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Government > State attorneys general Tier 1

With extensive experience in regulatory matters and investigations, Dentons is noted for its impressive team of former state attorneys general. The practice is uniquely position to leverage its extensive network of relationships with state AGs across the US to assist clients with investigations, enforcement actions, negotiations and settlements. Former Georgia attorney general Thurbert Baker shares the group’s leadership with Bill McCollum, who is a former member of Congress and Florida attorney general. Both Baker and McCollum are based in Washington DC and have a wealth of experience in public policy, multistate litigation and corporate compliance. Other key names include Washington DC-based Dan Gibb, whose practice focuses on investigations and consumer protection issues, and Atlanta-based Samuel Olens, who was twice elected attorney general of Georgia.

Practice head(s):

Thurbert Baker; Bill McCollum

Other key lawyers:

Dan Gibb; Sam Olens


‘The practice is unique in that the majority of the members of the group have either been state attorneys general or have worked in a state attorneys general office. Their input and connections to other AG offices is not merely academic but also based on real-life experience.’

‘Dentons’ billing is reasonable, the AG practice is racially diverse, and the members of the practice are always available to assist.’

‘The individuals consist of at least one former AG and another deputy AG. The primary members, Thurbert Baker and Dan Gibb, are always up to date on the issues affecting the healthcare and life sciences world and actively attend various AG forums to keep current. They both have contacts within several AG offices and provide advice regarding which AG offices are most relevant and helpful to approach.’

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 1

Utilising its global presence, the multi-disciplinary team at Dentons is well equipped to assist clients on the full array of cannabis mandates, including corporate and transactional work, litigation and compliance, as well as strategic counselling and risk mitigation. The team heads are both located in Chicago: Eric Berlin frequently assists significant publicly traded companies, and has also represented non-cannabis industry clients in antitrust as well as healthcare litigation; while Kathryn Ashton is seasoned in representing lenders and borrowers, as well as underwriters, in secured and unsecured financing. Senior managing associate Joanne Caceres in Chicago and Los Angeles-based managing associate Lauren Estevez are among other standout names. New arrivals to the practice include Hannah King in Portland who joined the team from Drummond Woodsum in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Eric Berlin; Kathryn Ashton

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent depth of state by state, province by province nuances.’

‘Client interest and focus.’


Key clients

AFC Gamma

Altmore Capital

Ascend Wellness Corp.

Ayr Wellness

Bespoke Financial, Inc.

Bright Green Corp.

Canopy Growth USA, LLC (Canopy Growth Corporation)

Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Connected International Inc.

Devi Holdings Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Verano in its proposed $413 million acquisition of Goodness Growth Holdings, in acquiring 100% of the equity interests in both Caring Nature, LLC, and Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions, Inc. Verano also completed the acquisition of Willow Brook Wellness, LLC.
  • Advised Medicine Man Technology in its agreement to acquire all of the operating assets of Reynold Greenleaf & Associates, LLC, and the equity of Elemental Kitchen & Laboratories, LLC.

Industry focus > Native American law Tier 1

Dentons’s Washington DC- based group maintains an excellent market reputation with a proven track record successfully representing Indian tribes in a wide range of high stakes matters including natural resource protection, tribal governance, land and water rights, and Indian gaming. Drawing on experience working at the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, the National Indian Gaming Commission, and various congressional offices, the team is particularly adept in issues pertaining to federal regulations. The group also advises on reservation issues and operates a pro-bono practice with a focus on economically disadvantaged tribes. With extensive dispute resolution and litigation experience, the team led by Heather Sibbison is frequently called upon to handle matters involving questions on which there is little statutory or case law. Core members of the group include counsel Samuel Daughety, who has substantial experience advising clients on complex Indian lands and gaming issues, including tribal-state compacts and agreements, and the fee-to-trust process, and counsel Suzanne Schaeffer whose practice concentrates on Indian lands and environmental compliance issues. As a member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, associate Maurisa Bell has particular expertise in issues related to trust land acquisitions and water rights claims.

Practice head(s):

Heather Sibbison

Key clients

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts

Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut

Tohono O’odham Nation

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

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe

SAGE Development Authority (Standing Rock Sioux)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

The California Tribal College

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

The Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe

Work highlights

  • Brought a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior for failing to take action to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Reservation, winning several significant litigations that culminated the Biden Administration issuing a positive decision for the Tribe on remand.
  • Provided legal advice on behalf of the Tohono O’odham Nation to improve the conditions and treatment of Native American agents within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (“ICE”).
  • Assisted the Cowlitz Indian Tribe in the acquisition of a reservation for the then-landless Tribe in the Department of the Interior’s first administrative decision after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar which allowed the Tribe to open a gaming facility on its new Reservation. Subsequent advice was provided in relation to federal funding to combat substance abuse issues and environmental law matters.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 1

The Dentons team handles a wide range of insurance coverage disputes and reinsurance matters, ranging from COVID-19-related business interruption property claims to sexual abuse and environmental pollution matters, in addition to representing insurers involved in nationwide class action suits brought by policyholders. The firm, including Chicago-based practice co-head Keith Moskowitz in particular, is also noted for its handling of national opioid cases on behalf of property and casualty and specialty insurers. In New York, co-head Sandra Hauser represents insurers facing class actions and other commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts, with a focus on life insurance disputes and annuities class actions, while in Washington, D.C, and Atlanta, Shari Klevens also co-heads the team and has experience litigating COVID-19 claims in addition to her work handling professional liability and bad faith matters. Firm CEO Sonia Martin litigates commercial disputes out of the San Francisco and Oakland offices. Laura Leigh Geist left in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Keith Moskowitz; Sandra Hauser; Shari Klevens

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


American Security Insurance Company and American Bankers Insurance Company

Arrowood Indemnity Co.

Arrowpoint Capital/Arrowood Indemnity

Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company


Barbican Group


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

Blackboard Insurance Company

BRIT Insurance

CNA Insurance Company

Coaction Specialty Insurance Group

Cuna Mutual

Enstar and subsidiaries Sussex Insurance Company, Companion Property & Casualty and Cavello Bay Reinsurance Ltd.

Fidelity Security Life

First American

Fletcher Reinsurance Company

Genworth Financial

Liberty Mutual

Marsh USA/Mercer (Marsh & McLennan Co.)

MetLife Inc. and subsidiaries

Milliman, Inc.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies


Providence Washington Insurance Company

QBE North America

Reinsurance Group of America

StarStone Insurance Company

Sussex Insurance Company

Swiss Re

The Hartford

The Travelers Companies, Inc.


Virginia Surety Company, Co.

