Sklar Kirsh Expands Corporate Practice with Attorney Sara Cieniewski Butcher and Paralegal Vallerie McDaniel

LOS ANGELES--()--Top boutique law firm Sklar Kirsh LLP announced today that it has continued to expand its Corporate practice with the addition of Senior Counsel Sara Cieniewski Butcher and Paralegal Vallerie McDaniel.

“We are in a period of great M&A activity and, as such, it is critical to continue the expansion of our corporate team to meet those demands,” said firm Co-Chairman Jeffrey Sklar. “Both Sara and Vallerie bring top-notch experience to our already formidable group of corporate professionals.”

Butcher has experience representing a broad range of public and private entities—from Fortune 100 companies to private equity firms—structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, debt and equity financings, entity formations, general corporate governance matters and a wide range of commercial contracts.

“Sklar Kirsh is an exciting firm with outstanding clients and I am thrilled to have joined such a strong mergers and acquisitions team,” said Butcher. Prior to joining Sklar Kirsh, Butcher, a Chicago native, spent ten years as a corporate lawyer with Winston & Strawn LLP in both its Chicago and Los Angeles offices. In 2017, Butcher was recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) as a Rising Star.

Butcher attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned degrees in Finance, International Studies and Spanish, cum laude. She received her Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, where she was a member of the DePaul Law Review and the Order of the Coif.

McDaniel has spent her career working with some of the largest law firms in the country, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP; she has also served within in-house corporate legal departments. McDaniel’s expertise includes M&A transaction assistance, entity formation, corporate governance, and private equity financing.

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