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Squire Patton Boggs
2550 M STREET, N.W.
United States

Government > Government relations Tier 1

Comprised of a bipartisan and bicameral team formed of many senior former leaders of government and top Capitol Hill staffers, Squire Patton Boggs is a destination of choice for foreign governments, trade and business associations, multinational corporations, and non-profit organizations. Key areas of strength include defense and security, IT, healthcare, education, energy, and manufacturing. Edward Newberry, who assists sovereign government clients and corporations with high-profile and difficult policy challenges, is managing partner of the firm’s global public policy group, while foreign investment, international trade, project development, and international treaty negotiations expert Robert Kapla and taxation and international trade specialist David Stewart co-chair the Washington DC-based practice. Patricia Doersch focuses on transportation policy, regulations, compliance and enforcement, while Aubrey Rothrock is engaged in coalition-building to reduce federal tax burdens, as well as healthcare, financial services, environment, transportation, and trade regulatory implications. Ludmilla Kasulke has an emphasis on international trade and policy, and Brandon Román is a key contact for nonprofit organizations in corporate formation and in obtaining tax-exempt status from the IRS. Former Chief of Staff to Senator John McCain and of counsel Pablo Carrillo has strong expertise in defense and national security matters, and Beth Goldstein supports on healthcare queries. The addition of Everett Eissenstat in June 2023 from in-house further strengthens the team’s trade offering.

Practice head(s):

Edward Newberry; Robert Kapla; David Stewart


‘We engaged Squire Patton Boggs when we were experiencing an urgent existential threat to the sustainability of our federally funded program. Despite the nearly impossible and sizable barrier of passing a standalone bill at the end of the Congressional session, we did it with steady guidance from SPB and by following a strategy that was designed specifically for the outcome we desired.’

‘Matched only by his dedication, Austin Harrison’s nimble and expert assistance, led directly to passage of a standalone bill at the end of the 2022 Congressional session. From the beginning, Austin committed time to understanding who our organization was and what we were trying to achieve. His collaboration with our national and state partners in a bipartisan fashion was instrumental.’

‘The public policy group at SPB is state-of-the-art, best-in-practice. Their professionalism, availability, dedication and experience is unmatched in the industry.’

‘Deep policy insights with timely responses and willingness to engage.’

‘My experience with Squire Patton Boggs has been incredible – they truly act as members of our team. The knowledge, expertise and service provided is top notch but what makes them truly unique is the fact that they care about our work and about us succeeding – they go the extra mile with every single interaction – often above and beyond what was asked or intended.’

‘I have found the work product Squire Patton Boggs produces to be of the highest caliber and the depth of the relationships to policy makers to be an invaluable asset.’

‘Strong personal engagement and complete investment into best possible resolution.’

‘Caring about the client. Exploring all avenues and potential solutions.’

Key clients

City of Detroit, Michigan

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD)

DJI Technologies

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

National Cannabis Roundtable

Work highlights

  • Represented Kroger on federal government relations matters involving the $25bn merger of Kroger and Albertson’s.
  • Assisted the Alliance of National Heritage Areas with successfully securing bipartisan federal legislation to provide a fifteen-year program extension for 45 National Areas managed by the US National Park Service.
  • Advised the National Cannabis Roundtable on its cannabis reform objectives in the US Congress, the White House and executive branch agencies.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs‘ restructuring and insolvency group provides an integrated approach to municipal restructuring matters, combining the team’s expertise in public finance, policy and governmental affairs in connection with out-of-court restructurings. Situated in San Francisco, Karol Denniston  is experienced in representing debtors, creditors, bondholders and other parties in litigated bankruptcy cases and out-of-court transactions, as well as working with stressed and distressed governmental entities having represented cities and special districts. Cincinnati and New York-based Stephen Lerner handles cross-border Chapter 15 proceedings and Chapter 9 municipal restructurings, while Miami-based Pedro Hernandez specializes in representing a variety of clients in public finance matters including the State of Florida and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Cleveland-situated Maura McIntyre is noted for her focus on workout proceedings on behalf of financially distressed municipal entities and their creditors.

