Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Firm Profile

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
725 SOUTH FIGUEROA STREET
SUITE 2800
LOS ANGELES, CA 90017-5406
United States

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

A team particularly accomplished in the technology, media, energy and financial services sectors, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP is instructed on an array of corporate transactions. On the East Coast, New York-based Jeffrey Delaney serves as global practice group leader and is supported by co-leader Jonathan Russo, who complements his transactional expertise with venture capital financing, securities, SEC disclosure and corporate governance knowhow. Over on the West Coast, Justin Hovey co-chairs the group, serving a variety of entrepreneur, investor, social media, online advertising, video game and esports clients from the San Francisco office.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Delaney; Jonathan Russo; Justin Hovey

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Amdur; Jarrod Murphy; Donald Kilpatrick; Allison Leopold Tilley

Key clients

ATT

BioLegend

Foursquare Labs

IQVIA

Invitae

Inphi Corp.

NuVia

NextEra Energy Partners, LP

SYNNEX Corporation

Support.com

The Raine Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Inphi Corporation, a leader in high-speed data movement, in its announced sale to Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a leader in infrastructure semiconductor solutions, in a cash and stock transaction with an implied valuation of approximately $10bn.
  • Represented The Raine Group in connection with the $2.7bn business combination between DraftKings Inc., a digital sports entertainment and gaming company known for its industry-leading daily fantasy sports and mobile sports betting platforms, Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: DEAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, and SBTech, an international turnkey provider of cutting-edge sports betting and gaming technologies.
  • Represented Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., a global provider of custom-engineered sealing, connecting, conducting and shielding solutions for original equipment manufacturers, in its sale to Kaman Corporation.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP stands out for its work handling outsourcing transactions for companies in highly regulated sectors, with a particular focus on healthcare and financial services. The firm’s work in the financial services sector includes handling deals involving artificial intelligence, while in the healthcare space it has acted on a number of deals related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is also engaged in the outsourcing aspects of M&A. The practice is jointly led by Aaron Oser and Mario Dottori in Washington DC, and Vipul Nishawala in New York. Meighan O’Reardon is another key figure in DC, with experience acting for financial services and retail clients, and Elizabeth Zimmer in Austin advises both Texas and New York-based clients in deals with prominent technology vendors.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Oser; Mario Dottori; Vipul Nishawala

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Zimmer; Meighan O’Reardon; Brittney Sandler; Mia Rendar

Testimonials

‘Knowledge, experience, accessibility.’

‘Liz Zimmer puts together a stellar team, is fully across the deal and yet allows efficient allocation of resources to cater for budget limitations while not compromising on the quality of the work and service. That Pillsbury has a non-legal team to bridge the legal / commercial requirements (eg. technical and commercial requirements and documentation) reflects their comprehensive appreciation of the nature of outsourcing deals and an understanding of the needs of in-house counsel (who often have to lead the non-legal aspects in order to drive the overall deal).’

‘We worked with Elizabeth Zimmer and associate Brittney Sandler. Liz is the full service partner – takes care of the relationship, take time to understand the needs of the client, uncompromised legal skills. Brittney – blown away at the talent of this associate. From technical legal skills, to the critically relevant “soft skills” of managing both internal client and the counterparty.’

‘Excellent and holistic client service management, use of initiative in our client care, obvious investment in a capable group of associates that give us comfort in the whole team, value creation in appropriate staffing of our matters and innovative support of our projects, solid expertise and bulletproof work product’

‘Liz Zimmer has shown us first-class client service, and has established a true partnership. John Barton makes you feel like you are his only client, and has demonstrated excellent focus on strategy and execution. Mia Rendar is an incredibly bright and promising professional, and a solid associate – one to watch!’

‘The Outsourcing practice at Pillsbury is excellent. The Pillsbury resources are subject matter experts, provide practical advice and always meet our expectations and time-frames. The team is collaborative with each other as well as with its clients. As a client we benefit for their internal collaboration and willingness to work together internally. In order to meet client expectations, the team often proposes unique and innovative ways to tackle a new deal whether its streamlining resources or leveraging technology. Pillsbury’s global presence and global perspective also makes this team unique.’

‘The Pillsbury team is always willing to roll up its sleeves and dive into complicated transactions despite challenges, obstacles and time constraints. The team brings a global perspective which greatly benefits us as their client. The entire team is top notch.’

‘Incredible team. Led by Mario Dottori, this team has depth of legal expertise across entire companies – Tech, HR, BPO, etc. They combine the legal expertise with a PMO, and thus are the best firm I’ve ever used to conduct carve outs, outsourcing and acquisitions on large scale M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Kareo

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

Zebra Buyer LLC & Zebra Group Holdings LLC

Ford Autonomous Vehicles

Figment

State Street Bank and Trust Company

EmblemHealth, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Blue Shield of California

Work highlights

  • Advised the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest public school district in the United States, on all facets of an ambitious COVID-19 community engagement program.

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is praised by clients for it’s ‘efficiency, excellence, and availability’ across government contracting and disputes matters. The practice spans both US coasts, offering a nationwide contracts practice adept at all stages of the public procurement process. Bid protest claims, terminations, suspensions and debarments are where the team excels, as well as government contract M&A, where the team has led several high-profile deals. The team is co-led by corporate transactions expert John Jensen and claims work specialist Michael Rizzo, based in Northern Virginia and Los Angeles respectively. Los Angeles based Alex Tomaszczuk is also highly recommended, and notable for his bid protest and contract claims work. Marques Peterson is based in Washington DC and is the main contact for international government contracting within the defense sector. Todd Canni is also notable for his suspension and debarment practice. Alexander B. Ginsberg left the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Jensen; Michael Rizzo

Other key lawyers:

Alex Tomaszczuk; Todd Canni; Marques Peterson; Meghan Doherty; Kevin Slattum

Testimonials

‘The team is very collaborative and creative in its solutions.’

‘Marques Peterson and his team are fantastic at communicating with all levels of technical and management staff within its clients’ organizations.’

‘Pillsbury has a very diverse offering of practice areas. As a general counsel, it is important that the firms I work with have capabilities to support many different areas of law. This creates efficiencies among different partners/associates because it allows them to easily collaborate with each other, which results in faster service and saves money when working with Pillsbury. The firm delivers invoices accurately and timely.’

‘John Jensen is our relationship partner and he adds tremendous value to our federal government contracts activities. John is extremely knowledgeable in government contracting and protests, as well as many other aspects of government interactions with private industry. He is very attentive and responsive, which provides me great comfort everyday knowing that any support we need is always available. One of the best attorneys I have ever worked with!’

