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Stinson Leonard Street Elects Eleven Partners

Press Release2015 Class is first group of partners elected since the merger of Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard created Stinson Leonard Street
01.07.2015

Minneapolis, Minn. and Kansas City, Mo. (January 7, 2015)—Stinson Leonard Street LLP proudly announces the election of 11 new partners, effective Jan. 1, 2015. This is the first group of partners elected by the new firm that was created when Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard merged on Jan. 1, 2014.

The 11 new partners are spread out among five of Stinson Leonard Street’s 14 locations.

St. Louis
Mike Campbell focuses his practice in the areas of banking, commercial finance and general corporate law. He counsels private companies on mergers and acquisitions and various types of financing transactions including preferred and debt offerings. He also represents national and community banks on all aspects of lending from loan origination to loan workouts. Michael also represents national and local businesses in commercial contract negotiation and other general corporate matters.

Michael served in the U.S. Navy for five years, with three years as a non-commissioned officer. He earned his B.S. in Finance, summa cum laude, from DePaul University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Minneapolis
Erica Delain works on real estate transactions involving residential, industrial, office space, warehouse, distribution center, mixed-use, corridor and retail. She represents Gander Mountain in the acquisition and development of stores across the nation and Buffalo Wild Wings in the leasing of restaurants nationwide. She helped advise a health care provider in the acquisition, development and leasing of hospital and medical office buildings and Anacostia & Pacific Company in the acquisition of real property for railway development.

In her banking and lending and project finance practice, she advises clients on all aspects of structuring, documenting and enforcing secured transactions. She acted as U.S. real estate counsel to the purchaser of U.S. and Canadian power plant assets totaling over $1 billion. She also represented a construction lender and lessor in connection with $59 million construction loan and sale leaseback financing—of one of the first deals of its kind for a wind project in the country.

She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance from the University of Minnesota. She received her J.D., cum laude, at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Melanie Full concentrates her practice on class action, business, and commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services, securities, and general contract litigation. Her clients include financial institutions, medical device companies, manufacturers, health care providers, family businesses, LLC’s, and individuals. She has represented clients in large, complex class actions, merger and acquisition litigation, trust and estate disputes, and defended all manner of business claims. Successes include the defense and dismissal of class action lawsuits against Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including several California actions against one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and a multimillion dollar class action against a global manufacturing and engineering firm. She has also created and presented continuing legal education seminars on ethical issues in e-discovery and unconscious bias in law firms. She is actively involved in the arts community and currently serves as President of the Board for Springboard for the Arts, a community arts organization located in Saint Paul. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for MnLA, runs the Stinson Leonard Street Pro Bono Arts Program, and volunteers for the Children’s Law Center and Minnesota Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Art and Art History from Colgate University. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School.


Kansas City
Rich Cook is in the firm’s Real Estate Division. His practice focuses on economic development, government relations, real estate transactions, special district formation, financial services and tax incentives such as tax increment financing and tax abatement. He assisted Cerner Corporation in the site acquisition and development of its planned four million square foot office campus in Kansas City, MO, including zoning and development incentives (TIF, Super-TIF and State Supplemental TIF). He has counseled commercial clients in negotiations with elected officials and municipal staff to secure economic development incentives, zoning and government contracts. He represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales, financing and leasing of all major property types, including office buildings, shopping centers, multifamily projects, industrial properties, hotels, resorts and mixed-use projects. He is active in job retention and expansion projects in both Missouri and Kansas. From 2013-2014 he served as chair of the Real Estate Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

During law school, Cook completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable James P. O'Hara of the U.S. District Court. He earned his B.A. and B.S. with honors from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. There he was a staff member and Business Manager of the Kansas Law Review.

Elizabeth Tassi helps clients obtain and enforce patent, trademark, copyright, and trade dress rights in her intellectual property practice. Many of her clients are in the medical device, food service, and chemical innovation industries.

Tassi has handled a number of administrative proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the National Advertising Division. She stopped cyber squatters from hijacking client domain names before panelists from the National Arbitration Forum, World Intellectual Property Organization, and British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre. She has also has assisted chemical and medical device companies with freedom to operate and non-infringement opinions and patent prosecution matters in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2011, she received the President’s Award for volunteer work from the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. She earned a J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2007 and a B.S. and B.A. in biology from Truman State University in 2003.


Zach Hemenway practices in the firm’s Business Litigation Division with an emphasis on Data Law, Information Governance, and e-Discovery and Analysis.

Hemenway assists clients with e-discovery and technology issues in litigation and information management. In addition to directing and implementing cost-effective collection and review efforts, he has worked with clients to formulate policies for managing information, including standardizing and effectively implementing litigation holds. He has given presentations and trainings on e-discovery issues and has also served as a guest lecturer for a law school course on e-discovery.

