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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

1075 PEACHTREE STREET, NE, SUITE 2500, ATLANTA, GA 30309-3962, USA
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Work +1 404 885 1500
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Fax +1 404 892 7056
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www.seyfarth.com

United States: Industry focus

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has a sizeable practice operating largely out of its Houston, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC offices. The ‘service is fantastic’ thanks to ‘strong industry knowledge’ and a ‘great team of lawyers’. Clients recognize the firm’s ‘concerted effort to grow and diversify its healthcare practice’ with ‘very reputable attorneys that have a variety of expertise in various aspects of healthcare law’. The firm represented a nursing home portfolio in connection with the refinance of a $62m mortgage term loan. Chicago’s Joan Casciari is an ‘excellent healthcare employment attorney’ and Houston’s Jesse Coleman is a ‘rising star in healthcare litigation’. Clients include Brookdale Senior Living, Houston Metro Urology, Kindred Healthcare and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets
Trade secrets - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Drawing on the strength of its sizeable employment department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is a highly regarded player in the trade secrets space. The group, jointly led by Michael Wexler in Chicago, assists clients in all areas of trade secrets, including the prevention of trade secret theft or misappropriation, violations of non-competes, computer fraud, as well as trade secrets audits. Los Angeles-based Robert Milligan, the team's other joint head, represented Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics in a case before a San Diego court, obtaining a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order against a former employee who took prized company trade secrets and was planning on starting a competing biotech business in China. Milligan also served as counsel to Berlin Packaging, one of the largest packaging suppliers in the US, providing both litigation and transactional advice on its disputes with employees, contractors and competitors. Active key clients include Kia Motors America and Ferrari North America.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ERISA litigators are ‘excellent: always available to assist and very knowledgeable’. The practice handles issues concerning multi-employer health and welfare plans, health coverage disputes and alleged breaches of fiduciary duty. Ward Kallstrom, Kevin Lesinski and Jonathan Braunstein of the California office defended the ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan and its trustees in a class action case. Further east Amanda Sonneborn, Ian Morrison, Ronald Kramer and Ada Dolph are key figures in the Chicago team. Other clients include the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Henkel and US Foods. Sonneborn and Morrison jointly lead the practice.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s expertise includes plan drafting, transaction-related matters, governance issues and Affordable Care Act matters. In the New York office, Howard Pianko advises OOCL, The Hertz Company and College Board on their plan structures, while Randell Montellaro acts for Northwell Health (formerly known as the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System) on integrating the retirement and welfare systems of hospitals and healthcare practices it has acquired. Practice head Robert Flanagan, who is based in the Chicago office, handles executive compensation, ERISA regulation and multi-employer plan matters.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘excellent’ business immigration group is ‘extremely responsive, competent and efficient’, and conveys ‘a feeling of true partnership’. James King and Russell Swapp co-chair the practice, which prides itself on being tech-savvy: partners invest significant time and resources developing systems and databases that deliver immigration management programs to clients. King manages the immigration team in Atlanta and advises international clients on issues including Form I-9 and E-Verify proceedings, while serves on the Immigration Subcommittee of the US Chamber of Commerce. The practice is known for its customized work permit management programs, which it sets up for US corporations with the help of a document automation platform that delivers a highly customized output. The recommended Angelo Paparelli has represented various clients in the EB-5 investor green card program. Boston-based Gabriel Mozes was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Angelo Paparelli - 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 attains the ‘gold standard’ in wage and hour class actions, EEOC matters, and has extensive experience in California employment law. In EEOC v Forge Industrial Staffing, the group successfully limited the commission’s subpoena enforcement authority connected to claims of sexual harassment and retaliation filed by a former employee. Gerald Maatman, with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, acted for Sterling Jewelers in a long-running class action concerning alleged nationwide pay and promotion discrimination against women. The plaintiff’s motions for class certification were recently denied, as were claims for punitive damages for 44,000 class members. Praise abounds attorneys at this firm: Maatman is a ‘leader in this discipline, always available and ready to refine a strategy’; ‘the practical, personable and knowledgeable’ Camille Olson ‘always makes time’ for her clients; Ada Dolphis superior at litigation strategy’; and newly promoted partner Matthew Gagnon is ‘not paralyzed by the myriad of options’. Practice chair Lisa Damon, Richard Alfred, Brett Bartlett, Robert Stevens, and Richard Lapp are also highly experienced. Partner promotions include Kerry McCoy Friedrichs, Jeffrey Wortman, and Giselle Donado. Andrew Scroggins from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Christina Janice from Signet Jewelers were new senior counsel hires while Arthur Rooney departed to Baker McKenzie LLP. Named individuals are based in Chicago, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Leading lawyers

