650 Poydras Street, Suite 1130
New Orleans, LA 70130
Jeffrey Thomas has over fifteen years of legal, government relations, and public policy making experience related to community and economic development; disaster recovery management; energy and environmental regulation; public-private project financing; and real estate development.
Jeffrey’s experience includes senior government executive roles in crafting budgets, legislation, programs, and regulations; legal practice experience with commercial, environmental, and real estate litigation and regulatory compliance; legislative lobbying and federal agency negotiation experience; and strategic planning counsel related to disaster resilience investment, public-private partnerships, and sustainable venture formation and growth.
Jeffrey leverages this experience to provide both traditional legal services and strategic counsel to public and private sector clients nationwide. Among recent projects, Jeffrey has advised several state and local government clients, including most recently in Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, and New York, among other markets, on federal agency negotiations, investment strategies, policy formation, and regulatory compliance for developing community-scale resilience plans related to coastal restoration, flood prone property relocations, food system security, renewable energy sources, and water management. Additionally, on behalf of the City of New Orleans, Jeffrey coordinated a public-private task force to craft infrastructure investment, policy, and governance strategies for improving long-term effectiveness of the city’s water management and flood protection systems.
Jeffrey also provides traditional business transaction and real estate development legal services that help ventures structure innovative public-private financing, partnerships, and development strategies. Using this approach, since 2011, Jeffrey has helped secure and structure public-private financing and community support for over $65 million in commercial blight revitalization projects. Additionally, Jeffrey advises several emerging-growth ventures and impact investors on business structuring, market entry and partnership strategies based on regulatory and investment trends.
Jeffrey counsels public and private sector clients on governmental operational efficiencies, policy formation, and program implementation based on nearly two decades of relevant experience at every level of government. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jeffrey supervised policy development for the City of New Orleans’ long-term disaster recovery, helping to shape government programs to coordinate the use of over $1 billion in federal funds for hosing, economic development, and infrastructure investments. Prior to that role, Jeffrey’s legal practice and previous advocacy experience centered on analyzing and representing stakeholder interests within state and federal budgeting, legislative, and rule-making processes.
Jeffrey is a 2001 graduate of Tulane Law School with a certificate in energy and environmental law; and a 1994 graduate of Millersville University (PA), with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Secondary Education.
Edward Scharfenberg, who joined the firm in March 2017, has been practicing corporate and transactional law for almost 20 years. Until recently, Ned lived in Berlin, Germany, where he represented a range of clients involved in financing and disposition transactions and oil and gas exploration, while serving as “outside” general counsel for start-ups and portfolio companies of private equity funds. At the behest of a client, he served on the supervisory board (“Aufsichtsrat”) of a listed German office REIT until December 2016. He is fluent in German.
Ned began his career in New York in the securitization and structured finance departments of two leading global law firms before working in various roles in-house in the finance sector. From 2007 -2011, he worked in the corporate department of Fishman Haygood, LLP, in New Orleans on a range of corporate and transactional matters.
Ned is admitted to practice in New York and Louisiana. Upon his admission to Illinois bar in May 2017, he will be based in Chicago.
Erin joined the firm in the summer of 2016. She began her practice in 2010 as a complex commercial litigation associate for a large law New Orleans firm, where she focused on professional liability matters, including pursuing director and officer liability actions on behalf of a federal banking agency. Subsequently, she represented over 200 plaintiffs in personal injury matters. Most recently, Erin served as Corporate Counsel at a large food tech startup, where she oversaw regulatory compliance in the company’s thirty-one markets. There, she also managed all outstanding company liabilities and drafted and negotiated a variety of contracts.
Mr. Vickers represent clients in intellectual property matters and litigation throughout State and Federal courts across the U.S. He has represented global companies as general counsel, and provided the same level of expertise to small businesses and individuals. Before law school, Mr. Vickers worked as an engineer for a large multi-national energy company.
Mr. Vickers’ practice focuses on multiple areas of intellectual property, including patent and trademark applications, related USPTO proceedings, enforcement of intellectual property rights, litigation and consultation. His background as an engineer provides unique insight into the often complicated and highly technical issues in intellectual property matters.
Mr. Vickers also handles a variety of construction and general litigation matters. Mr. Vickers was named a “Rising Star” by the SuperLawyers rating list in 2012 and 2014 through 2017, an honor earned by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in each state.
Mr. Vickers holds an engineering degree from Auburn University and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School. He served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and as a judicial extern to the Honorable T. Michael Putnam in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and to the Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Former Chief Justice of the Louisiana State Supreme Court.
Zachary H. Kupperman is a founding partner of the firm and represents clients in a broad range of legal and business matters, including commercial real estate, commercial transactions, corporate finance and general business law. Mr. Kupperman has particular experience in business formation, financing, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
As a real estate and business attorney, Mr. Kupperman has significant experience representing developers, investors, landlords, tenants, lenders, and financial institutions in major commercial transactions and developments, including hotels, hospitals, restaurants and retail, office multi-family, and mixed-use, including tax credit financing. He has particular experience representing lenders and borrowers in a variety of secured transactions, real estate developers in connection with the financing, acquisition, and development of commercial properties, and with zoning and land use matters.
Mr. Kupperman also has significant experience representing startups and emerging growth companies, their investors, and managers in a wide-range of corporate and commercial transactional matters. Mr. Kupperman’s practice focuses on creating and structuring new businesses, equity and debt financings (including venture capital, strategic, seed, and angel financings), joint ventures and strategic alliances, and other corporate matters. Mr. Kupperman routinely works with the top startup accelerators in Louisiana, including the Idea Village, Propeller, and 4.0 Schools. He advises clients on digital media and angel investor tax credits, commercial contracting matters, general employment and equity compensation matters, and corporate governance issues. In addition, Mr. Kupperman has represented both franchisees and franchisors in preparing and negotiating franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documentation.
Mr. Kupperman is also very active in the New Orleans community. He currently sits on the board of the Anti Defamation League and The NOCCA Institute.
Outside the practice of law, Mr. Kupperman is an avid businessman and real estate developer.
1Mark is the founder of the firm. Mark has experience representing public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions, equity and debt securities offerings, venture capital transactions, and corporate governance matters. Mark is also an experienced litigator and has represented individuals in personal injury actions (including workers’ compensation), consumer protection claims and large businesses in multi-national litigation.
Mark is an active member of the Louisiana Economic Development Department’s Working Group on Capital Availability and the founder of the Louisiana Venture and Angel Capital Report, the only statistical analysis of venture and angel capital in the state of Louisiana. Mark is a mentor of the Law Without Walls (http://www.lawwithoutwalls.org/), a member of the Advisory Board of the LSBA’s Justice Entrepreneur’s Program, mentor for the Transactional Boot Camp program at Tulane Law School, and a 2014 Super Lawyer in the field of Corporate/Securities Law.
Following law school, Mark served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mark has worked at one of the nation’s premier securities and corporate law firms in Silicon Valley prior to starting his own firm.
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1130
New Orleans, LA 70130