Firm Profile > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Boston, United States

DLA Piper LLP (US)
BOSTON MA 02110-1447
United States

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

Led by Andrew Serwin, the data protection group at DLA Piper LLP (US) acts for household name clients such as DropBox, Target and Visa. Fielding an expert team of security and technology consultants, the broader practice handles breach response, privacy litigation, multi-jurisdictional compliance and enforcement matters. Key figures in the team include Carol Umhoefer in the Miami office, Edward McAndrew in Wilmington, Washington DC-based Jennifer Kashatus and Anna Spencer in Atlanta. Highly regarded for its crisis management work, the team recently represented telecoms operator MyLife in an FTC investigation for alleged violations of FCRA/ROSCA, and also represented the client in related litigation. In addition, it acted for Visa in relation to its proposed blockbuster merger with financial services company Plaid. Jim Halpert is another leading name in the practice group and Kate Lucente is also recommended. Tracy Shapiro departed for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in March 2020, while Ron Plesco joined from KPMG in July of the same year.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Serwin

Other key lawyers:

Carol Umhoefer; Edward McAndrew; Jennifer Kashatus; Anna Spencer; Ron Plesco; Jim Halpert; Kate Lucente

Key clients


Irish Data Protection Commissioner

Business Roundtable

CVS Health

Global Tel Link (GTL)




Prudential Insurance


Southern California Edison

The Nielsen company

ZeniMax Media, Inc.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) draws on land use and zoning expertise from across its expansive office base nationwide to provide comprehensive service to property owners, purchasers, and lenders on regulatory issues arising from major real estate projects across the country. Chicago-based Richard Klawiter recently acted for Related Midwest, alongside Katherine Jahnke Dale, in relation to the site acquisitions and entitlements for two tower buildings in the city. Also in Chicago, Theodore Novak is recognized for his experience in some of the most significant and controversial real estate and land use projects in the Midwest. The team has an equally strong presence in California. Jerold Neuman in LA reflects the wider practice group's strength in PPP projects, while Kyndra Joy Casper is a key advisor on compliance with the CEQA. At the associate level, Karen Hallock covers both entitlements and land use litigation. In Reston, Virginia, both Antonio Calabrese and associate Kevin MacWhorter are praised for their 'extraordinarily consistent results' in facilitating the approval of major mixed-use applications.

Practice head(s):

Richard Klawiter; Theodore Novak

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jahnke Dale; Jerold Neuman; Kyndra Joy Casper; Antonio Calabrese; Karen Hallock; Kevin MacWhorter


‘This team’s practice is unparalleled given their expertise in the marketplace. Specifically, their past experiences and long standing relationships within the City of Los Angeles provide context to best position projects on our behalf. Since starting to work with DLA’s land use group, we have been confident in our endeavors to go through various discretionary approvals within the City of Los Angeles. ’

‘Although we interface with the entire group, we have a “core” team within the larger department comprised of Jerold Neuman, Kyndra Casper and Andrew Brady. All three have performed exceptionally on our behalf. They are always available to discuss various projects or brainstorm on alternate solutions or paths. Particularly, we enjoy their ability to collaborate “outside the box” to come up with elegant ways to handle various endeavors.’

‘Tony Calabrese, Kevin MacWhorter and their team produce extraordinarily consistent results in a timely, cost-efficient manner. Their combined efforts are seamless, effecting the client’s ends while suggesting strategies and options to further advance their client’s goals. There’s no substitute for experience combined with persistent over-achieving. These two have provided us results we know we would not have achieved elsewhere, and we’re looking forward to working with them on additional projects.’

‘Tony and his team know the market better than any other firm in the area, and I have worked with many. He knows all the players, the committees, the jurisdictions and when to get in front of them, and how to prep for each group individually.’

‘Tony Calabrese always stays engaged, he works directly with the team to make sure what and how it is presented and to whom is in the best light for the project. He’s always available for questions and meetings.’

‘Super positive, finding solutions not problems, overcome obstacles with ease… and, nice people.’

‘Our work with Kyndra Casper has been top notch. She is always available timely and able to provide us with good counsel and contacts in order to solve our most pressing issues.’

‘Kyndra Casper is wonderful. Even through the face of adversity (which is often in LA land use issues), Kyndra keeps a solid focus and a smile to get the hard work complete. Her positive attitude and “can do” mentality are refreshing to me at least as we typically see and hear of challenges and problems. We are always able to come to a quick and competitive solution together.’

Key clients

Tysons Development, LLC

Related Midwest


The HYM Investment Group


Origami Capital Partners & Timberline Real Estate Partners

Millennium Partners

Harridge Development Group

GRIT Chicago, LLC

The Taubman Company

Union Square Station Associates (“US2”)


Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)

Braves Development Company

Sterling Bay

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a prominent M&A practice with key lawyers in New York and Houston. The practice group distinguishes itself mainly through the frequent representation of global financial institutions and leading companies, such as Coca-Cola. At the head of the two main offices are M&A, private equity and corporate finance expert Jonathan Klein, and vice-chair Drew Baldinger, respectively. The group, which also covers local and national transactions, specializes in international stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts and divisional purchases and sales. In addition, the team also draws expertise from the tax, antitrust and IP departments to provide a cross-practice service. Technology, life sciences, real estate and insurance are among the main sectors of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Klein; Drew Baldinger


‘The team is tremendous. Excellent cohesion and an ability to handle multiple areas of law within the scope of single or multiple matters.’

‘This team has tremendous M&A expertise across multiple disciplines. What makes them unique is their client focus. They quickly become immersed in understanding their client’s business issues and hot-button topics. They also are tremendously client-focused.’

‘Highly experienced and competent. Their response time is immediate.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Transform Midco

MEDNAX Services, Inc.

Seaspan Corporation


Q2 Holdings, Inc.

Stratos Genomics, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an excellent reputation for handling some of the largest and most complex outsourcing transactions in the market, including matters involving the outsourcing of core business processes. Key areas of focus for the team include the healthcare, financial services, retail, and energy sectors, and it also acts for state bodies. Operating from the firm's Chicago and Los Angeles offices, practice head Vincent Sanchez stands out for his expertise in handling global technology outsourcing transactions. Gregory Manter in San Diego and Los Angeles-based of counsel Anne Friedman are other key practitioners. Dallas-based senior attorney Brian Joe is noted for his strength in handling outsourcing matters involving data centres.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Sanchez

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Manter; Anne Friedman; Brian Joe


The team has deep knowledge of outsourcings globally, as well as deep knowledge of contracting and regulatory requirements‘.

Vincent Sanchez and Brian Joe worked on a sizable real estate services outsourcing for my firm. Both lawyers were very responsive and knowledgeable in guiding us through this very difficult and complex negotiation’.

DLA Piper’s outsourcing attorneys demonstrated extraordinary depth of knowledge, delivering business-savvy practical advice and “go the extra mile” responsiveness‘.

DLA Piper’s attorneys balance vigorous advocacy with recognition of the practical necessities of getting to a “responsible yes”‘.

This group of attorneys is adept at keeping their fingers on the pulse of industry standards and proactively bring such knowledge to the surface in support of clients’ continuous improvement efforts in the areas of outsourcing, oversight and performance accountability’.

This team demonstrated first-tier industry knowledge, finely-honed negotiating skills, judicious allocation of law firm “level appropriate” resources, and an impressive ability to apply existing knowledge to novel scenarios presented by the extraordinary times in which we now operate. As a team, they managed the drafting through execution phases expertly, balancing many competing demands with efficiency and high attention to detail and often turning complex drafts with numerous interlocking changes “on a dime”‘.

Key clients

Qualcomm Incorporated

Wipro Ltd.

HCL Technologies


Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) combines strong licensing expertise in transactions with longstanding experience in settlement agreements and a stand-alone licensing practice covering biotechnology and other emerging technologies. Universities and other research institutions frequently rely on the group for the licensing aspects of joint ventures, collaborations, and spin-offs. As part of one of the world's biggest law firms, the US licensing team offers impressive cross-border clout, a major plus for the group's many prestigious national and international clients. The automotive, technology, life sciences, and retail sectors account for a substantial part of the caseload. The trio at the helm of the practice consists of San Diego's Mark Lehberg, the global co-chair of the firm's commercial contracts practice; Silicon Valley's Victoria Lee, who co-chairs the firm's technology sector group; and Boston's Larissa Bifano, whose patent prosecution team complements the licensing practice nicely.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lehberg; Victoria Lee; Larissa Bifano

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Haile; Jeffrey Aronson; Lauren Murdza; Matthew Satchwell; Paul Steadman


‘Their flexible and creative negotiation capability is impressive.’

‘Matthew Satchwell has great experience in representing international clients and always handles matters very efficiently. His flexible negotiation style is especially great.’

Key clients

Qualcomm, Inc. / Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Nike, Inc.


Softbank Group Corporation

Panasonic Corporation

Robert Bosch GmBH (Bosch)

Mazda Motor Corporation


Subaru Corporation

Volvo Car Corporation

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx)

La Jolla Institute for Immunology

New York Stem Cell Foundation

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

pChip corporation


Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)  has an exceptional track record of bringing mass torts to an early end and has achieved outstanding pre-emption and Daubert victories in MDLs. The team combines litigation strategy with a background in science and has been described as ‘excellent at crisis management’ with a ‘very deep bench’. Atlanta-based Christopher Campbell, who is described as ‘excelling the clients' expectations’ leads the practice together with Loren Brown in New York who specializes in multi-district litigation and James Brogan in Philadelphia. The team has been bolstered with the arrival of David Jaroslaw, Keelin Kavanaugh and Arthur Hoffmann from Greenspoon Marder LLP in February 2020. John Phillips also joined the firm from Paul Hastings LLP  in March 2020. ‘Thorough and proactiveKatie Insogna, now a partner, is a name to note, as is Matthew Holian, described as a standout lawyer, with 'a gift for articulating complex concepts clearly and concisely'.

Practice head(s):

Chris Campbell; Loren Brown; James Brogan

Other key lawyers:

Matt Holian; Katie Insogna; Gail Rodgers


‘The team is excellent at crisis management. They are experts at defusing situations that have the potential to be very problematic for a litigation if left unchecked. The team also has a very deep bench. They seem to have the right person for each part of a complex litigation, including strategists who oversee the entire litigation, appellate experts, and an army of MD/JDs and PhD/JDs who can address technical aspects.’

‘Katie Insogna is thorough and proactive. When you ask her to address an issue, she looks at it from every possible angle and is able to see past corners and anticipate problems and concerns that are not readily apparent.

‘Matt Holian has a gift for articulating complex concepts clearly and concisely.’

‘I was very impressed with the way the team penetrated and summarized the product’s properties, the science behind it, as well as the marketing and regulatory aspects as soon as they came on board while product liability cases were already pending. They are also good at providing key aspects and helpful material to colleagues outside the US tailored to the respective countries’ needs (not just data dump).’

