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Squire Patton Boggs
NEW YORK, NY 10112
United States

Government relations Tier 1

Based in Washington DC, Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its multi-disciplinary and truly global practice group, made up of lawyers with deep experience and expertise in US and European policy matters. The public policy team regularly partakes in advocacy representations before the US Congress and executive branch, and also showcases strengths acting for sovereign clients, and assisting with state-level lobbying and international law matters. Of late, the team has been active in market leading initiatives involving pension and tax reform, national cannabis legislation, Middle East peace and the US-China bilateral relationship. Further, the group quickly recognized the spike in public demand for reliable analyses of the actions taken by the US government in response to the pandemic and launched the blog Capital Thinking, where thought leadership and substantive analyses on a variety of policy and regulatory issues are offered to clients. Edward Newberry is the firm's global managing partner for public policy, investigatory and regulatory solutions, and receives key support from public policy practice leader Robert Kapla, who often advises sovereign governments on foreign investment and international trade. Also recommended are David Schnittger, who is counsel of choice for major companies in the energy, transportation, financial services and entertainment sectors; Margaret Daum, noted for high-profile congressional investigations; and associate Rory Murphy, who focuses on US public policy guidance, global cultural and business diplomacy. Former practice heads John Breaux and Trent Lott departed in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Edward Newberry; Robert Kapla

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Daum; David Schnittger; Aubrey Rothrock III; Patricia Doersch; Rory Murphy


‘The SPB GR team in Washington is not only well-connected to the right stakeholders, but has great institutional knowledge of Washington and pairs that with a very responsive and client-focused approach. Responsiveness and client-focus. They proactively bring matters to our attention and they are thoughtful in considering what might impact us. Stand outs that we engage with include, Aubrey Rothrock, Beth Goldstein, Rory Murphy, Ludmilla Kasulke, Dave Stewart and Natasha Hammond.

‘SPB’s depth of policy expertise is what brings the most value from our perspective. Their combined years of experience on Capitol Hill, as well as a keen understanding of politics, policy and procedure, are a winning combination to supplement the advocacy we do on behalf of our members. I think we would be hard pressed to find another firm with the depth and breadth of DC knowledge and understanding that our SPB colleagues have. David Schnittger is what I would describe as a straight shooter – in the very best sense – in that you ask a question or make a request and get a helpful, straightforward response. He is a ballast in the often chaotic world of DC lobbying. His depth of experience and perspective on all things policy, politics and procedure is emblematic of what I’m referring to when I sing the praises of SPB’s collective experience in this area.

‘I usually hire a firm based on the individuals not necessarily the firm’s name. The partner that I work with at the firm is very good. I work directly with Patricia Doersch. There are several things that I value in working with Patty. 1. She is incredibly knowledgeable. She knows the transportation industry and I think that is because she has worked in the public sector. 2. She knows everybody. People respect her and this allows her to gain insight and access. 3. She is tenacious. She doesn’t take no for an answer and if one door closes she finds another way to get in.’

‘Squire does a great job of knowing when I really need help and dropping everything they’re doing to make sure I get help when I need it. They are a very reputable shop so I get meetings based on their name alone. Their values also align with ours. Dave Schnittger and Genevieve Bresnahan have really gone out of their way to help on the Hill and with State Governments. I value their advice and know they’re always willing to dig deeper than the competition to make sure we are well represented.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.

Cintas Corporation

Danone North America

Government of US Virgin Islands

The Coca-Cola Company

SK Group

The Pebble Partnership

Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Advanced Emissions Solutions

National Cannabis Roundtable

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD)

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs' corporate M&A team represents public and private companies across a broad range of sectors, with a strong offering for heavy industrial and manufacturing clients. As part of a wide-ranging global network, the department is well-positioned to handle complex multi-jurisdictional acquisition and divestiture transactions. The group has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital transactions, and in representing issuers and investors in private placements of securities. Daniel Berick is the Americas chair within the firm's global corporate practice; he is particularly known for representing banking firms, venture capital and private equity firms and family offices. Up-and-coming partner Jaime Daddona, who is based in Phoenix, focuses on transactions including corporate governance matters, stockholder relations matters and securities issues. Phoenix-based Frank Placenti chairs the corporate governance and securities regulation practice, focusing on shareholder relations, internal investigations and SEC investigatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Berick

Other key lawyers:

Frank Placenti; Jaime Daddona; David Zagore; Edward Steiner

Key clients

Lincoln Electric

The Timken Company

Lassonde Industries Inc.

