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Crowell & Moring LLP
3 PARK PLAZA, 20TH FLOOR
IRVINE, CA 92614-8505
United States

Government > Government contracts Tier 1

The practice at Crowell & Moring LLP continues to maintain one of the deepest benches in the country, covering the full range of public procurement priorities for clients, with accomplished litigators, counsellors, or strategic partners in False Claims Act investigations, M&A and transactions, bid protest litigation, or costs related matters. The team represents relevant clients across a number of industries including the defense, aerospace, healthcare, and IT industries, from Fortune 500 clients to mid and small sized businesses. The practice is led by the trio of Peter Eyre, Daniel Forman, and Stephen McBrady. Eyre specializes in suspension and debasement proceedings, as well as complex international investigations and M&A. Forman is a bid protests expert, and McBrady is viewed as a go-to litigator in the team. Nicole Owren-Wiest leads the government contract cost accounting practice, maintaining both and advisory and a litigation practice. All practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Peter Eyre; Stephen McBrady; Daniel Forman

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Orwen-Wiest

Testimonials

‘They are incredibly client-focused. They take the time to understand our business, what is important to us and what our overall goals are. Our leadership know them, trust them and know that they are a valued partner to us.’

‘At this point, Peter Eyre can basically read my mind – as soon as I give him a fact pattern, he seems to know what my concerns are, what I might not be thinking about but should etc. He is a true partner to our team and I’d recommend him to anyone.’

‘Steve McBrady is a great stategist and takes direction very well. Our leadership really likes him, as he brings right touch of humor to even the most serious issues.’

‘The Government Contracts practice has a deep bench of subject matter experts who collaborate cross-company and with senior leaders seamlessly for the best outcomes. Their services are reliable and dependable.’

‘We can trust the high quality work product and legal advice to navigate the complex scope of issues that we’re facing.’

Key clients

Accenture Federal Services LLC

Amazon.com

Associated General Contractors of America

BAE Systems

DXC

General Motors

Health Net Inc.

Honeywell International

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Madison Dearborn Partners

McKinsey & Company

Northrop Grumman

Pacific Architects & Engineers LLC

Raytheon Technologies

SAIC

Serco

Spectrum Healthcare Resources

Work highlights

  • Representing Amazon Web Services in a high-profile, high-stakes bid protest at the Court of Federal Claims involving DoD’s JEDI Cloud Procurement.
  • Assisted the State of Colorado in obtaining a Federal Circuit ruling (3-0) upholding the Court of Federal Claims’ decision.
  • Assisted Lockheed Martin in obtaining partial summary judgment in $143 million dispute with the Air Force.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Crowell & Moring LLP stands out for its regulatory knowledge and experience with NAD cases, combined with expertise in transactions, litigation and government policies. The Washington DC-based team has defended a significant number of class actions, including the defense of Molson Coors in connection to a dispute regarding the labeling of a new product; the case was led by Christopher Cole, who shares the leadership of the department with David Ervin and Holly Melton, who is based in New York. Ervin focuses on representing clients in their agency, content and media relationships; Melton is an expert of false advertising litigation matters and consumer class actions. Lauren Aronson, who specializes in claim substantiation and FTC regulation compliance, is noted.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Cole; David Ervin; Holly Melton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AT&T Services, Inc.

Coca-Cola

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Marriott

Molson Coors

Newell Brands

Pret a Manger (USA) Limited

Walt Disney

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • Represented Marriott International in a five-day trial with TravelPass Group.
  • Represented a national broadcasting association and its broadcasters in proceedings to recovery copyright royalties paid by cable operators.
  • Represented Molson Coors in companion class action cases asserting that Molson Coors unlawfully and misleadingly advertised VIZZY hard seltzer to contain antioxidant Vitamin C from acerola cherry juice.

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

Strengthened by its June 2021 merger with intellectual property boutique Brinks Gilson & Lione, the team at Crowell & Moring LLP has a collective team of over 100 lawyers, advising major clients in the retail, education, food and tech sectors on the development and protection of their global trademark portfolios. The group is led in Chicago by veteran trademark attorney Andrew J. Avsec and Howard Michael, who specializes in the implementation of trademark enforcement programs. Experienced trademark litigator Jeffery Handelman is another key team member, along with Virginia Wolk Marino, who provides counsel on strategic filing to clients in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences areas. All lawyers mentioned work in Chicago.