‘Availability, flexibility and tenacity.’

‘Alex Tomaszczuk and his team are outstanding attorneys. They are experts in the government contracting field.’

‘They get the job done and done well. Simply, they know their stuff. Alex Tomaszczuk’s written communication skills are second to none.

‘Superior knowledge of government contracting, excellent results in matters handled for my company, excellent legal advice provided. The ability to reach the attorneys is outstanding and they are very responsive. Billing is never an issue. This is a superior law firm.’

Key clients

General Atomics

Parsons

Boston Properties, Inc.

NTT DATA Services

Veritas Capital

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Battelle Memorial Institute

Entergy

Oshkosh Defense, LLC

Cognosante

Conduent

Work highlights

  • Assisting Oshkosh in navigating legal and regulatory hurdles to sell various types of its military vehicles to foreign government customers.
  • Representing Entergy, one of the nation’s largest nuclear power owners/operators, in a series of claims at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims relating to the breach by the Department of Energy of its contract to pick up spent nuclear fuel from Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center nuclear facility in New York.
  • Represented a language services company in a successful protest of corrective action before the Court of Federal Claims that resulted in a permanent injunction against the Government’s plan to terminate a $100 million contract awarded to the client for language services.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

At the forefront of the energy transition to a low-carbon economy, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP guides clients in an array of transactional matters involving offshore wind, energy storage, solar power and hydrogen. In fact, it was one of the first global law firm to launch a group dedicated to the development of hydrogen projects worldwide. Renewable energy M&A and project financings for electric power generating facilities in Texas and California are core areas of activity for the team, which is also often engaged in sector-related regulatory matters. Mona Dajani in New York has led numerous financings and project development transactions involving solar, wind, hydrogen, hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass, waste to energy and Net Zero disruptive technology. She manages the practice with Robert James , who splits his time between San Francisco and Houston. Also in New York, Shellka Arora-Cox offers legal support to private equity investors, sponsors, developers, lenders and contractors in renewable energy matters throughout the US and abroad. Based in Los Angeles, Jorge Medina specializes in the tax aspects of renewable energy investments and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mona Dajani; Robert James

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Archaea Energy

CMS Enterprises

Chevron

Mitsubishi Hitachi

NextEra Energy Partners

Noon Energy Inc.

Renewable Energy Group

Shikun & Binui USA (S&B USA)

Work highlights

  • Represented Archaea Energy LLC in a business combination agreement with Aria Energy and Rice Acquisition Corporation to create a $1.15bn company dedicated to reducing carbon emissions through landfill gas conversion, CO2 sequestration and green hydrogen.
  • Represented CMS Enterprises in the acquisition of a majority stake in the Aviator Wind project, the largest single-phase and one-site onshore wind development in the US.
  • Advised NextEra Energy Transmission, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) on its definitive agreements with affiliates of Blackstone to acquire GridLiance Holdco, LP and GridLiance GP, LLC (GridLiance) for approximately $660m.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

The ‘top notch‘ practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP provides insurance advice to policyholders as well as representing clients from the earliest stages of policy language negotiations, through to trials and appeals. The team, which boasts significant cross-border experience, has handled a range of complex matters from high-volume pollution claims over construction-related claims to Covid-19-related business interruption and event cancelation matters. Peter Gillon in Washington DC, an experienced practitioner, and seasoned litigator Robert Wallan in the Los Angeles office head up the practice together. New York-based Joseph Jean ‘gets results‘ for some of the practice’s top clients in matters related to large catastrophic property and business interruption losses.

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Testimonials

‘The firm’s advice to insureds is far more practical, sophisticated, successful, and cost-efficient than other firms in this space.’

‘Tamara Bruno is a gem. Always willing to help and provide winning strategies. Summarizes the key issues extremely well and knows how to make you look good before your internal stakeholders.’

‘Very aggressive policyholder representation and Joe Jean gets results.’

‘Joe Jean is a beast and works diligently to get his client paid.’

‘This firm is on the cutting edge of advocating for policyholders with respect to business loss claims sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic.’

‘They are always quick to respond. If not immediately available, they get back to me quickly.’

‘The Pillsbury insurance advice and policyholder practice is top notch. They are responsive, foresee industry trends, proactively manage legal and business risk, and are able to ensure that their clients are protected in complex insurance disputes.’

‘Joseph Jean, Aryeh Kaplan, and Peter Gillon are sophisticated thinkers but can distill problems into their constituent parts to generate innovative solutions that benefit their clients. Indeed, when COVID-19 began ravaging the country the above individuals were able to develop rapidly a complex insurance recovery matrix that was different from any of their competitors and which allowed them to pursue recoveries on behalf of their clients that have resulted in significantly higher success rates than others. This is a testament to their bold thinking, sound judgment, and substantive legal skills.’

Key clients

Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc.

Apro LLC

Capri Holdings

Tapestry, Inc.

Genting Group

Northrop Grumman

Zoom Video Communications

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Laureate Education Inc.

Duke Energy

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Wilshire Vermont Housing Partners LP

JUUL Labs, Inc.

CITGO

Banc of California

ACON Equity Management

Sibayne-Stillwater Mining

Fluidmaster

Victaulic

Stanford University and Hospitals

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s broad team routinely represents major airlines in the US and around the world. The ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and trustworthy‘ regulatory practice covers administrative adjudications, enforcements, litigation, aircraft leasing, and airline safety and certification matters. The group also assists with accident investigations and employment matters, and has a robust unmanned aircraft systems  offering. Co-head Charles Donley has enviable experience in aviation licensing, enforcement and operating matters, and fellow co-head Josh Romanow acts for airlines from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, as well as global travel companies. In Los Angeles, Thomas Liu represents aviation clients in labor and employment litigation, while special counsel Laura Jennings Ochoa also has extensive aviation and airline experience. All named lawyers are based in the Washington DC office unless otherwise mentioned.

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Testimonials

Very responsive, knowledgeable and trustworthy.

Very experienced in aviation aircraft lease-related disputes.

Good interaction with the regulatory authorities.

They are always quick to respond with accurate answers and practical solutions.

They have very good teamwork, cooperating smoothly on complex issues, and they are very flexible on billing.

Charles Donley has the ability to organize and coordinate resources so as to find the best solution for his clients. He never argues over differences, but always has his own way of convincing others by focusing on common ground.

Charles Donley is an expert in his field. We value his attitude and how he handles cases.

Josh Romanow is great, and very sensitive to clients’ needs.

