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Arnold & Porter Adds Seven-Lawyer Team Across Multiple Offices and Practices

Team includes six partners and one counsel, bringing experience and depth to firm capabilities

February 5, 2024

(CHICAGO, DENVER, and NEW YORK) February 5, 2024 — Arnold & Porter announced today that a seven-lawyer team, including six partners and one counsel, has joined the firm in its Chicago, Denver, and New York offices. Led by partners Eric Prezant, Donal O’Brien, and Randy Miller, the team’s practice spans corporate transactions, real estate, finance, bankruptcy, litigation, regulatory, and environmental matters. The team also includes partners James Attonito, Karl Marschel, Brandon Neuschafer, and counsel Monica Carroll. Four new partners and one counsel will be joining the Chicago office, one new partner will be joining the Denver office, and one new partner will be joining the New York office.

The group’s arrival strengthens the firm’s transactional capabilities across multiple offices, while adding M&A capabilities and augmenting its restructuring, finance, and real estate practices. O’Brien, Miller, Attonito, Neuschafer, and Carroll's experience in the food and agribusiness sector also greatly complements the firm’s existing capabilities and reputation as a leading law firm for food, beverage, and dietary supplement clients, who routinely turn to Arnold & Porter for consumer protection, advertising, FDA, intellectual property, product safety, and public policy capabilities, among other practices.

Richard M. Alexander, Chairman of Arnold & Porter, said: “We are thrilled to welcome this team of talented lawyers to our Firm. We have been extraordinarily impressed with the sophistication of their practice and their deep ties to their diversified client base for whom they serve as key trusted advisors. Their arrival will further strengthen several key practice areas of the firm across a number of our offices.”

Additionally, the team’s arrival expands the firm’s core offerings in its Chicago and Denver offices. In Chicago, the office added 16 new partners and counsel in the last five years, including the promotion of three partners, and now consists of over 50 attorneys. Similarly, in Denver, the firm added 13 new partners and counsel in the last five years, including the promotion of four partners and three counsel, more than doubling its size since 2017. The team’s arrival also follows recent additions throughout the firm’s international platform, with 28 new partners joining Arnold & Porter since 2023.

Prezant, O’Brien, and Miller commented: “We are delighted to join Arnold & Porter, a firm that is highly regarded for its regulatory, litigation, and transactional offerings. Our extensive network of clients and contacts will greatly value the firm’s specialized knowledge and experience in key practice areas, including in the critical areas of real estate, corporate restructuring, environmental, and government investigations.”

Eric Prezant joins the Chicago office as a partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring group. He draws upon his cross-discipline experience and utilizes a pragmatic client-focused approach to represent corporate, banking, real estate, and financial clients in corporate and real estate acquisitions and dispositions, brownfield redevelopment projects, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate restructuring and workouts. He earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif, received his MBA from Dominican University and his B.S. from Florida State University.

Donal O’Brien joins the Chicago office as a partner in the Corporate & Finance group. He has over 20 years of experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance matters and works on behalf of buyers and sellers in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate restructurings, spin-offs, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances, including on behalf of key international clients. O’Brien earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and received his B.A. from University College in Dublin, with honors.

Randy Miller joins the Denver office as a partner in the Commercial Litigation group. He draws on real-life business and management experience to assist clients in the full range of business disputes, including M&A litigation, contract and commercial trade disputes, and corporate governance and control issues. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, and received his B.A. from Michigan State University.

James Attonito joins the New York office as a partner in the Corporate & Finance group. He advises public and private company clients operating in the food and beverage, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and real estate industries on corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions and general contractual matters. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and received his B.A. from New York University.

Monica Carroll joins the Chicago office as counsel in the Corporate & Finance group. She counsels companies across a number of different industries, including food and beverage, wholesale diamond distribution, and customer product development and manufacturing services, and her practice has a particular emphasis on assisting international clients with substantial U.S.-based operations.. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and received her B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Karl Marschel joins the Chicago office as a partner in the Real Estate group. He represents public and private clients in all aspects of real estate, from acquisition, development, and disposition, to negotiating development financing and navigating various tax incentives. He earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and received his B.A. from University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Brandon Neuschafer joins the Chicago office as a partner in the Life Sciences & Healthcare Regulatory group. He advises clients across all industries on environmental, health, and safety issues to represent them before regulatory agencies with respect to food, agriculture, and environmental regulatory issues. He earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and received his B.A. from Washburn University, summa cum laude.

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