The excellent preparation for an outstanding cooperation and collaboration of the involved law firms (accross borders) is to be emphasized. Also, the development and coordination of the defense strategy and related activities while keeping the appeal record and a resolution scenario in mind through staffing with best qualified attorneys and ensuring information flow and consultation as needed is mature compared to my experience with other firms.

‘The way how one of the partners, Christopher G. Campbell, fills out the role as coordinating counsel is extraordinary. This is a substantial support for inhouse counsel even beyond the US matters. He makes sure to keep the relevant people in the business and across countries appraised of important developments that require action and is very well accepted and appreciated by the business.’

This team is not only adept at managing complex, multi-district litigation, they also provide invaluable guidance in crisis management. Even before the first lawsuit is filed, there may be reason to believe there is significant litigation risk. The DLA team can play a critical role in navigating crises that may be intertwined with litigation (e.g., product recalls). Of course they are responsive, professional, and provide expert legal counsel. But that is not what distinguishes them from other law firms. What is unique about this team at DLA is their pragmatism and ability to engage directly with the commercial colleagues and balance the ongoing needs of the business with the litigation landscape.’

‘DLA has been incredibly open and flexible on billing, aligning to a alternative fee arrangement and working closely to coordinate on costs and avoid double-billing with another law firm we use for the same set of matters.’

‘Again, what has stood out most to me is the DLA teams ability to engage directly with business colleagues – whether they be from a commercial or technical function – and put them at ease (not an easy thing when there is active litigation!). I so appreciate their ability to provide usable, pragmatic counsel, rather than give the most conservative opinion possible with no recognition of the potential business impact.’

‘Standouts include Katie Insogna, Matt Holian, and Danny Toby, all of whom played a critical role in crisis management. Without their expert support, I would have drowned. They enabled me to survive a period of intense activity, helped our company prepare for ongoing and future litigation matters, and, crucially, the business to go on.’

‘The support provided by DLA Piper LLP (US) has been unique as they have been adapting so fast to the clients needs, delivered all their advice in a very thoughtful and structured manner for extremely complex issues. The quality of the work has been outstanding. It has been a pleasure to work with DLA on international topics.’

‘Christopher Campbell has done outstanding work, leading many international topics in the last few years. It’s has been such a pleasure to work with him on many international topics. He has always delivered his work excelling the clients expectations, working on numerous complex projects in such an efficient way. He has been available at all times for calls across the globe and has shown tremendous engagement for all questions we were seeking advice on.’

‘Mary Gately has done such fantastic work in analyzing complex medical topics from a legal perspective. She is an expert of “translating” medial issues into the legal framework.’

Key clients





Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.

Biogen, Inc.

Novo Nordisk

Real estate Tier 1

One of the deepest, most sophisticated real estate practices in the country’, DLA Piper LLP (US) is home to a full-service real estate offering. In the acquisition and disposition space, the department is routinely engaged in multibillion-dollar transactions, both of single assets and extensive portfolios, with the capacity to lend support on relevant cross-border investment, joint venture and finance components. Its construction, design and development service is supplemented by formidable environmental, land use, zoning and condominium easement expertise; while leasing activity is centered around sale-leaseback, lease enforcement, tenant bankruptcy and foreclosure matters. Department chair John Sullivan is a ‘pre-eminent practitioner’ for equity, debt, hybrid and joint venture transactions and is closely supported by co-vice chair Barbara Trachtenberg, a lawyer principally focused on development-related joint ventures; the pair operate from Boston alongside the ‘very talentedCara Nelson, who is a junior partner, exemplary of the team's 'deep bench strength'. Elsewhere, the firm is praised as fielding the ‘most knowledgeable and accomplished real estate practice in Washington DC’, where Frederick Klein represents domestic and off-shore investors in large-scale projects throughout the US. The firm has an extensive domestic and international footprint, with other key names based in New York and Chicago.

Practice head(s):

John Sullivan; Rich Klawiter; Barbara Trachtenberg

Other key lawyers:

Amy Carbins; Cara Nelson; Frederick Klein; Jay Epstein; Shari Helft Lennon; Chris Smith


‘I am impressed by the deep bench the firm has as well as how partners communicate internally to produce skill sets from various offices/practices to address a client’s needs.’

‘Great bench strength. Excellent combination of pure legal skills and business insight. Invaluable knowledge of what our organization needs and how it operates.’

‘They are very open minded and always happy to collaborate on any initiatives we put forward.’

‘John Sullivan is one of the top lawyers we work with. He is able to cut through the bluster and crap and get deals done and is particularly valuable when dealing with difficult opposing counsel. He nderstands the business rational and is able to give strategic advice.’

‘Cara Nelson is a very talented lawyer who understands our business well. She has an excellent ability to get from A to B and does not get unnecessarily caught up on pedantic points and sees the forest from the trees.’

‘DLA Piper has one of the deepest, most sophisticated real estate practices in the country. They are able to handle quick, complicated transactions adeptly. Unlike other large real estate practices, DLA Piper has a legitimate claim as understanding true real estate dirt issues, unlike many other firms that skew more towards corporate.’

‘Barbara Trachtenberg is highly sophisticated and strategic; she is able to hand anything you give her with ease. A great person to have in your court on competitive bid transactions.’

‘DLA’s real estate group has a great deal of depth and expertise in the most complex of real estate transactions. They bring a pragmatic approach to legal issues, finding the right balance between business needs and legal constraints.’

‘John Sullivan is the preeminent practitioner in this area. If i could use him across the globe, I would (and do to the extent possible). His advice is grounded in business reality. He has seen every conceivable type of issue you can face in sophisticated, complex real estate transactions and he brings that experience to the table in an exceptional way.’

‘The DLA team, led by John Sullivan, is terrific. They truly operate as an extension of our in house team and understand our business and client’s need and requirements. In addition to being excellent lawyers, they have excellent business judgment and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘DLA’s attorneys are very focused on creating value for their clients and are open to novel ways to adopt technology to improve their client’s experience and outcomes.’

‘They have the most knowledgeable and accomplished real estate practice in Washington, DC.  They are expert negotiators and advisors.’

‘They are as tech-enabled as any other firm in town. Their billing, collaboration, etc are top notch.’

‘Jay Epstein is the dean of the real estate industry in Washington, DC. He has worked on the most complicated and high-profile assignments in town. Fred Klein is the most accomplished real estate sales and finance attorney in Washington, DC.  He is the most experienced negotiator and best advisor you could ask for.’

‘Our real estate company has been represented by Jay Epstein of DLA Piper for many years. Jay and his team of attorneys are extraordinarily highly capable. They not only have experience with the widest range of transactions, but they have deep working relationships with opposing attorneys from all over the country and the globe, leading to efficient deal structuring and documentation.’

‘There are very few firms with the depth of knowledge or transactional experience of DLA, and as I have told people many times, there are no attorneys who have the  relationships and respect like Jay Epstien has in the real estate community. 

‘Jay Epstien is a lion in Commercial Real Estate Law.  He is so knowledgeable, well-liked, and well-connected, that there are very few inquiries he cannot field.  He consistently connects our company with top talent at DLA Piper, manages our relationship closely, and is thoughtful in understanding our internal politics and cost sensitivities.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors

Boston Properties

CBRE Global Investors

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Harvard University


Oxford Properties Group (the real estate affiliate of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System)

The Carlyle Group, LLC

PGIM, Inc.

Ventas, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 1

With expertise across wireless, wireline, satellite and broadband, DLA Piper LLP (US) is the port of call for big names such as T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom and Motorola. The group has extensive experience in spectrum allocations, media ownerships issues and regulatory approval for transactions. The firm’s international network places it in a solid position to handle global satellite matters, including obtaining satellite authorizations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Additionally, the team advises not-for-profits such as The Wireless Association on the deployment of 5G, and also advised the National Urban League on its aim of providing greater access to broadband for minority communities. Nancy Victory jointly leads the practice and focuses on both regulatory and transactional matters, particularly on wireless, satellite and cable issues. Fellow practice head Michael Senkowski is adept in wireless policy and spectrum allocation, and has cleared some of the biggest transactions in the industry. Also recommended are spectrum auctions specialist Eric DeSilva, wireless expert Edward Smith, and Tony Lin, who joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Victory; Michael Senkowski

Other key lawyers:

Eric DeSilva; Edward Smith; Tony Lin


‘Very in-depth legal and technical understanding of telecommunication rules; impressive knowledge about FCC proceedings and how to best handle filings; very responsive and very nice people to work with.’

‘Nancy Victory/Michael Senkowski: one of the best regulatory counsel I ever worked with; unprecedented knowledge of the telecommunication industry, always striving for creative solutions to fulfill goals of client’

‘We utilize multiple DLA Piper offices around the world for a variety of commercial and regulatory matters. We have always found them to be knowledgeable, responsive, and a pleasure to deal.’

‘Expertise, cordial, recollection of key contexts and backgrounds to make decisions.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

T-Mobile US, Inc.



Globalstar, Inc.

CTIA—The Wireless Association No6 Motorola Solutions, Inc.

TracFone Wireless, Inc.

National Urban League

Local Media San Diego Acquisition, LLC

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 1

Rated by clients for its ‘unparalleled know-how of the law and the industry', DLA Piper LLP (US) has been involved in some of the biggest deals in the wireless, satellite, broadcasting and broadband industries. Headed up by former chief of staff of the FCC Michael Senkowski and Nancy Victory, the team acts for a variety of major telecoms providers, satellite carriers, investors and communications-related associations. Of particular note, Senkowski and Victory jointly advised T-Mobile on a range of issues relating to its historic merger with Sprint. Other key contacts include wireless specialist Eric DeSilva and Edward Smith, who is a former FCC official and spectrum policy specialist. Associate Peter Shroyer is a promising name at junior level.  All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Senkowski; Nancy Victory

Other key lawyers:

Edward Smith; Eric DeSilva; Peter Shroyer


‘Unparalleled know how of the law and the industry and knowledge of the decision makers.’

‘Creative thinking beyond the existing case law.’

‘The FCC Team we work with at DLA is very knowledgeable and quick to react when we have issues.’

‘ Nancy Victory has been extremely reactive to our requests and gets answers to issues when requested. She is exceptionally pleasant to work with and I respect her breadth of knowledge.’

