Daniel L. Silfani

As an experienced corporate attorney serving as Co-Chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group, Dan has a broad range of expertise on all aspects of corporate law, franchise and business opportunity law. This includes franchise development and operations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate counseling.

FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT

Dan works with Franchisors and Franchisees to determine if their company can be turned into a successful franchise system. His practice focuses on the entire process from preparing the necessary franchise disclosure and system documents, registrations with applicable governmental agencies, vendor and supply chain, quality control programs and how to successfully sell franchise units. Dan also assists franchisors with revenue growth and unit count by providing a full array of business and legal advice.

PUBLIC FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Dan acts as issuer’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel or bond counsel in completing various public finance matters, including taxable and tax-exempt conduit bond transactions, state economic development loan programs and local tax increment financing. In addition, he acts as outside General Counsel for the Development Finance Authority of Summit County.

CORPORATE COUNSELING

In his role as a corporate attorney, Dan assists owners and executives of closely held businesses resolve their day-to-day legal issues, successfully buy and sell companies and develop effective succession plans. He works with clients in a wide range of industries, including chemicals, manufacturing, oil and gas, and various service industries.


Brouse McDowell

Brouse McDowell is a business law firm based in northern Ohio. From offices in Akron, Cleveland, Naples, Toledo and Youngstown, our 80+ attorneys serve clients across the region and far beyond. We’re a mid-size firm with the talent, diverse experience and national reach of a large firm and the unwavering service ethic and personal touch of a small firm.

With 100 years of history, we continue our long tradition of delivering sophisticated legal counsel to clients that range from sole proprietorships to the nation’s largest corporations. Our practice groups bring together the focused skills and multi-disciplinary experience that businesses need to meet their most pressing goals.

We work together at Brouse – both within and across practice areas. We capitalize on the collective insight of our colleagues, and work side by side with our clients to pursue and achieve positive outcomes. Candid conversations and true collaboration lead us to more options, deeper insight, and better solutions.

Community service is in the Brouse DNA. It is our honor to make a difference in organizations that benefit the communities where we live and work – from professional associations to civic, cultural, educational and religious groups. Our attorneys and staff contribute their time, financial resources, energy and leadership to hundreds of organizations across northern Ohio and beyond.

Sipho Makhanya

Cardo Capital started out in 2010 as an accounting, tax and business consulting firm in public practice. Our operations have grown since to include Law, Forensic, Business and IT consuslting. We have segmented our operations into three distinct service theatres:

  • Cardo Capital – registered with the South African Public Accountants’ and Auditors Board as Registered Accountants and Auditors in Public Practice and also registered with the Eswatini Institute of Accountants. South African Institute of Tax Professionals.
  • Cardo Properties (Pty) Limited – Business and property consultants.
  • Cardo Capital Consultancy & Forensic Services (Pty) Limited – Training and Forensic Investigations and Fraud Prevention Consultants

We consider our firm as a multi-disciplinary professional firm with diversified expertise, experience, leadership and strategic business counsel capabilities structured and printed to assisting our clients and stakeholders attain superior results.

We have assembled a deep base of knowledge within our firm and thus have earned a reputation for knowing not only the wider global business perspectives but also the nuances pf Swaziland and African businesses in a way that is not immediately apparent to out competitors.

Our Philosophy is to understand and continually revisit what the needs and wants of our clients and stakeholders are with a view to ensuring that our efforts are relentlessly focused at meeting them. We pride ourselves on the effective and efficient use of available resources a higher probability of success and minimum scope diffusion in every engagement we are involved in.

We seek to be leaders, listeners, integrators, problem solvers and above all, highly effective business advisors. We believe we have a responsibility to inspire respect, credibility, to demonstrate clear leadership, confidence and considerable professionalism in all of our interactions.

We adhere firmly  to a code of business ethics and moral values and interact with our clients and stakeholders in absolute good faith.

Our Firm is made up of a dedicated team of personnel who have been exposed to a number of projects within the financial and consulting discipline. The team is highly driven by the three fundamental elements of accounting, being:

  • Prudence
  • Consistency
  • Due Diligence

In every engagement we seek a balance between our firm, tried and tested custom methodology frameworks and sensitivity to the rapidly changing business landscape to meet agreed upon objective required.

Mission Statement

Cardo Capital is proud of our ability to offer quality services to our clients throughout Swaziland.

