Firm Profile > Loeb & Loeb LLP > Chicago, United States
Loeb & Loeb LLP Offices
321 NORTH CLARK STREET
CHICAGO, IL 60654
Loeb & Loeb LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Fielding an interdisciplinary team based across the firm's New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and Washington DC offices, Loeb & Loeb LLP combines media, technology, data and regulatory expertise in marketing and advertising matters. The team's impressive client roster includes Toyota, Comcast Cable Communications and Visa. In a recent work highlight the practice assisted the latter with negotiations with the International Olympic Committee to extend its Olympic sponsorship for another 12 years. Noteworthy is also the firm's advice to Amazon on mobile marketing and text messaging promotional campaigns, including advising on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA); the matter is led by Brian Nixon, intellectual property expert Melanie Howard (both in LA) and New York-based David Mallen. Chicago-based Seth Rose is advising T-Mobile USA on celebrity talent and endorsement deals and sponsorship arrangements. In addition to acting for prominent brands, the team also assists leading agencies, such as several Publicis Groupe agencies. Kenneth Florin and James Taylor in New York and Nathan Hole in Chicago jointly head the practice which was bolstered by the additions of Chicago-based partners Brian Heidelberger, Monique Bhargava and Robert Newman from Winston & Strawn LLP in May 2018.
Copyright Tier 1
Loeb & Loeb LLP is highly skilled in the music and entertainment industry, with a client roster that includes CBS, the rock band The Eagles and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Barry Slotnick is a key figure and defended NBC and Sylvester Stallone against allegations of idea theft brought by a personal trainer in relation to the television series Strong. He also acted for Sony Music in a copyright infringement claim brought by songwriters concerning the Justin Bieber hit Somebody to Love. Elsewhere, David Grossman and Jonathan Zavin represented Fox Searchlight and Guillermo del Toro in a lawsuit brought by the estate of playwright Paul Zindel, which alleged that the client's movie The Shape of Water infringed upon the play Let Me Hear You Whisper.
Loeb & Loeb LLP is experienced in the purchase and sale of closely held businesses, with special expertise in the entertainment, media, technology, marketing and communications sectors. The team advised notable client Oprah Winfrey and her company, Harpo, on recent critical investments and strategic partnerships, including the sale of a 24.5% stake in The Oprah Winfrey Network joint venture to Discover Communications. It also assisted NeuLion, a technology product and service provider, with its agreement to be sold to entertainment leader Endeavor; acted for Clearview Capital Fund II in the sale of its majority interest in GCR, a provider of vertical specific software and services, to an affiliate of HKW Capital Partners; and advised Little Airplane Productions, an Emmy-winning animation studio, on its sale to Studio 100 Group, one of the largest animation and live-action studios in Europe. New York-based Mitchell Nussbaum and Los Angeles' Arash Khalili are co-chairs of the firm's capital markets and corporate practice. In addition to Nussbaum's work with US-based companies in technology, life sciences and energy, his international practice includes working with companies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, India, Israel, Russia, South Africa and the UK; and Khalili is recommended for complex corporate and commercial transactions in the media, entertainment, technology, sports, health, wellness and fitness industries. Lloyd Rothenberg in New York, who works with both early-stage growth and more mature companies, and Los Angeles' Steve Hurdle, who has acted for numerous buyers and sellers of scripted and unscripted television production companies in cross-border transactions, are the deputy capital markets and corporate chairs. Other highly regarded attorneys are Chicago-based Ross Emmerman, Allan Duboff in Los Angeles and New York's Giovanni Caruso.
Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities) Tier 1
Loeb & Loeb LLP has a top quality national practice that provides the full range of advice to non-profit organisations. Of recent note, the team advised Fidelis Care, its corporate members, and the Catholic Dioceses of New York on the $3.3bn sale of Fidelis Care to Centene Corp, the nation's largest Medicaid managed care plan provider; this marked the largest-ever non-profit sale in New York and helped create Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, the state's largest charitable foundation, which the firm continues to advise. The firm also served as examiner's counsel in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of WonderWork, which was one of the largest non-profit bankruptcies in recent history. New York-based co-chair Jason Lilien and Washington DC-based partner Marcus Owens have both previously held high-ranking government positions; department co-chair Diara Holmes and Los Angeles-based tax expert Leah Bishop are also recommended.
The advertising disputes practice at Loeb & Loeb LLP is jointly led by Thomas Jirgal and David Mallen, based in Chicago and New York respectively. Mallen has particular experience acting for clients before the NAD and in a recent highlight successfully defended GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in a challenge initiated by Procter & Gamble relating to GSK's product claims in connection to its over-the-counter fiber laxative Citrucel. The team also represented Rodan + Fields in Lanham Act litigation against Procter & Gamble (P&G), in which the client sought a declaration that advertising claims challenged by P&G were truthful and not misleading, and is acting for A. O. Smith in a suit alleging that the claims made by Rheem that it is the '#1 brand of water heaters' are false and misleading. BuzzFeed, T-Mobile and Comcast Cable Communications are all clients.
