The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Squire Patton Boggs

Work +1 202 457 6000
Fax +1 202 457 6315

United States: Dispute resolution

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Lawyers at the ‘excellentSquire Patton Boggsexhibit a genuine commitment to achieving the best possible outcome’. The government investigations and white-collar practice is chaired by Samuel Rosenthal, who divides his time between Washington DC and New York. Rosenthal represents Eduardo Li, the former president of Costa Rica’s football federation, as a co-defendant in the FIFA case. Other key figures in New York include Benjamin Wood, who is representing various foreign financial institutions in the Middle East and elsewhere in connection with investigations into potential violations of US sanctions laws. Rodney Slater is serving as independent monitor to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Clark Ervin is acting as monitor to the city of Ferguson to assess its compliance with a consent decree issued in April 2016.

[back to top]

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs, according to clients, the team is ‘able to provide best-in-class restructuring counsel for debtors’ and has represented Midway Gold US and Atna Resources in their respective Chapter 11 plans of liquidation. Also in the mining sector, it represented Zolfo Copper as British Virgin Islands liquidator of Midway United Limited and Glad Worldwide Limited in their respective Chapter 15 proceedings. On the creditor side, the team has represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of both Midstates Petroleum and Constellation Enterprises. In each, the team was able to increase the initial recovery proposed by the debtors, particularly in the Midstates case where recoveries were doubled. The firm has also represented US Bank as indenture trustee in various bankruptcy cases, including those of Goodrich Petroleum, Energy & Exploration Partners and Sandridge Energy. Cincinnati-based practice head Stephen Lerner ‘excels at resolving disputes’ and ‘keeps the process moving by gaining consensus among parties’. Other key partners include San Francisco-based Karol Denniston and New York-based Nava Hazan.

[back to top]

United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Alongside lobbying and regulatory advocacy, Squire Patton Boggs undertakes public policy due diligence into proposed legislation and regulations with the potential to affect business deals. Clients include major corporations from a variety of sectors, such as Amazon, California Steel Industries, Gazprombank, Mars, SpaceX and Wake Forest University. Jeffrey Turner heads the public policy practice, in which Erin McGrain was promoted to partner in March 2016.

[back to top]

United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs frequently undertakes defective construction, errors and omissions and life insurance cases, with extensive experience in arbitration and litigation. New York’s recommended Larry Schiffer is representing Alterra American Insurance Company in the ongoing NFL concussion litigation. The firm counts AIG Property Casualty as a major client; Newark’s Mark Sheridan defended the insurance giant in coverage disputes and bad faith claims brought by Becton Dickinson and in a coverage case with the Los Angeles Unified School District, which sought coverage regarding sexual abuse claims. CNA, Allstate Insurance and Gen Re are all clients. The firm merged with the legacy firm Carroll, Burdick & McDonough in 2016, bringing David Godwin, Gretchen Ramos and Wallace Smith to the San Francisco office. Highly respected practice head John Nonna and Patrick Dugan, based in New York and Columbus respectively, lead the team.

Leading lawyers

John Nonna - Squire Patton Boggs

Larry Schiffer - Squire Patton Boggs

[back to top]

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has significant deal experience in sectors such as chemicals, financial services, retail, technology, healthcare, life sciences, and food and drink, and has a prominent private equity deal practice. Recent technology highlights include advising Plat.One on its sale to SAP. Cleveland-based Americas chair of the global corporate practice Daniel Berick advises private equity and venture capital firms, as well as family offices, on portfolio company investments, acquisitions and dispositions. Nicholas Unkovic, who divides time between Palo Alto and San Francisco, acts for US and multinational life science and technology companies, professional service firms and financial institutions. His representative experience includes advising the seller on the sale of a substantial equipment leasing portfolio and acting for a multinational life sciences company on medical device company acquisitions.

[back to top]

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Next generation lawyers

Tara Swaminatha - Squire Patton Boggs

[back to top]

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘excellent and highly knowledgeable’ team at Squire Patton Boggs is led by Robert Kelly, who clients praise for his ‘ability to demonstrate thoroughness and industry expertise’. The team acts for a mix of public and private sector clients and Joseph Markoski recently advised the Regulatory Authority of the Government of Bermuda on a range of matters, including the claw back of spectrum holdings from a mobile operator, regulatory issues relating to three mergers, and its involvement in a selection process relating to the allocation of sub-1 GHz 4G LTE spectrum and resulting litigation. Highlights for Kelly included assisting 800 MHz Transition Administrator with a $4bn spectrum reconfiguration program and representing the Intelligent Transportation Society of America before the FCC and the US Department of Commerce in issues regarding connected vehicle systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Other key names include Paul Besozzi, Jonathan Nadler and Robert Stup Jr.; Stup assisted AquaComms with obtaining an FCC license for the construction of an undersea cable between New York and Ireland. Monica Desai took an in-house position at Facebook.

