Dentons Cohen & Grigsby > Pittsburgh, United States > Firm Profile

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby
625 Liberty Avenue
5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3152
United States

Government > State attorneys general Tier 1

A core bench housing three former state attorneys general distinguishes Dentons as a destination of choice for regulatory counseling, state AG relations, investigations, enforcement actions, and negotiations and settlements. The team has recently showcased its multistate capabilities in the investigations concerning recalls and safety concerns in the automotive industry. Leadership of the practice is shared between former Georgia attorney general Thurbert Baker, who splits his time between Atlanta and Washington DC, and who has made significant strides in the pharmaceuticals space, and DC-based former Florida attorney general and Congressman Bill McCollum, who fields a wealth of public policy experience, and is valued by companies dealing with disruptive new technologies. Also in DC, Dan Gibb is prominent in automotive industry multistate actions, representing car makers and OEMs, while Atlanta’s Samuel Olens, who was twice elected attorney general for Georgia, is carving out a niche in the cannabis industry. In Chicago, Angelina Whitfield supports on antitrust issues across a wide range of industries, spanning cannabis, high tech, and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Thurbert Baker; Bill McCollum

Other key lawyers:


‘Dentons is unique in that everyone in the practice has spent a portion of their careers in an AG’s office and at least one member was an AG himself.’

‘The team embraces diversity and inclusivity, they immediately report or alert our company whenever a state AG has taken legal action against another company in matters that might affect our company or that serve as warnings going forward, and they are always available to meet with other divisions of our company to discuss relevant topics.’

‘Thurbert Baker, a former state AG, has tremendous knowledge and experience in real-world AG conduct and actions. His insight into best practices when dealing with AGs is invaluable.’

‘Dan Gibb worked in an AGs office and is extremely knowledgeable and up to date on current issues. He tirelessly attends national and regional AG meetings and reports back diligently with any information that might affect our company.’

‘Their guidance is critical.’

‘Niche practice area that provides unique insight from having operated within the state AG office. Offers significant connections within various state governments given this experience.’

‘Thurbert Baker is a professional who understands the ins and outs of state governments and can navigate as much with impressive precision. Thurbert matches this experience with a keen intellect, enviable wisdom, and a calm demeanor.’

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 1

The expertise of the team at Dentons extends from strategic counselling, risk mitigation, and compliance, to support with transactional and contentious mandates. Chicago-based Eric Berlin steers the department and dedicates his practice to assisting companies that sell products or services to the cannabis industry, testing labs, cultivators and processors with corporate transactions and litigation. Additional key contacts in Chicago include Joanne Caceres, who is noted for her regulatory work for cannabis, hemp, and emerging psychedelics-sector clients; and Michael Froy, who is frequently instructed by manufacturers, cannabis, and healthcare-sector clients. Los Angeles-based managing associate Lauren Estevez routinely counsels cannabis brands, CBD companies, investors, and ancillary businesses on regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Eric Berlin

Work highlights

  • Advised Medicine Man Technologies on its agreement to acquire certain assets of Sucellus, LLC, pursuant to which Schwazze will manage Everest Apothecary, Inc., a New Mexico not-for-profit corporation.
  • Advised Canopy Growth Corp. on a novel strategy to accelerate its entry into the US cannabis industry through the creation of a new, US-domiciled holding company, Canopy USA LLC.
  • Assisted Bright Green with regulatory licensing, its initial public offering on Nasdaq, and financing.

Industry focus > Native American law Tier 1

Working from the firm’s Washington DC office, the Native American Law group at Dentons boasts a complete advisory and contentious offering and routinely works on the side of tribes across the nation, recently including those in Missouri, Arizona, and Hawaii. Core areas of focus for the group includes representing tribes in claims of tribal sovereignty, land claim settlement issues, and securing full recognition from the federal government. On the advisory front, the team’s capabilities include advising on tribal energy projects, issues involving healthcare and education on reservations, and gaming mandates. Heather Sibbison steers the practice and specializes in matters relating to Native lands, including water rights, non-gaming economic development, and housing. Additional key contacts include Suzanne Schaeffer and Samuel Daughety, who focus on complex Indian lands and environmental compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Heather Sibbison

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts

The Prairie Island Indian Community

Tohono O’odham Nation

The National Congress of American Indians/Association on American Indian Affairs/National Indian Child Welfare Association

Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe

SAGE Development Authority (Standing Rock Sioux)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

The California Tribal College

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Cache Creek Casino Resort

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

The Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Pueblo of Jemez

Work highlights

  • Represented the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in litigation, confirming the status of the tribe’s reservation.
  • Assisted the Cowlitz Indian Tribe with appropriations law advice, resulting in the tribe securing $1,765,000 in federal funding in the fiscal year 2023 appropriations law, allowing the tribe to expand substance abuse and other services at its Longview and Tukwila health clinics.
  • Represented three national non-profit Native American rights organizations as amicus curiae in multiple federal district courts to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a 1978 law designed to protect Indian children, families and tribes.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 1

Leveraging broad expertise and a robust global presence, Dentons‘ insurance practice advises insurers, reinsurers, brokers, and intermediaries across a range of product lines. Heavily involved in COVID-19-related and high-profile litigation, the firm excels in managing business interruption claims and addressing issues related to sexual abuse, environmental pollution, and opioid litigation. Practice head Keith Moskowitz, based in Chicago, serves as coordinating counsel for COVID-19 losses, leads nationwide opioid litigations, and represents major US P&C insurers in significant cases, including abuse claims and aviation coverage related to the Russia-Ukraine war. His global responsibilities span coordination across Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the UK. Fellow co-head Sandra Hauser, a distinguished lawyer in New York, specializes in defending insurance and financial services companies in nationwide class actions, particularly in life insurance and annuities. Also leading from Washington, Shari Klevens, specializes in handling litigation, focusing on professional liability and insurance claims, she also represents and counsels insurance companies in coverage disputes and high-exposure bad faith cases. Meanwhile, recently promoted to partner in New Jersey, Erika Lopes-McLeman focuses on class actions against insurance companies, insurance coverage litigation and counseling, insurance defense matters, and complex commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Keith Moskowitz; Sandra Hauser; Shari Klevens

Other key lawyers:


‘The Dentons team provides a strong global resource for complex coverage advice.’

‘The team is dynamic, clear, and engaging.’

‘Very strong insurance team.’

‘Keith Moscowitz is an outstanding insurance lawyer.’

Key clients


American Security Insurance Company and American Bankers Insurance Company, affiliates of Assurant, Inc.

Arrowood Indemnity Co.

Aspen Insurance

Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company, an affiliate of OneBeacon Insurance Group


Berkshire Hathaway Companies (National Indemnity Co., National Fire & Marine Ins. Co., MedPro and Virginia Surety Co.)

Blackboard Insurance Company

Brighthouse Financial


CNA Insurance Company

Coaction Specialty Insurance Group

Cuna Mutual

Enstar (including subsidiaries Sussex Insurance Company, f/k/a Companion Property & Casualty)

Enstar US, Inc.

Fidelity Security Life

First American

Fletcher Reinsurance Company, an affiliate of Enstar Group Limited

Genworth Financial, Inc.; Genworth Life Insurance Co.; Genworth Insurance Company of New York (the nation’s largest long-term care insurer and an S&P 400 insurance company helping customers secure their financial life through long term care insurance, life insurance, annuity retirement solutions and more.)

M Life Insurance Company

Marsh USA/Mercer (Marsh & McLennan Co.)

MetLife Inc. (including numerous subsidiaries)

Milliman, Inc.

