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Firm Elects 24 New Partners

SEATTLE, Wash. (January 3, 2017) - Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that 24 counsel and senior counsel have been promoted to partner. The new partner class of 2017 includes:

  • Jonathan S. Berkon (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jason R. Elliott (Dallas)
  • Miriam D. Farhi (Seattle)
  • Brendon P. Fowler (Washington, D.C.)
  • Elisabeth C. Frost (Washington, D.C.)
  • Alexander J.A. Garcia (Denver)
  • Meredith B. Halama (Washington, D.C.)
  • Lindsay A. Jewell (Phoenix)
  • Abha Khanna (Seattle)
  • Seth J. King (Portland)
  • Jade R. Lambert Routson (Chicago)
  • Regina L. LaMonica (Chicago)
  • Mark C. McBride (Bellevue)
  • Ryan T. Mrazik (Seattle)
  • Alan H. Murphy (San Francisco)
  • Gretchen M. Paine (Seattle)
  • P. Derek Petersen (Phoenix)
  • Ned A. Prusse (Denver)
  • Kate Reddy (Seattle)
  • Samantha A. Sturgis (Denver)
  • Babak Tehranchi, Ph.D (San Diego)
  • Margret W. Truax (Seattle)
  • Andrew C. Villier (Denver)
  • Kris M. Yoshizawa (Seattle)

 “I am exceptionally proud of Perkins Coie’s 2017 new partner class,” said John Devaney, Firmwide Managing Partner. “Every one of our new partners offers a depth of talent and commitment that complements our firm’s culture and the client service standards to which we hold ourselves accountable. They are exceptional lawyers and offer tremendous promise as future leaders of our firm.”

Perkins Coie 2017 Partner Class

Jonathan S. Berkon (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the firm’s Political Law practice, which encompasses federal and state campaign finance law and ethics and gift regulations at the federal, state and local levels. When candidates, political organizations, nonprofits and corporations seek to influence elections and public policy issues, Jonathan helps them organize their activities to achieve their goals and remain compliant with an ever-increasing web of federal, state and local laws. Recently, Jonathan served on the legal team that successfully defended North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper’s victory during a post-election canvass and partial recount.

Jason R. Elliott (Dallas) is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law practice. His practice involves defense of employers in individual and class action litigation in Texas and other jurisdictions. These disputes regularly include claims involving employment discrimination, retaliation, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, wage and hour violations (state and federal), whistleblower claims, family and medical leave, employment contracts and incentive compensation, disability accommodation, fraud, defamation and business disparagement. Jason counsels regional and national employers on the development and implementation of workplace policies to improve compliance and reduce risk.

Miriam D. Farhi (Seattle) is a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions & Privacy Law practice. She represents companies on issues related to privacy, data security, e-commerce, social media, online advertising and consumer protection law. Miriam acts as product counsel for clients that are preparing to launch new offerings; conducts comprehensive privacy and security assessments and develops tailored privacy and security governance frameworks; drafts online terms, privacy policies, social media policies and other consumer-facing agreements; and negotiates commercial agreements.

Brendon P. Fowler (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions & Privacy Law practice. He represents wireless, cable, telecommunications and information technology companies in administrative proceedings and enforcement actions before the Federal Communications Commission, state regulatory agencies and federal courts. Brendon advises clients on matters pertaining to spectrum rebanding, equipment authorizations, licensing and related rulemakings and bankruptcy considerations, as well as issues related to privacy compliance, commercial and regulatory disputes, merger approvals, acquisitions, auctions and transfer of control proceedings.

Elisabeth “Lis” C. Frost (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the firm’s Political Law practice. She has extensive experience representing voters, campaigns, political committees and others with an interest in the political process in all manner of litigation related to elections, including redistricting, voting rights, campaign finance and actions challenging or implicating important matters of First Amendment speech and association. Lis regularly achieves favorable outcomes in high-profile, complex cases in federal and state courts, from the trial through appellate levels. In 2016, she was a member of teams that briefed three separate cases heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Alexander J.A. Garcia (Denver) is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law practice. He counsels clients in trademark, copyright and related intellectual property matters and assists clients in the selection, clearance and maintenance of trademarks in the United States and abroad. Alex represents clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has successfully represented clients in both trademark and copyright litigation proceedings. He also advises clients in internet law issues, including developing global strategies for domain name management and dispute proceedings.

Meredith B. Halama (Washington, D.C.) is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice and focuses on privacy and data security issues. She advises a wide variety of companies on privacy issues, with a focus on the collection and use of data for interest-based advertising, mobile advertising and related business practices. In addition to her counseling practice, Meredith represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission and other regulators and drafts privacy policies and other consumer-facing disclosures. Meredith previously served as Deputy General Counsel to the Network Advertising Initiative.

Lindsay A. Jewell (Phoenix) is a member of the firm’s Real Estate & Land Use practice. She is a deal lawyer who negotiates and closes complex transactions for buyers and sellers. Lindsay works on local and multistate real estate transactions in the hospitality industry, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, asset management and operational matters, franchise agreements, development and hotel finance. Lindsay also manages retail and office lease negotiations, financing transactions for borrowers and lenders, various aspects of CMBS specially serviced commercial real estate loans and complex title and survey review and similar due diligence matters.

Abha Khanna (Seattle) is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice. She has a diverse practice that encompasses voting rights litigation, constitutional issues, commercial contract disputes and intellectual property matters. Abha has robust trial and appellate experience before courts across the country, including state and federal courts in Washington, New York and Florida, and has briefed several cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Seth J. King (Portland) is a member of the firm’s Real Estate & Land Use practice. He counsels clients on how to obtain, defend and implement permit and entitlement approvals for complex land development projects. Seth routinely advocates for clients at local government hearings, prepares appellate briefs and argues cases before the Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon appellate courts. He also negotiates development and infrastructure planning agreements for developer clients.

