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DLA Piper LLP (US)
2000 AVENUE OF THE STARS
SUITE 400 NORTH TOWER
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067-4704
United States

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 Kavanagh 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‘.

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Bayer

Medtronic

Sanofi

Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.

Biogen, Inc.

Novo Nordisk

Work highlights

  • Achieved a significant victory for Pfizer Inc., effectively ending the more than 800-plaintiff product liability MDL in which plaintiffs claimed that erectile dysfunction medications, including Viagra, is associated with the progression of melanoma
  • Global coordinating counsel in mass tort litigation involving Essure, a permanently implantable contraceptive device for women that Bayer discontinued in 2018.
  • Obtained successful dismissals of product liability claims involving allegations that Medtronic’s hernia mesh products, implanted to reinforce hernia repair surgeries, are defective.

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.

Testimonials

‘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.

Samsung

Softbank Group Corporation

Panasonic Corporation

Robert Bosch GmBH (Bosch)

Mazda Motor Corporation

Hyundai

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

W7Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented several automakers, namely Hyundai Motor Corporation, Mazda Motor Corporation, Subaru Corporation, Volvo Car Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, and Robert Bosch LLC, in the favorable settlement and licensing of technologies associated with third-party audio integration.
  • Representing Trend Micro in connection with various licensing transactions pursuant to its investments.
  • Assisted with the patent licensing and collaboration between client AgeX Therapeutics and Sernova for the treatment of Type I diabetes and haemophilia A.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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

Prologis

Q2 Holdings, Inc.

Stratos Genomics, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented MEDNAX, Inc., the national health solutions partner and leading provider of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty care, in its $885m sale of MEDNAX Radiology Solutions to Radiology Partners.
  • Represented Seaspan Corporation in its acquisition of APR Energy Limited.
  • Represented The Coca-Cola Company in acquiring the remaining 57.5% equity stake in Fairlife.

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. 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. Jim Halpert has now left the firm.

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Key clients

Visa

Irish Data Protection Commissioner

Business Roundtable

CVS Health

Global Tel Link (GTL)

HEB

Clorox

Dropbox

Prudential Insurance

Target

Southern California Edison

The Nielsen company

ZeniMax Media, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Visa on the privacy and security diligence for a transaction involving Plaid, one of the largest fintech solutions companies, a $5bn transaction.
  • Served as the lead expert on US law, including privacy, national security, and privacy litigation, for Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon in the landmark case Schrems II.
  • Advising ZeniMax Media on privacy, cyber security, data retention and data protection compliance matters, including compliance with GDPR, CCPA, LGPD and ePrivacy, as well as response to Schrems II and other legal developments.

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 is a key practitioner. Dallas-based senior attorney Brian Joe is noted for his strength in handling outsourcing matters involving data centres. Anne Friedman has left the firm.

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Testimonials

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

CoreLogic

Work highlights

  • Representing a Middle Eastern country in negotiations concerning the strategic sourcing of new telecoms infrastructure associated with emerging 5G technology.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.

WorldVu

OneWeb

Globalstar, Inc.

CTIA—The Wireless Association No6 Motorola Solutions, Inc.

TracFone Wireless, Inc.

National Urban League

Local Media San Diego Acquisition, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile as lead regulatory counsel in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Advised CTIA on identifying and making available new spectrum bands for wireless services, including 5G technology.
  • Advised the National Urban League on the development of a ground-breaking agenda to ensure access and adoption of broadband for all Americans.

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.

Testimonials

‘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.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile as lead regulatory counsel in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Advised T-Mobile with respect to the divestiture of Sprint’s prepaid wireless business to DISH after the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Advised Polhem Infra KB on its acquisition of Telia Carrier.

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, Antonio Calabrese is praised for his ‘extraordinarily consistent results‘ in facilitating the approval of major mixed-use applications.

Testimonials

‘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 and the 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

Hines

The HYM Investment Group

1HWY1, LLC

Origami Capital Partners & Timberline Real Estate Partners

Millennium Partners

Harridge Development Group

GRIT Chicago, LLC

The Taubman Company

Union Square Station Associates (“US2”)

Macerich

Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)

Braves Development Company

Sterling Bay

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tysons Development in securing unanimous approval of The View at Tysons, which entitled the redevelopment of 8.35 acres with a mixed-use development comprised of more than 3 million square-feet, including a 600-foot office tower.
  • Represented Related Midwest in obtaining approval of its plan for two towers with a combined 1,100 apartments at 400 North Lake Shore Drive. The plan also includes a river walk along the Chicago River and funding for the DuSable Park development.
  • Assisting HYM Investment Group with zoning approvals from the City of Boston for the redevelopment of the Suffolk Downs race track.

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.