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a longstanding reputation in the sports and entertainment sectors and is now establishing itself as a leading player for e-sports and live streaming. The team regularly acts for big names in this space such as Twitch Interactive, Allied Esports International and Atlanta eSports Ventures, advising on joint ventures, licensing, sponsorship and promotional agreements. The team also acts for a roster of traditional broadcasters, over-the-top broadcasters, advertisers and production companies. A contact in this space is Los Angeles-based Benjamin Mulcahy, who chairs the practice nationally and has broader expertise across IP and technology matters. Associate James Stewart is recommended for matters relating to sweepstakes, contests and other promotions. Gina Reif Ilardi took an in-house position at Vindex.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Mulcahy

Other key lawyers:

James Stewart


‘Ben Mulcahy is our go-to on all things sponsorship and advertising. He provides excellent counsel, helps our organization see around corners, and he finds cost-effective paths to meet our company’

‘This team excels at representing clients with unique perspectives and interests. They seem equipped to support clients no matter where they sit on the spectrums of sophistication and experience regarding media deals. Their kindness and availability also stand out, with the team willing to hop on a call on short notice and work on short-fuse deals without relenting on their attention to detail and quality.’

‘This practice group stands out because of the breadth and depth of the experience the team has. They have worked in the motion picture industry as well as all elements of the advertising industry for some of the largest companies.’

‘Ben Mulcahy is a true standout in this space. His responsiveness with respect to client needs is second to none and his ability to get a practical solution to company wide problems makes him better than any other lawyer in this space. He makes you feel like you are his only client — he is able to understand all the nuances of our business and provide us with world class solutions quickly and efficiently.’

Key clients

FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler Automotive)

Atlanta eSports Ventures LLC

Austin FC

United Entertainment Group

Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. (Edelman)

Twitch Interactive, Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Warner Media

Hilton Hotels

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)


Orange Capital Media

Target Corporation

The Pad Project, Inc.

Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank)

Prize Logic

Stand Up to Cancer

Seneca Women Podcast Network

Allied Esports International, Inc.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) combines domestic strengths with notable work on global cartel investigations; in the cross-border space, the team also benefits from its access to the firm's immense global network. The dedicated cartels group - whose leadership is shared between Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey (San Francisco) and Lesli Esposito (Philadelphia) - focuses on cartel defense and government enforcement actions, with particular expertise in leniency and amnesty applications, as well as no-poaching agreements. 'Smart, tactical, and experienced’, Tenorio-Kutzkey stands out for her defense of clients in significant criminal cartel investigations conducted by the DOJ with respect to price-fixing, bid-rigging and market allocation conspiracy matters. Alongside its FTC and DOJ experience, the team also has an enviable track record in investigations and enforcement actions conducted by the regulators in the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Practice head(s):

Lesli Esposito; Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey

Other key lawyers:

John Hamill


‘The team’s strength lies with Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, who is smart, tactical, and experienced.’

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

The e-discovery and information management team at DLA Piper LLP (US) comprises dedicated attorneys, litigation support professionals and certified information governance professionals. As part of its e-discovery service offering, the firm advises on a huge variety of litigation, non-dispute matters and information governance. The practice group is experienced in crafting defense discovery strategies in class action settings and regulatory investigations. Contacts in the team include counsels Jennifer Feldman, who is based in San Diego; Los Angeles-based Leeanne Mancari; and New York-based senior counsel Andrew Peck, a former magistrate judge for the Southern District of New York.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Feldman; Leeanne Mancari; Andrew Peck


‘Judge Peck brings an excellent perspective to matters’. 

‘As a large, international firm, DLA brings a host of complex litigation experience from around the world to its discovery practice’.

‘Jennifer Feldman is a very good e-discovery practitioner who has a tremendous amount of practical, front line e-discovery experience’. 

‘Jennifer Feldman is particularly experience in government investigations and responding to massive document requests’.

‘The firm has a number of highly experienced and knowledgeable e-discovery practitioners including former Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck’.

‘Both Judge Peck and Leeanna Mancari are very experienced in handling a variety of e-discovery matters and they are also very innovative when it come to dispute resolution’. 

‘This team’s success is due to their knowledge and expertise of the technology available in terms of e-discovery’.

‘We always felt that we were in the right hands for the job’.

Key clients

Seth Rogers v. iTy Labs Corp., et al.

Echelon Capital, LLC., Robert Martin, David Martin and Kevin Blanchat


Global Blood Therapeutics Inc..

Zimmer Biomet

Prudential Insurance



Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Praised for its ‘accessible and responsive service‘, as well as its ‘flexible and aggressive billing strategy‘, DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s ‘knowledgeable and experienced‘ projects team continues to gain market share among sponsors, lenders and equity investors, which are appreciative of its ability to strike ‘the right balance of caution and common sense’. The firm’s aptitude at handling global projects, aided by a vast international network of offices, is also a significant selling point, and this was recently enhanced by the arrival in March 2020 of Dino Barajas from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, who is skilled at handling Latin America-related energy/infrastructure projects work. Combining both construction and ‘commercially-minded and solutions-oriented‘ industry sector knowledge,exceptional‘ Chicago-based of counsel Sameer Ghaznavi is also a key member of the team, particularly in light of the increasing tendency to implement build-own-transfer contracts in the renewables space. Washington DC-based partner Vanessa Wilson co-heads the projects, energy and infrastructure team alongside Barajas and is appreciated for her ‘depth of experience and patient disposition‘, in relation to renewable energy project finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Dino Barajas; Vanessa Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Evelyn Kim; Sameer Ghaznavi; Jennifer Layfield


‘The firm has a deep bench, and in particular has expertise in construction contracts and build-own-transfer structures.’

The team incorporates a flexible and aggressive billing strategy.’

‘The lawyers are accessible and responsive.’

‘The firm’s energy team includes attorneys with a variety of experiences, including those who began their careers at DLA, lateral entries, and, most importantly, attorneys with real in-house experience. DLA’s partners include people who have worked in renewables since its infancy and grown with the industry.’

‘The team provides commercially-minded and solution-oriented execution.’

‘They approach our matters with the right balance of caution and common sense – a combination that is critical in our industry. Additionally, this team is always looking for ways to show initiative, without overstepping their authority. Those characteristics make it easier for my internal attorneys to work with this team, which in turn makes us all more efficient and effective.’

‘DLA is one of the few firms with a full-service renewable energy practice, covering the full variety of transaction structures and construction contracts. There are very few firms that understand the renewable development business and can cover a build-transfer project from start to finish.’

‘Sameer Ghaznavi’s unique combination of thoughtfulness and kindness is what makes him particularly appealing to me. In a world where I am constantly bombarded with the ego of older white male partners in the external counsel world, working with Sameer is a breath of fresh air. I’ve highly recommended him to other in-house attorneys looking for someone who can assist their M&A deals with compassion and brilliance.’

‘Sameer is kind, compassionate, and always puts the deal first. He understands that his job is not just about getting documents drafted and deals done but about making me look good to my executive board and that’s HUGE.’

‘Sameer Ghaznavi is one of the few lawyers who has both construction and transaction experience in the energy space. This is particularly important as the demand for build-own-transfer structures continues to increase.’

‘I very much appreciate Sameer Ghaznavi’s rational, even-headed approach to negotiations and deep experience in energy deals and construction contracts.’

‘Sameer Ghaznavi is an exceptional resource for energy companies. He leverages his prior in-house experience at two energy companies to deliver sensible, real world advice.’

Key clients

Canadian Solar Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Diamond Generating Corporation



Capital Dynamics, Inc.

FirstSolar, Inc.

SER Capital

Cloverland Electric Cooperative

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) represents a good mix of banks, financial institutions, venture capital funds, start-ups and emerging growth companies. The firm has been involved in significant IPOs, M&A transactions, and continues to represents major banks and credit card companies on e-payments and related regulatory issues. Other key areas of expertise, both domestically and globally, include blockchain, financial infrastructure and software, online lending and SAFTS (simple agreements for future tokens). Global co-chair David Luce in New York is highly experienced in financial services generally, while fellow US co-chair Margo Tank in Washington DC has over 20 years' experience working in the fintech market. David Whitaker in Chicago is highly experienced in e-commerce and financial services. Seattle-based corporate partner Trenton Dykes is also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

David Luce

Other key lawyers:

Margo Tank; David Whitaker; Trenton Dykes


‘Personalized attention, no matter how big the company. Trent Dykes was there for us in the beginning, always quickly responsive, able to explain in words we understand.’

Key clients

Lightyear Corporation

Flexa Holdings LLC

Mirador Financial Inc.

LLR Partners

Franklin Advisers, Inc.


Opportunity Financial, LLC (OppLoans)




Tax > International tax Tier 2

The highly diverse international tax practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles complex, standalone tax planning mandates for a global client base. On the West Coast, co-chairs Sang Kim and Sibel Owji (based in Silicone Valley and San Francisco, respectively) are retained by world-leading names in the technology and life sciences sectors, with stand-out work including India- and China-based inbound joint ventures, transfer pricing strategy, APAs and worthless stock reductions. Further key partners include Philip Rogers, Kevin Glenn and Frank Mugabi in New York, Michael Hardgrove in Boston, and Ben Olivas in Silicone Valley. Additional team strengths include BEAT mitigation strategy, supply chain conversions and and tax-efficient migrations. Also of note, the firm has touted its commitment to diversity, with over 70% of recent promotions being female or ethnic minority lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Sang Kim; Sibel Owji

Other key lawyers:

Philip Rogers; Kevin Glenn; Frank Mugabi; Michael Hardgrove; Ben Olivas; Maruti Narayan; David Cook


‘I have direct access to the partners who have significant expertise. They know exactly who to bring in to round out the team on complex matters. They are also very quick to respond with complete and practical solutions.’

‘Philip Rogers – amazing relationship and lead partner. Not only does he understand the technical topics, but his high level of business acumen helps him easily navigate and understand the complexities of our business.’

‘Maruti Narayan is one of the best technicians I have worked with in 20+ years. Practical, technical and personable. Her ability to diffuse tense situations and recognize all opinions at the table while maintaining control of the discussion is admirable.’

‘David Cook has wide experience across outbound international tax, transfer pricing, customs matters and foreign tax issues that is indispensable.’

Key clients

International Flavors & Fragrances

Insmed, Inc.

Tonix Pharmaceuticals

MKS Instruments, Inc.

Cold Chain Technologies

Klockner Pentaplast Group

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is noted for its extensive ITC experience in addition to its strong federal court and PTAB patent litigation practice, allowing clients to rely on the firm as sole representative for complex matters involving the ITC, district courts, the Federal Circuit and the PTAB. The group's size and its wide-ranging sector expertise—spanning the technology, electronics, life sciences and automotive sectors as core industries—attract US and international market giants. Washington DC-based Ann Ford is the US chair and global co-chair of the firm's clients and sectors practice and of its intellectual property and technology practice, with Silicon Valley's Mark Fowler acting as vice chair of the IPT practice. Sean Cunningham in the San Diego office leads the US patent litigation practice. Also recommended in San Diego is Erin Gibson, a key member of the ITC group. Helena Kiepura joined the DC office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ford; Mark Fowler; Sean Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Erin Gibson; Paul Steadman; Matthew Satchwell; Nicholas Papastavros; Helena Kiepura


‘DLA Piper is unique due to their broad territorial reach and focus on specialization. They are far more willing, and active, than other firms in recommending and bringing in and introducing specialists from other practices to consult.’