Loeb & Loeb LLP's media and entertainment practice boasts experience which spans the motion picture, music, theater, reality television and emerging technology sectors. In recent work highlights, the team assisted Alcon Television Group with an agreement with Amazon to pick up the fourth season of The Expanse and advised Annapurna Pictures with the formation of its joint venture with MGM and a $350m senior secured revolving credit facility with JP Morgan Chase Bank. Los Angeles-based Scott Edel, who jointly heads the team alongside Roger Arar in New York, led the advice to Tencent Pictures regarding its agreements with Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox in connection with the financing and distribution of The Terminator sequel. Key names to note include Ivy Kagan Biermaem in Los Angeles for employment work; New York-based Marc Chamlin, who counts Oprah Winfrey and actress Glenn Close among his clients; John Frankenheimer and Debra White, who are based in Los Angeles and New York respectively, for music industry transactions; and New York-based partners Carol Kaplan and Stefan Schick for theater work. Following several departures to Paul Hastings LLP, the team benefits from the arrivals of Paul Swanson in Los Angeles from Irell & Manella LLP, and three Chicago-based partners from Winston & Strawn LLP, including advertising experts Brian Heidelberger and Monique Bhargava, and data and privacy lawyer Robert Newman.
Outsourcing Tier 2
Loeb & Loeb LLP’s 'smart and accommodating' practice group handles outsourcing matters in various industry sectors, including the healthcare, education, retail and software sectors. New York-based practice head Kenneth A. Adler and Chicago-based Alison Pollock Schwartz advised Northwell Health on the renegotiation and restructuring of legacy IT outsourcing engagements, while New York-based Akiba Stern and Washington DC-based Neil Lefkowitz assisted Claremont Graduate University with an outsourced program management agreement with Noodle Partners, which aims to provide an online degree program in information security. Similarly, the team advised the education services provider Evidence in Motion on an outsourced program management agreement with Baylor University for a physical therapy education program. Also in 2018, the Chicago office welcomed Brian L. Heidelberger, Robert H. Newman and Monique N. Bhargava, all of whom joined from Winston & Strawn LLP. New York-based associate Benjamin B. Kabak is another name to note.
Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice is jointly led by New York-based Ieuan Jolly and Jessica Lee as well as Chicago’s Robert Newman, who joined the team with Monique Bhargava from Winston & Strawn LLP in May 2018. Jolly and Lee have been advising advertising and public relations companies as well as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on their respective GDPR compliance projects, while Newman has been assisting clients with consumer data collection use and technological innovations. The chair of the New York-based advanced media and technology practice James Taylor is also well versed in data privacy and data protection work.
Sport Tier 3
Loeb & Loeb LLP's sports group attracts praise for its 'honesty, flexibility' and 'ability to laser focus on the key issues and provide practical advice'. The team has particular expertise advising on eSports matters, such as assisting NFL athlete Reggie Bush with corporate, technology, labor, regulatory and IP aspects relating to the establishment of an eSports technology platform. Los Angeles-based Arash Khalili and Brian Socolow in New York jointly head the practice which also includes Douglas Masters in Chicago, who acted for the National Collegiate Athletic Association in trademark litigation against online gaming company Kizzang. The group was strengthened with the arrival of advertising and marketing partner Brian Heidelberger in the Chicago office from Winston & Strawn LLP; he acts for NBA player Dwyane Wade in connection with all business and sponsorship deals and intellectual property matters.
Trademarks: litigation Tier 4
Loeb & Loeb LLP is well regarded for its representation of entertainment industry clients and also counts media, consumer products and financial services companies among its roster. In Los Angeles, co-head David Grace recently acted for Ruthless Records, representing the widow of Eazy-E in a dispute with her stepson that prohibited his use of the names NWA, Straight Outta Compton and Ruthless. In another highlight, Chicago-based Douglas Masters obtained permanent injunctive relief against Kizzang on behalf of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The matter, heard before the TTAB, concerned the defendant’s use of its Final 3 and April Madness offerings, which were in violation of the client’s 'March Madness' and 'Final 4' trademarks. Masters and Grace are chairs of the practice, as is Barry Slotnick, who is part of the firm’s New York office.
