McDermott Will & Emery LLP > Miami, United States > Firm Profile

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
333 SE 2ND AVENUE
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MIAMI, FL 33131-2184
FLORDIA
United States

Healthcare > Health insurers Tier 1

Primarily based in Washington DC, McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s team handles the full gamut of issues relating to ERISA class actions and M&A for primary care companies, health insurers, and pharmacy benefits managers. Practice head Jerry Sokol works out of the Florida office, and is known for his expansive knowledge of healthcare-related private equity transactions, and Chicago’s Lisa Mazur is a digital health specialist who focuses on professional licensure and reimbursement. Regulatory expert Jeremy Earl often assists insurers with matters governed by the Affordable Care Act, and the interaction between federal standards and state laws regarding insurance, while Kate McDonald is recommended for her expertise in Medicare Advantage, Part D, and managed care matters. Caroline Reignley often handles government investigations and cases relating to the FCA. Anisa Mohanty left the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Jerry Sokol

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘McDermott adopts a tailored approach, ensuring that its legal solutions are not only legally sound but also aligned with the unique challenges and opportunities within clients’ industries. Their practice integrates legal expertise with a deep understanding of technology, business, and regulatory landscapes. This holistic approach allows McDermott to provide comprehensive guidance.’

Key clients

CVS Health

Antidote Health

Prime Therapeutics

Novant Health

Solaris Health

Summit Health – City MD

Vytalize Health

Ascend Healthcare

HIG

Unified Women’s Healthcare

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Work highlights

  • Advised CVS Health on the acquisitions of Oak Health Street, Carbon Health, and Signify Health, providing regulatory advice.
  • Advised Geisinger Health, a provider, health insurer, and medical school, on its acquisition by Kaiser Permanente.
  • Advised Prime Therapeutics on the $1.35bn acquisition of Magellan RX Management.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 1

One client suggests that McDermott Will & Emery LLP fields ‘best trial team in the patent litigation space,’ and the practice is sought after by clients seeking both to protect their novel drugs and enforce them in the face of infringements. Beyond this, the firm is able to provide support across myriad matters, including stock and asset deals, M&As and partnerships in the industry. Jointly leading the team alongside her are Douglas Carsten, an Orange County-based specialist in life sciences patent disputes who helps clients protect pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices, and Silicon Valley’s William Gaede, a fellow patent litigator who specializes in antibodies, proteins and small molecules. Also in Silicon Valley, Bhanu Sadasivan litigates patent disputes concerning recombinant DNA technology. Vernessa Pollard and Anisa Mohanty departed the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Carsten; William Gaede

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In my opinion, the best trial team in the patent litigation space is fielded by MWE. Bill Gaede and Bhanu Sadasivan and their colleagues are a formidable team which understands complex technology and complex patent law. The combination of experience, diversity, and a genuine desire to win renders the MWE team a top choice when selecting counsel.’

‘Bill Gaede is a true trial attorney who understands his case fully and registers immediate credibility with a judge and jury. Bhanu Sadasivan knows the law and the technology inside and out, and radiates a sincerity which makes her arguments resonate.’ 

‘It’s all about the people. They seem genuinely invested in me as a person and the success of my company.’

‘The whole team, across the chain of command, is promptly and always available.’

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

QuidelOrtho Corporation

Natera Inc.

Heron Therapeutics

Turn Biotechnologies, Inc.

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals

Delpor, Inc.

Premier, Inc.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

United Therapeutics Corporation

Komipharm International Co., Ltd.

Next Caller Inc.

CRISPR Therapeutics, Inc.

InferVision Medical Technology

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Gastro Health

Cordis

Cogent Biosciences

Specifica Inc.

Citius Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented United Therapeutics in its patent infringement suit against Liquidia Technologies.
  • Served as IP counsel to QuidelOrtho Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed public company that manufactures and commercializes diagnostic testing solutions for infectious diseases.
  • Served as IP counsel for Heron Therapeutics, Inc. a NASDAQ-listed public company providing a technology solution for delivery of pharmaceuticals.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 1

Predominantly based in Illinois, the broad team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles the full spectrum of matters within the healthcare industry, notably including women’s healthcare delivery models, and the expansion of telehealth businesses. Jerry Sokol leads the team from Florida and is known for his vast expertise in healthcare-related private equity transactions, with a strong focus on ambulatory surgery centers, while Gary Scott Davis maintains a managed care-focused practice, routinely advising on reorganizations and joint ventures. Noted for her longstanding expertise, Bernadette Broccolo stands out for her knowledge of healthcare delivery from a privacy perspective, and Monica Wallace is particularly adept at handling fraud and abuse issues, and reimbursement and billing matters. Sandra DiVarco routinely advises healthcare facilities and health systems on the full gamut of transactional issues, in addition to handling Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) investigations. Gregory Fosheim utilizes his scientific background to advise on outbreak responses and emergency preparedness, in addition to assisting with licensing and accreditation matters, while Boston’s Christopher Jedrey handles transactional issues for both nonprofit and for-profit providers, and faculty practice plan structures for academic medical centers. Kerrin Slattery regularly assists clients with major transactions, with a niche focus on the interplay between corporate and Canon legislation, and Jiayan Chen is a key name for privacy compliance and data transactions within the healthcare and life sciences spaces in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jerry Sokol

Testimonials

‘Competence is without question, any issue that arises in a transaction can be handled by someone who is expert in the area at the firm. Good to work with, responsive and respectful in all interactions.’

Key clients

CVS Health

Antidote Health

Prime Therapeutics

Novant Health

Solaris Health

Summit Health-City MD

Vytalize Health

Ascend Healthcare

HIG

Unified Women’s Healthcare

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Geisinger Health on its acquisition by Kaiser Permanente.
  • Advised Summit Health-CityMD on its sale to VillageMD.
  • Assisted with securing a new blanket Waiver from CMS to the nationwide section 1135 waivers applicable to the Stark Law that were promoted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

Acting for domestic and international clients alike, the growing outsourcing team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP counts service providers as well as domestic and international buy-side corporations amongst its key roster of clients. The firm handles sophisticated outsourcing projects involving AI technology and blockchain-powered projects, and has illustrated niche expertise in advising healthcare providers on revenue cycle management outsourcings. The team is jointly led by Shawn Helms, who has a strategic focus on complex ITO, BPO, and cloud computing arrangements, and Jason Krieser, who is a key contact for tech development, SaaS, and licensing matters. Industry veteran David Guedry has a depth of experience in managing complex IT outsourcing agreements for leading tech providers, while Heather Bethancourt assists healthcare providers with a wide range of transactions. Caitlin Howe’s scope of work includes cloud computing, e-commerce arrangements and service agreements, while Raja Chatterjee focuses on domestic and cross-border commercial transactions. The department is further strengthened by the recent arrival of Los Angeles-based Matthew King, who frequently negotiates IP and IT transition services agreements, from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Unless otherwise stated, all individuals are based in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Helms; Jason Krieser

Testimonials

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has an exceptional team. They are experts in their field and are highly available. They are very business minded.’

They are exceptionally competent. They care about our business and delivering successful outcomes for us. They always treat us more than fairly, and we have built great personal relationships as well. We would recommend Shawn Helms, Caitlin Howe, and Heather Bethancourt.’

Key clients

Amadeus

Caterpillar

Cognizant

Duke University

Hertz

Johnson & Johnson

Marriott

Meta

United Services Automobile Association

Valley Health

Work highlights

  • Acted for Marriott International on a series of outsourcing transactions that will oversee the replacement of Marriott’s internal reservations system and property management systems to vendors such as Amadeus and Agilsys.
  • Advised Shutterstock on forming a partnership with OpenAI.
  • Advised Gulf States Toyota on an outsourcing transaction, which entails Kyndryl taking over Gulf States Toyota’s extensive data center services operation.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP fields a large team active nationwide in the full range of contentious tax issues, including audits, appeals, and litigation. Digital tax matters are a key area of expertise for the team, which acts on behalf of numerous prominent companies with interests in this sector. The group is led by Catherine Battin, a Chicago-based SALT expert with a strong record in tax disputes at all levels. Senior partner Jane Wells May, who is a former team lead, is also active in the Chicago office. Other key names include Charles Moll in San Francisco, who is a SALT specialist with experience litigating before the US Supreme Court, Stephen Kranz, who works from Washington DC and is particularly active on behalf of tech companies, and the Boston-based Richard Call. The team saw significant growth over 2023 with the additions of Shawn O’Brien, who joined the Houston office from Mayer Brown, Edward Froelich, new to the DC team from Morrison Foerster, and New York-based lawyer Michael Scarduzio, formerly of Jones Day.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Battin

Testimonials

‘Incredibly collaborative team, both in terms of working with the client and resourcing internally to deliver comprehensive and superior solutions and product.’

‘The state controversy team we use, which is led by Steve Kranz is strong and deep. They also engage in non-litigation solutions, such as regulations changes, to solve tax issues.’

‘Steve Kranz stands out as a top state tax litigator who is strategic, transparent, knowledgeable and diligent.’

‘Their wide breadth of expertise allows them to be a one-stop shop for great legal expertise.’

‘They have good contacts with the IRS and know well how to contact them, and resolve issues.’

Key clients

Citgo

US Chamber of Commerce

Brookfield Properties

Digital Goods and Services

Work highlights

  • Acted for oil company Citgo in a tax litigation case before the US tax court and federal district court, addressing the issue of whether Citgo is entitled to hundreds of millions of dollars related to fuel excise taxes it paid to the government.
  • Acted for Southern California Edison, the primary electric utility company in southern California, in a property tax dispute arising out of the impact of the wildfires in California on Southern California Edison’s assets.
  • Represented the US Chamber of Commerce in challenging a law passed by the state of Maryland that levies a first-of-its-kind tax digital advertising tax on technology companies.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s transactional tax practice, with offices in Chicago, Boston, California, Washington DC, Dallas, and Miami, offers broad expertise to blue-chip clients, focusing on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and M&A. Timothy Shuman in Washington DC, advising on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings, leads the global group alongside Jane Wells May in Chicago, who focuses on state and local tax issues. Miami-based Steven Hadjilogiou specializes in tax optimization, while Brian Jenn in Chicago represents companies on tax-driven restructurings, foreign tax credits, and global tax policies, among other issues. San Francisco’s Dominika Korytek offers expertise in federal tax planning, especially to clients in the tech sector. John Lutz in New York is strong in the financial sector, regularly representing banks in connection with a wide range of matters, including municipal derivatives and tax-exempt bond securitizations. Damon Lyon in Chicago is well known for handling tax issues in cross-border restructurings. Lowell Yoder, also in Chicago, continues to leverage his considerable experience in cross-border transactions. DC’s David Noren is excellent in matters concerning subpart F rules, bilateral income tax treaties, and transfer pricing issues. Shawn O’Brien in Houston and Frank Jackson in New York joined the firm in October 2023 from Mayer Brown and Jones Day, respectively. Manuel Rajunov has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Shuman; Jane Wells May

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Ngo; Lowell Yoder; John Lutz; Dave Noren; Dominika Korytek; Jeffrey Maydew ; Steven Hadjilogiou; Brian Jenn; Shawn O’Brien; Frank Jackson; Damon Lyon

Testimonials

‘This team and practice applies a unique combination of expertise across many areas in and tangential to tax matters, making them invaluable. The collaborative nature of the work, the team and the integration with our team is superior.’

‘John Lutz: there is simply no one out there who delivers such a tailored and comprehensive service and product.  He has absolutely exceptional intelligence, expertise, and perspective across all matters and areas.’

‘They have a deep knowledge of all aspects of tax, including local, state, federal, and international. One-stop shopping in most situations’

‘Knowledgeable and efficient.’

Key clients

Keurig Dr. Pepper

Prime Therapeutics

Gemspring Capital Management

Wells Enterprises

Deerfield Management Company

A.M. Castle & Co.

