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Baker & Hostetler LLP
ORLANDO, FL 32801-3432
United States

Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 2

Baker & Hostetler LLP stands out for its expertise in digital media and data privacy, with strengths in issues relating to influencer marketing, native advertising and e-commerce. Areas of particular focus for the team include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and technology. New York-based practice co-head Linda Goldstein is highly experienced in regulatory counseling and compliance training, while joint practice head Amy Ralph Mudge in Washington DC stands out for her representation of clients before the FTC, NAD and Children’s Advertising Review Unit.

Practice head(s):

Linda Goldstein; Amy Ralph Mudge

Key clients

AT&T Inc.

CBS Interactive

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Christian Dior

Danone North America




GE Lighting

Henkel Corp.



Kraft Heinz Company


Meredith Corp.


Sargento Foods

Sears Holding Corp./TransformCo

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Sony Corporation, Sony Music and affiliated companies

The Scotts Company


Trusted Media Brands (formerly Readers Digest)

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Led by Theodore Kobus III, the data protection team at Baker & Hostetler LLP falls within the firm's new digital assets and data management practice group. This multidisciplinary team stands as a core pillar of the wider service group and assists clients with matters such as risk management, disputes, compliance, monetization and marketing strategy. Highly regarded for its work in breach response, key contacts in the group include compliance specialist Craig Hoffman, cybersecurity adviser Melinda McLellan and healthcare expert Lynn Sessions. Notably, it continues to provide strategic counsel to Marriott International following its global database security incident. In addition, the practice handles a substantive amount of CCPA regulatory research and compliance, an area in which it counsels some of the largest players in media, retail and transportation industries. Jeewon Kim Serrato joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in April 2020, but Will Daugherty left for Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP June.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Kobus III

Other key lawyers:

Craig Hoffman; Melinda McLellan; Lynn Sessions; Jeewon Kim Serrato

Key clients

Marriott International





State of Vermont


Cyrus One

Silver Car


BJC Healthcare

The Cleveland Clinic

Health Transformation Alliance (HTA)

MedStar Health

Banner Health

Premera Blue Cross

Duke University Health System

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Texas Children’s Hospital

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

Baker & Hostetler LLP's New York-based M&A team has notable strength in the representation of companies in middle-market technology, media and telecoms transactions. The group is particularly sought out for its expertise in foreign inbound transactions into the US, which is a key area of focus for practice head Steven Goldberg. This type of work is complemented by the firm's international tax and CFIUS teams and also by group's in-depth knowledge of the Indian and European markets. In January 2020, five new M&A experts at partner level joined the newly opened Dallas office. Jonathan Cramer left for Herrick, Feinstein LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Steven Goldberg

Key clients

The E.W. Scripps Company

Third Point LLC

TransDigm Group, Inc.

Ring Energy, Inc.

TLI Bedrock

Orafol International, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America

Hyland Software

Copyright Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP advises major publishing companies, professional sports leagues and other clients in areas of television and radio on contentious and non-contentious copyright matters, including copyright infringement claims. Additionally, the group is highly experienced in litigation regarding DMCA protection and digital media on the internet. Mark Tidman chairs the IP group in New York, while in Cleveland, Deborah Wilcox leads the trademark and copyright team and advises clients in the areas of manufacturing, technology, and healthcare. Based in Philadelphia, Chad Rutkowski is highly experienced in copyright-related matters relating to software. The team also handles IP matters relating to fine art, jewelry designs, and software.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman; Deborah Wilcox

Other key lawyers:

Chad Rutkowski


‘Kevin Bovard is a true expert in the field. My communications with him are brief and to the point and he bills accordingly. Very easy to work with and always provides options.’

Key clients

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

LL’s Magnetic Clay, Inc.

Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia

Showa Glove Co.

State of Georgia

Culligan International Company

Big Lots Stores, Inc.

HSN, Inc.

Evenflo Company, Inc.

Corporate governance Tier 3

Based in Cleveland, Baker & Hostetler LLP’s corporate governance team places an emphasis on assisting boards, board committees and senior management with transactions raising potential conflicts of interest. Handling issues at the junction of corporate governance and securities law is also a forte for the group. Notably, the team draws on the expertise of the firm’s client value group for the purposes of legal project management, among other matters. Janet Spreen heads up the practice, and Baker & Hostetler LLP is also recommended. In February 2020, the group expanded its regulatory compliance offering in Dallas with the hire of Todd Thorson from Winston & Strawn LLP. Randolf Katz departed to Clark Hill PLC in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Janet Spreen

Other key lawyers:

John Harrington; Suzanne Hanselman; Charlotte Pasiadis

Key clients

Big River Steel

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

Denbury Resources Inc.

