The Legal 500

Arent Fox LLP

1717 K STREET, NW, WASHINGTON DC 20036-5342, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 857 6000
Fax:
Fax +1 202 857 6395
Web:
www.arentfox.com

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Led by Matthew Nolan, the ‘knowledgeable’ Washington DC-based 12-partner team at Arent Fox LLP provides an ‘exceptional level of service’ to corporates and sovereign governments across an ‘increasingly broad spectrum of international trade work’, which includes an increased flow of sanctions and FCPA mandates. John Gurley is ‘very well versed in international trade law’ and alongside Diana Quaia continues to represent Trina Solar and other Chinese solar panel manufacturers as respondents in a major anti-dumping case brought against the Chinese solar industry. The team has also been increasingly active handling matters at the intersection of trade and arbitration, and recently represented the government of East Timor in a UNCITRAL arbitration surrounding taxes imposed on contractors involved in the exploration of natural gas fields in the Timor Sea. Other recommended partners include ‘amazing’ trade litigator Matthew Clark, customs expert David Hamill, and Kay Georgi, who is a ‘leading subject matter expert in the field of international trade compliance’.

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United States: Finance

Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 2

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s lawyers in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC stand out for their expertise in new market tax credits, tax-exempt bond financing, the real estate aspects of municipal bankruptcies, and local tax subsidies. The firm recently picked up not-for-profit (NFP) healthcare organization, Adventist Health, as a new client; the team serves as sole outside benefits counsel to AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons); and real estate highlights included advising Planned Parenthood Federation of America on its sale of a New York office condominium to Brookfield Office Properties. Contentious matters included scoring a victory for the American Library Association (the oldest and largest library association in the world) before the FCC on funding for schools and libraries. Richard Newman and Deanne Ottaviano in Washington DC are highly rated, as is New York-based Richard Krainin. Washington DC-based counsel Davis Sherman also deserves mention.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 1

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s municipal restructuring practice is built upon expertise in municipal finance, municipal bankruptcy and public pensions, enabling it to advise across the full breadth of issues, including at the intersection of employee benefits and bankruptcy. In the wake of Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis, a team led by David Dubrow and Carol Connor Cohen was retained by numerous clients, including Ambac Assurance, Centerbridge Partners, Vanguard Mutual Funds and Roosevelt Investment Group, to analyze bond structure risks, evaluate proposed legislation and assess potential new bond issuances by the commonwealth. Other recent work includes advising new client Kroll Bond Rating Agency on municipal bankruptcy risks associated with a variety of bond structures, from general obligation bonds to various forms of revenue bond. Dubrow and Les Jacobowitz are based in New York, Connor Cohen and public pensions expert Caroline Turner English are Washington DC based.

Leading lawyers

David Dubrow - Arent Fox LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP is noted for its experience in relation to senior living and long-term care, and also dialysis. The firm’s Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York and San Francisco offices are all active in the healthcare space. Clients include Citrus Valley Health Partners, Eisenhower Medical Center, Fresenius Medical Care North America and Sunrise Senior Living. A new client in 2014 was MedEquities, which the firm recently advised on its $145m acquisition of ten healthcare facilities in Texas. Adventist Health is another new client. Los Angeles partner Lowell Brown heads the department, which includes Michael Blass and Connie Raffa in New York, and a further 11 partners.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP impresses with the breadth of its sports coverage, which spans athletics, basketball, cycling, motorsport, ice hockey and soccer, as well as others. It has a particularly fine reputation for rights agreements and has handled some of the seminal deals in the space over the years, including recently advising Mercedes-Benz on a 27-year naming rights transaction for a new stadium in Atlanta that will be home to both the Atlanta Falcons NFL franchise and the MLS expansion franchise Atlanta United FC; the deal closely followed the announcement that Mercedes-Benz will relocate its headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta. Other standout work included the firm’s advice to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee, which included assistance with corporate governance matters, sponsorship agreements, venue agreements and telecast-rights agreements with ESPN. San Francisco-based Richard Brand leads the practice, which also includes Matthew Pace in the firm’s New York office and Los Angeles-based Maidie Oliveau.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 5

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP is praised for ‘excellent industry knowledge’, particularly in the music industry, but it also acts for a variety of clients in the entertainment, technology and fashion industries. Work highlights included the representation of Sirius XM in webcasting rate proceedings before the CRB, acting for Music Choice in matters before the Copyright Office, and advising HBO on numerous copyright matters. Other clients include Discovery Channel and Diesel. Paul Fakler in New York and Anthony Lupo in Washington DC are recommended. The practice lost Ross Charap to Akerman LLP, but gained Michelle Mancino Marsh from Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 5

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s practice was strengthened in February 2015 by the arrival of two highly regarded partners, Steven Weisburd and Richard LaCava, from the now defunct Dickstein Shapiro. The team, which is led by the Washington DC-based James Bindseil and Los Angeles-based Craig Gelfound, is assisting Qualcomm, Western Digital and Vale on patent prosecution work. It also has a presence in New York, where Marylee Jenkins is the key contact.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 2