Work highlights

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

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Noted for its expertise in the real estate finance and mortgage sectors, Dentons advises on the securitization of nonqualified mortgage loans, non-performing and re-performing mortgage loans, in addition to triple-net lease commercial real estate and residential mortgage-backed securities. The New York-based practice, which sits within the firm’s capital markets group, has recently been advising on warehouse liquidity securitizations backed by a range of asset types, including consumer loans, student loans, whole business loans and early buy-out loans. Stephen Kudenholdt, who focuses on residential mortgage loan securitizations and re-securitizations of mortgage-backed securities, jointly leads the team alongside Erik Klingenberg, who advises on commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities, in addition to CLOs. Scott Swerdloff has experience in the single-family rental market, while Robert Olin represents issuers and underwriters in residential mortgage-backed and asset-backed securitizations. Ryan Zucchetto, who advises on tax aspects of residential mortgage-backed securities transactions, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kudenholdt; Erik Klingenberg

Other key lawyers:

Scott Swerdloff; Robert Olin; Ryan Zucchetto; David Natter; Marlo Young

Key clients

Coventry Building Society

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

JP Morgan

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Rithm Capital Corp.

Nomura Securities International, Inc.

Figure Funding LLC

Blackstone Residential Operating Partnership LP

Marathon Asset Management

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities

AmWest Funding Corp.

Change Lending LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Credit Suisse as lender in connection with a US$100 million novel financing facility for

Healthcare > Health insurers Tier 2

Dentons has a full-service health insurance offering, advising clients on all matters transactional, regulatory, and contentious. Known in particular for its representation of managed care organizations, the team regularly advises on Medicare Advantage and Part D matters. Co-head Bruce Merlin Fried of Washington DC combines previous legal and policy healthcare experience from the public and private sectors, having served as the director of the Center for Health Plans and Providers at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. New York-based co-head Janice Ziegler provides insurers and providers with regulatory and litigation enforcement issues with particular expertise on Medicare Secondary Payer laws. Also in New York, Claire Bornstein advises on federal and state regulatory healthcare insurance issues. Bornstein was promoted to partner in March 2022, further strengthening the firm’s regulatory offering, while Honolulu-based commercial litigator Dianne Winter Brookins heads the firm’s Hawai’i practice. Seasoned insurance litigator Michael Barnes, based in San Francisco, is another key name in the practice. Helen Reeves left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Merlin Fried; Janice Ziegler

Work highlights

  • Advised EssilorLuxottica on a streamlined research protocol for review and analysis of Medicaid state managed care model contracts.
  • Representing Shamir in a qui tam False Claims Act litigation filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Providing UCare with federal government relations and healthcare regulatory counsel.

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

Dentons provides a strong offering for international clients seeking to develop and operate cutting-edge tech within the telecoms sector, combining a global coverage achieved through cross-practice, multi-jurisdictional teams with the practice’s focus on regulatory issues arising from such tech, with a track record of work relating to autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence. The firm has established capabilities in securing licenses, developing compliance programs, vetting market strategies, developing privacy and data security policies, and representing clients before federal, state, and local regulatory bodies, having done so for a number of blue-chip clients in relation to their novel products and services. The team is headed by Todd Daubert, who employs his background as an engineer in the industry to advise on both traditional telecoms and cutting-edge tech, providing both strategic and regulatory advice across these spaces. Senior managing associate Lauren Wilson is notable for her experience as a legal advisor within the FCC, advising a range of clients on issues of compliance with FCC rules.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Pincay RE and STADCO LLC

Pure IP Limited

North American Portability Management LLC

Netfortris Corporation

Pivotal Home Solutions and affiliates

Work highlights

  • Represented T-Mobile in the negotiation of a 12-year tower and small cell agreement with Crown Castle International to support the continued deployment of T-Mobile’s 5G network.
  • Advising Pincay RE and STADCO LLC on the new SoFi stadium in Inglewood, California, including the development and sale of DAS and 5G systems and the deployment of innovative new technologies.
  • Provided strategic and regulatory advice to Pure IP in its successful market entry into the United States and various negotiations over regulatory compliance and commercial terms.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

The tax team at Dentons has a broad focus on securitization matters and RMBS. The firm regularly advises its impressive roster of financial institution clients on tax-related issues in swaps, debt and equity issuances, insurance-linked securities as well as bankruptcies, advising on structuring corporate and partnership bankruptcies and workouts. The international-facing team, led by Marshall Feiring and Ryan Zucchetto in New York, is experienced in a variety of domestic and offshore capital markets structures, including investment funds and REITs. Feiring is a member of the firm’s US capital markets practice and has a focus on the formation and operation of investment vehicles including REMICs, RICs, REITs, as well as the treatment of investments in debt instruments. Meanwhile, Zucchetto concentrates on financial and transactional matters, advising issuers and underwriters in RMBS transactions, and other mortgage-related asset classes such as auto loan receivables, as well as securitization matters.

Practice head(s):

Marshall Feiring; Ryan Zucchetto

Key clients

NewRez LLC

Credit Suisse

Rithm Capital

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative

Rithm Capital

Toorak Capital Partners

Change Lending LLC

Preston Ridge Partners


BofA Securities

Cantor Fitzgerald


Marathon Asset Managment

Libra Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Credit Suisse and affiliate DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. in a number of residential mortgage-backed securitization programs including GCAT 2022-NQM3, CSMC 2022-NQM3, and CSMC 2022-RPL4.
  • Advising Barclays and others as underwriters on approximately 40 securitizations of non-QM, RPL and NPL securitizations, valued at $16bn.
  • Advised Marathon Asset Management in RUN 2022-NQM1, the inaugural issuance of a new program involving the securitization of non-QM mortgage loans.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Dentons is experienced in high-stakes securities matters, including class actions, complex securities-related disputes and related national or global investigations, and its strong bench of partners handles both litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. Sandra Hauser leads the practice from New York, where global co-head of financial services Douglas Henkin and co-chair of the Global Compliance and Investigations practice David Kornblau  also play key roles in major matters. The firm is increasingly involved in new and emerging areas of the market, notably cryptocurrency cases, and Henkin and Chicago-based Stephen Senderowitz are defending Terraform Labs and its co-founder Do Kwon in cases related to the stablecoin TerraUSD, the cryptocurrency Luna, and its decentralized finance platforms Mirror Protocol and Anchor Protocol. Hauser and Senderowitz are currently acting for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in a securities fraud and market manipulation suit. Kenneth Pfaehler in Washington DC focuses on securities class action litigation, which currently includes the defense of Innocoll Holdings PLC in a case alleging misrepresentations in connection with the FDA review of its product Xaracoll.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser

Key clients

New York Stock Exchange LLC

NYSE Arca, Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

NYSE Chicago

Sand Canyon Corporation

Equiti Group

First American Title Insurance Company

Terraform Labs and Do Kwon

electroCore, Inc., its directors and two founding investors

Innocoll Holdings PLC


Tenet Fintech Group

Work highlights

  • Represented New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE Chicago in a Section 10(b) market manipulation case against seven of the major US equities exchanges alleging that the exchanges’ provision of proprietary data feeds, colocation services, and “complex” order types allowed what plaintiffs call “high frequency trading” (HFT) firms to manipulate every equities trade in the US markets from 2009 through the present.
  • Representing CIBC World Markets Corp. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in a securities fraud and market manipulation suit in the Southern District of New York, raising claims of spoofing against the CIBC defendants and manipulative short-selling against other defendants, under Sections 10(b) and 9(a)(2) of the Exchange Act. After a narrowing of the claims by the Court on a motion to dismiss, only the spoofing allegations remain in the case.
  • Defending Tenet and its CFO in a putative class action brought in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York by shareholders who allege that Tenet made false and misleading statements in connection with its August 2021 Form 40-F and a brief listing of its stock on Nasdaq in the fall of 2021 before that Form 40-F became effective.

