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Stinson Morrison Hecker to Open Office in Denver


Dec 7 - The law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, based in Kansas City, Mo., has announced that on Feb. 1, 2013, the firm is opening a new office in the Denver Tech Center at 5613 DTC Parkway, Ste. 970, Greenwood Village, Colo. with the addition of partners Ernie Panasci, Deborah L. Bayles, Zsolt K. Bessko, Perry Glantz and Kristin S. Godfrey, along with four associate attorneys and three staff employees.

The move strengthens two established and highly regarded banking and financial services practices. The group joining Stinson represents more than 75 financial institutions, as well as other clients, throughout the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions. Similarly, Stinson serves as counsel to more than 200 financial institutions throughout the Midwest and Southwest, including community and regional banks, and large national banks. Stinson recently ranked 4th in the United States in SNL Financialís 2011 Bank and Thrift Branch Deal Legal Adviser Rankings based on number of deals.

"We are very enthusiastic about extending our practice," said Bob Monroe, co-chair of Stinson's Banking and Financial Services Division. "The attorneys joining us in Denver are well respected by banks and other financial institutions throughout the western portion of the U.S."

"My colleagues in Denver and Stinson have formed solid relationships with banks and other financial institutions over the years, and that's also how we've come to know Bob and the firm," said Panasci. "By joining Stinson, we enhance services we already provide, such as banking, corporate, securities, M&A, litigation, IP and real estate. We can also now offer an expanded list of services to the financial institutions and other clients we represent."

In addition to expanding its banking practice footprint, Stinson gains an on-the-ground location from which it will be positioned to provide services to existing clients doing business in the Rocky Mountain region, including companies in the oil and gas, energy, health care, real estate and telecom industries.

The move also strengthens the position of both groups in the Phoenix market. Several attorneys joining Stinson in Denver are licensed to practice in Arizona and have already built a banking and business practice there, representing Arizona-based companies and clients doing business throughout the Southwest. Stinson has an office of 28 attorneys in Phoenix.

"It's a great fitart us because Stinson and the attorneys joining us have complimentary expertise and an overlapping client base, in Denver and in Phoenix, both of which are important markets for us," said Mark Hinderks, Stinson's managing partner. "We also share a commitment to offering clients high quality, cost-effective legal services."

About the Attorneys Joining Stinson

Ernest Panasci practices substantially in the areas of financial institutions law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. He uses his background and experience as a member of bank boards of directors and his 30-plus years representing financial institutions in advising his diverse group of banking clients throughout the Western United States. Panasci advises financial services companies in structuring and successfully completing mergers and acquisitions and has been involved in more than 100 transactions as counsel for buyers or sellers. Also, he counsels financial institutions about federal and state banking matters and related securities law and financing issues. Ernie is a regular speaker to financial institutions on such matters as directors' and officers' fiduciary duties, mergers and acquisitions, bank compliance and regulatory enforcement actions at the state and federal levels, sales of distressed financial institutions and creative ways to obtain and retain capital in the current economic environment. Panasci earned an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979 and a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1976. He earned a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1973.

Deborah L. Bayles primarily represents small to mid-sized, privately held, emerging growth companies and financial institutions in the areas of real estate, lending, secured transactions, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial law. Her experience also includes the purchase, sale, leasing and licensing of real estate, intellectual property and company assets. She earned a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1991 as well as a M.A. in international economics. She earned a B.A. from California Lutheran University in 1988.

Zsolt K. Bessko's practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC reporting, regulatory matters, corporate governance, executive compensation, venture capital/private equity and general corporate matters for both publicly traded and privately held companies in a variety of industries, with a primary focus on the financial sector for more than 16 years. With his past experience as a general counsel and an executive of a publicly traded company, his practice also includes advising clients on ethics, compliance, intellectual property, contract, insurance, labor and employment and operational matters. Bessko also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Colorado Bar Association's Securities Law Subsection. He earned a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1996 and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in economics in 1991.

Perry Glantz has more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in employment, banking, environmental and general commercial litigation, and he has served as trial counsel for multiple banks in litigation filed in Colorado and Idaho. In addition to representing clients in class action matters, he has extensive practice in employment litigation matters involving discrimination claims, wrongful termination, employment agreements, employee handbooks, non-compete provisions, non solicitation agreements, trade secrets, and wage and hour issues. Glantz graduated as valedictorian from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1987, and he earned a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1984.

Kristin S. Godfrey is a transactional attorney who primarily represents business owners, business entities and financial institutions. She specializes in the areas of business and finance, general corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, real estate and estate planning. Her practice often involves multi-state transactions involving entities and banks located throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Godfrey earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1995 and a B.A. from George Washington University in 1992.

About Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP is one of the countryís largest law firms with more than 300 attorneys representing clients nationwide in a full range of corporate, transaction and litigation matters. The firm has experience in more than 45 industry-focused areas, with attorneys located in eight key markets, including Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.; Overland Park and Wichita, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm is opening an office in Denver, Colo. on Feb. 1, 2013. For more information, visit