Providence Washington Insurance Company, an affiliate of Enstar Group Limited

QBE North America

Reinsurance Group of America

StarStone Insurance Company, an affiliate of Enstar Group Limited

Sussex Insurance Company, an affiliate of Enstar Group Limited

Swiss Reinsurance Company

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (the second-largest writer of U.S. commercial property casualty insurance and the third-largest writer of U.S. personal insurance through independent agents)

Zurich American Insurance Company, with respect to certain claims managed by Enstar

Zurich North America

Work highlights

  • Defeated two major, high exposure Long Term Care class actions against MetLife. In both cases, Plaintiffs alleged fraud and fraudulent concealment, as well as violations of state consumer statutes, related to MLIC’s premium rates for long-term care insurance including Inflation Benefit riders on the policies.
  • Representing Milliman, Inc in connection with the defense of numerous actions arising out of the failure of state health insurance co-operatives that were established under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Representing Zurich on several matters nationwide involving insureds’ claims for coverage under property policies arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Dentons advises a wide range of clients, such as issuers, underwriters, investors, lenders and originators, on all manner of securitization matters. The firm’s MBS practice is notable in particular, covering the gamut, from RMBS to CMBS. It is also well-versed in securitizations of non-qualified mortgage loans, non-performing and re-performing loans, as well as SDR properties. Stephen Kudenholdt heads the practice whilst focusing his own work on RMBS and other ABS types for issuers, underwriters and loan sellers. Fellow head Erik Klingenberg further compounds the RMBS work, with experience in work connected to CMBS and other structured products also. Scott Swerdloff adds insight into public and private resecuritizations to the firm’s repertoire, while Robert Olin is noted for his MBS work, including assisting in the sale, servicing and purchase of whole loan mortgages. In March 2023, both Jessica Rebarber and Victoria Lee, whose expertise includes credit facilities secured by SFR and residential mortgage loans, were promoted to partner. All lawyers mentioned practice out of New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kudenholdt; Erik Klingenberg


‘The Dentons team is professional, knowledgeable, and reliable for residential mortgage securitization transactions.’

Key clients

Coventry Building Society

Atlas SP Partners

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

JP Morgan

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Rithm Capital Corp. (formerly NRZ)

Nomura Securities International, Inc.,

Figure Funding LLC

Blackstone Residential Operating Partnership LP


Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Wells Fargo Securities

Invictus Capital Partners

Change Lending LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted in the issuance of US$50 billion of Class A senior notes by FDIC 2023-G1 Trust and the sale of those notes to the US Treasury’s Federal Financing Bank.
  • Assisted in a US$2 billion+ repurchase facility to finance the acquisition of the Credit Suisse Securitized Products Group (SPG) by the Apollo Group in December 2022.
  • Assisted in a securitization program for home equity investment agreements, including Unlock HEA Trust 2023-1, the first rated securitization for the HEA asset class.

Healthcare > Health insurers Tier 2

Kimberly Kerry and Janice Ziegler jointly co-head the practice at Dentons, which is known for its strong capabilities in claims regarding insurance fraud. Dividing her time between San Francisco and Oakland, Kerry is known for her vast corporate expertise within the healthcare space, and Michael Barnes is a key name for claims-handling and coverage mandates. Ziegler works out of the New York office, advising health plans, insurers, and insurance brokers on regulatory issues, and Sean Cenawood utilizes his expansive governmental expertise to assist with both internal and government investigations. In Washington DC, Bruce Merlin Fried is a key contact for health plans and physician organizations, while Christopher Janney has longstanding expertise in M&A and clinical arrangements for marketing and services, and Gadi Weinreich is noted for his deep knowledge of whistleblower claims. Commercial litigation expert Dianne Winter Brookins often acts in disputes concerning insurance coverage and benefits in Honolulu.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Kerry; Janice Ziegler

Key clients




LA Care

Covered California

District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange


Selective Insurance

Work highlights

  • Represented Shamir in a qui tam False Claims Act litigation filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Advised UCare on federal government relations and healthcare regulatory issues.
  • Advised HCA Holdings on Medicare and Medicaid, fraud and abuse, regulatory, operational, and compliance issues.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Dentons‘ corporate division stands out for its experience in handling middle market M&A deals in regulated sectors, including manufacturing, health care, energy, and financial services. The team’s broad client roster includes Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, and privately held companies. Michael Froy chairs the firm’s global corporate practice from Chicago and has a proven track record in acting on behalf of manufacturers. Retail propane, midstream assets and internet publishing are among the sectors in which Kansas City-based Mitchell Albert excels. In Salt Lake City, Rick Guerisoli brings his real estate expertise to bear on matters such as asset acquisitions. Washington DC-based Jeffrey Sivek‘s transactional expertise is relied upon by clients ranging from start-ups to major North American manufacturers. Further key lawyers include Christopher Jones in Louisville, Mark Stabile in Pittsburgh, Russell Smith in Lehi, Utah, and Joseph Ritchey in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Michael Froy; Mitchell Albert; Christopher Jones; Jason Stone; Mark Stabile; Russell Smith; Rick Guerisoli; Joseph Ritchey

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Weingarten Realty Investors

The Tustin Group

The Retirement Planning Group

Unico American Corporation

Miovision Technologies Incorporated

West Coast Equipment

Herban Quality Control

TheSoul Publishing Ltd.

The Andersons, Inc.

High Bluff Capital Partners, LLC

Independence Holding Company

Align Financial Holdings

McFarlane Aviation, Inc.

Luxco, Inc.

German American Bancorp, Inc.

SIDIS Corp; Propel Labs, Inc.

Management Services Organization of Physician Practices, ACOs and Independent Physician Organizations

RSG Group GmbH; RSG Group North America, LP

Schenck Process

Atlas World Group

James Richardson & Sons, Ltd.

Energy Distribution Partners

American Campus Communities

Fortress Investment Group

Ventoux CCM Acquisition Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Miovision Technologies Incorporated and its subsidiaries on the strategic acquisition of Global Traffic Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiaries, from Vontier Corporation.
  • Represented The Retirement Planning Group, Inc. in its sale to Cetera Financial Group.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 2

Dentons fields a ‘very strong team with solid venture capital credentials’, attracting major corporate strategic investors such as Citi Ventures, Bayer, and PayPal Ventures, along with numerous global venture clients. The group is chaired by Victor Boyajian in New York, who represents emerging growth tech companies, their senior executives, and boards of directors, in addition to venture and private equity houses. Also based in New York, Chris Errico focuses on sectors such as fintech, proptech, digital health, and consumer products, while James Jasaitis specializes in representing emerging growth businesses in capital formation transactions and M&A. The firm has been bolstered by a string of recent hires including LiLing Poh in Silicon Valley, who joined in September 2023 from Reed Smith LLP; Richard Hayes, who joined the New York team in July 2023 from K&L Gates’s Sydney office; and New York’s Daniel Goldberg, who joined in November 2023 from Goodwin.

Practice head(s):

Victor Boyajian


‘Very strong team with solid VC credentials. Fast to respond to emails. Clear commercial and pragmatic advice.’

‘Chris Errico is always available and great at moving transactions forward at pace.’

‘They have a great team of attorneys and are constantly cultivating talent with knowledge and experience. Work flow and communications are also excellent and nothing gets lost in the shuffle as it were.’

‘The team has excellent experience in the nuances of venture capital deals and understands the needs of the investors not only in the existing deal but also what could and would happen in the future.’

Key clients

Battery Ventures

Canaan Partners

PayPal Ventures



Contour Venture Partners

Clone Incorporated

LL Funds

Octopus Ventures

Megadata Health Systems

Piano Software Inc.