Camille Olson - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Gerald Maatman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides ‘services that reflect deep expertise’. Highlights included representing Republic Services and its subsidiary before the NLRB regarding its standard for determining joint-employer status, and acting for Ashley Furniture Industries in one of the largest private NLRB elections as well as numerous unfair labor practices cases. The ‘outstandingBradford Livingston continues as practice head, but with the departure of Kristin Michaels to McDermott Will & Emery LLP, he has enlisted support of vice-chairs in the form of Brian Stolzenbach and Joshua Henderson. Jeffrey Rossunderstands corporate in-house challenges’ and senior counsel John Tonerhas strong personal knowledge of the NLRB’. Joseph Damato, Arthur Telegen, Nick Geannacopulos, Jeffrey Berman and counsel Marshall Babson are recommended. Other team changes include the hires of John Telford and John Lambremont from Littler Mendelson, P.C., the retirement of senior counsel Joel Kaplan, and Henderson and Kyle Hartman making partner. Attorneys are based in Chicago, Los Angeles (Downtown and Century City), San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston and New York.

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

At Seyfarth Shaw LLP, David Baffa’s team ‘does not disappoint’, with the ‘outstandingEllen McLaughlin, Pamela Devata, who is ‘devoted to ensuring her client’s needs are always met’, and Condon McGlothlen being leading practitioners in Chicago. ‘Excellent resources such as SeyfarthLink’ optimize the group’s services and form part of the business model of SeyfarthLean, which concentrates on business objectives set by clients and innovative technology solutions. Several clients, including a large grocery retailer and a financial services company, utilized this approach for monitoring accommodation requests under the ADA and Family and Medical Leave Act. Matters concerning employee classification, data breaches, auditing the policies of companies and hiring test assessments formed part of the varied workload. In New York, Robert Nobile and William Perkins are revered, as are senior counsels Lawrence Lorber and Debbie Caplan, who has a ‘tremendous amount of expertise’, in Washington DC and Los Angeles respectively. Partner promotions saw Chelsea Mesa, Johanna Wise and Giselle Donado made up in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago respectively. Boston-based Cindy Westervelt’s arrival from independent practice and Paul Kehoe’s departure to Booz Allen Hamilton were some changes at senior counsel level.

Leading lawyers

David Baffa - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

William Perkins - 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

A substantial portion of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s M&A practice, ‘which works with clients to help them build their businesses in an efficient and high-quality manner’, focuses on middle-market transactions. Its ‘counsel during M&A procedures is consistently accurate and timely, and the team’s knowledge and expertise proves invaluable’. A cross-departmental team successfully advised Alleghany Capital on the acquisition of 84% of IPS-Integrated Project Services; it also assisted a sports equipment manufacturer with its acquisition of the global brand, sales and innovation rights to Louisville Slugger. On the sell side, highlights included acting for integrated media company the Dispatch Printing Company on its agreement to sell all of its print publications to New Media Investment Group. In large deals, the team advised cable operator Suddenlink Communications on selling a controlling stake in its company to Altice for $9.1bn. National M&A chair Suzanne Saxman in Chicago and New York-based vice-national M&A chair Andrew Lucano and Stanley Bloch (‘tremendous expertise and gives solid advice’) are recommended. Elsewhere, Washington DC office managing partner Robert Bodanskygives clients the time, attention and respect they deserve, truly demonstrating that excellent service is a core value that he subscribes to’. Chicago corporate chair Steven Meier and Theodore Cornell III, together with Los Angeles-based Michael Clark, Ofer Lion and Douglas Mancino, are also highly rated attorneys. Growth in the practice saw Paul Pryzant in the Houston office joining from Burleson LLP; and New York-based Howard Jiang, Gabriel Monzon-Cortarelli and Eric Simonson arriving from Locke Lord LLP, Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Blank Rome LLP respectively.

