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

DLA Piper LLP (US)
500 EIGHTH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20004
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
United States

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

Drawing upon lawyers with ‘first-hand medical practice experience and highly technical expertise’, DLA Piper LLP (US) combines strong procedural nous with deep subject matter knowledge, in turn being well positioned to represent life sciences clients on work throughout the litigation life cycle. As well as regularly acting as national co-ordinating counsel on large-scale domestic MDLs, the team regularly works alongside practitioners throughout its global network of offices on cross-border work, and is recognized for its ‘excellentwork in co-ordinating multinational law suits. In this context, ‘outstanding’ Atlanta-based Christopher Campbell continues to take the lead for Bayer on global mass tort litigation involving Essure, leveraging the knowledge and skills gleaned from the firm’s success in the initial US action to good effect on the ensuing international cases. Praised for her ‘ability to see the big picture’, as well as her ‘highly impressive knowledge of the medical facts’, Mary Gately in Washington DC has also been key to the firm’s success for Bayer. New York-based Loren Brown is well-versed in handling large-scale aggregated litigation, including his ongoing work as co-national counsel for Sanofi in the Zantac MDL; where he has gained an excellent reputation for securing the early dismissal of matters through often innovative strategies. From Boston, Matthew Holian is also very effective at representing pharmaceutical companies engaged in MDLs, being as comfortable handling discovery issues, as he is cross-examining expert witnesses in Daubert hearings and in bellwether trials. Other key individuals include Dallas-based trial lawyer Lyn Pruitt; Boston-based Katie Insogna, who excels at developing expert witnesses and on discovery matters; and New York based Lucas Przymusinski , who ‘has an incredibly scientific mind in addition to legal expertise’. 

Practice head(s):

Christopher Campbell; Angela Agrusa; Ilana Hope Eisenstein; Loren Brown

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Holian; Lyn Pruitt; Katherine Insogna; Lucas Przymusinski; Breanna Fields; Mary Gately

Testimonials

The firm has deep, first-hand medical practice experience and highly technical expertise.’

The team at DLA does an excellent job in co-ordinating multinational lawsuits.’

‘Christopher Campbell is an outstanding lawyer, his legal knowledge is excellent, he anticipates the client’s needs and his co-ordination skills are brilliant.’

Lucas Przymusinski has an incredibly scientific mind in addition to legal expertise. He provides quick and practical legal advice.’

The excellent Mary Gately has the big picture in mind but also knows the intricate details of each case, delivering advice exactly as needed by the client. In particular, she has highly impressive knowledge of the medical facts.’ 

Key clients

Bayer Corporation

3M Company

BASF Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Danone

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Novo Nordisk

Medtronic

Pfizer

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Global strategic and co-ordinating counsel in global mass tort litigation involving Essure, a permanently implantable contraceptive device for women that Bayer voluntarily discontinued in 2018.
  • Continuing to act as co-national counsel for Sanofi for litigation and regulatory issues relating to heartburn medication Zantac and the allegations that it contains and/or is contaminated with NDMA, a possible carcinogen.
  • National counsel for leading medical device manufacturer Medtronic’s Covidien subsidiary in litigation involving its hernia mesh products in Massachusetts and Minnesota state courts and in MDL in the US District Court for Massachusetts.

Finance > Fintech

DLA Piper LLP (US) is well-equipped to advise a broad range of companies on implementing blockchain solutions, and is often engaged in transactional, litigious, and regulatory digital asset work. In Washington DC, Margo Tank co-leads the team with Los Angeles-based James Williams who is experienced in advising blockchain companies on token generation events, SEC compliance, and venture financing. Working out of Washington DC, banking and financial service law specialist Jeffrey Hare is knowledgeable of mobile payments, state licensing requirements, and virtual currency. In Chicago, Ronald David Whitaker often advises clients on privacy and data security laws pertaining to electronic financial services and payments, while in San Francisco Michael Fluhr is particularly active in the financial sector, and is focused on blockchain and digital asset matters.

Practice head(s):

Margo Tank; James Williams

Other key lawyers:

Jeffery Hare; Ronald David Whitaker; Michael Fluhr; Elizabeth Stacy McClure Caires

Key clients

DMS Bank & Trust

DocuSign Inc.

Vestwell Holdings, Inc

Pico Quantitative Trading LLC

CasperLabs Holdings AG

Citibank

Peak Trust Company

Insperity, Inc

Peridot Financing Solutions LLC

Paycom Software, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised DWTC and VARA on drafting their virtual asset regulations to govern all activity in the region.
  • Advised Twitch on regulatory issues including virtual currency, prepaid products, lending, and money movement.
  • Advised Figure, Inc on the development, regulatory compliance, and contract terms for a new blockchain-based eVault for the recording and transfer of crypto-assets.

Government > State attorneys general Tier 1

Leveraging a wide network of relationships with state attorneys general across the country, DLA Piper LLP (US) is equally at home managing ongoing relations between clients and state AG offices as defending investigations and engaging in litigation. The team has played a significant role in pressing issues of active concern to state regulators, including consumer protection, PFAS, children’s online privacy, and cryptocurrency. With offices on both coasts, the practice is co-chaired by Jeffrey Tsai in San Francisco, who specializes in investigations and enforcement actions at both the individual and multistate level, and Scott Wilson in New York, who is frequently retained by Fortune 100 companies and other major corporations in investigations and white collar criminal matters. In Washington DC, of counsel Carlton Davis sits at the intersection of state AG and government relations, fielding a wealth of experience in investigations from his tenure as assistant attorney general of Virginia. Antitrust and competition expert Vic Domen, who previously served in the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office as senior antitrust counsel, joined the firm in January 2024 from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Tsai; Scott Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Danone

Sanofi Group

Adir International

Work highlights

  • Represented Adir International in a consumer protection lawsuit by the California Attorney General’s Office accusing Adir of a range of state law violations related to the company’s sales practices, credit practices, and debt collection practices.
  • Represented Nurture in defending its interests in State AG investigations, product liability, and consumer class actions across the country involving alleged contamination of baby foods with heavy metals.
  • Represented the NRA Foundation in a civil action brought by the DC Attorney General alleging that the NRA Foundation acted inconsistently with its charitable purposes in entering into and approving certain financial transactions with a related entity, the NRA.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Known for handling complex patent licensing, acquisitions and sales, patent prosecution, patent due diligence and counseling as well as strategic patent asset management, DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s intellectual property and technology department advises clients across a diverse range of industries and technologies. Boston’s Larissa Bifano leads the team and advises on patents and licenses for AI-driven systems in addition to handling patent litigation. In San Diego, Lisa Haile focuses on patent protection and IP transactional matters. Raymond Miller in Philadelphia covers patent development and strategies with a life sciences focus, and Lauren Murdza is key name for technology transactions and general corporate matters, including licensing and development agreements. Based in Palo Alto, Victoria Lee is adept at handling a range of technology-related matters, including structuring, drafting, and negotiating complex commercial and intellectual property agreements, and Jeffrey Aronson also handles IP-related transactions in the TMT sector. Dallas-based Mark Lehberg extends the team’s expertise in technology licensing transactions. At the beginning of 2023, a large team of attorneys joined the team from Dentons, including San Francisco lawyers Peter YimRandy Omid  Parker Kuhl and Brian Ho as well as Seattle attorney Michael Swett and Palo Alto-based Christopher Eide.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Bifano

Testimonials

‘Trustworthy, knowledgeable, experienced team with breadth and depth of experience and good judgement.’

‘I have worked with more than a dozen senior intellectual property attorneys in the technology sector over two decades and Larissa Bifano is the best I have encountered. She is intelligent, effective, and trustworthy. She has sound judgement and she and her team work efficiently even around technologically sophisticated material.’

Key clients

Caelum Biosciences

CuraSen Therapeutics, Inc.

Codex

Liquidia Corporation

MicroSurgical Technology, Inc.

MVRx

Nanotronics Imaging

Personal Genome Diagnostics

Precision NeuroScience, LLC

Sanofi S.A.

Sanofi-Aventis US LLC

Sanofi-Aventis Recherche and Development

Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

Tesla, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised MicroSurgical Technology, Inc. on establishing, expanding, and managing its IP portfolio, including advice related to in-licensing technology from surgeons and universities and out-licensing technology to third parties.
  • Represented the University of Pennsylvania in the negotiation of a Research, Collaboration, & License Agreement with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics to develop an investigational adeno-associated virus gene therapy for Angelman syndrome.
  • Represented Generian Pharmaceuticals in negotiating a collaboration and exclusive license agreement with Mitrobridge, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Astellas) to discover and develop novel small molecules for undruggable therapeutic targets by using a proprietary drug discovery platform for diseases that have limited treatment options.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 1

Co-led by seasoned ITC litigator and tech expert Erin Gibson in San Diego, DLA Piper LLP (US) has a broad ITC practice with expertise in a variety of issues relating to Section 337 actions. The group is particularly strong in tech and recently successfully defended Lenovo Group Ltd and Motorola Mobility LLC against a wide-reaching claim by Maxell Technologies. San Diego co-head Sean Cunningham frequently handles matters relating to tech, medical devices and power equipment at the ITC. Mark Fowler in Palo Alto is also an expert in medical devices and power equipment-related cases, acting for clients such as Honeywell and Samsung, and Helena Kiepura in Washington DC is a Section 337 expert. Practice co-heads Gina Durham and Michael Sitzman are based in San Francisco and handle a wide range of patent disputes. Daniel Valencia joined the the DC team in August 2023 from Covington & Burlington, and is another well versed trial lawyer at the ITC.

Practice head(s):

Erin Gibson; Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham; Michael Sitzman

Key clients

Lenovo

NXP Semiconductors N.V.

NXP USA Inc.

Microsoft Corporation

Mazda North American Operations

Mazda Motor of America, Inc.

Arrow Electronics Inc.

Avnet Inc.

Future Electronics

Mouser Electronics Inc.

Motorola Mobility LLC

HP Inc.

Dell

Honeywell International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Lenovo Group Ltd., Lenovo (United States) Inc. and Motorola Mobility LLC in a multi-case, multi-venue assertion brought by Maxell Technologies.
  • Acted for Honeywell in an ITC enforcement campaign resulting in a US $360m settlement for Honeywell from its competitor.
  • Acted for NXP Semiconductors in a claim which resulted in a walk-away victory for the client after the plaintiff dismissed all of its cases against NXP and its distributors.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m) Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s ‘robust team of subject matter experts‘ serves a diverse roster of private equity sponsors that ranges from middle-market funds, including Stellex and 5th Century, to blue-chip funds such as Accel-KKR and Carlyle. A deep bench of experts across the country enables the practice to handle a large caseload of transactions, ranging from platform deals, strategic partnerships and high-profile exits to advice on mergers and add-ons for growth and portfolio companies concentrated especially in the tech, healthcare, and industrial sectors. The team is also increasingly active in advising investors on buyouts in the energy space, owing particularly to the sector expertise of New York-based lawyer Ilya Bubel. Atlanta lawyer Joseph Silver  leads the firm and has extensive experience handling a wide range of transactions for venture capital and private equity funds as well as for target and portfolio companies. Further key contacts include New York-based leveraged buyout expert James Kelly, Chicago lawyer Harris Eisenberg, who handles acquisitions and exits as well as recapitalizations, and broad transactional expert Gerry Williams, who practices from Atlanta. In Chicago, Benjamin Galea joined the team from Winston & Strawn LLP in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Silver

Other key lawyers:

James Kelly; Ilya Bubel; Gerry Williams; Harris Eisenberg; Joydeep Dasmunshi; Eric Grossman; Dan Rollman; Benjamin Galea; Clayton Culler

Testimonials

‘High-quality legal advice.’

‘Ilya Bubel and Clayton Culler have been key contributors to our efforts with sharp insight and excellent responsiveness. They have consistently kept an open mind on seller sticking points and identifying fair, low-risk concessions when applicable.’

‘DLA features a robust team of subject matter experts with a strong background in both formal education and industry experience. Responsiveness across the firm has been consistent and top-notch. We have leveraged the firm from complex transactional M&A needs to employment agreements and general counsel.’

Key clients

5th Century Partners

ABRY Partners LLC

Accel-KKR

Baird Capital

Bregal Investments, Inc.

Centroid Investment Partners LC

Columbia Capital, LLC

Exaltare Capital Partners, LLC

Excolere Equity Partners

Frontenac Company, LLC

Grove Mountain Partners

ICV Partners, LLC

Keystone Capital

LLR Partners, Inc.

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

MSouth Equity Partners LP

Renovus Capital Partners

RLJ Equity Partners, LLC

Shore Capital Partners, LLC

Stellex Capital Management

The Carlyle Group

Wicks Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Represented Grove Mountain Partners and portfolio company Unique Indoor Comfort Holdings in the sale of Unique Indoor Comfort Holdings to Ace Hardware.
  • Advised Shore Capital Partner on several private equity deals.
  • Advised Stellex Capital Management on its acquisition of G2 Web Services, Lundquist Consulting, and Fintellix India Private Limited from TransUnion.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s data protection, privacy and security team works closely with its regulatory and government affairs practice group to offer clients support in strategic, global data compliance advice. Its workload includes high-profile data breach response, data-driven due diligence, privacy litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. Andrew Serwin is based in San Diego, acting as both chair of the US data protection, privacy and security team and co-chair of the practice group globally. His practice includes international compliance advice, national security issues, health privacy, and wiretap related issues. In Seattle, Kate Lucente has particular expertise regarding e-commerce laws and self-regulatory initiatives. Carol Umhoefer, clients’ ‘go-to resource for all data protection and privacy questions‘, co-leads the EMEA data protection team from Miami: recommended particularly for multi-jurisdictional compliance matters. Washington DC-based James Sullivan draws on previous experience in government to advise clients on developing federal and state data privacy rules; New York’s John Gevertz focuses on privacy governance frameworks with an emphasis on financial services and fintech. Ron Plesco is the key name in Philadelphia, regularly handling cyber investigations, threat intelligence, and cyber crime threats.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Serwin

Testimonials

‘I rely heavily on the Cyber Law practice at DLA Piper. The team is very knowledgeable and keeps us informed about new developments in Privacy law. They provide practical advice so that we develop effective internal controls to ensure we are in compliance.’

‘Carol Umhoefer is an excellent advisor. She is always available to answer our questions and help us navigate the complexity of data privacy laws. She provides a practical approach to our business that ensures compliance. She is our go-to resource for all data protection and privacy questions. I have worked with other privacy counsel, and Carol is the best.’

Key clients

Open AI

Belt Railway

SeeTickets

3M Company, The

Progress Software Corporation

Dropbox, Inc.

Visa International, Inc.