Solaris Health Holdings

Work highlights

  • Provided tax assistance to Keurig Dr Pepper, the home of brand name drinks such as Dr Pepper, Snapple, 7 Up, Schweppes, Sunkist and Canada Dry, on its acquisition of a 30 percent stake in US energy drink maker Nutrabolt.
  • Assisted Prime Therapeutics, a diversified pharmacy solutions organization serving health plans, employers and government programs, in connection with its $1.35 billion acquisition of Magellan Rx Management.
  • Advised the chief executive of mortgage company United Wholesale Mortgage and his brother in relation to their purchase of a majority stake in the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns basketball team for $4 billion.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP remains a popular choice among energy, agrichemical and life sciences clients seeking representation in the defense of high-profile toxic tort/environmental claims. Many of these are in the form of large-scale aggregated litigation, with the firm able to amass cohesive multi-office teams working with clients on cases brought in federal and state courts throughout the country, including in traditionally-plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. In this context, the firm is not only able to drive the overarching litigation strategy, frequently achieving notable victories at the motions stage, but also has the courtroom firepower to succeed in high-profile trial situations. A testament to the firm’s skill in the area is the longevity of its client relationships, with clients including ExxonMobil choosing the firm as national strategic and trial counsel in class action, mass tort, environmental and product liability cases litigated in state and federal courts throughout the country. New York-based litigator James Pardo has been at the forefront of this work, representing not only ExxonMobil but alongside Lisa Gerson, who is also based in New York, the entire petroleum industry in relation to their past use of MTBE in reformulated gasoline. Splitting his time between Washington DC and Miami, team head Anthony Upshaw is also a key member of the team and continues to try cases for Monsanto/Bayer in relation to alleged PCB contamination and on Roundup-related matters.  

Practice head(s):

Anthony Upshaw

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Petroleum Association

BDO

NCAA

ExxonMobil

DECRA Roofing Systems

Monsanto

Bayer

Work highlights

  • Represented ExxonMobil in more than 500 class action, mass tort, environmental and product liability cases litigated in state and federal courts across the country.
  • Representing Monsanto in relation to multiple venue products liability mass tort actions related to the manufacture, sale and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).
  • Advising Monsanto/Bayer in the Roundup litigation.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s energy regulation offering comprises transmission, interconnection, and reliability issues in addition to litigation and investigations by authorities such as FERC and CFTC. The firm also covers renewable energy generation and transactions within the power market. The Washington DC-based team is headed jointly by Neil Levy, who counts independent power producers, marketers, and merchant transmission developers among his clients, and David Tewksbury, who is particularly well versed in regulatory issues pertaining to rules for organized bid-based electricity markets. Operational, compliance, and regulatory matters are routinely handled by Stephanie Lim, while Bruce Richardson stands out for his expertise relating to cost-based ratemaking and reliability must-run. Robert Lamkin left the team in May 2024.

Practice head(s):

Neil Levy; David Tewksbury

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

AltaGas Services (U.S.) Inc.

Apex Clean Energy, Inc.

BlueWave Energy

Calpine

Clearway Group

Clearway Energy

Cordia, LLC

ConnectGen LLC

CPV

Distributed Solar Development, LLC

Eastern Generation, LLC

Enfinity Global, Inc.

Eolian, L.P.

EPSA

Empire Generating Company, LLC

Empower Energies

GenOn

Global Infrastructure Partners

Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.

Hull Street Energy, LLC

Indeck Energy Services, Inc.

Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc.

Invenergy LLC

J-POWER

Jupiter Power

Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC

Longview Power, LLC

LS Power

Mammoth North LLC

Marubeni Power International, Inc.

Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.

Montour Solar One LLC

NEPGA

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

NRG

Omnis Fuel Technologies, LLC

Onyx Renewable Partners L.P.

Pirlo Energy Holdings, LLC

Pine Gate Renewables, LLC

P3

Primergy Solar LLC

ReEnergy Holdings LLC

REV

Safari Energy

SB Energy

SK E&C BETEK Corporation

Talen

Tenaska

TerraForm Power, LLC

Vistra Energy Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented EPSA, Calpine, CPV, Eastern Gen, J-POWER, LS Power, NRG, and P3 in proceedings before FERC and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Third Circuit with respect to offer-floor mitigation rules for the PJM Interconnection capacity market.
  • Represented affiliates of CPV, J-POWER, LS Power, and REV in connection with non-performance penalties arising out of Winter Storm Elliott.
  • Represented the affiliates of clients including Advanced Power, CPV, GenOn, Indeck, and J-POWER in numerous FERC proceedings to obtain, defend, modify, or transfer reactive power service revenue requirements.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is often involved in some of the most significant renewables and alternative energy projects in the US, and stands out for its policy-related work in the industry. The Inflation Reduction Act and related tax equity investments have been a major source of recent work for the team, and clients include a wide variety of stakeholders in renewable energy. Co-chair of the practice group Philip Tingle is one of the go-to figures in the market for tax-related issues and has supported heavyweight clients on the IRA and related incentives, tax credits and technologies. Fellow chair Edward Zaelke is based in Washington DC and has vast experience with the full spectrum of alternative energy development and finance matters. Alongside him in Washington DC is Carl Fleming, a transactional lawyer and policy advisor, and Christopher Gladbach, who is well versed in energy industry M&A, project finance transactions, project development, and tax equity matters. Heather Cooper in Miami ‘can provide a quick high-level analysis‘ on the range of tax issues in the energy industry, and New York-based Joel Hugenberger and James Salerno both handle financing and development for solar and wind projects.

Practice head(s):

Edward Zaelke; Philip Tingle

Other key lawyers:

Carl Fleming; Chris Gladbach; Heather Cooper; Joel Hugenberger; Jim Salerno; Lloyd MacNeil; Debbie Harrison

Testimonials

‘MWE has a wide bench of renewable energy clients, in particular in the utility scale space, so their insight into the market is very helpful and additionally, as they are known in the market, they make negotiating tax issues easier.’

‘Heather Cooper can provide a quick high-level analysis speaking directly to commercial concerns in a succinct way. I have said more than once I wish Heather could train other law firm attorneys on how to work with clients. She is also very practical and has provided us cost effective means to manage some tax concerns operationally and in connection with finances. In one case we had a particularly thorny issue and canvassed all the premiere tax lawyers in this space and Heather Cooper and Philip Tingle were the only ones who provided a clear practical solution that saved us millions.’

‘I have worked across the table from Joel Hugenberger and he is worth mentioning here. It might feel counter-intuitive, but in transactional law it is much easier and faster to negotiate and close a deal with a very good lawyer like Joel! Joel has technical mastery and an even temperament, so we can focus on problem solving and get to solutions that make our clients happy.’

Key clients

Aiga Capital Partners

Lennar Corporation

Santander Bank

Microgrid Networks

Cypress Creek Renewables

Northleaf Power

Apex Clean Energy

Pine Gate Renewables

Novis Renewables

Catalyze

Clearway

Doral

Ameren

NiSource (Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO))

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd.

Distributed Solar Development, LLC

AEP

AES Distributed Energy

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

Innogy renewables (RWE renewables)

LS Power

Primergy Solar

Credit Suisse

Scout Clean Energy

AMF Kimble Holdings, LLC

Arbor Renewables LLC

Crossbridge Energy Partners

Invenergy Renewables

Novel Energy Solutions

BayoTech

Beam Suntory Inc

Phalanx Impact Partners LLC

Irradiant Partners, LP

Doral Renewables

BQ Energy

Mohegan Renewable Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing Pine Gate Renewables in circa $500m in tax equity investment and debt financing.
  • Representing Bayotech in its development of hydrogen hubs across the US and providing legal support on their long term commercial agreements, IRA issues and other regulatory and policy matters.
  • Advising a joint venture between Scout Clean Energy and Elawan Energy on agreements to simultaneously purchase the tax equity Class A interests in PC1 Holdco and cause PC1 Holdco to sell the company that owns the Persimmon Creek 1 wind farm.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

Acting for a diverse consortium of clients across fintech, insurance, transport and pharma sectors, among others, McDermott Will & Emery LLP capitalizes on its deep bench strength across the North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions to manage and safeguard brands through strategic counselling and enforcement. The practice is jointly spearheaded by Chicago-based Christina Martini, who bolsters the practice with her expansive expertise across trademark, copyright, social media and domain name mandates, and Silicon Valley-based William Gaede, who deploys his vast experience in the medical industry to assist high-profile clients. Chicago’s Jennifer Mikulina contributes her wide-ranging expertise across trademark counselling, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement to the practice, while Orange County’s Sarah Bro operates for a plethora of clients across life sciences, fintech, media, real estate sectors. Other key figures include Robert Zelnick and Eleanor Atkins from Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Christina Martini; William Gaede

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Christina Martini is my main person… smart, efficient, responsive, credible. She has worked on projects for my clients where I have a conflict and as an expert witness. Perfect job always.’

‘The level of respect and service provided is astounding. I manage a relatively small portfolio, but I am consistently treated as if my company were the firm’s top-billing client.’

‘Partner Jennifer Mikulina and associate Ellie Atkins are top-notch service providers in every respect — highly knowledgeable and skilled, highly practical in their approach to matters, and exceptionally responsive.’

Key clients

BDO

Lyell Immunopharma, Inc.

Terlato Wines International

New York Life Insurance Company

Young Innovations, Inc.

One Home Brands, Inc., d/b/a Blueland

Hitachi Ltd.

Hornblower Cruises

Rexair

Reliance Relocation Services

Plume Design

SEKO Worldwide, LLC

Walking Fish Therapeutics

Abbott Laboratories

Computing Technology Industry Association

Zodiac Pool Systems LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising on BDO USA’s trademark portfolio, as well as handling its copyright, Internet, domain name, social media, advertising and dilution matters.
  • Acting as global IP counsel to New York Life Insurance Company.
  • Representing Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), one of the IT industry’s top trade associations, in intellectual property matters.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a well-regarded employee benefits and executive compensation practice that specializes in both plan design work, as well as offering support for complex corporate M&A transactions. In Boston, practice head Andrew Liazos is a key contact for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In December 2022, the Boston office was strengthened with the arrival of Alden Bianchi, who is a standout talent in designing health and welfare plans. Working from the Chicago office, Todd Solomon often represents clients regarding ERISA fiduciary issues and employee benefits issues. Also supporting the Chicago office, Jeffrey Holdvogt assists clients with ERISA fiduciary and plan investment matters. In Dallas, Allison Wilkerson excels in designing qualified retirement plans, including pension plans and 401(k)s. In September 2023, Kate Vera, an experienced practitioner in executive compensation issues in the context of bankruptcy, restructuring, and insolvency, joined the New York office.  

Practice head(s):

Andrew Liazos

Testimonials

‘We’ve been impressed with McDermott’s can-do attitude, broad expertise, and cost efficiency that does not come at the expense of quality. It is clear that the firm is very devoted to growing its client relationships, which shows up across the board – from the team we have access to, to how the little things are handled. We’re looking forward to expanding our relationship with McDermott over the coming years.’

‘Kate Vera is hands down the most commercial, technical, and empathetic executive compensation and benefits lawyer I have every worked with. Her view of the market and ability to suggest solutions is truly exceptional. In contentious negotiations or when tempers flare (which happens with some frequency when executive pay is concerned), no lawyer is more effective at de-escalating the situation and producing a solution that delivers the commercial outcome for the client while making management motivated and feeling that they have been treated fairly.’

‘This practice is unique in that it is effectively acting as our ERISA counsel, but also provides general benefits and non-qualified deferred compensation advisory services. MWE team is able to navigate our complex benefits environment with ease, and has established itself as a trusted partner to our organization.’

‘Allison Wilkerson is exceeding our expectations in all interactions. Not only is she a brilliant legal mind, she is a pleasure to work with. Her availability to us as her clients is unparallel. She has efficiently supported us in several matters, some of which were time-critical.’

‘Allison Wilkerson is an expert in her field.’

‘Subject matter experts and great quality of service.’

Key clients

Liberty Mutual

Ericsson

Discover Financial Services

Lenovo

Trinity Industries

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

American Staffing Association

Illinois Health and Hospital Association

KONE Corporation

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

West Fraser Timber Co.