Key clients

LATAM Airlines Chile

LATAM Peru

LATAM Cargo Chile

LATAM Cargo Colombia

LATAM Argentina

LATAM Brazil

American Airlines

Xiamen Airlines

Vietnam Airlines

Norse Atlantic Airways

Air France

KLM Royal Dutch Airline

Air China

Air China Cargo

Singapore Airlines

Hainan Airlines

Bamboo Airways

China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines Cargo

LATAM Ecuador

Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Express

Cebu Pacific Air

China Airlines

SF Express

Atlas Air

Work highlights

  • Representing LATAM airlines in an antitrust immunity proceeding before the US Department of Transportation.
  • Acting as special regulatory counsel to American Airlines in hundreds of aircraft financings.
  • Representing a major Chinese air carrier in an ongoing Department of Transportation investigation involving advertising, refund and marketing policies, and website compliance.

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 3

The 'collaborative team' at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is appreciated by clients for providing 'big picture understanding as well as specialized advice'. The group strikes a balance between trade litigation and regulatory matters, with activity in trade remedies, export control and sanctions, CFIUS-related issues and WTO disputes. Experienced across all industry areas, the wider firm's nuclear prowess ensures it is particularly sought after by foreign and domestic clients looking for advice on nuclear-specific trade matters. Department co-chair Nancy Fischer stands out for the breadth of her practice: one source describes her as 'a go-to source' for CFIUS issues and she also advises on trade remedies, trade policy matters, export controls and economic sanctions. Stephan Becker is 'well versed in the intricacies of the US trade remedy regime' — he additionally handles export controls and economic sanctions. The group also includes senior export control and sanctions specialist Christopher Wall, Aaron Hutman ('thorough knowledge of the law') as well as counsels Matthew Rabinowitz and Benjamin Cote.

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Testimonials

‘Pillsbury provides a well-unified, collaborative team that leverages each others knowledge base to demonstrate “big picture” understanding as well as specialized advice within categories of issues.’

‘Pillsbury is recognized as a leading cost-effective, value-adding firm for CFIUS guidance. This is especially critical during the pre-deal diligence phase, where we can rely on Pillsbury to provide comprehensive risk assessments of potential foreign investors. While other firms have demonstrated good knowledge, Pillsbury stands-out with greater depth.’

‘Nancy Fischer and Matthew Rabinowitz provided timely, responsive, and detailed guidance on complex CFIUS considerations, all in an easily digestible format. This, in itself, is a remarkable art-form as the ever-changing political winds make adaptability difficult.’

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.’

‘Benjamin Cote provided expert advice on international trade as it relates to export control matters of regulation compliance and governmental application/approval requests.’

‘We are mostly working with Pillsbury Winthrop on trade compliance and export controls. What differentiates Stephan Becker and his team from competitors is a deep knowledge of the matter, the stakeholders and players as well as the ability to understand the business challenges and technical issues.’

‘Mr. Becker has provided exceptional guidance, advice, and strategic thinking in preparing lengthy and complex pleadings in all aspects of the proceedings. He is well versed in the intricacies of the US trade remedy regime and very quickly familiarized himself with the nuances of the issues at hand.

Aaron Hutman has served as our primary point of contact in dealing with the detailed preparations of pleadings and submissions. His thorough knowledge of the law and procedures along with his grasp of the key issues served us well.’

Key clients

Macquarie

Cypress Semiconductor

Facebook

Airbus

MTU Aero Engines

Panasonic

KONE Corporation

Intelsat

Chevron

Bank of Cyprus

BWX Technologies, Inc.

Inphi Corporation

Oshkosh Defense Corp.

1stDibs

Allied Airlift 21

Work highlights

  • Acting as outside US counsel to Mexico’s Secretary of Commerce for NAFTA and WTO matters, including trade remedy proceedings, WTO dispute settlement, international investment arbitration cases and related US court litigation.
  • Advising Chevron on a wide range of international trade-related matters, including sanctions and compliance issues involving all US, UK, and EU sanctions programs, export controls, CFIUS issues and customs matters.
  • Representing multiple companies, including Victaulic and Valmet Corporation, before the USCIT in a challenge concerning the lawfulness of the imposition of Section 301 List 3 and List 4A duties.

Finance > Project finance

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is prolific in the renewables space, where it assists both lenders and sponsors with projects relating to hydrogen, offshore wind, solar energy and battery storage. In addition, the firm has a niche in energy M&A and project financings for electric power generating facilities in California and Texas, two states in which the firm has an established presence. Robert James , as leader of the San Francisco practice, is a key name in this regard, while he also spends time in the Houston office. Mona Dajani co-leads the energy and instrastrucutre practice from New York and is experienced in sustainable finance and ESG-linked facilities. The firm’s ranked were bolstered in September 2021 by the arrival of Veronica Relea from Latham & Watkins LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mona Dajani; Robert James

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Archaea Energy

Chevron

CMS Enterprises

Mitsubishi Hitachi

NextEra Energy Partners

Noon Energy Inc.

Renewable Energy Group

Shikun & Binui USA (S&B USA)

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP offers comprehensive advice in the fields of environmental and natural resources litigation matters to an array of market-leading and transformative businesses across all industrial and energy segments. Recently, the team, which couples trial capability with deep environmental experience, has been involved in several matters involving the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Furthermore, the practice undertakes works involving all major federal and state environmental laws, and handles contentious matters concerning air and water issues, waste management, emerging chemicals, toxic torts, Superfund and endangered species. Mark Elliott in Los Angeles is skilled in environmental litigation at the state and federal levels, including cases involving Superfund sites, Proposition 65, and the Clean Water Act. Based in San Francisco, Margaret Rosegay  is a leading attorney in California, who is recommended for hazardous waste permitting, RCRA and site remediation. They jointly chair the group with Houston-based Amanda Halter, who oversees the crisis management team, and Jeffrey Knight in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Elliott; Margaret Rosegay; Amanda Halter; Jeffrey Knight

Other key lawyers:

Sheila Harvey; Matthew Morrison; Michael McDonough; Tom Van Wyngarden; Reza Zarghamee

Testimonials

‘Clients cover the full spectrum of the energy space – oil and gas; midstream and downstream petroleum; nuclear; traditional electric; and renewables.’

‘I referred a multibillion dollar litigation matter to Matt Morrison, a partner in Pillsbury’s Washington DC office. Matt is an 18 year veteran of DOJ and EPA. He has a very client focused orientation and is sensitive to litigation costs.’

