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Despite a climb in the first half of 2016, oil prices remain low and this continues to be a major theme in the energy space, which has led to increased amounts of litigation such as breach of contract disputes and royalty class actions. The midstream sector has not been hit as hard and is benefiting from the new infrastructure-friendly Trump administration - the other major factor shaping the energy sector. Consequently, advising on oil and gas infrastructure projects has been keeping many firms busy, be it in the regulatory space, providing assistance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filings, or in a contentious setting, where a large number of firms act for companies faced with environmental opposition. With the new administration, firms expect speedier approval proceedings for pipeline projects on one side and an uptick in environmental litigation on the other while increased competition between pipeline companies is another expected outcome. In the advisory sphere, lawyers were kept busy in oil and gas restructurings and insolvencies, while also reporting a pick-up in non-distressed upstream and midstream M&A.

On the power side, the percentage of natural gas use for electric generation continues to climb and with the US being a net exporter of natural gas, legal work relating to LNG exports and related permitting matters are becoming a more prominent theme for firms. This trend is expected to continue with the new administration, particularly in light of the shale gas revolution. The abundance of lower-cost natural gas generation is ultimately expected to neutralize any federal attempts to increase coal production. In power transactions, the PJM market has cooled slightly, with lenders and investors beginning to raise a few concerns about overbuild. Distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar installations and local energy storage do not pose existential threats to the centralized power system, but utilities are nonetheless beginning to adapt to the new power transmission landscape; many continue to divest assets.

The two main stories in the renewable space are the incipient rise of energy storage and of blue-chip corporations, particularly on the West Coast, sourcing their own renewable energy and drawing up their own off-take agreements rather than relying on utilities. It remains to be seen whether Donald Trump’s election will seriously hurt the renewables market: his slashing of corporate tax rates will likely affect tax equity investors - key players in renewable project finance - and Obama’s Clean Power Plan will be kicked into the long grass. But many lawyers are optimistic: the push for renewables will, by and large, continue at ground and corporate level, especially since renewables are increasingly affordable, regardless of who occupies the White House. Transactional renewable energy lawyers were kept busy by the federal extension of tax credits in December 2015.

Environmental practices continued to see a substantial workload across all areas in 2016, however lawyers in this space also expect to see significant changes in the market following the inauguration of Donald Trump. There was a continued increase in enforcement activity, most notably in Clean Air Act cases, although federal enforcement is expected to decline and be replaced with greater involvement on behalf of individual states, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated in terms of environmental issues. With regard to litigation, firms continue to see a strong flow of mandates from the energy, mining and oil and gas sectors, and defense in enforcement actions and challenges to regulatory legislation are the key drivers of work.

Environmental regulatory practices report a general ‘wait-and-see’ attitude as the changes in administration take place, through it is anticipated that many of Barack Obama’s climate change policies will come under pressure, most notably the Clean Air Act and Clean Power Act. The past year has seen a continued flow of environmental compliance work, with water rights, waste management and Superfund site cleanups being the main areas of activity.

The environmental transactional market continues to be competitive. The real estate, infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors have been earmarked for significant development, and the independent energy sector is also expected to boom. M&A and capital markets activity remains prevalent, and there is a steady demand for advice on cross-border transactions.

Consolidation has been a key trend of recent years in the healthcare service provider space, prompted by increased government cuts to healthcare budgets; a trend for takeovers on a localized scale has morphed into regional and even national system mergers becoming the norm. Low interest rates have seen private equity players become increasingly prominent as alternative lenders to healthcare systems involved in M&A. Industry revenue has evolved away from fees-for-service towards performance-based payments, which has forced organizations to adapt, affecting the way insurance is issued as providers merge with insurance companies to sell their own insurance policies to consumers. Other developments of note include an increased emphasis on fraud and abuse investigations combined with an increase in whistleblower cases; as a result, law firms have strengthened their litigation practices to offer clients a more fully rounded package. Regulatory work also remains a strong element of practice as service providers look to ensure they are compliant against a backdrop of federal enforcement for violations totaling billions of dollars in damages each year.

In the health insurance market, M&A among insurers continues to be a key trend, amid ongoing pressure from the government for healthcare companies to cut spending costs. The move towards outcome-based care costs has marked a cultural and organizational shift for the industry, with insurance coverage evolving to face the new challenge. Class action litigation is on the increase, with claims in the area of behavioral health notably growing in number. The election results will have a huge effect on the health insurance system depending on whether the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed, with insurance companies already formulating business strategies regarding the next four years.

In the life sciences industry, 2016 saw a fall in the IPO activities of pharmaceutical and biotech companies due to a stock market decline and uncertain global market conditions, with most public listings in the industry being impacted by the long regulatory processes of clinical trials, product development and Food and Drug Administration approval. Instead, M&A activity remains high and continues to account for a large proportion of the workload of major law firms active in the space.

The new US presidential administration has also put pressure on drug pricing as President Trump maneuvers to win support for his planned overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system. Fast-moving technological developments continue to be a central issue in the healthcare industry with a number of law firms increasingly focusing on digital health, data privacy and other regulatory issues relating to it.

Indeed, cyber law and related insurance policies are also becoming a major source of work for policyholder firms, as hacking and data breaches - such as the high-profile Sony case - continue to drive more sophisticated policies and regulations. The NFL concussion litigation has produced a wave of insurance claims, which have filled the gap in long-term injury cases as the wave of asbestos claims begins to recede.

In another trend, private equity firms have become increasingly involved in the insurance world as more sale opportunities arise from consolidation. In addition, international investment is prominent in the insurance space, particularly from Asia, with Chinese and Japanese businesses looking for opportunities. Another talking point is so-called ‘insuretech’, which, much like ‘fintech’ in financial services, describes the convergence between insurance and technology; this area is impacting underwriting and company structures, and firms are reporting more venture capital work relating to this area.

In sports, transactional work has continued at a gallop despite no ‘Big Four’ team changing ownership in 2016. Headline matters included the addition to the National Hockey League (NHL) of the Vegas Golden Knights for the 2017-18 season (the first expansion team in a Big Four league since the Charlotte Bobcats joined the National Basketball Association for the 2004-05 campaign), and the multibillion-dollar sales of Formula One Management (the sport’s commercial rights holder) to Liberty Global and the Ultimate Fighting Championship to WME IMG. New stadia have grabbed the focus in football, following two relocations and a third one in the pipeline. The Chargers and Rams, following their departures from San Diego in 2017 and St Louis in 2016 respectively, are in the process of constructing a new stadium in Inglewood, while a new stadium in Las Vegas is proposed for the Raiders, which is seeking to depart the aging Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Litigation continues, with head injury cases the most high profile. The NFL’s primary concussion case has settled, although a number of hold-out cases - plus litigation against the NHL and National Collegiate Athletic Association - continues. In a different sphere, a potentially game-changing case concerns sports gambling, with the Supreme Court referring New Jersey’s challenge to the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (which bans sports gambling in most states) to the Solicitor General for an opinion on a grant of certiorari. In a similar vein, daily fantasy sports continues to be a growth sector despite its regulatory woes; the two leading players, FanDuel and DraftKings, agreed to merge in November 2016.

Our Industry focus chapter contains three new sections this year dedicated to the sizable transport industry, which continues to grow as a proportion of the economy overall. Regulations governing the use of unmanned aircraft (UAS) are among the most pressing regulatory matters facing the aviation industry. These will affect a wide range of market participants, as technology companies that have not been traditionally involved in this space look to make use of commercial drones. On the corporate side, the acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines has been the most heavily publicized aviation deal in recent years. Litigation in this area has remained relatively steady.

An emerging area in vehicle industry is that of self-driving automobiles and, although there has been little of this work reaching law firms up until now, some are looking to take a pioneering role in this space. It is anticipated to affect the trucking sector first, as safety and liability issues will delay the use of self-driving vehicles for personal use or ride-hailing and taxi-like services. The implementation of self-driving vehicles in the trucking industry may be accelerated by the shortage of new drivers in that sector.

The shipping sector has been relatively stagnant. Though there is still a fair amount of work to be had in this practice area, there have not been any particularly consequential legislative initiatives in several years. European banks have largely pulled out of the funding space, which has made room for investment funds as equity providers.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings and appellate litigation are the cornerstones of Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s group led by David Raskin. Richard Roberts represented Southern California Edison (SCE) before the FERC and in court proceedings and successfully recovered over $5bn from the municipal rate-setter to cover payouts made by SCE as settlements to overcharged customers during the California power crisis of 2000-01. Raskin also acted for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in the US Supreme Court appeal against a FERC order, which established rules for retail customer participation in wholesale markets. In other work, Douglas Green defended Entergy against market violation and breach of contract allegations brought by Occidental Chemical, and Marc Spitzer represented Arizona Public Service in an appeal regarding an administrative review of an order regarding unfiled agreements, which was heard before the US Court of Appeals DC Circuit. Other clients include American Electric Power (AEP) and Eversource Energy. Charles Mills joined the team from K&L Gates, while Jennifer Key was elevated to the partnership. Steven Ross is another key member of the team.

Bracewell LLP is particularly active in commercial litigation but also handles market manipulation disputes, rate cases and other contentious regulatory work. Trial lawyer and litigation group head Stephen Crain defended GDF SUEZ Energy North America against allegations brought by Aspire Commodities and Raiden Commodities, claiming that GDF had used its bidding strategy to impact an energy futures derivatives market traded nationally. Washington DC-based David Poe acted for Central Maine Power in a series of complaints by the states of New England and other entities on the equity return the company is able to recover through transmission rates. Environmental strategies group head Jeffrey Holmstead acted for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) in challenging an EPA rule known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Other clients include Powerex and Southern Copper Corporation.

McGuireWoods LLP draws on a wealth of expertise in representing utilities in contentious regulatory matters, including rate and tariff cases, while also handling FERC enforcement proceedings. The team increased its bench strength by adding Chicago-based Mark Johnson from Eimer Stahl LLP and senior counsel Bernard McNamee from the Office of the Texas Attorney General but lost Frank Schiller to Troutman Sanders. Noel Symons, co-chair of the utilities practice, represented Great Plains Energy and, via cost sharing, the Southwest Power Pool transmission owners in a multi-party litigation regarding transmission line payments. He also acted for Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations, challenging a rate increase resulting from the integration of the Entergy transmission system into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). Washington DC office managing partner and energy enforcement group head Todd Mullins represented former Barclays energy traders in a FERC investigation into manipulation of Western US energy markets. Since publication, David Martin Connelly has joined Jones Day.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s litigation practice works closely with the firm’s appellate and environmental teams, handling disputes for energy generators, processors, transporters, distributors and marketers in the electrical, gas and coal power sector. In 2016, the team represented the three power plant companies, Southwestern Public Service, Coleto Creek Power and NRG Texas Power, in an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, challenging the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze rulemaking for Texas and Oklahoma. Kevin Jacobs and James Barkley represented Brazos Electric Power (BEPC) in litigation against South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) and San Miguel Electric over the interpretation of contracts under which San Miguel generates and sells power to STEC and BEPC. Houston-based Bill Kroger and Washington DC-based Michael Calhoon jointly head the team.

The team at Dentons excels in contentious FERC proceedings and works closely with the firm’s regulatory practice. Energy sector co-chairs Clinton Vince and Stuart Caplan scored two victories for Navopache Electric Cooperative (NEC) against the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) in transmission rate and power supply agreement litigation before FERC. Kansas City-based Karl Zobrist acted for Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) - a regulated public utility owned by Great Plains Energy - in the successful defense of its compliance tariffs approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission. He also defended KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations in a $3m refund case brought by a customer.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘great’ litigation practice is well versed in representing clients before FERC and state courts but also in arbitration. Stan Berman and Marie Fiala acted as lead litigation counsel to Pacific Gas and Electric in a number of California electricity crisis disputes before FERC and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kenneth Irvin, who co-heads the firm’s global energy practice with Irving Rotter and Cliff Vrielink, defended Coaltrain Energy in an anti-manipulation case brought by FERC. Mark Glasser retired from the firm, while practice co-head Eugene Elrod moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Working closely with the firm’s regulatory team, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP frequently acts in contentious FERC proceedings. Paul Wight and energy regulation and litigation group head John Estes represented FirstEnergy in a broad range of federal court and FERC cases concerning federal preemption, capacity market jurisdiction and electric market design as well as transmission cost allocation. Recent examples include representing the client before the US Supreme Court in challenges to FERC’s demand response regulations, as well as in challenges against state regulations on transmission costs and FERC’s Midwest transmission cost allocation policies. Wight also acted for Entergy in FERC complaint proceedings and subsequent matters, seeking to add exemptions to the buyer side mitigation rules in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) capacity market. John Moot retired in January 2017.

White & Case LLP’s strength lies at the intersection of litigation and energy regulation, where it frequently represents clients before FERC and federal district courts. Energy markets and regulatory practice head Daniel Hagan acted for Occidental Power Services (OPSI), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum and owner of an approximately 900MW generation facility which forms part of the Entergy system, in litigation with Entergy over the amount OPSI should be paid annually for providing reactive power services from the facility. He also acted for Occidental Chemical in litigation involving the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.

Winston & Strawn LLP provides ‘high-quality and practical advice’ and frequently represents clients from the electric and nuclear power sectors in contentious regulatory matters. The ‘very approachable and knowledgeableTyson Smith acted for ConverDyn in challenging a DOE program that transfers uranium from government stockpiles into commercial markets. Washington DC partners Raymond Wuslich and Gordon Coffee continue to represent FirstEnergy in litigation arising from California’s energy crisis of 2000-01. Joseph Karp heads the energy, project development and project finance practice group from San Francisco. Lisa Vaughn left to work in-house.

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Recommended for its wide-ranging expertise, Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for major oil and gas operators, service companies and pipelines. The team, which is jointly led by Houston-based Bill Kroger and Washington DC-based Michael Calhoon, is experienced in handling lease and royalty disputes, oil rig fatality claims and pipeline right-of-way complaints, among others. Michael Goldberg and Kevin Jacobs defended Chevron and Alireza Moshiri - former president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production - in a suit filed by Brittania-U, claiming fraud and tortious interference in the bidding process for the sale of three oil mining leases in Nigeria. The team also secured a win for Marathon Oil in a private nuisance suit in the Eagle Ford shale play. Other clients include Shell Oil, Texaco and the independent exploration company Hyperdynamics.

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The ‘outstanding’ team at Beck Redden has substantial experience in representing key industry names such as ExxonMobil, Statoil and Chesapeake Energy as plaintiffs and defendants. Fields Alexander represented Statoil in a class certification order brought by Brigham Exploration shareholders, who alleged the company was undervalued in its $4.4bn acquisition by Statoil. David Gunn successfully represented ExxonMobil in an insurance coverage dispute with Liberty Surplus Insurance, which argued it was not liable for $4m in personal injury claims paid by the oil and gas corporation in the wake of a Texas chemical plant explosion. Russell Post acted for Chesapeake Energy in filing a petition for review with the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding arbitration agreements in employment contracts. David Beck is a prominent figure in the market.

Gibbs & Bruns LLP is ‘very good’ at plaintiff and defendant representation, handling a wide range of contentious matters, including contract and construction disputes. The team, which includes recently promoted partner Anthony Kaim, defended Occidental Energy Marketing and Oxy Ingleside LPG Pipeline against breach of contract allegations made by NuStar Logistics; the dispute arose from a liquid propane pipeline refurbishment project in Texas and the associated take-or-pay arrangement made between the three parties, which was subsequently terminated by Oxy. In a separate matter, Robin Gibbs represented Enterprise Products Operating in a construction and engineering lawsuit against its contractor Amec Foster Wheeler and its British parent company. Barrett Reasoner is highly recommended. Grant Harvey retired from the firm.

The ‘excellent’ team at King & Spalding LLP has significantly increased its partner bench strength, promoting Kevin Clark, Benjamin Pollock and the ‘outstanding’ Elizabeth Taber in Houston, as well as Atlanta-based Susan Clare and arbitration-focused attorney Elizabeth Silbert. Highly recommended national commercial litigation practice head Robert Meadows, whom clients regard as being ‘one of the best defense lawyers’, acted as lead trial counsel for Chevron in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East over alleged oil and gas drilling damage to coastal ecosystems. Charles Correll represented the multinational energy corporation in a royalty class action case filed in California where plaintiffs seek to certify a class of all private-lease royalty owners associated with California oil and gas leases. Other areas of expertise include construction, commercial, damage and personal injury litigation and international arbitration.

Bracewell LLP is particularly well versed in defending oil and gas industry clients in commercial and royalty disputes, while also acting on the plaintiff side and in arbitration proceedings. Andrew Zeve and practice head Stephen Crain defended Baker Hughes against TRIUVA in a dispute over allegedly defective equipment sold by the oilfield services company. In another matter, Crain defended Apache against three energy companies, which sought $1.1bn in damages due to Apache’s alleged failure to provide accounting documentation to permit the three plaintiffs to reacquire one-third of interests sold to the defendant in 2011. As another highlight, ‘top lawyerSean Gorman defended Southwestern Energy in a royalty dispute with a number of mineral interest owners, who claimed underpayment. Bradley Benoit and Christopher Dodson are also recommended.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents key names such as BP and Chesapeake Appalachia in litigation, including environmental and commercial disputes alongside class actions. The team, which includes the well-regarded Richard Godfrey, acted as lead trial counsel for the former in litigation pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Washington DC-based Daniel Donovan represented Chesapeake Energy in a declaratory judgment action objecting to a class arbitration initiated by Scout Petroleum, alleging the underpayment of royalties. He also defended Chesapeake Appalachia and its affiliates in antitrust litigation pertaining to alleged reductions of royalty payments on oil and gas leases, which the lawsuit alleged were in violation of Pennsylvania’s unfair trade and consumer protection laws, the Sherman Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act.

Very good trial firmNorton Rose Fulbright US LLP has ‘outstanding industry knowledge’, allowing it to undertake a range of litigation and arbitration in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors; it is particularly experienced in royalty class actions, landowner and environmental litigation, while also handling construction and commercial disputes. The ‘immensely talented’ team, which includes Daniel McClure, acted as lead counsel for Chevron in a royalty class action brought by Kansas and Oklahoma oil and gas royalty owners for alleged underpayment. Reagan Brown represented ExxonMobil in pursuing an indemnity suit against a Forth Worth-based energy company. In arbitration, the team represented Phillips 66 in a construction dispute with oil and gas pipeline contractor Driver Pipeline. William Wood heads the energy and infrastructure team, which includes recently promoted partner Carter Walker Dugan.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has a strong profile representing clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and in court appeals, handling a large number of investigations and rate cases. Pipeline group head Steven Reed represented ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska in an appeal brought by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) on interstate rate increases. In another rate case, Daniel Poynor represented Seaway Crude Pipeline - a joint venture between Enterprise Products and Enbridge - before FERC. Highly recommended regulatory and industry affairs department head Steven Brose defended Enterprise TE Products Pipeline against a complaint filed by a group of shippers and other parties, claiming the carrier pipeline operator’s cancellation of distillate and jet fuel services violated the settlement agreement from the tariff case settled by FERC in 2013.

Earning praise for its ‘very good, efficient and responsive trial practice’, Susman Godfrey LLP provides ‘innovative strategies’ and acts for plaintiffs and defendants alike. The ‘decisive, pragmatic and very well-organized’ Geoffrey Harrison successfully represented Apache Deepwater against W&T Offshore in a contractual dispute, claiming a breach of the parties’ operating agreement over three deepwater wells in Mississippi Canyon Block #674. Thomas Paterson, who heads the team alongside managing partner Neal Manne, served as lead counsel to Apache Corporation in its suit against clean energy company NextEra Energy and investment firm Seven Group, alleging that Apache’s contractual rights were breached when NextEra Energy sold its 11% stake in an oil and gas field to Seven Group Holdings for $63m. Other clients include Olympia Minerals and Vitol. Barry Barnett is ‘very approachable, pragmatic and rational’.

Thompson & Knight LLP is ‘very good’ at representing a wide range of oil and gas industry clients, including national and international oil and gas majors, independents and other stakeholders in litigation and arbitration. Key client names include well control company Boots & Coots, Petrobras America and Three Rivers Operating. Led by Dallas-based Gregory Binns, the practice receives a steady flow of royalty and drilling leasing matters alongside damage and breach of contract claims, and also has notable experience in handling class actions. A team, which included Fort Worth-based Robert Vartabedian, represented Double Eagle Development in a lease dispute with Endeavor Energy Resources over oil well ownership in the Permian Basin.

Vinson & Elkins LLP has considerable clout in jury and bench trials before federal and state courts with a particular strength in Texas. Houston-based James Thompson, who co-heads the commercial litigation practice with Dallas office managing partner John Wander, represented Marathon Oil in several royalty and breach of contract lawsuits in southern Texas. Guy Stanford Lipe acted as lead counsel to Linn Operating in a royalty class action before the Oklahoma Western District Court. The plaintiffs alleged that Linn and its predecessors improperly calculated and paid royalties on production from approximately 1,700 wells to thousands of royalty owners. Other clients include Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Plains All American Pipeline and Gastar Exploration.

Contractual disputes and administrative proceedings form the bulk of Baker & Hostetler LLP’s litigation work. It receives a steady flow of cases concerning oil and gas leases, joint venture and exploration agreements, drilling contracts and oil spill issues. Mark Barron represented the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance in a challenge to the validity of the Bureau of Land Management’s final regulations to govern hydraulic fracturing on federal and Native American lands. The firm subsequently obtained a preliminary injunction, blocking the Bureau of Land Management from implementing the rules. The practice co-heads are Martin Booher in Cleveland, Poe Leggette in Denver and Ray Whitman in Houston.

The team at Covington & Burling LLP, which is jointly led by TL Cubbage and Steven Rosenbaum, is best known for representing oil and gas industry players in national and international disputes, including high-stakes arbitration proceedings against commercial counterparties and foreign governments. The team represented BP and various subsidiaries and affiliates in a range of cases and contexts arising from the Deepwater Horizon accident and its resulting oil spill. Most recently, the practice represented the oil and gas company in various aspects of the multi-stage bench trial and related proceedings regarding BP’s civil liability under admiralty law and the Clean Water Act. In arbitration, Cubbage and Miguel López Forastier represented certain subsidiaries of ExxonMobil as the claimant in an ICSID investor-state arbitration against Venezuela arising from uncompensated expropriation of the entirety of the claimants’ investments in Venezuela.

Commercial disputes constitute a key element of Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘very smart practice’, which predominantly represents defendants but also acts for plaintiffs. Houston office managing partner Bruce Oakley defended offshore drilling contractor Transocean in a breach of contract dispute with Eni US Operating in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Other areas of expertise include construction, tort and environmental disputes as well as contentious regulatory matters. Washington DC-based Cate Stetson represented Dominion Cove Point LNG in an appeal launched by an environmental group against the Maryland Public Service Commission’s regulatory approval of the gas company’s construction of liquefaction facilities for the export of LNG from Dominion’s terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. The team also represented the client in a Sierra Club appeal against FERC’s authorization of the construction and operation of the project. Robert Wolinsky is the main contact.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is experienced in representing clients in litigation arising from energy industry operations such as exploration and production disputes, including issues concerning royalties, products and services. Stuart Hollimon, who jointly heads the team with Craig Stahl, defended Apache against allegations that it failed to properly conduct shallow water flood operations, thus resulting in damage to deeper formations and adjacent leases. Alexis Gomez defended Statoil Oil & Gas in a royalty and breach of contract dispute. The team’s client roster also includes Burlington Resources Oil & Gas, Delaware Basin Resources and Encana. Charles Hampton moved to McGuireWoods LLP.

Particularly active in defending energy companies, McGuireWoods LLP’s Houston partner Ronald Franklin represented ExxonMobil in a class action pertaining to the distribution and production of atypical fuel that allegedly caused performance issues and damage to a number of motorists’ engines. In a different matter, Franklin defended the oil and gas company against a class of property owners and residents living within a two-mile radius of ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refinery and chemical plant, claiming exposure to pollutants stemming from the site. Ryan Purpura and Charlottesville office manager Jonathan Blank co-lead the firm’s oil and gas team, which gained Charles Hampton from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and lost David Ronn to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well versed in representing clients across the energy industry, including utilities, nuclear power and renewable energy companies, as well as oil and gas corporations and is best known for its experience in toxic tort and environmental litigation. Los Angeles-based lawyers David Schrader and Deanne Miller defended Shell Oil in mass toxic tort litigation matters arising from alleged petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in a residential neighborhood in Carson, California. This involved personal injury and property damage claims filed by hundreds of toxic tort plaintiffs, a public nuisance lawsuit filed by the City of Carson and a regulatory investigation. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum and Range Resources. Kathryn Sutton heads the energy practice from Washington DC, while head of litigation Ella Foley Gannon is based in San Francisco.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a diverse range of expertise and acts for a number of key energy industry names such as Shell Oil. Appellate practice head Kathleen Sullivan successfully represented the oil and gas company in a patent infringement appeal involving benzene purification against David Netzer Consulting Engineer at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Karl Stern, who jointly heads the energy sector disputes practice with Sanford Weisburst, acted as lead counsel for the independent commodity merchant company Phibro in opposing a putative class action in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiffs - futures and derivatives traders and oil and gas property owners - accused Phibro of Brent crude oil pricing manipulation. Maaren Shah and Keith Forst were elevated to the partnership.

Commercial and construction disputes are significant elements of Reed Smith LLP’s litigation work. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team is particularly well versed in dealing with royalty class actions, lease disputes and dormant mineral act litigation. Pittsburgh-based Kevin Abbott defended CNX Gas against a class action pertaining to royalty payments to oil and gas lessors. In a different matter, the team defended Kinder Morgan in a challenge by a citizens’ group under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pertaining to the train transportation permitting of crude oil into California. Pittsburgh-based Nicolle Snyder Bagnell and Houston-based Craig Enochs jointly head the team, which includes recent arrivals in the form of Ericson Kimbel from now defunct Burleson LLP, Alan York from Godwin Bowman & Martinez and Belynda Reck from Hunton & Williams LLP. Michael Yuffee moved to Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

Houston-based boutique Reynolds Frizzell LLP has specialist expertise in commercial disputes, mainly for defendants. Jean Frizzell, Brandon Allen and Solace Southwick defended Energy Transfer Partners in a suit filed by Enterprise Texas Pipeline, alleging the breach of a pipeline agreement and seeking damages of $400m. Also on the defense side, the team represented Wood Group Mustang in a dispute with Enterprise Products Operating arising from alleged failures to detect certain critical defects in ten pipelines in Port Arthur, Texas. Other clients include DCP Midstream, Furie Petroleum and Dynamic Industries. Chris Reynolds is a key figure of the practice.

Displaying ‘excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’, Sidley Austin LLP’s strengths lie in representing pipeline companies, energy providers, shippers and individuals in contentious regulatory matters and commercial disputes. Dallas office managing partner Yvette Ostolaza defended EnLink NGL Marketing against allegations brought by Williams Olefins that EnLink had diverted streams of natural gas liquids away from two of its processing plants in Louisiana to avoid contractual obligations. In a separate matter, the team defended EnLink subsidiaries in a lawsuit brought by Targa Midstream Services, alleging breach of an agreement to operate a natural gas processing plant in Louisiana. Houston-based Tracy LeRoy represented three former officers of Buccaneer Alaska against allegations made by the trustee of the Liquidating Trust of Buccaneer that each defendant breached his fiduciary duty by drilling onshore wells in Alaska despite allegedly not having sufficient data to support expending resources to drill. Mark Glasser retired from the firm.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s team combines litigation and regulatory experience, giving it the scope to handle a wide range of energy disputes, including rate and cost allocation litigation, market manipulation and unfair competition cases. Washington DC partners Elias Farrah and Raymond Wuslich served as lead hearing counsel to New York transmission owners before FERC with regards to ITC Transmission’s and Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) proposed cost allocations of phase angle regulators (PARs) - built to safeguard the transmission grid in Michigan - to customers in New York. The case resulted in more than $16m of refunds to New York consumers. Wuslich and Gordon Coffee continue to represent FirstEnergy in litigation over California’s energy crisis during 2000-01 that spawned dozens of FERC proceedings and court appeals.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has considerable clout in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulatory work arising from transactional matters and in defending companies in FERC enforcement proceedings. William Conway represented BlackRock and its investment management subsidiaries before FERC in obtaining a three-year blanket reauthorization to acquire up to 20% of the voting securities of publicly traded utilities. Well-regarded practice head John Estes represented Barclays in a FERC enforcement action pertaining to alleged violations arising from trading activities in western US energy markets. Estes and Paul Wight acted for FirstEnergy in several federal court and FERC cases, challenging FERC’s regulation of demand response and FERC’s Midwest transmission cost allocation policies, among others. Mike Naeve is a respected figure in the market. John Moot retired in January 2017.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP frequently assists clients with investigations, transactional regulatory matters, FERC rate cases and net metering proceedings. The team, which increased its bench strength by adding Charles Mills from K&L Gates, represented Entergy in an investigation by the DOJ Antitrust Division pertaining to the energy company’s $1bn acquisition of two large combined cycle plants in Arkansas. Subsequently, the team assisted Entergy with obtaining FERC approval for the transaction. Marc Spitzer represented Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project before the Arizona Corporation Commission in net metering proceedings and acted for UNS Energy and Tucson Electric Power in a general rate case. Washington DC-based David Raskin heads the practice, which includes recently promoted partner Jennifer Key.

Van Ness Feldman LLP routinely represents clients before FERC, regularly assistsing electricity transmission developers with rate cases, project approvals and facilities permitting but also advising power generation facility developers, investors and lenders on regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions and asset transactions. The practice has particular strengths in dealing with matters at the intersection of regulatory and environmental law. Julia Scarpino Wood and head of the hydroelectric practice Michael Swiger acted as relicensing counsel to FirstLight Hydro Generating for the company’s 1,119MW Northfield Mountain pumped storage project and on the 68MW Turners Falls project. Douglas Smith heads the practice, which recently served as FERC licensing counsel and environmental permitting counsel to the State of Alaska through the medium of the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) regarding the development of the proposed Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project. Missouri River Energy Services, Idaho Power and Avista are also clients. Margaret Moore is ‘excellent’.

Bracewell LLP has a diverse client base, which it represents before FERC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and has particular expertise in regulatory acquisition approval and enforcement matters; clients include electric transmission and distribution utilities, independent power producers, power marketers and investment funds. Washington DC-based Catherine McCarthy advised the French multinational electric utility Engie on FERC authorization and other regulatory aspects of its sale of 8.7GW of thermal merchant generation facilities to a joint venture formed by Dynegy and Energy Capital Partners (ECP). In other work, McCarthy and David Poe acted for Central Maine Power in a FERC transmission rate case. David Perlman represented Shell Energy North American in various FERC proceedings pertaining to the Western US energy crisis. Michael Brooks heads the practice.

Providing quality work’, Hogan Lovells US LLP represents its clients before federal and state agencies and has outstanding and broad-based electric and nuclear power expertise. The ‘excellent’ Daniel Stenger is experienced in assisting clients with obtaining licenses and other regulatory approvals from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the DOE, while the ‘very good’ John Lilyestrom leads the electricity team. Other areas of expertise include enforcement and compliance matters as well as FERC and state regulatory approvals, which are often dealt with in support of the firm’s energy transactional practice. Mary Anne Sullivan, who is ‘well versed in her field’, assisted Eversource Energy with obtaining a presidential permit for cross-border electric transmission facilities and other federal permits to support a $1.6bn new 190-mile high-voltage transmission line to bring hydropower from Quebec to southern New England. Stenger led advice to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) on the development of a small modular reactor project, which included NRC licensing procedures. Stefan Krantz heads the energy regulatory practice.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is best known for representing power utilities before FERC, appellate courts and in arbitration but also acts for end-user customers in administrative proceedings before state regulatory agencies. The firm defended TransCanada Energy before FERC and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against claims brought by the California Attorney General, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric, alleging market manipulation, tariff violations and charging unjust and unreasonable rates; and represented the energy company in obtaining FERC authorization of the acquisition of an approximately 700MW gasfield combined cycle generating plant. Other clients include Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and TC Ravenswood. Since publication, and following the merger in April 2018, former practice head Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have moved to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP .

K&L Gates’ federal and state regulatory work, contentious and non-contentious, is deeply entwined with the firm’s environmental practice. Harrisburg-based Craig Wilson assisted Calpine with regulatory and environmental permitting issues and the development of the second phase of the York Energy Center, a combined cycle electric generation unit in Pennsylvania. Washington DC-based John Longstreth defended two subsidiaries of PPL Montana - now subsidiaries of Talen Energy - in a hearing before a FERC administrative law judge concerning claims by the City of Seattle that sellers engaged in market manipulation and exercised market power during the Western US energy crisis of 2000-01. Harrisburg-based Timothy Weston, who heads the team alongside Elizabeth Thomas, advised York Haven Power on the relicensing of a major hydroelectric project on the Susquehanna River. Staff developments included Robert Grey’s elevation to the partnership, while Charles Mills joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

King & Spalding LLP is well versed in advising clients on regulatory matters arising from sales and acquisitions and in representing them in revenue and rate-related proceedings before FERC, while also having experience in enforcement and contentious work. Chair of the firm’s global energy practice Neil Levy assisted Tenaska with seeking FERC approval of several transactions, including the sale of seven power plants with a combined generation capacity of approximately 4,800MW to Eastern Generation, a newly formed subsidiary of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VI. Levy also represented subsidiaries of LS Power alongside Calpine, Tenaska, NRG Ebergy, Dynegy, Exelon and Entegra Energy in FERC proceedings to obtain, modify and transfer reactive power service revenue requirements. The client roster also includes the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) and the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA).