[major video game publisher]

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong presence in the outsourcing space, with demonstrable expertise in the structuring and negotiation of complex ITO and BPO transactions for clients in the healthcare, tech, and insurance sectors. The firm’s scope of work is expansive, ranging from RFP development and content and process optimization to first-generation sourcing. Benefiting from its global network of lawyers, the department also adopts a multidisciplinary approach by collaborating with its strategic sourcing and digital integration teams. Global co-chair Vincent Sanchez, who works out of the Chicago and Los Angeles offices, is reputed for his know-how in tech acquisitions, digital transformation programs, and supply chain management. Co-heading the team alongside Sanchez is San Diego- and Chicago- based Gregory A. Manter, who primarily assists corporations with the technological elements of outsourcing agreements in addition to handling major ERP implementation agreements. Key contacts in Dallas include Mac Ferguson, who covers cloud computing transactions and the deployment of blockchain technologies, Brian Joe, who is skilled in negotiating complex software license and cloud services agreements, and Hays Thompson Haney, who handles the outsourcing of HR, finance, and accounting systems. San Diego-based Lana Turpie is recognized for her strengths in negotiating SaaS and consulting agreements, while Philadelphia contact Joanna Sykes-Saavedra helps international clients navigate SaaS subscriptions and clinical trial ventures.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Sanchez; Gregory Manter

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates deep knowledge of a very complicated area. I don’t know of any other firms that have the same expertise.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a global consumer goods company on the $100m+ outsourcing of finance and accounting functions.
  • Advised a leading provider of consumer skincare services on the outsourcing of network management services across its network of more than 1,100 franchised locations.
  • Advised a global provider of data center services on the $100m+ outsourcing of facilities management, project, and security services across multiple vendors.

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

With ‘incredible depth and broad experience in the telecoms space’, DLA Piper LLP (US) recently announced the establishment of a global regulatory practice for telecoms and tech. Primarily based in Washington DC, the telecoms team includes a number of regulatory experts with federal government experience. The firm boasts a space exploration and innovation group; the team continues to increase its focus on space and satellite mandates, advising on new innovations in the sector, as well as radio spectrum allocations for space and earth stations. Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski co-head both the US telecom group and the firm’s global telecoms practice, recently acting as lead regulatory counsels for T-Mobile in its sector-significant merger with Sprint. Peter Karanjia leads the administrative law appellate team, bolstering the practice’s full-service offering. Eric DeSilva offers both regulatory and transactional advice on wireless matters, while Tony Lin advises start-ups, satellite companies and defense contractors on spectrum and other regulatory approvals. San Francisco-based Kristin Jacobson handles communications regulatory, compliance, policy and transactional matters for clients, including telecoms and broadband service providers. Peter Shroyer brings FCC experience, including in enforcement proceedings and advocacy filings, while, in Seattle, Ariel Diamond West advises clients such as global software and communications companies on FCC and CPUC matters. Edward “Smitty” Smith left the firm in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Victory; Michael Senkowski

Testimonials

‘The satellite licensing practice at DLA is top notch. Their expertise in all the complex regulatory licensing regimes for Earth observation satellites, from FCC to NOAA and ITU is deep and their guidance practical. Tony Lin and Emma Marion are great. They are very responsive, easy to schedule when quick-turn advice is needed and provide practical and succinct guidance. Zach Rosenbaum is also an excellent advisor, well-versed in translating technical engineering to regulatory speak and vice versa. His expertise in ITU licensing practice and procedure are also incredibly helpful.’

‘DLA’s telecom practice is differentiated by their deep knowledge and innovative approach to problems. They also have the experience with the various industry players to know what approaches are most likely to succeed. Kristin Jacobson’s years of knowledge and sound strategy advice has been a huge win for us. We have succeeded in building connections and influencing industry policy based on her guidance and input.’

‘Our DLA team is experienced, motivated, and truly a partner in our efforts. They understand the niche of our industry and work to make sure our audience has a thorough understanding of our message. Our attorney has a deep background in infrastructure deployment and brings technical understanding as well as her legal experience to the table. It is refreshing to have a team that needs little instruction in this area. I have worked with more than a handful of legal expertise over my career and DLA Piper is definitely in our top choices for legal expertise.’

‘We work with Kristin Jacobsen. She has proven to be knowledgeable, motivated, dependable and patient. Kristin has a deep background in the industry from early “boots on the ground” roles to her current position as a legal expert in her field. I was excited to bring DLA Piper to our company because of Kristin. Secondly, I would like to mention Ariel Diamond West. She was a delight to work with. Smart, organized, easy to work with.’

‘Based on my experience, the team has incredible depth and broad experience in the telecom space, including on mergers, investigations, and more routine regulatory matters. They are outstanding on spectrum policy and strategy as well, including top tier advice on navigating government agencies and political issues.’

‘Mike Senkowski and Nancy Victory are the two partners with whom I work the most, and both are outstanding. As general counsel, my exposure to the day-to-day is more limited, but my team works extensively with the DLA team and considers them at the very top of the top tier telecom practices.’

‘The DLA team has a deep bench of highly experienced legal and technical experts and a unique ability to work across the disciplines to provide the most effective representation. The DLA Team is very responsive and easy to work with. They work closely with clients and quickly become trusted advisors that provide important insights, views and creative approaches. In particular, Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski provide outstanding guidance and support for legal and regulatory strategy. Eric DeSilva has a unique ability to analysis data to support a regulatory or transaction goal.’

‘This practice group has a deep, historical understanding of how our business works and how it continues to develop. This helps the group provide practical advice that keeps in mind how our executives think through regulatory matters. Nancy Victory is an outstanding advocate and thought leader in the telecom regulatory space. Nancy provides very tactical advice that helps our business navigate a complex (and often uncertain) regulatory environment, particularly when there are multiple agencies or stakeholders interested in a particular matter or transaction.’

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Deutsche Telekom AG

CTIA—The Wireless Association

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Globalstar, LLC

NetChoice

LS Networks

Planet Labs PBC

Hawkeye 360, Inc.

Momentus, Inc.

Sonic Telecom, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented T-Mobile in selling the Sprint wireline business to Cogent Communications, which T-Mobile gained as part of its acquisition of Sprint.
  • Representing Globalstar in its international efforts to obtain satellite and terrestrial authorizations and use its spectrum to offer new TD-LTE services in multiple jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Representing T-Mobile in multiple related matters, including a pending California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) investigation and multiple lawsuits, arising out of the October 2020 Silverado Canyon Fire in Orange County, California.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to expand its full-service offering for telecoms and broadcast clients, showcasing its ‘deep knowledge and innovative approach‘. The market-leading telecoms team remains at the forefront of key transactions in the sector, advising T-Mobile on its merger with Sprint and handling telecoms assets, fiber and spectrum deals. The firm’s space and satellite group has also seen continual growth, handling agreements for satellite providers and involved in satellite system deployment on a global scale. Michael Senkowski led the recent integration of the firm’s legal, regulatory and engineering offering, heading both the firm’s US and global telecoms teams alongside Nancy Victory. Eric DeSilva handles wireless communications transactions and Tony Lin boasts particular expertise in the space and satellite sector. Michael Hazzard’s international expertise sees him advise global communications, infrastructure and software clients on cross-border transactions, reorganizations and restructurings. From San Francisco, Kristin Jacobson takes a lead role in investigations and enforcement actions, fielding a wealth of public sector experience. Also bringing FCC experience to the team, Peter Shroyer handles FCC approvals for transactions, as well as commercial matters and spectrum acquisitions. From Seattle, Ariel Diamond West advises an extensive clientele that includes global software and communications companies. The team is based in Washington DC, unless stated otherwise. Edward “Smitty” Smith left the firm in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Victory; Michael Senkowski

Testimonials

‘DLA’s telecom practice is differentiated by their deep knowledge and innovative approach to problems. The latter, of course, benefits tremendously from the former. They also have the experience with the various industry players to know what approaches are most likely to succeed.’

‘Kristin Jacobson’s years of knowledge and sound strategy advice has been a huge win for us. We have succeeded in building connections and influencing industry policy based on her guidance and input.’

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Deutsche Telekom AG

Globalstar, LLC

LS Networks

AST SpaceMobile

Work highlights

  • Represented T-Mobile in selling the legacy Sprint wireline business, which it gained this business as part of its acquisition of Sprint, to Cogent Communications.
  • Advising T-Mobile on its acquisition of MVNOs Mint Mobile and Ultra Mobile, including all regulatory aspects of the transaction at both the federal and state levels, such as review by the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (Team Telecom).
  • Advised LS Networks on its acquisition of PocketiNet, handling all aspects of the acquisition, including negotiating the corporate agreements, conducting regulatory due diligence, and securing regulatory approvals to transfer control of PocketiNet’s regulatory licenses.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Recognized for being ‘extremely knowledgeable on all related land use and entitlement matters in multiple jurisdictions with long-standing relationships across the industry’, DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s land use, development and government relations lawyers are experienced in handling large development projects as well as governmental regulatory matters and regularly represent clients before trial and appellate courts. The firm operates nationwide with teams co-led by Richard Klawiter in Chicago, who represents developers and investors in securing entitlements and financial incentives for urban and suburban projects. Klawiter is well supported by co-head Katherine Jahnke Dale, who is also based in Chicago and advises on the financing and regulatory aspects of redevelopments, as well as by and co-head Antonio Calabrese in Reston, who advises on land use, zoning and complex development projects. Los Angeles-based contacts include Jerold Neuman, who advises individuals and companies on obtaining local government licenses, permits, rights, or contracts, and Kyndra Joy Casper, an expert on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Other key members of the team are Reston’s ‘outstanding’ Brian Winterhalter, Bryan Connolly and ‘top real estate attorney’ John Rattigan in Boston, as well as Mariah DiGrino in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Richard Klawiter; Jerold Neuman; Antonio Calabrese

Other key lawyers:

Bryan Connolly; Kyndra Joy Casper; Katherine Jahnke Dale; Brian Winterhalter; John Rattigan; Mariah F. DiGrino; Oriana Montani; Andrew Brady

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable on all related land use and entitlement matters in multiple jurisdictions with long-standing relationships across the industry. This allows DLA to provide effective counsel in all related matters. A true and trusted advisor.’

‘Brian Winterhalter is outstanding and thoughtful in advice provided that produces outstanding results. A pleasure to work with and one you can count on to get the job to the finish line.’

‘Antonio Calabrese is at the top of the industry of land use lawyers who produces consistent success within multiple jurisdictions involving complex land use applications. Highly creative.’

‘Richard Klawiter is the alpha lawyer when a group of Real Estate lawyers debate a topic. Opposing clients counsel yields to him. He has a great grasp of the law and business needs – can make the very complex easy and simple for everyone to understand.’

‘John Rattigan, Bryan Connolly and associate Oriana Montani in particular are among the best in the business. They each have a unique blend of smarts, engagement and business sense. They can be relied on as critical strategic partners.’

‘Brian Winterhalter is the best zoning counsel in Fairfax County right now. He is frequently engaged by the county, elected officials and industry groups to provide guidance, feedback or recommendations on a variety of land use matters, which allows his clients to benefit from the latest information and important relationships. His collective experience, business development mindset and relationship first approach make him our go-to zoning counsel.’

‘John Rattigan is the top real estate attorney in the Boston market.’

‘Andrew Brady is a land use attorney by training but has become a leading national subject matter expert on how to make quality public education an actionable civil right for all children. Andrew’s involvement has been a game changer and it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

GRIT Chicago, LLC

Harridge Development Group, LLC

LEGO Group

Atlas Capital Group, LLC

601w Companies

Taubman Company

Origami Capital Partners

Timberline Real Estate Partners

HYM Investment Group, LLC

Tysons Development, LLC

Related Midwest

Work highlights

  • Advised developer client 1HWY1 on navigating a ports project through multiple agencies to obtain approvals.
  • Assisted American Real Estate Partners and Harrison Street Real Estate with a joint venture to acquire the former AOL headquarters property in Ashburn, Virginia and redevelop the property with up to four data center buildings in a project worth $1bn.
  • Advised DePaul College Prep Foundation on a $74.29m tax-exempt bond financing transaction.

Real estate Tier 1

‘Strong on knowledge, timeliness, and being business friendly in finding ways to accomplish the end goal’, DLA Piper LLP (US) fields a comprehensive real estate team with capabilities covering a wide range of zoning and development matters as well as transactions, workouts, restructuring, and refinancings, to name a few. The practice is well-versed advising major creditors, private equity investors, and real estate funds, alongside a number of large property owners, developers, and household companies, culminating in a diverse client roster. Equally diverse is the firm’s coverage of asset classes, with recent large engagements encompassing transactions and joint ventures in self-storage, logistics, and data centers, as well as several in the life science space. US real estate chair John Sullivan and co-vice chair Barbara Trachtenberg lead from the firm’s Boston office, while co-head Richard Klawiter takes the lead on land-use matters out of Chicago. Amy Carbins leads the Washington DC real estate practice, with partners Frederick Klein and Lauren Rico also being key names from this office. Meanwhile, Cara Nelson, noted for her experience advising foreign pension funds, heads the Boston real estate team; here, managing partner Bryan Connolly is commended for his full-cycle development expertise. In New York, partner Michael Haworth is highlighted for his cross-border expertise, notably between the US and Asia. Widely praised by clients, ‘extremely knowledgeable’ associate Oriana Montani is another name of note from the firm’s Boston office.

Practice head(s):

John Sullivan; Barbara Trachtenberg; Richard Klawiter

Testimonials

‘DLA is a very easy counsel to work with. They break down complex legal issues into understandable pieces, which makes it easy to walk through loan documents. They are deal focused – don’t let legal nitty gritty get in the way of getting the deal done.’

‘The DLA team is very strong on knowledge, timeliness, and being business friendly in finding ways to accomplish the end goal. They consistently seek solutions to problems versus putting up roadblocks. Their deep history with us allows them to have the knowledge to know what we will accept and will not, and therefore to act as an extension of our firm and allow for efficiencies on all sides.’

‘I have complete trust in the real estate team of Primo Fontana and Matthew Kinell. Their long history of servicing our firm allows us to collectively be nimble, quick, and decisive when working through complex issues. The speed in a changing market outcome has provided numerous results of outperformance by being able to out-race changing market conditions.’

‘I’ve been working in commercial real estate for nearly 20 years. I can confidently say that DLA is the best law firm I have worked with during my time in the real estate industry. They consistently excel at quality of work, attention to detail, responsiveness, and efficiency. They are a great partner and my first choice when it comes to real estate law.’

‘A great blend of smart people, who know the real estate sector inside and out, and who understand and balance the complexities of deals with the necessity to get deals done efficiently. Geographic scope of team is significant, as its ability to work together to ensure that a U.S. firm is able to transact in many countries with the same legal standards.’

‘Highly enjoyable people that are a pleasure to work with, and who are similarly extremely bright, efficient, and up on everything real estate related. They both manage deals and are the conduit to other DLA offices in various countries, and provide a fine blend of knowledge and management, allowing our firm to maintain similar stances on transactions across many countries.’

‘I work most closely with John Rattigan and Oriana Montani. And as far as a partner/associate duo goes, they are the best I’ve worked with in my career. They know their business extremely well, are creative, know how to project manage, and can help negotiate, problem solve and have become an integral part of our team. We could not operate as effectively without their work and guidance and advice. This is a stellar duo.’

