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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent at solving deal issues from start to finish‚Äô and provides ‚Äėdiligent efforts with common sense solutions‚Äô, advising on a range of matters including M&A, construction, finance, environmental issues, joint ventures, fund formation, development, leasing, land use and zoning and real estate litigation. The firm acts for commercial and investment banks, public and private pension funds, life insurance companies, developers, big-box retailers and institutional landlords. Los Angeles-based Richard Mendelson¬†advised John Hancock Life Insurance Company on various matters including a $500m loan and acquisition of four properties, while New York-based John Napoli¬†advised Workspace Property Trust on a $1.28bn loan from JP Morgan Chase. Peter Korda¬†co-chairs the firm‚Äôs national structured and real estate finance practice group and the New York real estate department. Boston-based Andrew Shure¬†and Eric Greenberg¬†are also recommended, alongside Washington DC-based Thomas Galli¬†and Cynthia Mitchell¬†in New York. Robin Freeman¬†and Mitchell¬†co-lead the firm‚Äôs healthcare real estate and finance practice, Freeman is also chair of the San Francisco real estate department. In March 2018 Michael Rechtin¬†joined the Chicago office from Baker McKenzie LLP and now chairs the firm's¬†data center services practice group.

Next Generation Partners

Cynthia Mitchell - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP 'consistently demonstrates its expertise and value for money' when handling a wide variety of white-collar matters. Based in Chicago, 'efficient' practice co-head Andrew Boutros serves as lead national counsel to an international telecoms company in offensive trade secrets litigation, suing a former employee and his company for matters including stealing trade secrets, conspiracy and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act (RICO). In another matter, the team led an internal investigation for a publicly traded company into an embezzlement scheme, worth approximately $17m, perpetrated by a senior executive. Karen Bitar in New York and San Francisco's Donald Featherstun lead the team alongside Boutros.

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E-discovery
E-discovery - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's team of 'focused practitioners' comprises lawyers and technologists dedicated to e-discovery and information governance. It is led jointly from Chicago by Jay Carle and Scott Carlson, who 'combines legal experience, computer science knowledge, exceptional business judgment and standout integrity'. Recommended lawyers in San Francisco include Richard Lutkus and senior counsel Kathleen McConnell.

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP defends clients in both securities litigation and SEC investigations, and climbs the ranking this year. Among those clients are investment banks and both large and mid-sized corporates in sectors such as technology, biotech, hospitality and financial services. Its deep bench of securities litigators works from Boston, New York, Washington DC and California. The firm recently hired Steven Paradise from Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP to work alongside key partner Gregory Markel in New York. Markel and up-and-coming partner Giovanna Ferrari in San Francisco are representing individual officers of a bank in 10b5 class actions alleging that they made material misrepresentations and omissions concerning the prospects for a bankrupt e-commerce and t-commerce company. Also recommended are Boston-based partners William Prickett and Christopher Robertson.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Operating from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC and Atlanta, the ‚Äėextremely skilled‚Äô government contracts team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†has ‚Äėsuperior knowledge of the government contracting space‚Äô, particularly in litigation. In an example from 2017, the team assisted Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which is responsible for the development of a $4.5bn transit center in the middle of San Francisco, in the settlement of claims arising from it. The team is also defending Environmental Chemical Corporation against claims pertaining to the construction of the Military‚Äôs first thermal rocket motor treatment facility, which will be used to demilitarize or destroy rocket engines. Other areas of activity including prevailing wage disputes and non-contentious matters such as counseling and transactions. ‚ÄėEfficient‚Äô practice head Joseph Dyer¬†provides ‚Äėhigh-quality support‚Äô. San Francisco-based Donald Featherstun¬†acts for a subcontractor in the aerospace sector, which is involved in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning a unique thruster system used on satellites. Associate Edward Arnold¬†is ‚Äėbeyond responsive‚Äô, ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô and communicates ‚Äėin a way that everyone can understand‚Äô. Anita Ponder¬†joined¬†Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA¬†in May 2018.