Dawn Capital

Yolo Technologies

SJF Ventures

Ultra Capital

Acronym Venture Capital

Helena Special Investments


Bregal Sagemount

Work highlights

  • Represented LL Funds in Picket Houses, Inc.’s Series B Financing.
  • Represented Clone Incorporated in its Series Seed Financing led by Initialized.
  • Represented Piano Software in its Series C1, C2, and C3 financing.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

Drawing on Dentons’ international reach, the firm’s Washington DC-based communications and technology team advises on matters both in the US and on a global scale. The practice’s in-depth knowledge of technology matters sees it advise on the development of product and service strategies, as well as privacy and data security frameworks. The team fields extensive experience in obtaining licenses, certifications and tariff approvals and assists clients with compliance matters and the development of compliance programs. The group regularly advises on marketing strategies, as well as writing customer terms and privacy notices. Operating at local, state and federal levels, the practice represents clients in disputes and contentious matters before various regulatory authorities. With a background in engineering, practice head Todd Daubert offers both regulatory and transactional advice on telecoms and technology issues. Lauren Wilson is an active member of the team, bringing FCC experience and extensive knowledge of TCPA matters.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert

Other key lawyers:


‘Todd Daubert and his team at Dentons have provided unparalleled pro-bono legal services for the last few years. Without Dentons’ help, we would not have the legal foundation our community Wi-Fi network depends upon. Their expertise in broadband law and practices, with particular attention to the nuances and challenges facing a small ISP and community Wi-Fi project, has been vital for ensuring we can do our work.’

‘They have developed legal documents for our terms of service, website policy, our volunteer agreements, and our data confidentiality agreements. Furthermore, they’ve advised our negotiations and agreements with a local ISP and helped us approach a wide range of questions, including how to handle changes in these relationships, including our partner organization’s potential acquisition or transformation in the coming years. ’

‘Todd Daubert has been our primary legal advisor throughout this project’s development since 2020, and his personal engagement with all legal questions has always seemed incredibly generous, patient, and attention. We are a group of volunteers who are learning how to create a community Wi-Fi project as we go, so we have needed a lot of basic advice and guidance, often about very complicated technical and political issues. We are grateful to Todd for his expertise, his clear communications, and his generous disposition.’

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.


Pure IP Limited

North American Portability Management (“NAPM”) LLC

Motorola Solutions

Oncourse Home Solutions and affiliates

Philly Community Wireless (PCW)

Work highlights

  • Advising T-Mobile US, Inc. on the implementation of a 12-year tower and small cell agreement with Crown Castle Corp. to support the continued deployment of T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network.
  • Advising on the building of the new SoFi stadium in Inglewood, California, from the development and sale of DAS and 5G systems to the creation and deployment of innovative new technologies that deliver customer experience and leverage the data visitors generate.
  • Represented Pure IP in its sale to BCM One, managing regulatory due diligence across Pure IP’s operations worldwide and securing regulatory approval for the deal from the FCC.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

The team at Dentons, headed by New York-based Marshall Feiring and Ryan Zucchetto, focuses on the tax implications of swaps and other financial products as well as debt and equity issuances both in and outside the US. Feiring’s practice covers loan and REMIC agreement modifications and liquidations as well as structuring on and offshore REIT-TMP and other non-REMIC vehicles for securitizing loans and distressed REMIC regular interests, financing servicing advances, and synthetic credit default swap. Zucchetto represents both issuers and underwriters in residential mortgage-backed securities transactions involving both performing loans and non-performing loans, as well as other mortgage-related asset classes and other asset classes such as auto loan receivables. Joseph Benavides plays an instrumental role in the team, focusing specifically on tax planning for structured real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Marshall Feiring; Ryan Zucchetto

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

The securities litigation practice at Dentons is ‘very thorough and successful', who praise New York-based practice head Sandra Hauser, global co-head of financial services Douglas Henkin and co-chair of the global compliance and investigations practice David Kornblau. The firm is adept in navigating high-profile litigation and SEC disputes, a prime example being its work for Terraform Labs and its co-founder Do Kwon, which comprised the defense of an SEC action, and the defeat of a proposed class action concerning the stablecoin TerraUSD (UST), the cryptocurrency Luna, and its decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms Mirror Protocol and Anchor Protocol. Kornblau and Henkin took the lead in those matters. Chicago-based Stephen Senderowitz is another standout practitioner. Working with Hauser, he is currently representing CIBC in a securities fraud and market manipulation suit. Securities class action specialist Kenneth Pfaehler in Washington DC is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser


‘Very thorough and has been successful in this dispute.’

Key clients

Terraform Labs and Do Kwon

First American Title Insurance Company

Constellation Network

Cantor Fitzgerald

CIBC World Markets

electroCore, Inc., its directors and two founding investors

Innocoll Holdings PLC

New York Life Insurance and NYLIFE Securities

Work highlights

  • Currently defending our clients in an action brought by the SEC that is scheduled for trial in January, 2024 in the Southern District of New York before Judge Jed Rakoff. Successfully defeated class action litigation in 2023 in the Northern District of California, related to the same issues.
  • Successfully defended San Francisco–based Constellation Network in one of the first investor class actions filed following the 2021 “cryptopocalypse,” Morgan et al v. Constellation Network, Inc. et al. At issue was Constellation’s issuance of two cryptocurrency tokens. The plaintiffs alleged more than 10 causes of action involving complicated issues related to cryptocurrency initial coin offerings (ICOs) and the cryptocurrency secondary market.
  • Completely vindicated long-time bioelectronic medicine and wellness client electroCore in securities class actions over the company’s 2018 initial public offering brought in the federal and state courts of New Jersey. The United States District for the District of New Jersey recently dismissed a second amended class action complaint, permitting the plaintiff thirty days to try to amend her complaint for a third time, while warning that “while the Plaintiff can change the words of the Complaint, Plaintiff cannot change the words of the Prospectus” written by Dentons Venture Technology partners. The Plaintiff decided not to replead or appeal.

Energy > Energy litigation: electric power Tier 3

With a ‘breadth of experience that is hard to find in a single firm’, Dentons‘ energy department in Washington DC is adept at the full gamut of regulatory proceedings before FERC, including disputes related to operations, rates, project development, enforcement and agency rulemaking, and demonstrated its strength in private litigation, leveraging the firm’s international network to comfortably handle cross-border litigation and arbitration.  Praised for his ‘incredible knowledge’, Clinton Vince leads the practice and is recommended for his expertise in proceedings before trial and state appellate courts, as well as the Supreme Court. Sought out by power entities, municipalities, and energy customers, Emma Hand shines on matters related to energy efficiency and all sources of electric power generation such as renewables and distributed generation, with a specialism in federal utility regulation and litigation. Justin Mirabal is well versed in crafting consensus agreements between regulated entities and their customers in settlement negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Emma Hand; Peter Thieman; Carl Steen; Justin Mirabel


The team has a breadth of experience that is hard to find in a single firm. Our enterprise was able to make broad strategic decisions regarding a very complex and novel legal strategy quickly because we had every necessary expert in the room at the same time. In addition, the ability to get us with supporting experts, consultants and services was extremely helpful.

‘Clinton Vince and Emma Hand are experts in the energy field, have incredible knowledge and experience, but each approaches things very differently. Having them both on the team supporting our enterprise allows us to have the broadest scope of support, and allows us to utilize the best attorney for each individual situation.’

Finance > Fintech Tier 3

A key contact for technology providers as well as money transmitters on transactional and regulatory matters, the New York-based practice Dentons is highlighted for its litigious cryptocurrency capabilities. In Washington DC, John Holahan and Matthew Yoon are knowledgeable of blockchain-driven technology and digital currency matters, while Victor Boyajian leads the firm’s global venture and TMT practices. Chris Errico often handles cross-border transactional work for venture private equity funds, institutional investors, and capital market entities, whilst Joseph Guagliardo advises public and private companies on technology transactions. Joshua Jordon is well-versed in federal, state, and local consumer credit laws, and William Beecher is a key member of the firm’s capital markets department who is experienced in representing hedge funds, national mortgage lenders, and Wall Street institutions before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.    

Practice head(s):

Matthew Yoon; John Holahan; Victor Boyajian

Key clients

Homium, Inc





Digital Risk


Edly LLC

Figure Technologies

GOAL Structured Solutions, Inc



Krypton Labs

Reciprocal Ventures

Remitly, Inc.


Saluda Grade/Unlock Technologies


Terraform Labs

Work highlights

  • Represented Terraform Labs on litigation and government investigation matters related to the stablecoin TerraUSD (UST), the cryptocurrency Luna, and its decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms Mirror Protocol and Anchor Protocol.
  • Acted as transactional, financing, and regulatory counsel to Unlock Technologies.
  • Advised LL Funds on financings for FinTech companies.

