Firm Profile > Baker & Hostetler LLP > Houston, United States

Baker & Hostetler LLP
811 MAIN STREET
SUITE 1100
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6111
United States

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Baker & Hostetler LLP has a breadth of experience in the privacy, data protection and cybersecurity space, where it is particularly active in advising clients in the retail, hospitality, financial services and technology sectors. The group is well known for handling high-profile incident response work, an area for which New York-based practice head Theodore Kobus III is a key name to note. In one recent highlight, the team acted for Marriott International in relation to a significant breach involving Starwood’s guest reservation database. In addition, the team is also recognized for its regulatory and compliance expertise. Craig Hoffman in Cincinnati is a name to note for privacy compliance, operational, and security matters relating to the use of technology. Melinda McLellan in New York frequently advises on emerging technologies, while Houston-based Lynn Sessions is highlighted for her healthcare sector expertise. Other names to note include Will Daugherty, also in Houston, for incident response work, and recent additions Eulonda Skyles in Washington DC and Daniel Pepper in Philadelphia, who joined from Capital One and Comcast, respectively. Laura Jehl left the Washington DC office for McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Kobus III

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Marriott International

Fred’s

Chipotle Mexican Grill

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

DoorDash

LPL Financial Holdings

Forever 21

Northwestern Energy

Piedmont Hospital

Inspire Brands

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

Baker & Hostetler LLP is particularly experienced in M&A transactions involving companies in the technology, media and telecoms industries. Acting for private equity sponsors and venture capital investors, C-suites and boards of directors, and domestic and multinational companies, the team provides comprehensive advice on M&A and foreign inbound transactions; an area where it benefits from the availability of firm's tax structuring and CFIUS experts. Steven Goldberg co-leads the national M&A team and chairs the New York business group; he focuses on mid-market M&A, both domestic and cross-border. Counsel Asim Grabowski-Shaikh in New York is also recommended, as is Cleveland-based Ronald Stepanovic, who jointly leads the team alongside Goldberg. Ian Cohen left for an in-house role at Pharmapacks.com.

Practice head(s):

Steven Goldberg; Ronald Stepanovic

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

IAC/Interactive Corporation

Cardinal Health

The E.W. Scripps Company

ECN Capital

Transdigm Group

Northside Hospital

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 2

Baker & Hostetler LLP has continued to cement its position in the advertising space, reporting significant new instructions from clients in the food and beverage, consumer products, sports, and media sectors. The practice is led out of the firm's New York and Washington DC offices, by co-chairs Linda A. Goldstein and Amy Ralph Mudge respectively, both of whom act on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters. The firm also has a west coast presence in the form of Los Angeles-based Alan Friel. Friel focuses his practice on adtech and related privacy law, particularly the California Consumer Privacy Act. The team often advises on emerging areas of the market, with solid track records in social media advertising, subscription issues, and influencer marketing.

Practice head(s):

Linda Goldstein; Amy Ralph Mudge

Other key lawyers:

Alan Friel; Randal Shaheen

Key clients

AT&T Inc.

Atlantic Coast Media Group

Bonobos, Inc.

CBS Interactive

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Cleveland Browns

Danone North America

Five Below, Inc.

Food Marketing Institute

Grange Insurance

Henkel Corp.

Integral Ad Science, Inc. (IAS)

Jet.com

Kraft Heinz Company

Leesa Mattress

Match.com

Meredith Corp.

My College Options

PatientPoint, Inc.

Performance-Driven Marketing Institute

Sargento Foods

Sears Holding Corp./TransformCo

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

Synapse Group

Kellogg’s

The Scotts Company

Trusted Media Brands (formerly Readers Digest)

Wondery, LLC

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP has a track record in cross-border fraud and corruption investigations, as well as in asset tracing and recovery matters. Mark Cymrot leads the department from Washington DC, while Gonzalo Zeballos and Oren Warshavsky are contacts in New York specializing in asset recovery.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cymrot

Other key lawyers:

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP's broad geographic focus allows for a notable variety of engagements stemming from all key oil and gas basins in the US, including the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, the Piceance and Denver-Julesburg Basins in Colorado, the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, and the Gulf of Mexico. The team has been active in climate change cases, and recently challenged the implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Contractual disputes and royalty cases are also core to the practice. Poe Leggette is noted for onshore shale cases and issues relating to oil and gas operations on federal or Indian lands. Ray Whitman and Denver-based Mark Barron are also rated. James Nye joined Winston & Strawn LLP. Named individuals are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Poe Leggette; Ray Whitman 

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Peregrine Oil & Gas II

Patterson-UTI Drilling

XTO Energy

Geokinetics

Carrizo Oil & Gas

Shell Oil

Trican Well Service

Chevron North America Exploration and Production

Devon Energy

Enterprise Products Partners

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP boats an impressive client base of leading auto manufacturers including Volvo Trucks, Honda, Ford Motor Company and Hyundai, among others. David Jarrett chairs the US-wide distribution and franchise practice in the Houston office. Jarrett advises manufacturers on the management of their retail distribution networks and compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. He also advises commercial motor vehicle carriers on compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. Billy Donley is a contact on the litigation front; he focuses on franchise litigation involving motor vehicle manufacturers. Also recommended are litigators Keith Russell, and Columbus, Ohio-based Elizabeth McNellie, both of whom are recognized for their expertise in auto franchising and distribution.

Practice head(s):

David Jarrett

Other key lawyers:

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP has 'offices nationwide and a great international reputation', making them a popular choice for global media and clothing companies on issues such as infringement, licensing, registration and general counseling. New York-based Oren Warshavsky leads the practice and is highly experienced in litigation involving photographs, music and clothing designs. Another name to note is Chad Rutkowski in Philadelphia, who is recognized in particular for his experience of software-related copyright.

Practice head(s):

Oren Warshavsky

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Baker has offices nationwide and a great international reputation. Together this makes this firm special. Impressive list of intellectual property clients.’ 

‘The team includes subject matter experts that have come at IP from different vantage points – clearance, trademark prosecution, enforcement and litigation. Accordingly, they stand ready to assist with all IP needs of their clients, both big and small. Two partners stand out in the practice.’

Oren Warshavsky is a passionate, experienced IP litigator with top notch clients and experience. He manages IP litigation team with precision and focused approach to achieve significant results for his clients. Well-rounded and amazing person to know on a personal level as well.’

Key clients

Blackheart Records Group

RG2

TGG Direct

The Garr Group

Half Price Books

Artists Rights Enforcement Corp.

Sony Corp.

Healthtex Apparel Corp.

Insider (d/b/a Business Insider)

Schott Brothers

TuneSat

IAC Interactive

Freeplay Music

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

Baker & Hostetler LLP handles portfolio management, prosecution, clearance and licensing issues for an enviable client roster which includes Apple and Sony. Cleveland-based Deborah Wilcox leads the trademark team and stands out for her work protecting against domain name squatters and black-hat search engine optimizations. Washington DC-based Mark Tidman chairs the firm's IP group and is experienced in clearances, registrations and enforcement issues. New York-based Robert Horowitz is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Wilcox

Other key lawyers:

Mark Tidman; Red Horowitz

Key clients

Quantum Corporation

SPX FLOW

Teleflex

Sony Corporation

LGS Innovations

FLIR Systems

TuneSat

Apple

Healthtex Apparel Corp.

Insider (d/b/a BusinessInsider)

Schott Brothers

TuneSat

IAC Interactive

Freeplay Music

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

Baker & Hostetler LLP has an established traditional labor practice, which is particularly active in union avoidance, collective bargaining, strikes, corporate campaign activities and labor policies. Led by hospitality-industry-specialist Jay Krupin in Washington DC and Orlando-based Patrick Muldowney, the group also regularly assists clients with labor-related disputes. Cleveland's Todd Dawson is well versed in unfair labor practices, while M.J. Asensio in Columbus is experienced in grievance arbitration and labor litigation. Other key practitioners from this office are Joseph DevineDaniel GuttmanRonald Linville and Jennifer Edwards. Further names to note include Paul Rosenberg in New York and the Washington DC-based Louis CannonDavid Grant and Peter Fischer.

