Firm Profile > Brown Rudnick LLP > New York, United States

Brown Rudnick LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Brown Rudnick LLP's restructuring and bankruptcy practice can rely on Boston-based managing director Sunni Beville and on the New-York dual headship of Edward Weisfelner and star-partner Robert Stark. Acting for committees, creditors, debtors, and shareholders, the 'passionate' and 'technically sound' team stands out both in disputes and out-of-court proceedings - while also taking part in precedent-setting cases and investigations involving avoidance, breaches of fiduciary duty, and equitable subordination. The main industry sectors of activity for 2019 were energy (oil and gas), automotive, and pharma.

Practice head(s):

Robert Stark; Edward Weisfelner

Other key lawyers:

Sunni Beville; David Molton


‘They are passionate, technically sound and creative’

‘David Molton is very responsive and always works with the clients to best reach their goals’

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Legacy Reserves

MDL Plaintiffs of Insys Therapeutics

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of EdgeMarc Energy

Class of Sexual Assault Victims of Weinstein Companies

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Aralez Pharmaceuticals

Term Loan Agent and Majority Lenders of Pier 1 Imports

Ad Hoc Committee of Secured Term Loan Lenders of Vanguard Natural Resources

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of EXCO Resources

Special Master and Trustee of Restitution Funds of Takata Corporation

Minority Term Loan Lenders of JCrew

Marble Ridge Capital

Ad Hoc Committee of Bondholders of Amyris

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Rex Energy

PSG Litigation Trust

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Magnesium Corp/Renco Metals

Joint BVI Liquidators of Fairfield Sentry

Ignition Switch Plaintiffs of General Motors

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP has experience of M&A and securities transactions, strategic governance and shareholder activism, private investment and venture capital deals, and restructuring matters. Boston-based James Bedar chairs the US corporate practice group.

Practice head(s):

James Bedar

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP ‘combines great real estate and legal skills with a true sense of helping the client to achieve business objectives’. The team is hailed as ‘exceptional’ in the areas of retail and hospitality, where it represents a number of global chain retailers and restaurants. Boston-based Thomas Phillips (‘well-known and well-connected’) heads the department, which routinely handles acquisitions and other portfolio transactions, large-scale developments, finance deals, and transactions involving distressed assets. The team also has experience in the renewable energy space.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Sampson; Kevin Joyce; Thomas Regan


‘Expertise in tax, corporation, and real estate.’

‘Vince Guglielmotti, Lindsay Wilson, and Catherine Gardner are recommended.’

‘The retail real estate team at Brown Rudnick is exceptional.  The team has a combination of great real estate and legal skills combined with a true sense of how they can help a business achieve its objectives. They are experts of what a tenant wants in a lease, want rights case law and regulations provide a property holder and how to negotiate on a client’s behalf that is ethical and effective.  The team is well networked and respected industry wide. I think Brown Rudnick is unique in that they give you such personalized attention for your issue and your work. They focus on how to help the client, both short term and long term.  I have worked with other law firms and Brown Rudnick is the best at adding their industry knowledge and learning the touch points and risk appetite of the client as well as our internal politics, with which they have to help us navigate.’

‘Tom Phillips leads this team and is the ultimate retail real estate expert. He is well known and well connected.  He knows not only the law and the business of retail real estate – he can help you calibrate to get the right deal.  A real estate lease negotiation is the beginning of a 10-20 year relationship between the parties so while a client wants the most rights, it also have to consider the relationship. Tom is great at helping you consider that as well.’

‘Kathy Sloss is a smart, hardworking very experienced negotiator who has spent time inside a retailer as well as at law firms.  She knows how companies make decisions, what information is needed and how to help them achieve their goals.’

Key clients

AT&T Mobility

Calare Properties

Clay Ventures

Drake Real Estate Partners

Hemisphere Development Group

Plymouth Industrial REIT


Queensgate Investments

Feldco Development


Wynn Resorts (d/b/a Encore Boston Harbor)

Snapbox Self Storage (JV between Self Storage Capital Partners and CSM Capital Corporation)

Ulta Beauty

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

The lawyers at Brown Rudnick LLP are rated by clients for their multi-practice expertise in tax, real estate and corporate law. Nicole Bouchard heads the team and has a broad tax practice with a focus on tax planning for corporate, partnership and real estate matters. Bouchard is supported by Vincent Guglielmotti and Barbara Kelly, who are experienced in tax-related bankruptcies and corporate acquisitions. All the attorneys are New York based.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Bouchard

Other key lawyers:


‘Experts in tax, real estate, and corporate.’

