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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
28 STATE STREET
BOSTON, MA 02109-1775
United States

Industry focus > Healthcare: health insurers Tier 1

The deeply experienced team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides transactional and regulatory advice to health insurers, while also representing healthcare-sector clients in enforcement proceedings and litigation. The firm has a strong background working with private equity clients and has advised a variety of non-traditional investors on health insurance transactions. It is also noted for its focus on digital health issues. Moreover, the litigation team, was recently bolstered by the arrivals of three new partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in a move that significantly strengthens the firm's litigation capabilities for health insurers. Eric Zimmerman leads the team from Washington DC, with a focus on policy and legislation matters. Other names to note in Washington DC are Jeremy Earl, who focuses on regulation relating to managed care organizations, and Kate McDonald, who advises insurers and HMOs on a full range of federal and state regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Eric Zimmerman

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Earl; Kate McDonald

Key clients

Ascension

Benefytt Technologies, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Cigna

DaVita Inc.

Florida Blue

Health First

RWJBarnabas Health

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 1

A 'one-stop shop for outstanding legal advisory work', McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides a complete suite of services to its clients, with experience in transactions, litigation, enforcement and regulatory compliance. It also has integrated research and lobbying wings to further support client needs. The firm has expanded its work with telehealth providers, having recently acted for clients including Regroup Therapy, Babylon Health, MDLive and WorkIT, in their responses to regulatory demands created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Chicago-based Sandra DiVarco, who has noted expertise in restructuring, has led much of the Covid-19-related regulatory work. On the transactional side, Bernadette Broccolo in Chicago focuses on relationship formation and realignment; Miami-based Gary Davis is a name to note for managed care organizations' Kerrin Slattery has experience in large-scale transactions and joint venture advisory work; and Christopher Jedrey concentrates on non-profit and for-profit healthcare M&A. Gregory Fosheim is also recommended both for transactional and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Eric Zimmerman

Other key lawyers:

Bernadette Broccolo; Gary Davis; Kerrin Slattery; Christopher Jedrey; Sandra DiVarco; Gregory Fosheim

Testimonials

‘The bench strength is amazing and the responsiveness to short timelines quite impressive.’

‘Chris Jedrey is a remarkable counsel and a better teacher. He is a reliable voice in dealing with thorny issues. Charlie Buck is an outstanding lawyer, an excellent teacher, and a significant resource with respect to health care transactions, physician arrangements, and regulatory matters.’

‘One-stop shop for outstanding legal advisory work. I was extremely impressed with the quality of work, responsiveness, depth and breadth both with the healthcare team as well as the specialists across the firm that were looped in as-needed.’

‘Real human beings that were easy to connect beyond working on the transaction. I found myself eager to get on the phone with the MWE team as I knew we would have a lot of fun working through issues. Can’t say I’ve ever mentioned having fun on calls with my lawyers.’

‘MWE is responsive, creative, timely, and provides solid advice.’

‘Jennifer Vecchio is an amazing attorney with sound advice, real-world experience, timely work results and always willing to think of solutions to today’s complex healthcare M&A issues.’

‘The privacy team is able to give high-level feedback real-time based upon the breadth and depth of their knowledge of not just the law, but the application of the law. Their advice is practical.’

‘Daniel Gottlieb has such a broad and deep understanding of the application of the HIPAA rules as well as the multitude of tiny details in the preamble and OCR commentary that he can very quickly and efficiently answer most questions on a telephone call or email.’

‘McDermott has an exceptional healthcare transactional team that is our go-to and only call for the most complex transactions and finance matters. McDermott has the deepest bench for healthcare financing, M&A, or related regulatory work. They have been a trusted partner for over a decade and help both with day-to-day issues, as well as enormous special projects such as bond financings, credit lines, and major acquisitions.’

‘Gary Gertler is incredibly responsive and client-focused. He knows exactly what we need and delivers a practice-ready work product that does not require any filter before going to management. He is extremely flexible and understands what the situation requires and will deliver every time. His depth of knowledge on healthcare transaction issues is unparalleled and he leverages the entire firm to get an answer on any topic within minutes, even if he doesn’t know it offhand.’

‘MWE’s expertise in the healthcare field is unparalleled. I’ve worked with a number of firms in this area, but none have been able to match their responsiveness or depth of expertise.’

‘Jenn Geetter is an outstanding lawyer focusing on HIPAA. She’s able to give practical, informed, and nuanced advice on data privacy, regardless of the context. Tony Maida is also excellent when it comes to healthcare regulatory issues. He’s been a strong partner to our company for years, and is one of the most trusted external counsels that we have.’

Key clients

Advent Health

Lexington Medical Center

Tidelands Health

Medical University of South Carolina

Randolph Hospital, Incorporated, d/b/a Randolph Health

Wayne Memorial Hospital, Inc., d/b/a Wayne UNC Health Care

Physicians Regional Healthcare System

MEDNAX

GastroCare, LLP

Village Dermatology

Summit Health Partners, LLC

Maric Healthcare, LLC

American Society of Hematologists

Beacon Health Options

AnMed

Encompass Health

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

Miami-based Harris Siskind heads McDermott Will & Emery LLP's global corporate practice, which has notable strength in private equity matters, often advising funds and portfolio companies on acquisitions, dispositions and leveraged recapitalizations. The team routinely takes on the role of counsel for serial acquirers and also acts across the whole lifecycle of a private equity portfolio company. Standout deals included the representation of the Sterling Group and its portfolio company, Construction Supply Group, in a business combination transaction, and, separately, the $1.35bn sale of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions's CarePort Health business to WellSky Corp. In New York, Timothy Alvino handles domestic and cross-border divestitures and joint ventures, while Todd Finger is active in mergers, stock and asset purchases and sales, joint ventures and recapitalizations.

Practice head(s):

Harris Siskind

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Alvino; Todd Finger

Testimonials

‘Incredibly responsive. Provide clear, concise advice. Go above-and-beyond to provide information to clients to help facilitate their decision making.’

‘Incredibly knowledgeable, proactive, and responsive. Our advisors deliver a prestigious law firm experience in every single interaction and deal. While having incredible backgrounds and legal pedigrees, they are very down-to-earth and easy to communicate with.’

‘Deep expertise in all M&A transactions. Have particular experience in doing deals in Africa. They are true business partners and don’t give just the legal answer. They give the practical business advice, knowing the legal considerations.’

‘The team is very hands-on, and work very collaboratively. The team feels like an extension of the in-house team. Key capabilities focus on the ability for the team to advise on a broad range of topics and pull-in experts to the core M&A team as required.’

‘They are extremely client-focused, always available and always willing to go the extra mile to get a result. They work as a team, and feel like part of the in-house team.’

Key clients

ADT

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Akumin, Inc.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX)

Alpine Investors

Ampersand Capital Partners

Amulet Capital Partners, L.P.

Angeles Equity Partners

Ares Management

Atlantic Street Capital

AUA Private Equity Partners

Baker Hughes Company

Batchelor & Kimball, Inc.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: BAX)

BDO USA, LLP/ BDO Public Sector, LLC

BioTek Instruments, Inc.

Blue Sea Capital

BofA Securities, Inc.,

Calera Capital Partners

Castle Harlan

CBRE

Cellect Biotechnology

CenterGate Capital, LP

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.

Choice Health Insurance LLC

Commonwealth Psychology Associates, LLC

Comvest Partners

Coty Inc.

Credit Suisse

Cummins-Allison Corp.

DaVita Inc.

DFB Healthcare Acquisitions Corp.

