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Stinson Leonard Street Elects 16 Partners

Press Release
01.03.2017

Stinson Leonard Street LLP proudly announces the election of 16 new partners, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The group of attorneys is spread out among six of the law firm's 13 locations and strengthens a diverse cross section of key practice groups.

The new partners are:

Denver

Zane Gilmer's practice focuses on business litigation, class action defense, and regulatory compliance. He represents clients in state and federal courts and arbitration forums across the country. Gilmer is also a regular author and presenter on emerging litigation of compliance issues and he is member of the firm's emerging trends subgroup and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau taskforce. Gilmer earned his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Before joining the firm he clerked for the Chief Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Dan Wennogle focuses his practice on construction, property rights, unmanned systems (drones), and utility companies. He represents contractors, energy companies, lenders and professionals in the design and construction trades in litigation matters in state and federal court and in arbitrations in various places throughout the country. He is part of the Colorado AGC-Mountain Area steering committee and is assisting with legislative efforts to pass new construction defect laws in Colorado. He is licensed to practice in Colorado and North Dakota and also participates in arbitrations on major commercial and industrial construction disputes under the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Rules. Wennogle is an associate board member of Mending Faces, a non-profit that helps indigent children receive cleft lip and palate surgeries. He earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Kansas City

Christina Arnone is a litigator representing corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. She regularly represents clients on matters involving property and business interruption insurance, professional liability insurance, product recall insurance, directors and officers insurance, employment liability insurance, and general liability insurance. She has also represented clients in a broad array of complex commercial litigation, including antitrust and wage and hour class actions and lawsuits alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of employment agreements. Arnone is the current chair of the board for the Jackson County Children's Emergency Fund, which supports children in the Jackson County Family Court system. She earned her J.D. from the University of Kansas.

Brittany Barrientos is a member of the firm's Energy, Environmental, Mining and Transportation division. Her practice includes advising clients as to environmental regulatory requirements, environmental permitting, defense of civil and administrative enforcement actions, environmental due diligence for transactions, and educating clients regarding regulatory requirements and strategies for compliance with environmental laws. She does pro bono work with clients in the Marlborough Neighborhood of Kansas City through the firm's Adopt-a-Neighborhood initiative. She has also volunteers with the Advocates for Human Rights on international policy issues. Barrientos earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri.

Molly Walsh Keppler is an experienced litigator, negotiator, and mediator. She has represented clients in both state and federal court, before administrative agencies and on appeal. She has successfully defended employers in single plaintiff and multi-party litigation in complex class and collective wage and hour litigation. She also counsels clients on a full range of workplace issues, including hiring and firing, employee leaves, employment contracts and separation agreements, disability accommodations, and wage and hour compliance. Keppler is a member of the firm's pro bono committee and a past graduate of the KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy. She earned her J.D. from the University of Kansas.

Kelly Stout represents publicly- and privately-held companies, and private equity funds, with respect to M&A, capital markets (including public and exempt offerings of securities and the issuance of high yield and investment grade debt securities), investment and joint venture transactions, security law compliance, corporate governance and a variety of other corporate and transactional issues. He earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Minneapolis

Sharma Foley Affeldt advises families and individuals with estate and wealth transfer planning, probate, estate administration, guardianships and conservatorships, tax planning, business planning and trust and estate litigation matters. She earned her LL.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami and her J.D. from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Kadee Anderson is a litigator representing plaintiffs and defendants in product liability, tort litigation, health care litigation, wrongful death and insurance litigation matters. She has represented medical technology companies and health care providers in cases involving catastrophic injuries and death in state and federal courts across the country. She also has represented insurers in claims for failure to pay health care benefits under employee benefit plans and policyholders in life insurance disputes. She devotes time to pro bono work in the areas of immigration law and insurance litigation. Anderson earned her J.D., with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Phil Ashfield focuses his practice on commercial bankruptcy and business litigation matters in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He has provided counsel to unsecured creditors’ committees, trustees, financial institutions, equipment lessors, special servicers, corporate debtors and other entities in a wide array of civil litigation, corporate and individual bankruptcies, workouts, receiverships, real estate matters and other commercial disputes. Ashfield is a board member of the Stout University Foundation. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Andrew Gibbons represents clients in energy, environmental, and natural resources regulatory and transactional matters. He has represented energy clients on project development and permitting, state energy regulatory proceedings, project development contracting, and acquisitions and divestitures, with an emphasis on renewable energy projects. He also advises energy, transportation, and mining clients on environmental review, permitting, and compliance matters, and provides immigration and naturalization assistance to pro bono clients. Gibbons is a section council member for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Section, a board member of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, and the president of the board of Cathedral Hill Montessori School. He earned his J.D. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota.

Jeff Mason represents corporations and individuals in putative class action and other material litigation and arbitrations throughout the country, with a particular emphasis on the insurance and financial services industries. He also has significant experience representing clients in internal investigations as well as in civil, criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, and various state regulators and attorneys general. Mason dedicates significant time and energy to pro bono legal representations, including criminal defense under the Criminal Justice Act, immigration matters and nonprofit governance. He is the vice chairman of the Board for the Lionsgate Foundation and earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Duke University School of Law.

Adine Momoh is a trial attorney representing clients in state and federal courts across the country in matters involving banking litigation, probate and estates and trust litigation and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. With respect to her bankruptcy practice specifically, Momoh represents clients in matters involving cash collateral, DIP financing, 363 sales, plan confirmation, claim and administrative expense resolution and defense, fraudulent conveyance, preferential transfers and other avoidance actions. Momoh serves on the boards of various organizations, including The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association’s Minnesota Chapter and the International Women’s Insolvency and Reorganization Confederation–Minnesota Network. She serves as treasurer of the Hennepin County Bar Association and will elevate to president in 2018-19. Momoh earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law. Momoh clerked for the Honorable Jeanne J. Graham (ret.) of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.

Lara Page represents clients in commercial and construction financing matters. Her practice is primarily focused on the financing of real estate developments and commercial term and revolving credit facilities, as well as affordable housing and solar energy projects. She is a member of the board of directors of the Eureka Recycling Company and a council member of The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts. Page earned her J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law.

Omaha

Allison Hardy practices in the in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities and general business law. She represents publicly- and privately-held companies and private equity and venture capital funds with respect to issuance of securities, mergers, acquisitions, joint venture and financing transactions. She also has experience in the areas of executive employment arrangements and general corporate, contracting work, periodic reporting and securities law compliance. Hardy is a member of the Junior League of Omaha. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Creighton University.

St. Louis

Steven Kazmierski, Ph. D. is actively engaged in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications, as well as counseling, licensing and enforcement relating to the biotechnology, chemistry and life sciences areas. He counsels clients regarding patent and FDA strategy under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (Hatch-Waxman) and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009. He also prepares patentability opinions, and guides clients in post grant proceedings including Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Review. He earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and his Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Washington, DC

Jonathan Trotta is an experienced regulatory and government affairs attorney who works extensively on energy, transportation, telecommunications and cybersecurity policy issues. He helps electric utilities, energy infrastructure developers and railroads navigate a complex array of federal rules and regulations, understand their business implications, and strategically influence policy before federal Cabinet-level departments, regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress. Trotta represents energy and transportation clients nationwide in transactional matters and regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Surface Transportation Board (STB) and other federal and state agencies, and the federal courts. Prior to joining the firm he was an attorney-advisor in FERC’s Office of the General Counsel. He earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

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