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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

1075 PEACHTREE STREET, NE, SUITE 2500, ATLANTA, GA 30309-3962, USA
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is ‘an outstanding firm in its field’ and the team is ‘extremely well versed in real estate law and new developments’ and has ‘an excellent level of knowledge and skill in construction financing’. The firm has substantial expertise across all areas of real estate and has been notably active in acquisitions and dispositions, development projects and fund formation, and regularly advises on environmental issues associated with land development. In the Los Angeles office, ‘efficient organizerRichard Mendelson advised LBA Realty on its $1.5bn sale of a portfolio of 46 industrial properties to Blackstone, and in Washington DC, Thomas Galli represented DataCore in a number of loan and purchase transactions including its $338m acquisition of a medical research facility in Maryland. The firm also has an active presence in New York, where ‘trusted real estate attorneysCynthia Mitchell, Peter Korda and John Napoli are the key individuals.

Next generation lawyers

Cynthia Mitchell - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP focuses on litigation involving mid-market companies with revenue of up to $1bn in sectors such as technology, biotech, hospitality and financial services. Gregory Markel in New York has a stellar reputation and ‘provides outstanding service and top-quality work; he is very responsive and listens well’. He recently represented a client in two 10b-5 cases regarding alleged misrepresentations and omissions concerning the company’s prospects. Will Prickett in Boston and Kevin Lesinski in San Francisco chair the practice.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘highly responsive, client-oriented and knowledgeable practice’ handles a variety of healthcare issues with notable expertise in non-profit hospital work, biotechnology and long-term care facilities - an area of expertise for New York-based Cynthia Mitchell. Transactional expert Douglas Mancino leads the group from Los Angeles, which also counts vice-chairs Kristin McGurn and Jesse Coleman as key practitioners in Boston and Houston respectively. ‘Absolute expert’ Thomas Haag and the ‘extremely prudent’ Dean Fanelli (both based in Washington DC) are also names to note.

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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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s team maintains a steady stream of contentious work, and counts US Foods, Allstate Insurance Company, 7-Eleven and Kia Motors America among its clients. Chicago-based practice co-head Michael Wexler obtained a favorable jury verdict for Stryker Corporation in a fraud case involving trade secrets theft and data misappropriation filed against the client’s agency. Co-head Robert Milligan in Los Angeles secured a victory for Survey Sampling in a claim against its former vice president of sales regarding the breach of a non-compete clause. Daniel Hart in Atlanta, Chicago-based Scott Humphrey and Boston-based Erik Weibust are also noted.

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 team exclusively represents heavyweight limited partners, including major state retirement schemes, and it ‘consistently fights for its clients to get the best possible arrangements with general partners of private equity funds’, according to one source. Robert Bodansky in Washington DC heads the team; ‘his overall market knowledge proves to be a big asset in negotiating terms and thinking of alternative investment structures’. James Clough in Los Angeles is also a key contact, and Chicago-based Jennifer Neilsson, who was promoted to the partnership in 2017, provides ‘valuable knowledge of the ERISA regulations, which is so important for Taft-Hartley clients’.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

According to one client, ‘few firms consistently match the depth and quality’ of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ERISA litigation team, which recently bolstered its senior line-up with the promotion to partner of Sam Schwartz-Fenwick in Chicago. The group is currently defending a multi-employer medical plan and its trustees in a class action alleging breach of fiduciary duties, and San Francisco-based D Ward Kallstrom and Kevin Lesinski are advising a client on a suit brought by healthcare providers claiming they were owed around $16m in unpaid or underpaid medical bills. The ‘very experiencedIan Morrison - who ‘shows great flexibility to adapt to his clients’ needs’ - and Amanda Sonneborn jointly lead the department from Chicago.