Energy > Energy litigation: electric power Tier 3

Dentons advises government bodies, and electric and gas utility entities on matters relating to advocacy and energy compliance, having represented notable client Council of the City of New Orleans in its role as utility regulator. A range of clients seek the firm’s representation before FERC in regulatory matters including those related to operations, rates, project development, enforcement, compliance and agency rulemaking. Co-chair of the firm’s US energy practice as well global energy sector, Washington DC-based Clinton Vince acts as general counsel of the GridWise Alliance Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (GIAC) board of directors and is experienced in handling appellate cases and advising on major project developments. Emma Hand in Washington DC has extensive expertise in energy efficiency and demand-side management programs. Karl Zobrist in Kansas City specializes in the electricity industry; some of his key clients include public utilities.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Emma Hand; Karl Zobrist; Peter Thieman; Carl Steen; Justin Mirabel

Work highlights

  • Serving as lead litigation and crisis response counsel for CPS Energy regarding the Winter Storm Event in February 2021. Representing CPS Energy in this case against ERCOT for its lack of oversight, preparedness, and failure to follow its own protocols that resulted in $16 billion in overcharges to market participants and customers.
  • Lead strategic, crisis management, dispute, regulatory/PUCT, and securitization counsel for Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative in connection with the Winter Storm Event in February 2021 and related ERCOT market meltdown, which resulted in at least a $16 billion overcharge to market participants and customers across Texas (i.e., one of the largest wealth transfers from consumers to fuel suppliers and generators in history).
  • Competed for and was selected to represent IHI, one of the largest Japanese conglomerates, in connection with IHI’s engineering procurement and construction litigation dispute against Kinder Morgan over the construction of $1+ Billion LNG export liquefaction facility project in the US.

Finance > Fintech Tier 3

Dentons has developed strong credentials for domestic and cross-border fintech work where it represents a mix of startups, growth companies, banks and financial services companies. The cross-practice group has lawyers on hand to handle a wide range of matters, including corporate finance, IP, regulatory and litigation. The firm is also increasingly active in the crypto space and has a dedicated blockchain, digital assets and cryptocurrency team. Key partners include New York-based Victor Boyajian, who leads the firm’s global venture technology practice, and is particularly experienced advising startups. Washington DC partner John Holahan and Matthew Yoon in New York are both active on the blockchain and regulatory front. In Washington DC, Allison Bender leads the privacy and cybersecurity side of the practice, while New York disputes partner Douglas Henkin co-chairs the firm’s global financial institutions sector group.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Yoon; John Holahan; Victor Boyajian

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Government > Government relations Tier 3

With a national network of government relations specialists across all 50 states, Dentons is equipped to represent clients in Washington DC, state capitols and city halls, with key areas of focus of the practice including energy and environment, tax, defense and security, infrastructure and foreign affairs. Splitting his time between Washington DC and Atlanta, public policy expert Eric Tanenblatt heads the group. Former Squire Patton Boggs practitioner Matthew Cutts joined the team in June 2022, bringing extensive experience in tax and financial services advocacy. Other key names include Andrew Shaw, whose practice focuses on energy and US-Canada cross-border matters, and national security and foreign policy specialist Chris Fetzer. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tanenblatt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Voices for National Service



The Common Mission Project

The GridWise Alliance, Inc.

Global Laser Enrichment

NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Danaher Corporation

Republic Metropolitan (ReMet)

Washington Commanders


Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH)

Xavier University School of Medicine

Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC)

Air Methods Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cameco in successfully securing $500m in funding for high-assay low-enriched uranium in the House-passed Build Back Better Act.
  • Advised GridWise Alliance on nearly $30bn in funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill for electric grid modernization.
  • Assisted Global Laser Enrichment in successfully securing $500m in funding for high-assay low-enriched uranium in the House-passed Build Back Better Act.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 3

Dentons’ healthcare practice provides a diverse offering to clients, advising service providers on Chapter 11 bankruptcy issues, healthcare M&A and tax strategy matters, and Medicare coordination of benefits. Kimberly Kerry heads the practice from San Francisco, advising a number of multi-hospital health systems and skilled nursing facilities on tax exemption and governance issues, and licensing matters. In Washington DC, Holley Thames Lutz advises on Medicaid and Medicare coverage, and clinical research compliance, often defending clients against CMS allegations of non-compliance. Also based in DC, Gadi Weinreich acts for health systems and hospitals in fraud and abuse cases, while Charles Luband supports the team from New York, and frequently uses his ‘specialist knowledge' to advise hospitals and physician practices on managed care provider payments, as well as Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Kerry


‘The practice offers knowledge related to Medicaid supplemental payments.’

‘Charles Luband offers specialist knowledge related to Medicaid supplemental reimbursement, which is quite complex.  He offers the expertise to bridge the gap of the finance reimbursement members and the legal regulations, and also offers the national perspectives, letting clients know what other states are doing and what CMS has approved.’

Key clients

HCA Holdings, Inc.

SCL Health, Inc.

The University of California Health System

University of North Carolina Health Care System dbaUNC Health

Adelanto HealthCare Ventures, LLC

Verity Health Systems of California

Vidant Health n/k/a ECU Health

Parkland Health and Hospital System

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and its affiliates

Essilor of America

Work highlights

  • Advising HCA Holdings, Inc. on , fraud and abuse, regulatory, operational and compliance matters.
  • Advising Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and its affiliates on financial matters, and in actions to revise its organizational structure, including the integration of debt and updating its debt covenant compliance process.
  • Represented SCL Health in its combination with Intermountain Healthcare to form a US$11 billion health system operating across Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 3

With a core focus in business immigration, Dentons frequently guides employers, entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals throughout all stages of the immigration process globally, closely with the firm’s labor and employment practice to assist employers in the processing of transferring employees. Matthew Schulz is located in Silicon Valley and advises high net worth individuals and their family offices on employment, formation, immigration and operation matters. Alexander Castrodale works from Pittsburgh and his practice encompasses employment-based immigration; Alexa Forte also works from Pittsburgh and advises global and regional companies with temporary and permanent visas for their foreign national employees. Associate Mengci Shao is based in Silicon Valley and assists clients in employment contracts, global transfers, as well as the securing of work permits.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Schulz; Alexander Castrodale; Alexa Forte

Other key lawyers:


The team has deep knowledge of how the government process and legislative process for immigration.’