Rising stars

Edward Arnold - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 5

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's client roster includes hospitals, health systems, academic and research institutions, as well as physician groups, emergency centers and behavioral and home health providers. The firm advises on contract negotiations, professional liability claims, transactions, anti-kickback and False Claims Act disputes, data privacy issues and other types of regulatory advice and defense. Houston-based partner Jesse Coleman represented Memorial Hermann Health System as defendant against defamation, fraud and tortious interference claims made by a member of the medical staff, while another highlight was Century City-based Douglas Mancino's work for Intermountain Healthcare on the establishment of generic drug company Civica Rx. Real estate lawyer Cynthia Mitchell in New York and employment partner Kristin McGurn in Boston also specialize in healthcare-related matters.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The 'client-focused' and 'pragmatic' Seyfarth Shaw LLP is well known for its work in trade secret disputes. Los Angeles-based Robert Milligan jointly leads the team and is highly skilled in handling trade secret misappropriation disputes. He represented US Foods in obtaining permanent injunctions against two former employees who breached restrictive covenants and misappropriated trade secrets. Also leading the team is Chicago-based Michael Wexler, who has extensive experience in trade secret and restrictive covenant law. He acted for Stryker Corporation in a lawsuit against a former employee who had misappropriated trade secrets. Other key figures include Atlanta-based Daniel Hart, Chicago-based Scott Humphrey and Erik Weibust, who works in the Boston office.

Leading lawyers

Michael Wexler - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 6

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s 'dedicated' team has significant strength in investor-side mandates, which are the exclusive focus of the practice. Clients include prominent state retirement schemes from a range of industries. Washington DC-based Robert Bodansky ('extremely proactive and commercial') and Jennifer Neilsson in Chicago and Steven Richman in Atlanta are also recommended.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The ERISA litigation team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP experienced considerable growth in 2018 with the addition of San Francisco’s Bradley Perkins, who was formerly a senior counsel at Pacific Maritime Association, and Houston’s Scott Nelson, who joined from Baker McKenzie LLP. In addition to acting on 401(k) fiduciary breach, prohibited transaction and executive top-hat plan cases, the team also works laterally with the firm’s employee benefits lawyers to deploy unique litigation-avoidance strategies. Chicago-based practice co-head Ian Morrison defended a publicly listed paper manufacturer against a claim for breach of collective bargaining agreements. Practice co-leader Amanda Sonneborn in noted for her experience of complex DOL audits, ERISA Section 510 employment discrimination and cash balance plan claims. Also recommended are San Francisco-based Ward Kallstrom and Chicago-based Mark Casciari. University of Chicago, Burroughs and Kaiser Permanente are also among the team's clients.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

According to one client, the ‚Äėdown-to-earth‚Äô team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†has ‚Äėa level of knowledge and professionalism that far exceeds all expectations‚Äô. A standout mandate for the practice included¬†Richard Schwartz¬†advising David Yurman Enterprises on certain 401(k) and executive compensation agreements; senior counsel Richard Loebl¬†and associate Chelsea McCue¬†in New York were also involved in this matter. Chicago-based Jonathan Karelitz¬†and Jennifer Neilsson¬†act as outside counsel in relation to RR Donnelley‚Äôs employee benefit plans, while New York-based Randell Montellaro¬†provides ongoing advice to Northwell Health on a range of issues including 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans and required submissions to the IRS and DOL. Schwartz and Howard Pianko¬†(also based in New York) provide ongoing qualified and non-qualified retirement and executive compensation plan advice, as well as benefit plan consolidation advice to multi-hospital system the University Hospitals Health System. Chair Robert Flanagan¬†and¬†Diane Dygert¬†(chair-elect as of 2019) jointly head the practice from the Chicago office.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô and ‚Äėcreative‚Äô team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†has an excellent reputation in the business immigration space. The group is dedicated to devising corporate immigration policies and programs. In a representative example, Angelo Paparelli¬†and Washington DC-based Leon Rodriguez¬†led a five-part webinar series and a compliance-focused client event to brief clients on best practices in relation to pre-, post- and re-hire issues, termination and M&A situations as well as I-9 forms and E-Verify matters. Los Angeles-based Paparelli also represents developers and fundraisers relating to EB-5 immigrant investor programs, and defends employers in worksite enforcements and government audits. In light of the Trump administration‚Äôs continued clampdown on immigration, Rodridguez advised the Montgomery County Government on sanctuary cities, the travel ban, temporary protected status and funding for deportation defense. The team is also well versed in handling the immigration aspects of substantial M&A transactions. Boston-based Russell Swapp¬†and Atlanta-based James King, who is noted for his clever use of technology to help clients in an efficient and time-saving manner, jointly lead the practice. Also based in Atlanta, Gabriel Mozes¬†focuses on temporary non-immigrant and permanent visa solutions, including family-based immigrant visa green card applications and citizenship matters. Atlanta-based senior counsel Sharon Cook Poorak¬†is handling the immigration portfolio of more than 5,000 foreign nationals for a global consulting services provider. Senior counsel Dawn Lurie¬†in Washington DC and Dyann DelVecchio Hilbern¬†in Boston are also names to note.