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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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP advises clients on vendor procurement, pension plan investment issues and tax regulations under the leadership of Robert Flanagan in Chicago. New York-based Richard Schwartz continues to assist David Yurman Enterprises with regard to the design of various retention agreements, while Randell Montellaro - who is also based in New York - is advising Northwell Health on the tax-qualified status of its cash balance, 403(b) and 401(k) plans as well as handling submissions to the DOL and IRS. Based in Chicago, Jake Downing, Adam Greetis and ACA expert associate Benjamin Conley represent Nike in all aspects of its retirement, health and welfare arrangements. Howard Pianko and senior counsel Richard Loebl are names to note in the New York office.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Full service firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s practice provides ‘comprehensive immigration support’ to clients, particularly in corporate immigration matters, and has notable strength in M&A-related work. The group also handles compliance issues, visa applications, program development and strategic planning. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team houses ‘experienced industry experts’ that provide ‘timely and accurate’ advice; Los Angeles-based ‘immigration law expertAngelo Paparelli continues to represent clients in the hospitality industry in high-stakes cases. Boston managing partner Russell Swapp chairs the national practice alongside Atlanta-based James King, who is noted for having a ‘great body of immigration knowledge’; the duo continue to shape the firm’s immigration management programs. King recently overturned a Department of Labor denial of a labor certification on behalf of a technology firm; the application was initially denied on the basis of the employer’s unquantified minimum requirements. Atlanta-based Gabriel Mozes is also recommended; he has expertise in H1-B third party placement matters and PERM program issues. On the pro bono side, in January 2017, Washington DC-based senior counsel Dawn Lurie and Atlanta-based senior counsel Sharon Poorak assisted travelers detained at the Washington DC and Atlanta airports following the issuance of Executive Order 13769, which placed a restriction on the number of individuals re-entering the US. In 2017, the firm strengthened its team via the acquisition of Leon Rodriguez to its Washington DC office; Rodriguez brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous role as the former director of USCIS.

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Angelo Paparelli - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

James King - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Russell Swapp - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Next generation lawyers

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 provides ‘practical solutions’, impresses with its ‘depth of knowledge in employment law’ and is particularly active in complex class and collective actions. Gerald Maatman, who splits his time between New York and Chicago, is an ‘exceptionally skilled litigator and adviser’, and he led a team defending Sterling Jewelers (as co-counsel with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in a case brought by the EEOC that involved 77,000 female retail sales employees alleging gender discrimination, and also secured an appeal victory in a parallel class action. San Francisco-based Brian Ashe is defending Digital Realty Trust in a Supreme Court case which involves the proper definition and statutory application of the term ‘whistleblower’. In Boston, Ariel Cudkowicz, who is ‘very knowledgeable and a good listener’, Lisa Damon and the ‘superbRichard Alfred are recommended. Chicago-based Ada Dolph and Matthew Gagnon, Andrew Paley and David Kadue in Los Angeles, Brett Bartlett and the ‘top-notchRobert Stevens, who are based in Atlanta, are also noted, as are Camille Olson, who is based across the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago offices, and Richard Lapp, who splits his time between Chicago and Los Angeles. Laura Maechtlen in San Francisco heads the team, where Christian Rowley is also based.Andrew Scroggins in Chicago was promoted to partner. Scott Nelson joined in Houston from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018.

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Camille Olson - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Gerald Maatman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

At Seyfarth Shaw LLP response times and value are ‘excellent’, and advice from the ‘outstanding’ team is ‘always measured and pragmatic’. Practice co-head Bradford Livingstonprovides sound solutions-based advice to satisfy business objectives’ from Chicago, while San-Francisco-based Christian Rowley is known for his ‘high degree of integrity and trust’. In recent highlights, the team successfully dismissed unfair labor practices claims, negotiated a successor collective bargaining agreement for an industrial manufacturer, and continues to represent a heavyweight telecoms entity in all its disciplinary arbitrations. Brian Stolzenbach and Joshua Henderson lead the department with Livingston from Chicago and San Francisco, respectively. Glenn Smith recently joined from Littler Mendelson, P.C..

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Bradford Livingston - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides ‘practical and commercial guidance’ on complex issues for clients such as Randstad North America, Aldi, General Electric and RELX Group. In Chicago, senior counsel Christine Hendrickson, Annette Tyman, chair of the workplace compliance solutions group David Baffa, and Valerie Hoffman, who also operates in Los Angeles, are key members of the firm’s pay equity group. Atlanta-based Brett Bartlett and Boston-based Richard Alfred are noted for wage and hour matters, while senior counsel Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC is experienced in regulatory enforcement and counseling mandates and is advising the United States Chamber of Commerce on several matters. Key contacts also include Alexander Passantino and Leon Rodriguez, who recently joined from the Department of Homeland Security, in Washington DC; Tracy Billows, Ellen McLaughlin, Pamela Devata and Condon McGlothlen in Chicago; Ann Marie Zaletel, Kerry Friedrichs, Chelsea Mesa and senior counsel Debbie Caplan in Los Angeles; Benjamin Briggs in Atlanta; senior counsel Cindy Westervelt in Boston; and Robert Nobile in New York, where associate Joshua Seidman, who is experienced in mandatory paid sick leave laws, ‘industry expertWilliam Perkins, and Glenn Smith, who joined from Littler Mendelson, P.C., are also based. Scott Nelson joined in Houston from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018.

