BakerHostetler > New York, United States > Firm Profile

NEW YORK, NY 10111-0100
United States

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 1

BakerHostetler is at the forefront of tech-driven regulatory issues including behavioral and targeted advertising, evolving privacy laws, and related agreements. The group has particular expertise in the intersection between advertising and data and privacy branches, which continues to secure new clients from various industries. Amy Mudge leads the advertising, marketing, and digital media team from Washington DC and has extensive experience handling a breadth of matters ranging from investigations prompted by regulatory bodies including the FTC and NAD, to ESG and influencer marketing. She is also regarded for her work on the use of AI in advertising, junk fees and pricing, and health claim substantiation. In New York, Linda A. Goldstein is a vital member of the team due to her deep knowledge of complex transactions and the federal and state regulatory environments. She is an eminent figure in the technologies space for her work pertaining to AI, NFTs, the metaverse, and blockchain. Other notable names include Daniel Kaufman and John Ferry, both of whom are based in Washington DC. Kaufman, a former Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, is known for handling regulatory compliance and civil investigative demands.

Practice head(s):

Amy Mudge

Key clients

American Beverage Association






WK Kellogg Co.


Kraft Heinz



Publishers Clearing House

S C Johnson & Son






Work highlights

  • Advised FTC for Publishers Clearing House in connection with an investigation relating to the content of its solicitations, its data privacy practices, and its activity as a publisher that allows third-party advertising.
  • Represented Hey Dude Shoes in an investigation by the FTC regarding compliance with the Mail Order Rule.
  • Represented the American Beverage Association after it received an unfavorable decision from the NAD regarding its green claims.

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

Demonstrating vast experience handling transactions in the technology, media, and telecoms sector, the BakerHostetler practice regularly acts for Fortune 500 companies as well as financial institutions on multi-jurisdictional M&A, joint ventures, and de-SPAC deals. Operating out of New York, co-head Steven Goldberg specializes in advising on complex strategic investments and private equity deals, while Los Angeles-based co-head Will Chuchawat is noted for his experience in the healthcare, consumer, and financial services spaces. From Cleveland, John Allotta focuses on cross-border acquisitions and financing transactions, and New York-based Matthew Gases assists with corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Steven Goldberg; Will Chuchawat

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The E.W. Scripps Company

Toyota Battery Manufacturing, Inc.

TransDigm Group Inc.

Lincoln International, LLC

Hybar LLC

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

Cyprium Investment Partners LLC

Blue Point Capital Partners

ECN Capital Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised a private equity company in the acquisitions of two national franchised businesses for over $8bn in auction.
  • Advised the TransDigm Group Inc. in multiple transactions, including the $1.385bn acquisition of CPI’s Electron Device Business.
  • Advised The E.W. Scripps Company in several acquisitions and dispositions.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

BakerHostetler‘s digital assets and data management team handles a range of privacy concerns, counselling clients in the healthcare, hospitality and ecommerce sectors in their compliance responsibilities alongside supporting them through ransomware attacks and any class action litigation which follows. Team head Theodore J. Kobus III, based in New York, leverages extensive experience in the practice area to handle regulatory defense for high profile clients with a focus on healthcare clients. Cincinatti-based Craig Hoffman is sought after for his expertise regarding payment card security incidents; in Houston, Lynn Sessions handles both cybersecurity incident response and the regulatory investigations arising from these incidents. Casie Collignon leads the Denver-based team, and is particularly recommended for privacy class action defense; Denver colleague Paul Karlsgodt heads the national privacy and data risk class action and litigation team.  The Los Angeles team is headed by Jennifer Mitchell, whose compliance experience supports clients in highly regulated sectors involving sensitive personal information.

Practice head(s):

Theodore J. Kobus III

Other key lawyers:

Lynn Sessions; Craig Hoffman; Casie Collignon; Sara Goldstein; Andreas Kaltsounis; Nichole Sterling; Jennifer Mitchell

Key clients



The Orvis Company

University of California Regents


Marriott International

The Vanguard Group

Bayview Asset Management, LLC

Compass USA

Focus Brands LLC

Qurate Retail Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The Cleveland Clinic

Duke Medicine

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Scripps Health


Children’s National Medical Center

Kemper Corporation

Progressive Corporation


Work highlights

  • Defending healthcare entities in web tracking Facebook litigation where Plaintiffs allege that the websites of those health care entities are sharing patient information with Facebook Google Analytics and other advertising technology companies.
  • Advised more than 50 public companies on efforts to comply with the new Form 8-K material incident disclosure and Form 10-K Item 1C cybersecurity risk management disclosure obligations from the SEC.
  • Defended MedStar against plaintiffs’ class certification motion, where plaintiffs sought damages and injunctive relief on behalf of a would-be class of patients who used the public MedStar website and its patient portal.

Tax > Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, national trade associations, and charities) Tier 2

BakerHostetler‘s long-established nonprofit team advises prominent clients in the sector on an array of issues, including all aspects of tax compliance as well as corporate governance matters, questions surrounding charitable contributions, and issues relating to government relations. Jeffrey Paravano leads the team from Washington DC. Also in DC is Alexander Reid, who covers tax planning and transactional matters in addition to handling tax controversy issues, including audits and appeals, Matthew Elkin, who advises tax-exempt organizations and high net worth families on their charitable activities, and Edward Beckwith, who chiefly advises high net worth families and individuals on tax planning. This focus is shared by Chad Makuch, who works from Cleveland and is a key contact for multiple ultra-high net worth families.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano

Key clients

The Philanthropy Roundtable



Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 3

Houston-based BakerHostetler is regularly involved in a broad range of litigation in the oil and gas sector, including lease disputes, breach of contract and title disputes over royalties. The firm’s dedicated energy team is jointly led by L. Poe Leggette, a key contact for issues related to carbon offsets and credits, methane emissions regulation, and carbon capture and storage, and W. Ray Whitman, who also chairs the firm’s litigation group. From Denver, Mark Barron is routinely engaged by major oil and gas producers to handle complex litigation, while recently promoted partner Alexander K. Obrecht focuses particularly on regulatory advice and litigation related to hazardous materials transportation and oil and gas royalties.

