‘Chambers USA’ Honors Sutin Firm, 6 Lawyers

May 1, 2018

Sutin, Thayer & Browne is pleased to announce that the prestigious Chambers and Partners 2018 annual legal guide has recognized the firm and six senior lawyers.

The honors underscore the firm’s strength in business and corporate law.

The firm itself was honored for its highly regarded work in real estate law, corporate / commercial law and general commercial litigation.

Individual honors went to the following:

General Commercial Litigation

What the team is known for: Represents private companies in commercial litigation, particularly in the financial sector. Handles a variety of matters, from creditors’ rights to construction. Possesses a top-notch client following in the banking industry and is further well known for its work handling a range of employment and labor disputes. Operates a solid appellate practice and is frequently selected for its alternative dispute resolution capabilities.


Notable practitioners:  Firm president and CEO Benjamin Thomas is well versed in all manner of commercial, civil rights and employment disputes. His clients include significant banking and financial institutions.


Real Estate

What the team is known for:  Strong real estate practice providing advice across a wide range of issues, including particular expertise in zoning and land use matters. Areas of focus extend to commercial developments and acquisitions, foreclosures, leases and easements. The firm’s client roster includes players in the telecommunications and food and beverage industries, as well as government bodies. Often engaged in multistate real estate transactions.


Notable practitioners: Anne Browne leads the firm’s real estate group, representing clients of all sizes across the entire spectrum of real estate mandates, including large-scale developments, various construction matters and leasing of industrial properties. She also stands out for her abilities in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of joint ventures and real estate-secured loans.


Corporate/Commercial, including Tax Law

What the team is known for: Market-leading practice with a strong offering on commercial and business transactions, as well as in the public finance arena, representing an array of clients including local government units, school districts, universities and hospitals. Key areas of expertise include bond issuance and tax audits. Business liquidation, corporate governance and compliance constitute further areas of strength. Also noted for its involvement in the tech and entrepreneurial spaces.


Strengths: Sources offer high praise for the department’s depth and team approach, commenting that their “breadth of bench is a good strength,” and “they do well working as one firm.”


Work highlights: Represented the New Mexico Finance Authority in a range of complex private and public commercial transactions, also providing support as the client’s bond counsel.


Notable practitioners


Anne Browne is a seasoned attorney focusing on complex commercial lending, real estate development, and state and local government mandates. Her clients include several of the state’s banks, lenders and government agencies.


Suzanne Wood Bruckner is seen by many as among the “strongest business lawyers” in New Mexico, heading the firm’s growing tax division as one of the state’s key experts. She acts for the firm’s core client base on efficient tax structuring, audit defense, administrative protests and litigation, tax credits and incentives.


Eduardo Duffy is a highly accomplished attorney in the New Mexico corporate market, with a stellar reputation for his work in securities, public finance and industrial revenue bonds. He is notable for his representation of hi-tech startups and maintains a strong presence in the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities. Market sources describe him as a “a great guy, very easy to work with and well versed in industrial revenue.”


Robert Heyman is widely respected in the market as “the most senior lawyer in public finance,” with a decorated 45-year history of representing the state’s key financial bodies and banks. Particularly well known for providing bond counsel to the New Mexico Finance Authority.


Jay Rosenblum is lauded as a highly distinguished attorney in the market. He advises on a wide range of M&A deals and his client roster includes a number of large businesses in the construction, hospitality and automobile industries.


Chambers is an international, independent lawyer ranking service that is well known as a reliable guide to ethical, skilled lawyers. The recognitions were published in Chambers USA during the first week of May 2018.

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