Business & Finance

Clients don’t want to be over-lawyered. They deserve smart, dedicated attorneys who provide practical solutions to complex legal issues– in other words, full-service advisors with a businesslike approach.

Much Shelist business & finance attorneys represent a broad range of corporate clients, from public companies to privately held businesses, and from private equity funds to start-ups. We draw on our own experience as business owners and our broad network of business and financial contacts to serve our clients.

We help clients address ongoing business demands, including day-to-day operations and fiscal management, and work with them to identify and leverage emerging opportunities. As businesses mature, we provide guidance on appropriate exit strategies and succession planning. Our attorneys frequently act as general counsel and advisors to companies, advising on everything from routine matters to transformative business events.

Practice Group Leadership

David M. Pilotto, Co-chair
Michael B. Shaw, Co-chair

Attorneys

David A. Alman
Principal
David A. Alman
Principal

David Alman represents a diverse group of clients, including public and private companies and strategic and financial parties, in connection with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial finance and other significant business transactions.

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Joseph D. Ament
Principal
Joseph D. Ament
Principal

Joe Ament is an accomplished tax and business lawyer, as well as a certified public accountant. He has extensive experience in financial, estate and income tax planning; business mergers and acquisitions; and entity structures, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

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William N. Anspach, Jr.
Principal
William N. Anspach, Jr.
Principal

Bill Anspach has extensive experience in virtually all areas of employee benefits, including designing and implementing qualified plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation plans and other deferred compensation programs.  Bill, who leads the firm's Employee Benefits practice, provides his clients with ongoing counsel on the operation of these plans, and is regularly involved in litigation regarding ERISA and other employee benefits matters. 

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Gary L. Auerbach
Special Counsel
Gary L. Auerbach
Special Counsel
With more than 30 years of experience in private practice, Gary Auerbach delivers knowledgeable, practical legal guidance in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters.
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Caroline E. Belloff
Associate
Caroline E. Belloff
Associate

Caroline Belloff represents both buyers and sellers in various business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, contributions and other major transactions.  In addition, Caroline regularly prepares general corporate governance documents and handles corporate formation, maintenance and compliance matters.

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Steven P. Blonder
Principal
Steven P. Blonder
Principal

Steve Blonder is a valued legal and business counselor in a wide range of matters. As a skilled advocate whose practice focuses on complex business litigation, Steve has argued successfully before the federal appellate courts, and possesses a record of consistent success in motion and trial practice (both jury and non-jury) in state and federal courts and in arbitration. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries.

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David T. Brown
Chairman
David T. Brown
Chairman

David T. Brown is an accomplished attorney who counsels public companies and closely held businesses on complex matters, including strategic planning, talent development, acquisitions and dispositions, private placements of debt and equity and tax and entity structures.  David also serves as chairman of Much Shelist and is actively involved in strategic planning and leadership development for the firm. Prior to his appointment to chairman of Much Shelist, David served as chair of the firm’s management committee for thirteen years.

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Brian J. Crump
Associate
Brian J. Crump
Associate

Brian Crump helps clients address and resolve legal issues that arise in the context of business and real estate transactions. He draws on his background in finance, management and operations, his experience as a successful real estate entrepreneur, and his work as a startup consultant for the area's leading technology incubator.

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Steven L. DeGraff
Principal
Steven L. DeGraff
Principal

Steve L. DeGraff is an accomplished transactional attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing entrepreneurs, developers, owners and institutional lenders in a full range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing transactions. He also represents real estate developers in all aspects of condominium law. Steve has extensive experience in a broad range of financial distress issues, which include negotiating and facilitating favorable results in workouts of financially troubled loans.  He regularly acts as an advisor to closely held business in connection with their everyday legal and businees needs.

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Howard M. Denenberg
Principal
Howard M. Denenberg
Principal

Howard Denenberg is an experienced tax and business lawyer whose practice includes tax planning and transactional work for corporations and their shareholders. As a tax lawyer, Howard employs sophisticated and innovative estate and tax planning techniques to reduce clients' income taxes and transfer taxes.

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Jonna Daleiden Eimer
Principal
Jonna Daleiden Eimer
Principal

Jonna Daleiden Eimer focuses her health care law practice on representing physicians in all aspects of their practice.  She represents numerous physician and physician groups, counseling them in business, healthcare and employment matters.  Jonna  has extensive experience representing   physicians in establishing their practices, negotiating and documenting physician employment agreements, buy-in agreements, shareholder agreements as well as other related matters affecting physician practices.

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Gregory D. Grove
Principal
Gregory D. Grove
Principal

Greg Grove leads the firm’s emerging companies and venture capital practice with a focus on  business transactions and counseling. He advises funds, strategic investors, boards of directors, management teams, underwriters, and private and public companies at all stages of development, from entrepreneurial to established. Greg draws on his training and experience as an electrical engineer when representing clients in technology-related areas such as the software, internet, application, medical device, life sciences, communications and semiconductor industries. Further, Greg represents companies and investors in health care, entertainment and media, agriculture and retail and consumer products and services.

