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Brown Rudnick LLP
United States

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP’s bankruptcy and corporate restructuring practice advises a wide range of clients, including debtors, ad hoc committees, equity security holders, and unsecured creditors, in relation to corporate restructurings, commercial bankruptcy litigation, and mass tort bankruptcy litigation. The practice boasts an especially strong reputation for representing official committees in Chapter 11 cases and has recently represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in relation to the Chapter 11 reorganization of multinational cosmetics and personal care conglomerate, Revlon. Robert Stark, in New York, chairs the department, while Catherine Castaldi, in Orange County, is practice group leader. Stark has extensive experience advising official committees in litigated bankruptcies, and, alongside New York-based chair of cross-border, mass tort, and restructuring litigation David Molton, recently led a team that successfully represented the official committee of talc claimants in connection with the high-profile bankruptcy of Johnson & Johnson subsidiary LTL Management LLC.

Practice head(s):

Robert Stark; Catherine Castaldi

Other key lawyers:

David Molton; Eric Goodman; Jeffrey Jonas; Sunni Beville


‘Brown Rudnick fields a highly experienced bankruptcy and restructuring team that has worked on a wide variety of cases across industries. The team is particularly strong in matters involving contested valuation because of their highly sophisticated understanding of complex valuation issues. They provide great value to their clients as a result.’

‘An awesome team with great attorneys offering legal and strategic intellect. They are commercial, team-orientated, and totally reliable. My go-to US attorneys in this area (and others).’ 

‘David Molton is quite simply superb: head and shoulders, one of the best US attorneys I have worked with over the last 30 years in practice. He possesses a fabulous legal and strategic intellect.’ 

‘The lawyers at Brown Rudnick are responsive, practical and nimble.’

‘Very strong team, with a litigation first bent. They bring an intimidation into deals, often forcing counterparties into a settlement posture.’

‘Robert Stark and Jeff Jonas are the standouts. Stark is never short on words, either before adversaries, committee members or judges. He does not back away from a fight, and litigates toward a deal as well as anyone in the country. Jonas is a master in court, taking a good ol’ boy Boston-like approach and winning over judges and adversaries. He is a master trial lawyer, who happens to be a bankruptcy expert.’

‘Client service and communication are excellent.’ 

Key clients

Revlon, Inc.: Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

LTL Management LLC (Johnson & Johnson): Official Committee of Talc Claimants

Washington Prime Group, Inc.: Official Committee of Equity Security Holders

Aearo Technologies (3M): Official Committee of Tort Claimants

Ruby Pipeline: Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Endo International: MDL Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals: MDL Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee

Purdue Pharma: MDL Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee

Basic Energy Services: Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Rockdale Marcellus: Reserve-Based Lenders

Cred Inc.: Examiner and Counsel to the Examiner

Boy Scouts of America: Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice

Alpha LATAM: Ad Hoc Bondholders Committee

Ceruzzi Properties: Ad Hoc Creditors Committee

PG&E Fire Victim Trust: Trustee

Imerys Talc America: Ad Hoc Committee of Tort Claimants

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico: Special Claims Committee

Work highlights

  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Revlon, one of the world’s leading cosmetics and beauty-products companies.
  • Representing the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in the Chapter 11 case of LTL Management.
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Ruby Pipeline, the owner of a major 700 mile natural gas pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: plaintiff Tier 3

Brown Rudnick LLP has two skilled partners based in Hartford who handle focus on M&A and private equity litigation, both on the defense side and for plaintiffs. Though the practice is small, Mark Baldwin and Dylan Kletter have significant experience and clients remark that they are ‘tough-minded, fight tirelessly and are clearly smart on all issues and strategy‘. Frequently active in the Delaware Court of Chancery and in the Southern District of New York, as well as other fora across the US, the firm is a key adviser to one of the country’s largest professional shareholder representative service providers. This gives the firm a prominent role in fraud claims, earnout disputes, pre- and post-closing litigation, and disputes concerning breaches of representations, warranties and covenants.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Kletter; Mark Baldwin


‘Comprehensive expertise across multiple areas to provide the best “team” approach — in my case, it was involved litigation, tax, and corporate business issues, and was particularly important to have attorneys that could support the lead litigator when necessary. The level of service, accessibility, and pragmatism was also evident throughout a lengthy engagement.’

‘Tough-minded, fought tireless on my behalf, clearly smart on all issues and strategy, and most important at times was especially pragmatic on what to fight for and how given the cost/benefit of the litigation itself. Complete trust in all respects.’

