Firm Profile > Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP > New York, United States

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
1540 BROADWAY
NEW YORK, NY 10036-4039
United States

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP is notable for its ever-growing, national M&A practice which is integrated with its broad corporate and private equity offerings. David Ingles (New York) and Nicole Islinger (Washington DC) are just two of the M&A partners who joined the practice in 2020. Technology, media and financial services are some of the industries for which it is known, where it handles both domestic and cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures and complex divestitures for a range of public and private companies. Based in New York, Jeffrey Delaney is the global practice group leader. Jonathan Russo  and Justin Hovey, co-lead the M&A practice from New York and San Francisco respectively. In New York Stephen B. Amdur  focuses on work for private equity clients and Jarrod D. Murphy  handles some high-impact M&A work for corporates and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey J. Delaney; Jonathan J. Russo; Justin Hovey

Other key lawyers:

Stephen B. Amdur; David Ingles; Jarrod D. Murphy; Nicole Islinger

Key clients

ATT

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.

Foursquare Labs

JEA

Invitae

Inphi Corp.

Nikola Corporation

NextEra Energy Transmission, LLC

The Raine Group

Wilbur-Ellis

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP handles outsourcing and licensing deals for clients in the healthcare, IT, financial services and insurance industries. Key areas of expertise for the team include handling the outsourcing of recruitment and software licensing processes, and advising on the outsourcing of specialised business processes pertaining to the financial services and insurance sectors. The practice is co-led by Vipul Nishawala in the New York office, and Aaron Oser and Mario Dottori, both based in Washington DC. Austin-based Elizabeth Zimmer fields expertise in assisting clients from the financial services sector. Washington DC-based Meighan O’Reardon has experience assisting clients with the entire outsourcing life cycle, with a focus on data-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Oser; Mario Dottori; Vipul Nishawala

Other key lawyers:

Meighan O’Reardon; Elizabeth Zimmer

Testimonials

Extremely responsive, insightful, and experienced‘.

Vipul Nishawala and Aaron Oser are fantastic, extremely thorough and thoughtful‘.

Pillsbury’s outsourcing team are outstanding experts, every one of them. Pleasant to work with, knowledgeable and excellent market information. Always a pleasure to work with them‘.

Key clients

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Imagine BC

LinkedIn Corporation

ShoesForCrews

Ford Autonomous Vehicles

Morgan Stanley

Xerox Corporation

Amherst Group

Protective Life Corporation

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has on-the-ground construction experts in California, Texas and Washington DC, acting for a varied and prestigious client base that includes Aecom, New York University and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit. The department regularly sees major projects from inception through to disputes, emphasizing in particular its approach dispute avoidance. A trio of lawyers coordinate the construction practice: Clark Thiel in San Francisco chairs the firm's global construction group and he has notable expertise in complex construction disputes including cost overruns, breach of contract and professional liability; litigation group lead Melissa Lesmes in Washington DC represents owners, developers and general contractors in contract negotiations and also advises clients on insurance and risk management issues arising outside of litigation; and Charles Conrad heads the Texas construction group. Among the team's recent work, Conrad has been providing ongoing advice to Amec Foster Wheeler regarding alleged cost overrun and delays to a refinery in Cartagena, Colombia, with an estimated $2.4bn potential liability. John Heisse in San Francisco has experience advising on a variety of projects, from transportation and energy projects to hospitality and healthcare facilities.

Practice head(s):

Clark Thiel; Melissa Lesmes; Charles Conrad

Other key lawyers:

John Heisse; Laura LoBue

Key clients

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)

Wilshire Vermont Housing Partners, LP

Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation n/k/a Wood plc

Clark Construction Group

AECOM

New York University

Stanford University and Hospitals

SFI (Shimmick/FCC/Salini-Impregilo joint venture)

Duke Energy

Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Lane Construction

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Led from New York and San Francisco by Mona Dajani and Robert James, respectively, and also aided by a sizeable international footprint, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has a strong reputation acting on behalf of sponsors, utilities and commercial and development banks, on the development, financing, and M&A work associated with domestic and international renewable power projects throughout the value chain. In addition to handling more conventional renewables work, including as it relates to wind and solar projects, the firm is also at the forefront of new developments within the renewables space and has, for example, handled a number of major battery storage projects. Most notably on this front, in a deal which was led from the firm's Los Angeles office by tax partner Jorge Medina and aided by Dajani, the firm represented Plus Power in the tax structuring, development, and financing of the Kapolei Energy Storage project, which when completed is expected to be one of the largest battery storage projects in the world.

Practice head(s):

Mona Dajani; Robert James

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gump; Alicia McKnight; Jorge Medina; Shellka Arora-Cox; Irina Tsveklova

Key clients

1st Avenue Capital, LLC

AECOM Capital

BNP Paribas

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partner

Chevron

Clark Realty Capital

CMS Enterprises Company

Deutsche Bank

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Genentech, Inc

Holtec International

JP Morgan Chase

Marubeni Corporation

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc.

