Gardere Welcomes Five Attorneys in Texas and Colorado Offices

12 January 2017 News

Coupled with its recent Mexico City expansion, the Firm experiences unprecedented growth to kick off 2017

Further strengthening its growing practices and industry teams, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of five attorneys across its Austin, Dallas and Denver offices. These attorneys are new additions to the Firm’s Corporate, Financial Restructuring and Reorganization, and Global Supply Network groups.
Robert D. McCutchan III joins Gardere as a partner in the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group in Dallas. Mr. McCutchan focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as middle market, non-control preferred equity and junior capital investments. Over the course of a legal career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. McCutchan has served as both special and general outside counsel to a variety of companies in a number of different industries, including manufacturing, industrials and chemicals, oil field services, healthcare and publishing (both software and textbook).
Also joining Gardere’s Corporate Practice Group is senior counsel Majorie Mastin Winters. Ms. Winters, who works in the Firm’s Austin office, brings more than 13 years of expertise to a practice that supports corporate growth, international expansion and acquisitions, while protecting startups and emerging businesses against legal risks. She will be heavily involved in Gardere’s Venture Capital and Emerging Business Group and will counsel entrepreneurs in matters related to formation, structuring, intellectual property protection and financing. 
Corporate attorney William W. Sentell III joins Gardere as an associate in the Firm’s Denver office. Mr. Sentell, who is also a member of the Firm's highly recognized Global Supply Network Industry Team, focuses his practice on franchise law, including related transactions, regulatory compliance and litigation. He also has extensive experience in the areas of contractual drafting and interpretation, including indemnification, dispute resolution and merger/integration provisions.
“The addition of these lawyers to the Firm is an exceptional start to 2017,” said Gardere chair Holland N. O’Neil. “Rob, Majorie and William bring unique skills to our Corporate Practice Group and to our Global Supply Network Industry Team, further reinforcing Gardere’s commitment to superior client service and multi-disciplinary expertise.”
Financial Restructuring and Reorganization 
Gardere also welcomes two attorneys to its Financial Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group. Jason B. Binford, who joins Gardere as a partner in its Dallas office and is also a member of the Firm's Global Supply Network Industry Team, focuses his practice on corporate litigation, insolvency and bankruptcy representing debtors, creditor committees, lenders and creditors in large to midsize Chapter 7 and 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. Over the course of his 12-year legal career, Mr. Binford has handled significant matters with issues unique to vendor creditors in areas such as intellectual property, 363 sales, landlord/tenant and franchise matters. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Business Bankruptcy and the American Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy.
Also joining the Firm’s Financial Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group in Dallas is senior attorney Shiva D. Beck. Ms. Beck focuses her practice on a broad range of business reorganization and restructuring matters, including the representation of debtors, creditors' committees and institutional creditors. She previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Geraldine Mund of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, and she has worked in the chambers of the Honorable Kathleen Thompson and Honorable Ellen Carroll of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
“Jason and Shiva add further depth to our nationally recognized Financial Restructuring and Reorganization Practice,” said Ms. O’Neil. “These attorneys provide high-value solutions to clients, and we are excited they are joining our team of bankruptcy experts.”
Earlier this month, Gardere welcomed five international trade attorneys to its Mexico City office. Additional information about the group can be found here.