Diageo

Dialexa, LLC

Dogfish Head Brewery

Downtown Music

Eli Lilly

Enhanced Healthcare Partners (“EHP”)

Enleofen Bio Pte Ltd.

Evonik

Fireman Capital Partners

Gauge Capital

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 1

Leveraging a wealth of IRS operational knowledge and highly adept at handling transfer pricing disputes, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s tax controversy team fields a comprehensive bench of experts in SALT matters and tax issues at the federal level. Chicago-based global tax head Jane Wells May leads on state-level whistleblower cases, having secured precedent-setting judgements before the Illinois courts. Also in Chicago, Jenny Johnson Ware has a solid reputation for representing private clients, trusts and estates in civil and criminal proceedings. Washington DC-based Stephen Kranz is at the forefront of digital goods and services tax, providing ongoing support to the Digital Goods and Services Coalition in legislative arguments against state-level tax reforms in that field. Other names to note include Andrew Roberson and Catherine Battin in Chicago, Richard Call in Boston, and Charles Moll in San Francisco, all of whom have experience in audits and administrative appeals against the IRS.

Practice head(s):

Jane Wells May

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Johnson Ware; Stephen Kranz; Andrew Roberson; Catherine Battin; Richard Call; Charles Moll

Testimonials

‘I have worked closely with the SALT team. They are the best tax problem solvers and litigators I have worked with. They also use political alternatives (regulatory, legislative, going to city councils and governors offices, etc). They leave no stone unturned in representing their client in the state and local area.’

‘Stephen Kranz , Diann Smith and their team in DC are the best. They look at and weigh all issues/arguments, and also consider alternative regulatory, legislative, and political solutions. They are open to client ideas, brainstorm with us on our facts constantly, and always re-examine where we are in light of state tax authority positions taken and submissions made. They are outstanding.’

Key clients

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

GROWMARK, Inc.

Digital Goods and Services Coalition (DGSC)

STAR Partnership; 27 multinational companies

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s well-balanced tax practice is equally adept at handling the tax aspects of multibillion-dollar blue-chip transactions as it is working on various planning and advisory mandates, including major internal and group restructurings for some of the world’s biggest companies. Joint practice heads Jane May and Tim Shuman, based in Chicago and Washington DC respectively, manage a deep bench of tax practitioners, many of whom draw on extensive governmental experience from previous positions at the IRS and Treasury Department. May, who also heads the firm’s SALT practice, represents various corporate clients in tax matters at the state and local tax level. Shuman focuses on acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and liquidations, and has been involved in numerous spin-offs in the review period. The department has recently hired a number of new partners, including Miami-based Arianne Plasencia and Michael Silva, the latter of whom is especially experienced in the tax aspects of investment fund formation. Plasencia and Silva joined from DLA Piper LLP (US) in April 2020. Damon Lyon and Lowell Yoder in Chicago, and Caroline Ngo in DC are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jane May; Tim Shuman

Other key lawyers:

Arianne Plasencia; Michael Silva; Damon Lyon; Lowell Yoder; Caroline Ngo

Testimonials

‘MWE has extensive experience with capital markets and financial institutions in particular. They can handle corporate matters, derivatives, and securitizations as well as federal tax issues. They also have a strong state and local practice, which sets them apart from their peers in the industry.’

‘John Lutz has the broadest base of finance and tax knowledge and experience on the street. Alexandra Scheibe is a solid derivatives attorney. Alysse McLoughlin is second to none in state and local tax matters.’

‘As clients we always want to feel that our counsel cares about us, and that is willing and happy to look for solutions and articulate responses that are helpful to our concerns. That’s is what you can get with MWE.’

‘First of all, they are great people to work with. Nice and responsive. Second, they are solid from a technical standpoint and good at listening to our problems and finding solutions that work.’

‘The MWE team provides an unusual combination of strong issue spotting and proactive problem solving. When they have reviewed a transaction I feel confident that nothing unexpected is going to surface and bite me later.  They always have suggestions for working around it to accomplish our goals in an appropriate manner. They make sure that they understand the business, the company’s planning personality and the overall context so that they can readily work as part of the team. They manage to have great availability and produce timely product without placing excessive pressure on staff.’

‘Caroline Ngo is always a pleasure to work with. She is collaborative, clear, and creative. She has a good moral compass and seeks to do the right kind of planning, i.e. things that are solid and stand up well in the bright light of day. She is not ego-involved but she is bright and can be relied upon to come up with sound suggestions for dealing with problems. She listens well and gets immediately onto the same page as the internal team.’

‘Mike Wilder, who serves as the technician who can always cite chapter and verse, does not let that get in the way of being an easygoing team member. He listens well, engages in real discussion of issues and how they will play in the real world, and gives helpful feedback both on what is market and on what he would recommend for us (where we are careful to remain safely within the straight and narrow).’

‘This group has the perfect (and hard to find) balance of subject matter expertise and practical perspective. They are precise in their advice but know how to also be user-friendly in their application.’

‘Deep knowledge of the tax rules and creative thinking are the two main areas that stand out. I also enjoy the individuals; they have great personalities.’

Key clients

Coty

Aon

Chevron

Procter & Gamble

sticky.io

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Healthcare Trust of America

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

Recent highlights for McDermott Will & Emery LLP's 'responsive and dedicated’ employee benefits and executive compensation team included assisting technology company Aura with long-running benefits issues arising from a M&A transaction, including a subsequent company rebrand and spin-offs; Boston-based Andrew Liazos led on this matter. The firm has notable strength in ESOP transactions, an area where Erin Turley (an 'outstanding partner') and the 'dedicated' Allison Wilkerson, both based in the Dallas office, are key contacts. The client portfolio also includes financial services entities and private equity firms. Chicago-based practice head Todd Solomon is recommended for advising public and private companies and tax-exempt entities on ERISA fiduciary compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Todd Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Liazos; Erin Turley; Allison Wilkerson

Testimonials

We place high value on the depth of McDermott’s team‘.

They’re the most responsive firm I’ve worked with. At the very longest we get a same-day response, and many times it’s within the hour. Just outstanding to work with’.

Allison Wilkerson conveys a sense of confidence that reduces anxiety – a subject matter expert‘.

Key clients

Amcor

BDO

Diamondback Energy

Ericsson

Evonik Industries

Gerresheimer Glass

ICBC

Liberty Mutual

Tetra Tech

Trinity Industries

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP made its mark at the beginning of 2020 with the recruitment of four energy specialists from King & Spalding LLP: Neil Levy, David Tewksbury, Bruce Richardson and Stephanie Lim. Since its arrival, the team has been active in federal and state regulatory permitting, rate and rulemaking procedures, interconnection matters and other regulatory challenges, acting for an impressive client roster primarily composed of independent power producers, but also including transmission companies and various other energy-focused clients. In addition, the group advises on tax equity investing, and assists with regulatory approvals for M&A and asset sales in the sector. Levy and Tewksbury jointly lead the practice group. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Neil Levy; David Tewksbury

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Richardson; Stephanie Lim

Testimonials

‘I work primarily with David Tewksbury, a partner in the energy regulatory practice. David is a pleasure to work with. David’s work is high quality and he is one in a relatively small group of energy regulatory lawyers whose work and analysis I know I can trust. His legal analysis and writing skills are top notch and thoughtful. He also makes himself available and is super reliable.’

Key clients

Advanced Power Services (NA) Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries

Apex Clean Energy, Inc.