Leading lawyers

Angelo Paparelli - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

James King - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Russell Swapp - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gabriel Mozes - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a team of 'good experts, comprising seasoned lawyers supervising stellar long-term associates'. Noted for its expertise in wage-and-hour class actions and workplace litigation alleging discrimination, the nationwide group is praised for being 'hands on, extremely thorough, and extraordinarily knowledgeable'. Work highlights included Noah Finkel and Andrew Scroggins acting for Epic Systems as co-counsel (alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP) in a landmark case decided by the Supreme Court in May 2018, relating to the enforceability of the agreement into which the plaintiff entered requiring the parties to resolve wage-hour disputes through individual arbitration and waive class and collective proceedings. The 'one-of-a-kind' Gerald Maatman continues to lead a team acting for Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in an employment discrimination class action. Brian Ashe successfully acted for Digital Realty Trust before the Supreme Court in a case relating to the definition and statutory application of the term 'whistleblower'. Camille Olson is a 'world class lawyer' and Washington DC-based Raymond Baldwin is a ' zealous advocate for his clients with a practical approach'. In Los Angeles, Andrew Paley is an 'extremely well-versed adviser', and Jon Meer is praised for his 'immense knowledge and trial practice'. Atlanta's Robert Stevens is described as an 'expert in restrictive covenant work'; clients also appreciate Kerry Friedrichs in San Francisco and Pamela Devata for 'being leaders in their field and being able to answer questions on the spot'. Further recommended individuals are practice head Laura Maechtlen and Christian Rowley in San Francisco, Boston's Richard Alfred and the 'greatly experienced and knowledgeable' Lisa Damon, Lorie Almon and Gina Merrill in New York, as well as Richard Lapp. In Houston, the team was strengthen by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018, while John Yslas joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in July 2018. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Camille Olson - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Gerald Maatman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Rising stars

Coby Turner - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's team is praised for providing 'sound advice and excellent representation'. It assists clients from a variety of sectors, such as healthcare, sports, hospitality and transportation, among others, in traditional labor matters. Bradford Livingston, who is based in Chicago, is the head of the practice group and has noteworthy expertise in collective bargaining negotiations. Further key contacts in this office are Kenneth Dolin and Brian Stolzenbach, while Arthur Telegen is the name to note in Boston. Atlanta's Stuart Newman is a diversified labor lawyer with experience in disputes, collective bargaining and strike situations. Joe Damato in Washington DC 'resolves issue efficiently and effectively'. The New York office fields experts such as counsel Marshall Babson and Glenn Smith. Kyllan Kershaw in Atlanta and Howard Wexler in New York made partner in January 2018. Karla Sanchez is an associate to watch in Chicago.

Leading lawyers

Bradford Livingston - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Rising stars

Karla Sanchez - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Workplace and employment counseling
Workplace and employment counseling - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Clients appreciate Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†for being ‚Äėsmart, creative, practical and for genuinely caring about getting the best quality‚Äô. The team has experience in advising on organizational change and developing innovative technology tools as well as in workplace discrimination and harassment counseling. Chicago-based David Baffa¬†chairs the workplace compliance solutions practice group and is an expert on a variety of employment-related matters, such as workforce reductions and restructurings, pay equity and training. Senior counsel Lawrence Lorber¬†in Washington DC is regularly engaged by the US Chamber of Commerce in connection with employment issues, including regulatory representation on pending rule making. Ellen McLaughlin, who is based in Chicago, assisted an automotive manufacturer in increasing productivity while staying compliant with federal and state laws. The firm also has a dedicated group advising on pay equity, which is led by¬†Christine Hendrickson¬†(recently promoted to partner) and Annette Tyman¬†in Chicago. Lisa Damon¬†in Boston has ‚Äėdetailed knowledge of the law and is pragmatic and unfailingly responsive‚Äô. Further notable practitioners are the ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô Daniel Waldman¬†in New York, the ‚Äėexcellent strategist‚Äô Jon Meer¬†in Los Angeles and Frederick Smith¬†in Atlanta, who has a ‚Äėgreat amount of experience to lean on‚Äô. In New York,¬†William Perkins¬†is well versed in the different forms of discrimination and harassment claims, while associate Joshua Seidman¬†specializes in paid sick leave matters. Chelsea Mesa¬†in Los Angeles has a ‚Äėmeticulous no-nonsense approach‚Äô.¬†Scott Nelson¬†was a new arrival in May 2018 in the Houston office, joining from¬†Baker McKenzie LLP.