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP in Hartford has an M&A and private equity litigation practice that handles high-profile, high-stakes commercial litigation disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. It is active in the Delaware Court of Chancery and in the Southern District of New York, but also in courts across the US, particularly for matters involving representations and warranties insurance. Mark Baldwin and Dylan Kletter, who also works from the New York office, are the lead partners. Anthony Boccamazzo is a key counsel and the associate bench in the team includes Kelsey Bond.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Kletter; Mark Baldwin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SPay, Inc, d/b/a/ Stack Sports

British Motor Works, LLC

Lupin, Inc.

Association Member Benefit Advisors

Prometheus Group

Prospect Medical

Work highlights

  • Representing Spay, Inc. in connection with its claims for fraud and breach of contract arising out of its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Stack Media, Inc.
  • Representing Prospect Medical Group Holdings in connection with its claims for breach of contract regarding a multimillion reimbursement arising out of its acquisition of substantially all the assets of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network.
  • Represented Association Member Benefit Advisors in connection with an indemnity claim regarding a customer dispute and the underlying dispute itself, which resulted in federal court litigation and the amicable continuation of the customer relationship.

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

Prominent New York-based intellectual property practitioner and head of the firm’s IP litigation group Ian DiBernardo leads Brown Rudnick LLP‘s trade secrets team, which has strong capabilities handling strategic matters for its clients who span such industries as tech, biotech, software and finance, with a view to protecting and maintaining their trade secrets. In addition, the team investigates and litigates in high-value contentious situations. Jason Sobel, also based in the New York office, is a key name to note, frequently acting in collaboration with DiBernado on  the team’s most notable work.

Practice head(s):

Ian DiBernardo

Other key lawyers:


Relatable and reliable.

Key clients

UKG, Inc. (fka Ultimate Software Group, Inc.)

Mitsubishi Chemical Company, Inc.

Nomura Holding America, Inc., and Nomura Securities International Inc.

Secada Medical LLC (d/b/a Ventris Medical)

Richards Manufacturing

En Pointe Technologies Sales, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for UKG in trade secret and corporate raiding litigation brought by ADP, and a trade secret litigation and software license dispute brought by ADP-owned MasterTax.
  • Representing Richards Manufacturing in the protection of its own technology via trade secret protection, and overseeing the creation of a robust patent portfolio.
  • Represented Nomura Holding America, Inc. and Nomura Securities International Inc. in connection with negotiation of various licenses and other agreements relating to trading platforms, market/trading data, and related financial services.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

A key destination for leading artists and high-net-worth individuals, Brown Rudnick LLP  handles defamation suits, copyright disputes, class actions and various other litigations in cases that frequently attract media scrutiny.  The firm has a particular focus on the reputational management aspect of high-profile cases. Benjamin Chew co-heads the practice in Washington- a renowned litigator, he recently represented Johnny Depp in a widely publicized defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Camille Vasquez who litigated alongside Chew in the Depp defamation case, co-chairs the practice from the firm’s Orange County office; she is also representing Q’orianka Kilcher in a white collar matter pertaining to worker’s compensation fraud. Further recommended is IP specialist Peter Willsey, who, among other matters, handles trademark prosecution work for the film production company Infinitum Nihil.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Chew; Camille Vasquez

Other key lawyers:

Peter Willsey; Wayne Dennison; Rebecca Lecaroz; Jessica Meyers; Sam Moniz; Stephanie Calnan


‘The Brown Rudnick team with which I worked was comprised of a group of attorneys who are some of the most intelligent and uniquely talented individuals I know. Each of the attorneys also exemplified stellar personal character which made them a truly formidable combined force.’

‘I took the stand confident that I was protected and that the person asking me questions understood me and my work. I felt genuinely respected, understood, and safe, and it drew out the best in me.’

‘This diverse and exceptionally capable group of attorneys go above and beyond for their clients.’

‘Ben Chew, Wayne Dennison, and Camille Vasquez are standouts, advocates that you’d always want on your team.’


Key clients

Johnny Depp

Q’orianka Kilcher

Majed Khalil

Mark Cuban and Dallas Basketball Limited, d/b/a Dallas Mavericks

Johnny Depp, Jeff Beck and Deuce Music Ltd.

Infinitum Nihil

Samantha Tan Racing/STR38 Motorsports


MGM and Wynn Resorts

Liberty University

Work highlights

  • Represented Johnny Depp, in his high-profile defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
  • Representing actress Q’orianka Kilcher who was charged in July 2022 with two felony counts of worker’s compensation fraud by the California Department of Insurance.
  • Representing a Venezuelan businessman in a multi-million defamation lawsuit against Fox Corp., Fox News Network LLC, and former host Lou Dobbs.    

