Gordon Silver – Business Law Firm – Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, D.C.

Porter Gordon Silver

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At a time of growing government involvement in every aspect of American life and the economy, Porter Gordon Silver Communications (PGS) has the capabilities to handle the most complex public policy problems. Our team provides strategic business and governmental affairs advice, plus has the skilled operatives available to accomplish the most difficult tasks.

PGS provides insight, advice and resolutions to legislative and regulatory issues at various levels of government. In addition, we actively work to develop additional business opportunities and collaborations for our clients.

Our areas of expertise include gaming and internet gaming, transportation and infrastructure, appropriations, agency funding, education, health care and hospitals, tax, natural resources and energy, telecommunications, insurance, Native American affairs, travel and tourism, and energy. Our services include, but are not limited to, pursuing business legislation, public funding and meaningful regulatory results for our clients.

Supporting PGS is the law firm of Gordon Silver (GS), a full service regional law firm with offices in Nevada, Arizona and Washington D.C. As one of Nevada’s oldest law firms, and the largest regional law firm based in Las Vegas, the firm has distinguished itself in many areas of law including gaming and internet gaming law. The combined resources of the PGS and GS provide an unparalleled resource for clients to draw upon when their public policy and legal needs meet.

PGS, a leading state and federal government affairs firm, serves clients throughout the United States and overseas from Washington D.C., Reno and Las Vegas, NV, and Phoenix, AZ.

  • Honorable Jon C. Porter

    Congressman Jon Porter (Ret.) is the President of PGS and brings over 30 years of experience as an elected official. He served at the local, state, to federal levels; as City Council Member and Mayor of Boulder City, Nevada, then later as Nevada State Senator, and finally as a widely-respected member of the United States House of Representatives. Jon understands how to make government work for our clients. Prior to his public service, Jon owned and operated his own $50 million insurance business for over 20 years.

    As a United States Congressman, Porter served on the powerful Ways & Means Committee, the chief tax writing committee in Congress, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Education and Labor Committee. As someone who believes in the power of building strong professional relationships, Porter maintains close ties to the House and Senate Republicans, as well as, Democrat Leadership.

    Jon’s years of success can be attributed to his solution driven, bipartisan political and business leadership style. During his time in Congress, Porter was Co-Chair of the Congressional Travel and Tour Caucus (CTTC) where he played a key role in reinvigorating the caucus in a bipartisan fashion, attracting close to 100 new Members of Congress to join the coalition.

    All of these experiences and relationships enable Jon to provide unrivaled insight and advice to our clients. Jon not only has the ability to listen to our clients and help develop a legislative strategy, he can also understand how to implement that strategy and guide it through the legislative process.

    Since leaving Congress Jon has and worked in several areas of federal consulting including, but not limited to, gaming, taxation, transportation, aviation, energy, defense and insurance. Jon is also heavily involved in the PGS business development practice and regularly assists clients as they pursue new ventures or look to expand their current business model.

    Jon also stays involved in current affairs as a frequent speaker to a variety of audiences ranging from associations and trade shows to state and national conventions. In the past 12 months Jon has spoken on topics ranging from urban planning and transportation, internet gaming, health care, and energy. His lengthy political background enables him to provide unique insight to government policy at both the local and federal level.

  • Bob Cochran

    Bob Cochran serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Porter Gordon Silver (PGS) and started with the PGS team in January, 2013.  Prior to joining PGS, Bob served for 20-years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and previously spent 9-years as the District Director for Congressman Carlos Moorhead.

    In his capacity as Chief of Staff for Chairman McKeon, Bob was instrumental in running McKeon’s successful chairmanship campaigns for both the House Armed Services and House Education and Workforce Committees.  As Chairman McKeon’s key advisor, Bob was active in key policy areas of national security and defense along with education and workforce issues.  Additionally, Bob was pivotal in developing on behalf of the Chairman a mentoring program to assist other members of the committee and staff with their office operations and fundraising.

    During his 20-years on Capitol Hill, Bob established himself as a prolific fundraiser for McKeon and the national party committees.  His network of national fundraising contacts provided a platform of donors that assisted campaigns of Members of Congress and candidates throughout the country.

    Bob brings to Porter Gordon Silver an expertise of how Capitol Hill functions with a broad array of contacts both on and off the Hill.  His role as a congressional staffer in a leadership capacity gives Bob a unique understanding of how government works, providing a valuable resource to our clients.

