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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

303 PEACHTREE STREET, NE, SUITE 5300, ATLANTA, GA 30308, USA
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Work +1 404 527 4000
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Fax +1 404 527 4198
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www.mckennalong.com

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United States: Labor and employment

Within Labor-management relations, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a third tier firm,

Providing ‘very professional and timely advice’, the team at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is said to be ‘far more practical and hands on than most’. It represented The Boeing Company in a matter before the NLRB in which the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 filed a petition seeking to represent all of the company’s field service representatives working throughout the US as part of an existing unit of engineers working within the state of Washington. The firm also continues to act for Foxwoods Resort Casino, which is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, in ongoing disputes over the applicability of federal labor law to on-reservation activities of Native American tribes. Other clients include Cardinal Health, Arizona Chemical and International Paper. Mark Keenan is ‘very good at handling certification elections, where he is excellent at strategy development and execution of the plan’. Richard Hankins has ‘a very pragmatic approach and gets good results’; New York’s Seth Bordensolves problems as issues evolve’; and Alston Correll is also recommended. The individuals mentioned are based in Atlanta, unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Litigation

Within Product liability and mass tort defense: aerospace/aviation, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a third tier firm,

The ‘excellent’ team at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is noted for its ‘prompt response times’ and ‘good industry knowledge’. The firm grew significantly in 2013 through its merger with boutique aviation firm Dombroff Gilmore Jaques & French. ‘Excellent’ practice head Dane Jaques recently led the firm’s work for StandardAero in consolidated wrongful death and personal injury litigation arising from the 2008 crash of a Learjet 45 in Mexico City; the client, who had performed maintenance on the aircraft, was able to favorably settle all claims after the firm successfully moved for an application of Mexican law. Thomas Almy recently represented both Robinson Aviation and Berkley Aviation in wrongful death actions which allege negligent provision of air traffic control services; a favorable settlement was secured for the client following the completion of discovery, while a motion for summary judgment in favor of defendants was pending. Mark Dombroff and Morgan Campbell are also recommended. The team is based in McLean, Virginia.

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Within Trade secrets, tier 4

Exceptional go-to firmMcKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is ‘very responsive, well-versed in the applicable law, and possesses deep understanding of the business issues’. The firm recently represented a string of defendants including Jaxon Engineering & Maintenance in L-3 Communications et al v Jaxon Engineering & Maintenance; the firm successfully defeated a motion for preliminary injunction brought by L3 Communications. The team is headed by Lora Brzezynski, who is ‘very, very good’, and includes John Vaughn, who ‘quickly assesses the client’s goals and objectives and manages costs well’ and boasts numerous financial services clients; employment guru Daniel Beale, who is ‘smart, thoughtful, responsive, and level-headed’ and Raymond Aghaian, a useful contact for cyber security issues. All in all, this team is ‘an invaluable asset’ for clients.

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United States: Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts

Within M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m), McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a second tier firm,