Practice head(s):

Karol Denniston; Stephen Lerner

Other key lawyers:



Key clients

California Municipal Authority

Keck Graduate Institute

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

U.S. Bank, National Association

U.S. Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority

Western Alliance Public Finance

Work highlights

  • Representing U.S. Bank, National Association, as Indenture Trustee in connection with $15,640,000 Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District Revenue Bonds.
  • Representing Bank of Nevada and Western Alliance Bank as Indenture Trustee and sole bondholder of approximately $8 million in outstanding principal bonds issued to finance Basic Water Company.
  • Representing U.S. Bank, National Association, as Indenture Trustee in connection with $12,570,000 in bonds issued by San Benito Healthcare District.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 3

Fielding a ‘very responsible and flexible’ team, Squire Patton Boggs specializes in corporate governance matters, multi-jurisdictional M&A, and complex joint ventures. The global corporate practice is supported by experts in the IP, employment, and real estate fields, with practice head Cipriano Beredo focusing on divestiture transactions and securities law issues from Cleveland, and Michele Connell, who is also based in Cleveland, regularly handling M&A in the fintech, transportation, and healthcare sectors. From Washington DC, Abby Brown focuses on securities compliance and governance matters, whilst Los Angeles-based James Hsu concentrates on public finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Cipriano Beredo

Other key lawyers:

Michele Connell; Abby Brown; Daniel Berick; James Hsu; Jonathon Whittlesey; Jaime Daddona; Molly McNally; Matthew Holman; Evan Toebbe


‘Great subject matter and geographic coverage.’

‘Excellent attorneys. Very responsive and flexible. Personable – good people.’

Key clients

Acumen Solutions, Inc.

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Allied Associates

Amerant Bancorp Inc.

Amtech Systems, Inc.

Andrea Electronics

Animoca Brands Limited

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.

Ashland Inc.

Axcelinno Holdings, LLC

Beacon Roofing Supply

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

BSI Americas

CCU Coal and Construction LLC

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Centricus Partners

China Everbright Limited

Coats Group plc

Community Bank System, Inc.


Co-Win Healthcare Fund

Crexendo, Inc.

Critical Communications, Controls & Instruments


CSafe Global


Delta Air Lines, Inc

East West Manufacturing, LLC

EG America


Everest Fund

First Financial Bancorp

Fox Factory Holding Corp

Global Water Resources

Hagerty, Inc.

Heights Finance Corporation

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd

HNI Corp


HyAxiom Inc.

Hyundai Motor America

ICF International, Inc.

Invicta Media Investments LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Cedar Fair Entertainment Company on the signing of a definitive agreement to combine with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and create a combined entity with an enterprise value of approximately $8bn.
  • Represented Fox Factory, Inc. in connection with its entry into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Marucci Merger Sub, Inc. for an enterprise value of $572m.
  • Represented Valvoline in the sale of its global products division to a subsidiary of Aramco.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs continues to gain traction in investment treaty work, particularly on the state-side where the wider global international arbitration group now represents twenty-eight sovereign nations. It has also carved out a significant niche in energy disputes, with a lengthening raft of global energy corporations—including state-owned entities—turning to the team for support. Stephen Anway co-chairs the global practice from the US, where he splits his time between New York and Washington DC; he is representing Slovakia, Romania, and Iraq in arbitral disputes, among others. The team also includes Luka Mišetić, who specializes in cases involving Central and Eastern Europe; Charles Rosenberg, who recently joined from King & Spalding LLP; and senior associate Carlos Guzmán Plascencia—all are in New York. Miriam Harwood has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Anway

Other key lawyers:

Luka Mišetić; Charles Rosenberg; John Branson; Ali Gursel; Carlos Guzmán Plascencia; Raul Mañón; Douglas Pilawa


‘The team’s strength lies in its communication with clients, both on the subject matter of the arbitration and on other, more administrative, matters. The team delivers on time and produces high-quality documents which are accurate and concise.’

‘Douglas Pilawa is very astute in identifying the pertinent issues in international disputes and quick to grasp and understand complex and technical matters. I have no hesitation in recommending Douglas for international arbitrations.’