Ferro Corporation

Lilis Energy, Inc.

Lordstown Motors Corp.

Northside Hospital, Inc.

The Progressive Corporation

Ring Energy, Inc.

Signet Jewelers Ltd.

TransDigm Group, Inc.

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP has a nationwide practice with experience handling litigation and regulatory matters in all major US oil and gas basins. Key areas of work include hydraulic fracking, federal oil and gas leases and antitrust claims. Poe Leggette heads the energy industry team and has strengths in energy transactions and litigation. Ray Whitman has extensive litigation experience and handles international contract disputes, theft of trade secrets, noncompete violations, wrongful death claims and seismic licensing matters, among other disputes. Mark Barron heads the Denver energy litigation team. Named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Poe Leggette; Ray Whitman

Other key lawyers:

Mark Barron

Key clients

Peregrine Oil & Gas II, LLC

Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC

XTO Energy Inc.

Geokinetics, Inc.

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.

Shell Oil Company

Trican Well Service LP

Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Devon Energy Corporation

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

International litigation Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP's international litigation team excels in international asset tracing, insolvency actions and bankruptcy, including sovereign bankruptcy. In New York, cross-border asset recovery specialist Oren Warshavsky and international investigations expert Gonzalo Zeballos are representing bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard in claims against major financial institutions for the recovery of funds related to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. In Washington DC, practice head Mark Cymrot is particularly active in representing foreign states and sovereigns and international organizations, while Houston-based Sashe Dimitroff stands out for his expertise in the energy sector. The team has a strong presence across the US and routinely collaborates with independent firms worldwide to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cymrot

Other key lawyers:

Oren Warshavsky; Gonzalo Zeballos; Sashe Dimitroff

Key clients

Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

TGG Direct

Empresa Siderurgica Del Mutun

Tonejet Limited

Scott Schreer as the Security Holder Representative of the Securityholders of Audiam, Inc

Kevin Hellard and Mike Saville, in their capacity as Joint Liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA

The Susan Zirkl Memorial Foundation Trust and Michael Lissner, Esq., as Trustee

Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien (which is the Jewish Community of Vienna)

Mathew Clingerman as Receiver for M3 Fund, a segregated account of Silk Road Funds

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP's team is regularly engaged by companies from the technology, hospitality, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing sectors. It handles the full gamut of labor and employment disputes, with specialist expertise in discrimination claims, whistleblower matters, wage and hour class actions, and employee misclassification issues. Amy Traub in New York leads the practice; she is also well versed in disability accommodation issues. Cleveland's Gregory Mersol focuses on class actions, while Scott McIntyre in Cincinnati has expertise in employee privacy and data security matters. Atlanta-based Eric Barnum has experience as a trial lawyer. Margaret Rosenthal and Peter Fisher are key names in Los Angeles and Washington DC respectively. The firm's Texas offering was reinforced when Mark Temple and Peter Stuhldreher joined the Houston office in June 2020, and Dennis Duffy left for Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, P.C. in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Shaughnessy; Gregory Mersol; Margaret Rosenthal; Eric Barnum; Scott McIntyre; Mark Temple; Peter Stuhldreher; Peter Fisher


‘Extremely responsive and provides clear insight to issues with feasible recommendations for consideration. Very professional, and takes time to understand the client’s needs and expectations.’

Key clients

TRW Automotive

American Family Insurance


Scripps Media, Inc. and the E.W. Scripps Company

The Lincoln Electric Company

City of Columbus, Ohio

The Progressive Corporation

ADS Alliance Data Systems

University of Cincinnati Physicians

The Ford Motor Company

Covia Holdings Corporation

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

The McDonald’s Corporation

Labor-management relations Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP has notable expertise in the manufacturing, transportation, hospitality, and health care sectors, and advises both non-union and unionized clients on a broad range of labor matters. The team also has experience representing companies in litigation before the NLRB and federal courts as well as acting in arbitration proceedings. It is jointly led by Washington DC-based Jay Krupin, who specialises in the hospitality industry, and Patrick Muldowney in Orlando. M.J. Asensio in Columbus is well versed in the healthcare sector, and, in Los Angeles, Nancy Inesta has considerable expertise in union negotiations. Other names to note include Ronald Linville and Jennifer Edwards in Columbus, Washington DC-based Peter Fischer and Louis Cannon, as well as Paul Rosenberg in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jay Krupin; Patrick Muldowney

Other key lawyers:

M.J. Asensio; Nancy Inesta; Ronald Linville; Jennifer Edwards; Paul Rosenberg; Louis Cannon; David Grant; Peter Fischer; Daniel Guttman


‘Daniel Guttman is an exceptional counselor and A+ player!’