Practice head(s):

L. Poe Leggette; W. Ray Whitman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CML Exploration, LLC

Bradford Energy

Continental Resources

Western Energy Alliance

Gunnison Energy Company

Latam Hydro LLC

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.

Work highlights

  • Represented Western Energy Alliance in a challenge to the Biden Administration’s cancellation of federal oil and gas lease sales in Q3 and Q4 of 2022, part of the Biden administrations’ moratorium on federal oil and gas leasing.
  • Represented Ovintiv USA Inc. in defending an appeal in a trial court win against the federal government for the allowable deduction of market deficiency fees related to the transportation of natural gas liquids.
  • Represented Discovery Natural Resources LLC in defending an oil and gas midstream dispute, alleging breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing for certain fees under a gas services agreement.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

The co-leads of BakerHostetler‘s trade secrets practice who also harness expertise in non-competes are New York’s private business disputes-focused John Siegal and Florida-based Joyce Ackerbaum Cox; the pair are supported by the firm’s national labor and employment group chair Amy Traub, who also works from the New York hub. The team is well-equipped to assist its clients on the range of related work, from bet-the-company contract and tort cases to establishing the origin of alleged misappropriation. It is also experienced advising on the parameters of restrictive covenants and on contentions that arise therein. In Ohio, Cincinatti-based Scott McIntyre who has experience defending the array of related actions, and Columbus’ patent litigation specialist Kevin Kirsch are names to note in the team.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub; Joyce Ackerbaum Cox; John Siegal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Marathon Oil Company

Drips Holdings

Huron Consulting

FTI Consulting

Nuestro Sagrado Corazon Primary Home Care, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended Marathon Oil Company and others against an appeal brought re the opposition’s declaratory judgment of ownership of IP and licensing, and for alleged violation of IP license over hundreds of claimed trade secrets.
  • Represented plaintiff Drips Holdings in a trade secret and Lanham Act lawsuit brought against a competitor who obtained trade secrets regarding the client’s AI-assisted customer texting platform and used the information to launch a copycat platform.
  • Represented FTI Consulting, a global consulting firm, in a long-running, bet-the-company contract and tort case in the Business Litigation Section of the Superior Court of Massachusetts in Boston in which a competitor unlawfully destroyed FTI’s Boston-based corporate finance practice.

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 3

BakerHostetler’s international trade and national security group is particularly active on behalf of clients in the infrastructure, natural resources, technology, manufacturing, and aerospace and defense sectors. The full-spectrum department houses standalone offerings in both customs law and export controls and sanctions, where it advises on the full chain of regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement actions. Trade co-head Melissa Mannino is recommended for her broad national security practice that spans export controls, foreign investment and economic sanctions work—she is a former Chief of Enforcement and Litigation at the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (OCC-IS). Other key contacts for export controls and sanctions include Barbara Linney, who is qualified in the US, Canada and the UK; and Houston-based aerospace and defense specialist Lana Muranovic. On the customs front, trade co-head Michael S. Snarr is a key contact, along with Houston’s Matthew Caligur. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Mannino; Michael S. Snarr

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

NOA Brands America

C-Port International

Resolute Forest Products

Conseil de l’industrie forestière du Québec

Pentair Filtration Solutions

Component Hardware Group

The Orvis Company

Oatey Company

Anchor Tool & Die Company

Audio Technica U.S. Inc.

Kulkoni Inc.

Monument Chemical


Fi-Foil Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Resolute on a range of customs and international trade issues.
  • Representing numerous US importers who have joined the fight to challenge, before the US Court of International Trade, the US Trade Representative’s imposition of Section 301 duties on imports from China.
  • Advising Pentair Filtration Solutions on a range of customs issues, including Buy American Act country of origin compliance questions, application of China Section 301 tariffs, and China Section 301 duty litigation.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 3

The BakerHostetler team shows strength representing employers involved in multiparty employment disputes, class actions, and individual private-plaintiff actions across state and federal courts across the country. A recent work highlight saw the group represent Health Care Service Corporation in connection with a putative class and collective action overtime lawsuit in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Amy Traub heads up the national group from New York and routinely represents retail, healthcare, and hospitality clients in litigation. In Los Angeles, Matthew Kane has experience of misappropriation of trade secrets and non-competition agreement claims; Houston-based Mark Temple‘s practice encompasses wage and hour claims and non-compete litigation. Over in Cincinnati, Scott McIntyre frequently represents clients working in the healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing and media segments; Gregory Mersol works from Cleveland and is well-versed in a range of contentious mandates including discrimination claims, benefit plan disputes, and wage and hour litigation.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Key clients

Magellan Health, Inc

Axelon Services Corporation

Royalty Carpet Mills

Hamilton Ryker IT Solutions, LLC

Health Care Service Corporation

One of the largest furniture retailers in the United States

A&L Home Care and Training Center

Meredith Corporation

St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, Inc.