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors

Boston Properties

CBRE Global Investors

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Harvard University

Hines

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

The Carlyle Group, LLC

PGIM, Inc.

Ventas, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel for Oxford Properties Group in the acquisition, joint venture, financing and development of a 1.3 million sq ft building for Google in New York City for a total development cost in excess of $2bn.
  • Counsel to Transform Midco LLC in its $1bn sale to Costco Wholesale Corporation of Innovel Solutions, a leading provider of third-party, end-to-end logistics solutions with nationwide capability reaching nearly 90% of the US.
  • Counsel to Ventas, Inc.’s life science fund in the $1.015bn acquisition of a life-science portfolio in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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 – led by Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey (San Francisco) – 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. Former co-head Lesli Esposito has left the firm.

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Testimonials

‘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.

Testimonials

‘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

Dexcom

Global Blood Therapeutics Inc..

Zimmer Biomet

Prudential Insurance

Boeing

NIKE

Work highlights

  • Served as e-discovery expert witness particularly regarding proposed TAR (Technology Assisted Review) in several hearings before the court concerning a class action wrongful death for the crash of the Boeing 737 Max.
  • Retained by Zimmer’s merits counsel to be special e-discovery counsel in an MDL products liability case in the Southern District of New York.

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. David Ridenour has now left the firm.

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Andrew Sroka; John Murphy

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘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.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Ares Management

Shenkman Capital Management

BlackRock

Sound Point Capital

Stack Infrastructure, Inc.

Sabey Data Centers

Kapitus

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs on a number of CLO transactions, including the $408m new issuance of Reese Park CLO.
  • Advised on Ares Management’s $476m CLO issuance.
  • Advised BlackRock on the $502m issuance of Magnetite XXVI.

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. Washington DC-based partner Vanessa Richelle Wilson heads the projects, energy and infrastructure team and is appreciated for her ‘depth of experience and patient disposition‘, in relation to renewable energy project finance matters.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Canadian Solar Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Diamond Generating Corporation

Invenergy

Hecate

Capital Dynamics, Inc.

FirstSolar, Inc.

SER Capital

Cloverland Electric Cooperative

Work highlights

  • Assisting Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest trading company, with corporate matters relating to a 495 MW natural gas fired power project located in Mexico (Tuxpan V).
  • Advised solar photovoltaic manufacturer Canadian Solar on the sale of its 68 MW Aguascalientes solar project in Mexico to BlackRock Infrastructure Fund II.
  • Represented SER Capital Partners, a sustainable investment-focused private equity firm, in its acquisition of three project companies from HGP, a Texas-based energy developer.

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.

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Samsung Corporation

Nike, Inc.

HP Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Aruba Networks

Lenovo

Motorola Mobility

Belkin, Inc.

Medtronic (formerly Covidien)

ResMed, Inc.

Eventbrite, Inc.

DexCom

BASF

Toyota Motor Corporation

Hyundai/Kia Motors

Honda Motor Co.

Subaru

Mazda

Bosch

Japan Radio Co.

DENSO

DENSO TEN Ltd.

KIOXIA

Office Depot

The Home Depot

BMW

Asus and AsusTek

LG Electronics

Williams Sonoma

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Techtronic Industries / One World Technologies

Volvo

Staples, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft and HP and acting as co-counsel for Dell in a four-patent multi-respondent ITC case and eight-patent non-overlapping series of Western District of Texas cases involving touchscreen technology.
  • Representing Microsoft and HP and acting as co-counsel for LG Electronics and ASUS in a second series of lawsuits filed by Neodron in the ITC involving four additional patents related to touchscreen technology.
  • Representing a multinational technology company as a long-term advisor at the ITC regarding its flagship products.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.

UL LLC

CFA Institute

The NOCO Company

Axos Bank

Slack

Eventbrite

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

Work highlights

  • Retained by The Dannon Company as a lead counsel on domestic intellectual property matters
  • Provide Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., with copyright, and media advice, including prosecution, counseling, enforcement, media and merchandise licensing, promotional agreements, sponsorship agreements, global intellectual property enforcement strategy, federal intellectual property infringement litigation and all other intellectual property advice.
  • Engaged to manage Slack’s trademark portfolio, including filings to protect and enforce their brand concurrently with the timing of their IPO.

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; Jeffrey Lehrer chairs the team from 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.

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Testimonials

‘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)

Evernote

Riverwood Capital

Sailing Capital Overseas Investments Management Ltd

GE Ventures

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Samsung Venture Investment Corp.

GoodData

Securly

EverFi

HP Tech Ventures

Work highlights

  • Represented CallMiner the leading provider of AI-powered speech and customer interaction analytics, in its $75m growth equity investment from GS Growth, an investment unit of Goldman Sachs.
  • Represented M12 in connection with several corporate venture financing transactions totaling over $100m.
  • Represented ReCode Therapeutics, a development-stage biopharmaceutical company, in its $80m Series A financing.