He has assisted clients in preparing responses to governmental inquiries from a diverse set of agencies. He has also overseen discovery in multiple cases involving environmental compliance. He was on the legal team that helped Hallmark Cards Inc. win a $31.3 million jury verdict in a trade secret dispute against a private equity firm. He was part of the successful defense of a Fortune 500 company in the arbitration of a large contract dispute and he represented a head coach in contract negotiations with a major University. He earned his B.S. with honors in Journalism from the University of Kansas and his J.D., with high distinction from the University of Nebraska. There he was also Executive Editor of the Nebraska Law Review and received Order of the Coif honors and multiple CALI awards.


Sarah King is a member of the Tax, Trusts and Estates Division. She develops personalized estate and tax planning strategies that include wills, living trusts, insurance trusts, annuity trusts, multi-generational trusts and family limited partnerships, as well as charitable gifting. She helps family businesses owners plan for retirement and foundations and charities secure 501(c )(3) status.

She earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Creighton University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Megan McCurdy represents individuals and businesses in a variety of complex lawsuits and arbitrations. These include financial service actions, contract disputes, business torts and product liability actions. She practices in the firm’s Kansas City office.

She was on the defense team for a collection of bank clients against multimillion dollar claims of lender liability. She assisted in the successful defense of a class action claim against a Fortune 100 infant care company pertaining to alleged chemical risks associated with use of the company's products. Class certification was denied.

Megan is active in the Kansas City community serving as Vice Chair of the Board to the Women's Employment Network and a Board Member of UMKC's School of Law Alumni Association. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where she was a staff member of the UMKC Law Review and the Urban Lawyer Journal, was named to the Order of the Barristers and received the Thomas E. Deacy Trial Lawyer Award.

During law school, she interned for the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and was a teaching assistant for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Legal Writing Program. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and German from the University of Nebraska. She also studied at Humboldt University in Germany.


Phoenix
Sharon Ng handles civil and general litigation matters including commercial disputes, civil rights actions, legal malpractice, creditor’s rights issues, post judgment enforcement, arbitration, and appeals. She guides her clients through all stages of litigation. She has an extensive background in tribal and legislative law. She has successfully prosecuted and defended Native American tribes' and tribal entities' interests in tribal courts across Arizona.

In 2014, she was named a Southwest Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Sharon is currently the vice-chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law and volunteers her time within her local community as the chair of Bright Horizons’ parent partnership group in Tempe.

Prior to joining the firm, she was the judicial law clerk for Judge John C. Gemmill, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1. She received her B.A. summa cum laude in English from the University of Arizona and her J.D., cum laude, from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.


Stefan Palys focuses on business litigation, civil rights litigation, and appeals. He has advocated for clients at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented businesses and business owners in contract and tort cases. He has also represented lenders in collection and lender-liability cases. Stefan has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in civil rights litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

In 2013 Stefan was recognized as a “Star of the Year” by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for his work as the Committee and Liaison Director for Membership Entities, and he was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2014. In 2013 and 2014 he was named a Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers. Stefan is on the executive committee of Phoenix Theatre’s board of directors, and has volunteered with Arizona’s Justice Project.

Before joining the firm he clerked for the Honorable Ann Scott Timmer of the Arizona Court of Appeals. He earned his B.A. in History from Wake Forest University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona.

Denver
Reid Page represents clients throughout the country in complex business disputes. Reid practices before trial and appellate courts in state and federal jurisdictions, and he regularly represents clients in arbitrations and mediations. Many of his clients are in the oil and gas and financial services industries.

He has represented banks in disputes with borrowers and business partners and in lawsuits related to state and federal statutory protections. He provides counsel to oil and gas companies and investors in business disputes.

Recently Reid represented a health care company in an arbitration with its former owner regarding the accuracy of disclosures made during the due diligence process; a leading textile manufacturer in a federal-court dispute over pricing issues; and a Colorado correctional-industry service provider in a lawsuit against a Fortune 100 manufacturer.

Reid volunteers his time as a guardian ad litem in the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center's Domestic Violence Program. He earned a B.A. in both Philosophy and Communication from Mercer University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

About Stinson Leonard Street


Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides sophisticated transactional and litigation services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held enterprises to national and international public companies. One of the 75 largest law firms in the U.S., Stinson Leonard Street has more than 520 attorneys and offices in 14 cities, including Minneapolis, Mankato and St. Cloud, Minn.; Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, DC; Decatur, Ill.; Wichita and Overland Park, Kans.; Omaha, Neb.; and Bismarck, N.D.

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