Work highlights

  • Serving as long-time counsel to Liberty Mutual, a leading Boston-based insurance company that employs over 60,000 people.
  • Acted on a big annuity lift out project for Trinity Industries, a multi-billion industrial corporation, which largely exited Trinity from the exposure associated with operating a defined benefits pension plan.
  • Advised Lenovo Group concerning an innovative direct contracting arrangement with healthcare systems in an effort to stall increased costs of employee healthcare.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP boasts significant expertise in ESOPs, health and welfare benefits, and retirement plans, with a strong track record in the healthcare sector, as exemplified by its role advising Novant Health on the compensation and benefits elements of its new for-profit subsidiary. The practice, under Andrew Liazos’s leadership from Boston, assists private entities and compensation committees with ERISA fiduciary duties and compensation plan governance. In Dallas, the ‘brilliant’ Allison Wilkerson specializes in qualified retirement plans, including ESOPs, pension plans, and 401(k) schemes. In September 2023 the New York office was strengthened with the addition of Kate Vera from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, who advises private equity clients and their portfolio companies on executive employment contracts, incentive equity arrangements, and severance deals. Based in Chicago, Todd Solomon manages employee benefits matters in corporate deals, demonstrating extensive ERISA Title I expertise. Lisa Loesel, also in Chicago, provides advice to both private and public companies on the design and transition of employee benefits following M&A and divestitures. The team saw the departure of Judith Wethall and Erin Turley in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Liazos

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We’ve been impressed with McDermott’s can-do attitude, broad expertise, and cost efficiency that does not come at the expense of quality. It is clear that the firm is very devoted to growing its client relationships.’

‘Kate Vera is hands down the most commercial, technical, and empathetic executive compensation and benefits lawyer I have ever worked with. Her view of the market and ability to suggest solutions is truly exceptional.’

‘The firm promptly grasped the scope of the international aspect of our ESOP and has been able to support us as our ERISA counsel effectively. MWE’s greatest assets are its people.’

‘Allison Wilkerson is a brilliant benefits and ESOP attorney. Her guidance is consistently clear to multiple stakeholders from our organization, and she is able to keep up with an extremely rapid pace our organization operates at. It is an absolute pleasure to have Allison as our corporate ERISA counsel.’

Key clients

Bain Capital

BDO

Darden Restaurants

Evonik Industries

H.I.G. Capital

Mars

Novant Health

PGA Tour

United States Sugar Corporation

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised the PGA Tour on the complex benefits and compensation aspects of its merger with Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf.
  • Managed a major transaction for BDO to transition from a partnership to a C-Corporation, impacting the accrual and access of retirement and health and welfare benefits for converted partners.
  • Assisted Prime Therapeutics with its acquisition of Magellan Rx Management from Centene Corporation for $1.35 billion.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 2

New York headquartered with a strong presence in the German market, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a full-service corporate immigration practice well-placed to handle visa applications, executive transfers, I-9 compliance programs and government audits. The group also works closely with its private client practice to offer immigration advice to wealthy families and advises on immigration aspects arising from mergers and acquisitions. Strengthened by the considerable expertise of New York-based Joan-Elisse Carpentier, regarded by many as a leading figure in immigration and nationality law, leads the firm’s business immigration practice, supported by immigration-related disputes expert, Paul Hughes, who operates from Washington DC.  

Practice head(s):

Joan-Elisse Carpentier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great cross partner collaboration, understanding need and expertise. All had a variety of perspectives.’

Key clients

Enstar

Espuña

FIFA

GMS Management Solutions

NationsBest

tesa tape

Viacom CBS (Paramount)

Volunteer Lawyers for The Arts

Wildlife Conservation Society

Work highlights

  • Assisted GMS Solutions to move its executives and professionals around the world using “L” visas, and a “Blanket L” arrangement.
  • Secured an O1 “extraordinary ability visa” for an acclaimed scientist to come to the US via the firm’s Life Sciences Entrepreneurs Acceleration Program.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

The McDermott Will & Emery LLP US employment practice has a strong focus on M&A and private equity, regularly advising significant corporate clients on the employment aspects of major deals. In Chicago, Michael Sheehan leads the practice, while Rachel Cowen has a track record of work on cases concerning gender and pay equity and sensitive internal investigations, among other employment matters. Meanwhile, in New York, Linsay Ditlow  has deep experience of employment matters relating to corporate restructurings workforce reductions. The Los Angeles team contains individuals including Maria Rodriguez and Yesenia Gallegos. Rodriguez focuses her practice on clients in the media, entertainment, and sports industries; while Gallegos recently led the team which advised CVS Health on its acquisition of Signify Health.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cowen; Lindsay Ditlow; Maria Rodriguez; Yesenia Gallegos; Jim Nicholas

Testimonials

‘The firm’s depth of knowledge in many areas of employment law is impressive. This knowledge translates to innovative strategies, both substantive and procedural, that lead to effective results.’

‘We work with Jim Nicholas – we can rely on his legal expertise, analytical and communication skills, ability to problem-solve, and his ethical and client-focused conduct.’

Key clients

Amazon

Brewers Association

Baxter International

Circle K Stores

Dotdash Meredith

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Proofpoint

SeaWorld

San Francisco Symphony

Trufood

Work highlights

  • Advised CVS Health on the employment aspects of its $8 billion agreement to acquire publicly-traded Signify Health, a leader in health risk assessments, value-based care and provider enablement.
  • Providing extensive advice and counsel to companies in light of landmark SFFA (Students for Fair Admissions) v Harvard Supreme Court ruling which held that race-based affirmative action programs were unlawful, and the impact on their own diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

Covering the full spectrum of M&A, joint ventures, and acquisition finance matters, the McDermott Will & Emery LLP team demonstrates strong cross-border capabilities in its advice to major pharmaceutical, beverage, and construction companies. Located in Miami, Harris Siskind, who is experienced with both corporate and private equity-backed transactions, co-heads the group with New York-based Todd Finger, who is noted for his expertise in leveraged buyout transactions and restructurings, and Miami lawyer Frederic Levenson, who focuses on private equity matters. Thomas Conaghan acts on behalf of tech and hospitality clients from both Washington DC and New York, while Chicago-based John Tamisiea and Ann Marie Brodarick focus on strategic investments and divestitures. From Boston, Brian Bunn advises early-stage companies on financing matters, and in Chicago, Heidi Steele concentrates on corporate securities affairs. In Dallas, Joanna Jung-Erh Lin handles multi-jurisdictional venture financings.

Practice head(s):

Harris Siskind; Frederic Levenson; Todd Finger

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Conaghan; John Tamisiea; Ann Marie Brodarick; Heidi Steele; Brian Bunn; Christine Corkran Kretkowski; Joanna Jung-Erh Lin; Lindsey Reighard

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Wells Enterprises, Inc.

Prime Therapeutics LLC

Heritage-Crystal Clean

Cordis

Premier, Inc.

American Builders & Contractors Supply Co

Campari Group

Arthur J Gallagher

Chord Energy

The Morgan family

Baker Hughes

A&M Castle & Co

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Solaris Health Holdings

US Heart & Vascular

Chicago Pacific Founders

Revelstoke Capital Management LLC

General Atlantic

NationsBenefits Holdings, LLC

Cuisine Solutions, Inc.

RiverGlade Capital, LP

Viking Global Investors

Ilitch Family

Delta Electronics, Inc.

BQ Energy

Deerfield Management

Lennar Corporation

Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised The Coca-Cola Company on multiple matters, including the sales of its bottling businesses in Vietnam and Cambodia to Swire Coca-Cola; in Pakistan and Bangladesh, to Coca-Cola Icecek A.Ş.; and in Philippines to a joint venture comprised of a local Philippines investment conglomerate and one of Coca-Cola’s largest publicly-traded bottlers.
  • Advised Wells Enterprises, Inc. on its pending sale to the Ferrero Group.
  • Advised Prime Therapeutics LLC on its acquisition of Magellan Rx Management, the pharmacy division of Magellan Health, from Centene Corporation.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises on asset-backed structures, commercial paper programs, securitizations, credit default swaps, structured products, derivatives and tax-advantaged financings and is particularly active in the energy and insurance sectors. The team also advises investors and fintech and cryptocurrency companies on tax-efficient corporate structuring. The practice is headed by New York-based John Lutz and Washington DC-based Timothy Shuman. Lutz advises major banks on the taxation of sophisticated financial transactions and products such as municipal derivatives, tax-exempt bond securitizations and tax equity structures to fund renewable energy developments. Alongside his broad financial products practice, William Pomierski, who is located in Chicago, also has particular expertise in the derivatives space often advising on a wide range of commodities, along with interest rate, currency, credit default, equity and weather derivatives.

Practice head(s):

John Lutz; Timothy Shuman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Bank of America

Capitolis Advisors

Ambridge Partners

Citgo

Argo Blockchain

Insurance M&A deals

Blockchain companies

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse on the post-acquisition tax integration arising out of the merger between Credit Suisse and UBS.
  • Advising Bank of America on the tax aspects of healthcare receivables financings.
  • Advised Capitolis on the tax aspects of the structuring of its sponsored asset-backed commercial paper programs.

Tax > International tax Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP ‘excels in navigating complex global tax landscapes for multinational corporations’, supporting with M&A, private equity buyouts, and IPO transactions as well as handling complex transfer pricing matters and guiding clients through domestic and global tax policy developments. Practice head Timothy Shuman, who sits in the Washington DC office, has significant expertise handling corporate and international tax matters for acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings. Also in Washington DC, Michael Wilder supports clients with a wide range of transactional tax matters and routinely represents clients seeking private letter rulings from the IRS and in audit and appeal matters and Caroline Ngo has a special focus on tax planning and structuring work for multinational corporations but regularly litigates in the US tax court. David Noren advises on outbound and inbound tax issues, with a focus on subpart F rules, bilateral income tax treaties, and transfer pricing. In Chicago, Jeffery Maydew advises on business taxation, particularly domestic and international tax planning for mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and other major corporate transactions and Lowell Yoder assists with tax-beneficial planning for intangible holding companies, global supply chains and multi-jurisdictional service arrangements. New York-based John Lutz has a strong practice in the financial sector, advising major banks on the taxation of sophisticated financial transactions and products such as municipal derivatives, tax-exempt bond securitizations and tax equity structures to fund renewable energy developments. In San Francisco, Dominika Korytek is experienced in developing tax strategies for international expansion, domestic and international acquisitions, reorganizations and dispositions and post-acquisition restructurings. Miami-based Steven Hadjilogiou represents Fortune 500 companies and major privately held businesses in their tax planning and supply chain projects. Manuel Rajunov has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Shuman

Testimonials

‘Manuel Rajunov’s and Dominika Korytek’s teams are very dynamic and knowledgeable with cross-border transactions.’

‘McDermott Will & Emery’s international tax team excels in navigating complex global tax landscapes for multinational corporations. Their strengths lie in deep expertise, industry-specific knowledge, and tailored strategies. What sets them apart is their innovative use of technology, diverse perspectives, and flexible billing models. They prioritize client collaboration, delivering comprehensive international tax solutions that stand out in the industry.’

‘Steven Hadjilogiou stands out due to his deep expertise in international tax law. His unique insights and strategic approach set him apart from competitors. His qualities, like innovative problem-solving, client dedication, and industry knowledge, contribute significantly to our comment client’s success.’

‘The team is very experienced and has a very collaborative approach. They think out of the box and provide alternatives that accommodate to our client’s needs.’

‘Their responsiveness and experience. The team members are on top of matters and respond swiftly to clients’ needs and questions and have been exposed to so many different cases they can provide great advice and anticipate potential scenarios.’

‘Their experience and cross border work allows them to provide true advice understanding how things work in the different jurisdiction in which thy work, along with their language capabilities.’

Key clients

JAB

Credit Suisse

Monumental Sports and Entertainment

Destillers Group

Ermenegildo Zegna

Irving Oil

Aon

Illinois Tool Works

PGA Tour

Work highlights

  • Advising Credit Suisse on post-acquisition tax integration arising out of the merger Credit Suisse and UBS.
  • Represented Monumental Sports & Entertainment in connection with a minority investment by the Qatar Investment Authority.
  • Advice to Destillers United Group on the tax aspects of the sale of its Diplomático Rum brand to Brown-Forman.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP houses an ‘exceptional’ team, noted for its specialism in the healthcare and tech industries where it advises domestic and international names on merger clearances, government merger investigations and litigation. The team combines a solid deal flow from the firm’s active transactional practices with regular destination instructions for business-critical strategic deals. Raymond Jacobsen secures approvals for deals in a diverse range of sectors, including healthcare, life sciences and energy, while Stephen Wu, based in Chicago, focuses on antitrust litigation, advising clients on antitrust enforcement agencies investigations. The team has grown in 2023 with the addition of Elai Katz, formely of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, and Ryan Tisch, who joined from Crowell & Moring LLP. New York-based Katz is regularly involved in high-profile FTC and state regulatory matters, and Tisch advised on complex operational issues such as joint ventures, trade association activities and other competitor collaborations. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Jacobsen; Stephen Wu; Michelle Lowery; Elai Katz; Nicole Castle

Other key lawyers:

Joel Grosberg; Jon Dubrow; Gregory Heltzer; Lisa Rumin; Noah Feldman Greene; Ryan Tisch; Katherine O’Connor

Testimonials

‘Expertise and commerciality’

‘Can-do attitude and effectiveness. Elai Katz is excellent.’

