Kutak Rock Elects 24 Attorneys to Firm Partnership

January 2, 2019

Kutak Rock has elected 24 new partners from its attorney ranks in 10 of the firm’s offices – Denver, Fayetteville, Irvine, Kansas City, Little Rock, Omaha, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, Spokane and Washington, D.C. The promotions became effective on January 1, 2019.

“Our clients will benefit from the knowledge, experience and service our new partners bring to Kutak Rock every day,” said Jay Selanders, Chair of Kutak Rock. “These accomplished lawyers are dedicated to a collaborative, collegial culture and to the overall growth and success of our firm. We thank them for their contributions and are proud to welcome them to the firm’s partnership.”

The attorneys elected to the partnership are:

David E. Kay (Denver) is a member of the Denver Office’s construction litigation group and focuses his practice on complex commercial and residential construction litigation matters. Additionally, David represents plaintiffs, defendants, businesses, and insurance companies in personal injury, bodily injury, bad faith, subrogation, and premises liability claims.

Reid A. Page (Denver) represents clients in complex business disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Reid represents clients in many industries and often litigates disputes and provides guidance to clients in the investment banking, private equity, financial services, energy, and oil and gas industries. Many of his clients rely on him to investigate, litigate, and arbitrate or try disputes involving claims of fraud, securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and breaches of contract relating to a wide variety of investment transactions.

Kenneth K. Skogg (Denver) has successfully represented clients in complex commercial litigation for more than 30 years. A constant component of Ken’s practice focuses on real estate litigation and eminent domain and he has guided many clients through matters from their nascent stages through trial and into the appeals process.

Max R. Deitchler (Fayetteville) has served as both in-house and outside counsel which provides him with a unique perspective and ability to appreciate the needs and objectives of his clients and advocate on their behalf. He has significant experience representing businesses and individuals in construction, contract, banking, general negligence, products liability, and other complex civil litigation and commercial disputes.

Allissa L. Sims (Fayetteville) concentrates her practice in real estate and commercial transactions, including acquisition, disposition, leasing, construction, development, and banking and commercial lending. Her practice also encompasses assisting clients with the formation and qualification of business organizations including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

Albert R. Reyes (Irvine) serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriters’ counsel in connection with various public finance matters. He assists cities, counties, school districts, water districts, special districts, transportation authorities, joint power authorities and a variety of public agencies in the issuance of sales tax bonds, general obligation bonds, special tax bonds, enterprise revenue bonds, lease revenue bonds, and the execution and delivery of certifications of participation.

Jacob Song (Irvine) primarily assists clients in litigation involving intellectual property, commercial matters, and business disputes. He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Anna M. Berman (Kansas City) has a broad commercial practice with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, auto finance, and creditor’s rights issues. She counsels a variety of clients throughout the litigation process, including advising on risk management strategies, mediations and arbitrations, and representing clients through trial and appeal. Ms. Berman recently was an integral member of a trial team in a legal malpractice action involving an underlying claim for misappropriation of trade secrets, which culminated in a three week jury trial and an $11.1 million jury verdict, plus punitive damages, in favor of a firm client.

Tyler Ellsworth (Kansas City) advises municipalities as bond counsel and special tax counsel in connection with the issuance of municipal bonds and as special counsel in connection with economic development matters. He assists municipal issuers, including cities, counties, school districts, and other governmental entities, with issuing municipal bonds and notes, securing lease financing, and structuring economic development incentives.

Matt R. Hubbard (Kansas City) specializes in construction litigation. He represents owners, developers, design professionals and contractors in cases involving construction and design defects, delay claims, differing site conditions, surety bonds, statutory compliance, liens, and contract claims. He further advises construction clients in project risk management and construction documentation and contracting.

Neil M. Miller (Kansas City) represents sellers (founders and entrepreneurs), buyers (strategic and financial), private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a broad spectrum of corporate and securities matters, including middle-market mergers, acquisitions, investments, divestments, corporate governance, business entity formation and tax planning.