‘Client service is the stand-out quality for DLA. Paul Steadman and Markus Gampp are two examples of lead partners there that are incredibly responsive to clients and always offer their time and attention to help serve the client needs. They display a level of attentiveness that it atypical and greatly appreciated.’

‘The DLA team is very responsive even under demanding and time-constraint situations and is there to walk you through various options for go-forward plans.’

‘I believe the partner in charge is always forward-looking and not just responsive to the needs of the day.’

‘DLA Piper has a broad range of experience for patent litigations. Based on that, their legal advice is always clear and helpful.’

‘Shuzo Maruyama is great. His background as a former Japanese judge is very unique. He knows a lot  about Japanese culture. I don’t know any other IP law firms in US having an attorney like him.’

‘They create really good strategies.’

‘Great assembly of experts. Never felt that the other side out-thought or out-worked our team.’

‘Great team on the substance and client service. I have worked with Matt Satchwell, Paul Steadman, Brent Yamashita, Ferlillia Roberson, Aaron Fountain and others. All are top notch on their respective subject-matter and understand client service.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Samsung Corporation

Nike, Inc.

HP Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Aruba Networks


Motorola Mobility

Belkin, Inc.

Medtronic (formerly Covidien)

ResMed, Inc.

Eventbrite, Inc.



Toyota Motor Corporation

Hyundai/Kia Motors

Honda Motor Co.




Japan Radio Co.




Office Depot

The Home Depot


Asus and AsusTek

LG Electronics

Williams Sonoma

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Techtronic Industries / One World Technologies


Staples, Inc.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s REIT practice represents real estate owners and operators, tax-exempt institutional investors, foreign investors, and private equity funds. Moreover, it regularly acts for public and private REITs from formation to acquisition, with a specialist practice in the formation of public, non-traded REITs, led by Robert Bergdolt from Raleigh. He led the firm in a variety of multibillion-dollar acquisitions, including work with Black Creek Industrial Property REIT and a cross-border deal with AXA Investment Managers. Robert LeDuc co-heads the practice, with a focus on tax law, while Kerry Johnson focuses on the listed-REIT side of the practice. San Diego-based Darryl Steinhause is highlighted by clients as 'exceptional on all levels' and stands out for his expertise in securities transactions and specialized tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bergdolt; Robert LeDuc

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Johnson; Darryl Steinhause


‘Darryl Steinhause has been exceptional on all levels. His experience, professionalism and expertise have been unmatched as compared to the several other funds that I’ve launched. He is available when needed and is always able to address questions and issues quickly.’

‘The team came highly recommended by several industry experts. They are as good as recommended and have been able to complete the work as well as provide advice beyond my expectations.’

Key clients

STORE Capital Corporation

Black Creek

Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT

STAG Industrial, Inc.

Highwoods Properties, Inc.


UBS Securities LLC

Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.


Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Clients rate the DLA Piper LLP (US) team for its 'track-record in working with technology-driven platforms to issue precedent-setting asset class transactions'. The group is heavily involved in the ABS market, with experience in CLOs, insurance-linked securities, credit-tenant lease financing and esoteric ABS. Heading the group from the New York office is CLO specialist Richard Reilly, while Boston-based Andrew Sroka ('one of the best lawyers I have worked with' according to one client) focuses on non-traditional asset classes, with an increasingly busy fintech practice relating to small business and consumer loans. In Washington DC, 'fantastic partnerDavid Ridenour is the name for consumer credit-based securities; while David Luce (also in New York), 'stands out for his business sense, practicality and commerciality when working on novel structures'. Luce has a range of expertise in this area, including catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities.

Practice head(s):

Richard Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Sroka; David Ridenour; David Luce; John Murphy


‘This practice has a track-record in working with technology-driven platforms to issue precedent asset class transactions, think through complex asset and business model considerations, and provide a high level of partner-drive attention to individual mandates and deals. Timeliness, precision and quality of the legal work product have all been world class compared to any other major structured finance law firm I have worked with.’

‘Andrew Sroka has stood out as one of the best lawyers I have worked with in my career with structured finance. His attention to detail, thoughtful approach, ability to execute and deliver superior results on time and collaborative approach to helping us build our business has been extraordinary.’

‘David Ridenour is a fantastic partner.’

‘Key strengths are the ability to understand the commercial mindset and find solutions that work for the business while still focusing on important legal points.’

‘David Luce stands out for his business sense, practicality and commerciality when working on novel structures in the ILS space.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Ares Management

Shenkman Capital Management


Sound Point Capital

Stack Infrastructure, Inc.

Sabey Data Centers


Affirm, Inc.

Galway III, LLC

TD Securities, LLC

Theorem Partners LLC

Compass Datacenters, LLC

Kabbage, Inc.

STORE Capital Corporation

GC Securities

Key Bank National Association

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is praised for its 'great legal support - using a strong balance of sound legal and commercial business pragmatism'. The multi-disciplinary practice group covers the gamut of tech-sector issues, including strategic sourcing and partnership agreements, IP commercialization, corporate finance and M&A. This includes advice to blue-chip corporates and media companies, through to start-ups and emerging technology companies, with expertise that spans fintech, open source technology, and cloud computing. The highly rated Victoria Lee co-chairs the group from Silicon Valley, and is commended by one client as acting 'as if she is one of my team'. Fellow co-chair Vincent Sanchez in Los Angeles is a highly regarded IT and sourcing lawyer, as is San Diego-based commercial contracts co-chair Mark Lehberg.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Lee; Vincent Sanchez

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lehberg


‘The team at DLA Piper provide great legal support to my business by using a strong balance of sound legal advice and pragmatic commercial business pragmatism ’

‘Victoria Lee not only leads the support of my business, she has also stepped in during contract negotiations with suppliers and customers and speaks as if she is one of my team.’

Key clients

Qualcomm Incorporated


Softbank Group Corporation


HCL Technologies

Red Hat





Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides global IP coverage on high-profile and complex trademark cases, with an additional focus on trademark portfolio management and experience advocating for and drafting IP legislation. Co-chair of the IP and technology practice Ann Ford splits her time between New York and Washington DC, and is highly regarded by clients for her work on trademark transactions, trademark litigation and pre-litigation cases. In San Francisco, Gina Durham chairs the US trademark and copyright team and is a well-regarded trademark litigator for high-profile blue-chip companies; while Frank Ryan in New York co-chairs the IP and tech practice and focuses on litigation, and other IP matters in the sports, media and entertainment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ford; Gina Durham

Other key lawyers:

Frank Ryan; Keith Medansky


‘The level of detail offered by DLA Piper provides an assurance that your matter is being handled with a great level of care and that the outcome will hopefully be what you and the business are striving for. ’

‘When dealing with high complex matters, there is no comparison as to the level of analysis and care. This is so valuable when you are under such pressure to deliver to the business an outcome to which they will be satisfied or protecting valuable business assets.’

‘Everyone I have worked with are very knowledgeable, yet always seem conscientious about doing the right thing vs. billable hours.’

‘They have integrity, are genuine, provide guidance, and explain potential outcomes depending on the path chosen.’

‘Before choosing DLA Piper as our trademark law firm, I conducted a significant amount of research on not only the best firms but also the most talented attorneys. My research concluded that DLA Piper and Ann Ford were in fact the best. Having now worked with Ann and her team, they are bright, forward-thinking, and creative when dealing with trademark litigation, trademark protection, and related intellectual property. Collectively, I trust DLA Piper to help protect and grow our brands.’

‘Ann Ford could be the best intellectual property attorney for trademarks. When you speak with her, the vast array of her experience becomes evident, quickly. She fully understands the law, the potential issues at hand, how to resolve them, and most importantly, how to protect your brand. If I were starting a law firm, she is my first hire.’

‘This is an incredible diverse and talented team. What makes them particularly special is they take the time to, and really understand our business. They know our nuances, what we consider important and more importantly why certain things are extremely important. They use this information to frame their advice. Some firms say that they are available whenever you need them, DLA Piper’s Trademark team actually is available.’

‘Ann Ford — there’s a reason why every company that I have been with immediately transfers our trademark portfolio to her firm. She is outstanding, one of the absolute best in the business. Great business sense and way of navigating thorny trademark issues.

Key clients

The Dannon Company, Inc.

Altria/Philip Morris USA/Nu Mark/John Middleton Co.

lululemon athletica

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

The Boston Consulting Group

FTI Consulting, Inc.

ZeniMax Media Inc.

TD Ameritrade

T. Rowe Price

Mark W. Cross & Co.


CFA Institute

The NOCO Company

Axos Bank



Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Kaplan, Inc.

Papa John’s International

Midas International LLC

Graham Holdings (f/k/a the Washington Post Company)

Equinox Holdings, Inc.

SoulCycle, Inc.

TBC Corporation

Ace Hardware Corporation

Aderans Holdings Americas

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s tax controversy experts have an impressive track record in a huge variety of tax proceedings and have also developed expertise in previous positions held at the IRS and Department of Labor. Criminal tax disputes at the state and federal level are a particular strength; New York-based practice heads Ellis Reemer and Diana Erbsen represent high-net-worth individuals, accounting firms and senior executives in IRS enforcement matters, administrative investigations, whistleblowing complaints and voluntary disclosures. Los Angeles-based Michael Patton is a key name for international transfer pricing disputes; Tamara Shepard in Boston regularly handles IRS appeals; and Joseph Myszka in Silicon Valley handles high-stakes audits for global consumer goods and technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Reemer; Diana Erbsen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Patton; Tamara Shepard; Joseph Myszka


‘Ellis Reemer is an extraordinarily bright person with great ideas.’

‘Diana Erbsen is a pleasure to work with. Exceptional contacts in the government sector to assist in getting things done.’

‘Ellis Reemer & Diana Erbsen are more than just tax lawyers. They act as business partners, they their take his work personal and put everything they have into into it.’

‘Diana Erbsen – brings great experience to the table. Knowledgeable regarding government practice and procedures. Well connected in the right circles to get our clients’ issues heard by the government.’

‘The professionals have many years of experience practicing this area of law, both as government attorneys and representing private clients.’

‘Ellis Reemer is not only a fine attorney but he also explains options and strategy very clearly.’

‘The individuals on our engagement are smart, collaborative, solution-driven, and business oriented. They understand our brand and provide guidance that enables us to mitigate tax risk and protect our brand.’

‘Joseph Myszka has been a long-time advisor to our company. He is the complete package – knowledgeable, perceptive with client interaction, versatile, and very responsive. Joe will draw in experts as appropriate. He also knows when to discuss in detailed technical terms and when a more broad, plain-English discussion is appropriate. We are very comfortable with Joe serving us in a leading role.’