Our flexible approach is implemented by dedicated staff that views your business as if it were their own, and constantly strive to do the job more efficiently.

Communication

We feel that communication is an integral part of a good relationship between service provider and client and we will communicate extensively with the client to ensure we take cognisance of any issues which management wishes us to specifically address and that our requirements and observations are brought to the timely attention of the appropriate level of client management.

We believe this policy and the close partner involvement enables us to add value to our client services.

Our Clients

Our clients range in size from owner managed to large corporate companies. Cardo Capital has a string support tea. Our competitive advantage in this support area is that we are proactive in assisting the client to find solutions that meet their requirements, as opposed to only providing the rules without solution.

Conclusion

We believe that our appointment as service providers to your company will be beneficial as we will offer quality; skilled but affordable services.

Cardo Capital is a sound company with an ever-growing client base. Our style is open-minded and we are vigilant to adapting to our clients strategy in order to best meet their needs.

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is a Finance & Projects and M&A practitioner, qualified in Austria, England and Wales, New York and Slovenia.

Her practice covers the entire financial services and infrastructure sector as well as a broad range of additional industrial sectors.

She advises commercial and investment banks, Fin-Techs, mezzanine financiers and private equity providers, and corporates on a wide range of financing and M&A transactions as well as debt restructurings. The second area of Jasna’s practice are infrastructure and energy projects, including private partnership transactions, and privatisations, often with a cross-border context.

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is also ISDA counsel for Austria and advises as third pillar in her practice on a broad range of regulatory aspects.

Jasna’s experience includes:

  • Advice to Governments/advisory arms of international institutions on various infrastructure projects in Europe, Asia and Latin America in the airport, road, and energy sector, including recent advice on the concession/PPP model relating to the Sofia Airport and the Beirut Airport
  • Advice to a number of Sponsors on PPP transactions
  • Advice as lenders counsel on a variety of project financings in various sectors (roads, energy, optical fibre)
  • Advice as lenders and borrower’s counsel on real estate, acquisition and structured finance transactions and debt restructurings
  • Advice on a number of cross-border M&A transactions, with a focus on CEE and SEE, in various sectors – banks, hospitality, energy, construction, industrial
  • Advice on a number of cross-border arbitration and investigation mandates relating to infrastructure projects
  • Advice on a wide range of regulatory aspects, specifically in the financial services sector

Professional Qualifications

  • Rechtsanwältin registered with Rechtsanwaltskammer Wien
  • Attorney-at-law admitted with the Supreme Court of New York
  • Tuja odvetnica registered with the Odvetniška zbornica Slovenije
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Prior Experience

Before cooperation with DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, Jasna worked at another reputable law firm in Vienna.

Recognitions

“Sources say: “I can rely on the fact that in very complex contracts there is nothing missing.” She is particularly active on deals involving CEE jurisdictions.”(Chambers 2018); Interviewees say that she is “precise and reliable.” (Chambers 2019)

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, LL.M. in Corporate Law, 1999
  • University of Salzburg, Dr.iur., 1997
  • Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France (Research for thesis and followed courses for the Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in business law), 1996
  • University of Salzburg, Mag.iur., 1996
  • Lycée N-D de Kerbertrand, Quimperlé, France, Baccalauréat with concentration on sciences (with distinction), 1993

Additional publications

  • Material Adverse Change – article published in “LexisNexis in ZFR 2017/2”, 27 January 2017
  • Der Notleidende Kredit (“The distressed loan”)
  • Asset allocation and state succession in the Former Yugoslavia (together with Thomas Podlesak, published in eastlex 2005, 68)

Dr. Leandro Luzone

Leandro Luzone is the founder of Luzone Legal, and a recognized legal expert in Civil and Corporate Law, Commercial and Business Law and in Private International Law.

In recent years, foreign clients have sought his opinion on various issues related to Brazilian Law. He has worked as a lawyer and legal advisor for several foreign companies and their affiliates with activity in Brazil and abroad.

Luzone is a World Bank collaborator in the area of corporate and investment law in Brazil, guiding the bank in the elaboration of the famous Doing Business report, which measures the regulation of the business environment in several countries around the world.

Luzone studied at The Hague Academy of International Law, in the Netherlands, and he is a member of the International Bar Association, based in London, England.

