In 2015, the duo founded Schwartz Flansburg, a small firm that grew to 10 lawyers. As part of the acquisition unveiled late Monday, Brownstein Hyatt has also added a trio of other lawyers from that boutique.
“We have been looking this year to grow our litigation bench and depth in Vegas and they were at the top of our lists,” said Brownstein Hyatt managing partner Adam Agron, a former co-chair of his firm’s corporate and business department. ”They had stellar reputation in litigation and bankruptcy.”
“We were growing and enjoying the practice,“ Schwartz said. “But when Brownstein came looking for us, when a firm of the reputation wants to buy, you have to consider a merger.“
Both Schwartz and Flansburg each have more than two decades of experience. Schwartz practices commercial bankruptcy law and represents debtors and creditors in a broad range of business reorganization matters, including Chapter 11 cases, restructurings, workouts, M&A matters and general corporate representation, according to a statement by Brownstein Hyatt.
Flansburg was previously a partner at Nevada’s Marquis Aurbach Coffing before he teamed up with Schwartz three years ago. His litigation experience includes guarantors’ anti-deficiency defenses, contractual interpretation and formation, mechanics liens, business torts, partnership duties, real property disputes, duties of design professionals and business fraud, according to his new firm.
Joining Flansburg and Schwartz in moving to Brownstein Hyatt are of counsel Bryan Lindsey, associates Troy Domina and Connor Shea and seven support staffers.
Brownstein Hyatt, headquartered in Denver, has 12 offices throughout the country. The firm, which in late June brought on a pair of lobbyists from McGuireWoods in Washington, D.C., bolstered its sports betting and online gaming expertise earlier that month by bringing on Scott Wiegand, a former deputy general counsel at Caesars Entertainment Corp., as a partner in Denver and Las Vegas. Earlier this year, Brownstein Hyatt also hired Gregory Brower, a former deputy general counsel and high-ranking executive at the FBI who now works as a litigation partner at the firm in Las Vegas, Reno and Washington, D.C.
Brownstein Hyatt added the “Schreck” to its current nameplate in late 2006 after it agreed to absorb Las Vegas-based Schreck Brignone. The following year, the combined firm snatched up Santa Barbara, California-based Hatch & Parent. Brownstein Hyatt, which bolted on Reno-based intellectual property firm Watson Rounds in 2015, took in $179.3 million in gross revenue last year.
As for Schwartz Flansburg, its namesakes demurred when asked whether moving from a boutique to Big Law could create drawbacks for them in Las Vegas.
“We just got here,” said Schwartz. Added Flansburg: “It’s all champagne and roses right now.”