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January 5, 2016

Nelson Mullins Elects Eight to Partnership, One Promoted to Of Counsel

(Jan. 5, 2016) The partners of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP have elected Branden W. Baltich, Anne Marie Garavaglia, Katherine M. Lewis, Yasamine J. Christopherson, Candace S. Friel, James B. Glenn, Lucas A. Westby, and Patrick C. Wooten to the partnership and have promoted Virginia L. Gulde to of counsel.

Mr. Baltich, formerly of counsel, practices in Atlanta with the corporate and securities group. He focuses his practice in the areas of corporate governance, financial institutions, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, and securities. He previously served as assistant general counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.

Ms. Christopherson, formerly an associate, practices in Atlanta with the Firm's financial institutions group as well as the real estate group. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate finance matters including master repurchase agreements and CMBS lending. She also has experience with financial services litigation, real estate litigation, workouts, and bankruptcy.

Ms. Friel, formerly an associate, practices in Winston-Salem in the areas of healthcare, business litigation and employment litigation. She has served as trial counsel in employment and healthcare related matters. She has represented clients in administrative appeals and certificate of need litigation. Prior to working with Nelson Mullins, Ms. Friel served as chief of staff in the office of Congressman Virgil H. Goode Jr. where she focused on healthcare policy.

Ms. Garavaglia, formerly of counsel, practices in Atlanta and focuses on commercial transactions, commercial real estate, leasing and structured finance, corporate law, and real estate financial services. She has served as the president and general counsel of CRE companies as well as serving as a vice president in JPMorgan Chase Bank's real estate finance and capital markets group.

Mr. Glenn, formerly an associate, practices in Columbia in the areas of toxic tort litigation, business litigation, and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.  Mr. Glenn’s practice focuses on representing equipment manufacturers in complex product liability cases filed in both state and federal court. Mr. Glenn also focuses his practice on electronic discovery consulting and has coordinated numerous document review projects for the Firm’s Encompass E-Discovery and Document Review Solutions division.

Ms. Lewis, formerly of counsel, practices in Atlanta and focuses on commercial real estate. She represents investors and sponsors on purchases, sales, and development of commercial properties and also works with both lenders and borrowers on a variety of real estate finance matters. She has additional experience in loan workouts and restructurings.

Mr. Westby, formerly an associate, practices in Atlanta in commercial litigation, products liability litigation, and false advertising litigation. He represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex products liability and intellectual property matters. He also has experience counseling clients with regard to pre- and post-market product assessments, competition law matters, regulatory issues, and internal investigations.

Mr. Wooten, a former associate, practices in Charleston in the areas of business litigation, general litigation, antitrust law, and trust litigation. Mr. Wooten previously clerked for United States District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel, and he currently serves as president of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, an organization with more than 3,500 members, including all the lawyers in the state under the age of 36. Mr. Wooten is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the James L. Petigru Inn of Court, and a graduate of Leadership Charleston.

The following associate was also promoted to of counsel:

Ms. Gulde, formerly an associate, practices in Tallahassee and focuses her practice in the area of automotive franchise and distribution law and litigation. Her practice includes representing car, truck, and motorcycle manufacturers and importers in civil and administrative litigation against motor vehicle dealers involving contractual disputes; the establishment, relocation, and termination of dealers; and warranty and lemon law matters.  

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 500 attorneys and other professionals with offices in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

For additional information, contact Jan Easterling, Nelson Mullins Communications Coordinator, at 800.237.2000, ext. 9794.

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