Key clients

MP Materials

Saint-Gobain Inc

Kinder Morgan

Pacific Gas & Electric

Green Diamond & Humboldt Redwood

Kinetrex Energy

Walmart

Chevron Corporation

Teck Metals Ltd

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Valero Energy Corporation

Western States Petroleum Association

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

PBF Energy

DuPont

American Chemistry Council

Brookfield Renewable Energy

Arkema

Chesapeake Energy

Range Resources

Waste Management, Inc.

Renewable Fuels Association

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP advises clients from virtually every segment of the industrial and energy sectors on the entire spectrum of environmental regulatory matters. The department is regularly called to assist with enforcement actions, compliance and legislative matters, project siting, development and site remediation. Lately, the team, which enjoys a strong reputation in the climate change field, has been involved in several mandates involving the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and has expanded its representation of specialty chemical companies in connection with enforcement proceedings, governmental investigations and corporate governance issues. Clients also benefit from the firm's wide geographical footprint across the US. The practice is jointly led by Jeffrey Knight in Washington DC, Amanda Halter in Houston, Mark Elliott in Los Angeles and Margaret Rosegay  in San Francisco. Elliott has a multifaceted environmental practice spanning hazardous materials, soil, water, and air quality regulations, while Rosegay is particularly sought after by oil and gas exploration and production operators. Sitting in Washington DC, Sheila McCafferty Harvey  is a name to note for climate change and sustainability matters. The department grew in March 2021 with the addition of partner Anne Austin, who joined the DC and Houston offices as a nationally recognized environmental lawyer who has held several high-profile federal and state regulatory roles. She was previously at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Practice head(s):

Mark Elliott; Margaret Rosegay; Amanda Halter; Jeffrey Knight

Other key lawyers:

Sheila Harvey; Christopher McNevin; Matthew Morrison; Michael McDonough; Reza Zarghamee; Anne Austin

Testimonials

‘Matt has a very client focused orientation and is sensitive to litigation costs.’

Key clients

MP Materials

Saint-Gobain Inc

Kinder Morgan

Pacific Gas & Electric

Green Diamond & Humboldt Redwood

Kinetrex Energy

Walmart

Chevron Corporation

Teck Metals Ltd

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Valero Energy Corporation

Western States Petroleum Association

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

PBF Energy

DuPont

American Chemistry Council

Brookfield Renewable Energy

Arkema

Chesapeake Energy

Range Resources

Waste Management, Inc.

Renewable Fuels Association

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s ‘strong‘ and ‘very responsive‘ aviation practice routinely acts for financial institutions, leasing companies, airlines, manufacturers and export credit agencies. It is particularly noted for both its bank-side work and lessor finance practice. Firm-wide global finance leader, Mark Lessard, regularly advises on cross-border, asset-backed financings, while Melissa Jones-Prus assists with the financing and leasing of aircraft and other aviation assets. In Los Angeles, Richard Evans focuses on finance and leasing transactions involving commercial aircraft and private jets. Pat Reisinger is a key counsel. The practitioners mentioned are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Testimonials

Pillsbury is unique in that they represent many lenders and borrowers, and are extremely knowledgeable about complex transactions.

Pillsbury has a strong aviation practice. Their associates are very responsive and helpful, and the partners have strong knowledge of aircraft leasing and ABS structures.

You would be hard pressed to find an aircraft financing/leasing transaction that they have not been involved with.

Pillsbury has a very good aviation practice. They are especially good with capital market deals, but this is not their only strength. They are also very nice to work with.

Very responsive and commercially oriented.

Mark Lessard is terrific – very knowledgeable, hardworking and most of all, practical.

Mark Lessard is an excellent negotiator and well respected in the industry. He is a zealot advocate for his clients and easy to work with.

Melissa Jones-Prus has a very strong legal base and offers an excellent service. I have very much enjoyed working with her over the years.

Key clients

Mizuho Securities

Credit Agricole

Export Development Canada

MUFG

Credit Suisse

Atlas Air

Air Lease Corp

SMBC

Natixis New York Branch

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Advised BofA Securities, MUFG Securities Americas and Wells Fargo Securities (as underwriters) on $336.7m Willis Engine Structured Trust VI fixed rates notes.
  • Advised Natixis on liquidity facilities for 2020-1 and 2021-1 British Airways EETC, Class A and Class B certificates.
  • Advised Credit Suisse, as sole structuring agent and lender, on a $600m warehouse facility for Azorra Aviation, a new regional jet lessor.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has an active emerging companies practice that is particularly busy on the company side. Issuer clients come from across a wide variety of sectors including fintech, big data and security, AI, autonomous vehicles, semiconductors and healthtech. The firm has a long track record for helping emerging companies to unicorn status and beyond. More recently it has made a push towards assisting businesses from underrepresented communities, and established the Black-Owned Startup Support Lab in late 2020, which has provided free advice to over 30 startups since its inception. The highly experienced Stanley Pierson leads the emerging growth and venture capital group from Silicon Valley. Other key members include Ronald Fleming, who leads the New York side of the practice, San Francisco-based M&A co-chair Justin Hovey, San Diego partner Christian Salaman, Silicon Valley’s Allison Leopold Tilley and Jorge del Calvo, and Steven Kaplan in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Stanley Pierson

Key clients

SecurityScoreCard

Vori Health

Tomo Networks

RippleMatch

Cartessa Aesthetics

Hasura

Hello Alice

Thesis

Xendit

Shield AI

Sunwave Health

Flutterwave

Co-Star Astrology

Apkudo

Netskope

NuVia

Alkira

Elisity

Robin Systems

VirSec Systems

Work highlights

  • Represented Shield AI in raising $210m to expand beyond manufacturing drones to building larger aircraft to support more complicated situations.
  • Represented Netskope, a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) leader, in connection with its new $300m investment round led by existing investor ICONIQ Growth.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has a top tier outsourcing practice that also has extremely good credentials for broader technology transactions and related service agreements. Clients include major end-users operating across several key sectors including health insurance, banking, credit cards, retail, and technology. Clients appreciate the firm’s ‘unique team approach‘ and its ‘capabilities across all areas of outsourcing – complex technology, employee and HR matters, data privacy, GDPR‘. Washington DC-based partner Aaron Oser leads the ‘incredible‘ team, which includes fellow DC partner Mario Dottori, and Austin’s Elizabeth Zimmer, who is noted for her ‘first-class client service,‘ and John Barton  (‘makes you feel like you are his only client’). Other key individuals include Vipul Nishawala in New York and Silicon Valley’s Shaalu Mehra, who stands out for his market-leading IP licensing expertise.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Oser; Mario Dottori; Vipul Nishawala

Testimonials

‘Knowledge, experience, accessibility’

‘Excellent and holistic client service management, use of initiative in our client care, obvious investment in a capable group of associates that give us comfort in the whole team, value creation in appropriate staffing of our matters and innovative support of our projects, solid expertise and bulletproof work product’

‘Liz Zimmer has shown us first-class client service, and has established a true partnership. John Barton makes you feel like you are his only client, and has demonstrated excellent focus on strategy and execution. Mia Rendar is an incredibly bright and promising professional, and a solid associate – one to watch.