McGuireWoods LLP’s strong client base, including several utilities and independent energy companies, benefits from the firm’s strong state transmission line and enforcement practice. Other areas of expertise include rate cases, organized market and tariff issues, compliance and litigation. Noel Symons represented Great Plains Energy and Southwest Power Pool transmission owners in a multi-party litigation concerning transmission line payments. He also acted for Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) in its challenge to a $4.5m per year cost shift resulting from the inclusion of a new transmission owner in KCP&L’s transmission pricing zone. Power sector chair and enforcement expert Todd Mullins acted for two former energy traders in a FERC investigation on Western US energy market manipulation claims. Richmond-based Joseph Reid heads the regulatory and compliance team, which includes recent arrivals Mark Johnson from Eimer Stahl LLP and senior counsel Bernard McNamee from the Office of the Texas Attorney General. Frank Schiller moved to Troutman Sanders.

The ‘very good’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP stands out for its broad energy regulatory expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious electric and nuclear power matters. On the electricity side, the team, led by Kathryn Sutton, is best known for its enforcement and compliance capabilities, acting for electric utilities, transmission entities, power marketers, generation companies and developers but also for private equity funds and investors. On the nuclear side, the practice frequently handles nuclear export and decommissioning issues, licensing of new nuclear plants and other regulatory approvals. Sutton, Timothy Matthews and Stephen Burdick advised FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating on securing a renewed operating license for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Stephen Spina and the recently promoted Daniel Skees secured an appellate victory in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Xcel Energy Services and its public utility affiliate - Public Service Company of Colorado - by challenging a series of FERC orders on its regional transmission planning process. Levi McAllister was promoted to the partnership.

Contentious and commercial regulatory work are the cornerstones of Paul Hastings LLP’s regulatory practice, which is led by Washington DC partner William DeGrandis. Areas of expertise include FERC applications, as well as FERC and CFTC investigation and enforcement proceedings. DeGrandis advised start-up energy storage company GlidePath on a number of federal and state regulatory interconnection and transmission matters. He also assisted East River Electric Power, Corn Belt Power and Northwest Iowa Power with their FERC applications to become full transmission owner members of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). Notably, Kevin Poloncarz represented a coalition of major power companies, including Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, in litigation challenging the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and related new source standards.

Washington DC-based David Andril and Dallas-based Matthew Henry jointly head Vinson & Elkins LLP’s ‘very good’ energy regulatory group, which focuses on handling FERC approvals, transmission line cases and administrative litigation. Henry advised Texas’ largest transmission and distribution utility Oncor Electric Delivery on regulatory matters relating to the Chapter 11 of Energy Future Holdings, which is Oncor’s 80%-owned parent company. Myles Reynolds represented Cross Texas Transmission in its certificate of convenience and necessity application for the development of a high-voltage transmission line in the Houston area. Other clients include Sundevil Power and Arroyo Energy Investment Partners.

Commended for its wide-ranging expertise, Winston & Strawn LLPprovides practical advice’ and handles a range of nuclear, combined heat and power, hydroelectric generation, electricity transmission and storage matters. Its scope spans from NRC and FERC licensing, FERC rate and cost allocation issues, to market manipulation claims, power sale negotiations and proceedings before regional transmission organizations. ‘Very responsive’ FERC hydroelectric expert John Whittaker successfully represented Duke Energy in obtaining a FERC license for its Yadkin-Pee Dee hydroelectric project. David Repka and the ‘very approachable and knowledgeableTyson Smith represented Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in its pursuit of a 20-year extension of its NRC operating license for the Diablo Canyon plant in California and successfully completed the contested NRC hearing process. The ‘very sharp and diplomaticJoseph Karp chairs the energy, project development and project finance team and is based in San Francisco. Raymond Wuslich is also recommended. Nuclear energy expert Lisa Vaughn left the team to work in-house. Since publication, Michael Yuffee has joined in Washington DC from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is particularly active in assisting its clients with regulatory approval and licensing work, while also handling investigations, enforcement and contentious matters. Key contact James Barkley and energy litigation co-chair Bill Kroger represented CenterPoint Energy in an application to the Public Utility Commission for a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct a major new transmission line. In litigation, Brooksany Barrowes and Gregory Wagner represented MISO transmission owners in a series of disputes on various aspects of the relationship between MISO and its neighboring regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and other utilities, including the dispute between MISO, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and several other neighboring utilities over the use of available cross-border transmission. Washington DC-based Jay Ryan is another key contact.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is best known for its ‘strong enforcement practice’ and expertise in contentious and non-contentious energy commodity trading work. The team, which includes Washington DC-based key contact Mark Haskell, frequently represents power marketers, local distribution companies, end users, producers and industrial consumers before FERC and CFTC. Counsel George Billinson is another name to note.

With a practice including a former FERC commissioner and a former NRC chairman, Covington & Burling LLP is well equipped to guide its clients through the regulatory framework, leveraging the firm’s finance and transactional know-how as necessary. The team routinely handles FERC and NERC compliance work and contentious FERC representations, such as rate cases and electricity refund proceedings. The team, headed by senior counsel William Massey, also represents companies in non-public FERC natural gas and electricity enforcement and compliance investigations, and defends clients against market manipulation and tariff violation claims. James Dean is another key contact.

Dentons has a strong profile for contentious and non-contentious FERC proceedings, including rate, project development, enforcement and compliance matters. Most prominently, Presley Reed, Emma Hand and energy sector co-chair Clinton Vince continue to advise the New Orleans City Council on a range of regulatory matters. In 2016, the team assisted Entergy New Orleans with its transition into MISO and negotiated the transfer of 22,000 customers from Louisiana to Entergy New Orleans. Recent litigation work saw Vince and co-chair Stuart Caplan score two victories for Navopache Electric Cooperative before FERC against the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) concerning transmission rates and a power supply agreement. Other clients include Caithness Long Island II and the Municipal Electric Utility Association of New York.

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is dedicated to advising electric power companies, financial institutions and energy commodity trading companies on regulatory aspects of financial trading and M&A transactions. Other areas of expertise include rate restructuring, FERC approvals, enforcement, compliance and contentious matters. Daniel Frank advised Western Farmers Electric, which supplies power to 22 distribution electrical cooperatives in Oklahoma and New Mexico, on a transmission line cost allocation settlement with American Electric Power (AEP). Team head Catherine Krupka assisted Just Energy Group - a Canada-based natural gas and electricity retailer - in energy regulatory and FERC litigation related to the California energy crisis. Since publication, Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

With William Scherman, a former general counsel to FERC, heading the team, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has contentious and non-contentious FERC work, including investigations and enforcement matters, at its core. Scherman defended independent power producer Maxim Power in market manipulation proceedings before FERC, while New York-based of counsel Jeffrey Jakubiak defended Tucson Electric Power against a complaint filed at FERC by Alterna Springerville and others, alleging that the company unfairly denied complainants transmission service from the Springerville generating station. William Hollaway represented Hudson Transmission Partners in FERC cost allocation proceedings and merchant transmission facility issues. Other clients include IMG Midstream and Emera.

With a focus on federal and state-based approval work for transactions, Latham & Watkins LLP’s strength lies at the intersection of regulatory, finance and M&A. This expertise leads to a broad range of energy sector clients, including public utilities, independent power producers, private equity firms and investors. In 2016, the ‘very good and knowledgeable’ team assisted Broad River Power and Energy Capital Partners with its FERC approval application for the sale of its 100% equity interests in Broad River Power, which operates an 847MW simple cycle gas-fired power plant in South Carolina, to an affiliate of Arroyo Energy Investors Fund II. Kenneth Simon acted for Big Apple Energy in obtaining FERC approval of the acquisition of retail supplier Iron Energy. The ‘very strongDavid Schwartz heads the global energy regulatory and markets practice from Washington DC, while Eli Katz - specialized in energy tax incentives - joined the New York office from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has particular expertise in compliance and enforcement matters. Other areas of expertise include the development of open-access electric transmission tariffs, rate cases and other contentious matters. Clients include independent power producers, energy trading firms and individuals. Joseph Williams represented a number of individuals in an alleged FERC market manipulation matter. Since publication, Michael Yuffee has joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

Reed Smith LLP is particularly active in CFTC and FERC regulatory advisory and compliance work. Pittsburgh-based Nicolle Snyder Bagnell and Houston partner Craig Enochs head the energy and natural resources industry group, which routinely represents electricity generation, transmission and distribution companies in CFTC and futures exchange investigations and enforcement proceedings. Assistance with FERC regulations in the context of M&A and market-based rate regulations for wholesale power sales is another key element of the practice. Clients include municipal utility clients and energy cooperatives, such as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which represents the interests of over 900 electricity cooperatives nationwide. Counsel Kari Larsen joined the New York office from an in-house role, while enforcement specialist Michael Yuffee moved to Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

Sidley Austin LLP covers the gamut of energy regulatory work, from approval and compliance matters to enforcement and contentious work. Energy practice co-head Kenneth Irvin and white-collar crime team head Mark Hopson defended Coaltrain Energy in an anti-manipulation case brought by FERC pertaining to the client’s trading practices. Stan Berman assisted Exelon Transmission (ETC) with the development of competitive transmission in organized markets, including advice on regional market tariffs governing competitive developers, and rate recovery matters. Boston-based Terence Healey represented a number of subsidiaries of the Bank of America on regulatory matters before FERC and various state public utility commissions. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance and transaction approval requirements associated with multiple investments in distressed assets. Mark Glasser retired.

Thompson & Knight LLP draws on a wealth of experience in representing power consumers and purchasers, project and cogeneration developers, energy producers and sellers before the Electronic Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Public Utility Commission (PUC). Key contacts and ‘true professionals’ Phillip Oldham, Rex VanMiddlesworth and recently promoted partner Katherine Coleman represented Texas Industrial Energy Consumers (TIEC), a trade association representing approximately 50 of the largest commercial energy users in Texas, before the PUC in contested rate proceedings, including base rate cases, merger and sale proceedings, stranded cost cases and fuel reconciliation controversies. The team also represented TIEC in administrative rulemakings before PUC and in the context of market-related matters before ERCOT and PUC.

Daniel Hagan heads the energy, natural resources and regulatory team at White & Case LLP, which is particularly well versed in regulatory aspects of M&A transactions, while also handling FERC filings and rate applications. Hagan assisted the unsecured noteholders group of Texas Competitive Electric, including Anchorage Capital, Arrowgrass Capital Partners and BlackRock, with regulatory issues pertaining to the Anchorage Capital merger agreement as part of a restructuring process; he also obtained FERC and Public Utility Commission of Texas approval for the acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery. Other clients include DTE Energy, Dynegy and Cogentrix Energy.

WilmerHale’s ‘quick’ team routinely handles permitting issues interlinked with project development, project finance and environmental matters, while also assisting its clients with the development of regulatory strategies, the negotiation of long-term utility supply contracts and other commercial work as well as with contentious issues. Denver-based energy, environment and natural resources chair Andrew Spielman advised NextEra Energy Transmission on the first undersea transmission cables linking the Hawaiian island Maui, where the electricity is generated, with Hawaii’s population center Oahu. The team obtained permits for the project and continues to serve as federal regulatory counsel. Boston-based Mark Kalpin heads the energy and cleantech group. Special counsel Rachel Jacobson, former deputy general counsel of environment, energy and installations for the Department of Defense, joined the firm’s Washington DC office.

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Bracewell LLP’s ‘top-notch’ practice combines litigation, enforcement, environmental and transactional expertise to assist clients with a wide range of regulatory issues, such as project development work or Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rate and tariff matters. Kevin Ewing, the ‘razor-sharpKirk Morgan and Washington DC office managing partner Mark Lewis served as project counsel to a joint venture of two large natural gas pipeline companies, constructing an approximately $2bn cross-border natural gas pipeline system, which will transport Appalachian shale gas to markets in the Midwest. The role included assisting with interconnection agreements, leases and capacity arrangements with other pipelines, as well as the FERC pre-filing process. Lewis also advised Pilgrim Pipeline on shipper contracting work and FERC regulatory matters pertaining to the development of two parallel oil pipelines. Michael Brooks and David Perlman are representing a number of natural oil and gas trading clients in FERC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) matters, including internal reviews and self-reports. Kirstin Gibbs moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

With a focus on midstream work, the ‘excellent’ team at Van Ness Feldman LLP represents numerous oil pipeline companies in FERC matters such as rate cases, investigations, tariff and transactional issues while also having substantial experience in pipeline safety issues. Mona Tandon, Emily Pitlick Mallen and of counsel Shippen Howe have been advising Monarch Oil Pipeline on rate, tariff, and transactional matters, including the filing of new FERC tariffs for committed and uncommitted service in order to give the company a mechanism to recover its $56m investment in crude oil pipeline infrastructure. Brian O’Neill and ‘strong negotiatorPaul Korman represented Kinder Morgan - Tennessee Gas Pipeline before FERC in multiple natural gas pipeline expansion projects, including proposed projects to move natural gas across southwest Louisiana, New England and Pennsylvania. Michael Farber, who focuses on enforcement and litigation, joined from the Department of the Interior.

Vinson & Elkins LLP has carved out a strong practice representing companies in the natural gas industry but also handles regulatory oil work. The ‘very well informed’ team, co-headed by ‘very good’ Washington DC partner David Andril and Dallas-based Matthew Henry, is experienced in tariff, certificate, abandonment and presidential permit applications, rate cases, gas quality proceedings and compliance issues. James Olson represented the independent exploration and production company Antero Resources in a FERC rate case, opposing ANR Pipeline’s filing to double its service rates. Olson also acted for Sunoco - a large gasoline distributor - in a proceeding initiated by Colonial Pipeline to modify its FERC tariff. John Decker advised Fortress Investment on the development of multiple small-scale LNG export projects, which necessitated DOE export authorization, EPC contract negotiations, and purchase and sale agreements for natural gas and LNG. James Seegers is an established name in the market.

Praised for its ‘business acumen’, Hogan Lovells US LLP is best known for assisting oil pipeline companies with rate cases, LNG export projects, permitting and contentious FERC work. The team advised Dominion Resources on a wide range of gas regulatory matters, including all customer contracting issues pertaining to the Dominion Cove Point LNG export project, obtaining final approvals from FERC, the DOE and the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) and the handling of ongoing appeals with respect to these approvals. Christopher Schindler represented Central Valley Gas Storage - a subsidiary of AGL Resources - in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and acted for AGL in PG&E’s general rate case, in which PG&E proposed to raise its gas transmission and storage rates. Other clients include UGI Sunbury, G2 LNG and Delfin LNG. Stefan Krantz heads the energy regulatory practice. Joel Patrick Nevins moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

Providing ‘very good service’, King & Spalding LLP is particularly active in the gas regulatory space, dealing with FERC permitting matters, tariff issues and gas pipeline rate cases, while also handling an increasing amount of pipeline and hazardous material transportation safety work. Key contact James Bowe assisted Eagle LNG Partners with obtaining regulatory approvals from FERC and the DOE for the siting, construction and operation of two LNG production facilities and an export terminal to be located in Jacksonville, Florida, and with obtaining authorization to export LNG from each of the facilities. Neil Levy, who ‘always considers the bigger picture when making decisions’ and is ‘easy to work with’, served as outside counsel to Destin Pipeline, handling FERC regulatory and transactional matters.

Top choiceMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides FERC, CFTC and DOE regulatory and litigation advice to oil and gas companies and other market participants. The team is particularly experienced in regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement matters, certification and approval work for new oil and natural gas facilities. Representing shippers in oil and gas interstate pipeline rate cases and transactional matters pertaining to natural gas and LNG exports and imports are also key elements. Kirstin Gibbs, who joined the Washington DC office from Bracewell LLP, assisted Statoil Natural Gas with FERC natural gas regulatory compliance, enforcement and investigation matters and the negotiation of rate agreements. She also represented the client in interstate pipeline rate cases and tariff-filing proceedings. Litigator Fred Fielding defended Parnon Energy and Arcadia Petroleum against allegations of oil price manipulation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Los Angeles-based Ingrid Myers joined the energy practice, headed by Kathryn Sutton, having previously been a member of the firm’s corporate, business and transactions practice. Levi McAllister was promoted to the partnership.

With a focus on midstream work, Sidley Austin LLP acts for a variety of oil and gas producers and pipeline companies, financial institutions, gas marketers and industry trade associations. The team frequently deals with regulatory issues before the Illinois Commerce Commission and represents its clients in litigation before federal and appellate courts. Chicago-based Gerald Ambrose assisted Enbridge Energy with the development of major pipeline projects, including certification, expansion and condemnation applications. Lorrie Marcil advised Magellan Pipeline on a wide range of regulatory matters pertaining to new pipeline projects and expansion plans. As another highlight, the team represented Point Thomson Export Pipeline - a new Alaska pipeline jointly owned by affiliates of ExxonMobil and BP - in rate proceedings before FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. William Williams and energy practice co-head Kenneth Irvin are recommended. Eugene Elrod recently moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

Contentious regulatory oil pipeline work constitutes a key element of Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s practice, which frequently represents its clients before FERC and in appellate litigation, handling a large number of investigations and rate cases. Pipeline group head Steven Reed represented ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska in an appeal brought by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) on interstate rate increases. In 2016, David Coburn won a victory for Enbridge Energy Partners in the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit where the appellant - Sierra Club - argued that the US Forest Service had failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with respect to the agency’s renewal of a special use permit that authorizes Enbridge’s Line 5 crude oil pipeline to cross the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Regulatory and industry affairs department head Steven Brose is highly recommended.

With a focus on Texas, Baker Botts L.L.P. represents clients across the oil and gas industry, including natural gas pipelines and shippers in contentious and non-contentious FERC, DOE and Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) proceedings such as regulatory filings and rate cases. Houston-based James Barkley and Kevin Jacobs represented West Texas LPG Pipeline in a complaint proceeding at the TRRC, in which several shippers, including Enbridge and ConocoPhillips, alleged that West Texas LPG Pipeline’s 2015 rate increases were illegal. Steven Miles assisted Flint Hills Resources - an independent refining and chemicals company - with obtaining authorization from the DOE to export LNG from the Stabilis LNG Plant on George West, Texas. Other clients include Westlake Ethylene Pipeline Corporation, Murphy Exploration & Production - USA and BP West Coast Products. Senior counsel Thomas Eastment heads the energy regulatory practice from Washington DC.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP focuses on litigation, CFTC and FERC compliance work, energy commodity trading and enforcement defense. The team frequently represents commercial energy market participants, commodities merchants and trading companies, banks, commercial companies, brokerage firms and hedge funds in the latter and also deals with DOE and FERC export authorization proceedings. The highly recommended Mark Haskell is a key contact.

Known for its strong FERC practice, Covington & Burling LLP frequently deals with regulatory approval work alongside enforcement and compliance matters. Senior counsel and energy practice head William Massey advised AZ Ocala Ranch - a large Marion County (Florida) landowner - on a FERC application brought by Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline, which pertains to the construction of a natural gas pipeline through the landowner’s property. The team successfully filed an intervention objecting to the proposed route. Similarly, the practice represented Conrail in intervening and filing comments at FERC in response to two pipeline companies awaiting FERC approval for the construction of pipelines that would run under Conrail’s railroad tracks. James Dean is another key contact.

Natural gas regulatory work is the key element of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s practice, which represents its clients in rate cases, tariff and regulatory approval proceedings, while also handling compliance and cost recovery matters. In one highlight matter, the team advised the State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on all aspects of the FERC Section 3 licensing process for the Alaska LNG project, consisting of an LNG export terminal, a natural gas treatment plant and an 800-mile natural gas pipeline, connecting the gas treatment plant on the Alaska North Slope to the LNG terminal. This included an analysis of FERC jurisdiction issues, a review of resource reports and assistance with other environmental aspects. Howard Nelson, of counsel Patrick Pope and co-chair of the global energy and infrastructure practice Kenneth Minesinger represented El Paso Natural Gas in a rate case before FERC. William Sultemeier moved to Jones Day before taking an in-house role at OGE Energy. Since publication, Houston-based Douglas Atnipp has moved to Winston & Strawn LLP.

Regulatory gas work is a sweet spot of the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, which is well versed in representing its clients in rate cases, while also advising them on investigations as well as certificate matters and general regulatory issues. The firm represented ANR Storage and Portland Natural Gas Transmission (PNGTS) in rate cases, and also assisted Great Lakes Gas Transmission with contract negotiations and certificate and abandonment proceedings. Energy Transfer Partners and Statoil are also clients. Since publication, and following the merger in April 2018, former practice head Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have moved to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has carved out a strong natural gas and LNG regulatory practice, representing its clients in authorization proceedings for the construction and operation of LNG export terminals and for the export of LNG. The team is also experienced in FERC enforcement and investigations, as well as compliance work. New York partner Lisa Tonery recently assisted Cheniere Energy with obtaining authorization from the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy to export domestic natural gas as LNG. As another highlight, Erik Swenson acted for the energy infrastructure development company Pieridae Energy in obtaining DOE authorization to export natural gas to Canada for conversion into LNG. Houston-based head of energy transactions John Mauel is a key contact. Since publication, Michael Yuffee has joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

Known for its strong contentious and non-contentious oil pipeline regulatory practice, Houston-based firm Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC represented Belle Fourche Pipeline and Bridger Pipeline in tariff proceedings before FERC. Amy Hoff and managing partner Charles Caldwell defended Buckeye Pipe Line (BPL) against complaints brought by five major airlines to FERC, challenging BPL’s rates for the interstate transportation of jet fuel and seeking damages and rate reductions. Michelle Boudreaux assisted Oryx Southern Delaware Oil Gathering and Transport with regulatory matters pertaining to the development of a greenfield gathering and transportation pipeline system that would transport crude petroleum from receipt points in the Southern Delaware Basin to Crane and Midland, both in Texas.

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s practice centers around regulatory pipeline, crude oil export and compliance work, but also deals with investigations and FERC rate cases. Daniel Frank and Paul Forshay, who co-head the team with Jacob Dweck, advised Reedy Creek Improvement District - the immediate governing jurisdiction for the land of the Walt Disney World Resort - on a Florida-based gas transmission FERC rate case. Forshay and Benjamin Clark assisted United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) with several regulatory matters, including a range of FERC rate cases alongside advice on the Natural Gas Act Section 5 investigation and on compliance issues. The independent energy consulting firm Energy Strategies is another client. Since publication, Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Focused on real business issues’, Jones Dayprovides prompt answers’ and is well equipped to guide its clients through the regulatory framework, advising on FERC compliance, rate and tariff matters, while also handling FERC approval and contentious work. James Beh represented TECO Energy in a Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case before the FERC brought by Florida Gas Transmission (FTG), following the proposal of the latter to increase its rates and implement several changes to the terms and conditions of its services. Washington DC-based Kevin McIntyre, who co-heads the energy practice with Houston-based Jeffrey Schlegel, assisted EDF Energy Services with seeking authorization from the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to serve as a competitive supplier of retail natural gas service. William Sultemeier, previously at Greenberg Traurig LLP, left to work in-house.

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘very good’ at advising shippers, corporates and financial energy sector participants on FERC approvals, often in connection with M&A and finance transactions, and at providing representation in FERC litigation. The recommended Kenneth Simon assisted Dos Águilas with the application of a presidential permit at the DOE, and with FERC tariff filings. Simon also assisted Howard Energy Partners variously with obtaining a presidential permit, a Natural Gas Act Section 3 authorization and construction orders for a 190-mile pipeline system to be constructed and operated nationally and in Mexico. Natasha Gianvecchio acted for Fermaca in obtaining a natural gas import and export authorization from the DOE for the new Fermaca natural gas marketing subsidiary Santa Fe Gas and assisted with regulatory compliance matters. David Schwartz heads the energy regulatory and markets practice, which includes recent arrivals Joel Patrick Nevins from Hogan Lovells US LLP and Eugene Elrod from Sidley Austin LLP.

The team at Morrison & Foerster LLP is particularly well versed in representing its clients in enforcement and contentious regulatory matters alongside investigations, while FERC and CFTC compliance work are other key elements of the practice. Senior of counsel and key contact Robert Fleishman represented Seven Generations Energy in natural gas pipeline proceedings at FERC and advised the client on FERC and CFTC compliance and enforcement matters. Other clients include the State of Alaska and National Energy & Trade. Senior counsel Robert Loeffler is another key contact.

White & Case LLP’s oil and gas practice frequently provides regulatory and compliance advice in support of the firm’s corporate, development and finance work. The team is particularly active in the gas sector, and represents clients, including natural gas utilities, in FERC rate cases. Oil and gas exploration and production companies are also among the clients. Washington DC-based Daniel Hagan heads the energy markets and regulatory practice, while Christian Hansen heads the energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance practice from Miami.

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The ‘fast’, ‘top-notch’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP, which clients describe as ‘a go-to firm for larger transactions’, has ‘a very deep bench’. The practice is particularly strong in project finance and development, although it also handles M&A. The key partners are ‘superstarDavid Penna in Washington DC, the ‘very thoroughMatthew Henegar, and Eli Katz, who joined from Chadbourne & Parke LLP in September 2016. The ‘proactiveAmy Maloneyfinds viable solutions in deadlock situations’ and has ‘in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy financing market’. Jonathan Rod is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York except where indicated otherwise.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is commended for its ‘very strong bench’. New York-based Daniel Bartfeld heads the practice, which is particularly strong in project finance; Jonathan Green, Allan Marks and tax expert Michael Duff are widely recommended. Marks and Duff, who are based in Los Angeles, acted for a syndicate of tax equity investors, including JPM Capital, on its investment in the Broadview Wind project based across Texas and New Mexico. Other clients include Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Mexico Power Group.

Known for its energy expertise in general, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is now a major player in the renewables space specifically, having incorporated the first-rate team from legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP following the merger in June 2017. The department is headed by Rohit Chaudhry and Keith Martin, who are both based in Washington DC. Project finance is the practice’s key strength; lender clients include Citibank and Rabobank, and Falvez Energy is a client on the sponsor side. Although John Marciano and Eli Katz left to join Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP respectively, the team readjusted by promoting to partner Brian Greene and New York-based tax expert Michael Masri, two project finance practitioners active in renewable energy.

The ‘responsive’, ‘terrific team’ at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has ‘a lot of renewables industry experience’ and offers ‘great client service’. Mark Weitzel in San Francisco and Blake Winburne in Houston head the practice, which is most active in project development, project financing and power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the wind and solar sectors. Mark Caterini joined the New York office from O’Melveny & Myers LLP in September 2016. New York’s Christopher Moore is ‘particularly strong in asset-backed finance and production tax credit-driven equity investments’; in Houston, ‘excellent negotiator’ Dahl Thompson ‘explains complex issues in a coherent, comprehensible way’; and ‘strong young partner’ Eric Stephens in San Francisco is recommended for solar projects. San Francisco-based senior associate Wolfram Pohl is a recommended tax expert.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s department is headed by the Los Angeles-based Edward Zaelke. Project finance, project development and M&A are the practice’s key pillars; clients include PFMG Solar, Northleaf Capital and AES Wind. The departure of tax expert David Burton to Mayer Brown was offset by the arrival of John Marciano in the Washington DC office from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice largely handles corporate and finance work; clients include EDP Renewables North America and Tradewind Energy, as well as several large financial institutions. Corporate partner Brian Chappell and projects expert Thomas Woolsey, who are based in Baltimore and Miami respectively, are recommended. Washington DC-based partners Amy Roma and Daniel Stenger are active on the nuclear regulatory side.

In April 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP merged with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, forming Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Project finance, particularly on behalf of tax equity investors, is a key strength of the legacy Hunton & Williams LLP practice, which also handles M&A and PPAs. Ryan Ketchum and John Beardsworth in Richmond and Washington DC-based Ellis Butler advised Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading on a $1.76bn PPA with 14 contractors of solar projects with a total capacity of 1,125MW. Washington DC-based tax expert David Lowman heads the department. Jeffrey Schroeder and Eric Pogue are also recommended. Timothy Unger in Houston leads the legacy Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP group, which is notably strong in project development, state regulatory work and PPAs; clients include Duke Energy, First Solar, Apex Clean Energy and the City of Houston. Although five partners departed for competitors DLA Piper LLP (US), Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in 2016, project finance and M&A expert George Pavlenishvili joined the New York office from Reed Smith LLP.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s team is strong in sponsor-side M&A, although it is increasingly capable in project finance. Susan Mac Cormac in San Francisco and Jonathan Melmed in New York head the practice, which also handles regulatory work and litigation; clients include Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners and Apple Energy. In May 2016, of counsel Adam Griffin joined the New York office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and in February 2016, regulatory expert Todd Edmister joined as of counsel from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘dedicated’ team is particularly adept at the corporate, finance and project development aspects of renewable energy work; it is commended for its ‘specialized renewable energy industry knowledge’. Clients include Citigroup Energy and EDP Renewables North America. The ‘very knowledgeable, responsive, thoroughSergio Pozzerle and the ‘very business-orientedGlenn Pinkerton are based in Houston, while the ‘exceptional’ Nicholas Grambas is based in New York; all three are recommended for their project finance expertise.

The chief strengths of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s department are project finance, M&A and capital markets. The New York-based David Lieberman heads the team; he acted for the lead arrangers in NextEra Energy’s $242m financing of Tsuga Pine Wind’s 520MW wind power portfolio. M&A expert Brian Chisling advised Talen Energy on the $860m sale of its hydroelectric generating facilities to a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. WindMW is a client in the capital markets space.

Washington DC-based Lance Brasher heads the practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which is particularly active in M&A, corporate structuring, project finance and project development. The team advised JP Morgan Asset Management on its $243m purchase of a 48% stake in Sonnedix Power Holdings, and Brasher assisted First Solar with obtaining financing for its 40MW Kingbird project in Kern County, California.

The ‘fast, top-notch’ team at Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘good value for money’. While the New York office is strong in M&A and project finance, the Chicago office is noted for its tax equity capabilities, and the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices are especially strong in development and regulatory matters. Clients include Invenergy, Apex Clean Energy Holdings and EDF Renewable Energy. ‘Super-sharp, diplomatic’ practice head Joseph Karp in San Francisco has ‘decades of experience and a great sense of humour’. Los Angeles-based Laurae Rossi is also recommended.

The New York-based Clyde Rankin heads Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice; he assisted Philips Electronics North America with arranging a PPA for the Los Mirasoles Wind Farm in Texas. Evelyn Kim, who joined in San Francisco from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in March 2016, advised an affiliate of SunEdison on the $20m sale of a 120MW portfolio of Idaho solar projects. The team also regularly handles EPC contracts.

Ballard Spahr LLP’s ‘highly responsive, client-focused’ department is headed by Philadelphia’s Patrick Gillard and the ‘practical, technically strong’ Thomas Hoffmann in Washington DC, with support from Dirk Michels in Los Angeles and Darin Lowder; Lowder made partner in the Washington DC office in July 2016. The team, which is strongest in project finance, development and M&A, is commended for its solar industry knowledge.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice is led by New York’s Joseph Tato and Timothy Moran; Moran joined from Sidley Austin LLP with fellow project finance experts Philip Corsello (New York) and Vanessa Wilson. The department also handles M&A and PPAs, and has regulatory capabilities: Andrea Chambers joined from Ballard Spahr LLP in August 2016. Gregory Smith is recommended for project finance in emerging markets. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

In Atlanta, Dorothy Franzoni, Thomas Warren and Ram Sunkara are the key partners at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, which frequently handles project acquisitions and PPAs. Sunkara and Warren acted for Energy Power Partners in its acquisition of Talen Energy’s 25-project renewable energy unit, and Franzoni advised Consolidated Edison Development on various equity investments - worth hundreds of millions of dollars in total - in renewable projects and project companies.

Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan, who are strong in M&A, project finance and project development, lead Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice from New York; they are supported by Dallas-based Robert Little, who handles M&A and securities. Hanlon, Politan and Emad Khalil assisted BHE Renewables with acquiring or financing US wind projects with an aggregate capacity of over 500MW.

Project finance is the mainstay of Foley & Lardner LLP’s practice, which also handles M&A and is especially strong in the solar space. Jason Allen, Jeffery Atkin and John Eliason are the key partners, and are based in Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Washington DC respectively. Clients include GCL Solar Energy and Canadian Solar.

Miami-based Philip Tingle heads the team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which is particularly active in project finance and development, although it also handles PPAs. Tax equity structuring is a strength, and Tingle and Washington DC’s Debra Harrison advised Morgan Stanley on the restructuring of a tax equity structure comprising $2bn worth of assets. The team also acted for Credit Suisse in several structured finance and renewable project matters.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘high-quality’ practice has a ‘deep bench’; it focuses on M&A and project finance. New York-based M&A expert James Tynion has ‘remarkable knowledge of the offshore wind industry’, and advised DE Renewable Investments and Akuo Energy on unrelated acquisitions of wind projects. ‘Experienced, responsive, business-minded, strategic’ of counsel Neeraj Arora joined in Los Angeles from Latham & Watkins LLP in February 2016.