Government > Government relations Tier 3

An integrated national network sees Dentons‘ public policy group engaged at all levels across Washington DC, state capitols, and city halls in all 50 states, providing policy advice on sectors including climate, infrastructure, financial services, tax, and tech. Securing federal and state funding for clients also features prominently in the team’s work. Dividing his time between Washington DC and Atlanta, Eric Tanenblatt chairs the group, and is most passionate about the innovation economy and automotive autonomy. The DC office includes Matthew Cutts, who is frequently engaged on tax policy and financial services matters, and Chris Fetzer, a key choice for multinationals in heavily regulated industries facing economic, supply chain security, trade and sanctions, and foreign policy issues. In Atlanta, Steven Labovitz focuses his practice on legislative action, economic development, public finance, privatization, and government efficiency, while Edward Lindsey helps transportation, infrastructure, healthcare and education clients navigate the Georgia state government. Also in DC, Linda Willard fields significant experience in infrastructure policy in the areas of surface transportation and water resources. Andrew Shaw left the firm in June 2024.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tanenblatt

Other key lawyers:


‘Ability to bring in regional and local expertise to compliment federal work.’

‘Transparency and flexibility, proactive issue spotting and updates as opposed to reactive to specific client requests.’

‘Dentons has the breadth of expertise to service a variety of client needs. They are a large firm with a small shop feel.’

‘The individuals are well-informed and professional, but at the same time down to earth and eager to learn.’

‘The team, including Linda Willard and Chris Fetzer, are supportive and extremely helpful.’

‘The Dentons team is dynamic, analytical, strategic,and results-oriented. The team has a unique capability to define and act upon specific opportunities, diagnose and solve complex problems of law and political economy, while keeping a 360 view of the whole field of action required to succeed on a tactical and sustainable basis.’

‘The team has a multi-layered network of contacts at the very top levels of the US Government, including the executive and legislative branches. They are respected by these government officials as mature and seasoned in approach concise and professional in presentation.’

‘Chris Fetzer is brilliant, wise and adroit in how he assesses problems and opportunities, and responds with strategies and tactics. He is extremely articulate and communicates in a well-organized, structured, nuanced manner while always setting tone and providing context.’

Key clients

Yelp Inc.



Washington Commanders


Lucky Bucks

Danaher Corporation

Committee for a United Atlanta


Botanical Sciences LLC

Capital Power Corporation

Ansley Park

Global Laser Enrichment

Brookfield Renewable



Pharma Trade Association

Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare

Devry University

American Amusement Machine Assn

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cameco with long-standing government affairs representation in DC, including on legislation to ban Russian low-enriched uranium imports and bolster the front-end of the fuel cycle.
  • Assisted Velta, Ukraine’s only privately-owned titanium feedstock producer, with its entry into the US market, including guidance on US site selection assessments, and engagement with senior federal government stakeholders.
  • Represents the Washington Commanders regarding its efforts to lobby federal legislators to give DC control over the RFK Stadium site, which would pave the way for the city to offer it as a potential new home for the team.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 3

Known for assisting investment entities and health systems with the full gamut of transactional matters and the regulatory compliance issues which arise as a result, the group at Dentons also advises clients on FCA and whistleblower investigations. California-based practice head Kimberly Kerry‘s workload primarily consists of healthcare corporate transactions, routinely advising on the certification and licensing of medical facilities. In Washington DC, Holley Thames Lutz is noted for her deep knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement-related mandates, and healthcare fraud and abuse regulatory expert Gadi Weinreich routinely advises health systems. New York’s Charles Luband is a regulatory specialist with longstanding expertise in both federal and state healthcare programs regarding Medicaid financing and supplemental payments.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Kerry

Key clients

HCA Holdings, Inc

Intermountain Heath

Adelanto HealthCare Ventures, LLC

Phoebe Putney Health System

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Barclays Capital Inc

University of North Carolina Health Care System

Parkland Health and Hospital System

Nevada Hospital Association

JPMorgan Securities

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised HCA Holdings, Inc. on fraud and abuse, regulatory, operational, and compliance issues.
  • Represented Intermountain Health (formerly SCL Health) in its combination with Intermountain Healthcare to form a $11bn health system operating across Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
  • Assisted Adelanto Healthcare Ventures, LLC with obtaining government approvals and implementing numerous local provider taxes which have generated additional Medicaid funding to hospitals in communities in Texas and Florida.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

Dentons is bolstered by an extended network of offices across the US and possesses considerable expertise in the business immigration field. Key areas of the practice include personnel movement, assisting companies with hiring highly skilled professionals and the full range of business visa applications. The team is led by a quartet of specialists – Alexander Castrodale operates from the Pittsburg office and specializes in employment-based immigration, including temporary and permanent visas, family-based immigration, naturalization, and related issues. In Des Moines, Lori T. Chesser assists individuals and employers with all their immigration needs and brings an impressive client portfolio of Fortune 500 companies, Pittsburg-based Alexa Forte handles temporary and permanent visas for clients’ foreign national employees, and business immigration expert, Matthew Schulz who is based in Silicon Valley. Megan Lantz recently joined the firm from Barten Law and now practices in the Des Moines office.

Practice head(s):

Alex Castrodale; Lori T. Chesser; Alexa Forte; Matthew Schulz

Other key lawyers:

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

The employment and labor practice at Dentons operates from a wide range of locations within the US, including offices in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, and Des Moines. The firm’s large presence enables the employment practice to provide counsel to a uniquely broad variety of clients, including advising on Native American employment matters for the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a federally recognised tribe in California. The firm also provides counsel to major international clients on US employment policies and practices, as well as issues of sovereign immunity and diplomatic privileges. The practice is led by Daniel Beale, Andrew Gruber, and Jo Whitney from Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Des Moines respectively. Beale’s practice focuses on counseling international clients operating in the US as well as US clients with a global presence; while Gruber advises clients on traditional labor law issues, such as collective bargaining, union avoidance, and NLRB representation; Whitney has recently been counseling a variety of healthcare providers concerning the increase of AI in the workforce.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Andy Gruber; Jo Whitney

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (Cache Creek Casino Resort) and other representation of Indian Tribes

WePrescribe, Inc., dba Cloudwell Health

Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.

DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Ltd.

Various healthcare providers

Work highlights

  • Representing various Indian tribal sovereign nations and their tribal business entities, such as casinos, in all aspects of their labor and employment needs.
  • Advise and counsel Worldwide Clinical Trials (WCT), a well-known clinical research organization, on restrictive covenant and non-compete matters, particularly with regard to WCT’s hiring practices.
  • Represented a client, with operations in Canada and the United States and sales representatives in all 50 states, with reviewing the company’s sales incentive policies and made them uniform as between the United States and Canada.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 3

Dentons uses its broad network and financial expertise to advise lenders on in-bound and cross-border real estate transactions, including CRE financings, construction loans, and acquisitions. The firm represents both national and international lenders such as major banks, life insurance companies, and debt funds. In Chicago, Steve Davidson is the go-to for construction related real estate financing, while over in New York Richard Stempler handles a wide range of transaction types from CMBS to balance sheet lending and Gary Goodman represents agent banks in syndicated loans. Sarah Armendariz assists lenders, borrowers, title companies, and tenants in real estate transactions from Kansas City.

Practice head(s):

Linda White

Other key lawyers:

Gary Goodman; Steve Davidson; Richard Stempler; James Barkin; Sarah Armendariz; Suneet Sidhu; Kelvin Hsu


‘The team my firm utilizes at Dentons brings a skill set that combines legal and business acumen for straight forward and complex deals.’

‘Steve Davidson is an amazingly sharp attorney with a strong business sense. His approach highlights the legal risks with business recommendations.’