TriMas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital with obtaining a defense jury verdict in an Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination action brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Represented the A&L Home Care and Training Center before the U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a major nationwide furniture retailer after a former employee brought discrimination, retaliation, and FMLA claims.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

BakerHostetler is adept at defending against union activities, with recent examples of this including assisting a food distribution company with the decertification of a union. Practice heads Amy Traub, Jay P. Krupin, and Patrick M. Muldowney, who are based in New York, Washington, DC, and Orlando respectively, and have years of experience in traditional labor law issues, having negotiated many collective bargaining agreements as well as negotiating labor contracts and private sector election campaigns. Paul Rosenberg is another key name to note due to his ability to advise clients at both state and federal level when it comes to employment matters and often works in the hospitality industry, which is a standout sector for the group.

Practice head(s):

Amy J. Traub; Jay Krupin; Patrick Muldowney

Other key lawyers:

Paul Rosenberg

Key clients

Worldwide Media Company

Largest Food Service Distributor in Philadelphia

Several Quick Service Restaurants (“QSRs”)

Major Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut

Owner of Largest Hotel in Chicago

University System in Maryland

Food and Produce Distributor in the Washington D.C. Area

University of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio)

Youngstown City School District

City of Columbus, Ohio

Work highlights

  • Represented a worldwide media company in the completion of a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the New York News Guild.
  • Representing a university in Maryland and ultimately ended being chosen by the University System in Maryland to negotiate the consolidated contract for the entire university system.
  • Acted as lead negotiator for the City of Columbus Public Health contract negotiations with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local No. 2191, which represents nearly 400 City public health employees.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

The team at BakerHostetler handles a wide range of employment matters arising from both day-to-day work and from major transactions. The firm has clients in unionized industries as well as heavily regulated industries, such as healthcare and hospitality. In the New York office, Amy Traub leads the practice with her strong expertise in compliance investigations. Meanwhile, at the Orlando office, Caroline Landt is especially well recognized for counseling clients on PTO and sick leave policies; whereas Joyce Cox advises clients on internal investigations with her strong experience in mediation and litigation. For transaction-related employment matters, Atlanta-based Jason D’Cruz is a key point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


MaxMara USA

Large national vacation ownership company

Large Healthcare Staffing Company

Company providing international student recruitment and international student employment placement in tech and healthcare industries

Flex Association

Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium (MECC)

Work highlights

  • Acting s as designated outside labor and employment counsel for the largest national data management company in the country, CIOX/Datavant.
  • Representing MaxMara USA as designated employment law counsel in all matters arising from the employer-employee relationship.
  • Represented Flex Association’s interests before the Department of Labor by drafting a comprehensive set of comments in response to a proposed change to the federal regulations that determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

BakerHostetler‘s primarily Washington DC-based team supports clients with a broad range of tax matters including cross-border mergers, spin-offs and redomiciliations, joint-ventures, restructuring, the creation of centralized cash management and global hedging centers, implementing sophisticated multi-party hedging transactions, and structuring inbound and outbound business and real estate investments. The team also has particular strengths devising and implementing specialized planning involving transfer pricing such as supply-chain relocations, nearshoring transactions, and contract or toll manufacturing arrangements as well as representing clients before the US Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy and before the IRS. Practice head Brian Davis concentrates his practice on representing clients seeking to optimize global supply chains or establish efficient nearshoring operations and is extremely knowledgeable in respect matters pertaining to transfer pricing, permanent establishments, tax and investment treaties and global tax operating model strategies. Paul Schmidt advises on technical and policy issues in connection with tax reform, transfer pricing, treaties, permanent establishments, US trade and business, subpart F, foreign tax credits, GILTI, FDII, BEAT, inversions, and global debt and hedging issues. Jeffrey Paravano advises on tax issues and structuring of acquisitions, dispositions, tax planning, and disputes as well as being experienced in handling tax controversies and litigation, M&A work, and tax investigations. Federal tax specialist John R. Lehrer II focuses his practice on one-off business acquisition and disposition transactions. Nicholas Mowbray advises clients active in the private equity, technology, energy, agriculture, blockchain and manufacturing sectors on achieving tax efficiency of their commercial transactions. Peter J. Roskam, who heads the federal policy team, supports the tax team in assisting clients in respect of US tax policy matters and its provision of tax-related legislative and regulatory services. Criminal tax expert Carlos F. Ortiz , who sits in the New York office, supports the international tax team with ongoing DOJ and IRS civil or criminal investigations in respect of cross-border tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Brian Davis

Work highlights

  • Representing in Moore v. United States, a tax refund action currently pending at the United States Supreme Court.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

The antitrust and competition team at BakerHostetler handles both plaintiff and defendant-side cases for a broad range of industries, with notable expertise in the agriculture, insurance, automotive, and energy industries. Carl Hittinger heads up the practice and splits his time between the firm’s Pennsylvania and Washington DC offices; Hittinger has particular experience advising companies in major antitrust disputes with competitors.  Also in Philadelphia is Jeffry Duffy, a litigator with a broad practice concentrated on antitrust and unfair competition disputes. Litigated merger challenges are handled by Washington DC’s Marc Schildkraut, while John Fornaciari handles cartel investigations and follow-on litigation, and Danyll W. Foix is a key contact for class action defense. In Los Angeles, Bridget McCabe takes point on class actions and heads up the firm’s California antitrust offering.

Practice head(s):

Carl Hittinger

Other key lawyers:

Danyll Foix; Bridget McCabe; Jack Fornaciari; Marc Schildkraut

Key clients

Soshin Electric Company Ltd.

Alon USA Energy, Inc.

