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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 1

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has a strong record in high-profile matters, notably representing Coca-Cola in preeminent advertising disputes. For this client, the team recently won a multidistrict appellate case regarding Coke’s labeling; the case was handled, among others, by New York-based practice head Steven Zalesin, who also counts Johnson & Johnson, and The Hershey Company among his main clients. Also in New York, Jane Metcalf focuses on false advertising, intellectual property, class-action defense, and litigation involving FDA-regulated products.

Practice head(s):

Steven Zalesin

Other key lawyers:


‘Steve Zalesin does amazing work on false advertisement claims. He has a lot of experience, and you can see it reflected in his legal writing and oral arguments. He also has sharp insight into the best litigation strategies and suggests novel but brilliant case strategies.’


Key clients


Appian Corporation

The Clorox Company

The Coca-Cola Company

The Hershey Company

Johnson & Johnson

Leviton Manufacturing Co.

L’Oreal USA, Inc.

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc. and Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 1

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP’s tax-exempt practice has a proven track record acting for nationally leading non-profits and private foundations across the full-range of matters including regulatory compliance, transactional mandates and litigation. Led out of New York by practice head Laura Butzel ; the group advises on grant making, corporate governance issues, and asset transfers. Robin Krause advises on both domestic and international governance projects as well as succession planning for family foundations, whilst John Sare is the name for charitable giving. The group is also active in structuring program-related investments and multi-party financings. Counsels Lisa Wang and Justin Zaremby are also core members of the group. It faced several departures with former partners Megan Bell and Tomer Inbar leaving in March 2021. Counsel Janine Shissler left in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Laura Butzel

Other key lawyers:

John Sare; Lisa Wang; Justin Zaremby; Robin Krause

Founded in 1919, Patterson Belknap is a law firm of more than 200 lawyers committed to providing high-quality legal advice and service for clients and to maintaining a congenial and diverse workplace. The firm makes its clients’ business issues its own. At the same time, it cares about its attorneys, its staff and the community it is privileged to serve. Patterson Belknap delivers a full range of services across more than 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law. The firm’s clients are diverse: from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to major media and publishing empires; from consumer products companies to financial institutions; from fine art museums to famous entertainers; and from foreign companies seeking to transact business on the US stock exchanges to US companies doing business abroad.

Main areas of practice: Patterson Belknap is one of a handful of law firms in the US with a significant practice group devoted exclusively to tax-exempt organizations. Its representation of charities and other types of not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations dates back to the firm’s beginnings. The firm represents tax-exempt organizations in all aspects of their operations and management, and the legal needs of exempt organization clients cover the spectrum of the firm’s practice areas.

Patterson Belknap’s false advertising practice is consistently recognized on a national level as being ‘one of the elite players in false advertising litigation’. Its attorneys have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many of the most notable false advertising cases throughout the nation. These include numerous false advertising class actions in which the firm has successfully defeated class certification. In addition to litigation, the firm represents clients at the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (NAD). We also counsel clients regarding new product launches, package development, claims substantiation, advertising clearance, regulatory compliance, public relations matters, and industry initiatives related to advertising and marketing.

More than half the attorneys at Patterson Belknap are devoted to litigation. The litigating partners have tried hundreds of cases, including many of the most complex in their fields. Their work includes complex commercial disputes; intellectual property litigation, including patents, trademark and copyright; law firm defense; structured finance litigation; False Claims Act and whistleblower defense; antitrust; government and internal investigations; creditors’ rights; anti-counterfeiting; product liability; privacy and data security; media and entertainment; and employment. The corporate practice includes art and museum law; cross-border transactions; employee benefits and executive compensation; intellectual property transactions; M&A and private equity; real estate; securities; tax; and trusts and estates.

False advertising Steven A Zalesin
Tax-exempt Organizations Laura Butzel
Tax-exempt organizations Robin Krause
Litigation Saul B Shapiro
Intellectual property William F Cavanaugh Jr
White-collar defense and investigations Daniel S Ruzumna
White-collar defense and investigations Joshua A Goldberg
Financial litigation Peter Tomlinson
Corporate Herman H Raspé
Employment Lisa E Cleary
Real estate Kenneth L Sankin
Laura Butzel photoMs Laura ButzelLaura Butzel is a partner in the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. She…
Lisa Cleary photoMs Lisa ClearyLisa Cleary, Patterson Belknap’s Co-Chair and Managing Partner, works closely with a…
Robin Krause photoMs Robin KrauseRobin Krause is a partner and Chair of the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations…
Bernard OMr Bernard O"HareBrian O’Hare is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of…
John Sare photoMr John SareJohn Sare is a partner in the tax-exempt organizations practice and the…
Saul Shapiro photoMr Saul ShapiroSaul Shapiro is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, a group of…
Steven Zalesin photoMr Steven ZalesinSteve Zalesin is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with extensive experience in…
Number of Partners : 51
Number of Lawyers : 149
Co-Chair and Managing Partner : Lisa E. Cleary
Co-Chair : Peter W. Tomlinson
Chair, Litigation Department : Saul B. Shapiro