Particularly strong on equity investments in wind and solar projects, O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice is headed by New York-based Junaid Chida; he is supported by Richard Shutran, Arthur Hazlitt, and, in the Los Angeles office, Jeff Hoffner. Key clients include Forum Equity Partners, Goldman Sachs and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Washington DC-based senior counsel Hugh Hilliard is a key regulatory expert.

Project finance, corporate transactions and PPAs are key strengths of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s renewable energy practice, which is headed by Houston- and San Francisco-based Robert James and New York-based Michael Reese. In San Francisco, finance expert Michael Hindus acted for Clark Realty Capital in a PPA with SolarCity. Other clients include Brookfield Renewable Energy and NextEra Energy Resources. Since publication, Nicolai Sarad has joined Bracewell LLP.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s broad practice, which is led by Christopher Forrester, Robert Freedman and Patricia Hammes in Menlo Park, New York and Washington DC respectively, handles M&A and capital markets as well as project finance. New York’s Antonia Stolper advised Banca Nacional de Costa Rica on a $500m bond issuance and sale that constituted the first ‘green bond’ offering in Central America.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s department is led by John Connally and James Cuclis in Houston. Project finance is the team’s key strength. Katy Gottsponer (Washington DC) and Brett Santoli (New York) advised Brookfield Renewable Energy on a $500m bond offering to refinance its 610MW Bear Swamp hydroelectric facility in Massachusetts. Investor clients include Goldman Sachs. In February 2017, Mark Spivak joinedBaker Botts L.L.P..

M&A and project finance are the mainstays of White & Case LLP’s practice, which is headed by the New York-based Arthur Scavone and frequently handles cross-border work. Carlos Viana (Miami) and Jeannine Acevedo (New York) acted for Invenergy Wind in acquiring from Abengoa the $142m 70MW Campo Palomas Wind Farm in Uruguay; Troy Alexander (New York) assisted SunPower with financing its 100MW El Pelicano solar plant in Chile.

Allen & Overy LLP’s chief strengths in the renewables space are project finance and M&A. Kent Rowey and David Slade head the practice from New York and Washington DC respectively. Senior counsel Simon Clark joined the New York office in May 2016 from in-house at ContourGlobal. Clients include the US Department of Energy, and the team often handles cross-border work.

Michael Didriksen and Elaine Walsh lead Baker Botts L.L.P.’s largely New York-based team, which handles project finance, capital markets, M&A and PPAs. Didriksen advised Hunt Energy Horizons on the development, construction and financing of the 21MW Mogote wind farm in Costa Rica. The Houston-based Joshua Davidson acted for 8point3 Energy Partners, a joint venture between First Solar and SunPower, on various dropdown asset transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In February 2017, Mark Spivak joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Bracewell LLP’s department is adept at handling complex commodity transactions, including hedge financing transactions. Houston-based Jessica Adkins advised First Reserve on the tax equity funding of a 20-year hedge arrangement with Morgan Stanley to finance the acquisition and development of the 298MW Kingfisher wind farm in Oklahoma. The team also handles M&A, PPAs and more conventional project finance. New York’s Michael Espinoza made partner in February 2016. Since publication, Nicolai Sarad has joined from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Active in wind, solar and biofuels, and regularly handling transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution work, Covington & Burling LLP’s practice is headed by Washington DC-based corporate and securities specialist Andrew Jack. Steven Rosenbaum represented Sequoia Pacific and Alta Wind I Owner-Lessor C as plaintiffs in the Court of Federal Claims regarding cash grants owed to them by the US Treasury Department.

Washington DC-based Clinton Vince heads the practice at Dentons, which is particularly active in PPAs and project M&A, although it also handles project finance. The team acted for Mesquite Creek Wind on its development and financing of a 200MW wind farm to be located near Lamesa, Texas. Clients on the PPA side include Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association and Colorado Springs Utilities.

The ‘incredibly responsive’ team at Jones Day is particularly active in M&A, project development and litigation; clients include E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, Xcel Energy and NRG Energy. Gerald Farano is ‘an encyclopedia of renewable energy market practices, people and solutions’; Danielle Varnell is a ‘wonderful, knowledgeable negotiator’. James Beh is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

M&A, PPAs, tax credit financing and EPC work are the key pillars of K&L Gates’ practice, which is led by Elizabeth Thomas and Eric Freedman from Seattle. Chicago-based transactional specialist Joseph Condo arrived from an in-house position at Invenergy in October 2016; in January 2017, regulatory expert Buck Endemann joined in San Francisco from Paul Hastings LLP. The team’s clients include Duke Energy and SunPower.

Vijaya Palaniswamy heads Linklaters LLP’s department from New York, which is strong in project finance, project development and M&A; he acted for Macquarie México Infrastructure Fund in its $41m purchase of Parque Solar Coahuila, a Mexican company that owned the development rights to a 20MW solar project in Coahuila, Mexico. Matthew Poulter is also recommended.

Mayer Brown’s practice is led by Robert Goldberg in Houston and Jeffrey Davis in Washington DC. It chiefly handles project finance and renewable asset M&A, and is notably strong on the tax side, but it also litigates for clients such as Acciona. Houston-based tax expert David Burton joined in May 2016 from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; ‘attentive draftsman and negotiator’ Nadav Klugman made partner in Chicago in January 2017.

Commended for its ‘responsiveness, industry knowledge, strength in depth and value for money’, McGuireWoods LLP’s department is experienced in project finance and transactions, although it also handles PPAs and project development. Clients include Coronal Development Services and Dominion Resources Services. Joanne Katsantonis and Michael Woodard head the practice from Richmond; Mark Johnson joined the Chicago office from Eimer Stahl LLP, and the ‘commercially balancedTimothy Callahan, who ‘distils issues quickly’, also arrived in Chicago from Paul Hastings LLP.

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘responsive, practical, efficient and experienced’ team has ‘exceptional industry knowledge’; it assists clients with project development, project finance, PPAs and regulatory litigation. In Washington DC, William DeGrandis and Stephen Kinnaird defended Midland Power Cooperative before the FERC regarding the client’s obligations under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act. San Francisco’s Peter Weiner heads the practice.

Reed Smith LLP’s ‘extremely responsive’, ‘efficient and practical’ team has ‘very good industry knowledge’; it is led by Nicolle Snyder Bagnell and Craig Enochs in Pittsburgh and Houston respectively, and is especially adept at corporate work and EPC and PPA contracts. The ‘proactive, solution-focused’ Edward Rogan ‘always meets deadlines’ and the ‘creative, easy-to-work-with’ Brendan McNallen is ‘a true asset for transactions’; both are based in San Francisco.

Project development and financing are the mainstays of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s ‘strategic, results-focused, cost-effective’ practice, which has a particularly strong line in land use entitlement. Senior associate Michael Distefano in Los Angeles and department head Tony Toranto, who splits his time between San Francisco and San Diego, advised Western Alliance Bank on its financing of a portfolio of 3,500 residential solar leases provided by SunPower. Construction expert Meredith Jones-McKeown in San Francisco is ‘tenacious, talented, smart and efficient’.

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Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ practice, which is led by David Kurzweil in New York and David Schwartz in Washington DC, provides ‘exceptional service’ and ‘always goes above and beyond’. Within M&A, the team handles generation and transmission assets: Schwartz and Kurzweil advised a large Spanish utility owned by UIL Holdings on its purchase by Iberdrola to create the $13bn power and utility company, Avangrid, while Kurzweil and fellow New York attorney Paul Kukish acted for Energy Capital Partners III in its purchase of a 15% stake in Dynegy. The team has much experience in high-profile project finance, for which ‘superstarJeffrey Greenberg in Los Angeles is recommended.

Bracewell LLP’s practice is particularly strong in large-scale M&A involving utilities and power generation facilities. New York-based practice head John Klauberg advised Great Plains Energy on its $12.2bn purchase of Westar Energy, while the Houston-based Ryan Holcomb acted for Entergy in its $948m acquisition of the 2GW Union Power Station near El Dorado, Arkansas. The team also handles projects: Stuart Zisman (Houston) advised Tenaska on the development and purchase agreement with Brownsville Public Utilities Board regarding a proposed 800MW power plant in Brownsville, Texas.

M&A and private equity investment are Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s key strengths. The largely Houston-based team, which was particularly busy on the sell side in 2016, has a broad range of power clients, and acted on numerous transactions worth billions of dollars. Andrew Calder advised Energy Future Holdings on its own sale, and the sale of its stake in Oncor Electric Delivery, to NextEra Energy for $18.7bn; other clients include Exelon and Questar. Doug Bacon and Adam Larson joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP respectively. Rhett van Syoc is recommended.

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Project finance is the key pillar of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s practice, which is strong on the lender and the sponsor side. The New York-based team also handles project acquisitions and disposals: widely recommended power expert William Bice advised Entegra TC on the $948m sale of the 2GW Union Power Station to Entergy. Daniel Michalchuk advised lenders including MUFG Union Bank on their $1bn development financing of Invenergy’s 1.5GW Lackawanna Energy Center in Pennsylvania. Jonathan Green and Daniel Bartfeld are also recommended.

Since publication, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has subsumed the legacy practice of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which is headed by Rohit Chaudhry and the ‘awesomeKeith Martin in Washington DC. Chaudhry acted for Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition and $445m financing of the 940MW Lordstown Energy Center in Ohio. New York-based Howard Seife advised NextEra Energy on its $18.4bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings (EFH) and EFH’s stake in Oncor Electric Delivery. Other clients include Ullico, AES and Atlantic Power Corporation. Noam Ayali is also recommended.

Mark Weitzel in San Francisco and Blake Winburne in Houston head Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s practice, which grew in 2016 via lateral hires from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, among other firms. Asset transactions and project finance are the team’s key strengths; Weitzel and New York’s Tara Higgins assisted Energy Investors Funds with the financing of a 700MW power plant in Indiana, and Winburne advised LS Power on its purchase of two Illinois power plants from NRG Energy.

Sidley Austin LLP’s practice is especially strong in M&A, though project finance, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and restructuring are also areas of expertise. New York-based Nicholas Grambas acted for Aboitiz Power in its $1.2bn purchase of a 66% interest in a 604MW power plant and a 40% stake in a 1.3GW power plant, both based in the Philippines; the team also assisted with financing the transaction. Irving Rotter, also in New York, and Ayaz Shaikh in Washington DC advised Macquarie Capital (USA) on its loan to IMG Midstream Power for a power project portfolio financing.

Providing ‘significant strength in depth, sector experience and value for money’, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s ‘top-notch’ practice is led from New York by David Lieberman, who ‘resolves complex issues and successfully completes difficult transactions’. The team is adept at M&A, capital markets and lender-side project finance: ‘outstanding, experienced team leader’ Brian Chisling advised ITC Holdings on its $11.3bn sale to Fortis, and Alexandra Kaplan acted for lenders including CIBC in a $1.6bn bridge facility for Algonquin Power & Utilities’ $2.4bn purchase of Empire District Electric.

M&A, capital markets work, project finance and restructuring are strengths of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s practice, which is led from New York by M&A specialist Joseph Frumkin and private equity expert George Sampas. Frumkin advised UIL Holdings on its purchase by Iberdrola in the $18bn merger that created Avangrid, and acted for Pepco Holdings in its $6.6bn acquisition by Exelon. The team acts for pipeline owners too, advising Columbia Pipeline Group on its $13bn purchase by TransCanada. Project finance clients include Morgan Stanley and Crédit Agricole.

Arthur Scavone and Miami-based Christian Hansen lead White & Case LLP’s team, which handles M&A, acquisition finance and project finance. John Reiss and Washington DC-based Daniel Hagan and counsel Jane Rueger advised Fortis on its $11.3bn purchase of ITC Holdings, while ‘superstarElena Millerman acted for Beal Bank USA and Jefferies in a $360m loan to Panda Sherman Power to refinance its 758MW energy centre in Sherman, Texas. ‘Very hands-on, practical’ energy M&A expert Michael Shenberg is ‘deeply experienced’. Named attorneys are based in New York except where indicated otherwise.

M&A, PPAs and project development are key strengths of Baker Botts L.L.P.’s department. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable, responsive’ William Lamb in New York, a ‘seasoned’ power expert who heads the practice with Washington DC-based Elaine Walsh, advised Westar Energy on its $12.2bn sale to Great Plains Energy. Jay Ryan (Washington DC) and Michael Didriksen (New York) advised ITC Holdings on the development of the 1GW Lake Erie HVDC transmission line. Other clients include ConEdison Solutions and Engie Energía Chile. ‘Cost-effective, quick and smart’ finance expert Martin Toulouse is based in New York.

Peter Hanlon and Nicholas Politan head Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s department out of New York. They are supported by Dallas-based Robert Little, who advised Luminant Holding Company on its $1.6bn purchase of two gas-fueled power plants from La Frontera Ventures. As well as handling large-scale M&A involving renewable and conventional power projects, the firm is strong in project finance: Hanlon assisted Berkshire Hathaway Energy with obtaining a $2bn loan for corporate purposes, and for the activities of its subsidiaries. Evercore Partners is another client.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s team, which is led by Washington DC-based Lance Brasher, is particularly active in project finance and M&A, though it also handles PPAs and financial restructuring. Michael Rogan acted for Dynegy in its $3.3bn acquisition, with Energy Capital Holdings, of Engie North America’s fossil electric generation portfolio, while the Toronto-based David Armstrong assisted the lead arrangers with a $780m construction and working capital loan for Tenaska Energy’s 925MW Westmoreland power plant.

Vinson & Elkins LLP is commended for its ‘seamless, efficient coordination’, ‘highly involved partners’ and ‘confident, capable associates’. ‘Business-focused, effective negotiatorTrina Chandler in Houston ‘understands the details of every transaction’ and heads the practice, which is particularly strong in M&A. Chandler advised Riverstone Holdings on its acquisition of Talen Energy for $5.2bn, including debt. The team also handles project finance; Oncor Electric Delivery and Goldman Sachs are representative clients. The ‘exceedingly smart, knowledgeable, calm and articulateMaritza Okata in New York is noted for her Latin America experience.

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s practice, which is especially active in project acquisitions, is headed by Benjamin Clark in Houston and Thomas Warren, with support from Dorothy Franzoni and Ram Sunkara. On the capital markets side, Herbert Short advised Goldman Sachs on its $1.5bn private placement for Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The team also handles PPAs for blue-chip clients such as Microsoft. Other clients include Con Edison Development and Energy Power Partners. Named attorneys are based in Atlanta except where indicated otherwise.

The ‘quick’, ‘very responsive’ team at Jones Day has ‘significant industry knowledge’ and a ‘deep bench’; M&A and capital markets are its chief strengths. Of counsel Robert Joseph in Chicago advised the Public Service Company of Colorado on its $250m bond issuance, while Atlanta-based Lizanne Thomas acted for Southern Company in its $425m purchase of PowerSecure International. In Washington DC, Danielle Varnell is a ‘wonderful negotiator with bottomless knowledge’ and Gerald Farano is also recommended; and in Chicago, of counsel Peter Clarke specializes in public utilities.

McGuireWoods LLP is particularly strong in M&A, though it also handles PPAs, project finance and capital markets work. Praised for its responsiveness and ‘dedicated, holistic attitude’, the team is headed by Richmond-based Joanne Katsantonis, who acted for Dominion Resources in its $4.4bn acquisition of Questar. Baltimore’s Brian Kelly and Houston’s Matthew Kapinos are ‘supportive and positive’. Project finance specialist Peter Butcher joined the Pittsburgh office from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, and Timothy Callahan joined from Paul Hastings LLP.

M&A and sponsor-side project finance are Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s key strengths. Boston-based Richard Filosa and Marc Reardon are the key partners and together advised LS Power on its sale of West Deptford Energy Holdings to various buyers. Reardon advised Advanced Power Services on the financing of its 1.1GW power plant in Dover Valley, New York. ‘Experienced, responsive, business-minded’ of counsel Neeraj Arora joined in Los Angeles in February 2016 from Latham & Watkins LLP. Senior associate Michael Müller is also recommended.

Project finance and acquisition finance are the cornerstones of Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘responsive’ practice, which is commended for its ‘draftsmanship and deep knowledge’. New York-based corporate finance specialist Cathleen McLaughlin frequently handles cross-border work and assisted Hidroeléctrica Huanchor with obtaining a $274m loan for the development and operation of the 20MW Central Hidroeléctrica Rucuy hydropower plant in Peru. Robert Kartheiser is also recommended.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s team specializes in project and acquisition finance, particularly for lenders. Gregory Tan assisted the lenders and arrangers with financing the $4.7bn purchase of Cleco Corporate Holdings by investors including Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. The practice also handles project acquisitions and disposals: Robert Freedman, who heads the group with Patricia Hammes, advised Fortress Investment Group on the sale of its interests in the Kingsburg and Goal Line generation facilities. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Project acquisitions and sponsor-side project finance are Baker McKenzie LLP’s team’s main areas of activity. Practice head James O’Brien in Chicago advised J-Power USA on its $173m acquisition from Dynegy of the remaining 50% of Illinois’ 1.5GW Elwood power plant, making the client the plant’s sole owner. New York-based Mark Tibberts assisted Ohio Valley Electric with refinancing $100m of tax-exempt bonds. Other clients include Calpine, Eosol Energy and Greenleaf Energy Holdings.

Capital markets work is Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s key strength, though the team also handles financial restructuring and project acquisitions. Richard Cooper, Adam Brenneman and Sean O’Neal assisted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority with restructuring $9.5bn of debt, while on the M&A side, Chantal Kordula advised First Reserve on its purchase of the 130MW La Bufa wind farm in Mexico. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Clifford Chance excels in project finance, although it also handles project acquisitions. It is particularly active in emerging markets, most often in Africa and Latin America. The Washington DC-based Lori Bean advised lenders including OPIC and Standard Bank on financing the $500m 192MW Amandi power plant in Ghana. Much of its Latin American work is lender side and involves renewable energy projects.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s team is headed from New York by Joseph Tato and Andrianne Payson. The practice expanded significantly in 2016, welcoming, among others, project finance experts Gregory Smith from Allen & Overy LLP and Timothy Moran, Philip Corsello and Vanessa Wilson from Sidley Austin LLP; Smith, Moran and Wilson are based in Washington DC, Corsello in New York. The practice is most active in project acquisitions and finance; clients include Exelon Generation.

The ‘very good’ team at Dentons is particularly strong in PPAs, project acquisitions and project finance. New York-based senior counsel Robert Schmicker acted for Marubeni Power International in its sale to Osaka Gas of a 25% stake in the 725MW St Charles Energy Center. Washington DC-based practice head Clinton Vince handles project development, regulatory advice and litigation; project finance expert Andrew Schifrin in New York is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s transactional power clients include NRG Energy and Contour Global. The team, which is headed by Brian Chappell in Baltimore, is active in project finance as well as M&A, and handles cross-border mandates. The Washington DC-based Keith Larson advised two lender syndicates on the $1.1bn financing of GNPower Dinginin’s 668MW power plant on Luzon Island, the Philippines, and on the $1.1bn financing of GNPower Kauswagan’s 554MW power plant on Mindanao Island, also in the Philippines.

Elizabeth Thomas and Eric Freedman head K&L Gates’ largely Seattle-based practice, which is strong in PPAs and EPC contracts. It also handles project acquisitions and David Benson assisted Montana-Dakota Utilities with its purchase of the $220m 108MW Thunder Spirit wind project from Allete Clean Energy. Charlotte-based John Allison advised Pioneer Transmission on the delivery of transmission towers for, and construction of, a 65-mile transmission line in Indiana.

Reed Smith LLP is particularly active in PPAs and project finance, and provides strong regulatory support. Clients include Montauk Energy Capital. Nicolle Snyder Bagnell and Craig Enochs head the practice from Pittsburgh and Houston respectively. ‘Super-responsive, relatable and creative’ project development and finance specialist Brendan McNallen made partner in the Chicago office in January 2016.

The New York-based Jeffrey Meyers leads the team at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; its strengths are commodity transactions, commercial contracts and project acquisitions. Richard Madris acted for institutional investors advised by JPMorgan in the acquisition of the 322MW Pio Pico Energy Center in California from Ares EIF Group. Other clients include Energy Power Partners and Exelon Generation.

Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly active in project acquisitions and project finance. The New York-based Jonathan Birenbaum advised Argo Infrastructure Partners on its purchase and $215m financing of a 49.9% stake in the 200MW Black Hills power plant in Colorado. He also acted for Hawaiian Electric in its $85m acquisition of the 60MW Hamakua power plant. The San Francisco-based Joseph Karp leads the team.

Project finance is the lynchpin of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice, which is also strong in EPC contracts. Vera Rechsteiner in Washington DC and Mark Thurber in Houston are the key names. Thurber assisted Energia del Caribe as sponsor with EPC and transportation agreements regarding a power plant in Mexico intended to serve Guatemala. Other clients include NRG Energy, Duke Energy and Calpine. Houston’s Timothy Unger heads the practice.

The Houston-based Thomas Moore leads Mayer Brown’s practice, which handles M&A involving power generation and transmission clients. The team has a very strong line in Latin American project finance and Christopher Erckert, who splits his time between New York and Washington DC, advised InterChile on obtaining a loan for a $1.3bn project involving several new transmission lines in Chile. Paul Forrester (Chicago), Robert Goldberg (Houston) and project finance specialist Barry Machlin (Chicago) are also recommended.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s team, which has strong tax capabilities, is headed by Miami-based Philip Tingle, supported in New York by Madeline Tully. Renewables-related power work is the department’s calling card: in this space it handles fund formation, tax equity structuring, project acquisitions and PPAs. Clients include Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Joel Hugenberger and David Mathus in New York are also recommended.

Corporate and commercial work are strengths of Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s practice, which also advises clients on securities matters. Washington DC-based Merrill Kramer advised US Grid, a developer of energy micro-grids, on various joint ventures, acquisitions and private placements. New York-based Hayden Baker assisted Cube Hydro Partners with its purchase and upgrade of four hydroelectric North Carolina power plants from Alcoa Power Generating. Elias Hinckley in Washington DC heads the department.

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With a formidable presence in the upstream and LNG sectors, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s practice is particularly strong in M&A, though it has longstanding experience in project finance and capital markets. Hugh Tucker in Houston and Steven Miles in Washington DC head the team, which is commended for its ‘very high level of industry knowledge’, ‘solid business judgment’ and ‘well-trained associates’. Thomas Holmberg, Carlos Solé and the ‘very strongJason Bennett advised Sempra International on LNG sales and gas supplies for its North American LNG liquefaction projects. Mike Bengtson acted for EQT on numerous land acquisitions worth $1bn in total. Dan Mark joined the Houston office in February 2017, from Norton Rose Fulbright US. Austin-based senior associate Coleson Bruce is recommended.

Steven Talley and Beau Stark are the key partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, whose practice is based across Denver and Dallas. Large-scale corporate M&A is its key strength: Talley advised The Williams Companies on its $37.7bn merger with Energy Transfer Equity, while Sean Royall and Adam Di Vincenzo secured merger approval. The team also handles capital markets and project finance; Robyn Zolman assisted Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company with a $1bn note offering. Other clients include WPX Energy, Atmos Energy, SemGroup and Luminant Holding. Since publication, Robert Nelson has joined in San Francisco from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s upstream and midstream offerings are very impressive: Thomas Brandt and Ryan Maierson advised Warburg Pincus on a $910m investment in Terra Energy Partners for the latter’s purchase of WPX Energy Rocky Mountain, while David Kurzweil acted for Summit Midstream Partners in its $1.3bn acquisition of various companies, including Summit Utica and Meadowlark Midstream. Department head Michael Darden advised Anadarko Petroleum on its $2.2bn purchase of Freeport-McMoRan’s deep-water Gulf of Mexico assets. The team also assists clients with incorporating joint ventures. ‘Rising starStephen Szalkowski made partner in January 2016; Eugene Elrod joined the Washington DC office from Sidley Austin LLP in January 2017. All named attorneys are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s practice covers M&A, project finance and capital markets, and does ‘very, very good structured finance work’. Its upstream and midstream work is especially impressive: Joseph Frumkin and George Sampas acted for Columbia Pipeline Group in its $13bn acquisition by TransCanada, while John Estes and Washington DC-based Dennis Sullivan advised lenders including Crédit Agricole on a $500m loan to KKR for the latter’s purchase and leaseback of certain Pemex upstream assets. Named attorneys are based in New York except where indicated otherwise.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s largely Houston-based practice is adept at ‘large, complex energy transactions’, particularly in the upstream space. Stephen Gill and Douglas McWilliams advised Memorial Resource Development on its $4.4bn merger with Range Resources, while Keith Fullenweider and Creighton Smith acted for Vantage Energy in its $2.7bn purchase by Rice Energy. As well as M&A, the team handles project finance: Fullenweider and John Connally, who head the group along with James Cuclis, assisted Quantum Energy Partners with a $1bn equity investment in LINN Energy to finance future oil and gas acquisitions and developments.

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Christine LaFollette and Douglas Glass head Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s practice, which is especially strong in M&A but also handles capital markets work. The team advised EP Energy on the $420m sale of its Haynesville and Bossier shale assets to Covey Park Gas, and John Goodgame acted for EOG Resources in a $1bn note issuance and public offering. All named attorneys are based in Houston. Since publication, Steven Otillar has moved to White & Case LLP.

Highly active across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, Bracewell LLP’s practice is particularly strong in M&A, though it also handles project finance. Alan Rafte and James McAnelly head the group; Rafte and Roxanne Almaraz acted for Alinda Capital Partners and its co-seller in their $1.9bn sale of SourceGas Holdings to Black Hills, while McAnelly advised Tall City Exploration on its $803m sale of its upstream assets to Moss Creek Resources. Rafte and Thomas Tomlinson assisted ArcLight Capital Partners with its purchase and the associated financing of the Trans-Union Pipeline from Entegra Power Group. All named attorneys are based in Houston.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice is particularly active in M&A and commercial contracts, from upstream to downstream. George Vlahakos advised G2X Energy on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Natgasoline, which is set to be the US’ largest methanol production facility. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum and FourPoint Energy. Michael O’Leary and Timothy Unger head the department. All named attorneys are based in Houston.

The ‘outstanding’ Houston-based team at King & Spalding LLP is led by the ‘quick, efficientKen Culotta, whose ‘deep industry experience’ is good value for money. Though its upstream and pipeline work is excellent, LNG is where the team truly shines: Kathryn Marietta advised ConocoPhillips Alaska on all aspects, including gas supply and LNG marketing, of its enormous Alaska LNG project. ‘Successful negotiator’ Archie Fallon made partner in January 2016, Jeffrey Malonson arrived from Vinson & Elkins LLP in July 2016, and David Runnels joined from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP in February 2017. Daniel Rogers is highly recommended.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s ‘extremely impressive’ Houston-based team, which frequently handles ‘large, complex’ M&A and joint-venture formation but also covers project finance, has ‘excellent industry knowledge’. David Castro and the ‘quick-on-his-feetAnthony Speier advised Seneca Resources on its joint development agreement with IOG CRV-Marcellus to develop Marcellus Shale gas assets in Pennsylvania. The department saw numerous changes in 2016: Adam Larson joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP and Doug Bacon arrived from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, while Rahul Vashi and Bradford Rossi made partner. William Benitez is recommended.

M&A is Sidley Austin LLP’s team’s key strength. Upstream, it acted for Range Resources in its $4.4bn purchase of Memorial Resource Development. In the midstream space, Cliff Vrielink advised Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on $2.3bn-worth of investments in publically traded pipeline companies. US Oil & Refining is a downstream client. Kenneth Irvin in Washington DC, James Rice in Houston and Irving Rotter in New York are also recommended. Since publication David Asmus and Brian Bradshaw have joined in Houston from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Robert Rabalais leads Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s largely Houston-based team, with support from M&A expert Christopher May, project finance ‘star’ Matthew Einbinder and New York-based restructuring specialist Elisha Graff. On the M&A side, midstream work and joint ventures are particular strengths; David Lieberman in New York advised Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on its joint venture with Golar LNG. When it comes to finance, the team excels in reserve-based lending and acquisition finance, especially for lenders; JPMorgan Chase Bank is a client.

Thompson & Knight LLP’s ‘outstanding team’ provides ‘a very high level of service’ and has ‘many years of oil and gas experience’. Upstream M&A is a key strength and Sarah McLean, who splits her time between Austin and Houston, acted for EnCap Investments in various acreage and portfolio company acquisitions and disposals, together worth $4.8bn. Other clients include Yates Petroleum and EnerVest. Dallas-based Andrew Derman and Houston-based Richard Hemingway and Hunter White are also recommended; Dallas-based Andrew Melsheimer has ‘excellent knowledge’.

M&A and energy trading are the key areas for DLA Piper LLP (US), whose largely Houston-based practice is led by Jack Langlois and, in New York, Robert Gruendel. As well as advising clients such as Kayne Anderson and Terra Energy Partners on domestic matters, the department has a strong Latin America practice: Gruendel assisted Ecopetrol Costa Afuera Colombia SAS with designing an offshore drilling services contract.

Jones Day handles large-scale M&A upstream, midstream and downstream; it is also active in restructuring. Jeffrey Schlegel, who heads the group from Houston, advised The Southern Company on its purchase from Kinder Morgan of a 50% stake in the entity that owns the 7,000-mile Southern Natural Gas pipeline system. Other clients include Kel-Tech, DTE Energy and Marathon Petroleum. Dickson Chin in New York and Houston-based Stephen Olson and Omar Samji are also recommended.

Strong in M&A and mid-market private equity, McGuireWoods LLP also handles fund formation and is active in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Joanne Katsantonisand Ryan Purpura head the practice from Richmond and Pittsburgh respectively; Katsantonis acted for Dominion Resources in its $4.4bn acquisition of Questar, while Purpura advised Consol Energy on its sale of Ohio gas-gathering facilities to Rice Olympus Midstream.

As well as being active in project development, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP assists clients with upstream and midstream M&A, EPC contracts, LNG export deals and tolling agreements. LNG is a particular strength and the team has strong cross-border capabilities. Recent work includes acting for Equatorial Guinea LNG Holdings in various contracts and corporate structuring issues regarding an LNG project. Since publication, former practice head David Asmus and fellow Houston-based partner Brian Bradshaw have joined Sidley Austin LLP.

Although historically strong upstream, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice is increasingly active in the midstream and LNG spaces; Tesoro Logistics is a notable midstream client. The firm has been handling asset acquisitions and disposals, corporate M&A, joint ventures and project development, and recent work includes advising Delek US Holdings on its purchase of Alon USA Energy. John Mauel heads the department; Jay Stiffler made partner in January 2016. In June 2016, following publication, the firm combined with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, adding significant additional expertise in LNG, particularly on the lender side. Noam Ayali, who heads the incoming team alongside Rohit Chaudhry and New York-based Benjamin Koenigsberg, acted for numerous lenders in extending $2.8bn-worth of credit facilities to Cheniere Energy Partners to refinance the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Peter Fitzgerald advised the lenders on the financing of the $1bn Costa Norte LNG-to-power project in Panama. Brian Greene made partner in November 2016. Mauel and Stiffler are based in Houston, while Ayali, Chaudhry, Fitzgerald and Greene are based in Washington DC.

Paul Hastings LLP’s team is most active in project finance and acquisition finance. It has handled strong domestic work for clients including Tall Oak Midstream, JPMorgan Chase Bank and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, but its Latin America practice is especially strong. New York’s Cathleen McLaughlin acted for Hidroeléctrica Huanchor as borrower regarding a $274m loan for the DBFMO aspects of the 20MW Central Hidroeléctrica Rucuy power plant in Peru.

Porter Hedges LLP’s department is led from Houston by Robert Thomas and Randy King; its calling card is complex upstream asset transactions. James Thompson, who joined from Watt Thompson Frank & Carver LLP in March 2016, advised Black Stone Minerals on its $35m purchase of a stake in the Wattenberg Gas Field in Weld County, Colorado. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Oklahoma-based Ray Lees acted for Scoop Energy in its $137m sale to Jones Energy of 18,000 acres in Canada and Oklahoma. Jeremy Mouton is also recommended.

Project finance and capital markets are the key pillars of Shearman & Sterling LLP’s practice. Cynthia Urda Kassis acted for a 19-bank syndicate in the $4.1bn financing of the Gasoducto Sur Peruano project; sponsor-side clients include Empresa Nacional del Petroléo. The department also handles M&A: it advised General Electric on the $32bn merger of its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes. Robert Freedman, Waajid Siddiqui, Gregory Tan and Alexandro Padrés are other names to note. Named attorneys are based in New York. Since publication, Robert Nelson has moved to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

M&A and restructuring are the key activities of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s department, which is particularly active in the upstream space. The team handles plenty of midstream work too: Dallas-based group head Rodney Moore acted for EnLink Midstream Partners and EnLink Midstream in their $1.6bn acquisition of subsidiaries of Tall Oak Midstream.

Jason Webber and Clark Wohlferd head White & Case LLP’s department from New York; the team is strongest in project finance, though it also handles joint venture incorporations and assists the financial advisers to M&A players. Webber advised the potential lenders to Magnolia LNG regarding the latter’s liquefaction and export terminal project in Louisiana. Other clients include Saudi Aramco and Freeport LNG. Since publication, Steven Otillar has joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Upstream and midstream are the key sectors for Baker McKenzie LLP, which is especially active in asset acquisitions and disposals, although it also handles corporate restructuring. Its clients include Mexico Petroleum and White Marlin Oil and Gas. Louis Davis heads the Houston-based group, with support from Denmon Sigler, who joined in July 2016 from Winston & Strawn LLP, and Natalie Regoli.

