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December 15, 2015 – Locke Lord has promoted 16 lawyers from eight offices and four Practice Groups to Partnership level, effective January 1, 2016.
Twenty-five percent of the 16 newly-elected Partners are women. The lawyers represent the Firm in Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate & Finance, and Tax practice groups.
The new Partners include:
Jennifer Capasso Mendonça is a member of the Firm’s Public Finance practice group and focuses her practice exclusively on all aspects of governmental and tax-exempt finance, as bond counsel, borrower's counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank counsel and disclosure counsel in a broad variety of tax-exempt and taxable financing transactions for state governments, quasi-governmental authorities and not-for-profit organizations. She has significant experience in health care, educational and affordable housing financings. She has been listed as a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2009. She was selected as a Leader in her Field for Chambers USA 2015 in Banking and Finance: Public Finance (MA) and named an “Up & Coming” honoree at Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly’s 2015 “Excellence in the Law” event.
Ryan Holz is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and Consumer Finance practice group. He regularly represents financial institutions in individual and class action lawsuits concerning claims under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), as well as claims for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. He has been named an Illinois “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine from 2012 through 2015.
Tamer Tullgren represents companies and private equity and venture capital funds in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings and general corporate matters where he often serves in an outside general counsel capacity. He also regularly counsels private equity, venture capital and mezzanine funds and institutional limited partners on fund formation matters, as well as advising funds in connection with becoming licensed as Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). In 2015, he was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyer for Corporate Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities & Venture Finance Law.
Julie Webb focuses on complex litigation and arbitration, including class actions involving financial products and markets, antitrust litigation in the financial and insurance sectors, enforcement of restrictive covenants and non-competition agreements, and contractual disputes. She has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation process, including early settlement opportunities, motion practices, discovery, trial and appeals.
James Bilton has substantial experience representing financial institutions, insurers, manufacturers and other clients, before both federal and state courts, in complex commercial contract disputes, securities-related matters and class actions. Mr. Bilton also regularly represents annuity issuers in structured settlement transfer proceedings. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
Walker Clarke is a member of the Firm’s Corporate practice group and is engaged in a broad-based corporate practice, including representation of clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, dispositions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate restructurings, venture capital, and matters related to corporate governance. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2013 through 2015.
Lauren Doughty focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, trust and estate law, asset protection, transfer taxation and charitable planning. She works with clients to implement estate planning and asset protection planning techniques, including family limited partnerships, intentionally defective grantor trusts, grantor-retained annuity trusts, and private foundations. Doughty is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2012 through 2015.
Eric Larson concentrates his practice in tax law. He assists clients by providing tax and structure analysis for business transactions involving partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations and tax-exempt entities, including formations, mergers, conversions, taxable asset and stock acquisitions, and liquidations, from both a federal and a state tax perspective. Larson has extensive experience in drafting limited liability company agreements and partnership agreements containing complex tax allocation provisions, buy/sell rights and detailed management provisions. He has also advised clients on federal, state and local tax issues and regulatory issues relating to acquiring and owning business and personal aircraft.
Jonathan Pelayo has considerable experience representing clients in construction litigation matters. His practice includes representing subcontractors, general contractors, owners and design professionals. He also has a broad range of experience in other areas, including disputes in the energy and oil & gas industries. He has litigated disputes concerning the construction of gas processing facilities, joint operating agreements, production processing agreements, the enforcement of mechanic's liens and other general breach of contract claims.
In New York:
Bill Foley focuses his practice in complex commercial litigation and arbitration with a particular emphasis in the banking, financial institutions and consumer finance industry. He regularly represents banks, mortgage lenders/servicers and other financial institutions in putative class and mass actions in both state and federal courts defending against alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and related state laws. He has experience in all aspects of the litigation process, including motion practice, pre-trial discovery, trial and appeals. In 2015, he was named a “Rising Star” by New York Metro Super Lawyers.
Andrew Capalbo is a member of the Firm’s Private Equity and Venture Capital practice group, and focuses his practice on representing private equity, venture capital and other corporate clients on a wide range of transactional matters that include leveraged buyouts, exit transactions, public and private strategic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and various stages of debt and equity financings. His practice also includes general corporate counseling, acting as outside counsel for portfolio companies of private equity clients, including with respect to corporate governance, compliance, employment and incentive equity matters.
Joe Farside is a litigator with significant antitrust and environmental practices. His antitrust practice focuses on substantive merger review counseling and Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (merger control) compliance. He has represented numerous clients before the FTC and DOJ, as well as state authorities, to obtain antitrust clearance in strategic transactions up to $8 billion. In his environmental practice, Farside has represented PRPs of all sizes in state and federal CERCLA enforcement matters, as well as other types of state and EPA enforcement actions. He has litigated numerous other cases, including the defense of hundreds of consumer finance lawsuits for two of the nation’s largest mortgage loan servicers. Farside was selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” from 2011 through 2015 by New England Super Lawyers.
In Washington, D.C.:
Jennifer Brough practices with the Firm's Energy and Corporate practice groups, where she focuses on representing energy companies, including pipeline and electric companies, in corporate matters and before federal agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Department of Energy. She has experience advising a wide range of companies on regulatory compliance issues on both the state and federal levels. She has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Washington, D.C. in 2014 and 2015.
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