Jade R. Lambert Routson (Chicago) is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice. Her practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation and internal investigations. She is experienced in all phases of litigation, from pleadings and discovery to mediation, motion practice, and trial. She has represented and counseled corporate clients on a broad range of legal issues, including products liability, legal malpractice defense, communications law, e-discovery and electronic communications privacy issues. Jade has also represented individuals and Fortune 500 corporations facing grand jury investigations, criminal trials, and government regulatory and enforcement actions.

Regina L. LaMonica (Chicago) is a member of the firm’s White Collar Law & Investigations practice. She represents companies and individuals in white collar criminal matters as well as complex securities and civil litigation. Gina advises clients on matters involving financial fraud, securities fraud, insider trading and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. She also conducts internal investigations, both domestically and internationally, relating to whistleblower claims and employee misconduct. Gina serves as a co-chair for the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.

Mark C. McBride (Bellevue) is a member of the firm’s Trust & Estate Planning practice. He advises individuals and families in all aspects of trust and estate planning, focusing on multi-generational planning. He assists individuals and families on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes through the creation of wills, trusts, business entities and charitable organizations and the use of gifts, sales and other wealth-transfer strategies. Mark represents executors, trustees and other fiduciaries to effectively and efficiently administer trusts, estates, business entities and charitable organizations.

Ryan T. Mrazik (Seattle) is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Privacy & Security practices and Internet & E-Commerce industry group. He litigates for and counsels social media companies, mobile carriers, and other communications and storage platforms regarding the privacy and security of their users’ information and content. Ryan focuses on helping these companies litigate and respond to government surveillance and user data requests, defend privacy and data security class actions and regulatory investigations, and implement policies and programs for legal process compliance, online child safety and compliance with other privacy-related statutes.

Alan H. Murphy (San Francisco) is a member of the firm’s Environment and Natural Resources practice. He counsels clients on land use and development matters, including associated environmental review. Alan advises clients in preparing development applications, during the approval process and in the due diligence period. He identifies innovative solutions to complex and politically sensitive development challenges and appears before city councils, boards of supervisors, planning commissions and local appellate boards. He defends clients in land use and environmental litigation and represents property owners in zoning enforcement actions.

Gretchen M. Paine (Seattle) is a member of the firm’s Product Liability Law practice. She defends clients in major aviation incidents and handles premises liability injury claims, toxic exposure claims and commercial disputes involving manufacturers. Gretchen represents clients in litigation claims related to aviation, transportation and motor vehicles, pharmaceutical products, construction equipment, sports equipment and other products.

P. Derek Petersen (Phoenix) is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice with a focus on environmental litigation. He represents clients in multiparty cost recovery and allocation actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and Arizona’s superfund law. Beyond his environmental practice, Derek represents clients in business disputes, including employment class action defense, franchise, securities, corporate governance, real estate, intellectual property and noncompetition litigation before trial and appellate courts.

Ned A. Prusse (Denver) is a member of the firm’s Corporate Governance & Securities practice. His practice focuses primarily on capital markets transactions, securities regulation and corporate governance. He represents clients in a wide variety of securities transactions, including underwritten public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and convertible securities and tender offers. Ned regularly advises clients on SEC reporting, compliance and disclosure issues, stock exchange rules, proxy statements and executive compensation, corporate governance, debt financing and general corporate matters.

Kate Reddy (Seattle) is a member of the firm’s Product Liability Law practice. Kate advises clients in litigation, regulatory compliance, risk management and product counseling matters. Her counseling work includes advice on product design issues, warnings, regulatory compliance and product liability prevention. Kate represents companies in the aviation, consumer products and high-tech industries in litigation and post-incident investigations, and advises on regulatory strategy for pre-market product development.

Samantha A. Sturgis (Denver) is a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions & Privacy Law practice and counsels clients on transactional issues related to intellectual property. Samantha drafts and negotiates license agreements, software development agreements, consulting services agreements, supply agreements, reseller agreements and other distribution channel agreements.

Babak Tehranchi, Ph.D (San Diego) is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law practice. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent portfolio evaluation, due diligence and patent litigation support in technology areas including wireless technologies, optics, digital rights management, software, electronics, medical devices and mechanical systems. Babak prepares and conducts post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office including inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method review and patent reexamination. Babak is the inventor of more than 30 U.S. and international patents.

Margret W. Truax (Seattle) is a member of the firm’s Tax, Benefits & Compensation practice. She counsels clients with respect to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ERISA, HIPAA (as amended by the HITECH Act) and other federal and state laws affecting employer-sponsored employee welfare benefit plans. She also provides guidance relating to the federal tax aspects of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, bonus plans, severance agreements and other compensation arrangements.

Andrew C. Villier (Denver) is a member of the firm’s Private Equity practice. He advises private equity firms and domestic and foreign private and public companies on complex business transactions (including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, minority investments and restructurings), employment agreements, equity arrangements and corporate governance issues.

Kris M. Yoshizawa (Seattle) is a member of the firm’s Financial Transactions practice. He represents banks, commercial finance companies and other financial institutions and borrowers in connection with the negotiation, documentation and closing of financing transactions. His transactional advisory background includes acquisition, aircraft, commercial, construction and real estate financing transactions. He advises clients on Uniform Commercial Code requirements in key transactions. Kris counsels clients in the formation and structuring of corporate and limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and corporate governance issues.

Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high-value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success. With more than 1,200 attorneys in offices across the United States and Asia, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

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