‘In the industries where I have worked with the MWE team on M&A transactions, they have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the industry and the competitive dynamics that drive the industry and are of interest to the antitrust regulators.’

‘Jon Dubrow. I have worked extensively with Jon over many years on matters for clients that we share and have found his knowledge of both our mutual clients’ businesses as well as the industry to be unmatched relative to others in the antitrust field.’

‘MWE is exceptional. They identify and address the issues efficiently. ’

‘Katharine O’Connor is superb. She is thorough and concise. Kate is the most efficient attorney I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Prime Therapeutics LLC

Dr. Ricardo Vasquez

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia

Constellation Brands

Lockheed Martin

Premier Inc.

Motorola Mobility LLC

Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Kent Thiry (Former CEO of DaVita)

Du Pont de Nemours, Inc.

CSXT

Corteva Inc.

Perkin Elmer

Kent Thiry

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Voyant Beauty LLC

Apple Inc.

Poly/HP, Inc.

Cedars Sinai Health System

Airboss of America

Envision Healthcare Corporation and Envision Physician Services

Dr.First

Airbnb, Inc.

CareMetx

Work highlights

  • Assisted Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. in the sale of Martin Marietta’s (i) northern California cement assets and (ii) southern California cement assets to CalPortland Cement in two separate transactions.
  • Represented Prime Therapeutics LLC in its acquisition of Magellan Rx Management from Centene Corporation.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Over the past year, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s national appellate practice has had strong showings before the DC and Fourth Circuits, and also scored a win at the US Supreme Court. Department co-chair Paul Hughes secured the SCOTUS victory when he successfully represented an individual in seeking relief from deportation on account of her gender identity—he has now argued ten times before SCOTUS. Increasingly prominent appellate specialist Michael Kimberly co-chairs the group and has clocked up eight arguments before the US Supreme Court; he has carved a significant niche in advising on issues concerning the Medicare Act, among other matters. The Washington DC-based group also includes younger partners Andrew Lyonsberg and Sarah Hogarth, who provide specialist support on appellate matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hughes; Michael Kimberly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Michael Kimberly is an incredibly and persuasive writer and brilliant legal strategist.’

Key clients

NCR

Airbnb

Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance

Advanced Medical Technology Association

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

National Association of Manufacturers

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA)

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Express Scripts

Medicaid & Medicare Advantage Products Association of Puerto Rico

Blackboard, Inc.

Virginia Healthcare and Hospital Association

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented an individual before SCOTUS in seeking relief from deportation on account of her gender identity.
  • Successfully represented the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Information Technology Industry Council at the DC Circuit in their defense of the Optional Practical Training program.
  • Represented the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and the Medical Society of Virginia in a constitutional and regulatory challenge concerning Medicaid beneficiaries.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Praised as ‘top notch litigators’ with an ‘excellent level of professionalism’, the team of expert practitioners fielded by McDermott Will & Emery LLP is extremely well-versed in handling high value, complex litigation, particularly in connection with IP and class action matters across the technology and healthcare sectors. In the firm’s New York office, Seth Friedman and Joshua Simon are key contacts: Friedman predominantly counsels accountancy clients, while Simon focuses on disputes arising out of the healthcare, telecommunications, and financial services industries. The pair jointly lead the practice alongside Jon Dean in Los Angeles, Laura McLane in Boston, and Chicago’s Steven Scholes. New York's John Calandra has carved out a niche in space law and satellite technology in addition to handling energy and financial services matters.

Practice head(s):

Seth Friedman; Joshua Simon; Jon Dean; Laura McLane; Steven Scholes

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Kratenstein; Matthew Knowles; John Calandra; Joe Evans; David Gacioch

Testimonials

‘Responsive, creative with good connections.’

‘David Gacioch learned our business in and out.’

‘Deep product knowledge.’

‘Subject matter experts, top notch litigators, and excellent level of professionalism. The best of the best.’

‘The litigation team at MWE is fantastic. They are practical and efficient. They think strategically. They understand and have the ability to quickly and effectively explain complex legal issues.’

‘John Calandra and Joe Evans in particular are skilled litigators. What makes them unique from other lawyers that I have worked with is that they always have an opinion. I don’t want a lawyer to present options to me as the client and then simply leave it to me to decide which strategic choice is the right one. Lawyers are paid to have opinions and to advise. John and Joe always do that.’

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum

Pacific Investment Management Company

Blackrock, Inc.

Reynolds & Reynolds

Lone Star Production Company

Fannie Mae

Waterbridge Operating LLC

The TCW Group, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Pioneer Natural Resources

Trustmark National Bank

Workrise

Quantum Energy Partners

Patriot Natural Gas LLC

Mesquite Energy

Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP

Hi-Crush Inc.

Kinder Morgan

Baker Botts LLP

Cockrell Investment Partners

Berry Global

Chevron Pipeline Company

Kore Advisors LP

GR Lift

The “Target Plaintiffs Group”

Tanos Exploration

Jonah Energy

Voyager Digital – Official Creditors Committee

Wind Down Entity

Montefiore Medical Center

Acuitas Capital, LLC

Summit Health Management, LLC

Cred Inc. Liquidation Trust

Sapporo U.S.A., Inc

CohnReznick

BDO USA, P.A.

Apple

Cigna

Healthcare Distribution Alliance

George E. Warren LLC

Grant Thornton LLP

Oak Pacific Investment

Intelsat

Trustpilot, Inc.

Topa Insurance Company

Allied World Assurance Company

Honeywell International Inc.

Northern States Power Company

Kaiser Aluminum Warrick, LLC

CDI Northern Minnesota, LLC

Ron Warren

Sage Associates

Plantronics

Airbnb

Polycom

PG&E

University of New Mexico

Sugarfina

Ace American Insurance Co.

Komipharm International Co., Ltd.

The Center for Outpatient Surgery

Ace American Insurance Co.

InTeahouse, Inc.

Reliant Rehabilitation

Amgen Inc.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

KOS Services, Inc.

Sun-Maid Growers of California

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Dimension Data

Kleinfelder, Inc.

University of Vermont Medical Center

Roche Health Solutions, Inc.

Liberty Mutual Group

National Spine and Pain Centers

Allscripts

Schneider Electric

Athenahealth

Gemspring Capital Management

Network Eyecare

IKO Industries, Ltd.

PG&E

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

Rapid Displays, Inc.

Outform, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Apple Inc. in connection with App Store antitrust cases filed by Epic and two purported classes of consumers and app developers related to it, all of which are pending in the N.D. California.
  • Represented Montefiore Medical Center in two lawsuits pending in the Southern District of New York.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 3

With a consistent record of advising and representing clients in complex insurance matters, McDermott Will & Emery LLP demonstrates strength in handling diverse insurance and reinsurance disputes. These include cases related to bankruptcy appellate, insurance coverage, and inter-insurer contributions across various sectors such as sexual abuse claims, clergy abuse cases, precision manufacturing, and professional sports leagues. The practice, with the ability to handle both trial and appeal proceedings, securing first-chair trial and appellate victories for top names in the insurance sector, provides comprehensive expertise to industry stakeholders, emphasizing notable strength in healthcare sector. Serving as trusted advisors to significant clients like Allianz, Enstart, Marsh, and Nationwide, practice head Margaret Warner, based in Washington, brings deep experience to the table. Working alongside her in Washington, Ryan Smethurst, a litigation specialist, supports the practice across a broad spectrum of insurance litigation, from regulatory issues to high-profile class actions and ERISA disputes.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Warner

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company

Allianz Underwriters Ins. Co.

The American Insurance Company

National Basketball Association

World Trade Center Captive Insurance Company, Inc.

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

State National Insurance Company

Topa Insurance Group

MCIC, A Vermont Risk Retention Group

Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s insurance team brings seasoned expertise to transactional, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters. Supported by a cross-border team, it offers practical support to insurers, private equity investors, and holding companies, guiding them through sales, purchases, and mergers while navigating regulatory complexities. The team also specializes in insurtech, tackling challenges such as multi-state regulatory approvals, cybersecurity, social media, intellectual property, and big data ownership. Based in New York, Michael Halsband leads the practice, bringing deep experience covering a wide array of areas within the insurance industry, from insurance broker and carrier M&A to new company formation, capital raises, complex structured transactions, and insurance-linked securities. Supporting the practice from New York, Michael Byrne represents domestic and international clients in change of control transactions, licensing and structuring, product development, and regulatory approvals, while also being a recognized leader in the insurtech space. Additionally, Thomas Dawson serves as a trusted advisor on regulatory approvals and compliance matters, with a particular focus on ESG issues, further enhancing the team’s capabilities.  

Practice head(s):

Michael R Halsband

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team have a commercial approach, are knowledgeable, reliable and practical in respect of the advice/service provided.’

‘Tom Dawson is very knowledgeable and can provide quick responses to specific queries.’

‘The team at MWE (in particular Michael Byrne and Michael Halsband) are imminently practical and give actionable advice. They do an exceptional job of not only helping me scope the issues but also identifying solutions that I can take back to my team to help identify the best path forward.’

‘Michael Byrne has been a critical partner since day 1 and continues to be my go-to on all things insurance regulatory.’

Key clients

Transverse Insurance Group LLC

Strategic Risk Solutions, Inc.

Assurant, Inc

Capstone Insurance Services, LLC

LogRock Inc.

General Atlantic

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Oka

Antidote Health

Embedded Insurance (EI)

Tacora Capital

Great Lakes Insurance SE

XL Bermuda Ltd

Partner Reinsurance Limited

Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 3

Global head of the IP practice group William Gaede who splits his time between Silicon Valley and San Franciso, and global head of the patent prosecution group and ‘well-recognized thought leader’ Ahsan Shaikh who splits his time between Silicon Valley and Chicago, oversee the practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. The team is highlighted for its ‘distinctive ability to focus on their client’s key value drivers’. The design and implementation of patent filing strategies and the management of portfolios forms a predominant portion of the team’s workload; it notably works on patent application drafting and examination strategies for Meta Platforms. Life sciences and tech are the focus areas for the group. Team changes include the departures of Michael FogartyTokashi Saito, Tomoki TanidaJenny Chen, and Michael Siekman.

Practice head(s):

William Gaede; Ahsan Shaikh

Other key lawyers:

Judy Mohr

Testimonials

‘The McDermott patent prosecution team is uniquely equipped to understand their clients’ goals, competitors and the business and legal strategies that can help companies excel in today’s competitive global market.’

‘A distinguishing factor of the team comes from their approach to innovation – primarily, McDermott’s patent prosecution team prioritizes using innovation and implementing comprehensive patenting strategies while building portfolios. The team has a distinctive ability to focus on their client’s key value drivers, future revenue streams and any potential liabilities that may have an adverse impact on a company’s IP rights.’

‘The team brings a unique, business-focused perspective that helps clients maximize the value of their portfolios through licensing, enforcement and other commercialization strategies.’

‘McDermott’s team of patent attorneys have high levels of technical skills in non-legal areas such as life sciences, chemistry, engineering, electronics, and software development that makes them standout in the field. They serve as trusted advisors for their clients and their sector expertise in various industries is second-to-none.’

‘Ahsan Shaikh draws on his computer sciences background and nearly two decades of patent law experience to provide strategic patent counseling to his clients. Ahsan integrates automated patent drafting into his practice, which helps his clients achieve their business goals more efficiently.’

‘Ahsan ensures that every patent program he develops engages all audiences by tailoring appropriate patent incentive, communication and ideation sessions based on the audience and the goal. Notably, Ahsan is also heavily involved in promoting diversity in the IP and innovation space.’

‘In his work within and outside McDermott, Ahsan focuses on helping combat the gender, racial and ethnic disparity in patent application filings and issuances within organizations, which contributes to increases in potential innovation output. To support these efforts, Ahsan serves as part of a team at the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) developing a toolkit to better engage women inventors.’

‘Ahsan is a well-recognized thought leader and founded two in-house counsel thought leadership groups focused on patent prosecution, which he actively runs.’

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

QuidelOrtho Corporation

Heron Therapeutics, Inc.

Delpor, Inc.

Turn Biotechnologies, Inc.

