Managing Automotive

News, knowledge, and insights for the automotive industry.

Managing Automotive

Meet the Team

Aaron Jacoby, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Managing Partner, LA and Automotive Group Leader
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7568

Aaron Jacoby is the managing partner of Arent Fox's Los Angeles office and chair of the firm’s automotive industry practice group. He focuses his practice on class actions and consumer litigation, unfair competition, federal and state regulatory matters, and government investigations affecting the automotive industry.

 
John Bronstein, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Partner
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7561

John Bronstein is a partner in the Automotive Industry Practice Group and has more than 25 years of legal experience. He advises automotive, commercial trucking and transportation clients in federal and state regulatory and compliance matters; defense against personal injury matters and consumer class action and individual consumer litigation; and in response to government inquiries and investigations. During the past 25 years, he has counseled automotive and trucking clients on such matters as regulatory compliance and litigation avoidance. John's extensive experience representing automotive dealership groups, trucking companies, and related entities enables him to provide strategic counsel, litigation representation, and pragmatic solutions on a wide variety of regulatory and operational issues.

 
Partner
New York, NY
212.484.3942
Russell P. McRory is a member of Arent Fox’s Automotive practice group, which has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the category Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial). He focuses his practice on representing automobile dealerships and their principals in all aspects of their business and personal matters. Russ represents automobile dealerships in the acquisition and sale of franchises; factory relations and dispute resolution; regulatory compliance. He also advises dealer-principals and their families in general corporate matters, generational tax planning, and asset protection. Russ represents a broad range of domestic and foreign businesses and high net worth individuals in general corporate matters; real estate acquisition and financing, including zoning, land use, and environmental matters; and tax and estate planning and asset protection. He also advises physicians and medical practice groups in corporate and regulatory matters. In addition, Russ has advised suppliers in the global electronics and defense industry supply chain concerning compliance with export laws and general contractual matters.
 
Victor Danhi, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Partner
San Francisco, CA
415.757.5505

Victor Danhi is a partner in the automotive group. He represents national and regional automotive dealership clients in consumer class actions and complex litigation, federal and state regulatory matters, unfair competition claims, commercial and consumer litigation, and franchise disputes. Victor has successfully defended clients at trial before juries, judges, and arbitrators. He has extensive experience in the effective resolution of high-stakes litigation, litigation avoidance and regulatory compliance.

 
Partner
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7689

Halbert (Bert) Rasmussen is a partner in Arent Fox’s Automotive industry practice group. He has extensive experience representing car, truck, bus, and motorcycle dealers in all of the issues that impact their business.

 
Rob Cohen, Counsel at Arent Fox LLP
Counsel
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7626

Rob is a senior automotive counsel in the firm’s Automotive Industry Group. Rob’s practice focuses on regulatory issues in the automotive industry, with a special emphasis on complex retail sales and finance regulatory requirements.

 
David Meyer, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Partner
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7647

David C. Meyer is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, where he heads the office’s Corporate and Real Estate Transactional Practice. Mr. Meyer's nationally recognized transactional practice is adapted to the wide-ranging needs of his clients which include international corporations, auto industry companies, emerging growth companies, select startups and prominent individuals. Mr. Meyer provides effective counsel throughout the business life cycle from formation through operations, expansion, and eventual sale. His practice focuses on business transactions, real estate, financings, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions.

 
Richard Buckley, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Partner
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7569

Richard Buckley’s practice focuses on business litigation, with particular emphasis on the automotive and sports industry. Prior to joining Arent Fox, Richard was a partner in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm where he served as “first chair” in dozens of litigation matters.

 
Marc Fleischaker, Chairman Emeritus at Arent Fox LLP
Chairman Emeritus
Washington, DC
202.857.6053

Marc Fleischaker is chairman emeritus of Arent Fox. He maintains an active legal practice in a number of areas, including trade association representation, environmental law, antitrust law, litigation, and civil rights law. Marc serves as counsel to national trade and professional associations and foundations in the fields of automotive parts, grain handling and export, higher education, credit counseling, and domestically produced athletic and waterproof plastic and rubber footwear.