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLPknows how to get deals closed in the clients’ best interests. The team offers quick timing, industry expertise, and the ability to work with complex transactions and complex personalities’. The practice is experienced in both buy-side and sell-side deals for public and private companies in a variety of industries; transactions involving government contractors; inbound transactions from Canada, China and the UK; the representation of family-owned businesses; private equity M&A; and healthcare deals. Its West Coast lawyers are also experienced in banking M&A. The firm advised BATC on its acquisition of the TASER prime contract and related business from OG Systems; acted for UK-based LINPAC Group on the $265m sale of its Ropak Packaging business to BWAY Corporation, a portfolio company of Platinum Equity; advised Stir Crazy Restaurants on the asset purchase of its entire chain of restaurants; and acted for Gem Shopping Network on its sale to Sun Capital Partners, a Florida-based private equity fund with over $10bn under management. The practice also acted for Osiris Therapeutics on the $100m sale of its culture-expanded mesenchymal stem cell business, including Prochymal, to a subsidiary of Mesoblast; assisted American Cyber Systems on its successful public tender offer for Analysts International Corporation; and advised Herschend Family Entertainment, the largest family-owned themed attractions company in the US, on its acquisition of the Harlem Globetrotters from Shamrock Capital Advisors, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Atlanta and New York-based corporate department chair Wayne Bradley, Ann-Marie McGaughey and Michael Cochran are recommended. Atlanta and Washington DC-based Joseph Blanco, Jeremy Silverman and Scott Rafshoon are also key contacts, in addition to New York-based Kristen Beystehner and Anthony Williams. Other names to note in Atlanta include David Brown, Robert Tritt, Charlene McGinty, David Ivey, Mark Lange, and Jeffrey Haidet. San Diego-based Chad Ensz and Kurt Kicklighter, Washington DC-based Kellie Newton, Orange County-based Michael Rule, San Francisco-based Dan Titelbaum, and Atlanta and Los Angeles-based Thomas Wardell are also well regarded.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Within Construction, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a third tier firm,

Operating primarily out of Los Angeles and San Diego, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s construction and engineering practice works closely with the firm’s government and real estate groups. Practice leader Mark Budwig and Laurence Phillips are part of the government contract group and are the key figures for construction work, focusing on all facets of federal and state infrastructure, public works and facilities projects, as well as commercial and private works construction projects. Budwig is representing San Diego County Water Authority in a number of complex disputes. The firm also acts for energy industry clients, as well as clients in the healthcare, water treatment and infrastructure areas. Los Angeles based of counsel Penny Cobey concentrates on PPP projects and government contracts, and is assisting Landmark Properties Holding with the negotiation and drafting of design and construction contracts for several buildings valued in excess of $150m. In Atlanta, a team is advising a global developer in arbitration proceedings against the architect concerning work on a military housing renovation project. The New York office welcomed PPP expert Jonathan Ballan in May 2013 from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and Richard Sigal from Hawkins, Delafield and Wood LLP in January 2013.

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Within Land use/zoning, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is a second tier firm,

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s land use, entitlement and CEQA group has extensive experience that includes a strong government affairs background. The 12-strong team recently advised a major house builder on due diligence, land use and entitlement matters regarding a $100m development project in California. Other key clients include Northside Hospital, Tenaska and AEG. Atlanta-based William Timmons heads the practice and Timothy Tosta in San Francisco is another name to note.

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Within Real estate, tier 5

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP’s 31-partner department provides a ‘top-quality service’ and is ‘very knowledgeable about local issues’. The ‘superbWilliam Timmons in Atlanta leads the team, which recently welcomed Michael Durkee in San Francisco and saw Andrea Chang promoted to partner in Los Angeles. Key mandates include advising KeyBank National Association as agent for a syndicate of 21 lenders on the amendment and restatement of a $500m secured term loan agreement to DDR Corp; this was led by Jess Pinkerton, who is ‘excellent for real estate finance’. Other clients include Northside Hospital, Tenaska, D.R. Horton, Shea Homes and AEG. Timothy Tosta and Jennifer Renk are ‘extremely knowledgeable, diligent and well connected’. The firm lost four partners to Liner LLP and also saw two other partner departures.

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United States: Tax

Within Domestic tax: East Coast, tier 6

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP provides an ‘excellent combination of tax expertise and business acumen’. It has developed a broad tax practice and regularly advises corporations, entrepreneurs, developers and syndicates on the structuring of joint ventures and partnerships. Recent work includes advising Herschend Family Entertainment on the purchase of the Harlem Globetrotters from Shamrock Capital Advisors. The ‘knowledgeableMark Lange is also recommended, and associate Cristiane Wolfe has a ‘bright future’ in tax work. John MacMaster was promoted to the partnership in 2013. Former practice head Saba Ashraf left the firm in January 2014 to join Ballard Spahr LLP. The attorneys named are all based in Atlanta.

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