    Currently, Bob has had success in representing clients on defense, education and workforce issues.  Additionally, Bob represents the prestigious Ronald Reagan Library and Foundation based in Simi Valley, California both as a fundraiser and organizer of the “Reagan National Defense Forum.”

    Bob, a native Californian, was raised in Covina where he attended school in the Charter Oak Unified School District.  In his senior year at Royal Oak High School, Bob was selected by the Chicago White Sox Organization for the 1975 Professional Baseball Draft, but chose instead to accept a baseball scholarship to attend California State University at Los Angeles.  As a freshman, Bob was named “Rookie of the Year” for the West Coast Athletic Conference and played on the 1977 team that went to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

    From 2000 to 2005, Bob served as President of the California State Society, which is a membership organization of transplanted Californians working or living in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, Bob served from 1996 to 2003 as Chair of the California Republican Chiefs of Staff, coordinating the monthly meetings for the then 20-member staff delegation.

    Bob is married to the former Kellie Ann Going, a program specialist for Fairfax County School District, and they reside in Reston, Virginia.

  • Sean T. Higgins

    Sean Higgins brings years of experience in both the legal and business world to PGS. As in-house counsel for seventeen years for a holding company whose operations ranged from multi-jurisdictional gaming to petroleum retailing, he was the main point of contact for federal, state and local elected officials and governmental agencies and departments. Sean heads up the group’s Las Vegas office, but regularly travels to Washington and Carson City. He has the primary responsibility for interacting with Nevada clients on all government affairs and administrative matters within the state.

    Additionally, Sean advises clients on business developments and opportunities and implementing strategic initiatives designed to help our clients achieve their goals. He regularly works with clients in the gaming, travel & tourism, aviation, energy and real estate development areas. Sean also attends the Nevada legislative sessions each biennium. Last session he was instrumental in helping to pass legislation dealing with the mortgage crisis in Nevada, as well as the first law in the nation to roll back smoking bans in adult businesses.

    Sean realizes that the client understands its goals and objectives better than anyone else. It is his job to research, counsel and direct the client on how best to achieve those goals and interface between the client and elected and government agencies.

    He is a shareholder with the law firm of Gordon Silver, focusing his practice on government affairs. Sean was general counsel for the Herbst Companies for 17 years and oversaw the legal, compliance and government affairs departments for the company. As part of his duties he held gaming licenses in three jurisdictions in the U.S.

    Sean is admitted to practice law in Nevada. He received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law and received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Sean is a member of the American Bar Association, Nevada Bar Association and Clark County Bar Association. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.

  • Daniel D. Mauer

    Dan Mauer works for Porter Gordon Silver Communications (PGS) in its Washington, DC office and is responsible for developing and implementing federal legislative strategy, building and maintaining pertinent relationships on Capitol Hill, and engaging in all work as it relates to the Congress and the Administration.

    Prior to joining PGS, Dan was the Legislative Analyst for national law firm’s Government Affairs and Public Policy practice group in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he served clients by tracking legislation, drafting memos and updates, interpreting legislation and regulation, and acting as an intermediary between clients, the firm, and the Congress.

    Mauer’s background also includes serving as a staff member for United States Senator Norm Coleman. During that time, Dan handled issues relating to taxation, the federal budget, labor and telecommunications. Notably, he worked on landmark legislation such as H.R. 3221, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, and S. 7005, the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.

    Dan was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he studied economics and political science.

  • Brett J. Scolari

    A fourth generation northern Nevadan, Mr. Scolari is an experienced advocate in local and state government issues. Through the past decade, he has advocated on behalf various clients in the Nevada State Legislature focusing on such issues as renewable energy, land use, water, tax, employment and many other issues important to businesses in Nevada.

    Mr. Scolari has experience working with state regulatory agencies such as the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of Minerals, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada Division of Wildlife, Nevada Gaming Control Board/Commission, Tax Commission and others. Projects have included but are not limited to mineral, air, omissions and chemical permitting for various projects, administrative appeals, licensing and other similar matters.

    He has also successfully represented clients on local government issues such as land use entitlements, zoning issues, privileged and business license applications, public works, procurement and many other issues.

    Active within his community, Mr. Scolari is on the Board of Trustees for the Renown Health Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Joshua L. Anderson Memorial Foundation, and Board of Directors of Reno Continental Little League. He was recognized by Reno Mayor Robert Cashell while serving as the chairman for the ReTRAC Citizens Oversight Committee, a group charged with reviewing the progress and budget of the largest public works project in the history of northern Nevada. More recently, Mr. Scolari was recognized with a “Top Twenty Under Forty Award” by the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network and the Reno Gazette Journal.