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.

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‘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)

Unilever

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.

Work highlights

  • Advised Fiat Chrysler on featuring its product in the Michael Bay movie Underground 6.
  • Advised Austin FC on its jersey sponsorship agreement with Netspend.
  • Advised United Entertainment Group and its client, JCPenney in connection with a Joint Promotional and Merchandising deal with Pixar in connection with the  release of Frozen II.

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). Team 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.

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Testimonials

‘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.

Snapsheet

Opportunity Financial, LLC (OppLoans)

Docutech

Scivantage

VISA

Work highlights

  • Served as privacy diligence counsel for Visa in its $5.3bn acquisition of San Francisco-based fintech company Plaid.
  • Assisted Affirm in connection with its first asset-backed securitization, which marks the first asset-backed securitization by a fintech point-of-sale lender.
  • Advised Q2 Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of digital transformation solutions for banking and lending, on its $362m public offering and sale of an aggregate of 4,235,294 shares of its common stock.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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

Salesforce

Softbank Group Corporation

Netflix

HCL Technologies

Red Hat

Atos

NetApp

Visa

Infosys

Work highlights

  • Acted for Edifecs, a premier healthcare technology company, in a private equity growth investment from TA Associates and Francisco Partners.
  • Served as privacy diligence counsel for Visa on its $5.3bn acquisition of San Francisco-based fintech company Plaid.
  • Advised HCL Technologies, Ltd, on its $1.8bn acquisition of a software portfolio from IBM.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

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. 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.

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Testimonials

‘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.

BTIG, LLC

UBS Securities LLC

Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.

Blackstone

Work highlights

  • Represented Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT in its merger with Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT II to create a company with approximately $2.6bn in real estate and real estate-related assets.
  • Represented AXA Investment Managers in its $1.1bn acquisition of NorthStar Realty Europe, a publicly traded office REIT that owned properties across Europe.
  • Represented Black Creek Industrial REIT IV in the acquisition of all of the remaining assets of Industrial Property Trust, which consists of two portfolios with 83 industrial properties.

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, chair Sang Kim (based in Silicon Valley) is 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, and Ben Olivas in Silicon 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. Michael Hardgrove has left the firm.

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Testimonials

‘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

Work highlights

  • Advised and implemented post-acquisition integration plans for International Flavors & Fragrances, which included, but were not limited to (1) integrating certain local country operations and manufacturing operations to reduce redundancies, and (2) tax planning related to the combined operational structure and associated inter-company arrangements drafting and execution.
  • Acting for MKS Instruments in the structuring and post-acquisition integration of Newport Corporation and Electro Scientific Industries, via design and implementation of post-acquisition integration planning related to its entity structure, operating model, and IP structure.
  • Engaged by Klockner Pentaplast Group to restructure various entities within the group in order to more effectively and efficiently manage its business.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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

Work highlights

  • Representing investment firm in YA Global Investments in a dispute determining whether the fund, which makes private investments in public equity (PIPES) and enters into equity distribution agreements, is engaged in a US trade or business and has ECI with respect to this business.
  • Represented individual in case of first impression under New Jersey law in the New Jersey Tax Court. The individual taxpayer had invested in a partnership through a sole proprietorship and at issue was the proper character of the distributive share of partnership losses that were received by the individual taxpayer through the sole proprietorship.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

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.

Testimonials

‘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

T-Mobile

Work highlights

  • Representing Cognizant, a US-listed Fortune 500 technology services company, in an investigation of alleged improper payments to third parties in India.
  • Representing Telefonica in a long-running government investigation in connection with alleged bribes to obtain government contracts.
  • Represented Banco San Juan Internacional in connection with a DOJ investigation that received public attention beginning in February 2019 when an FBI raid was conducted on its offices in Puerto Rico.

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.

Key clients

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA)

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • The US District Court for the Southern District of Florida twice granted client Porsche Cars North America, Inc.’s (PCNA) motions to dismiss a nationwide putative class action involving certain allegedly defective Cayenne and Panamera vehicles.
  • Representing Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd. and its affiliate Mobis Parts America, Inc., in multiple nationwide class actions coordinated into an MDL proceeding in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Represented PCNA against a putative class action alleging that certain Porsche-brand vehicles were sold with wireless key fobs that were defective because they were susceptible to being ‘hacked’ by third-party criminal actors.

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.

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Key clients

BASF

Arconic

Inicia Ltd.

Helena Agri-Enterprises, Inc.