Meta Platforms

Electronic Arts, Inc.

StubHub

Shutterstock

Splunk

Ava Labs

AppDirect

Sendoso

ResMed Inc.

Priceline.com

See6

CRISPR Therapeutics

Cogent Biosciences

One Home Brands, Inc. dba Blueland, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Designed and implemented worldwide patent filing strategies for manages the patent filings related to Heron’s FDA approved products SUSTOL, and CINVANTI, and APONVIE.
  • Advising and working on patent application drafting and examination strategies for Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook).
  • Handling numerous matters for CRISPR, including patent prosecution matters relating to their immuno-oncology programs.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

Working across several sectors, McDermott Will & Emery LLP possess key strengths in ERISA litigation, ESOPs, and DOL investigations and IRS audits. The team recently defended Tharanco Group and Genentech in a class action lawsuits alleging violation of ERISA fiduciary allegations. With a balanced advisory and litigation practice, the group is experienced in advising boards, executives and HR departments on the resilience of their ERISA plan audits.  Chicago-based Ted Becker leads the firm, skilled in both ERISA litigation and government investigations and audits, with Christian Nemeth, who splits his time between Chicago and Miami representing major clients such as Google, HEICO and Target. Joshua Simon specializes in litigation relating to the healthcare industry.

Practice head(s):

Ted Becker; J. Christian Nemeth

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BDO USA LLP

Google

Cigna

Target

Berkshire Partners

Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc.

Liberty Mutual

Life Insurance Company of the Southwest

Schneider Electric

HEICO

Nation Safe Drivers

GreatBanc Trust Company

Genentech Inc.

LinkUS

Churchill Mortgage Company

ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC)

KPC Healthcare

Inland Fresh Seafood

Tharanco Group

Montefiore Medical Center

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 3

The exceptional’ practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is equipped to handle the defense of class action, wage-and-hour, and single plaintiff actions, as well as dealing with executive compensation disputes, trade secrets litigation, and discrimination mandates. ‘Exceptional employment litigator’ Michael Sheehan steers the group from Chicago and garners client praise for his ‘incredibly practical and commercial advice’. Sheehan specializes in trade secrets litigation, and has additional experience defending companies against age, gender, and race discrimination claims, as well as wage-and-hour class actions. Also based in Chicago, Rachel Cowen majors on employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases. The department welcomed Jim Nicholas to the Boston office from Foley & Lardner LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jim Nicholas – we rely on his legal expertise, analytical and communication skills, ability to problem-solve, and his ethical and client-focused conduct.’

‘The firm is an exceptional employment defense litigation firm. They are extremely aggressive and thorough.’

‘Michael Sheehan is an exceptional employment litigator. Incredibly practical and commercial advice. Super business-friendly but also legally sophisticated.’

Key clients

Amazon

Brewers Association

Baxter International

Circle K Stores

Dotdash Meredith

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Proofpoint

SeaWorld

San Francisco Symphony

Trufood

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

Michael Sheehan in Chicago and Christopher Foster in San Francisco lead McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s team. The group is an active in the technology, transportation, airline, retail, beverages, and entertainment industries and regularly advises regular advice and representation around the National Labor Relations Act. Rachel Cowen, who works out in the firm’s Chicago office, is a key name to note, and has carved a niche in the area of gender equality and pay equity. Elsewhere, the group sees restructurings, workforce management issues and an increase in M&A activity among its most recent workload.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan; Christopher Foster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A law practice’s uniqueness often lies in its expertise, track record, and client-focused approach. Potential clients may want to know about the team’s legal specialties, experience in similar cases, success rates, and the ability to communicate effectively and empathetically. They have this.’

Key clients

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Dotdash Meredith

San Francisco Symphony

Work highlights

  • Advising Dotdash Meredith on union-related matters, work that currently includes five ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the NewsGuild of New York.
  • Acted for Chicago Symphony Orchestra in negotiations with AFM (the union representing the musicians) and secured a new contract on terms more favorable than any of the other big five orchestras.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Combining a ‘collaborative spirit’, a ‘deep understanding of people‘, and ‘significant knowledge and experience in the healthcare data privacy area’, the global privacy and cybersecurity group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP acts in transactional, compliance-based and risk management matters for a range of global clients. Practice head Michael Morgan works out of California, and is noted for his experience advising on the legal issues arising out of advanced technologies. Washington DC-based Elliot Golding, ‘a brilliant attorney that always comes up with practical, actionable solutions’, also stands out for his work with emerging technologies, while DC colleague Jiayan Chen is praised for the ‘practical and commercial approach‘ she takes to healthcare technology matters. In Boston, Edward Zacharias is a go-to for healthcare industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Edward Zacharias; Daniel Gottlieb; Jiayan Chen; Ryan Higgins; Elliot Golding; Kathryn Linsky; David Saunders; Stephen Reynolds

Testimonials

‘McDermott has significant knowledge and experience in the healthcare data privacy area, specifically around secondary uses of data and data de-identification requirements. It was great to have a firm to go-to where we did not have to pay the firm to research/learn the issues and caselaw. ’

‘We work with Jiayan Chen. She is excellent in the healthcare data privacy area, specifically as it relates to transferring data. She takes a practical and commercial approach in her advice, which is helpful for us to be able to navigate this area in the context of our business.’

‘The team is incredibly pragmatic; they know their clients and provide direction and insights that are workable and fit your business and risk profile, while providing great information regarding what others are doing in the market so you can appropriately reference what an industry standard approach may look like. ’

‘Elliot Golding is the most responsive, knowledgeable, and pragmatic cyber/privacy attorney I’ve had the pleasure of working with.’

‘McDermott’s Cyber Law team boasts a deep understanding of people, diversity, technology & collaboration, allowing them to tailor solutions to the unique challenges faced by clients in those sectors. The team comprises highly skilled attorneys with a proven track record in successfully navigating the evolving legal frameworks surrounding cybersecurity, data privacy, and data protection.’

‘McDermott’s international presence enables them to provide seamless legal support across borders, ensuring clients receive comprehensive counsel in the face of diverse regulatory landscapes.’

‘What truly distinguishes the individuals at McDermott is their commitment to innovative problem-solving. They bring a creative and forward-thinking approach to addressing the complex challenges associated with cybersecurity, data privacy, and data protection, setting them apart from competitors who may take a more conventional approach.’

‘One of the standout qualities of the team is their collaborative spirit. McDermott’s individuals work seamlessly together, fostering an environment where collective intelligence thrives. This collaborative ethos translates into a more robust and effective service for clients facing multifaceted legal issues.’

Key clients

BDO USA LLP

Volkswagen Group of America

Kroll Inc.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a sizeable nationwide team, with practice heads David Herman, Mal Serure, and David Wolff located across New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago respectively. The practice is active in financings, restructurings, workouts, joint ventures, construction projects and loans. The firm has diverse clientele ranging from buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders to landlords and tenants. Wolff has advised a number of private equity sponsors, develops, capital providers, and REITs with commercial real estate transactions. Joining the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Herman is the go-to for real estate-related companies seeking assistance with M&A, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and other transactions.  Representing a range of real estate companies, REITs, and banks, Serure advises both lenders and borrowers on mortgage and mezzanine loan financing. Real estate finance specialists Jeffrey Steiner and Scott Weinberg are key names to note in the New York office. David Broderick left the firm in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

David Herman; Mal Serure; David Wolff

Other key lawyers:

Keith Pattiz; Jeffrey Steiner; Scott Weinberg; David Broderick; Elias Eliopoulos; Justin Bender

Work highlights

  • Advised long-standing client RFR Holding on an extension and modification of an aggregate $1 billion in mortgage and mezzanine debt secured by the landmark office tower at 375 Park Avenue, New York.
  • Advising Ladder Capital Corp and affiliates on negotiation, documentation and amendment of facilities and specific transactions thereunder in compliance with regulatory requirements to transition facilities aggregating over $1.5 billion.
  • Represented affiliates of Apollo Global Real Estate Management, LP in connection with a construction mortgage loan and mezzanine loan in the aggregate amount of approximately $336 million.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Comfortably acting across a wide spectrum of industries, including telecommunications, agriculture, aerospace, financial services and defense, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is best known for vast experience in the healthcare sector with particular proficiency at the overlap with technology-related matters. Key contacts for such matters are Chicago’s Stephen Wu and Michelle Lowery, who splits her time between Los Angeles and Chicago. Washington DC-based practice head Raymond Jacobsen’s specialisms include the representation of clients in the defense industry, while Ryan Tisch, who joined the firm from Crowell & Moring LLP in May 2023 and is also based in Washington DC, is adept at antitrust-related regulatory reviews across multiple jurisdictions. New York’s Elai Katz joined the team in August 2023 from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, strengthening the team’s expertise in the financial services, retail and pharmaceuticals segments. Andrew Lee departed in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Jacobsen

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Wu; Michelle Lowery; Elai Katz; Nicole Castle; Stephen Wu; Katharine O’Connor; Joel Grosberg; Ryan Tisch

Testimonials

‘My consistent experience of the firm is that they are excellent across the board.’

‘Expertise and commerciality – the perfect combination.’

‘Joel Grossberg has some of the broadest and deepest knowledge of M&A antitrust history of anyone in the DC bar. He blends legal knowledge with commercial realities in a way that is hard for most of his peers to match.’

‘High profile, well-regarded team.’

‘Ryan Tisch is the best antitrust attorney I have ever worked with. Intelligent, articulate, knows his clients inside and out, a genuinely good person who is a delight to work with. He thinks practically, and business clients love him.’

‘It is a great pleasure working with excellent lawyers, in particular Elai Katz, who is an outstanding expert.’

‘The team is superb. The breadth of resources is unmatched.’

‘Katharine O’Connor is methodical and relentless. She explains clear objectives.’

Key clients

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Prime Therapeutics LLC

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia

Constellation Brands

Lockheed Martin

Premier Inc.

Motorola Mobility LLC

Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Du Pont de Nemours, Inc.

CSXT

Corteva Inc.

Perkin Elmer

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Voyant Beauty LLC

Apple Inc.

Poly/HP, Inc.

Cedars Sinai Health System

Airboss of America

Envision Healthcare Corporation and Envision Physician Services

Dr.First

Airbnb, Inc.

CareMetx

Work highlights

  • Represented a former CEO of a healthcare company in a no-poach market allocation case brought by the DOJ Antitrust Division.
  • Represented Motorola Mobility in responding to three third-party subpoenas issued in the government litigations pending against Google, Inc.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

The ‘consistently excellent’ team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP leverages its strength across the full spectrum of antitrust issues to offer a strong litigation practice with notable strength advising on civil class actions and price-fixing allegations. Global practice co-head Raymond Jacobsen, in Washington DC, has a strong track record acting for clients in the defense industry. Katharine O’Connor, in Chicago, handles antitrust compliance and litigated merger work for clients in the healthcare, food, and manufacturing sectors; also in Chicago is Stephen Wu, who co-chairs the firm’s healthcare antitrust sub-group. Michelle Lowery splits her time between Los Angeles and Chicago and heads the firm’s West Coast antitrust offering. In New York, Nicole Castle is another key contact for healthcare antitrust work, working alongside seasoned antitrust expert Elai Katz, who joined the team from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP  in August 2023. Another new arrival is Ryan Tisch, who joined the Washington DC office from Crowell & Moring LLP in May 2023, strengthening the team’s merger clearance offering.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Jacobsen; Stephen Wu; Michelle Lowery; Elai Katz; Nicole Castle

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Tisch; Katharine O’Connor

Testimonials

‘MWE is consistently excellent and have great expertise.’

‘Expertise and commerciality.’

‘Elai Katz was highly professional, knowledgeable and open-minded to pursue the defense strategies we recommended. We have the utmost respect for his conduct.’

Key clients

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Prime Therapeutics LLC

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia

Constellation Brands

Lockheed Martin

Premier Inc.

Motorola Mobility LLC

Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Du Pont de Nemours, Inc.

CSXT

Corteva Inc.

Perkin Elmer

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Voyant Beauty LLC

Apple Inc.

Poly/HP, Inc.

Cedars Sinai Health System

Airboss of America

Envision Healthcare Corporation and Envision Physician Services

Dr.First

Airbnb, Inc.