Equity Residential


Bobrick Washroom Equipment

Brandywine Village Associates

Albemarle Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented downstream energy company Alon USA Energy (part of Delek), against class action allegations of price-fixing in the California gasoline market.
  • Representing Equity Residential, a coast-to-coast real estate lessor, in defending against dozens of nationwide and local class actions in federal court alleging a Sherman Act Section 1 conspiracy in the purported multifamily residential real estate market.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement on the eve of trial for Soshin Electric Company Ltd. in a recent cartel case in the United States involving allegations of fixing the prices of electronics components.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

BakerHostetler houses an experienced team that regularly advises on accounting violations, money laundering, insider trading, among other financial fraud crimes. The team is co-led by John Carney and George Stamboulidis who both practice in New York. Carney has a detailed knowledge of securities enforcement matters, while Stamboulidis is an expert at handling corporate criminal cases. Heading the team alongside them, Carole Rendon is based in Cleveland and focuses on internal investigations. Practicing from the San Francisco office, Robb Adkins has an in-depth understanding of financial fraud cases and corporate compliance requirements. Based in Washington DC, Jonathan Barr is another well-regarded lawyer at the firm who handles both domestic and international investigations. Ann O’Brien and associate Lindsey Collins left the firm’s Washington DC office in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Carney; Carole Rendon; George Stamboulidis

Other key lawyers:

Robb Adkins; Jonathan Barr; Lauren Resnick; Carlos Ortiz; Albert Lin; Teresa Goody Guillén; Rachel Palmer Hooper


‘The team has deep experience.’

‘The lawyers are great. They are very experienced and easy to get along with. They are practical in their approach. Lauren Resnick was a standout individual.’

Key clients


Full Play Group

Co-Diagnostics, Inc.

Big Lots, Inc.

Roseburg Forest Products

SandP Soultions LLC dba Bitcoin of America

Harbor Healthcare System, L.P.

NH Learning Solutions Corp.

Pappas Restaurants, Inc.

Universal Plant Services, Inc.

Chalak Mitra Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Represented Full Play Group, a sports marketing company based in Buenos Aires, against a federal indictment for RICO, wire fraud, and money laundering.
  • Represented a large healthcare system and its CEO in a DOJ criminal investigation as well as a parallel DOJ civil False Claims Act investigation.
  • Represented a former company executive in a criminal prosecution in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging violations of the Procurement Integrity Act.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

BakerHostetler represents corporate and state clients across the full range of commercial and investor-state cases globally. The team’s arbitral experience is underpinned by a robust enforcement capability and it is widely recognized for its expertise in locating assets worldwide. Houston’s Sashe Dimitroff spearheads the practice globally and DC-based Analia Gonzalez heads the Latin America team. Additionally, Kenneth Reisenfeld, based in DC, leads the investor-state arbitration offering. In New York, international litigation head Gonzalo Zeballos also handles a significant volume of international arbitration work. Mark Cymrot has retired.

Practice head(s):

Analia Gonzalez; Kenneth Reisenfeld; Sashe Dimitroff; Gonzalo Zeballos

Other key lawyers:

Mary Kate Wagner; Marco Molina; Paul Levine

Key clients

Latam Hydro LLC and CH Mamacocha

Resolute Forest Products

Empresa Siderurgica Del Mutun

True Blue Development

ITG Brands, Commonwealth Brands, Liggett Group, Japan Tobacco USA, and others

China Telecom Global and China Telecom (Americas) Corp.

Hydra-Pro Dutch Harbor


Evoqua Water Technologies, successor to Siemens Industry

Superior Energy Services (as well as its subsidiaries Superior Energy LLC and Integrated Products Services)

Blackhawk Network, Blackhawk Network Holdings, and Blackhawk Network (Canada)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented True Blue Development in an ICSID dispute against Grenada arising from the improper termination of the funding mechanism used to construct and develop a Kimpton luxury hotel project.
  • Acted for Towra SA-SPF, a Luxembourg investor, in a claim alleging that the Republic of Slovenia destroyed its €60m investment in Premogovnik Velenje, a majority-state-owned company that operates the Velenje coal mine.
  • Represented Latam Hydro, and its Peruvian subsidiary CH Mamacocha, in an $80m ICSID dispute, and related local arbitration, with the Republic of Peru.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

The securities and governance litigation group at BakerHostetler in New York continues to build on its growing reputation in both regulatory enforcement matters and securities litigation. Lead partner Douglas Greene has led since joining in 2018. Working with Genevieve York-Erwin, based in both Seattle and New York, he successfully defended Eagle Bancorp and former officers in a notable securities class action. Cleveland-based Douglas Shively is a securities class action specialist whose recent work encompasses matters in New York, Delaware, Ohio, Texas, and Nevada. One of his key highlights saw him defend electric vehicle start-up Lordstown Motors Corp. in a SPAC-related case, which resulted in a class action and shareholder derivative matters in Delaware concerning a $1bn drop in the company’s market capitalisation.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Greene

Other key lawyers:

Genevieve York-Erwin; Douglas Shively

Key clients

Eagle Bancorp, Inc.

Tilray, Inc.

Directors and Officers of Pareteum Corporation

PlayAGS, Inc.

Berry Corporation

Athenex, Inc.

Lordstown Motors Corp.

Annovis Bio, Inc.

Pulse Biosciences, Inc.

Charles E. Jones

Uphold LTD, Uphold, Inc., Uphold HQ Inc, and Juanpablo Thieriot

Co-Diagnostics, Inc.