MVP Capital

NextEra Energy Resources Inc

Osaka Gas

Recurrent Energy, LLC

Sunrun

Tenaska, Inc.

Tesla

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP fields an 'outstanding group of attorneys' who are 'very knowledgeable of all subjects related to US government contracting'. Offering coverage on both US coasts, the nationwide government contracts practice has deep experience in all phases of the public procurement process, with strengths in bid protests, suspension and debarment matters, contract disputes and M&A in the sector. Corporate transactions involving contracting entities is an area of focus for co-head John Jensen in Northern Virginia; he jointly leads the group with Los Angeles-based Michael Rizzo, who specializes in claims work. Also in LA, Alex Tomaszczuk is a name to note for high-value contract claims and bid protests, and is also recommended for internal investigations relating to the False Claims Act. Another name to note is Todd Canni, who divides time between LA and DC and stands out for his experience in suspension and debarment proceedings. Marques Peterson in Washington DC is recognized for his expertise in international government contracts and defense-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Jensen; Michael Rizzo

Other key lawyers:

Alex Tomaszczuk; Todd Canni; Marques Peterson; Meghan Doherty

Testimonials

‘There are several competent large firms you can hire to help with both routine and complex government contracts issues; however, I have found Pillsbury’s team to be more creative in thought and in its formulation of legal arguments ultimately leading to great success for my employer.’

‘Marques Peterson and Meghan Doherty are recommended.’

‘Meghan Doherty is extremely knowledgeable of government contracts and provides practical business savvy advice. She is also very responsive and makes you feel like you are the most important client they have.’

‘The Pillsbury team is extremely knowledgeable and well resourced on areas of needed service. Responsiveness to our requests is the best of anyone I have ever worked with in 30 years of requested legal services.’

‘Everyone we’ve had the opportunity to work with have been superb. However, Alex Tomaszczuk consistently stands out in every respect. He always makes himself available on our schedule. He is brilliant, well prepared. He thinks and communicates strategically and always ensures we understand choices and possible consequences. He exhibits the highest level of integrity. He’s personable and the lawyer our team chooses as the go-to attorney. In over 18 years of working with Alex and the firm, we have always received professional excellence. We highly and frequently recommend him to others in our industry and beyond. ’

‘Very knowledgeable on all subjects related to US government contracting.’

‘Outstanding service provided by John Jensen. He is extremely knowledgeable and understands our business needs. He is a true business partner.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, engaged and responsive in all fields of government contracts.’

‘Alex Tomazczuk handles several matters per year for us and he continues to be our go-to lawyer. He is exceptionally responsive, analyzes matters carefully and provides balanced, well-considered advice/options/solutions.’

‘I utilize the government contracts team at Pillsbury, particularly Todd Canni, for several government contractors for whom I sit on their boards of directors and oversee their daily legal compliance. Todd is an exceptional government contracts lawyer, and I highly recommend him for a top rating. Todd has a deep understanding of government contracts from the formation stage through performance disputes, investigations, and suspension and debarment.’

‘Todd Canni’s ability transcends government contracting practice. His common sense decision-making and his intuitive understanding of how to maximize business success, enhances the success of his government contracts practice.’

‘This practice has an outstanding group of attorneys. There is no comparison to other firms, these attorneys are the best around. The Pillsbury Firm is head and shoulders above the others. If I had to pick one outstanding quality, it is their communications skills. Also, the depth of the talent is amazing.’

‘Alex Tomaszczuk is the best contracts attorney there is. The man knows his stuff.’

‘Mike Rizzo and his team are knowledgeable, diligent and efficient. The team has a keen understanding of a client’s time and budget constraints and always factors in these considerations during representation.’

‘The Pillsbury Government Group is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They take the time to understand our business and our goals and provide valuable advice. They are very responsive.’

‘Our primary contact has been Michael Rizzo. He is extremely proficient in the area of government contracting and provides valuable and timely advice. He takes the time to understand clients’ business, objectives and goals. Mike makes himself available even upon short notice and is very responsive to requests.’

Key clients

General Atomics

Parsons

Boston Properties, Inc.

NTT DATA Services

Veritas Capital

Tatitlek Technologies, Inc.

Battelle Memorial Institute

Entergy

Oshkosh Defense, LLC

Cognosante

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s insurance practice team is one of the legal industry’s largest insurance practices dedicated solely to corporate policyholders. Across the US, the firm offers a multidisciplinary approach in handling coverage matters in a broad range of areas, including environment, energy, D&O litigation, and cyber claims. In Washington DC, Peter Gillon serves as co-head of the practice and has extensive experience in resolving complex insurance coverage matters, representing major companies like Zoom. Additionally, in Los Angeles, insurance litigator Robert Wallan co-heads the practice and is noted for his successes in securing coverage on behalf of companies in California for violating wage and hour laws.