Arent Fox LLP

The ‘extremely responsive and commercial’ team at Arent Fox LLP is particularly noted for its work in the media and entertainment industry, but it also has many clients in the technology, fashion and food sectors. Practice head Ricardo Fischer and Cristina Carvalho and San Francisco-based Sarah Bruno assist key client Mars with portfolio management and other trademark matters in the Americas, including advice on the client’s acquisition of the Iams and Eukanuba pet food brands. Anthony Lupo acts for Discovery Communications regarding various trademark matters, including global branding initiatives and licensing deals. Michael Grow assists Warner Bros. with various trademark matters, including licensing programs and opposition proceedings before the TTAB. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise stated.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s Washington DC-located ERISA litigators have expertise in healthcare matters, pension bankruptcies, PBGC issues, stock drop cases and withdrawal liability. Recent work highlights saw Carol Connor Cohen and Caroline Turner English defending Terex Corporation in a class action stock drop suit alleging tens of millions of dollars of damage to the plan, which was settled for a seven-figure sum. On the plaintiff side, the two also represent the Official Committee of Retired Employees of Eastman Kodak Company, which is responsible for a voluntary employees’ beneficiary association that administers benefits to retired former employees. Other clients include Monsanto and Caldwell Tanks.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 5

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP handles transaction-related matters and the creation of benefit packages. Practice head Quana Jew and Bill Charyk are key names to note; the former assists a number of fashion industry clients - including DVG Studio, Hugo Boss and Lacoste - with developing benefit packages for key personnel, and the latter advises a range of companies on deferred benefit plans and Catholic Charities USA on the healthcare benefits implications of Obergefell v Hodges. Together, they advise Monsanto and Choice Hotels on their benefit plans.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP is particularly strong in heavily regulated sectors, such as sports, hotels, wine and spirits, and healthcare, where the firm brings expert regulatory knowledge along with its transactional advice. It has also seen a significant increase in corporate activity in the restaurant and retail industries. Recent matters included acting for District Photo in its multimillion-dollar acquisition of the Snapfish online photo business from Hewlett-Packard, and, in the government contracting space, it advised the buyer on the acquisition of four business units involved in turbine engines, aerospace, aviation, and air parts and supply. Washington DC-based corporate and securities head Steven Cohen acts for clients in industries as diverse as technology, media, sports, real estate, hospitality and healthcare. Other key practitioners include Amy Donnelly, Deborah Froling, Richard Gale, Jay Halpern, Carter Strong and Jeffrey Jordan.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP’s practice handles a broad array of transactional work within the telecoms and broadcast industry, but it is best known for its reputation in the areas of FCC regulation, litigation and commercial agreements for telecoms and technology companies. The practice has a particular focus on cloud agreements, and recently advised Internet2, a not-for-profit networking consortium, on a wide variety of commercial contracts and agreements, as well as representing the client in FCC proceedings. In another highlight, Michael Hazzard successfully defended CallFire, a California-based provider of cloud telephony services, in a class action lawsuit that claimed the company violated both the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Washington State law. Alan Fishel leads the firm’s communications, technology and mobile group, which includes Stephanie Joyce, an expert in business and consumer protection litigation within the telecoms industry.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Though primarily known for its standout litigation and regulatory practices, Arent Fox LLP fields a team with strong transactional capabilities within the telecoms and broadcast space, including Michael Hazzard and practice head Alan Fishel, who routinely acts for telecoms and technology companies in on commercial agreements and recently advised Internet2, a not-for-profit networking consortium on various commercial contracts and agreements. In another highlight, Stephanie Joyce assisted DecisionQ, a data analytics company that creates customized data analytics and predictive modeling softwares, in a number of transactions. Other key clients include the American Library Association, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, Securus Technologies, and Twilio.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 4

Arent Fox LLP

The eight-partner group at Arent Fox LLP is led out of New York by Mark Bloom and Andrew Ross. It acts for owners, developers, design professionals and contractors, and has expertise in front-end project contracts, transactions, regulatory work and litigation, including delay and defect claims. The group has been advising Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority in connection with the demolition and reconstruction of the Paul E Joseph Stadium and Sports Complex in St Croix. It is also handling several upgrade projects for Ronald McDonald House of New York, and was retained by Rose Associates as transactional and dispute resolution counsel on new and renovated high-rise multi-family projects in New York. Demonstrating its position as a counsel of choice for design professionals in the vibrant New York City market, the firm has also recently acted for Roman and Williams and STUDIOS Architecture.

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Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

The ‘first-class’ Timothy Tosta joined the San Francisco office of Arent Fox LLP in April 2015 from McKenna Long & Aldridge. The team has a solid technology sector client base and is advising Facebook on the land use aspects of the development of its new headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley. It is also advising the Bohannon Development Company on the Menlo Gateway project.

Leading lawyers

Timothy Tosta - Arent Fox LLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Arent Fox LLP

Talented negotiator’ Kenneth Jacob leads the team at Arent Fox LLP, which thrives in sectors such as nonprofit, hospitality, senior living and sports. Kimberly Wachen and Steven Cohen acted for Marriott International and Capstone Development in relation to hotel development projects nationwide, while in New York Mark Fawer and Carolyn Austin advised TIAA-CREF on its acquisition of a 16-story office building at 21 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. In the debt finance space, the team increased its work on behalf high-profile lenders, with one highlight being New York-based David Dubrow representing investors in a $1.6bn municipal bond financing deal that will enable the World Trade Center to add a fourth tower. The firm’s San Francisco office was boosted considerably by the relocation from Washington DC of ‘expert strategist’ Richard Brand, and the hire of land use specialist Timothy Tosta and his team from McKenna Long & Aldridge. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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