[back to top]

Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has an impressive record in Mexico where it has represented Pemex on a range of projects including major natural gas pipelines. The firm has also impressed in power and renewables matters across Latin America, and has a unique presence in the Dominican Republic, where it recently advised the lead arrangers and bookrunners on the $533m refinancing of Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom) through a bond offering and syndicated loan. Washington DC partners Paul O’Hop and Alvaro Mestre have a fine record in oil-and-gas, power and renewables, and infrastructure projects; Mestre is chair of the firm’s Mexico desk. Kevin Levey is recommended for infrastructure and pipeline projects.

[back to top]

Further information on Squire Patton Boggs

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Squire Patton Boggs in other jurisdictions.

United Arab Emirates

Offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai


Offices in Perth, Sydney, and Darwin


Offices in Brussels


Offices in Beijing and Shanghai

Czech Republic

Offices in Prague


Offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Boblingen

Dominican Republic

Offices in Santo Domingo


Offices in Madrid


Offices in Paris

Hong Kong

Offices in Hong Kong


Offices in Budapest

Latin America: International firms


Offices in Tokyo


Offices in London

North West

Offices in Manchester


Offices in Warsaw


Offices in Doha


Offices in Moscow


Offices in Singapore


Offices in Bratislava

United States

Offices in Cleveland, Denver, Dallas, Washington DC, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, New York, Phoenix, Miami, Tysons Corner, Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Newark

West Midlands

Offices in Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

Offices in Leeds

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • EU and Malta Securitisation Market

    Following the US subprime crisis that began in 2007, the notion of securitisation has suffered from bad press that tainted its reputation. However, securitisation is still considered as an essential component to continued economic recovery and for well-functioning financial markets.

  • DOJ Makes the Pilot Program Permanent and Announces FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

    The US Department of Justice ("DOJ") had announced a pilot program [1] ("Pilot Program") on April 5, 2016, which created new mitigation opportunities for companies that (i) voluntarily self-disclosed, (ii) cooperated fully, and (iii) took timely and appropriate remedial actions in FCPA matters that fell within the Fraud Section's mandate. The Pilot Program was to remain in effect for 1 year, starting from the day of its announcement. On March 10, 2017, the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Kenneth A. Blanco, announced in a speech that the Pilot Program would continue in full force until the DOJ reached a final decision on whether to extend it, and what revisions, if any, should be made to it. [2] The evaluation period of the Pilot Program ended on November 29, 2017, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the new FCPA Enforcement Policy ("Policy"), which effectively makes the Pilot Program permanent with some revisions. According to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, the FCPA Unit received 30 voluntary disclosures during the time period that the Pilot Program was in force, as opposed to 18 voluntary disclosures that were received during the previous 18-month period. The Policy has been incorporated into the United States Attorneys' Manual in order to "be readily understood and easily applied by busy prosecutors" as opposed to being promulgated in memorandum format. [3]
  • Effects of State of Emergency Law in Turkey On Prison Sentences Under Criminal Execution Laws

    With the Statutory Decree No.671 dated August 17, 2016, and the recent changes with Regulations No.29987 and No.29824 on Regulation Regarding an Amendment on Placement to Open Punishment Execution Facilities effecting execution of the Law No.5275 on Punishment Execution Law has introduced significant changes.
  • [SOUTH KOREA] Supreme Court Affirms Lower Decision, Finding Invalid the Regulations on Foreign ...

    Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Decision, Finding Invalid the Regulations on Foreign Exchange Report on Incorporation of Offshore Subsidiary by an Offshore Company
  • Disputes on Health-Related Commercial Advertisements under Consumer Law

  • [SOUTH KOREA] New Administration’s Key Environmental Policies

    To step forward as an environment-friendly government, the Moon Jae-in Administration has announced its key environmental policies, including improving safety in chemical substances and household chemical products, and reinforcing implementation measures of the Paris Agreement.  Under the “sustainable development” paradigm, the new administration will continually promote new regulations to protect the environment and strengthen its enforcement of environmental regulations.
  • [SOUTH KOREA] Lower Court Issues Favorable Decision for 27,000 KIA Motors Employees in an ...

    Lower Court Issues Favorable Decision for 27,000 KIA Motors Employees in an Ordinary Wage Case 
  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: “More Philippine Data Privacy Act: Are you Ready for Phase II?”

    Controllers and processors who have completed Phase I registration with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) will now have to gear up for Phase II. Phase II involves providing the NPC certain information on the organization’s compliance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA).
  • Crowdfunding - The Path towards a regulatory Framework

      The importance and feasibility of crowdfunding platforms is increasing in stature and importance for current and future the entrepreneurs. Malta has recently acceded to the rising trend by creating its first crowdfunding platform, ZAAR, a reward-based crowdfunding platform who has recently been awarded with the first prize in its section at the National Enterprise Support Awards 2016 also as well as being one of the local projects that have represented Malta at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2016, held in Slovakia. Nonetheless start-ups based in Malta with global aspirations often rely on international platforms. An increase in interest has emerged amongst the art and culture community as well in social entrepreneurship projects. Crowdfunding in Malta is still at the early stages of development. Despite this, there are endless opportunities for local entrepreneurs and the local business community. Research has shown that through international crowdfunding platforms, monies have been raised for projects in the field of gaming consoles, apps and software as well as for artistic projects.  Testimony to this is a new game design studio in Malta, that launched its first game, Politicks, raised financing through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.