Key clients

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

PNC Bank


Asia Capital Real Estate (ACRE)

Guggenheim Partners

Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Bank, National Association

Gulf Islamic Investments (GII)

Landmark Properties, Inc.

Heitman Capital Management

Man Global Private Markets (USA)

Incline Equity Partners IV, L.P.

Glacier Global Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising KeyBank National Association on complex real estate finance transactions in excess of nearly $10 billion USD.
  • Represented Landmark Properties and its affiliates as its primary real estate counsel in connection with a wide variety of real estate matters throughout the US.
  • Represented Midland Loan Services in connection with the closing of several loan assumption, transfer of interest and other deals over the past twelve months with the aggregate deal value for all deals in that timeframe in excess of $1 billion.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Dentons advises companies on the tax aspect of cross-border issues, including the acquisition and disposition of foreign entities, joint ventures with foreign partners, project financings, privatizations, restructuring of foreign operations, cross-border finance strategies and tax treaty interpretation. The team also advises both US and non-US citizens on both domestic and international tax rules. Practice head John Harrington, based in Washington DC, advises clients on inbound and outbound transactional and compliance issues, international tax legislative, regulatory and treaty matters; and foreign tax credit matters, with subpart F and cross-border activities of companies and individuals. New York-based Rich Williams has considerable experience in a wide range of federal income tax matters, including domestic and international M&A and dispositions, public and private financing, and strategic tax planning. San Francisco-based Linda Pfatteicher’s practice covers international corporate tax and operational structuring, including global expansion, global transfer pricing strategy, supply chain restructurings, intangible property planning, cross-border M&A, post-acquisition integration, and tax controversies. Frank Marano handles corporate, partnership, and business tax planning whilst Mark Astling has expertise in federal tax issues.

Practice head(s):

John Harrington

Key clients

Meopta Group

Starton Therapeutics Inc.


The Tustin Group, LLC and Aireko Services and Installations, LLC.

MarketStar Holdings, LLC

Quintevents International, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the owners of Meopta, a Czech optics maker company, in connection with the sale of the company to Carlyle Group, a US private equity firm.
  • Advised Pen-Link, a portfolio company of private equity firm Spire Capital, in connection with Cobwebs Technologies LTD, in a transaction valued at approximately $250 million.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Representing rail carriers, investors and public transit agencies, Dentons‘ transportation practice predominantly assists with matters involving freight railroads and rail passenger carriers, but it also has notable trucking credentials. ‘Widely respected in the transportation industry’, the practice is additionally active in relation to autonomous vehicles. With ‘vast industry knowledge and the ability to deliver results’, David Hirsh, who is experienced in rail-related rate and competition issues, leads the firm’s US transportation and rail practice; former US Supreme Court clerk Simon Steel is an expert in federal appellate work; and James Guinivan assists transportation companies with administrative and appellate matters. Over in Chicago, Shannon Shin specialises in complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy, while Amber Morris advises on commercial real estate issues. In July 2023, regulatory specialist Theodore Hunt joined the firm as partner from the Surface Transportation Board. All attorneys named are based in the firm’s Washington DC office unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

David Hirsh


Superior industry knowledge and widely respected in the transportation industry. Access to the team when needed.

David Hirsh has vast industry knowledge and the ability to deliver results.

Key clients

Illinois Central Railroad Company

Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company

The Vitales

Work highlights

  • Representing IC in an investigation proceeding requested by Amtrak and initiated by the STB, concerning the causes of alleged delays and substandard on-time performance on Amtrak’s Sunset Limited Service.
  • Representing IC and GTW in a proceeding initiated by Amtrak before the STB, which requests that the agency dictate terms and compensation for the operation of all six of the Amtrak passenger train services operating over IC and GTW lines.
  • Advising The Vitales in its effort to enforce its 1986 agreement with CSX Transportation (as successor to Consolidated Rail Corporation).

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Dentons’ litigation and dispute resolution department is headed up by New York-based practitioner Sandy Hauser and routinely handles securities and antitrust litigation, consumer class action defense, complex financial services and insurance disputes, as well as government and internal investigations. Specialist work on investment treaty arbitration is another core pillar of the group’s work in the space. In Chicago, Natalie Spears is an important port of call for media and advertising disputes and real estate litigation. Los Angeles-based defense attorney Michael Duvall‘s practice emphasizes class actions, which he handles at all levels of the United States court system.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Garroway; Natalie Spears; Justin Kattan; Michael Duvall; Kristen Rodriguez

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

Drawing on the expertise of a deep bench of litigators, including many with significant product liability and consumer class action prowess, Dentons is well placed to assist consumer product manufacturers with all aspects of their business, from ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and managing product recalls through to evaluating litigation risks and defending against lawsuits. In San Diego, the ‘fantastic’ Sarah Carlson heads up the firm’s consumer product safety and advertising regulatory compliance offering, regularly going ‘the extra mile’ to acts for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of consumer products in litigation and regulatory matters involving the CPSC and consumer product safety laws. Based out of New York, team head Sandy Hauser has broad litigation experience in trial and appellate courts, including handling a notable volume of consumer fraud and false advertising claims. In Los Angeles, Michael Duvall is also recommended as a result of his defense work for clients from the food and beverage, diet and nutrition, and personal care and beauty product industries in relation to product labeling, false advertising and so-called 'greenwashing' class actions.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser


The team is able to synthesize information that is often times confusing to help drive appropriate decisions.’

Sarah Carlson is always a pleasure to work with while also being extremely effective at ensuring required deliverables are completed on time and to a very high standard.’

Sarah Carlson is fantastic and goes the extra mile to serve the client.’

Work highlights

  • Defending Pharmacia, LLC in a trial, where eight former employees of the Monroe School District allege personal injury claims, as well a single wrongful death claim, arising from alleged exposure to PCBs contained in caulking material and florescent light ballasts at the Sky Valley Educational Center and the Monroe Middle School.
  • Defending Monsanto Company, Pharmacia LLC, and Solutia, Inc. in a case in which two families of plaintiffs (including nine total plaintiffs) allege claims for personal injury and wrongful death arising from alleged exposure to PCBs contained in caulking material and florescent light ballasts at the Sky Valley Educational Center.
  • Led the defense of a class action against a leading cosmetics company alleging violations of California Penal Code § 632.7’s prohibition on recording or monitoring phone calls without consent.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 4

Active on both a state and federal level, Dentons handles rate cases, transmission projects, and enforcement matters in addition to advising on the regulatory aspects of transactions in the energy space. Practice head Clinton Vince has a varied practice that includes appellate cases and project development for clients such as municipal utilities and transmission companies, while Emma Hand‘s advisory portfolio encompasses both regulatory and litigation matters. Regular appearances before FERC and state public utility commissions as well as compliance issues form part of Justin Mirabal‘s experience. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

City Council of the City of New Orleans

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative

The Gridwise Alliance

Alternative Transmission Inc.

Renewable Energy Aggregators

Hylect LLC

The Power One Energy Company

Association of Edison Illuminating Companies

Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of Connecticut

Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association


Capital Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Alternative Transmission, Inc. on regulatory, transactional, policy and business judgment matters, including representation before FERC in regard to the proposed construction of an undersea cable that will transmit electricity from the US mainland to Puerto Rico.
  • Advised Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative on strategic, crisis management, dispute, regulatory/PUCT and securitization matters in connection with the Winter Storm Event in February 2021 and related ERCOT market meltdown, which resulted in at least a $16bn overcharge to market participants and customers across Texas.
  • Represented Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Inc. in a case about revising Tri-State’s membership rules in a way that would lead to the forfeiture of an exemption from federal jurisdiction, so that Tri-State could be regulated by FERC and not be multiple state PUCs.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 4

Dentons‘ energy practice is valued by electric generation and transmission utilities and multinational independent power producers who value the team’s capabilities in M&A, project development, and project finance. In terms of transaction work, the group handles joint ventures and investments surrounding large-scale windfarms, solar power project company sales, and vast acquisitions of gas-fired combined cycle power plant projects. Clint Vince leads the group from Washington DC and takes the lead on complex energy transactions and negotiations. Fellow Washington DC advisor Luis Torres is noted for his impressive cross-border practice.  

