Introducing Nixon Peabody's 2018 Partner Class

January 31, 2018

Chief Communications Officer
Allison McClain

Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody is excited to welcome eleven attorneys to our partnership, effective February 1, 2018.

“The opinions and ideas these partners bring are as diverse as they are. That’s what we want from our attorneys and what our clients are looking for,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody LLP. “They are innovative, creative, and passionate about the work they do, which creates a more exciting and engaging environment for both our colleagues and clients alike.”

Business & Finance Department

Christopher Browning (Health Care/Providence)—Chris represents health care providers of all sizes, including hospital systems, surgery centers, medical equipment providers, nursing homes, physician practices, dental practices, and new physicians. Chris focuses on counseling clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, general corporate transactions, state licensure and change of ownership requirements, and payor enrollment, including Medicare and Medicaid. He also advises clients on Stark and Anti-Kickback issues, in addition to regulatory compliance issues in transactional matters. His unique skill set allows him to handle middle-market M&A (both in and outside of health care) and health care regulatory work.

What made you decide to become a health care lawyer? “Many of my family members work in the medical profession. I’ve always been intrigued by this industry. I enjoy working with my clients as they shape the future of health care.”

Barry Carrigan (Public Finance/Rochester)—Barry focuses his practice on high-profile deals—including project finance and public finance transactions involving taxable and tax-exempt bond financings—as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, or borrower’s counsel. He served as underwriter’s counsel on the issuance of $1.2B of non-investment grade, tax-exempt bonds (then the largest such financing in the tax-exempt market in U.S. history) for the first large-scale nitrogen fertilizer production facility built in the U.S. in more than two decades.

What organizations are you passionate about outside of the office? “I serve as an active leader with Harbor House of Rochester, which provides a temporary and safe ‘home away from home’ for families of adult critical care patients.”

Litigation Department

Ellie Altshuler (IP Counseling & Transactions/Los Angeles)—Ellie provides legal advice to her entertainment, influencer, fashion, food, and advertising industry clients on brand building, licensing, intellectual property protection, and operations, and she negotiates transactions and settlements on their behalf. As an entrepreneur in the food space, Ellie is uniquely positioned to provide business guidance and cost-effective strategies for protecting and growing her clients’ businesses, while mitigating liability as they elevate their visibility. Ellie is well-versed in FTC advertising regulations and is regularly invited to speak on the topic and train in-house counsel and marketing executives.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment to date? “I recently represented artist Sterling Ruby in a partnership with fashion house Calvin Klein. As one of the dealmakers, I worked closely with Sterling Ruby Studio and Calvin Klein’s executive vice president and general counsel to bring these two powerhouses together.”

Erik Birkeneder (IP Counseling & Transactions/Los Angeles)—Erik advises clients in the health care, medical device, software and digital health space on how to identify and protect their intellectual property and enforce their rights. Erik has built international IP portfolios for Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and emerging growth companies. One of his proudest career accomplishments was representing a digital health consumer products company from its first patents to its $20M acquisition. As an active member of San Francisco’s digital health community, Erik serves as co-president of tech incubator Health 2.0 SF, regularly speaks on 3D printing, and assists in organizing San Francisco’s 3D Heals conference.

What is a long-term goal of yours? “I’d like to represent a cancer-related startup from lab to patient.”

Hannah Bornstein (Government Investigations & White Collar Defense/Boston)—Guiding clients through all facets of complex government investigations, Hannah represents individuals and corporations in these investigations and related litigation. With a focus on the health care industry, Hannah is especially skilled in matters involving the False Claims Act; the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and the Anti-Kickback Statute. She represents multi-national companies, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, in responding to governmental inquiries or investigations conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice, and state attorneys general offices.

What is your most memorable moment as a lawyer? “When I called my first pro bono client to tell him and his wife that they had been granted asylum. There was nothing but pure joy and elation on the other end of the phone, and I will never forget that moment.”

Keri McWilliams (IP Litigation/Washington DC)—Keri co-leads the firm’s Franchise & Distribution team and represents startups and mid-size companies across numerous industries—including restaurants, retailers, fitness centers, health concepts, and luxury brands— in all aspects of their business relationships. Keri guides clients on compliance with state, federal and international franchise regulations. She provides franchise counsel regarding expansion and system issues such as franchisee relationships, system evolution, and international development.