    Mr. Scolari holds a Juris Doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Michael Sullivan

    Michael Sullivan has been managing campaigns and providing government affairs services in Nevada since 1990. In that time he has served as a top advisor for many of the state’s top elected officials, including the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Senate Majority Leader and the Assembly Speaker, in addition to numerous legislative committee chairs and current County Commissioners and City Councilmen.

    Michael has been a state-level lobbyist in Carson City for more than a decade, representing clients in a variety of industries, including transportation, banking, the public sector and telecommunications to name a few. He is well versed in legislative strategy and has been involved in some of the biggest legislative issues in the past few sessions.

    In addition to state lobbying, Michael also handles a number of clients on local government issues. He has close relationships with top staff and elected leaders, all of which allow him to move a client’s legislation efficiently through the system.

    Raised in Southern Nevada, Michael attended the University of Nevada Reno and studied journalism. His first job was with the Las Vegas Sun newspaper where he worked for former Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan. Michael left reporting in 1989 to join Joyce Advertising, where he learned the lobbying and political consulting trade from Nevada legend Jim Joyce.

    Because of his experience in the journalism and marketing worlds, Michael knows how to frame a client’s issue so it has the best chance of being successful. In addition, he knows how to handle media inquiries should a piece of legislation attract attention or become controversial.

    Prior to joining Porter Gordon Silver, Michael was president of his own government affairs firm, Knight Government Affairs, and a partner in Paladin Advertising, a local political consulting agency.

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Thomas Salerno – Attorney – Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Biography

Thomas J. Salerno is the senior shareholder in the Arizona office, and a member of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. He has been involved in restructurings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland and the Czech and Slovak Republics. In addition, Mr. Salerno teaches Comparative International Insolvency at the University of Salzburg.

Mr. Salerno has extensive experience representing distressed companies, acquirers and creditors in financial restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, pre- and post-bankruptcy workouts, and corporate recapitalizations. He has represented clients in diverse industries such as casinos, resort hotels, real estate, high-tech manufacturing, electricity generation, agribusiness, construction, healthcare, airlines and franchised fast-food operations. Mr. Salerno has also served as an expert witness on U.S. insolvency law in litigation in Germany.

Mr. Salerno has represented parties in insolvency proceedings in 30 states and five countries. He headed the U.S. delegation to the Czech Republic in advising the Czech Government in the historic revamping of its bankruptcy law, which took effect in January 2008. Mr. Salerno has also advised on revamping insolvency laws in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. He is a member of the UNCITRAL working group on its Insolvency Law Reform Project, completed in early 2007.

Mr. Salerno served as a director of the American Bankruptcy Institute, where he also served on the executive committee, and formerly was a director of the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, Inc. He is a past chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Representative Experience

  • Acting as lead counsel for the landmark Phoenix Coyotes Chapter 11 case.
  • Restructuring counsel for Snyder’s Drug Stores, Inc. involving a nationwide chain of retail drug stores.
  • Restructuring counsel for Unison HealthCare, Inc., an NYSE nationwide owner/operator of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Restructuring counsel for Rural/Metro Corp., an NYSE owner/operator of emergency fire and ambulance services for counties and municipalities.
  • Restructuring counsel to Industrias Nucleares do Brasil S/A, the Brazilian nuclear regulatory agency, in insolvency proceedings in the United States and Switzerland.

Distinctions

Mr. Salerno was named as one of 12 Outstanding Bankruptcy Attorneys in 1998 and 2000 by Turnarounds & Workouts, a newsletter published by Beard Group, Inc. in Washington DC, and is a member of the select group of insolvency professionals listed in the K&A Restructuring Professionals Registry. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1993 and was selected by his peers for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers, a distinction honoring the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region. Mr. Salerno is also recognized by Az Business Leaders in the area of Bankruptcy Law. In 2009, he was selected as Best Lawyers’Phoenix Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year and as Best Lawyers’ Phoenix Bankruptcy Litigation Lawyer of the Year in 2014.  Mr. Salerno was also one of three Arizona-based lawyers to be listed in The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers. Mr. Salerno is an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

  • Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law – 1993-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Bankruptcy – 2011-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year: Bankruptcy, Phoenix – 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year: Litigation – Bankruptcy, Phoenix – 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year: 2009
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2014
  • The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, 2009
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2009 and 2011
  • Lawdragon’s Leading Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Who’s Who Legal 100, 2012
  • “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Past Director and Executive Committee Member
  • American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, Inc., Past Director
  • Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Past Chair
  • American College of Bankruptcy Fellow
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Sean Higgins – Attorney – Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Biography

Mr. Higgins is a shareholder in the firm’s Administrative, Gaming & Governmental Affairs and Corporate & Real Estate Departments. He primarily practices in the areas of gaming, licensing and regulatory law, governmental affairs, and corporate transactional work.