Calpine and certain of its subsidiaries

Clearway Group and certain of its subsidiaries

Clearway Energy and certain of its subsidiaries

ConnectGen LLC

CPV and certain of its subsidiaries

Eastern Generation, LLC and certain of its subsidiaries (“Eastern Gen”)

Empire Generating Company, LLC

EPSA

Exelon Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries (“Exelon”)

GenOn and certain of its subsidiaries

Homer City Generation, L.P.

Hull Street Energy, LLC

J-POWER and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates

Longview Power, LLC

LS Power and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates

Marubeni Power International, Inc.

NEPGA

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

NRG and certain of its subsidiaries

Pirlo Energy Holdings, LLC

P3

ReEnergy Holdings LLC and certain of its subsidiaries (“ReEnergy”)

Talen Energy Corporation and certain of its affiliates

Tenaska and certain of its subsidiar

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Leveraging the firm's overarching project finance and regulatory strengths, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is increasingly active in the market and now has the critical mass and breadth of expertise to be able to resource a significant range and volume of work for investors, developers, public utilities and lenders on the development and financing of wind, solar and battery storage projects. The group was recently bolstered by a spate of notable hires, including that of Washington DC-based partner Christopher Gladbach from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in March 2020. Los Angeles-based partner Edward Zaelke was himself somewhat of a catalyst to the firm's increased market visibility, and since his arrival in March 2019 from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has spearheaded many of the most significant debt and tax equity renewable financing transactions on both the creditor and debtor side, including a considerable volume of private equity-related M&A and financing work. Washington DC-based partner Carl Fleming  is also recommended and as well as as providing 'highly commercial and pragmatic' advice to stakeholders on M&A and financing transactions, is also well placed to advise on shifting market trends and government policy decisions in the sector by virtue of his previous role as a White House advisor. Miami-based partner Philip Tingle co-heads the firm's energy and project finance practice alongside Zaelke and is noted for his solar and wind-related tax structuring expertise.

Practice head(s):

Edward Zaelke; Philip Tingle

Other key lawyers:

Carl Fleming; Lloyd MacNeil; Christopher Gladbach; Joel Hugenberger; Debra Harrison; Robert Lamkin

Testimonials

Carl Fleming provides highly commercial and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

US Wind Inc.

Scout Clean Energy LLC/Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

S-Power

Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO)

CIT Bank

Franklin Park Advisors

innogy renewables (now RWE Renewables)

Boston Energy Trading and Marketing LLC

Agera Energy

GenOn Holdings, LLC

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Recent trial wins for McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ERISA litigation team saw New York-based Andrew Liazos securing dismissals for healthcare clients in excessive fee litigation; Chicago-based co-head Ted Becker successfully handling complex ESOP litigation; and Miami-based co-head J. Christian Nemeth handling underperforming investment disputes for biotechnology clients. Practice co-head Brian Cousin’s New York-based team saw considerable growth with several partner hires from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, including Joshua Simon, who represents healthcare insurers in putative ERISA class actions. Cousin also secured significant wins against the DOL for clients in the non-profit sector.

Practice head(s):

Ted Becker; Brian Cousin; J. Christian Nemeth

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Liazos; Joshua Simon

Key clients

Banner Health

Cigna Corporation

DeMoulas Supermarkets

Genentech Inc.

KPC Healthcare Holdings, Inc.

Liberty Mutual

Life Insurance Company of the Southwest

Lubbock National Bank

Reliance Trust Company

Schneider Electric

Target Corporation

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's practice is situated within the firm's structured finance, derivatives and financial products department, spread across offices in New York and Chicago. The tax group supports the firm's transactional lawyers, who are heavily involved in the municipal derivatives space, as well as exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives. An area of particular expertise is the tax aspects of municipal insolvencies, where derivatives and structured finance products take center stage. In Chicago, Andrea Kramer leads the financial products, trading and derivatives team, specializing in the taxation, regulation and design of structured transactions. In the New York office, David Taub heads up the financial institutions group and is recommended for municipal derivatives work, while John Lutz focuses on the development of derivative products and new financing structures including those related to cross-border tax-advantaged financings and asset-backed securities.

Practice head(s):

David Taub; Andrea Kramer

Other key lawyers:

John Lutz

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Tax > International tax Tier 2

The tax team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is sought out by prestigious global corporates, including Fortune 100 companies, for strategic advice on international tax planning and cross-border operations. Spearheaded by Washington DC-based Timothy Shuman, and featuring partners Lowell Yoder and Damon Lyons in Chicago, Michael Silva in Miami and Caroline Ngo in Washington DC, the team is adept at handling the tax aspects of M&A, spin-offs, and corporate restructuring, and is also noted for its expertise in transfer pricing matters. In addition to its strong corporate client base, Arianne Plasencia (who recently joined from DLA Piper LLP (US)) represents high-net-worth individuals in estate planning, inbound investment planning and cross-border disputes. Britt Haxton in Washington DC and Brian Jenn in Chicago are rated for their knowledge of domestic and international regulatory issues, and have experience of issues relating to foreign tax credits and bilateral tax treaties.

Practice head(s):

Tim Shuman

Other key lawyers:

Damon Lyons; Michael Silva; Caroline Ngo; Britt Haxton; Brian Jenn

Key clients

Coty

Aon

Procter & Gamble

sticky.io

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

The outsourcing team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP stands out for its work advising healthcare and pharmaceutical companies on technology and business process outsourcing. The client roster also takes in retail, professional services, and technology companies, and is equally adept at acting for outsourcing services providers. Technology outsourcing work handled by the practice includes novel areas such as artificial intelligence and robotics. Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser co-chair the practice. David Guedry and Heather Bethancourt are other key attorneys. Atlanta-based Todd McClelland joined the firm from Jones Day in 2020. All named individuals are based in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Helms; Jason Krieser

Other key lawyers:

David Guedry; Heather Bethancourt

Key clients

Amadeus

BDO

Caterpillar

Cognizant

HCL Technologies

Heineken

Johnson & Johnson

Takeda

USAA

Walmart

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP places great importance on its longstanding relationships with clients, many of which are household names such as ExxonMobil or Motorola. It is described as 'very strong in the toxic tort area'. The firm handles several high-profile mass torts and MDLs, drawing on its robust, nationwide team of litigators and experienced trial lawyers as it defends clients against a wide array of claims, from groundwater contamination to glyphosate and asbestos exposure. Anthony Upshaw in Miami, who is involved in many of the practice’s high-profile matters, leads the practice together with experienced first chair litigator Terrence Dee in Chicago. New York-based James Pardo, who has a broad range of experience in this space, is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Upshaw; Terrence Dee

Other key lawyers:

James Pardo; Ellen Tenenbaum

Testimonials

‘Breadth of experience and strength of bench is particularly important to to success now and success in the future. Succession planning, specifically when facing long tail exposures, is key to longer term strategies.’

‘MWE attorneys exhibit a level of responsiveness and commitment I have not experienced with any other firm. They invest in understanding the company’s goals and objectives in order to be proactive in developing strategies and, more importantly, mitigation strategies from lessons learned. They work to give junior partner the experience they need, at no cost to the client, to ensure the bench is being developed. The Litigation team including Peter Sacripanti, Ellen Tenenbaum, Craig Zimmerman, and John Calandra are top notch strategists and trial attorneys.’

‘McDermott is very strong in the toxic tort area. They, more than some firms, have developed good working relationships with most opposing counsel in this space and can bring a wide range of experience and creativity to mass torts. They are one of the few large firms I have worked with that can properly staff and work up all levels of a mass tort, including discovery, plaintiff discovery, expert work, and the strategy/major motions practice.’