‘Working with the labor team at Baker & Hostetler is like working with your in house dedicated team. They use their incredible knowledge to see and live from your company’s and personal views. They furthermore live your values and are proactive and assertive at all times.’

‘Jay Krupin and Peter Fischer are active participants to the purpose of our company and live the same extreme drive level as all of us within the company. Through our close (working) relationship we are able to be frank and to the point without ever being side-tracked.’

Key clients

City of Columbus

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Agency

Greater Dayton Regional Transportation Authority

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP operates in numerous offices across the US, advising a diverse set of clients in the areas of fashion and retail, music media and technology on all IP-related matters. The team frequently prosecutes active filings for multinationals operating in different jurisdictions and provides additional niche counseling for media companies on complex matters such as cartoon character IP rights. In Washington DC, IP group chair Deborah Wilcox focuses on registering, monetizing, and enforcing trademarks for mobile apps and social media sites, and has experience enforcing trademark rights against domain name squatters. Cleveland-based trademark team lead Mark Tidman assists clients with trademark portfolio management, enforcement and trade dress matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman; Deborah Wilcox

Key clients

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Konica Minolta

Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

LG Innotek, LG Electronics Korea and LG Electronics USA

Interblock Gaming

Evenflo Company, Inc., Goodbaby International Holdings, Inc., Cybex

The J.M. Smucker Company

Showa Glove Co.

The Hanson Group, LLC; Guardian Innovations, LLC

State of Georgia

Culligan International Company

Big Lots Stores, Inc.

CBOE Global Markets

Globefill Incorporated

Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

The broad practice of Baker & Hostetler LLP's Houston-based David Jarrett (who serves as the firm's distribution and franchise industry team leader) includes advising new motor vehicle and tire manufacturers on compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; and advising commercial motor vehicle carriers on compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. Also in Houston, Billy Donley maintains an active litigation and appellate practice, while Keith Russell advises manufacturers and distributors on their relationships with dealer distribution networks. Columbus-based Elizabeth McNellie represents manufacturers and distributors that are subject to motor vehicle franchise statutes.

Other key lawyers:

David Jarrett; Billy Donley; Keith Russell; Elizabeth McNellie

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Retained by clients on both sides of the fence, Baker & Hostetler LLP has a particular focus on follow-on civil litigation as well as individual and class action cases alleging price-fixing. Splitting his time between Philadelphia and Washington DC, Carl Hittinger heads up the group, which continues to evolve and expand. Most recently, in 2020, the group was bolstered by two arrivals from the DOJ: Ann O’Brien in the firm's DC office, and Jeffrey Martino in New York. Also based in the Washington DC are John Fornaciari, who specializes in litigation arising from the transportation and construction industries, and Marc Schildkraut, whose practice balances expertise in antitrust litigation and agency investigations.

Practice head(s):

Carl Hittinger

Other key lawyers:

John Fornaciari; Marc Schildkraut; Jeffrey Martino; Michael Holt

Key clients

Caterpillar Inc.

CRH, plc

Commonwealth Brands

Dominion Enterprises

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and NYK Line (North America) Inc.

Alon USA Energy, Inc. (a subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, Inc. and Delek US Energy, Inc.)

Soshin Electric Co. Ltd.

Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.

Data Device Corporation

Brandywine Village Associates

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice primarily operates from the firm's offices in Columbus and Cleveland. Multi-employer plans are an established pillar of strength for the group; healthcare, insurance and manufacturing sector mandates have been prominent in the team's recent workload. Georgeann Peters acts as long-standing ERISA counsel to Houston Methodist on health and welfare plans, qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, and executive compensation matters, and recently assisted the client with deferred and incentive compensation plans. On the health and welfare side, Ann Caresani and Jennifer Mills are names to note. Raymond Malone and Susan Lubow jointly head the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Malone; Susan Lubow

Other key lawyers:

Georgeann Peters; Ann Caresani; Jennifer Mills

Key clients

Teleflex Incorporated

Trinity Health Corporation

Gannett Company, Inc.

Medical Mutual of Ohio

Houston Methodist

Immigration Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP's immigration practice group has a focus on employment-based matters and handles a large volume of temporary work and residence visas. Led out of New York by Amy Traub, the team is skilled in developing corporate immigration strategies for domestic and international clients. James Levine oversees the Georgia team and focuses on nationality law. Co-chair of the group Matthew Hoyt in Columbus has a proven track record advising on business immigration matters and has vast employment litigation experience. The team also has a presence in Houston where counsel Pamela Nieto advises on compliance rules such as the I-9 and E-Verify requirements, as well as citizenship issues.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hoyt; Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Nieto; James Levine


‘Extremely responsive and provides clear insight to issues with feasible recommendations for consideration. Very professional, and takes time to understand client’s needs and expectations.’