Leading lawyers

Suzanne Saxman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Scott Carlson in Chicago and John Tomaszewski in Houston chair Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s practice, which recently saw the arrival of two senior counsels; M. James Daley and Patrick Burke. Chicago-based Daley has experience in EU-US data transfer matters, and New York-based Burke focuses on cross-border electronic discovery and disclosure. US-headquartered staffing agency Kelly Services is a client, as are First Point, a telecoms and network hardware reseller, and data privacy management company True Ultimate Standards Everywhere. Julia Jacobson joined the Boston office from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in February 2016.

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United States: Real estate and construction

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

At Seyfarth Shaw LLP, ‘terrific lawyerBennett Greenberg leads a ‘substantial practice with a deep bench’, which includes newly appointed co-chair Sara Beiro Farabow. The group garners praise for developing ‘creative arguments’ in difficult assignments in both private and public sectors, and for its ancillary services. Its expertise ranges from alternative energy and transportation to infrastructure and sports. James Newland continues to assist the International Monetary Fund with project administration and dispute management regarding the renovation of its headquarters, while Greenberg and Chicago-based Gregg Dorman are advising LAFC Sports on the $280m redevelopment of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which includes demolishing the old arena and constructing a new 22,000-seater open-air stadium. Other work highlights included Farabow and New York-based Alison Ashford assisting OCI N.V. as owner and EPC contractor on the construction of a $1.8bn nitrogen fertilizer complex in Iowa and a $1bn methanol plant in Texas. David Blake (‘excellent in contract drafting on complex transactions’) is providing contractual advice to Center Place Holdings on a $1.25bn mixed-use development in Washington DC. Mark Johnson (‘practical as well as fully versed in the laws’) and David Mancini (‘working tirelessly to succeed’) are also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Bennett Greenberg - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s practice handles transactions in all 50 states and has grown further (now 76 partners) through the hires of Los Angeles-based Dana Treister from Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Atlanta-based Timothy Sullivan from Beazer Homes USA, as well as the promotions to partner of Arren Goldman and Melissa Vandewater, who are based in New York and Chicago respectively. As well as being singled out for its ‘superior skill and expertise in real estate lending, CMBS and securitization matters’, the practice also enjoys a good reputation on the dirt side; Los Angeles-based Richard Mendelson and Stacy Paek represented LBA Realty in a number of acquisitions and dispositions, including the $240m sale of an office building in downtown Los Angeles, while Chicago-based Gregg Dorman assisted Los Angeles FC with the $280m redevelopment of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Other names to note are Andrew Pearlstein, who is ‘top for business acumen and industry knowledge’, and ‘skillful professionalCatherine Burns, both in Boston; Washington DC-based Robert Bodansky, who is ‘a good draftsman and a reasonable and thoughtful adviser’; and, in Chicago, the ‘very perceptiveJay Gitles and the ‘trustworthyAlvin Kruse. Head of practice Paul Mattingly leads the team from Atlanta. In May 2016, Thomas Masenga joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton 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 specializes in real estate activities such as REITs, joint ventures and development. There is also a focus on the nonprofit sector and services for tax-exempt organizations. Highlights included advising longstanding client Mack-Cali Realty Corporation on a joint venture with Mills Corporation for an entertainment, recreation and office complex to be built in New Jersey. Steven Meier acted for Inland Real Estate Group as tax and securities counsel in the implementation, distribution and maintenance of real estate securities investment programs, with total offerings expected to be around $1bn. Rita Abro, Joshua Lake and Greta Staat all joined the department as associates in 2015.

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