Kevin Burnett, left, and Steve Boender, right.
Kevin Burnett, left, and Steve Boender, right. (Courtesy photos)

Stoel Rives is continuing to beef up its corporate group with practice veterans from larger rivals, including two former K&L Gates partners.

The firm brought on partners Kevin Burnett and Steven Boender in Portland, both from K&L Gates, earlier this month. Gabrielle Glemann, from Hughes Hubbard & Reed, joined as of counsel in Seattle last week. And Mark Bonham, a onetime partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati who had been the general counsel for Sorenson Media, joined the Salt Lake City office as of counsel.

Burnett and Boender join partner John Casey, another K&L Gates lateral who made the move to Stoel Rives earlier this year.

Jason Brauser, leader of Stoel Rives’ corporate group, said the firm saw its opportunity to add Burnett and Boender when Casey joined.

“When we got word that was a possibility, we jumped on it,” he said.

“Both Kevin and Steve are great corporate lawyers, great reputations here in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.”

Boender has worked on transactions in a variety of industries, including software, agriculture and manufacturing. Burnett’s clients include private equity and strategic buyers, as well as startup companies.

Glemann, formerly based in New York, has represented debtors, trustees, examiners and creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. She adds to the firm’s bankruptcy practice both regionally and nationally, Brauser said, while Bonham also brings a number of strong relationships in the startup community to Stoel Rives.

“That’s an area where we’ve been trying to get our practice growing, and it’s a tough area to get into,” he said.

The corporate practice at Stoel Rives, an Am Law 200 firm with more than 350 lawyers, had between 65 and 70 lawyers before the new hires joined, Brauser said. Much of the practice’s work is focused on the energy and natural resources industries.

Lizzy McLellan writes about the Pennsylvania legal community and the business of law at firms of all sizes. Contact her at lmclellan@alm.com. On Twitter: @LizzyMcLellTLI.