‘Pillsbury has a unique team approach. Led by Mario Dottori, no job is too big (thousands of medium vendors, one large vendor) or too small (simple NDA). They keep going and do not break stride during a challenge. They have capabilities across all areas of outsourcing – complex technology, employee and HR matters, data privacy, GDPR, etc. The PMO is incredibly unique – able to manage and track hundreds of vendors and thousands of legal documents and where those vendors and contracts are in the execution pipeline. For a large deal, they are able to break it down and parallel process the aspects, providing excellent advise on the gives/gets of legal guardrails.’

‘Too many to name- Mario Dottori, Lee Rubin, Benjamin Dean, Christine Richardson, Rachel Newell, Meighan O’Reardon, Joseph Kendall, Ash Masrani — across the board a lot of expertise and the team applies itself to conduct large scale acquisitions – no delays in procurement no matter the topic. The team is incredible. I have used them on three all-year deals in the past four years, and cannot recommend them highly enough.’

 

Key clients

Kareo

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

Zebra Buyer LLC & Zebra Group Holdings LLC

Ford Autonomous Vehicles

Figment

State Street Bank and Trust Company

EmblemHealth, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Blue Shield of California

Work highlights

  • Advised Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on all facets of an ambitious COVID-19 community engagement program designed to get 700,000 students and 75,000 staff back in the classroom safely.

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP works with a diverse range of high-profile tech and telecoms clients, handling regulatory issues relating to television and radio broadcasting, fixed and mobile satellite communication, mobile broadband, and VoIP, among others. Alongside key corporate clients such as Sinclair and Grupo Televisa, the firm also acts for organisations such as Voice on the Net Coalition and National Alliance of State Broadcasters Association on legislative developments and on thought leadership issues at the intersection of media law and other areas. Based out of Washington DC, the team is led by Glenn Richards , a specialist in communications regulation and IP issues, alongside media head Scott Flick , a key advisor to major networks and media groups. Miles Mason is also a key name television and radio industry work, advising Sinclair on a number of transactional and regulatory matters, while counsel Jessica Nyman has represented clients in regulatory matters before the FCC, Department of Labor, and state and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Richards; Scott Flick

Other key lawyers:

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

Work highlights

  • Representing Grupo Televisa, the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language television programming, in a complex transaction involving Televisa’s interest in Univision Communications and the sale by Univision’s existing private equity shareholders of all other interests in Univision to Forgelight LLC and Searchlight Capital Partners, LP.
  • Represented Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., through its newly formed indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Diamond Sports Group, LLC, as finance, securities and FCC regulatory counsel, in its acquisition from The Walt Disney Company of its interests in 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports, which were previously acquired by Disney in its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
  • Represented Standard General in its successful negotiations with Emmis Communications to create a new jointly-owned and publicly-traded entity, MediaCo Holdings, which acquired Emmis’s top-rated radio stations in New York, with Standard General acquiring the controlling interest in MediaCo.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP fields a construction counseling and dispute resolution practice with a strong country-wide record in assisting with fiercely contested, critical and high-value disputes. The group is represented across the firm’s Washington DC, San Francisco and Houston offices and its portfolio of matters span the country and also include a number of projects abroad. Clark Thiel coordinates the global construction group from the San Francisco office, while in Washington DC, construction group vice-chair Melissa Lesmes focuses her practice on complex construction claims and insurance coverage disputes. Charles Conrad is based in Houston and has recently acted in contentious matters regarding multi-billion dollar projects and together with Thiel and Lesmes makes up the leadership team. In San Francisco, John Heisse is a renowned figure in the market, assisting global developers, builders, owners and designers with every phase of complex public and private construction; and Robert James comes with client recommendation as ‘a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney in design, construction and real estate issues‘.

Practice head(s):

Clark Thiel; Melissa Lesmes; Charles Conrad

Other key lawyers:

John Heisse; Robert James; Michael McNamara; Jeffrey Gans

Testimonials

‘Rob James is our point of contract and handles most of the work. Rob and his team are very timely in their responses to our requests and provide simple but comprehensive direction on how to handle issues.’

‘Rob James is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney in design, construction and real estate issues. He provides perspective from all sides of issue and serves up solutions to move things along.’

Key clients

Sunworks

Renewable Energy Group

Children’s National Medical Center

Target Hospitality Corp

Hyundai Engineering Co

Landry’s

Sendero Midstream Partners

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Wilshire Vermont Housing Parnters, LP

Clark Construction Group

Brookfield Renewable Power

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)

AECOM

Duke Energy

New York University

Lane Construction Corp.

Structure Tone, Inc.

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

GEA Systems North America, LLC

Mill Creek Residential Trust

New Tech Global Ventures, LLC

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s antitrust and competition practice group represents clients in matters such as price-fixing investigations, follow-on class action, and direct action litigation with a sector focus in energy, telecoms, and electronics, among others. Roxane Polidora leads the team from San Francisco, focusing on cartel cases in a variety of industries. Also located on the West Coast are unfair competition expert Jacob Sorensen and Andrew Lanphere, whose portfolio includes healthcare and real estate matters. Antitrust and securities litigation are strong suits of San Francisco-based Laura Hurtado, while Michael Sibarium in Washington DC is sought after by both the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Roxane Polidora

Key clients

KEMET Corporation and KEMET Electronics Corporation

TOKIN Corporation and TOKIN America, Inc.

24 Hour Fitness

Hotel Tonight, Inc.

Starkist Co.

CRST International, Inc. and CRST Expedited, Inc.

