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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is probably best known for its ‘sophisticated’ work in the loan origination and CMBS space, where it acts for a range of insurers and banks, including New York Life Insurance Company. Los Angeles-based Stacy Paek acted for said client in a number of financings, including a $223m loan to CBRE Global Investors for the purchase of Galleria Office Towers in Dallas. The substantial team also handles equity mandates and, in one example, New York-based John Napoli represented Workspace Property Trust in its acquisition of a $969m real estate portfolio from Liberty Property Trust. In 2016, the group further expanded its services by creating two new real estate-related practice groups in the areas of healthcare and distressed situations. Of the firm’s many recommended lawyers, names to note include Atlanta-based department chair Paul Mattingly; Washington DC-based Robert Bodansky, who is a ‘calm negotiator’; and Los Angeles-based Gregg Bernhard, who joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP. In Boston, Catherine Burns is, according to one client, ‘in a class by herself’, Andrew Pearlstein has ‘excellent commercial sense’, and Allison Driscoll is a ‘first-class, real estate lending attorney’. In New York, healthcare specialist Cynthia Mitchell is ‘excellent in client service’ and Lester Bliwise is a ‘sound and practical adviser’.

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 is ‘a strong, up-and-coming firm in this space with a respected practice that shows tremendous creativity and outside-the-box thinking’. The firm has a strong track record in mid-market cases and boosted its bench significantly with the hire of leading light Gregory Markel in New York from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Will Prickett in Boston defended directors and officers of Nanosphere in cases brought after the announcement of its acquisition by Luminex Corp. Andrew Boutros, who operates from Chicago and Washington DC, is ‘exceptional, the real deal - very thorough, meticulous and client-focused’.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is ‘excellent in every respect’. Compliance reviews and M&A matters are frequent features of the practice for clients including hospitals, managed care systems and ancillary service providers. The firm’s strong intellectual property practice also supports the team’s work. Houston-based Sheryl Dasco advised Providence Hospital of North Houston on restructuring its medical practice to allow it to obtain accountable care organization status. Century City-based practice head Douglas Mancino is recommended along with Dean Fanelli and the ‘very prudent, intelligent and pragmatic’ Thomas Haag in Washington DC; Fanelli and Haag joined from legacy firm Fanelli Haag PLLC.

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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 Chicago-based practice co-head Michael Wexler secured a victory on all claims of wilful and malicious trade secret misappropriation brought by Stryker against a former employee and a competitor; he also defended the client against a $165m counterclaim. Co-head Robert Milligan in Los Angeles and Atlanta-based Daniel Hart serve as national trade secrets counsel to US Foods, providing ongoing advice on the company’s internal policies as well as handling litigation against former employees and competitors. Other highlights included securing a victory in a violation of a non-compete claim filed by Survey Sampling International against its former vice president of sales. Boston-based Erik Weibust acted for Howmedica and its sales representative against allegations of non-compete violation brought by CDC Medical. Worldpay and Intel are also clients. Chicago-based Scott Humphrey and Katherine Perrelli in Boston are other names to note.

Leading lawyers

Michael Wexler - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘mastery of ERISA and multi-employer pension plans is extremely strong’, according to clients. Acclaimed by clients, Chicago-based Ronald Kramer is representing Republic Services in a complex withdrawal liability action, while Ada Dolph - known for her ‘persuasive advocacy’ - worked on a 401(k) excessive fee suit. In San Francisco, the team is handling a high-stakes action by plan trustees against a former third-party administrator alleging a breach of fiduciary duties, and defended PMA’s welfare plan and its trustees in a claim brought by the Omidi family and several ambulatory surgical centers on the grounds of unpaid benefits. Ian Morrison and Amanda Sonneborn lead the practice and are also key contacts.

