Press Release

Six Ballard Spahr Attorneys Elevated to Of Counsel

January 3, 2024

Six Ballard Spahr attorneys have been elevated to Of Counsel, firm Chair Peter V. Michaud announced today.

The newly elevated Of Counsel attorneys come from two of the firm’s five departments and are resident in four of its 15 offices. They embody the Ballard Spahr hallmarks of legal excellence, forward thinking, and steadfast dedication to clients.

The six new Of Counsel are:

Katherine Anderson, Litigation, Phoenix: Ms. Anderson focuses her commercial litigation practice on debt enforcement, financial restructuring, bankruptcy, and creditor’s rights. She assists contractual parties, lenders, and commercial landlords in enforcing their rights in and out of court, in bankruptcy cases and through litigation. She has considerable experience in bankruptcy and state courts in Arizona, although her practice extends to state and federal courts across the United States.

Michael A. Charlebois, Finance, Los Angeles: Mr. Charlebois focuses on public finance, project finance, and public-private partnership (P3) matters. He has served as underwriter’s counsel, bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and purchaser’s counsel in all types of municipal bond financings, including financings for charter schools, private schools, student housing and other 501(c)(3) organizations, and general obligation bond and lease financings for California school districts and municipalities, as well as underwriter’s counsel and special tax counsel on project financings for solid waste disposal facilities. He has also advised public entities and lenders on transportation, infrastructure, and energy P3 projects.

Tara Humma, Litigation, New Jersey: Ms. Humma focuses on labor and employment matters. She defends clients in all phases of employment litigation, and her litigation experience includes cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (including accessibility cases), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), breach of contract cases related to employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and various other state and federal employment laws. She represents employers in hearings before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and hearing officers appointed under contractual grievance procedures.

Daniel J. Nunez, Finance, Washington D.C.: Mr. Nunez focuses on public finance and real estate finance matters. He represents lenders, issuers, underwriters, non-profit organizations, and trustees on structuring, issuing, purchasing, and securitization related to tax-exempt and taxable financings for public projects, including multifamily housing, 501(c)3 transactions, education, and health care and water facilities throughout the country. Mr. Nunez has extensive experience in navigating and managing complex transactions, advising clients from the initial due diligence stages through the financing and closing and eventual exit strategies.

William P. Reiley, Litigation, New Jersey: Mr. Reiley focuses on complex commercial and consumer financial litigation, including class actions, in state, federal, and appellate courts. In the consumer finance space, Mr. Reiley has extensive experience with mortgage, credit card, debt collection, auto loan, and servicing matters. His clients include banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, as well as automotive lenders. He handles cases involving consumer protection laws such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), and related state laws concerning consumer credit and debt collection.

Casey G. Watkins, Litigation, New Jersey: Mr. Watkins helps emerging and established clients in the automotive, autonomous vehicle, mobility, and consumer products sectors manage issues related to regulatory compliance and litigation. He represents clients in class actions, commercial litigation, and product liability claims. He provides significant value to clients through his counseling work designed to help businesses bring products to market. Leveraging his considerable experience in the automotive industry, he provides in-depth counsel to manufacturers regarding motor vehicle safety, regulations, road rules, and vehicle behaviors.

For media inquiries, please contact Will Ashenmacher at 612.371.5792.

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