‘Tony Upshaw, Lisa Gerson, Jim Pardo and team have concentrated their practice on mass torts. They are great teammates, combine their practice well with a team made up of different firms, and can bring a unique perspective to the team.’

Key clients

American Petroleum Association

Motorola

Chemical Manufacturers Association

ExxonMobil

Gavilon Group

Honeywell International Inc.

IKO Manufacturing

Monsanto

National Standard Company, Inc.

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is 'extremely knowledgable' about all matters relating to brand management, including trademark enforcement and licensing. The group has stood out in particular in IP-driven transactional work for high-profile brands in the areas of healthcare, life sciences, fintech, and other technology-focused sectors. Chicago-based Christina Martini heads up the global trademark group and has broad expertise in trademark and domain name issues as well as in Internet and entertainment law. William Gaede in Silicon Valley is a contact for trademark litigation in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. In April 2020, John Dabney, Mary Hallerman, and Richard Kim departed for Snell & Wilmer LLP.

Practice head(s):

William Gaede; Christina Martini

Testimonials

‘Everyone is extremely knowledgeable and no one insists on being the expert. They are willing to go to their colleagues to help get the correct answer.’

‘The team provides consistent, practical advice with outstanding responsiveness. Everyone is highly skilled and a pleasure to work with; they truly act as an extension of my in-house resources.’

Key clients

Greenpark Sports, Inc.

Hitachi, Ltd.

Univision Communications

Block.one

Ilegal Mezcal

New York Life Insurance Company

Young Innovations, Inc.

Terlato Wines International

Zodiac Pool Systems LLC

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

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is well placed to advise on data matters arising from regulatory and enforcement regimes in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Jointly led by Ed Zacharias in Boston and Daniel Gottlieb in Chicago, the team regularly advises on the establishment of compliance programs and is able to leverage its outstanding reputation in the healthcare sector to address the privacy issues raised by digital health platforms. The group also has a strong track record navigating investigations brought by federal and state authorities and has accumulated substantive experience in security breach work. Todd McClelland joined from Jones Day in April 2020 while Sarah Hogan  departed for WilmerHale later that year, in September.

Practice head(s):

Ed Zacharias; Daniel Gottlieb

Other key lawyers:

Todd McClelland

Testimonials

‘McDermott has a large team of experts in health care law, with experience specific to IT technology, privacy and data protection. While some other firms may have some attorneys with expertise, I have found McDermott has experts in a variety of different segments of the health care industry, and is eager and able to provide legal support in these areas through more than one of its specialist attorneys. The attorneys recognize additional issues in the various fact patterns that I have presented, and use their internal resources efficiently to make sure that the client is not excessively charged for time.’

‘Great bench depth – there is always someone who is right in the thick of an issue and has excellent market knowledge. Practical and responsive with the ability to respond to issues in a proportionate manner.’

‘Cyber team has excellent knowledge of pre breach legal recommendations as well as post breach or incident response help and expertise.’

Key clients

Vistar Media

Tradeswell

Arcspan Media

StackAdapt

Actable Data

Ardsley Media

theBalm

Mira

MPUSA

Giant Spoon

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 3

As chair of McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Chicago-based benefits practice, Todd Solomon advises tax-exempt entities and public and private companies on deferred compensation arrangements, ERISA fiduciary issues and ESOPs. Lisa Loesel has expertise in 401(k) plan design and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements. In Boston, Andrew Liazos provides 'practical and thoughtful solutions' to executive compensation matters, which he regularly handles for senior executives. The group also acts for healthcare and private equity clients.

Practice head(s):

Todd Solomon

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Liazos; Lisa Loesel

Key clients

BDO

Crate & Barrel

Darden Restaurants

Ericsson

Hanesbrands

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

Keurig Dr Pepper

KONE Corporation

Lenovo

Liberty Mutual

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP strengthened its disputes offering with the addition of seven new partners in 2020, including Joshua Simon and Warren Haskel from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and insurance specialists Jane Byrne and Guyon Knight from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. The firm handles a wide range of cases, but is particularly active in healthcare, antitrust and IP litigation, including class actions. John Calandra in New York is a name to note for complex commercial litigation, while Los Angeles-based Jon Dean is a key contact for IP disputes. Simon, Haskel, Byrne and Knight all joined the New York office.

Practice head(s):

John Calandra; Jon Dean; David Rosenbloom

Other key lawyers:

Jane Byrne; Guyon Knight; Joshua Simon; Warren Haskel

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

BDO USA, LLP

BlackBerry

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Cigna Corporation

Cummins Allison

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Dawn Rowe

Dimension Data

eBay

Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil)

Furie Operating Alaska, LLC

George E. Warren LLC

Healthcare Distribution Alliance

HIG Growth Partners, LLC. and HIG Capital, LLC.

Honeywell International Inc.

Ideal Industries

IKO Industries, Ltd.

Intelsat

Invensys Inc.

James Hardie Building Products, Inc.

Jeunesse

Joseph Chen

Kleinfelder, Inc.

KOS Services, Inc.

Kymeta

Larry Basemore – Pro Bono

Motorola Mobility

National Football League

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's life sciences team has a solid on-the-ground presence in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Silicon Valley, and is active across the spectrum of transactional healthcare, life sciences and digital health matters. The practice has substantially bolstered its offering in IP litigation and FDA regulations with the 2020 hires of April Weisbruch and Brian Malkin in Washington DC; patent litigators Ralph Gaskins and Jackie Toney in Atlanta, and Michael Siekman and Jenny Chen in Boston. Indeed, the group is now especially well placed to handle patent prosecution, Hatch-Waxman matters, licensing and post-grant proceedings. The New York office added former Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorneys Warren Haskel, Dmitriy Tishyevich and Joshua Simon in March 2020 to its growing team of healthcare litigators. Practice co-heads Stephen Bernstein and Kristian Werling are based in Boston and Chicago, respectively. William Gaede in Silicon Valley chairs the global IP practice.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Bernstein; Kristian Werling; William Gaede

Other key lawyers:

April Weisbruch; Brian Malkin; Ralph Gaskins; Jackie Toney; Michael Siekman; Jenny Chen; Warren Haskel; Dmitriy Tishyevich; Joshua Simon

Testimonials

‘The MWE team has a deep understanding of biotechnology and healthcare technology and the law. The team also had a good understanding of the murky caselaw related to the legal matter.’

‘The pragmatic business advice and appropriate staffing for the case were several highlights from the MWE team.’

Key clients

Amgen

Novartis

Quidel

Bausch

Baxter

Biogen

Ampersand Capital Partners

Merck KgA

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's immigration practice is led out of New York by Joan-Elisse Carpentier who represents corporations and businesses on nationality law. The team has an active employment-based practice and handles transfers of foreign employees, developing corporate immigration policies for clients, and  I-9 compliance programs. Also in the team is Washington DC-based immigration specialist Malati Lal who supports the workload. The group has sector strengths across the arts and entertainment , as well as banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

Joan-Elisse Carpentier

Other key lawyers:

Malati Lal

Testimonials

‘They are very knowledgeable. ’

‘We’ve worked with Joan-Elisse Carpentier. She’s really knowledgeable and has a deep understanding of the immigration processes. She’s always available to answer questions.’

‘Fast response, thoughtful advice, technical accuracy.’

‘Individual attention and a respect for the history of our relationship.’