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Employee health and retirement plans
Employee health and retirement plans - ranked: tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s expertise extends to healthcare, ACA reform, and the amending, drafting and termination of retirement and benefit plans. The practice is advising Nike regarding a major redesign of its employee benefits programs through the Chicago-based Adam Greetis, while Randell Montellaro assists Northwell Health with its tax-qualified retirement plans, cash balance plans, and 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans from the New York office. On the ACA side, Howard Pianko, who is also based in New York, represents a major publicly traded health company with regard to healthcare reforms. Robert Flanagan heads the team from Chicago and is handling Northrop Grumman’s transition of service providers.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Full service firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP has diversified considerably since its establishment as a specialist employment and labor practice in 1945, but its traditional strength remains a cornerstone of the practice and it shines in corporate immigration matters. Its broad service model gives it an edge in M&A-related work, alongside strategic planning, case preparation, visa applications and compliance issues. Los Angeles-based Angelo Paparelli is ‘one of the most knowledgeable, connected and thorough immigration attorneys in the US’ and is highly sought after for complex matters; he has been involved in several high-stakes cases for clients in the hospitality industry over the past year. Boston managing partner Russell Swapp chairs the ‘very professional and efficient’ national practice alongside Atlanta-based James King; both are key figures behind the team’s commitment to stay ahead of the curve in terms of hi-tech service delivery and continue to shape the firm’s immigration management programs. Atlanta-based ‘rising star’ Gabriel Mozes is also recommended and recently overturned a Department of Labor denial of a labor certification on behalf of a leading management consulting firm. In 2016, the group welcomed the arrivals of senior counsels Dawn Lurie in Washington DC and Mahsa Aliaskari in Los Angeles, both from Polsinelli PC.

Leading lawyers

Angelo Paparelli - 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 is best known for handling high-stakes class and collective actions across the spectrum of labor and employment disputes. Richard Alfred is defending Wells Fargo in a California and New York Rule 23 class action against former hourly paid employees; Alfred defeated a motion for statewide class certification in New York and also obtained the dismissal of a nationwide FLSA collective action. The ‘top-notchCamille Olson and Richard Lapp, together with three other law firms, protected HP’s trade secrets against misappropriation by former CEO Mark Hurd, who resigned to join Oracle. Other clients include Spectra Energy and Tesla. Practice head Lisa Damon, Gerald Maatman, Ada Dolph, Andrew Paley, Matthew Gagnon, Brett Bartlett, Robert Stevens, ‘stellar mentorBrian Ashe, managing partner Christian Rowley and associate managing partner Ariel Cudkowicz are highly respected. Robert Fisher joined from Foley Hoag LLP and the ‘invaluableChelsea Mesa, Candace Bertoldi and Justin Curley were among those who made partner. Giselle Donado joined RR Donnelley. Named attorneys are based across Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles (Century City and Downtown), New York and San Francisco.

Leading individual

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘knowledgeable lawyers’ advise clients including Verizon Wireless and Ametek on the full range of matters. Arthur Telegen represented two lines of Verizon’s business in injunction proceedings in state and federal courts, and also defended the company against unfair labor charges before the NLRB and advised the businesses on collective bargaining to end a strike, which had been initiated by thousands of employees from its Northeast region; the strike ended in 2016 and several proceedings are ongoing. Peter Walker won a Fifth Circuit appeal against the NLRB for UnitedHealth Group concerning unfair labor claims brought by current and former employees, who allege the client’s arbitration policy violated the NLRA by prohibiting class and collective actions. Bradford Livingston, Brian Stolzenbach and Joshua Henderson lead the practice, which also includes senior counsel John Toner, Jeffrey Berman, Joseph Damato, Nick Geannacopulos, Marshall Babson and John Telford. The team grew at counsel level and Robert Fisher joined as partner from Foley Hoag LLP. Attorneys are based in the firm’s Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC offices.

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLPdistinguishes itself by offering excellent legal advice’ through ‘highly useful’ resources, such as the service model SeyfarthLean, which provides clients with project management and technology solutions, The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Exemption Resource Center and the recently launched pay equity practice, which is led by Valerie Hoffman, who divides her time between Chicago and Century City. Recent matters saw Washington DC-based Alexander Passantino act for The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity in its response to the DOL’s revisions to overtime exemptions for white-collar employees; and Randstad North America retain Atlanta’s Benjamin Briggs and San Francisco’s Kerry Friedrichs to conduct a wage and hour audit across 36 of its sites. The practice group is led from Chicago by David Baffa and counts Costco, US Foods and General Electric among its clients. In the same office, Pamela Devata has ‘exceptional skills’ in Fair Credit Reporting Act and background screening matters, standing out with Condon McGlothlen, Tracy Billows and the ‘smart, practical and responsiveEllen McLaughlin. Los Angeles’ Chelsea Mesa proves ‘invaluable’ in California and federal law compliance and in New York, William Perkins is ‘first rate’ and Robert Nobile’s advice to ‘the upper echelons of management is unsurpassed’. Boston’s Cindy Westervelt, Washington DC’s Lawrence Lorber and Century City-based Debbie Caplan are highly experienced senior counsels. Personnel changes included the hire of Jack Lambremont from Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Atlanta, Anthony Califano’s promotion to partner in Boston and Giselle Donado and Johanna Wise’s move to in-house positions at RR Donnelley and Chick-fil-A, respectively.

