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The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE: GBX) is one of the leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of railroad freight car equipment in North America and Europe, and a manufacturer and marketer of marine barges in North America. I provide legal support to our corporate segments as well as advice and counsel to senior management. My corporate functions include public company reporting, securities offerings, strategic joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, cross-border operations, and commercial operations. I am delighted to be a member of legal team at Greenbrier. 


Professional Background


After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1994, I joined a Soros- affiliated entity in Europe where was employed in several capacities related to public investment and project development. While in Europe, I also served for a time as an assistant professor of law at the Central European University.


In 1999,  I joined the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a leading Canadian firm I came to know and respect while working in Europe. In 2007, when my wife and I started a family, we moved out West where I grew up. After a period at Stoel Rives, and K&L Gates, I joined the legal team at Greenbrier. 


Professional Activities


I actively participate in bar association activities and in public policy organizations and initiatives.


  • Bar Committee Memberships. Served on several bar committees including the Partnership and LLC Law Committee, Washington State Bar Association Business Law Section (current), and the Committee on International Law of the New York State Bar Association

  • Fellowships and Research Affiliations. Center for Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe (University of Chicago), Council for Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, Ford Foundation Research Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Large Scale Emergency Response Program (NYU), Center for Law and Security (NYU), Center for Law and Development (NYU)

  • Public Policy Work. Recurrent consultations and advice to the Department of Homeland Security, the New York City Office of Emergency Management, and the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. Substantially participated in legal policy initiatives for several organizations including the Open Society Institute, the Moscow Branch of the Russian Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the University of Chicago Law School, Bellevue Hospital (New York City), New York University School of Law, and New York University School of Medicine. Provided consultations and advice to ministries of European governments as well as various offices and programs of the United Nations.

  • Academic Appointments. Assistant Professor of Law, Central European University


Practice areas


  1. M & A: 40%
    23 years
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 30%
    17 years
  3. Debt Agreements: 10%
    17 years
  4. Securities Offerings: 10%
    17 years
  5. Project Finance: 10%
    21 years

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Contact info

The Greenbrier Companies

One Centerpointe Drive
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035


NYCurrently registered 200007/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2013
Award RecipientFord Foundation1998
Alumni Centennial RecognitionPacific Lutheran Univeristy1997
Research FellowshipCenter for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe1995
Fulbright FellowshipUS Dept of State / DAAD1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselThe Greenbrier Companies2015 - Present
PartnerK & L Gates2011 - Present
Of CounselStoel Rives2008 - 2011
Special CounselNYU Department of Emergency Medicine2006 - 2012
PartnerDavies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, LLP1999 - 2005
Executive Director / Assistant General CounselCOLPI - Soros1995 - 1998
Assistant Professor of LawCentral European University1995 - 1996
Executive Director (Europe)U Chicago Cnt Study of Constitutions1994 - 1996
EditorU Chicago East European Constitutional Review1992 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section, Uniform Commercial Code Article SubcommitteeBoard Member2013 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Partnership Law CommitteeBoard Member2010 - Present
Large Scale Emergency Response Project - Bellevue Hospital New York CitySpecial Counsel2005 - 2009
Association of the Bar of the City of New York International Law CommitteeMember1999 - 2001
Legal Development StrategiesChair and Board Member1998 - 2000
Center for Law and DevelopmentExecutive Director1997 - 1999
Russian Science Foundation International Law SymposiumMember1996 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$10B FundFunding Successful
Share Exchange of Energy OEMClosed
Reorganization of Distressed Mining CompanyFunding and Closing Successful
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pediatric Emergency CareOvercoming legal obstacles involving the voluntary care of children who are separated from their legal guardians during a disaster2012
Lex Helius - The Law of Solar EnergyChapter - Securities Law Issues for Solar Power Developers2011
The Law of WindChapter - FCPA Issues in the Wind Industry2011
Journal of Business ContinuityOptimising the role of the public health community in planning and implementing large-scale evacuations2009
MonographLegal Remedies for the Resource Curse2005
East European Constitutional ReviewPublic Theft in Early America and Contemporary Russia1997
East European Constitutional ReviewTable of presidential powers in Eastern Europe1993
East European Constitutional ReviewTable of Twelve Electoral Laws1993
East European Constitutional ReviewStorm Over Compatability1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Fulbright Scholarship - BerlinHistoryN/A1990
Pacific Lutheran UniversityClassical CivilizationBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
EUCIPreparing for Project Financing in the Wind Sector2012
Energy TransactionsPreparing for M&A Transactions in the Energy Industry2012
University of Washington Professional & Continuing EducationForeign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance for Medical Technology Companies2011
TerraLex Global ConferenceComparing Project Finance Across Four Global Economies2011
Stoel Rives Economic RoundtableDistressed Financing in Troubled Times2010
Renewable Energy Market TrendsRenewable Energy M&A Forecast2010
Large Scale Emergency Response ProgramLegal Obstacles to Disaster Preparedness2010