‘Mathew Schultz has decades of experience and knowledge in the space, and a method to to ensure successful outcomes.’

Key clients

Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates

Alphonso, Inc.



Global Linked Asia


Transmit Security


ABS-CBN International

Georgia Safari

Work highlights

  • Assisted Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. with its global immigration needs in the US, Mexico, China, Australia and Europe.
  • Assisted the industry’s largest TV data set in securing visas for the best talent from around the world to develop the company technology.
  • Provided global migration services to a Florida-based multinational medical device corporation.

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

Dentons handles a varied middle-market M&A workload, featuring deals in the financial services, energy, healthcare, tech and manufacturing industries. Besides strategic M&A, Mitchell Albert in Kansas City is also adept in corporate finance and private equity, and often represents buyers, professional investors and sellers in cross-border transactions. Chicago-based Michael Froy handles M&A of national and international significance, and is particularly active in highly regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Froy; Mitchell Albert

Other key lawyers:

Mark Stabile; Russell Smith; Rick Guerisoli; Joseph Ritchey; Christopher Jones; Jason Stone


‘The Dentons Pittsburgh team with which I work has a sophisticated M&A practice in a mid-tier city.’

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

The scale of Dentons‘s global and domestic practice lends itself to the venture capital and emerging companies space, with clients commenting that the firm ‘always has a go-to lawyer with an exceptional knowledge base‘. Many clients spring from the firm’s dedicated venture tech center in New York, where global practice head Victor Boyajian has established a good name. The strong domestic offering, which represents start-ups and founders in early stage growth through to exit, is complemented by a cross-border transactional practice that works closely with offices in key centers in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Other key individuals include the ‘superbChris Errico, the chair of the firm’s US start up program, and Ilan Katz, whose team is ‘always highly responsive and straight to the point‘. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Victor Boyajian

Other key lawyers:


‘Dentons always has a go-to lawyer with an exceptional knowledge base for me. If I have an issue pop up tangentially or not to something I am working on, Dentons has a large team of lawyers to slide in. Importantly, they work as a team and the relationship manager knows what’s going on.’

‘Chris Errico is a superb attorney who gets to know how clients like to work and adapts to that well. He knows how to balance commercial points with legal points so that we have reasonable negotiations and get a lot of what we want. Chris helps us think out of the box and keeps us up to date on the pulse of the market. He is more than just our attorney, he is one of our best collaborators.’

‘The global print of Dentons’ team is very unique in particular in a cross border deal has we have done in 2022.’

‘Ilan Katz’s skills and workforce are really impressive.’


Key clients

Helena Special Investments


Acuity MD

LL Funds


Octopus Ventures





Work highlights

  • Advised LL Fund, which led on $53 million Series B-1 and Series B-2 venture funding for Poplar.
  • Advised Labster in raising $47 million of venture funding in a deal led by Sofina and Pirate Impact Capital.
  • Assisted AcuityMD in raising $31 million of Series A venture funding in a deal led by Redpoint Ventures, putting the company’s pre-money valuation at $270 million.

Tax > International tax Tier 3

Dentons advises clients ranging from individuals to large multinational groups on matters involving multiple jurisdictions. On the outbound investment front the firm aids clients with structuring foreign operations to avoid controlled foreign corporation, as well as being well-versed in inbound investment and helps clients to navigate US income tax exposure and minimize risk. The team is led by John Harrington in New York, who has extensive experience in dealing with foreign tax credit and international tax legislative matters. Mark Astling is based in Salt Lake City and focuses his practice on corporate and pass-through entities and individuals.

Practice head(s):

John Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Mark Astling; Linda Pfatteicher


‘We work with Linda Pfatteicher at Dentons. She is not only professional and accountable but also very practical and really understand our needs. I have always trusted Linda’s opinions and I view her as my life-time external tax counsel.’

Key clients

Align Financial Holdings

Lignetics, Inc

Pelican International

Work highlights

  • Represented Align Financial Holdings in its acquisition by Dual Group, the underwriting arm of Howden Group Holdings.
  • Represented Lignetics, Inc. in its acquisition by Eagle Tree Capital.
  • Represented Pelican International in its acquisition of GSI Outdoors.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Dentons‘ transportation group acts for some of the largest rail carriers in North America, along with investors and public transit agencies, in significant regulatory work. The firm’s transportation lawyers are particularly active in matters involving freight railroads and rail passenger carriers, as well as trucking clients. It also fields specialists in autonomous vehicles and drones, while additionally leveraging the firm’s enviable international network. In Washington DC, US transportation and rail practice head David Hirsh is a regulatory and business expert, who is experienced in rail M&A, rate and competition issues, safety compliance, licensing matters, and construction and environmental issues. Simon Steel focuses on federal appellate matters, and the broad practice of experienced counsel James Guinivan covers administrative and appellate work for transportation companies. Litigator Shannon Shin and land use specialist John (Jack) Lawlor provide additional partner-level support from the firm’s Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

David Hirsh

Key clients

Illinois Central Railroad Company

Canadian National Railway Company Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company

R.J. Corman Railroad Group

Lineage Logistics

The Andersons

James Richardson & Sons

Work highlights

  • Representing IC and GTW in a proceeding initiated by Amtrak before the Surface Transportation Board, requesting 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.
  • Represented R. J. Corman in negotiating an asset purchase agreement and seeking regulatory authority before the Surface Transportation Board for the acquisition and operation of Norfolk Southern’s Jellico and Middlesboro lines by the Knoxville and Cumberland Gap Railroad.
  • Represented The Andersons as corporate and regulatory counsel, in relation to the sale of its railcar leasing business.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Dentons is a renowned law firm that boasts a diverse range of litigation specialties, including securities, antitrust, class action, finance and insurance, as well as government investigations and white-collar defense. It has also gained recognition for its exceptional international investment treaty arbitration practice. The team is led by Sandy Hauser in New York, who excels in the financial services industry. Natalie Spears in Chicago has extensive knowledge in the technology, media, and telecommunications sector, while Michael Duvall in Los Angeles is also considered a highly experienced trial lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients


New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE Chicago

City of Atlanta

Work highlights

  • Represented New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE Chicago in a Section 10(b) market manipulation case against seven of the major US equities exchanges alleging that the exchanges’ provision of proprietary data feeds, colocation services, and “complex” order types allowed what plaintiffs call “high frequency trading” (HFT) firms to manipulate every equities trade in the US markets from 2009 through the present.
  • Defending Netflix and two individuals in a defamation lawsuit brought against over the critically acclaimed Netflix series When They See Us.
  • Represented the City of Atlanta in class certification concerning  claimed ownership of the former railroad property that now underlies the very popular and well-known public landmark, the Atlanta Beltline.

