McNaul Ebel Nawrot and Helgren, PLLC is pleased to announce Leslie Barron and Jordan Rood as the firm’s newest partners.

Leslie joined the firm’s Litigation and Trial group in 2017. She has experience representing individuals and companies in all aspects of complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court, as well as arbitration and administrative proceedings. Leslie has handled breach of contract disputes, business disputes, real estate and environmental litigation, employment litigation, Consumer Protection Act litigation, and securities litigation. In addition, Leslie has represented a cryptocurrency exchange in disputes with customers and has handled various employment, regulatory, and LCB compliance matters for a local cannabis retailer.

Leslie has experience in all phases of litigation from inception through trial, including counseling clients, developing case strategies, performing document discovery, taking depositions, and motion practice. Since 2017, Leslie has been trial counsel in four arbitrations and a jury trial.

Leslie has also done extensive pro bono work, representing indigent clients in civil matters and immigration law matters. Prior to joining McNaul Ebel, Leslie practiced in the Orange County, California office of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., where she focused on complex civil litigation.

Jordan joined the firm in 2015. His practice encompasses complex commercial transactions including preferred stock financings led by venture capital funds; SAFE and convertible securities transactions; the purchase, sale and development of commercial real estate; corporate and fund formations; mergers and acquisitions; strategic partnerships; joint ventures; and reorganizations. His clients range from “unicorn” venture-backed technology firms to institutional real estate investors and pension funds. Jordan provides counsel grounded in his training and experience in securities law, corporate finance, and entity governance. His colleagues at McNaul routinely seek out his analysis and advice, including for cryptocurrency and civil and administrative securities matters in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group.

Prior to joining the firm, Jordan worked as associate general counsel at the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Securities Division, where he provided substantive review and commentary on registered and exempt securities offerings for numerous issuers, including tech startups, REITs,  pooled investment funds, and business development companies. Jordan also drafted interpretive opinions and provided counsel on federal and state securities law issues regarding securities transactions, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and franchise matters.