Key clients

Edison SpA


Republic of Costa Rica

Turkmenistan and Turkmenhimiya

Rand Investments

Slovak Republic

Republic of Ecuador

The Republic of Kosovo

Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and its subsidiary Bariven

Republic of Romania

Republic of Croatia

Republic of Peru

Government of Panamá

Republic of Iraq

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for the Republic of Croatia in an investment treaty arbitration brought under the Germany-Croatia BIT.
  • Scored three consecutive victories for the Republic of Kosovo in three separate ICC investment arbitrations totaling over €100m.
  • Represented Turkmenistan in an ICSID investment arbitration against a Russian investor, the largest mobile network operator in Russia.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Led by Peter Gould in the Denver office, the environmental, safety & health group at Squire Patton Boggs represents a diverse clientele of mining, energy, chemicals and manufacturing companies seeking assistance with toxic tort defense and enforcement actions, as well as challenging new legislations. The Columbus office fields Karen Winters, who is a name to note for large-scale environmental liability and compliance issues and Vincent Atriano, who has extensive experience in the defense of governmental enforcement actions and citizen suits, indemnification claims and toxic tort class actions, in addition to Douglas McWilliams, whose workload includes matters related to the Clean Air Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Denver’s Carolyn McIntosh is also recommended for her ability to handle a spread of environmental, natural resources, and complex commercial litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Peter S. Gould

Other key lawyers:

Karen Winters; Carolyn McIntosh; Vincent Atriano; Kendra Sherman;  Alexander Arensberg; Douglas McWilliams


‘Squire Patton Boggs’ litigation team is detail oriented, and provide excellent service and communication.’

‘Peter S. Gould communicates clearly and frequently. His knowledge, candor, and professionalism are second to none.’


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing oilfield services company HiCrush in Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance, whistleblower and enforcement matters.
  • Representing The Mosaic Company on various environmental, permitting, and leasing matters at its locations in New Mexico and in the Southeastern US.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

Under the leadership of Denver’s Peter Gould, the team at Squire Patton Boggs represents a diverse clientele, with particular strength in the mining, chemical manufacturing, energy and infrastructure spaces. In Cleveland, Allen Kacenjar assists clients with compliance issues, identifying environmental risks and implementing strategies to mitigate them, while Denver’s Carolyn McIntosh counsels clients on environmental compliance, regularly assisting companies with the regulatory landscape surrounding land use and renewables projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Gould

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

Noted for their ‘extremely strong knowledge of the restructuring process and related law,’ Squire Patton Boggs handle all facets of the restructuring and insolvency process, with capabilities in handling cross-border matters. Cincinnati and New York-situated global chair Stephen Lerner is skilled in handling Chapter 11 reorganizations for a range of clients in the coal, energy, financial services and healthcare industries, while San Francisco-based Karol Denniston  has experience representing both creditors and debtors in litigated bankruptcy cases and out-of-court transactions. Norman Kinel, in New York, is noted for his cross-border capabilities in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lerner

Other key lawyers:

Karol Denniston; Norman Kinel; Peter Morrison; Michelle Saney


‘Extremely strong knowledge of the restructuring process and related law. Good balanced team from an experience perspective and good leverage of resources. The team as always available and had good coverage when individual members were unavailable. Excellent service overall.’

‘As I mentioned above around the team, good balance from an experience perspective. Very noteworthy was the lead restructuring partner, Stephen Lerner. Stephen is extremely experienced and knowledgeable regarding restructuring law and processes, but was also very grounded and transparent in his communication approach, particularly with business people who do not deal in this sort of environment on a regular basis. Very solid and practical guidance approach.’

‘Peter Morrison provides excellent service around the clock. He not only provides useful advice, but he is an exceptional relationship attorney providing good connections to others within the firm, when needed.’

‘Very experienced and collegial team who know bankruptcy, know how to cut a deal but also know how to litigate.’

‘Norman Kinel is extremely experienced and knowledgeable about the bankruptcy process. His experience and ability to push for the best result possible is a real strength.’

