Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP announced that 15 of its attorneys have become partners in the firm. The attorneys, all of whom served previously in associate or of counsel roles at Womble Carlyle, are: Scott Anderson, Ray Bennett, Chad Brown, Mike Cashman, Jennifer Collins, Todd Conley, Bob Gaumont, Chris Geis, Eric Glidewell, Tom Horan, Mark Jenkins, Julia Kreyskop, Sid Shenoy, Brad Wood and Stephanie Yarbrough.

Scott Anderson’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital finance and general business law and commercial contracts. Formerly a management consultant in the banking and payment systems industry, Anderson advises private equity and venture capital funds, middle market companies, and small and family-owned businesses in financing, investments, recapitalizations and mergers and acquisitions. He practices in Charlotte, NC.

Ray Bennett counsels clients in complex business litigation, particularly cases involving technology and intellectual property disputes. He has represented clients in numerous industries including software, computer hardware, pharmaceuticals, and telecom. Bennett practices in Womble Carlyle’s Raleigh, NC office.

Chad Brown is a real estate development and commercial lending attorney who focuses on the documentation, negotiation and closing of large commercial real estate secured loans, construction loans, loan modifications and loan assumptions. Brown practices in Winston-Salem, NC.

Mike Cashman is an experienced business litigator with a wide-ranging practice. He has represented numerous business clients in consumer finance and financial services, class action, as well as appellate and general business litigation matters. Cashman practices in Womble Carlyle’s Greenville, SC office.

Jennifer Collins is a member of Womble Carlyle’s Financial Services Litigation Team and regularly represents banks and servicers in class actions, consumer financial litigation, mortgage origination and servicing violations, real estate transaction disputes, and lender liability claims. Collins practices in the firm’s Atlanta office.

Todd Conley concentrates his practice on public and private construction contracts throughout the United States. He has experience in all aspects of contracting and construction disputes, from contract negotiation to project counseling and litigation. Conley practices in Washington, DC.

Bob Gaumont’s primary areas of practice are business, class action, employment, trade secret, intellectual property and financial services litigation. He has experience in white collar litigation and investigations, including the representation of corporations in individuals in all stages of federal and state civil and criminal proceedings. He practices in the firm’s Baltimore office.

Chris Geis concentrates his civil-litigation practice on the defense of local governments and public officials, especially law enforcement officers, at the trial and appellate levels. In addition, Geis holds the rank of Commander in the United States Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps and has extensive experience in criminal defense and military operational law, with two deployments to the Persian Gulf since 2001. He practices in Winston-Salem.

Eric Glidewell advises both public and private companies in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, private finance, public and private equity and debt offerings, and general commercial transactions. His practice includes representing clients in a variety of complex business combinations, including mergers, leveraged buyouts, debt offerings, purchases of stock and assets, divestitures and joint ventures. Glidewell practices in the firm’s Atlanta office.

Tom Horan represents debtors and official committees of unsecured creditors in complex commercial Chapter 11 cases. In addition, he represents secured creditors (including banks and other financial institutions), trustees, and debtor-in-possession lenders in bankruptcy cases. Horan practices in the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office.

Mark Jenkins concentrates on both domestic and foreign patent prosecution in the chemical and biotechnology arts with a particular emphasis on clients engaged in pharmaceuticals, personal care products, crop science, food science, polymers, and tissue banking. Mark also has experience in conducting reexaminations, patent due diligence reviews, freedom-to-operate analyses, and validity analyses. He practices in Winston-Salem.

Julia Kreyskop assists clients in various commercial real estate and development matters, including acquisitions, sales, joint venture formation, finance, leasing, assignment and subleasing. Kreyskop has extensive experience in both retail and office leasing. She practices in the firm’s Northern Virginia office.

Sid Shenoy advises both public and privately held companies on a variety of corporate and securities matters. He routinely assists public companies regarding their periodic reporting, compliance and disclosure obligations and corporate governance matters. Shenoy practices in Womble Carlyle’s Charlotte, NC office.

Brad Wood his practice primarily on representing counties and municipalities across North Carolina. His experience includes defending law enforcement, health administration, social services and emergency medical services agencies in both state and federal court. Wood practices in the firm’s Winston-Salem, NC office.

Stephanie Yarbrough’s practice focuses on economic development, as well as corporate and capital markets. Her day-to-day practice involves working closely with domestic and international companies seeking to expand or relocate operations to the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. Yarbrough practices in the firm’s Charleston, SC office.