Our Team


John C. West

Shareholder, Phoenix


John serves as the head of the firm’s Health Care Group. He has more than 33 years of experience in all aspects of health care law, ERISA, Medicare and commercial litigation. John has handled numerous trials, including the successful defense of health plans before juries, and has arbitrated numerous managed care disputes ranging from provider and network terminations to complex reimbursement cases. John has served as lead counsel on numerous reported decisions in the health care arena and represents a number of blue chip health care clients. John has been recognized since 2005 in Best Lawyers in America, the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publication.

Edward A. Stumpp

Shareholder, Los Angeles


Ed is a leading health care trial attorney, and effectively handles matters involving managed care liability, health care service contracts, medical claims, ERISA litigation and medical malpractice. Ed’s health care experience includes representation of various managed care entities including health plans, managed care service organizations, IPAs, and medical groups. He has also represented extended care and skilled nursing facilities against allegations of elder abuse.

Richard B. Benenson

Shareholder, Denver


Co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, Rich is highly regarded for his track record defending companies in commercial and complex litigation. Rich is actively involved in health care antitrust matters, including defending antitrust claims brought by nonparticipating providers against managed care entities.

Eric R. Burris

Shareholder, Albuquerque


Eric, co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, has more than 25 years of experience in complex civil litigation, primarily as defense counsel in matters that include commercial litigation issues, health care, insurance coverage, antitrust and other class-action suits. He has represented Ardent and other health care service organizations in complex claims reimbursement litigation in New Mexico.

Tamara Beatty Peterson

Shareholder, Las Vegas


Tammy’s commercial and complex litigation practice includes health care-related contract disputes, member litigation disputes, class actions and intellectual property disputes. She has represented provider networks in Las Vegas, including the enforcement of physician non-solicitation covenants, and has defended a major hospital in Reno in a lawsuit brought by a physician group acquired by the hospital. Tammy was honored in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Robert M. Kort

Shareholder, Phoenix


With nearly two decades of experience, Rob has successfully litigated numerous complex cases in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and alternative dispute resolution forums, achieving several noteworthy victories, including one of the largest jury verdicts in Arizona history. Rob’s extensive health care law experience includes a wide array of litigation matters ranging from provider reimbursement issues to network contracting disputes, ERISA preemption, Medicare coverage and provider fraud.

Michael F. Tamm

Shareholder, Phoenix


Michael’s practice is concentrated in the areas of health care law, ERISA, Medicare and commercial litigation. As an experienced litigator, he advises managed care organizations, public and privately funded health benefit plans, plan sponsors, hospitals, physicians, providers, skilled and assisted nursing facilities, and attorneys in a wide range of health care law and litigation matters.

Evan Rothstein

Shareholder, Denver


Evan has substantial experience representing individuals, medium-sized companies, and Fortune 500 corporations in covenant not-to-compete and trade secret disputes. He prosecutes and defends against these types of actions including the successful handling of multiple preliminary injunction proceedings. Recently, Evan successfully handled numerous complex and contentious disputes in health and managed care. His experience in complex contract matters, business torts, and ownership disputes is also highly valued by his clients.

Karl L. Schock

Shareholder, Denver


Karl’s practice focuses on commercial and complex civil litigation, including contract disputes, corporate governance, business torts, antitrust, consumer protection and securities matters in state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration. Karl also regularly represents clients in appeals before both state and federal appellate courts and has successfully represented clients in enforcement actions brought by the Colorado Attorney General under various regulatory statutes. Karl’s litigation practice spans a wide variety of industries, including the real estate, software and technology, health care, financial services, telecommunications, resort and energy industries.

Shelley C. Nordling

Associate, Phoenix


With extensive knowledge in health care and insurance law, Shelley represents health plans, national managed care companies, health care providers and other health care entities in matters relating to managed care, ERISA, provider contracting, disability and workers’ compensation. She has represented Medicare Advantage plans through the administrative process of reviewing denials, including navigating the administrative law judge and Medicare Appeals Council process and review by the district court.