‘Oriana Montani is the best associate lawyer I’ve ever worked with. She is extremely knowledgeable in her space, knows how to assist the partners she works with, and importantly can assist project manage the legal side of any transaction making sure no balls are dropped in crunch time. Importantly, she is cool under pressure and a pleasure to work with in any circumstance. As a client we feel very lucky to have her staffed on our project and know we are getting expert advice and steady management for any of our deals.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management LP

Allstate Insurance Company

Ares Management Corporation

Artemis Real Estate Partners

ASB Capital Management LLC

AXA

BioMed Realty

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors LP

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

Boston Properties, Inc.

Brookfield

Cabot Properties

Carlyle Group, LLC

CBRE Global Investors

Chicago Fire Football Holdings, LLC

Corebridge Financial Inc. [formerly AIG Global Real Estate]

Cottonwood Management LLC

CyrusOne, LLC

Deutsche Bank AG

Eugene Asset Management Company, Limited

First Washington Realty, Inc.

General Investment & Development Company (GID)

GI Partners

Greene Courte Partners

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC

The Hershey Company

Green Courte Partners, LLC

Hilco Real Estate, LLC

Hines

LEGO Group, The

Longpoint Realty Partners

Long Wharf Capital LLC

Marcus Partners, Inc.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mirae Asset Global Investments

Northland Investment Corporation

Oxford Properties Group

PGIM, Inc.

Quality Technology Services

The Ratkovich Company

The Related Companies

Safanad Inc.

Shimizu Corporation

Shorenstein Realty Services, LP

SL Green Realty Corporation

Solow Realty & Development Company (now The Soloviev Group LLC)

Sterling Bay Companies

Tishman Speyer Properties, LP

Tokyo Trust Capital Co., Ltd.

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

USAA Real Estate Company

Ventas, Inc.

Veris Residential, Inc.

WeWork Companies Inc.

Wheelock Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented GI Partners in its acquisition of a 65% interest in two hyperscale data center properties in Elk Grove, Illinois.
  • Advised Artemis on the acquisition of a 19-property, 1.5 million square foot Class A self-storage development portfolio from BestBox Storage.
  • Represented Harrison Street in connection with an acquisition/joint venture (US $1.225 billion enterprise valuation) with American Campus Communities for a portfolio of public-private partnership student housing facilities located on Arizona State University’s campus.

Tax > International tax Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘extremely knowledgeable and approachable’ tax practice, headed by Seattle-based Alison Maxwell and New York-based Maruti Narayan , advises clients active in various sectors, such as technology, industrials, and life sciences, on the full spectrum of international tax related matters including tax planning, transactional, and controversy services. Maxwell has a special focus on advising on the structuring of large-scale, international integration and acquisition transactions whilst Narayan has considerable expertise in US tax policy matters, including supporting clients with proposed tax reform provisions and advising on the impacts of OECD provisions on global taxation. Sang Kim, based in Palo Alto, handles a wide range of international tax matters such as global transfer pricing strategy, cross-border M&A, post-acquisition integration, and international tax controversy. New York-based Kevin Glenn has notable experience advising large multinational clients on a broad range of cross-border tax planning issues. Christopher Feldman, who is based in Seattle, assists a wide range of clients from Silicon Valley start-ups to large multinationals on efficient tax structuring. In Boston, the team benefits from Ryan Starr’s global tax and operational business structuring, cross-border M&A, and post-acquisition integration expertise. New York-based Frank Mugabi is considered a multi-disciplinary tax practitioner who splits his practice between international tax planning and transactional tax, including advising on tax aspects of public cross-border M&A transactions. The team welcomed New York's David Pope from Baker McKenzie LLP in February 2023 and Brian Hamano in Los Angeles from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP  in July 2023. At the associate level, Marc Anthony Casale in New York and LA-based Tuan Quang Ngo are notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Alison Maxwell; Maruti Narayan

Testimonials

‘Responsive, driven, deeply technical yet practical. The diverse range of talent within the partner team brings together a unique blend of skills and specialties which translates into a tremendous advantage for the firm’s clients. ’

‘Maruti Narayan is exceptionally knowledgeable on a wide range of tax advisory and planning matters. Her people skills make her a tremendous asset to both the firm and her clients as she helps teams navigate complex projects with ease.

‘Frank Mugabi’s technical expertise stands out in every meeting he’s in. He is able to break down intricate webs of interconnected rules into coherent, practical answers to most complex questions.’

‘Alison Maxwell has great knowledge of our pending matters and our company. She combines technical knowledge with the ability to translate it into pragmatic advice. Tuan Ngo is the associate who keeps all of our pending matters on the table, ensures follow up and maximizes his own network within the firm to ensure appropriate expertise is pulled in and the involved colleagues are up to speed on what needs to be done.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and approachable team with broad technical skills across numerous industries and topics. Top partners are very accessible and engaged rather than delegating work to more junior attorneys.’

‘The combination of deep technical knowledge, extensive experience and brass-tacks practical advice is what sets DLA Piper apart. Some advisors can tend to skew towards either the technical or the practical – DLA consistently brings them both together. Kevin Glenn and Maruti Narayan stand out in this area and are trusted advisors for us.’

‘Ryan Starr is always there for me. Not wedded to overly technical answers. He is very practical.’

‘The geographic reach of the DLA tax practice is rare and valuable. We often have large complex cross-border transactions and DLA Piper is uniquely situated to provide critical advice regarding far-flung jurisdictions, with an experienced team in the US (where we are headquartered) to tie everything together and deliver a cohesive quality work product.’

Key clients

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Veralto (Danaher Spinoff)

Genpact

Bloomberg

Crocs, Inc.

International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

MKS Instruments, Inc.

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Danaher Corporation

Coupa Software, Inc.

Conair LLC

Yamaha Corporation

Sarepta Therapeutics

iTeos Therapeutics

NVIDIA Corporation

Moody’s Corporation

FibroGen, Inc.

Yahoo!, Inc.

Xilinx, Inc.

Snowflake Inc.

Insmed, Inc.

Sony

Ford Motor Company

Pfizer Inc.

Macquarie Holdings (USA)

Veralto

Centroid Investment Partners LC / Taylor Made Golf

Work highlights

  • Advised Warner Brothers Discovery, Inc. (WBD) on a massive internal restructuring engagement.
  • Advised MKS Instruments on the acquisition and post-acquisition structuring of the complex and significant US$6.5 billion acquisition of Atotech Ltd.
  • Advised Masimo on the international tax implications related to its acquisition of Sound United, a US$1 billion consumer technology company, including worldwide tax due diligence assessments.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

The litigation group at DLA Piper LLP (US) assists clients with both contentious and non-contentious matters, including investigations, document review and discovery disputes. The practice is led in San Diego by Jennifer Feldman, an expert in handling disputes involving e-discovery and regulatory matters before federal and state courts in addition to information governance aspects. Andrew Jay Peck provides experience in litigation strategy and is frequently appointed as a special master in discovery disputes before the New York Supreme Court. Reston-based Dennis Russell Kiker regularly acts across technology, pharmaceuticals and automotive industries, while Nathan Marvin Stein has a particular focus on information management-related advisory work. Leeanne Sara Mancari departed the firm in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer M. Feldman

Key clients

Nike, Inc.

Boeing Company, The

Atos IT Outsourcing Services, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Atos IT Outsourcing Services, LLC in AT&T v. Atos. breach of contract case in SDNY.
  • Supervised discovery in a major construction dispute, among at least a half dozen or more parties, about the construction of a new building for Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan.
  • Represented a software company in a cybersecurity breach matter involving an unidentified state actor and necessitating cooperation with law enforcement and intelligence community agencies.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

Leveraging a wide range of product liability experts spread throughout the firm’s extensive national network of offices, DLA Piper LLP (US) handles a significant range and volume of large-scale disputes involving a variety of consumer products. The group is noted for its one-stop-shop service to clients, which covers regulatory issues, government investigations and private litigation. The team is currently acting for Danone as one of the defendants in the heavy metals baby food litigation, including handling FDA interactions, a congressional investigation and putative class action and product liability suits filed throughout the US. New York and Los Angeles-based practitioners Loren Brown and Angela Agrusa lead on the civil litigation, recently obtaining an excellent victory before a California state judge. New York-based Colleen Gulliver is also involved in large-scale consumer class actions, including as it relates to alleged false advertising. Atlanta-based Christopher Campbell co-heads the mass tort and class action group alongside Agrusa.

Practice head(s):

Angela Agrusa; Christopher Campbell

Key clients

Danone

Nurture Financial Services

Sanofi

Bayer Corporation

TTE Technology, Inc.

Blue Diamond Growers

Work highlights

  • Representing Danone subsidiary, Nurture, in over 100 putative class actions, an AG action and several other product liability cases relating to alleged heavy metals found in baby food.
  • Leading the defense of Danone as one of the defendants being sued by a non-profit environmental advocacy group for its alleged contribution to the pollution crisis.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Leveraging ‘a deep bench of experts’ throughout the country including in California, a hotspot for environmental-related matters, DLA Piper LLP (US) provides a ‘very responsive’ service to clients in the defence of a range of toxic tort matters, including on cutting-edge climate change issues, and with regard to the proliferation of claims being brought through the courts with regard to PFAS  contamination.  Co-headed out of Boston and Baltimore by Matthew Holian and John Wellschlager, the firm is currently defending BASF in a high-profile PFAS MDL. Washington DC-based Buffy Mims is also part of this team, and as part of her broad trial practice, regularly represents clients in relation to toxic tort matters. In Los Angeles, first-chair trial lawyer Jayme Long  also regularly handles single and multi-plaintiff toxic tort and product liability cases, including for energy, chemical and manufacturing clients. In San Francisco, George Gigounas is a popular choice for clients seeking to comply with federal and California-specific environmental regulations, and is also regularly engaged in litigation and enforcement actions when litigation is challenged. Also located in San Francisco, the ‘exceptionally responsive’ Greg Sperla  combines regulatory and litigation skills to good effect in the context of Prop 65 work, consumer class actions and similar labeling claims, and is praised for his ability to ‘play the role of both tough litigator and careful negotiator very well’. Los Angeles-based trial lawyer Angela Agrusa, who co-heads the overarching mass torts and class action group with Christopher Campbell in Atlanta, is particularly skilled at defending clients in the food and beverages space, including recent work relating to alleged heavy metals in baby food and PFAS in food packaging.    

Practice head(s):

Christopher Campbell; Angela Agrusa

Other key lawyers:

Buffy Mims; Loren Brown; George John Gigounas; John Wellshclager; Adam Baas; Jayme Long; Gregory Sperla; Alexander Giraldo; Daniel Larkins

Testimonials

The firm has a deep bench of experts and is willing to staff matters in a way that ensures that clients have both availability and expertise at the ready.’

Gregory Sperla is exceptionally responsive, he understands both the core of the issue and its nuances for our business very quickly, and he can play the role of both tough litigator and careful negotiator very well.’

Key clients

BASF Corporation

Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC

Sanofi Group

Danone

Nurture, Inc.

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing BASF in federal MDL in the District of South Carolina involving allegations that Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) contains per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctanoate sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which plaintiffs allege are hazardous to human health.
  • Continuing to act as co-national counsel for Sanofi for litigation and regulatory issues relating to Zantac.
  • Representing Nurture, Inc. (a subsidiary of Danone NA) claiming that heavy metals such as inorganic arsenic and lead were present at dangerous levels in baby food.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

2023 saw DLA Piper LLP (US) grow its team for renewable energy, with five partner hires, though the year did also awthe departure of previous practice head Vanessa Richelle Wilson. Joe Stefano joined the New York office from Allen & Overy LLP, along with Robert da Silva Ashley from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in April 2023; da Silva Ashley acts on complex cross-border and domestic project finance and corporate lending transactions, while Stefano brings extensive experience in structuring and restructuring the full range of secured and unsecured corporate financings. Another new addition was Lindsay MacLeod, who joined the Seattle office from an in-house role and acts for corporate purchasers and developers on negotiating renewable energy transactions. Of the already established team, San Diego-based Raul Farias, an energy sector expert whose practice has an emphasis on M&A, project development and finance, stands out.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gruendel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Shell New Energies US LLC

LEGO Group, The

Doral Group Renewable Energy Resources Ltd.

Clearway Energy Group

True Green Capital Management LLC

Grupo Cobra

Invenergy LLC

Deutsche Bank AG

Wilmington Trust Company

SGP

Plug Power Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising SGP BioEnergy on all matters in the development, financing, construction and operation of a biorefinery, located in Panama.
  • Represented Invenergy in the $429.2m project financing provided by a syndicate of lenders led by KeyBank National Association for the development, construction and operation of the 259.8MW Sapphire Sky wind project in Illinois.
  • Acted for Wilmington Trust in its capacity as registrar and paying agent, in a note purchase agreement between Apollo and Doral Renewables Intermediate, relating to a photovoltaic solar electricity generating facility in Indiana.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises clients across the ABS and CLO markets, with lawyers experienced in traditional and non-traditional asset classes. It regularly advises banks and asset managers on their CLO concerns. The firm is also very present in the music royalties-backed securities market. Head of practice Richard Reilly Jr. is experienced in domestic and international CLO matters, advising leading investment banks and firms in the area. Los Angeles-based Claire Hall advises clients on esoteric ABS securitizations, including music royalties, solar leases and LIHTC portfolio-derived cash flows. Jay Williams maintains a diversified ABS practice, advising on CRE, media rights, C-PACE and repo financings matters. Based in Boston, Andrew Sroka adds to the firm’s expertise in different asset classes, with knowledge on esoteric asset classes including student loans, trade receivables, tobacco settlement fee awards and escrow rights, and IP royalties. Unless otherwise stated, lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Richard Reilly Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable, collaborative, and great to work with over all.’

‘The DLA Piper team bring the expertise and industry knowledge that clients need, at better pricing than some of their larger competitors.’

‘Jay Williams and Grant Buerstetta bring to the table a very welcome combination of technical expertise and experience along with excellent commercial sensibilities. They prove themselves time and time again to be an invaluable resource and much trusted advisers.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Ares Management

BlackRock, Inc.

Sound Point Capital Management, LP

Irradiant Partners

New Mountain Capital

MC Credit Partners

Shenkman Capital Management, Inc.

Trimaran Advisors, L.L.C.

Société Générale

Lendbuzz Inc.

Affirm, Inc.

Kapitus

Jefferies Funding LLC

Castellan Real Estate Partners

Nuveen Alternatives Advisors LLC

Concord

HarbourView Equity Partners, LLC

STORE Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Concord in its US$1.8 billion music securitization and upsize for US$500 million.
  • Advised Sound Point Capital Management in the acquisition of Assured Guaranty.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs, as arranger counsel, on US$989.50 million in new issues managed by Empower Capital Management, LLC, a new CLO manager in its first ever CLO transactions – Empower CLO 2023-1 and Empower CLO 2022-1.

