Choate, Hall & Stewart > Boston, United States > Firm Profile
Choate, Hall & Stewart Offices
TWO INTERNATIONAL PLACE
BOSTON, MA 02110
Choate, Hall & Stewart > The Legal 500 Rankings
Industry focus > Education Tier 1Based out of Boston, the multidisciplinary education group at Choate, Hall & Stewart has demonstrable strength advising medical institutions and academic medical centers on sensitive investigations and internal reviews pertaining to alleged misconduct and federal grant misuse. Practice head Christine Savage remains a key name to note, having over two decades of experience advising healthcare related clients on reviews and compliance. Joan Lukey and Justin Wolosz bring high-stakes litigation expertise to the group and are the main points of contact for government investigations and litigation for higher education institutions on allegations of misconduct and sexual abuse by staff. Elsewhere, the group also has a foreign influence subgroup which deals with academic espionage and university ties to foreign governments. Alison Reif and Lyndsey Kruzer handle employment related issues, including terminations and disputes. Greg Keating has left the firm.
Christine Savage; Joan Lukey; Alison Reif
Dartmouth College/Amherst College
Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE)
- Representing Harvard in a lawsuit brought by Prof. Charles M. Lieber seeking advancement of legal fees and indemnification in connection with criminal charges.
- Representing Tufts University School of Medicine in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Civil Action No. 21-cv-11373, against a for-profit education company called Evidence in Motion, LLC (“EIM”).
- Representing the Committee on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), a nonprofit comprised of 31 elite colleges and universities as general outside counsel with a specific focus on antitrust compliance.
John Pitfield; Brian Goldstein
US Dermatology Partners (Oliver Street Dermatology)
Creation Technologies International Inc.
Whil Concepts Inc.
Vera Whole Health
Auction Technology Group
Other key lawyers:
‘David Attisani again deserves his reputation as a leader in managing complex (re)insurance disputes and litigation. Despite a busy schedule he was always available for calls on short notice and provide concrete and practical advice where requested.’
‘David Attisani is an extraordinarily talented reinsurance lawyer. I would trust ‘bet the company’ cases to him. He is exceptionally skilled, strategic, creative and reliable. I do not know another reinsurance lawyer that can so adeptly manage adversaries. If a case can be won, David Attisani, can win it.’
‘Strong reinsurance practice. Excellent team of professionals all very responsive. Well versed in electronic billing practices.’
‘Extensive experience in reinsurance contracts and principles. David Attisani is a top notch litigator.’
Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
- Representing Liberty Mutual in connection with all of their opioid exposures nationwide.
- Advising an insurer on global COVID-19 reinsurance exposures.
- Advising Sompo on COVID-19 reinsurance claims working with Sompo employees located in New York, London, and Bermuda.
Other key lawyers:
‘I have been working with the Choate team led by Brian Goldstein for over ten years. They are our top choice for transactional and IP services for our private equity practice. The team’s experience, responsiveness, flexibility, practical advice and collaborative nature are beyond compare – and we have worked with all the top firms. Brian’s accessibility, style and knowledge set him apart from other partners. The firm offers comprehensive legal service, and Brian makes the cross department interactions fairly seamless. Communication is always excellent across partners and associates.’
‘As above Brian Goldstein is terrific. In addition partner Charles Lyons is equally talented and responsive. I have worked with him over the last ten years also. His ability to take complex science and distil it to allow us to make important business and IP decisions is what we most value in Charles.’
Bain Capital Life Sciences
Cobro Ventures Opportunity Fund
Eventide Asset Management
Surveyor Capital (Citadel)
Transformation Capital Partners
Vertical Venture Partners
Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 5Praised for being ‘very responsive, collaborative, and pleasant to work with’, Boston-based firm Choate, Hall & Stewart offers a solid patent prosecution practice, which is particularly well known for providing strategic patent counseling to life sciences clients, be it start-ups, venture-backed mid-size companies or large biopharma companies. Brenda Herschbach Jarrell and Charles Lyon share the lead of the team, which has a particular experience in matters related to financings, IPOs, product launches, or acquisitions, and also shows good capabilities when handling reexaminations and post-grant proceedings. Partners Kristen Buteau and Stephanie Schonewald are other names to note.
‘This team is very responsive, collaborative, and pleasant to work with. They have a very high level of professionalism.’
WAVE Life Sciences
Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5
‘Great team that integrates legal and tax work in relation to investment funds, tech companies and cross-border work, along with responsiveness and practical advice.’
‘Tim Becker does a great job with pragmatic, swift and thorough tax advice. He is also active on international tax aspects.’
‘Also special mention must go to Olivier Léger, who is great with clients.’
Long Ridge Equity Partners
New Heritage Capital
BV Investment Partners
John Ventola; Sean Monahan
Other key lawyers:
Douglas Gooding; Jonathan Marshall
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Citizens Bank, N.A.
Bank of America, N.A.
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Encina Business Credit
Second Avenue Capital Partners
Gordon Brothers Group
SLR Credit Solutions f/k/a Crystal Financial
- Represented Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as lead bankruptcy counsel in relation to its $1.4bn claim in the pending bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
|David Attisani||David Attisani, a partner in Choate’s top-ranked Insurance & Reinsurance Group (#1…||View Profile|
|Adam Bookbinder||Adam Bookbinder, co-chair of Choate’s Government Enforcement & Compliance Group, is an…||View Profile|
|Kevin Finnerty||Kevin Finnerty represents global insurers and reinsurers in significant coverage disputes, and…||View Profile|
|Brian Goldstein||Brian Goldstein, co-chair of Choate’s Business & Technology Practice Group, has more…||View Profile|
|J.P. Jaillet||J.P. Jaillet, chair of Choate’s Insurance & Reinsurance Group, provides clients with…||View Profile|
|Brenda Herschbach Jarrell||Dr. Brenda Herschbach Jarrell, chair of Choate’s Life Sciences Group, is described…||View Profile|
|Robert Kole||Rob Kole helps domestic and foreign insurers and reinsurers to achieve successful…||View Profile|
|Olivier Léger||Olivier Léger advises PE fund sponsors on U.S. tax matters at all…||View Profile|
|Joan Lukey||For more than thirty years, Joan Lukey has tried complex business litigation…||View Profile|
|Charles Lyon||Dr. Charles Lyon, co-chair of Choate’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, provides strategic…||View Profile|
|Louis Marett||Louis Marett, chair of Choate’s Tax Practice Group, helps private equity funds…||View Profile|
|Sean Monahan||Sean Monahan, co-chair of Choate’s Finance & Restructuring Group, brings depth of…||View Profile|
|John Pitfield||John Pitfield, co-chair of Choate’s Business & Technology Group, helps private equity…||View Profile|
|Alison Reif||Alison Reif provides practical and efficient business-oriented counseling and advice on managing…||View Profile|
|Christine Savage||Christine Savage, co-chair of Choate’s Healthcare Group and a member of the…||View Profile|
|Anita Spieth||Anita Spieth, co-chair of Choate’s IP Litigation Group, has more than 10…||View Profile|
|Tobin Sullivan||Tobin Sullivan is a versatile corporate and securities attorney who counsels growth…||View Profile|
|John Ventola||John Ventola, co-chair of Choate’s Finance and Restructuring Group, has more than…||View Profile|
- Industry focus > Education
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers
- Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers
- Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
- Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts
- Tax > US taxes: non-contentious