Bryce C. Loveland

Associate, Las Vegas


Bryce’s focus in the areas of health care and employment law make him a significant asset to the firm’s Health Care and ERISA litigation groups. Bryce also has experience in general, commercial and real estate litigation, as well as energy law.

Jonathan C. Sandler

Associate, Los Angeles


Jonathan is well versed in complex commercial litigation and has significant experience in health care litigation in the California courts. With numerous jury and court trials completed throughout Southern California, Jonathan has litigated a wide range of matters, including business disputes, managed care liability, first- and third-party health service contract disputes, payor/provider contracting disputes involving statewide agreements, and ERISA and Medicare preemption issues.

Ishra K. Solieman

Associate, Phoenix


Ishra’s practice focuses on representing managed care health plans in complex litigation matters including payor/provider contract disputes and ERISA and non-ERISA member cases such as claims for benefits by members and by providers under assignment, benefits determinations and subrogation claims. She also advises providers and other health care entities on regulatory compliance issues including assisting with the interpretation and application of HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act and state licensing laws and regulations. Her mixed practice of health care litigation and regulatory compliance gives her a well-rounded perspective on a variety of health care legal issues.

Kerry J. LeMonte

Associate, Denver


Kerry is an associate in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Denver office and a member of the Litigation Department. Kerry represents a broad array of corporate and individual clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including disputes over intellectual property, labor and employment, health care law, and other business agreements. As part of her intellectual property practice, Kerry represents clients in federal court cases involving issues of patent and trademark infringement, copyright co-ownership, false advertising, unfair competition and trade secrets. Kerry has also assisted companies in litigating breach of contract claims and tortious interference with contract claims, counseled corporations in enforcing employee non-competition agreements, and advised clients on defending against bad faith breach of insurance contract and ERISA claims and has significant experience working with clients and internal case teams to manage all phases of discovery for various complex litigation matters.

Nury H. Yoo

Associate, Albuquerque


Prior to joining the firm, Nury served as a law clerk to The Honorable John E. Steele of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In that capacity, she researched and drafted opinions and orders pursuant to litigation in realms such as securities (including U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement), intellectual property (copyright and trademark infringement), real estate, constitutional, and commercial law. She also assisted with courtroom proceedings in civil and criminal cases.

Chase A. Bales

Associate, Phoenix


Chase’s practice focuses on representing managed care plans and providers in complex litigation involving a broad range of health law issues. He has worked with clients in defending claims for recoupment and has aided clients in appealing adverse determinations in administrative and court proceedings. Chase’s judicial experience at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court provides him with valuable experience and insight into litigation and appellate practice.

Transactional & Regulatory

Michael W. King

Shareholder, Denver


Mike has a broad business transactional practice with special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, lending finance, securities offerings and general corporate matters. His mergers and acquisitions experience includes a range of public and private transactions, including leveraged buyouts, asset acquisitions and sales, and joint ventures. His securities experience includes representing U.S. and international issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt.

Darryl T. Landahl

Shareholder, Denver


Based in the firm’s Denver office, Darryl has substantial experience representing health insurers and plans, health care providers and other health care entities on a state and national level. With extensive knowledge in health care law, Darryl has represented several of the most prominent managed care companies, Medicare Advantage organizations and Part D sponsors in the country as both in-house and outside counsel.

Nancy A. Strelau

Shareholder, Denver


Nancy’s practice focuses on employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA litigation. Her experience encompasses the full range of employee benefits, including the design, implementation, communication, administration, amendment and termination of all types of qualified plans (401(k), ESOP and pension plans), non-qualified plans, executive compensation arrangements, equity-based compensation plans, health and welfare plans, cafeteria and flexible spending accounts, fringe benefit programs, and funding and asset investment arrangements. Her clients are plan sponsors that are publicly traded and closely held companies; governmental and tax-exempt entities, consultants, trustees and other third-party service providers.