Chicago's Jeremy Margolis and New York's Jay Musoff jointly chair the team at Loeb & Loeb LLP, which handles a variety of white-collar criminal cases, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, trials and appeals for corporate clients. Recent highlights for Musoff included representing the special committee of the board of Link Motion in an independent investigation into allegations of mismanagement and corruption by the company's chairman. He is also representing Wins Finance Holdings and its chairman and CFO in SEC investigations and a securities class action concerning allegations of misrepresentation in the company's public filings. Corey Rubenstein in Chicago and Tiffany Moseley in Washington DC are also recommended.
Real estate2 Tier 5
‘Smart, experienced and very responsive’ Loeb & Loeb LLP advises buyers, seller, landlords and tenants on commercial leasing, acquisitions, sales and joint ventures. On the finance side the firm acts for lenders and borrowers on loan origination, CMBS, syndicated credit facilities, loan participations, inter-creditor agreements and mezzanine financing. A recent highlight saw the firm represent the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on a PPP for the $18bn development of the new West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor in Los Angeles. Another highlight included acting for the County of Los Angeles on a PPP with Trammell Crow Company for the construction of a $400m high-rise office building for the County of Los Angeles. ‘Skilled attorney’ Steven Kornblau , who ‘excels on both complicated and contentious deals’, advised Aareal Capital Corporation on a $460m senior mortgage loan secured by the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Kornblau also advised the LA Metro on the $1.5bn redevelopment of the James A Farley Post Office, which will be converted into part of Moynihan Station in New York. Raymond Sanseverino heads the team in New York with support from Nichole Cortese, Kenneth Sold, Kenneth Freeman and Scott Schneider. David Barksdale joined as a partner from Ballard Spahr LLP in the Los Angeles office. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.
US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7
Loeb & Loeb LLP has particular expertise in the entertainment, real estate and energy transactions, where it advises on tax benefits associated with renewable energy projects. In addition, the team has strength in transactional and tax-efficient structuring for corporates, private clients and tax-exempt organizations. Recent work for the team includes advising Oprah Winfrey on an equity investment in True Food Kitchen, and acting for Picture Head Holdings in its recapitalization by Trive Capital and Five Crowns Capital. Alan Tarr in New York and Los Angeles partners Ryan Austin and Shahrooz Shahnavaz are the key figures in the practice group.
Loeb & Loeb LLP > Firm Profile
Loeb & Loeb LLP is a multi-service law firm with more than 350 attorneys focusing on select core industries and practice areas, rather than endeavoring to be all things to all clients. The firm represents multinational, Fortune 100 companies in their mid-market transactions and litigation matters and serves as primary outside counsel to a multitude of mid-market clients. The firm also represents clients ranging from start-ups to high-net-worth individuals and families. Loeb & Loeb has offices located in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Washington DC, Beijing and Hong Kong. The firm has an established history and nationally recognized reputation in the entertainment and media industries and is highly regarded for its depth in financial services and real estate.
Loeb & Loeb prides itself on client matters being conducted and coordinated expertly, efficiently and expeditiously. Its culture is geared towards establishing and strengthening long-term client relationships, with an emphasis on senior attorney involvement in all transactions and matters. Teams are kept to optimal size to provide the highest quality advice, utmost efficiency and seamless, cost-effective service across practices and offices.
Main areas of practice: Advertising and promotions; bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights; capital markets, corporate; digital media; energy; entertainment; finance; intellectual property; life science; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations; outsourcing; patent litigation and counseling; privacy; private equity; real estate; securities litigation; talent; tax; technology licensing; trademarks and copyrights; trusts and estates; white-collar criminal defense and investigations.
International work: Loeb & Loeb assists foreign companies, particularly in Asia and other emerging markets, with cross-border corporate and securities transactions; private equity and venture capital financings; and litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings.
Loeb & Loeb also represents companies and individuals in the global entertainment industry in complex motion picture production, distribution and financing deals.
|Advanced media and technology||James Taylor|
|Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights||Walter Curchack|
|Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights||Lance Jurich|
|Capital markets and corporate||Mitchell Nussbaum|
|Capital markets and corporate||Arash Khalili|
|Employment and labor||Michelle La Mar|
|Entertainment and media||Scott Edel|
|Patent litigation and counseling||Mark Waddell|
|Real estate||Raymond Sanseverino|
|Trusts and estates||Leah Bishop|
|Trusts and estates||Bruce Wexler|
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Staff FiguresNumber of Partners : 200 Number of Lawyers : 168
OtherChairman : Kenneth R Florin Vice Chairmen : Paul Severin Vice Chairmen : Mitchell S Nussbaum Other Offices : Beijing Other Offices : Chicago Other Offices : Hong Kong Other Offices : Los Angeles Other Offices : Nashville Other Offices : New York Other Offices : Washington DC
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Advertising and marketing: transactional
- M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
- Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)