E-mail: leandro.luzone@luzonelegal.com

Ronaldo Barreto, Managing Director, WOM do Brasil

“I first met Leandro Luzone approximately 2.5 years ago when my division was looking for a local law firm to represent our organization in Brasil. Leandro was articulate, professional, and impressed upon me that he would have our organizations best interest in legal matters in a positive manner with good service. Leandro is very articulate and speaks extremely well. I have worked with him outside of our professional setting with the IADC in Macae where Leandro has served to promote our industry and further the organizations in Macae and Brazil. I have very much enjoyed working with him as he is a true professional.”

Fife Ellis, General Manager DQB

“I would like to wholeheartedly and strongly recommend Dr Luzone as a your first choice as legal representative. Over a period of 8 years we, as a company, and I, as an individual, have worked with Dr Luzone on various issues, Nationally and Internationally.
Dr Luzones’ knowledge, reliability, attention to detail, ability to communicate in a clear and concise fashion and overall his friendly and highly personable manner has made him a true “partner” during my time in Brasil.
He also possesses a large and varied group of business contacts within the Oil & Gas sector (to name but one industry) which he has built up and re-enforced over a period of years and therefore this acts as an desirable add-on benefit when dealing with him.
Due to industry downsizing I now no longer work in Brasil, however, should I return or should any of my business contact / colleagues be posted to Brasil in the future then I will be indicating Dr Luzone unreservedly to them as a trusted and respected lawyer.”

James Miller, Oil a& Gas Consultant.

“Leandro is an example of ethics, competence and diligence. He is a professional at the highest level of competence and knowledge, and even with all those high standards, still a humble professional, and person, that provide all the attention and support for his customers, with all the respect and professionalism required. An exemplar professional that I highly recommend! ”

Rodolfo Correa, Business Development Executive at RC CORREA Consulting

““If you need a lawyer that is not only intelligent, attentive, and hardworking but also a great advisor and friend. Reach out to Dr. Leandro he is the best in Macaé.”

Patrick Ribeiro, Country Manager at OES Asset Integrity Management

“Leandro Luzone has been acting for me for several years. He always conducts himself in a very professional manner in all matters, is extremely knowledgeable and is a credit the legal profession. His bilingual skills are excellent which makes communicating so much easier. I would highly recommend him for legal representation”

John Swingler, Owner, Blade Offshore Services Ltd

“Dr. Leandro, as an International lawyer and IADC Geral Secretary, has a strongly knowledge on Oil & Gas Industry. He is highly commited and extremally polite and proactive within perfect time, in Order to Solve all matter quickly and with excelent attention to his costumers and partners. I trust blindly in Dr. Leandro and always strongly recommend any time as need for partners and clients.”

Rosana Calicchio, Oil & Gas Consultant

“Having worked with Leandro in a number of roles over several years, I have found him to be credible, efficient and trustworthy – I would have no hesitation in recommending him for both personal and business legal services in Brazil.”

Jim Houlihan, Investor, engineer, operations leader supporting sustainable business development world-wide incl. Offshore Oil & Gas

“Leandro Luzone is an excellent and trustworthy professional who can provide sound advice on Brazilian law. He manages to explain the complex Brazilian legal system in clear concise terms that a regular businessman can understand. His multilingual skills make him an excellent choice for non Portuguese speakers.”

Tony Cox, Marine & Safety Consultant

“Leandro is an example of honesty, integrity and credibility. I have had the opportunity to work with him at IADC and his attention to detail, dedication and focus has helped us greatly in the activities of this group.”

Adriana Pais, Business Development Coordinator

Leandro, I want to take this time to recommend you for the excellent work you carried out for me during my time in Brazil.You have the up most professionalism and as a British person based in Brazil, your expertise in dealing with foreign nationals and the issues that comes within the process is second to none.”

Gordon Linden, Quality Assurance & control representative at TH Hill Associates, A Bureau Veritas Company.

“Dr Leandro has more recently been taken into my fold of reliable and trustworthy professionals; I have found him to be a responsive advisor in legal matters – more than a measure of good sense and understanding of the business of “doing business in Brazil” and a safe approach with advice on a variety of legal matters. I would strongly recommend Leandro – His English is great and he will certainly be off great assistance with the decisions you have to make. I am satisfied with what has been done by Dr Leandro and his law firm to date.”

Barrie Lloyd-Jones, President at SSE OFFSHORE AMERICA INC

“I have been using Leandro in different legal matters regarding my stays in Brazil. His performance are very good and he is detail-oriented regarding the situation he has been dealing with and produce great results for his clients. I can and will highly recommend Leandro and his company for any legal matters you or your company should need to solve.”