CareMetx

Work highlights

  • Representing Apple Inc. in its victory in a bench trial, affirmed by the Ninth Circuit, in a case brought by Epic; as well as representing Apple in connection with the App Store antitrust cases filed by two purported classes of consumers and app developers in the N.D. California.
  • Successfully representing Southern Illinois Healthcare, the largest non-profit healthcare system in Southern Illinois, in a long-running civil antitrust litigation.
  • Representing Apple Inc. in relation to consumer class actions concerning the Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones, successfully achieving dismissal of plaintiffs’ complaints concerning deceptive advertisement.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has ‘very capable securities litigation and regulatory practice‘. Increasingly visible in complex securities disputes at both trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts nationwide, the firm handles class actions, derivative cases, and SEC enforcement matters. ‘Savvy and practical‘ global head of litigation Steven Scholes is based in Chicago. He leads a ‘smart, hardworking talented team‘ alongside Timothy Hoeffner in New York, who frequently acts for accounting firms, major banks and underwriters, and large insurers. New York’s Joel Haims and David Momborquette, Boston-based former SEC enforcement attorney Caitlyn Campbell, and up-and-coming partner Paul Helms, in Washington DC are all central figures in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Steven Scholes; Tim Hoeffner

Other key lawyers:

Paul Helms; Joel Haims; Caitlyn Campbell; William Momborquette

Testimonials

‘Very capable securities litigation and regulatory practice.’

‘Highly qualified attorneys who deliver great results for their clients.’

‘The people I have worked with have a lot of practical experience, including from experience in the government, and are able to bring that to bear to effectively represent clients in matters with both a private civil litigation component and an SEC investigational component. ’

‘Steve Scholes is a savvy and practical lawyer who keeps his eye on the big picture.’

‘Excellent capabilities and good judgment. Steve Scholes is a real leader and consigliere.’

‘Excellent judgment.’

‘This is a smart, hardworking talented team.’

‘Steve Scholes and Paul Helms are excellent. They’re always prepared and very strategic in their thinking. Also, both are very professional and collegial.’

Key clients

Allstate Corporation

Andrew Hall

Argo Blockchain, PLC

Baxter International Inc.

BDO USA, LLP

Enzo Biochem

Oak Management Corporation

Land O’Frost (“LOF”) CEO and Board Chairman, David Van Eekeren (“Van Eekeren”).

Pasithea Therapeutics Corp.

Polished.com

Premier, Inc.

Robert Reffner (Former Chief Legal Officer of FirstEnergy Corp.)

Terminix Global Holdings

Seven former Officers and Directors of PG&E Corp. and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.: Kevin Dasso, Anthony Earley, Jr., Patrick Hogan, Christopher Johns, Gregg Lemler, Steve Malnight, and Geisha Williams

Eight current and former Officers and Directors of PG&E Corp.: Anthony Earley, Jr., Patrick Hogan, Christopher Johns, Julie Kane, Dinyar Mistry, Nickolas Stavropoulos, David Thomason, and Geisha Williams

Work highlights

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 4

A team with a ‘good mix of project finance, M&A and corporate legal expertise’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is well positioned to advise its host of energy companies, utilities, developers and large-cap sponsors for an array of transactions in the conventional and renewable energy space. The firm particularly stands out for its work with private equity and infrastructure funds, and also has the ability to handle complex tax issues relating to energy transition assets. Practice heads Edward Zaelke and Philip Tingle operate out of Los Angeles and Miami respectively, with the former focused on M&A and joint ventures and the latter on financings and equity investments. Frederick Lark, based in New York, is the key advisor to key client Argo Infrastructure Partners and their M&A requirements. Debra Harrison is a renewables and tax equity expert and works out of Washington DC. Robert Lamkin  has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Edward Zaelke; Philip Tingle

Other key lawyers:

Frederick Lark; Debra Harrison; Joel Hugenberger

Testimonials

‘Expertise with tax credits for sustainable infrastructure assets. Intimate knowledge of legislation impacting sustainable infrastructure. A good mix of project finance, M&A, corporate legal expertise. Strong work ethic and always there when you need them.’

‘Joel Hugenberger is an outstanding lawyer and very knowledgeable across sustainable infrastructure asset classes. Phil Tingle is one of the smartest tax lawyers I’ve ever worked with. He understands the high level issues as well as the detailed matters within an Excel model.’

Key clients

Aiga Capital Partners LLC

American Electric Power Company, Inc.

AMF Kimble Holdings

Argo Blockchain plc

Argo Infrastructure Partners LP

Boston Energy Trading & Marketing

Brookfield Infrastructure

Denton County Electric Cooperative

Direct Energy Business Marketing

Exelon

GenOn Energy Holdings

Lennar Corporation

NiSource

NRG Energy

Santander Bank

Scout Clean Energy

SK ecoplant

Talen Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Argo Infrastructure Partners LP in the acquisition by an Argo managed vehicle of a 50% interest in Brookfield Smoky Mountain Holdings LLC (“BSMH”) from Brookfield Renewable Partners and related affiliates, who will retain a 50% interest in BSMH.
  • Represented NiSource in the negotiation of a tax equity commitment from USBank for the Indiana Crossroads Solar Project.
  • Represented Lennar Corporation in negotiating its tax equity commitment of approximately $59 million to fund a portfolio of residential rooftop solar projects being developed by affiliates of Sunnova Energy International Inc.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP continues to advise major oil and gas clients across the full spectrum of traditional energy transactions, including upstream assets, midstream gas gathering and processing assets, and chemical and fuel storage terminals. The team routinely handles complex M&A between large oil majors, joint venture agreements, service contracts as well as acquisitions and divestitures. From the Houston office, team lead Jack Langlois is regularly sought out by a number of both public and private companies, private equity investors, lenders and national oil companies for his knowledge of energy-related investments and financing, while Kevin Brophy‘s focus is on the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. Parker Lee departed the firm in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Jack Langlois

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘McDermott Will & Emory stands out for its deep involvement and extensive experience in energy transactions, evidenced by its track record of more than $50 billion in this field.’

‘The firm’s ability to work with agile early-stage companies by providing innovative fee deferral structures is very valuable. This approach demonstrates their commitment to supporting emerging companies in the energy sector.’

‘Being part of their renewable energy accelerator is a testament to their forward-thinking approach and dedication to fostering innovation in the energy sector.’

Key clients

Aiga Capital Partners LLC

Arbor Renewables

Beam Suntory Inc.

CNA

Crossbridge Energy Partners

EIV Capital, LLC

EnCap Flatrock Midstream

EOG Resources

Evolve Transition Infrastructure LP

Irving Oil Limited

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.

Kraken Resources LLC

Lafayette Energy Corp

Midcon Holdco Partners LLC [89 Energy]

Monadnock Resources LLC

Nel Hydrogen US

Oasis Petroleum Inc.

Phalanx Impact Partners LLC

Recapture

Ridgemont Equity Partners

Trio Petroleum Corp

Vopak Industrial Infrastructure Americas, LLC

Westlawn Group

Woodland Midstream II, LLC

XCL Resources

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has made its mark in SPAC IPOs and de-SPAC deals over recent years and has demonstrated further expertise in mainstream IPOs, follow-on offerings, private placements and at-the-market programs. Much of its equity offerings work has centred on the healthcare, fintech and technology industries of late; the firm is a market leader in the healthcare sector. Washington DC partner Thomas Conaghan co-heads the capital markets and public companies group alongside Eric Orsic in Chicago. The team was further reinforced by the recruitment of Howard Kleinman from Dechert LLP in 2023, while former head of the SPAC group Ari Edelman left the firm in March 2024. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Conaghan; Eric Orsic

Other key lawyers:

Howard Kleinman; Robert Cohen; Caroline Samuelson

Testimonials

‘Caroline Samuelson provides extraordinary quality, timeliness and cost effectiveness in a very broad array of public and private company equity topics. I have been and am a heavy user of top law firms services – none better than this team.’

‘The team is quick and responsive on novel issues.’

‘Tom Conaghan has particularly deep knowledge of securities matters.’

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s restructuring and insolvency practice is skilled in all aspects in distressed transactions, with the team acting for publicly and privately owned companies going through financial challenges in-court and out-of-court, as well as significant experience in cryptocurrency-related bankruptcy. In Chicago, Felicia Perlman heads the practice and represents clients in industry sectors including healthcare and energy, while Bradley Giordano has worked on multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters. Jay Kapp is focused on all aspects of corporate bankruptcies and reorganizations, with Kristin Going and Darren Azman key names in New York.

Practice head(s):

Felicia Perlman; Charles Gibbs; Kristin Going; Darren Azman

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Giordano; Jay Kapp; David Hurst; Daniel Simon; Marcus Helt

Testimonials

‘The team has very deep experience in health-care related bankruptcies, leveraging off of McDermott’s health care practice.’

‘David Hurst, Felicia Perlman and Brad Giordano are each very talented bankruptcy attorneys. They are distinguished by the scope of their knowledge, their creativity and thoughtfulness and their client commitment, and they display those qualities when representing both debtors and creditors.’

‘Expertise in crypto, healthcare restructurings for company and creditors.’

‘Felicia Perlman – excellent, well-respected leader of the group, well-known outside of Chicago too Maris Kandestin – brilliant and tenacious DE practitioner David Hurst – commercial and reasonable DE practitioner Brad Giordano – the kind of lawyer you want across the table, extremely easy to work with.’

‘This group is excellent at what they do. In our matter, they came up with many creative work arounds to help get us over negotiating landmines and kept us on track to meet our goals.’

‘Dan Simon was the lead partner and is simply a rock star. Creative, bright, and an amazing advocate. Never gets flustered, even in the roughest of times. Easy to communicate with and never speaks down to you.’

‘McDermott Will & Emery LLP has outstanding partners available to cover complex matters and respond quickly to deal needs.’

‘Marcus Helt (partner) has a strong strategic mind capable. He is capable of anticipating our needs and the needs of the case which helps us stay in control of complex matters.’

Key clients

Global Loan Agency Services Ltd.

Nordic Aviation Capital

Denton County Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.

Voyager Digital

Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Quorum Health Corporation

Cred Inc. Liquidation Trust

Spherature LLC

Mercy Iowa City

Prime Core Technologies Inc.

Reagor-Dykes Auto Group LLC

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Benefytt Technologies Inc.

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of AppHarvest Products, LLC

Output Services Group, Inc.

MTPC LLC

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Legacy IMBDS, Inc., et al.

Volunteer Energy Services, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented GLAS as both the exit facility term loan agent on a $506,000,000 Term Loan and as the trustee on multiple liquidating trusts, including the Operating and Property Companies with respect to the JCPenney bankruptcy.
  • advised the disinterested directors of certain affiliates of Nordic Aviation Capital, the largest regional aircraft lessor in the world.
  • Represented the largest of 16 distribution electric cooperative owners of Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (“Brazos”) in connection with Brazos’ chapter 11 case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP boasts a strong municipal derivatives practice, advising leading multinational banks in this space. In addition, the firm is well-versed in more traditional derivatives transactions, including OTC and exchange-traded derivatives. Its structured products practice is as developed, with experience in transactional, tax and regulatory matters affecting the space. Jonathan Ching, joining from Linklaters LLP in May 2023, brings expertise in complex structured transactions across a swathe of industries, especially the natural resources as well as the cryptocurrencies fields. He leads the practice alongside David Taub, advising banks and private investors on his area of expertise: primary and secondary market municipal product transactions. Andrew Kummer also joined the firm from Linklaters LLP in May 2023. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Ching

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Agoric

Aventurine

Barclays

Citibank

Bank of America

Merrill Lynch

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

The fledgling government contracts practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is rapidly gaining ground in bid protests and claims litigation, inspiring the confidence of prominent names in the tech, professional services, and healthcare industries. Collaboration with the firm’s wider corporate, government investigations, employment, and cybersecurity specialists ensures a comprehensive service across all elements of the contracting life cycle. Leading the Washington DC-based team are Daniel Graham, a seasoned bid protests and prime/sub disputes litigator who also advises on compliance, transactions, and accounting, and Tara Ward, who is sought out for her specialized knowledge of the tech, defense, healthcare, and accountancy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Graham; Tara Ward

Other key lawyers:

Llewelyn Engel

Testimonials

‘I have been very impressed with the government contracts team.’

‘Daniel Graham is an excellent attorney – highly knowledgeable, collaborative, and a creative thinker – who is well-versed in how the agencies we contract with function. This has been invaluable in solving several problems before they could metastasize into issues that could have threatened our business.’