The ‘superb attorneys’ at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLPreally understand the oil and gas business, and add considerable value’. The practice, which is especially strong in capital markets, project finance and financial restructuring, assisted Petróleos Mexicanos with over $6.25bn in debt offerings; other clients include Pluspetrol and Petrobras. Richard Cooper, Adam Brenneman, the ‘extremely reliable’ Jeffrey Lewis and ‘excellent corporate finance coordinator’ Francesca Odell are also recommended. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Clifford Chance’s ‘outstanding’ Washington DC-based practice has ‘superior knowledge’ and a key strength is cross-border project finance. Fabricio Longhin assisted Graña y Montero with obtaining a $200m loan from Credit Suisse to finance the $4.2bn Gasoducto Sur Peruano project; David Evans advised Samchully Asset Management on the partial acquisition from Total and CGAS Properties of a gas-gathering system in Ohio.

Dentons is especially active in asset purchases and sales, energy supply contracts, and project construction and operation. The team acted for Hawkins Avary Hillmer in its $45m sale of West Texas ranch property, including oil and gas production rights. Kuwait Oil is another client. Clinton Vince heads the practice from Washington DC.

The team at Greenberg Traurig LLP is headed by Kenneth Minesinger in Washington DC, and is especially strong in the finance space. William Garner is also recommended. Alfredo Ramos joined the Houston office from Gardere Wynne Sewell in October 2016. Since publication, Houston-based Douglas Atnipp has moved to Winston & Strawn LLP.

Michael Zanic in Pittsburgh and Randel Young in Houston head K&L Gates’ group, which is especially busy in the upstream space, including M&A, production sharing, project finance and joint ventures. The team advised City of Anchorage Municipal Light & Power on its $152m purchase of the Beluga River Unit from ConocoPhillips Alaska. Other clients include Buckingham Oil Interests, Otto Energy and Doyon.

Linklaters LLP’ department is led by New York-based Vijaya Palaniswamy, who, along with Peter Cohen-Millstein, advised Petrochemical Industries on its $3.2bn sale of MEGlobal, co-owned by Dow Chemical, to Equate Petrochemical. The team is also strong in project finance: Conrado Tenaglia, who splits his time between New York and Sao Paulo, assisted Axion Energy Argentina with obtaining a $300m loan from lenders, including Citibank, to expand its Campana refinery, among other things. Other clients include Empresa Nacional de Petróleo.

Mayer Brown’s practice, which has excellent Latin America capabilities, is especially strong in M&A, capital markets and commercial contracts. Chicago-based Marc Sperber advised TransCanada on its $13bn purchase of Columbia Pipeline Group. Christopher Erckert, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York, and Houston-based department head Thomas Moore acted for Invenergy in its acquisition of a majority stake in the $900m Energía del Pacífico project in El Salvador.

Daniel Bartfeld, Daniel Michalchuk and Roland Estevez, who are all based in New York, are the key partners at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Project finance, particularly in the midstream space, is the department’s calling card: Bartfeld advised lead arrangers including ING and BNP Paribas on the $622m financing of the La Laguna-Aguascalientes pipeline. The team also assisted clients including Nabors Industries with upstream joint ventures.

Although its most notable strengths are energy trading and energy supply agreements, Reed Smith LLP’s practice also has M&A and project finance capabilities. Clients include ConocoPhillips, Columbia Pipeline Group and Castleton Commodities Upstream. Nicolle Snyder Bagnell and Craig Enochs head the department from Pittsburgh and Houston respectively; finance and commodities expert Matthew Petrillo made partner in Chicago in January 2016.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has strong experience in big-ticket M&A and capital markets, frequently handles large-scale restructurings, and often acts for financial advisers to strategic players. Houston-based department head Frank Bayouth acted for Devon Energy in an $850m note offering, while Washington DC’s Jeremy London advised Goldman Sachs as financial adviser to Columbia Pipeline Group on the latter’s $13bn acquisition by TransCanada.

Winston & Strawn LLP handles asset acquisitions and disposals, corporate M&A, project finance and restructuring. Chris Ferazzi in Houston advised Continuum Energy on the $78m sale of its retail natural gas business to CenterPoint Energy Services, and New York-based Jonathan Birenbaum acted for Babson Capital Management in its purchase of $35m-worth of notes issued by Trans-Union Interstate Pipeline. Houston-based Craig Vogelsang leads the oil and gas group. Since publication, Douglas Atnipp has joined in Houston from Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Benjamin Clark and Ram Sunkara head Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s department, which is particularly strong in asset acquisitions and disposals, although it also has an excellent track record in energy supply, energy trading, EPC contracts and joint venture formation. Clark advised Schoeller Bleckmann America on its $103m purchase of a 68% stake in Downhole Technology from numerous sellers. Other clients include Magnolia LNG, Freepoint Commodities and Mosbacher Energy.

The Denver-based Scot Anderson heads the team at Hogan Lovells US LLP, which has considerable cross-border experience as well as upstream, midstream and downstream capabilities. The Houston-based José Luis Vittor is recommended, as is Washington DC-based midstream expert Stefan Krantz.

Private equity specialist Bruce Herzog and oil and gas transactions expert Michael de Voe Piazza head Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s department from Houston and New York respectively. Both partners assisted Liberty Oilfield Services with its purchase of Sanjel’s fracturing, coiled tubing and cementing assets. Other clients include Sage Midstream Ventures and Carnelian Energy Capital.

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Arnold & Porter’s Washington DC-based team has strong expertise in handling complex, high-stakes environmental litigation, and continues to handle a broad range of matters including federal and state enforcement actions, contaminated site matters, toxic torts, and air, water, wetlands and permitting litigation. Thomas Milch and department head Brian Israel continue to represent BP in numerous disputes, most notably in the $20bn case regarding the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a matter involving Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement actions and Natural Resource Damages claims. In another highlight, co-managing partner Michael Daneker defended Honeywell in four class action toxic tort suits regarding the presence of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the municipal water supply of Hoosick Falls. Joel Gross handles civil and criminal enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Lester Sotsky is lead counsel in several toxic tort cases; and San Francisco-based Trent Norris handles technical disputes involving consumer protection. Also in San Francisco, counsel Sarah Esmaili continues to build her profile. The Mosaic Company, Dow Chemical and Walt Disney are also key clients.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides ‘an exceptional service’, and the ‘well-staffed teams make you feel like you are their first and only client’. The firm has successfully represented entities in a broad range of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings including mass torts and class actions, white-collar criminal disputes, partially responsible party (PRP) litigation and appellate matters. Kevin Van Wart and Bradley Weidenhammer are acting as lead counsel for Boeing in a case brought by 200 property owners, defending the client against medical monitoring and property damage claims concerning groundwater contamination linked to a release of vinyl chloride. Washington DC-based Mike Brock continues to represent BP entities in various matters arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and Richard Godfrey, Andrew Langan and Andrew Running represent the City of Chicago against three plaintiffs in a putative class action regarding dangerous levels of lead exposure as a result of sewer line replacement and water meter installation. All named individuals are based in Chicago, except where otherwise stated.

Los Angeles-based Michael Romey heads the department at Latham & Watkins LLP. The firm has been representing Florida Department of Environmental Protection before the US Supreme Court in Florida v Georgia, an action filed by the State of Florida seeking remedy for the ecological, environmental and economic harm cause by Georgia’s overconsumption of water in the Chattahoochee and Flint River basins; a high-profile series of cases collectively known as the Tri-State Water Wars. The group also has strong class action expertise; Thomas Heiden and Mary Rose Alexander represent Chevron in a series of multi-district class actions regarding alleged breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud. Other key practitioners include Robert Wyman, who has been representing SoCalGas in a case concerning a natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon; Julia Hatcher and Christine Rolph, who are acting for The Advertiser Company in a major Superfund matter involving chlorinated solvent contamination; and newly promoted partner Kegan Brown, who is recommended for complex product liability and toxic tort litigation. Other key clients include Nalco Company, Navistar and City of San Diego.

The ‘outstandingSidley Austin LLP has ‘possibly the best environmental law practice in the country’. David Buente heads the department from Washington DC and has strong expertise handling litigation and rulemaking matters, most notably those involving the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, along with Superfund, criminal and toxic tort issues. Other recommended individuals include Byron Taylor and Judith Praitis, located in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively, and Washington DC-based Roger Martella, who recently represented the National Association of Manufacturers in a precedent-setting climate change case regarding GHG emissions. Robert Olian and Samuel Gutter are also extremely well revered, and counsel Jim Wedeking is an up-and-coming lawyer. Other work highlights included acting for General Electric in various contentious matters involving the clean-up and redevelopment of former plant sites, and representing AES Puerto Rico in a $100m action challenging two municipal ordinances that ban the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) in landfill sites. Recent client wins include Chesapeake Energy, Danaher and Westlands Water District.

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Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.’s ‘excellent’ practice is jointly led by James Slaughter in Washington DC and Megan Brillault in New York. Other key individuals include Benjamin Wilson, who acts for major retailers, oil and gas companies and municipalities; Robert Brager, who focuses on product liability litigation and toxic torts; and ‘criminal law expert’ Evynn Overton, who ‘provides outstanding strategic advice’ and has ‘significant prosecutorial experience’. Highlights included successfully defending Siemens in a £12.6m federal jury trial concerning the contamination of the Mother Brook in Boston, securing a finding of no liability. The group also obtained a unanimous dismissal from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Gilbert v Synagro, a mass tort involving nuisance, negligence and trespassing claims brought against energy technology company Synagro.

Bracewell LLP’s ‘strong litigation team’ has ‘a very practical bent’. Head of the environmental strategies practice Jeffrey Holmstead recently acted for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) in its challenge to the Clean Power Plan (CPP), successfully obtaining a Supreme Court stay of the federal regulation. In other recent work, the ‘outstandingKevin Ewing represented various offshore service sector companies in enforcement matters before the Interior Board of Land Appeals, and Houston-based Christopher Dodson acted for landfill developer Post Oak Clean Green in an appeal against challenges to the siting of potential landfill, a suit brought by the Guadalupe County Groundwater District. Head of the environment and natural resources department Jason Hutt has ‘a very strong knowledge of the law’ and is ‘excellent at evaluating facts and developing efficient strategies to obtain an optimal outcome’. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated. The firm has significantly expanded its Austin presence with the addition of several partners from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s litigation and mass tort group has significant experience in high-stakes environmental matters, and is particularly noted for its expertise in multi-plaintiff toxic tort matters, Superfund and cost recovery issues, industrial accidents and government enforcement actions. New York-based Andrea Neuman successfully represented Chevron in an appellate case before the Second Circuit, which upheld a federal district court decision granting Chevron relief from a fraudulently procured $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment. In another highlight, Jeffrey Dintzer acted on behalf of several energy companies, including Chevron, Area Energy and Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, successfully securing the denial of a preliminary injunction seeking to rescind thousands of underground injection well permits. The group is jointly led by Daniel Nelson and Peter Seley from Washington DC. Patrick Dennis is the key figure in Los Angeles and Stacie Fletcher is an up-and-coming partner in Washington DC.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is ‘full of true experts, who are practical, insightful and always ready to help’. For example, Adam Kushner, who leads the department from Washington DC, is ‘exactly what you need in an outside counsel’ and is ‘able to utilize past US EPA experience when handling current issues’. Other notable practitioners include Scott Reisch, who focuses on federal and state cleanup matters; James Banks, who represented the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) in a suit challenging the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); and Dan Dunn, who handles litigation in the natural resources, energy, aerospace and engineering sectors. Other recent work includes Justin Savage representing American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) in litigation against Union Pacific Railroad over its ‘empty charge’ tariff, which imposes fees on shippers sending empty crude oil tank cars to repair facilities.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP acts for clients in the full spectrum of contentious environmental issues, and has notable experience in the manufacturing, natural resources, real estate and waste disposal sectors. William Wehrum heads the practice from Washington DC, where he focuses on litigious and regulatory air quality issues, compliance counseling and enforcement defense. Other key figures include Deidre Duncan, who represents clients in matters involving various environmental statutes; William Brownell, who has significant climate change expertise; and Charles Knauss and Shannon Broome, both of whom joined the firm from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in July 2016. The firm has defended numerous companies in suits seeking damages for greenhouse gas emissions, and also serves as lead counsel in major appellate rulemaking cases opposite the EPA.

Mayer Brown’s ‘prompt and knowledgeable’ team provides ‘an outstanding level of service, consistently going above and beyond to provide valuable advice’. In Chicago, the ‘responsive and practicalRichard Bulger jointly leads the practice with Mark Ter Molen, who focuses on product liability, mass tort actions and private party litigation. In a matter led by Timothy Bishop and Michael Kimberly, the Chicago-based team acted for several major industry groups in American Farm Bureau Federation v EPA, an administrative challenge to the legality of the ‘Waters of the United States’ regulation. The firm is also representing Veolia in a suit brought by the Michigan Attorney General concerning the Flint water crisis, involving claims of fraud and professional negligence. ‘Thoughtful and insightful’ counsel Roger Patrick is also a key figure. Other clients include US Sugar, Talos Energy, Foster Poultry Farms and Alexander & Baldwin.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is noted for its expertise in energy-related matters along with environmental and toxic tort litigation, and has recently handled a number of air, water, toxic substances and waste-related issues. Recent work includes acting for BCCA Appeal Group in two separate suits; the first, in response to an EPA action to roll back a longstanding regulatory regime, and the second being a challenge to a City of Houston ordinance expanding the City’s regulatory and enforcement authority. An Austin-based team comprising Derek McDonald, Pamela Giblin and Aileen Hooks also defended Waste Control Specialists (WCS) against attempts by Sierra Club to reverse a TCEQ authorization for the construction and operation of waste disposal facilities. Special counsel Stephen Fitzgerald joined the Dallas office in 2016 and is representing clients in over 150 environmentally impacted site matters across various EPA regions. Since publication, Christopher Carr has joined in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Key individuals at Covington & Burling LLP include former EPA general counsels Donald Elliott and Gary Guzy, both based in Washington DC, and practice co-chair Lawrence Hobel, who is based in San Francisco. The firm represented Intalco Aluminum in natural resource damages proceedings before the EPA, the US Forest Service and the Washington Department of Ecology; acted for Mueller Industries in a $10m site cleanup-related matter; and represented Aerojet Rocketdyne in relation to its Superfund site in California, a dispute involving water purveyor claims and property owner damage litigation. Senior counsel Robert Matthews, in Washington DC, also handled a multi-district litigation for KBR regarding injury from exposure to emissions from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, Washington DC-based David Weinstein represented The Mosaic Company in a $50m suit brought by an independent plaintiff, who alleged harmful exposure to air pollutants from a Mosaic Fertilizer manufacturing facility. In other highlights, David Mandelbaum acted for FMC Corporation in a $1bn suit regarding the cleanup of arsenic deposited into soils in the town of Middleport, and also represented a responsible party in a $1.5bn case concerning a contaminated sediment Superfund site. David Weinstein is recommended in Tampa, while Kerri Barsh is the key contact in the Miami office, where she handles various environmental assessment and liability matters, along with administrative litigation, rulemaking and permitting challenges. Francis Citera is co-head of the product liability and mass tort litigation group, and has significant experience defending purported class actions and toxic tort actions. Troy Eid specializes in state, federal and tribal matters, and is noted for his expertise in environmental law and energy development on native lands.

Houston-based Carol Wood heads the tort and environmental practice group at King & Spalding LLP, and has significant experience defending energy companies across domestic and international forums, particularly in relation to mining and oil and gas. Patricia Barmeyer and Granta Nakayama are the key contacts in Atlanta and Washington DC respectively; Barmeyer handles climate change and white-collar criminal defense matters, while Nakayama brings significant engineering, technical and energy expertise to the team. Highlights included defending Dow Chemical in water contamination suits filed across the country by municipal entities, and representing Chevron in over 100 suits concerning damage to groundwater, soil and sediments. Rayonier and Halliburton are also clients.

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Los Angeles-based James Dragna is acting as lead counsel in a toxic tort matter for SoCalGas, a dispute involving a natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon storage facility. John McGahren is the key figure in Princeton, and he and Stephanie Feingold (also in Princeton) recently represented Cranbury Brick Yard in its prosecution of claims concerning the environmental cleanup of a former chemical manufacturing facility in Cranbury. Other highlights included successfully representing International Paper Company in a suit alleging improper disposal of paper mill waste; securing a dismissal of a water contamination suit for Range Resources; and acting for Sherwin-Williams in a contamination suit concerning two NPL sites and one proposed Superfund site. Los Angeles-based David Schrader has a strong energy, automotive and manufacturing client base, and Camarin Madigan is a key practitioner in San Francisco, where she advises developers, landowners and public agencies on contentious environmental issues.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s expertise includes natural resources and endangered species-related matters, land use litigation, Superfund site issues and class actions. Washington DC-based Deanne Maynard, represented Lummi Nation in its Ninth Circuit appeal of a district court ruling restricting the client’s fishing grounds. The firm also acted for Eastern Municipal Water District, successfully securing a dismissal of a CWA citizen suit brought by California River Watch, which alleged sewer overflows and discharged pollutants beyond legally permissible levels. In San Francisco, Michèle Corash is the former general counsel of the EPA, and William Tarantino is noted for his expertise in consumer protection law. Tarantino recently acted for Lumber Liquidators in over 130 class action cases across 28 states - $50bn bet-the-company litigation concerning excessive carcinogen levels in the client’s flooring product. In Los Angeles, Peter Hsiao heads the green products and chemistry team, advising on natural resources, toxic tort and land use disputes. Other clients include Seagate Technology, Consolidated Edison Development and the State of Utah. Since publication, former practice head Christopher Carr has moved to Baker Botts L.L.P..

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘a very high-quality service’. In San Francisco, Margaret Rosegay is ‘an astute environmental attorney and a great compliance strategist’; she and Norman Carlin acted for Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and Independent Oil Producers Agency (IOPA) in three hydraulic fracturing cases filed by various environmental organizations. Christopher McNevin heads the environmental litigation department from Austin, and Mark Elliott is the key figure in Los Angeles; McNevin and Elliott are representing Whittaker Corporation in a CERCLA case regarding defense contracting activities and the resulting response costs. The duo are also acting for Teck Resources in a range of matters, including handling settlement agreements with the US government and the EPA. Other clients include American Petroleum Institute, Chevron and Duke Energy.

Vinson & Elkins LLP has a strong reputation for defending and obtaining major development project permits, and for securing multi-state project approvals involving pipelines, transmission lines and natural resources issues. The firm also has a notable contamination and accident response practice, and handles complex matters involving multiple stakeholders. Practice head Larry Nettles and counsel Taylor Pullins recently defended Mitsui in a cost recovery suit concerning a Superfund site in Pasadena, Texas, where cleanup costs were estimated at $30m. In other recent work, Jim Thompson was part of a team that acted for Plains All-American Pipeline in a federal class action lawsuit regarding a crude oil spill from a pump station in Missouri. Other key practitioners include Washington DC-based Kevin Gaynor, who has ‘broad and deep experience in environmental litigation’ and ‘is invaluable in helping the client strategically manage its environmental liabilities’, and Lewis Sutherland, who is ‘careful, meticulous, and has an impressive grasp of technical and legal issues’. Named lawyers are based in Houston, unless otherwise stated.

Providing ‘excellent advice in a timely manner’, the lawyers at Baker & Hostetler LLP have ‘a great depth of knowledge’ and are ‘thorough and reasoned in their research and advice’. The team is adept at handling the full gamut of environmental issues, including CERCLA cost recovery, CWA and wetlands issues, air compliance and multi-party defense litigation. Robert Steinwurtzel heads the practice from Washington DC, where Andrew Grossman is also recommended, particularly for high-stakes litigation before the Supreme Court and the courts of appeals. Cleveland-based Martin Booher is ‘practical, intelligent and extremely knowledgeable about the arcana of environmental law’; he recently represented Big River Steel in a CAA lawsuit filed by Nucor, successfully defeating an attempt to revoke an air permit issued to the client at both district court and appellate level. Other highlights included defending the Port of Portland in a major CERCLA natural resource damages matter, and acting for Westmoreland Resource Partners in a mitigation dispute against the EPA.

Goodwin’s key areas of expertise include contaminated sediment sites, natural resource damage claims, hardrock mining issues and Superfund site cost recovery cases. The group also has a strong track record in bet-the-company litigation, acting for well-known names in enforcement proceedings filed by the EPA. Department head Laurence Kirsch acts for Rohm and Haas Chemicals, a Dow Chemical subsidiary, in the Berry’s Creek Study Area contamination suit; a major Superfund matter involving multi-party ADR allocation proceedings and EPA negotiations. The firm also represented the National Mining Association, successfully obtaining a Ninth Circuit ruling of no CERCLA liability for air emissions originating from manufacturing plants. Michael Giannotto is a recognized expert in the domestic and international hardrock mining field; Boston-based Gregory Bibler handles cost recovery and toxic tort litigation; and William Jay is one of the heads of the firm’s appellate litigation practice. Union Carbide, American Petroleum Institute and UniFirst are also clients. Individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

Jones Day has notable strength in the field of climate change, and also receives a solid flow of mandates from the chemical, energy, waste management and metals and mining sectors. Kevin Holewinski heads the department from Washington DC, and has extensive experience in climate change and toxic tort matters; Thomas Donnelly practices environmental and insurance coverage law; and John Rego brings significant chemical engineering expertise. David DiMeglio focuses on mass tort and product liability litigation, and recently represented Chevron in a series of state, civil, criminal and regulatory lawsuits concerning oil seeps in the Frade Reservoir of the Campos Basin. Other work included defending Procter & Gamble in a civil penalty action concerning hazardous waste regulations, securing an appellate victory for OGE Energy in a CAA action brought by Sierra Club, and acting for NACCO Industries in Supreme Court litigation concerning oil and gas rights.

K&L Gates’ ‘exceptional’ team includes several former prosecutors and regulatory lawyers with experience at the EPA, Department of Justice and Department of Energy. Noteworthy individuals include Newark-based Dawn Lamparello, who handles litigation and regulatory compliance matters; New York-based B. David Naidu, who focuses on complex multi-party matters; and Seattle-based Ankur Tohan, whose expertise includes natural resource development and citizen enforcement actions. The firm is defending Range Resources in enforcement proceedings brought by the Pennsylvania DEP, which allege that the client’s gas well operations resulted in methane contamination of groundwater supplies. Other work highlights included representing King County in an ongoing Superfund cleanup cost allocation process, and defending oyster processing company Wiegardt Brothers against criminal allegations under the Clean Water Act. American Water Works, United Technologies and BNSF Railway are also clients.

The lawyers at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP have ‘a deep knowledge of civil and criminal environmental issues’, and ‘consistently provide strategic and practical advice within agreed timeframes’. The team represents energy, chemical, refining and construction companies, among others, and has notable experience in major accident response matters and safety management. Recent work includes representing DuPont in a case concerning a catastrophic toxic environmental release, resulting in multiple fatalities, and acting for Dow Chemical in a case concerning a chemical explosion at the client’s Massachusetts facility. Nadira Clarke heads the litigation practice from Washington DC and, along with Lily Chinn, is representing Wood Group Power Plant Services in a joint federal-state investigation into alleged CAA violations. Greg Dillard is also a key figure, focusing on major accident response and EHS issues; Dillard is representing Phillips 66 in challenging citations issued by Washington State OSHA, and also chairs the firm’s process safety advocacy group. Mark Farley and Steven Solow jointly head the environmental practice from Houston and Washington DC respectively.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is noted for its strength in the energy sector, and has significant expertise in product liability, toxic tort and environmental contamination litigation. James Pardo acts for clients in the oil and gas, healthcare and technology sectors, and continues to represent ExxonMobil in various mass tort, product liability, environmental contamination and natural resource damage cases brought by public water providers. The firm also acts for Martin County, Florida in a dispute against the US Department of Transportation regarding a proposed intercity passenger railroad. Jacob Hollinger handles compliance and litigation for manufacturing and financial sector clients, and Lisa Gerson advises on toxic tort, product liability and environmental regulation issues. All named individuals are based in New York.

Perkins Coie LLP’s environmental expertise includes Superfund litigation, enforcement defense, Administrative Procedure Act litigation and toxic tort actions. Highlights included representing Weyerhaeuser in a multi-party CERCLA cost recovery litigation concerning PCB sediment contamination in the Kalamazoo River; acting for Boeing in several remediation cost recovery matters; and representing the Indiana Department of Transportation in a $3bn federal court litigation challenging the Interstate 69 Evansville-to-Indianapolis project. The firm also represents clients in litigation and pre-litigation with regards to various contaminated sites including the Chula Vista Bayfront, the Gowanus Canal in New York and Portland Harbor in Oregon. Other key clients include Chevron, Shell Oil Company, Donlin Gold and Stanford University. Seattle-based Karen McGaffey and Mark Schneider are the primary contacts.

Through a strong presence in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington DC, the team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides a ‘very high level of service’ and is ‘strongly recommended for environmental litigation’. Practice chair Robert Shuftan is ‘a very good attorney, whose strengths include strategy development and client relations’, and Anthony Hopp has ‘great industry knowledge, and is highly skilled in document discovery’. The firm successfully defeated a punitive damage claim for Shell in Potter v Shell Chemical, a $50m groundwater contamination case concerning 465 properties in Florida where the chemical dieldrin was detected in over 100 drinking wells. Other highlights included representing Pebble Limited Partnership in a CWA case involving the EPA’s proposed veto of the Pebble Mine Project in southwest Alaska; the team successfully obtained a preliminary injunction barring the EPA’s veto.

White & Case LLP’s group includes Miami-based practice head Douglas Halsey, and counsel Seth Kerschner in New York, who is noted for his expertise in climate change issues, governmental cleanups, and Superfund and CWA disputes. The firm recently handled several high-profile matters at the Florida Supreme Court; these included successfully representing the sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment, which would allow the ownership of solar equipment for personal use while preserving the government’s ability to effectively regulate the technology. The New York team is also representing Pfizer in a major Superfund site matter, where total remedial costs are estimated to be between $5bn and $10bn. Other key clients include Hess Corporation, Florida Power & Light Co, Toyota and Newmont Mining.

Environment: regulatory

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Environmental boutique Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. remains a key player in the market, advising on a range of issues in the real estate and natural resources arenas, including due diligence, permitting and site cleanups. Notable work included advising Duke Energy on the development of a statewide coal ash compliance plan and its implementation; representing the Information Technology Industry Council in negotiations for the movement of end-of-life electronic equipment; and defending major chemical manufacturing clients in administrative enforcement proceedings under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Karen Hansen and Nicholas van Aelstyn jointly chair the practice from Austin and San Francisco respectively, and the group also has a strong presence in Washington DC, where Karl Bourdeau and Donald Patterson are the key contacts.

Latham & Watkins LLP has significant experience advising on various regulatory requirements and governmental approvals for energy generation, and is frequently involved in rulemaking proceedings impacting energy clients. The environmental group currently represents SoCalGas in connection with a natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon, a matter involving considerable scientific and technical issues surrounding the cause and seriousness of the accident. The firm is also acting for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, advising on the regulatory aspects of Florida v Georgia, a case concerning the apportionment of waters between the two states known as ‘The Tri-State Water Wars’. Mary Rose Alexander and James Arnone are the key contacts in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively, and newly promoted partner Kegan Brown is the name to note in New York.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is based across Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles, and frequently handles complex air, water, waste and climate change-related matters. The firm also advises individuals on domestic and international regulatory initiatives, and works with clients to manage product supply chain and natural resources issues to ensure they do not develop into liabilities. Key individuals include Roger Martella, who currently advises 25 companies and trade associations on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan; Judith Praitis, who represented a number of product manufacturers in regulatory challenges to California’s Proposition 65; and Byron Taylor, who is assisting Exelon Generation with seeking a variance from Illinois air emission rules. David Buente is the other leading individual, representing clients in environmental litigation and rulemaking matters.

At Arnold & Porter, practice chair Brian Israel advises clients on contaminated sites across the US and is a leading figure in Natural Resource Damages (NRD) matters. Other key practitioners include Peggy Otum; Lawrence Culleen, who handles EPA programs governing chemicals, pesticides and antimicrobials; Jonathan Martel, a CAA regulatory expert; and New York’s Edward McTiernan, who focuses on state and federal regulatory issues, including real estate development, energy and infrastructure transactions and site remediation. Highlights included advising the American Cleaning Institute, along with several other chemical manufacturers, on matters concerning the amendment of the Toxic Substances Control Act. Other significant clients include Bayer Crop Science, The Mosaic Company and Stanford University. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

Dentons’ ‘outstanding’ team is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable in the field’ and ‘appreciates the need for timely advice and sensitivity to costs’. Notable strengths for the practice include environmental impact assessment, chemical and product regulation and climate change matters. The ‘highly strategic’ Peter Gray in Washington DC and San Francisco-based Matthew Adams are the key practitioners; the latter recently advised the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on various environmental and natural resource issues, including the renegotiation of a bilateral treaty with the US. San Francisco-based Nicholas Yost is the other name to note.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is noted for its expertise in relation to the energy sector but also receives a stream of work relating to water, waste and chemicals, advising on the full range of legislative and regulatory issues. Highlights included advising Utility Water Act Group on various appeals against the EPA with regards to the Clean Water Rule, and defending the American Petroleum Institute against a challenge to a key permit relied on by various pipelines, transmission lines and other linear projects. William Wehrum heads the practice in Washington DC, and Tom Boer is the key partner in the San Francisco office, handling a range of enforcement, defense and counseling matters.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and ‘always takes the time to understand the client’s business, values and priorities’. The firm has a strong reputation for securing and defending permits for development projects, and also assists clients with matters involving state and federal governments, investigative boards and non-governmental organizations, advising on business strategy and the mitigation of environmental risks. In Houston, practice head Larry Nettles and counsel Taylor Pullins advised Mitsui & Co on a cost recovery matter related to a Pasadena Superfund site, where cleanup costs were estimated at $30m. Andrew Stewart is also a key individual.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘a leading choice in the oil and gas area’, and also maintains a strong air, water, crisis prevention and site cleanup practice. Austin-based Aileen Hooks handles real estate and environmental matters, and also advises on safety regulation issues, liability considerations and matters affecting the energy industry. Steven Leifer heads the practice from Washington DC, where he focuses on environment-related litigation and advises on remediation and compliance issues. BP Products North America, ExxonMobil, Halliburton and Hess Corporation are among the firm’s key active clients.Since publication, Christopher Carr has joined in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Bracewell LLP’s ‘highly recommended’ team is currently representing the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council before Congress, the EPA and in court in a wide range of regulatory and legislative matters arising under the CAA and other environmental statutes. Practice head Jason Hutt (Washington DC) is advising a major oil and gas producer on Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance, auditing, disclosure and enforcement matters in over 600 locations. Former EPA administrator Jeffrey Holmstead (Washington DC) is recommended for climate change issues, and Timothy Wilkins heads the environmental strategies group from Austin.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP provides ‘an outstanding level of service - the response times, communication and value for money are all excellent’. Highlights included representing DuPont in connection with the catastrophic release of toxins resulting in two fatalities in La Porte, Texas; the matter involved advising on potential responses to media and government agencies, analyzing liabilities and successfully minimizing risks for the company. The firm also advised the Barack Obama Foundation on the negotiation of environmental agreements with the City of Chicago. In Washington DC, Nadira Clarke gives ‘outstanding strategic advice which is direct and to the point’ and Steven Solow co-heads the white-collar, investigations and compliance practice; and Austin-based Danny Worrell focuses on permitting and enforcement. Scott Elliott and Ben Patton are also names to note.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s broad environmental offering includes compliance, permitting, risk avoidance and crisis management counseling. The group acts for clients in the energy, manufacturing, chemicals and real estate sectors, among others, and frequently interacts with regulatory agencies to obtain permits, arrange settlements and comment on proposed new rules. James Dragna is the main contact in Los Angeles and is currently acting for several municipalities in wastewater disputes and permitting issues. Princeton-based John McGahren recently represented a retail electric and natural gas company in license revocation proceedings initiated by Texas’ and Pennsylvania’s public utility commissions. Los Angeles-based Yardena Zwang-Weissman is recommended for bank-related investigations and internal examinations.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s regulatory group has significant compliance and enforcement expertise, and also advises on due diligence, natural resources matters, consumer products law and various emerging environmental issues. William Tarantino and James Schurz currently represent Lumber Liquidators in various matters; these include three state’s attorney investigations, a California Air Resources Board enforcement action, and a US Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation regarding excessive levels of formaldehyde in the client’s floorboard product. Lummi Nation, Consolidated Edison Development and Eastern Municipal Water District are also key clients. Since publication, former practice head Christopher Carr has moved to Baker Botts L.L.P..

Van Ness Feldman LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service’, including ‘timely responses, deep knowledge of environmental permitting processes and good value for money’. Key figure Andrea Hudson Campbell’s clients include automobile, engine and equipment manufacturers, electric utility companies and trade associations, and she has notable expertise advising on regulations addressing vehicle emissions. Highlights included advising Arctic Slope Regional Corporation on a range of federal policy and regulatory issues, most notably the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and various Arctic-related initiatives. The group also advises North Slope Borough on the laws and policies affecting indigenous Alaskans, which includes a bilateral treaty with Russia governing the designation of critical polar bear habitat. Kyle Danish is ‘helpful, approachable and highly knowledgeable’.