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s cannabis practice provides clients with support on litigation and corporate transactions relating to the cannabis industry, as well as handling securities, capital markets and corporate governance matters. It is routinely instructed by private and publicly-traded companies working in the cannabis sector, start-ups, and venture capitals. Boston-based Stefanie Fogel heads up the group and has focused her practice on multinational food and consumer product regulation work, corporate compliance, and commercial and class action litigation. Maggie Craig, also in Boston, majors on regulatory compliance, product recalls, and consumer class action litigation. The Washington DC office was strengthened with the arrival of Perham Gorji from the Food and Drug Administration in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Fogel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Just Brands

Simply Better Brands

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc.

Massage Envy Franchising, LLC

22nd Century Group, Inc.

The HEXO Corporation

14th Round, Inc.

Nature’s Grace and Wellness, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Charlotte’s Web in an exclusive sponsorship arrangement with Major League Baseball.
  • Represented Tilray Brands, Inc. ‎‎in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of HEXO Corp. pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario).
  • Acted for Simply Better Brands in a qualified transaction to merge with a listed entity, as well as providing public reporting, corporate advice, and commercial litigation support.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s insurance department globally serves major insurance and reinsurance companies, catering to a global client base. The team excels in global insurance placements, master and local policies, and multi-jurisdictional class action litigation. Led by Aidan McCormack in New York, the practice emphasizes strengths in litigation, appellate work, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. Also in New York, Joseph Finnerty co-leads the representation & warranties practice group, with extensive litigation and advisory experience alongside Megan Shea, who focuses on litigation, investigation, counseling, and M&A insurance coverage disputes. Mark Deckman specializes in coverage strategies, settlements, and product liability, while Stephen Schwab, with a focus on international trade, notably concentrates on insurance and reinsurance regulation and compliance, transactions, dispute resolution, and receivership. From Dallas, Robert Myers Hoffman significantly contributes to the practice, securing over 60 dispositive motions and serving as lead counsel in Covid-19 litigation.

Practice head(s):

Aidan M. McCormack

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has a growing team that now has the ability to handle the largest, most complex ITC cases. They have added significant capability on the ITC side to pair with an already strong patent litigation group.’

‘Outstanding client service, and capable of managing big ticket patent litigation strategically, without getting flustered. The lawyers are human and easy to work with. They are super responsive and always way ahead of deadlines, avoiding last-minute scrambles.’

‘We really appreciate DLA´s Global access and collaboration. It’s very important to us to be able to have access to lawyers at a Global level but with one contact point when possible. DLA has been able to meet that wish and their global collaboration between each other has helps us very much.’

‘Leon Taylor and Aidan McCormack has been important partners to us in one of our companies’ biggest cases ever. Their expertise, experience, quality and service has been outstanding. We always feel comfortable with their advises and trust that they have our company’s best interest in mind when they deliver their advice.’

‘Michael Murphy and Aidan McCormack are talented litigators that provide not only expertise but exceptional client service. They have taken over complex claims for us when other attorneys have not been able to handle the litigation in an efficient way and obtained exceptional results.’

‘DLA Piper provides top notch advocacy to its insurer clients in the largest matters across the country and internationally.’

Key clients

Vesttoo Limited

DUAL North America

Mosaic Insurance

Arch Insurance Group

The Hartford

Ryan Transactional

QBE

VALE Insurance Partners

AXA XL

Liberty Mutual Group Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

American International Group, Inc. [AIG]

Swiss Reinsurance Company

Old Colony Insurance Company– (Opioid Master Disbursement Trust II)

Tokio Marine Kiln

Work highlights

  • Representing London-based reinsurance syndicates in response to a $844 million judgment (with interest over $1 billion) in a one-of-a-kind aviation dispute.
  • Representing Old Colony Insurance Company in an ongoing insurance litigation filed in Missouri by Opioid Master Disbursement Trust II (the “Trust”).
  • Initiating legal proceedings, consolidated filed a $50 million claim against Westport/Swiss Re in Westchester County, alleging financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is sought after for its successful track record representing global and domestic clients in the tech, semiconductor and medical device sectors in patent infringement disputes, with a particular focus on proceedings at the International Trade Commission. San Diego partner Sean Cunningham chairs the firm’s patent litigation group and represent major tech companies like Lenovo, Motorola Mobility and HP Inc. in disputes at all levels of the US court system. Also in San Diego, Erin Gibson is a reputed trial lawyer with particular expertise in the tech industry, litigator Kathryn Riley Grasso represents medical device and tech companies in a wide range of litigation, and Richard Mulloy stands out for his life sciences expertise. The Palo Alto team includes patent litigators Mark Fowler and Carrie Williamson, and the key practitioners in Chicago include Matthew Satchwell, who maintains close relationships with clients in the high-tech space, and Paul Steadman, who handles patent and trade secret matters.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham; Erin Gibson; Michael Sitzman

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Lenovo Group Ltd.

Motorola Mobility LLC

NXP Semiconductors N.V.

NXP USA Inc.

Nike

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP

One World Technologies, Inc.

Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.

PureCircle

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

ResMed Inc.

Toyota Motor Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Lenovo Group Ltd., Lenovo (United States) Inc. and Motorola Mobility LLC in a multi-case, multi-venue assertion brought by Maxell Technologies.
  • Represented Toyota Motor Corporation, several of its subsidiaries, and several of its suppliers in a six-patent MDL case.
  • Represented  Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a multi-matter assertion of almost 20 patents brought by plaintiff Intellectual Ventures in multiple federal district courts, including the Western District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern District of California.

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

Leveraging its expansive global network to assist notable clients such as Nike and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, DLA Piper LLP (US) is a premier choice for clients requiring assistance with trademarks relating to the blockchain, Web3, and NFTs and is also currently expanding its life sciences practice. Tamar Duvdevani helms the practice from the firm’s New York office, while key contact and branding strategist Keith Medansky and Michael Geller, who is regarded for his capabilities in managing trademark portfolios for multinational brands, operate from the firm’s Chicago office. In Washington DC, Thomas Zutic fields a varied practice that comprises IP licensing, strategic issues and domain name portfolio management, and in San Francisco, Gina Durham maintains a strong reputation in the technology, media, and retail sectors. Other names to note include Sacramento’s Carissa Bouwer and Washington DC’s Alberto Zacapa Zelaya.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Duvdevani

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They are very attentive, responsive, and knowledgeable on all things trademarks, no matter the jurisdiction.

Gina Durham is the partner in charge of our relationship, and has put together a very strong team of IP professionals.

Key clients

The Dannon Company

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

The Nature Conservancy

Penske

Ace Hardware Corporation

Claire’s Stores, Inc.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Nike, Inc.

Papa John’s International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Dr. Seuss Enterprises on global trademark, copyright, and media advice, including prosecution, counseling, enforcement, litigation, media and merchandise licensing, publishing agreements, promotional agreements, sponsorship agreements, prepublication review and clearance, and all other intellectual property advice.
  • Advising Dannon as lead counsel on domestic and certain international intellectual property matters.
  • Representing a major ballroom dance and instruction business in connection with a substantial dispute.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

The DLA Piper LLP (US) employment team provides the full range of services to a diverse range of major clients, including Best Buy, Dyson, and Levi Strauss. The practice is chaired by Dallas managing partner Marc Katz leads the practice from Dallas. Katz has huge experience of dispute and pre-dispute resolution and is the key point of contact for significant clients based in the region, such as the Dallas Cowboys and Six Flags, Inc. Also in Dallas, of counsel Todd Mobley has a track record of work on collective and class action disputes. The firm’s Palo Alto office advises a range of Silicon Valley companies, including work for their offices abroad – for example, Ute Krudewagen is providing ongoing advice for Zendesk on both US and global employment issues in its over twenty international locations. In New York, Brian Kaplan is seasoned in representing both employers and executives in significant litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marc Katz

Testimonials

‘DLA has broad reach and experts in seemingly all markets – and the global team is adept at working with US clients.’

‘DLA Piper’s global employment group is my go-to group for responsive, practical employment law advice.’

‘Most companies need a single solution across dozens of country laws and DLA can get that single solution in a way that harmonizes different options and requirements efficiently. It is impressive tactically and strategically.’

‘DLA’s specialisation in employment law in the context of M&A is unique and unlike any other firm’s practices. They are exceptionally efficient and have taken the time to get to know us as clients and incorporate that into their advice and work for us. ’

‘DLA’s international employment practice is stellar, ultra-responsive, and I can count on receiving very thorough, practical guidance. Their GENIE site is a fantastic resource.’

‘Ute Krudewagen is fantastic for all things US and international employment law. Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient, practical – she is a real gem.’

‘Ute Krudewagen is superlative. Expansive knowledge and she manages a tight team.’

‘Ute Krudewagen is as good as it gets in the employment law space. She’s the perfect mix of legal brilliance and business smarts. I count on her often. ’

Key clients

Best Buy

Spencer Stuart

Dyson, Inc.

Levi Strauss & Co.

The Nature Conservancy

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

Patagonia

Redfish Labs [dba Torch]

Peregrine Sports LLC dba Portland Timbers

Work highlights

  • Advising The Dallas Cowboys General Counsel and owner Jerry Jones on all of the organization’s day-to-day employment needs, including advising on employee separations.
  • Representing Paradox, a conversational recruiting and employment practices software developer, as lead US employment counsel.
  • Serving as international employment counsel to leading San Francisco-based software company Block, Inc. (formerly known as Square), advising on the client’s strategic global workforce projects, international expansion plans and global acquisitions.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is a go-to firm for major investors, including corporate venture funds such as Softbank, M12, and Thomson Reuters, assisting emerging companies throughout their lifecycle. The firm played a key role in advising Aumni on its acquisition by J.P. Morgan, having previously supported the client’s Series A and B financings. Leading the emerging growth and venture capital group from Virginia, Jeffrey Lehrer focuses on representing companies from early to later stages in corporate and securities transactions. Acting as vice-chair from San Diego, Richard Bull specializes in advising venture capital and corporate venture investors, as well as emerging growth companies. In New York, fellow practice vice-chair Charles Torres brings his expertise in assisting start-ups through financing rounds and exit strategies. Curtis Mo, based in Palo Alto, is active across the tech, life sciences, clean energy tech, and consumer industries, while Randy Socol in San Diego represents emerging companies and investors in equity and debt financing deals.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Lehrer; Richard Bull; Charles Torres

Other key lawyers:

Curtis Mo; Randy Socol; Jeffrey Leavitt; Tyler Hollenbeck; Logan Weaver; Maria Rydder; Adam Brenner

Testimonials

‘Very specific, helpful advice gathered from broad experience working with many other companies in similar situations across industries.’

‘Specific mention and praise for Tyler Hollenbeck (partner) and Logan Weaver (associate) – always responsive and available when needed. Provide targeted and specific advise tailored for a company at our stage and growth. Provide creative solutions in business and partnering negotiations.’

‘DLA Piper has the ideal combination of expertise and profile that gives us great confidence in the services. We have been extremely happy throughout our relationship with DLA Piper.’

‘Tyler Hollenbeck has consistently provided appropriate and timely advice as we have grown as a business. He is empathic and calm when providing advice on chaotic and critical matters – this demeanour gives us confidence that even the most challenging situation can be addressed and resolved appropriately.’

‘DLA Piper is extremely responsive to our needs, and large enough to find the right expert internally to satisfy every request. There is no arrogance as you might see with other firms focusing on the tech/venture sector.’

‘Tyler Hollenbeck is exceptional — by far the best legal partner I have worked with in this industry. He is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. If there is a question he cannot answer, he is not afraid to admit it and will seek advice from other experts within DLA and return quickly with the information I need.’

‘I found the team at DLA Piper to be excellent, in particular bringing fundamental principles of law & business to practice with pragmatic advice. So much of emerging company law is balancing risk, and it’s important to have a team like DLA’s that understands the trade off between risk and opportunity. These are “entrepreneur’s lawyers” that have deep empathy for the journey, and work to find optimal solutions without overengineering everything.’

‘Charles Torres is a very talented and thoughtful lawyer, and has offered up creative solutions to problems in the past. Maria Rydder is an extremely detail-oriented associate that provided deep-dive guidance on several questions over the past few years. Adam Brenner brings a practical view to discussions and helped us work through several relatively sticky negotiations.’

Key clients

Bessemer Venture Partners

Counterpart Ventures

Delta-v Capital

Elysian Park Ventures

Fin Venture Capital

FinTech Collective

H.I.G Growth Partners

M12, Microsoft’s venture arm

Madrona Venture Group

Magnetar Capital

Maveron

New Enterprise Associates

Point72 Ventures

Qualcomm Ventures

Sante Ventures

SoftBank Investment Advisers

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Represented SoftBank Investment Advisers as an investor in the $700m financing of Fanatics.
  • Represented Delta-v Capital as an investor in the $65m Series E financing of Teamworks.
  • Represented Point72 Private Investments in EliseAI’s $35m Series C financing round.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is well known for its advertising and marketing practice, specifically relating to its work in structuring and negotiating global sports, entertainment, and digital marketing deals. The firm’s experience in branded entertainment and esports initiatives is central to supporting its predominantly sport and sport-sponsorship client base. Additionally, the group is involved in emerging areas such as NFTs and the Metaverse. Benjamin Mulcahy, based in Los Angeles, and Gina Durham, based in San Francisco, co-chair the team. Mulcahey is recognized for his focus on sports media, sports marketing, and entertainment marketing deals for global corporations. He is active in the intersections of entertainment, sports, and advertising, often representing clients in matters regarding rights and sponsorship deals. Associate James Stewart, based in Washington DC, is a valuable member of the team, specializing in celebrity endorsements, student-athlete and influencer agreements, and sports and event sponsorship agreements. He also has expertise in IP issues and contractual rights.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Mulcahy; Gina Durham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA always puts together the right team for the matter at hand.’

‘I have confidence in the DLA team having the right skill set.’

‘This team has relentlessly pursued the best deals for their clients.’

‘DLA Piper deftly handles matters.’

‘The firm’s global platform provides a great advantage when we require expertise across different jurisdictions.’

‘Extremely well versed in the multidisciplinary minutiae under advertising law.’

Key clients

Sazerac

Victor Wembanyama

Blue Diamond Growers

Ace Hardware

Venetian Las Vegas Gaming

Austin FC

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Vindex

Fox Corporation

Deloitte

Work highlights

  • Represented a technology company in its sponsorship agreement with Manchester United Football Club.
  • Represented a football club in its Stadium Naming Rights Agreement with Bank of Montreal.
  • Represented Sazerac in its Agreement with country music star Chris Stapleton to create and market the new “Traveller” American Whiskey brand.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

The technology transactions practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) maintains a strong position in the market and undertakes both domestic and cross-border work involving tech M&A deals, IP licensing, and open-source software expertise. Victoria Lee anchors the team’s offering and is frequently sought out by emerging startups, venture backed companies, and established tech corporations to undertake both tech and IP-related work. San Diego and Dallas-based Mark Lehberg concentrates on commercial transactions involving emerging tech such as AI and NFTs, while Jeffrey Aronson is well-versed in assisting major public companies with matters relating to software, hardware, and patent licensing. The ‘professional and knowledgeable’ Chung Wei is recognized for his know-how in structuring and negotiating SaaS transactions and supply agreements, while Christopher Stevenson covers open-source software and e-commerce work. Unless otherwise mentioned, all named individuals are stationed in Palo Alto.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Lee

Testimonials

‘Timely and efficient. As we have similar contracts with a growing number of clients, they do a great job in standardizing language in accordance with our growth and product development.’