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Lucile Salter Packard

Norwegian Air

Air China

Lehigh Hanson

Work highlights

  • Represent KEMET Corporation and KEMET Electronics Corporation, a major American electronics manufacturer of capacitors in antitrust class and direct purchaser actions filed in federal court in San Francisco.
  • Representing TOKIN Corporation and TOKIN America, Inc., a Japanese electronics company and its U.S. subsidiary in antitrust class and direct actions filed in federal court in San Francisco in the inductors multi-district litigation.
  • Successfully defended IDSA, the world’s leading professional society of physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases (including Covid-19 and AIDS), and six physicians sued in their individual capacities against major RICO, antitrust, and fraud claims related to IDSA’s clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

Government > Government relations Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s bipartisan public policy team combine substantive expertise with impressive high-level relationships with congresspeople, federal agencies, and the White House. Recent instructions for the team include representation and advice for clients in the telecommunications, financial services, cyber security, and energy/environment industries. The offering is broad-based, with expertise in federal and state lobbying, and congressional investigations. Elizabeth Vella Moeller heads the practice, with high-profile clients trusting her advice and expertise on federal funding, compliance best practices, and complex government investigations. Brian Finch’s practice combines cybersecurity and SAFETY Act experience to offer clients regulatory, cyberattack, and ransom-ware issues advice. Craig Saperstein is also recommended. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Vella Moeller

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High level of professionalism and expertise’

‘We work directly with Mathew Oresman who is an exceptional professional and hands on on’

‘We have worked with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for several years and they have been vital pro bono advisers to our ambitious sustainability initiative. With our organisation we are developing a new approach to sustainability reporting hence there are a number of new challenges on which we are breaking new ground. Far from being phased the Pillsbury team has helped us address and overcome each challenge in turn and lay the foundations for large-scale systems change. Their level of commitment to this cause, general professionalism, and the collaborative nature of their team has been outstanding and we have enjoyed working with them thoroughly.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Sussex Royal Foundation/Travalyst

Government of Kosovo

Yoga Alliance

City of Greensboro, N.C.

Association of Cyprus Banks

Blackhawk Network

Stanislaus County

Attivo Networks, Inc.

Port City Air

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to EDF Renewable Energy North America, representing the client before the White House, federal agencies and leaders in Congress.
  • Assisting Blackhawk Network, one of the largest providers of prepaid cards, in devising and implementing its federal and state government relations strategies.
  • Assisting Attivo Networks, Inc.  stand up its public policy function and has assisted Attivo in influencing federal cybersecurity policy.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

Specializing in energy capital markets, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP represents energy and utility companies and their underwriters across the spectrum of capital markets transactions. Particular strengths for the firm include statute-based securitization financings, tax-exempt debt financings, project financings, sale and leasebacks, and forward equity sales. New York-based Jeffrey Delaney leads the team and focuses on specialized finance for energy, pharmaceutical and life insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Delaney

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 Corpration

Great Plains Energy / Kansas City Power & Light Company / Westar Energy / 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 Incorporated (formerly: The Laclede Group)

Barclays Capital

BNP Paribas

BNY Mellon Capital Markets

BofA Merrill Lynch

Citigroup Capital Markets

Deutsche Bank Securities

Goldman, Sachs

JP Morgan

KeyBanc Capital Markets

Mitsubishi UFJ Securities

Mizuho Securities

Morgan Stanley

Raymond James

RBC Capital Markets

Scotiabank

SMBC Nikko

Stephens Inc.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

TD Securities

UBS Investment Bank

US Bancorp

Wells Fargo Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters, agents and insurance company purchasers on a number of capital markets issuances across a wide variety of security and offering types by publicly-traded CMS Energy Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy Company.
  • Advised the underwriters on capital markets issuances of registered notes by Arizona Public Service Company, the principal subsidiary of publicly-traded Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and the largest utility company in Arizona.
  • Represented BoA Securities, Citigroup Global Markets, JP Morgan Securities, Mizuho Securities USA and Wells Fargo Securities, as sales agents, in connection with the up to $100m market equity program of Entergy Corporation.

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP remains a solid choice for both domestic and international clients in need of assistance with the development and management of their patent portfolios. Practice head Jack Barufka is the key contact of the main office in MacLean, Northern Virginia, which is also pharmaceutical sector expert Pat Doody's home base. In addition, the firm has a Texas-based patent prosecution team led by Josh Tucker (Austin), who focuses on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G. Ngai Zhang left the firm in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Adient Medical

ALTR Solutions, Inc.

BioRegentech

Cerebri AI

Digital Asset Capital

Fellowes, Inc.

Inpixon

Institute for Ethnomedicine d/b/a Brain Chemistry Labs

The Zebra

UBS

University of Southern California

Vapor IO

Work highlights

  • Advising UBS on IP matters worldwide, including patent, trademark, copyright, licensing, IP diligence, IP agreements, monetization, domain names, and litigation.
  • Assisted ALTR Solutions, Inc. with the development of its patent portfolio to more than 22 patent allowances involving blockchain technology to build a platform for greater data security.
  • Assisting Vapor IO build with a first-to-market patent portfolio around edge computing hardware and related software.

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

Counting financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies among its key roster of clients, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP advises on 401(k) plans, defined benefit plans, deferred compensation matters, including Section 409A compliance issues, as well as ERISA fiduciary mandates. In San Fransisco, ‘exquisitely competentJonathan Ocker advises public companies on a range of executive compensation matters, while Christine Richardson is praised as ‘a wonderful professional in the retirement and health and welfare spaces’. Cindy Schlaefer leads the team from the Silicon Valley office and New York-based Peter Hunt advises on ERISA fiduciary compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Schlaefer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Pillsbury’s plan design team is excellent overall. They listen very closely to the specific needs of the client and then design plans to meet those needs. At the same time, they not only respond to the client’s interests, but proactively propose ideas that serve the client’s interests that they have not yet identified. They are also wonderful people with whom it is a pleasure to work.’

‘Jonathan Ocker is exquisitely competent, and, at the same time, extremely effective with helping lay clients understand the law and counselling them through decision making.’

‘The Pillsbury lawyers with whom I’ve worked with pride themselves in being experts in their fields, and their expertise shows. They not only respond to what they are asked for by the client, but guide us in what would be most beneficial for us under the circumstances. Christine Richardson is a wonderful professional in the retirement and health and welfare spaces and Mark Jones is the same in the executive compensation space.’

Key clients

1stdibs.com, Inc.

AT&T and Warner Media

Beauty By Imagination

Chevron Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Foursquare Labs, Inc

General Reinsurance Corporation

Invitae Corporation

IQVIA

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. on employee benefit matters, including defined benefit pension plan and 401(k) plan compliance matters, obtaining IRS approvals and advising on participant benefit claims.