Key clients

YA Global Investments LP

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out for its strong national footprint, which includes, but also extends beyond, traditional centers such as Silicon Valley, Boston and New York. The firm is also well positioned in increasingly important hubs such as Austin, where Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith co-chairs the team alongside Jeffrey Lehrer in Northern Virginia. The firm also bulked up its New York practice with the recruitment of three partners—Charles Torres, Imri Eisner and Adam Brenner—from Perkins Coie LLP. Given the firm's size, it is well placed to handle multidisciplinary matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, though client's also note that 'the service provided feels like that of a boutique firm'. Other key partners in the team include the highly rated Curtis Mo in Palo Alto, and Trenton Dykes in Seattle.

Practice head(s):

Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith; Jeffrey Lehrer

Other key lawyers:

Curtis Mo; Trenton Dykes; Charles Torres; Imri Eisner; Adam Brenner


‘I have worked with more than 10 firms in the last 20 years and I have been the most satisfied with DLA Piper’s work. DLA Pipers has always assembled the right team to work on our projects. Whether the team members are from one office or cross different continents, DLA Piper’s teams have always worked seamlessly and delivered the top-notch results for us in the last 10 years.’

‘I have worked with Curtis Mo and his team on many projects in the last ten years and have been very impressed with Curtis’s insights in market terms and abilities to get the best results for us. Curtis has always been able to evaluate the facts and circumstances, and give his honest opinions. Today, Curtis is not only an advisor to our company, he is also an important asset of our company.’

‘Despite DLA’s large size, the service provided feels like that of a small boutique firm – but with benefits! By that I mean my company received highly personalized service and incredible turn-around times (as if they were a small firm with few clients) and yet whenever we needed deep expertise on obscure issues or in far flung geographies – we got that too. I will add that we were among their smallest clients – but they never made us feel any less important or our work any less of a priority.’

‘As a 20-year in-house attorney, I often struggle with outside lawyers who tend to be more theoretical and less practical than those of us internal to the corporation – and therefore their advice is only partially valuable. Trent Dykes breaks this mold. He is such a savvy and practical lawyer and it makes getting to the right answer a breeze. He is also brilliant, tireless and down to earth. His calm demeanor and sense of humor made working on even the most painful and frustrating of projects more fun and enjoyable. I cannot say enough about him as a lawyer and highly recommend him.’

‘Curtis Mo is a very experienced lawyer with very strong commercial judgment. His team is experienced and encompasses many disciplines that are vital to our investment program. The experience gives us comfort vs. other less experienced professionals when dealing with corporate venture work.’

‘Curtis Mo is the key differentiator here. He is responsive, gives decisive and commercial advice.’

Key clients

SoftBank Vision Fund

Vivo Capital, LLC

Oak Investment Partners

New Enterprise Associates (NEA)


Riverwood Capital

Sailing Capital Overseas Investments Management Ltd

GE Ventures

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Samsung Venture Investment Corp.




HP Tech Ventures

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) launched its hemp and hemp regulated products/CBD group in 2020 and is considered by clients to be ‘among the best especially when it comes to FDA issues’. In addition to FDA regulatory matters, the team is also recognized for its strengths across IP and corporate matters, enabling it to provide comprehensive advice on sourcing and supply chain, contracting, label and packaging review, testing assessment, e-commerce-related issues, privacy and corporate structuring. Stefanie Fogel in Boston leads the team and is 'beyond wonderful to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Fogel

Other key lawyers:

Maggie Craig; Lisa Haile


‘The DLA Piper Cannabis practice is highly skilled in a very challenging area. We have worked with several cannabis focused firms and found the DLA Piper team among the best especially when it comes to FDA issues.’

‘The partners that make up the cannabis team have deep pre cannabis knowledge in the specially areas and the combination of regulatory, IP, FDA and general corporate make a highly valuable team’

‘Stefanie Fogel has been beyond wonderful to work with. Her deep expertise helped us navigate a very tricky situation.’

‘Lisa Haile and Margaret Craig with whom we have also worked are equally wonderful.’

Key clients

Smith & Sinclair

14th Round

Charlotte’s Web

Just Brands, LLC

Purekana LLC

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out in particular for its extensive domestic and international reach. Indeed, working in conjunction with colleagues from across the firm's office network, the construction team is advising on cross-border matters in Asia and Europe, as well as on numerous projects throughout the US. Sports arenas and related developments have been a significant part of the team's work in recent years; in this space, Brian Fielden is acting for Braves Development Company in the Battery mixed-use development adjacent to the Atlanta Braves stadium, and is also assisting the Texas Rangers baseball team with its $1bn stadium construction. The group is jointly chaired by Anthony Meagher, who focuses primarily on construction disputes, and Robert Crewdson, who takes the lead on high-end transactional matters and also handles litigation. Meagher is based in Maryland, while Crewdson is in Atlanta alongside Brian Fielden, who is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Crewdson; Anthony Meagher

Other key lawyers:

Brian Fielden; John Ducat

Key clients

Texas Rangers (MLB team)

Combined Properties

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Home Depot USA, Inc.

North American Properties

Buzzi Unicem USA

AS Roma

British Airways

AIG Global Real Estate

North American Properties

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) is a recognized name for IP matters in the life sciences sector, leveraging a global footprint and depth of experience in the management of patent portfolios, post-grant reviews and ANDA litigation, alongside a strong patent infringement practice. Boston-based practice co-head Matthew Holian manages a busy litigation practice, covering mass torts and product liability, and is also active in regulatory and enforcement matters. Fellow co-head Andrew Gilbert, based in Short Hills, is a contact on the transactional side, with deep experience in M&A, public and private offerings, and investment deals. Lisa Haile in San Diego is a name to note for patent protection, as are New York-based Loren Brown and Lucas Przymusinski, who are experienced in defending pharmaceutical product liability actions. Katie Insogna made partner in the Boston office in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Holian; Andrew Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Haile; Loren Brown; Lucas Przymusinski; Katie Insogna


‘Amazing depth of knowledge on all things IP law and life sciences. All the partners I worked with were some of the best. I felt like I had the A-Team all the time. ‘

‘The DLA team has a deep understanding of the biotech/pharma industry as well as the unique issues/challenges associated with industry/academic partnerships which represent the majority of our engagements with DLA. The team is incredibly responsive and has delivered high quality results/product 100% of the time.’

‘Subject-matter experts + a pragmatic, efficient approach that is perfect for in-house attorneys trying to navigate external legal risk while advising the business through a risk-based approach that allows the business to continue as much as possible.’

‘DLA Piper LLP (US) has an in depth knowledge of the healthcare sector and is a leader in this field. It has been a pleasure working with DLA. All of the lawyers could not have been more engaged and their advice on complex healthcare topics was outstanding. They worked with highest efficiency on different healthcare questions across the globe, always exceeding the clients expectations.’

‘Lisa Haile: Lisa is very strong technically and a creative strategist. She is well versed in patent prosecution concerns arising in the life sciences sector and draws on extensive technical expertise in areas such as cell and molecular biology, regenerative medicine and immunology, to advise on matters ranging from due diligence, patentability, portfolio management and licensing.’

Key clients




Liquidia Technologies, Inc.

Immunomedics, Inc.

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.




Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides a strong mix of regulatory and transactional services to healthcare providers, private equity firms and physician groups. Of recent note, the team has been advising on regulatory matters relating to Covid-19, and has developed a strong understanding of CARES Act funding and legislation. Additional expertise includes digital health and enforcement defenses. The practice group is led from Miami by Joshua Kaye, who focuses on M&A and private equity transactions. Washington DC-based Kristi Kung also comes recommended for her expertise in digital health.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Kristi Kung

Key clients

MEDNAX Services, Inc

Precision Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Urology Care Alliance

Retina Group of Florida

Infusion Associates Management, Inc.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 3

Based in New York, DLA Piper LLP (US) represents a wide range of clients, from start-ups to established global life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, capital providers, banks and other financial institutions. Prakash Paran and Michael Murphy co-head the practice.  Representing Lloyd's of London syndicates, the firm has been involved in the high-profile regulatory investigation concerning conspiracy amongst regulators and New York State's Governor to deprive the NRA of its ability to procure insurance, banking facilities and other critical goods and services to run its business. Aidan McCormack and 'extraordinary trial lawyer' Shand Stephens are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Prakash Paran; Michael Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Aidan McCormack; Shand Stephens


‘Shand Stephens is an extraordinary trial lawyer who has exceptional industry knowledge.’

Key clients



Munich Re


Travelers Property Casualty Company of America

Brit Insurance

Artemis S.A.


Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s insurance practice houses a strong multi-disciplinary team with experience in corporate and commercial work to provide a full service offering to a broad client base that includes start-ups, established life and non-life insurers, financial institutions, capital providers and other insurance industry participants. Michael Murphy regularly represents clients in a wide range of transactions, with particular emphasis on reinsurance and insurance-related litigation and arbitration. Murphy co-heads the practice in New York with Prakash Paran whose expertise in insurance includes M&A, joint ventures, long-term strategic partnerships and corporate reorganizations. In addition, the team advises clients on AI and machine learning, blockchain, intellectual property, and product development.

Practice head(s):

Michael Murphy; Prakash Paran

Other key lawyers:

David Luce; Kathleen Birrane


‘We are effectively served by Kathleen Birrane, Ben Schuman and David Dyson who function as an integrated and coordinated team. They provide us with quality legal service and the requisite work product is delivered to us error-free on a timely basis.’

‘Ms. Birrane has extensive regulatory experience and the combination of her intellect, demeanor and regulatory expertise makes her a valuable and trusted advisor for our company.’

Key clients





Hudson Structured Capital Management


International Australia Group

Ares Capital


Swiss Re

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s team is active in collective bargaining work, union organizing activities and contract administration issues, as well as advising clients on the NLRA. The group acts for a varied client roster including national companies from the automotive, food and manufacturing industries. Under the lead of New York-based Brian Kaplan, the team also regularly acts in disputes before agencies. Harriet Lipkin in Washington DC is well versed in assisting companies with union organizing efforts, and Chicago's Ryan Vann handles NLRB unfair labor practice proceedings as well as contractual arbitrations. Other key practitioners include Joseph Piesco in New York and of counsel Steve Hernández in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Lipkin; Ryan Vann; Joseph Pieco; Steve Hernández; Kevin Harlow; Joseph Turzi


‘Steve Hernández is intelligent and is able to wrap his head around any issue with much aplomb.’