‘We have found McDermott to be highly knowledgeable and capable in the government contracts area.’

‘Daniel Graham has a tremendous depth of knowledge across a broad swath of areas relating to government contracting, importantly including administrative requirements. Dan has also proven to be very thoughtful as to the client side of the engagement, including creativity as to billing arrangements and other ways McDermott can help meet our needs.’

‘Daniel Graham is the driver of our continued engagement of McDermott.’

Key clients

TRAX International

BDO

Aetna

Cognizant

GuideWell Source

Empower AI Inc.

WPS Health Solutions

Noridian Healthcare Solutions

Elbit Systems of America

Prime Therapeutics

Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER)

HLP Integration LLC

MicroHealth LLC

Accrete Inc.

CLogic Defense

Altium

RWJBH

Gerresheimer Glass Inc.

AirBoss Defense Group LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Trax International in a successful bid protest before the GAO challenging an Army award of a contract for test support services at the Aberdeen Test Center to Engineering Research and Consulting.
  • Advised BDO USA and its subsidiary BDO Public Sector on all aspects of contracting with federal, state, and local governments.
  • Advised Cognizant on all aspects of contracting with state and federal agencies.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

Fielding a team of ‘experts in multiple patent lawsuits in pharmaceutical field‘, McDermott Will & Emery LLP represents global and domestic clients in patent litigation across industry sectors, with particular emphasis on the life sciences space. William Gaede in San Francisco leads the global intellectual property practice and acts for biotech, pharma, and medical device companies. Patent litigator Douglas Carsten in Orange County is a life sciences expert, Boston-based IP attorney Sarah Columbia works across the pharma and tech sectors, and Michael Chu in Chicago has a broad IP practice. The group also includes IP litigators Thomas Steindler in Washington DC, Shane Nichols in Atlanta, and Kevin Meek in Austin, and New-York based lawyer Simon Roberts, who handles patent infringement cases for major pharma companies.

Practice head(s):

William Gaede; Douglas Carsten; Sarah Columbia; Michael Chu; Thomas Steindler; Shane Nichols; Kevin Meek; Simon Roberts

Testimonials

‘They are experts in multiple patent lawsuits in pharmaceutical field including ANDA litigations.’

‘Simon Roberts and Jason Leonard lead multiple parallel ANDA litigations efficiently with deep understanding of technical field of inventions. Simon also supports parallel litigations outside of US.’

‘Excellent, understands and executes complex issues.’

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

Natera Inc.

United Therapeutics Corporation

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Viatris Inc.

K-Fee

The Coca-Cola Company

Interim Healthcare, Inc.

NationsBenefits

Mercer Global Advisors Inc.

DataCore Software Corporation

Traeger Pellet Grills LLC

ZTE (USA) Inc.

Werner Co.

Blackboard Inc.

Koki Holdings America Ltd.

OmniVision Technologies

Natera Inc.

Next Caller Inc.

Bell Helicopter Textron

Dell

Halliburton Co.

7-Eleven, Inc.

Natera Inc.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Inc.

Sectra Communications AB

Bausch Health US

Salix Pharmaceuticals

Feit Electric Company

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Orthopaedic Hospital

Work highlights

  • Represented Natera Inc. in a patent litigation against defendants ArcherDX and Invitae.
  • Represented Bausch Health Ireland Ltd. in a Hatch-Waxman case in the District of New Jersey against Padagis regarding Padagis’ proposed generic versions of Bryhali and Duobrii.
  • Represented United Therapeutics in its patent infringement suit against Liquidia Technologies, a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company.

International trade > Trade remedies and trade policy Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s trade remedies and trade policy group is well versed across the full gamut of related matters, with its recent experience spanning antidumping and countervailing duty cases and WTO dispute settlement proceedings, among other work. Following the 2023 departure of former practice co-chair Joanne OsendarpCarolyn Gleason now solely heads the practice and brings to bear significant experience in all areas of trade relief. The Washington DC-centered group also draws on the experience of seasoned counsels Raymond Paretzky and David Levine, who together represent long-standing client, Illinois Tool Works, on international trade policy, import relief cases and tariff actions.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Gleason

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Asocaña – Sugar Cane Growers Association of Colombia

California Cling Peach Advisory Board

Chiquita Brands

CHS

CJ CheilJedang Corporation

Coalition for Fair Trade in Ripe Olives

Dredging Contractors of America

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Government of Mexico

Illinois Tool Works

Musco Family Olive Co.

Work highlights

  • Represented the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in policy and trade remedy initiatives before the US Government and Congress involving US seasonal imports from Mexico, and other foreign origins.
  • Represented Musco Family Olive Co in several antidumping, countervailing duty, USCIT, WTO, and Section 129 proceedings involving US olive imports from Spain.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is experienced at handling major investigations and enforcement proceedings, especially within the healthcare industry. Based in Boston, Laura McLane focuses on FCA litigation, while Benton Curtis in Miami is recommended for his experience representing high-profile individuals and companies with government investigations. Practicing out of the firm’s New York office, Edward Diskant is highly skilled at advising on matters relating to bribery, money laundering, and other financial crimes. Also based in New York, Joseph Evans is another well-regarded lawyer with expertise in cryptocurrency litigation and fraud. Boston-based lawyer Dana McSherry focuses on false claims within the healthcare sector. Sarah Walters left the firm in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Laura McLane; Benton Curtis; Edward Diskant

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Evans; Dana McSherry; Mark Pearlstein; Todd Harrison

Testimonials

‘The team is robust and capable of handling all aspects of white-collar law. Their works is thorough and impressive.’

‘Mark Pearlstein is a brilliant attorney with vast experience. Dana McSherry is another brilliant attorney who is easy to speak to and work with. She’s a pleasure to do business with.’

‘The McDermott team is outstanding in its representation of individuals as well as corporate clients.’

‘McDermott has a strong team with significant financial, securities and healthcare fraud experience. The McDermott attorneys include several former DOJ prosecutors who bring that perspective to bear when representing companies facing investigations.’

‘McDermott’s team has deep expertise in defending clients in health care investigations. They are extremely knowledgeable on industry trends and legal developments.’

‘Laura McLane is a star. She is a fierce advocate and incredibly savvy lawyer.’

‘The team is comprised of incredibly talented lawyers. They have deep expertise in health care issues.’

Key clients

ACPDO Management

Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas

BDO

Beth Israel Lahey Health

CleanSlate Centers, Inc.

CVS

Paxful, Inc.

Premise Health

Public Consulting Group

St. Joseph Hospital

St. Joseph Medical Center

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

ZOLL Medical Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented a former owner of marketing and telemedicine companies who was charged with wire fraud, health care fraud, and tax evasion.
  • Represented several clients who are under investigation and qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act.
  • Represented the president of a pharmaceutical company who was charged with the dispensing of misbranded drugs.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Demonstrating a growing focus on energy and construction disputes, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is equipped to advise on both commercial and investor-state cases. Split between Washington DC and New York, the two-partner team also benefits from its ability to lean on partners across Europe. Washington DC-based global department co-head Lisa Richman impresses with her ‘friendly but deadly and effective cross-examination style’; she has recently handled a slew of cases in the energy and life sciences spheres. In New York, David Kiefer specializes in judicial and arbitral matters arising out of construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Richman

Other key lawyers:

David Kiefer; Maria Cristina Rosales del Prado

Testimonials

‘In Washington DC, Lisa Richman is a very strong, very well-known international arbitration lawyer.’

‘Lisa Richman is by far the most talented lawyer I have ever worked with. She is an absolute work-horse, she is articulate and creative. I have seen her craft closing arguments overnight that you would think she had several weeks to work on. She has a friendly but deadly and effective cross-examination style.’

Key clients

BDO

CGI Technologies and Solutions

Bausch Health / Salix

Global Healthcare Company

US Parent company of a global medical device company

US subsidiary of one of the world’s largest wine companies

Distributor of alcoholic beverages

Work highlights

  • Advised the US subsidiary of a global technology services company in settling two separate related ICDR arbitration disputes.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 5

Maintaining a strong footing on the lender side, McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s banking and finance practice offers expertise in leveraged finance, alternative lenders, high-yield financings and restructurings. The team is a popular choice among healthcare providers and investors in the healthcare sector. Jointly leading the practice is respected transactional advisor, Michael Boykins who routinely handles insurance industry financings and venture capital transactions; Stephanie McCann whose broad practice encompasses acquisition financings, recapitalizations and loan workouts; and Los Angeles-based Gary Rosenbaum who is a key name for matters relating to the healthcare, life sciences, technology, TMT and manufacturing sectors. All lawyers mentioned are based in Chicago, unless stated otherwise.      

Practice head(s):

Michael Boykins; Stephanie McCann; Gary Rosenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Josh Samis

Testimonials

‘Team has good experience in working with PE groups, as such no need to educate them on many things germane to our transactions. In addition, they have the full complement of legal specialists to deal with things such as tax, employment, ERISA, healthcare.’

‘Josh Samis has significant experience working with a variety of lenders. As such, he has keen insights on 1) what he views as market and 2) what existing lender has allowed in other transactions. In addition, the debt deal team are extremely customer-focused and promptly respond to our questions. ’

 

Key clients

A.M. Castle & Co.

Alter Domus (US) LLC

American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., Inc. (ABC)

Amulet Capital Partners

AUA Private Equity Partners

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Comvest Partners

Cresco Labs, LLC

Ewing Irrigation

Gemspring Capital Management, LLC

H.I.G. Capital

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

HCI Equity Partners

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Linden Structured Capital Fund, LP

Lindsay Goldberg

Martis Capital

Mat Ishbia

MidCap Financial Services

Monroe Capital LLC

NationsBenefits Holdings, LLC

Nautic Partners, LLC

New Harbor Capital Management

NMS Capital Group

Oxford Finance LLC

PGX Holdings, Inc.

Premier Inc.

Pura Vida Investments, LLC

Revelstoke Capital Management LLC

Ridgemont Equity Partners

The Sterling Group

TriplePoint Capital LLC/ TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp

True West Capital Partners, LLC

TPG Growth

Voyager Interests

Waypoint Capital

Wellspring Capital Management LLC

Whitehorse Capital Management, LLC

WindRose Health Investors

Work highlights

  • Represented American Builders & Contractors Supply Co in the structuring, negotiation, documentation, and execution of an amendment to its senior secured asset-asset based credit facility with Bank of America, N.A as agent for the lenders.
  • Represented H.I.G. Capital in connection with the structuring, negotiation, documentation and execution of secured term, revolving and delayed draw term loans with Macquarie Capital Funding LLC and Stifel Bank & Trust.
  • Represented Lindsay Goldberg in connection with the structuring, negotiation, documentation and execution of a senior secured term and revolving loan with Monroe Capital and Kayne Anderson.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has extensive experience acting as investment fund counsel over the entire lifecycle of a fund; from the initial fund raise, through to the operation and eventual exit. The firm acts for clients across the mid-upper market segment across various asset classes, most notably those in connection with the healthcare sector. Ian Schwartz leads the New York-based team and advises boutique sponsors and institutional investors across all private fund related matters, including regulatory and compliance. Further names to note are Luc Jansen and Prem Amarnani, who are both well versed in transactional matters, Erica Moscarello who specializes in hybrid funds, including those in the credit and real estate space and David Nestler who continues to advise on private investment funds for a growing mid-market client base.

Practice head(s):

Ian Schwartz

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive knowledge of the industry.’

‘Luc Jansen is very responsive and competent.’

‘Extremely professional and client focused – perform way better than the lawyers on the other side of the table.’

‘MWE continues to be the first choice for all of our PE fund work. We have been working with David Nestler at MWE for the last couple of years and it’s always been a relaxing, predictable and very professional experience.’

‘The funds group at MWE has a number of really great partners, however, we’ve only had the pleasure of working with David Nestler for all of our work. The best thing about David is he never guesses, he always has experience dealing with each problem we encounter, and he always is the voice of reason in a room.’