Practice head(s):

Peter Gillon; Robert Wallan

Other key lawyers:

Mark Plumer; Joseph Jean

Key clients

Zoom Video Communications

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Ilitch Holdings

FedEx

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)

Wilshire Vermont Housing Partners LP

JUUL

Stanford University and Hospitals

Northrop Grumman

Duke Energy

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has one of the US' largest and oldest aviation practices. Advising on the full range of regulatory legal issues that confront the aviation industry, the practice group represents over 60 airlines in the US and around the world. The team is led by Washington DC-based Charles Donley and Josh Romanow. Donley's wide-ranging practice encompasses aviation regulatory matters and litigation; and Romanow advises airlines from around the world on licensing and traffic rights. Thomas Liu is the key contact in Los Angeles for cross-border labor and employment litigation, and special counsel Laura Jennings is also recommended in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Charles Donley; Josh Romanow

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Liu; Laura Jennings

Key clients

LATAM Airlines Chile

LATAM Peru

LATAM Cargo Chile

LATAM Cargo Colombia

LATAM Argentina

LATAM Brazil

American Airlines

Xiamen Airlines

Vietnam Airlines

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian Air International

Norwegian Air UK

Air France

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Air China Limited

China Southern Airlines

Air China Cargo

Bamboo Airways

LATAM Airlines Colombia

LATAM Airlines Ecuador

Hainan Airlines

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is particularly active in the energy, financial services, government, healthcare and technology sectors, advising clients ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies. Jointly headed in the US by Los Angeles-based Deborah Thoren-Peden and Brian Finch in Washington DC, the team has recently advised on matters concerning the legal implications of CCPA as well as the Bank Secrecy Act, requests for information under the Financial Privacy Act, and large-scale risk assessments.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Thoren-Peden; Brian Finch; Rafi Azim-Khan

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation team is well established on the West Coast, with attorneys primarily operating from the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. In San Francisco, Christine Richardson and Jonathan Ocker provide advice on ERISA fiduciary responsibilities and compliance issues and proxy disclosure matters to clients in the medtech, manufacturing and technology sectors. The practice also maintains an East Coast presence; Peter Hunt and Jessica Lutrin, both based in New York, handle deferred compensation, severance and retention agreements, and equity-based compensation plans. Practice head Cindy Schlaefer operates from the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Schlaefer

Other key lawyers:

Christine Richardson; Peter Hunt; Jessica Lutrin; Jonathan Ocker

Key clients

AT&T

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.

BancWest Holdings Inc

Chevron Corporation

Cisco Systems

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Foursquare Labs, Inc.

Fujitsu Corporation

General Reinsurance Corporation

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Incyte Corporation

IQVIA, Inc.

JUUL

NTT Data, Inc.

Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Wilbur-Ellis Holdings, Inc.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

In addition to the traditional areas of environmental law, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has in-depth knowledge of legal issues pertaining to land use and natural resources. Enforcement defense, climate change and alternative energy development are areas of recent growth for the environmental team, which works closely with regulatory, appellate and insurance recovery experts throughout litigation proceedings. Furthermore, the group has a strong reputation in matters involving air and water pollution control, hazardous waste management and Superfund sites. Based in Los Angeles, Mark Elliott  chairs the firm-wide environmental group, which also includes Margaret Rosegay , who oversees the San Francisco team, Amanda Halter  in Houston, and Jeffrey Knight  in Washington DC. Michael McDonough   is a contact in Los Angeles for environmental administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Elliott; Margaret Rosegay; Amanda Halter; Jeffrey Knight

Other key lawyers:

Michael McDonough; Tom Van Wyngarden

Key clients

Safety-Kleen of California

TopBuild Inc.

Walmart

Chevron Corporation

Kinder Morgan

Teck Metals Ltd.

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Air Products and Chemicals

Arkema

Murray Energy

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

With expertise in every facet of land use, natural resources and environmental law, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is recognized for its comprehensive knowledge of air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, wetlands and endangered species regulatory issues. The team advises clients on all federal and state environmental laws, and has been recently involved in several highly-publicized matters involving the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DSTC). Recent areas of growth include air quality regulatory advocacy and enforcement mandates, climate change and greenhouse gases regulations. The practice is led by four partners based across the country: Jeffrey Knight in Washington DC, Amanda Halter in Houston, Mark Elliott in Los Angeles and Margaret Rosegay in San Francisco. Also recommended in the team are Los Angeles-based Michael McDonough, who excels in matters arising from the enforcement of air quality regulations, and Sheila Harvey in Washington DC, who heads up the climate change and sustainability practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Elliott; Margaret Rosegay; Amanda Halter; Jeffrey Knight

Other key lawyers:

Sheila Harvey; Michael McDonough; Christopher McNevin; Matthew Morrison

Testimonials

‘Jeff Knight is a foremost expert in his field and has a lot of experience in privatized housing. He is a great sounding board for many issues and sees everything from a portfolio perspective.’