Maria Johnson (former CFO of

Charlotte Olympia Dellal

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Eagle Bancorp, its current and former CEO, its current and former CFO, and its former General Counsel in a securities class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and in a related SEC investigation, related to an alleged loss of approximately US$ 500 million of market capitalization. We achieved favorable settlements in both matters. The litigation featured an important application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Omnicare decision, in which our Securities and Governance Team leader, Doug Greene, wrote the amicus brief that shaped the Court’s decision.
  • In one of the country’s most complex sets of SPAC-related lawsuits, the firm is defending electric vehicle start-up Lordstown Motors Corp. (LMC) and several of its current and former officers and directors in a consolidated securities class action in the Northern District of Ohio, in consolidated shareholder derivative actions in the District of Delaware and Delaware Court of Chancery, and in a shareholder derivative action in the Northern District of Ohio, related to an alleged loss of over US$ 1 billion in market capitalization.
  • The firm convinced the plaintiffs to voluntarily dismiss their cases without prejudice and no other related actions were filed against clients Annovis Bio, Inc. and its CEO and CFO, in two securities class actions filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging the defendants made false and misleading statements and related to an alleged loss of approximately US$ 530 million of market capitalization.

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

Aerospace, defense, energy, engineering, healthcare, and life sciences contractors seeking government contracts advice at the federal, state, and local level rely on BakerHostetler for assistance with bid protests, claims, disputes, enforcement actions, and investigations. Leadership of the core team is split between Todd Canni, who joined the Los Angeles team from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in March 2023, and is a heavyweight in crises matters, high-profile bid protests, white collar defenses, and fraud allegations, and Washington DC’s Stephen Ruscus, who covers day-to-day counseling on complex and nuanced trade agreements, the Buy American Act, and healthcare and life sciences compliance. The addition of counsel Kevin Barnett from PilieroMazza LLP in October 2023 to the DC office expands the group’s bid protests, contract terminations, and equitable adjustments capacity.

Practice head(s):

Todd Canni; Stephen Ruscus

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Barnett; Kevin Dorn

Key clients

Associated Energy Group LLC

IXI Technology Inc.

Precision Metals Corp.

McClain & Co.

Signal Peak Energy LLC

Seasons of Change Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Precision Metals in a rare, precedent-setting victory challenging a DOD debarment in federal court.
  • Acted for Associated Energy Corp. at the COFC in significant bid protest litigation exposing collusion and bid rigging of competing offerors in a DOD procurement worth more than $500m and involving the supply of fuel in Djibouti.
  • Represented IXI Technology in FCA litigation in the Southern District of CA, in an allegation of a competitor defrauding the Navy.

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

BakerHostetler‘s patent prosecution group is noted for its ‘integrated approach of highly skilled professionals in multiple practice areas’. Its workload consists of patent prosecution and portfolio management often for longstanding clients spanning sectors including pharma, higher education, manufacturing and tech. The cases the team handles are frequently cross-jurisdictional in nature. Mark Tidman oversees the group from Washington DC. Names to note include Denver-based Timothy Worrall who is ‘well-versed in strategic patent strategy and patent development’, the ‘wonderful’ Brendan Clark who works from Cleveland, the ‘exceptional’ Mark Krietzman and Mark Itri, both based in Costa Mesa, and Ronald Kern and Felicity Groth who are both based in Philadelphia and well-regarded for their provision of ‘expert legal guidance’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman

Other key lawyers:

Ronald Kern; Felicity Groth; Timothy Worrall, Winston Kirton; Mike Moyer; Timothy Casey; Stephanie Lodise; Brendan Clark; David Farsiou; Mark Krietzman; Mark Itri


‘The integrated approach of highly skilled professionals in multiple practice areas makes this practice and firm stand-out. The firm acts as an in-house counsel team, focusing on the interests of its clients instead of the interests of the firm.’

‘Timothy Worrall is well-versed in strategic patent strategy and patent development. As to diversity, the firm cares about the quality of attorneys, period, which in fact results in one of the most diverse group of attorneys.’

‘Timothy Casey has a wealth of experience in the areas in which I work with him. He has a pragmatic and client-focused approach to getting things done, and is a great problem-solver.’

‘Brendan Clark is wonderful! Brendan is extremely well-versed in patent law. We appreciate the fact that he handles both patent prosecution and patent litigation matters. He is thoughtful and this broader perspective is helpful in managing our patent portfolio.’

‘David Farsiou provides excellent advice, making sure he takes into account our business needs that he knows quite well and asks about.’

‘The IP team at Baker is second-to-none. Mark Krietzman heads up a talented team whose sole purpose is to get broad valid protection for the client’s valuable inventions. The team are adept at listening to client’s problems and carving out innovative solutions before the USPTO. The firm has a wealth of talent spread across the US and can pull together the right expertise for even the most complicated cases.’

‘Mark Krietzman is exceptional as he has a wealth of experience which he can call upon to get around even the most difficult of examiners. Good counsel not only are talented at their job but also know how to make clients feel comfortable and secure that their prised assets are in the best hands.’

‘I would like to acknowledge Ronald Kern and Felicity Groth for the collaborative approach, insights, and expert legal guidance.’

Key clients

Nordson Corporation

Transdigm Group, Inc.

LinQuest Corporation


Meta Platforms, Inc.

Culligan International Company

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Matthey

Servier Pharmaceuticals LLC

Kajeet, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Handled all of Nordson Corporation’s patent prosecution work which supports its business, including providing counselling and opinion services re patents and tech.
  • Preparing and filing numerous patent applications for TransDigm, which has included worldwide filing and prosecution of numerous patent applications for TransDigm.
  • Handling all forms of counselling related to patents and tech for Johnson & Johnson, including the purchase, sale and licensing of tech, as well as M&A deals related to same.