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

Dentons is well-equipped to represent consumer product manufacturers  throughout the product life cycle, from advice on regulatory compliance, product recalls, and litigation risk assessment, through to litigation. In Los Angeles, Michael Duvall is particularly adept at handling consumer protection-related matters for clients in the food and beverage and nutrition industry,  regularly defending against product labeling and false advertising claims brought throughout the country. As well as handling litigation, San Diego-based partner Sarah Carlson  is particularly effective at assisting manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of consumer products on regulatory compliance and risk management matters, work which includes frequent interactions with the CPSC and managing product recalls. New York-based Sandy Hauser heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser

Other key lawyers:

Jack Vales; Nathan Garroway; Michael Duvall; Sarah Carlson; Samuel Jubelirer

Key clients

GNC Holdings, Nutra Manufacturing and International Vitamin Corporation



Condé Nast and Consumer Reports

Trusted Media Brands Inc.

Condé Nast, Consumer Reports, Trusted Media Brands Inc.

The New York Times

Harlan Materials

Work highlights

  • Represented GNC Holdings, Nutra Manufacturing and International Vitamin Corporation in a nationwide class action alleging false advertising and deceptive labeling.  
  • Representing Unilever in false advertising class action pending in the Southern District of New York, alleging that Dove bodywash products are falsely advertised as “skin- natural nourishing” and “gentle” due to the alleged presence of irritating synthetic chemicals.
  • Representing Condé Nast and Consumer Reports in separate class actions cases for allegedly failing to tell consumers who sign up for magazine subscriptions that they will be enrolled in an automatic renewal subscription program resulting in consumers being charged without their consent, in violation of California Automatic Renewal Law.

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 4

Dentons‘s energy regulatory team represent clients on all types of federal and state energy regulatory matters and disputes in domestic courts and administrative agencies. The firm advises clients on regulatory matters involving FERC operating in the electricity and natural gas sector, including matters related to operations, rates, project development, enforcement and compliance, and agency rulemaking. Clinton Vince was recently appointed as chair of the board of directors in The Alliance to Save Energy and was recently named general counsel of the GridWise Alliance. Emma Hand has a notable practice within energy regulatory matters involving public utilities, while Peter Thieman advises utility companies on complex FERC regulatory and litigation issues, strategic regulatory positions and compliance matters. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington, DC.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Emma Hand; Karl Zobrist; Peter Thieman

Work highlights

  • Legal energy advisor to the Utility, Cable, Telecommunications and Technology Committee of the City Council, advising on all of its retail ratemaking matters with respect to its regulation of Entergy New Orleans, Inc.
  • Representing Rayburn in several matters before the Public Utility Commission of Texas with respect to implementation of securitization legislation, market redesign, Rayburn rate cases and rate cases of Rayburn’s suppliers.
  • During 2019-2022, the team obtained (i) a rare, if not unprecedented, decision from FERC vacating a prior adverse order with respect to Tri-State’s compliance with PURPA; (ii) on an expedited basis an order granting Tri-State’s request for a declaratory order regarding its status as a FERC-jurisdictional public utility; and (iii) landmark FERC-approved settlements involving Tri-State wholesale electric rates and Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT).

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 4

Dentons advises a wide range of clients operating in the electric and natural gas sectors on a range of practice areas involving regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and transactions related to operations, rates and project development. Clinton Vince is the chair of The Alliance to Save Energy in Washington DC, which was set up as a nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders and play a role in energy efficiency policy. Vince was also named general counsel of the GridWise Alliance Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (GIAC) board of directors, which aims to modernize the nation’s electric power transmission and distribution services. Emma Hand has extensive experience with energy efficiency and demand-side management programs, while Peter Thieman advises utility companies in complex FERC regulatory and litigation issues, alongside providing advice on complex M&A deals. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington, DC.

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Emma Hand; Peter Thieman; Carl Steen; Luis Torres

Work highlights

  • Drafting the first and only electric cooperative securitization legislation in Texas (and possibly across the US) that will assist Rayburn and other electric cooperatives finance the extraordinary storm-related costs and (ii) represented Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative, in negotiating and closing its $908 million securitization for it and its four member coops.
  • Advised on a wide range of issues including federal energy regulatory, litigation and strategic counsel for Tri-State regarding all aspects of its game changing transition to becoming a regulated public utility subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
  • Advising CPS Energy (the municipally owned utility of San Antonio, Texas) with respect to Smart Cities initiatives, including significant cyber-security and privacy issues related with increasing roll-out of new digital “smart” grid technologies.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Led by Clinton Vince, and sought out by both domestic and international clients, much of Dentons‘ work in the energy sphere involves regulatory, rulemaking and commercial advice, as well as disputes. While Vince’s strengths include project development, legislative and regulatory matters, Emma Hand  advises public power entities, municipalities, large energy customers and load-serving entities in regulatory and litigation matters. Peter Thieman  and Carl Steen in Los Angeles are also noted. All mentioned lawyers are based in Washington D.C., unless stated otherwise.    

Practice head(s):

Clinton Vince

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CPS Energy City Council of the City of New Orleans

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative Inc

City Council of New Orleans

Tri-State Generation & transmission Association


Colorado Springs Utilities

UltraCapital/LL Funds

CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank

IHI Corportaion

Work highlights

  • Advising CPS Energy (the municipally owned utility of San Antonio, Texas) with respect to Smart Cities initiatives, including significant cyber-security and privacy issues related with increasing roll-out of new digital “smart” grid technologies.
  • Advised IHI on LNG/liquefaction issues, dispute resolution alternatives and strategies, and public relations considerations.
  • Advising Anterix on a range of matters, including the engagement with the Department of Energy as it implements the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and competing for grid modernization funding under the legislation.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

The environment and natural resources team at Dentons handles both litigation and regulatory compliance matters relating to federal, state and local environmental laws. It is particularly strong in cases relating to the CWA, CAA, ESA and NEPA, and has a number of high-profile clients in the chemicals industry. Robert Schuda in Los Angeles handles Proposition 65 and consumer products cases. Todd Silliman left the firm in June 2023.  

Other key lawyers:

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

The environmental group at Dentons is led by Brad Cahoon in Salt Lake City and handles regulatory and transactional matters, and litigation. It is particularly strong in brownfield redevelopment matters and acts for a number of major developers in relation to the ESA, CAA, CWA and NEPA, among other areas. Silliman advises on compliance matters at the federal, state and local levels, while Cahoon administrative and regulatory matters. The Los Angeles-based Robert Schuda is a name for Proposition 65 issues and is active in the chemicals, manufacturing and consumer products. Todd Silliman left the firm in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Brad Cahoon

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Representing Landmark Properties in negotiating agreements, navigating regulatory approvals and licensing and remediation, to find feasible solutions to environmental issues to allow development projects to go forward.