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital (including affiliates H.I.G. Realty and H.I.G. WhiteHorse)

Boyne Capital

Martis Capital

iCapital Network

Lorient Capital

Great Point Partners

3 Boomerang Capital

S3 Capital

WestCap Management

Speyside Equity Advisors

Elements Health Investors Management

DW Partners

Rock Island Capital

Performant Capital

Five Arrows Capital Partners

O’Brien-Staley Partners

Multicoin Capital

Stockdale Street

ARCIS Group

Ember Company

Work highlights

  • Represented H.I.G. Capital as investment fund counsel in connection with the formation of and fundraising for H.I.G. Middle Market LBO Fund IV and associated co-investment separately managed accounts that closed together, aggregated USD6 billion.
  • Represented Martis Capital as investment fund counsel in connection with the formation of and fundraising for Martis Partners IV, a healthcare private equity fund that is targeting capital commitments of $750 million.
  • Represented Lorient Capital as investment fund counsel in connection with the formation of and fundraising for a continuation vehicle that was led on the LP side by the Ares and Pantheon to invest in ShiftKey.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s private equity team maintains a strong focus on the life sciences and pharma sectors, acting on a broad range of growth capital investments, buyouts, exits, recapitalizations, and add-on deals. The team’s workload, which spans middle-market and bulge-bracket transactions, also encompasses a growing number of deals in sectors such as aviation, logistics, and tech, owing in part to the broad expertise of New York-based M&A expert Frank Steinherr, who handles a large volume of complex leveraged buyouts, mergers, and take-private transactions. Steinherr co-leads the team with Chicago-based lawyers Kristian Werling, who focuses on healthcare transactions, and Gregory Metz, who handles a diverse array of LBOs and restructurings, as well as with Miami-based lawyer Frederic Levenson. Further key contacts include corporate experts Kevin Sullivan, who is based in Boston, and Brooks Gruemmer, who practices from Chicago. Miami lawyer Harris Siskind maintains close relationships with clients such as H.I.G. and is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Frank Steinherr; Kristian Werling; Gregory Metz; Frederic Levenson

Key clients

AUA Private Equity Partners

Amulet Capital Partners

Argo Infrastructure Partners

Avesi Partners

Bain Capital

BayPine

Blue Sea Capital

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Capitol Meridian Partners

CenterGate Capital LP

CenterGate Capital, LP

Comvest Partners

Gauge Capital

Gemspring Capital Management, LLC

Golub Capital

Great Mountain Partners

H.I.G. Capital.

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Iron Path Capital

JLL Partners & SV Health Investors

Kingswood Capital Management

Lee Equity

Lindsay Goldberg

Lorient Capital

Main Capital Partners

Martis Capital

Nautic Partners, LLC

New Harbor Capital

NexPhase Capital Partners

OMERS Private Equity and Forefront Dermatology

OnCap

Pacific Avenue Capital Partners

Pritzker Private Capital

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Select Equity Group

Shore Capital Partners

Silver Lake Psychology

Solum Partners

Staple Street Capital

The Sterling Group

United Services Automobile Association

Vesey Street Capital Partners

Wellspring Capital Management

WindRose Health Investors Company Group

Work highlights

  • Advised H.I.G. Capital on multiple deals, including on the sale of its portfolio company Lipari Foods to an affiliate of Littlejohn & Co. and on its portfolio company American Vision Partners’ acquisition of West Texas Eye Associates.
  • Advised OMERS Private Equity and Forefront Dermatology on its sale of an interest in Forefront Dermatology to Partners Group.
  • Advised Gemspring Capital Management on its portfolio company Zavation Medical Products’ acquisition of CoreLink Enterprises.

Real estate Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP regularly represents tenants, landlords, developers and sponsors on transactions, leasing, joint ventures, and financings across all asset classes. The firm is particularly notable for its advice to large private equity and asset management companies, as well as its broader experience on behalf of REITs, developers, and lenders. Co-head David Wolff is located in Chicago, with fellow co-heads David Herman in New York, and Mal Serure between New York and Los Angeles. Wolff is particularly experienced on structuring, negotiations, and transactions, while Herman brings expertise covering the likes of IPOs, special purpose acquisition companies, workouts and restructurings. Serure, meanwhile, is well-versed across a range of loan work that encompasses the areas of mortgage and mezzanine loan financings, among others. In 2023, Marshall Brozost, Alykhan Shivji, and David Neville left the firm.

Practice head(s):

David Herman; Mal Serure; David Wolff

Other key lawyers:

Keith Pattiz; Jeffrey Steiner; Elias Eliopoulos; Justin Bender

Key clients

Apollo Global Real Estate Management, LP

Brookfield

RFR Holding LLC

Centerbridge Capital

H.I.G. Realty Capital

QuadReal

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.

Stockbridge Capital

Ladder Capital Corp.

IS Development LLC dba Ian Schrager Company

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Monday Properties

Lindsay Goldberg

LCOR

Natixis, New York Branch

BDO USA

S3 Capital

Destillers United Group S.L.

Work highlights

  • Represented Destillers United Group S.L.in the $725 million sale of itsDiplomático rum brand to Brown- Forman corporation, the publicly traded international spirits company best known for its Jack Daniels whiskey.
  • Advising Ian Schrager International in their venture with Marriott International to develop Edition branded hotels throughout the world.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Finance > Fintech

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a strong choice for cryptocurrency and blockchain matters. Joe Evans‘ broad caseload encompasses advising on initial coin offerings.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Miami office has a strong cohort of international tax lawyers that have extensive experience in cross-border transactions with Latin America. The team is best known for inbound investments into the US from the region – particularly from Brazil. Many of these transactions involve south Florida, with real estate investments a particularly active segment. Co-head of the Latin America practice and leading the tax group in Miami, Michael Silva‘s practice demonstrates a strong emphasis on international tax, US investment structures, fund formation and advice to Latin American family offices. Steven Hadjilogiou and Arianne Plasencia provide additional international tax expertise.

Key clients

Nautic Partners

Delta Electronics, Inc

Sterling Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Sterling Capital Partners on its sale Costa Rican higher-education entities Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (ULatina) and Universidad Americana, Costa Rica (UAM), to Universidad de las Americas, a private, non-profit higher education institution in Quito, Ecuador.
  • Advised a wealthy Chilean family on tax planning and the restructuring of their investments in the US in a tax efficient manner, involving extensive analysis of US M&A rules in order to optimise the structure and ensure compliance with US witholding tax regulations.
  • Advised various Mexican high-net-worth families on tax-efficient investments and asset protection.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is noted for tax-driven M&A matters and fund formation operations. The practice has particular profile for cross-border real estate transactions, including inbound and outbound deals. It is also recognised for representing Latin American high-net-worth individuals and family offices (especially those based in Mexico and Brazil), along with prominent multinationals and financial sponsors. Michael Silva is an experienced tax specialist with an exceptional record in inbound and outbound Brazil and Mexico transactions. Arianne Plasencia is a private client specialist, who represents a number of wealthy families in Latin America in connection with their investments in the US. Senior figure Howard Kleinman has joined the New York office as co-head of the Latin America group.  Named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise. Manuel Rajunov has left the firm.

The firm: McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. Our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and more than 20 locations to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,400+ lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: As clients around the world experience increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation, we meet these multifaceted challenges head-on. Our lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. Providing effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s anti-monopoly law and other competition regimes worldwide, our lawyers help clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals.

Corporate and transactions: Our seasoned lawyers represent the full spectrum of corporate interests around the world, from global corporations to family-owned businesses to privately held companies. Our lawyers thrive on solving the most complex business problems facing their clients today and mapping out strategies to drive clients’ success tomorrow. Our broad capabilities include seamless transactional services, such as negotiating cross-border acquisitions or outsourcing deals, representing issuers in public offerings, securing preferred financial credit arrangements for borrowers or navigating a business restructuring.

Employment: We pair deep resources with broad geographic coverage, to meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, including manufacturing, financial services, health care, education and construction. Our lawyers help clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce employment contracts.

Global privacy and cybersecurity: Our lawyers advise clients on the statutory, regulatory and enforcement regimes that govern the collection, use and disclosure of data in the United States, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. With extensive experience advising on the full range of data privacy and protection laws, industry standards and issues, our lawyers regularly counsel clients on US and international data-use issues and conduct in-depth privacy/cybersecurity risk assessments, often in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other domestic and cross border transactions.

Employee benefits and executive compensation: Our lawyers help clients maximise the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability. The team provides strategic day-to-day counsel on matters such as executive compensation, health/welfare plan compliance, qualified retirement plans, privacy and data protection, executive employment and severance, cultural diversity, full compliance with relevant laws, including ERISA legislation, among other general employee-relations matters.

Healthcare and life sciences: Our team provides unparalleled legal acumen rooted in decades of experience and forward growth powered by unconventional thinking. With a deep bench that includes lawyers at the cutting edge of digital health, the firm partners with clients on the full range of health-care-related issues, including physician practice management, health care litigation and the evolving regulatory landscape — both in the United States and internationally. As a top-ranked law firm for health and a leader in life sciences, we help clients navigate the issues that matter when it comes to achieving missions and solidifying positions in the market.

Intellectual property: Our top-notch team of IP lawyers, partners with clients to identify and secure their creative assets, maximize the value of their IP portfolios, and enforce or defend their rights in courts and tribunals virtually everywhere their products are made, distributed and sold. Whether you’re building the next iconic brand, protecting game-changing new technology or creating new revenue streams from your established IP assets, our team can help you achieve your business goals at every stage of the IP lifecycle. We are business savvy, technically skilled and steeped in high-stakes experience. We speak fluent CFO, CSO, CPO, CMO and Tax—skills honed over decades and maintained by understanding and embracing diverse perspectives. We are fearless and relentless advocates for your business, always pursuing a return on your IP investments. Our lawyers prioritize our partnership with you and believe service is a 24×7 proposition. We help our clients respond quickly and offer actionable solutions designed to mitigate risk and capitalize on opportunity.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are always ready to roll up their sleeves and deliver the sound, practical legal strategies necessary for both short- and long-term success. Based internationally, our nimble and creative lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. The synthesis of skill and experience, flexibility and strength — plus track record of success in high-stakes controversies — makes McDermott a go-to firm for large-scale, complex litigation. Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of its lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors.

Private client and wealth management: From the global to the personal, the firm brings its full-service network to bear in helping closely held business owners and high-net-worth individuals effectively structure their assets, meet their wealth transfer and planning goals, and make their mark philanthropically. As clients make the critical decisions that shape their personal, business, tax, civic and charitable concerns around the world, we will be at their side with creative, customized solutions.

Regulatory: Our lawyers marry legal skill with political savvy to turn regulatory risks into forward-looking business solutions. Based in government and trade capitals around the world, our lawyers support companies traversing the increasingly complex international trade landscape, and tackle rising global antitrust activity in all major US and international forums. Wherever the business reaches, our talented regulatory lawyers can help position the your organization for success.

Tax: Our lawyers advise some of the world’s most successful companies on tax matters, including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 100. With a unique combination of tax practitioners, strategists and creative thinkers who can validate sound strategies and offer innovative solutions it helps clients advance their organization’s growth plan — with senior partners involved at every step — 365 days a year with a 360-degree view of the evolving tax landscape.

Photo Name Position Profile
Heather Cooper photo Heather Cooper Heather Cooper focuses her practice almost exclusively on federal income tax issues…
Benton Curtis photo Benton Curtis Benton (Ben) Curtis, a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial attorney, focuses…
Gary Scott Davis photo Gary Scott Davis Gary Scott Davis, PA, advises clients on issues concerning managed care, including…
Steven Hadjilogiou photo Steven Hadjilogiou Partner Steven Hadjilogiou focuses his practice on tax optimization of business operations…
Frederic Levenson photo Mr Frederic Levenson Frederic (Fred) L. Levenson is the co-head of the Firm’s Private Equity…
Joanna Jung-Erh Lin photo Mrs Joanna Jung-Erh Lin venture financing, mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, and complex…
Lisa Mazur photo Lisa Mazur With deep experience in the complex and constantly evolving digital health regulatory…
Arianne Plasencia photo Arianne Plasencia Arianne R. Plasencia focuses her practice on US & international tax matters.…
Michael Silva photo Michael Silva Partner Michael Silva focuses his practice on international tax law, with an…
Harris Siskind photo Harris Siskind Partner Harris C. Siskind advises clients on private equity transactions, mergers and…
Sam Snider photo Sam Snider Sam Snider focuses his practice on M&A transactions, joint ventures and private…
Jerry Sokol  photo Jerry Sokol Jerry J. Sokol concentrates his national practice on the business aspects of…
Philip Tingle  photo Philip Tingle Philip (Phil) Tingle represents energy companies such as utilities, independent power producers…
Anthony Upshaw  photo Anthony Upshaw Anthony (Tony) Upshaw represents clients on product defense, class action, mass tort…
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