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Kutak Rock Elects 27 Attorneys to Firm Partnership

News | January 1, 2015

Kutak Rock LLP is pleased to announce that 27 attorneys have been admitted to the firm’s partnership as of Jan. 1, 2015. The new partners were selected from 11 of the firm’s 17 locations and represent a range of Kutak Rock’s practice areas.

“The new partners include attorneys of various backgrounds, levels of experience and work in well-established and growing practice areas. I am sure they will continue to contribute to our collegial and positive culture and to the overall success and growth of Kutak Rock,” said David Jacobson, Firm Chair.


Mariza E. McKee concentrates her practice on the representation of private and public companies in securities and corporate matters, including structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance; she specifically focuses on EB-5 financings.


Barry A. Burns focuses his practice on real estate and finance matters, and represents commercial lenders, community development entities, developers and other investors in a variety of transactions.

Whitney A. Kopicky advises clients on a wide variety of complex corporate transactional matters, including corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, private and commercial real estate matters, and intellectual property matters.

Mark J. Maichel concentrates on all aspects of federal tax credit practice and other aspects of federal tax incentives for projects that generate tax credits.

Ellen K. O’Brien represents real estate developers and investors in affordable housing projects, including structuring and syndicating affordable housing projects with tax-exempt bonds, historic tax credits, state credits and Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

Kristine L. Poston focuses her practice on advising clients with respect to the financing, acquiring, selling and leasing of commercial real estate located throughout the country.

Meredith R. Riley assists clients in complex real estate and real estate financing transactions, representing lenders, developers and other investors in a variety of transactions including acquiring, selling, exchanging, leasing and financing commercial real estate.


Stephen M. Dacus concentrates his practices on general civil and complex commercial litigation in state and federal court.

Scott Jackson represents corporate clients and management professionals in complex commercial and employment litigation.

Kansas City

Samual L. Blatnick is a trial lawyer with extensive experience involving a broad range of industries, with a focus on complex commercial litigation.

Emily A. McProud focuses her practice on real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing and property management matters, with a particular emphasis on commercial real estate financing representing both lenders and borrowers.

William E. Roberts is a corporate attorney and represents clients in a variety of matters regarding governance, contracting, mergers, acquisitions, business entity formation, compliance, divestitures, joint ventures and other corporate financings.

Little Rock

Jess L. Askew III practices in the areas of business and class action litigation and constitutional, education, media and appellate law.

Alexander D. Justiss concentrates his practice on health care transactions and regulations, and provides guidance on related corporate, commercial and privacy matters.

Andrew King regularly represents financial institutions, corporations and business professionals in litigation matters in trial, bankruptcy and appellate courts, primarily focusing on commercial litigation and defense of consumer class actions.

Los Angeles

Saundra K. Wootton focuses her practice on complex business litigation.


Victoria H. Buter represents clients in state and federal court and before arbitration panels in numerous complex commercial and business litigation disputes.

Jason M. Caskey counsels clients on intellectual property protection, technology law, commercial transactions, copyrights, IP development and related transactions.

B. Hans Ipson represents a wide range of clients in complex commercial real estate transactions throughout the country, including the acquisition, development and disposition of commercial properties, leasing and financing transactions, and matters involving zoning and land use.

William C. McCartney is an attorney in the employee benefits and executive compensation group, concentrating his practice primarily in the areas of employee benefits/ERISA law, qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, nonprofit retirement arrangements, employee stock ownership plans and executive compensation arrangements.

Neal D. McMahon advises clients on a variety of real estate transactions serving a broad range of client needs, including secured lending, real estate financing, sales and acquisitions, sale/leasebacks and commercial leasing.

Courtney E. Pinaire is a member of the tax credit practice group and assists clients with transactional work involving low-income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, state tax credits and renewable energy tax credits, as well as other related state and federal financing products.


Harmony A. Simmons focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and leasing for retail, office and industrial properties across the country.

Heidi Fabritz Wolford counsels clients on commercial real estate transactions, including matters relating to development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing and property management.


Roy J. Koegen concentrates his practice on municipal finance and municipal law, serving as bond counsel to numerous states, cities, counties, school districts, special purpose districts, underwriters and banks, colleges and universities.

Washington, DC

David S. Lu conducts an extensive practice in public finance, counseling state and local governmental issuers, investment banking firms, conduit borrowers, and credit and liquidity providers in tax-exempt and taxable financings.


Mark A. Kanaga represents clients in matters concerning labor and employment law and has represented employers in many types of employment litigation, including nationwide wage and hour class action cases, and single plaintiff discrimination and retaliation cases.