What is something most people don’t know about you? “I actually started my career in graphic design. I’ve always had an interest in branding and design and solving problems creatively. I like to think that my franchise clients benefit from my eagerness to find creative solutions to their business challenges.”

Steven Richard (Commercial Litigation/Providence)—With more than 20 years of pretrial and courtroom experience, Steven Richard handles complex commercial, employment, and higher education cases. Steven represents diverse institutional clients—including financial service organizations and governmental entities—in trials, arbitration, appeals, and other dispute resolution procedures. Leading the firm’s Title IX team, Steven handles a wide array of matters for colleges and universities relating to student discipline, civil rights claims, tenure issues, and copyright matters. He is co-editor of the firm’s privacy blog and frequently writes, presents, and provides media commentary on this topic.

What causes are you passionate about outside of the office? “Beyond my busy practice, I devote many pro bono hours to representing our veterans. I’ve successfully presented claims for benefits relating to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims and exposure to Agent Orange.”

Charles Tamuleviz (Government Investigations & White Collar Defense/Providence)—Charles defends corporations and individuals in state and federal investigations involving white collar criminal defense and complex civil matters. He represents individuals and businesses in grand jury investigations, administrative investigations, internal corporate investigations, and criminal tax investigations. For fourteen years, Charles was a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, including nine years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island, where he oversaw sensitive and complex federal trials and grand jury investigations involving allegations of public corruption, mail and wire fraud, income tax fraud, health care fraud, bank fraud, and investment fraud.

Who inspires you and why? “Vince Lombardi, who many people consider to be one of the greatest football coaches in history. As a former college football player and now as a litigator, I’ve always admired Vince’s commitment to excellence and his focus on ‘the will to prepare to win.’”

Real Estate, Energy & Community Development Department

Mark Beaudoin (Real Estate/Manchester)—Mark serves as lead counsel on a variety of sophisticated transactions across the country in connection with the acquisition, financing, permitting, leasing, and disposition of commercial real estate. The industries with which Mark most often works varies from energy, manufacturing, and telecommunications to private equity and health care. Mark works closely with renewable energy developers and investors in the acquisition, expansion, and financing of solar, wind, and hydro facilities.

What do you see on the horizon? “I’m very interested in the impact that new technologies will have on the built environment, specifically autonomous vehicles. This evolution in commuting will undoubtedly disrupt the real estate industry and I’m excited to help investors, developers, and public entities plan and implement strategies to take advantage of these new opportunities.”

Matthew Mullen (Tax Credit Finance & Syndication/Washington DC)—Building on his prior experience as a tax credit syndicator and developer, Matthew provides clients with unique industry insight as he guides transactions through the closing process. Matt structures, negotiates, and closes transactions involving low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), historic rehabilitation tax credit (HRTC), and new markets tax credit (NMTC) investments. Matt is a frequent speaker at national LIHTC industry conferences.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment to date? “I worked on one of the largest conversions of public housing to privately owned affordable housing to date under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. The deal resulted in 1,600 units of affordable housing in El Paso, Texas.”

Alison Torbitt (Energy & Environmental/San Francisco)—Alison advises clients on compliance with federal, state, and local environmental and energy laws; defending against regulatory enforcement and third-party disputes; and assists them with U.S. Coast Guard–related documentation for the maritime industry. Her practice varies from counseling food, beverage, and industrial manufacturers on environmental obligations to helping solar companies comply with consumer protection obligations. With a technical background as an aquatic ecotoxicologist, Alison has deep knowledge in science and the business repercussions for water, air, hazardous materials, and spill response notification laws. She counsels clients on risks due to climate change and sea level rise, and the need for innovation to stay ahead of these challenges.

What is something most people don’t know about you? “I’m an avid scuba diver and have participated in more than 300 dives in Australia, Cuba, Thailand, Puerto Rico, and beyond. Through our NP pro bono initiative, I’m involved with Diveheart, an amazing organization that provides inclusive scuba opportunities for children and adults (including veterans) with physical disabilities to explore the wonders of the aquatic world.”
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