Snell & Wilmer Announces New Partners and Counsel
Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce six attorneys have been elected to join the firm’s partnership, effective March 1, 2024. Additionally, six attorneys were promoted to the counsel role, effective January 1, 2024.
Snell & Wilmer’s newly elected partners are:
Kevin M. Brown, Commercial Litigation, San Diego
Brown serves as a trusted advisor and experienced advocate for his clients. His primary area of practice is employment law, and he routinely handles commercial litigation. Brown represents employers in a full range of actions including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, sexual assault/negligence, wage and hour class actions, PAGA actions, whistleblower claims, restrictive covenants (non-compete/non-solicitation), trade secrets, and disability accommodation. He also handles business disputes, product liability, and aviation-related matters. Brown is admitted to practice in California and Colorado.
Laurie Choi, Commercial Litigation, Denver
With a background in construction management, general contracting, and civil and environmental engineering, Choi provides clients with practical and strategic solutions for real-world construction issues. Choi counsels clients through construction contract drafting and negotiation, resolution of disputes arising from construction projects, legal advice for providing construction services, filing, and bonding around mechanic's liens, and other construction concerns. Choi obtained her Nevada General Contractor's License in 2009. She now focuses on the practice of law in both Colorado and California.
Allison Davis, Corporate & Securities, Phoenix
Davis focuses her practice in corporate and securities with an emphasis on healthcare regulatory and transactional law. Davis represents healthcare clients in all stages of the business entity lifecycle including formation, compliance, acquisitions, sales, and dissolution. She also represents clients in the negotiation and drafting of provider agreements, state and federal licensing, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance, HIPAA compliance, and insurance regulatory law. Davis counsels companies and physician groups to address their regulatory compliance and liability risk challenges arising from the use of digital health, telehealth, and direct primary care/concierge medicine. Davis is admitted to practice in Arizona and Utah.
Marshall J. Hogan, Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Orange County
Hogan is a commercial litigation and business bankruptcy attorney who assists clients with a wide variety of business disputes and bankruptcy matters. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in matters involving contract claims, business tort claims, trade secret and intellectual property claims. In his insolvency practice, Hogan represents a broad array of clients, including financial institutions, debtors, bankruptcy trustees, buyers, landlords, and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases, receiverships, and adversary proceedings. Hogan also focuses on creditors’ rights and remedies, foreclosure of both real and personal property, and workout law. Hogan is admitted to practice in California.
Sara Van Houten, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Phoenix
Van Houten counsels employers regarding all aspects of the design, operation and compliance of their employee benefit and executive compensation plans. Van Houten advises clients on compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, and HIPAA. Van Houten works with public and private companies to design and draft incentive compensation programs, omnibus equity plans, severance plans and change in control arrangements. She also has extensive experience with Section 409A compliance and corrections. Van Houten is admitted to practice in Arizona and Iowa.
David P. Williams, Labor & Employment, Salt Lake City
Williams assists clients with employment matters and advises employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, including personnel administration and human resources, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, employment contracts, OSHA, Worker’s Compensation, NLRA and NLRB issues, compliance with state and federal law, and representing employers before various state and federal agencies and all state and federal courts. Williams has represented financial institutions on a wide variety of employment- and non-employment-related issues, including single plaintiff discrimination and wrongful discharge suits, garnishment issues, confidentiality agreements, breach of contract issues, NLRA issues, and regulatory compliance. Williams is admitted to practice in Utah.
Snell & Wilmer’s newly promoted counsel are:
Katharine A. Adams, Products Liability, Orange County
Adams focuses her practice in product liability litigation, defending domestic and foreign motor vehicle and consumer product manufacturers and suppliers. She has litigated matters before federal and state courts, including Multidistrict Litigation and Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP). Adams is admitted to practice in California.
Gary H. Graca, Real Estate, Denver
Graca focuses his practice in commercial finance, real estate, and corporate and securities. He has represented investment groups in acquisition matters and has served as counsel to several manufacturing and service industry entities involved in bank refinancing, workouts, and orderly liquidations. Graca also has experience representing clients on problem loan transactions. Graca is admitted to practice in Colorado and Michigan.
Jenny Hua, Commercial Litigation, Orange County
Hua’s practice is concentrated in commercial litigation and appellate litigation. She has handled a wide range of business litigation matters, such as defense of statutory violations, including consumer protection statutes, environmental statutes, and franchise statutes. Hua has also developed a keen interest in arbitration, including how to enforce arbitration provisions, as well as bringing and defending against anti-SLAPP motions. She is admitted to practice in California.
Imeabasi Ibok, Corporate and Securities, Los Angeles
Ibok focuses his practice in corporate and securities, including complex mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, securities law compliance, entity formation, corporate governance, and a variety of general corporate matters. He also has experience advising clients on commercial agreements and software licensing. Ibok is admitted to practice in California.
Ryan J. Regula, Special Litigation and Compliance, Phoenix
Regula represents publicly and privately held companies as well as government agencies and offices. Regula’s practice includes assisting clients with strategic counseling when facing complex regulatory issues, investigations, enforcements, and policy development. He is also an experienced litigator who has tried cases in federal and state court, administrative proceedings, and before state public commissions. Regula is admitted to practice in Arizona and the District of Columbia.
Raminta A. Rudys, Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Portland
Rudys’ practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions in the areas of creditors' rights and bankruptcy litigation and on the resolution of real and personal property disputes in state and federal courts throughout Oregon and Washington. She has also represented lenders in engagements involving the documentation of real and personal property secured lending transactions and in workouts involving distressed assets. Rudys began her legal career in California, where she focused on the representation of multi-national corporations in complex insurance, antitrust, environmental, and other commercial litigation matters. She is admitted to practice in California, Oregon, and Washington.
About Snell & Wilmer
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 500 attorneys practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Dallas, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals, and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit swlaw.com.