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

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP advises its roster of key clients, including MT&T, Foursquare and IQVIA, among others, on the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of mid-market M&A. In the firm’s San Francisco office, Jonathan Ocker acts for public companies and executives on compensation matters, while Christine Richardson advises technology and retail clients on a range of employee benefits and ERISA issues. Jessica Lutrin operates from the firm’s New York office along with Peter Hunt, who handles ERISA fiduciary and compliance issues. Silicon Valley-based Cindy Schlaefer and Los Angeles-based Mark Jones are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Schlaefer; Christine Richardson; Mark Jones; Peter Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Ocker is exquisitely competent, and, at the same time, extremely effective with helping clients understand the law and counselling them through decision making.’

Key clients

1stdibs.com, Inc.

AT&T and Warner Media

Beauty By Imagination

Chevron Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Foursquare Labs, Inc

General Reinsurance Corporation

Invitae Corporation

IQVIA

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised AT&T on various compensation and benefits issues relating to the $43bn spin-off of WarnerMedia and integration of various media entities.
  • Represented Foursquare Labs, Inc. in its mergers with both Factual Inc. and Unfolded.

Real estate Tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP is praised as a ‘great old school team with fabulous understanding of the NY RE market’, experienced in all aspects of real estate law. New York’s Paul Shapses is instrumental in the firm’s hotel leisure real estate practice, with decade of experience in the financing, acquisition and workouts across the U.S, Canada and the Caribbean. Andrew Weiner is another key partner in the same office with significant concentration in the hospitality and REIT sectors. Based in Los Angeles, Emily Bias‘ practice concentrates on tax-advantaged affordable housing deals. James Rishwain chairs the real estate and construction industry team, also from Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

James Rishwain

Testimonials

‘Great old school team with fabulous understanding of the NY RE market.’

‘Andrew Weiner. A must for anyone new in the Manhattan RE jungle’

Key clients

Shorenstein

Klövern AB

Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB)

Pacific Gas & Electric

Shorenstein

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Prima Capital Advisors LLC

Daishin

Three Wall Capital

Weller Development Company

BC One Congress Tower Owner LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Daishin, one of Korea’s largest investment banks in three significant New York investments; a majority joint venture interest in the redevelopment of the last undeveloped property on the 42nd Street corridor in Manhattan’s Times Square; acquisition of a majority joint venture interest in the development of a luxury condominium on 77th Street and West End Avenue and the acquisition of an office building located on Madison Avenue.
  • Assisted Three Wall Capital in closing of joint venture acquisition of The Lexington Hotel at 511 Lexington Avenue.
  • Representing PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the relocation of its headquarters from San Francisco to Oakland.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

The corporate investigations and white-collar defense practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP operates nationally and internationally, handling investigations for large corporations, financial institutions and senior executives. The team, which includes former federal prosecutors, is led by Washington DC’s William Sullivan and the Los Angeles-based Aaron Dyer. Sullivan is a name to note for trials, investigations and enforcement matters, while Dyer is recommended for civil and criminal litigation. The team was bolstered in 2021 with the arrival of three new partners: in January, Patrick Hovakimian joined in Washington DC from the DOJ; Kimberly Jaimez joined in Los Angeles from the US attorneys office, Central District of California in September; and in October, Richard Donoghue also joined from the DOJ in New York.

Practice head(s):

William Sullivan; Aaron Dyer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We use Pillsbury for specialized litigation and regulatory matters. They have experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in this area.’

‘Maria Galeno is a consummate lawyer; she never stops fighting for her clients.’

‘Maria Galeno knows her stuff, and is a great strategist; she is also strongly committed to pro bono work.’

‘William Sullivan does an excellent job manoeuvring complex legal issues in the white-collar crime area, taking particular attention to business implications.’

‘William Sullivan does a nice job representing executive and high-net-worth individuals facing serious fraud charges.’

‘They are the top of the line in civil fraud and criminal claim litigation against top opposing counsel.’

‘Having worked with several large global firms over the years, I have found the quality of the Pillsbury work to be outstanding.’

‘Oral advocacy, argument structure, writing, and presentation skills are all strengths of the team that supports us as a client.’

Key clients

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Board of Trustees of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS)

Adam Rogas

Work highlights

  • Represented the members of the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania’s largest public pension plan, PSERS, in a federal grand jury investigation into an allegedly inaccurate report on investment results delivered late last year.
  • Continuing to represent Parsons Corporation in a civil FCA qui tam lawsuit filed by a former employee, Billy Joe Hunt, against Parsons and a subcontractor, Cochise Consultancy, Inc. alleging they defrauded the federal government while performing a $60m munitions clearing contract in Iraq.
  • Representing a registrant in connection with an investigation by the US Securities & Exchange Commission regarding accounting misconduct, supervisory failures, and other alleged securities law violations.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has several established offices with teams that cover cross-border disputes, white-collar investigations, international arbitration, insurance recovery and construction, healthcare, employment and real estate-related disputes. Practice head Deborah Baum  in Washington DC has a considerable trial track record. Michael Finnegan in Los Angeles is particularly active for technology companies and school districts. Dianne Sweeney in Silicon Valley and Eric Fishman in New York are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Baum

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Amazing ability to address client’s business concerns, while adequately balancing the costs to address legal issues. Very focused on client’s needs, including the need to keep work and costs reasonable in light of the importance of each issue.’

‘Eric Fishman is personally invested in the relationship with clients.’

Key clients

Silicon Valley Bank

PBF Energy, Inc., Torrance Oil Refining Company

Clark Construction Group

IDS Real Estate Group

San Mateo County Community College District

Victaulic

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)

Lyft/Bay Area Motivate (Lyft subsidiary)

Union Bank (MUFG)

IQVIA

Bombardier Aerospace Corporation, Bombardier Inc

Spirit Aerosystems

Lyft

Sinclair Broadcast Group

CAT NMS, LLC

Cross Border Transactions

AECOM

Clark Construction Group

Structure Tone

Duke Energy

Boston Properties

Children’s National Medical Center

JBG Smith

Lane Construction

The UIP Companies, Inc.