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles contentious insurance coverage litigation and reinsurance disputes for a range of clients, including for captives and risk retention groups. Practice leadership is split between Margaret Warner and Ryan Smethurst in Washington DC, and Jane Byrne in New York. Byrne and Guyon Knight have strengthened the team's offering since both joining the firm from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in July 2020. The team is well regarded for its trial and appellate experience in complex insurance coverage litigation and is engaged in appeals in the Supreme Court of Oregon involving environmental and asbestos coverage issues relating to the US Environmental Protection Agency's multi-billion-dollar river clean-up in Portland.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Warner; Ryan Smethurst; Jane Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Guyon Knight

Key clients

WTC Captive Insurance Company Inc.

Securitas AB and Securitas Holdings Inc. (captive insurer: Securitas Group Reinsurance Ltd.)

Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Company

Allianz Underwriters Insurance Company

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Allianz Reinsurance America

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Associated Indemnity Company

Chicago Insurance Company

National Surety Corporation

Guardian Life Insurance Company

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

American Insurance Company

National Surety Corporation

MCIC, A Vermont Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

CAN

Allied World/Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Co.

Infrassure Ltd.

Munich Re America

W.R. Berkley

RenaissanceRe

Partner Re

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s insurance team is involved in complex M&A transactional work, particularly in the carrier and broker space, renewal rights transactions, related deal financings, healthcare and sophisticated loss portfolio dispositions. Practice head Michael Halsband has extensive experience in the M&A space, as well as new company formation and capital raises. Michael Byrne, supported by the wider team also handles multi-jurisdictional and single-state regulatory transactional matters in addition to regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues. The insurance practice is spread across offices in New York, California, Washington DC and Chicago. Thomas Jones has retired.

Practice head(s):

Michael Halsband

Other key lawyers:

Michael Byrne

Key clients

Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.

Equinox Management Group, Inc.

Early, Cassidy & Schilling, LLC

IA Capital Group

GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities

Allianz Risk Transfer (Bermuda) Limited

TripAdvisor, Inc.

United States Travel Insurance Association (UStiA)

Californian Earthquake Authority

RWJBarnabas Health

Private equity fund manager

Transverse Insurance Group

Root, Inc.

International Underwriting Association of London

Partner Re

Choice Health Insurance LLC and National Direct Marketing LLC

Munich Re Digital Partners

W.R. Berkley

RenaissanceRe

Swiss Re Capital Markets

Custodia Financial, LLC

Chubb

American International Group (AIG)

State National Insurance Group

Brighthouse

Allstate

Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange

Coverys

GeoVera

CSAA of Northern California

New Paradigm

QBE

Starr Companies

Travelers

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company (“NORCAL”)

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP significantly grew its international trade practice with the arrivals of seven practitioners from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in August 2020. Joanne Osendarp was among the new hires and currently serves as co-chair of the practice alongside Carolyn Gleason. Following the appointments of Osendarp and Eric Parnes in particular, the team bolstered its ability to represent clients in trade remedy proceedings and trade negotiations. Its trade policy work also gained additional credibility through the expertise of senior counsel Dean Pinkert, a former member of the International Trade Commission. Further, the group is also well versed in customs compliance, export controls, and economic sanctions; Raymond Paretzky and senior counsel David Levine are practitioners with a strong reputation in this space.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Osendarp; Carolyn Gleason

Other key lawyers:

Dean Pinkert; Eric Parnes; David Levine; Conor Gilligan; Timothy Hruby

Key clients

Asocaña – Sugar Cane Growers Association of Colombia

Chiquita Brands

CHS

CJ CheilJedang Corporation

Coalition for Fair Trade in Ripe Olives

Export Development Canada

Government of Canada

Illinois Tool Works

JBT

Musco Family Olive Co.

Olam

Owens Corning

TTI, Inc.

United Phosphorus

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

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is regularly instructed by corporate management client and also senior executives to defend them in a variety of employment disputes. Led by the Chicago-based Michael Sheehan, the group has particular expertise in trade secrets and non-compete litigation, accessibility cases, wage and hour claims, and class and collective actions; it is particularly sought out by clients in the entertainment industry. New York’s Brian Cousin is a practitioner with more than 30 years of experience, and Rachel Cowen specialises in discrimination and wrongful termination cases, while San Francisco-based Ron Holland also covers whistleblowing matters. Further key team members include Kristin Michaels in Chicago, Maria Rodriguez in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco-based Ellen Bronchetti and Pankit Doshi, as well as Washington DC’s Kerry Scanlon and Jeremy White, and Lindsay Ditlow in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cowen; Maria Rodriguez; Kerry Scanlon; Jeremy White; Ellen Bronchetti; Ron Holland; Joseph Mulherin; Lindsay Ditlow; Pankit Doshi; Brian Cousin; Kristin Michaels

Key clients

American Advertising Federation

BDO

Circle K

Elite Models

NBC Universal

Netflix

Novartis

The Body Shop

Walt Disney

Verizon

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a strong presence in Chicago and San Francisco and acts for a notable client roster, which includes impressive names from a variety of industries, including the transportation, aviation and entertainment sectors. The group is involved in collective bargaining issues, union relations and NLRB negotiations; it also covers matters relating to the NLRA and RLA. In the San Francisco office, David Durham is a key name for labor unions, while Ron Holland and Ellen Bronchetti are experienced in labor disputes; Christopher Foster is also a noteworthy practitioner. The firm’s Chicago office fields practice head Michael Sheehan, and Kristin Michaels, who handles labor negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

David Durham; Ron Holland; Ellen Bronchetti; Christopher Foster; Kristin Michaels

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and works hard to meet our needs.’

‘Ron Holland is stellar; very knowledgeable and strategic in his plans.’

Key clients

AirBnB

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Irwin Industries

Netflix

Northstar Memorial Group

Providence Health & Services

Sapporo USA/Anchor Brewing Co

Transdev

United Airlines

Waste Management

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery LLP represents major corporate clients in a variety of merger control proceedings, including standard regulatory filings and investigations, through to second requests, FTC reviews, and DOJ challenges, both during and post-merger. Notable representations during 2020 include acting for Constellation Brands in the ongoing FTC review of the sale of wine brands to Gallo, and defending Geisinger Health’s minority interest investment in Evangelical Community Hospital against a post-closing DOJ challenge. Healthcare and hedge fund transactions are particular areas of strength for the merger control team and wider antitrust department. The DC-based team is led by Raymond Jacobsen, an experienced litigator with a successful record in merger defense. Former FTC attorney Joel Grosberg has defended mergers before the DOJ, FTC, state, and foreign antitrust bodies, and has particular expertise in the tech, chemical, healthcare and life sciences industries. Jon Dubrow is noted for his successful record in second request proceedings, while Jeffrey Brennan plays a leading role in the firm's healthcare antitrust team. Senior associate Lisa Rumin advises healthcare, biotech, and pharma clients on merger clearance proceedings, and has a particular strength in handling investigations.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Jacobsen

Other key lawyers:

Joel Grosberg; Jon Dubrow; Jeffrey Brennan; Lisa Rumin

Testimonials

‘My experience with the team has been very thorough but practical. They listen and learn about the business and use that information in a valuable way through the merger process.’

‘They are pragmatic, responsive and hard working, they listened and learned as we went along and they cared about bringing value to our company.

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Constellation Brands

Amneal / Impax Laboratories

Lockheed Martin

Premier Inc.

Motorola

NGK Insulators, Inc.

Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Ballad Health

Main Line Health

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Permanente Medical Group

Memorial Hermann Health System and Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization

Steward Health Care LLC

Memorial Health System

Western Maryland Health System

CCPA Purchasing Partners LLP

Geisinger Health

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, William Gaede in Silicon Valley took over the lead of the practice from the Washington DC-based Nicole Jantzi in July 2020. The group is primarily active in the technology, healthcare, food and beverage, automotive and consumer products sectors as well as in life sciences. The arrival of several new team members gave the practice a boost across different areas: in February 2020 pharmaceutical, software, medical device, ballistics and chemistry expert April Weisbruch, formerly at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP joined in Washington DC, March 2020 saw the arrival of former Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP practitioners Jeffrey Toney and counsels Ralph Gaskins and Jackie Toney in Atlanta, all three experts in pharmaceutical litigation, followed in September 2020 by the arrival of Shane Nichols from Alston & Bird LLP, a specialist in petroleum technology and medical devices with a degree in electrical engineering. With its federal court, appellate, PTAB and ITC practice and offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Orange County in addition to the already mentioned hubs in Washington DC and Silicon Valley, clients can rely on the practice as a one-stop-shop in US patent litigation. The firm's international capabilities and particularly IP colleagues in France and Germany are another asset. Margaret Duncan retired in December 2019. Nicole Clouse joined Biogen in an in-house role in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

William Gaede

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Columbia; Thomas Steindler; Paul Schoenhard; Nicole Jantzi; Shane Nichols; Bhanu Sadasivan; Judy Mohr; April Weisbruch; Jeffrey Toney; Ralph Gaskins; Jackie Toney

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.

Bausch Health US

Mallinckrodt plc

Regal West Corporation d/b/a Regal Logistics

The Coca-Cola Company

Quidel Corporation

Natera Inc.

Straumann USA, Inc.

Way Interglobal Network, LLC

Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC

Next Caller Inc.

Cellwitch Inc.

10x Genomics Inc.

Amgen Inc. / Immunex Corporation

Orthopaedic Hospital

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

Under the lead of Silicon Valley's Ahsan Shaikh, practice head since March 2020, McDermott Will & Emery LLP bolstered its life sciences practice with the arrival of Boston duo Jenny Chen and Michael Siekman, both formerly at Polsinelli PC, in August 2020. The team scores with its transversal approach to patent prosecution, combining deep technical expertise with prosecution experience, refined through the use of technology for optimal prosecution strategy crafting, and a high-profile transactional practice that sharpens the team's focus on the commercial aspects of portfolio development. As a notable international player, the group also offers experience in cross-border matters. William Gaede (Silicon Valley) is the head of the firm's global IP practice. Roger Kuan and Jason Novak left for Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. in May 2020, five months after Kristina Bieker joined Goodwin.

Practice head(s):

William Gaede; Ahsan Shaikh

Other key lawyers:

Judy Mohr; Bhanu Sadasivan; Michael Fogarty; Takashi Saito; Edward Gordon

Key clients

Electronic Arts Inc.

Quidel Corporation

Amgen Inc.

Panasonic

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Shutterstock

Heron Therapeutics

Young Innovations

Kymab Limited

Block.one

Prospect Medical Holdings

One Home Products

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

The Silicon Valley-based McDermott Will & Emery LLP IP practice acts for clients across a range of industries including the technology, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services and entertainment sectors. The firm has experience in trade secret protection work, unfair competition issues, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, preventing misuse or improper disclosure of former employers’ trade secrets, regulatory compliance work and defending against economic espionage. Judy Mohr, Nicole Jantzi and counsel Daniel Alberti are active in the area.

Other key lawyers:

Judy Mohr; Nicole Jantzi; Daniel Alberti

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Headed up by the Washington-based Raymond Jacobsen, Jr., McDermott Will & Emery LLP offers the full spectrum of antitrust services, including defense in both domestic and global cartel investigations. Renowned for its robust healthcare antitrust practice, the group has recently been focusing on investigations arising from the auto parts and generic pharmaceuticals industries, as well as issues related to alleged “no-poach” agreements; Chicago-based duo Katharine O’Connor and Stephen Wu are both active in this space. In 2020, the department lost Stefan Meisner to join Crowell & Moring LLP, while David Hanselman took up a role as deputy county attorney in Maricopa County.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Jacobsen, Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Katharine O’Connor; Stephen Wu

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Constellation Brands

Amneal / Impax Laboratories

Lockheed Martin

Premier Inc.

Motorola

NGK Insulators, Inc.

Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Ballad Health

Main Line Health

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Permanente Medical Group

Memorial Hermann Health System and Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization

Steward Health Care LLC

Western Maryland Health System

CCPA Purchasing Partners LLP

Geisinger Health

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is recognized in this space for its experience in the defense of antitrust cases in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Raymond Jacobsen, Jr. heads up the 'exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced' group, which frequently handles follow-on damage claims stemming from global cartel investigations. Stationed in the Chicago office, Stephen Wu focuses on antitrust litigation in the healthcare space, while Katharine O’Connor represents clients in cases involving the manufacturing, food and finance sectors. Elsewhere, Michelle Lowery in Los Angeles excels in class action conspiracy, monopolization and exclusive dealing cases. In 2020, Stefan Meisner moved to Crowell & Moring LLP while former practice co-head David Hanselman took up a role as deputy county attorney in Maricopa County.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Jacobsen, Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Wu; Katharine O’Connor; Michelle Lowery; Nicole Castle

Testimonials

‘Our organization had the privilege of being represented by McDermott Will & Emery (MWE) in an antitrust case. It was immediately clear that the MWE antitrust team is exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced, but they also provided patient counsel for our management team throughout the entire process.’

‘Although every interaction with MWE attorneys and the staff was pleasant and professional, there were two individuals who were exceptional, Stephen Wu and Katharine O’Connor.’

‘Nicole Castle is quick to respond, succinct and straightforward with her answers, and able to explain complex issues and risks in an easy to understand fashion. Really enjoy working with her.’

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Constellation Brands

Amneal / Impax Laboratories

Lockheed Martin

Premier Inc.

Motorola

NGK Insulators, Inc.

Treehouse Foods, Inc.

Ballad Health

Main Line Health

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Permanente Medical Group

Memorial Hermann Health System and Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization

Steward Health Care LLC

Memorial Health System

Western Maryland Health System

CCPA Purchasing Partners LLP

Geisinger Health

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

Leveraging the firm's project finance, tax and regulatory capabilities and also strengthened by the arrival of number of core energy transactional lawyers in recent years, including that of Christopher Gladbach  from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in March 2020, McDermott Will & Emery LLP is increasingly well-placed to advise funds, developers and utilities across a full scope of their power-related mandates. While M&A and financing work, throughout the project life cycle, is a driver for a good deal of the firm's renewable and conventional power work, it is also well-versed at advising on power production agreements and power trading matters, an area in which Washington DC-based partner Robert Lamkin has a particular strength. Edward Zaelke and Philip Tingle co-head the firm's global energy project finance team from Los Angeles and Miami, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Edward Zaelke; Philip Tingle

Other key lawyers:

Robert Lamkin; Christopher Gladbach; Debra Harrison; Joel Hugenberger

Testimonials

‘The firm is very responsive and wants to understand the issues that we are facing.’

Key clients

Northern Indiana Public Service Company

Boston Energy Trading and Marketing

Agera Energy

GenOn Holdings

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's ITC team stands out for its blend of technological versatility, its lawyers with substantial experience from former regulatory and enforcement authorities, and, thanks to Washington DC-based Jay Reiziss' in-depth knowledge of the workings of the ITC Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Chairman and the Office of Unfair Import Investigations. With the firm's large patent litigation team, clients can draw on substantial resources for their high-stakes ITC matters. Practice head William Gaede is based in the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

William Gaede

Other key lawyers:

Jay Reiziss; Alexander Ott

Testimonials

‘The MWE team includes many highly skilled patent litigators. In my experience, they provided pragmatic business-focused advice. The team quickly picked up the technology involved in the matter and was a pleasure to work with throughout the case.’