‘SPB restructuring practice has very experienced professionals who provide practical legal advice so as not to waste time and/or resources on long-shot strategies. The professionals are able to effectively communicate complex legal issues in an easy to understand way. They take their clients’ concerns when developing their legal approach.’

‘The practice is responsive, sensitive to cost, thoughtful, and understanding of our particular needs.’

‘Michelle Saney is aggressive and diligent. Norman Kinel is knowledgeable, proficient, and an excellent team member.’

Key clients

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Phoenix Services Topco LLC

Colorado Bankers Life Insurance

Blackjewel Liquidation Trust

Collins Street

Mizuho Leasing Co.


ITOCHU Corporation

New England Life Plan Communities

Panasonic Avionics (Aero Mexico)

World Class Holdings

Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Phoenix Services Topco, LLC in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court.
  • Advised the Blackjewel Liquidation Trust as the largest unsecured creditor and chair of the Creditors Committee in the INMET Mining Chapter 11 case in the E.D. KY. Bankruptcy Court.
  • Advised New England Life Plan Communities in connection with its efforts to acquire the assets of Amsterdam House Continuing Care Retirement Community (The Harborside) in its Chapter 11 case.

Recognized as one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, Squire Patton Boggs provides insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

It gives clients a voice, supports their ambitions and is committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

A multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in over 40 offices spanning four continents provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. It is a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.

The firm’s solutions are shaped by a clear, commercially focused understanding of clients’ business goals, while its robust and open culture enables it to find the right answers quickly and effectively from a committed team of lawyers who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges. Recognizing the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, the firm has a unique mix of experienced, well-connected lobbying and political capabilities in the US, supporting not only US clients but those across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Squire Patton Boggs advises a diverse mix of clients, from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, startup visionaries and sovereign nations.

And it places clients at the core of everything it does.

Main areas of practice: Aerospace, defense and government services; automotive; aviation; brands and consumer products; business immigration; chemicals; communications; competition – antitrust; construction and engineering; corporate; data privacy and cybersecurity; energy and natural resources; environmental, safety and health; financial services; government investigations and white collar; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; industrial products; infrastructure; institutional investors; insurance; intellectual property and technology; international dispute resolution; international trade; labor and employment; life sciences; litigation; media and advertising; pensions; public and infrastructure finance; public policy; real estate; restructuring and insolvency; retail; sports and entertainment; tax credit finance and community development; tax strategy and benefits; transportation, shipping and logistics.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aerospace, Defense and Government Services John Deschaur
Competition and Antitrust Diarmuid Ryan
Commodities and Shipping Jessica Kenworthy
Commodities and Shipping Barry Stimpson
Commodities and Shipping Chris Swart
Chemicals Carolyn Buller
Corporate Cip Beredo
Corporate Tony J Reed
Corporate Stephen E Chelberg
Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and Digital Assets Alan Friel
Energy and Natural Resources Lisa G Henneberry
Environmental, Safety and Health Karen Winters
Financial Services James J Barresi
Global Automotive Cip Beredo
Global Infrastructure Thomas Wilson
Healthcare Adam Colvin
Healthcare Kimberly Donovan
Intellectual Property and Technology David S Elkins
International Disputes Resolution Stephen Anway
International Dispute Resolution George M von Mehren
International Trade George N Grammas
International Trade Frank R Samolis
Labor and Employment Jill S Kirila
Labor and Employment Alison Treliving
Life Sciences Stephen Chelberg
Litigation Mitchell R Berger
Litigation John A Burlingame
Litigation Stephen Sampson
Media and Consumer Brands Carlton Daniels
Pensions Matthew Giles
Public and Infrastructure Finance Robert Labes
Public Policy Robert Kapla
Real Estate John Thomas
Real Estate Matthew Dalzell
Real Estate Deborah C Ryan
Restructuring and Insolvency Stephen Lerner
Government Investigations & White Collar Kevin Mccart
Tax Strategy and Benefits Mitch Thompson
Transportation, Shipping and Logistics Rodney Slater
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