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7 December 2006

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw promotes 26 to partner in U.S. Offices

- U.S. partner promotions part of 39 appointments worldwide -
7 December 2006 - International law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of 26 new partners in the U.S. as part of 39 promotions worldwide. The appointments take effect from 1 January 2007.

The promotions globally are broken down geographically as follows:

Chicago - 12 Frankfurt - three
Houston - four London - nine
Los Angeles - one New York - six
Paris - one Washington D.C. - three

By practice, the appointments break down as follows:

Corporate - nine Litigation - 12
Finance - four Real Estate - six
Financial Services - one Tax controversy - one
IP - two Tax transactions - four

The partner promotions in the U.S. are as follows:


Richard M. Assmus, Intellectual Property Richard joined the firm in 1998 following his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School and has worked in both the Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices. He advises on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including trademark prosecution and enforcement, copyright litigation, trade secrets litigation and trademark licensing.

Jeffrey M. Bruns, Tax Transactions Jeff provides tax advice to a wide variety of clients in connection with the formation and operation of partnerships and limited liability companies, with an emphasis on transactions involving real estate assets. He also has substantial experience representing sponsors of real estate and private equity funds, as well as representing taxable, tax-exempt and foreign investors in such funds. In addition, he regularly provides tax advice in connection with the formation and operation of REITs. Jeff joined the firm in 1999 after graduating cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Nathaniel Carden, Tax Controversy Nate Carden specializes in matters of tax controversy and transfer pricing, emphasizing representation of corporate taxpayers in audit, administrative appeal and litigation settings. He also advises multinational clients on cross-border intangible property, service and financing transactions. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Nate worked for McKinsey & Co. He previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Chris M. Gavin, Finance Chris concentrates his practice on structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on residential mortgage-backed securities offered in the public and private markets and the establishment of residential mortgage loan warehouse facilities that issue extendable commercial paper. He also has extensive experience securitizing many other types of financial assets. Chris joined the firm in 1999.

Jonathan M. Grandon, Corporate Jonathan represents buyers, sellers and financial intermediaries in connection with stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, tender and exchange offers, shareholder arrangements and a variety of other transactions involving U.S., foreign and multinational corporations and other entities, both public and private. Prior to joining Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, Jonathan was associated with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP from 2000 to 2004. He served as the note editor of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review while he earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Britton B. Guerrina, Litigation Britton specializes in representing public and private clients in complex litigation before state and federal courts as well as international and domestic arbitral tribunals. She has advised clients in a diverse range of matters, including contractual and joint venture disputes, insurance coverage, business torts, class actions, constitutional claims, Voting Rights Act and other statutory claims, and white-collar crimes. Prior to joining Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 2000, Britton served as law clerk to the Honorable Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Britton is also a Director of the Legal Aid Society and a Contributing Editor of The Green Bag.

Joshua P. Hanna, Real Estate Josh joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's Chicago real estate group in 2004. A 1999 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Josh represents a diverse range of clients in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, development, leasing and financing. He regularly represents large U.S. and foreign private equity funds and insurance companies in the acquisition and financing of multi-family, office, retail, senior housing and industrial facilities, and has significant experience in the hospitality industry advising buyers, operators and developers of hotels, golf courses, restaurants and nightclubs. Josh also represents lenders in construction and permanent loans, and structures joint ventures and ownership entities for various clients.

Jonathan Lewis, Litigation Jonathan specializes in antitrust and trade regulation and litigation. Jonathan's antitrust experience includes (1) counseling clients on issues involving distribution matters (including franchising) and other business practices, substantive merger review and pre-merger integration planning, and (2) litigating claims of price fixing, exclusive dealing, tying, monopolization, and attempted monopolization. Jonathan has also represented clients in front of both federal and state antitrust enforcement authorities in investigations involving distribution practices, pre-merger review, and post-merger review. Jonathan received his B.A., with honors in economics, and Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

Thomas A. Lidbury, Litigation Tom specializes in litigation with emphasis on insurance coverage litigation, electronic discovery and records management, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation, mass tort defense, securities litigation, and commercial litigation. Tom has participated in a number of notable cases including: BASF AG v. Great American Assurance, 2006 WL 1235943 (N.D.Ill. May 8), Bank of America v. Terra Nova Insurance, 212 F.R.D. 166 (S.D.N.Y. 2002), Dow Chemical v. Fireman's Fund, 217 F.Supp.2d 816 (E.D.Mich. 2002) and Johnson v. LaRabida Children's Hospital, 2002 WL 31155045 (N.D.Ill. Sept. 27). Tom joined the firm in 1997.

Joshua Yount, Litigation Josh has worked on a number of trial and appellate matters in both state and federal courts since joining Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 2001. He has written appellate, summary judgment, dismissal, and class certification briefs and argued motions in state and federal courts. He also has deposed class representatives and party witnesses in federal litigation. Josh's specialties include class certification defense, securities law, and appellate procedure, though Josh also has experience in accountant's liability, antitrust, telecommunications, tort, contract, insurer defense, product liability, and white-collar criminal litigation.


