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2021 Leaders in Law Finalists: Corporate Attorney

Andrew Apfelberg
Greenberg Glusker LLP

Andrew Apfelberg, a partner at Greenberg Glusker LLP, is a corporate and finance attorney for middle-market companies throughout the United States. Often acting as their outside general counsel, Andrew provides advice on a business’ significant transactions, whether it’s a merger or acquisition, private equity or other financing, joint venture or licensing deal.  He has a considerable depth of experience in the branded consumer products, manufacturing & distribution, new media and technology industries.

Apfelberg’s strong business and finance background comes from his USC Marshall School of Business education and working for a Los Angeles-based investment banking prior to going to law school. This experience enables Andrew to more effectively structure transactions and negotiate agreements to maximize the value to the client and increase the likelihood of getting the deal closed. He has completed several notable mergers and acquisitions for Los Angeles-based companies. 

Robert Darwell
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Over the course of his legal career, Bob Darwell has worked on the development, finance, production and distribution of hundreds of motion pictures and television productions.  In addition, he has handled major newsworthy deals such as Disney’s termination of Bob and Harvey Weinstein (which garnered him the prestigious CLAY Award as California Entertainment Lawyer of the Year for Entertainment) and Disney’s subsequent sale of Miramax.  He also served as lead entertainment counsel to Comcast in connection with its acquisition of NBC Universal.

Through the years, Darwell has launched several specialty practices in the areas of advertising, fashion, and art law and has handled transactions that reflect the intersection of those verticals as well as those in sports, music, gaming, merchandising and mobile/digital areas. He represents clients in all segments of these businesses around the world.

Michael Lindsey
Steinbrecher & Span LLP

Michael K. Lindsey is a corporate and transactional lawyer, with more than 40 years of experience in the areas of intellectual property, cyberlaw and trade regulation.  Lindsey’s intellectual property practice includes the acquisition, development, protection, and licensing of various forms of intellectual property.  In the cyberlaw area, Lindsey represents diverse clients on matters ranging from domain name disputes to e-commerce structuring, new media development, co-branding, alliance, and other marketing arrangements.  

Lindsey’s practice in the trade regulation area involves antitrust preventive counseling; merger analysis and structuring; franchise disclosure, registration and relationship matters; and advice concerning the sale, distribution and marketing of products and services through manufacturing, joint venture, distribution, dealership and agency relationships. A true leader in law, Lindsey has been featured across multiple media outlets over the challenging times of the pandemic.

Daniel Lynch
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump partner Dan Lynch is a highly regarded emerging leader in the firm’s renowned global project finance practice. He maintains a cutting-edge practice and is regularly called upon to assist leading renewable energy clients in highly complex transactions with a particular focus on power hedges – highly complex financial tools that require the understanding and experience of a derivatives lawyer as well as insight and understanding into the unique aspect of renewable energy projects.

Lynch is a pioneer in the area of deploying technological solutions to solve clients’ compliance challenges. He spearheaded the creation of an innovative tool designed to help sort through various derivative financial arrangements and help commercial users navigate different hedging strategies, Akin Gum’s Power Hedge Settlement Calculator. This first-of-its-kind tool allows users to interact with, and manipulate in real time, a financial model of a physically settled renewable energy hedge transaction with a tracking account.

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