Boston, MA. Nixon Peabody is pleased to announce our 2019 partner class. Entrepreneurial by nature, these 12 attorneys bring industry experience to our firm and the clients they serve. They represent a strong mix of practices Nixon Peabody is known for including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, litigation, affordable housing and community development finance.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, I am very proud that women, attorneys of color and LGBTQ+ attorneys make up 60% of this year’s partner class,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO and Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody. “Our experience has shown that a variety of perspectives enables us to provide better value to our clients. We are focused on ensuring we have a strong pipeline of diverse talent in the future.”
Erik Schneider, Global Finance, Boston
Erik works with fiduciaries in corporate debt transactions, collateralized loan and debt obligations and other asset-backed securitizations, custodial arrangements and warehouse facilities. While guiding clients through the life cycle of their transactions (from origination through redemption and discharge), he covers amendments, refinancing and re-pricings. He also advises trustees on their roles and responsibilities after an event of default and in bankruptcy cases.
Eric Tanck, Corporate, Rochester
Eric focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and the formation and financing of business enterprises. He works with public and private companies in a wide variety of industries, including food and beverage, health care and high-tech manufacturing, and was part of the M&A team that successfully represented longtime client Constellation Brands in a major acquisition of one of the largest breweries in the United States.
Marissa Wiley, Corporate, Albany
Marissa represents both publically and privately held businesses in connection with their corporate needs, advising business owners, investors and fund managers, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. She also represents clients in the health care industry with structuring, growth and divestiture of their businesses. Marissa serves as a member of the Upstate Capital Association of New York, an organization that connects capital providers to opportunities across the state.
Aldo Ibarra, Complex Commercial Disputes, San Francisco
Aldo represents clients in the areas of wildfire litigation and tree law, construction defect, bankruptcy and personal injury. He also works with special servicers in connection with the recovery of bank loans. Aldo has direct trial experience as second chair in a jury trial and previously served as a deputy district attorney for the Marin County (California) District Attorney. Combining his legal skills with his fluency in Spanish, Aldo’s practice spans a network of clients and contacts in Mexico.
Mark Knights, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense, Manchester
Mark represents individuals and businesses across a variety of industries in connection with matters involving the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act and other federal and state laws. Mark provides guidance to and develops strategies for individual and institutional clients at all stages of state and federal government investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions. He also represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation.
Deanna Kunze, Intellectual Property, Chicago
Deanna represents both intellectual property owners and accused infringers in matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights, as well as related areas of commercial litigation. An experienced trial lawyer, Deanna provides sophisticated litigation guidance and has built a reputation as a deft negotiator. Deanna litigates both narrow disputes and broad, multi-party litigations, in sectors such as software, medical devices and consumer products.
Christopher Mooney, Intellectual Property, San Francisco
Chris focuses his practice on strategic patent counseling, patent prosecution and patent litigation. He advises large companies to maximize the value of their IP assets and works with well-funded startups to build strategic patent portfolios for defensive and offensive purposes. Chris has extensive experience with patents in a wide range of technology areas including wireless, networking, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, medical devices, semiconductor and network storage.
Edward Campbell, Affordable Housing & Real Estate, Los Angeles
Ed handles regulatory and transactional matters involving the acquisition, financing, development, asset management, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable and multifamily housing developments using low-income tax credits, various U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidy programs and Federal Housing Administration loan products. As former in-house counsel to HUD in California and Washington, DC, Ed has a unique understanding of the agency’s programs and internal processes.
Nathaniel Cushman, Affordable Housing & Real Estate, Washington, DC
Nate focuses his practice advising affordable housing clients across the country on regulatory and transactional matters involving multifamily affordable housing acquisition, ownership, development, financing, rehabilitation and preservation. He has a deep understanding of complex U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development regulatory processing and counsels clients on mixed-finance development transactions and Rental Assistance Demonstration conversions.
John Marti, Community Development Finance, Boston
John is co-leader of Nixon Peabody’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit team and advises equity investors, syndicators and lenders in financing community development projects. He helps clients structure and negotiate tax credit transactions, as well as leverage multiple sources of financing to develop multifamily housing and other projects that benefit underserved communities across the country. John also negotiates tax credit finance transactions involving historic rehabilitation tax credits.
Susanna Mitchell, Affordable Housing & Real Estate, Washington, DC
Susanna works with nonprofit and for-profit real estate developers and owners to develop and preserve multifamily and seniors housing. She typically represents purchasers and developers in acquiring, rehabilitating, constructing and refinancing affordable housing. Susanna structures and closes transactions involving a combination of debt and equity financing, which often include joint ventures and multiple sources of government subsidy. Leveraging her experience as former in-house counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Susanna often represents borrowers and lenders in closing loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
Angelica Valencia, Project Finance & Public Finance, Los Angeles
Angelica serves as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in financings involving multifamily housing projects, utilities, transportation, nonprofits, higher education and student loans. Puerto Rico is a key area of focus for Angelica. She serves as bond counsel to a number of different agencies in the U.S. territory in the issuance of bonds and other financings. Angelica also serves as counsel to the Build America Bureau, which provides financing for a range of transportation projects across the U.S.