January 25, 2019 – Durham Jones & Pinegar shareholders have elected nine attorneys to the firm’s Board of Directors to serve for one year, managing the affairs of the firm. Those elected include Mark L. Astling, James D. Gilson, R. Blake Hamilton, Richard M. Hymas, Jeffrey M. Jones, N. Todd Leishman, Joshua E. Little, Kevin R. Pinegar and Douglas B. Thayer.
Mark L. Astling is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Astling advises a variety of corporate and pass-through entities and individuals on federal and state tax issues, including business formation, equity compensation, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, tax accounting, tax exempt organizations, and other tax planning matters. He also represents taxpayers in IRS and state audits and administrative appeals, as well as deficiency litigation in the U.S. Tax Court.
James D. Gilson is a member of the firm’s Litigation section. Mr. Gilson practices general business litigation, including contract, securities, real property, intellectual property, employment and probate disputes. He also represents businesses and individuals in white collar criminal defense matters, including federal and state regulatory proceedings.
Blake Hamilton is a member of the Litigation section. Mr. Hamilton practices civil rights litigation and governmental entity defense. He also has experience practicing in the areas of general civil litigation, real estate, construction, land use, landlord/tenant, business/finance, banking, tax, employment/labor and family law.
Richard M. Hymas is a member of the firm’s Litigation section. Mr. Hymas’ practice focuses on employment law and business litigation. He also advises employers on a broad range of employment and labor law matters, including compliance with federal and state employment laws, employee manuals, and proper classification of employees and independent contractors.
Jeffrey M. Jones is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Jones’ practice concentrates on corporate and securities matters. He represents public and private companies in a broad range of matters, including: mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and corporate governance matters, commercial transactions, venture capital and other types of financing transactions, including private placements of debt and equity securities, preparation and filing of reports required under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and securities listings on national stock exchanges.
N. Todd Leishman is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Leishman’s practice concentrates on corporate and business law with emphasis on representing sellers in sales of privately owned companies to financial and strategic buyers; acquirers in mergers and acquisitions; and companies in debt and equity financing transactions. He also frequently negotiates and drafts complex commercial contracts such as manufacturing, licensing, lending and distribution agreements. Additionally, he counsels closely held entities regarding governance matters and control disputes, and works closely with the firm’s Litigation section in connection with those matters.
Joshua E. Little is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Little represents public and private companies in a broad range of corporate finance and business combination transactions, including mergers, stock/asset acquisitions, other corporate partnering transactions, public and private securities offerings, debt and equity financing transactions, public disclosure compliance, as well as general legal advice to public and private companies.
Kevin R. Pinegar is a member of the firm’s Business & Finance section. Mr. Pinegar’s practice emphasizes corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has considerable experience in counseling publicly held companies on SEC compliance, disclosure matters and complex securities laws issues. He also has broad transactional experience, assisting with matters ranging from formation and early-stage venture financing to listings of publicly traded securities on U.S. exchanges.
Douglas B. Thayer is a member of the firm’s Litigation section. Mr. Thayer is experienced in general civil and criminal litigation involving contracts, domestic litigation, fraud, embezzlement, and complex financial transactions. He has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in product liability, probate litigation and other types of litigation.