Meritor, Inc.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Ashland Inc.

Valvoline, Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Company

LinQuest Corporation

The Sherwin-Williams Company

East West Manufacturing, LLC

Asahi Kasei Homes

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

JBS USA Food Company

Coats Group

Pine Island Capital Partners

SFW Capital Partners

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

The team at Squire Patton Boggs brings an integrated approach to municipal restructuring work, with practitioners equally able to advise on public finance, tax and public policy issues. Stephen Lerner , who chairs the firm's global restructuring and insolvency practice from New York and Cincinnati, has significant experience in Chapter 9 work. San Francisco-based practitioner Karol Denniston has been working with distressed governmental entities since 2009, and is a frequent speaker on the importance of mediation as part of the municipal restructuring process. Pedro Hernandez in Miami specializes in representing clients in public finance matters, with particular emphasis on bond issues in the State of Florida and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Practice head(s):

Karol Denniston; Stephen Lerner; Pedro Hernandez

Key clients

US Virgin Islands Department of Finance

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs has a highly experienced regulatory team which has carved a particular niche in advising on telecoms and communications issues involving Puerto Rico. Washington DC-based Mark Dever leads the practice and has strong expertise in spectrum auctions and licensing work. Other key figures in the team include Robert Kelly, who serves as lead counsel to clients including 800 MHz Transition Administrator LLC, and Eduardo Guzmán, who has experience of matters across Latin America and is a key name for the firm’s Puerto Rico-facing work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dever

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kelly; Eduardo Guzmán 

Key clients

Relocation Payment Clearinghouse LLC

800 MHz Transition Administrator, LLC

Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

Securus Technologies, LLC (f/k/a Securus Technologies, Inc.)

Northstar Wireless, LLC

Puerto Rico Telephone Company d/b/a Claro (a subsidiary of América Móvil)

Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. d/b/a Claro

Environment: litigation Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs acts for a diverse client base, with particular strength in the chemical, energy, manufacturing and transportation industries. The broad service offering covers cost recovery actions, toxic tort defense and government enforcement matters. The environmental, safety and health department is overseen by Karen Winters in Columbus, whose expertise covers areas including public nuisance claims and cost recovery litigation. Denver-based Carolyn McIntosh is recommended fo remediation issues, and also handles cost recovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Karen Winters

Other key lawyers:

Carolyn McIntosh; Doug McWilliams

Key clients

Union Pacific Railroad Company

Ashland, LLC

Manheim Remarketing, Inc.

ArcelorMittal Weirton, LLC

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Sunny Farms Landfill, LLC

Waste Management of Colorado, Inc.

Coeur Rochester, Inc.

Albemarle Corporation

Huntsman Petrochemical

Northshore Mining Company, Northern Conservation, LLC, and United Taconite LLC

Iron Mining Association of Minnesota

Environment: regulatory Tier 4

The environmental, safety and health team at Squire Patton Boggs provides legal support to a diverse client base, demonstrating particular knowledge of the steelmaking, mining, chemical and energy sectors. Environmental compliance counseling is a key area of focus for the practice group, which is also well versed in rulemaking and policy development, permitting and remediation matters. Department head Karen Winters is based in Columbus, and possesses significant experience in federal and state enforcement proceedings and project siting. She receives support from key members in other jurisdictions across the US, including Denver-based Carolyn McIntosh, who is noted for mandates involving renewable energy and clean tech; Stephen Owens in Phoenix, who is seasoned in the Toxic Substances Control Act; and Clean Air Act expert Doug Williams in Cleveland.

Practice head(s):

Karen Winters

Other key lawyers:

Carolyn McIntosh; Doug McWilliams; Stephen Owens; Darin Smith


‘Squire Patton Boggs has provided legal counsel to my company in the following areas: engine emission certification issues with respect to the three primary jurisdictions in the environmental field (air pollution): CARB, EPA and Environment Canada; risk assessments concerning environmental matters (requirements related to engine emission certification); how to make sure to obtain confidentiality by using specific language and referencing the applicable parts; export exemptions (for example how to bring uncertified test or display engines into the US under an exemption).’