Practice head(s):

Clint Vince

Other key lawyers:


‘A lot of urgent matters were solved quickly. They adapted well to our time zone.’

‘Mr. Luis F. Torres was very flexible and proactive. Good communications in different languages.’


Work highlights

  • Represented Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative in a series of transformative, interrelated acquisition and transactions that saved the Company from bankruptcy and positioned it to be a major supplier of electric power enhancing the reliability of the entire electric system in Texas.
  • Represented Baconton Power LLC and its affiliates in the sale of the assets, including power generation units, common facilities and real estate, to three different entities: S&W Energy Solutions, Inc., Oglethorpe Power Corporation (An Electric Membership Corporation), Georgia Energy Cooperative (An Electric Membership Corporation) and their affiliates.
  • Representing SAGE Development Authority of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in connection with its joint venture with and investment from the Bush Foundation to develop its 200+ MW wind farm.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Alongside its focus on regulatory matters, where the team routinely advises a host of both domestic and international clients, Dentons also has significant capabilities in assisting with project development and financing transactions in the renewable energy space. Out of Washington DC, Clinton Vince leads the firm’s energy practice, handling a mixture of project development, regulatory matters and litigation cases. He is regularly assisted by co-chair of the firm’s global energy sector team Emma Hand, noted for her prowess in both regulatory and litigation settings. The team also includes Justin Mirabal, whose broad practice spans regulatory, project finance, and transactional issues, and senior managing associate Andrew Mina, who represents electric and natural gas utilities companies, renewable project developers and large financial institutions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utility commissions, and appellate courts.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Emma Hand; Justin Mirabal; Andrew Mina; Cassandra Mastrostefano


‘We recommend Luis Torres and Irina Fayman. A lot of interruptions and urgent matters were solved. Diversity within the team and good knowledge of different languages, whic worked for the complexity of our deal.’

‘Luis Torres and Irina Fayman were very adaptable and proactive. In particular Luis Torres was very focused on our deal and our interests.’

Key clients


CPS Energy

City Council of the City of New Orleans

The Gridwise Alliance

Alternative Transmission, Inc. (ATI)

Renewable Energy Aggregators (REA)

Hylect LLC

Distributed Sun (DSun)

Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC)

Rayburn Country Electric Coop

ABEI Energy

Sage Development Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for the AEIC on establishing a more prominent presence in Washington DC.
  • Advising Anterix on policy issues and engagement with the Department of Energy.
  • Advising NOLA City Council on all of its retail ratemaking matters with respect to its regulation of Entergy New Orleans.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Dentons offers clients coast-to-coast experience across the spectrum of environmental law matters, including those related to the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. It also has deep experience handling chemical and pesticides regulation, regularly litigating matters under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The group is steered from the Los Angeles office by Robert Schuda, who has a track record of litigating before all levels of state and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Robert S. Schuda


‘The team exhibited a high degree of communication; as their consultant they informed me of changes and presented questions clearly.’

‘Individuals had high degree of knowledge of regulatory and and was able to leverage my technical expertise.’

Key clients

Dow Chemical Company

California Rice Commission

USA Rice Federation

American Beverage Association, the American Chemistry Council, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the Consumer Brands Association and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Clarion Boards, LLC

Rain Carbon and Ruetgers Canada, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended and obtained dismissal of a complaint against the Dow Chemical Company, voiding allegations made by California’s Center for Environmental Health (CEH), a private Proposition 65 enforcer.
  • Representing the California Rice Commission, a statutory commission created and authorized by the state Legislature to represent the interests of the state’s rice industry, including all producers, processors and distributors located in California.
  • Representing 16 trade associations as amici in a successful lawsuit against the California Attorney General.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

Dentons is well versed in handling a wide spread of environmental matters, covering chemical regulation, brownfield clean-up and redevelopment, as well as mandates falling under the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act. Bradley Cahoon heads the team from the Salt Lake City Office, advising client s on contaminated properties as well as the development, financing and purchasing of renewables projects and industrial facilities. The Los Angeles office fields Robert Schuda, who has deep experience advising on environmental law and regulation, and is recommended for his work in chemicals and pesticides regulation in the agricultural and consumer products spheres.

Practice head(s):

Bradley Cahoon

Other key lawyers:


‘Relevant experience and relationships with regulatory agencies.’

‘Brad Cahoon is one of the most knowledgeable subject matter experts that has advised our group on many complicated environmental cleanups and regulatory matters to help us manage risk and complete projects.’


Key clients

Citgo Petroleum Corporation, Lemont Refinery

ACT Commodities, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Citgo Petroluem and Lemont Refinery in one of the largest and longest running environmental rulemaking actions, and on the re-consideration of the water quality standards for the Chicago River system and downstream waters. T
  • Advising ACT Commodities, Inc. in trading energy commodities.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 4

Dentons‘ team of consumer finance specialists represents a number of global banks and private equity investors engaged in consumer lending, with particular expertise in the mortgage market, where the firm assists clients active in the primary and secondary residential mortgage arenas. Student lenders, credit reporting agencies and credit card companies round out the firm’s client roster, which the practice handling dealings with the CFPB and state regulators. Spearheading the firm’s efforts on this front are New York’s Matthew Yoon and Washington DC-based John Holahan, both of whom offer a combined financial services and capital markets regulatory practice. Also based in New York, Joshua Jordon advises a range of consumer credit lenders on state and federal regulations, including TILA, RESPA, and ECOA among others.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Yoon; John Holahan

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised Barclays’ mortgage trading and underwriting desks on Wall Street in connection with the management of financing lines and residential mortgage assets.
  • Advised Citibank’s mortgage financing, trading and securitization desks on mortgage regulatory issues.
  • Advised ATLAS SP Partners’ on consumer finance compliance issues related to establishing residential and commercial business lines for a new entity.

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

Contractors across the aerospace, defense, life sciences, and healthcare sectors look to Dentons for assistance with a range of government contracts issues, including claims and disputes, investigations, costs and pricing, as well as bid protests. The team operates primarily out of Denver, led by Steven Masiello, who has a wealth of experience in government funded transactions, protests, and claims. Thomas Lemmer is a leading authority on costs accounting, and also counsels clients on contract formation and performance. Joseph Martinez is adept in bid protest litigation, contract and subcontract formation, and pricing issues, while Phillip Seckman focuses on commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, cybersecurity, compliance, and internal investigations. In Dallas, Gale Monahan supports across the breadth of government contracts counseling, litigation, and internal and government investigations. Washington DC-based Seamus Curley joined the team in November 2023 from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, expanding the group’s capabilities in government leases and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Steven Masiello


‘Joseph Martinez is an excellent government contracts attorney and trusted advisor in the area of government contracts. Joe’s knowledge and expertise in this area is as strong as any attorney/firm in government contracts counseling.’

‘Joseph Martinez’s availability and superior knowledge and expertise in the area of government contracts is what makes the quality of service he provides different and more valuable to clients than other firms. He is also very efficient in his counseling/advising services, which results in legal fees that are very reasonable for the service he provides.’

Key clients

UWORK.COM/Covendis Technologies Inc.