Key clients

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Tropicana Entertainment

Queensgate Investments

Official Creditors Committee of Aralez Pharmaceuticals US

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of EXCO Resources

Eric Green, as Special Master of the Takata Restitution Funds

Vanguard Natural Resources (ad hoc Committee of Creditors)

Self-Storage Capital Partners

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Hooper Holmes (d/b/a/ Provant Health)

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Legacy Reserves

Surprise Valley Health Care District

Samuel Ben Avraham

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Alta Mesa Resources

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of PES Holdings

iMed Companies

Corporate and M&A > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP's well established Latin America practice has seen further growth in distressed asset deals and corporate restructurings. The firm is also active in the private equity segment and in joint ventures and infrastructure agreements. Clients include Endeavor Global, Staples, Tempur-Sealy, CBS Television, TripAdvisor, Draper Cygnus and The Catalyst Capital Group. The team continues to advise Asociación Argentina de Capital Privado (ARCAP), the Argentine private equity, venture and seed capital organisation, which recently expanded its operation to include family offices and corporate venture funds. It also advised the Smithsonian Channel on corporate and regulatory issues relating to its joint venture with Direct TV Latin America. Boston and New York partner Alejandro Fiuza, an Argentine and former practising lawyer at leading Argentinian firm Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, heads the practice and is hugely experienced in Latin America deals. Boston partner Adolfo Garcia is another highly experienced practitioner with an extensive record in the region.

At Brown Rudnick, we combine ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients. We deliver partner-driven service; we incentivize our lawyers to collaborate in the client’s best interest; and we put excellence before scale, focusing on practices such as life sciences, corporate restructuring, M&A, white collar defense, international disputes and intellectual property, where we are recognized leaders. Founded more than 70 years ago, Brown Rudnick has more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals across the United States and Europe, with offices in key financial centers. Beyond the United States and Europe, we serve clients in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Main areas of practice: With relentless focus on the clients’ objectives, Brown Rudnick provides business-focused solutions that address today’s ever-changing, ever-demanding competitive marketplace. Assembling cross-disciplinary teams to suit clients’ specific needs, Brown Rudnick focuses its attention on those practice areas and industries where the firm is, or can be, a recognized leader, including: antitrust; bankruptcy and corporate restructuring; complex litigation and arbitration; corporate, securities and M&A; distressed debt and claims trading; emerging companies; energy, utilities and environmental; executive compensation and ERISA; finance; funds; government contracts; government law and strategies; health care; intellectual property; intellectual property litigation; international dispute resolution; life sciences; real estate; tax; white collar defense and government investigations.

An important strategic focus includes representing hedge funds both domestically and internationally. Brown Rudnick serves fund clients in a wide spectrum of investment activities such as fund transactions, distressed debt and claims trading, portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions, and shareholder activism. When representing funds as bondholders in major domestic or international corporations, Brown Rudnick, unlike many of its competitors, has the ability to be directly adverse to leading commercial banks that may be at odds with bondholders in the capital structure. This has allowed the firm to occupy a key strategic position in the legal market: to act conflict-free against these major financial institutions in complex global litigation and other high-value matters. Brown Rudnick also differentiates itself through representation of private equity and venture funds and venture-backed companies across the US and throughout Europe. Fueled in part by the needs of clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, Brown Rudnick’s prowess in closing complex crossborder acquisitions and financings is notable for a firm of its size. Brown Rudnick drives life-cycle client relationships by providing all necessary strategic advice, from company organisation through
all stages of a client’s growth and financing to the client’s final sale or IPO and its ongoing needs as a public company. The firm’s active patent practice,
licensing and IP litigation team complement this slate of services, helping clients to protect, defend and leverage their key business assets.

Brown Rudnick’s litigation and arbitration team, with a robust US and international presence, provides a full range of litigation, arbitration and mediation services to clients around the world. The firm represents clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including financial, regulatory and
fraud investigations. Specific areas of focus include restructuring and insolvency, mass torts, real estate, telecommunications, government contracts, construction, intellectual property, international arbitration
and white collar defence and government investigations. The firm is regularly arrayed against many of the world’s most prominent financial institutions
and investment banks, in some of the most contentious engagements on behalf of bondholders, creditors, equity holders and other investors, foreign liquidators and tort claimants.

Number of Partners : 116
Number of Fee-Earners : 279
Other Staff : 204
Chief Executive Officer : William R Baldiga
Managing Director, corporate and capital markets : Samuel P Williams
Managing Director, restructuring & finance : Jeffrey L. Jonas
Managing Director, dispute resolution : Neil P. Micklethwaite
Administrative Partner : Andrew P. Strehle