Chung Wei is efficient, professional and knowledgeable, and I respect his judgment. He builds a strong reputation for representing our interests while also solving problems and keeping our business outcomes as the primary goal.’

‘Always responsive, cutting edge, and phenomenal attorneys in the relevant areas of expertise.’

‘They’re able to balance commercial aspects of the business with the legal guidance, and they are experts in their fields.’

Key clients

Wheels Up Partners, LLC

Deere & Company

Litera

TA Associates

UpHealth Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented a wireless tech company in its acquisition of a privately held company that develops and manufactures next generation CPU-less chipsets.
  • Advised a licensor of tech and software used for designing semiconductors on the drafting and negotiation of a series of licensing agreements.
  • Represented the developer and vendor of a sales engagement platform in negotiating a broad strategic alliance with one of the world’s largest data analytics companies.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its expertise in public non-traded REITs and also possesses a strong publicly listed REITs practice. Clients of the firm also benefit from the dedicated national REIT tax practice led by New York-based Shiukay Hung. Hung advises real estate sponsors and investors on REIT tax matters and frequently speaks at events on REIT tax. Over in Raleigh, Robert Bergdolt leads the REIT practice of the firm and is the go-to for non-trade public REIT expertise and M&A-related REIT transactions. Real estate specialist Kerry Johnson is an expert in capital market matters involving publicly listed REITs and is based in Chicago, while in San Diego Darryl Steinhause is well-versed in securities and tax transactions. Christopher Stambaugh sits in Raleigh and specializes in NAV REITs. The Baltimore office of the firm enables it to advise on specific Maryland law-related REIT issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bergdolt; Shiukay Hung

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Christopher Stambaugh and his associate Jeremy Dilley have been exceptionally helpful. They are extremely knowledgeable about the industry and super responsive. Incredibly impressive and critical part of our broader REIT team’

‘The specific DLA team that we work with also represents our biggest competitors in the industry. Having the team’s perspective, without giving away any client-confidential details, has been instrumental in our work with DLA.’

‘Christopher Stambaugh and Jeremy Dilley have been very accessible and have worked tirelessly to help us meet our deadlines through our filing process.’

‘The REIT tax team led by Shiukay Hung is one of the top REIT-focused tax practices in the country. Shiukay is uniquely able to meld his private sector experience with his deep knowledge of the highly technical REIT rules and industry practices to advise clients on thorny tax issues and judiciously guide clients with respect to best practices. He delivers practical client-focused advice on an extremely wide range of REIT-related matters from highly specific services to issues specific to REITs operating within real estate fund structures.’

‘DLA’s REIT practice is outstanding for the following reasons: they are always at the forefront of industry changes and trends; they are also closely coordinated across their securities, distribution, governance and tax practices which allows for seamless support to our internal team; they are incredibly responsive and are true partners in thinking through creative solutions to problems and contemplate all facets of the problem to develop a wholistic solution.’

Christopher Stambaugh is our quarterback and helps keep us coordinated on all our REIT related securities and corporate governance. Shiukay was extremely helpful in helping us navigate some complicated international tax issues.’

‘A well-rounded firm with a depth of expertise on a wide range of tax matters.

‘Shiukay Hung is a great pleasure to work with. Very proactive, accountable, and a true expert in the REIT space, especially non-traded REITs. Very collaborative.’

Key clients

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

Goldman Sachs Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

W. P. Carey, Inc.

STAG Industrial, Inc.

STORE Capital Corporation

Getty Realty Corp.

Inland Real Estate Corporation

Ares Real Estate Income Trust Inc.

EQT Exeter/EQT Exeter Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

Sculptor Real Estate Income Trust

Highwoods Properties, Inc.

Equity Residential

Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT, Inc.

Strategic Realty Trust, Inc.

KBS Companies [KBS Realty Advisors]

Work highlights

  • Advising Ares Real Estate Income Trust Inc. as securities counsel on ongoing public offering and related public company reporting matters, corporate counsel on ongoing governance matters, and REIT tax counsel on ongoing REIT tax matters.
  • Advising Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc, as co-securities counsel on an ongoing public offering and related public company reporting matters.
  • Represented Highwoods Properties, Inc. in its $300 million “at-the-market” public offering of common stock.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s transactional and asset management group advises fund sponsors, investment advisors, and investors focusing on both asset management businesses and complex financial instruments on the technical tax aspects securitization, fund formations, credit fund transactions, cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and products related to renewable energy. The team has specific expertise in dealing with the tax complexities of financial products relating to publishing rights and television royalties in the media and entertainment space. The team is headed by New York-based Gerald Rokoff who has extensive experience advising clients on identification and implementation of tax-efficient structures and has structured investments for clients active across a broad range of industry sectors including real estate, sports and entertainment, debt and equities, operating businesses, and alternative investments. Witold Jurewicz’s practice covers US and international taxation, focusing specifically on tax-efficient structures for non-US operations and investments, tax treaty planning, and US and international tax reporting and compliance. In Chicago, Aalok Virmani advises investment fund sponsors on federal income tax matters and Thomas Geraghty has specific expertise in variable and fixed-rate notes, collateralized debt obligations, and other capital market transactions. In Boston, John Wei advises on tax issues related to insurance company and product taxation, CLOs, and securitizations.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Rokoff

Testimonials

‘I work with Jerry Rokoff (partner) and John Wei (associate) at DLA Piper. This is a very responsive team. They are up to date with market trends, they are quick to reply and will back their judgment if the matter is opinion able.’

‘We are very happy with our DLA team. They have consistently provided us with excellent, thorough, solutions-focused tax support in the private credit space. They are extremely knowledgeable and creative. They keep us updated on new developments and are very practical in providing advice. They have a very good understanding of our needs and their work very efficiently to scale the advice according to our needs.’

‘John Wei is exceptional. He is our go to person for anything tax related. He is very highly regarded and known in our organization and people value his opinion. He knows how to explain complicated tax matters according to his audience. He works very well with Gerald Rokoff and the rest of the DLA team and that is extremely important as we trust him as our go to person. Gerald Rokoff is our longest relationship at DLA and oversees our engagement. We appreciate that he is deeply connected within the industry and understands our organization. He knows how to right -size his advice and also to staff our account with the right people at DLA.’

‘The team was incredibly analytical and thoughtful and helped us build out a novel structure for profit split. Additionally, they wrote an excellent white paper on some of the tax programs we planned to utilize for investors who were previously unfamiliar with the programs.’

‘DLA’s team is a market leader in securitization and the practical and timely advice they provide in invaluable. Their professionalism and thoughtful analysis are always appreciated as we manage our CLOs and the complex indentures and tax guidelines to which they are subject.’

‘Gerald Rokoff – Outstanding tax lawyer who is pragmatic, responsive and user friendly. John Reiss – he is an outstanding funds lawyer, and we use him regularly to advise on fund structuring. John Wei – great up and coming tax lawyer who gives fast, practical and straight-forward tax guidance in high stakes restructuring situations.’

‘The attorneys in this practice have very specialized knowledge, particularly with respect to financial instruments, on a scale that I have seen only one other professional in the country.’

‘The team is very responsive and is able to balance commercial needs with industry standards and a superior understanding of the legal subject matter. Jon Wei has been particularly valuable with to such commercial/technical balance, and he has a tremendous understanding of financial products and is able to speak about this topic in a way that, although related to very technical issues, is easy to digest, understand and re-explain.’

Key clients

Sara Capital Partners

HarbourView Equity Partners, LLC

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

Concord Music Group, Inc. [Alchemy/Concord Music]

MC Credit Partners LP

Nuveen, LLC

L’Oreal Group

Société Générale [SocGen]

ArrowMark Partners

Sound Point Capital Management, LP

Jefferies Financial Group, Inc.

Five Point Energy LLC

Aligned Energy Holdings L.P.

Sabey Data Center Properties

Compass Datacenters, LLC

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC

Campbell Global, LLC

Hamilton Lane

Mirae Asset Global Investment

Partners Group AG

Harbert Management Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Campbell Global, LLC, with tax structuring advice on a timber fund focused on achieving a carbon negative outcome over the life of the fund.
  • Advised Shenkman Capital Management, an investment management company focused on alternative credit solutions withUS$27 billion AUM, on tax aspects of its management of Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) and provided tax opinions related to the restructuring of a number of debt obligations held by CLOs.
  • Representing Concord Music and Alchemy Copyrights, LLC on a range of financing transactions.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) covers the full gamut of tax disputes, acting on behalf of prominent businesses and high net worth individuals in complex domestic and international matters. The group is particularly noted for its strength in criminal tax, with expertise in managing major, high-profile investigations. Co-leading from New York are Ellis Reemer, who has a strong record of acting at the federal, state, and local levels and formerly worked within the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, and criminal tax expert Diana Erbsen, previously a member of the tax division of the US Department of Justice. Also key are Joseph Myszka in Sacramento, who specialises in international tax issues, and San Francisco-based Henry Cheng, who was promoted to partner in 2023 and covers a range of civil tax disputes, including transfer pricing and matters relating to foreign tax credits. Victoria Gu, who works from Palo Alto, is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Reemer; Diana Erbsen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Patton; Tamara Shepard; Joseph Myszka; Victoria Gu

Testimonials

‘The team in New York is outstanding at representing corporations, other entities, and executives in any type of tax controversy.’

‘Diana Erbsen is a former Department of Justice Tax Division Appellate Section Chief, and is a superb writer. Ellis Reemer brings wisdom and thoughtfulness to everything he touches.’

‘Ellis Reemer has a vast knowledge of estate tax issues.’

‘The team is extremely detail oriented and keeps us abreast as the things progress.’

‘The tax litigation practice at DLA Piper is one of the strongest in U.S. They have the expertise to handle virtually any federal tax litigation matter.’

‘Ellis Reemer is an experienced stand-out partner. His ability to solve problems and his attention to detail make him an excellent tax-litigator. He has an indomitable spirit to work until the job is done. Diana Erbsen, another tax partner, works closely with Ellis. They make a great team and her input is invaluable.’

Key clients

Synopsys, Inc.

YA Global Investments LP

Hilton Worldwide

iRobot Corporation

Alvogen

Work highlights

  • Represented YA Global in a case where the IRS has claimed that offshore investors had income effectively connected with a US trade or business.
  • Acted for Synopsys in a tax refund case involving $40m in dispute.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

Noted by clients for providing ‘expertise, results, and industry knowledge’, DLA Piper LLP (US)'s antitrust practice welcomed the arrival of experienced litigator David Hamilton in Baltimore from Womble Bond Dickinson in February 2023, New York-based Amadeu Ribeiro from Mattos Filho in October 2023, as well as the arrival of former federal DOJ prosecutor Carsten Reichel in Washington DC, who joined the team together with other antitrust lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2024. Contributing to the firm’s international capabilities, Ribeiro has significant experience working matters with ties to Latin America, while Reichel represents corporations and individuals in antitrust investigations and intertwined civil litigation, and is also recommended for developing compliance programs to mitigate cartel-related risks. With a specialism in highly-regulated industries such as healthcare, insurance and life sciences, John Hamill in Chicago is at the helm of the practice, and well known as an experienced first chair trial lawyer. San Francisco’s Matthew Jacobs excels in cross-border investigation and is sought out by company boards, audit committees, companies and executives for advice on both internal and government investigations. Allissa Pollard left the firm in June 2023. Former practice head Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

John Hamill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise, results, and industry knowledge’

 

Key clients

BlueScope Steel

Maxell

Work highlights

  • Represented an executive of BlueScope Steel who was initially the target of civil and criminal antitrust investigations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Represented a sales executive of Global Pharmaceuticals (now Impax Laboratories) in the DOJ’s investigation of conspiring to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate customers for generic drugs among 12 generic pharmaceutical companies.
  • Represented Maxell in a criminal investigation of price fixing in the lithium-ion batteries industry, obtaining a non-prosecution from the Department of Justice.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has significant experience navigating complex cross-border investigations for prominent companies across various sectors, including manufacturing, energy, pharmaceuticals, and financial services. Located in New York, John Hillebrecht is highly capable in handling FCPA investigations, while Karl Buch is skilled at advising on matters concerning healthcare fraud. With her extensive experience as a trial lawyer, Courtney Gilligan Saleski is based in Philadelphia and is recommended for government-related litigation. Practicing in Chicago, Jonathan King frequently counsels both individuals and companies on a wide range of matters such as public corruption, tax offences, insider trading, and compliance requirements. The Washington DC team has grown with the addition of David Stier who joined in January 2023 from the DOJ. Stier brings experience in the financial services industry to the firm with his focus being on financial fraud, cryptocurrency, and money laundering.  

Practice head(s):

John Hillebrecht; Courtney Gilligan Saleski; Jonathan King; Karl Buch

Other key lawyers:

David Stier; Grayson Stratton; Jessica Ann Masella; Aurelie Ercoli; Lane Earnest McKee; Matthew Jacobs; Scott Wilson; Jessica Heim

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice unique is the caliber of attorneys. Matt Jacobs and Jessica Heim are the best two attorneys I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my career. They are professional, responsive, knowledgeable, and go well beyond what I have seen others do to prepare their client and put them in the best position.’

‘Matt Jacobs has knowledge and experience that is unmatched. Jessica Heim is responsive, proactive, and strategic. The two of them are the best team in the business.’

‘The team is proactive and commercial. They very much work with the client and are always available.’

‘Karl Buch is a pleasure to work with. He is incredibly supportive and knowledgeable. Gray Stratton also stands out. The two of them make an incredible team.’

‘Courtney Saleski brings the right balance of sharp and sound legal advice and practical implications that in-house counsel needs from their outside counsel.’

‘The team is able to carry out highly complex investigations quickly and effectively. The firm has expanded capabilities to cover worldwide regulatory and enforcement activities.’

‘The firm has a deep and sophisticated practice.’

‘Scott Wilson is a star. He’s sharp, savvy, strategic and tough. He navigates thorny and often highly consequential issues calmly, professionally and with laser focus. His responsiveness and dedication are second to none. You want him on your side.’

Key clients

Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corporation

Nurture, Inc.