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

Work highlights

  • Defending IQVIA in claims brought by MedImpact Healthcare Systems for alleged theft of trade secrets and improper access and use of pharmaceutical transaction data from several countries in the Middle East.
  • Representing Bombardier and its related affiliates in two adversary proceedings brought by the Chapter 7 trustee of a private jet operator that went into bankruptcy and is now seeking over $450m from nearly a dozen entities.
  • Representing AECOM in a $144m dispute with ExxonMobil related to work AECOM performed on a maintenance turnaround at the Billings Oil Refinery in Montana.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has a strong presence in the New York, California and Texas real estate markets, utilizing a vast network of offices to represent lenders and borrowers of debt and equity capital in all types of financing transactions. Led by all-round real estate specialist Rachel Horsch in San Francisco, with the assistance of Los Angeles based Emily Bias, who focuses on tax-advantaged investment and affordable housing; and Steven Hamilton in San Diego, who primarily acts for lenders in originating, restructuring, construction, term and permanent loans. On the east cost, New York’s Caroline Harcourt represents lenders in connection with the origination, securitization, sale and purchase of mortgage and mezzanine loans and the negotiation of inter-creditor, co-lender and participation agreements in multi-tiered debt stacks.    

Practice head(s):

Rachel Horsch

Other key lawyers:

Emily Bias; Steven Hamilton; Caroline Harcourt

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Icahn Partners L.P. and Icahn Partners Master Fund L.P.

Klövern AB

Prima Capital Advisors LLC

Daishin

Shorenstein

Work highlights

  • Represented Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in connection with the mortgage refinancing of luxury resort property in Hawaii.
  • Assisting a developer in advocacy to underwrite a C-PACE financing along with a HUD guaranteed financing, and also seek to establish developer’s rights following several “force majeure” events.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP specializes in SALT litigation, with particular strength in representing Fortune 100 clients on both coasts. The Northern California team includes practice head Jeffrey Vesely and Carley Roberts, both highly regarded experts in SALT litigation. Annie Huang and Robert Merten are also noted in the San Francisco and Sacramento offices, respectively, for their impressive SALT controversy expertise. Merten was promoted to partner in December 2021. Additionally, Marc Simonetti is highly regarded for his SALT litigation expertise in New York. Peter Elias departed in February 2021, while Dana Newman has retired.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Vesely

Testimonials

‘My work with Pillsbury is California tax specific. They have the reputation of being the premier California tax law experts and I have found them to be exactly that – extremely knowledgeable and very well connected to the people working to enforce the tax laws at the Franchise Tax Board and the Office of Tax Appeals. The connection to the people is immeasurably important.’

‘Carley Roberts is incredibly bright and knows California tax law inside and out. She is easy to work with, very much has the client’s best interest front and center and will always go the extra mile for the client. She also has a long history of working in this particular field and her contacts and connections are equally important. Robert Merten is also very knowledgeable of California tax law and has the same client focus that Carley has. Having Robert on Carley’s team is a true asset.’

‘Jeff Vesely and Annie Huang of Pillsbury’s San Francisco office are both top-notch State & Local Tax experts, and incredibly important to have in the State of California. They represented our company on a significant tax dispute with California, providing insightful advice and direction, and positioning the case where the State dropped the case entirely.’

‘Cutting-edge expertise in SALT law, very responsive to client, and very effective in representation.’

Key clients

Fidelity National Information Services

HSBC

Johnson & Johnson

Lyft

McKesson

Microsoft Corporation

Moddy’s

Pfizer

The Kraft Heinz Company

The Walt Disney Company

Work highlights

  • Represented a Fortune 500 global manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products in a California corporation franchise tax case involving research and development credits for tax years 2013-2014.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 diversified industrial conglomerate before California’s tax authorities in a series of sales and use tax disputes covering tax periods 1997 to 2009, resulting in a 90% abatement of the $30m exposure.
  • Spared a Fortune 50 multinational conglomerate from a $49m tax assessment in a settlement of a California corporate income/franchise tax dispute.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

Widely praised by clients for their ‘outstanding‘ knowledge, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP fields strong tax teams across multiple offices throughout the nation. In New York, Harsha Reddy‘s broad focus encompasses securities transactions and aviation finance, while Nora Burke is the go-to contact within the group for FACTA-related matters. San Francisco-based Julia Divola helms the firm’s California transactional tax practice, with recent highlights including high-value acquisitions in the tech and energy sectors. The ‘tremendousMichael Kosnitzky works with a number of high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and privately held businesses from Miami.  

Practice head(s):

Harsha Reddy; Julie Divola; Jorge Medina; Michael Kosnitzky

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Pillsbury takes the time to learn their client and their institution, allowing more effective and efficient solutions. Pillsbury’s people are good at leveraging each other’s expertise and providing cohesive solutions without requiring the client to do the legwork.’

‘Michael Kosnitzky is a tremendous advocate. Michael brings unparalleled foresight into the equation, ensuring his clients are proactively protected from future adversities.’

‘The personal service, attention and responsiveness is exceptional. I have been a practicing CPA for nearly 30 years and have not seen a large firm with this level of service, attention and responsiveness. Needless to say the knowledge of the people I worked with at the firm is outstanding. Not only is their knowledge in their specific area outstanding, each of them have good general tax knowledge even outside their specific area.’

‘Michael Kosnitzky is a top level tax attorney. His knowledge and “out of the box” thinking is better than any tax attorney I’ve worked with, and I’ve worked with many over the course of my career.’

Key clients

IndraSoft Inc.

AT&T

MUFG Union Bank

NextEra Energy Transmission

Brown & Toland Physicians

Amazon.com, Inc.

Nextera

CMS Energy

Shikun and Binui America

Chanel, Inc.

Archaea Energy

Shikun and Binui America

Sunrun, Inc.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power North America

Work highlights

  • Represented Brown & Toland Physicians in its collaboration with Altais.
  • Represented CMS Energy in the acquisition of a majority stake in the Aviator Wind project, the largest single-phase and one-site onshore wind development in the United States.
  • Assisted a hotel chain in the corporate restructuring of its various real estate and hotel properties.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP has a fully-rounded practice, covering both issuer and underwriter engagements. It is particularly noted for utilities offerings, along with issuances by healthcare and financial services businesses. New York's Jeffrey Delaney and David Baxter are key names, along with Stephen Ashley.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP is best known for its expertise in aviation related matters. The practice is led by Leo Crowley.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP continues its growth trajectory, and is known for its work on buyouts alongside more complex, often cross-border private equity-backed mergers, including portfolio company M&A, fund mergers, and public-private combinations, with clients including major players such as Elliot Management alongside active mid-market names. The team is led by Stephen Amdur and Jeffrey Delaney in New York.
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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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Energy & Natural Resources Sheila Harveysheila.harvey@pillsburylaw.com
Real Estate & Construction Jim Rishwainjrishwain@pillsburylaw.com
Technology Justin Hoveyjustin.hovey@pillsburylaw.com
Financial Services David Baxterdavid.baxter@pillsburylaw.com
Firm Chair : David T. Dekker
Firm Managing Partner : Edward A. Perron