Sanofi

Wells Lamont

Work highlights

  • Obtained total dismissal for BASF just before trial in this Philadelphia asbestos case.
  • Obtained a dismissal for client Arconic Inc. (n/k/a Arconic Corp.)
  • Achieved a significant appellate victory in a toxic exposure matter in Pennsylvania Superior Court on behalf of Inicia Ltd.

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.

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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

Work highlights

  • Obtained reversal from the Seventh Circuit of a class certification order in a putative class action asserting claims of securities fraud against a prominent personal lines insurance company.
  • Obtained dismissal of a putative securities class action complaint against Axogen, Inc.
  • Obtained dismissal of a securities class action complaint against Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

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‘.

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Testimonials

‘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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Abacus Health Products, Inc. This acquisition creates the world’s largest vertically integrated hemp-derived CBD company.
  • Advising Charlotte’s Web on cross-border regulatory sales for their OTC hemp CBD products.
  • Defending a putative nationwide class action against Just Brands USA, Inc., Just Brands FL, LLC, Just Brands, Inc., and SSGI Financial Services, Inc, in which plaintiffs allege violations of California and Florida consumer protection statutes, fraud, breach of express warranty, and unjust enrichment based on alleged overstatements of the quantity of CBD contained in cannabidiol products.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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

Pfizer

Bayer

Medtronic

Liquidia Technologies, Inc.

Immunomedics, Inc.

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.

NuVasive

Sanofi

Biogen

Work highlights

  • Achieved a significant victory for Pfizer Inc., effectively ending the more than 800-plaintiff product liability MDL in which plaintiffs claimed that erectile dysfunction medications, including Viagra, is associated with the progression of melanoma.
  • Represented Liquidia Technologies, Inc., a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company, in its acquisition of RareGen, LLC, a provider of strategy, investment, and commercialization services for pharmaceutical companies and a portfolio company of healthcare investment firm PBM Capital.
  • Global coordinating counsel for Bayer in mass tort litigation involving Essure, a permanently implantable contraceptive device for women that Bayer discontinued in 2018.

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.

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Key clients

MEDNAX Services, Inc

Precision Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Urology Care Alliance

Retina Group of Florida

Infusion Associates Management, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented MEDNAX Services, Inc. in its sale of American Anesthesiology, Inc. and affiliated practices to North American Partners in Anesthesia.
  • Represented Premier Urology Associates, LLC d/b/a Urology Care Alliance in its acquisition by New Jersey Urology and Urology Management Associates.
  • Represented Retina Group of Florida in its acquisition by Webster Equity Partners.

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. Michael Murphy heads 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.

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

Key clients

Chubb

AIG

Munich Re

AON

Travelers Property Casualty Company of America

Brit Insurance

Artemis S.A.

CNA

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel representing 10 Lloyd’s of London Syndicates and 9 Lloyd’s of London Managing Agents in the National Rifle Association v. New York Department of Financial Services Litigation, Governor Andrew Cuomo & Superintendent Maria Vullo et al. litigation.
  • Acted for the underwriters in a high-value insurance coverage and bad faith claim against Lloyd’s and London Market professional liability insurers based on denial of coverage for an underlying legal malpractice claim.
  • Acted for Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania in Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania v. Beechwood Re, Ltd., et al., Case No. 1: 18-cv-06658-JSR (S.D.N.Y.), a case arising out of Beechwood’s (and their principals) promotion and sale of investments to SHIP and Beechwood’s subsequent mismanagement of $320m in policyholder reserves entrusted to them by SHIP through three Investment Management Agreements.

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. In addition, the team advises clients on AI and machine learning, blockchain, intellectual property, and product development.

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Testimonials

‘We are effectively served by 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.’

Key clients

Zurich

AIG

Aviva

AON

Hudson Structured Capital Management

Blackstone

International Australia Group

Ares Capital

Liberty

Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Advised Zurich Group on a number of technology related M&A and venture transactions which is an important new.
  • Advised a newly established PE/investor group (Pelican Ventures) and JC Flowers on a complex acquisition of insurance business at Lloyds (London).

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. Ellen Scordino joined the Boston office from Cooley LLP, and 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.

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Samsung Corporation

Nike, Inc.

HP Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Aruba Networks

Lenovo

Motorola Mobility

Belkin, Inc.

Medtronic (formerly Covidien)

ResMed, Inc.

Eventbrite, Inc.

DexCom

BASF

Toyota Motor Corporation

Hyundai/Kia Motors

Honda Motor Co.

Subaru

Mazda

Bosch

Japan Radio Co.

DENSO

DENSO TEN Ltd.