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

In 2020, DLA Piper LLP (US) confirmed is status as one of the country's most active patent litigation practices. As one of the largest teams in the US, the group is able to handle large disputes from a wide range of sectors, with technology, automotive, life sciences and retail-related litigation forming the heart of the caseload. With the arrival of life sciences experts Susan Krumplitsch, formerly at Cooley LLP, Soumitra Deka, formerly counsel at Arnold & Porter, and former Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP practitioner Michael Sitzman in the San Francisco office between November 2019 and January 2020, the West Coast life sciences practice received a noticeable boost. In addition to the comprehensive US offering that includes district court, PTAB, Federal Circuit and ITC disputes, the practice also scores with its wide international network and especially with its presence in other key patent jurisdictions such as Germany, making the firm a very good choice for cross-border litigation. Ann Ford in Washington DC is the US chair and the global co-chair of of both the IPT and the clients and sectors practice, with Silicon Valley's Mark Fowler  acting as the vice chair of the IPT group. Sean Cunningham in San Diego is the chair of the US patent litigation team. Of counsel Aaron Bowling joined the Chicago team in June 2020, coming from judicial clerkship at the Federal Circuit, and pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device expert Ellen Scordino joined the Boston office from Cooley LLP. In Washington DC, cross-border specialist Justin Ilhwan Park joined from Mayer Brown. Brian O’Reilly joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in September 2020 while Michael Dougherty left in August 2020 to start his own firm and Tony Pezzano joined Offit Kurman the following September. John Allcock retired.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ford; Mark Fowler; Sean Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Erin Gibson; Nicholas Papastavros; Richard Mulloy; Paul Steadman; Matthew Satchwell; Michael Strapp; Aaron Fountain; Erik Fuehrer; John Guaragna; James Heintz; Kathryn Riley Grasso; Ferlilia Roberson; Christine Corbett; Carrie Williamson; Susan Krumplitsch;  Soumitra Deka; Michael Sitzman; Aaron Bowling; Justin Ilhwan Park; Ellen Scordino


‘Sincere commitment. I always felt like I had the DLA team riding right next to me during the entire process and like they were as invested in a successful outcome as me and my company were. ’

‘John Guaragna was exceptional in every way.’

‘The team took a very diligent and thorough approach from the beginning on a very complex and important biotech patent litigation matter. Work product was always timely and high quality. The team’s strong attention to detail and commitment resulted in a sound strategy that was quickly developed and constantly refined as the matter progressed which led to a favorable result.’

‘Susan Krumplitsch and Ellen Scordino were valuable team members. Their responsiveness and excellent communication skills along with their flexibility made managing a complex dispute easy.’

‘Justin Ilhwan Park is a relentless litigator and a skilled negotiator, persistent in getting a positive outcome every step of the way. His unmatched strength is being one of the few if, not the only US litigator who attended a top law school in Korea and is well versed in Korean law. Mr. Park looks at every angle.’

‘The team is very thorough, and always produced work of the highest caliber.’

‘Justin Park at DLA is incredibly knowledgeable and provides practical solutions focused on the clients.’

‘DLA Piper always think client first. The practice is professional and very cost-efficient.’

‘Matthew Satchwell and his team are outstanding.’

‘Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell did a wonderful job for us.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Samsung Corporation

Nike, Inc.

HP Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Aruba Networks


Motorola Mobility

Belkin, Inc.

Medtronic (formerly Covidien)

ResMed, Inc.

Eventbrite, Inc.



Toyota Motor Corporation

Hyundai/Kia Motors

Honda Motor Co.




Japan Radio Co.




Office Depot

The Home Depot


Asus and AsusTek

LG Electronics

Williams Sonoma

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Techtronic Industries / One World Technologies


Staples, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s strengths in this space lie in defending automotive manufacturers against nationwide class actions, alleging defects or surrounding emissions-related claims. The team also represents clients in multidistrict litigation. It can draw on the firm’s global presence, experience in the automotive sector and different forms of legal tech such as litigation analytics that use historical data about judges, lawyers and parties to inform strategies. Christopher Campbell in Atlanta co-heads the team with Loren Brown in New York and James Brogan in Philadelphia. Joel Dewey in Baltimore, an MIT trained engineer and trial lawyer, is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Campbell; Loren Brown; James Brogan

Other key lawyers:

Joel Dewey; Jeff Yeatman; Matt Goldberg

Key clients

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA)

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) represents manufacturers in a broad array of industries in toxic tort and chemical exposure litigation. The firm acts as trial counsel for companies facing asbestos-related losses, is currently handling an MDL surrounding a chemical used in Aqueous Film-Forming Foam and is engaged by clients in the defense of Prop 65 notice of violations. Christopher Campbell in Atlanta chairs the product liability and mass torts practice, while Loren Brown in New York and James Brogan in Philadelphia lead the global and US litigation practice. Experienced first-chair trial lawyer John Phillips joined from Paul Hastings LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Campbell; Loren Brown; James Brogan

Other key lawyers:

Amy Rubenstein; George Gigounas

Key clients



Inicia Ltd.

Helena Agri-Enterprises, Inc.


Wells Lamont

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Part of the strength of DLA Piper LLP (US) is its ability to engage experienced local counsel in courts across the US, whether in securities class actions or regulatory enforcement procedures. The firm's international office network also positions it well to handle cases involving both domestic and foreign corporates, investment banks, accounting firms, underwriters and investment advisers. John Clarke in New York and James Mathias in Baltimore lead the corporate and securities litigation practice. Among its prominent practitioners are Jeffrey Rotenberg and John Hillebrecht in New York who together acted for Hain Celestial Group in a class action alleging the company made misleading statements about its inventory and revenues because it was engaged in channel stuffing. Jason Lewis in Dallas also plays a central role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; James Mathias

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Rotenberg; John Hillebrecht; Jason Lewis

Key clients

Abengoa, S.A.

Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

Axogen, Inc.

Ray and Brett Berry

Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc.

Roth Capital Partners, LLC and Northland Securities, Inc. (Sky Solar Holdings Ltd. underwriters)

V Global Holdings LLC

Dr. Arthur Betz Laffer

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC et al (MetLife underwriters)

RCI Hospitality Holding, Inc.

Jeffrey Friedland

Shurwest, LLC

Chris Larson

SAMCO Capital Markets, Inc.

Noble Capital Group, LLC; Noble Capital Fund Management, LLC

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses on the management of global trademark portfolios, trademark litigation, and advising on and informing trademark policy. Dividing time between New York and Washington DC, IP and technology group co-chair Ann Ford is uniformly highly regarded by clients and peers for her work on transactional IP matters, pre-litigation protective measures and IP litigation for clients in the retail and fashion sectors, as well as up-and-coming companies seeking to grow their brands. Other key figures include New York-based global co-chair Frank Ryan, an expert in high-stakes litigation, and Gina Durham in San Francisco, who deals primarily in trademark and trade dress litigation and acts as US chair of the trademark, copyright, and media groups.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ford; Frank Ryan; Gina Durham


‘DLA Piper has a very global intellectual property, trademark litigation practice group. I would not be able to compare it to other firms because the company has used only this practice group for the entire time I’ve been in-house. I think I would share with my in-house peers that the company has been very satisfied with the overall work, efficiency and responsiveness of DLA Piper’s trademark litigators.’

‘I would call out for special recognition Ann Ford, who despite her heavy responsibilities still gets on important calls to discuss strategy and next steps.’

‘Very easy going, easy to work with. Strengths are they are true partners and willing to work with you.’

‘The nature of service is what makes DLA stand out, whether you are a small company or a large one, DLA attorneys have integrity and excellence in all that they do.’

‘Gina Durham is responsive, insightful and cost-effective. She is an excellent attorney and advisor that we trust.’

‘DLA’s industry knowledge has been invaluable. Our internal team has limited bandwidth for a litigation matter, and we have been fully supported by our DLA team to move things forward in a successful manner. We feel confident that DLA has everything covered.’

‘Before choosing DLA Piper as our trademark law firm, I conducted a significant amount of research on not only the best firms but also the most talented attorneys. My research concluded that DLA Piper and Ann Ford were in fact the best. Having now worked with Ann and her team, they are bright, forward-thinking, and creative when dealing with trademark litigation, trademark protection, and related intellectual property. Collectively, I trust them and DLA Piper to help protect and grow our brands.’

‘When you speak with Ann Ford, the vast array of her experience becomes evident, quickly. She fully understands the law, the potential issues at hand, how to resolve them, and most importantly, how to protect your brand. If I were starting a law firm, she is my first hire. I only surround myself with the best and brightest, and this team at DLA Piper, go a level beyond.’

Key clients

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

NIKE, Inc.

Altria/Philip Morris USA/Nu Mark/John Middleton Co. /Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Rothschild & Co

The Estate of Marilyn Monroe

The NOCO Company

lululemon athletica

Goli Nutrition


The Home Depot

Tigercat International, Inc.

STO Building Group



Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.

Boley International Int’l HK and Boley Corp

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

A well-known name for mid-cap deals, DLA Piper LLP (US) had an impressive 2020 for equity offerings, both in issuer and underwriter engagements. Technology, REITS and life sciences are particular areas of strength for the team, and equity offerings originating out of Latin America are also a growth area. A recent highlight on the issuer side was its advice on Adaptive Biotechnologies' $300m IPO. The group also remains close to a number of key investment banks and is designated underwriter's counsel for a series of major corporates. The immensely experienced New York partner Christopher Paci leads a team, which is spread across multiple US offices.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Paci

Key clients

ACT II Global Acquisition Corp / Whole Earth Brands, Inc

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation

BigCommerce, Inc.

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.


Immunomedics, Inc.

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Needham & Company, LLC

NuVasive, Inc.

Ross Stores, Inc.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

Making a concerted effort in recent years to penetrate the antitrust litigation space, DLA Piper LLP (US) runs a nationwide practice group that acts for high-profile multinational clients in a variety of antitrust matters, with notable strengths in no-poaching agreements, alleged price-fixing and monopolization conspiracies. Philadelphia-based Lesli Esposito and San Francisco-based Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey co-head the group, which is enjoying a trend of rapid expansion. One indication of the group's growth was the hire, in mid-2020, of John Gibson, who joined in Los Angeles from Crowell & Moring LLP. Other key contacts include John Hamill and Robby Robertson in the Chicago office, and David Bamberger in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Lesli Esposito; Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey

Other key lawyers:

John Hamill, Robby Robertson; David Bamberger; John Gibson

Key clients

AMN Healthcare

Stackla Pty Ltd


McCormick & Company, Inc.

Komatsu America Corp.

Domino’s Pizza Franchising LLC, Domino’s Pizza Master Issuer LLC, Domino’s Pizza LLC, and Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

AMN Healthcare

Danielson National Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd.

