Nixon Peabody promotes 14 attorneys to partner

January 31, 2017

Chief Communications Officer
Allison McClain

Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody is excited to welcome 14 attorneys to its partnership, effective February 1, 2017. They are proven leaders in our firm and sought-after, trusted advisors in the communities where they live and work.

Business and Finance Department

Graham Beck, Public Finance, San Francisco—Graham represents municipal and nonprofit issuers and underwriters of municipal securities in tax-exempt and taxable offerings. Graham works with public power agencies to find novel financing solutions for their energy infrastructure needs; and helps California school and community college districts finance construction to better meet the needs of their students and the communities.

Ilana Kameros, Corporate Trust, New York—Ilana represents corporate agency and trust groups in major banking institutions. She also guides clients as they navigate complex deal structures. Beyond her busy practice, Ilana is actively involved in Women in Securitization with the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG).

Haydon Keitner, M&A and Corporate Transactions, Boston—Haydon focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and general corporate work. He has played a key role on deal teams representing buyers, sellers and investors in domestic and international corporate transactions; including mergers, stock purchases, divestitures and reorganizations.

Neal Pandozzi, Public Finance, Boston/Providence—Neal serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel and lender’s counsel. He focuses on several key areas: revenue bond transactions for 501(c)(3) corporations, water and wastewater financings, renewable energy and energy efficiency financings, infrastructure financings and general obligation and lease revenue bonds. Neal has served on the Board of Trustees and various committees of his alma mater, the Moses Brown School in Providence.

Stephen Reil, Private Equity & Investment Funds, Los Angeles—Steve focuses his practice on middle-market private equity matters. He represents both public and private buyers and sellers in a variety of transactions. Steve counsels health care companies on a wide-range of corporate and strategic matters. He also works with clients on intellectual property transactions and licensing needs.

Litigation Department

Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Commercial Litigation, Boston—Kathleen’s practice includes complex commercial disputes and government investigations. She represents corporate and individual clients in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions, Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, private investment fund disputes and general business litigation. Outside of the office, Kathleen serves on the board of First Literacy.

Emily Crandall Harlan, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense, Washington, DC— Emily advises clients on government compliance and guides them through investigations and related litigation across a number of industries, with particular experience in False Claims Act and fraud investigations. Emily is co-chair of the Criminal Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, and serves on the executive board of the William B. Bryant Inn of Court.

Daniel Gibbons, Commercial Litigation, Long Island—Dan represents corporate clients and health care providers in dispute resolution, litigation, and arbitration. Dan advises corporate clients on litigation strategy related to issues that arise in the daily course of business including breach of contract claims, non-compete clauses, and trade secrets. Highly visible in the community, Dan is a former member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and currently serves as a member of its President’s Council.

Linda Huber, IP Counseling & Transactions, Los Angeles—Linda uses her biochemistry background and patent experience to represent medical and academic institutions, private foundations, and medical device and pharmaceutical companies. She prosecutes biotechnology and life sciences patents; counsels clients on patent portfolios and prosecution strategies; and reviews patent portfolios in corporate transactions and patent license agreements.

Leena Karttunen Contarino, IP Counseling & Transactions, Boston—Leena focuses her practice on intellectual property counseling in the life sciences industry. She creates patent strategies for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Leena leverages her extensive background in biotechnology, biochemistry and genetics to help clients protect inventions, and negotiate strategic licenses.

Alycia Ziarno, Commercial Litigation, Washington, DC—Alycia regularly represents and counsels clients in connection with matters before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice (DOJ) including mergers, criminal and civil investigations and other non-merger conduct. She also represents and counsels clients in connection with bribery and corruption issues. Alycia has particular experience in advising clients and guiding them through all phases of the DOJ Antitrust Division’s Leniency program, filings and litigation related to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR) and matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Real Estate and Community Development Department

Darren Miller, Real Estate, Rochester—Darren focuses his practice on real estate construction and development and other transactional matters. He represents clients in connection with the review, drafting and negotiation of construction, design, engineering and equipment purchase contracts for a wide range of project types from apartment buildings to breweries. Outside of the office, Darren serves on the Board of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and on the Landmark Society of Western New York’s Preservation Grant Committee.

Edward Puerta, Real Estate, Long Island—Ed represents landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers of commercial, retail and industrial properties. Working with attorneys in the firm’s Health Care practice, he provides guidance to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other health providers. He also works with affordable housing clients in zoning and financing developments.

Elizabeth Young, Tax Credit Finance & Syndication, Washington, DC—Liz provides tax counsel to public and private real estate investors, private equity sponsors and tax exempt organizations to finance community development projects across the U.S. She also advises U.S. investors on a range of private equity and venture investments. Liz serves as chair of the Pass-throughs & Real Estate Committee of the DC Bar Tax Section.

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