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Vinson & Elkins Elects 24 New Counsel

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Vinson & Elkins announced the promotion of 24 lawyers to Counsel, effective January 1, 2022: Stephanie Felix, Naheem Harris, Abram Seaman-Baldaro and Tyler Vinal in New York; Zach Swartz in Richmond, Va.; Thomas Bohnett, Conrad Bolston and Crystal Stapley in Washington, D.C.; Allyson Seger in Austin; Abby Branigan, Carson Dimick, Heather Johnson and Julie Monier in Dallas; Alex Bluebond, Peter Danysh, Matt Hoffman, Rob Landicho, Caitlin Lawrence, Jessica Lewis, Stephanie Noble, Zach Rider and Raleigh Wolfe in Houston; Charles Aitchison in London; and Chris James in San Francisco.

“In recognition of the dedication and contributions of these lawyers, we congratulate them on their well-deserved promotions,” said Keith Fullenweider, Chair of Vinson & Elkins. “Serving our clients as trusted advisers is a hallmark of who we are, and each of these lawyers have demonstrated their ability to lead, made a commitment to finding solutions for complex matters, and worked collaboratively across the firm.”

Charles Aitchison, Complex Commercial Litigation

Charles Aitchison

Aitchison’s experience includes a broad range of professional negligence claims involving engineers, architects, contractors, surveyors, insurers and other commercial organizations.

Alex Bluebond, Labor & Employment

Alex Bluebond

Bluebond has significant experience conducting investigations into matters related to the workplace and executives, as well as advising on day-to-day employment issues.

Thomas Bohnett, Complex Commercial Litigation

Thomas W. Bohnett

Bohnett concentrates his practice on antitrust, class actions and contractual disputes. He also has experience in antitrust counselling and merger review by antitrust enforcement agencies.

Conrad Bolston, Environmental & Natural Resources

Conrad Bolston

Bolston focuses on environmental enforcement and litigation, compliance counseling, and white collar defense. He has assisted clients with a variety of federal and state environmental enforcement matters, due diligence efforts, regulatory guidance, regulatory and internal investigations.

Abby Branigan, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Abby Branigan

Branigan counsels private equity funds, their portfolio companies, and a variety of public and private companies in connection with strategic investments, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as on general corporate matters.

Peter Danysh, Complex Commercial Litigation

Peter Danysh

Danysh focuses on international disputes with experience on both international commercial and investor-state arbitrations under numerous institutional rules.

Carson Dimick, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Carson M. Dimick

Dimick’s practice is primarily focused on private equity fund formation and operation, working with sponsors on all aspects of fund formation and operation, including structuring, marketing, management, and securities law and compliance matters.

Stephanie Felix, Real Estate

Stephanie A. Felix

Felix’s practice focuses on an extensive range of real estate matters, including commercial leasing, joint ventures, large-scale commercial real estate mortgage and mezzanine financings (both as borrower and lender), and acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate assets.

Naheem Harris, Real Estate

Naheem J. Harris

Harris’ practice focuses on a wide range of real estate matters, such as financing, real estate development, partnerships and joint ventures, investment sales and acquisitions and leasing matters.

Matt Hoffman, Complex Commercial Litigation

Matthew C. Hoffman

Hoffman has represented and advised clients in numerous commercial disputes in federal and state court and in private arbitration and has broad experience representing clients at all stages of the litigation process.

Chris James, Complex Commercial Litigation

Christopher W. James

James’ principal areas of practice include government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, antitrust and corporate risk and compliance.

Heather Johnson, Executive Compensation & Benefits

Heather Johnson

Johnson’s practice focuses on qualified retirement and welfare plans. She has experience in designing and implementing such plans, and in handling tax filings for them.

Rob Landicho, Complex Commercial Litigation

Robert Reyes Landicho

Landicho focuses on international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration and U.S. commercial litigation. He also provides counseling on foreign investment planning, and the drafting of dispute resolution clauses and procedures in foreign and domestic agreements.

Caitlin Lawrence, Finance

Caitlin M. Lawrence

Lawrence’s practice focuses on commercial lending and financial transactions, primarily in the energy sphere. She has experience representing borrowers, commercial banks, alternative lenders, and private equity sponsors in a variety of financing transactions.

Jessica Lewis, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Jessica M. Lewis

Lewis’ principal area of practice is corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation.

Julie Monier, Real Estate

Julie de Neufville Monier

Monier’s practice focuses on real estate and general business transactions, including the acquisition, financing, development, joint venture, operation, leasing and disposition of real estate.

Stephanie Noble, Complex Commercial Litigation

Stephanie L. Noble

Noble has litigated commercial matters in both state and federal courts across the country. She has experience representing clients in a wide array of cases, including energy, contract, shareholder and construction disputes.

Zach Rider, Finance

Zach A. Rider

Rider advises on commercial lending and finance transactions, including syndicated, structured, and mezzanine finance, as well as private equity investments, particularly in the energy industry.

Abram Seaman-Baldaro, Real Estate

Abram L. Seaman-Baldaro

Seaman-Baldaro’s practice focuses on an extensive range of real estate matters, including leasing, joint ventures, property acquisitions and dispositions, mortgage and mezzanine financing (both borrower and lender-side) and developments.

Allyson Seger, Tax

Allyson Seger

Seger focuses on the U.S. federal income tax aspects of complex cross-border and domestic transactions, advising clients with regard to the formation of various inbound and outbound cross-border structures, joint ventures, “Up-Cs” and other IPO vehicles, and private equity structures.

Crystal Stapley, Complex Commercial Litigation

Crystal Y'Barbo Stapley

Stapley’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, white-collar criminal and civil litigation and government investigations. She represents clients from a variety of industries, including government contracting, and crude oil storage and transportation.

Zach Swartz, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Zach Swartz

Swartz represents issuers and underwriters, placement agents and initial purchasers in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, with particular experience advising equity and mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs) and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

Tyler Vinal, Real Estate

Tyler S. Vinal

Vinal advises on matters including high-level leasing/licensing transactions; development, purchase and sales of commercial property; joint venture equity investments for sales, acquisitions and developments of mixed-use properties; and origination and restructuring of mortgage and mezzanine loans, developments, and loan workouts.

Raleigh Wolfe, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Raleigh J. Wolfe

Wolfe’s principal area of practice is corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate representation.

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