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David Baffa - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Lawrence Lorber - 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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is ‘highly regarded for its deep knowledge of corporate law and M&A expertise; the firm’s associates are also knowledgeable and responsive to clients’ needs’. With a team of over 60 corporate M&A attorneys, the practice advises clients engaged on the full range of domestic and cross-border public and private transactions, including M&A deals and divestitures, going-private transactions, strategic alliances and joint ventures; and the M&A practice is supported by the firm’s leading labor and employment group. It also works closely alongside the global privacy and security team and M&A litigation team. Chicago-based national M&A chair Suzanne Saxman led advice to a healthcare solutions company on the acquisition of substantially all the assets of a clinical data management and clinical and statistical programing solutions provider. Steven Meier and Theodore Cornell III are also highly rated Chicago contacts, and in New York, vice-national M&A chair Andrew Lucano - who has significant experience in the communications industry advising cable operators and financial entities on the sale and purchase of cable systems throughout the US - and Stanley Bloch are ‘extremely knowledgeable and service oriented - they are true business partners with clients’. Other recommended names are Washington DC-based Robert Bodansky and Andrew Sherman; Ofer Lion and Douglas Mancino in Los Angeles; and Houston-based Paul Pryzant. In 2017, the firm opened a Hong Kong office, expanding its presence in Asia-Pacific.

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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

Highlights for Seyfarth Shaw LLP included advising Daniel J. Edelman on the international privacy and security compliance surrounding its new multinational research study and promotion involving collecting biometric information from drivers and the factors that impact their driving habits; successfully defending First Advantage Background Services in a class action lawsuit relating to its alleged failure to obtain certification of its Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance; and assisting a Japan-based global car manufacturer with the creation of a joint venture which will utilize automotive telematics data. Kelly Services and Pekin Insurance are also clients. Chicago-based litigator Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski in Houston jointly lead the department, which has expertise in compliance programs, data privacy litigation, cross-border mandates and innovative technologies, including IOT, big data and behavioral insurance. Senior counsel M James Daley, Bart Lazar and Richard Lutkus are all key names in the Chicago office; Lutkus is also a member of the San Francisco team.

Next generation lawyers

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team has ‘a wide breadth of experience in the local and national industry’ and provides ‘excellent service’. Bennett Greenberg and Sara Farabow head the construction practice out of Washington DC, but the team also has partners stationed in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston. The hotel and leisure sector has been a source of work, and Farabow and Alison Ashford (New York) assisted Diamond Resorts International with the development of a luxury timeshare resort in Hawaii as well as helped the client overhaul its suite of construction and commercial contracts for forthcoming projects. The team has also received work relating to major infrastructure projects, with Greenberg and San Francisco-based Michael McKeeman (San Francisco) representing the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on all construction law considerations surrounding the development of a $4.5bn transit center in the heart of San Francisco. On the contentious side, Greenberg represented the Municipality of Anchorage in litigation valued at $340m filed against participants in the design and construction of the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project.

Leading lawyers

Bennett Greenberg - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alison Ashford - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s team has expertise in real estate, private equity, public healthcare, partnership and private client tax structuring, M&A, financing and bankruptcy matters. Steven Meier in Chicago advised CMBS master servicer Wells Fargo on New York REIT’s acquisition of a 49.9% indirect equity interest in the office building Worldwide Plaza - the mortgage and mezzanine loans for which are serviced by the client. Meier also serves as principal tax counsel to Inland Real Estate Group regarding its alternative real estate securities investment programs. New York-based John Napoli regularly advises Mack-Cali Realty Corporation on the structuring of transactions and REIT compliance.

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