Mr. Higgins’ regularly appears before the Nevada Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board. He also represents clients before other state regulatory boards and commissions and local government bodies on various administrative law, land use and zoning issues. Mr. Higgins frequently lobbies at the Nevada State Legislature and the US Congress on behalf of clients.

Mr. Higgins’ representative clients include, among others:  Cox Communications; Terrible Herbst, Inc.; Golden Gaming, Inc.; Affinity Gaming, LLC; Olympia Companies; Afton Chemicals; National Theatre Owners Association; Bio Diesel of Las Vegas; Nevada State College; Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority; and America West Homes.

Mr. Higgins previously served as Executive Vice President – General Counsel for Herbst Gaming, Inc., a multi-jurisdictional gaming company from 1993-2010. His duties involved regular interaction with the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Commission, Clark County Commission and various local municipal governments throughout Nevada, as well as both the Missouri Gaming Commission and Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully orchestrated final approval for a national communications client of a multi-year technology agreement with the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Participated on behalf of numerous clients in the settlement, with the Nevada Tax Commission & Nevada Department of Taxation, on the complimentary meals tax issue with the Governor’s office, Nevada legislative leadership and various other interested parties
  • Assisted in the development and passage of legislation creating a Nevada film tax credit program on behalf of convention authority
  • Represented a gaming client in the revision of county code provisions dealing with licensing standards
  • Worked on labeling requirements for gasoline pumps for a national client before the Nevada Department of Agriculture
  • Lobbied US Congress and federal agencies for a gaming client regarding off-reservation gaming issues

Affiliations

  • International Association of Gaming Advisors, Member and Past Board of Trustees Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • State of Nevada Problem Gambling Advisory Committee, Former Member
  • State of Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, Former Member
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Richard Galin – Attorney – Corporate and Real Estate Development

Biography

Mr. Galin is of counsel in the firm’s Corporate & Real Estate Department. Since joining the firm in 1995, he has become one of the top attorneys in the region on issues pertaining to corporate mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, financial institutions, equity financing, and complex commercial transactions.

Mr. Galin works closely with clients and deals frequently with regulatory authorities on a wide range of matters involving: corporate takeovers, corporate governance, securities law registration, disclosure and compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, regulatory issues affecting banks and other financial institutions, new bank formations, executive compensation, business expansion, and complex commercial contracts and transactional documents.

Mr. Galin began his distinguished legal career as an attorney with the Office of the Comptroller of Currency in Washington, D.C., in the Securities & Corporate Practices Division, before moving to private practice in Los Angeles where he was a partner in a prominent California law firm. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced law for six years in Tokyo, Japan as a gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi (licensed foreign lawyer) with a large, international business law firm.

Distinctions

  • Foreign language: Japanese.
  • AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Vegas INC: Top Lawyers 2013

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Nevada, Administrative Law Section, Vice Chairman
  • Japan America Society of Nevada, Director
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Business Law Section, Former Chairman
  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association, Member, 1989-1995
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Kristin Tyler – Attorney – Estate Planning, Probate & Guardianship

Biography

Ms. Tyler is an associate in the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate & Guardianship Department. Her practice is focused primarily on estate planning and probate matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tyler worked at a boutique law firm focusing on estate planning for high net worth individuals. She has spoken at various local seminars regarding estate planning.

Ms. Tyler has been designated as an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Representative Matters:

  • Helping families design and implement comprehensive estate plans – utilizing various trusts, wills and other techniques – for estates of all sizes including upwards of $50 million and more.
  • Successfully negotiating resolution of contested trust and estate matters – involving millions of dollars – prior to trial.
  • Guiding clients from Nevada – and from all across the country – with the process of probating the estates of loved ones.
  • Working closely with families of minor children to navigate the probate process and guardianship proceedings simultaneously following the untimely passing of a parent.
  • Assisting families of seniors to obtain and manage guardianships and also representing clients involved with contested guardianship matters.
  • Working with professionals, business owners and other high net worth individuals to evaluate their risk levels and implement appropriate asset protection planning techniques.
  • Advising a local trust company in its role as trustee to oversee trust administration and annual trust accountings.
  • Counseling family run businesses about the proper structures to manage and operate their companies as well as integrating comprehensive business succession plans.

