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Fifteen Attorneys Elected to Holland & Hart's Partnership

DENVER (Jan. 1, 2020) – Holland & Hart LLP is pleased to announce that fifteen attorneys have been elected into the firm’s partnership, effective Jan. 1. The newly elected partners serve clients in a range of practice areas and industries and work from several offices in the firm’s footprint that includes eight states and Washington, D.C.

“Each of our new partners has achieved a level of preeminence in their practice areas to earn the trust and respect of clients,” said Chris Balch, firm chair. “They have each demonstrated a commitment to the firm’s core values, including teamwork, innovation, excellence, and diversity and inclusion that are critical to the firm’s continued success,” added Balch.

The new partners are as follows:

Desta Asfaw – Denver, Estate Planning and Wealth Management

Desta develops sophisticated estate, wealth transfer, wealth preservation, and strategic tax planning solutions for high net worth individuals, families, and closely-held businesses. She specializes in complex asset structures involving a variety of wealth transfer, charitable, and business succession planning strategies.

Kylie Crandall – Boulder, Water Rights, Real Estate, and Project Development and Finance

Kylie’s deep expertise in water rights, real estate, project development, and finance includes acquisition, financing, planning, development, leasing, managing, and operating of real estate and water assets. Her clients include developers, municipalities, governmental entities, lenders, natural resource and energy companies, small business owners, and farming and ranching families.

Gabe Hamilton – Boise, Corporate and Healthcare

Gabe focuses his corporate practice on mergers and acquisitions, new company formations, joint ventures, as well as regulatory matters for clients in the healthcare and insurance industries. As a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Gabe devotes at least half of his practice on insurance regulatory matters.

Sarah Ritchey Haradon – Denver, Tax Controversy

Sarah advises clients on corporate, partnership, and individual income tax matters, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and IRS audits, appeals, and litigation. She represents companies and individuals in complex transactions as well as representing clients in front of the United States Tax Court.

Phil Harris - Salt Lake City, Patent Prosecution, Counseling, and Opinions

Phil focuses his practice on preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications within the electrical engineering and mechanical engineering arts, among other areas. He also handles ex parte and inter partes disputes at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, along with various IP client-counseling activities.

Jon Katchen – Anchorage, Environmental and Natural Resources

Jon focuses his practice focuses on natural resources project development, defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions, and complex commercial litigation. He also counsels investors and resource development companies regarding economic development opportunities in Alaska.

Per Larsen – Boulder, Patent Prosecution, Counseling, and Opinions

Per works with sophisticated technology companies to develop and manage their domestic and foreign patent portfolios, including guiding strategy for protection of technology-related industry standards. Per draws on extensive design and product development experience to shepherd technically complex inventions to allowance.

Ken Logsdon – Salt Lake City, Commercial Finance

In his corporate finance practice, Ken counsels national and regional banks, non-bank lenders, private equity funds, and both privately owned and publicly traded companies. He advises clients on structuring, negotiating, and administering complex commercial, secured, and asset-based financings.

Chelsea May – Denver, Tax and Estate Planning

Chelsea represents high net worth individuals and families with their estate, wealth transfer, philanthropic, and business succession planning needs. She specializes in designing multi-generational estate and succession plans that minimize future conflict, optimize administrative ease, and promote tax efficiency. As a former CPA, she brings clients a unique perspective to various tax and legal matters.

Kazuyo Morita – Boulder, Trademark and Foreign Portfolio Management

Kazuyo helps start-ups to Fortune 100 companies develop trademark and anti-counterfeiting strategies to maximize and protect their brand value and competitive position worldwide. She applies her neuroscience background to deliver creative solutions and synthesize complex information into business-friendly communications.

Adam Rankin – Santa Fe, Environmental and Natural Resources

Adam counsels clients in the energy industry on environmental and natural resources compliance, permitting, administrative appeals, and complex litigation. He defends clients in a range of environmental actions in state and federal court, including class action royalty claims; and challenges federal royalty assessments before administrative agencies.

Helen Rogers – Denver, Estate Planning and Wealth Management

Helen specializes in trust, estate, tax, and wealth transfer planning for high net worth individuals. Helen advises clients on developing and administering complex asset management structures involving trusts, corporate entities, and private foundations, as well as on business succession matters for closely-held businesses.

Nate Runyan – Salt Lake City, Tax

Nate delivers tax counsel to help clients secure the financial health of their companies, focusing on state and local tax issues, including property, sales, income, and severance tax. Nate’s dispute resolution experience includes litigating in state and federal courts, mediation, arbitration, state and local administrative tribunals, local boards of equalization, and lobbies.

Jessica Schmidt – Denver, Environmental and Natural Resources Litigation

Jessica handles complex litigation for oil and gas companies and refineries ranging from disputes involving contracts, property damage, lease and right of way issues, pipelines, oil and gas probate, royalty, to Indian law issues. She is also a member of the Workplace Safety and Emergency Response team, specializing in defending regulatory enforcement matters and subsequent litigation.

Nik Stoffel – Denver, Public Utilities Regulation

Nik focuses on the federal and state regulation of utilities, pipelines, and electricity markets, and the nuances of administrative law and litigation. His clients include large energy consumers, industrial and commercial electric customers, local distribution companies, oil and gas pipelines, project developers, independent power producers, and motor carriers.

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