Key clients

Safety-Kleen of California

TopBuild Inc.

Walmart

Chevron Corporation

Kinder Morgan

Teck Metals Ltd.

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Air Products and Chemicals

Arkema

Murray Energy

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 3

As clients aptly note, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP houses ‘one of the strongest international trade law practices in the US, particularly in the area of export controls and anti-bribery’. Building upon these strengths, the department also maintains its focus on economic sanctions and embargoes, CFIUS, and compliance work for both government and corporate clients. In acting on cross-border mandates, the team leverages the firm’s global presence at key locations such as London, Beijing, and Shanghai. In terms of sector-specific expertise, the group is noted for its work in the nuclear industry, an area in which it acts in conjunction with the firm’s highly regarded nuclear energy practice. Nancy Fischer ‘possesses unrivaled understanding of issues and regulatory process’ and shares leadership of the department with Stephan Becker (‘an outstanding lawyer because of his depth of experience and his thoughtfulness to clients’ needs’). Christopher Wall is a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration and has over three decades of wide-ranging trade experience. Counsel Matthew Rabinowitz is a rising star in the team.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Becker; Nancy Fischer

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Wall; Matthew Rabinowitz; Benjamin Cote; Sahar Hafeez

Testimonials

‘Nancy Fischer stood out as extraordinarily well-versed on current trends impacting CFIUS; she is a go-to source where there are challenging issues about recent transactions, regulatory, or legislative developments. Her answers provided valuable insight to navigate issues with advantage.’

‘Pillsbury’s lawyers, in particular Nancy Fischer, are absolutely convincing when talking to clients. Efficient negotiators. In meetings and calls, they get straight to the point, know how authorities act, and contribute with realistic solutions. Nancy Fischer is an outstanding expert.’

‘Superior command of subject matter material and very accessible.’

‘Nancy Fischer is one of best trade lawyers I have worked with. She possesses unrivaled understanding of issues and regulatory process.’

‘Pillsbury has one of the strongest international trade law practices in the US, particularly in the area of export controls and anti-bribery. The firm is leading in the area of nuclear export controls. Elina Teplinsky is perhaps the most respected and knowledgeable expert on US export control laws regarding nuclear power. She is well-connected and knows the government.’

‘The DOC and other regulatory processes proved to be much more political than purely legal, and the Pillsbury team was very capable of managing those political aspects, helping achieve a satisfactory result.’

‘Nancy Fischer is a good leader, able to delegate efficiently to her team, and to manage a diverse utility group with many levels of risk appetite. She was particularly skilled at managing tense negotiations with a rigid regulator with patience and respect.’

‘Sahar Hafeez was able to efficiently draft numerous filings on very short time-frames, incorporating edits from many sources.’

‘Ben Cote was very skilled at crunching complex numbers to help prove the case for a group of more than ten utility clients in a very complex commercial trade case over and over again.’

‘Sharp and quick understanding of clients’ business, capability of designing tailored legal solutions, 24-hour services.’

‘Pillsbury’s trade compliance team has a wealth of understanding and information, as well as valuable USG contacts. They also have Pillsbury counterparts in other countries which has been helpful in some situations. The attorneys whom we deal with have a strong understanding of our telecom industry, and they are able to understand and assist with technical determinations under the export control rules, and with understanding our industry related to sanctions.’

‘Nancy Fischer has been consistently responsive and able to help with technical questions related to trade compliance. Along with Ben Cote and Matthew Rabinowitz, they have continued to get to know our business and are able to quickly help me as needed.’

‘Steve Becker is an outstanding lawyer because of his depth of experience and his thoughtfulness to clients’ needs, including balancing benefits.’

‘They provide advices based not only on governmental regulation and contractual language but also on regulatory realities and industry practice. It is not just legal contents nor paper work. Very practical.’

‘Sahar Hafeez, Nancy Fischer, and Elizabeth Moeller have been excellent to work with. They have always made themselves available and consistently follow up on actions. They take the time to understand their clients’ issues – both on the surface and also how they deal with them internally as a management team.’

Key clients

Walden International

Inpex USA

Chevron Corporation

Cesi S.p.A.

Speedcast Government / Ultisat

Macquarie

JSR Corporation

Rancher Labs

Ad Hoc Utilities Group

Blackstone

Cypress Semiconductor

Facebook

Rolls-Royce

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Panasonic

SiTime Corporation

MTU Aero Engines

ATR

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Upwork

BWX Technologies, Inc.