Real estate Tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP has a strong track record working with creditors and borrowers, landlords and tenants, and sellers and purchasers, throughout the New England region as well as with national clients. Thomas Phillips in Boston chairs the leasing practice, and draws upon his expertise in retail, leisure, hospitality, and mixed-use properties. Hartford-based co-head Thomas Regan represents private equity funds, corporations, private developers, institutions, and not-for-profits in the development, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate projects and energy facilities.  

Practice head(s):

Thomas Regan; Thomas Phillips


‘The real estate side of this firm is outstanding. It is headed by Tom Phillips who is brilliant in solving complex problems. He is also very good at assigning various cases to experts within the firm for particular matters. What is unique about this firm is the fact that they do have attorneys that specialize in the various components of Real Estate. Other firms usually only assign the client to one attorney and the client is at the mercy of that person to be alert and knowledgeable to the various nuances of each transaction whether it be leasing, financing or purchase/sales.’

‘The trustworthiness of each and every attorney has been comforting along with their specific knowledge in the area I am dealing in. Currently I am dealing with three different issues and have three different attorneys handle each matter all working un the the watch eye of Tom Phillips. I feel fully protected while using Brown Rudnick.’

Key clients



Plymouth REIT

Ulta Beauty


Condyne Capital Partners, LLC



Volta Charging

SSCP Asset Management d/b/a Snapbox Self Storage

McGovern Automotive Group

Uncommon Schools

GCP Applied Technologies

Rhino Capital Advisors LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Primark’s on new store leases in the U.S., and to advise on all existing store leases.
  • Advised Plymouth REIT in connection with its amended and restated credit agreement with respect to an increase of up to $500 million senior unsecured term and revolving loans.
  • Representing Volta Charging in permitting work enabling them to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with electronic advertising capability on third parties’ commercial properties throughout New England.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Brown Rudnick LLP has a strong reputation in restructurings, debt workouts, and bankruptcy reorganizations, with recent highlights including a series of high-stakes Chapter 11 cases. With Nicole Bouchard at the helm, the firm’s capabilities extend to domestic and international corporate transactions, many of which involve private equity funds, hedge funds, and other ownership structures. In addition to his transactional and restructuring acumen, Vincent Guglielmotti specializes in executive compensation, an area in which Boston-based Barbara Klepper is also an expert. Barbara Kelly is also recommended for her deep experience in bankruptcies and restructurings. Boston-based Rodney Bedow joined the practice from Burns & Levinson, LLP in October 2022. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Bouchard



‘Collaborative, communicative, and always up to date on the ever-changing tax law.’

‘I have always had an excellent experience with Barbara Kelly. She is focused, diligent, and always incredibly responsive.’

Key clients

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors: Revlon, Inc.

Governmental Plaintiffs Ad Hoc Committee: Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Governmental Plaintiffs Ad Hoc Committee: Purdue Pharma

Official Committee of Talc Claimants: LTL Management LLC

Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice: Boy Scouts of America

Justice John K. Trotter, trustee of the PG&E Fire Victim Trust, and his successor Cathy Yanni

Official Committee of Equity Security Holders: Washington Prime Group, Inc.

Ad Hoc Committee of Unsecured Noteholders: Alpha LATAM

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors: Basic Energy Services

Eric D. Green, Special Master and Trustee of Restitution Funds

SSCP Asset Management d/b/a Snapbox Self Storage

NextPoint Acquisition Corp


Special Committee of the Board of Directors (Electric Last Mile Solutions)

HWM Group


Work highlights

  • Advising committees on a range of tax issues in Chapter 11 cases, including Revlon, LTL Management LLC (Johnson & Johnson), and Mallinckrodt and Purdue Pharmaceutical.
  • Advised ProFrac on its $93m stock-for-stock acquisition of U.S. Well Services, including the implications of its up-C structure and debt considerations.
  • Advised BioGaia on the $30m acquisition of its St Louis-based distributor.

Brown Rudnick is an international law firm that serves clients around the world from offices in key financial centers across the United States and the United Kingdom. We combine ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients in high-stakes litigation and complex business transactions. 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 industry-driven, client-facing practices where we are recognized leaders.

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO & Chairman Vincent Guglielmotti 212.209.4880
Managing Director, Corporate & Capital Markets Mark Dorff 44.20.7851.6005
Managing Director, Dispute Resolution & Restructuring Steve Wasserman 212.209.4999
Chief Marketing Officer Julia Bennett 202.536.1784
Photo Name Position Profile
Mark Baldwin photo Mark Baldwin Mark Baldwin practices primarily in the areas of complex commercial, corporate, and…
Dylan Kletter photo Dylan Kletter Dylan Kletter practices in the area of complex litigation. He represents entities…
Thomas Regan photo Thomas Regan Thomas Regan is practice group leader of the Firm’s Real Estate and…