Jeffrey Andrews, Corporate Jeffrey represents clients in the structuring and negotiation of information technology and business process outsourcing agreements, as well as licensing, development, marketing, distribution and strategic alliance agreements in high-tech industries. He also assists clients with intellectual property matters in merger and acquisition transactions, and the review of intellectual property rights portfolios in relation to corporate financing and joint venture transactions. Jeffrey joined the New York office of the firm in 2003 and moved to the Houston office in 2006. Jeremy

Gaston, Litigation Jeremy has experience in the areas of appellate, commercial litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, class actions and securities law. He has been engaged in a number of notable cases while with the firm, including four at the Supreme Court of the United States level. Prior to joining Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 2004, Jeremy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court and the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Jeremy was named as a Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly (June 2005) and was voted one of Houston's Lawyers on the Fast Track (H Texas Magazine, 2004).

Michele Lew Gibbons, Corporate Michele (Mitch) advises investment advisers, broker-dealers and investment funds, including private equity funds, hedge funds and registered investment companies on organizational, regulatory and transactional matters. She also represents investment advisers, broker-dealers and funds concerning mergers and acquisitions and portfolio transactions. Mitch joined the firm's New York office in 2002 and joined the Houston office in 2004. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has published many articles in her field. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and holds a masters degree from the Harvard University School of Government.

Tristan Propst, Finance Tristan's practice focuses on banking and finance at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, where he advises a variety of clients, including both financial institutions and corporate borrowers, on commercial and project lending transactions with a particular emphasis on energy-related transactions and secured lending transactions. Tristan joined the firm as an associate in 1998. Tristan was a Judicial Clerk for the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and graduated from Tulane University Law School, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Tulane Law Review. Tristan also holds an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.


Dani Vogt, Real Estate Dani focuses on the representation of pension funds, insurance companies, REITs and other institutions in the acquisition and disposition of apartment and condominium projects, industrial buildings, office buildings and vacant real estate. She also works on joint ventures, representing pension funds, insurance companies, REITs and other institutions in the creation of partnerships and limited liability companies in connection with the development of retail, multi-family, industrial and office properties. Dani has also represented lenders and borrowers in permanent, construction and mezzanine loans. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and joined the firm in 2003.


Jason S. Bazar, Tax Transactions Jason advises domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings, as well as general corporate and international tax matters. In addition, he counsels clients with respect to the tax aspects of cross-border and domestic financings, leasing transactions, securities offerings and other capital markets transactions. Jason joined the firm in 2001.

Ariel M. Dybner, Real Estate Ariel is a member of the firm's real estate group and focuses on representing institutional lenders in real estate transactions throughout the United States. He also is experienced in managing acquisitions and dispositions of real estate, and the real estate aspects of complex corporate and finance transactions. Ariel joined the firm in 2003. He graduated from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an articles editor on the Columbia Business Law Review.

Christopher Horn, Finance Christopher's practice is focused on structured finance transactions, with an emphasis on asset-backed securities offerings in the public and private markets. He has experience securitizing a wide variety of financial assets, and is a recognized expert in the securitization of auto receivables. He has presented at numerous professional seminars and conferences and has authored several articles on various securitization-related topics. Christopher joined the Chicago office of the firm in 1998 and moved to the New York office in 2005.

Matthew Ingber, Litigation Matthew represents issuers, underwriters and individual officers and directors in various federal securities class actions and NASD and NYSE arbitrations. He performs internal corporate investigations on behalf of management and audit committees, and represents corporations and corporate executives in white-collar criminal matters and related civil and administrative proceedings. Matthew's litigation practice before state and federal courts encompasses general commercial disputes, insurance coverage actions, derivatives litigations, and lender liability actions. Matthew has published several articles in the area of securities litigation. He joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 1998 after graduating from George Washington University Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics.

Michael Morelli, Real Estate Michael's practice is concentrated in the area of real estate finance with an emphasis on domestic and international finance transactions for the hotel, gaming and leisure industries. He also has significant experience representing buyers and sellers in property acquisitions and dispositions throughout the United States. Michael joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 2002. He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law where he was a member of the Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.


Daniel T. Brown, Litigation Dan concentrates his practice on securities enforcement defense, securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense and regulatory counseling. Dan has represented financial institutions and other corporations as well as individuals in a variety of matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, NASD, New York Stock Exchange and various U.S Attorney's offices. His experience encompasses regulatory investigations, internal investigations, and civil and criminal litigation, including trial work. Dan previously held the position of branch chief in the Midwest Regional Office of the SEC, Division of Enforcement. He was also associated with other corporate law firms. Dan began his legal career with an appointment as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Latchum, United States District Court, District of Delaware. Dan joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 2005.

Adriaen M. Morse Jr., Litigation Adriaen's practice focuses on securities enforcement defense, securities litigation and regulatory counseling. Adriaen represents public companies, individuals and entities in investigations before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal and state regulatory entities. He also represents clients in litigation, arbitration, criminal grand jury investigations, and other white-collar criminal matters involving securities laws. Adriaen has represented clients in joint investigations and actions by U.S. and European Union securities regulators and criminal authorities investigating potential civil and criminal violations of securities laws in several jurisdictions by companies and individuals. Earlier in his career, Adriaen served as a Marine infantry officer before becoming a Marine judge advocate. Adriaen has previously been associated with other corporate law firms and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement as Senior Counsel. Adriaen joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 2005.

Robert Varnell, Litigation Robert practices in the area of labor and employment litigation and counseling. He represents employers in trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts and in arbitrations and specializes in collective action/class action litigation. Robert has extensive experience handling a broad range of matters including those involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley "whistleblower" provision, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and employment contract disputes. Prior to joining Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in 2005, Robert served as the Deputy Solicitor of Labor for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was responsible for litigation and regulatory matters related to labor and employment issues.

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