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

The employee benefits and executive compensation group at BakerHostetler is led by Susan Lubow in Columbus and Jennifer Mills and Cleveland. Lubow has great expertise in ERISA and benefit plan structuring matters, while Mills has recently been engaged in providing guidance to various clients concerning how their health plans could be affected by Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Working from Cleveland, Ann Caresani advises clients on a variety of employee retirement, health, and welfare benefits matters. As leader of the Columbus office tax group, Seth Hanft is greatly experienced with benefit-focused initiatives to reduce operating costs. Stacy Wilhite, also based in Columbus, assists clients in plan design and compliance with ERISA, Affordable Care Act, and various other regulations. In the Dallas office, Stefan Smith works on various health and welfare plans, as well as equity-based compensations.

Practice head(s):

Susan Lubow; Jennifer Mills

Key clients

American Automobile Association

American Heart Association

BrightAI Corporation

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

Cathay General Bancorp

Contran Corporation

Employees’ Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas

Greif, Inc.

Hard Rock International

Kaiser Permanente/Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Land O’Lakes

Mattress Firm

Music Audience Exchange, Inc.

North Texas Tollway Authority

Pariveda Solutions, Inc.

Teleflex Incorporated

The E.W. Scripps Company

The Huntington National Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted as benefits counsel for Land O’Lakes in a Cooperative Pension Plan and Cooperative Savings Plan, two multiple employer retirement plans with participating employers.
  • Providing counsel to CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield regarding the compliance of its health plan products and services with the Employees Retirement Income Security Act, Internal Revenue Code, and Affordable Care Act.
  • Providing federal income tax and securities law counsel to Cathay General Bancorp regarding its incentive, executive, and equity compensation programs.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Skilled at advising clients on planning temporary employee assignments, BakerHostetler handle temporary work visas and other visa types, such as H-1B and E-3 visas, alongside petitions for green cards. Catering to a diverse client portfolio across a range of industries such as manufacturing, engineering and financial services. David Serwer co-leads the team from Chicago, and brings extensive expertise in employment-based immigration law. He is joined by Amy J. Traub, who co-chairs the team from New York. The two co-leads are aided by Pamela D. Nieto, who operates from Houston and assists small and large companies in their immigration planning whether managing employee transfers abroad or the hiring of foreign nationals. John Foerster specializes in corporate immigration from the Chicago office, meanwhile Michelle Barhorst leverages her in-depth knowledge of the healthcare and insurance industries in Columbus.

Practice head(s):

David Serwer; Amy J. Traub

Real estate Tier 4

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

BakerHostetler acts on behalf of businesses and private individuals in a range of high-profile tax disputes, including Moore V. United States, a highly significant test case. Co-leading the team are Jeffrey Paravano, who is based in Washington DC, Michelle Hervey in Cleveland, and Elizabeth Smith in New York. Paravano has more than 30 years’ experience in the practice area and is well-versed in tax litigation and investigation, Hervey specializes in federal tax controversies, including both litigation and administrative procedures, while Smith covers both contentious and non-contentious tax matters and has experience handling audits. Other key names in DC include Paul Schmidt, who acts for both domestic and international clients, and Nicholas Mowbray, whose practice includes tax issues related to digital asset transactions. Columbus-based tax litigator David Ebersole made partner in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Paravano; Michelle Hervey; Elizabeth Smith

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Mowbray; Edward Bernert; Paul Schmidt; Alexander Reid; David Ebersole

Key clients

Stingray Pressure Pumping, L.L.C.

National Association of College and University Business Officers

51 Maple Street LLC

The E.W. Scripps Company

310 Retail LLC

American Red Cross

901 South Broadway

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead tax counsel in Moore v. United States.
  • Represented Stingray Pressure Pumping, L.L.C. in a use tax appeal to the Supreme Court of Ohio regarding tax exemption for hydraulic fracturing equipment.
  • Represented NACUBO, a trade association in the higher education sector, in obtaining guidance from the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service in connection with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 5

BakerHostetler handles a broad range of issues across the healthcare space, including FCA investigations, data breach responses, and M&A. Working out of the Atlanta office, litigator Derek Bauer acts for a varied client base of hospital systems, pharmacies, and physician practices, while Charlene McGinty handles an array of transactional and operational mandates for physicians and physician organizations. Ohio-based Frank Miller is a telemedicine expert who often assists nonprofit managed healthcare providers with transactional issues. In Dallas, Lynn Sessions leads the firm’s healthcare privacy and compliance group, and is noted for her knowledge of website tracking technologies under HIPAA, and Jim Wiehl joined the group in October 2023 from Norton Rose Fulbright, contributing his vast knowledge of Stark Law and Anti-Kickback waivers, and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Derek Bauer; Charlene McGinty; Frank Miller; Lynn Sessions; Jim Wiehl

Key clients

Outsourcing Facilities Association

Harbor Healthcare System, L.P.

ProMedica Health System

Kaiser Permanente

Duke University Health System

American Hospital Association

Texas Children’s Hospital

Mayo Clinic

Cleveland Clinic

Work highlights

  • Represented the former CEO of Atlanta Medical Center in a healthcare fraud case which involved allegations that the center was involved in a large-scale kickback scheme involving payments made by the center to Clinica de la Mama, to refer patients to the center and other hospitals owned by the Tenet Healthcare Corp.
  • Acted for Harbor Healthcare System and its CEO in a DOJ criminal investigation and a parallel FCA investigation.
  • Represented ProMedica Health System in the sale of its agency, multistate home health, and hospice business to Gentiva.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

BakerHostetler works with both patent holders and accused infringers in the electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological and pharma sectors and regularly appears before all US patent litigation venues, including in proceedings before the International Trade Commission and the Patent Appeals and Trial Board. The patent litigation team is co-led by Leif R. Sigmond Jr. in Chicago and Daniel Goettle in Philadelphia. T. Cy Walker in Washington DC is a seasoned intellectual property litigator in all US courts and has particular expertise at the ITC, and David A. Mancino in Cincinnati maintains a varied IP practice. The DC group also includes IP specialist William C. Bergmann and patent litigator Jason F. Hoffman. In Atlanta, Christopher M. Arena and Lisa Collins are both highly experienced IP practitioners who advise clients on broad range of contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Goettle; Leif R. Sigmond Jr

Key clients


Cardinal Health, Inc.