Distinctions

  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, 2013
  • AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

Affiliations

  • Wealth Counsel, Member
  • State Bar of Nevada Probate and Trust Section, Member
  • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, Member
  • Junior League of Las Vegas, Board of Directors Treasurer and Past Chair of Advocacy Committee
  • P.E.O. Chapter G, Member and Past President
  • Las Vegas Nebraskan Club, Member
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Kirk Homeyer – Attorney – Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Biography

Mr. Homeyer is an associate in the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. His primary practice is corporate restructuring and complex insolvency involving both small and large companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Homeyer worked for Nancy B. Rapoport, the court-appointed fee examiner for Station Casinos’ Chapter 11 reorganization. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mark R. Denton of the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada.

In law school, Mr. Homeyer served as Editor-in-Chief of the UNLV Gaming Law Journal and received the Dean’s Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and contribution to his law school.

Distinctions

  • Named one of Nevada’s Top Attorneys for Southern Nevada and one of the Best Up & Coming Attorneys in 2013 Nevada Legal Elite

Affiliations

  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) – Nevada Chapter, Member
  • NAIOP Government Affairs Committee, Member
  • NAIOP Membership Committee, Member
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John Krieger – Attorney – Intellectual Property

Biography

Mr. Krieger is a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Entertainment & Sports Departments.  He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation in both state and federal court; prosecuting and defending clients for claims including trademark infringement, copyright infringement, domain name litigation; as well as trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition. Mr. Krieger has extensive experience litigating cases involving the infringement of intellectual property rights over the Internet, and has successfully shut down websites containing infringing material, secured the transfer of infringing domain names to his clients, and stopped the unauthorized and improper linking to clients’ websites. He has also assisted and counseled clients in defensive domain name registration strategies to protect his client’s trademarks in the U.S. and around the world.

Mr. Krieger has obtained numerous judgments imposing the maximum amount of statutory damages under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. See, e.g., Mirage Resorts, Inc. v. Cybercom Productions, 228 F. Supp. 2d 1141 (D. Nev. 2002); Bellagio v. Denhammer, No. CV-S-00-1475-RLH-PAL, 2001 WL 34036599 (D. Nev. July 10, 2001). He has summarily defeated challenges to jurisdiction and obtained numerous preliminary and permanent injunctions against third party infringers. Mr. Krieger has also resolved trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement actions between competitors at international Las Vegas trade shows, including obtaining emergency and permanent injunctive relief. In addition to his intellectual property experience, he also has an extensive background in commercial litigation.

Mr. Krieger counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues so as to strengthen their intellectual property assets and avoid litigation by properly developing, documenting, registering and licensing their intellectual property rights. He has worked with numerous clients who have a presence on the Internet and has drafted website policies and agreements for them, as well as counseled clients on state and federal privacy laws. Mr. Krieger also advises clients on Internet marketing strategies and sweepstakes and contest rules. He has lectured on trademarks and Internet domain name strategies in various contexts, including CLE for state and county bars.

While in law school, Mr. Krieger served as the Executive Notes and Topics Editor for the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law. He also completed an internship with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois.

Distinctions

Mr. Krieger is named to Nevada Business’ 2013 Legal Elite in the “Southern Nevada Best” category, and in the “Top 150” category in 2012. He is also featured in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Mountain States Super Lawyers, and was selected as Top 100 in 2014. Mr. Krieger is listed in the 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Trademark Lawand was named a “Top Lawyer” by Vegas, Inc. in 2012. He was named a “Forty under 40” by In Business Las Vegas in 2007.

The Legal Aid Society of Southern Nevada honored Mr. Krieger as their Myrna Williams Children’s Pro Bono Award recipient in 2012 for his commitment to pro bono service.

Mr. Krieger speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Section of the Nevada State Bar, Chair and Member
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, Adjunct Professor teaching “The Law of the Internet”
  • Opera Las Vegas, General Counsel
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Federal Club member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • California State Bar Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for the District of Nevada, Former Lawyer Representative
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Eric Goldberg – Attorney – Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Biography

Eric D. Goldberg is a shareholder in the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Goldberg has been involved in all aspects of the insolvency process, from single-asset real estate cases to the restructuring of multibillion dollar public companies.  He is known as an aggressive advocate and a practical problem solver who knows how and when to make a deal.