‘Matt Hoyt – Handles all our immigration cases since 2018 I believe and we have had great success rate. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable, responsive and really holds your hand through each steps of the process. Really have learnt a lot from him and about immigration matters.

‘Fanny Ferdman – Reviews and provides supports on all things employment. Extremely friendly and professional. Highly respected by our Leadership team due to the longstanding working relationship that has been established. Stellar service all round.

International arbitration Tier 4

Garnering praise for its ‘dedication, detail-oriented practice, and knowledge of international arbitration procedure’, Baker & Hostetler LLP handles a wide range of matters relating to all stages of international commercial and investment arbitration. In terms of its sector-specific offering, the team benefits from the ever-growing interest of its client base in sectors such as energy, hospitality, and telecoms, among others. In addition, the group has access to the firm’s IncuBaker team, which specializes in matters arising at the junction of law and legal tech; clients value its use of artificial intelligence for due diligence and document drafting tasks, praising it as ‘very effective and useful’. Mark Cymrot leads the practice out of Washington DC, where Kenneth Reisenfeld, Marco Molina, Paul Levine, and Analia Gonzalez are also names to note. Sashe Dimitroff is the key contact in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cymrot

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Reisenfeld; Sashe Dimitroff; Marco Molina; Paul Levine; Analia Gonzalez


‘In 2017, I chaired an ICC tribunal on which Mark Cymrot was a co-arbitrator. I appreciated his responsiveness and laser focus on the facts of our case.’

‘Their dedication, detail-oriented practice and knowledge of international arbitration procedure has been key to develop and effective strategy.’

‘Kenneth Reisenfeld has deep knowledge of applicable case law and is great at forming excellent strategy.’

‘Excellent research and legal analysis – Ken Reisenfeld and Marco Molina.’

‘Sashe Dimitroff is an excellent strategic lawyer. He is innovative and tireless in his determination to achieve victory. I have seen him work miracles.’

‘Their document system has been very effective and useful.’

Key clients

Latam Hydro LLC / CH Mamacocha

China Telecom / China Telecom (Americas) Corp.

ITG Brands LLC. / Commonwealth Brands Inc. / Liggett Group LLC / Japan Tobacco U.S.A. Inc.

Westmoreland Coal Company

Hydra-Pro Dutch Harbor, Inc.

Pyrotek, Inc.

Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC

Superior Energy Services, Inc.

Empresa Siderurgica Del Mutun

International tax Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s tax team advises on international tax planning and multi-jurisdictional controversies for mid-market US corporates in the financial services, industrial, insurance, technology and manufacturing sectors. Washington DC-based practice heads Jeffrey Paravano and Brian Davis are also recommended for advice on foreign tax credits, BEAT reforms and international tax treaties, as well as strategic advice on inbound and outbound investments, M&A, transfer pricing, redomiciliation exercises and joint ventures. The group has also recently been involved in business restructurings, acting on behalf of executive teams in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano; Brian Davis

Key clients

Charles G. and Kathleen F. Moore

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Progressive Insurance Company

American Resort Development Association

International trade Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP garners praise for being ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and for providing ‘original ideas’. The practice is noted for its strength on the contentious side of trade; its excellence in antidumping and countervailing duty matters manifested itself in its longstanding involvement in the well-known softwood lumber disputes between the US and Canada. Clients recommend Elliot Feldman for his work for Canadian producers, though he is also adept at representing foreign governments and organizations in trade and investor-state disputes. The team also focuses on work for Chinese exporters, whose main point of contact is Mark Lehnardt. The department is led out of Washington DC by Barbara Linney and Michael Snarr. The firm has a strong international trade offering in Houston as well, where Lana Muranovic and Matthew Caligur are sought after for advice relating to import and export controls, free trade agreements, and compliance issues. Kerry Scarlott departed to start his own firm in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Linney; Michael Snarr

Other key lawyers:

Elliot Feldman; Lana Muranovic; Matthew Caligur; Casey Weaver; Ragan Updegraff


‘Extremely knowledgeable. They have been involved in lumber litigations with Canada for over 30 years. They know everything that pertains to the file. Elliot Feldman is fluently bilingual in English and French. or us, in Québec, it is quite a bonus to have our American lawyer speak to us in our language.

‘All law firms work hard for their client but Elliot Feldman and Mike Snarr never hesitate to go to the barricades for us. We really have the feeling that we are the most important people on earth. Elliot Feldman and Mike Snarr are very efficient. They always deliver.’

