Firm Profile > Nixon Peabody LLP > Providence, United States

Nixon Peabody LLP
United States

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Nixon Peabody LLP handles disputes and regulatory matters for a host of airplane and helicopter manufacturers, domestic and international airlines and parachuting and balloon operators. New York-based practice head Joseph Ortego specializes in complex commercial disputes in this space, including class actions, toxic torts, employment litigation, product liability matters and insurance claims. Deputy head Brian Dalrymple in San Francisco has over 30 years of experience representing airlines, type certificate holders, PMA holders, drone manufacturers and airports in defense of complex class action litigation.

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Avions de Transport Regional (ATR)

Airbus/Airbus Helicopters

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Nixon Peabody LLP is recognized for its broad-base expertise in M&A, private equity and venture capital financings and LBOs, large joint ventures, and other corporate transactions, both domestically and internationally. Active for a variety of investors, private and large public companies, entrepreneurs and C-level executives, the team has demonstrated strengths in the food and beverage, agribusiness, consumer products, life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing, technology and energy sectors. Newly appointed corporate practice group leader Christopher Keefe focuses on mid-market M&A transactions, while David Martland has developed a reputation for handling significant strategic transactions for investment funds, healthcare businesses and not-for-profits. Washington DC-based John Partigan chairs the firm’s nationwide securities practice and is noted in particular for his work in the media industry. Attorneys are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

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‘Nixon Peabody excels at supporting our business’. 

‘Helped us get established across all fifty states, Canada, Mexico and UK’.

‘I recommend them highly to middle market firms seeking expert legal work in M&A, corporate and commercial law’.

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Merck KGaA

Refresco Holding North America

Paychex Inc.


Constellation Brands, Inc.

ENGIE North America Inc.

The Boston Beer Company

The Coca Cola Company of New England

Battery Ventures

Sensata Technologies

Grupo Nutresa

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

The experts in biological and pharmacological sciences at Nixon Peabody LLP represent product manufacturers in the aviation, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, medical device, petrochemical, and energy industries. Joseph Ortego in New York handles litigation, regulatory, and compliance issues, particularly in the aviation industry. He co-leads the team with Buffalo-based Vivian Quinn, who has experience in civil litigation, defending food, pharma, and medical device companies.

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DaimlerTrucks North America

Brookhaven National Laboratories


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

Nixon Peabody LLP's trade secrets practice is headed by Matthew McLaughlin in Boston and Lisa Sullivan in Chicago, and operates within the broader litigation department, which is led by Scott O’Connell in Manchester, New Hampshire. The firm is currently representing W.B. Mason in litigation with a number of firms related to alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. It also acted for Lifetouch National School Studios, in a case involving the use of new technology in trade secrets misappropriation. Josh Ruskusky is another key contact in the Chicago office.

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‘The team is composed of high-level experts that provide very clear and specific recommendations always putting the client first and prioritizing their interests. In IP litigation the strength of the team is that they always propose different scenarios to its client, to make sure the issue has been considered from all perspectives.’

‘The team is very close to its clients and it is very easy to reach out. The team always make sure the client is comfortable with the strategy proposed, and update the client very regularly: the client is not ignored in the discussions and the strategy.’

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CVS Pharmacy

Lifetouch National School Studios


W.B. Mason

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

The construction department at Nixon Peabody LLP typically acts for owners, developers and general contractors in both public and private projects ranging from hospital developments and renewable energy ventures to hotels, higher education infrastructure and multi-story towers. Vernon Johnson III co-heads the team from Washington DC, along with San Francisco managing partner Anthony Barron, who handles both disputes and transactional matters. Barron has led a $60m multi-party arbitration regarding an overrun of the first ever utility scale solar project in Minnesota for Biosar America LLC. Of further note is Providence-based Jeffrey Brenner, who successfully represented Sandy Point Farms, Inc. in a land use case that ultimately reached the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The practice is also adept at providing counsel on change orders, acceleration or delay claims, and post-completion defect issues. John Foust departed to join Ralls Gruber & Niece in August 2019.

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Biosar America, LLC (a subsidiary of Aktor)

Oceanwide Center, LLC

Oceanwide Plaza, LLC

The Board of Trustees of the California State University

D. L. Falk Construction, Inc.

Galleron Properties LLC

Sandy Point Farms, Inc.

Marathon Construction

Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

Fresh Direct Holdings, Inc.

Rivian Automotive

L3 Capital

Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners and LDP Acquisitions LLC

Sage Title Group, LLC


Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 4

Nixon Peabody LLP focuses its healthcare practice on matters relating to corporate organization, government programs, emerging payment programs, healthcare delivery, and managed care models. Other areas of work include digital health, telemedicine, behavioral health, medical staff controversies, and private equity investments. New York-based group leader Peter Egan concentrates on business transactions including affiliations, private equity, and the purchase and sale of licensed facilities. The group also has offices in Los Angeles, Providence, Chicago, and Albany.

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North American Partners in Anesthesia

Frisbie Memorial Hospital

ReachOut Healthcare America

MidOcean Partners

New York Presbyterian Hospital

William F Ryan Community Health Center

Mount Sinai Health System

BrookBeam Dental

University of Southern California

Providence Health & Services

Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Trinity Health

ProCure Treatment Centers

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
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
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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