Telefonica, SA

Expro Group Holdings NV

Work highlights

  • Representing the Audit Committee of Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corp. in its internal investigation and government investigation on allegations of possible FCPA violations.
  • Representing a leading green hydrogen energy company in an investigation conducted by the SEC.
  • Represented the former CEO of TCC Software Solutions, who was charged by the US Attorney’s Office in a four-defendant public corruption case involving charges of conspiracy and bribery.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to forge a track record of success in M&A litigation, not least through its lead partners John Clarke in New York and head of Delaware litigation John Reed in Wilmington. The firm’s Delaware office increasingly puts it in pole position for high-stakes cases, a prime example being Reed’s work for MSG Networks in a post-closing action alleging breach of fiduciary duty by directors in approving the 2021 acquisition of the company by Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. The firm is frequently involved in mid-market transactions and consequent litigation, but it also plays a prominent role in many high-value matters, and Clarke’s work for Bristol-Myers Squibb in an action concerning its 2019 merger with Celgene Corporation is just one example. The firm is active across the US, with Melanie Walker in Los Angeles, Benjamin Schuman in Baltimore, and Jason Hopkins in Dallas all playing central roles in key matters.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; John Reed

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Walker; Benjamin Schuman; Jason Hopkins

Key clients

UpHealth, Inc.

MSG Networks, Inc. and Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

Japan NuScale Innovation

Resource REIT, Inc.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Bowlero Corporation

ActiGraph, LLC

Haymaker Sponsor III LLC

GigAcquisitions2, LLC

GigAcquisitions3, LLC

StoneX Group Inc.

STORE Capital

Work highlights

  • Representing Haymaker Sponsor III LLC and Steven J. Heyer, the company’s chief executive officer, in litigation in the District Court of Dallas County and the Chancery Court of Delaware.
  • Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in an action pending in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for alleged breach of a contingent value rights agreement entered into in November 2019 in connection with its merger with Celgene Corporation. The asserted damages are unspecified, but allegedly are more than $6 billion.
  • Representing GigCapital3, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company, and its officers and directors in an action brought on behalf of a putative class of investors alleging that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders by allegedly not disclosing the exact cash-per-share that Gig3 would contribute in its de-SPAC mergers with Lightning eMotors and by including in the merger proxy allegedly false and misleading information regarding Lightning’s ability to scale production and projections.

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

Centered in Philadelphia with further access to broader products and mass tort competence throughout the country, DLA Piper LLP (US) provides ‘outstanding representation’ to multinational automotive and automobile component part manufacturers in complex litigation in federal and state courts across the US. Matthew Goldberg heads up the automotive subgroup and has recently secured a number of victories for Hyundai Mobis, including in multi-party actions (MPAs) regarding alleged defective airbags. Nathan Heller, who is praised for his ‘capacity to ask the right questions to get to the heart of the matter’, also has experience in handling auto-related product liability and consumer fraud class actions, as does associate Timothy Pfenninger, who is active across all phases of litigation. Automotive clients also benefit from the experience of Washington DC-based Paul Hemmersbaugh, who can draw upon vast risk management and regulatory expertise (including in relation to autonomous vehicles) for clients due to his experience both in private practice as well as his former roles at GM and as Chief Counsel to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All named practitioners are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Goldberg

Testimonials

DLA Piper is excellent in every regard. Quick communication, outstanding representation, taking the time to fully understand and offer good counsel for the given situation.’

Nathan Heller has the capacity to ask the right questions to get to the heart of the matter. Through his expertise, the right points of note, concern, information, or legal information come to the surface in ways that are understandable and applicable.’

Key clients

Hyundai Mobis

Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA Operadora (Iberia Airlines)

British Airways plc

KLM Airlines

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for Hyundai Mobis Co and Mobis Parts America LLC when the US District Court for the Central District of California granted a motion to dismiss all claims brought against them in multidistrict litigation.
  • Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for British Airways in a putative nationwide class action relating to an alleged failure to pay refunds to consumers for flights cancelled due to Covid-19.
  • Secured a significant litigation victory on behalf of client KLM in a putative ESG class action case in the Southern District of New York.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Clients praise DLA Piper LLP (US) for its ‘excellent subject matter expertise’. The firm is best known for its work on behalf of companies in the life sciences, financial services, insurance and technology sectors. The co-chairs of the practice, John Clarke in New York and Melanie Walker in Los Angeles, are highly respected for complex litigation and internal investigations involving securities and financial instruments. Experienced LA-based partner Richard Zelichov is ‘extremely diligent and very creative’. He recently assisted former officers of Workhorse with the resolution of a securities class and nine derivative suits concerning statements about  its participation in the proposal process for a next generation delivery vehicle for the USPS. Seasoned trial and appellate lawyer John Hillebrecht in New York and former SEC attorney Jason Lewis in Dallas are also key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; Melanie Walker

Testimonials

‘Worked well with the company to identify and achieve best outcome.’

‘Excellent subject matter expertise. Very efficient approach.’

‘Richard Zelichov is an outstanding lawyer. He is as knowledgeable as anyone in the field about securities laws and securities regulation. He is extremely diligent and really cares about his clients. He is also very creative.’

Key clients

Hain Celestial Group, Inc., The

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Plug Power Inc.

Japan NuScale Innovation

GigAcquisitions2, LLC

GigAcquisitions3, LLC

Black Girls CODE

Goldman Sachs & Co. et al. (Athira Pharma)

Ernest Garcia II (founder of Carvana Corporation)

Noble Capital

Abengoa, S.A.

SolarWinds Corp.

B. Riley Securities, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a natural and organic food company, and four of its former senior officers in a putative class action pending in the US District Court for the Eastern District of NewYork asserting claims of securities fraud. The case illustrates the firm’s ability to address complex accounting claims and respond adeptly to procedural developments.
  • Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) and its present and former directors and officers in three putative class actions asserting claims on behalf of investors in a series of publicly traded contingent value rights (CVRs).
  • Representing Plug Power Inc., the creator of the first commercially viable market for hydrogen fuel cell technology, in an action asserting securities fraud claims on behalf of a putative class of investors in Plug Power common stock filed in the US District Court for the District of Delaware.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

The environmental practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) assists a spread of high-profile clients in matters relating to climate change, sustainability, supply chain and remediation. George Gigounas co-leads from the office in San Francisco, handling environmental contamination, product regulation and climate change law, alongside Gwen Keyes Fleming, best known for her ‘government experience’, who deals with compliance rulemaking and environmental justice. The team is also home to Robert Alessi , New York based environmental and energy lawyer, Adam Baas , of the San Francisco office, who is a key name to note in emerging contaminants and clean up and New York based Jeff Salinger, who is praised by his clients as ‘the best in the business’. His wide practice spans health and safety, ESG and real estate issues as well as corporate social responsibility.  Andrew Cooper joined the Washington DC office in early 2023 from Van Ness Feldman LLP specializing in compliance.

Practice head(s):

George John Gigounas; Gwendolyn Keyes

Other key lawyers:

Robert Alessi; Adam Baas; Jeff Salinger; Andrew Cooper; Paul Wierenga

Testimonials

‘Jeff Salinger is the best in the business. He knows his legal aspects to a tee and has a great commercial viewpoint. He is fast and gets his document reviews done rapidly.’

‘This practice is unique because of the government experience of its partners, namely Gwen Keyes Fleming. I have known Mrs. Keyes Fleming since she was the US EPA Regional Administrator for Region 4 and she was subsequently the Chief of Staff of a former National Administrator. This experience has provided Mrs. Keyes Fleming with a wealth of knowledge about environmental regulations and the inner workings of the EPA, as well as many contacts within the government.’

‘Gwen Keyes Flemming. Not only is she perhaps the most qualified environmental regulatory attorney in the country, but she also hires similarly qualified individuals to her team. When an in-house client goes to Gwen for advice, we know that she is thinking with the mind of a regulator, not just giving us abstract textbook opinions. At the end of the day, that is what I need to advise my C-Suite on the best interests of the company.’

‘Gwen Keyes Flemming and Paul Wierenga are pragmatic attorneys who use their “real-world” experience to their clients’ advantage. Gwen’s impressive background attracts the best and the brightest to her practice. I never doubt the quality or feasibility of the advice that I get from Gwen and her team.’

Key clients

Michelin North America, Inc.

BASF Corporation

BAE Systems

Danone

Government of Georgia’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection

Northrop Grumman Corporation

The Chlorine Institute

Baker Commodities

BAE Systems Ship Repair

Ted Segal

CAE, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Michelin North America, Kumho USA, and Hankook Tire America in a novel case impacting the entire tire industry regarding 6PPD, an anti-degredation chemical in all vehicle tires, with Endangered Species Act and potential other claims.
  • Representing BASF Corporation in one of the largest environmental and toxic tort multidistrict litigation matters regarding PFAS in foam (AFFF).
  • Representing the Chlorine Institute and its members on cutting edge TSCA, FIFRA, CWA and transportation issues that are implicated by the production and distribution of chlorine and its other mission chemicals.

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 3

Led by San Francisco-based litigator George Gigounas and regulatory expert Gwen Keyes Fleming, based between Washington DC and Atlanta, DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to advise a range of clients in heavily regulated industries on a variety of environmental issues related to corporate, financial and real estate transactions. Jeff Salinger, based in New York, is a key contact and routinely advises on ESG issues, climate change disclosure, and brownfield redevelopment. In Washington DC, regulatory compliance expert Paul Wierenga is known for advising oil industry clients on energy and environmental issues, including those related to renewable fuels, air quality standards, US policy on oil imports and renewable fuels, and climate change legislation and regulations.

Practice head(s):

George Gigounas; Gwen Keyes Fleming; Jeff Salinger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Jeff Salinger from DLA on regulatory and environmental issues. He is the best in the business. He knows the legal aspects perfectly and has a very good business point of view.’

‘Jeff Salinger is fast and can review documents quickly. Other lawyers are good at legal or transactional, Jeff is equally good at both.’

Key clients

BASF Corporation

Ecolab

BioMed Realty

ECMS

AIG

Beazley

Green Court Capital

Keystone Capital

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles a range of high value disputes in the sector, helping clients defend their patents in cross-border litigation and also providing support in product liability and personal injury MDLs arising out of allegations of faulty products or drugs. Licensing and supply agreements also fall within the group’s purview, where the group acts for both suppliers and buyers of critical medical ingredients. Heading the team are Matthew Holian, a Boston-based litigator whose practice encompasses multi-jurisdictional product liability disputes, and New York’s Andrew Gilbert, who advises both public and private life sciences companies on M&As and securities law; February 2024 saw the arrival of FDA regulatory specialists Vernessa Pollard and Anisa Mohanty from McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s Washington office, advising on pre-market strategy and post-market compliance. Loren Brown represents clients across the spectrum of litigation pertinent to life sciences clients, including patent and trade secret infringement claims, and securities class actions, and Lucas Przymusinski focusing on product liability suits tied to drugs and medical devices; both are located in New York. Boston’s Katie Insogna is recommended for her ability to handle both regulatory issues and litigation, including MDLs tied to product liability, and broader commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Holian; Andrew Gilbert; Vernessa Pollard

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pfizer Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

ResMed, Inc.

Bayer Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Biogen Inc.

Novo Nordisk A/S

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Qatar Pharma for Pharmaceutical Industries WLL

Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanofi on litigation and regulatory issues relating to Zantac, a common heartburn medication that allegedly contains or is contaminated with NDMA, a possible carcinogen.
  • Represented Taiho Oncology Inc. and Taiho Pharmaceutical Corp in several patent infringement cases related to Lonsurf™, an oral combination therapy used for treating adult patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
  • Advised Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. in the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of 3,000,000 shares of its common stock at the public offering price of US$75.00 per shareand on entering into an exclusive license agreement with Pharmanovia to commercialize and further develop Sunosi.

Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US), led by Aidan McCormack in New York, encompasses a multidisciplinary team proficient in all facets of transactions involving insurers, reinsurers, MGAs, brokers, and insurtech companies. In addition to transactional work, the practice aids fund managers and insurance companies in establishing insurance-focused funds and investments. Leveraging their global reach, the team is adept at supporting clients in intricate cross-border engagements, often advising on global M&A, private equity/venture capital, corporate, and finance attorneys to offer comprehensive advice. In Chicago, Stephen Schwab focuses on international trade, particularly in insurance and reinsurance regulation, compliance, transactions, dispute resolution, and receiverships, while David Mendelsohn brings extensive experience representing insurers, reinsurers, brokers, and other clients in various transactions, including complex regulatory matters and mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, key figures such as Matthew Gorra, based in Baltimore, offer transactional expertise across a broad range of industries, advising both private and public clients from both seller and buyer perspectives.

Practice head(s):

Aidan M. McCormack

Testimonials

‘Generally, potential clients should be interested in the following about DLA Piper: very good consulting skills throughout the phases of an engagement, ability to assess and position a case if it is likely to go to the next phase (e.g., depositions and trial), and full-team trial experience. DLA Piper always is a top tier firm and performer (at all staffing levels).’

‘The group is hard-working, professional, and organized all while maintaining a pleasant demeanor.’

Key clients

Trustmark Companies

The Horton Group

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Clear Springs Life Assurance Company

HUB International, Ltd.

American Family Insurance Group

Capital & Co. Insurance Services LLC

EquiTrust Life Insurance Company

SCOR Reinsurance Company

USQRISK, LLC

Tokio Marine Kiln

Work highlights

  • Achieved a settlement of an offset plan on behalf of 50+ reinsurance counterparties in the Scottish Re U.S., Inc. rehabilitation in the Delaware Chancery Court and closed on a settlement of COVID-19 grace period extensions, resolved disputes over the standard for review of a proposed rehab plan, and are actively engaged in the development of an amended rehabilitation plan.
  • Representing and advising Israeli, Bermudan, and US debtors in Delaware bankruptcy arising out of multi-billion-dollar reinsurance security and investment transactions, most of which were fraudulent.
  • Advised Sydney-based public company, Steadfast Group in their first US acquisition and first entry into the US market.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) harnesses the bench strength of a global network  to provide a full range of management and enforcement services and to safeguard the copyrights of major multinational clients (including Pfizer, Nike, and Midjourney) involved in high-stakes litigation. The practice’s active client base spans industries ranging from apparel, fitness, media and entertainment to hospitality, tech, consumer goods, and financial services. The team is led by seasoned intellectual property litigator Tamar Duvdevani in New York, who specializes in the fashion retail and consumer goods sectors. Gina Durham in San Francisco, deputy practice leader of the firm’s IP and technology group, who brings expertise to matters involving copyright, trade dress, false advertising, and AI. Kevin Fee in Washington DC, who draws on extensive copyright litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels. Also in DC, senior associate Rachel Fertig, who counsels clients across such sectors as art, tech, music, and media sectors, and associate Jane Wise, whose client base includes consumer products manufacturers, publishers, retailers, and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Duvdevani

Testimonials

‘Clearly diverse and inclusive in all dimensions. Transparent in their feelings, always open to our questions, and good people that we’re proud to be represented by.’

‘Kevin Fee and Rachel Fertig are outstanding, brilliant legal minds. Kevin’s experience and strategy, along with Rachel’s attention to detail and copyright knowledge, make for a perfect combination.’

Key clients

ASTM International

International Code Council, Inc.

Nike, Inc.

Midjourney

Tracy Anderson Method

Pfizer, Inc.

