Firm Profile > Nixon Peabody LLP > San Francisco, United States

Nixon Peabody LLP
ONE EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 1800
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111
United States

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Nixon Peabody LLP's practice assists major strategic clients, particularly companies with sophisticated in-house legal departments, with M&A, LBOs, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions; it advises clients in the food and beverage, agribusiness, consumer products, life sciences, manufacturing, technology and energy sectors, among others. Corporate group leader David Martland acted for Refresco Group, the world’s largest independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices, in its acquisition of Cott Corporation’s (Cott) worldwide bottling business, including half of Cott’s US, UK, Canadian and Mexican operations; Brian Krob in Chicago led advice to ThoughtWorks, a global software development and digital transformation consulting company, on its sale to an affiliate of British private equity firm Apax Partners; Gregory O’Shaughnessy assisted Fusionstorm, a software and cloud-based IT-solution business, with its merger with Computacenter; and Washington DC-based John Partigan advised TEGNA, an American broadcast, digital media and marketing services company, on its acquisition of Midwest Television’s broadcasting television station and two radio stations in San Diego. Christopher Keefe - who recently advised longstanding client Sensata Technologies on the sale of its valves business to Pacific Industrial - and Lori Green in Rochester are the co-M&A and corporate transactions team leaders. Also recommended are Haydon Keitner and New York's Daniel McAvoy. Attorneys are in Boston unless otherwise stated. In San Francisco, Thomas Gaynor and Jinjian Huang joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in 2019.

Leading lawyers

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation Tier 2

Nixon Peabody LLP regularly handles NTSB, FAA and foreign accident investigations, public hearings and regulatory inquiries; helicopter crash cases are a key area of expertise. Aviation practice head Joseph Ortego represented Airbus Group in a case involving a helicopter operated by Air Methods Corp, which crashed shortly after take-off from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado. Further, Ortego and San Francisco-based Brian Dalrymple are representing Socata and Socata North America in serious personal injury claims arising from the crash of a TBM-700 turbo-prop aircraft in the state of Georgia; and William Robinson in Los Angeles defended Eurocopter in multiple wrongful death and hull subrogation claims arising from the crash of a helicopter transporting its owner and his family. Another key figure is Thomas Mealiffe in Long Island. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Nixon Peabody LLP primarily represents owners of public and private projects, as well as developers active in mixed-use, energy, hospitality and residential projects. Anthony Barron, managing partner of the San Francisco office, recently represented 5th Rock LLC, the developer of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, in a dispute brought by the owner seeking approximately $80m in alleged damages and lost revenue in connection with the potential temporary closure of the hotel. Barron, supported by fellow San Francisco partner Matthew Richards, also represented the University of California in $40m claims for breach of contract and negligence brought against the designers, contractors and suppliers of utility piping at the client's Mission Bay campus. Alongside Los Angeles-based Justin Thompson, Barron supported San Francisco partner John Foust as construction counsel to Oceanwide, the owner and developer of $1.6bn worth of developments in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Boston-based Jeffrey Brenner and Rochester-based Bruce Baker assisted North Hill Needham  with review and analysis of contractor claims and change orders resulting from a $30m multi-year expansion project in Boston.

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense Tier 3

Nixon Peabody LLP handles chemical exposure claims and environmental litigation. Jointly headed by New York-based Joseph Ortego and Vivian Quinn in Buffalo, the group defended Brookhaven National Laboratories in a contamination class action relating to an alleged migration of various chemicals and other toxic material from a lab, and also obtained dismissal of an action filed against Boston Capital regarding lead paint exposure claims. Other clients include Cummins and PestSure. David Tennant left in July 2018 to found his own law firm.

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

At Nixon Peabody LLP, Boston-based Matthew McLaughlin specialises in commercial disputes and acted for office products provider W.B. Mason in a dispute brought by three of its competitors who are alleging that the client attained trade secrets from their former employees. W.B. Mason also engaged the New York-based commercial litigator Vernon Johnson in a similar but separate case in which other competitors have alleged trade secret misappropriation. In the Los Angeles office, Robert Weikert represented Gameloft in a claim brought by Glass Egg Digital Media alleging that the client misappropriated trade secrets in order to develop digital cars in its video game. IP expert Shawn Hensen is also recommended.

Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

Renowned for its 'holistic advice' and cross-disciplinary approach, Nixon Peabody LLP's twelve offices offer clients 'access a full range of services through one main contact'. The breadth of the healthcare practice, led by Michael Taubin in Long Island, covers regulatory matters such as payment programs, corporate organization, government programs and managed-care models, as well as licensing issues, fraud and abuse litigation, telemedicine, in addition to transactions, employment, bankruptcy and data privacy matters. In Chicago, finance specialist Julie Seymour advised Bank of America on its purchase of $673m worth of Oklahoma University Medicine's issuance of tax-exempt bonds, while Thomas Fahey represented Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in negotiations regarding an affiliation with Rush Health System. Other notable partners include behavioural health team head Peter Egan, also based in Long Island and life sciences co-chair Jill Gordon in Los Angeles.

Nixon Peabody sees the law as a tool to help shape the future for its clients and communities. Its lawyers navigate clients through today’s exciting and challenging times, foresee obstacles, and ensure they are equipped with winning legal strategies. The firm is driven by a forward-thinking culture with a comprehensive understanding of its clients and their industries.

Working together, Nixon Peabody’s more than 600 attorneys across 17 offices handle complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law, intellectual property, finance, and more, anywhere in the world.

Connecting businesses, regulators, funders and leaders, Nixon Peabody offers clients strategic partnership in addition to skilled legal counsel.

The firm: Nixon Peabody traces its roots back to the 1800s when Peabody & Brown formed in Boston, MA, and Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP opened in Rochester, NY. The Boston and Rochester firms combined in 1999, forming Nixon Peabody LLP. Since then, the firm has expanded its national and international service capabilities by making several strategic acquisitions.

In 2015 – a significant year in the firm’s history – Nixon Peabody acquired Chicago-based firm Ungaretti & Harris, adding 100 attorneys and expanding its nationwide depth in corporate, healthcare, real estate, litigation, public finance, intellectual property and government relations. The following year, the firm opened an office in Singapore.

Most recently, Nixon Peabody opened an office in Raleigh, NC, giving the firm a new presence in the southeastern US.

Main areas of practice: Litigation and dispute resolution: national, co-national and regional counsel represent clients in federal and state courts, the US Supreme Court and US Courts of Appeals.

Real estate: assisting clients nationally with financing, restructuring and workouts, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and development, financing, foreign investment, joint ventures and land use.

Business and finance: a growing group of corporate lawyers collaborating across multiple disciplines and geographies on financing municipal and infrastructure projects, M&A, IPOs, financing structures, long-term tax planning and business strategies.

Intellectual property: lawyers with strong technical backgrounds and insightful industry-specific business knowledge that strategically manage patent portfolios, advise fashion and entertainment clients on trends impacting brands, and vigorously defend IP rights.

Public finance: one of the most active US public finance practices provides innovative counsel to clients in public works and infrastructure, including P3.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and finance Stephen D Zubiago
Public finance and infrastructure Kenneth C Lind
Tax credit finance and syndication Gregory N Doran
Healthcare Michael J Taubin
Intellectual property Jeffrey L Costellia
Intellectual property Jason C Kravitz
Labor and employment David Rosenthal
Labor and employment Brian V Alcala
Litigation Scott O'Connell
Litigation Joseph J Ortego
Private clients, estate, trust and financial planning Evelyn V Moreno
Real estate and community development Michael J Goldman
Affordable housing Stephen J Wallace
Bankruptcy and financial restructuring Victor P Milione
Data privacy and cybersecurity Jason P Gonzalez
Energy Scott M Turner
Life sciences Jill H Gordon
Life sciences Seth D Levy
Franchise Kendal H Tyre
Franchise Keri A McWilliams
M&A/corporate transactions David A Martland
M&A/corporate transactions Christopher P Keefe
M&A/corporate transactions Brian E Krob
Government investigations and white-collar defense David A Vicinanzo
Private equity and investment funds Philip B Taub
Private equity and investment funds David A Martland
Food, beverage and agribusiness David A Martland
Food, beverage and agribusiness Janet M Garetto
Food, beverage and agribusiness Vivian M Quinn
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anthony Barron  photo Anthony Barron
 Brian Dalrymple  photo Brian Dalrymple
 John Foust  photo John Foust
 Thomas Gaynor  photo Thomas Gaynor
 Matthew Richards  photo Matthew Richards
Number of Partners : 316
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 322
Total Staff : 828
Senior Partners : Michael J Goldman
Senior Partners : Scott O’Connell
Senior Partners : Stephen D Zubiago
Other Offices : Albany
Other Offices : Buffalo
Other Offices : Chicago
Other Offices : Hong Kong
Other Offices : London
Other Offices : Long Island
Other Offices : Los Angeles
Other Offices : Manchester
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Providence
Other Offices : Raleigh
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Other Offices : San Francisco
Other Offices : Shanghai
Other Offices : Singapore
Other Offices : Washington, DC