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has ‘a very responsive, knowledgeable, lean practice, which has lawyers who are courteous and succinct’. The firm’s well-known labor and employment practice regularly supports the practice during M&A transactions; recent highlights include a cross-departmental team from the firm successfully advising Alleghany Capital Corporation on the purchase of 84% of Integrated Project Services. It also acted for Nanosphere, active in the molecular microbiology and molecular diagnostic market, in its sale to Luminex Corporation; the transaction was valued at approximately $115m. Other matters included advising Morrisey Holdings on the sale of one of its wholly owned subsidiaries to healthcare software company HealthStream, while large real estate sector deals included advising commercial real estate company Workspace Property Trust on the $1bn-plus acquisition of 108 office properties. Chicago-based Suzanne Saxman advises clients in industries such as manufacturing, gaming, alternative energy, professional services and construction; Steven Meier is ‘outstanding and provides thorough analysis, knowledge and responsiveness’; and Theodore Cornell III is also recommended. New York-based vice M&A chair Andrew Lucano, who has significant experience in representing cable operators and financial entities on the sale and purchase of cable systems, and communications industry expert Stanley Bloch are also highly rated. In Washington DC, Robert Bodansky is another recommended attorney and the ‘excellent’ Andrew Sherman chairs the Washington DC corporate department; Sherman is ‘extremely effective, competent, worth every cent, and leaves clients feeling very fortunate’. Michael Clark, Ofer Lion and Douglas Mancino are key Los Angeles contacts.

Leading lawyers

Suzanne Saxman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s practice is led by senior counsel in Houston John Tomaszewski and Scott Carlson in Chicago. Tomaszewski’s expertise includes advising on IOT issues and cryptocurrency platforms using blockchain technology, while Carlson advises clients on information governance issues, including computer forensics, cybersecurity and IT-related policies. Richard Lutkus, who splits his time between San Francisco and Chicago, and Washington DC-based Karla Grossenbacherdo a spectacular job; they provide timely responses and give sage advice on investigating breaches and notifying customers’. The team is assisting a media company with the global information governance of its data privacy and protection issues, including cross-border transfer of personal data and international litigation and regulatory proceedings. Further highlights included advising a drug testing company on Privacy Shield compliance, providing privacy advice to a healthcare company with regard to implementing an email-based opt-in marketing program, and conducting a HIPAA compliance assessment on a large medical practice.

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 is led by the highly reputable Bennett Greenberg and Sara Beiro Farabow, who are both based in Washington DC. From its Washington base, the group handles matters throughout the country, with 13 partners spread across offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston. The team is best known for litigating on major public projects but also advises on front-end negotiations in private and public projects spanning energy, commercial real estate, airports and stadia. The group’s ongoing advice to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority in the contractual negotiations for the construction of the $4.5bn San Francisco transit center is testament to its expertise. Other highlights included advising OCI NV on a $2.8bn natural gas projects and acting for real estate developer Center Place Holdings on a $1.25bn mixed-use development in Washington DC; David Blake led the advice. On the disputes front, the group continues to advise IMF on claims from design professionals concerning the construction of a new $400m headquarters in Washington DC.

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

Working hand-in-hand with the firm’s corporate department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s tax lawyers have considerable experience advising real estate developers, investors, investment funds, REITs and joint ventures on tax matters related to their business activities. In a notable mandate, the firm acted for Workspace Property Trust on its $1bn acquisition of 108 office properties located in four states, which involved a tax-efficient structure. The practice is also advising Acadia Realty Trust on all tax matters related to its REIT activities. Steven Meier in Chicago and John Napoli are the key names.

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