KIOXIA

Office Depot

The Home Depot

BMW

Asus and AsusTek

LG Electronics

Williams Sonoma

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Techtronic Industries / One World Technologies

Volvo

Staples, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft and HP and acting as co-counsel for Dell in a four-patent multi-respondent ITC case and eight-patent non-overlapping series of Western District of Texas cases involving touchscreen technology.
  • Representing a multinational technology company in multiple matters regarding its flagship products as a long-term advisor.
  • Represented Dexcom in patent infringement litigation in United States District Court, Southern District of California regarding chemical compositions used in implantable sensors used in medical devices.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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

WD-40

The Home Depot

Tigercat International, Inc.

STO Building Group

Slack

Eventbrite

Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.

Boley International Int’l HK and Boley Corp

Work highlights

  • Lead trial lawyers for ICE in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by primary competitor, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, seeking over $1bn in damages from ICE.
  • Obtained a significant victory on behalf of Nike, Inc. in a high-profile dispute filed by the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2019 MVP, Kawhi Leonard.
  • Achieved a trademark win for Rothschild & Co which have been using the ROTHSCHILD and ROTHSCHILD & CO marks in the US for their financial services for many years.

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. Other key practitioners include Joseph Piesco in New York and of counsel Steve Hernández in Los Angeles. Ryan Vann has now left the firm.

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Testimonials

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

Work highlights

  • Handled the full range of labor matters for an entertainment company, including a dispute over whether certain employees should be considered “guards,” union negotiations, and a related dispute that led to new NLRB precedent.
  • Advised an entertainment company on potential unionization efforts during a non-union film production and led emergency negotiations which prevented a strike and allowed filming to proceed without substantial delay.
  • Advised a global manufacturer on all traditional labor matters, including how to manage the impacts of Covid-19 while complying with collective bargaining obligations and the terms of its CBA.

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.

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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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Combined Properties and AECOM Capital as developers of the $400m Sunset Time mixed-use development in West Hollywood, California, advising on all the design and construction contracts and claims against the architect.
  • Assisting Ports America with drafting and negotiation of design and construction contracts for major renovations and new construction at several ports in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
  • Representing a global rail transport engineering company, as a core systems subcontractor in a P3 structure, in connection with a $2bn rail transit system in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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. San Francisco-based Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey heads 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 in the Chicago office, and David Bamberger in Washington DC. Former co-head Lesli Esposito has left the firm, as has Robby Robertson.

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AMN Healthcare

Stackla Pty Ltd

Ericsson

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.

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of AMN Healthcare in a lawsuit brought by Aya Healthcare under federal and state antitrust laws; Aya alleged a potpourri of claims in an 80-page complaint seeking $50m+ in damages, including claims alleging the use of “no-poaching” restrictions, unreasonable non-compete agreements, exclusivity arrangements, a unilateral refusal to deal, sham litigation, monopolistic acquisitions and cash flow squeezes.
  • Represented Ericsson in a precedent-setting summary judgment win on the FRAND antitrust claim in TCL Commc’n Tech. Holdings, Ltd. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.
  • Represents Danielson National Insurance Company in a putative class action where the plaintiffs allege a 15-year conspiracy between over 20 sureties in the bail bond industry, two of the largest bail agents and bail bond trade associations, and two former executives, to fix the premium price of bail bonds and suppress the advertisement of rebates in California.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.

Work highlights

  • Represented Casillas Petrolum Resources Partners II in a dispute regarding a $200m asset purchase agreement.
  • Represented sellers of Cablevision in Delaware litigation to enforce covenant in sale agreement prohibiting layoffs at cable news network.
  • Represented SPAC in stockholder litigation seeking to enjoin business combination transaction.

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 Kavanagh 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.

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Testimonials

‘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.

Clorox

Sanofi Inc.

Imperial Brands PLC

TTE

Blue Diamond Growers

Inicia Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Obtained a dismissal of a putative nationwide class actions filed against Just Brands USA, Inc., Just Brands FL, LLC, and Just Brands, Inc., in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of The Clorox Company and affiliated entities in a Lanham Act false advertising and false designation of origin case filed in federal court in the Southern District of California.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

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.

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ACT II Global Acquisition Corp / Whole Earth Brands, Inc

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation

BigCommerce, Inc.

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.

IBEX Ltd.

Immunomedics, Inc.

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Needham & Company, LLC

NuVasive, Inc.

Ross Stores, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Adaptive Biotechnologies on its $300m IPO
  • Advised BigCommerce, a leading provider of e-commerce services to online merchants, on its $216m initial public offering.
  • Advised Ibex, a leading end-to-end provider of technology-enabled customer lifecycle experience solutions on its $90m IPO.

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. 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. Gregory Smith has now left the firm.

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Testimonials

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)

CDC Group PLC (CDC)

African Development Bank (AfDB)

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advising Canadian Solar on the development and financing of the Cafayate solar project in Argentina.
  • Serves as lead counsel to DFC for all aspects of the development, construction, operation and maintenance of three solar projects in India sponsored by ReNew Power.
  • Represented IDB Invest in the financing for the deployment of the Mexican Government-sponsored Red Compartida public private partnership.