National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC

Parsons Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporation


Sierra Nevada Corporation


Work highlights

  • Represented UWORK.COM/Covendis Technologies in a $479m bid protest.
  • Assisted Vectrus with various compliance issues, including cost and pricing issues and responding to DCAA audit reports, and also represented the company in a number of claims against the government arising from a novel issue regarding negligent government estimates when soliciting firm.
  • Represented Honeywell at ASBCA in connection with asserted CAS 410 noncompliance under which the Government is seeking approximately $150m in damages.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 4

The team at Dentons is well-placed to handle a range of management-side employment litigation mandates. Particular areas of expertise include class action, alternative dispute resolution, and representing management in discrimination and retaliation claims. The group is also equipped to represent management and senior executives on sensitive restrictive covenant and trade secret matters. The practice is jointly led by a group of five experienced attorneys. Daniel Beale, based in Atlanta, is well-versed in litigation and assuring employers’ compliance with federal, state and local employment laws; in Salt Lake City, Rick Hymas has notable experience dealing with claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Labor and employment all-rounder Andrew Gruber leads from the Indianapolis office; Carsen Ruperto and Jo Ellen Whitney are based in Pittsburgh and Des Moines, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Rick Hymas; Andrew Gruber; Carsen Ruperto; Jo Ellen Whitney

Other key lawyers:

Brian Baggott


‘The lawyers at Dentons are incredibly responsive, dedicated, reliable and friendly. Dentons have consistently advised us whether it is actually not worth our expenditure to pursue certain endeavors, and they work well and sensitively with in-house counsel.’

‘Brian Baggott at Dentons is extremely approachable, quickly responsive, and provides reliable advice. Despite the fact we’re a relatively small client, we still receive a considerable amount of partner attention and feel like Brian is very understanding of the nature of our business. We now turn to Brian at Dentons for all of our matters because it is always worth the cost.’

‘Their ability to clearly articulate the legal framework and implications of our decisions has empowered us to make informed choices, fostering confidence in our actions, and resulting in a positive outcome for the organization.’

‘Everyone is professional, responsive, and kind.’

Key clients

General Consulate of the State of Kuwait in Los Angeles


Hawaiian Airlines

Foley Industries

Frontera Resources Corporation

City of Muscatine

Work highlights

  • Defended Hawaiian Airlines in a series of high-profile lawsuits by employees and former employees who applied for and were denied exemptions to the company’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy.
  • Represented Foley Industries in claims against a former employee for gender discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblowing under the Missouri Whistleblower Act.
  • Defended iHerb from a wage and hour class action in a California superior court.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

The privacy and cybersecurity team at Dentons provides a range of advice to clients enhancing their data practices, mitigating threats, and complying with changing regulations both across the US and globally. The team collaborates with the wider firm’s global network to respond to data security issues. Practice head Todd Daubert, based in Washington DC, has particular experience advising sporting complexes with their data collection, processing, and governance needs. Managing associates William Krouse, also in DC, and California-based Jacqueline Scott are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert

Work highlights

  • Acting as exclusive privacy and data security advisor for Hollywood Park and SoFi Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).
  • Acting as exclusive privacy and data security advisor for the ocV!BE entertain district and Honda Center, home to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Real estate Tier 4

Dentons fields a large real estate practice that is well-versed on its handling of domestic and cross-border acquisitions, sales, financings, and tax credit transactions, representing number of banks, life insurance companies, and debt funds, among other groups. The practice is headed out of Chicago-based attorney Linda White who has experience spanning transactions, financings and workouts through to leasing and property management. In particular, she is also known for her broad sector and asset class experience, evidenced by her advising of Blackstone owned Willis Tower on a number of renovations and lease negotiations. Todd Stennes is another key name, highlighted for his advising of developers and investors on acquisitions, joint ventures, and financings ranging self-storage to multifamily.

Practice head(s):

Linda White

Other key lawyers:


‘We enjoy working with Dentons for their professionalism, deep industry knowledge, collaboration and high-touch communication. They are easy to work with as communication is seamless and timely and their advice is critical to navigating complicated transactions and situations.’

‘Jonathan Kaden is a highly valued adviser at our organization. He is our top pick for complicated transactions and everything in between because of his thoughtful, comprehensive approach. He thinks of and considers all of the issues and then helps us understand what would be best for the situation and our organization. Given the work that we do, attention to timing and budgets are paramount and working with Jonathan ensures that we are optimizing both as he brings a wealth of perspective and experience. He is incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with. Can’t recommend him highly enough.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

VanTrust Real Estate, LLC

Sterling Bay Company

Heitman Capital Management

Landmark Properties, Inc.

Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Bank, National Association

US Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC)

Lincoln Property Company

Gelber Group

Metro Storage LLC

Moran and Company

Credit Suisse (n/k/a Atlas SP Partners, L.P.) and Citibank

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on the renovation of Willis Tower, including the addition of the more than 300,000 square feet of previously unused first floor and outdoor plaza level space.
  • Represent Landmark Properties and its affiliates as its primary real estate counsel in connection with a wide variety of real estate matters throughout the US.
  • Represented Credit Suisse and Citibank as lenders on a US$2 billion financing facility in connection with the acquisition and take-private of STORE Capital Corporation.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Dentons‘ client roster, which ranges from private individuals and families to prominent multi-state and multinational companies, benefits from the team's wide-reaching expertise in all types of tax controversy, including audits and investigations through to trials and appeals. The group offers specific expertise in conservation easements, captive insurance matters, and foreign asset and account disclosure. Louisville lawyers Mark Loyd and Gregory Rhodes jointly head up the practice. Loyd is active at both the federal and SALT levels and has experience at all levels of the courts, including the US Supreme Court, while Rhodes is very active in advising both individuals and businesses on matters relating to conservation easements. Huntsville-based Michelle Levin has experience in contentious and non-contentious tax matters at the federal level, with prior experience in the tax division of the US Department of Justice. Bailey Roese, in Louisville, is a further name to note, as is Huntsville lawyer Logan Abernathy, who is described as ‘sharp‘ and ‘promising’. 

Practice head(s):

Mark Loyd; Gregory Rhodes

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Levin; Bailey Roese; Ronald Levitt; Sidney Jackson; Logan Abernathy


‘Dentons is one of the premier tax litigation practices in the Southeast. The contentious tax practices are located in Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama but engage clients all across the Southeast.’

‘Greg Rhodes is one of the best young tax litigators in the country. He may have more in court tax trial experience than any other private practice attorney at his age (just over 40). He is detail oriented and well respected by his clients. Ronald Levitt is the senior statesman of the tax practice and operates in both contentious tax and tax planning. Sidney Jackson and Logan Abernathy are up-and-coming tax litigators – sharp and detail-oriented.’

‘I have worked closely with the tax disputes team in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, Alabama, and find them to be great collaborators.’

‘Michelle Levin is a star litigator. She is creative, determined and zealous. Logan Abernathy is a strong writer with a promising future.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for private individuals on invalidating the Qualified Conservation Contribution Regulation due to the Treasury’s failure to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Represented Delta Air Lines in a challenge by Salt Lake County to the constitutionality of a 2017 Utah statute that requires the Utah State Tax Commission to value an airline’s “aircraft” using a nationally recognized aircraft valuation guide.

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

Dentons represents both prominent companies and corporate executives with internal investigations and white-collar defense matters. Located in Kansas, Stephen Hill is recommended for his experience conducting investigations on behalf of audit committees. Noted for his capabilities as a trial lawyer, Paul Charlton practices in Phoenix; he routinely advises clients on false claims cases and FDA violations. Based in Washington DC, Maxwell Carr-Howard is a further standout lawyer who is skilled at handling cross-border cases that involve allegations of fraud, corruption, and racketeering. The team in Washington DC has been strengthened with the addition of Melissa Gomez Nelson, who has returned to the firm from an in-house position. Nelson has extensive experience handling FCPA investigations and false claims cases.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hill

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kansas City Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Terraform Labs

Arizona Cardinals Football Club

McCormack Baron Salazar

Mark Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Represented an international aerospace electronics manufacturer facing allegations of federal criminal law violations.
  • Advised a company regarding a matter of civil forfeiture law and succeeded in having the client’s seized property returned.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Dentons‘ practice handles both domestic and international arbitrations and brings experience in handling cases under various global arbitral rules, including ICDR, ICC, LCIA, HKIA and UNCITRAL. The team is particularly well-positioned to advise on multi-jurisdictional commercial and investor-state cases, where it can benefit from its ability to link up with its wider global arbitration offering. New York-based John Hay heads the international dispute resolution group for the US and is equipped to advise on the full range of arbitral proceedings. Fellow New York-based partners Diora Ziyaeva and Anthony Ullman also maintain significant arbitration practices.

