Pillsbury is an award-winning firm recognized for innovation and excellence in client service. Our firm draws much of that strength from a steadfast focus on key industries such as energy, real estate and construction, financial services, emerging growth and technology, and travel and hospitality. We have a long history serving leading global organizations in these sectors.

Today, Pillsbury has announced the appointment of new firmwide leaders for these five industry teams and five of our practice sections. The firm’s industry teams are devoted to understanding and monitoring the drivers and emerging issues in their sector in the context of clients’ business. They work in tandem with Pillsbury’s practice leaders, who are focused on practice expertise and ensuring the consistent delivery of outstanding legal services to our clients.

The newly appointed leaders are:

Industry Team Leaders

  • Sheila Harvey—Energy

Harvey has deep experience in environmental issues impacting the energy, heavy industry, mining and general manufacturing sectors and advises clients on the impact of policy and regulatory issues on transactional and litigation matters. She also serves as the leader of the firm’s Climate Change & Sustainability team. 

  • Justin Hovey—Emerging Growth & Technology

Hovey focuses on startup formation, venture and seed financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He also serves as the co-leader of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions team. 

  • Dave Minnick—Financial Services

Minnick represents financial institutions, lenders, landlords and other creditors in troubled financial situations, as well as buyers of businesses and assets from bankruptcies. He also is the West Coast leader of the firm’s Insolvency & Restructuring practice.

  • Jim Rishwain—Real Estate/Construction

After serving over 10 years as Pillsbury’s firmwide chair and CEO, Rishwain has resumed his real estate and capital markets practice advising institutional investors, REITs, operating companies, capital market players, public private players, developers and lenders in and around the real estate industry, as well as global market leaders, Fortune 100 companies and corporate boards. He also offers regular strategic planning and business growth counsel to companies in and around the real estate, energy, technology, financial and education sectors.

  • Christian Salaman—Travel & Hospitality

Salaman has extensive buy- and sell-side M&A experience and counsels on acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, management agreements, corporate governance and operational matters. He is particularly well known within the national community of hospitality dealmakers.

Practice Section Leaders

  • Deborah Baum—Litigation

Baum’s broad litigation practice includes complex corporate, commercial, real estate, fiduciary and health care disputes, along with international arbitrations. She has a winning record in multiple recent cases tried to conclusion both in court and before arbitration tribunals. 

  • Mark Elliott—Environmental

In addition to environmental compliance matters and administrative proceedings, Elliott focuses on litigation, enforcement, regulation and emergency response pertaining to hazardous materials, soil, water and air quality.

  • Rachel Horsch—Real Estate

Horsch has extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of real estate transactional law, including development, acquisition, joint ventures, leasing, financing and disposition of office, industrial, retail, multifamily residential and mixed-use properties. She represents developers, owners, managers, lenders and users.

  • Mark Lessard—Finance

Lessard represents lenders, lessors, investors, operators, underwriters, manufacturers, rating agencies and trustees engaged in complex cross-border asset-backed financings, in addition to mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and procurement processes. He also advises in aviation-related insolvency proceedings and highly technical contractual disputes.

  • Jeff Merrifield—Energy

Merrifield, a former presidential appointee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, works with clients to identify strategic and legal solutions for major energy and environmental issues. He has served as an attorney in the U.S. Senate and as a senior executive at the largest power engineering and construction company in the United States.

“Widely considered to be subject-matter authorities in their respective areas, these Industry Team and Practice Section Leaders are routinely involved in some of the firm’s most noteworthy work,” said Firm Chair David Dekker. “Their leadership will play a critical role in continuing Pillsbury’s upward trajectory by providing an informed view of market needs and trends and ensuring the firm’s continued delivery of superior client service.”

The Practice and Industry Team Leader appointments follow the recent appointment of Corporate partner Edward Perron as firmwide managing partner, in addition to six new office managing partners.