax issues.

Danielle M. Ryman (Anchorage) is a member of the Labor & Employment practice.  Her practice focuses on defense and representation of employers, as well as counsel and advice on legal issues effecting today’s workplace.  She defends employers in state and federal court, and before state and federal administrative agencies.  She conducts workplace investigations, defends employers in union arbitrations, and represents management in labor negotiations.  Danielle also works closely with corporate legal counsel, executive management, and HR professionals to provide guidance on employment-related legal issues.

Andrew H. Solomon (Portland) is a member of the Real Estate & Land Use practice and represents clients in real estate transactions including the purchase, sale, and leasing of retail, office, and industrial properties.  Andrew also provides representation in connection with real estate development projects including development of energy-related facilities.  He has extensive experience in real estate finance and in the representation of special servicers in all aspects of resolution of troubled assets including loan modifications, loan sales, and the management and disposition of REO assets. 

Amanda Tessar (Denver) is a member of the Patent Litigation practice.  She has successfully represented a number of leading semiconductor and pharmaceutical companies in some of their most important and challenging intellectual property matters.  Amanda has litigated complex, high-stakes patent cases around the country, including before a variety of federal district courts, the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission.  These cases have spanned a range of technical fields, including semiconductors, semiconductor packaging, biotechnology, cellular telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and mechanical devices.  In addition, Amanda acts as a guardian ad litem, on a pro bono basis, for children affected by temporary protective order proceedings in the Denver County Court. 

Jeanette L. Thomas (Portland) is a member of the Business, and Financial Transactions & Restructuring practices.  She provides cost-effective and creative advice to all manner of clients both seeking to resolve insolvency problems and take advantage of opportunities presented in insolvency circumstances.

Teresa (Poulsen) Tate (San Francisco) is a member of the Emerging Companies practice and represents clients in all aspects of their growth, from formation to exit, and provides day-to-day corporate advice and general counseling.  In addition to advising emerging companies in their financing activities, Teresa represents angel investors and venture capital firms in connection with their investments in private companies.  Teresa also represents private and public companies, both sell-side and buy-side, in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other business combinations.  Teresa has experience in a variety of industries, including internet services, digital media, biotechnology, cleantech, computer hardware and software, healthcare services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and wine and spirits.

Amy Tucker (Seattle) is a member of the Personal Planning practice and focuses her practice on estate planning and probate administration.  Her practice includes tax-efficient planning for individuals and families, fiduciary representation, estate and trust administration, prenuptial planning, and nonjudicial trust and estate dispute resolutions.  Amy helps clients establish a variety of trusts to meet their planning goals including grantor retained annuity trusts and intentionally defective grantor trusts.  Amy's practice includes planning for executives, business owners, and multigenerational families in Washington as well as Oregon.

Brandon White (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the Patent Litigation practice and focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark litigation, prosecution and client counseling.  He has extensive experience litigating complex cases in a wide variety of technological areas.  He has particular experience in litigating pharmaceutical cases under the Hatch-Waxman Act and investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.