Practice head(s):

Jay Krupin; Patrick Muldowney

Key clients

The E.W. Scripps Company

TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

CSX Transportation

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Central Ohio Transit Authority

The City of Columbus, OH

Greater Dayton Regional Transit System

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

Rated by clients as 'intelligent, knowledgeable, accessible, and responsive', the corporate governance team at Baker & Hostetler LLP advises small and mid-cap companies on governance issues on an ongoing basis and also in the context of corporate transactions. The practice group is headed by Janet Spreen in Cleveland, but draws upon lawyers spread across a number of offices, including Atlanta and Orlando. Another contact in the Cleveland office is Suzanne Hanselman, whom clients have called 'knowledgeable, experienced, practical, and a delight to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Janet Spreen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Intelligent, knowledgeable, accessible, and responsive.’

‘Suzanne Hanselman is very knowledgeable, experienced, practical, and a delight to work with.’

‘Rob Weible and his team are responsive, diligent and thoughtful in their approach. Rob is responsive, diligent and thoughtful. We don’t hesitate to reach out to him when faced with a thorny governance issue as Rob’s advice is invariably sagacious and to-the-point.’

‘Very good expertise and willingness to assist as needed, whether for a large matter or a small one.’

‘Janet Spreen provides excellent support on governance matters and made a creative arrangement to provide on-site corporate secretary support to fill a gap in our organization. She is effective, efficient and collaborative. Highly professional and responsive. A great lawyer and great value.’

‘The team is highly skilled, has significant and meaningful experience in the middle-market segment and brings a practical, business-oriented approach to the practice of law.’

‘Clayton Coley combines the right skills (knowledge of the law, technical drafting skills) with an impressive ability to take a practical, business-oriented approach to engagements. Clayton also has tremendous client service.’

‘David Brown is one of the smartest attorneys I have ever known and makes the practice of law seem much easier than it is.’

Key clients

Barnes & Noble Education

Bloomin’ Brands

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

Denbury Resources

Ferro Corporation

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Lilis Energy

Littelfuse

Northside Hospital

The Progressive Corporation

Ring Energy

Select Sands America Corporation

Signet Jewelers

TransDigm Group

University of Rio Grande

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Baker & Hostetler LLP's white-collar, investigations and securities enforcement and litigation team is adept in securities, FCPA, accounting and regulatory defense issues. It has developed a particularly strong practice representing individuals, as well as regularly defending corporations. The group is jointly led from New York by George Stamboulidis and John Carney – both of whom are noted for representing financial institutions – and Steven Dettelbach, who splits his time between Cleveland and Washington DC while specializing in cybersecurity, corruption and FCPA issues. Also in the Cleveland office is Carole Rendon, who has expertise in FCPA and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In March 2020, the firm established its San Francisco office with the lateral hire of Robb Adkins, who joined the team from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Practice head(s):

George Stamboulidis; Steven Dettelbach; John Carney

Other key lawyers:

Carole Rendon; Jonathan Barr; Jonathan New; Shawn Cleveland; Robb Adkins

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s lawyers have extensive experience acting for sovereigns, international organizations, and private clients. In addition to its solid track in commercial and investor-state arbitration, the team is also well-equipped to handle issues relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards, both in litigation proceedings and in asset tracing and recovery mandates. Contacts in Washington DC include Kenneth Reisenfeld and practice head Mark Cymrot, who has niche expertise in matters involving the application of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Indeed, the majority of the group is based in DC office, though the team also has presence in Houston, where Sashe Dimitroff is recommended for his extensive experience in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cymrot

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Sashe Dimitroff is an experienced, savvy, and outstanding international arbitration attorney.  He was our go-to lawyer for a key international dispute, and he delivered.  Sashe’s business acumen, industry knowledge, attention to detail, and courtroom presence, made him a formidable asset to our company.

Key clients

Empresa Siderúrgica del Mutún

Latam Hydro / CH Mamacocha

China Telecom / China Telecom (Americas) Corp.

