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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

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Managing Shareholder: Rich Benenson

Number of shareholders: 172

Number of other attorneys: 116

Number of policy professionals: 40

Firm Overview

With offices across the western U.S., plus Washington, D.C., and Atlantic City, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is where business, law and politics converge. Founded in 1968, Brownstein provides its clients a value that no other western law firm can match—an integrated approach that combines sensible business solutions with a Capitol Hill perspective.

Main Areas of Practice

Corporate & Business: 

Brownstein regularly handles a high number of sophisticated corporate, finance and securities transactions for companies nationwide, bringing agility, knowledge, relationships and broad, in-depth legal knowledge to all business development facets. The firm’s attorneys focus on mergers and acquisitions, emerging business and technology, corporate finance, public and private transactions and general corporate representation.

Department Chair: Jay Spader, [email protected] 


Based in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Brownstein’s gaming law group represents businesses and individuals seeking gaming licenses, liquor licenses and related approvals from federal, state and local agencies. The deep gaming practice includes structuring major transactions to minimize gaming regulation issues and obtain approvals for public offerings, financings, business restructurings and mergers and acquisitions, plus gaming issues related to hotel, resort and casino acquisition and development.

Practice Chairs: William J. Downey, [email protected]; Frank Schreck, [email protected]

Government Relations: 

Currently No. 1 among federal lobbying firms by revenue, the firm’s bipartisan government relations team is a full-service lobbying, public policy and legal practice helping companies, associations, nonprofits and other organizations interpret government actions, solve challenges and seize opportunities through federal, state and local official interactions. Brownstein’s proven record of navigating politics and policy includes legislative consulting, lobbying, policy development, public relations strategy and representation before Congress, federal and state agencies and regulatory bodies.

Department Chair: William E. Moschella, [email protected]; Nadeam A. Elshami, [email protected]

Intellectual Property: 

A strategic partner, Brownstein helps clients effectively manage patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, data and business methods in this era of increasing technological capability and legal complexity. From initial product clearance and development to identifying and protecting innovation to defining boundaries for intellectual capital, clients’ business goals are the priority.

Department Chair: S. Craig Hemenway, [email protected] 


Brownstein employs an integrated approach to resolving matters inside and outside the courtroom for clients in various industries. Its litigators’ wealth of trial experience includes hundreds of jury trials and major adversarial proceedings. The firm’s litigation team has specific experience in commercial litigation, antitrust, securities, environmental, water, land use, real estate, construction, telecommunications, bankruptcy, products liability and gaming.

Department Chair: Frank M. Flansburg III, [email protected] 

Energy & Natural Resources: 

The firm’s multidisciplinary approach integrates legal, lobbying and strategic services to develop forward-thinking environmental strategies. Its nationally respected practitioners in water, energy, hazardous waste, land use and renewable energy routinely represent resource users, public agencies and utilities, manufacturers, mining and extraction companies, large landowners and developers, counsel associations, nonprofits and other organizations in the energy, natural resources and environmental space.

Department Chair: Ryan A, Smith, [email protected]; Brad J. Herrema, [email protected]

Real Estate: 

Nationally recognized in real estate law, Brownstein is known for the scale and prestige of its work. Its industry relationships are second to none. The real estate department’s practical, business-oriented approach resolves market challenges for sellers, purchasers, landlords, tenants and governments utilizing its significant experience in acquisition and disposition, development, engineering/construction, land use, REITs, taxation, leasing and other transactional real estate law subfields.

Department Chair: Nicole R. Ament, [email protected] 


Brownstein’s track record includes the nation’s most significant and complex water projects and litigation. The firm is considered a premier water rights practice in the western US, offering unparalleled experience in all water use aspects: acquisition, disposal, development, protection, regulation, permitting, environmental compliance, litigation and legislative advocacy.

Practice Chair: Scott S. Slater, [email protected] 

Additional Practice Areas: 

Antitrust, bankruptcy and restructuring, CEQA/ NEPA, environmental and remediation, employee benefits, hospitality, sports betting, infrastructure, land use, private equity, pro bono, renewable energy, state and local legislation and policy, tax, telecommunications and media and white-collar.


The firm has office locations in Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Carson City, Nevada; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Reno, Nevada; Sacramento, California; San Diego, California; and Santa Barbara, California.

Key Clients

Apollo Management LP; Bay Club Company; Caesars Entertainment Corporation; HCA Inc.; Martin Marietta Materials, Inc; McWhinney Real Estate Services Inc.; San Diego County Water Authority; Sterling Ranch; Tarte, Inc.; Vail Resorts, Inc.


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675 15th Street Suite 2900 , Denver, Colorado, USA, CO 80202


Tel: +1 303 223 1100

Fax: +1 303 223 1111



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