Jay T. Thompson | JMBM’s Corporate practice
Jay T. Thompson has extensive experience representing private companies, business owners, family offices and investors in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions and private securities offerings. Jay also represents health care providers, including physician and other professional groups, diagnostic imaging centers, clinical laboratories, and ambulatory surgery centers. Jay serves as general counsel to many of his clients, their management and board of directors, helping to shape and execute their business strategies, facilitate growth and liquidity, as well as to advise them on day-to-day legal and other strategic issues. He is known for his practical approach to business issues.
Justin Anderson | Firm’s Litigation Group
Justin Anderson is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Group.
His practice includes general commercial litigation, real estate litigation, white collar litigation, and ADA litigation. Justin has represented clients in a variety of cases, including leasing disputes, contract disputes, government investigations, and ADA website accessibility matters. Justin has been involved in multiple aspects of litigation, including pre-lawsuit investigations, conducting discovery,performing legal research, and drafting pleadings.
Marianne Martin | JMBM’s Corporate practice
Marianne Martin (also referred to as Marianne Mortimer) is a partner in JMBM’s Corporate practice. Marianne has nearly fifteen years of experience advising clients on a variety of commercial, financing, bankruptcy, restructuring and M&A matters, with a particular niche dealing with distressed and/or turnaround situations. Her clients frequently include private equity and hedge funds, independent sponsors, family offices, public and private corporations, financial institutions and banks, healthcare-related companies, municipalities and venture capital funds. She has represented clients in various capacities, including as borrowers/debtors, lenders, acquirers and agents/trustees, in negotiating and documenting complex commercial transactions, such as commercial loan originations (including senior and subordinated credit facilities) and exchange transactions, out-of-court restructuring transactions and advising on purchasing considerations in secondary market debt transactions. She has represented clients in numerous industries,
including technology, media and entertainment, healthcare, municipal and 501(c)(3) corporations, retail, consumer products and food & beverage and financial services. Marianne also routinely counsels clients in relation to bankruptcy, ABC, UCC-9 foreclosure and out-of-court restructuring matters, including representing clients as third party purchasers in distressed M&A transactions, and counseling clients in arbitrage situations. She has played a key role in large Chapter 11 cases, such as Enron Corp., Lehman Brothers, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc., Neff Corp. and more recently, Verity Health System of California, Inc. On the debtor side, her experience has included representing the City of San Bernardino, California, Ambassadors International, Inc. (a.k.a., the “Windstar” cruise line) and The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Marianne also routinely advises small to mid-sized companies, lenders and other creditors on considerations inherent in the filing of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, and she has counseled clients on various issues related to bankruptcy preparedness and restructuring options. Marianne was named a “Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016.
Remi Salter | Firm’s Litigation Group
Remi Salter is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on general commercial litigation, corporate defense and investigation matters, and intellectual property litigation. Remi has represented clients in a variety of industries and cases, including contract disputes, construction defect disputes, trademarks, patents, and probate and trust matters. She has been involved in all aspects of litigation, including pre-lawsuit investigations, conducting discovery, drafting pleadings and motions, conducting depositions, and preparing for trial. Remi also has experience in ex parted and inter partes proceedings before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Seena Max Samimi | Government, Land Use, Environmental and Energy practice
Seena Max Samimi is an associate in the Government, Land Use, Environmental and Energy practice, focusing on assisting clients in successfully navigating complex regulatory, zoning, and environmental issues. He is uniquely positioned to support clients with their development projects, and with litigation, due to his extensive experience throughout his career as 1) outside-firm counsel for public entities such as cities and counties, 2) in-house counsel for an international construction company, and 3) litigation and environmental counsel in the large firm setting, representing major private commercial enterprises. Seena spent several years representing a wide range of public entities such as cities, counties, water agencies, and transportation districts throughout California in litigation disputes, as well as in an advisory capacity. He has successfully handled dozens of cases for public agencies through all phases of litigation (including appellate work) in areas such as:
o marijuana regulation, group homes, drug and alcohol abuse recovery facilities, water rights, Brown Act compliance, land
o use disputes, public nuisance abatement, code enforcement, intellectual property, and real property issues.
Seena also has significant experience in the private sector, having represented major companies in litigating significant real estate, land use, contract, fraud, antitrust, and loan/financing disputes. In connection with entitlement work, he has assisted clients in major infrastructure and development projects, including obtaining the environmental approvals for the largest desalination plant in the United States. From 2011-2014, Seena worked abroad as general counsel for a construction company that built a landmark project on the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile.
Vince Farhat | JMBM’s Los Angeles office
Vince Farhat is a partner in JMBM’s Los Angeles office and chair of the White-Collar Defense and Investigations practice. Vince has extensive jury trial experience and focuses his practice on representing companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions by government enforcement agencies, as well as complex federal litigation. He also advises companies in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations. Prior to joining JMBM, Vince served as an assistant United States attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. In that position, he investigated and prosecuted white collar crimes, including healthcare fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering. While in the Major Frauds Section, Vince served as the criminal healthcare fraud coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and oversaw the investigative activities of the U.S. Department of Justice Medicare Fraud Strike Force for the Central District. He regularly worked with civil fraud attorneys and other prosecuting agencies in parallel fraud investigations. Vince’s criminal trial experience includes cases involving healthcare fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, immigration fraud and criminal forfeiture. Before becoming a criminal prosecutor, Vince was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he represented the United States in commercial litigation and other civil cases. From 1998 to 1999, Vince served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward Rafeedie, U.S. district court judge for the Central District of California. Vince works as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches white collar and healthcare law. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a commercial real estate broker.