 
Washington, DC

Senator Dorgan is a senior policy advisor at Arent Fox and serves as co-chair, along with Phil English, of the firm’s government relations practice.
*Senator Dorgan is not a member of the legal practice

 
Counsel
New York, NY
212.457.5462
James Westerlind has recently focused on cyber risk issues, including insurance coverage and potential data breach liability for companies and their board members. James has also currently been focusing on representing auto dealers in franchise disputes with auto manufacturers in various federal and state actions and administrative proceedings. He recently first-chaired a termination case, prevailing on behalf his dealer client after a two-week trial before the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Safety and Business Hearings in Beck Chevrolet Co., Inc. v. General Motors LLC, Case No. FMD 2013-02. A copy of the Administrative Law Judge’s decision in the Beck matter can be viewed by clicking here.
 
Counsel
New York, NY
212.457.5439
Eric also has significant experience handling insurance regulatory and transactional matters. He has advised insurance companies, insurance brokers, insurance agents, premium finance lenders, life settlement providers, and non-insurance entities regarding regulatory and licensing issues in various jurisdictions across the United States. Eric’s transactional experience includes handling a merger transaction that required the approval of multiple regulatory authorities. Additionally, Eric has devoted a substantial portion of his time to pro bono matters, including family court litigation and not-for-profit public interest endeavors.
 
George Koumbis, Attorney at Arent Fox LLP
Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7621

George Koumbis works on individual consumer and class actions, unfair competition and commercial litigation. His responsibilities include trial and appellate work, regulatory compliance, and business litigation.

 
Andrew Murad, Associate at Arent Fox LLP
Associate
Washington, DC
202.857.6040

Andrew Murad is an associate in the Automotive group.

 
Associate
New York, NY
212.457.5406
Lee Pepper is an associate in the Complex Litigation group. His practice areas comprise a range of complex commercial litigation, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, contests for corporate control, corporate governance, and class and derivative actions. Lee has represented clients in a variety of industries, including fashion, sports, jewelry, commercial and investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, health care, pharmaceuticals, insurance, biotech, real estate, automotive, and energy. He has experience working on trials, appeals, complex discovery matters, and motion practice.
 
Associate
New York, NY
212.484.3982

Mike McMahan is an associate in Arent Fox's New York office.

Professional Activities

  • New York Inn of Court
  • New York County Lawyer's Association

Publications/Presentations/Recognitions

  • BNA: Real Estate Law & Industry [4 REAL 288, 4/19/2011], Worth the Paper They're Written on? Completion Guaranties Tough to Enforce, by Joshua S. Sohn, Jason R. Goldstein, and Mike McMahan.

Life Beyond the Law

 
Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
213.988.6691
Yenyao Hsieh is a corporate transactional attorney in the firm’s Automotive Group, which has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the category Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial). She focuses her practice on corporate and commercial real estate transactions and assists clients in all aspects of dealership buy sell transactions and related real estate issues, including negotiating letters of intent, drafting purchase and sale agreements, preparing leases, subleases, assignment of leases, conducting due diligence on assets, real property and environmental concerns, preparing ancillary documents, and working with lenders, municipalities, escrow/title officers and other parties. In addition, Yenyao works on corporate governance, formation and maintenance. She reviews dealership advertising material and contracts. She assists clients with loan transactions, including reviewing loan documents and satisfying lender requirements for financing of construction projects and asset or real property acquisitions. Yenyao also works on analysis of title, including the review of title reports, ALTA survey, underlying title documents such as CC&R’s, DDA’s, and easements.
 
Consulting Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
213.443.7629

Lisa Singer is a consulting attorney from San Diego, working in the automotive department of the Los Angeles office. Lisa has worked as a consultant with Auto Advisory Services for more than three years and a contract attorney with Auto Advisory Legal for nearly two years. She drafts commission pay plans, employee handbooks, job descriptions, warranty documents, and various custom forms relating to vehicle sales or service. She reviews and negotiates dealership agreements with vendors and lenders.

 
Attorney
New York, NY
212.492.3292

Charles Gallaer is an attorney in Arent Fox’s automotive industry practice group. He has extensive experience in matters involving vehicle manufacturers and dealers.

 

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