ITG Brands

Resolute Forest Products

Siemens Gamesa

Hydra-Pro Dutch Harbor

Pyrotek

Evoqua Water Technologies

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP has core strengths in two primary areas of international trade: trade compliance and trade remedy work. As evidenced by the variety of its client roster, the team is adept at acting for established names in the forest products, automotive, and heavy equipment manufacturing sectors, as well as for emerging technology and defense companies. Kerry Scarlott and Barbara Linney lead the department out of Washington DC, and both stand out for their extensive experience dealing with federal agencies. The team also has a strong presence in Houston, where Matthew Caligur and Lana Muranovic are key contacts, and associate Casey Weaver is also based. Washington-based duo Elliot Feldman and counsel Mark Lehnardt have also been recognized by clients.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Scarlott; Barbara Linney

Testimonials

The team is clearly very collegiate. It is also able to analyze circumstances, assemble and organize a team, and smoothly execute the task at hand.

A very well-rounded team, which is very efficient, experienced and extremely knowledgeable.

No improvisation, never. Attention to details, always. The team is also very professional and delivers what its promises.

I have been working with the Baker Hostetler team in Houston and Washington DC for years. The firm is unique in that it has the requisite vital connections to the regulators in DC, but it also has the staff in Houston which intimately understands my business as well as the energy and construction industries in a way that East Coast lawyers do not.

My experience of dealing with Barbara Linney over the course of many years has been and remains overwhelmingly positive. She inspires confidence in clients and lawyers alike in an area of legal practice that is notorious for its complexity and pitfalls. She is diligent and reliable and an absolute pleasure to work with. She is not afraid to speak her mind and has excellent commercial judgement.

Mark Lehnardt is very pleasant to work with. He has deep knowledge of how processes within the Department of Commerce work, as he has worked there before. Mark makes himself available and always responds in a timely manner. He is driven and is not afraid to try out new things in an alternative way to deliver results.

Elliot Feldman is extremely knowledgeable, credible and experienced. Everybody carefully listens to what Elliot has to say as he commands respect. He is highly respected in the lawyers circle and at the Department of Commerce.

Lana Muranovic and Casey Weaver are top-notch lawyers. They know their practice areas, they know my business, and they know how to apply their knowledge and experience to the needs of my business in a reasoned, measured and business-friendly manner.

Key clients

Ontario Forest Industries Association/ Québec Forest Industries Council/ Resolute Forest Products

Sumec Group Corporation

Bomag Americas, Inc.

Dynapac North America

Fi-Foil Company

DJO, LLC

Firefly Aerospace, Inc.

Spire Global Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP's nationwide practice of more than 50 attorneys comprises full-time securities litigators, former SEC and DOJ enforcement trial lawyers, and prominent commercial litigators. Representing both small and large public companies, the firm has a good track record of securing motions to dismiss, defeating or limiting class certification, prevailing on summary judgment and taking cases to trial. Head of securities and governance litigation Douglas Greene works in the Seattle and New York offices. He has focused purely on securities and corporate governance litigation for 22 years. John Carney in New York frequently handles regulatory enforcement matters alongside litigation, as does Jonathan Barr  in Washington DC. Shawn Cleveland in Houston, who joined from Winston & Strawn LLP, adds many years of experience in SEC and DOJ investigations, as well as securities and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Greene

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP has expertise in litigation involving the Clean Air Act, CERCLA and RCRA issues. Led by Martin Booher in Cleveland, the team also has experience in the defense of citizen suits. Contacts in the DC office include Robert Steinwurtzel and Thomas Hogan, who is regularly involved in mass tort cases concerning exposure to hazardous substances.

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

Baker & Hostetler LLP is primarily active for technology, life sciences and healthcare clients, but also acts for a number of companies from the aerospace, electronics and manufacturing sectors. The group focuses on the prosecution of US patents, with counseling regarding the development of international filing strategies as an additional service, and offers the necessary experience in PTAB proceedings to successfully grow and defend its clients' patent assets. For international work, the team cooperates with a number of foreign firms, including firms form India, France and Japan. The Washington DC-based Mark Tidman is the chair of the IP group. Kenneth Sheehan, also in Washington DC, and Michael Stein in Seattle share the lead of the electrical, mechanical and computer science prosecution group. Phong Nguyen left for an in-house position at State Farm. Other key locations are in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman; Kenneth Sheehan; Michael Stein

Other key lawyers:

Hussein Akhavannik; Tayan Patel; Robert Hails; Steven Samuels; Erdal Dervis

Testimonials

Highly skilled attorneys. As in-house counsel, I appreciate a firm’s ability to learn the client’s business and work with the information they have or can obtain without ‘hand holding’. This firm is able to produce tremendously high quality work without large client input by understanding the business, knowing the business objectives, and understanding the entire industry. Clients are consistently impressed with the level of work produced by this firm.