Government of Mexico

Government of New Brunswick

GE Hitachi Nuclear / Global Nuclear Fuel – Americas LLC

Valmet Inc. (U.S.) / Valmet Corporation (Finland)

Chevron

Konecranes Plc

Victaulic

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has a longstanding history in traditional broadcasting and telecoms, with a client roster consisting of TV and radio stations and satellite providers. The team is also highly skilled in newer technologies such as VoIP, over-the-top services, and 5G networking. Glenn Richards co-chairs the team and has been particularly active in matters relating to internet-of-things and cloud technology. Fellow practice head Scott Flick   is highly skilled in broadcasting transactions, specifically those involving mergers between TV groups.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Richards; Scott Flick

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice unique is their commitment to not only understanding our business but also to understanding the technology that drives the business. Our technology is unique and cannot fit into cookie cutter legal moulds. I also appreciate the depth of the team; the timely delivery of important FCC updates, and their availability on a moment’s notice.’

‘Glenn Richards is the lead partner and our go-to regardless of the issue. Glenn seems to be available 24X7 and has shown real interest in the success of our company. He has introduced junior associate (Simone Wood) and senior associate (Jessica Nyman) who both provide excellent support on a variety of complex issues. In particular, they have supported FCC filings we have made (many on very tight deadlines). Glenn always directs us to the best lawyers inside Pillsbury to match the legal issue and our somewhat unusual company profile.’

‘Deep, nuanced and critical understanding of communications regulatory ecosystem.’

‘Clear understanding of detailed FCC rules; internalizes the broad vision and client goals; and extraordinarily responsive.’

Key clients

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B.

Standard Media Group LLC

Standard General L.P.

ONE Media, LLC

University of Missouri

Live Sports Radio, Inc.

Mercury Capital Partners

Shield Media LLC

WFMJ Television, Inc.

Voice on the Net Coalition

Vaughan Media

NCIC Inmate Communications

32 Technologies

VDL, Inc d/b/a Global Telecom Brokers

Tamer Media

MediaCo Holdings Inc.

National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations

Community News Media LLC

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP combines investigations expertise with deep experience in follow-on class actions and direct action litigation especially in the electronic components sector. Praised by clients for its ability to build and develop collaborative relationships with in-house attorneys and co-counsel, the group is led by Roxane Polidora, an ‘exceptionally bright, experienced’ attorney who has expertise in cartel cases. Also of note, Jacob Sorensen specializes in price-fixing cases while recently promoted partner Laura Hurtado has provided key support on several of the team's standout cases. All named attorneys are based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Roxane Polidora

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Sorensen; Laura Hurtado; Lee Brand

Testimonials

‘The key to the successful resolution of a class action is the firm’s ability to: get to know the company and the industry; recognize the practical realities of the company’s internal resources; communication with legal team; and strategic and subject matter excellence. Pillsbury’s team does a great job balancing all the above, and especially being collaborative with the internal legal team members.’ 

‘Pillsbury has extensive antitrust experience. The uniqueness of Pillsbury’s practice is the personal relationship the firm’s attorneys build with in-house attorneys.’

‘Pillsbury attorneys excel at collaboration with in-house attorneys. This is a distinguishing characteristic compared to other Big Law firms.’

‘My antitrust experience at Pillsbury was with Roxane Polidora. Roxane is exceptionally bright, experienced and possesses a high level of emotional intelligence. These characteristics make her easy to work with at a professional and personal level. In addition, she cares about the outcome, and it shows.’

Key clients

KEMET Corporation and KEMET Electronics Corporation

TOKIN Corporation and TOKIN America, Inc.

Western States Petroleum Association

Norwegian Air

24 Hour Fitness

Hotel Tonight, Inc.

Starkist Co.

CRST International, Inc. and CRST Expedited, Inc.

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

The employee benefits and executive compensation practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is recognized for its expertise in defined benefit plans, 401(k) plan advice, deferred compensation plan compliance issues and ERISA fiduciary matters. San Francisco-based Christine Richardson is a key figure for ERISA issues in particular. while Jonathan Ocker (also in the San Francisco) is well known for advising on ‘pay-on-say’ votes for executive remuneration. In New York, Peter Hunt provides ongoing assistance to The Estée Lauder Companies with 401(k) and defined benefit plans, most recently on compliance matters. Practice head Cindy Schlaefer is based in Silicon Valley.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Schlaefer

Other key lawyers:

Christine Richardson; Jonathan Ocker; Peter Hunt

Key clients

JUUL

AT&T

Chevron Corporation

Cisco Systems

Fujitsu Corporation

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Clearwater Paper Corporation

General Reinsurance Corporation

IQVIA, Inc.

Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC

NTT Data, Inc.

Incyte Corporation

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

Led from New York by Jeffrey DelaneyPillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has carved a successful niche for itself advising energy companies and their underwriters on debt and equity capital markets work. Because of the firm's defined focus in the area it has developed expertise advising on many specialized energy financings, including “stranded cost” securitization techniques for public utilities.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Delaney

Other key lawyers:

David Baxter; Stephanie Langan; Alexandra Calcado

Key clients

Ameren Services Company / Union Electric Company

Arizona Public Service Company / Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

Avista Corporation

Chevron Corporation

Consumers Energy Company / CMS Energy Corporation

Entergy (Arkansas, Gulf States, Louisiana, New Orleans, Mississippi, Texas) / Entergy Corp.