Testimonials

‘Excellent responsiveness and advice; very client-friendly – we trust them with our most complex cases.’

‘We work with Andrew Avsec mainly. And his great team. Andrew is an exceptionally talented young partner.’

‘Crowell & Moring’s intellectual property team offers a comprehensive and quality service.’

‘Mr. Andrew Avsec, Mr. Howard Michael, Ms. Emily Kappers and Ms. Fan Cheng – they are all very responsive and provide quality services with reasonable fees.’

‘Andrew Avsec and Emily Kappers are both very client-oriented, spend a lot of time getting to know nuances of the business and give very practical timely advice.’

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 3

Crowell & Moring LLP combines in-depth federal and state regulatory expertise with knowledge of product risk, advertising and media ecosystems. Highly active in the litigation space, especially in attorney general and FTC investigations, as well as NAD and NARB cases, the Washington DC-based team led by David Ervin engages in transactional and counselling work. Of particular note is the firm's work on the negotiation of agency, sponsorship and entertainment agreements, endorsement and licensing deals, and advice on loyalty program launches and marketing and promotional campaigns for brands and publishers. Lauren Aronson is noted for her expertise in social media, native advertising, telemarketing, right of privacy and publicity.

Practice head(s):

David Ervin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Burger King

J.M. Smucker

Molson Coors

Newell Brands

Otis Worldwide Corporation

TripAdvisor

Walt Disney

Work highlights

  • Represented Newell Brands in a challenge against SharkNinja regarding claims associated with its NeverStick line of cookware.
  • Advising a national restaurant chain regarding its gift card and rewards programs.
  • Represented several consumer products companies in National Advertising Division challenges.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Crowell & Moring LLP houses a solid team comprised of experienced ITC litigators, who offer a combination of IP litigation and international trade experience. Katie Clune, Josh Pond, and Lyle Vander Schaaf co-head the practice.  

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and trans-actional matters. It is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. With approximately 550 lawyers based in the US and internationally, it helps international corporations and emerging enterprises navigate complex legal challenges and create business solutions across the globe.

Litigation and trial: Litigation is a core strength of the firm and its deepest practice. Fully two thirds of lawyers prosecute and defend cases, handling billion-dollar civil trials, criminal trials, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations in the United States and in global forums on matters spanning all practice and industry competencies.

Regulatory and policy: The firm has deep experience working with agencies across the US Executive Branch and government agencies within the EU. It is home to more than 100 former government officials who have held pivotal positions in the US and international agencies. Lawyers and consultants have experience drafting, negotiating, and implementing critical regulations that impact business across industries.

Transactions and corporate: The firm offers a full-service corporate practice with an emphasis on M&A, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, corporate securities and finance and complex outsourcing, IP and commercial arrangements in industries such as healthcare, defense, financial services, retail/consumer goods, energy, life sciences and high tech.

Investigations: The firm conducts investigations on behalf of businesses, boards, and individuals, for internal purposes and in enforcement actions. It has represented clients in matters spanning more than 80 countries and six continents from internal investigations to congressional probes, compliance counseling, and monitorships from FCPA to financial fraud, to whistleblower complaints.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Advertising & Media Christopher Cole
Advertising & Media David Ervin
Antitrust Shawn Johnson
Antitrust Jason Murray
Aviation Eileen Gleimer
Corporate Bryan Brewer
Corporate Jeffrey Selman
Energy Larry Eisenstat
Environment and Natural Resources Elliott Laws
Environment and Natural Resources Kirsten Nathanson
Government Affairs Jim Flood
Government Contracts Daniel Forman
Government Contracts Peter Eyre
Health Care Christopher Flynn
Health Care Kevin Kroeker
Insurance/Reinsurance Laura Foggan
Intellectual Property Jeffrey Sanok
International Trade John Brew
International Trade Nicole Simonian
Labor & Employment Kris Meade
Litigation Mark Klapow
Litigation Jennifer Romano
International Litigation & Arbitration Ian Laird
Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Scott Winkelman
Privacy & Cybersecurity Jeffrey Poston
Privacy & Cybersecurity Evan Wolff
Tax David Blair
White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Dan Zelenko
Number of Partners : 203
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 337
Total Staff : 997
Chair : Philip T Inglima
Other Offices : Brussels
Other Offices : London