‘Mike Snarr is excellent in all aspects of trade.’

‘Great listeners. Solid applicable experience. Clear thinkers. Understand budget constraints in certain instances with smaller organizations. Meet deadlines. Provide original ideas.’

Key clients

Resolute Forest Products, Inc.

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association


Fi-Foil Company

Westmoreland Mining Holdings Inc.

Ashtead Technology, Inc.

Federal Express Ground

Quanta Services, Inc.

Skyrora Ltd.

kSARIA Corporation

Noosphere Venture Partners, LP

Analytical Space, Inc.

Spire Global Inc.

Alaska Aerospace Corporation

Conseil de l’Industrie Forestière du Québec

Ontario Forest Industries Association

Fontaine, Inc.

Sumecht NA, Inc.

Prime Time Commerce, LLC

Monument Chemical, LLC

Roots Farm

JF Lehman & Company

Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP's prosecution team focuses on protecting electrical, mechanical and computer science patents. With IP group chair Mark Tidman and Kenneth Sheehan, who co-heads the prosecution team alongside Philadelphia-based Steven Samuels, the firm is a particularly appropriate choice for clients with East Coast headquarters. The group is also present in Denver, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Seattle; it also shoulders an international practice, as attested by its regular prosecution work involving Europe and China. The team unites practitioners with experience in regulatory bodies such as the USPTO, in-house counsel experience, and backgrounds in engineering and science. The caseload includes strategic portfolio development, patent enforcement, licensing matters, and transactional assistance.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman; Kenneth Sheehan; Steven Samuels

Other key lawyers:

Hussein Akhavannik; Joseph Lucci; Christopher Arena; Theresa Weisenberger


‘Highly technically savvy and efficient with medical device assessments and prosecution.’

‘Hussein Akhavannik goes above and beyond to support his client’s work – extremely responsive, very efficient, and provides spot-on advice.’

‘Brendan Clark is extremely hands-on and responsive. These are key attributes that I look for when hiring outside counsel.’

‘Great knowledge on the process for getting patents approved and the best strategy to move patents forward to issuance.’

Christopher Arena and Theresa genuinely care about the success of our engagement and are thoughtful about navigating us in a cost effective manner to a successful prosecution of the IP plan.

Key clients


Comcast Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

American Water Works Company, Inc.


SPX Corporation

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Real estate Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s real estate team is co-chaired by Robert Gebaide in Orlando and Cleveland-based Amy Kellogg, a contact for property matters in the retail, technology, manufacturing and automotive sectors. The practice places a notable degree of emphasis on industry specific expertise, with other members of the team representing prominent entities in the hospitality, sports, entertainment and healthcare fields. Also among the client roster are developers, REITs, private equity and pension funds, which call upon the team for advice on leasing, sale and acquisition matters in addition to office, mixed-use, industrial, multi-family and mater-planned community projects. The practice group benefits from a broad geographical footprint, with other key names based in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Denver and New York, and is supported by the firm's finance, regulatory compliance and environmental planning experts.

Practice head(s):

Amy Kellogg; Robert Gebaide

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Parker Malchow; Michael Pappert; Wendy Markham; Gregory Lee; Joann Gallagher Jones

Key clients

Northside Hospital, Inc.

Enterprise Leasing Company of Georgia, LLC

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN)

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE)

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM)

Hyatt Corporation

Hard Rock Café International (USA), Inc.

Diamond Resorts

Wendy’s International, Inc.

Starwood/Starwood Capital Group

TPCO America Corporation

The Milestone Companies

Accesso Partners, LLC

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Harman International Industries

Oatey Co.

The Millennia Companies

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

TransDigm Group, Inc.

Big River Steel LLC

Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP handles both regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation for public and private companies, as well as their executives, in matters ranging from securities class actions to major governmental investigations. Douglas Greene, who works from both the Seattle and New York offices, leads the firm’s securities and governance litigation group. He represents major national and international corporations in high-profile securities class actions, including an on-going class action against Eagle Bancorp alleging that certain of the company’s reports and other public statements contained materially false or misleading statements concerning party loans and internal controls. New York-based John Carney, who is co-chair of the white-collar, investigations and securities enforcement practice, is acting as receiver of hedge funds that were revealed to be a $1bn Ponzi scheme.

Practice head(s):

John Carney; Douglas Greene

Key clients

Receiver of Michael Kenwood Group

Eagle Bancorp, Inc.

Greenlane Holdings, Inc.

Tilray, Inc.

Directors and Officers of Pareteum Corporation

PlayAGS, Inc.

Priyanka Singh (EDPA Litigation)

Sridhar Thiruvengadam

David Pruitt

Liquid Realty General Partners, LLC

Namaste Technologies, Inc.