Concord

The Daily Caller

DER Touristik

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for text-to-image generative AI company MidJourney, in securing branding assets and executing on trademark and copyright issues around the world.
  • Representing celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson in a lawsuit aimed at protecting her fitness method, initiated against Megan Roup and The Sculpt Society.
  • Represent the plaintiff in ASTM v. Public.Resource.Org, a case addressing novel issues at the intersection of copyright, trademark, administrative, and constitutional law.

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 3

The collective at DLA Piper LLP (US) has been significantly bolstered by the arrival to the West Coast offices of a 30-lawyer IP team from Dentons which includes well-known names in patent prosecution; Peter Yim who has impressive experience handling IPR, PGR and re-examination work arrived to the San Diego office; team lead at his former firm Brian Ho, alongside Randy Omid and Parker Kuhl to San Francisco; Christopher Eide to Palo Alto; and Michael Swett to Seattle. Another key name in San Diego is Lisa Haile who has particular expertise in tech-related cases. Biopharma, life sciences and manufacturing are all industry sectors the team’s workload covers; its cases frequently include assisting with the key elements of the granting of worldwide patents, managing and establishing portfolios and representing clients in the array of patent prosecution as well as litigation matters. Sean Cunningham in San Diego, San Francisco-based Gina Durham and Larissa Bifano who works from the firm’s Boston hub collectively oversee the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham; Larissa Bifano

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice team is very helpful in stepping in and providing full service patent prosecution.’

‘We are a very small in house team managing an increasingly large number of patent applications, an the DLA team has made it possible to meet our goals.’

‘Larissa Bifano manages the team well and ensures feedback is addressed. She also is directly involved with the work, which is not always the case at other firms.’

Key clients

Caelum Biosciences

Viridos, Inc.

Curasen Therapeutics Inc.

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx)

Codex DNA, Inc.

Alloy Therapeutics

OrphAI Therapeutics

Minovia Therapeutics Ltd.

Sight Machine

Inozyme Pharma

Work highlights

  • Representing the client in patent, contract and general corporate matters, with an exclusive focus on development of a HIV cure.
  • Advising Sight Machine in its obtaining patent protection for its innovations.
  • Act as patent counsel for Personal Genome Diagnostics, having been instrumental in helping obtain worldwide patent coverage for some of their key diagnostic and therapeutic areas.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

Leveraging its strong presence across the Americas, and the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to advise clients in the generative AI space, and assists clients with NFT-related trademark filings, among a variety of other trademark litigation mandates. Tamar Duvdevani helms the practice from the firm’s New York office, harnessing her trademark and right-of-publicity litigation expertise to operate for Nike and other notable clients. Other key contacts include seasoned trademark and copyright litigator Gina Durham, who is based in San Francisco, and San Diego’s Melissa Reinckens, who contributes her wide-ranging experience across trademark, false advertising, and commercial litigation to the team. Washington DC’s Kevin Fee principally focuses on high-stakes trademark litigation before trial and appellate courts, and New York’s Marc Miller is well-versed in handling trademark litigation in federal and state courts.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Duvdevani

Other key lawyers:

Gina Durham; Melissa Reinckens; Tamany Vinson Bentz; Marc Miller

Testimonials

‘Great interaction with our internal team.’

‘They are subject matter experts.’

Key clients

Goli Nutrition Inc.

Tracy Anderson Method

Coinbase Global Inc.

James Hardie Building Products, Inc

The Estate of Jackie Robinson

Midjourney

DER Touristik

Nike, Inc.

Tigercat International Inc.

General Cigar Company, Inc.

Iovate Health Sciences International U.S.A., Inc., Northern Innovations Holding Corp. dba Purely Inspired, and Lakeside Innovations Holding Corp.

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to Midjourney, the text-to-image global generative AI company.
  • Secured a trial victory on behalf of Goli Nutrition, a gummy vitamin company, against GOLO LLC, a weight loss company offering the GOLO For Life diet plan.
  • Acting as counsel to plaintiff Nike in a trademark and false advertising case brought by Nike against resale platform operator StockX.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s dedicated employee benefits and executive compensation team handles a wide range of both design and transactional benefits matters. In Washington DC, Rita Patel leads the practice. Patel oversees many large everyday compliance matters for large corporate clients, including the recent implementation of ERISA covered severance plans and benefit claims. In Chicago, Richard Ashley is experienced with designing and implementing executive compensation programs, including plans which emphasize the implementation of ESG related incentives. Erin Sweeney, working from Washington DC, is a point of contact for large employers in a variety of industries on redesigning existing benefit plans in compliance with ERISA. Also based in Washington DC, Todd Castleton handles retirement plans and various fiduciary governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Rita Patel

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper provides quality, accurate information and swift turnaround times.’

‘Todd Castleton has been quick to respond and thorough in his reasoning whenever he gives legal advice.’

‘The DLA team comprises true experts who have seen just about every situation and take a solutions-oriented approach to helping clients think through their strategy and identify practical ways to execute, factoring in the company’s risk tolerance.’

‘The team has deep knowledge of employee benefits matters.’

‘Very knowledgeable and accessible. They are able to explain complex legal topics in a way that the business understands.’

‘DLA has a keen ability to ensure compliance with legal standards while steering towards industry excellence. They give practical solutions while mitigating risk and minimizing internal disruption. I appreciate their determination to tackle and move projects to completion.’

‘DLA is more than an outside advisor, providing a human touch and understanding of the issues at hand to give a solution that is workable for all interested parties.’

Key clients

Paylocity Corporation

Las Vegas Sands Corporation

International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

Ross Stores

Tik Tok, Inc.

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Reddit, Inc.

James Hardie Industries plc

Tesla

Goya Foods, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading global hospitality company on the reimagination of its voluntary benefit plan offering.
  • Advised a multinational pharmaceutical and biotech company on all benefits and executive compensation work, including representation of the pension committee and advice on fiduciary and tax issues.
  • Represented one of the largest steel producers globally, in the design and implementation of an executive compensation program for senior officers.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 3

The labor and employment group at DLA Piper LLP (US) is equipped to handle wage and hour, collective, and representative actions, as well as discrimination and COVID-related litigation. National practice lead Marc Katz also acts as managing partner at the Dallas office; his broad practice encompasses trade secret and unfair competition litigation, fiduciary duty and partnership disputes, and class action. In New York, Mary Dollarhide is routinely involved in discrimination, harassment, and breach of contract claims; Joseph Piesco, also in New York, regularly works on wage and hour class actions. San Diego-based Julie Dunne has knowledge of private attorney general representative actions under Californian law and the Fair Labor Standards Act. In New Jersey Brian Kaplan disputes experience includes the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and tort and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Partner Troy Valdez joined the team from Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Marc Katz

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly thoughtful and thorough. I’m also impressed with how they are extremely direct and upfront with their recommendations. Generally, I’ve been able to trust their guidance without feeling like they are doing things that are unnecessary or impractical.’

‘Joe Piesco is very involved, hands-on and thorough. In every instance he has been prepared and most importantly always had my best interests in mind. He’s got a great group of people working with him as well, which has made developing plans with the aim of resolving issues very straightforward.’

‘Joe Piesco is a go-to lawyer. Bet the company on Piesco – he is that good!’

‘A wide range of experience across the employment dispute spectrum and outstanding responsiveness.’

‘Joe Piesco is an outstanding litigator and strategist. He is highly responsive and is our go-to on all employment-related matters. Joe is as good at helping us avoid litigation, as he is in resolving disputes.’

Key clients

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.

7-Eleven, Inc.

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.

Patagonia

San Francisco Health Plan

Anthropic

Spotline

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

The Royal Bank of Canada

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended The Human Rights Campaign and The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) in a high-profile race discrimination lawsuit filed by its former President.
  • Obtained a trial victory on behalf of Sands Corporation in a federal court lawsuit brought by five former pilots against Sands Aviation, the company’s in-house aviation group.
  • Defeated class certification on behalf of New York University in a putative class action brought by a student plaintiff seeking a refund of tuition and fees due to NYU’s transition to remote learning in Spring 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘ team excels in arbitration and is also able to litigate before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The group collaborates with clients in corporate campaigns and other labor activity, as well as regularly advising on and negotiating collective bargaining agreements as well as acting in labor peace (LPA) negotiations. Team leader Marc Katz is based in Dallas and oversees much of the group’s contentious work due to his experience in these matters. Katz is well supported by Joseph Piesco and Kevin Harlow in New York and San Diego respectively.

Practice head(s):

Marc Daniel Katz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

MarketPlace Development, Inc.

Venetian Las Vegas

Shopify, Inc.

The Hershey Company

Raven Capital Management

Six Flags Entertainment Company

Plug Power

Aunt Bertha, Inc. dba Find Help

In-Q-Tel

Station Casinos, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented an owner of production studio lots in Los Angeles in labor-related advice regarding theScreen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America strike.
  • Represented a Chicago-based developer in negotiations regarding a labor peace agreement (LPA) for a hotel to be developed on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

Praised by clients for its ‘consistent collaborative client-centric approach’ and ‘outstanding legal services’, DLA Piper LLP (US) is well-versed in a wide range of corporate governance issues, standing out for its work in the tech and life sciences spaces. The team is jointly led by Christopher Paci and Era Anagnosti. Paci is noted for his extensive experience in the securities law aspects of financial restructuring, while Anagnosti, who joined the team from White & Case LLP, has bolstered the team’s agency experience as a former SEC employee. The ‘top notch’ Sanjay Shirodkar is lauded for his ability to provide clients with ‘sound, practical advice.’ Attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Paci; Era Anagnosti

Other key lawyers:

Sanjay Shirodkar; Andrew Ledbetter Seattle; Robert Alessi; Courtney Saleski

Testimonials

‘Sanjay is top notch when is comes to advising public companies on corporate governance matters. He is always on top of the latest developments and provides sound, practical advice that is easy to implement.’ 

‘Andrew Ledbetter Seattle – outstanding practical advice on corporate governance and SEC matters.’

‘DLA Piper has demonstrated a consistent collaborative client-centric approach, surrounding us with a team of professionals who possess a deep understanding of their respective areas of expertise.’

‘The DLA Piper team takes a proactive and strategic approach to all the matters being handled.’

‘The DLA Piper team instills confidence in us, provides outstanding legal services and consistently delivers positive results.’

‘Specific stand-out partners we work with from DLA Piper include Robert Alessi, Sanjay Shirodkar, and Courtney Saleski. Each of these partners has exceptional communication skills, they are responsive in keeping us informed about the progress of matters, able to explain complex legal concepts in a manner that is understandable to non-attorneys and appreciate the importance of actively listening to help ensure that they fully grasp our needs.’

Key clients

Lululemon Athletica

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Pfizer Inc.

Philip Morris International, Inc.

ResMed, Inc.

Jack in the Box, Inc.

Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd.

FaZe Clan

Teradata Corporation

Whole Earth Brands, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) on the full range of SEC advisory, corporate governance, intellectual property, regulatory, privacy, commercial, litigation and employment matters.
  • Advising Pfizer Inc. on the full range of SEC advisory, corporate governance, disclosure matters, including interpretive questions relating to the application of US GAAP principles, Exchange Act reporting and new SEC rule proposals and rule amendments.
  • Advising Philip Morris International Inc. on ongoing governance, disclosure, and shareholder engagement matters, which expanded to encompass executive compensation matters, capital markets, finance matters as well as with multiple debt and securities transactions.

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

Demonstrating extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional M&A and complex SPAC transactions, the DLA Piper LLP (US) practice maintains a large roster of clients predominantly active in the tech, finance, and aerospace sectors. Operating out of New York, Christopher Giordano is an expert on topics ranging from divestitures to securities law affairs in addition to routinely advising on corporate governance matters. Located in Minneapolis, Kathleen Smith Ruhland focuses on cross-border restructurings and joint ventures, while New York-based Jon Venick specializes in assisting clients with stock transactions and asset deals.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Giordano

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tastemaker Acquisition Corp.

Flock Group Inc.

Pool Corporation

Arbe Robotics, Ltd.

Global Software, LLC

Alliant Capital, Ltd.

CyrusOne, LLC

Grayshift, LLC

The Wicks Group of Companies, LLC

Health and Happiness Limited

Roadie, Inc.

Ecwid Inc

Invmetrics Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised GoHenry Limited on selling all of its outstanding equity interests to Acorns.
  • Advised Netwrix and its financial sponsor, TA Associates Management, on Netwrix’s sale of a significant minority equity position in Centerbridge Partners L.P.
  • Advised Sio Silica, a supplier and producer of silica headquartered in Calgary, on its business combination with Pyrophyte Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 3

Praised for its hands-on deal management’ and deep expertise in the entertainment and music sectors’, DLA Piper LLP (US) advises extensively on music rights securitization and is equipped to structure and negotiate a broad range of agreements in areas such as content development, production and distribution. A trio of partners head up the Los Angeles-based team: Tom Ara‘s transactional abilities were most recently showcased in his handling of a VR content production deal for TikTok and parent company ByteDance, Robert Sherman is frequently sought out by music rights acquirers to advise on distressed transactions, and David Markman‘s broad practice includes serving as production counsel for film and television projects. Seasoned entertainment lawyer Richard Petretti is geared to assist with work including secured and unsecured film, television and music financings, while Katherine Imp has extensive experience in negotiating production and post-production agreements for audiovisual content.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ara; Robert Sherman; David Markman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Really fantastic folks. Super-knowledgable. Collaborative. Easy to work with. ’

‘The level of collaboration is unreal, they are just so wonderful. ’

‘Deep expertise in the entertainment and music sectors, and very strong expertise across corporate matters, financings, tax, etc.’

‘Long-time experience in the sector and functional expertise. Very hands-on deal management, with a very strong team. Highly collaborative and practical.’

‘Deep knowledge of the sector. Highly skilled team. Broad range of specialities. ’

Key clients

TikTok Inc.

Creative Artists Agency, LLC

Cyber Group Studios

Coupang Play

Concord

Michelle Rodriguez

CJ ENM Co., Ltd.

Educational Media Foundation

The Walt Disney Company

HarbourView Equity Partners, LLC

MMM Asset Co LP

Annapurna Games LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Concord in its $1.8bn music securitization.
  • Represented ByteDance and TikTok in a multi-year VR content production deal with WaveXR.
  • Counseled Victoria’s Secret & Co. in connection with the production and distribution of the recently released Victoria’s Secret: The Tour ‘23 documentary.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s non-contentious tax practice, led by Stacy Paz in Silicon Valley alongside Seattle-based Alison Maxwell, continues to claim its share of middle-market and major transactions, including in emerging areas such as tax insurance and digital assets structuring. The team also has a strong offering in the sports space, recently advising the majority owners of NBA team the Phoenix Suns as well as the investment arm of NFL team the San Francisco 49ers. Senior partner Gerald Rokoff leads a group dedicated to handling the tax structuring of asset management and financial product transactions, while Shiukay Hung is an expert in REIT tax, representing both sponsors and investors. Thomas Geraghty in Chicago advises on mergers, including those involving SPACs and up-C structures, joint ventures, securities offerings, restructurings, real estate investments, and investments in cryptocurrency and digital assets. Frank Mugabi’s broad experience in the oil and gas sector extends to private equity M&A as well as de-SPAC and Reverse Morris transactions. Drew Young has recently focused his efforts on renewable energy matters, especially those concerning the new Inflation Reduction Act. Associate John Wei is highly regarded. Kurtis Weaver in Boston was promoted to partnership in 2023, with the group also strengthened by the arrivals of David Pope, Los Angeles- and Palo Alto-based Brian Hamano, and Andrew Kreisberg in San Diego. Unless otherwise noted, lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stacy Paz; Alison Maxwell

Testimonials

‘Very capable and efficient team. Responsive to client demands, including timing. Wide range of expertise. Unparalleled network of local counsel in foreign jurisdictions.’

