NEW YORK (January 5, 2015) – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce the election of 11 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2015. The group, comprised of five women and six men, includes lawyers from nine practice groups across seven offices.
“We are proud to introduce an impressive new partner class that embodies the very best of MoFo,” said Morrison & Foerster chair Larren M. Nashelsky. “These talented lawyers, with wide-ranging experience across their practices, have shown a deep commitment to clients and the firm. We look forward to their future contributions as our partners.”
The following lawyers have been elected partner:
Marc Hearron, a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Hearron has prepared more than 100 appellate briefs in cases at every appellate level, including in the Supreme Court of the United States, federal courts of appeals, and several state appellate courts. He also has argued multiple cases in federal courts of appeals. Mr. Hearron is particularly experienced in patent and bankruptcy appeals. He served as a law clerk for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Mr. Hearron received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Jeff Kayes, a member of the Financial Transactions Group and the Project Finance Group, resident in the San Francisco office. Mr. Kayes focuses on the representation of financial institutions, other institutional lenders, and borrowers in complex debt and equity financings. He has extensive experience in leveraged acquisition finance and project finance, including the development and financing of manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects and tax equity investments. He has represented clients operating in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, clean technology, finance, gaming, renewable energy, semiconductors, and software, among others. Mr. Kayes also has extensive experience representing clients in acquisitions of energy projects in all phases of development, including investments in individual or portfolios of projects. He has advised clients in connection with such transactions for natural gas, wind, biomass, hydro, and solar facilities. Mr. Kayes earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Angela Kleine, a member of the Financial Services Litigation Group, resident in the San Francisco office. Ms. Kleine’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and enforcement, with an emphasis on defending and advising financial services companies in matters under banking, fair lending, consumer reporting, and unfair and deceptive acts and practices laws and regulations. In 2014, she was named one of the “Thirty-five Under 35” women rising stars in the mortgage banking industry. Ms. Kleine received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Jennifer Marines, a member of the Business Restructuring and Insolvency Group, resident in the New York office. Ms. Marines has experience representing chapter 11 debtors, creditors, investors, and other parties in interest in all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed acquisitions. Her practice includes advising senior management and boards of directors of financially troubled companies with respect to restructuring and business operations in chapter 11; advising official committees of creditors with respect to restructuring strategies; negotiating and structuring financings and other commercial transactions; and advising clients seeking to purchase businesses and related assets out of chapter 11 proceedings. Ms. Marines also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Drain, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Tritia Murata, a member of the Employment and Labor Group, resident in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Murata’s practice includes a broad range of employment and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. She is an experienced wage-and-hour litigator and has successfully defeated class certification in multiple actions alleging violations of state and federal wage-and-hour laws. She also has significant experience successfully litigating complex employee and customer raiding cases involving duty of loyalty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition issues. In 2013, The Recorder named Ms. Murata among its 50 “Lawyers on the Fast Track.” She received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
Keith Print, a member of the Real Estate Group, resident in the New York office. Mr. Print regularly represents lenders in syndicated mortgage, mezzanine, subscription, and corporate/REIT credit facilities, as well as construction loan transactions involving prominent developers of multi-family apartment buildings and office buildings, among other asset classes. He spends a significant amount of his time representing the lead lenders in large construction financings, including large-scale credit enhancement for government-issued tax-exempt and taxable bonds, the proceeds of which are used to finance luxury multi-family projects throughout New York City that offer affordable-rate and market-rate housing. More recently he has been advising lenders on the purchase of such tax-exempt and taxable bonds. Mr. Print is also experienced in advising clients on real estate sales and acquisitions, ground leases, and office leases. He has counseled clients on a variety of sales and acquisitions, including those involving landmark hotels and complex industrial land. He has also represented clients on various office lease transactions. Mr. Print earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.
Jessica Rice, a member of the Federal Tax Group, resident in the San Diego office. Ms. Rice advises both public and private companies on a wide range of executive and equity compensation and employee-benefits matters, including with respect to equity incentive plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, retention, severance and change-of-control arrangements, employment agreements, tax-qualified retirement plans, and other incentive and benefits arrangements. In addition, Ms. Rice has substantial experience advising on compensation and benefits matters in U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and her LL.M. from New York University School of Law.
Jeremy Schropp, a member of the Corporate Group, resident in the Northern Virginia office. Mr. Schropp's practice focuses on representing technology and emerging-growth companies in a variety of sectors, including government contracting, defense, cybersecurity, data analytics, clean technology, software, communications, and construction. He is experienced in advising on and managing a broad range of corporate transactional matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and debt financings, and corporate governance matters. Mr. Schropp earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Shane Shelley, a member of the Federal Tax Group, resident in the San Diego office. Mr. Shelley has a comprehensive tax practice with a focus on federal income tax matters. He has substantial experience advising on the tax aspects of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, fund formations, venture capital investments, and international structuring. In addition, his expertise includes familiarity with a range of complex capital markets transactions, and experience advising real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Nathan Taylor, a member of the Financial Services and the Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups, resident in Washington, D.C. Mr. Taylor’s practice focuses on assisting companies that handle consumer data in navigating through complex privacy and data security issues. He has assisted hundreds of companies in preventing and responding to data security incidents. Mr. Taylor regularly advises clients on federal and state financial privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Right to Financial Privacy Act. He also advises clients on a wide spectrum of state privacy and information security laws. Mr. Taylor earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Stephanie Thomas, a member of the Private Equity Funds Group, resident in the San Francisco and Sacramento offices. Ms. Thomas focuses her practice on private equity fund formation, where she represents fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with the formation of, and investments in, buyout funds, venture capital funds, secondary funds, debt funds, fund-of-funds, and other private equity funds, ranging in size and investment focus. Ms. Thomas has been involved in several hundred significant fund formations, involving foreign and domestic funds, including many of the largest private equity funds ever formed. She routinely advises fund sponsors and investors on cross-border structuring alternatives, ongoing investment and co-investment activities, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Thomas received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.