Arild Svendsen, Rig Manager

Lance Lehnhof

Lance Lehnhof advises clients on a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including:

  • mergers & acquisitions
  • equity and debt financings (seed/angel to large VC financings)
  • strategic partnerships and joint ventures
  • general corporate law matters facing companies ranging from start-ups to established industry leaders.

Mr. Lehnhof’s list of representative clients and transactions include small tech companies as well large energy and industrial clients.  He is licensed to practice law in New York, Utah and Washington, DC

Education and Work Experience

  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 2002; Order of the Coif; Editor in Chief, BYU Law Review
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., 1999, International Studies
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Monroe G. McKay, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit – 2002-2003
  • Attorney, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Washington, DC, 2003-2005
  • Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP, Corporate Group, Salt Lake City, 2005-2008
  • Adjunct Faculty, J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU)

Publications

  • Anastasoff v. United States: The Judicial Power to “Unpublish” Opinions, 77 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 135 (2001) (with Thomas R. Lee).
  • Freedom of Religious Association: The Right of Religious Organizations to Obtain Legal Entity Status under the European Convention, 2002 BYU L. REV. 561 (2002).

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Carman Lehnhof Israelsen LLP is a business law firm providing corporate, securities, and other transaction services to select entrepreneurs, companies, and investors. We have a team of attorneys with deep experience in a wide field of transactions across numerous industries and markets.

Our objective is to help our clients carry out their business strategies and meet their business needs.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Agreements and Transactions
  • Venture Capital
  • Private Equity
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Debt Finance
  • Fund Practice
  • Startup Practice
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Offerings
  • SEC Reporting
  • Litigation

Megan Mehalko

Ms. Mehalko is Chair of Benesch’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, domestic and cross border strategic alliances and joint ventures, general business counseling, and distressed/insolvent company acquisitions and restructurings. Ms. Mehalko advises public companies on corporate governance issues and securities law issues, and represents private equity funds and portfolio companies of funds. 

She also represents companies in the plastics, rubber, metal stamping and fabricating, healthcare, telecom, equipment manufacturing, logistics and financial services industries. In addition, Ms. Mehalko is actively involved with the firm’s Private Equity Group, China Practice Group and Polymer Industry Team. She is a member of Benesch’s Professional Development Committee and its Finance Committee.

“(Megan L. Mehalko is) …always one step ahead of the other side in anticipating how the negotiations are going to develop and is able to outmaneuver the other side with an incredibly thoughtful argument to defend the position of her client.” – Benesch client, Chambers USA 2015

EDUCATION

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1990, J.D.
  • Bucknell University, 1987, B.A.
  • Laurel School, 1983

BAR ADMISSIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Executive Council, Corporation and Business Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board Member, Seeds of Literacy
  • Board Member, Chair of Governance Committee and Executive Committee Member, College Now Greater Cleveland
  • 2013 Corporate Leadership Team Chairperson, Go Red For Women/American Heart Association
  • Member, In Counsel With Women (2011)

RELATED PRACTICES

RELATED INDUSTRIES

RECOGNITIONS

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
  • Listed, Chambers USA Leading Lawyers, Corporate/M&A 2010-2015
  • Listed, Leading Lawyers, Inside Business Magazine
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012-2015

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Benesch is a business law firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Hackensack, Indianapolis, Shanghai and Wilmington. Benesch is dedicated to building a deep understanding of our clients, their businesses and their industries. We develop client-focused teams to ensure first class legal service, view business issues from our clients’ perspective and assist in discovering the best legal services to address our clients’ needs, drawing upon the strengths of diverse, knowledgeable and experienced lawyers. The firm services national and international clients that include public and private, middle market and emerging companies as well as private equity funds, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations, trusts and estates.

The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, which describes itself as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. and establishes a system that ranks firms based upon the number of attorneys selected in designated areas, named 48 Benesch attorneys as Best Lawyers in America®.

Additionally, Benesch achieved first-tier rankings in 22 national and metropolitan categories, including a national first-tier ranking in Transportation Law, in the 2015 U.S. News/Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Overall, the firm was ranked in 52 national and metropolitan categories. And the firm has been designated as one of the 2015 Go-To Law Firms® of the Top 500 Companies by ALM (American Lawyer Media). This honor puts our firm in an exclusive group that delivers exceptional work for the FORTUNE 500®.