Great Plains Energy Incorporated / Kansas City Power & Light Company / Westar Energy, Inc. / Kansas Gas and Electric Company

Kentucky Utilities Company / PPL Corporation

Louisville Gas & Electric Company / PPL Corporation

PPL Corporation / PPL Electric Utilities Corporation

Portland General Electric Company

Sierra Pacific Power Company / NV Energy

Southern California Edison Company / Edison International

Spire Inc. (formerly The Laclede Group Inc.)

Barclays Capital

BNP Paribas

BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC

BofA Merrill Lynch

Citigroup Capital Markets, Inc.

Deutsche Bank Securities

Goldman, Sachs & Co

J.P. Morgan

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

Mitsubishi UFJ Securities

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Raymond James

RBC Capital Markets

Scotiabank

SMBC Nikko

Stephens Inc.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

TD Securities

UBS Investment Bank

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Government > Government relations Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's bipartisan public policy team of lawyer-lobbyists enjoys strong working relationships with top-level congressional leaders, federal agencies and the White House. The team's broad service offering covers policy developments and regulatory and compliance challenges, with areas of expertise including congressional investigations, state and federal lobbying and inter-government relations. Practice head Elizabeth Moeller is sought out for advice on federal funding opportunities and complex government investigations. Brian Finch serves as co-leader of the Covid-19 response team, which comprises over 70 attorneys from several practice areas. Also recommended is federal funding specialist Craig Saperstein. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Moeller

Other key lawyers:

Brian Finch; Craig Saperstein; Matthew Oresman; Aimee Ghosh

Key clients

Cayman Islands Department of Financial Services and Home Affairs

EDF Renewables

Sussex Royal Foundation/Travalyst

Government of Kosovo

FireEye Inc.

Yoga Alliance

Euronet Worldwide

City of Greensboro, N.C.

Binder & Binder

Association of Cyprus Banks

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is primarily active in the development of US patent portfolios, but also shoulders a substantial international caseload that accounts for roughly a third of the overall practice. Practice head Jack Barufka is based in the firm's main office in MacLean, Northern Virginia, but the group also has a prominent office in Texas where Josh Tucker, an AI, blockchain, 5G and edge computing enthusiast focuses on assisting start-ups including unicorns, and hi-tech companies with the development of management of their patent portfolio. At the USPTO, the practice frequently acts in inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews, and post-grant reviews, as well as in derivation proceedings. In December 2019 Michael Chibib joined Bracewell LLP while Howard Wisnia left to found Wisnia PC. Nicole Cunningham and Steve Moore joined Zhong Lun Law Firm in December 2019 and January 2020, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jack Barufka

Other key lawyers:

Ngai Zhang; Patrick Doody; William Atkins; Josh Tucker; Drew Schulte

Key clients

UBS

Stanley Black & Decker

Philips Healthcare

Digital Asset Capital

ALTR Solutions

Cerebri AI

The Zebra

Rigetti Computing

GE Video Compression, LLC

Real estate Tier 4

The real estate team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP is spread across a broad geographical footprint with each office boasting its own unique fields of expertise. On the West Coast, the ‘outstandingJames Rishwain leads the Los Angeles group, and Noa Clark fronts the San Francisco offering. The California team is a major player in the regional acquisition, disposition and development project market with a documented track record in Southern California’s affordable housing space. Meanwhile in New York, Caroline Harcourt leads the local practice which focuses on the office, health, hospitality, mixed-use and commercial sectors, acting on everything from ground leasing through to complex financings. Finally, in North Virginia, the team is frequently engaged by major developers, international investors and government entities.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Horsch; Caroline Harcourt; Christian Buerger; James Rishwain; Noa Clark

Testimonials

‘Jim Rishwain and the Pillsbury team has been incredibly strong in coming up with innovative solutions to our situation. Los Angeles will be host to many sports and entertainment events over the next eight years and the Pillsbury team has helped us develop solutions to hosting these events in an efficient and cost-effective manner by creating a structure. The team at Pillsbury has a strong sense of community and supporting the communities in which they do business.  They have jumped in and helped without hesitation since they understand the importance of this effort to Los Angeles.’

‘Jim Rishwain is outstanding.  He is unbelievable responsive despite the demands on his time.  He is also very collaborative and innovative. The team at Pillsbury take the time to gain a comprehensive understanding of our business, which has enabled them to provide excellent legal counsel in the context of our specific industry. They do not take the cookie-cutter approach; it is all about personal relationships and meeting the client’s needs.’

Key clients

New York University, NYU Langone Health, New York University School of Law Foundation

Great Eagle Holdings Limited

Klövern AB

Prima Capital Advisors LLC

Los Angeles Unified School District

Nimes Capital LLC

California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB)

Cathay Bank

Barrett Block Partners L.P.

