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Founded in 1919, Patterson Belknap is a law firm of more than 200 lawyers committed to providing high-quality legal advice and service for clients and to maintaining a congenial and diverse workplace. The firm makes its clients’ business issues its own. At the same time, it cares about its attorneys, its staff and the community it is privileged to serve. Patterson Belknap delivers a full range of services across more than 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law. The firm’s clients are diverse: from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to major media and publishing empires; from consumer products companies to financial institutions; from fine art museums to famous entertainers; and from foreign companies seeking to transact business on the US stock exchanges to US companies doing business abroad.

Main areas of practice: Patterson Belknap is one of a handful of law firms in the US with a significant practice group devoted exclusively to tax-exempt organizations, and it has one of the largest practices of its kind in New York City. Its representation of charities and other types of notfor-profit, tax-exempt organizations dates back to the firm’s beginnings. The firm represents tax-exempt organizations in all aspects of their operations and management, and the legal needs of exempt organization clients cover the spectrum of the firm’s practice areas.

Patterson Belknap’s false advertising practice is consistently recognized on a national level as being ‘one of the elite players in false advertising litigation’. Its attorneys have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many of the most notable false advertising cases throughout the nation. These include numerous false advertising class actions in which the firm has successfully defeated class certification. In addition to litigation, the firm regularly represents clients at the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (NAD), at the major television networks, and before the Federal Trade Commission.

More than half the attorneys at Patterson Belknap are devoted to litigation. The litigating partners have tried hundreds of cases, including many of the most complex in their fields. Their work includes complex commercial disputes; intellectual property litigation, including patents, trademark and copyright; law firm defense; structured finance litigation; False Claims Act and whistleblower defense; antitrust; government and internal investigations; creditors’ rights; anti-counterfeiting; product liability; privacy and data security; media and entertainment; and employment. The corporate practice includes art and museum law; cross-border transactions; employee benefits and executive compensation; intellectual property transactions; M&A and private equity; real estate; securities; tax; and trusts and estates.

  • Co-Chair and Managing Partner
  • Lisa E. Cleary
  • Co-Chair
  • Peter W. Tomlinson
  • Chair, Litigation Department
  • Saul B. Shapiro
  • Number of Partners: 52
  • Number of Lawyers: 149

Above material supplied by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

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