Baker McKenzie LLP’s range of regulatory expertise includes global compliance programs, sustainability initiatives, climate change policy changes and environmental risk assessments and management. John Watson chairs the practice group from Chicago, where he advises US and multinational companies on the environmental issues associated with their industrial and manufacturing operations. Douglas Sanders is the key contact for contentious matters, representing clients in federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings.

Goodwin has a strong presence in Washington DC and New England, advising on various areas of policy and enforcement. The group has notable experience handling contaminated sediment site matters, along with hard rock mining and hazardous waste issues, Superfund mega sites and NRD claims. Laurence Kirsch chairs the practice, which currently serves as counsel to Newmont Mining and its subsidiaries with respect to nationwide environmental, energy and public lands matters. Gregory Bibler and Elise Zoli are the key individuals in Boston.

At King & Spalding LLP, highlights included acting for Kia Motors in response to US government claims relating to the fuel economy of the client’s vehicles. The firm also represented Statoil in a series of regulatory investigations and enforcement actions related to a well pad fire and explosion, and acted for the City of Fort Smith in a CWA enforcement action brought by the EPA. Patricia Barmeyer heads the environmental practice from the firm’s Atlanta office.

At Paul Hastings LLP, Gordon Hart advises on a mix of permitting, transactional and regulatory matters; Robert Hoffman has notable expertise in hazardous waste management issues; and Peter Weiner advises on renewable energy, contaminated site cleanup, redevelopment and Occupational Safety and Health Administration matters. Clients include First Solar, Boeing and the Related Companies; the firm advised the latter on negotiations with Santa Clara City Council, successfully securing an approval for a $6.5bn private development in Silicon Valley. The group also assists Genentech with various matters related to the investigation and cleanup of a facility, along with the sale of the property to a mixed-use developer.

Seattle-based Karen McGaffey chairs the environmental practice at Perkins Coie LLP, which advises on environmental compliance, enforcement, permitting and project development, among other things. The firm currently represents 11 petroleum refining companies in challenging the Renewable Fuel Standard, a matter involving two petitions to the DC Circuit, and is also advising Repsol, Shell and Statoil on three controversial oil and gas projects in Alaska. In another highlight, Donald Baur, John Pierce and Laura Godfrey Zagar - based in Washington DC, Bellevue and San Diego respectively - represented the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound in its successful opposition to the Cape Wind Project. Hecla Mining, Stanford University and Chevron are also notable clients.

Thompson & Knight LLP provides ‘very rapid responses to complex issues’ and has ‘very strong leadership with an excellent support team’. In Austin, practice head James Morriss is described by clients as ‘a true leader in this area’ and offers ‘excellent knowledge together with sound, practical advice’, Christopher Smith is ‘great at coordinating with the TCEQ and EPA when negotiating penalties’, and counsel Ashley Phillips is ‘especially knowledgeable in audits’. Work highlights included representing Brazos Electric Power Cooperative in a pollution control and property tax abatement matter before the El Paso Court of Appeals, and advising the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America on endangered species issues associated with its use of a 5,000-acre ranch.

Environment: transactional

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s team advises clients on the full range of environmental issues arising out of business transactions, and frequently assists with capital markets access, dispute resolution and day-to-day operations management. Matthew Morreale heads the corporate department and is currently advising IBM on numerous acquisitions; these include its acquisition of product and technology business The Weather Company and its subsidiaries, the $2.6bn acquisition of Resource/Ammirati, and the purchase of Resilient Systems, a company specializing in security incident response solutions. Annmarie Terraciano is the other key practitioner and is assisting British American Tobacco with its proposed $93bn merger with Reynolds American. Other notable clients include Credit Suisse, Honeywell and Goldman Sachs.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s US practice is noted for its cross-border environmental capabilities and has strong ties with its European offices. The firm advises a mix of buyers, sellers, lenders and borrowers on all issues connected with major, high-value transactions; these include, among other things, identifying environmental drivers, lender liability, securities disclosure requirements and risk transfer. Houston-based Joel Mack chairs the global environmental transactional support practice and has noteworthy expertise in the oil and gas industry. In Washington DC, James Barrett acts for private equity and strategic company clients across a range of transactions and has a particular focus on the energy sector. Highlights included acting for Indorama Ventures, an intermediate petrochemical producer, in its $1m acquisition of an ethylene cracker facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is described by clients as ‘one of the best environmental law practices in the country’. The transactional group advises on state law disclosure obligations, due diligence, risk mitigation and insurance, and the firm’s strong global reach means it is well placed to handle major cross-border matters. In the Chicago office, Laura Leonard advised Range Resources on its $3.3bn acquisition of Memorial Resource Development, assisting with the environmental provisions of the agreement and other related issues, and also assisted General Electric with the sale of its appliances business to Haier. David Buente and Roger Martella are the leading practitioners in Washington DC, and Los Angeles-based Judith Praitis is also recommended.

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Allen & Overy LLP’s New York-based practice is noted for its strong multi-jurisdictional capabilities and frequently handles due diligence and risk assessment matters in major cross-border deals. Department head Kenneth Rivlin and senior counsel Felise Cooper continue to advise General Electric on the environmental aspects of various major transactions, and also assist with a range of strategic projects, integration planning and risk analysis of new business lines. The firm also acts for The Carlyle Group in the disposal of Zodiac Pool Group to Rhône Capital, a transaction spanning the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, and recently advised Vale on its renegotiation of Mitsui’s $1bn investment in the Moatize coal mine and the Nacala rail project in Mozambique and Malawi. Senior associate Maria Christopher-Bell is recommended for environmental transactions and compliance matters.

In New York, counsels Loyti Cheng and Betty Moy Huber jointly head the practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where areas of focus include M&A transactions, capital markets matters, project finance and insolvency and restructuring. The firm currently advises Emerson Electric Co on its $3.2bn acquisition of the Valves & Controls business of Pentair. Other highlights included assisting project management company Technip with its $13bn combination with FMC Technologies; advising TE Connectivity on its all-cash transaction for the acquisition of Creganna Medical Group; and advising a group of financial institutions on an exchange offer made by Cliffs Natural Resources for $218m new senior notes.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers ‘an exceptional service’ and the lawyers’ ‘excellent negotiation skills always help clients achieve their goal’. The group handles the full spectrum of transactional matters, advising on environmental due diligence, analyzing regulatory compliance and potential liabilities and negotiating environmental contracts. Brian Land is ‘an outstanding transactional lawyer who can navigate the trickiest issues’ and alongside Jonathan Kidwell advised GEP Haynesville on the $850m acquisition of natural gas assets from Encana Corporation. In another highlight, Sara Michaelchuck Webber represented gas supply company Questar Corp in its $6.2bn agreement to combine with Dominion Resources, and also advised Corning on the strategic realignment of its interest in Dow Corning. Abbott Laboratories, Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Sensata Technologies are also clients. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Headed by senior counsels Adeeb Fadil and Michael Isby, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s New York-based practice advises industrial companies, banks, private equity groups and investors on the full gamut of environmental issues, and is notably active in the chemical, energy and electronics sectors. Work highlights included advising Genesee & Wyoming on the environmental aspects of its $126m acquisition of Providence and Worcester Railroad Company, and acting for First Reserve in its $196m acquisition of Gas Natural. The group also advised Hilton Escrow Issuer on its $1bn offering of senior notes and amendments to existing secured credit facilities. Other noteworthy clients include JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and The Blackstone Group.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has notable experience assessing environmental issues, with a particular focus on health and safety matters and hazardous material exposure in the heavy industrial, chemical, energy and manufacturing sectors. Practice head Annemargaret Connolly advises on global environmental compliance and liability issues in the context of M&A transactions; counsel Thomas Goslin has significant restructuring expertise; and counsel Matthew Morton advises on the environmental issues arising from bankruptcies. Recent work included advising Dow Chemical on its $130bn merger of equals with DuPont, and assisting GE Capital with the $50bn divestiture of the majority of its assets. Goldman Sachs, Sanofi and Berkshire Partners are also key clients. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Bracewell LLP’s ‘strong’ team is ‘excellent at evaluating facts and applying them to legal issues’. The practice was recently strengthened with the arrival of four attorneys into its Austin office from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, including water issues expert Sara Burgin, and Matt Paulson, who acts for companies in the oil and gas, power and refining sectors. Timothy Wilkins has significant environmental auditing expertise and frequently assists large companies with the environmental aspects of major transactions. Notable work included advising Great Plains Energy on its pending $12.2bn purchase of Westar Energy, the largest electric utility in Kansas, and acting for Delek Logistics in a $91m joint venture for the development of a crude oil pipeline with Rangeland Energy. The above-mentioned lawyers are based in Austin; Jason Hutt and Jeffrey Holmstead are the key figures in Washington DC.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s transactional expertise includes asset sales, mergers, joint ventures and financing for clients across a broad range of business sectors. Don Frost heads the environmental and climate chance practice in Washington DC and, alongside Elizabeth Malone, is advising Apax Partners on its $800m acquisition of Quality Distribution, a logistics and transportation services provider to the energy industry. The team also acted for Freescale Semiconductor and a private equity consortium including The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group and PTG Capital in Freescale’s $11.8bn acquisition by NXP Semiconductors.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York-based group is led by Matthew Brennan and Mark Rosenberg, who advise on corporate and commercial transactions across a broad range of sectors. The group assists with risk analysis and reduction, compliance strategies for current and pending legislation, climate change issues and indemnity and insurance. Notable work included advising Sempra Energy on a $7.4bn financing agreement towards the $10bn cost of a gas liquefaction facility in Louisiana, and acting for ZF Friedrichshafen in its $12.4bn acquisition of TRW Automotive, a matter involving an English law acquisition financing arrangement.

At Vinson & Elkins LLP, Larry Nettles’ ‘highly experienced’ group provides ‘invaluable environmental insight’ and advises on both large transactions and day-to-day operations. In a recent highlight, the Houston-based group advised Bernardo Investment and Town & Country Partnership on a $200m real estate acquisition and redevelopment project, a matter involving groundwater contamination and hazardous substance issues. Other highlights included acting for Enviro Water Minerals in an agreement with El Paso for the development of a water desalination plant, and handling various transactional matters for Phelps Dodge Refining. Susan Snyder is the key contact in Austin and is noted for her expertise in water-related issues.

The ‘excellent advisers’ at Dentons have ‘a huge depth of experience’ and are ‘practical, knowledgeable and easy to work with’. Chicago-based Jeffrey Fort recently advised Foam Supplies on a methodology for the recognition, documentation and sale of carbon offsets issued by the California Air Resources board, and also assisted Delta Institute with drafting a support contract for the sale of earned offset carbon credits. Peter Gray and Matthew Adams are the key individuals in Washington DC and San Francisco respectively, advising on matters related to energy, infrastructure and development projects. Other notable clients include New Forests, Citgo Petroleum and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

At King & Spalding LLP, Joseph Eisert supports clients in corporate transactions and also advises on compliance, climate change regulation and other environmental issues. Cynthia Stroman splits her time between the Houston and Washington DC offices, and combines chemical engineering expertise with industry experience to provide insight into transactions involving various environmental statutes. Highlights included advising Zep Inc on its $692m acquisition by the affiliates of New Mountain Capital, and assisting Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group with its $592m acquisition financing to Blackstone Real Estate Partners. Stroman also assisted EDF Renewable Energy with securing a $300m funding for its Spinning Spur 3 wind energy project.

At Paul Hastings LLP, Peter Weiner’s team includes Gordon Hart, who focuses on environmental and land use law, and, in Washington DC, Tom Mounteer and Lisa Rushton. Mounteer advises on business transactions in the real estate space, while Rushton advises real estate developers, investment funds and financial institutions on the environmental laws and regulations associated with transactions. In a recent highlight, the team assisted Tall Oak Midstream with the environmental aspects of the $1.5bn sale of its subsidiaries to a subsidiary of EnLink, and also advised General Electric on its assignment of a credit facility in connection with its sale of a Mexican real estate portfolio.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘always goes above and beyond for its clients’, and advises on the full range of transactional matters, including large-scale mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and corporate reorganizations. The New York-based group has acted for Noranda Aluminum Holding, a leading aluminum products producer, in several matters, including a $130m debt facility used to refinance its existing asset-based facility. In another highlight, the firm advised Walter Energy on the $3.1bn sale of its core mining and operating assets to a newly formed entity. Practice chair Gaines Gwathmey splits his time between litigation and transactional matters, and counsel William O’Brien is the other key figure, advising public and private companies on acquisition deals.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s New York-based practice retains a strong cross-practice client base and advises on all environmental aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions. Practice head Gail Port and counsel Aliza Cinamon recently acted for Teva Pharmaceuticals in its $40.5bn acquisition of Allergan’s generics business, a matter involving extensive due diligence on approximately 200 sites. Port and special counsel Yelena Simonyuk also advised IO Data Centers on a $455m loan from Deutsche Bank. Other key clients include Ascena Retail, Imperial Capital and American Realty Capital Properties.

At White & Case LLP, highlights included acting as environmental counsel to Hovensa in the sale of its US Virgin Islands petroleum terminal and refining assets; advising Fortis on its $11.3bn acquisition of ITC Holdings; and acting for Haier Group, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, on its $5.6bn acquisition of General Electric’s appliance business. Miami-based Douglas Halsey is the key figure along with counsel Seth Kerschner, who is based in New York. Neal McAliley left the practice in January 2017 to join Carlton Fields.

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Dentons is well versed in insurance regulatory matters, litigation, third-party administrator and healthcare transactional work. In Kansas City, practice head Bruce Baty and Jodi Adolf advised Luxottica and EyeMed Vision Care on general regulatory compliance and compliance for Luxottica’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The team also assisted Berkshire Hathaway with using a New York subsidiary as a risk-bearing body for student health plans. Global insurance practice head Kara Baysinger, who is based in San Francisco, is another key contact with experience in market conduct, licensing and insurance-related transactional matters; she and Baty lead the 24-lawyer practice. Kenneth Schnoll in San Francisco is known for his work in cases arising from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, while New York-based Matthew Gaul regularly handles market conduct investigations and regulatory cases.

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Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. has been busy with regulatory matters, data privacy cases and large insurance agreements. Patricia Wagner, Los Angeles-based Paul Gomez and New York-based Leonard Lipsky recently advised MemorialCare Health System on the regulatory and transactional aspects of a five-year contract between the client and Boeing to provide medical care to employees of the latter in Southern California. Capital BlueCross, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, and Montefiore Medical Center are also clients. The practice, which is headed by George Breen, absorbed a 15-lawyer team from Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. in 2015, since when it has hired Joseph Lynch from King & Spalding LLP, David Florin from Yale University, and Melissa Jampol from the New Jersey US Attorney’s office. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where noted otherwise.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s strong presence in the Californian market is complemented by a robust Washington DC office, with Chiquita Brooks-LaSure and Sandy Robinson having joined as managing directors. The well-regarded Robert Belfort in New York advised Aetna on its aborted $37bn acquisition of Humana, and assisted the same client with the $117m divestment of its Medicare Advantage plans to Molina Healthcare. Showcasing the practice’s litigation strength, Los Angeles-based Greg Pimstone successfully defended Blue Shield against a suit brought by a California taxpayer in a case concerning the client paying annual gross premiums tax that is imposed on Californian insurance companies. Other clients include HealthSmart Benefit Solutions, Sutter Health and Adventist Health. Highly respected department head William Bernstein is based in New York. Linda Tiano left the firm to become chief legal officer at Healthfirst. Since publication, Eric Newsom has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a major player in the healthcare industry, with its reputation in healthcare insurance and service provider matters being highly regarded. The team’s prowess in handling regulatory matters, transactions and litigation work is demonstrated with its work for Florida Blue, with recent matters for the client including Washington DC-based Joel Michaels and Miami-based Gary Davis advising on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, as well as establishing a joint venture with Crucial Care. Michaels also worked alongside Washington DC-based Ankur Goel to assist the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with healthcare reform implementation and compliance. Humana and Univision are also clients. Boston-based Stephen Bernstein heads the practice, which has been augmented by the recent hires of James Owens in Los Angeles and Vernessa Pollard in Washington DC, who joined from Paul Hastings LLP and Arnold & Porter respectively. David Klatsky and Anne Hance left for in-house counsel positions.

Greenberg Traurig LLP is ‘the best in New York at knowing the intricacies of state-managed healthcare organizations’, according to one client; it has expertise in regulatory matters - notably including the Affordable Care Act - and substantial experience in fraud and other white-collar criminal cases. The 45-lawyer practice is jointly headed by the highly respected Nancy Taylor in Washington DC and Michael Cherniga in Tallahassee. Among other recent matters, Albany-based Tricia Asaro and Harold Iselin advised Universal American on the sale of Total Care - its Medicaid health plan - to Molina Healthcare, handling the regulatory issues and negotiating the stock purchase agreement. Iselin also assisted with the New York Health Plan Association’s settlement negotiation with the New York State Attorney General to cover chronic hepatitis C cases.

Hogan Lovells US LLP has key offices in Washington DC, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, with expertise in data privacy matters, healthcare transactions and health insurance coverage. Washington DC-based Sheree Kanner heads the practice, which is particularly adept at handling government investigations; Washington DC-based Marcy Wilder, Craig Hoover and Michelle Kisloff led advice to Anthem following its February 2015 cyberattack, assisting with the insurance regulators’ investigations into the breach. Another key highlight was undertaken by Hoover and McLean-based Emily Yinger, who have been representing several Blue Cross Blue Shield companies in multidistrict antitrust litigation pertaining to the client’s alleged violation of federal antitrust laws through its licensing agreements. Thomas Beimers, who joined the Washington DC office from Faegre Baker Daniels, is an expert in False Claims Act investigations.

Jones Day is known for its work regarding reimbursement arrangements, antitrust litigation and Medicaid regulatory matters. Chicago-based Gerald Griffith led the team advising Henry Ford Health System and Health Alliance Plan of Michigan as seller in the sale of the Medicaid membership of HAP Midwest Health Plan to Molina Healthcare. San Francisco-based David Morris assisted a university and its affiliated medical center with the creation of its accountable care model, including advising on its provider network development and shared risk reimbursement plans. Other clients include UPMC Health Plan, Mercy Care Plan and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. San Francisco-based James Dutro and Cleveland-based Stephen Sozio head the practice, which includes recent hire Daniel Cody in the San Francisco office, who joined from Reed Smith LLP.

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which is led by Howard Young and Brian Jazaeri in Washington DC and Los Angeles respectively, has a fine record in premium tax litigation, class action suits and transactional advice for healthcare service providers, healthcare networks and accountable care organizations. It is currently representing Anthem in multiple behavioral health class action cases concerning the extent of coverage offered; the highly regarded Molly Lane in San Francisco is the lead partner. Cigna, the California Association of Health Plans and Boeing Group Health Plan are also clients. Joyce Cowan in Washington DC and Los Angeles-based David Schrader are other key attorneys.

Reed Smith LLP is an established player in the field of healthcare insurance litigation, where it has been representing Anthem Blue Cross in opposing four putative class actions involving the client’s alleged misrepresentation of the terms and conditions of Affordable Care Act-compliant plans, which the practice was able to end with a $15m settlement. Bad faith claims, unfair competition cases and breach of contract litigation are other areas of recent experience. The firm includes HCSC, Kaiser and United Health Group as clients. Los Angeles-based Kurt Peterson heads the team, in which Ken Smersfelt is another key name. Daniel Cody moved to Jones Day.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP undertakes a full range of insurance-related litigation for clients, including federal antitrust matters, Medicare and Medicaid cases, and reimbursement disputes. The team, which includes the well-regarded Richard Doren in Los Angeles, continues to represent major client Aetna in several longstanding federal litigation cases, including an antitrust dispute with Bay Area Surgical Management (BASM). Other clients includes PacifiCare Life and Health Insurance Company and Cigna. Other names to note include New York-based practice head Adam Offenhartz and recently promoted partner Heather Richardson, who is based in Los Angeles.

Groom Law Group is ‘impressive for its combination of industry knowledge, strategic insight, political acumen and solid legal advice’. The firm is known for its Affordable Care Act work, regularly advising health plan administrators, service providers and health insurers on healthcare reform; other areas of expertise include regulatory and compliance matters, mental health parity cases and tax reports relating to market reform rules. Cigna, UnitedHealth Group and Unum are clients. The team includes ‘standout’ practice head Jon Breyfogle and Tamara Killon, who ‘provides sound guidance and effective analysis at lightning speed’. Rachel Levy is recommended for tax matters. Joel Wood joined as counsel from Crowell & Moring LLP.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP has a fine reputation in arbitration proceedings, insurance-related transactions and government investigations. The team is acting for Humana in a False Claims Act case concerning the client’s alleged failure to adhere to Medicare Advantage risk adjustment data requirements. The practice successfully represented UnitedHealth Group and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company in a class action lawsuit pertaining to alleged use of American Association of Retired Persons royalty payments as unlawful insurance commissions on Medicare products. Anthem, Molina Healthcare and Planned Parenthood are also clients. Practice head David Deaton is based in Newport Beach; Washington DC-based Lee Blalack, Brian Boyle and David Leviss are also key contacts.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a robust reputation on the West Coast, with its spectrum of expertise including insurance transactions, regulatory advice and Affordable Care Act matters. Among other work, the team advised Providence Health & Services on its involvement in the establishment of a 20-hospital network for Oscar Health Insurance in California. Other clients include Dignity Health, Trinity Health Partners and Health Essentials. Century City-based Eric Klein heads the practice, which also includes Aytan Dahukey in the same office and Moe Keshavarzi in Los Angeles. Since publication, Eric Newsom has joined in San Francisco from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

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The ‘top-drawer’ life sciences practice at Covington & Burling LLP is singled out for its ‘fantastic technical ability’, its ‘deep industry knowledge’, and its capacity to ‘draw resources from across its organization and present it as a single team’. It has an exceptional regulatory and corporate practice, regularly acting for major global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on a range of commercial agreements supporting a product life cycle. The group’s regulatory capability was enhanced by the arrival of Los Angeles-based Wade Ackerman, who joined from the US Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. The team represented a major pharmaceutical company in an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding alleged off-label marketing of pharmaceutical products. On the transactional front, John Hurvitz advised AbbVie on its global collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim for an anti-IL-23 monoclonal biological antibody and, in another deal, assisted AbbVie with its $5.8bn acquisition of Stemcentrx and its rovalpituzumab compound for small cell lung cancer. Silicon Valley-based Emily Leonard counts Astellas, Foundation Medicine and Gilead among her clients; she recently assisted Medarex in collaborating with a Japanese pharmaceutical company over the cross-licensing of platform technologies. Senior counsels Richard Kingham, Peter Safir, Peter Barton Hutt, and partners Denise Esposito and Ellen Flannery are the key names to note in the regulatory and compliance space. Patent litigator Jeffrey Lerner and Hatch-Waxman litigation specialist George Pappas are also highly recommended. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

In the words of one client, Sidley Austin LLP’s team is ‘extremely valuable’, ‘articulate and very insightful in its legal advice’. Led by Raymond Bonner and Coleen Klasmeier, the group has a widely recognized regulatory and compliance practice, which assists clients in more than 20 countries and across a number of industries on current good manufacturing practice, quality system regulation and good clinical practice issues; the practice further strengthened its regulatory capability with the recent addition of Nancy Stade from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Paul Kalb and Jaime Jones have been representing Novo Nordisk in a joint criminal and civil investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia into alleged improper promotion of one of the company’s products. Chicago-based David Pritkin is representing Johnson & Johnson in a Hatch-Waxman litigation against 12 generic drug manufacturers which is pending in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, and has parallel proceedings in Europe and Australia. Scott Bass heads the global life sciences team, in which Sam Zucker is ‘a very savvy biotech corporate attorney’; Richard Raskin focuses on healthcare litigation involving antitrust, fraud and abuse and reimbursement issues; New York-based IP litigators Jim Badke and Sona De, the latter having joined from Ropes & Gray LLP, are also key contacts.

Arnold & Porter’s reputation rests on its outstanding product liability defense, IP litigation and regulatory capabilities. The combination of Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP resulted in a greater life sciences platform, allowing the practice to advise clients on a broad range of high-profile and often cross-border matters. The team - which notably includes drug pricing and investigation specialists Jeffrey Handwerker, Ariane Horn and Mahnu Davar - counts the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (phRMA) as a client; it recently filed a high-profile False Claims Act case alleging that CCS Medical took kickbacks disguised as discounts in exchange for converting patients to use of products sold by Coloplast. The practice also acted for The Halifax Group and its portfolio company NPC Guardian Holdings in the sale of its interest in Nutrition Physiology and Guardian Food Technologies to The Chr. Hansen, and advised Idera Pharmaceuticals on the negotiation of a license and collaboration agreement with GlaxoSmithKline regarding the modulation of gene targets. On the IP side, David Marsh has been assisting Monsanto with patent prosecution and multi-party opposition proceedings. Matthew Wolf is representing HyClone Laboratories, a subsidiary of General Electric, in patent infringement litigation brought by Janssen Biotech concerning a biosimilar for Remicade (infliximab) that is manufactured using custom cell culture media supplied by HyClone. Building on the firm’s track record of success at early stages in product liability cases concerning the antipsychotic treatment Abilify, New York-based product liability specialist Anand Agneshwar has been acting for Bristol-Myers Squibb in a number of proceedings concerning Plavix and other prescription drugs. Trial and appellate lawyer William Hoffman also often represents clients in product liability cases and other complex litigation. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren co-chair the FDA/healthcare practice group from the firm’s Washington DC office, where all individuals mentioned above are based unless otherwise stated.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s reputation rests on its outstanding regulatory and transactional capabilities and its deep involvement in the digital health space assisting a number of global pharmaceutical companies in high-profile transactions. The seasoned practice group includes ‘a number of subject matter experts who weave their legal expertise with business know-how that results in well-rounded service’. According to one client, Adam Golden is ‘the single best life science transaction attorney’ - his recent work includes assisting Allergan with its $40.5bn divestment of its generics division to Teva and, with the support from highly recommended counsel Anishiya Abrol, advising Novartis on its $2.6bn partnership with Xencor to develop bispecific antibodies intended to fight acute cancers. Asher Rubin, who is global head of the life sciences and healthcare industry team, acts for private and publicly traded businesses, venture capital and private equity funds in a wide range of transactions. Washington DC-based David Fox and Philip Katz are ‘twin-tower regulatory powers’. Philadelphia-based Janice Hogan and Susan Lee are FDA specialists - recent mandates for the FDA litigation team include challenging the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to withdraw its notice of intent to use DEA’s emergency scheduling authority to place the active components of the botanical product, Kratom, under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Other recent highlights include representing Bristol-Myers Squibb in a multi-jurisdictional product liability litigation and acting for DepoMed in a patent infringement case against Endo Pharmaceuticals relating to Endo’s pain management drug, Opana ER. The team bolstered its IP litigation capability with the arrival of New York-based Michael Dougherty and Tony Pezzano, who joined from King & Spalding LLP. Laura Berezin moved to Cooley LLP.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s corporate group, which clients praise for its ‘excellent service’, is very active in the life sciences industry. Silicon Valley-based Alan Mendelson, Mark Roeder and Josh Dubofsky assisted Kythera Biopharmaceuticals with its $2.1bn sale to Allergan, while Orange County-based Charles Ruck and R Scott Shean acted for Allergan on the $40.5bn sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva. The capital markets team routinely assists issuers and underwriters including Novan, Medpace Holdings and JP Morgan Securities with the IPOs of shares of common stock listed on Nasdaq or other platforms. On the regulatory front, Washington DC-based John Manthei assists clients with all aspects of the lifecycle of FDA-regulated products, such as advising Boston Scientific and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) on the medical device industry’s negotiations with the FDA, the White House and US Congress over the 21st Century Care Initiative. The intellectual property litigation team includes a number of well-regarded attorneys such as Michael Morin, David Frazier and Casey Dwyer in Washington DC and New York-based Daniel Brown. The team successfully represented AbbVie in two inter partes review (IPR) petitions filed by Amgen at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) relating to AbbVie’s drug Humira and, in a separate matter, has been acting for the same client in a patent infringement case against Gilead relating to a hepatitis C treatment. Licensing specialist Judith Hasko, white-collar crime expert Alice Fisher and the ‘commercially mindedPeter Handrinos are other names to note.

Ropes & Gray LLP had a prolific year and further cemented its position in the high-end M&A market when it acted for Pfizer on its $14bn acquisition of Medivation, and assisted Boehringer Ingelheim in a global license and collaboration agreement with AbbVie to jointly develop and commercialize a IL-23 biologic antibody for the treatment of psoriasis and other immunological indications. Practice co-chair and FDA specialist Gregory Levine represents clients before state and federal regulators in all phases of product lifecycle and assists clients with internal and government compliance investigations and enforcement actions. Levine advised a pharmaceutical manufacturer on FDA labeling and promotional issues relating to the use of new clinical data and led an internal investigation for a pharmaceutical client into a whistleblower complaint alleging violation of company anti-kickback statute guidelines. The group also has a strong patent litigation capability, and continued its successful representation of Medac, and its subsidiary Medac Pharma, in patent infringement litigation brought by Antares Pharma. Another highlight saw the team successfully defending Nevro in two IPR proceedings filed by Boston Scientific before PTAB. Steven Wilcox and Michael Beauvais are ‘extremely knowledgeable in the life sciences space’, as are Mark Bellomy, Marc Rubenstein and David McIntosh. Named individuals are based in the firm’s Boston and Washington DC offices.

Cooley LLP is best known for its emerging companies and venture capital practice, with a client roster that includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financial institutions focused on the life sciences sector. The team strengthened its resources with the arrival of Jeffrey Libson and Geoffrey Starr from Pepper Hamilton LLP, as well as Manya Deehr, formerly of Life Sciences Law Group, and highly regarded IP attorney Mika Reiner Mayer, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Recent highlights include advising Otsuka Pharmaceutical on its collaboration and licensing agreement with Akebia Therapeutics for vadadustat and acting for longstanding client Jazz Pharmaceuticals on its $1.5bn acquisition of Celator Pharmaceuticals. Palo Alto-based Barbara Kosacz is recommended for public securities offerings and collaboration agreements and Laura Berezin has particular expertise in corporate securities, M&A and corporate finance transactions. In New York, Ivor Elrifi is recommended for patent prosecution, as is Wendy Goldstein for fraud and abuse investigations. Washington DC-based Michael Tuscan is another key name.

Goodwin’s transactional practice had another prolific year advising Centerview Partners (acting as the investment bank) on a number of multibillion-dollar acquisitions, which included AbbVie’s acquisition of Pharmacyclics, Galenica Group’s buyout of Relypsa and Arbor Pharmaceuticals’ deal to buy XenoPort. It also assisted Galapagos on its $2bn global partnership with Gilead Sciences, for the development and commercialization of the JAK-1-selective inhibitor filgotinib, a potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Among other impressive highlights, the team advised longstanding client Moderna Therapeutics on a $474m financing, and won an appeal for Teva Pharmaceuticals in a patent case involving generic forms of Lovenox (enoxaparin sodium). Boston-based Kingsley Taft and Mitchell Bloom are co-heads of the practice, which recruited Richard Hoffman and Scott Lassman from WilmerHale and Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP, respectively. The group also includes experienced Hatch-Waxman litigation specialists Daryl Wiesen and David Hashmall.

King & Spalding LLP is well known for its regulatory and government enforcement capabilities, supported by its equally strong product liability and mass tort defense litigation practice. Andrew Bayman, Peter Strotz and Donald Zimmer are representing GlaxoSmithKline, as national counsel, in litigation involving the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) anti-depressant medication, Paxil. The group has also been active in the licensing and collaboration space, such as advising Jounce Therapeutics on its collaboration with Celgene to develop and commercialize immuno-oncology treatments. In a typically prolific year on the fundraising front, the practice’s California-based team acted for numerous emerging life sciences companies, such as Apama Medical, Mission Bio and Lightstone Ventures and new Enterprise Associates. Washington DC-based Seth Lundy, Mark Brown and Christina Markus focus on the regulation of drugs and compliance issues, and transactional attorneys Jon Harris and Thomas Duley are other names to note. Regulatory and compliance specialists Sheldon Bradshaw, Kyle Sampson and Gary Messplay joined from Hunton & Williams LLP in 2016. Lisa Dwyer, Preeya Noronha Pinto and Stephen Abreu are also notable practitioners.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice covers an impressively broad swathe of large-cap M&A mandates supplemented by strong FDA, regulatory and IP litigation capabilities. The firm advised Acerta Pharma on the $4bn sale of a majority stake in its company to AstraZeneca, and assisted Teva Pharmaceutical Industries with the $40.5bn acquisition of Allergan’s global generic pharmaceuticals business. Richard de Bodo serves as lead trial counsel in patent and trade secret cases, and recently successfully litigated two high-stakes Hatch-Waxman patent litigation in the District of New Jersey for Allergan, Forest Laboratories and the Aptalis companies (Aptalis) pertaining to Aptalis’ Canasa pharmaceutical product. Xencor is another key client, which the team assisted in its collaboration and licensing agreement with Novartis for the development of cancer treatments. Randall Sunberg and Jeffry Mann jointly head the life sciences group from the Princeton and San Francisco offices, respectively. Kathleen Sanzo, Elizabeth Bierman and Michele Buenafe focus on regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues, Alan Leeds counts Merck, Lundbeck and Biovail among his clients, while Chicago-based Michael Abernathy has trial experience with Section 337 investigations in the US International Trade Commission.