Good advice and strategies provided by the team.

Very responsive, dynamic team. Suitable infrastructure in place to help meet all of our IP needs.

Very professional communication, always easy to reach and to get a thoughtful response within very little response time. All team members were very helpful in explaining American litigation and in navigating our team through the entire process in the negotiation with the opponent. Result achieved was excellent and this is through an excellent guidance from our counsel. We are very satisfied and can highly recommend BakerHostetler and we will surely use them again in the future.

Again, they bring value added in terms of knowing all the recent case laws, all the rules and practices associated with the Patent Office, and all the tools available to get patent applications through the prosecution.

Tayan Patel is swift in responding, and great in quality. Provides great advice and strategies.

Tayan Patel – great depth of knowledge regarding patent and technological expertise. Skillful management of resources with respect to our patent assets from a procedural perspective and strategic planning guidance.

Open-minded, does not stop at legal questions only, always has business of the client in mind.

We appreciate Ken Sheehan very much. His communication is excellent, always professional and friendly and easy to reach. All advice was very much appreciated and well thought through. We can recommend him highly to all other clients. Could not be happier.

Key clients

Teleflex

Nordson

Johnson & Johnson

SPX Flow

Syngenta

Apple

CACI (formerly LGS Innovations)

SPX Corporation

TracFone

comScore

Bruker

Cree

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Fresenius

Hitchiner Manufacturing Co.

Trasdigm

Hyatt

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

Headed by Joyce Ackerbaum Cox in Orlando, Baker & Hostetler LLP's restrictive covenants group handles trade secret litigation and noncompetes. Indeed, the team has recently been involved in multiple novel cases in which trade secret litigation is used in place of non-compete agreements, as states increasingly restrict the use of non-competes. The practice group also has an on-the-ground presence in Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and New York.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Ackerbaum Cox

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Muldowney; John Siegal

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

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation team has considerable expertise in the field of multiemployer plans, advising on defined benefit withdrawal liabilities and de-risking exercises for clients in the unionized sectors. Tax-exempt employers, including government and church plan sponsors, often approach practice heads Raymond Malone and Georgeann Peters for advice on retirement plan restructuring. Ann Caresani handles the operation of bespoke multiemployer welfare plan arrangements for trustee clients, while Jennifer Mills, another of the team’s health and welfare experts, oversees all matters pertaining to Affordable Care Act HIPAA compliance. The team is based across offices in Cleveland and Columbus.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Malone; Georgeann Peters

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ZF Active Safety and Electronics US

The Boston Herald

Health Transformation Alliance

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Huntington National Bank

The E.W. Scripps Company

Medical Mutual of Ohio

Trinity Health Corporation (Novi, MI)

Teleflex Incorporated

Kaiser Permanente/Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Gannett Company, Inc.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

TRW Automotive U.S. LLC

American Automobile Association

Whole Foods

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Led from the firm's New York office, Baker & Hostetler LLP's immigration practice assists clients obtain temporary work visas and residence visas, and advises on compliance rules such as the I-9 and E-Verify requirements. Amy Traub leads the team form the New York office, while James Levine heads the Georgia team. Levine has over thirty-five years of experience in immigration law and is recommended for his work for domestic and multinational corporations. In Houston, Matthew Hoyt is the name for O-1 visa matters, and counsel Pamela Nieto handles citizenship related issues. The group also leverages the firm's wider strengths in litigation and employment law to provide clients with comprehensive immigration law service.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP has considerable experience in defending clients in a variety of discrimination lawsuits. Beyond that, it has a broad practice covering multiparty disputes, class actions, government suits and single-plaintiff before relevant courts as well as dispute prevention. New York-based Amy Traub is the chair of the national labor and employment group, while Dennis Duffy in Houston leads the employment litigation practice, and Cleveland's Gregory Mersol and Margaret Rosenthal in Los Angeles head up the class and collective action team. Names to note are Eric Barnum and Jason D’Cruz in Atlanta, Sabrina Shadi in Los Angeles, the Orlando-based Kevin Shaughnessy and Joel Griswold as well as Cleveland's Gilbert Brosky, Peter Fisher in Washington DC and Scott McIntyre in Cincinnati. While Melissa Siebert joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in February 2019, new arrival Michael Chamberlin reinforced the Los Angeles office in May 2019 coming from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Key clients

Host International, Inc.