National Securities Corporation

Congressman Chris Collins

Bruno Iksil

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

The multidisciplinary Baker & Hostetler LLP practice draws from the firm's strengths in labor and employment, litigation, IP, digital asset and data management work. The firm has particular experience acting in non-compete and trade secrets cases related to employee movement and business transactions, as well as matters involving the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, state common law and related business torts. The team is co-led by Orlando-based Joyce Ackerbaum Cox and John Siegal in New York.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Ackerbaum Cox; John Siegal

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Muldowney; Mark Temple; Scott McIntyre

US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s tax controversy team is focused on matters with significant international components. Practice head Jeffrey Paravano and associate Nicholas Mowbray (both based in Washington DC) are representing investor clients in high-consequence federal challenges to repatriation tax provisions outlined in the TCJA. Additionally, Columbus-based Edward Bernert is spearheading challenges to environmental impact fees enacted by the US Virgin Islands. Paul Schmidt in Washington DC, Cleveland-based Michelle Hervey and Elizabeth Smith in New York are recommended for federal- and state-level IRS audits and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Mowbray; Edward Bernert; Paul Schmidt; Michelle Hervey; Elizabeth Smith

Key clients

Charles G. and Kathleen F. Moore

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Progressive Insurance Company

51 Maple Street LLC

901 South Broadway

310 Retail LLC

Harbor Lofts

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP's nationwide offering is experienced in supporting clients on day-to-day employment and workplace matters including investigations, audits, training procedures and agreement drafting issues. Its client roster includes several companies from the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Amy Traub heads up the labor and employment practice and is based in New York, while Jason D’Cruz in Atlanta is often engaged by C-level executives. Washington DC-based David Grant is well versed in wage and hour mandates, and Los Angeles' Nancy Inesta is knowledgeable in accommodation, harassment and retaliation matters. Other active practitioners include Fanny Ferdman in New York, Eric Barnum in Atlanta and Patrick Muldowney in Orlando.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Jason D’Cruz; David Grant; Nancy Inesta; Fanny Ferdman; Eric Barnum; Patrick Muldowney; Margaret Rosenthal; Sabrina Shadi; Todd Lebowitz


‘A national law firm with local Georgia ties that are very valuable.’

‘Eric Barnum infuses routine work with personality and advocacy, making him feel like a real member of the team.’

Key clients

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Inc.

CrossLink Orthopaedics, LLC


Scripps Media, Inc. and the E.W. Scripps Company

City of Columbus, Ohio

University of Cincinnati Physicians

Red Lobster Management, LLC

Hospital for Special Surgery

Healthcare: service providers Tier 5

Baker & Hostetler LLP has a wealth of experience in regulated healthcare transactions, routinely handling large-scale joint ventures and affiliations in the sector. It also has experience representing healthcare clients in commercial litigation. Non-profit hospital systems, long-term care providers, physicians and physician groups are among the team's key clients. The practice group is jointly led by Charlene McGinty in Atlanta and Lynn Sessions in Houston. Also in Atlanta, Dorothy Cornwell joined the team from Fox Rothschild LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Charlene McGinty; Lynn Sessions

Other key lawyers:

Frank Miller; Mark Hatcher; Dorothy Cornwell

Key clients

21st Century Oncology, Inc.

Access Mediquip

Allenmed, Inc.



Countryside Therapy Group

DCC Health & Beauty Solutions, a division of DCC plc

Fresenius Medical Care Rx, LLC

Harbor Healthcare System

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

HTA Limited Cooperative (d/b/a Health Transformation Alliance)

Hyland Software Inc.

Injured Workers Pharmacy

Injured Workers Pharmacy, LLC

Injury Care Solutions

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Legacy Community Health Services


My Egg Bank North America, LLC

Northside Hospital, Inc.

Outsourcing Facilities Association

Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates, P.C.

Pentec Health Inc.

Prime Healthcare Services

Reproductive Biology Associates LLC

Siemens Healthineers USA

Texas Children’s Hospital

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, Inc.

