Jackson Walker Elects Nine Austin Attorneys to Partnership

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AUSTIN—Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the election of nine attorneys to the Firm’s partnership in Austin.

Collin M. Baker’s practice focuses on the representation of foreign and domestic institutional investors with respect to their alternative assets investments, which include private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, energy funds and separate managed accounts. Collin particularly enjoys energy fund investments due to his prior experience representing private and public companies in the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas properties, as well as their general oil and gas contracts, including oil and gas leases, joint operating agreements, unit operating agreements and processing agreements. Collin represents a diverse group of private companies and wealthy individuals in corporate matters including entity structuring and formation, offerings of debt and equity securities, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and executive compensation. He received his JD, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.

Tyler P. Davey began his career as a corporate attorney at a large Silicon Valley-based law firm, where he represented entrepreneurs and their companies in private equity and public securities transactions. Through this experience Tyler is able to understand the unique needs of business owners, identify wealth preservation opportunities, and assist clients with business succession planning. But his practice is not limited to planning for business owners; Tyler takes great pride in helping identify and develop an estate plan that meets the unique needs of the client’s family in a practical and cost-effective manner. He also assists individuals and professional fiduciaries with estate and trust administration matters. He received his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law.

William B. Dillard maintains a diversified business transactions practice with an emphasis on real estate and finance, focusing primarily in the areas of buying, selling, financing, developing and leasing commercial real estate. A large part of his practice involves commercial real estate development, as well as representing landlords and tenants in commercial leases, including long-term ground leases, build-to-suit, retail, office, medical, and industrial leases. In his finance practice, William has negotiated and closed a variety of loans from both borrowers and lenders ranging from construction loans to permanent securitized loans as well as a significant number of venture debt transactions. He received his JD, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center and studied abroad with the University of Barcelona’s International and Comparative Law Institute.

Noah Galton’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including eminent domain, real estate litigation, and general business litigation. Noah has successfully prosecuted numerous lawsuits to jury verdict and has appeared in dozens of administrative hearings across the state. In the context of eminent domain, Noah has represented electricity providers, oil/gas midstream and interstate pipeline companies, railroads, municipal utility districts, regional mobility authorities, and school districts in conjunction with extensive public projects aimed at expanding critical infrastructure in Texas. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Recently, the Texas Bar Foundation elected Noah to fellowship.

Andee L. Hartig represents public and private companies, real estate investment trusts, real estate investment funds and institutional real estate investors as sellers, purchasers, developers, and equity investors in the acquisition, development, debt and equity financing, management, leasing, and sale of improved and unimproved real estate. Her experience includes multi-asset portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets through various corporate and partnership structures. Prior to Jackson Walker, Andee worked in the corporate office of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. She received her JD, summa cum laude, from Baylor Law School.

Kati Orso assists clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, disposition, development of retail projects, and leasing of office, retail, restaurant, medical office building space. Her practice includes representing publicly traded and privately held companies in the acquisition of large multi-state property portfolios ranging in value from $250 million to $7.6 billion. Kati previously served as in-house counsel for a full-service real estate company with an emphasis on retail leasing and development. She received her JD from the University of Houston Law Center.

David A. Snyder focuses on all aspects of private equity and mergers and acquisitions. Much of his practice consists of fund formation on behalf of both institutional investors and sponsors. David also represents private equity funds, investors and private and public companies in buy-side and sell-side M&A deals, co-investments and private equity investments, as well as venture capital and growth-stage financings, technology transactions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and other general corporate matters. He received his JD, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.

Scott W. Weatherford’s trial practice focuses on trade secret, intellectual property, and technology-related commercial disputes. Scott advocates on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and local business owners in state courts, federal courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies across the state. He earned his JD from Baylor Law School. He has been admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. In 2018, the Texas Bar Foundation elected him to fellowship and he currently serves on the nominating committee.

Jennifer F. Wertz represents a variety of stakeholders involved in bankruptcy proceedings and related complex litigation. She has significant experience in the healthcare, energy, and telecommunications industries. She received her JD, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law and clerked for the Honorable H. Christopher Mott, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas. She serves as Treasurer for the Texas Women Lawyers and is Vice-President of the Austin Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Council. She also serves as the Chapter 11 debtor representative for Court Liaison Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas.

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