Mr. Goldberg represents debtors, committees, bondholders, hedge funds and buyers of distressed assets, both in- and out-of-court.  His practice has an emphasis in complex bankruptcy-related litigation, including contested confirmations, termination of collective bargaining agreements and high-stakes fraudulent transfer claims.

Mr. Goldberg has been involved in bankruptcy cases all over the United States, including those of Tower Automotive, Enron, Loral, Hawaiian Airlines, Mariner Health Group and Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. Some of his representative clients include:  CapitalSource Finance, DDJ Capital, DFJ Venture Capital, Falcon Industries, Leucadia National Corp., Ranch Capital, Sirius Satellite Radio, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts (equity committee), and Southern California Edison.

Mr. Goldberg is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy-related topics. He has made presentations to the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Strategic Research Institute, the Association for Corporate Growth and the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, among others, on topics including asset acquisitions in chapter 11, claims litigation, and the chapter 11 plan process.  Mr. Goldberg is listed in Best Lawyers in America®, and was named by Los Angeles Magazine as a “Rising Star” in its “SuperLawyers” issue.

Representative Experience

  • Official Equity Committee in 3DFX Interactive, Inc.
  • Leucadia National Corp. in its acquisition of ATX/Corecomm Communications through chapter 11, as well as its ‘stalking horse’ bid for VarTec Telecom
  • Falcon Industries in its successful Chapter 11 debtor litigation with the PBGC to terminate its pension plan
  • Sirius Satellite Radio in its out of court restructuring
  • Edwards Theatres, Inc. and its affiliates in their chapter 11 reorganization
  • Southern California Edison in its out of court restructuring

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law – 2005-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Bankruptcy – 2011-2014
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2010-2014 for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Los Angeles Magazine, “Rising Star” in “SuperLawyers” Issue
  • AV/Preeminent Attorney® as rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, 5.0 out of 5.0

Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • LA County Bankruptcy Forum, Member
  • LA County Bar Association, Member
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Danielle Pham – Attorney – Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Biography

Ms. Pham is an associate in the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. Her primary practice is corporate restructuring and complex insolvency involving both small and large companies.

After graduating from law school, she served as a community service fellow for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles, where she represented domestic violence survivors in immigration and family law matters.

Prior to joining Gordon Silver, she was an associate at Stutman, Treister & Glatt, and a bankruptcy associate at a large law firm in New York.

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Anjali Webster – Attorney – Commercial Litigation, Appellate, & Employment Law

Biography

Ms. Webster is an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation, appellate, and employment law departments.  Ms. Webster focuses her practice on complex litigation and appeals.

Representative Cases

  • Represented a Nevada property developer on an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit related to a business transaction.
  • Represented a bank on an appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court in a lawsuit concerning multiple procedural issues.
  • Represented a lender in a foreclosure case and successfully defended an emergency writ petition before the Nevada Supreme Court.
  • Pro bono co-counsel and registered agent for Nevadans for a Court of Appeals, a bi-partisan political action committee comprised of thirteen Nevada senators and assemblypersons advocating for the creation of a court of appeals in Nevada.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Webster served as a judicial law clerk to Justices James Hardesty at the Nevada Supreme Court, drafting opinions and orders, writing bench memoranda, and reviewing appellate briefs in civil and criminal cases.

While in law school, Ms. Webster served as an extern to Judge Kristen Mix in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, to Justice Allison Eid in the Colorado Supreme Court, and to Judge Larry Hicks in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Also while in law school, Ms. Webster served as an articles editor for the Colorado Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and as a co-vice president of the Women’s Law Caucus. Ms. Webster also received several scholarships, including a full tuition merit-based scholarship for her first year of law school and a half tuition merit-based scholarship for her second and third years of law school. Additionally, Ms. Webster received the highest grade in her arbitration class and in her advanced constitutional law seminar.

Distinctions

  • Nevada Business Magazine’s Legal Elite 2013, “Northern Nevada Best” for commercial litigation and appeals.

Affiliations

  • American Lung Association of Northern Nevada, Board Member, 2013-Present
  • Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2013-Present
  • Nevada State Bar Appellate Litigation Section, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter, Member
  • Nevada State Bar Young Lawyer Section, Member
  • Washoe County Bar Association, Member
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