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J. Eric Guth
Principal
J. Eric Guth
Principal

J. Eric Guth represents individuals, businesses and financial institutions in a broad range of debt, equity, lending and transactional matters. He also provides ongoing legal advice on day-to-day corporate issues. Eric represents clients in numerous industries, including banking, financial services, chemical, packaging, energy, manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

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Phillippe G. Holland
Associate
Phillippe G. Holland
Associate

Phil Holland represents public and private companies, as well as private equity firms and their portfolio companies, on a range of corporate matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other major transactions. He has also represented start-up companies in connection with their formation, operating transactions and venture financing.

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Bethany L. LaFlam
Special Counsel
Bethany L. LaFlam
Special Counsel

Bethany LaFlam, Special Counsel in the firm's Orange County, California office, represents clients in all aspects of business and corporate law, with an emphasis on EB-5 Counsel, private securities offerings, strategic planning, new venture formation, and mergers and acquisitions. She regularly advises clients in connection with financing, corporate transactions and counseling, foreign investors, and the creation and implementation of effective business models, and exit strategies. She advises companies and investors at all stages of development, operating in the health care, aerospace, oil and gas services, software, retail, consumer electronics and other technology-related industries.

 
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Katherine L. Bonk
Associate
Katherine Bonk Lewis
Associate

Katherine Lewis advises clients on legal and business issues related to corporate transactions. Katherine represents acquirers and target businesses in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock and asset purchases and sales, and contributions. She also counsels clients on formation and corporate governance. As part of her practice, Katherine works with the firm's environmental attorneys to identify environmental issues that arise during the due diligence process in transactions. Her experience includes advising clients in connection with professional services and software development agreements and supply agreements.

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Joseph M. Martin
Principal
Joseph M. Martin
Principal

Joe Martin advises clients in a range of commercial finance matters, including cash-flow financing, asset-based financing, cross-border loan facilities and acquisition financing. He assists agents and individual lenders with the syndication of loan facilities, including drafting and negotiating agreements among lenders. Joe also represents lenders and borrowers with respect to troubled loans, including forbearance agreements, the restructuring of credit facilities and dispositions of collateral.

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Frances D. Meehan
Special Counsel
Frances D. Meehan
Special Counsel

Fran Meehan focuses her practice on the health care industry, including legal and regulatory issues affecting nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, supportive-living facilities, hospices, home health agencies and other providers. Fran has represented over 90 nursing facilities (with a combined total of more than 15,000 beds) in a broad range of licensing, certification, operational and patient care matters. She regularly counsels and represents clients in complex and highly sensitive areas such as advanced directives, life-sustaining treatment decisions, involuntary transfers and discharges, allegations and investigations of abuse, and the survey process and plans of correction.

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Morrie Much
Principal
Morrie Much
Principal

The founder of the firm in 1970, Morrie Much is an experienced real estate and business lawyer who advises clients in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and represents companies and individuals in a broad range of other business matters. His clients include developers, investors, syndicators, brokers, banks, insurance companies, pension funds and mortgage bankers.

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David M. Pilotto
Principal
David M. Pilotto
Principal

Dave Pilotto, Co-chair of the firm's Business & Finance group, concentrates his practice on business transactions, general business law, tax law and commercial finance . In the transactional area, Dave represents a diverse group of clients, from public companies and large, privately held businesses to small entrepreneurs and start-up companies, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business combinations and financial transactions. Dave also regularly advises clients on corporate governance and organizational issues and acts as a general counsel for clients without an in-house legal team.

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Joel S. Polisky
Principal
Joel S. Polisky
Principal

Joel Polisky is a seasoned transactional lawyer who represents closely held businesses, often as general counsel, in connection with planning and implementing business strategies and a wide range of transactions, among them the disposition and acquisition of assets and entity structuring. His clients are engaged in a broad array of businesses, including manufacturing, retail, health care, and business and personal services.

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Mitchell S. Roth
Managing Partner
Mitchell S. Roth
Managing Partner

Mitchell Roth, Managing Partner and shareholder at Much Shelist, is an accomplished attorney with more than 25 years of experience advising entrepreneurs, owners, investors and C-suite executives at large public and privately held companies. He serves as outside “general counsel” for many of the firm’s largest clients who value Mitchell’s understanding and experience in the negotiation of complex transactions involving sophisticated tax strategies, corporate governance and succession planning.  Mitchell has negotiated and structured joint ventures, public and private mergers and acquisitions, syndications, commercial lending transactions, management buyouts, equity or debt financings, and private placements valued in the billions of dollars.  His clients are leaders in manufacturing, distribution, investment banking, private equity, financial services, real estate development, technology and other industries.