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 4

Dentons‘ consumer finance regulatory group, which sits within the wider capital markets department at the firm, places a strong focus on the residential mortgage and consumer finance markets, with settlement service providers, credit reporting agencies, credit unions, private equity funds and national banks making up a significant proportion of the team’s client base. Leadership of the team is divided between Matthew Yoon in New York and John Holahan in Washington DC. Another key name in the team is New York-based Joshua Jordon, whose practice focuses on federal, state and local consumer credit laws affecting a range of institutions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Yoon; John Holahan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients




Work highlights

  • Advised Barclays’s mortgage trading and underwriting desks on Wall Street in connection with the management of financing lines and residential mortgage assets.
  • Advised Citi’s mortgage financing, trading and securitization desks on regulatory issues.
  • Advising Nomura’s whole loan trading, financing and securitization businesses in the United States on regulatory issues.

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

Offering ‘practical and useful advice’, Dentons is highly knowledgeable in all areas of government contracts.’ The group is active in a wide range of industries, most notably defense, aerospace, healthcare, tech and life sciences, handling diverse mandates including bid protests and False Claims Act litigation to IP protection in government contracts and M&A. Steven Masiello heads up the team and has extensive experience in handling domestic and cross-border bid protests, corporate transactions and procurement fraud matters. He works alongside Thomas Lemmer, who is noted for his expertise in cost accounting disputes, and Joseph Martinez, whose practice covers contracts litigation and corporate counseling. All named lawyers are based in Denver.

Practice head(s):

Steven Masiello

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Lemmer; Joseph Martinez; Rachel Van Maasdam


‘The group is highly knowledgeable in all areas of government contracts and provides practical and useful advice to government contractors seeking to navigate the perpetually complex world of federal procurement. Its vast knowledge and experience is a  tremendous benefit to its clients.’

‘Joe Martinez has a wealth of knowledge regarding the FAR, DFARS and other federal regulatory regimes under which government contractors are required to operate. He is an excellent communicator and is capable of effectively analyzing and explaining complex regulatory regimes to business partners. He is easy to reach and very approachable.

‘Rachel Van Maasdam is an excellent counselor with a wide variety of government contracts experience and who is quick to respond to any question and inquiry. She has quickly become a trusted advisor because of her demeanor, experience and communication skills.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and skilled in the practice of government contracts, which is a unique and highly complex area of the law. It keeps us updated on the ever-evolving law and is excellent at advising on complex issues regarding all areas of government contracts.’

‘Joe Martinez is exceptional at ensuring his legal analysis of complex government contracts is translated into practical and business-minded advice. He understands the value in preparing concise emails and briefs that are useful and make good references as opposed to preparing long, formal and difficult to digest memorandums that just feel like they are racking up fees.’

Key clients


Sierra Nevada Corporation


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Raytheon in a government contracts related intellectual property dispute.
  • Advised Sierra Nevada Corporation on various aspects of the assignment of government contracts and commercial law issues related to its spin off.
  • Acted for USEC, the former operator of Department of Energy (DOE) uranium enrichment plants, on a case involving USEC’s right to recover approximately $65m of pension and post-retirement benefit costs following a segment closing.

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

Brian Ho in San Francisco and Dallas's Robert Hanson  co-lead the practice at Dentons, with support from the global chair of intellectual and tech Monica Richman in New York. The team advises a list of noteworthy clients, including a multitude of universities across the nation, for whom it consistently advises on patent prosecutions in life sciences and biotechnology matters. Additionally, the team has significant experience in the realm of developing technologies, including the likes of LG Electronics and Solidia Technologies, managing patent portfolios at both a domestic and international level, as well as the full range of other patent-related matters. Stephanie Seidman in San Diego is a key member of the team with particular expertise in the bio-pharma industry. Specialist counsels Kyle Morse and Duane Carver Jr. both departed in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Brian Ho; Robert Hanson; Monica Richman

Other key lawyers:


‘Dr. Seidman and her team at Dentons have helped us file and process over 50 patents and patent applications worldwide over the last twenty years. They focus on the quality, structure, breadth and strength of the patent claims which ultimately save costs over time. I have worked with other IP firms and have not seen the experience Dr. Seidman and Dentons possess.’

‘I have learned a lot form Dr. Seidman and have found myself educating other IP experts based on the knowledge I have gained from her. She and her team are an amazing resource. They don’t only attain patents, but they help us to protect them. They provide a sense of security.’

‘The team is amazing in its ability to predict responses from patent examiners and assure protection.’

‘They are our preferred firm when helping to craft patent strategies before the patent offices.’

Key clients

LG Electronics, LG Chem

Solidia Technologies

DiversiTech Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Columbia University

Texas A&M University

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

University of Missouri

Colorado State University

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Univ. of Wisconsin)

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Land O’Lakes


VMware, Inc.


ECC TEC MSJ Incorporated


TMRW Foundation

Best Planet Science

Work highlights

  • Advising LG Chem and LG Display with the management of a patent portfolio pertaining to their core technologies in the areas of mobile communication, digital television technologies, codec technology and home appliances.
  • Representing university clients in numerous patent matters, including patent opinions, counselling and prosecution in the fields of biotechnology, agriculture, genetics, life sciences, animal health, biofuel and plant science.
  • Managing Solidia Technologies’ entire global patent portfolio and supporting them with all of their IP needs.

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

Dentons advises a variety of employers on all aspects of pensions, benefits and executive compensation, offering an interdisciplinary approach, combining their expertise in labor and employment with an in-depth knowledge of tax and securities, among others. Martin Moderson, who is based in the firm’s Kansas City office, specializes in advising ERISA-governed plan investment and administrative committees on their fiduciary duties under ERISA. Des Moines’s Courtney Strutt Todd is experienced in pension plans, profit-sharing plans and employee stock ownership plans. Kansas City’s Katharina Babich specializes in assisting troubled plans, such as the handling of Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service employee plans audits, while Washington DC-based Michael Maryn regularly advises clients in the design and administration of qualified retirement plans.

Practice head(s):

Martin Moderson; Lauren Crossett; Courtney Strutt Todd

Other key lawyers:

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 4

The team at Dentons represents clients in all aspects of litigation including class actions, collective actions and claims involving arbitration, mediation and other ADR methods. The practice is also well-versed in assisting senior executives in restrictive covenant and trade secret matters. Daniel Beale co-heads the team out of Atlanta and helps companies to navigate negotiations with executives, co-leading with Indianapolis-based Andrew Gruber.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Beale; Andrew Gruber

Key clients

Worldwide Clinical Trials

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Indian tribal sovereign nations and their tribal business entities, such as casinos, in all aspects of their labor and employment needs.
  • Advised Worldwide Clinical Trials (WCT) on restrictive covenant and non-compete matters particularly with regard to WCT’s hiring practices.
  • Reviewed DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd’s sales incentive policies and advised the client regarding vaccine incentive programs.

