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Date: December 1, 2008
GSB Press Release

SEATTLE, December 1, 2008 – Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to announce that it has added five attorneys to three of its five offices. John Crosetto, Elisabeth Yandell McNeil and Michelle Rosenthal have joined the Seattle office as associates. Barry Smith has joined as an associate in the Portland office. James Freeman has joined as an associate in the firm’s New York office.

John Crosetto concentrates his practice on the areas of litigation, labor and employment, and class actions. He has represented clients in state and federal courts on such issues as contract and employment discrimination claims, as well as consumer class actions. Mr. Crosetto also assists individuals and closely held businesses in managing risk on a wide range of contract and employment issues.

He is a member of the Washington State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Mr. Crosetto received a B.A. in European History from Princeton University, as well as a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and his J.D. from the University of Washington.

Elisabeth Yandell McNeil practices in the areas of business and corporate finance. Her practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate matters. Ms. McNeil has extensive cross-cultural experience, having lived in France and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. She attended Lycée Montaigne in Paris and later worked as a researcher in the office of the Vice President of the European Parliament.

She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Anthropology from Macalester College. She is admitted to practice in Washington and Wisconsin.

Michelle Rosenthal practices in the area of environment and natural resources. Ms. Rosenthal's focus is on federal, state and tribal environmental law, with special emphasis on hazardous waste cleanup actions under CERCLA and MTCA. She also advises clients in major aspects of real estate transactions, including the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements and commercial leases, escrow instructions, boundary line disputes, easements, title reviews and environmental due diligence investigations.

Ms. Rosenthal spent eight years working with the U.S. Department of Energy in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project and with the Nevada Test Site’s Environmental Management Program. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from UCLA, her M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her J.D., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Barry Smith practices in the area of litigation. Mr. Smith represents individuals and companies in a variety of complex commercial disputes including contract, real estate, land use and business disputes. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an associate for an Oregon firm, where he served clients in the areas of business, real estate, land use and creditor’s rights.

As a student at the University of Oregon School of Law, he worked as a law clerk for the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice and as an intern for the University of Oregon Small Business Clinic assisting companies with entity selection and formation. He received his B.A. from the University of Oregon in Political Science, where he placed in the top 10 percent of his class. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and is ECF-certified for bankruptcy court.

James Freeman practices in the area of commercial litigation with a focus in securities. Mr. Freeman has represented a wide range of clients in the securities industry, including broker-dealers in customer and industry arbitrations, regulatory inquiries, disciplinary proceedings and investigations by the SEC, NYSE, FINRA and state agencies. His practice also includes representative matters in the hospitality industry, where he has gained experience in the various legal issues impacting hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.
Mr. Freeman earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he worked on the Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, and his B.S. from Northwestern University. In 1999, he became the first American exchange student in more than 40 years to study law at the University of Havana in Cuba. His past career experience includes working as an associate in the litigation department of Proskauer Rose LLP.  He is admitted to practice in New York as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

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