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Jeffrey C. Rubenstein
Principal
Jeffrey C. Rubenstein
Principal

Jeffrey Rubenstein, an accomplished business lawyer with over 30 years of experience in tax, corporate and real estate matters, represents a variety of firms in the venture and middle markets. They comprise a broad array of businesses, among them public and private manufacturing, investment banking and financial services, health care, real estate and technology.

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Julia G. Rybakova
Associate
Julia G. Rybakova
Associate

Julia Rybakova helps companies better understand the legal issues that affect their business decisions and strategies. She advises clients in the areas of intellectual property and corporate transactions.

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Adam K. Sacharoff
Principal
Adam K. Sacharoff
Principal

Adam K. Sacharoff, Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology practice, counsels clients on patents, trademarks, and copyright matters, as well as a broad range of technology matters including sweepstakes, on-line privacy matters, and licensing.

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Michael B. Sadoff
Principal
Michael B. Sadoff
Principal

Michael Sadoff is an experienced transactional lawyer who advises owners, developers, builders, borrowers, lenders, landlords and tenants in a full spectrum of complex commercial real estate transactions. He also serves as a legal counselor in a wide range of corporate, partnership and general commericial matters.

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David E. Schmidt
Principal
David E. Schmidt
Principal

David Schmidt represents business entities and professional investors in a variety of matters, including venture financing, traditional private equity financing and other alternative investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, asset protection, intellectual property licensing and business partnerships. David's understanding of the operational and financial aspects of corporate decision-making are key strengths in his collaborations with executives and investors to structure practical solutions to legal and business issues.

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Steven Schwartz
Principal
Steven Schwartz
Principal

An accomplished transactional attorney with over 35 years of experience, Steve Schwartz’s corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions; private offerings of debt and equity; private equity and venture capital financing; and other business and financial transactions for a wide range of clients such as public companies, privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, and emerging companies. His mergers and acquisitions practice encompasses stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, management and leveraged buyouts, and strategic joint ventures. Steve also serves as outside general counsel to a variety of firm clients.

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Michael B. Shaw
Principal
Michael B. Shaw
Principal

Michael Shaw, Co-chair of the firm's Business & Finance group, concentrates his practice in corporate law and heads the Private Equity practice. Mike represents clients in connection with a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, business succession planning, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

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Peter A. Shepard
Associate
Peter A. Shepard
Associate

Peter Shepard advises businesses and financial institutions in a variety of legal matters, including commercial financing, mergers, acquisitions and corporate governance.

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Jonathan D. Sherman
Principal
Jonathan D. Sherman
Principal

Jonathan D. Sherman is an accomplished litigator who focuses his practice on three areas: business disputes involving contract, insurance, trade secret, and other matters; consumer financial services litigation on behalf of mortgage lenders and loan servicers in claims under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and related federal and state consumer protection statutes; and the defense of lawyers in disciplinary proceedings before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Drawing on his broad range of experience, Jon also served as interim general counsel for one of the firm's largest clients.

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Abraham J. Stern
Special Counsel
Abraham J. Stern
Special Counsel

Abe Stern is a business attorney with nearly three decades of experience advising clients on legal and business issues in a broad range of commercial and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on the health care industry. Abe's clients include physicians, assisted-living facilities, home health care providers, hospices and long-term care facilities, as well as entrepreneurs, wholesalers, retailers, commercial lenders, developers, hotels, manufacturers, distributors and clearing firms.

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Glenn D. Taxman
Principal
Glenn D. Taxman
Principal

Glenn maintains a diverse practice across the primary real estate disciplines of acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and financing. Depending on the transaction, Glenn has represented buyers, sellers, developers, borrowers, lenders, landlords and tenants. His experience in representing each side of a deal enables him to quickly navigate the transaction and counsel his clients on the best strategies and expectations.

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Julia A. Turk
Principal
Julia A. Turk
Principal

Julia A. Turk represents clients in a variety of federal, state and local transactional matters, including income taxation and general corporate and partnership law. Julia is involved in all aspects of the creation of tax-efficient structures in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, real estate private equity funds and corporations. She advises clients on the federal income tax consequences relating to the formation and operation of limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, tax-exempt organizations, and S and C Corporations.

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Paul E. Van Hoomissen
Principal
Paul E. Van Hoomissen
Principal

Paul Van Hoomissen represents clients, including Fortune 1000 companies, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, and other business matters. In the litigation area, he represents commercial clients in a variety of issues, including trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, trademark/patent disputes, and contract disputes. He also represents large-scale property owners in litigation relating to the operation and management of commercial property throughout Southern California. Paul, also counsels property management companies and real estate brokers on issues pertaining to the management of community associations and land sales.

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