DLA Piper LLP (US) is praised for its ‘deep understanding of the life sciences industry and its outstanding litigation capability’. The team can also leverage its global network of offices to advise major pharmaceutical companies, research institutions and universities on big-ticket cross-border transactions and high profile contentious matters. The group showed its dedication to the sector when it added a number of well-regarded attorneys in its corporate, regulatory and IP teams, including FDA regulatory specialist George Karavetsos, who joined from a senior in-house role at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations. The ‘smart and strategicLoren Brown and Raymond Williams have been acting for Novo Nordisk as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel in federal and state court litigation involving the type-2 diabetes medication, Victoza. Lisa Haile and Stuart Pollack have been representing SteadyMed Therapeutics in an IPR petition to PTAB against United Therapeutics, relating to a process to purify prostacyclin derivatives, such as treprostinil. Product liability and mass tort expert Matthew Holian has ‘a very good sense of legal issues and business issues, and has a great way of explaining issues in a user-friendly way’. Other highlights included acting for Pozen during its acquisition of Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada to create Aralez Pharmaceuticals, and representing Biogen in its product liability lawsuit involving Tecfidera, its flagship multiple sclerosis medication. Larry Nishnick, who splits his time between San Diego and Los Angeles, is another name to note along with patent litigator Aaron Fountain, who excels in proceedings before PTAB. The group has a presence in San Diego, Washington DC, New York, Silicon Valley, Boston and San Francisco.

Antitrust specialist George Gordon and corporate partner David Schulman jointly head the global life sciences practice at Dechert LLP, which excels in the corporate and litigation space, as well as in IP counseling and litigation. Endo Pharmaceutical is a key client of the group; in 2016, Gordon led a team of antitrust litigators in Federal Trade Commission v. Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc, et al, in which he defended Endo Pharmaceuticals in the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge to an agreement by the drug manufacturer not to develop an authorized generic drug. Patent litigator Martin Black secured a victory in the District of Delaware against seven manufacturers of generic drugs for the infringement of an additional patent from its Opana ER tablets, which it has exclusively licensed from Mallinckrodt. Other notable mandates included advising Celgene on its $2.6bn collaboration with Jounce Therapeutics to co-develop and commercialize JTX-2011, a preclinical agent being developed to treat tumors, and assisting Janssen Pharmaceutica with the sale of five anesthesia and pain management injectable products to the UK healthcare unit of Indian conglomerate Piramal Enterprises. Capital markets specialist Kristopher Brown is noted for ‘the strength of his client relationships’, and patent attorney and litigator Andrea Reid’s advice is ‘thoughtful and thorough’. Tony Chan is also highly recommended. All individuals mentioned above are based in Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

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Foley & Lardner LLP’s life sciences group draws upon its market leading patent prosecution and ligation capabilities to advise a broad range of global pharmaceutical companies on their IP needs. Washington DC-based Stephen Maebius is representing United Therapeutics in an IPR petition case filed by SteadyMed to defend a patent which relates to a process to further purify prostacyclin derivatives, such as treprostinil. FDA regulatory specialist David Rosen and government investigations expert Judith Waltz are also names to note along with Beni Surpin and Richard Kaufman, who assisted with a number of patent licensing transactions and collaboration agreements. Andrew Hurst, who specializes in acting for life sciences companies in civil fraud investigations and litigation, joined from Reed Smith LLP.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is best known for its corporate and IP practice. In one highlight, the team secured a jury trial victory for Amgen in a patent suit brought against Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals regarding the new generation of cholesterol lowering drugs, and advised Seikagaku on its Supartz FX distribution agreement with Bioventus. The group is led by Boston-based Byron Kalogerou and also includes Chicago-based Kristian Werling plus William Gaede and Paul DeStefano, who are both based in Silicon Valley.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has robust capability in the transactional space with notable strengths in securities offerings and asset acquisitions. Jonathan Kravetz’s recent instructions include advising Myriad Genetics on its acquisition of Assurex Health, and acting for the underwriters in the follow-on public offerings of GW Pharmaceuticals and Acceleron Pharma. The team also assisted with the IP aspect of Johnson & Johnson’s $4.3bn acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics. Jeffrey Wiesen and William Whelan are the key figures in Boston.

Reed Smith LLP’s life sciences group, which is led by Princeton-based Diane Frenier and Melissa Geist together with Scot Hasselman in Washington DC, acts for a broad range of clients, including public and private life sciences start-ups and companies with developmental therapies. The practice’s capability spans commercial and corporate transactions, FDA regulatory expertise and market-leading product liability litigation. The team has been serving as trial counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in product liability litigation before courts in California involving Avandia, a prescription type-2 diabetes treatment. Century City-based Michael Sanders recently assisted Sonendo in its series D preferred stock financing, handled the $380m acquisition of Sequent Medical by MicroVention, and acted for Ritter Pharmaceuticals in its follow-on common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund. Lisa Chiarini, who focuses on patent litigation and counseling, joined from Fish & Richardson P.C. in 2016, and patent litigators Joshua Davis and Nicolas Barzoukas joined the Houston office from Baker Botts L.L.P..

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has an outstanding record in M&A work, backed by strong regulatory, IP and litigation practices. The group handled a number of large-cap transactions, including Gilead Sciences’ $1.2bn purchase of Nimbus Therapeutics, acting for the target in Allergan’s $1.6bn acquisition of Tobira Therapeutics, and representing Representaciones E Investigaciones Médicas during its $2.3bn acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. New York-based Douglas Nemec defended Johnson Matthey in a lawsuit brought by Shire Pharmaceuticals alleging infringement or future infringement of patents relating to the manufacture and sale of Vyvanse. The capital markets team assisted Patheon in its $625m IPO of ordinary shares and listing on the New York stock exchange and advised Strongbridge Biopharma on its redomiciliation from Sweden to Ireland. In Washington DC, Jennifer Bragg focuses on advising pharmaceuticals companies on FDA regulatory and healthcare compliance matters; Boston-based Graham Robinson, along with New York-based Andrea Nicolas and Paul Schnell are key figures for transactions.

The life sciences group at WilmerHale is a core contributor to the work generated by the corporate, IP, litigation and regulatory practices. IP litigator Amy Wigmore achieved a victory for Bristol-Myers Squibb in a patent infringement action involving two patents held by Genetic Technologies, where the Federal Circuit ruled that claims of a patent on a method of detecting genetic variations were invalid. Boston-based patent trial lawyer William Lee is also highly recommended and, with the support of Lisa Pirozzolo, has been representing GlaxoSmithKline in a patent infringement suit against Pfizer relating to meningitis vaccines in the District of New Jersey. Recent work for the corporate team includes variously acting for Summit Therapeutics on its licensing and collaboration agreement with Sarepta Therapeutics; assisting Spark Therapeutics with a $157m follow-on offering; and advising Intercept Pharmaceuticals on its $460m underwritten public offering of convertible senior notes. The life sciences team, which is mostly based in Boston, is led by Stuart Falber and Belinda Juran, and also includes Lia Der Marderosian, New York-based Steven Singer and Robert Gunther and Washington DC-based Bruce Manheim.

Dentons handles a broad range of transactions for public and private companies, and also assists issuers, underwriters and venture capital investors with a wide range of matters. The team is representing GlaxoSmithKline in a negligence suit over warning labels on the generic version of its antidepressant Paxil, which allegedly failed to highlight increased risks in adults. San Diego-based Stephanie Seidman has extensive patent counseling experience, notably patent portfolios involving complex technologies using therapeutic proteins, small molecules, antibodies and diagnostics. The IP group is assisting Monsanto with all aspects of strategic patent portfolio management, including patent interference and opposition proceedings, and a series of IPR proceedings involving patents covering healthier soybean seed oils and plants. Venture technology specialist Jeffrey Baumel and litigator Peg Donahue Hall are the main contacts along with Dallas-based Robert Hanson, who focuses on patent counseling and prosecution.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP had another prolific year in the transactional space - it acted for St Jude Medical during its $3.4bn acquisition of Thoratec and the client’s subsequent $30.7bn purchase by Abbott Laboratories; other work included assisting Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals with a $670m licensing and collaboration agreement with Amgen to develop RNA interference therapies for cardiovascular disease. The IP litigation team secured a major patent victory against three generic companies regarding the opioid drug Nucynta. San Francisco-based Ryan Murr, Dallas-based Tracey Davies and New York-based Daniel Thomasch are the practice co-heads. Patent litigators Wayne Barsky, Jane Love and Robert Trenchard, and FDA regulatory specialist Stephen Payne are other names to note.

Jones Day combines its transactional, tort litigation and patent litigation capabilities with a solid Washington DC-based compliance and FDA regulatory group. The business and tort litigation group is defending Celgene in proceedings concerning a federal and state False Claims Act case brought by a former employee pending in the Central District of California. Deal highlights included Irvine-based Kevin Espinola advising BioMarin Pharmaceutical on its $525m acquisition of the global rights of Kuvan and pegvaliase from Merck Serono. The IP team also had a prolific year, successfully representing Idenix in a patent infringement case against Gilead Sciences over sofobuvir, the active ingredient in Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni, and defending AbbVie in an IPR petition brought by Coherus Biosciences against a patent, directed to formulations for AbbVie’s antibody therapeutics Humira. Stephen Sozio, Maureen Bennett and Anthony Insogna are the main contacts. The life sciences group has teams in New York, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s reputation rests on big-ticket litigation and an impressive record of deals and licensing partnerships. New York-based Andres Liivak advised ViiV Healthcare on its purchase of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s late-stage HIV research and development assets and, in a separate deal, handled its agreement to acquire Bristol-Myers Squibb’s HIV portfolio of pre-clinical and discovery stage research assets; he also assisted Pfizer with its strategic drug discovery collaboration with Heptares Therapeutics. The IP team, which includes Charles Walker and US head of IP Gina Shishima, is representing CeramTec and its medical device customers in a patent infringement case filed by plaintiff CeraMedic. Frederick Robinson, Steven Suzzan and Lesley Reynolds are the main contacts. The group has a presence in New York, Houston, Washington DC and Austin.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s strengths lie in its strong patent and product liability litigation practice and its government and internal investigations capabilities. First chair trial lawyer Lisa Pensabene regularly acts in high-stakes patent litigation for leading pharmaceutical companies, and is representing AstraZeneca in the Hatch-Waxman litigation relating to breast cancer drug Faslodex (fulvestrant). In other highlights, the team handled Sinocare’s purchase of Trividia Health from Nipro and its acquisition of PTS Diagnostics. The team expanded its regulatory offering with the hire of senior counsel Seth Ray, who joined from a senior in-house role at the FDA. Scott Elliott, Ross Galin, Richard Goetz and Portia Ku are the key contacts; they are based in New York, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Francisco, respectively.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s product liability group is highly experienced in representing clients in high-stakes litigation, as is its patent litigation team, which handles a steady flow of high-profile mandates. Notable recent achievements in the transactional space include assisting Sanofi with its $25bn business swap deal exchanging its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim, and successfully securing clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for Allergan’s sale of its global generic pharmaceuticals business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Jeffrey Osterman advised Sanofi on its exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Hanmi Pharmaceutical to develop and commercialize a portfolio of diabetes treatments. The team is led by Silicon Valley-based Edward Reines and also includes highly regarded patent litigator Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York.

The West Coast group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati expanded its corporate offering by hiring Lowell Segal, who joined from Ropes & Gray LLP in 2016. The life sciences practice also has notable strength in IP litigation, as well as in collaboration and licensing transactions. The team acted for Abbott’s financial adviser Evercore on its $25bn acquisition of St Jude Medical and is assisting Tolero Pharmaceuticals with its acquisition by Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. Vern Norviel, Douglas Carsten and Kenneth Clark are the main contacts.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides ‘exceptional service’ and is ‘very knowledgeable and efficient’. It is renowned in the healthcare industry for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory strategy matters and False Claims Act litigation, in addition to which the practice has a broad geographic footprint. Chicago-based John Callahan, who is head of the firm’s international health M&A practice, worked alongside Miami-based global transactions practice head Harris Siskind to advise Universal Health Services on a joint transaction with the Pritzker family to buy the equity interests of Foundations Recovery Network for $350m. In other work, Miami-based Jerry Sokol is assisting with Surgery Partners’ acquisition strategy, including the buyout of an autism care services (ASC) practice and pain practice. Other clients include Trinity Health, Steward Healthcare System and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Boston-based practice head Stephen Bernstein has expertise in HIPAA matters and private equity transactions; the team also includes Los Angeles-based Emily Cook who is ‘bright, thorough and very efficient’. The loss of David Klatsky and Anne Vance to in-house counsel positions was mitigated by James Owens joining the Los Angeles office from Paul Hastings LLP and the hire of Washington DC-based Vernessa Pollard from Arnold & Porter.

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Showing ‘complete dedication, legal intelligence and depth of practice’, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is adept at handling government inquiries and investigations, M&A and unfair competition litigation. Washington DC-based George Breen successfully represented RestorixHealth in a False Claims Act matter concerning the alleged submission of false oxygen therapy service claims and New York-based David Weiss assisted the same client with its acquisition of Wound Care Specialists, a business with 200 centers across 30 states. Other clients include Prospect Medical Holdings and Einstein Health Network. Newark-based Gary Herschman has ‘great depth of legal knowledge and is “all in” for his clients’, and Jack Wenik is ‘exceptional for his intuitive insight’; Princeton-based Anthony Argiropoulos and Thomas Kane are ‘creative, tireless and detail-oriented’. The firm made several notable hires, with Washington DC-based Joseph Lynch and David Florin joining from King & Spalding LLP and Yale University, respectively, as well as Melissa Jampol arriving from the New Jersey US Attorney’s office to add white-collar crime and fraud expertise to the practice in New York. Bethany Hills moved to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and Douglas Hastings retired.

Foley & Lardner LLP is a major player in the healthcare space, with fraud and abuse compliance matters and False Claims Act mandates being mainstays of the healthcare litigation practice. Recent transactional work includes advising New England Physical Therapy Plus on its sale to Motion PT Group and South Shore Hospital’s $100m acquisition of South Shore Medical Center. In another highlight, Boston-based Michael Blau advised Morgan Stanley and other private equity investors on strategic buyouts of healthcare companies, with deal values up to $1bn. Hanger and the New England Baptist Hospital are also clients. Boston-based Lawrence Vernaglia leads the practice, which also includes Detroit-based Jennifer Belveal, who recently joined from an in-house counsel position. Jan Murray left to become chief legal officer at Saint Luke’s Health System.

King & Spalding LLP has a fine reputation in the healthcare industry, undertaking a full range of work for hospitals and managed care systems. San Francisco-based Marcia Augsburger is representing Prime Healthcare Services in arbitration proceedings pertaining to the amount owed to the client for services provided to Kaiser Permanente members. It is also advising the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center on its joint venture with UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources to form a jointly operated hospital and clinically integrated physicians network. Government investigations and white-collar crime cases are other areas of expertise. Jon Harris and James Boswell are the Atlanta-based practice heads. Joseph Lynch left the firm to join Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. but the departure was mitigated by Washington DC-based Christopher Kenny’s elevation to the partnership and four new hires: Phillip Street joined the Atlanta office from Paul Hastings LLP, while Gary Messplay, Sheldon Bradshaw and Kyle Sampson arrived in the Washington DC office from Hunton & Williams LLP.

Ropes & Gray LLP is ‘a sophisticated, high-quality practice’ that focuses on convergent healthcare transactions and data privacy issues. The highly regarded John Chelsey in San Francisco advised on the rebrand and reorganization to create Verity Health System out of the Daughters of Charity Health System through a $250m investment from private equity firm BlueMountain Capital. Boston-based Deborah Gardner has been representing Northwell Health in an investigation by the US Department of Justice into alleged False Claims Act violations by the client when cardioverter defibrillators were inserted into six patients at its hospitals. OhioHealth and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan are also clients. Boston-based Mark Barnes is recommended for FDA mandates and Washington DC-based Thomas Bulleitexplains complex matters in a clear language’. New York-based Brett Friedman is now a partner.

DLA Piper LLP (US) has strengths in reimbursement litigation, M&A and regulatory audits for clients. Miami-based managing partner Joshua Kaye recently advised Gastro Health on its recapitalization agreement with Audax Private Equity in a platform acquisition transaction and assisted Meridian Behavioral Health during its sale to Audax Capital. IntegraMed Fertility and DentaQuest are also clients. Austin-based Karen Nelson is ‘extremely knowledgeable, helpful and practical’. Jacqueline Hodes moved to Jones Day and Frank Sheeder joined Alston & Bird LLP but the departures were offset by the arrival of Ryan O’Quinn, who joined the Miami office from Stumphauzer & Sloman PL, and New York-based Dennis Williams’ elevation to the partnership.

Dentons covers a full range of healthcare deals, including M&A, joint operating agreements and joint ventures. The practice also extends to representing clients in litigation, including fraud and abuse cases, as well as handling Medicare issues and Medicaid mandates. It is advising the State University of New York (SUNY) on a proposed Medicaid waiver for its healthcare entities and is acting as bankruptcy counsel to Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center. Other clients include Dignity Health, Fresenius Medical Care and Northern Trust. Chicago-based Kathryn Ashton heads the 18-partner practice, which includes recent hire Ed Laborde, who joined the Houston office from an in-house counsel position at Foundation HealthCare, offsetting Catherine Hess’ departure to the Children’s National Medical Center.

With key offices in Washington DC and New York, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice frequently advises on healthcare data privacy matters and joint ventures. Washington DC-based Cliff Stromberg and Los Angeles-based Torrey McClary advised Vanderbilt University on a $2bn restructuring that separated the client from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Contentious work included defending Advocate Health Care Network against a preliminary injunction sought by the Federal Trade Commission to block the Advocate and NorthShore University HealthSystem merger. Pathnostics and the American College of Radiology are also clients. Washington DC-based Sheree Kanner heads the practice, which also includes the recommended Jeffrey Schneider in New York, plus recent arrivals in the form of Minneapolis-based Thomas Beimers, who joined from Faegre Baker Daniels, and Washington DC-based Gejaa Gobena, who joined from the Department of Justice.

Jones Day is adept at handling regulatory matters and False Claims Act litigation. It is currently advising ProMedica Health System on the creation of the ProMedica Health Network, including assisting with its application to become an accountable care organization (ACO). Recent transactional experience for the practice includes advising Aetna on the abortive $37bn acquisition of Humana and assisting Atlantic Health System with its acquisition of Hackettstown Community Hospital’s membership interests. San Francisco-based James Dutro and Cleveland-based Stephen Sozio lead the practice, which includes Washington DC-based Catherine Livingston and San Francisco-based Curt Kirschner, who are ‘knowledgeable, practical and great communicators’; Washington DC-based Alexis Gilroy is a rising star of the practice. Jacqueline Hodes joined the Miami office from DLA Piper LLP (US) and Daniel Cody was welcomed to the San Francisco office from Reed Smith LLP.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice handles the full remit of contentious and non-contentious healthcare matters, including government investigations and securities matters. The team represented HCA in a False Claims Act case concerning allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedures being performed at the client’s hospitals; other highlights included acting for Tenet Healthcare in a criminal investigation instigated by the Department of Justice involving an alleged conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Express Scripts and LivaNova are also clients. San Diego-based Katherine Lauer, Los Angeles-based Daniel Settelmayer and Washington DC-based John Manthei and Daniel Meron are all key contacts in the practice, which saw Roger Goldman retire.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP has a great standing in the healthcare field; the 31-partner team excels in insurance-related matters to complement its service provider work. Los Angeles-based James Schwartz advised Providence Health & Services and St Joseph Health System on a transaction that made the clients affiliation companies, including getting regulatory approval from the California Attorney General. Los Angeles-based Greg Pimstone represented Blue Shield of California in a civil suit concerning whether the client should pay the annual gross premiums tax that is enforced with Californian insurance companies. AmeriHealth Caritas Health Plans and Kindred Healthcare are also clients. The highly respected William Bernstein heads the practice from New York and Los Angeles-based Barry Landsberg is another key contact. Linda Tiano left the firm for in-house counsel position at Healthfirst.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has an extensive regulatory healthcare practice, which includes HIPAA privacy and security advice and assistance with FDA inspection reports. On the transactional front, recent highlights include advising Oxford Immunotec on the regulatory aspects of its $22m acquisition of Imugen’s assets, including filing notices to multiple state departments. The firm also acts for various private equity companies in their investments, such as HealthpointCapital. Washington DC-based Karen Lovitch heads the practice overall, while new head of the firm’s FDA practice Bethany Hills joined the New York office from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C..

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLPachieves excellent results’, according to clients, and frequently undertakes Stark Law litigation, private equity healthcare investments and Medicare mandates; the team also represents healthcare clients in bankruptcy litigation and criminal proceedings. Austin-based Jerry Bell acted for Christus Health in its acquisition of Trinity Mother Frances and St Louis-based James Wiehl advised BJC HealthCare on its joint venture with Memorial Group to form Memorial Regional Health Services. New Century Hospice and Tenet Healthcare are also clients. The practice co-heads are Austin-based Yvonne Puig and Washington DC-based Frederick Robinson, who ‘stands apart for his strong litigation skills’.

Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘always dependable, efficient and thorough’. The team has notable expertise in technology-related healthcare matters, having advised on telemedicine issues and data privacy and security regulations; it also has experience in regulatory matters and healthcare litigation. Healthcare chair Richard Zall is ‘a brilliant attorney’ and ‘a tough negotiator’, whose recent work includes advising MEP Health on its merger with US Acute Care Solutions and assisting Medical Home Network with its fraud and abuse restrictions in payment arrangements for accountable care organizations. New York-based senior counsel Roger Cohen is ‘a fantastic all-round, multi-faceted healthcare lawyer’; Edward Kornreich is also highly regarded and David Manko recently joined the practice from Rivkin Radler. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York. In May 2017, Roger Cohen joined Goodwin.

Clients recommend Reed Smith LLP for its regulatory, legislative healthcare and transactional expertise. With a solid reputation in the healthcare industry, it has experience in handling joint ventures, network service agreement negotiations and data privacy breaches for hospitals, private equity investors and managed care health plans, among other areas. The ‘fantastic’ Carol Colborn Loepere is acting for HCR ManorCare in a False Claims Act case alleging the client’s fraudulent billing practices for its facilities’ therapy programs. It also assisted Epic Health Services with its acquisition of Option 1 Nutrition Holdings and Medco. Scot Hasselman leads the practice from the Washington DC office. Daniel Cody moved to Jones Day.

Arent Fox LLP is ‘excellent on all counts’. It represented Broward Health in a government investigation into alleged violations of the Stark Law and False Claims Act. It also advised Fresenius Medical Care on healthcare public policy matters, managed care litigation and reimbursement disputes in 2016. Kaiser Permanente and Bon Secours Health System are other clients. Los Angeles-based Thomas Jeffry and healthcare practice head Lowell Brown are recommended. Recent hires include Washington DC-based Douglas Grimm joining from Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, along with San Francisco-based counsels Steven Schnier and Lanhee Chen arriving from Hanson Bridgett LLP and Stanford University, respectively.

Baker Donelson merged with the now-defunct Ober Kaler, bringing professionals from Falls Church, Baltimore and Washington DC into the practice. Its strength lies in fraud and abuse claims, including Medicare and Medicaid litigation and medical negligence litigation. The team is also adept at advising on antitrust mandates, merger compliance and M&A within the healthcare sector for hospital chains, managed care systems and physician practice management companies, among others. The well-regarded Sanford Teplitzky’s healthcare work intersects with fraud and abuse claims; Julie Kass and Catherine Martin are also key names.

Greenberg Traurig LLP is highly rated by clients for its regulatory expertise; the team also advises on healthcare M&A and Medicaid program disputes. It advised Vizient on its $2.7bn buyout of MedAssets’ spend and clinical resource management division from Pamplona Capital Management. Nancy Taylor and Michael Cherniga jointly head the practice from the Washington DC and Tallahassee offices, respectively. Sean McKenna, who is ‘always available and helps clients wade through the dark waters of the industry’, joined the Dallas office from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., and Liz Dudek joined the Tallahassee practice as director of healthcare affairs after previously being secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC has a national practice that covers government reform matters, Medicare and Medicaid litigation, and white-collar crime cases. The highly regarded managing partner of the San Francisco office Mark Reagan advised the American Health Care Association on preparing a contracting guide for the client’s post-acute provider members whose operations are covered by the Medicare Surgical Hip and Femur Fracture Treatment models. Washington DC-based Robert Roth represented the Yale New Haven Health System in litigation challenging the client’s disproportionate share hospital payments. ABC Medical and the California Hospital Association are also clients. Washington DC-based James Segroves is recommended.

McGuireWoods LLP regularly advises on HIPAA procedures, regulatory and compliance issues and the negotiation of government contracts; it has notable experience in assisting private equity firms with healthcare investments. Recent transactional highlights include Charlotte-based Bart Walker advising MTS Health Investors on its equity investment in Trust HCS and Walker’s assisting Balance Point Capital with its acquisition of ProHealth Partners. Chicago-based Amber McGraw Walsh leads the practice, in which saw Holly Carnell and Charlotte-based LauraLee Lawley were elevated to the partnership. Tyson-based Kate Hardey joined the practice from a senior counsel position at GE Capital. Thomas Brown retired.

Nixon Peabody LLP is ‘responsive, exceedingly knowledgeable and professional’. Its well-regarded life sciences practice supports the team, which frequently handles physician-based practice acquisitions, digital health product matters and data privacy breaches. It advised joint operating company Amita Health on its establishment, including assisting with the merger between Ascension Health and Adventist Health, regulatory concerns and antitrust matters. Other clients include Alexian Brothers Health System and NYU Langone Medical Center. The team in Long Island includes practice head Michael Taubin, the ‘especially impressive’ Peter Egan and recently promoted partner Rebecca Simone. Los Angeles-based Jill Gordon is also recommended.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has ‘a deep bench of experience and knowledge’. The practice adeptly handles antitrust cases, Medicare and Medicaid litigation, as well as non-contentious matters such as private equity investments in the healthcare industry. The team advised Clayton Dubilier & Rice on its involvement with the formation of agilon health, a physician-based health management company, including providing assistance with three acquisitions and joint ventures. Dignity Health and Molina Healthcare are also clients. The well-regarded Eric Klein heads the practice and is based in San Francisco. Century City-based Aytan Dahukey is also recommended. Notable recent hires include Michael Paddock and Robert Rhoad joining the Washington DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP, respectively.

Arnold & Porter has a strong healthcare and life sciences proposition, with notable expertise in regulatory matters. Kirk Ogrosky is representing the largest shareholder of a multi-physician cardiology practice in a healthcare fraud investigation; other key areas of the practice include Medicare and Medicaid matters, M&A work and healthcare contract disputes. Horizon Health Care and TeamHealth are clients. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren are co-heads of the life sciences and healthcare regulation practice, which includes recently promoted partner Mahnu Davar. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC. Vernessa Pollard joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

The ‘very professional and responsive’ team at Duane Morris LLP is recommended by clients for regulatory issues and legislative advice. Philadelphia-based practice chair David Loder represented a group of 20 hospitals in Philadelphia alleged to have passed their federal upper payment limits on the Medicaid program. The practice is also experienced in handling administrative reviews and medical liability cases. Other clients include Medina Nursing Center and MedicAlert Foundation. Chicago-based Nicholas Lynn and Neville Bilimoria are highly regarded.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP undertakes a broad spectrum of healthcare matters, including handling internal investigations for healthcare companies, compliance mandates and transactional matters. It advised MyCare Chicago on its transfer of accountable care entity participation rights in the Illinois Medicaid program to Molina Healthcare. Novant Health, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health System are also clients. Chicago-based Laura Keidan Martin heads the practice, which notably also includes New York-based Joseph Willey, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally thoughtful’; the highly recommended Louis Glaser in Chicago; and Christopher Locke in Washington DC, who joined from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C..

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a proven track record in regulatory healthcare matters and government investigations, including FDA investigations and antitrust litigation. Recent transactional experience includes Washington DC-based Joyce Cowan advising EyeCare Service Partners on its investments in Milauskas Eye Institute and the affiliated Eye Surgery Center of the Desert. Howard Young heads the practice in the Washington DC office, with support from deputy practice head Brian Jazaeri in Los Angeles. Recent hire Zane David Memeger joined the Philadelphia office, having previously been US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Polsinelli PC provides a ‘fantastic service’ with ‘great experience and knowledge of the industry’. The firm successfully represented Pacific Pulmonary Services in an appeal for an audit bill of $14.9m to be reduced to $371,000. The team is also experienced in handling healthcare litigation and data privacy cases. St Joseph Health System, Exempla Healthcare and the University of Kansas Hospital Authority are also clients. Chicago-based Matthew Murer is head of the practice, which made several hires in 2016: healthcare innovation practice chairs Sidney Welch and Lynn Scott joined the Atlanta office from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, along with Brian McEvoy from Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever LLP; in Chicago, Lisa Acevedo joined from Coppersmith Brockelman PLC; and Dallas-based William Mateja was recruited from Fish & Richardson P.C..

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.

Insurance: advice to insurers

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Dentons’ ‘analysis and strategy in resolving complex matters is second to none’ and ‘its depth of analysis is rarely matched’. Its strength in the insurance litigation field is demonstrated by its involvement in several putative class actions and other complex and high-value disputes, such as representing Arrowood Indemnity Company and its affiliates in a suit concerning the Federal Housing Financing Agency’s agreement with the US Treasury regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in which the client had preferred stock. First American is another big client, which the firm continues to represent in three class actions for alleged overcharging of insurance premiums. In the Los Angeles office, Ronald Kent and Susan Walker acted for Travelers in a $50m excess liability insurance coverage dispute with ITT Goulds Pumps. AIG, XL Catlin and Zurich are also on the firm’s client roster. Randy Evans and Shari Klevens ‘are tactful, wise and responsive’; ‘each thinks several steps ahead’. Stephen Berry, Anthony Morris and Washington DC’s Joanne Zimolzak are also recommended. John Sarchio joined from Chadbourne & Parke LLP and splits his time between the Miami and New York offices. Lawyers mentioned are based in the Atlanta office unless otherwise stated.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is ‘always responsive and provides on-point legal analysis’; ‘it has the brightest and most talented team around’. False Claims Act cases, reinsurance litigation and discrimination actions are all areas of experience for the practice, which is currently representing Berkshire Hathaway in a putative class action concerning an alleged plan to hack workers’ compensation litigation files. It also acted for Travelers in several successful rulings against Northrup Grumman deciding that the client did not have to pay for historic aquifer contamination dating from the 1930s. Other highlights included successfully acting for National Fire & Marine Insurance in 26 defective construction lawsuits against six Zurich-affiliated insurers. FM Global, Beazley and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies are also on the client roster. Despite the loss of Mary Kay Vyskocil to the judiciary and Andrew Amer’s retirement, the team retains a deep bench of attorneys, including Bryce Friedman, who ‘perfectly balances intelligence, aggressiveness and litigation skills’ and Los Angeles’ Deborah Stein, who is praised for her ‘strategic thinking and personable nature’. Practice head Mary Beth Forshaw and senior counsel Elisa Alcabes are also recommended. Lawyers are based in the New York office unless specified.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP provides ‘top-notch advice and a responsive service’. An established player in the reinsurance market, with key offices in New York and Washington DC, the team has notable experience in arbitration and fraud litigation. It acted for key client AIG in a case against Fidelity National Financial involving alleged refusal by the client to pay for a loss covered by a professional liability policy; other highlights included representing XL Capital in multiple antitrust class actions involving allegations of price-fixing in the sale of municipal derivatives products. Other clients include Swiss Re and Aon Insurance Managers. Thorn Rosenthal is ‘very highly thought of in the industry’; senior counsel Edward Krugman, Jason Hall and Tammy Roy are also key names. All lawyers mentioned are in the New York office.

Clyde & Co LLP has ‘a wonderful team of attorneys that will always go the extra mile’. The practice frequently covers reinsurance and direct coverage litigation, plus cyber-related insurance claims have become a key area of expertise, with the 39-partner practice supported by a 23-lawyer cybersecurity group. The firm represented Liberty Insurance Underwriters and Ohio Casualty in a dispute with Walmart concerning insurance coverage for Walmart’s settlement in the Tracy Morgan car accident. Highlighting the practice’s capabilities in international proceedings, it represented a London-based client regarding a D&O policy case that was issued to FIFA in global litigation against high-level FIFA officials who allegedly accepted bribes. The New York-based Michael Knoerzer is highly regarded, along with New Jersey’s Daren McNally and Barbara Almeida. Newport Beach’s Joseph Walsh is recommended for environmental pollution cases. San Francisco’s Kathryn Ashton was promoted to partner and a five-partner team joined the Miami office from legacy firm Thornton Davis Fein.