Pacific Gas & Electric

Shorenstein

Spear Street Capital

San Francisco Giants

Bank of the West

Daimler Capital Services

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is praised for its 'impressive experience and knowledge in handling the full range of supplier relationships, from established companies to start-up players'. Clients also commend a 'highly responsive, available, and adaptable team, able to pivot quickly as projects and negotiations evolve'. The firm's top-ranked outsourcing practice feeds into its strategic transactional capabilities, including systems development and implementation, through to fintech and cloud-based deals. Washington DC's Aaron Oser leads the highly rated team. Other experienced lawyers include Shaalu Mehra in Silicon Valley, Mario Dottori, also in Washington DC, Vipul Nishawala in New York, and Elizabeth Zimmer in Austin.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Oser; Mario Dottori; Vipul Nishawala

Other key lawyers:

Shaalu Mehra; Elizabeth Zimmer

Testimonials

‘Impressive experience and knowledge in handling the full range of supplier relationships, from established companies to start-up players. Highly responsive, available, and adaptable team, able to pivot quickly as projects and negotiations evolve.’

Key clients

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Imagine BC

LinkedIn Corporation

ShoesForCrews

Ford Autonomous Vehicles

Morgan Stanley

Xerox Corporation

Amherst Group

Protective Life Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has a strong reputation on the West Coast, with several leading lawyers working out of the firm's Silicon Valley, San Diego and San Francisco offices. The team is active on the company side, representing start-ups, emerging companies and corporate investors in the fintech, e-commerce, healthcare and AI segments. Stan Pierson leads the well regarded team from Silicon Valley, and works alongside Jorge del Calvo and Allison Leopold TilleyChristian Salaman is a name to note in the San Diego office.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Known for its strength in class actions, cybersecurity disputes and complex commercial litigation, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has recently been engaged in a number of disputes relating to the impact of the pandemic on businesses in the US. With particular strength in real estate litigation and healthcare disputes, Deborah Baum continues to handle high value corporate disputes across all forums. Also recommended is Melissa Lesmes, who has been recognized throughout the market for her expertise in construction and insurance coverage disputes. Both named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Baum

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Gans; Dianne Sweeney; Michael Finnegan

Key clients

Lyft/Bay Area Motivate

Clark Construction Group

JUUL Labs, Inc.

Duke Energy

Boston Properties

FLUOR

Silicon Valley Bank

IDS Real Estate Group

The UP Companies, Inc.

Union Bank (MUFG)

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's robust team of SALT lawyers represents corporate taxpayers in administrative appeals and litigation across the US. The group has a presence on both coasts: co-head Jeffrey Vesley, counsel Robert Merten and Carley Roberts are based in Sacramento;  Annie Huang is the key name in San Francisco; and co-head James Chudy and Marc Simonetti lead matters from New York. Recent highlights have seen the team representing Fortune 100 companies in sales and use tax disputes, corporate franchise tax disputes and complex corporate income tax disputes involving foreign investment interest offsets.

Practice head(s):

Jim Chudy; Jeffrey Vesely

Other key lawyers:

Robert Merten; Carley Roberts; Annie Huang; Marc Simonetti

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Christie’s

Fidelity National Information Services

Apple

Johnson & Johnson

Microsoft Corporation

Moody’s

The Coca-Cola Company

Walmart

Walt Disney Company

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

With offices across the country, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP’s sizeable tax department is well positioned to act for clients including major corporations, investment banks, energy companies, and property developers on tax matters nationwide. Contacts in New York include James Chudy, who acts as firm-wide tax head, and Harsha Reddy, who is well regarded for his work in aviation finance and ABS. On the West Coast, San Francisco-based Julie Divola concentrates on federal income tax planning for corporate and finance transactions; Jorge Medina in Southern California focuses on integrated tax equity and tax credits for renewable energy providers; and San Diego-based Peter Elias works with the firm’s technology team on a range of tax-advantaged structuring matters. Michael Kosnitzky chairs the Miami office.

Practice head(s):

James Chudy; Harsha Reddy; Julia Divola; Michael Kosnitzky

Key clients

Tesla

CMS Energy

Plus Power, LLC

Chanel, Inc.

Allianz Global Investors

KDC Solar

Invitae Corporation

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc

Ernst & Young U.S. LLP

Inphi Corporation

JUUL Labs, Inc.

Klövern AB

Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc., BofA Securities, Inc., MUFG Securities Americas Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Mizuho Securities USA LLC, BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc

The Raine Group

Titan Aviation Holdings, In

ABHotels / Andre Balazs

Amazon.com, Inc.

AT&T

City National Bank of Florida

Electronic Arts

Former Casino and Hotel owner Stephen A. Wynn

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club

NextEra Transmission, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc.