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.

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 Bettsteller from Kirkland & Ellis LLP have significantly expanded the investment funds capabilities on the West Coast.

Testimonials

‘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.’

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

Madrona

MetaProp

NewRoad Capital Partners

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Wafra Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented Wafra Inc., a private investment firm, in its strategic investment in Digital Colony.
  • Represented SER Capital Partners, a sustainable investment-focused private equity firm, in its formation as a business (including in relation to employment matters, securities and corporate organizational matters), and in the subsequent formation of SER’s first two co-investment funds investing in battery storage projects in NYC and Texas.
  • Represented Five Point Energy in the formation of their $1.5bn midstream energy funds and co-investment vehicles.

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 has expertise in multi-employer welfare arrangements.

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Testimonials

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.

Coinbase

Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS)

New York University (NYU)

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Young Adult Institute (YAI)

Airbnb

Work highlights

  • Advised Credible Labs Inc., a financial technology startup publicly traded in Australia on the sale of a majority stake to Fox Corporation for approximately $340m.
  • Advised HCL Technologies Limited, an Indian multinational information technology service and consulting company, on all executive compensation and benefits issues of its’ $49m acquisition of the self-optimizing network business of Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Provides general employee benefits representation to Airbnb, including in relation to its’ health and welfare and 401k retirement plans, equity arrangements, and compensation and benefits issues in connection with acquisitions.

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..

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Testimonials

‘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

Domino’s

7-Eleven, Inc.

News America Marketing

Halliburton

New York University

Hudson News

TransPerfect

Hayfin Capital Management LLC

Young Adult Institute

Work highlights

  • Representing AMN Healthcare in an important meal and rest-period class action pending before the California Supreme Court.
  • Represented California Institute of Technology in an appeal of a lower court decision granting summary judgment on the plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • Represented TRT Holdings and Omni Hotels Management Corporation in a putative class and collective action in the Northern District of Texas alleging sex discrimination, violations of the Equal Pay Act, retaliation and constructive discharge.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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

Work highlights

  • Advised ABRY Partners on its buyout of Recovery Point Systems.
  • Represented MSouth Equity Partners in its buyout of Nth Degree, Inc.
  • Advised .ICV Partners on its $130m public-to-private LBO acquisition of Diversified Restaurant Holdings.

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. Andrew Deutsch has left the firm.

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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

Work highlights

  • Represented Spyglass Media Group, the stalking horse bidder that acquired substantially all of the assets of The Weinstein Company.
  • Advised Dr. Seuss Enterprises on copyright and trademark infringement claims  infringing upon the author’s famous works.
  • Advised Raven Capital Management on a breach of contract and fraud against Georgia Film Fund arising out of Raven’s planned distribution of Mel Gibson’s new movie entitled Box Level.

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.

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Key clients

DT Holdings, Inc.

Q2 Holdings, Inc.

BigCommerce

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

AS Roma SPV, LLC

Stack Infrastructure, Inc.

APA

Concord

Work highlights

  • Advised Haymaker Acquisition Corp. II, a publicly traded special acquisition company, on a definitive agreement for a business combination with GPM. the seventh-largest convenience store chain in the US, and ARKO Holdings Ltd, an Israeli public holding company whose primary asset is a controlling stake in GPM.
  • Advised AS Roma SPV, LLC, the majority shareholder of Italian soccer club AS Roma, on the sale of its controling interest in the team and certain related assets to The Friedkin Group, Inc., in a transaction valued at €591m.
  • Advised Docutech, a leading provider of document, eClose and fulfillment technology for the mortgage industry, on its $350m sale to First American Financial, a global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions.

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.

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Testimonials

‘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.’

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

Americas Chair, Global Co-Chair and Global Co-CEO: Frank Ryan
Americas Co-Managing Partners: Rick Chesley and Jackie Park
Chief Operating Officer: Bob Bratt
Number of partners worldwide: 1,621
Number of lawyers worldwide:  3,792
Languages: More than 60 languages

Firm Overview:

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, positioning the firm to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

The firm has lawyers in more than 25 offices across the United States with local and national experience. DLA Piper core practices in the US include corporate and finance; employment; government affairs; intellectual property and technology; litigation and arbitration; real estate; and tax.

The firm strives to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to clients. This is achieved through practical and innovative legal solutions that help the firm’s clients.

DLA Piper represents many of the world’s leading companies across industries, as well as emerging businesses, financial institutions, and professional firms. The firm’s work encompasses the country’s major business, financial, and technology centers.