HSN, Inc.


Ballard Design

Cornerstone Brands


Grandin Road

Ingenious Design

Joy Mangano

HSN Improvements

Garnet Hill

Cincinnati Bell, Inc.

Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc.

Klas Group Ltd.

Trading Technologies International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented various entities of Cardinal Health, an American multinational health care services company, in patent litigation matters and other intellectual property litigation matters.
  • Acted for HSN, Inc. and its various entities and key figures in patent litigation matters and other intellectual property litigation matters.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

BakerHostetler’s non-contentious tax offering, primarily operating from the firm’s Washington DC and Cleveland offices, covers a broad range of transactions, including tax credit financings, with particular strength in the real estate sector. Jeffrey Paravano leads the firmwide tax group in Washington DC. John Lehrer, also in DC, advises public and private companies on tax-free and taxable corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, and restructurings. Alexander Szilvas in Cleveland has deep experience and specializes in real estate transactions. He co-chairs the firm’s tax credit finance team alongside Nathan Ware, also in Cleveland, who focuses on tax planning as well as structuring tax-advantaged investments in the project finance space. Alexander Reid and Matthew Elkin in Washington DC advise tax-exempt organizations.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Paravano

Key clients

The Levin Group, Inc.

The Millennia Companies

Oak Tree Holdings

Work highlights

  • Representing The Levin Group, Inc in connection with its approximately $33.5 million rehabilitation of the largest vacant property in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, into 60 affordable residential units and approximately 31,000 square feet of commercial space.
  • Represented Ingevity Corporation in its acquisition of privately-owned Ozark Materials, LLC and Ozark Logistics, LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at $325 million.
  • Represented TransDigm Group Inc., a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components, systems and subsystems for use on nearly all commercial and military aircraft, in its acquisition of Calspan Corp.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

BakerHostetler‘s patent licensing department is particularly skilled at handling IP issues surrounding technology transactions and out-licensing technology deals for clients such as universities.

BakerHostetler helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. Our highly ranked attorneys deliver sophisticated counsel and outstanding client service. We have six core practice groups – business, digital assets and data management, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and tax – and more than 1,000 lawyers coast to coast. For more information, visit

Main areas of practice
Antitrust: BakerHostetler clients trust us to guide their most complex antitrust litigation, provide profitable business and transaction advice, and successfully defend against challenging government investigations worldwide. Our diverse team includes more than 50 antitrust lawyers, many of them former high-ranking regulators from key government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as state attorneys general.

Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights: BakerHostetler’s national restructuring and bankruptcy team brings rich experience and creativity to the representation of clients across industries and to the full spectrum of issues that arise in stressed and distressed situations.

Benefits and executive compensation: BakerHostetler provides full-spectrum legal advice and counsel regarding employee benefits issues that draw on the knowledge and experience of our team, one of the largest in the US. Our attorneys deliver practical solutions across the full range of health and welfare benefits, retirement plans, executive compensation, transactional issues, and resolution of employee benefits-based controversies.

Corporate and M&A: BakerHostetler counsels companies and financial sponsors in their domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions (M&A) has been a cornerstone of strength for BakerHostetler since the firm’s founding nearly a century ago. Today, more than 100 attorneys in our 17 offices concentrate their practice in M&A, supported by attorneys who concentrate on tax, antitrust, ERISA, labor and employment, real estate, environmental, intellectual property and other disciplines.

Digital assets and 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’s labor and employment group represents employers in all facets and at all stages of employment and labor relations. Our lawyers routinely confront some of the most challenging issues facing employers in the modern workplace and they bring those experiences to clients both large and small and in a variety of industries.

E-discovery: BakerHostetler’s E-discovery advocacy and management team (EDAM) is composed of more than 25 attorneys in New York, New York; Houston, Texas; and Columbus, Ohio. Our team is designed to provide a fully integrated and scalable discovery management of and support for matters of all sizes. Our partners lead the team with decades of experience designing and executing complex discovery strategy and advocacy for some of the most complex matters in the world. Bringing together litigation, transactional and technical expertise in a single team, we advise clients and handle matters at every stage of the electronic discovery reference model discovery life cycle and in any legal context.

Government contracts: BakerHostetler’s government contracts team advises and represents clients in all areas of public contract law (federal, state and local), providing experience in the areas of bid protests, contract performance disputes, government claims and terminations, false claims and procurement fraud, suspension and debarment, ethics advice and compliance audits, mergers and acquisitions, teaming arrangements, small business, and data rights.

Healthcare: BakerHostetler healthcare industry team has the national presence and depth to help our clients strategically navigate challenges and respond nimbly to change. We have counseled many of our clients for decades, including some of the nation’s leading medical facilities. We provide responsive and creative solutions for navigating the multitude of legal and regulatory issues involved in this heavily regulated industry.

Hospitality: BakerHostetler’s hospitality team counsels the world’s leading hotel and resort companies and helps them drive value in their most ambitious and creative projects across the US and around the globe.