Amy C. Bagnall (Little Rock) focuses her practice mainly on commercial and general corporate transactions and litigation. She has experience representing clients in a variety of transactional and litigation matters, including commercial real estate finance and acquisition; business formations, transfers and governance; and commercial lending and loan workouts.

Frederick H. Davis (Little Rock) represents clients at trial and on appeal in commercial and complex litigation, including class actions, patent litigation, litigation involving privacy and data security issues, and First Amendment litigation. He also advises companies on intellectual property protection and privacy and data security.

Jason M. Caskey (Omaha) concentrates on intellectual property protection, technology law, commercial transactions, copyrights, IP development and related transactions. With experience leading an in-house legal team and as a litigator, he keeps a pragmatic and practical focus on assisting his clients to close deals while minimizing applicable legal, business and economic risks.

Michael S. Degan (Omaha) is a first chair trial lawyer who handles commercial and business disputes, product liability, insurance and financial services litigation. He has tried more than two dozen jury trials and has appeared in more than thirty state and federal jurisdictions. His practice includes state and federal litigation, multidistrict litigation, arbitration, mediation and regulatory matters. Mike also represents renewable energy developers in regulatory and transactional matters. He is recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers and is a fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.

Robert H. Grennan (Omaha) focuses his practice on technology and intellectual property law with a primary concentration on advising clients from a diverse array of commercial sectors in all aspects of complex technology transactions.

Erika E. Lynch (Omaha) acts as bond counsel to municipal issuers, as well as underwriters’ counsel, in connection with the issuance of municipal bonds. She works in the areas of single-family housing and state and local government finance. She also serves as bond counsel in financings for cities, counties, school districts and other political subdivisions in Nebraska in connection with general obligation and limited-tax financings for various public facilities and projects.

Ryan D. Portwood (Omaha) covers a broad spectrum of general technology transactions, specifically, health information technology, healthcare regulatory compliance, and privacy and data security. Prior to joining the firm, Ryan served as counsel/compliance officer for two healthcare organizations.

Clete P. Samson (Omaha) focuses his practice in business immigration, worksite compliance, employment law, and litigation. Having previously served for seven years as a federal trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he has extensive knowledge of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, including the proper preparation and maintenance of the Form I-9, worksite enforcement, and business immigration law issues which impact all types of employers.

Amy J. Blumenthal (Philadelphia) actively represents insurance companies in coverage related litigation and contractors in construction-related disputes and personal injury defense matters. She is also experienced in handling employment discrimination matters and in counseling clients relative to employee discipline and performance management. In addition, Amy has been involved in the national defense of clients on mass tort claims, including asbestos and benzene matters.

J. Michael Low (Scottsdale) principally focuses his practice on the representation of insurers, insurance associations and institutions before the Arizona Legislature, the Arizona Department of Insurance, and other governmental agencies and offices both inside and outside the state of Arizona. He has authored reports and testified as an expert witness in over 100 matters in state and federal court involving life, health, property and casualty insurance coverage, claims handling and bad faith issues. Mr. Low also is President of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association and Chairman of the Western Region Captive Insurance Conference.

Jon S. Schultz (Scottsdale) is a commercial and civil litigator with an active generalist practice and has experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in commercial, real estate, insurance bad faith defense, lender defense, international law, products liability, and government defense matters. Mr. Schultz also has a busy employment-based immigration practice and assists employers with preparing and filing visa applications and establishing regulation-compliant visa sponsoring processes.

Nathan G. Smith (Spokane) primarily practices in the areas of real estate, land use, water and environmental law. His real estate practice includes sales and acquisitions, leasing, management and operations and representation of financial institutions on real estate secured lending. His water rights practice focuses on the sale, exchange and transfer of water rights. His land use and environmental law practice includes clients in the forest products/timber, mineral, ski facility and agricultural industries in the development of their property for residential, commercial and industrial purposes.

Nghia “Neo” Tran (Washington, D.C.) focuses his practice on government contracts and finance transactions. He works with public and private sector clients on a variety of regulatory, corporate, transactional and litigation matters. In addition, Mr. Tran has extensive experience representing Vietnamese companies doing business in the United States.