Leading lawyers

David Baffa - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Lawrence Lorber - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Lisa Damon - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

William Perkins - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Next Generation Partners

Christine Hendrickson - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Rising stars

Joshua Seidman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's 'M&A team is efficient, timely and provides excellent business advice'. It acts for private and public companies in all aspects of M&A transactions, including joint ventures, divestitures and investments, and frequently advises on cross-border work. The firm's highly rated labor and employment practice regularly supports the M&A team on deals and the practice stands out for healthcare and franchise M&A. Corporate office chair for the Washington DC team Andrew Sherman led advice to a construction and insurance technology solutions company on the sale of construction bidding software; Atlanta-based Andrew Hough acted for IG Design Group Americas, an international stationery business, in a purchase of all of Impact Innovations' shares; Houston's Paul Pryzant assisted Nasdaq-listed TapImmune, which develops immunotherapeutics, with its merger of equals with immunotherapy innovator Marker Therapeutics; and Theodore Cornell III in Chicago advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a flooring company. Also in Chicago, M&A chair Suzanne Saxman is 'terrific; she delegates when appropriate but participates on every important call, and is a good source of market intelligence that is helpful for benchmarking anticipated negotiation points'. Saxman advised a human resources services and technology company on the acquisition of a corporation that provides employee engagement and wellbeing solutions, and its subsidiaries. Elsewhere, vice-national M&A chair Andrew Lucano 'may just be the best M&A attorney in New York City - his expertise and attentiveness to detail, along with his business savvy, are critical'; also in New York, Stanley Bloch is 'the most practical and learned M&A attorney' some clients have worked with and 'brings to the table a perspective that few else have'. Washington DC's Robert Bodansky and Douglas Mancino in Los Angeles are other notable advisers; counsel Leslie Kersey was hired in New York from Paul Hastings LLP and Chicago-based Whitney Schmidt is an experienced associate.

Leading lawyers

Suzanne Saxman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Along with compliance work, breach management and litigation, the ‚Äėincredibly client-focused‚Äô Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†specializes in automotive telematics, blockchain, IoT, big data and usage-based insurance. The practice is jointly headed by Houston‚Äôs ‚Äėtrue expert‚Äô John Tomaszewski ¬†and security expert Scott Carlson¬†from the Chicago office. Tomaszewski and San Francisco‚Äôs Richard Lutkus, who is well versed in data security and encryption, assisted human resources services and technology company Morneau Shepell with due diligence for its acquisition of LifeWorks. Chicago-based Bart Lazar¬†has been advising a leading strategic communication firm and a well-known apparel manufacturer on GDPR compliance.

Next Generation Partners

John Tomaszewski - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Richard Lutkus - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Bennett Greenberg and Sara Farabow, who are based in the firm's Washington DC office, co-chair the 'nationwide' construction practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which is praised for providing a service that has 'the feel of a local, personal nature' and 'never gives the impression that we are just one of a long list of clients'. The New York office is headed by Alison Ashford, whose primary focus is the structuring of projects and negotiating project agreements, including public-private partnerships at the government level; she also has an impressive track record in energy, mining and natural resources projects. In recent work, Greenberg is representing the Municipality of Anchorage in major litigation against participants in the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project, totaling more than $340m. Additionally, the team, including Washington DC partners Jason Smith and David Blake, are preparing design-build and construction management contracts for aspects of the project that total $250m. Greenberg and Blake were also the key names on the $500m redevelopment of Reagan National Airport for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. In addition, Greenberg is advising the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on all construction-related matters pertaining to the $4.5bn development of the new transit center in San Francisco. Alongside Michael McKeeman and counsel Patty Lee, who are based in San Francisco, Greenberg acted for the same client in successfully resolving $35m worth of claims through an alternative dispute resolution process. McKeeman has been retained by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to draft and negotiate the $40m purchase order for the exterior skin of the new museum in Los Angeles. He was supported by San Francisco associate Katherine Polychronopoulos, who was also active in the representation of Vance Brown as general contractor in a $15m dispute with a developer relating to the construction of a large campus complex in the Silicon Valley. This matter was led by San Francisco partner Gregg Dulik, who is recommended by one client for his in-depth knowledge of 'our business and our industry'.

Leading lawyers

Bennett Greenberg - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alison Ashford - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†is best known for its real estate sector expertise, where it advises developers and investors on the tax aspects of joint ventures, REIT transactions, M&A and tax planning. Of late,¬†John Napoli¬†and counsel Michael Rosenthal¬†advised The Uhlmann Offices on its acquisition by Retail Opportunities Investments; Napoli also acted for key client Workspace Property Trust in relation to a $1.3bn securitizable loan from JPMorgan Chase. Chicago-based Steven Meier¬†co-heads the practice with Napoli, and is recommended for his ‚Äėpractical approach to solving problems‚Äô. University of California at Davis Regents and Livingston Street Capital are also active clients.

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