Our practice areas include Business Succession Planning & Wealth Management, China, Commercial Finance & Banking, Corporate & Securities, Executive Compensation & Benefits, Insolvency & Creditors’ Rights, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Public Finance, Public Law, Real Estate & Environmental and Tax. Some of the industries the firm concentrates in include Private Equity, Banking, Health Care, Polymers, Transportation & Logistics, Energy & Natural Resources, Shale Oil & Gas, Construction, Not-for-Profit and School Law.

Our attorneys serve as trusted counselors, advocates, and partners in all aspects of a legal or business issue. We are proud of the client relationships we have developed and work hard to maintain them. Above all else, we take a results oriented, innovative approach to practicing law and are committed to assisting our clients to achieve their goals.

Our firm is committed to providing the most effective and innovative legal and related advisory services to our clients. We focus on serving dynamic middle market and emerging growth companies and selectively providing specialty services nationwide.

To best meet our obligations to help our clients, each other and ultimately the firm succeed, we work in a collegial environment. Benesch’s attorney group is a multi-dimensional collection of people from diverse law schools, ethnic backgrounds, religions and even prior careers. We believe that a diverse workplace enhances and energizes the firm and makes it an interesting place to work.

Brian O’Keefe

EDUCATION & ACADEMIC HONORS

Michigan State University, B.A., 1981, cum laude, with honors

* Exceptional Contribution Award, American Marketing Association

* Member, Golden Key International Honour Society

Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1986

* Business Manager, The Judicial Notice

* Member, Communication Law Institute Association

MEMBERSHIPS & APPOINTMENTS

– State Bar of Michigan (Real Property Law, Business Law, and Taxation sections)

– Oakland County Bar Association

– American Bar Association (Business Law, Real Estate, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections)

– Member, Board of Directors, Young Entrepreneurs Organization, 1997-2001

– Member, Board of Directors, World Entrepreneurs’ Organization, 2001-2003

– Member, Board of Directors, The Manresa Retreat House, 2000-present

– Member, Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers

– Member, Construction Association of Michigan

– Member, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

– Member, Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce

– Member, Rotary Club of Bloomfield Hills

PUBLISHED WORKS & PRESENTATIONS

Lecturer, National Business Institute

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC, stands apart in its dedication to excellence, attention, and results. That means access to senior partners, a firm-wide commitment to containing legal fees, and a promise to give every client true value. We are diligent, careful, thorough, and effective. Anything less is unacceptable.

Our Presence

Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC, headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan, is a boutique law firm that offers full service, experienced legal advocacy. We deliver pragmatic, client-focused counsel as a team, analysing each situation on its own particular merits. We collaborate on every aspect of our representation, allowing our clients to benefit from our attorneys’ wide range of experience and skills.

The firm was founded by Norman L. Lippitt and Brian D. O’Keefe and has grown through the addition of Senior Partner Henry S. Gornbein and Partners Daniel J. McCarthy, Harvey R. Weingarden and Ryan C. Plecha.

Our distinguished attorneys are each individually recognized as a specialist and intuitive leader in his or her own area of expertise. These areas include Commercial and Business Litigation, Business and Corporate Law, Divorce and Family Law, Personal Asset and Estate Planning and Protection, Municipal Law, Bankruptcy Law, Appellate Practice, and Dispute Resolution.

Finally, our skill and expertise is often called upon by law firms across the country to assist as local counsel in litigation and transactional matters in South-eastern Michigan. Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC has worked as co-lead and local counsel in numerous areas of the law, including Class Action Litigation, Business Disputes, Michigan Civil Rights Law, and Commercial Transactions.

Richard Reynolds

From 2007 to 2009 I contracted with Stewart Title Guaranty Company and was responsible for analyzing, processing, addressing and working to resolve claims where a policy of real estate title insurance had been issued and there were outstanding unresolved real estate title issues on properties in Louisiana that placed the marketability of the real estate in question.