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

Dentons‘ cyber and privacy practice is the first port of call for sporting complexes, including NHL and NFL stadiums, and surrounding areas. Washington DC-based head of the privacy practice Todd Daubert advises such clients on data collection, processing, mapping, governance and managing risks associated with implementing new, cutting-edge technology. Supported by Washington DC-stationed associate William Krouse, Daubert also advises companies operating in the car rental space, financial services, insurance and big tech companies on implementing strategies for and adapting to regulatory changes. John McCauley, in Indianapolis, and associate Kyle Miller, in Louisville, are the key names for data breach responses.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert

Key clients

SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park

Anaheim Real Estate Partners, LLC


Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Digital Content Next

Wendy’s Restaurant Franchisees

First American Financial Corporation


North American Portability Management LLC


Work highlights

  • Advising Hollywood Park and SoFi Stadium on privacy and data issues.
  • Advising ocV!BE entertain district and Honda Center, home to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL), on data privacy and security matters.
  • Assisting Avis Budget Group on all data and cybersecurity issues.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

Chaired by Linda White from Chicago, Dentons is well-known for its international presence and its extensive portfolio of blue-chip clients, from US and non-US borrowers, life insurance companies, through to debt funds, and non-traditional lenders. The same office also houses Steve Davidson, who is an expert in construction and term loans secured by office and retail buildings, hotels, residential and mixed-use projects and vacant land. Elsewhere, in New York, Gary Goodman routinely represents agent banks in syndicated loans. David Hall co-chairs the global practice, also from New York, and acts for banks and institutional investors in relation to commercial real estate loan origination, purchase, sale and servicing.

Practice head(s):

Linda White; David Hall

Other key lawyers:

Steve Davidson; Gary Goodman


‘The RE group has made concerted efforts to familiarize itself with our structure, policies and procedures and personnel/personalities, to great effect. It has helped us draft first class transactional document forms. ’

‘We work with Gary Goodman and Steve Davidson. They are outstanding lawyers, personable and attentive.’


Key clients

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

United Overseas Bank

PNC Bank


Asia Capital Real Estate (ACRE)

Guggenheim Partners

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

Van Tuyl Companies

Gulf Islamic Investments (GII)

Academy Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented KeyBank for more than a decade, advising on complex real estate finance transactions in excess of nearly $10 billion.
  • Represented Guggenheim in connection with a $1 billion loan secured by Extell Development for the development of a property referred to as Central Park West in New York City.
  • Represented ACRE in its first commercial real estate asset collateralized loan obligation (CLO) in the amount of $875.6 million.

Real estate Tier 4

From Chicago, Linda White chairs Dentons‘ real estate team where she focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions, workouts, leasing, financing, and tax-structuring. Todd Stennes is another key attorney in Chicago. The firm maintains a strong focus on real estate finance and represents a significant number of US and non-US borrowers in addition to banks, life insurance companies, and debt funds.

Practice head(s):

Linda White

Other key lawyers:


‘Todd Stennes is an experienced, practical and efficient lawyer in the real estate sector.’


Key clients

The Blackstone Group

EPC Real Estate

VanTrust Real Estate, LLC

Sterling Bay Company

Heitman Capital Management

Gulf Islamic Investments

Landmark Properties, Inc.

Riverside Investment and Development

Chelsfield America LLC

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on negotiating a new 13-year lease with Abbott Laboratories for 106,054 RSF and an extension and addition of another floor for IMC Financial Markets, and completed the restructuring of United Airlines’ 850,000 RSF lease in Willis Tower.
  • Represented Landmark Properties and its affiliates in connection with numerous real estate matters throughout the US including $1.5 billion-plus in current matters.
  • Advised a Gulf Islamic Investments-led joint venture in its $100 million acquisition and financing of an 11-building office park in Richmond, Virginia.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Dentons acts on behalf of clients in all phases of tax controversy, with experience facing the IRS and state and local tax departments across the country. The department has expertise in the retail, manufacturing, and energy industries, and handles both criminal and civil disputes. Louisville-based Mark Loyd has experience in state, local, and federal tax issues, with a history in litigation, audit management, administrative protest, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Loyd co-leads the department alongside Gregory Rhodes, who works from Birmingham, and who has particular strength in matters related to conservation easements. Other key names include Michelle Levin, of Huntsville, who specializes in federal income tax controversies, and Bailey Roese, located in Louisville, who covers a broad range of tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Loyd; Gregory Rhodes

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Oakbrook Land Holdings, LLC

Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Walgreen Co.

David and Tammy Hewitt

Ventas, Inc.


Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Good Times USA LLC

Warren Sapp

Pine Mountain Preserve LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented Oakbrook Land Holdings, LLC in a Supreme Court petition filed in October 2022, regarding the question of a regulation’s validity and application of the Administrative Procedure Act to IRS rules.
  • Acted as lead counsel for Wagreens in regard to constitutional questions regarding whether the fair cash value of properties leased by Walgreens should be determined using local market conditions and market rent or above-market contract rent and national sales.
  • Acted for David and Tammy Hewitt in a case which set precedent requiring the Tax Court to reconsider its orders on dozens of motions for partial summary judgment and to deviate from its prior precedent in dozens of additional pending motions.

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

Under the leadership of former US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Stephen Hill, who is based in Kansas City, Dentons white-collar and government investigations practice represents corporate clients from a variety of sectors in their criminal, civil, and regulatory needs. Also in Kansas City, Lisa Krigsten sports extensive litigation experience and is regularly sought out for her advocacy in bet-the-company matters. Phoenix-based Paul Charlton is well versed in white-collar matters and Native American law. Sarah Holzschuh left the firm for an in-house position in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hill

Other key lawyers:


The people are the ones who make this practice – they are pleasant to work with and despite the seriousness of what they are engaged to work on they do so with a high degree of common sense and a tint of much-needed humor when appropriate.’

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Dentons' US-based international arbitration group is largely based in New York and additionally benefits from its ability to lean on the wider firm's platforms across the country, while also plugging into its extensive global practice. With experience across a wide scope of arbitral and enforcement matters, the team is particularly noted for its recent activity in the energy and natural resources, manufacturing, and aviation and aerospace spheres. In New York, US department head John Hay handles a mix of commercial and investment treaty disputes, while Anthony Ullman's broad practice spans IP, construction, health care and power generation-related cases, among others.

Practice head(s):

John Hay

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Ullman; Kristen Weil; Diora Ziyaeva

Key clients

GCM Mining Corp.