Responsible Business and Pro Bono:

Different sectors and geographies face different sustainability challenges, and the firm provides clients with a clear understanding of how, by working with DLA Piper, the firm is enabling them to take climate action or make progress on diversity or business and human rights.

DLA Piper is deeply committed to pro bono. Efforts focus on three areas: the rights of children, access to justice and the rule of law, and assisting asylum seekers, refugees, and stateless people. New Perimeter is the firm’s nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world.

Diversity & Inclusion

DLA Piper’s drive to establish growth and create forward-looking opportunities is evidenced by the firm’s active D&I team. Firm resources − including Professional Development, Marketing and Recruiting departments − are aligned to actively support the implementation of Practice Group Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans. Plans are tailored to each group’s unique D&I priorities, needs and culture, demonstrating how each group would focus on such goals as advancement, retention, and equitable utilization of team expertise.

Corporate

DLA Piper supports the world’s leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities. The firm assists clients through all stages of their transactions to ensure successful deal outcomes.

Finance

DLA Piper advises on all aspects of financing, across borders, sectors, and financial products. This includes sharing knowledge and skills in deals involving, for example, lending and borrowing, debt securities, derivatives, funds, portfolios and FinTech solutions, as well as energy, infrastructure, and other projects.

Employment

DLA Piper’s global employment practice advises clients worldwide on employment legislation, helping them meet their workforce objectives.

Regulatory and Government Affairs

DLA Piper’s Regulatory and Government Affairs team provides advice at all stages of the regulatory process. The firm focuses on areas such as international trade, antitrust and competition, global governance and more. Firm lawyers and policy professionals often work across borders and practice groups in interdisciplinary teams, ensuring the most efficient and effective results for its clients.

Intellectual Property and Technology

DLA Piper is one of the most widely recognized providers of a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing, and technology law services for leading businesses worldwide.

The firm helps clients from emerging technology and pharmaceutical companies to established banks and financial institutions achieve their objectives wherever they do business.

Litigation, Arbitration, and Investigations

DLA Piper’s lawyers are skilled in litigation, arbitration, investigations, and ADR and will deploy that experience to help you devise the best strategies. The firm has the local knowledge to apply the regulatory, economic, political, and cultural context to legal issues and develop case strategies.

Real Estate

DLA Piper’s market-leading real estate group offers a full range of real estate services, including single asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, single asset and multi-property/programmatic joint ventures, fund formation, operating company investments, cross-border investments, REITs, financing, construction and design, leasing, zoning/land-use, environmental law, real estate litigation and tax.

Tax

DLA Piper provides the full range of tax services that address the complex challenges of international commerce and business operations as well as manage and resolve tax disputes.