Cara S. Elias

Shareholder, Denver


Cara counsels single-employer, multi-employer and governmental funds as well as qualified health plan issuers on ERISA and federal tax compliance. She devotes a significant portion of her practice to the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the design, implementation and administration of health and welfare plans. On behalf of fund clients and their purchasing coalitions, Cara negotiates contracts with service providers, including consultants, third-party administrators, health care providers, hospital facilities, pharmacy benefit managers and utilization review companies. Cara also advises clients on HIPAA compliance matters.

Julie A. Sullivan

Associate, Denver


Julie provides legal guidance in complex regulatory and transactional matters in the health care and life sciences industries. Having represented a wide range of health care providers and pharmaceutical and medical device companies, Julie counsels clients regarding compliance with state and federal health care fraud and abuse, Stark physician self-referrals, false claims, fee-splitting, patient brokering, corporate practice of medicine, certificate of need, licensure and accreditation, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, medical staffing, medical privacy and health information technology laws. She also conducts due diligence and negotiates health care and life science company acquisitions.

Government Relations

Cate McCanless

Senior Policy Advisor, Washington, D.C.


Cate has experience in many areas of health care policy. She has assisted in the development of policies and priority issues for various health organizations on topics ranging from health system reform and health information technology to patient safety and quality, scope of practice, and diagnostic testing and research.

Janna Day

Shareholder, Phoenix


In her many years of lobbying the Arizona legislature and the executive branch, Janna has effectively represented her clients both by drafting and advocating for the passage of complex legislation and by advocating to stop or modify legislation contrary to her clients’ interests. Her recent work has involved the areas of mining, liquor regulation, rail transportation, tax, health care, data security, as well as general business issues.

Martin L. Shultz

Senior Policy Director, Phoenix


Martin L. Shultz (Marty), Senior Policy Director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, specializes in Government Relations, Tax, Real Estate, Land Use, Energy and Alternative Energy with experience in Health Care, Bioscience and Natural Resources. He has written extensively on electric utility, business, health care industry, political and campaign policy issues. He has a wide range of experience in civic, community and political activities. He has significant experience in the areas of energy, taxation, transportation, health care, education and education finance, real estate, and land development.

Life Science

Paul J. Prendergast

Shareholder, Denver


Paul helps clients protect their inventions, put products on the market, and minimize risks by focusing on fine distinctions that differentiate their products from those of their competitors. He practices intellectual property law with a focus on counseling clients in the biotechnology and chemical practice areas. His experience spans various aspects of intellectual property law, including U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, freedom to operate opinions, infringement and validity opinions, licensing agreements, and overall due diligence reviews.

Cara L. Crowley-Weber

Shareholder, Denver


Cara’s practice focuses on patent prosecution in biotechnology and chemicals. She counsels clients on intellectual property matters related to U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, freedom to operate opinions, infringement and validity opinions, licensing agreements, and overall due diligence reviews. Cara works with clients to manage their patent portfolios and develop business strategies to drive revenue based on their intellectual property.

Rita S. Wu

Of Counsel, Denver


Rita’s practice encompasses strategic patent prosecution, counseling, related due diligence reviews and opinion work. She works closely with her clients to develop and maintain a sophisticated and global patent portfolio that is commercially relevant and aligned with their business needs. She advises universities and emerging and established life science companies on all aspects of domestic and international patent procurement and enforcement across the biological, biotechnological, pharmaceutical and chemical arts. Some of the technologies Rita works with include small molecule, biological, and cell-based therapeutics, clinical and research diagnostics, fundamental molecular biology reagents and procedures, and medical devices.

Ajay Singh

Associate, Denver


On a daily basis Ajay Singh uses his insider’s knowledge of industry dynamics from his time as a synthetic chemist to help his clients develop strong legal strategies. He is a patent attorney with a focus on patent prosecution, counseling, due diligence, patentability and clearance issues, and patent litigation in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. With ten years of experience working as a medicinal chemist, Ajay offers his clients unique business solutions based on his understanding and insight into the implications of the industry’s long-term product cycle.

Barton W. Emery

Associate, Denver


Using his diverse background in biotechnology research, marketing, licensing, and intellectual property, Barton Emery counsels clients on patent matters related to prosecution, due diligence and clearance in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.