‘The United States, is considered by us as a “high-risk market” in the sense that you need to cross-check every step you take beforehand since the consequences of any mistake will be severe in terms of penalties etc. My primary contact is Douglas A. McWilliams. He has provided us with prompt, exhaustive and clear advice, always without delay. He is always available. It is satisfying to be able to give him my highest recommendation. My impression is that the team has enough resources to be able to deal with urgent matters without compromising quality.’

Key clients

Northshore Mining Company, Northern Conservation, LLC, and United Taconite LLC

Huntsman Petrochemical

City and County of Denver

The Procter & Gamble Company

World Resources Company

Olin Corporation

ShinEtsu MicroSi, Inc.

Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.

MGC Pure Chemicals America, Inc.

American Pacific Borate & Lithium and its US subsidiary Fort Cady California Corporation

Zippo Manufacturing Company

Excelsior Mining Arizona, Inc.

International arbitration Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs represents an enviable client base of sovereign states and state-owned entities in investment treaty arbitration proceedings; Miriam Harwood in New York has extensive experience in this space. Splitting time between New York and Washington DC, Stephen Anway serves as global co-chair of the firm's dispute resolution group.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Anway

Other key lawyers:

Miriam Harwood; Luka Misetic

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs is noted for its expertise in high-profile Chapter 11s, Chapter 15 cross-border insolvencies and out-of-court restructurings. Global practice leader Stephen Lerner, who splits his time between the New York and Cincinnati offices, has expertise in both domestic and cross-border work, and has successfully represented large and middle-market debtors, creditors’ committees, senior lenders and boards of directors. San Francisco-based practitioner Karol Denniston is a standout mediator, who frequently speaks on the importance of mediation as part of the municipal restructuring process; she has been working with distressed governmental entities for over ten years, and has represented cities, special districts, indenture trustees, bondholders, taxpayers and monoline insurers.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lerner

Other key lawyers:

Karol Denniston

Key clients

Ferrellgas Partners

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of BJ Services LLC

US Virgin Islands Department of Finance

Patriot Well Solutions, LLC

Blackjewel LLC

Hartshorne Mining Group

Board of Directors of Tuesday Morning Corporation

U.S. Bank, N.A., as Indenture Trustee

Delaware Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee

Legacy Industries, Inc.

In re Keystone Private Equity Investments Limited (in liquidation)

Burke Porter Group

JBS USA Holdings, Inc.

Verra Mobility Services

U.S. Bank, N.A.

CFRA Holding, LLC, at al.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The government investigations and white-collar group at Squire Patton Boggs advises on investigations, and civil and criminal prosecutions. The team includes trial lawyers with previous experience working at government agencies, including the DOJ, the SEC and the Treasury. A name to note in Washington DC is Joseph Walker, who handles fraud, money laundering, securities and counterfeiting matters.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Walker

Other key lawyers:

Colin Jennings; Rebekah Poston; Kevin McCart; Clay Porter; Marisa Darden; Margaret Daum

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 47 offices across 20 countries 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
Communications Robert B Kelly
Competition – antitrust Mark J Botti
Competition – antitrust Brian N Hartnett
Corporate Daniel C Berick
Corporate Tony J Reed
Corporate Stephen E Chelberg
Energy and natural resources Lisa G Henneberry
Environmental, safety and health Karen Winters
Environmental, safety and health Rob Elvin
Financial services James J Barresi
Healthcare Mark J Botti
Intellectual property and technology David S Elkins
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 Caroline E Noblet
Litigation Mitchell R Berger
Litigation John A Burlingame
Litigation Laurence Winston
Pensions Clifford Sims
Public and infrastructure finance Michael L Sharb
Public policy John B Breaux
Public policy Trent Lott
Public policy Jeffrey L Turner
Real estate John Thomas
Real estate Carl Black
Real estate Nick Green
Real estate Deborah C Ryan
Restructuring and insolvency Stephen Lerner
Restructuring and insolvency Susan Kelly
Restructuring and insolvency Amanda K Banton
Tax strategy and benefits Mitch Thompson
Tax strategy and benefits Bernard Gilbey
Chair and Global CEO Mark J Ruehlmann
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 Miriam Harwood  photo Miriam Harwood Miriam Harwood is co-head of Squire Patton Boggs’ Investment Arbitration practice and…
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