From 1990 to 2007 I owned and served as the senior legal counsel and chief executive officer of RE/Source Partners, Inc. [successor to Strategic Mortgage Services of Louisiana, Inc., a licensee of SMS (formerly TRW)], a statewide and multi-state real estate settlement, title insurance and appraisal services company. I managed department heads and oversaw the handling of an array and severity of business operation issues ranging from the routine of enforcing company policies to addressing the more severe issues of customer service complaints and employee complaints including sexual harassment. I was responsible for all fiscal matters. I established and implemented the company mission and philosophies, and managed department heads who oversaw 35 company employees and 80+ subcontractors. I was responsible for the development and maintenance of proprietary software, automation systems, and other intellectual properties used in operating the company. In addition, I monitored and adjusted the business operations utilizing data analysis programs to produce analytical and statistical reports regarding the company operations which included a cost analysis of the company on a by-location and by-department basis

Prior to 1990 I engaged in the private practice as an attorney as a sole practitioner and through a professional law corporation, Richard Reynolds & Associates, APLC; I also worked as a part-time Attorney with the District Attorney’s Office St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana; as Attorney for the Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Service as part-time Instructor for Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana.

I previously published a piece of regular legal advice and informative article entitled “The Barrister’s Corner” in a public monthly publication entitled The Northshore Journal.

I have served as Former Director, Title/Appraisal Vendor Management Association (TAVMA); Former Director, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, Inc.; Former Director, The Tchefuncte River Foundation, Inc.; Former President, Covington Rotary Club; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; Former Member, Board of Directors, Covington Rotary Club; Campaign Manager for Louisiana State Senate Candidate and recipient of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation MVP Award-2016.

I have served as Former Director, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 110; Former Director, Alpha House, Associated Catholic Charities; Former Director, River Forest Academy School; and Former Treasurer, River Forest Homeowners Association

I attended Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas. I graduated from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and graduated from Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana with a Juris Doctor degree.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

I am licensed to practice law in Louisiana (1978), Mississippi (2004), Tennessee (2004) and Texas (2004). I am also a licensed Notary Public, licensed Real Estate Broker, a licensed Life, Health, Accident Insurance Producer and a licensed Building Construction Contractor. I am experienced as an administrator, manager, practising attorney and legal and business counsellor.

I maintain a private legal practice wherein I provide legal and ethical advice and counsel for businesses and individuals according to their legal needs within my primary practice areas of business practices, profit and nonprofit; real estate, estate planning, probate, regulatory, administrative, entertainment and general civil law. I serve as a business and legal adviser to business entities on issues involving human relations, employee contracts, third-party contracts, intellectual property, business structure and regulatory compliance.

Since 2007, I have worked as a contracted Hearing Officer (Administrative Law Judge), for the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, to preside in a fair and ethical manner over public regulatory administrative enforcement and licensing hearings on cases involving matters that question the qualification and/or suitability of persons and businesses to hold a gaming license or permit in Louisiana. I make findings of fact based upon the evidence submitted at the hearings and apply applicable law and ethics to the factual circumstances. I rule and render decisions based on my determination of one’s suitability and/or qualification under the Louisiana Gaming Control Act to possess a gaming license or permit in Louisiana with written reasons in support of my decision. I perform the legal services of Hearing Officer pursuant to Louisiana law and the established Standards of Conduct for Hearing Officers.

Donald Densborn

Don Densborn is a seasoned business lawyer, who represents companies in a myriad of industries, including manufacturing, service, real estate, technology, distribution, logistics, alternative energy, metals, senior living, private equity, prepaid card, banking and finance. His non-bank clients are primarily situated in an established middle market, but include others which are startup, earlier stage or emerging.

His practice is focused on transaction work, particularly company acquisition, disposition and combination transactions. He also is regularly engaged in corporate finance transactions, including commercial financial, mezzanine loan, venture capital and distress transactions, and securities offerings. He has long experience at real estate construction, leasing, conveyancing, and mortgaging, including the title insurance and survey issues associated therewith.

He is a trusted adviser to several companies at the board level, where corporate governance, compliance, strategy, fiduciary and succession matters are paramount. He frequently counsels clients on choice of entity, having served on the Uniform Law Commission drafting committees on limited liability companies and the business organization code, and he is commonly involved in drafting shareholder buy-sell agreements and resolving shareholder disputes. His experience includes an array of commercial transactions, including sales, leasing, licensing, distribution, franchising, and consignment transactions and arrangements. Secured transaction work, too, has long been an area of concentration.

According to Chambers USA, Mr. Densborn is considered by his peers to be “very professional and practical” and possessed with an “impressive intellect”, “broad knowledge”, and “deep expertise” in corporate law.