Sandow Media

The Potamkin Group

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles national and international investigations for multinational corporations and financial institutions and senior executives. Leveraging the experience of a number of former federal prosecutors in the team, the practice group handles international enforcement actions, large-scale class actions, cybersecurity issues and commercial litigation. Washington DC’s William Sullivan co-chairs the practice alongside New York-based Mark Hellerer, who is recommended for trade sanctions work, and Maria Galeno, who counts banks and investment firms, technology companies, hospitals and executives among her clients. Sullivan is experienced in trial and grand jury work, criminal antitrust matters and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

William Sullivan; Mark Hellerer; Maria Galeno

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hill; Anne Lefever

Key clients

Arie Eric De Jong III

Adam Rogas

Finance > Project finance

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is active in energy and infrastructure financings, though the firm is best know for its work in the energy field, where it advises lenders and sponsors on tax equity and ESG investments, construction financing an M&A. The group also works with government-backed institutions, such as the US Development Finance Corporation, which is advises on its investments in overseas projects. Mona Dajani and Robert James jointly lead the team; the former utilizes her dual qualification in the US and England to provide comprehensive advice on cross-border transactions, while the latter is noted for his experience of a huge range of projects, from conventional and renewable energy to transport, healthcare and education infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Mona Dajani; Robert James

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gump; Alicia McKnight; Shellka Arora-Cox; Irina Tsveklova

Key clients

1st Avenue Capital, LLC

AECOM Capital

BNP Paribas

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partner

Chevron

Clark Realty Capital

CMS Enterprises Company

Deutsche Bank

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Genentech, Inc

Holtec International

JP Morgan Chase

Marubeni Corporation

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc.

MVP Capital

NextEra Energy Resources Inc

Osaka Gas

Recurrent Energy, LLC

Sunrun

Tenaska, Inc.

Tesla

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is an international law firm with a particular focus on the technology and media, energy, financial services, and real estate and construction sectors. Recognized as one of the most innovative law firms by Financial Times and one of the top firms for client service by BTI Consulting, Pillsbury and its lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their authoritative commercial awareness.

Main areas of practice
Energy and natural resources: Pillsbury has advised on precedent-setting energy industry deals and projects in 75 countries worldwide, offering clients a combination of geographic reach, legal and regulatory depth, and energy sector-specific experience that is unmatched among the world’s leading law firms. A leading practice in nuclear law, oil and gas, and renewable and alternative energy, Pillsbury has received more than a dozen Deal of the Year awards from leading publications for projects in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. In the field of natural resources and the environment, Pillsbury was named the Environmental Law Firm of the year in 2014 by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. With a team of 40 lawyers working full-time on environmental matters, Pillsbury is home to one of the largest dedicated environmental practices in the United States.

Real estate and construction: Pillsbury has a unique history of deal-making throughout the United States, with leading real estate practices for more than 50 years on the east and west coasts. Because of its size and geographic reach, its real estate practice group is one of the few national practices capable of handling the full range of assignments, from multi-jurisdictional portfolio transactions to single-asset deals in local markets. Lawyers on its construction counseling and dispute resolution team have been hailed by Chambers as part of the ‘preeminent practice of its kind in the United States’. They’ve earned this distinction by working on some of the world’s most complex construction projects: the Panama Canal extension, major infrastructure cases around the globe and two of the largest hospital disputes in history, as well as commercial, industrial and residential projects worldwide.

Technology: Pillsbury established its technology industry legal practice in 1968, when it incorporated Intel. Today, its technology industry practice is one of the world’s largest, comprising more than 250 lawyers based in the United States, Europe and Asia. From incubator to IPO, from M&A to international expansion, Pillsbury lawyers guide technology companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. In the last 30 years, they have filed more than 52,000 patents and over 19,000 trademarks, including foreign marks in around 145 different countries. Pillsbury protects the intellectual property of its clients through the efforts of its high-stakes IP litigation practice, which ranks among the top ten in the nation in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. Technology clients also benefit from its top-ranked global sourcing practice. Among the most experienced advisory teams in the word, its global sourcing lawyers have led more than 750 transactions worth more than half a trillion dollars in contract value, and represented 30% of the Fortune 100.

Financial services: Pillsbury’s finance lawyers advise more than 200 banking and investment institutions, including some of the world’s largest. Its domestic and international clients rely on the firm for regulatory advice and guidance on a wide range of financial transactions, including commercial lending, derivatives, equipment finance, leveraged finance, project finance, trade finance, structured finance, debt restructuring, tax-exempt financing, and distressed investing and debt trading. Pillsbury also offers a broad spectrum of corporate trust and agency services, from initial issuance to defaulted obligations. Its clients are typically foreign and domestic banks, insurance companies, funds and other financial institutions. It also serves the company side of financial transactions for the firm’s corporate clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Energy & Natural Resources Sheila Harvey sheila.harvey@pillsburylaw.com
Real Estate & Construction Jim Rishwain jrishwain@pillsburylaw.com
Technology Justin Hovey justin.hovey@pillsburylaw.com
Financial Services David Baxter david.baxter@pillsburylaw.com
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Firm Chair : David T. Dekker
Firm Managing Partner : Edward A. Perron