- people on the move
Law office adds attorneys
A local law office is growing.
Barnes & Thornburg said last month it hired four new attorneys for its Grand Rapids office.
The new attorneys are Jeff Davis, Charles Becker, Scott Dienes and Erika Weiss.
All of the attorneys are entering new roles.
“The skills they bring will be a great benefit to our clients and also align well with the services that we have been providing to our clients in Grand Rapids and beyond,” said Robert Sikkel, the office’s managing partner.
Davis serves in the firm’s litigation department.
Davis specializes in matters affecting the tribes in Michigan, including treaty rights, taxation, gaming and economic development.
He has dealt with cases involving federal criminal prosecutions, including violent, embezzlement and corruption cases.
He has served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Michigan.
He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and the New Mexico School of Law.
Becker is part of the firm’s corporate team.
Becker lends his expertise to businesses and individuals who are involved with business transactions. He focuses on taxation, partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts and estates, real estate and contracts.
He has been in the legal industry for more than 30 years. He was a former in-house counsel for a privately held telecommunications company.
He is a graduate of New York University, where he received his L.L.M. in taxation in 1987. Prior, he attended Wayne State University, where he earned his J.D. in 1986, and Western Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1983.
Dienes brings with him 20 years of experience serving as a general counsel.
Dienes focuses his practice on local government matters regarding finance and land use.
He represents municipalities, downtown development authorities, school districts, water and sewer authorities, district libraries, mental health authorities, police and fire departments and boards and brownfield redevelopment authorities.
He earned his B.A from Siena Heights University in 1990 and his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1995.
Weiss is an associate and part of the firm’s litigation department.
Weiss offers organizational and strategic guidance to litigation clients. She shares her expertise in commercial litigation, business law, securities litigation and American Indian tribal law.
She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2014 and her B.A. from Grand Valley State University in 2011.