‘I appreciated the pragmatic business advice that MWE provided for this legal matter as well as the appropriate staffing levels on the case. The amounts charged were reasonable and unlike what happens at other large firms there was no overstaffing/churning of the bill.’

‘Bill Gaede is an excellent attorney who provides smart and practical advice. He is highly skilled at explaining complex topics in understandable terms.’

‘They provide creative advice on strategies for resolving disputes on favorable terms, advise clients regarding licensing practices and have a comprehensive knowledge of the complex legal framework and unique issues surrounding licensing of standard-essential patent (SEP) portfolios under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.’

‘Practical, aggressive, and zealous. Can’t ask for better litigators in a difficult heavy litigation matter.’

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's derivatives and structured finance practice is able to handle the transactional, tax, regulatory and compliance aspects of a variety of structured financial products. The group is best known for municipal derivatives, and has recently been involved in a number of municipal insolvencies. The group also advises sell-side clients on exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives. Heading the team is New York-based municipal derivatives expert David Taub. In Chicago, Andrea Kramer is noted for assisting with the taxation and regulatory aspects of derivatives transactions. New York's John Lutz is also a specialist in structured finance and derivatives tax for financial institutional clients.

Practice head(s):

David Taub

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Kramer; John Lutz

Testimonials

‘Whenever working with MWE they always bring a diverse group and provide excellent thoughts and research. Top notch talent and expertise across corporate and tax matters.’

‘Great diversity of talent and knowledge base.’

‘Advice is comprehensive and creative, always employing a solution oriented, client-focused approach.’

‘Andrea Kramer’s industry knowledge compliments her unparalleled subject matter expertise allowing her to offer clients practical solutions.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

With offices in Washington DC, California, and Chicago, McDermott Will & Emery LLP's trademarks group is active for clients in the fintech, life sciences, fashion, and insurance industries. Chicago-based Christina Martini heads up the global trademark prosecution and controversy practice, and advises major brands on online trademark enforcement. Also recommended is Robert Zelnick in Washington DC, a very well-known name in trademark litigation. In April 2020, John Dabney, Mary Hallerman, and Richard Kim departed for Snell & Wilmer LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christina Martini

Other key lawyers:

Robert Zelnick

Key clients

Greenpark Sports, Inc.

Hitachi, Ltd.

Univision Communications

Block.one

Ilegal Mezcal

New York Life Insurance Company

Young Innovations, Inc.

Terlato Wines International

Zodiac Pool Systems LLC

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery LLP expanded its private equity team significantly with the quadruple hire of Craig RasileFrank LaysonSam Snider, and Paul Puckett from DLA Piper LLP (US) in the Miami office, as well as the promotion of Christine Corkran Kretkowski to partner in Washington DC. The group also enjoyed a very active work stream in 2020, which saw continued mandates for notable mid-market clients such as H.I.G Capital and Gemspring, alongside equity investment, portfolio M&A, and target company deals. The PE team works closely with the firm's tax, regulatory, and banking departments, allowing it to handle complex regulatory issues and financing elements. Miami's Harris Siskind leads the team, and regularly works with the firm's key relationship clients including H.I.G, while Chicago-based senior lawyers Brooks Gruemmer and Andrew McCune maintain diverse practices covering buyouts, equity investments, portfolio company deals, and exits.

Practice head(s):

Harris Siskind

Other key lawyers:

Craig Rasile; Frank Layson; Sam Snider; Paul Puckett; Christine Corkran Kretowski; Brooks Gruemmer; Andrew McCune

Key clients

Alpine Investors

Ampersand Capital Partners

Amulet Capital Partners, L.P.

Angeles Equity Partners

Ares Management

Atlantic Street Capital

AUA Private Equity Partners

Blue Sea Capital

Calera Capital Partners

Castle Harlan

CBRE

CenterGate Capital, LP

Comvest Partners

Credit Suisse

DFB Healthcare Acquisitions Corp.

Enhanced Healthcare Partners (“EHP”)

Fireman Capital Partners

Gauge Capital (and portfolio company Comprehensive EyeCare Partners, LLC)

Gemspring Capital Management, LLC

General Atlantic

General Catalyst

Great Point Partners

H.I.G. Capital, LLC/H.I.G. Advantage, LLC/ H.I.G. Growth Partners, LLC

HCI Capital Partners/ HCI Equity Partners, LLC

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

IA Capital Group

Industrial Opportunity Partners

LaSalle Capital Group

Lee Equity Partners

Lennar Ventures

Lindsey Goldberg

Lorient Capital

Martis Capital

MasterCard

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC/ J.P. Morgan

Securities LLC

Nautic Partners (and portfolio company Harrington Industrial Plastics LLC)

New Harbor Capital

Northlane Capital

OnCap

Peak Rock Capital LLC

Probo Investment Holdings

Quad-C Management

Rainier Capital Partners

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Rhône Group

RiverGlade

Riverside Partners

Spanos Barber Jesse & Co.

Spring Management OK, LLC

Sterling Partners/The Sterling Group

The O’Neil Family

United Generations

Wellspring Capital Management

Westshore Capital Partners

WindRose Health Investors

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

For McDermott Will & Emery LLP, 2020 was marked by significant growth team: in January, David Hurst joined the Wilmington office from Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard; then, in March, Craig Rasile, formerly of DLA Piper LLP (US), joined the team in Miami; and in July, the Dallas office was further strengthened by the arrivals of well-known practitioner Charles Gibbs, special counsel Mark Patterson and counsel Eric Seitz from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. The group, with global co-heads Timothy Walsh and Felicia Gerber Perlman taking the lead from New York and Chicago, respectively, is able to leverage its increased national bench strength to act as a seasoned debtor, creditor, and committee counsel, both pre- and post-bankruptcy filing.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Walsh; Charles Gibbs; Craig Rasile; Felicia Gerber Perlman; David Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Mark Patterson; Eric Seitz

Key clients

Furie Operating Alaska

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (EAA)

Goldman Sachs/Goldman Sachs Asset Management – Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

H.I.G. Capital

Honeywell International

O.W. Bunker Germany

United Sporting Companies

Borgers S.A.

Natixis

Larrain Vial

Wilmington Trust

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors Centric Brands Inc.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors Energy Alloys LLC

NinePoint Medical, Inc.

Agera Energy

Pizza Hut, LLC

JW Powerline

glendonTodd Capital, LLC

UMB Bank, N.A.

U.S. Bank National Association

Air Berlin Americas

Bacardi, USA

Avnet, Inc.

Garrison Investment Group

Liquidating Trustee of OW Bunker, USA

Brickell Key Asset Management

International House of Pancakes Corporation (IHOP)

Stem Holdings

Edison Learning Inc.

Eulen America

Sound Hospitality Management

Ahrma Holdings

BDO USA, LLP

Windrose Health Investors

Barclays Capital, Inc.

