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Steven Cherin
Charter Member
Corporate and Transactional Law

208 S. LaSalle St., 1601, Chicago, IL 60604


Steven Claussen
Charter Member
Corporate and Transactional Law

1104 NW 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA


Steve is a partner at Ashe Legal Group. His practice focuses on large transactions, particularly those involving technology, supply chain or real estate. Prior to joining Ashe, Steve was the Corporate Attorney for Papa Murphys International LLC, the operator and franchisor of a 1500 store take n bake pizza chain – the largest in the United States. Steve managed the work of Papa Murphys legal department, including business transactions, litigation, public company compliance and franchise relations. Prior to Papa Murphy’s, Steve was Sr. Associate Counsel at Knowledge Learning Corporation, now KinderCare Education LLC, which owns an international chain of childcare centers. Prior to that, he was in private practice at Williams Fredrickson and Stark, where he was primarily engaged in real estate and land use work. Steve received his J.D. from Willamette University and a B.A. in Political Science from Gonzaga University. Steve is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.

D. Duane Cook
Charter Member
Corporate and Transactional Law

306 N Hamilton St, Georgetown, KY 40324, USA


Duane Cook received a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina in 1976 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1979. He began his legal career with Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll) in Louisville, was a partner at Brown Todd & Heyburn (now Frost Brown Todd) in Lexington and was a shareholder and managing director of Newberry Hargrove & Rambicure, also in Lexington. Duane had a successful solo practice for 18 years before founding Duane Cook & Associates in 2011, which grew into Cook & Watkins, PLC after an early 2016 merger. Duane represents a variety of businesses and entrepreneurs, including lenders, venture capital firms, manufacturers, developers, attorneys, law firms, and energy producers. His practice includes business litigation, federal and state appeals, sales and acquisitions, and nearly all the legal issues confronting his business clients. Duane has been admitted to the Bars of the Federal Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits, as well as to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Deborah Cordova
Charter Member
Corporate and Transactional Law

1506 S. Lone Star Way, Suite 10, Edinburg, TX 78539


Deborah Cordova grew up in Mission, Texas and returned to the Rio Grande Valley upon graduating from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She is a partner in the firm Walsh McGurk Cordova Nixon, PLLC. Deborah’s areas of practice include representation of banking institutions, small businesses and individuals in real estate transactions, foreclosures, collections, business entities, estate planning and probate. Deborah graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Accounting. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2002. Deborah also graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a Master of Business Administration in 2003. Deborah is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. She serves on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Texas, is President for the Texas Women Lawyers and is active in her local bar association. Deborah was recognized as a Texas Rising Star from 2007-2015.

Brian Covotta
Charter Member
Corporate and Transactional Law

2765 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA


Brian Covotta advises growth-oriented technology and biotechnology companies on corporate and securities transactions, including initial formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, the periodic reporting requirements of publicly held companies, and general corporate counseling. He works with clients in a variety of industries, including Internet, mobile, gaming, networking, security, semiconductor, software, biotechnology, telecommunications, clean technology, electronic design automation (EDA), flash memory, media, and medical devices. Brian also represents acquirers and targets in a variety of public, public-private, and private-private business combination transactions, as well as issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings. In addition, he represents venture capital firms in various corporate and securities transactional matters. Brian helps his clients’ management and boards of directors shape and execute their business strategies. Drawing on his extensive experience, he also provides counsel on legal issues ranging from day-to-day corporate and regulatory matters to corporate governance and other mission-critical initiatives, including acquisitions and capital market strategies.