Sectors

DLA Piper has 10 global and one 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.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Angela Agrusaangela.agrusa@us.dlapiper.com+1 310-595-3000
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Jamila Willisjamila.willis@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4500
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Stefanie Fogelstefanie.fogel@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6053
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Tamar Duvdevanitamar.duvdevani@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4799
Corporate Andrew Gilbertandrew.gilbert@dlapiper.com+1 973-520-2553
Corporate Corinne Jacobsoncorinne.jacobson@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4292
Corporate Kathleen Ruhlandkathleen.ruhland@dlapiper.com+1 612-524-3033
Digital Health Danny Tobey M.D., J.D.danny.tobey@dlapiper.com+1 214-743-4538
Digital Health Kristi Kungkristi.kung@dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4290
Digital Health Susan Krumplitschsusan.krumplitsch@dlapiper.com+1 650-833-2440
Disputes (Litigation, Regulatory & Government Affairs, IPT, Employment) Loren Brownloren.brown@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4846
Employment Brian Kaplanbrian.kaplan@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4515
Employment Cassie Boylecassie.boyle@us.dlapiper.com+1 312-368-7915
Employment Kent Fredricksonkent.fredrickson@us.dlapiper.com+1 312-368-7940
Energy and Natural Resources Drew Baldingerdrew.baldinger@dlapiper.com+1 713-425-8453
Energy and Natural Resources Robert Gruendelrobert.gruendel@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4736
Energy and Natural Resources Vanessa Wilsonvanessa.wilson@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4570
Finance John Cusackjohn.cusack@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4849
Finance Thomas Tyssetommy.tysse@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4114
Financial Services Isabelle Ordisabelle.ord@dlapiper.com+1 415-836-2536
Financial Services Margo Tankmargo.tank@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4170
Financial Services Richard Hansrichard.hans@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4530
Financial Services Richard Reillyrichard.reilly@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4910
Government Contracting Richard Rectorrichard.rector@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4400
Healthcare Joshua Kayejoshua.kaye@dlapiper.com+1 305-423-8521
Hospitality and Leisure Sandi Kellmansandra.kellman@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-4082
Industrials Ferlillia Robersonferlillia.roberson@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-3903
Industrials Jeff Salingerjeff.salinger@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4531
Industrials Mark Waitemark.waite@dlapiper.com+1 713-425-8445
Infrastructure, Construction, and Transport Maxine Hicksmaxine.hicks@dlapiper.com+1 404-736-7809
Insurance Aidan McCormackaidan.mccormack@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4750
Insurance Michael Murphymichael.murphy@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4755
Intellectual Property & Technology Eddie Raychaudhurieddie.raychaudhuri@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4063
Intellectual Property & Technology Gina Durhamgina.durham@dlapiper.com+1 415-836-2506
Intellectual Property & Technology Mark Fowlermark.fowler@dlapiper.com+1 650-833-2048
Investment Management & Funds Jesse Crizjesse.criz@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-4074
Investment Management & Funds John Cusackjohn.cusack@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4849
Investment Management & Funds Nathaniel Marrsnathaniel.marrs@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-2169
Investment Management & Funds Nicole Brennignicole.brennig@dlapiper.com+1 512-457-7241
Life Sciences Andrew Gilbertandrew.gilbert@dlapiper.com+1 973-520-2553
Life Sciences Matt Holianmatt.holian@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6009
Litigation, Arbitration, and Investments Heidi Padgettheidi.padgett@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4098
Litigation, Arbitration, and Investments James Broganjames.brogan@dlapiper.com+1 215-656-3350
Litigation, Arbitration, and Investments Michelle Sadowskymichelle.sadowsky@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4625
Media, Sport and Entertainment Peter Whitepeter.white@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4555
Private Equity Corinne Jacobsoncorinne.jacobson@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4292
Private Equity Joseph Silverjoseph.silver@dlapiper.com+1 404-736-7854
Projects, Energy, and Infrastructure Robert Gruendelrobert.gruendel@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4736
Real Estate Ani Blandani.bland@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4112
Real Estate Barbara Trachtenbergbarbara.trachtenberg@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6011
Real Estate John Sullivanjohn.sullivan@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6029
Real Estate Kerry Johnsonkerry.johnson@us.dlapiper.com+1 312-368-2168
Real Estate Richard Klawiterrichard.klawiter@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-7243
Regulatory and Government Affairs Eddie Raychaudhurieddie.raychaudhuri@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4063
Regulatory and Government Affairs Edward "Smitty" Smithedward.smith@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4605
Restructuring Craig Martincraig.martin@dlapiper.com+1 302-468-5655
Restructuring Jamila Justine Willisjamila.willis@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4969
Restructuring Rick Chesleyrichard.chesley@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-3430
Restructuring Rachel Ehrlich Albaneserachel.albanese@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4775
Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance Ann Fordann.ford@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4140
Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance John Gillulyjohn.gilluly@dlapiper.com+1 512-457-7090
Tax Sang Kimsang.kim@dlapiper.com+1 650-833-2072
Tax Thomas Tyssetommy.tysse@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4114
Technology Erin Gibsonerin.gibson@dlapiper.com+1 619-699-2862
Technology Trenton Dykestrent.dykes@dlapiper.com+1 206-839-4834
Transactions (Corporate, Finance, Private Equity, Real Estate, Tax) Joe Alexanderjoe.alexander@us.dlapiper.com+1 305-423-8505
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Kevin Bettsteller  photo Kevin Bettsteller Partner
Afshin Beyzaee  photo Afshin Beyzaee Partner
Michael Garfinkel photo Michael GarfinkelPartner; Los Angeles Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology
John Gibson photo John GibsonPartner
Matthew Gruenberg  photo Matthew Gruenberg Partner
Levi Heath  photo Levi Heath Partner
Michael Jay  photo Michael Jay Partner
Holly Lake  photo Holly Lake Partner
Leeanne Mancari  photo Leeanne Mancari Of Counsel; Co-Chair, eDiscovery and Information Management Platform
Benjamin Mulcahy photo Benjamin MulcahyPartner in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice and co-chair of the…
Larry Nishnick photo Larry NishnickPartner; Chair, Southern California Corporate and Securities
Patrick Park  photo Patrick Park Of Counsel
Michael Patton photo Michael PattonSenior Counsel
Vincent Sanchez photo Vincent SanchezPartner; Global Co-Chair, Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing
Randy Socol photo Randy SocolPartner
Jeffrey Tsai photo Jeffrey TsaiPartner; Managing Partner, San Francisco Office; Co-Chair, State AG Group
Yoni Tuchman photo Yoni TuchmanPartner
Tamany Vinson Bentz  photo Tamany Vinson Bentz Partner
Christopher Young photo Christopher YoungPartner
Number of Partners Worldwide : 1,621
Number of Lawyers Worldwide : 3,792
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)