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Nixon Peabody LLP

EXCHANGE PLACE, 53 STATE STREET, BOSTON, MA 02109-2835, USA
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United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP handles chemical exposure claims and environmental litigation. Jointly headed by New York-based Joseph Ortego and Vivian Quinn in Buffalo, the group defended Brookhaven National Laboratories in a contamination class action relating to an alleged migration of various chemicals and other toxic material from a lab, and also obtained dismissal of an action filed against Boston Capital regarding lead paint exposure claims. Other clients include Cummins and PestSure. David Tennant left in July 2018 to found his own law firm.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Nixon Peabody LLP

Renowned for its 'holistic advice' and cross-disciplinary approach, Nixon Peabody LLP's twelve offices offer clients 'access a full range of services through one main contact'. The breadth of the healthcare practice, led by Michael Taubin in Long Island, covers regulatory matters such as payment programs, corporate organization, government programs and managed-care models, as well as licensing issues, fraud and abuse litigation, telemedicine, in addition to transactions, employment, bankruptcy and data privacy matters. In Chicago, finance specialist Julie Seymour advised Bank of America on its purchase of $673m worth of Oklahoma University Medicine's issuance of tax-exempt bonds, while Thomas Fahey represented Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in negotiations regarding an affiliation with Rush Health System. Other notable partners include behavioural health team head Peter Egan, also based in Long Island and life sciences co-chair Jill Gordon in Los Angeles.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation
Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation - ranked: tier 2

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP regularly handles NTSB, FAA and foreign accident investigations, public hearings and regulatory inquiries; helicopter crash cases are a key area of expertise. Aviation practice head Joseph Ortego and Eric Strain represented Airbus Group in a case involving a helicopter operated by Air Methods Corp, which crashed shortly after take-off from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado. Further, Ortego and San Francisco-based Brian Dalrymple are representing Socata and Socata North America in serious personal injury claims arising from the crash of a TBM-700 turbo-prop aircraft in the state of Georgia; and William Robinson in Los Angeles defended Eurocopter in multiple wrongful death and hull subrogation claims arising from the crash of a helicopter transporting its owner and his family. Thomas Mealiffe in Long Island and associate Paul Stinson are also key figures. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Ortego - Nixon Peabody LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 3

Nixon Peabody LLP

At Nixon Peabody LLP, Boston-based Matthew McLaughlin specialises in commercial disputes and acted for office products provider W.B. Mason in a dispute brought by three of its competitors who are alleging that the client attained trade secrets from their former employees. W.B. Mason also engaged the New York-based commercial litigator Vernon Johnson in a similar but separate case in which other competitors have alleged trade secret misappropriation. In the Los Angeles office, Robert Weikert represented Gameloft in a claim brought by Glass Egg Digital Media alleging that the client misappropriated trade secrets in order to develop digital cars in its video game. IP expert Shawn Hensen is also recommended.

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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 2

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP's practice assists major strategic clients, particularly companies with sophisticated in-house legal departments, with M&A, LBOs, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions; it advises clients in the food and beverage, agribusiness, consumer products, life sciences, manufacturing, technology and energy sectors, among others. Corporate group leader David Martland acted for Refresco Group, the world’s largest independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices, in its acquisition of Cott Corporation’s (Cott) worldwide bottling business, including half of Cott’s US, UK, Canadian and Mexican operations; Brian Krob in Chicago led advice to ThoughtWorks, a global software development and digital transformation consulting company, on its sale to an affiliate of British private equity firm Apax Partners; Gregory O’Shaughnessy assisted Fusionstorm, a software and cloud-based IT-solution business, with its merger with Computacenter; and Washington DC-based John Partigan advised TEGNA, an American broadcast, digital media and marketing services company, on its acquisition of Midwest Television’s broadcasting television station and two radio stations in San Diego. Office managing partner of the San Francisco office Thomas Gaynor, Christopher Keefe - who recently advised longstanding client Sensata Technologies on the sale of its valves business to Pacific Industrial - and Lori Green in Rochester are the co-M&A and corporate transactions team leaders. Also highly regarded are San Francisco's Jinjian Huang, who works extensively with clients from the Greater China region, Haydon Keitner and New York's Daniel McAvoy. Attorneys are in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

David Martland - Nixon Peabody LLP

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 3

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP primarily represents owners of public and private projects, as well as developers active in mixed-use, energy, hospitality and residential projects. Anthony Barron, managing partner of the San Francisco office, recently represented 5th Rock LLC, the developer of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, in a dispute brought by the owner seeking approximately $80m in alleged damages and lost revenue in connection with the potential temporary closure of the hotel. Barron, supported by fellow San Francisco partner Matthew Richards, also represented the University of California in $40m claims for breach of contract and negligence brought against the designers, contractors and suppliers of utility piping at the client's Mission Bay campus. Alongside Los Angeles-based Justin Thompson, Barron supported San Francisco partner John Foust as construction counsel to Oceanwide, the owner and developer of $1.6bn worth of developments in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Boston-based Jeffrey Brenner and Rochester-based Bruce Baker assisted North Hill Needham  with review and analysis of contractor claims and change orders resulting from a $30m multi-year expansion project in Boston.

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