Press Release
January 10, 2012

Holland & Knight Expands on West Coast

LOS ANGELES / SAN FRANCISCO – January 10, 2012 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Stacie Nelson, David Biesemeyer and Arnold Kahn have joined the firm on the West Coast.  Nelson, a partner in the Private Wealth Services Group, and Biesemeyer, Senior Counsel in the Structured Finance Group, will reside in the San Francisco office; Kahn, of counsel in the Private Wealth Services Group, will be based in the Los Angeles office.

“The addition of these attorneys, along with our new associates, will bolster our regional presence and increase our capabilities on the West Coast,” said Bruce S. Ross, Holland & Knight’s West Coast lateral hiring partner. "These expansion efforts are intended to strengthen further the relationships the firm has with its long-standing clients in Los Angeles and San Francisco, while enhancing our services in various industry sectors."
Nelson's practice focuses on trusts and estates administration and litigation. She specializes in assisting clients in resolving, and if necessary litigating through trial, all aspects of contentious trust, estate, and conservatorship matters. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Southern California School of Law, she is the former co-chair of the Alameda County Bar Trusts and Estate Litigation Section and was named a "Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star" in 2010.

With more than 25 years of experience, Biesemeyer brings to the firm his knowledge of secured lending, equipment leasing, factoring, and facility and project finance. In previous years, he has represented all the various parties to equipment financing deals, including transactions with various types of equipment, such as vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, vessels, manufacturing machinery and facilities. Biesemeyer has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by San Francisco Magazine and one of the "Best Lawyers in America" (Structured Finance) for the past 10 years. He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University.

“We're thrilled to welcome Stacie back to Holland & Knight. Her legal knowledge and personal commitment will truly benefit our trusts and estates clients,” said William Piels, executive partner of the San Francisco office. “David also is an outstanding addition. His breadth of experience, especially with regard to traditional and alternative energy financing, will greatly expand the range of services that we offer our clients.”

Kahn will concentrate on sophisticated estate planning strategies for high net-worth individuals and families, including formation of family limited partnerships and LLCs, qualified personal residence trusts and grantor retained annuity trusts. A former member of the USC Probate & Trust Conference Planning Committee, he has handled the estates of deceased clients and others, focusing on tax issues, including valuation of estate assets and IRS estate tax audits. For 19 consecutive years, he has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and a "Southern California Super Lawyer" for the past eight years.  He earned his B.A. degree from UCLA and his L.L.B. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Arnie brings Holland & Knight invaluable experience in strategic estate planning and we are truly excited to have him as a part of our Los Angeles team,” said Paul C. Workman, executive partner of the Los Angeles office.

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