Duane Morris LLP has a deep bench of experience, with Max Stern chairing the 83-lawyer outfit and Brian Kelly acting as deputy. The practice, which has a strong West Coast presence, frequently represents clients in asbestos claims and D&O liability matters. It is representing Liberty Mutual in three suits before the Navajo tribunal concerning the environmental contamination of Canyon de Chelly, one of the Navajo’s sacred sites. Other highlights included acting for Great American Insurance Group in a D&O coverage matter involving allegations against the trustees of the McClatchy newspaper family trust. American Centennial Insurance, Safety National and the California Insurance Guarantee Association are all clients. Richard Hoffman is ‘highly skilled and effective’; Jessica La Londe and Ray Wong are other notable names. All lawyers mentioned are based in the San Francisco office.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is known for its work in environmental claims and coverage litigation, as well as asbestos cases and property and casualty work; offices in key cities such as New York and Los Angeles highlight its national reach. The New York-based practice leader Tancred Schiavoni is ‘an outstanding presenter’; he continues to represent Century Indemnity Company in the long-running case against Viking Pump, with recent litigation concerning obligation for defense payments. Schiavoni and New York’s Gary Svirsky, who is ‘knowledgeable and a terrific attorney’, acted for Pacific Employers Insurance Company in a coverage dispute regarding allegations of sexual abuse by a doctor at St Francis Hospital in Hartford. Chubb is an important client for the practice, as is Starr Indemnity. The Los Angeles-based Richard Goetz and Washington DC’s Jonathan Hacker are key names.

The ‘top-notchSidley Austin LLPcan be trusted with the largest and most complex cases’. A heavyweight in the insurance industry, its expertise draws on offices on both coasts and covers reinsurance disputes, indemnity matters and environmental claims. It represented CNA in obtaining a $37m arbitration award from its reinsurer for asbestos losses and acted for a group of Pennsylvania insurance companies, including Chartis Casualty and Granite State Insurance, in being awarded a refund of $16m of taxes paid by the clients under duress. John Hancock Insurance, Principal Financial and Bankers Life are also on the client roster. William Sneed is ‘great on all levels’ and is praised by clients as ‘one of the best reinsurance litigators’; Joel Feldman is another key figure. Susan Stone left for a general counsel position at Marsh & McLennan Companies. All lawyers mentioned are based in Chicago.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is highly recommended for litigation initiated against insurers; bad faith claims as well as property and casualty cases and coverage disputes are particular strengths. It is representing The Hartford and New England Reinsurance in a liability insurance dispute concerning the highly publicized tort suits filed by former NFL players against the NFL pertaining to the lack of safety provisions in NFL helmets. It also acted for USF&G, a subsidiary of Travelers, in a fraud class action alleging the client misled the plaintiffs on the liability available for asbestos insurance claims. Zurich, Hudson Insurance Group and Lexington Insurance Company are also clients. Washington DC’s Harry Lee heads the practice and has notable experience in mass tort claims and property damage litigation. The team also includes the Washington DC-based Antonia Ianniello, who is ‘an amazing litigator’, and Phoenix’s Karl Tilleman, who is a key contact for coverage claims and environmental disputes.

The team at Chaffetz Lindsey LLP is ‘very intelligent, hardworking, knowledgeable about the pertinent industry issues, and savvy in achieving the desired results’. With a single office in New York, the boutique firm is known for its work in reinsurance litigation; direct coverage disputes and asbestos claims are other areas of expertise, and the firm is also experienced in arbitration. Steven Schwartz, who is praised by clients as ‘an outstanding practitioner for reinsurance disputes’, represented Imagine International Reinsurance in a $10m breach of warranty case involving underpayments on a long-term care insurance commission stream. Cecilia Moss, with the assistance of the well-respected Peter Chaffetz and associate Karen Baswell, is acting for AIG in a dispute with HDI Global SE in which the latter has asserted that a reinsurance agreement between the two should be voided. Other clients include Renaissance Re, Zurich and Chubb. Charles Scibetta is another key figure in the team.

Choate, Hall & Stewart has ‘unrivaled legal expertise in the insurance industry’ according to clients. The Boston-based firm is a big name in the reinsurance sector and has recently worked on catastrophe insurance litigation, direct coverage disputes and asbestos cases. Travelers is a key client for the team; joint practice head Robert Kole represented the insurer in a coverage dispute with Actavis, which claimed for coverage concerning opioid addiction among consumers caused by misrepresentations in the pharmaceuticals industry. The team also acted for Chubb in an appeal concerning whether or not the statute of limitations could limit compensation claims for environmental pollution remediation costs. Other significant clients are Progressive and Starr Surplus Lines. Joint practice head David Attisani’s ‘responsiveness to clients is outstanding’ and he is highly respected in the reinsurance field. JP Jaillet and Hugh Scott are other key names.

Crowell & Moring LLP is strong in direct coverage and reinsurance litigation, with expertise in asbestos claims, environmental pollution cases, bad faith litigation and catastrophe coverage mandates. The firm is also carving out a niche in the intersection between cybersecurity and insurance, with several lawyers having experience in handling data security breach litigation and cyber liability cases. The practice has a range of big-ticket clients, with names including Beazley and ACE. In a huge coup for the firm, the team welcomed heavyweight litigator Laura Foggan to the DC office from Wiley Rein LLP, who brings expertise in toxic tort and construction litigation. The team is led by Washington DC-based William O’Neill, and New York’s Harry Cohen is also highly regarded. Since publication Paul Kalish has moved to Squire Patton Boggs.

Hogan Lovells US LLP is well versed in reinsurance and insurance litigation, class actions and arbitration in relation to bankruptcy claims, product liability and healthcare matters. The Philadelphia-based David Newmann, who chairs the team alongside Washington DC’s David Hensler, led a team acting for Chubb in a breach of contract dispute with restaurant chain PF Chang’s, with the latter alleging that it was denied credit card coverage assessments following its data breach. Other highlights included New York’s Sean Keely representing AXA Liabilities Managers in a reinsurance claim against National Indemnity Company relating to historic asbestos injuries from Montana’s Libby mine. Other significant clients include WellPoint, ProSight Specialty Insurance and Executive Risk Indemnity. The Washington DC-based Ellen Swennes Kennedy and Craig Hoover are other notable names.

Washington DC-based Wiley Rein LLP is ‘extremely responsive and has extensive industry knowledge’. The team, which is headed by Daniel Standish, is recommended by clients for its work in professional liability disputes and pharmaceuticals cases. Cara Duffield represented Twin City Fire Insurance Company as a co-defendant along with Residential Capital and others in numerous class actions in which it was claimed that the defendants charged illegal fees for second mortgage loans. AEGIS, Liberty Mutual and State Farm Insurance are all key clients of the practice. The practice also saw John Howell and Parker Lavin promoted to the partnership. Kimberly Melvin is ‘intelligent, responsive and excellent with adversaries and mediators’.

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) has ‘always been of the highest caliber’, according to clients. It frequently undertakes cross-border arbitration as well as reinsurance and insurance litigation involving toxic tort claims and professional liability disputes. It acted for Beazley in a D&O policy dispute with a former board member of a legacy Nevada corporation concerning his exclusion under the client’s D&O coverage policy and represented Brit Insurance against Lloyd’s in a $64m denial of coverage claim relating to allegations of legal malpractice. MetLife and Chubb are two of many big-ticket clients of the practice. Global insurance transactions and regulations practice head William Marcoux and global insurance and reinsurance chair Michael Murphy are key figures in the team, which also includes Aidan McCormack, who has ‘a unique understanding of the insurance industry’. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is adept at undertaking insurance disputes arising from government investigations, life insurance matters and cross-border litigation. It is representing MetLife in multiple class action suits concerning a dispute over the client’s death benefits payment system arising from an inquiry into the way life insurance companies use the Social Security Death Index. It is also acting for a group of defendants including HRG Group in a putative class action alleging that the clients purposefully created fraudulent reinsurance transactions. AIG, MassMutual and the Life Insurance Council of New York are also on the client roster. Eric Dinallo, Maeve O’Connor and Edwin Schallert lead the practice, which also includes Daniel Abuhoff and international disputes chair Donald Francis Donovan. All lawyers mentioned operate from the New York office.

Foley & Lardner LLP is noted for its work in catastrophe insurance claims, environmental pollution mandates and asbestos matters. The firm frequently represents HCSC in arbitration and litigation mandates, including multiple federal court cases concerning the Texas Prompt Payment statute. It also acted for Arch Specialty Insurance Company in several disputes involving its casualty policies portfolio issued to Californian corporate insurers. Other highlights included representing Anthem in numerous litigation involving denial of coverage claims, issues arising under ERISA, and misrepresentation. The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, Munich American Reassurance Company and Beneficial Life are also on the client roster. Madison’s well-regarded Gordon Davenport heads the insurance and reinsurance practice, ably supported by vice chair Neal Moglin and Eric Haab in Chicago.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is an established player in the insurance and reinsurance litigation sphere, handling a full remit of matters, including pharmaceuticals disputes, reimbursement cases and healthcare mandates. The firm represented AIG in a $2bn nationwide class action brought against the client involving RICO Act claims, Longshore Act claims and state law torts. Washington DC’s Eugene Scalia acted for MetLife in a successful challenge to its status as a systematically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Adam Offenhartz leads the practice from the New York office. The Los Angeles offices houses Richard Doren and newly promoted partner Heather Richardson.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a fine reputation in the insurance and reinsurance fields, with experience handling arbitration and litigation in a range of contractual and coverage disputes. Joint practice head Jane Byrne is defending State Farm Companies in a class action claim by Connecticut homeowners alleging that the client has unfairly denied their claims and thus violated the Unfair Insurance Practices Act. Byrne also defended Allied World in a bad faith and breach of contract dispute with policyholder Onyx Pharmaceuticals regarding a claim it made on its D&O policy. Infrassure, Mass Mutual, Great American Insurance Group and Allstate Insurance are key clients. Practice chair Michael Carlinsky, Kathleen Sullivan and Sheila Birnbaum are notable names. All of the lawyers mentioned work in the New York office.

With a main office in San Francisco and 13 branches across the US, Sedgwick LLP has extensive experience in corporate reinsurance and insurance matters, including liability insurance claims, commercial liability disputes and bankruptcy matters. It continues to act for underwriters at Lloyd’s of London and ACE Global Markets in the longstanding professional liability coverage dispute with Residential Funding Corporation involving alleged losses caused by multiple class action suits. Also on the roster are Brit Insurance, the National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh and Liberty Insurance. The team is led by the Irvine-based Ralph Guirgis and new hires included Darlene Alt in Chicago from Locke Lord LLP and JoAnn Dalrymple in Austin from Jackson Walker, L.L.P.. The New York-based Katelin O’Rourke Gorman and Matthew Ferguson plus San Francisco’s Eryk Gettell were promoted to partner.

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. The highly respected John Nonna and Patrick Dugan, based in New York and Columbus respectively, lead the team. Since publication Paul Kalish has joined from Crowell & Moring LLP.

Troutman Sanders regularly handles, among other things, environmental pollution, bankruptcy and breach of contract disputes, including class actions and arbitration. It acted for XL Catlin’s subsidiary Indian Harbor Insurance in a $20m D&O liability dispute with a bankrupt bank holding company. It also acted for Continental Insurance Company in a dispute with the District of Maryland concerning asbestos coverage for the Walter E Campbell Company. Beazley, AXIS Insurance and Markel are all clients. Washington DC’s Charles Jones chairs the practice, which also includes Irvine-based Terrence McInnis, Tysons Corner’s Leslie Ahari and Washington DC’s John Gerstein. Gary Dixon retired.

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Covington & Burling LLP is a market leader in the policyholders sphere, with key offices in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles. The team handles a full remit of insurance matters, including environmental damage claims, catastrophe insurance matters, asbestos coverage disputes and marine cargo loss claims. Insurance litigation related to data breaches is another growing area of activity for the firm, which has deep experience in fintech and data privacy issues. The team also continues to be involved in the highly publicized NFL concussion litigation. Its clients are typically drawn from pharmaceuticals, private equity and construction industries, among others. Washington DC-based Mitchell Dolin and Benedict Lenhart head the global insurance recovery practice and are recognized for their work representing corporate policyholders in professional liability disputes, shareholder claims and mass tort matters. The recommended Los Angeles-based René Siemens is adept at handling product liability and consumer cases, and San Francisco-based Gretchen Hoff Varner is also well regarded. San Francisco’s Donald Brown, Washington DC-based Saul Goodman, William Skinner and William Greaney, and New York’s Benjamin Duke are other key names. Matthew Schlesinger joined the Washington DC office from Reed Smith LLP.

Anderson Kill’s team is highly rated for its experience and strength in depth. Insurance coverage is a primary focus for the firm, including asbestos injury liability, product liability, environmental pollution and cybersecurity issues. The Philadelphia-based Pamela Hans represented TransCanada and two of its subsidiaries in a successful ruling for its insurer to pay $48m in businesses losses and $7m for property damage caused by a generator’s breakdown. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation is another client; Washington DC’s Rhonda Orin acted for the company in a $1bn property damage and business interruption claim relating to Hurricane Sandy. Other clients include AlixPartners, O&G Industries and Fisher Klosterman. New York’s Robert Horkovich, who is ‘a passionate, effective and tireless advocate for his clients’, chairs the practice alongside William Passannante; other key names are Newark-based Steven Pudell and New York’s business interruption expert Finley Harckham. Darin McMullen left the firm for an in-house counsel position.

Jenner & Block LLP is a heavyweight in the policyholders area, with pharmaceuticals, asbestos, catastrophe and D&O related claims all typical areas of activity. Paul Smith is representing Amtrak in a Hurricane Sandy-related catastrophe insurance claim and successfully argued that the client’s $125m coverage limit for a salt damage claim warranted additional coverage for the replacement of undamaged components that were covered by demolition and increased cost of construction coverage. Matthew Jacobs and newly made partner Jan Larson acted for Danfoss in a premiums payment dispute with Liberty Mutual. Southeastern Grocers and United Conveyor Corporation (UCC) are also on the client roster. John Mathias chairs the practice from Chicago, ably supported in the same office by property damage expert David Kroeger and injury claims litigator Christopher Dickinson. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

Jones Day’s team has experience in undertaking cybersecurity claims, environmental pollution cases and property damage suits. San Francisco’s Richard DeNatale is representing Sony Pictures in pursuing coverage for losses incurred as a result of the highly publicized cyber-attack it suffered; the claims seek reimbursement for remediation expenses, business interruption losses, breach response costs, and defense and settlement costs. The well-regarded Los Angeles-based practice chair Tyrone Childress is acting for Kroger in a case claiming breach of contract and bad faith concerning the correct allotment of compensation losses for its workers under multiple policies. Other significant clients are Motorola Solutions, Jacobs Engineering Group and new client American Apparel. Class action defense expert Andrew Jackson, based in Washington DC, is ‘outstanding, with excellent substantive knowledge’; Los Angeles-based counsel Donald Erlandson and Pittsburgh-based Michael Ginsberg and John Iole are other names to note.

McKool Smith is rated by clients as ‘one of the top policyholder practices in the country’. The team handles arbitration and litigation, including class actions, and is experienced in environmental pollution, securities and defective construction mandates. The firm acted for key client Warren Pumps in a significant New York Court of Appeals case on the issue of allocation regarding long-tail claims; the firm won a landmark ruling, with the court applying an ‘all sums’ allocation. It also acted for former FIFA official Eduardo Li in a claim against insurers Lloyd’s of London and Axis to cover Li’s criminal defense costs. Other significant clients are Verizon, Cushman & Wakefield and Maxus Energy. In a huge coup for the firm, market heavyweight Robin Cohen joined as head of practice from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, bringing with her eight other attorneys, including ‘top-notch trial lawyer and strategist’ Kenneth Frenchman, the ‘very effective’ Natasha Romagnoli and the recommended Keith McKenna. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Proskauer Rose LLP is a respected player in the market, handling domestic and cross-border arbitration and litigation. The spectrum of matters handled by the team includes life insurance disputes, environmental matters and terrorism cases. It is representing Union Carbide in multiple claims against 30 insurance companies for asbestos injuries, including litigation and mediation proceedings, while the New York-based Seth Schafler is acting for JP Morgan in multiple coverage matters - including securities coverage litigation - relating to fraud and dishonesty exclusions. Deutsche Bank, Incorporated Village of Old Westbury and LA 2024 are also clients. Los Angeles-based Nancy Sher Cohen and the Chicago-based Steven Gilford head the practice, which also includes Chicago’s general liability and professional E&O coverage litigator Marc Rosenthal and New York-based cybersecurity expert John Failla. New York-based Nathan Larder is a rising star.

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Reed Smith LLPoffers policyholders great service and legal advice’, according to clients. Areas of expertise for the firm include marine insurance, toxic tort claims and environmental pollution disputes, among others. Washington DC-based John Schryber is representing former American football player Haruki Nakamura in the ongoing high-profile NFL concussion litigation concerning the denial of total and permanent disability benefits coverage to the client. The New York-based Paul Breene, recommended by clients as ‘one of the premier insurance coverage attorneys in the country’, is acting for Rockwell Automation and Invensys in a coverage dispute involving 15,000 individual asbestos suits and the clients’ entitlement to damages coverage. Cumulus Media and Estee Lauder are also on the client roster. Los Angeles-based David Halbreich and Pittsburgh’s Courtney Horrigan are the respective global and deputy leaders of the practice, which saw several team changes in 2016: Philadelphia-based Matthew Rosso, Los Angeles’ Lilit Asadourian and Chicago’s Kevin Dreher were promoted to partner and Robert Shulman joined the Washington DC office from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, mitigating the loss of Matthew Schlesinger to Covington & Burling LLP.

Blank Rome LLP’s ‘responsiveness, practical and thoughtful advice, and expertise and advocacy’ is valued by clients. It inherited the insurance practice of legacy firm Dickstein Shapiro, including practice head James Murray, who is ‘creative in helping to address and solve problems’, New York’s Jared Zola, who is ‘a young star of the policyholder bar’, John Gibbons, Justin Lavella and the recommended John Heintz. New York’s Lisa Campisi also joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. The team is representing NRG Energy and Louisiana Generating in a coverage dispute concerning a suit filed under the Clean Air Act and whether the clients’ insurer had the duty to defend them against the suit. It also acted for KaloBios Pharmaceuticals in bankruptcy litigation and advised the client on its D&O insurance coverage. Other clients include Actavis, ExxonMobil and Maremont Corporation. Lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

K&L Gates is ‘best in class’ and ‘the go-to firm for insurance coverage on behalf of corporate policyholders’, according to clients. The team is adept at handling insurance reimbursement litigation as well as property damage and general liability claims. John Sylvester is acting for Ashland and Hercules Incorporated in arbitration proceedings with several insurers involving coverage for asbestos bodily injury claims; it also filed a lawsuit on behalf of the client against National Indemnity Company and Resolute Management for interference with the insurers’ contractual obligations. Elsewhere, the team is acting for Hexcel in an environmental property damage coverage dispute with four insurers. Other clients are PPG Industries and BWX Technologies. Michael Zanic and Thomas Reiter ‘quickly understand issues and develop clear, effective strategies for results’. Nicholas Ranjan is recommended for environmental disputes. All lawyers mentioned are based in the Pittsburgh office.

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘commercial and communicates key issues clearly’. Corporate insurance disputes, including business interruption cases, are mainstays of the practice. It successfully represented Fluor Corporation in a longstanding dispute with The Hartford over the right of policyholders to transfer coverage benefits in a policy; San Diego’s Brook Roberts and John Wilson were the litigators on the case. The two also acted for United Nuclear in a bad faith case against Lloyd’s of London and Resolute Management concerning historic environmental liabilities. Toyota, Meritor and the US Soccer Federation are also on the client roster. Global practice chair Peter Rosen, based in Los Angeles, is ‘a knowledgeable and thoughtful insurance policy litigator’; he is ably supported by the highly regarded Andrew Lundberg in the same office and Washington DC’s David Barrett.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP frequently undertakes product liability matters, breach of contract cases and asbestos claims. A key client for the firm is ITT Corporation, which it has represented in 30,000 product liability cases concerning asbestos injury claims as well as advising on legacy liability management strategy. It is also acting for Pepsi in environmental pollution litigation relating to over 1,000 toxic tort cases, settling with four insurers in 2016. Zimmer Biomet, Motiva Enterprises and Best Buy are other clients. The Washington DC-based Paul Zevnik leads the practice, ably supported by deputy practice heads David Luttinger and Yardena Zwang-Weissman, based in New York and Los Angeles respectively. Los Angeles-based David Cox and Leah Houghton in Boston were promoted to the partnership.

The team at Perkins Coie LLP has notable strengths in D&O coverage disputes, bankruptcy litigation and data breach cases. Koorosh Talieh is acting for Alpha Natural Resources in two separate D&O coverage claims arising from the merger of the client with Massey Energy; these are for securities litigation over merger objections and a shareholder derivative suit. Selena Linde is representing ResCap in bankruptcy court in a case against 12 liability insurers in which the client is seeking defense and indemnity coverage across 12 professional liability policies. Other clients include Hitachi Zosen and Lafarge. Don Friedman chairs the practice, which also includes product liability expert Robert Jacobs and D&O liability litigator Michael Sharkey. All lawyers mentioned are based in the Washington DC office.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles a range of litigation and arbitration regarding corporate insurance matters, including property damage and professional liability cases and bad faith claims. Geoffrey Greeves led the litigation team advising Lion Oil in a business interruption coverage dispute with AIG and 13 other insurers concerning a pipeline rupture affecting a key supplier. Greeves, along with James Bobotek and Peter Gillon, who chairs the practice alongside Los Angeles’ Robert Wallan, also acted for Edge Fund Advisors in a case involving property damage and business interruption claims, while the New York-based Joseph Jean successfully led the case for Victaulic against three AIG companies, securing the client $46m in punitive damage costs. DynCorp, Sinclair Oil Corporation and Hunt Construction Group are also significant clients. Lawyers mentioned are based in the Washington DC office unless otherwise noted.

Insurance recovery is a primary focus at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, with bankruptcy liability cases, catastrophe insurance matters and E&O coverage disputes all areas of expertise for the practice. The team represented Cameron International in arbitration and multi-district litigation concerning coverage disputes with its insurers regarding Deepwater Horizon, recouping $250m for the client. It is also acting for Marsh USA in several property coverage cases concerning losses incurred by Hurricane Sandy, including litigation over the application of policy sub-limits for flood damage. Willis Towers Watson, First American and Crystal & Company are also on the client roster. Mitchell Auslander and Christopher St. Jeanos head the practice from the New York office.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has ‘a top-notch insurance industry practice’ and is ‘definitely top of its field’, according to clients. The team advises on high-value insurance M&A, regulatory matters, pension risk transfers and private equity investments for insurers, reinsurers and asset managers, among others. Respected joint practice leader Nicholas Potter and David Grosgold advised Exor on its hostile acquisition of PartnerRe, including terminating a separate merger agreement between PartnerRe and AXIS Capital; Potter also assisted with StanCorp Financial Group’s $5bn sale to Meiji Yasuda Life. The recommended Alexander Cochran assisted Swiss Re with its acquisition of term life insurance policies from Citigroup; Cochran is also known for his work in financing and securities offerings. The well-regarded John Vasily is the other joint head of the practice, which also includes Marilyn Lion, who ‘has very deep insurance industry expertise’, and regulatory expert Thomas Kelly. AIG and Prudential Financial are among the firm’s other clients. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Sidley Austin LLP is a market leader for advising property and casualty insurance companies but also works with other clients in the industry; insurance M&A, capital markets work and specialist insurance finance are all mainstays of the practice, with a client roster that includes major names such as Credit Suisse, Nationwide Mutual and Genworth. New York-based practice head Jonathan Kelly is the lead partner advising Jefferson National Financial on the sale of Jefferson National Life Insurance to Nationwide Mutual, including assisting with the regulatory and contractual negotiations for the deal. The team also advised Morgan Stanley as underwriter on the $550m public offering of senior notes by Old Republic International Corporation and provided regulatory advice to Cigna concerning its proposed but ultimately canceled $54bn merger with Anthem. Michael Goldman and Perry Shwachman are practice chairs and have experience in corporate reorganizations, structured product advice and private equity matters. Sean Carney and Jeremy Watson are recommended. Lawyers mentioned are based in the Chicago office unless otherwise noted.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York-based team has a fine reputation in the corporate insurance sphere. Insurers, brokers and reinsurers are all clients of the firm, which handles domestic and cross-border M&A, debt issuances and other transactions within the insurance space. Stephen Kotran, Robert DeLaMater and insurance practice head Marion Leydier are assisting China Oceanwide Holdings with its $2.7bn acquisition of Genworth Financial, including advising on the client’s $600m and $525m cash contributions to Genworth’s respective outstanding debt and company restructuring. Its global capital markets expertise was in evidence in its advice to AIG on two debt offerings: a €750m aggregate principal amount of 1.500% notes and a $1.5bn principal amount of 3.30% notes. Other clients include Allianz, Swiss Re and Tokio Marine Holdings. The global insurance practice is chaired by cross-border financing expert William Torchiana, who splits his time between New York and Paris, and ably supported by M&A counsel Andrew Rowen and reinsurance specialist Mark Rosenberg.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s deep bench of insurance specialists provides expertise in regulatory and transactional matters, and excels in big-ticket M&A matters, risk transfer mandates and private equity investments for reinsurers, brokers and funds. Gregory Astrachan advised Credit Suisse on its CHF220m offering of operational risk notes to Operational Re, including assisting with the transfer of some of its prospective operational risk to multiple hedge funds. Senior counsel Donald Henderson and Allison Tam are assisting Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company with its proposed acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway and planned demutualization to a stock company. Other highlights included assisting Assurant with the $975m sale of its employee benefits business to Sun Life of Canada. Aegon, Chubb and WR Berkeley are also on the client roster. Alexander Dye and John Schwolsky head the practice, which saw Matthew Stern promoted to partner. All lawyers mentioned are in the New York office.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has vast experience in cross-border transactions, with a recent portfolio of work that includes IPOs, debt issuances and risk transfer matters. M&A is a particularly strong area for the team; recent examples include advising Bermuda-based Endurance Specialty Holdings on its proposed $6.3bn acquisition by Japanese company Sompo Holdings; other M&A highlights included assisting Centene with its $6.8bn acquisition of Health Net. Highly recommended practice chair Todd Freed, along with Jon Hlafter and Dwight Yoo advised XL Group on its redomestication from Ireland to Bermuda through an Irish scheme of arrangement. Other significant clients are Morgan Stanley, John Hancock and Citigroup. Restructuring expert Robert Sullivan, who is ‘hugely responsive, extremely experienced and very talented’ as well as reinsurance lawyer Michael Homison are names of note. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

The team at the newly merged Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has an established reputation in the insurance market and is adept at handling corporate restructuring, regulatory advice and M&A. In regulatory matters, it advised Pan-American Life Insurance Group on the regulatory aspects of its $5.5bn merger agreement with Mutual Trust Life Financial Group and assisted Watford Holdings with the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Professionals Direct Insurance Company from The Hanover Insurance Group. Its transactional strength was in evidence when Bert Adams and Washington DC-based David Massey advised the Reinsurance Group of America on its acquisition of a reinsurance block from XL Catlin for $300m. The team also assisted The Hartford with the proposed restructuring of its unit investment trust accounts. New clients include Legal & General and Maxum Specialty, while longstanding clients include Exor, Guggenheim Partners, Jackson National Life and Great-West Financial. Cynthia Shoss and the Washington DC-based Stephen Roth lead the practice, which also includes James Dwyer and Atlanta’s Scott Burton. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Mayer Brown delivers ‘extensive business knowledge, spot-on advice and a very strong team’. Based out of New York, the team frequently undertakes M&A, reinsurance transactions, regulatory advice and structured bond offerings for a full range of clients, including underwriters, insurers and private equity firms. David Alberts and Stephen Rooney assisted Grupo Fidens with its acquisition of Liberty Mutual’s Venezuelan insurance operation Seguros Caracas. The firm is adept at handling catastrophe bond transactions: Rooney advised National Railroad Passenger Corporation on its $275m maiden catastrophe bond transaction and newly promoted partner Richard Spitzer assisted Mitsui Sumitomo with its $200m catastrophe bond for Japanese typhoon reinsurance protection. Also on the client roster are Zurich, Munich Re and Radian Group. James Woods and Lawrence Hamilton are well regarded. Francis Monaco joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP and Magnus Karlberg was promoted to the partnership.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP excels in insurance and reinsurance transactions, with the practice supported by the firm’s tax and corporate teams. Based in New York, the team focuses on M&A work, advising sellers and buyers on the full transaction lifecycle; reinsurance collateral transactions, capital markets reinsurance deals and equity investments are other key area of expertise. Reinsurers, insurers, banks, funds and private equity companies all feature on the firm’s client list. Bernhardt Nadell is the practice head, specializing in insurance securities transactions, asset transfers and demutualization matters. He is ably supported by reinsurance expert Robert Lewin and Bradley Kulman, who has expertise in public and private offerings as well as debt and equity securities. Former counsel William Latza left to become the chief compliance offer at Lemonade Insurance.

Clifford Chance has a fine reputation for handling cross-border transactional and regulatory advice in the insurance sphere for asset managers, insurers, reinsurers and brokers; acquisitions, private equity investments into insurance companies and joint ventures are areas of expertise. The firm has experience dealing with start-up insurers such as Fidelis Insurance Holdings, and practice head Gary Boss advised the client on its hybrid investment model and subsequent acquisitions, regulatory matters and corporate structuring issues. Practice head Nicholas Williams continues to advise the Singapore investment arm of CMI on its $2.6bn acquisition of Sirius International Insurance Group from White Mountains Insurance Group. Other highlights included overseeing Willis Capital Markets & Advisory’s establishment of its Middle Eastern operations, including regulatory advice and corporate structuring assistance. Big-ticket clients include Munich Re, Citigroup and Apollo Global Management. Other notable names in the practice are senior counsel tax expert Donald Carden and capital markets lawyer Per Chilstrom. All lawyers mentioned are in the New York office.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s transactional insurance team has particular expertise in capital markets matters and M&A. The team is a part of the firm’s broader financial institutions practice and draws on deep expertise in financial regulation, corporate governance and derivatives and structured products. Clients include insurers, reinsurers, banks, funds, underwriters and private equity firms. The respected corporate governance practice head Joseph Hall advises clients on financial regulatory compliance matters, while the well-regarded global head of capital markets Richard Sandler is adept at handling securities offerings, restructurings and exchange offers for insurance clients. Other notable names in the department are M&A expert Phillip Mills, who has vast experience in cross-border transactions and corporate governance, and Jason Kyrwood, who specializes in corporate finance transactions and acquisition financing for lenders and borrowers. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Dentonsprovides a very good level of service’ and has ‘a lot of experience and knowledge’. With offices across the country, the team delivers a national practice that advises insurers, reinsurers, underwriters and private equity firm clients on M&A deals, regulatory matters and risk management, among other things. It assisted Metromile with its $22m acquisition of Mosaic Insurance, including obtaining regulatory approval from 50 states. The team also frequently assists AXA Equitable with regulatory matters, including the opening and maintenance of accounts to support the client’s variable annuity and funding agreement products. Other clients include Swiss Re, Chubb and Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company. San Francisco’s Kara Baysinger chairs the practice, which also includes Miami-based John Sarchio, who recently joined from Holland & Knight LLP, as well as Oakland-based Dan Brown and Los Angeles-based Stephanie Duchene, who is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable in Californian insurance regulatory law’.

DLA Piper LLP (US) undertakes significant cross-border transactions in the insurance sphere and has advised on acquisitions, joint ventures and capital market matters in Europe and Asia for reinsurers, insurers and hedge funds. It has been advising clients on the recent trend of non-traditional capital entities entering the insurance market, such as advising Blackstone in relation to a $600m capital raise for its joint venture partner, reinsurer Harrington Re. Other highlights included advising new hedge fund reinsurer Somerset Re on its $375m capital raise and assisting Fosun International with its $1.8bn acquisition of shares in Bermuda insurer Ironshire. Legal & General, Wells Fargo and Swiss Re are also on the client roster. William Marcoux is the joint practice head with Michael Murphy, ably supported by David Luce, Gerald Rokoff and the Chicago-based counsel Carl Poedtke. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Foley & Lardner LLP is able to undertake a wide range of insurance-related transactions and regulatory advice for clients, with notable expertise in reinsurance transactions and M&A work. Regulatory work is a big aspect of the practice, which is supported by the firm’s nationally recognized insurance litigation team. Clients include hedge funds, insurers and private equity houses, and specific areas of expertise include property and casualty, healthcare and catastrophe insurance. The Milwaukee-based practice chair Thomas Hrdlick has previously worked for insurers and reinsurers on public offerings, demutualization matters and corporate restructurings. He is ably supported by Kevin Fitzgerald in the same office, who advises on captive insurance matters, premium taxation and insurance insolvency, as well as Tallahassee-based Austin Neal, who specializes in reinsurance mandates, regulatory concerns and corporate insurance deals for domestic and international insurers.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is ‘the very best’ for insurance transactional and regulatory matters according to clients. The team advises on a full remit of matters, including private equity investments and M&A. The intersection between capital markets and insurance is a key area for the practice; capital markets expert Lesley Peng recently advised big-ticket client AXIS Capital Holdings on its public offering of 22 million depository shares. Other highlights included advising Evercore Group as financial adviser to AIG on the latter’s proposed divestment of its interests in Ascot Underwriting Holdings. CNO Financial Group, The Phoenix Companies and Travelers are all clients. Department heads Lee Meyerson and Gary Horowitz are ‘exceptionally smart and experienced, highly practical and very user-friendly’. Named lawyers are based in New York.