Wedgewood Village Pharmacy

WITT Medical Supplies

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

Baker & Hostetler LLP unites federal court, PTAB and Food and Drug Administration expertise and stands out through its extensive experience in patent litigation involving federal claims, providing combined knowledge in patent and government contract law. The team regularly handles highly complex multi-patent disputes, often involving multiple venues, including the Federal Circuit, and patents of strategic importance for the clients. With patent litigators in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Wilmington, Los Angeles and Seattle, the group offers a very good presence in the US and remains close to its clients. Jason Grier left to join CryoLife in July 2020 while counsel Steven Borsand joined the Chicago office from Trading Technologies International the following October, adding his extensive litigation expertise and in-house experience in private and public companies to the team’s portfolio of expertise. Mark Tidman in Washington DC is the chair of the IP group, with Daniel Goettle (Philadelphia/Wilmington), Katrina Quicker (Atlanta) and Kevin Kirsch (Cincinnati) forming the trio at the helm of the US patent litigation group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman; Daniel Goettle; Katrina Quicker; Kevin Kirsch

Other key lawyers:

William Bergmann; Meghan Kelly; William Oxley; Kenneth Sheehan; Michael Anderson; Christopher Arena; Steven Borsand; Jason Hoffman


‘I’m impressed with their top-down broad capabilities. The depth of their bench is impressive as well as the wide spectrum of experience that the firm has.’

I’ve been impressed with how attorneys in the firm interact and get to know the client in order to come to the right outcome.

‘I have always appreciated Jason Hoffman’s thoroughness and ability to ask the right questions. I have seen him in action in court and depositions and have always come out impressed with his preparation.’

‘Baker has uniquely talented litigators who have experiences in all forums ranging from district Courts, the ITC, the PTAB and the Federal Circuit. It is these experiences that allows Baker to leverage the right attorneys for a particular engagement and sets it apart from other firms.’

‘Jason Hoffman is an outstanding litigator at Baker & Hostetler. He immerses himself not only in the case to fully understand the issues, but also the business objective of the clients. Most attorneys don’t focus on the business objectives and thus, potentially waste valuable resources and time for a client. Jason is able to decipher complicated issues for my internal stakeholders to understand, which helps me to guide the stakeholders in the right direction for the company. ’

‘Baker Hostetler just gets it. Having worked with different firms I have always felt that Baker Hostetler understands us best and is most willing to consider different options with us as opposed to just going through the motions. Baker Hostetler’s understanding of our industry and how we work together has made them my go-to for patent litigation and general IP advice.’

‘In addition to his expert legal knowledge, Michael Anderson understands the often complicated industry in which we operate. He gives quick and practical advice and is willing to think outside of the box (suggesting various strategies and alternative ways of approaching an issue that are not always obvious). Michael makes a point of understanding our strategic goals.’

Key clients

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC

Crown Holdings

Showa Glove Co.

PL Developments, Inc.

PuraCap Pharmaceutical LLC

Smart Communications Holding, Inc

Cardinal Health, Inc.

HSN, Inc.

Zadro Products

Henny Penny Corporation

Hitachi, Ltd.

Nationwide Insurance

HP Inc.

Under Armour

L3 Harris Technologies, Inc.

AT&T/AT&T Services Inc.

Guest-Tek Interactive Ltd.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Baker & Hostetler LLP is particularly experienced in the energy, real estate, manufacturing, hospitality, and healthcare industries, where it acts for creditor committees, trustees, and debtors. The group's experience includes acting in a number of high-profile fraud-related insolvency matters, an example of which is its ongoing work as court-appointed counsel to SIPA trustee Irving H. Picard in the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities liquidation. Elizabeth Green leads the team from Orlando, while a roster of capable practitioners across Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC ensures the firm's involvement in matters nationwide. The Cleveland office in particular was strengthened by the arrival of counsel Michael Delaney from Robins Kaplan LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Green

Other key lawyers:

Michael Delaney

Key clients

The Official Committee of Tort Claimants of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC

Alliance Medical Holdings, LLC

Chapter 11 Trustee of Americore Companies

Lapis Advisors LLP

Samuels Jewelers Inc.

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.


AB Volvo (and certain global affiliates)

TransDigm Group Inc.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s experienced team includes many former senior staffers at the IRS, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Treasury and Justice departments, underscoring the group's federal tax policy expertise. The practice is led by veteran tax controversy and litigation lawyer Jeffrey Paravano. Firm-wide chair Paul Schmidt handles private equity fund formations, share transfers, and CARES act tax implications. John Lehrer, who provides federal income tax advice on M&A, joint ventures and reorganizations, is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano

Other key lawyers:

Paul Schmidt; John Lehrer

Key clients

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Progressive Insurance Company

Pacific Gas & Electric

Recognized as one of the top firms for client service, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With six core national practice groups – business, digital assets and data management, employment, intellectual property, litigation and tax – the firm has more than 970 lawyers located in 17 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top-ten tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice and an industry-leading business practice. The firm is also recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work recovering or reaching agreements to recover approximately $14.3bn in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit

Main areas of practice
Antitrust: BakerHostetler’s antitrust practice is notable for having tried numerous antitrust and competition cases to verdict, representing plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and competition litigation – including class action lawsuits – and helping clients navigate the US merger review process.

Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights: BakerHostetler’s bankruptcy team is known for its work in fraud investigations, litigation, recovery and workouts. The firm plays major roles in significant US and international bankruptcy cases, capitalizing on extensive experience in business workouts, complex reorganizations and bankruptcy proceedings.

Benefits and executive compensation: BBakerHostetler counsels employers on the design and implementation of all types of retirement, savings, health and welfare programs, as well as executive compensation, bonus and other incentive plans, deferred compensation arrangements, and retention and severance plans.

Corporate and M&A: BakerHostetler is a recognized leader in middlemarket transactions, the firm counsels large organisations on multibillion-dollar transactions and provides experienced counsel to publicly traded and closely held businesses of all sizes.

Digital Assets & Data Management: BakerHostetler formed the Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group (DADM Group) to mirror how clients do business. Leveraging data and technology is a priority for most entities. The firm has united key service offerings and technologists to address all the risks associated with an entity’s digital assets. The new practice group works with the firm’s clients through the life cycle of data – privacy, security, marketing and advertising, transactions, and emerging technology – within an organization.

Employment: BakerHostetler counsels clients on the full array of employment and labor issues, and is known for its national counsel in the hospitality, media and healthcare industries..

E-Discovery: BakerHostetler is the firm business leaders turn to for e-discovery advocacy and management solutions to complex electronic discovery and data challenges. The firm focuses only on data that matters to claims and defenses in dispute, which reduces the burden and risk of discovery.

Healthcare: BakerHostetler provides comprehensive legal counsel to those with healthcare interests, focusing on transactions, structuring, finance, reimbursement, compliance, fraud/abuse, investigations, tax and employment law, as well as privacy issues related to data breaches.

Hospitality: BakerHostetler’s hospitality practice is known for its representation of major brands and developers in worldwide hotel and resort projects, and involvement in the creation and operation of vacation clubs.

Intellectual property: BakerHostetler understands that in today’s global economy, patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property are among the most valuable assets of market leaders and rising businesses. In thousands of proceedings spanning more than 100 countries, the firm protects clients’ competitive advantage in negotiations, trials and other dispute resolution proceedings.

International asset tracing and recovery: BakerHostetler is a leader in handling complex international insolvencies and in tracing and recovering assets. Clients benefit from the firm’s extensive experience, which strategically maximizes their positions in complex civil and criminal disputes.

Litigation: BakerHostetler’s litigation practice is regarded for its prelitigation strategies and ability to prepare, try and win cases in antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, class action, commercial, privacy and data protection, environmental, product liability, securities and white-collar areas.

Real estate: BakerHostetler’s capabilities in finance, development, acquisition, disposition and leasing matters offer a full range of legal services to help clients meet their real estate objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Tax and private wealth: BakerHostetler’s tax group is one of the nation’s largest, recognized for its ability to resolve tax controversy matters, implement global planning opportunities and resolve issues through the regulatory and legislative processes. It is also known for its sophisticated private wealth planning practice.

White-collar, investigations and securities enforcement and litigation: With significant trial and monitorship experience, BakerHostetler’s white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice is among the most seasoned in serving corporations and individuals facing government scrutiny.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and Competition Carl W Hittinger
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Elizabeth A Green
Benefits/Executive Compensation Georgeann G Peters
Benefits/Executive Compensation Raymond M Malone
Class Action Defense Paul G Karlsgodt
Corporate/Business John M Gherlein
Employment Amy J Traub
E-discovery Advocacy and Management Edward J Jacobs
Energy L Poe Leggette
Energy Martin T Booher
Energy W Ray Whitman
Healthcare Charlene L McGinty
Hospitality John Melicharek Jr
Intellectual Property Mark H Tidman
International Kerry T Scarlott
International Mark A Cymrot
International Asset Tracing and Recovery David J Sheehan
International Asset Tracing and Recovery Oren J Warshavsky
International Asset Tracing and Recovery Mark A Cymrot
Litigation W Ray Whitman
Mergers and Acquisitions Steven H Goldberg
Mergers and Acquisitions Ronald A Stepanovic
Privacy and Data Protection Theodore J Kobus III
Private Wealth Robert R Galloway
Real Estate Robert H Gebaide
Real Estate Amy E Kellogg
Securities and Governance Litigation Douglas W Greene
Tax Jeffrey H Paravano
White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation John J Carney
White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation Steven M Dettelbach
White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation George A Stamboulidis
Number of Partners : 452
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 632
Total Staff : 1,778
Chairman : Paul M. Schmidt
Locations of Offices : Atlanta
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