Practice head(s):

John Hay

Other key lawyers:


‘The construction/international arbitration practice is highly competent. The team has the ability to deal with complex construction and infrastructure issues in dispute. The partners and associates are easy to converse with and available to answer questions and deal with issues.’

‘The individuals I worked with were extremely efficient and have the ability to deal with the changing needs of disputes throughout the arbitration process. Key partners from my experience: John Hay and Kristen Weil.’

Key clients

Aris Mining Corp

GA Telesis LLC

Frontera Resources Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Canadian gold mining company, Aris Mining Corp, in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Colombia, worth approximately $300m.
  • Obtained a $22m LCIA award on behalf of US aviation company, GA Telesis, against Transaero, formerly Russia’s second-largest commercial airline currently undergoing bankruptcy.
  • Secured a $13m ICC award for GA Telesis against Transaero.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Based in St. Louis, the construction team at Dentons acts for its roster of national and international clients on advisory and litigation mandates. The practice, which is jointly led by Charles Vantine and John Haug, has a strong focus in the energy sector, as demonstrated by its representation of a LNG facility in a $550m EPC contract dispute, in addition to advising on commercial real estate and public project development mandates. Key contacts in St. Louis and Short Hills including Clay Counts and Jonathan Jemison respectively, who assist with design and construction advisory matters, particularly contract negotiation and project management.

Practice head(s):

Charles Vantine; John Haug

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mammoet Holding BV


1400 Baltimore Owner, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Mammoet, its JV partner and the SPV they formed for the project in a dispute with the developer related to the failed 630-foot observation wheel project on Staten Island.
  • Representing IHI in litigation that involves a US$550 million dispute regarding an EPC contract for a natural gas liquefaction facility and related terminal upgrades on Elba Island, near Savannah, Georgia.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

Led by Los Angeles-based Tania Moyron, Dentons‘ restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy practice is experienced in handling restructuring matters for industry sectors including healthcare, real estate and financial services, alongside financial services. Chicago-based Robert Richards‘ practice includes Chapter 11 representations, distressed asset acquisitions and distressed loan purchases. In Louisville, James Irving has cross-border expertise in bankruptcy cases, while in Los Angeles, Rebecca Wicks and Sarah Schrag are names to watch, with Thomas Labuda joining the practice from Sidley Austin LLP in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tania Moyron

Other key lawyers:


‘They work seamlessly across geographies and given work cost effectively based on ongoing circumstances.’

‘The main partner involved is Sam Alberts who is leading the bankruptcy efforts. Is able to get up to speed quickly, think outside of the box and find a number of potential solutions.’

‘The Denton’s team had the litigation expertise to fend off an attempt by the government to get relief from the bankruptcy stay while representing the Debtor. They were successful arguing the denial of their objection to automatic stay and were pivotal in allowing the debtor to be sold instead of closing its doors and liquidating immediately.’

‘Partners Sam Maizel, Tania Moyron, and associate Rebecca Wicks were instrumental in allowing the debtor to avoid a Chapter 7 liquidation and advised the Debtor well.’

‘Robert Richards provides sound, commercial analysis. He is quick to respond to queries and makes himself available dmfrequebtly to talk through matters.’

‘Sam Alberts leads a strong team.’

‘Sam is creative and practical in solving insolvency litigation issues.’

‘Pragmatic, efficient, understand key transaction risks. Attorney Robert Richards is a superior lawyer and trusted counsel.’

Key clients

First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation and its affiliates

Borrego Community Health Foundation

Curitec, LLC

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC

Server Farm Realty

Astria Health

Verity Health System

AXA XL Insurance

Ohana Real Estate Investors LLC

The Mohegan Tribe

Work highlights

  • Representation in the Chapter 11 cases filed by home mortgage originator First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation (“FGMC”) and an affiliated entity in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Obtained orders from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California approving a major sale and a comprehensive settlement with the California Medi-Cal program on behalf of Borrego Community Health Foundation.
  • Represented Travelers Indemnity Company and its affiliates in numerous pending bankruptcy cases of Catholic dioceses and archdioceses across the country.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Dentons’s non-contentious tax team is particularly strong advising domestic and overseas acquirers and targets in relation to taxable and nontaxable acquisitions and dispositions. The team also has a good reputation for handling real estate taxation issues. Kansas City’s Bruce Davison focuses on mergers and real estate transactions as well as transactions involving limited liability companies, S-corporations, and tax-exempt organizations. Mark Astling in Salt Lake City advises corporations, pass-through entities, and individuals on business formation, equity compensation, and debt and equity offerings. Mark Lloyd in Louisville has considerable experience assisting clients with local, state, and federal tax issues. Nick Kappas left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Davison; Mark Astling; Mark Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Ross Cohen; Kelli Wikoff

Key clients

Closed Loop Partners (CLP) and Circular Services

American Oncology Network, LLC

Miovision Technologies Incorporated

DiversiTech Corporation

The Retirement Planning Group, Inc.

Alphatec Holdings, Inc.

Fenix Auto Parts


High Bluff Capital Partners

Unico American Corporation

Proman Group, Inc.

Atlazo, Inc.

Johnson County ClinTrials, L.L.C.

Jordan Health Partners

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP

TheSoul Publishing, Ltd.

Ashcroft Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Closed Loop Partners and Circular Services on a $700 million transaction which consisted of the acquisition/combination of five entities by Circular Services and the establishment of the operating structure for Circular Services.
  • Providing advice to American Oncology Network, LLC, (AON), which is combining with Digital Transformation Opportunities Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in a deal valued at approximately $500 million.
  • Assisted Medicine Man Technologies with its agreement to acquire certain assets of Sucellus, LLC, pursuant to which Schwazze will manage Everest Apothecary, Inc., a New Mexico not-for-profit corporation.

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

Dentons‘ team has been bolstered in 2023 with the arrivals of Daniel Schnapp from Nixon Peabody LLP in March, and of Timothy Bickham in August to the Washington DC office. The New York team grew in July 2023 with the joining of Michael Franzinger from Sidley Austin LLP and of Stephen Yang; both Yang and Bickham joined from Steptoe LLP.


Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Main areas of practice

Dentons lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:

Energy: Dentons has one of the world’s leading energy practices, covering North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The firm guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old.

Real estate: the real estate practice at Dentons is the largest in the world, and advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions undertaken in today’s market. Dentons’ hotels and leisure practice is consistently ranked among the best in the world.

Insurance: Dentons’ lawyers represent global insurers on their most significant coverage claims, financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Dentons’ litigators are renowned for handling class actions challenging insurer business practices and disputes over the consequences of natural and man-made catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center.

Financial services: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions and regulation in the world’s leading financial centers. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Dentons has one of the preeminent disputes groups in the world. Dentons’ lawyers have litigated bet-the-company matters including infrastructure arbitrations in the Middle East, investment treaty arbitrations in Africa, financial litigation in London, commercial claims in Poland, and class actions and securities litigation in the US and Canada.

Corporate: with a corporate practice that encompasses multibillion-dollar purchases of public companies, corporate governance and formation, venture and private equity investing, compliance and operations, and alliances and break-ups in virtually every corner of the world, Dentons’ scope and reach is as broad as the universe of corporate interests.

Intellectual property: Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialize IP in the most highly developed markets – and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. Dentons’ lawyers and technical/scientific advisors represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms and others invested in patents, trade marks, copyrights and proprietary property.

Bankruptcy and restructuring: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies that result in the optimal solution for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.


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White-collar and government investigations
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Global Chairman : Joe Andrew
Canada CEO : Chris Pinnington
China CEO : Jinquan Xiao
Europe CEO : Tomasz Dabrowski
Latin America and the Caribbean CEO : Jorge Alers
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UKMEA CEO : Jeremy Cohen
US CEO : Sonia R. Martin