GA Telesis, LLC

GA Telesis, LLC

Frontera Resources Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented GCM Mining Corp in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Colombia for more than $300m.
  • Obtained a $22m LCIA award for GA Telesis against Transaero, formerly Russia’s second-largest commercial airline currently undergoing bankruptcy.
  • Obtained a $13m ICC award for GA Telesis against Transaero in dispute resulting from Transaero’s breaches of certain aircraft engine lease agreements.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

The construction team at Dentons often works in conjunction with the practice’s contracts, real estate and finance department, and assists clients with construction documentation, as well as design, engineering and construction program issues, acting for contractors and equipment suppliers, developers, and lenders, and has thorough expertise of the financing, project administration and risk management of construction projects. Charles Vantine co-leads the group and is experienced in defending as well as prosecuting construction disputes, including contract default claims, defect claims, and error and omission claims. Also, co-lead of the practice, John Haug routinely engages in the development documentation, evaluation, financing and negotiation of public and private design of construction projects. Clay Counts has represented Fortune 500 companies, energy providers and hotel and resort operators in construction projects and disputes regionally and globally. All individuals that have been mentioned are located in St. Louis.

Practice head(s):

Charles Vantine; John Haug

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jemison; Clay Counts

Key clients

Blackstone – Willis Tower

Mammoet Holding BV


1400 Baltimore Owner, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Blackstone on the US$650+ million renovation of Willis Tower.
  • Represented 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.  
  • Represented 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

Dentons focuses on work in the healthcare, energy, mining, real estate, and financial services sectors, with experience advising companies, secured creditors, committees, trustees, and principals in relation to restructurings both in and out of court. With a strong reputation for her work in the healthcare sector, Los Angeles-based Tania Moyron leads the US practice group. Alongside Samuel Maizel, also in Los Angeles, Moyron has recently led a team representing First Guaranty Mortgage in connection with its Chapter 11 case. Robert Richards in Chicago chairs the firm’s global restructuring practice, and handles Chapter 11 representations, distressed asset acquisitions, distressed loan purchases and foreclosure sales, and out-of-court transactions. Litigator Sam Alberts in Washington DC is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Tania Moyron

Other key lawyers:


‘Sam Alberts is an outstanding litigator and skilled negotiator in bankruptcy matters.’

‘Sam Alberts is well-known and respected by his peers in the bankruptcy bar and with the bench in key jurisdictions.’

‘A full-service firm coverage with personal approach to client.’

‘Sam Alberts is engaged and very responsive. He goes the extra mile for the client, and is also very well connected with other practitioners in the field which is very helpful to sort out inter-creditor or debtor/creditor issues.’

‘The practice takes a pragmatic approach and is not just looking to bill hours or load a project up with associates. They are real problem solvers with candid opinion regarding risks and deal execution.’

‘Robert Richards is a stand-out partner. He learns the client’s business, level of sophistication and goals, and adds value and works efficiently.’

Key clients

First Guaranty Mortgage and its affiliates

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Alto Maipo Spa and Alto Maipo Delaware, LLC Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Borrego Community Health Foundation

Ohana Real Estate Investors LLC

Deva Capital

Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative

Verity Health Systems of California, Inc. and 16 related entities

Astria Health

Friedrich von Kaltenborn Stachau, Administrator

Virginia Surety Company f/k/a Combined Specialty Insurance Company

Travelers Indemnity Company

Special Opportunity Value Fund (and related entities)

AXA XL Insurance

Twelve Six Capital, LLC

Agspring Mississippi Region LLC and four affiliated companies

RSG Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Representing First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation and its affiliate in Chapter 11 cases in the District of Delaware.
  • Represented unsecured creditors in securing the reverse of a proposed 0% distribution to receive 100% in a $2 billion, Chapter 11 cross border bankruptcy case of a Chilean hydroelectric plan.
  • Filed a Chapter 11 case for Borrego Community Health Foundation, a federally qualified nonprofit health care center.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Drawing on its sizeable national reach, Dentons‘ practice encompasses corporate taxation, partnerships, real estate, tax credits, and restructurings. Kansas City-based Bruce Davison is experienced in M&A and private equity financings, while in St Louis, Nick Kappas specializes in federal tax credit transactions and tax-exempt bond financing at the state and local level. Salt Lake City-based Mark Astling focuses on the tax considerations for limited liability companies. Other recommended individuals include Louisville-based Ross Cohen and Kansas City-based Kelli Wikoff. Former co-head Ron Aulbach left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Davison; Nick Kappas; Mark Astling

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

US Bancorp Community Development Corporation

St. Louis Development Corporation

Midwest Renewable Capital, LLC

Southern Bancorp Bank

Advantage Capital Partners

Antectic Inc.

Taglich Private Entity

Action Rental Equipment

Great Range Capital

Nutrition 101, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising US Bancorp Community Development Corporation on transactions crossing the its entire tax credit portfolio, including renewable energy and low-income housing tax credit financings.
  • Represented Great Range Capital on its acquisition of Repairs Unlimited, LLC.
  • Advised Nutrition 101 and a related entity, Nutrition 101 Transport, on their sale to a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners.

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

Dentons‘ Washington DC-based practice is noteworthy for its trade secrets misappropriation work for a range of clients, with the firm’s global IP and technology chair Song Jung  a key name to note.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms

Dentons, which in August 2023 severed formal ties with Dacheng Law Offices, has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and enforcement matters. Civil and commercial litigation specialist Tao Li leads the litigation team from Beijing. In Shanghai, the experience of Huixuan Han includes disputes involving finance, real estate, construction and corporate conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Tao Li

Other key lawyers:

Huixuan Han; Yanqing Li; Yingying Li; Junming Shi


Especially good at handling major and complex cases.

The service level is extremely high. Whether it is litigation or arbitration, the team quickly gives feedback.

Meticulously controls the overall progress of the case and the sense of trust brought by the team of lawyers is second to none.

Delivers creative and unique solutions.

Proficient in litigation and conducts in-depth research that is extremely valuable.

Quality and high-value legal services.

Quickly grasps the key points of the issue, and gives complete and multi-level legal opinions.

Strong professional abilities – really excellent.’


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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Aboriginal law (Canada)
Aviation and aerospace
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Competition and antitrust
Corporate governance
Defense and space
Employment and labor
Environment and natural resources
Financial institutions
Forest products and agribusiness
Franchising and distribution
Government contracts
Hotels and leisure
Infrastructure and PPP
Intellectual property and technology
Life sciences
Litigation and dispute resolution
Luxury, fashion and beauty
Media, entertainment and sports
Native American law and policy (US)
Notary services (Germany)
Pensions, benefits and executive compensation
Privacy and cybersecurity
Private equity
Professional services
Project development
Public international law
Public law
Public policy and regulation
Public procurement
Real estate
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy
Securities and corporate finance
Trade, WTO and customs
Trusts, estates and wealth preservation
Venture technology and emerging growth companies
White-collar and government investigations
Global CEO : Elliott Portnoy
Global Chairman : Joe Andrew
Canada CEO : Chris Pinnington
China CEO : Jinquan Xiao
Europe CEO : Tomasz Dabrowski
Latin America and the Caribbean CEO : Jorge Alers
Singapore CEO : Philip Jeyaretnam, SC
UKMEA CEO : Jeremy Cohen
US CEO : Sonia R. Martin