THE DENSBORN BLACHLY DIFFERENCE:

  • A Refreshing Alternative

The legal profession is experiencing wrenching change. The future belongs to those nimble enough to adapt. Technology is diffusing the old storehouses of legal expertise. Innovation is occurring in small labs without any surrender to mediocrity. The future clearly belongs to those who can best acquire, retrieve and apply knowledge. Still, “growth for growths sake” is pursued as a strategy. The bureaucratic onset and constant tumult that follow tend to shift attention inward, away from client service. Driving statistics, rather than creating client value, too often becomes the order of the day. Densborn Blachly provides a refreshing alternative. It offers the expertise that business clients demand without the baggage that they abhor.

  • A Next Generation Approach

Just as law schools divide the law into courses, law firms divide into narrow enclaves of expertise. But the problems and projects of business clients never present in a vacuum or are so neatly packaged. Densborn Blachly believes that differentiating service requires a more holistic approach. Its value proposition is experienced legal judgment leavened by a passion for business success. Out of shared passion, enduring relationships develop, and clients are better served. Thus, Densborn Blachly is mission-driven to ensure that its lawyers are well-grounded in the science of business and well-rounded in the practice of law—able to quickly grasp, at least rudimentarily, the clients business and its position in the industry it serves.

  • A Laser-Focus on Business

Densborn Blachly is proud to serve the Midwestern business community. Midwesterners are independent, competitive, practical and productive. They innovate before they realize they do. They esteem pedigree not nearly as much as getting the job done. Densborn Blachly is of the same ilk. At Densborn Blachly, innovation occurs in the field and on the fly. Practical solutions are found in places previously unexplored. Client interests are protected against underappreciated risks. Desired outcomes are reached through tenacious pursuit. Densborn Blachly lawyers know how to work hard with intuition, creativity and effectiveness honed over decades of experience. And they relish the competition of it all — just as their clients do.

John Fleming

John Fleming is an experienced business attorney representing banks, companies, and investors. For over a decade, John has advised clients on critical financial transactions and commercial law matters. Johns deep experience in financial transactions includes commercial finance, secured transactions, asset based loans, multi-lender transactions, real estate finance, mezzanine lending, distressed loans, work-outs, and private equity transactions. John also has extensive experience with business combinations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and dispositions.

John thrives on challenging transactions that require creativity, innovation, and grit. He recently completed several transactions that required him to work closely with management to develop novel business, financial, and legal solutions. Solutions that were critical to successful outcomes. Each transaction was fast-paced and complicated structurally and legally.

Johns philosophy is to use practical legal solutions to achieve efficient and effective results for clients. He seeks to understand each clients goals, business, and industry in order to better serve and anticipate client needs. John represents clients in the following industries (among others): banking, finance, technology, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, and health care.

THE DENSBORN BLACHLY DIFFERENCE:

  • A Refreshing Alternative

The legal profession is experiencing wrenching change. The future belongs to those nimble enough to adapt. Technology is diffusing the old storehouses of legal expertise. Innovation is occurring in small labs without any surrender to mediocrity. The future clearly belongs to those who can best acquire, retrieve and apply knowledge. Still, “growth for growths sake” is pursued as a strategy. The bureaucratic onset and constant tumult that follow tend to shift attention inward, away from client service. Driving statistics, rather than creating client value, too often becomes the order of the day. Densborn Blachly provides a refreshing alternative. It offers the expertise that business clients demand without the baggage that they abhor.

  • A Next Generation Approach

Just as law schools divide the law into courses, law firms divide into narrow enclaves of expertise. But the problems and projects of business clients never present in a vacuum or are so neatly packaged. Densborn Blachly believes that differentiating service requires a more holistic approach. Its value proposition is experienced legal judgment leavened by a passion for business success. Out of shared passion, enduring relationships develop, and clients are better served. Thus, Densborn Blachly is mission-driven to ensure that its lawyers are well-grounded in the science of business and well-rounded in the practice of law—able to quickly grasp, at least rudimentarily, the clients business and its position in the industry it serves.

  • A Laser-Focus on Business

Densborn Blachly is proud to serve the Midwestern business community. Midwesterners are independent, competitive, practical and productive. They innovate before they realize they do. They esteem pedigree not nearly as much as getting the job done. Densborn Blachly is of the same ilk. At Densborn Blachly, innovation occurs in the field and on the fly. Practical solutions are found in places previously unexplored. Client interests are protected against underappreciated risks. Desired outcomes are reached through tenacious pursuit. Densborn Blachly lawyers know how to work hard with intuition, creativity and effectiveness honed over decades of experience. And they relish the competition of it all — just as their clients do.