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

The 'very responsive' team at DLA Piper LLP (US) leverages the expertise of the firm's corporate practice to provide a full range of support to clients involved in high-value M&A. Specifically, the firm acts for a client roster of household name entities, with a strong focus on the technology and healthcare sectors. In Chicago, Richard Ashley recently advised HCL Technologies on the 280G and 409A issues associated with its $49m acquisition of the self-optimizing network business of Cisco Systems. Washington DC-based Rita Patel hass expertise in multi-employer welfare arrangements, and Cisco Palao-Ricketts in Silicon Valley is noted for advising emerging growth and start-up companies on retention strategies.

Practice head(s):

Rita Patel; Richard Ashley; Cisco Palao-Ricketts

Other key lawyers:

Mark Muedeking


Mark Muedeking is excellent at communicating otherwise complex concepts. Plus, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of tax code‘.

Key clients

Act II Global Acquisition Corp. (now Whole Earth Brands)

Credible Labs Inc.

HCL Technologies Limited

BAE Systems, Inc.


Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS)

New York University (NYU)

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Young Adult Institute (YAI)


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

DLA Piper LLP (US) 'is vociferous in defending corporate clients, but never loses sight of the big picture'. Areas of expertise for the group include discrimination and harassment suits, wage and hour class and collective actions, government disputes as well as matters relating to non-compete and whistleblower cases. The New York-based Brian Kaplan leads the practice; he has a strong track record in employment litigation and arbitration proceedings. Joseph Piesco and Garrett Kennedy, also in New York, are both noted for their broad disputes practices, while San Diego's Mary Dollarhide specialises in wage and hour claims. Marc Katz in Dallas, Los Angeles-based Holly Lake and Evan Parness in New York are also prominent practitioners. Julie Dunne joined the San Diego-office in June 2020; she was previously at Littler Mendelson, P.C..

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Mary Dollarhide; Joseph Piesco; Marc Katz; Holly Lake; Norman Leon; Garrett Kennedy; Evan Parness; Julie Dunne


‘They have a wealth of experience as trial lawyers. They are vociferous in defending corporate clients, but they never lose sight of the big picture.’

‘Joe Piesco and Garrett Kennedy are a super effective combo. They are practical, tough, smart, and funny.’

‘DLA’s employment practice is superior because it just has so many talented lawyers in the group who are both experts in the field and a pleasure to work with.

‘Joseph Piesco. Tenacious litigator and creative problem solver. Very personable, easy to interact with, super responsive.’

‘Garrett Kennedy, amazing research and writing skills and easy to work with.

Key clients

AMN Healthcare

Cushman & Wakefield

California Institute of Technology – Jet Propulsion Labs

Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

TRT Holdings


7-Eleven, Inc.

News America Marketing


New York University

Hudson News


Hayfin Capital Management LLC

Young Adult Institute

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 4

The merger litigation practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) combines the firm’s strength in securities litigation with its experience in handling business combination transactions. John Clarke in New York and James Mathias in Baltimore lead the corporate and securities litigation practice, in which John Reed in Wilmington is the key partner for M&A-related cases. The practice handles a large volume of disclosure claims under federal law and claims for breach of fiduciary duty under state law. Reed and Clarke are currently representing Mavenir in a post-closing damages action in Delaware alleging misstatements in proxy materials relating to its August 2016 going private merger.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; James Mathias

Other key lawyers:

John Reed; Robert Hoffman


‘The firm has a good team organization, depth in all areas and does high quality work.’

‘James Mathias is a top talent in his career prime. A good thinker, analyst, communicator. All in one package.’

Key clients

Casillas Petrolum Resources Partners II, LLC; Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Stockholders of Cablevision Systems Corp.

Act II Global Acquisition Corp.

Mavenir, Inc.

MutualFirstFinancial, Inc.

Haymaker Acquisition Corp. II

OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd.

Liquidia Technologies, Inc.

Raptor Group

Netbase Solutions

Perceptron, Inc.

StoneX Group Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)' Los Angeles-based team is experienced in IP disputes and contractual breaches and recently acted for Spyglass in its contested acquisition of The Weinstein Company's assets. That particular matter was handled by practice head Michael Garfinkel, who specializes in the entertainment sector and has a strong track record in disputes concerning commercial agreements, rights of publicity and intellectual property. Another key figure is Andrew Deutsch, an expert in copyright and trademark litigation, who acts for clients including Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Practice head(s):

Michael Garfinkel 

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Deutsch

Key clients

Spyglass Media Group

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, LP

Raven Capital Management

Spyglass Media

Phillip Lawrence

William Fay

Storyboard Media, LLC

Jukin Media

Endeavor (WME-IMG)

ICM Partners

Spyglass Media Group

Indisumo Group and A.M. Participations

Prettybird, LLC

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s prolific private equity practice has recorded a strong deal count for a range of private equity funds and their portfolio companies, working on buyouts, exits, and investments in sectors including technology, telecoms, e-commerce, and healthcare. The private equity group works in close collaboration with the firm's M&A, capital markets, tax, and intellectual property teams, and handles work from the bulge-bracket down to the middle-market. Miami's Joseph Alexander leads the team alongside Atlanta-based Joseph Silver, with other key team members including Eric Grossman in Northern Virginia and Robert Davis in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Alexander; Joseph Silver

Other key lawyers:

Eric Grossman; Robert Davis


‘Eric Grossman was our lead attorney for many years. I’ve trusted and valued him for putting the company first, giving me great advice as CEO, communicating & collaborating effectively with our internal Finance & Legal team, and bringing the right people from DLA into the loop. And when necessary, he’d step up and get hands-on.’

Key clients

Bandwidth Infrastructure Group

GuidePoint Security LLC

LLR Partners, Inc.

Stellex Capital Management LP

Abry Partners LLC

North American Dental Group

Insight Sourcing Group

MSouth Equity Partners

Netwrix Corporation

Noro-Moseley Partners VII LP

Updata Partners V, L.P.

Celero Commerce LLC

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an extensive worldwide network of lawyers with a client roster ranging from alternative asset groups of international financial institutions, privately held advisors, and smaller firms and emerging managers. Nathaniel Marrs is recognized for his expertise in investment funds and real estate matters; David Parrish and Nicole Brennig, both based in Austin, are names to note for their expertise in alternative investments; and Jesse Criz leads the investment management practice. Other key contacts are John Reiss and Adam Tope. The recent hires of Yoni Tuchman from Latham & Watkins LLP and Kevin Bettstellar from Kirkland & Ellis LLP have significantly expanded the investment funds capabilities on the West Coast.

Other key lawyers:

Nathaniel Marrs; David Parrish; Nicole Brennig; Jesse Criz; John Reiss; Adam Tope; Yoni Tuchman; Kevin Bettstellar


‘Very strong LP engagement with multiple points of experience and expertise. The team has a better hold on LPs than other firms while still having a strong GP side practice.’

‘Rachel Albanese has such a strong practice and is not only a leader in restructuring but has deep ties to the funds world. John Reiss was a strong addition to build out the funds practice. He is a technically sound attorney and easy to work with.’

‘DLA Piper’s greatest strengths are their breadth of expertise spanning the globe, as well as their capabilities on both the LP and GP side of investment fund practice.’

‘Nathaniel Marrs is a top notch investment fund lawyer. He is particularly good on the real estate fund side. He also has expertise in the asset manager M&A space. Nat is extremely responsive and is very focused on helping the client achieve their objectives. He is creative and solution-oriented. He is a pleasure to work with and adds value in all projects.’

‘Adam Tope is truly an integral part of our team. We don’t consider him outside counsel or simply a service provider – he’s actively engaged with our progress, proactive in keeping us headed in the right direction, and always accountable. Where I think he’s different than past fund counsel is his attitude of what can be done. Instead of citing obstacles in the way, he understands the goal and finds creative ways to accomplish it. Above all, everyone on our team considers him a friend.’

‘Adam Tope made a commitment to us extremely early in the formation of Harmonic. He invested significantly in our firm before there was any visibility to success. He knowingly took on risk of not getting paid, and for that we are forever grateful for his loyalty.’

‘Working with Adam, he’s a technical expert that is adept at solving issues creatively. This has ultimately given our firm a competitive edge. He has an unflappable demeanor under pressure, and always drives to an answer.’

‘DLA are market leaders in private equity with an experienced and responsive team. Accessibility to the partners and their responsiveness is their strength.’

‘Adam Tope has a very commercial approach to the work: he is hard-working, dynamic and has in depth market knowledge; he is super responsive and reliable. Delivers at a reasonable fee. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Bridge Investment Group Partners, LLC

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Ares Management

SER Capital Partners

Harbert Management

Hayfin Capital Management

Sound Point Capital Management, LP

Blue Torch Capital

Hill Path Capital

Hamilton Lane

Five Point Energy

Green Courte Partners



NewRoad Capital Partners

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Wafra Inc

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

With its global footprint DLA Piper LLP (US) is well equipped to take on international clients such as TTE, a China-based television manufacturer the firm is defending against a multi-state false advertising consumer class action. Christopher Campbell in Atlanta, Loren Brown in New York and James Brogan in Philadelphia are at the helm of the group which 'consistently achieves favorable outcomes'. The team has grown in February 2020, with new hires David Jaroslaw, Keelin Kavanaugh and Arthur Hoffmann from Greenspoon Marder LLP contributing their experience in the tobacco space. John Phillips, who brings class action expertise, joined the team in March 2020 from Paul Hastings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Chris Campbell; Loren Brown; James Brogan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Young; Maggie Craig


‘The DLA team brings great experience though its product liability practice, combined with great collaboration to understand its client and factors important to the representation, and timely/effective communication. DLA consistently achieves favorable outcomes. DLA’s attorneys are invested in the relationship, not just a particular claim or lawsuit.’

‘Consistently good work from Jim Brogan, Nancy Rappaport and Brian Boyle. ’

‘DLA is preeminent in the product liability defense field. I’ve found them to be excellent trial lawyers and practitioners. They provide a nice mix of legal expertise and common sense to issues.’

‘In my more than 35 years of practice I consider James Brogan to be one of the finest litigators I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. He is the epitome of how one would want their legal representative to conduct themselves. I have the utmost confidence in his work.’

‘Nancy Rappaport is an excellent attorney, trial lawyer and brief writer. She’s also a fierce advocate.’

Key clients

Arconic Inc.

Just Brands USA, Inc.


Sanofi Inc.

Imperial Brands PLC


Blue Diamond Growers

Inicia Ltd.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

The patent and IP litigation specialists at DLA Piper LLP (US) have experience in a range of trade secrets matters, nationally and internationally. Key names in the area are Chicago-based Paul Steadman and Rajiv Dharnidharka in Silicon Valley.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Steadman; Rajiv Dharnidharka

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Working closely with the firm’s corporate and real estate practices, DLA Piper LLP (US)’s integrated tax group advises on a wide range of transactional and advisory tax services. The practice group is jointly chaired by Gerald Rokoff, a go-to advisor for clients in the areas of media, sports, entertainment and asset management; and Silicon Valley-based M&A specialist Stacy Paz. The firm runs a truly full-service tax practice, with regular involvement in acquisitions, divestitures, fund formations, IP migration, APAs, transfer pricing agreements and tax structuring mandates for high-net-worth individuals; it has also enjoyed a spate of SPAC mandates of late. Also recommended is Drew Young, who handles both federal and SALT matters. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Rokoff; Stacy Paz

Other key lawyers:

Drew Young

Key clients

DT Holdings, Inc.