American Family Insurance

The McDonald’s Corporation

The E.W. Scripps Company

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Fluor Corporation

TRW Automotive

Kohl’s Department Stores

Metro Corral Partners

The Progressive Corporation

Tax > International tax Tier 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP assists multinational corporations, private equity funds, and high-net-worth clients on issues regarding international tax matters, including structuring inbound and outbound business and real estate investments. It has notably advised with respect to a variety of international joint-venture issues. Jeffrey Paravano chairs the firm-wide tax group, and maintains a varied tax practice covering cross-border planning, REIT and venture capital transactions, and tax litigation. Head of the international tax group Brian Davis joined the firm from PwC in June 2019. John Bates left for a position at Deloitte in July 2019. All named attorneys are located in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano; Brian Davis

Key clients

Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Destinations

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

American Resort and Development Association (ARDA)

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Individual and class action cases alleging price-fixing as well as follow-on litigation are the core of Baker & Hostetler LLP. The department is headed by Carl Hittinger, who splits his time between Philadelphia and Washington DC. He fields bet-the-company litigation expertise alongside jury and non-jury trial experience in antitrust and unfair competition matters. In Washington DC, John Fornaciari operates a combined antitrust litigation and white collar defense practice which includes cartel know-how. During the course of 2019, the antitrust welcomed several practitioners: Marc Schildkraut was the first to join the DC office from Cooley LLP in July, Jeffrey Martino changed from his post at the DOJ's New York office in August and September saw the arrival of Michael Holt as Washington DC-based of counsel, previously a GC at Ports American Group.

Practice head(s):

Carl Hittinger

Key clients

Caterpillar Inc.

CRH, plc

Commonwealth Brands

Funai Electric Co., Ltd.

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.

TransDigm Group

Brandywine Village Associates

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 5

The healthcare transaction practice at Baker & Hostetler LLP deals with M&A, acquisitions and affiliations, and advises on the ACA. Clients include long-term care providers, non-profit and for-profit hospital organizations, academic medical centers, home health agencies, and ancillary service providers. Key names are Robert Rupp in Columbus and Christopher Swift in Cleveland.

Other key lawyers:

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5

Recent transactions for the employee benefits and executive compensation team at Baker & Hostetler LLP involved disposals of ESOP-owned companies, as well as the representation of senior executives and management teams in the sale of their businesses. The practice is headed up by Cleveland-based Raymond Malone and Columbus-based Georgeann Peters, who also handle de-risking transactions aimed at reducing pension liabilities.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Malone; Georgeann Peters

Key clients

ZF Active Safety and Electronics US

The Boston Herald

Health Transformation Alliance

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Huntington National Bank

The E.W. Scripps Company

Medical Mutual of Ohio

Trinity Health Corporation

Teleflex Incorporated

Kaiser Permanente/Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Gannett Company, Inc.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

TRW Automotive U.S. LLC

American Automobile Association

Whole Foods

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Baker & Hostetler LLP has specialist knowledge of healthcare, energy, student housing, sport and hospitality, and mixed-use real estate projects. The team also has an active housebuilding practice, complemented by niche expertise in new market, historic and low-income housing tax credits. Joint practice heads Robert Gebaide and Amy Kellogg have broad-based expertise in single-asset and portfolio transactions, financing and development, and commercial leasing and management. Of late, the team has been involved in the construction of several major industrial facilities in the Southeastern US. Gebaide and Kellogg are based in Orlando and Cleveland, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gebaide; Amy Kellogg

Other key lawyers:

Joann Gallagher Jones; Wendy Markham; Gregory Lee; Michael Pappert

Key clients

Hyatt Corporation

Big River Steel

Millennia Companies

Hard Rock Café International (USA)

Northside Hospital

Pulte Home Company (including brands Pulte Homes, Centex, Sun City, Del Webb, and John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods)