Intellectual property: BakerHostetler’s intellectual property or IP team, is deeply aware of today’s global economy with regard to patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property are among a company’s most valuable assets. From aerospace technology, antiviral drugs, software and web content to consumer goods, cartoon character rights and financial services, BakerHostetler helps clients secure and deploy their IP assets for maximum competitive advantage. In thousands of proceedings spanning more than 100 countries, we protect clients’ competitive advantage in negotiations, trials and other dispute resolution proceedings.

International trade and national security: BakerHostetler’s international trade and national security team represents industry-leading clients as well as emerging technology and defense firms on the most sophisticated and prominent matters in the international trade arena. We have extensive experience advising on trade remedies, trade policy, customs, tariffs and imports, export controls, economic sanctions, foreign investment, and defense security matters. Our multinational practice spans many industries.

Litigation: BakerHostetler’s litigation group was recognized in BTI’s Litigation Outlook 2022 as one of only 39 Most Feared Firms in Litigation, and one of 23 firms included in their list of Most Intimidating Opponents. As BTI put it, “clients would prefer not to see these firms as they engage in litigation.”

Private wealth: BakerHostetler lawyers have advised and represented generations of clients in sophisticated, long-term planning for their families, their businesses and their philanthropies. With more than 30 practitioners in offices across the country, we are uniquely qualified to counsel clients whose critical legal needs require the cross-disciplinary resources of a broad-based national law firm. Our Private Wealth practice provides comprehensive experience in the areas of concern for high-net worth clients.

Real estate: BakerHostetler’s multidisciplinary real estate practice offers an integrated approach from concept through construction to occupancy, a national practice and a documented record of success. With decades of experience in the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, development, construction and operation of all property types, our nationally recognized team of more than 50 attorneys provides a full spectrum of legal services and a well-earned reputation for responsiveness and efficiency.

Securities and governance litigation: BakerHostetler’s nationwide team of more than 50 attorneys comprises full-time securities litigators, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement trial lawyers, and prominent commercial litigators. Our turnkey team features the full skill set our clients need to win at each stage of the litigation.

Tax: BakerHostetler’s tax group is one of the legal profession’s strongest. Clients rely on us for effective, practical judgment and technical advice and structuring tax-efficient transactions in arranging business operations to minimize compliance burdens and optimize tax synergies.

Tax controversy and litigation: BakerHostetler is a valuable partner throughout every step of the intricate legal processes and we are focused on ensuring client resources are focused on favorable, cost-effective outcomes. Our team analyzes each unique situation at the onset, and develops strategic responses and solutions based on our extensive experience and keen understanding of tax laws and the tax controversy process.

White-collar, investigations and securities enforcement and litigation:
BakerHostetler’s white-collar, investigations and securities enforcement and litigation team is among the nation’s leaders in all aspects of corporate criminal defense and enforcement-related litigation. Our team includes some of the country’s most experienced and seasoned lawyers who are dedicated to protecting businesses and individuals by preventing violations before they occur. We see beyond the horizon to help clients minimize the legal, economic and reputational risks that corporate investigations and enforcement actions pose by working to quickly identify, contain and correct potential misconduct.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and Competition Carl W Hittinger +1.215.564.2898
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Elizabeth A Green +1.407.649.4036
Benefits/Executive Compensation Susan N. Lubow +1.614.462.4700
Benefits/Executive Compensation Jennifer A. Mills +1.216.861.7874
Class Action Defense Bethany Lukitsch +1.310.442.8856
Class Action Defense Julie Singer Brady +1.407.649.4832
Corporate/Business John J. Allotta +1.216.861.7660
Digital Assets and Data Management Theodore J. Kobus III +
Employment Amy J Traub +1.212.589.4248
E-discovery Advocacy and Management Edward J Jacobs +1.212.589.4674
E-discovery Advocacy and Management May Tal Gongolevsky +1.212.589.4213
E-discovery Advocacy and Management Nkosi D. Shields +1.212.589.4296
Energy L Poe Leggette +1.713.276.1647
Government Contracts Todd J. Canni +1.310.442.8840
Government Contracts Stephen E. Ruscus +1.202.861.1610
Healthcare Charlene L McGinty +1.404.256.8232
Healthcare Lynn Sessions +1.713.646.1352
Hospitality John Melicharek Jr +1.407.649.4086
Hospitality Jeffrey D. Diener +1.415.659.2646
Immigration David M. Serwer +1.312.416.6221
Intellectual Property Mark H Tidman +1.202.861.1670
International Tax J. Brian Davis +1.202.861.1764
International Trade and National Security Melissa B. Mannino +1.202.861.1593
International Trade and National Security Michael S. Snarr +1.202.861.1710
Litigation W Ray Whitman +
Mergers and Acquisitions Steven H Goldberg +1.212.589.4219
Mergers and Acquisitions Will S. Chuchawat +1.310.979.8483
Private Wealth Robert R Galloway +1.216.861.7423
Real Estate Wendy W. Markham +1.404.256.8248
Securities and Governance Litigation Douglas W Greene +1.212.847.7090
Tax Jeffrey H Paravano +1.202.861.1770
Tax Controversy and Litigation Elizabeth Ann Smith +1.212.589.4277
Tax Controversy and Litigation Jeffrey H Paravano +1.202.861.1770
Tax Controversy and Litigation Michelle M. Hervey +1.216.861.7290
White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation John J Carney +1.212.589.4255
White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation Carole S. Rendon +1 216.861.7420
White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation George A Stamboulidis +1.212.589.4211
Number of Partners : 498
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 653
Total Staff : 1,832

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