Q2 Holdings, Inc.


SolarWinds Corporation

GuidePoint Security

Baird Capital Partners

Twin Point Capital

The Hut Group Limited

ReMed Recovery Centers

First Solar, Inc.

Act II Global Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ACTT)

Haymaker Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: HYAC)

Pelican Ventures


Stack Infrastructure, Inc.



Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Overseen by New York-based energy and natural resources practice chair Robert Gruendel, DLA Piper LLP (US) is well placed to advise oil companies, sponsors and lenders on domestic and cross-border mandates throughout the value chain, leveraging the expertise of many lawyers across its US and international offices with significant transactional, regulatory and litigation expertise in the sector. As part of his versatile finance offering, Houston-based partner Glenn Reitman regularly advises lenders and borrowers on upstream-related debt financing work, including on reserve-based lending facilities, term loans and ABLs. With a significant presence in Russia, CEE and Africa, the firm is also particularly well versed at advising on oil and gas work in the emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gruendel

Other key lawyers:

Glenn Reitman; Robert Alessi; Deanna Reitman; Jeffrey Kuhn; Jeffrey Bourdon; Sarah Nabors


‘The firm is always available and on top of industry developments.’

‘Robert Gruendel is an authority in the field of energy law.’

‘Deanna Reitman – dedicated and pragmatic lawyer with valuable in-house experience, prepared to go the extra mile.’

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s white-collar team advises large corporations in sprawling investigations across the globe. Particularly active in the pharmaceutical sector, the firm has also developed a reputation for representing companies in the technology, oil and gas, and retail sectors. John Hillebrecht, a veteran trial and appellate lawyer, is well-versed in criminal and civil litigation; Chicago’s Jonathan King is recommended for FCPA issues, compliance and investigations; Karl Buch has a focus on government and regulatory investigations; and Courtney Saleski in Philadelphia handles high-stakes litigation and internal and government investigations. Scott Wilson joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP at the end of 2019. All partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

John Hillebrecht; Courtney Saleski; Jon King; Karl Buch

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Masella; Gray Stratton; Scott Wilson


‘My experience working with DLA Piper in the internal corporate investigations area has been very positive’. 

‘They are responsive, thoughtful, solution-oriented, client-focused, and highly pragmatic’.                

‘My experience working with Karl Buch has been very positive’. 

‘The team’s sheer breadth of global experience is impressive’. 

‘The firm has incredible connections to regulatory specialists throughout the globe and effortlessly collaborates with them’.        

‘They combine a fierce work ethic and keen intellect with total dedication and commitment to the client’. 

‘No issue is too daunting as they seek to get to the bottom of the most challenging issues’.

Key clients

Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corp.

Telefonica Brasil, S.A. and Telefonica, S.A.

Banco San Juan

Anham FZCO


Finance > Project finance

2020 was an eventful year for DLA Piper LLP (US)'s projects department, as the team saw a number of departures and arrivals. Those having left the firm include; Charles CarrollAndrea Chambers and Joseph Tato, who joined Covington & Burling LLP; John Murphy, who left for Baker McKenzie LLP; and Timothy Moran and Philip Corsello, both of whom are now at Holland & Knight LLP. As for the arrivals, Andrew Young joined from Mayer Brown, and Dino Barajas joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Barajas now leads the renewables practice, and also co-chairs the US projects group alongside Gregory Smith. The practice group advises both lenders and sponsors on financing issues in renewable and conventional power projects. Also recommended is Robert Gruendel, who leads the global energy group and the US shipping and maritime department.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gruendel; Dino Barajas; Gregory Smith

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Richelle Wilson; Glenn Reitman


DLA Piper offered a very lean team which represented good value for money. Their US renewables credentials were obvious and we had confidence in their analysis of relevant project documents.’

Vanessa Wilson was our main point of contact. Vanessa’s patient disposition and depth of experience was much appreciated by our team, most of whom speak English as a second language. Vanessa has an assertive, no-nonsense style but is not overbearing and was willing to go the extra mile to ensure that our team understood every nuance of an issue.

In-depth knowledge and extensive experience in the project finance transactions in the US. Clear guidance and problem solving oriented team. Exceptional performance.’

Availability at any time, responsiveness and charisma to lead a complex transaction.

Key clients

Canadian Solar Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Diamond Generating Corporation

Sonnedix USA Limited

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC, formerly Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC))

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest)


African Development Bank (AfDB)


In 2005, DLA Piper became one of the world’s most prominent legal service providers through a merger of unprecedented scope. The motivation for doing so was not about size or prestige or putting pins in a map. It was to create a global organization capable of quickly and efficiently serving the most important legal needs of clients around the world, whether it is across multiple jurisdictions or in a single market.

Today, DLA Piper has lawyers in more than 40 countries throughout the world’s established and emerging business centers in the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s continued growth allows it to offer its clients the advantage of one law firm with the depth and geographic coverage to meet their legal needs where they are based and doing business.

In North America 2017, DLA Piper merged with Liner LLP, a leading Los Angeles firm that focuses on litigation, real estate, business transactions and restructuring. In 2015, DLA Piper combined with Davis LLP to form DLA Piper (Canada), with deep roots in the Canadian and international business communities and services across seven offices in more than 50 practices.

In Latin America in 2018, DLA Piper expanded into Argentina with its agreement with Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly; in 2017 the firm entered Peru as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar; in 2016 the firm formed BAZ | DLA Piper in Chile and opened an office in Puerto Rico; in 2015 the firm formed DLA Piper Martinez Neira in Colombia and combined with Gallastegui y Lozano in Mexico City; and DLA Piper also has an ongoing cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados in Brazil.

Main Areas of Practice:

The firm’s lawyers support the world’s leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.

The team advises clients worldwide on employment legislation, helping them meet their workforce objectives.

The firm’s lawyers provide clients with guidance and representation on all aspects of financial lending and related matters.

Intellectual Property & Technology:
The firm provides a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing, franchise and technology law services.

International Trade, Regulatory & Government Affairs:
The firm’s clients receive counsel on federal, state and local government, and regulatory matters on all levels of legislation and policy.

Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations:
With skilled lawyers in litigation, arbitration, investigations and ADR, the firm deploys that experience to help clients devise the best legal strategies to handle business disputes.

Projects, Energy & Infrastructure:
The firm has a track record of successfully delivering first-rate legal services in all segments of the infrastructure and energy industries, and advises on energy law, infrastructure finance, transport matters and more.

Real Estate:
The firm offers a full range of services in the areas of acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax.

The firm’s lawyers have significant experience advising clients on investigation, enforcement, litigation and asset recovery on a multijurisdictional basis relating to public and private companies in underperforming and distressed situations.

The firm’s clients receive a full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations.

DLA Piper has 10 global and 2 US-focused sectors. The firm’s sector approach is critical to tackling the needs of clients and is a key reason why companies seeking a strategic partner in the legal arena turn to DLA Piper.

Department Name Email Telephone
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail and Hospitality Stefanie Fogel +1 617 406 6053
Consumer Goods and Retail Tamar Duvdevani +1 212 335 4799
Consumer Goods and Retail, and Restructuring Jamila Willis +1 212 335 4969
Corporate Kathleen Ruhland +1 612 524 3033
Corporate Andrew Gilbert +1 973 520 2553
Employment Brian Kaplan +1 212 335 4515
Energy and Natural Resources Bob Gruendel +1 212 335 4736
Energy and Natural Resources Drew Baldinger +1 713 425 8453
Energy and Natural Resources Vanessa Wilson +1 202 799 4570
Financial Services Richard Hans +1 212 335 4530
Financial Services Margo Tank +1 202 799 4170
Financial Services Isabelle Ord +1 415 836 2536
Finance John Cusack +1 212 335 4849
Healthcare Joshua Kaye +1 305 423 8521
Hospitality and Leisure Sandi Kellman +1 312 368 4082
Hospitality and Leisure Jeff Diener +1 415 615 6120
Industrials Mark Waite +1 713 425 8445
Industrials Ferlillia Roberson +1 312 368 3903
Industrials Jeff Salinger +1 212 335 4531
Insurance Michael Murphy +1 212 335 4755
Insurance PK Paran +1 212 335 4789
Intellectual Property & Technology Mark Fowler +1 650 833 2048
Intellectual Property & Technology Gina Durham +1 415 836 2506
Life Sciences Andy Gilbert +1 973 520 2553
Life Sciences Matt Holian +1 617 406 6009
Litigation & Regulatory James Brogan +1 215 656 3350
Media, Sport and Entertainment Peter White +1 212 335 4555
Private Equity Joseph Silver +1 404 736 7854
Real Estate John Sullivan +1 617 406 6029
Real Estate Richard Klawiter +1 312 368 7243
Real Estate Barbara Trachtenberg +1 617 406 6011
Real Estate Kerry Johnson +1 312 368 2168
Restructuring Rick Chesley +1 312 368 3430
Restructuring Rachel Ehrlich Albanese +1 212 335 4775
Restructuring Craig Martin +1 302 468 5655
Tax Sang Kim +1 650 833 2072
Tax Sibel Owji +1 415 836 2563
Technology Vicky Lee +1 650 833 2091
Technology Erin Gibson +1 619 699 2862
Technology Sam Zabaneh +1 512 457 7126
Photo Name Position Profile
 Larissa Bifano  photo Larissa Bifano Partner; US Chair, Patent Prosecution Practice
 Michael Hardgrove  photo Michael Hardgrove Partner
 Lisa Hillman  photo Lisa Hillman Partner
 Matthew Holian  photo Matthew Holian Partner; Global Co-Chair, Life Sciences Sector
 Katie Insogna  photo Katie Insogna Partner
 Cara Nelson  photo Cara Nelson Partner
 John Rattigan  photo John Rattigan Partner; Managing Partner, Boston Office
 Andrew Sroka  photo Andrew Sroka Partner
 Michael Strapp  photo Michael Strapp Partner
 John Sullivan  photo John Sullivan Partner; Co-Chair, Global Real Estate Practice; Chair, US Real Estate Practice
Number of Partners Worldwide : 1,600
Number of Lawyers Worldwide : 3,400
More than 60
Americas Chair, Global Co-Chair and Global Co-CEO : Frank Ryan (New York)
Americas Co-Managing Partner : Richard Chesley (Chicago)
Americas Co-Managing Partner : Jackie Park (Downtown Los Angeles)