Wendy’s International

Accesso Partners

The Milestone Companies

TransDigm Group

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 5

Baker & Hostetler LLP advises clients across a range of tax-related matters, including audits, appeals, mediation, and litigation. The firm-wide tax group is headed by Jeffrey Paravano in Washington DC, who has wide-ranging expertise in tax controversy and litigation, REIT taxation, and cross-border tax planning, among other areas. Also recommended are Paul Schmidt, who was recently appointed firm chairman, and Columbus-based Edward Bernert, who specializes in SALT disputes in Ohio. Brian Davis recently joined the DC office from PwC and now heads the international tax team.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano

Other key lawyers:

Paul Schmidt; Elizabeth Smith; Edward Bernert; Michelle Hervey; Brian Davis

Key clients

The Archer Daniels Midland Company

Parker Hannifin

The Timken Company

Mars

The Carlyle Group

AECOMVerizon

Wyndham Worldwide

Commonwealth Brands

American Greetings Corporation

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Baker & Hostetler LLP has an experienced, national bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights department in Orlando, Florida. The team represents oil and gas, healthcare, and hospitality companies, advising on reorganizations, Chapter 11 proceedings, and disputes. Chair Elizabeth Green represents debtors, creditors, and fiduciaries in out-of-court workouts, receiverships, and 363 sales. Her team was boosted in January 2019 by the addition of a significant group of attorneys, and further strengthened by Adam Fletcher's promotion to partner.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Green

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

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

AB Volvo (and certain global affiliates)

Alliance Medical Holdings (Uplift Rx)

Brian A. Bash, Trustee, Fair Finance Company

Black Knight Financial Services

Carerite Centers

Citadel Consulting Group

Dakota Plains Holding

Diabetes America

Firestar Diamond – John J. Carney, Examiner

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

Lapis Advisors

Liquidating Trustee of Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas

Macquarie Capital

Maria M. Yip, Examiner in the Chapter 11 case of IPS Worldwide

Neil Luria, Trustee of Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp Plan Trust

Reagor Dykes Motors

Samuels Jewelers – John J. Carney, Examiner

Smart Money Financial Group, Smart Money Secured Income Fund, and seven other related entities (collectively, the “Smart Money Entities”)

TL Management

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 6

Baker & Hostetler LLP stands out through its longstanding experience in litigation before the Court of Federal Claims, combining its IP capabilities with its in-depth knowledge of government contract law. The group also impresses in the classic US patent litigation venues, offering experience in district court, PTAB, Federal Circuit and ITC disputes, and covers a wide sector spectrum, ranking from the life sciences and technology sectors to the chemical, telecommunications and electronics sectors. IP practice head Mark Tidman is based in Washington DC. The co-chairs of the patent litigation practice, Kevin Kirsch and Daniel Goettle are based in Cincinnati/Columbus and Philadelphia respectively. Other key offices are in Atlanta, Denver and Chicago. Shawnna Yashar left for an in-house position at MicroStrategy.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman; Kevin Kirsch; Daniel Goettle

Other key lawyers:

Cy Walker; Katrina Quicker; Robert Hails; Michael Anderson; Kenneth Sheehan; Leif Sigmond; William Bergmann

Key clients

Comcast

BoozAllenHamilton

L-3 Harris Technologies

TomTom

Tyco Integrated Security

Guidance Software

Muzak

Hewlett- Packard, Inc.

Xerox

Diebold, Inc.

CACI, Inc.

FLIR, Inc.

Bragi, GmbH

IAC/InterActiveCorp

Vimeo, Inc.

Match Group, Inc.

Trading Technologies

VR Optics

SABIC

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Baker & Hostetler LLP advises clients at the federal, state and local level on a range of tax matters including private wealth, employee benefits, and the operation of tax exempt organizations. Jeffrey Paravano chairs the tax group and has particular expertise in partnership and corporate taxation, as well as tax matters relating to REITs, both public and private. Firm chairman Paul Schmidt has experience with tax planning and transactions. Also recommended is John Lehrer, who provides federal income tax advice in relation to domestic M&A, business acquisitions and tax-free organizations. All named attorneys are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Wyndham Worldwide

The EW Scripps Company

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 $14.3 billion in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit bakerlaw.com.

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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