Spotlight on Briar McNutt
July 1, 2019
Briar McNutt joined the firm’s White Plains office in 2000. She grew up in Pecos, Texas, which claims to be home of the world’s first rodeo. When she lived there, Pecos was a small West Texas town with two grocery stores and no McDonald’s or Wal-Mart. Twin cities Midland and Odessa, famous/infamous for high school football, are about 90 miles from Pecos. (Odessa’s high school football team, the Permian Panthers, was the subject of the book “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream.”) Today, Briar and her husband Dave live in Poughkeepsie, New York with their two children and beloved Shih Tzu, Edo. Their son, Dashiell, will be a senior in high school and wants to pursue aerospace engineering in college. Their daughter, Daphne, will be in the eighth grade and plays hockey, lacrosse, and the viola.
Briar practices in the areas of securities law and corporate and business transactions. She works with clients in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and supply chain logistics. She has represented publicly-held companies with securities listed on the New York Stock Exchange and securities trading on the OTC market and advises them with respect to registered and unregistered securities offerings, reporting obligations, shareholder relations, auditor matters, and satisfaction of stock exchange listing requirements and OTC market disclosure requirements. Briar has also represented public and private companies in mergers, acquisitions, equity and debt securities offerings, and recapitalization transactions, and has advised them with respect to corporate governance requirements and best practices and codes of conduct.
What led you to pursue a career in law?
After college, I had a job at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, in the Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Bureau. It was an incredible experience – not only working with the victims and their families but also meeting the lawyers, police detectives and social workers from every neighborhood in NYC. Law school seemed to be the logical next step. By the time I finished law school, however, the job of an assistant district attorney seemed less appealing, especially with my law school debt. I tried different versions of litigation – securities litigation, antitrust litigation, and matrimonial litigation. I’ll be forever grateful to Eckert for letting me “switch” to corporate work when I started here.
What do you enjoy most about your practice?
I’m lucky to have had long relationships with some clients and have really enjoyed working with the in-house lawyers and business people there. They are incredibly smart, and I’ve learned a lot from them.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I did shoot a rattlesnake once when I was a kid. It irked my dad, though. To this day, his preferred method of dealing with rattlesnakes is with a shovel or hoe.
What do you do on the weekends?
I spend many weekends driving my kids to hockey games throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The worst drives are to games in Long Island or Central Park on Marathon Sunday.
What’s an app you can’t live without?
The New York Times – reading the Times on my phone is the first and last thing I do every day. I also love The New York Times Cooking app, which has helpful videos on even the most basic recipes (e.g., fried eggs).
What’s a book everyone should read?
“Grant” by Ron Chernow. There is so much about the Civil War and Reconstruction that I did not know before reading this book – all of which seems especially relevant today.
Who/what inspires you?
My daughter inspires me. She is incredibly outgoing and kind and has such moxy. I’m constantly amazed by her.