County of Santa Clara

Mohegan Recyclables

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Promise Healthcare/Silver Lake Debtors

Vantage Mobility International

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

In the two years since its launch in 2019, McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been growing its presence in multiple federal courts of appeal. In a recent high-profile victory at the Eight Circuit, the team represented the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association in an ERISA case which is currently being considered by the US Supreme Court. The practice has a strong record at the SCOTUS as well; it scored a recent victory on behalf of the petitioner in Nasrallah v Barr, a case centering around interpretation of the interaction between the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the International Convention Against Torture. Department co-heads Paul Hughes and Michael Kimberly are both highly recommended by peers and clients alike, which praise them for their ‘unique team dynamic that plays off each of their strengths’.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hughes; Michael Kimberly

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lyons-Berg

Testimonials

‘McDermott Will & Emery has been an excellent law firm for many years, but the addition of Paul Hughes and Michael Kimberly vaulted them into the top echelons of appellate practice practically overnight. In-house counsel should be able to take for granted that most top appellate practices are run by brilliant lawyers. That is simply table stakes. But Paul and Michael have unique qualities that set them apart even in this hyper-competitive space.’

‘Paul Hughes – it is not a stretch to picture Paul as a future Solicitor General. He possesses legal skills in spades, but also demonstrates a surprisingly high policy awareness that sets him apart in Washington.’

‘Michael Kimberly. When hiring a firm to engage in a set of APA cases, I joined a small panel of senior in-house counsel to interview a dozen or so top-notch specialty practices in that particular area of law. Although Michael has plenty of experience in APA cases, you wouldn’t necessarily expect someone with a more general appellate practice to be as deep on the niche issues in this area of law. But even an experienced subject matter specialist barely stands a chance against someone who really cares and invests himself as much as Michael.’

‘Experienced and knowledgeable. Supreme Court practice is a different creature. Paul Hughes in particular is a seasoned SCOTUS advocate, intellectually impressive and skilled advocate.’

‘Paul Hughes is wise. A skilled SCOTUS practitioner, I would go to him again if I wanted to take something to our nation’s highest court.’

‘Michael Kimberly gives you the attention he would if you were his only client. On top of his responsiveness, he is a wildly intelligent and strategic thinker. He is also known in amongst my industry peers for his brilliant writing.’

‘Incomparable expertise on administrative law matters, including immigration regulations.’

‘Paul Hughes is exceptionally professional, effective, and easy to work with.’

‘I have been very impressed by Andrew Lyons-Berg’s ability to apply big-picture thinking to his research and writing. He seems to instinctively understand how to research into odd corners of the law to find compelling support for his position, and he has a sophisticated view on how the executive branch operates. He is someone to watch closely.’

‘Mr. Hughes offered a way for us to take action against unjust policies. To me, he is a hero. He was exemplary and took time to teach us aspects of the relevant law. McDermott Will & Emery has a marvelous sense of collaboration and teamwork among partners. Mr. Hughes often referred to his collaboration with partner Michael B. Kimberly as offering pivotal, behind-the-scenes advice on how to frame the case and argue it.’

Key clients

Surgery Partners

Microsoft Corporation

The Walt Disney Company

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

The National Association of Manufacturers

The National Retail Federation

Healthcare Distribution Alliance

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

Infrassure Ltd.

Banner Health

Texas Brine Company

Google

Calpine Corporation

Electric Power Supply Association

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Finance > Commercial lending

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has had an impressive year in the debt finance space, handling a range of financing transactions for corporate borrowers. The healthcare sector is an area of particular focus; the group works with healthcare providers and investors on complex deals such leveraged buyouts and restructuring. Though healthcare is certainly a focus, the firm is also active in numerous other areas; private equity finance is an area of heavy activity and is complemented by the department's ability to collaborate with the firm's antitrust and corporate departments. Stephanie McCann and Michael Boykins are the names to note in Chicago, while Gary Rosenbaum operates from the Los Angeles office.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie McCann; Michael Boykins; Gary Rosenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Samis; Ikechukwu Chidi; George Houhanisin

Testimonials

The Commercial Lending Practice at MWE is unique in its approach which I credit to Stephanie McCann who we followed to MWE. Stephanie and her Team take the time to not only fully understand know our needs and our existing agreements to quickly and fully address any questions or issues, but she got to know our Company’s unique culture, and what is important to our business. I feel that other firms often get “caught in the weeds” in our negotiations, and I need to intercede and remove the “business decisions”.’

I have worked with Stephanie McCann on all of our major debt financings, including ones directly associated with our most significant acquisitions, for many years. In fact, it was my absolute confidence and satisfaction with her knowledge and abilities that led to our decision to follow her to MWE when she moved there from Kirkland & Ellis. Stephanie not only understands financing agreements, but most importantly understands our specific Company and what factors are most important to us. Stephanie is seen at the highest levels of our Company as a valued and trusted part of our team.’

Key clients

American Builders & Contractors Supply Co. ,Inc.

Amulet Capital Partners

AUA Private Equity Partners

Caregiver 1, Inc./ Caregiver 2, Inc.

Castle Harlan Partners

City National Bank

Comvest

Gemspring Capital Management, LLC

Gladstone Capital

Great Point Partners

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

HCI Equity Partners

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Industrial Opportunity Partners, LLC

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

LaSalle Capital

Martis Capital Management, LLC

McNally Capital, LLC

Meduit Group, LLC

MidCap Financial Services

New Harbor Capital Partners

Oxford Finance LLC

Prime Healthcare Services, Inc.

Quorum Health Corporation

REV Group, Inc.

Spanos Barber Jesse & Co.

Tema Oil and Gas Company

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp.

True West Capital Partners

Wellspring Capital Management LLC

WhiteHorse Finance Inc.

WindRose Health Investors

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles civil and criminal litigation and large government investigations, with a focus on representing clients in the healthcare industry. The team has deep experience in FCA and FCPA matters, and is adept at handling enforcement actions and qui tam litigation. Boston’s Laura McLane is an experienced defense and appellate attorney, and is routinely involved in high-profile investigations. In Miami, Benton Curtis acts for individual and corporate clients in relation to securities fraud, money laundering and kickback violations, and Audrey Pumariega was recently promoted to partner. Names to note in Chicago include David Rosenbloom and Steven Scholes, while Los Angeles-based Russell Hayman and Jon Dean are key contacts on the West Coast. Benjamin Goldberger left for an in-house role at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Laura McLane; Benton Curtis; David Rosenbloom; Steven Scholes; Russel Hayman; Jon Dean

Other key lawyers:

Mark Pearlstein; Gordon Greenberg; Russell Hayman; Audrey Pumariega

Testimonials

‘They know the solutions that are possible and seek the most efficient ways to get there’.

‘Laura McLane was fantastic, she was efficient and able to pull in knowledgeable resources to right to the issue’.

‘The smartest, most engaged, most thoughtful lawyers I have ever worked with’.

‘David Rosenbloom is humble, brilliant, sincere, and direct’. 

‘Steven Scholes is a great securities lawyer and very well respected by the SEC’.

‘Experienced, thorough and professional’.             

‘The team has a strong backing in government work and knows how to address issues in a practical but effective manner’.

‘They are proactive, resourceful and efficient’.    

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

Banner Health System

Baxter International, Inc.

BDO

BlackBerry

Broadcom Corporation

Carlos Mazariegos

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Chicago Public Schools

Clark Construction Group

Community Intervention Services, Inc

Convatec, Inc. and 180 Medical

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Dhru Desai

Dimension Data

Dr. Michael Ligotti

Drinker, Biddle, and Reath LLP (now Drinker Faegre)

Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil)

Frank DeStefano and Brad Long

Global Eagle Enterprises

GrantThornton International Ltd.

Gustavo Hernandez Frieri

HIG Growth Partners, LLC. and HIG Capital, LLC.

InnovaCare

Invensys Inc.

Kleinfelder, Inc.

KOS Services, Inc.

Northern Trust

Plantronics

Ravago Americas

Roche Health Solutions, Inc.

South Bay Mental Health Center, Inc.

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Waukegan Steel

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 1,200+ 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.

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