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By far the best in the business, with unmatched industry knowledge and depth of relationships’, Proskauer Rose LLP provides a ‘phenomenal’ service to all of the ‘big four’ leagues. Joseph Leccese (‘one of the best known and well respected in the business’) and Jon Oram (‘talented, creative and dedicated’) advised the National Hockey League (NHL) on its $500m deal with a Bill Foley-led consortium to create a team in Las Vegas. Leccese also advised KKR on its role in the WME IMG-led $4bn purchase of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In the disputes space, Bradley Ruskin represented the NHL in litigation, which settled, against the former owner of the Arizona Coyotes concerning the club’s insolvency procedure and a proposed unauthorized sale to a buyer seeking to relocate the franchise to Hamilton, Ontario. Other clients include the exploratory committee for Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympic bid and Nascar, which the firm advised on its transition to a quasi-franchise ‘charter’ model. Howard Ganz handles big-ticket labor matters. The above named ‘responsive and efficient’ attorneys are all are based in New York.

Covington & Burling LLP has a long track record in the sports area and a particularly well-known relationship with the National Football League (NFL). In 2016, Douglas Gibson headed a team that advised the client on its sale of Thursday Night Football rights to CBS and NBC, while in a disputes context Benjamin Razi secured a victory for the league in a disability discrimination claim brought by a 2013 Pro Bowl ticketholder. Outside of football, Derek Ludwin represented the US Olympic Committee in an antitrust claim regarding a prohibition on non-kit sponsorship logos appearing during US Olympic trials brought by a chewing gum manufacturer and an athlete it sponsors. Peter Zern advised Turner Sports on its purchase of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament broadcast rights.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s work includes strategically significant transactions and complex litigation, with a particular strength in soccer. In the Century City office, Joseph Calabrese and Christopher Brearton advised the International Olympic Committee on negotiations with NBC to create a dedicated over-the-top Olympic Channel in the US, while in New York, Stephen Amdur advised DraftKings on its partnerships with Fox and ESPN. In Los Angeles, Russell Sauer handles litigation for US Soccer and had successes in disputes with the US men’s and women’s senior teams concerning image rights and a collective bargaining agreement respectively, as well as in a settled class action case concerning concussions in youth soccer. David Barrett and Christian Word in Washington DC and Mark Mester in Chicago represent the NCAA in litigation brought by former student athletes concerning brain injuries.

Outstanding’ firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘top-notch’ team handles heading-grabbing litigation and deals. Brad Karp led a team including Bruce Birenboim and Theodore Wells that represented the NFL in the main concussion MDL, which concluded with the denial of certiorari by the Supreme Court to a challenge to the settlement’s approval. Karp and Birenboim also secured the exclusion of Fifa from a case concerning head injuries in youth soccer - which is continuing against other defendants - on jurisdictional grounds. Joe Simons and Daniel Toal represented Major League Baseball (MLB) in a settled antitrust case brought by claimants who alleged that MLB Extra Innings and violate the Sherman Act by stopping teams broadcasting games themselves. Justin Hamill and Lynn Bayard advised WME IMG on its purchase of the UFC. The team is located in New York.

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Governing bodies entrust Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP with a range of strategic litigation. Jeffrey Mishkin and Anthony Dreyer represent the ‘big four’ leagues as well as the NCAA, on behalf of which, at the Third Circuit, in Christie v NCAA et al, they secured an affirmance of a summary judgment and a permanent injunction against New Jersey’s attempts to repeal prohibitions on certain types of sports betting, in violation of federal law. The same two, along with Karen Hoffman Lent, successfully defended the National Basketball Association (NBA) in a case brought by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Stirling, who was banned from the sport and mandated to sell the club following the release of recordings of him making racist comments. Shepard Goldfein, James Keyte and Matthew Martino also act as lead counsel to the NHL in an ongoing MDL brought by former players concerning brain injuries. Other clients include the PGA Tour. The above named lawyers are based in New York.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s New York-based team handles a range of disputes and litigation for athletes, broadcasters and investors. The firm has a strength in athlete union representation, with clients including the nascent and as-yet unrecognized Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA). James Quinn represented Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman in arbitration, halving a 20-game ban for colliding with a referee while concussed. In addition, Quinn and Eric Hochstadt represent former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in litigation against the mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter regarding his contractual status. Jeffrey Klein represented MasterCard, which was dropped as a defendant from a RICO class-action claim brought by daily fantasy sports gamblers. Transactions included Michael Lubowitz advising Delta Topco, the parent company of Formula One, on its sale by CVC Capital Partners to Liberty Media, while Quinn and Yehudah Buchweitz represented CBS in cases brought by former NCAA student athletes seeking payments for image rights. Bruce Meyer is now in-house at the NHLPA.

Arent Fox LLP’s ‘top-notch negotiators’ are renowned for their ‘impeccable deal structuring’. San Francisco-based practice head Richard Brand is ‘one of the very best transactional sports lawyers in the country’, according to some. He has a track record in naming rights transactions, including the Miami Dolphins’ deal with Hard Rock International and Mercedes-Benz’s sponsorship of the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, working alongside Washington DC’s ‘excellent drafter and adept negotiator’ Steven Cohen on both deals. In Los Angeles, counsel Maidie Oliveau’s ‘sports industry experience, media savvy and dispute resolution expertise combine to provide a great advocate and partner’. In addition to serving as an arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Oliveau advised the Sugar Bowl Host Committee on its successful bid for the 2020 College Football Playoff championship game. The Brooklyn Nets is a cornerstone client and sought advice from Brand on a television deal with YES Network.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles a range of work, with a particular strength in litigation. Los Angeles-based Maurice Suh is defending the Nike Oregon Project in a USADA investigation into allegations of systematic doping. Also in Los Angeles, Amy Forbes advised Hollywood Park Land Company on permitting related to the Los Angeles Rams’ new home in Inglewood, securing permits in under two months. In the transactional space, Suh and New York-based Richard Birns advised Toyota on sponsorship of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while William Kilberg and Michael Collins in Washington DC advised the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) on the compensation and benefits provisions of its new collective bargaining agreement. In litigation, James Fogelman in Los Angeles and San Francisco-based Charles Nierlich and Austin Schwing successfully represented DraftKings in a case brought by losing daily fantasy sports players in Massachusetts seeking to use a colonial-era law to recover entry fees. In the appellate space, Theodore Olson is representing New Jersey in Christie v NCAA et al.

Winston & Strawn LLP has a particular niche in athlete representation, particularly in disputes. David Feher and Jeffrey Kessler are representing a number of current NCAA student athletes claiming that a ban on professionalism in college sports is a violation of antitrust law (Jenkins v NCAA). Away from the courtroom, the pair advised the National Basketball Players Association in its new collective bargaining agreement with the NBA; other union clients include the NFLPA, which it successfully represented in an arbitration against the league concerning the calculation of revenue for the purposes of the salary cap. In addition, the firm advises a number of sports agents and the North American Soccer League; the league alleges that US Soccer’s decision to grant it Division II rather than Division I status alongside MLS is a violation of antitrust law. David Greenspan is also a name of note in the New York-based practice.

Arnold & Porter’s team, based in Washington, has a particularly strong practice in litigation. Lisa Blatt is representing the Washington Redskins in litigation following the cancellation of six of its trademarks in 2014 by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which deemed them to be disparaging to Native Americans. In the broadcast space, Robert Garrett represents various organizations, including the NFL and UFC, regarding the Copyright Office’s study of the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions of section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, while Scott Lent represents the two NBA teams in antitrust litigation surrounding ticket resale. Other clients include the PGA.

Baker & Hostetler LLP covers a range of transactional and dispute matters for competitors and leagues. In Atlanta, Ronald Gaither (a new hire from Schiff Hardin LLP) represents MLB (a client of the firm for almost a century) and the Atlanta Braves in a personal injury case concerning a foul ball that entered the stands at Turner Field. Columbus’ Jack Bjerke specializes in motorsports; he advises Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Indy Lights promoter Anderson Promotions, as well as well-known drivers. In the construction space, Orlando-based practice head Gregory Lee advises the Orlando Magic on a development surrounding its arena.

Cooley LLP has a particular strength in matters at the intersection of technology and sport. In the San Francisco office, Michael Rhodes represented Golden State Warriors in litigation concerning the use of fans’ smartphone microphones by an official app, while in the Washington office, Adam Chase led a team advising DraftKings on its merger with FanDuel. More traditional work included Thomas Hopkins advising the owners of the Vegas Golden Knights on the NHL expansion deal, and Boston-based Michael Sheetz advises the Pac-12 Conference on a range of matters. San Diego-based Steve Strauss represents the family of 12-time Pro Bowler Junior Seau - who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - in wrongful death litigation against the NFL following his death by suicide in 2012.

Foley & Lardner LLP handles venue development work, as well as naming rights, sports M&A and broadcast deals. Kevin Schultz advised MMA promotion Combate Americas on its broadcast contract to appear on UFC Fight Pass. Mary Braza handles disputes and deals; she successfully defended DraftKings against publicity rights claims brought by NCAA student athletes, and advised Texas Rangers in negotiations with the City of Arlington concerning a new ballpark. The University of Miami is another notable client. The team is based in Milwaukee. Irwin Raij joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Top notch in all areas’, Herrick, Feinstein LLP has ‘done a nice job expanding its sports practice, becoming a significant player in the space’. The firm has a particular strength in more unusual sports, with Irwin Kishner advising the World Surf League on a range of matters, including drug testing and investment structures, and the New York Racing Association on gambling matters. Kishner, who displays ‘excellent judgment on delicate issues’, also advised the New York Yankees on refinancing Yankee Stadium. Michael Heitner has a particular strength in the fight business and advised Top Rank on setting up two world title bouts. John Goldman is also recommended. The team is based in New York.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s Chicago-based Adam Klein, among other things, advises a number of NBA teams on various non-contentious matters. Recent work for Klein includes advising the Sacramento Kings on the team’s first jersey sponsor, assisting the owners of Philadelphia Union with the acquisition of a United Soccer League franchise, and advising the Chicago White Sox on its sale of stadium naming rights to Guaranteed Rate. Away from ball sports, the firm advised Monster Energy on its sponsorship of Nascar’s Cup Series.

Loeb & Loeb LLP has experience in a diverse range of sports, handling mainly transactional matters but also disputes. Los Angeles-based Scott Zolke advised on the franchise aspects of the NHL’s creation of the Vegas Golden Knights, while New York-based Brian Socolow advised Vivint on its purchase of naming rights to Utah Jazz’s stadium. In Chicago, litigator Douglas Masters’s work includes successfully defending USA Track and Field in an antitrust claim concerning US Olympic Trials’ sponsorship rules, and successful trademark opposition proceedings for the NCAA. Los Angeles-based Arash Khalili works with athletes and advised three-time Pro Bowler Shawne Merriman on his clothing line’s partnership with Bellator MMA. Khalili and Socolow lead the team.

McGuireWoods LLP handles financing and sponsorship mandates, as well as sports-related M&A and private client related matters. Richard Grant, who heads up the firm’s Century City office, advised Kia Motors on sponsorship deals with two NBA teams, while Charlotte-based practice head Kevin McGinnis has a notable practice acting for well-known banks in various financing deals with ‘big four’ teams. Terrence Bagley and Dennis Belcher, both based in Richmond, advise high-profile athletes on wealth management.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s sports practice was bolstered by the recruitment in early 2017 of DLA Piper LLP (US)’s Chuck Baker, who has a strong track record in transactional and financing mandates. Disputes, particularly relating to boxing, are a core element of the practice, with Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso representing Top Rank in a class action case concerning the Pacquiao-Mayweather superfight, and in a since-settled antitrust dispute with Al Haymon, who promotes Mayweather, concerning his Premier Boxing Champions television series. The bulk of the team is based in Century City, but there is also strength in New York in the form of Baker, Irwin Raij – who recently joined from Foley & Lardner LLP – and former WWE general counsel Jared Bartie, who recently joined from Herrick, Feinstein LLP.

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Unparalleled in the field’, Hogan Lovells US LLP’s global aviation department provides ‘a full suite of services across the spectrum of legislative and federal agency work’. Led out of Washington DC by Robert Cohn, the group represented Aerodynamics Incorporated before the Department of Transportation (DOT), preserving the carrier’s operating authority against a threat of revocation. The ‘smart and proficient’ Lisa Ellman and ‘impressive’ Ted Ellett are part of the firm’s specialized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) practice, and have respectively advised Turner Broadcasting and Google on their ability to operate drones for various purposes. One of the founders of the aviation group, George Carneal handled DOT and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizations for Sichuan Airlines regarding its first scheduled service from China to the US, and continues to advise the carrier on regulatory issues as they arise. Other clients include aircraft manufacturer Aerion Corporation, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and the State of Alaska.

Holland & Knight LLP handles the gamut of aviation-related work, from lease and portfolio restructurings, to nuanced regulatory advice, and litigation covering product liability, federal pre-emption, aircraft accidents and personal injury. Anita Mosner in Washington DC has assisted foreign air carriers such as Air Serbia and Volaris with obtaining US traffic rights, and is also working to expand the operating rights of Venezuelan airline Avior. Gary Halbert (also in Washington DC) has been particularly active in aviation-related litigation, having represented aerospace companies in multiple crash and product liability suits. The litigation team also handles personal injury cases for domestic and international air carriers, including Lufthansa, American Airlines and Air France. San Francisco-based William Piels and New York-based Fred Bass are members of the aviation finance group, which counts Alaska Airlines and GE Capital Aviation Services among its key clients. Randal Craft heads the aviation department from New York.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP covers aviation litigation and transactional work, and is instructed by nearly every major US airline, including American Airlines and United Airlines. Bob Siegel, Richard Parker, Matthew Close and Newport Beach-based Andor Terner worked for Alaska Airlines as part of a cross-practice team handling the $4bn acquisition of Virgin America; the group also represented Alaska Airlines in antitrust and labor disputes arising from the acquisition. In a further example of the group’s litigation capabilities, Jonathan Hacker and Ben Bradshaw are representing Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association in a suit against the US Department of Agriculture, alleging a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act relating to an increase in inspection fees for agricultural pests and diseases on international commercial flights. The team acts for Air Lease Corporation, and completed several financing transactions for the client in 2016, including an amendment and extension to its $3.13bn credit facility. Named individuals are based in Los Angeles or Washington DC.

The aviation litigation team at Arnold & Porter is led by Houston-based Thad Dameris, whose practice extends to product liability and mass tort disputes. The firm represents aerospace giant Airbus Group SE and several of its subsidiaries in a multitude of contentious matters, from large class actions following aircraft crashes to product liability cases. Christopher Odell and David Weiner were on a team that successfully defended Airbus SAS and Airbus Americas in litigation arising from the crash of TAM flight 3054 in which over 200 people perished; the team went on to successfully defend the appeal in the Eleventh Circuit. The firm’s San Francisco-based emerging companies group, led by Ronald Star, also handles some aircraft financing and corporate work.

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Cozen O’Connor’s aviation regulatory lawyers handle the full gamut of compliance matters spanning licensing, enforcement, investigations and sanctions. Having developed expertise in the nascent area of UAS, David Heffernan assisted drone manufacturer CyPhy Works in obtaining expanded authority with the Federal Air Administration (FAA) to operate drones for commercial purposes. With extensive experience in airline acquisitions, the team advised Alaska Airlines on various regulatory issues concerning its acquisition of Virgin America, while Mark Atwood handled the regulatory aspects of Versa Capital Management’s acquisition of Silver Airways, and is currently advising on the post-transaction fitness review before the DOT. The team acts for a multitude of domestic and international carriers, including American Airlines, Emirates Airline and Lufthansa Group. Both named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Dentons’ aviation group is made up of an internationally focused aviation finance and leasing practice and an active litigation team, with specialized partners in insurance related litigation. In New York, Diane Westwood Wilson’s practice focuses on aviation insurance and product liability, whereby she represents various equipment manufacturers and their insurers in numerous claims arising out of aircraft accidents. Federal Express Legal, Trade and International Affairs is among the litigation department’s notable clients, and Allan Horowitz has defended the client in multiple civil claims brought by the FAA. Other highlights for the team included assisting GA Telesis with equipment on lease to OHSC Transaero Airlines, following restructuring claims by the Russian carrier. Mark Dombroff and counsel Laura Jennings also offer advice on relevant FAA, DOT and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. Aviation and litigation partner Dane Jaques joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP in 2016. Since publication, finance partner Elizabeth Evans has joined Reed Smith LLP in New York.

Jones Day’s airlines and aviation industry department is led by an ‘exceptionally bright and knowledgeable litigator’, John Goetz in Pittsburgh, whose practice focuses on large international and domestic aviation-related litigation and UAS. He recently advised West Virginia University on drafting one of the first US policies regarding the use of drones on campus and university-owned property. Fielding ‘large and specialized teams’, the firm handled a wide range of litigation in 2016, including complex product liability cases, antitrust suits and class actions. Bruce McDonald acted for Air China Limited and Air China Cargo, alongside the firm’s Beijing office, in the successful resolution of an antitrust lawsuit following US Department of Justice (DOJ) and European Commission investigations. In a piece of multi-faceted litigation, Philip Douglas successfully defended Garmin International in a multibillion-dollar suit brought by LightSquared alleging, among other claims, breach of contract, and also won a dismissal of a $1.9bn claim brought by Harbinger Capital Partners arising out of LightSquared’s bankruptcy.

The aviation group at Morrison & Foerster LLP is primarily involved in product liability and litigation following aircraft disasters, and also has extensive experience handling various regulatory issues related to airport operation and construction. San Diego-based William O’Connor, who jointly heads the team, represented Honeywell International in multiple wrongful death suits concerning a Learjet 25 accident in Mexico in which seven people perished; he also acted for the aerospace company in an investigation following the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Additionally, the group was involved in a multitude of UAS-related work in 2016. In one particularly prominent matter, Washington DC-based department co-head Kathryn Thomson, who joined the firm from the DOT, acts as regulatory counsel for Facebook in relation to its Aquila Drone Program, seeking aircraft certification in the US and globally.

Providing ‘a prompt and excellent service’, Reed Smith LLP is experienced in aviation-related litigation, and also handles aviation finance and leasing for financial institutions, airlines and leasing companies. Princeton-based Patrick Bradley leads the aviation litigation group and is representing Cirrus Design Corporation in a $50m claim regarding an aircraft crash that claimed four lives in Texas. United Airlines is another of the group’s major clients, which Oliver Beiersdorf acts for in a range of cases from passenger disruptions and false arrests to personal injury matters. Splitting his time between New York and the Middle East, Donald Moore is one of the key contacts in the aviation finance group; he assisted JetSmarter with its international expansion initiatives and corporate and regulatory issues, and also advised Abu Dhabi National Leasing on restructuring its aircraft financing. Finance partner Vanessa Gage left the firm for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, but the litigation group gained two new associates.

The aviation litigation team at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP exhibits ‘excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’ and has been active in litigation stemming from aircraft accidents, particularly where that has been a loss of life. The ‘persistent and practical’ Robert Williams heads the group from Pittsburgh, and defended AVStar Fuel Systems in product liability, negligence and breach of warranty claims, among others, following the crash of a Cessna 172M aircraft and subsequent death of four people. Denny Shupe and counsel Jonathan Stern represent product manufacturer Esterline and its brand Leach in relation to a large international aircraft disaster, which claimed 154 lives; the team won dismissals of US-based claims at first instance and successfully defended against appeal in the Ninth Circuit. In a show of its international capabilities, the group is continuing to defend the client in civil proceedings in Spain. The firm also defended carriers such as US Airways, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines in numerous injury claims in 2016.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides ‘consistently high-quality service’ on regulatory matters and litigation, and further strengthened its aviation team in 2016 with the addition of aviation and energy partner Dane Jaques from Dentons. The department’s clients range from domestic and foreign air carriers, to parts manufacturers and trade associations. In an example of the group’s appellate work, the ‘exceptionally prompt’ Roy Goldberg is currently representing Interjet in the plaintiffs’ appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, after successfully representing the airline in a putative class action case alleging violation of the federal RICO law. The aviation team works alongside the firm’s regulatory and industry affairs department, where William Karas and Carol Gosain advise TAP Portugal on a litany of aviation-related regulations, such as DOT consumer protection, FAA aircraft operations specifications compliance and tarmac delay and disability regulations. Other notable clients include Southwest Airlines, Japan Airlines, Airlines for America and Amadeus IT. All individuals named are based in Washington DC.

Clients of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s aviation litigation group include Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and The Boeing Company. In one particularly high-profile case, Chicago-based Michael Slade and Los Angeles-based Michael Baumann, after years of litigation, obtained a ruling of over $500m to be paid to The Boeing Company and Boeing Commercial Space Company, following the failure of a commercial satellite joint venture, Sea Launch. Craig Primis and Matthew Papez are part of a team defending The Boeing Company in separate lawsuits in Illinois and Florida regarding the crash of a National Air Cargo jet and subsequent death of all seven crewmembers; the two Washington DC-based partners are also defending The Boeing Company against claims brought by Alabama Aircraft Industries alleging breach of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment and conversion of intellectual property.

Nixon Peabody LLP’s aviation practice specializes in representing aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in litigation involving injury and wrongful death, and has been particularly active in helicopter accidents. The group is headed by Joseph Ortego in New York, who has acted for Airbus Helicopters in a number of lawsuits, and is currently representing the client in multiple claims filed in Texas and Washington regarding the crash of a news helicopter in Seattle. The team also handles appellate litigation, and is representing Deutsche Lufthansa in the Second Circuit following a favorable summary judgment regarding a passenger heart attack. In addition to OEMs, New York-based Eric Strain advises an international air carrier on both regulatory matters and US-facing litigation. Other names to note are William Robinson and Brian Dalrymple, based in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s litigation team has particular experience representing railroad companies, trade associations, auto manufacturers and a variety of transportation companies at all levels of court. Washington DC-based Thomas Dupree Jr serves as lead counsel to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), and in 2016 won an important judgment for the trade association, which declared unconstitutional a statute giving Amtrak regulatory right-of-way authority over freight trains; he also represents AAR in multiple rulemaking procedures. Other notable rail clients include CSX Transportation and BNSF Railway Company. In an example of auto-related work, Los Angeles-based Theodore Boutrous Jr successfully represented Uber Technologies in the Ninth Circuit regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements with the company’s drivers; with this decision, Uber will no longer need to litigate any class actions brought by California drivers, who accepted arbitration agreements. Key automotive clients include Fiat Chrysler, Toyota Motor Group and Ford Motor Company.

The team at King & Spalding LLP has extensive experience handling litigation and advising clients such as auto manufacturers and trade associations on regulatory investigations, especially concerning recalls. Washington DC-based Jacqueline Glassman, who recently joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP, is part of a team assisting Toyota with the regulatory, legislative and enforcement aspects of the Takata airbag recall - the largest auto recall in history. Granta Nakayama (also in Washington DC) specializes in tort and environmental law, and is advising a number of auto manufacturers, including Kia Motors America, on Clean Air Act offenses arising out of vehicle emission regulations. Other clients include General Motors, which the team assisted with enforcement matters, labor and employment lawsuits and recalls, and UPS, which the group has represented in high-profile trucking injury cases. Atlanta-based Philip Holladay Jr, who focuses on product liability, toxic tort and commercial disputes, is another key contact.

Mayer Brown has strong dispute resolution and regulatory practices focusing on the rail industry, and also handles the transactional side of rail-related projects. CSX Transportation retains Andrew Tauber to handle the appellate litigation concerning whether federal pre-emption pursuant to the Federal Railroad Safety Act denies a plaintiff compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. Senior counsel Adrian Steel is handling various arbitration proceedings for BNSF Railway, including a dispute with Union Pacific concerning the allocation of positive train control costs when one of the two operates over lines of the other. The group also represents BNSF in multiple disputes with Union Pacific regarding terms imposed by Surface Transportation Board (STB) following Union Pacific’s merger with Southern Pacific. In the road and automotive practice, Philip Recht and Andrew Kugler advise Google on state and federal regulatory issues with respect to the company’s driverless car project. Evan Tager and Erika Jones are other key contacts. All named individuals are based in Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Raymond Atkins leads the Washington DC-based transportation group at Sidley Austin LLP, which is especially experienced in representing railroad companies in regulatory proceedings before the STB and in appellate litigation. The team is acting for Union Pacific Railroad in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in an appeal of new rules requiring railroads to adopt new braking technology on railcars carrying flammable liquids; the team is also assisting the client with possible related federal pre-emption cases. In 2016, Paul Moates won an STB decision for CSX Transportation, which stated that rates charged to Total Petrochemicals & Refining were not unreasonably high following a Stand-Alone Cost test. Other clients include Norfolk Southern Railway Company and the AAR. Louis Warchot joined the firm in 2016, from AAR, where he served as senior vice president and general counsel.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s litigation team represents rail and automotive clients in high-profile product liability and personal injury cases. General Motors is among the group’s key clients, and Richard Godfrey and Andrew Bloomer in Chicago, as well as Mike Brock in Washington DC, act as lead counsel in over 2,000 personal injury suits arising out of the company’s recalls of 2.6 million vehicles relating to ignition switches, power steering and other safety concerns. In other standout matters, Washington DC partners Daniel Donovan and Bridget O’Connor won a dismissal of a $40m lawsuit brought against BNSF Railway Company. The team is also part of a multi-firm effort to defend Volkswagen in DOJ proceedings regarding violations of the Clean Air Act.

McGuireWoods LLP is ‘a fantastic resource’ for rail and road clients facing high-stakes litigation. In addition to representing CSX Transportation in a multitude of class actions and environmental-related litigation, Charlotte-based Patricia Hosmer acted for the client in the negotiation and execution of an agreement with General Electric Company for the purchase of 300 locomotives. Scott Cairns heads the firm’s rail department from Jacksonville, while Brian Jackson leads the trucking group from Charlottesville, which acts for truckers, logistics companies and insurance brokers in a variety of collision cases, property damage incidents and personal injury matters. Beam Bros. Trucking is another other key client, for which Richmond-based Stephen Busch favorably settled a personal injury case in 2016. In recent personnel developments, Lisa Ormand Taylor joined the Jacksonville team from XPO Logistics, and Donald Anderson left to join the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The transportation team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP acts for BNSF Railway and Union Pacific in a variety of contentious matters; Anthony LaRocca and Samuel Sipe represent the former in a motion to dismiss a claim brought by American Fuel & Petrochemicals Manufacturers before the STB, which challenges the railway’s rates for transportation of hazardous crude oil in certain types of tank cars. The duo is also retained by AAR to advise on a rulemaking procedure concerning when a freight railroad could be compelled to handle freight traffic on behalf of a potential competitor. Work for Union Pacific Railroad includes multiple federal pre-emption cases, which are led by Alice Loughran. The team also has a presence in the automotive sector, and David Coburn acts for Coach USA in relation to various rulemaking and regulatory procedures. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Covington & Burling LLP’s transportation group handles litigation and regulatory issues for railroad companies and trade associations. Practice chair Michael Rosenthal in Washington DC represents rail giant Union Pacific Railroad Company before the STB regarding issues such as maximum rate regulations, competitive access, antitrust matters, infrastructure investments and Union Pacific’s relationship with Amtrak and other passenger railroads. Senior counsel Carolyn Corwin (also in Washington DC) was part of a team that successfully prevented Sherwin Alumina from compelling Union Pacific to provide common carrier service to one of Sherwin’s plants during a labor strike at that plant. The team also advises AAR on various regulatory, legislative and rulemaking matters, especially those involving economic regulations.

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Blank Rome LLP’s ‘all-round excellent’ shipping and maritime practice combines an active litigation team with regulatory specialists and a particular expertise in shipping bankruptcies and restructuring. In one of the group’s most prominent contentious matters, New York-based John Kimball won a favorable settlement for Hyundai Merchant Marine regarding the largest containership loss ever, involving 4,382 cargo containers, all of which were lost off the coast of Yemen. Michael Bell, who works out of the firm’s Houston office, is retained by Chevron, alongside Washington DC-based Jeanne Grasso to handle all of the energy giant’s specialized shipping work. The team also handles a wide range of environmental and maritime regulatory compliance, and advised China Shipping Group on US regulatory compliance and commercial aspects relating to the transfer of its liner shipping business to China Ocean Shipping Group Company. Keith Letourneau is also recommended in the Houston office.

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The lawyers at Cozen O’Connor have ‘impeccable knowledge’ of the maritime industry, and are ‘always helpful in anticipating issues and finding solutions to any impasse’ as they have extensive experience in every area of shipping and maritime law. Jointly headed by Jeffrey Lawrence and New York-based Geoffrey Ferrer, the team regularly provides antitrust and regulatory advice to international shipping and carrier companies and vessel-sharing groups. The group also handles contentious matters, and senior counsel Marc Fink defended a group of shippers and terminal operators, including Maersk Line and SSA Terminals, in a class action contesting the imposition of demurrage fees during a labor dispute between the port management and two workers’ organizations. Senior counsel Anne Mickey and Robert Magovern are also recommended; the former advised Nordea Bank Norge ASA as agent and trustee regarding a substantial senior secured term and revolving credit facility agreement. Unless otherwise stated, all named individuals are based in Washington DC.

The ‘first-class’ team at Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP has specialized partners in nearly every conceivable area of shipping and maritime law, providing ‘outstanding legal strategy and swift results’. William Juska heads the department, which acts for all 13 of the insurance associations/P&I clubs that insure around 95% of the world’s shipping. Michael Fernandez and Gina Venezia represented Hapag-Lloyd, obtaining injunctive actions that prevented the arrest of certain vessels following the bankruptcy of OW Bunker; the team then successfully defended against an appeal by US Oil Trading in the Second Circuit. Don Murnane is representing Maersk Line in a $46m claim for damages to and loss of military cargos, which involves multiple applications of the US Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and dealing with governmental procurement agencies. Other notable members of the 16-partner team include Wayne Meehan, who specializes in accidents involving casualties, Daniel Fitzgerald and William Pallas.

With ‘deep shipping and maritime expertise, which is employed across a variety of legal issues’, Jones Walker LLP handles regulatory issues, administrative proceedings, finance matters and litigation. Department head Scott Jenkins and Bob Lemon provide advice on issues including Jones Act compliance, environmental regulations and US Coast Guard proceedings to ship-owners, operators and engineering companies. Litigators Glenn Goodier and James Wright III have represented clients such as transportation companies, vessel owners and charterers in large oil spill-related litigation and sensitive personal injury cases. Kelly Duncan advises Tri-Marine International on a range of US-flagging issues as well as title XI vessel financing. In 2016, the team also handled restructuring matters and a variety of mega-yacht-related work.

K&L Gates’ maritime department has deep regulatory experience in areas such as US vessel flagging, international trade, environmental compliance and cabotage laws. Boston-based Jeffrey King advised Tote on investigations by the US Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigations and National Transportation Board of Investigations into one of the largest marine vessel casualty accidents in recent years. In Washington DC, department head Mark Ruge acts for Matson Navigation Company in a range of regulatory and transactional matters, and advised on the client’s most recent build contract in 2016. Two highly regarded litigators, Michael Chalos and associate George Kontakis (both in New York), are representing a client involved in the international commodities space in pending arbitration. Washington DC-based Emanuel Rouvelas advises one of the firm’s longest-standing clients, the Transportation Institute, on free trade negotiations, promoting US-flagged fleets.

John Padgett leads the ‘top-class’ transportation department at McGuireWoods LLP, which is particularly active for shipping logistics companies and port and terminal operators. Indeed, the Virginia-based department head regularly advises APM Terminals of North America, and has formidable experience in Jones Act compliance and all relevant aspects of international trade, flagging and customs laws. As part of a move to focus more on technology and logistics, Lisa Ormand Taylor joined the firm from XPO Logistics, where she served as vice president, assistant general counsel. In addition to the broad regulatory offering, the team is advising on a litany of supply chain and freight agreements, financings and shipyard projects, acting, for example, for Colonna’s Shipyard in relation to the construction and transportation of a dry dock from a Turkish shipyard. The group is also poised to handle contentious work, and is currently involved in such matters as an insurance arbitration following an accident at a port, and representing a shipping group in a payment dispute.

Reed Smith LLP’s New York-based shipping practice focuses on vessel finance, restructuring and bankruptcy, and litigation and arbitration. Counsel Jane Sarma has worked closely with the firm’s London office, acting as Marshall Islands counsel for a private equity fund and an international bank regarding multiple separate secured loans and restructurings. With a specialization in international commercial shipping transactions, Greg Chase acted for a hedge fund as facility agent and senior lender in the $102.4m term loan credit facility for four platform supply vessels for use in the Mexican offshore market. On the contentious side, counsel Lars Forsberg is representing various corporates in matters ranging from vessel damages to port delays, and also advised on a DOJ investigation.

Led out of Washington DC, Winston & Strawn LLP’s maritime and admiralty team displays ‘broad knowledge’ of the ‘complex regulatory landscape’ governing international shipping. Practice head Charlie Papavizas and Allen Black have ‘sound working relationships with the regulatory agencies’, and act for clients such as Liberty Maritime Corporation, which the team represents before congressional and other agencies to promote and protect government programs, such as US flag international trade. In 2016, the group has been particularly active in litigation and arbitration; Larry Kiern, Bryant Gardner and Gerald Morrissey successfully represented Maher Terminals before the Federal Maritime Commission and the US Court of Appeals in a dispute with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey regarding unlawful discrimination in violation of the Shipping Act. In addition to regulatory, governmental policy and contentious work, the team handles related environmental compliance, commercial contracts and vessel financing.

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