Akerman Adds Transactional Partner Howard Gelt to Denver Office

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced the growth of the Denver office with partner and transactional lawyer Howard Gelt. He builds upon Akerman’s core strengths in complex real estate and corporate transactions, and brings a new dimension of experience in economic development, transportation and project financing. With the addition of Gelt, Akerman expands the national footprint of its Real Estate Practice Group, one of the five largest in the country.

“We continue to see growing demand from clients for exceptional lawyers like Howard, who know the local market and who have significant experience in multi-state transactions and high-priority development projects,” said Richard Bezold, chair of Akerman’s Real Estate Practice Group. “We are very excited to begin working with Howard, who will provide additional business insights to our clients and help us forge meaningful relationships in Denver and beyond.”

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Tom Romer Joins Greenberg Traurig as a Shareholder in the Firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice

Thomas B. Romer joined international law firm Greenberg Traurig’s Denver office as shareholder in its Corporate & Securities Practice. Romer will focus his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, and business formation.

Romer has developed a successful domestic and cross-border transactional practice by using legal project management strategies to more effectively and efficiently manage complex transactions for his clients. Romer assisted Mexico Retail Properties and MRP Group, LP in completing the largest ever real estate transaction in Mexico’s history consisting of the sale of 49 commercial properties and the sale of MRP Group’s property management platform for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2 billion. As a founding member of an American Bar Association Task Force charged with developing legal project management tools for deal lawyers, Romer has helped to expand the use of legal project management strategies by other transactional lawyers.

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Dentons US and McKenna Long to Combine

A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world’s largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US

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Denver’s Growing Real Estate Market Leads to Expansion at Polsinelli

Polsinelli announced today the addition of a new shareholder to the firm’s Denver office and its Real Estate Practice. Real Estate attorney Amy Hansen brings 17 years of legal experience, focused on assisting clients who are developing raw land or underutilized properties for residential and commercial purposes. Hansen works with developers, contractors, investors and a range of business owners in investment structuring and other acquisition, financing, and development matters.

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WilmerHale Welcomes Market-Leading Intellectual Property and Litigation Partners, Continues Expansion into Rocky Mountain Region

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the arrival of Partners Natalie Hanlon Leh, Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter and Benjamin S. Fernandez to the firm’s Denver office as members of the Litigation/Controversy and Intellectual Property Departments. Their arrival continues the firm’s expansion in the region, which began early in 2014 with the establishment of the firm’s Denver office, led by former US Secretary of the Interior, US Senator and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar; and former Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks for the US Department of the Interior and US Attorney for the District of Colorado Thomas Strickland. WilmerHale is a premier law firm with 14 offices across the globe that boasts renowned IP, litigation and controversy, securities, regulatory and government affairs, and transactional practices, with unique strengths in growing sectors such as energy, privacy and cybersecurity, education and technology.

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Constangy, Brooks & Smith Adds Don Prophete as Named Partner

Labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP announced today that nationally-recognized attorney Donald Prophete is joining the firm which will now be known as Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP.

Eleven other attorneys from across the country are also joining the firm, which will add offices in Denver and New York to its 25 current locations. The new attorneys come to the firm with a wide range of backgrounds and are part of a concerted effort by Constangy to remain well-positioned to represent employers in the challenges they face in a more tech-savvy, diverse workplace environment.

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