‘John Wei has a valuable combination of skills rarely found in tax associates: extremely smart and technical, but also understanding of the bigger picture and of clients’ needs to make practical business decisions.’

‘I use the same team as for financial products, i.e. Jerry Rokoff (Partner) and John Wei (associate). This is a strong team. They are responsive, fully aware of market developments, have strong technical ability and are willing to back their judgment by an opinion if the matter is opinionable.’

‘The REIT and real estate tax team led by Shiukay Hung is very well respected. Shiukay is uniquely able to meld his private sector experience with his deep knowledge of the highly technical REIT and partnership tax rules and industry practices to advise clients on thorny tax issues and judiciously guide clients with respect to best practices. Shuikay delivers practical client-focused advice on an extremely wide range of real estate-related matters.’

‘We are very happy with our DLA team. They have consistently provided us with excellent, thorough, solutions-focused tax support in the private credit space. They are extremely knowledgeable and creative. They keep us updated on new developments and are very practical in providing advice. They have a very good understanding of our needs and their work very efficiently to scale the advice according to our needs.’

‘John Wei is exceptional. He is our go to person for anything tax related. He is very highly regarded and known in our organization and people value his opinion. He knows how to explain complicated tax matters according to his audience. He works very well with Gerald Rokoff and the rest of the DLA team and that is extremely important as we trust him as our go to person.

‘Gerald Rokoff is our longest relationship at DLA and oversees our engagement. We appreciate that he is deeply connected within the industry and understands our organization. He knows how to right-size his advice and also to staff our account with the right people at DLA.’

Key clients

Phoenix Suns

49ers Enterprises II, LLC

Carlyle Group, LLC

Etain Health

BioTE Holdings, LLC

Atrium Sports, Inc.

Airtower Networks

Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II

JAFRA Cosmetics International, Inc.

Concord Music Group, Inc. [Alchemy/Concord Music]

Freightos Ltd.

Globant

SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC

Loral Space & Communications, Inc.

MDC Partners Inc.

Columbus McKinnon Corporation

Haymaker Acquisition Corp II

Exelon Corporation

Opportunity Financial, LLC (OppFi)

Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

CareMax Medical Group

EQT Exeter/EQT Exeter Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

Ares Real Estate Income Trust Inc.

American Gene Technologies Inc.

Inland Real Estate Investment Corporation

Baird Capital

Columbia Capital, LLC

LLR Partners, Inc.

Centroid Investment Partners LC

Pico Quantitative Trading LLC

RV Share

GPS Insight

TCW Group, Inc.

AXA

Work highlights

  • Advised the majority owners of the Phoenix Suns (Phoenix Suns Legacy Partners LLC) on how to tax-efficiently structure the sale of a controlling position in the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.
  • Represented ResMed, a publicly traded respiratory and sleep care company, in its acquisition of Somnoware.
  • Advised IPC Alternative Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. in the tax planning and the REIT tax considerations of a private offering involving the conversion of an Inland private real estate fund to an NAV REIT and the public offering of the NAV REIT.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

The ‘very diligent, knowledgeable, attentive, and easily accessible’ antitrust team at DLA Piper LLP (US) represents individual executives, insurance companies, and healthcare sector players in the full range of class actions and civil antitrust litigation. John Hamill now heads the practice from the Chicago office and excels in representing clients across the full spectrum of commercial litigation, including antitrust issues and unfair competition matters. The ‘outstanding and efficient’ David Hamilton joined the firm’s Baltimore office from Womble Bond Dickinson in February 2023; Hamilton has a broad practice spanning monopolization, price-fixing, and cartel litigation. Brian Boyle, in Philadelphia, represents corporate clients as plaintiffs and defendants in cartel, merger, and pricing conduct antitrust mandates, while Washington DC-based litigator David Bamberger is a key contact for class actions. The growing team saw its East Coast offering further expanded with the January 2024 arrivals of former FTC attorney Amanda Wait, investigations expert Vic Domen, and former federal prosecutor Carsten Reichel from Norton Rose Fulbright; all are based in Washington DC. Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

John Hamill

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper meets clients where they are and calibrates advice to its clients’ capabilities and operational realities. In other words, the firm guides clients to success one step at a time with a focus on what the clients can do. ’

‘Brian Boyle pays attention to the little things and takes time to get to know his clients – individually and organizationally. He looks for simple solutions and maintains a calm, positive demeanor in challenging circumstances.’

‘DLA Piper’s global reach and wealth of experience in the sports sector is critically important for us. They know our specific industry very well, including unique insights on how key players will conduct themselves in a dispute. ’

‘John Hamill in particular is a trusted advisor and usually my first call when a controversy arises.’

‘DLA Piper has both the breadth of practice and resources necessary to handle the kind of high-stakes litigation we partner with them on. That is, multi-party, multi-jurisdiction, multi-claim litigation in which plaintiffs are pursuing many billions of dollars in damages.’

‘We’ve worked closely with David Hamilton. David is phenomenal. Brilliant lawyer with decades of relevant experience. Very talented strategist with lots of real-world trial experience.’

‘David Hamilton is outstanding and efficient, with wise counsel, attentive to all relative issues, and knows where to focus for maximum impact.’

‘The team is very diligent, knowledgeable, attentive, and easily accessible.’

Key clients

Aquis Inc.

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Komatsu America Corporation

Maxell

International Franchise Association

Danielson

Automobile Auctions (Auto Auctions)

Work highlights

  • Representing Danielson National Insurance Company in a putative class action where the Plaintiffs allege a 15-year conspiracy between nearly 20 sureties in the bail bond industry and two former executives to fix the premium price of bail bonds and suppress the advertisement of rebates in California.|
  • Represented McCormick & Company, Inc. in a Lanham Act case in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, for claims that certain alleged changes in the packaging of McCormick’s pepper products violated the Lanham Act and various state consumer protection statutes.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s nationwide practice group is well-known in the domestic and international marketplaces for its prowess in class action lawsuits, privacy disputes, breach of contract claims, and securities and antitrust litigation. Brett Ingerman and John Gibson co-chair the practice. In Baltimore, Ingerman focuses on commercial disputes, insurance, and bankruptcy litigation, while in Los Angeles, Gibson runs a broad practice which encompasses contracts, IP licensing, commercial, healthcare, technology, and antitrust litigation.

Practice head(s):

Brett Ingerman; John Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Angela C. Agrusa; John Hamill; Isabelle Ord; Mary Gately

Testimonials

‘The team at DLA is doing an outstanding job in coordinating multi-national lawsuits. The legal work is excellent and it’s always delivered tailored to the client’s needs. The team thinks ahead and it’s advice is always on point.’

‘The DLA team is excellent. They are very responsive, well organised and have deep industry knowledge. This, coupled with innovative defence strategies, make them a stand out team. ’

‘Mary Gately is one of the best lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with. She is particularly proficient in expert evidence across every issue, no matter how complex.

‘The firm and its attorneys have a deep understanding of the intricacies inherent in medical device law, along with strategies for effectively conveying expert opinions to judges and juries. Regarding my observations on strategy, while I acknowledge that my insight is limited to only a part of the firm’s broader approach, what I have witnessed and contributed to has been thoroughly sound and well-conceived.’

‘One of the standout qualities of is their organizational excellence. From the outset, they exhibited a detailed and systematic approach to case management, ensuring that every detail was accounted for. This level of organization not only streamlined the collaboration process but also instilled confidence in the thoroughness of their work. They navigated the complexities of reviewing complex medical literature, while ensuring that deadlines were met and without compromising the quality of the work.’

Marey Gately demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, efficiency, and insight. Her unwavering commitment to excellence was evident in every interaction, underscoring her expertise. Her knowledge and understanding of the medical literature relevant to the case was evident and truly remarkable.’

Key clients

Danone NA and Nurture, Inc.

T-Mobile US, Inc.

G6 Hospitality LLC

Bayer Corporation

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.

Giddings Fruit S.A.

S. Fer International, Inc.

Jan-Pro Franchising International

Jet Set Sports LLC

The NRA Foundation, Inc.

Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis

Nashville Soccer Holdings

Inteliquent, Inc.

Sterling Bay Companies

Trustmark Companies

Subway

Sky Zone Franchise Group

7-Eleven, Inc.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Deere & Company

New York University

Pfizer Inc.

Applied Underwriters, Inc.

Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA Operadora

Danone

Nike, Inc.

Sanofi Group

Blue Diamond Growers

British Airways plc

Transamerica Retirement Solutions

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Deutsche Lufthansa Group

Douglas Emmett Management, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Blue Diamond Growers in two false advertising putative class actions challenging the labeling of its Smokehouse Almonds.
  • Represented Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in a COVID-19 pandemic business interruption lawsuit filed by Marina Pacific Hotel and Suites.
  • Represented 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.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s international arbitration practice impresses with its ability to ‘greatly capitalize on its international presence’, as evidenced by a recent case list that has seen the team act alongside lawyers in Canada, Colombia and Mexico. The group additionally stands out for its extensive experience in Latin American markets, with a focus on infrastructure, energy and natural resources disputes. Global department co-chair Kate Brown de Vejar splits her practice between New York and Mexico City, where she represents corporations, sovereign states and state-owned enterprises in commercial and investor-state disputes. Also in New York, Kiera Gans is building a strong reputation for investment treaty arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Kate Brown de Vejar

Other key lawyers:

Kiera Gans; James Berger; Charlene Sun; Elena Rizzo

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and flexible. The team is also very broad; it can bring in any expertise you need at short notice. Lawyers are smart, think out-of-the-box and present solutions that I have not seen others do.’

‘James Berger is our main contact. We are big fans of his work. He is always in control in difficult situations. He is a very good strategic advisor and also a very good litigator.’

‘It seems like an excellent team working cooperatively and carefully to clarify the truth.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of the subject, attention to detail and very realistic vision with regards to the timeline and the budget.’

‘James Berger and his team delivered an incredible performance and — dare I say it — under the budget! Great team work, available seven days a week with a non-nonsense approach.’

‘This is a team which was able to greatly capitalize on its international presence with people with different skills, languages and perspectives. I found it refreshing to have a lot of diversity with many team members being women.’

‘I worked with several members of the team and I found the culture very collaborative. Lawyers could leverage their insights from other matters elsewhere in the world to make compelling arguments in the matter I was involved with.’

‘I enjoyed working with Kiera Gans and associate Elena Rizzo. Both were very accessible, good communicators and helped manage a very trying matter with uncertain facts. They worked closely with us on various elements of the case and were true partners in helping the client shape the appropriate narrative.’

Key clients

Goldgroup Resources

Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Gebre LLC

Cube Infrastructure Managers

Olin Holdings

Rusoro Mining

De Well Container Shipping

Acorda Therapeutics

Moussy Salem

Third Eye Capital

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Rusoro Mining in efforts to enforce an arbitration award against Venezuela arising out of the expropriation of Rusoro’s gold mining assets.
  • Successfully represented the Republic of Lithuania in an investment treaty case brought by a Russian fund concerning the nationalization of Bankas Snoras.
  • Represented GoldGroup Resources in submitting a claim to arbitration, under the sunset clauses of the USMCA and NAFTA Chapter 11, against Mexico.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an impressive mix of issuer and underwriter engagements in deals ranging from IPOs to follow-on offerings and at-the-market offerings, and is best known for mid-cap transactions. The team’s industry experience includes technology, healthcare and life sciences, consumer and retail, and industrials. Its broad national and international coverage brings it a wealth of domestic and global clients, including many Latin American issuers. New York’s Christopher Paci, who has strong connections to major underwriters, co-leads the US capital markets practice alongside Era Anagnosti in Washington DC. New York-based Stephen Alicanti has an impressive record, including in SPAC deals, while Seattle associate Bianca LaCaille is a team member on many of the firm’s key capital markets engagements.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Paci; Era Anagnosti

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Alicanti; Bianca LaCaille; Anna Spence; Patrick O’Malley

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper team I worked with, exhibited high dedication, capability, and creativity. The quality of their work was outstanding.’

‘I would like to mention Chris Paci. He is an exceptional professional whose dedication, capabilities, and quality of work are unparalleled. Having worked with numerous US law firms and professionals, I can confidently say that Chris ranks among the best I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Cowen and Company, LLC

W. P. Carey, Inc.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Philip Morris International, Inc.

Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Holdings, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Bacardi Limited

William Blair & Company, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, a provider of commercial property and casualty products and solutions on a non-admitted and admitted basis, in its upsized $154m IPO and $101.8m secondary offering.
  • Represented Iovance Therapeutics in a follow-on underwritten offering of $172.5m of its common stock.
  • Represented JP Morgan Securities in a follow-on underwritten public offering of $115m of common stock of Grid Dynamics Holdings.

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) enjoys long-standing trusted advisor relationships with government contractors in the defense, logistics, tech, and energy spaces, who regularly retain the team for investigations, M&A, claims, disputes, and compliance counseling. Sam Knowles and Dawn Stern have jointly assumed leadership of the Washington DC-based team. Knowles runs the gamut of litigation and client counseling, including high profile bid protests for Loyal Source, commercial item contract counseling for UPS, and incorporating expertise in IP, data rights, and FCA issues. Stern’s bread and butter is litigation, collaborating with the firm’s white collar experts on investigations, as well as undertaking claims and disputes work for clients like ANHAM. Former chair Richard Rector remains engaged on bid protests, claims, and disputes. Daniel Cook works extensively with the pharmaceutical, medical device, and life sciences sectors, and Brad Jorgensen in Austin focuses primarily on M&A support.

Practice head(s):

Sam Knowles; Dawn Stern

Testimonials

‘Richard Rector and Dawn Stern are both top notch and we enjoy working with them. They are responsive and practical.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable in this area with relevant experience necessary to provide valued advice. Additionally, the advice received is actionable, which is extremely important in a fast-paced in-house environment. Also, the team is collaborative, extremely responsive, and genuinely agreeable to work with.’

‘Sam Knowles is a great partner to in-house attorneys. He is accessible, extraordinarily knowledgeable, a problem solver, and very responsive. He is able to work directly with business colleagues in an appropriate manner, and I can trust that he will expend the appropriate resources in providing outside counsel legal support.’

‘The DLA Piper team has a deep understanding of all aspects of government contracting. They provide valuable perspective on the issues we face, and because of their knowledge of our business, they are able to provide insights that are relevant to our company.’

‘The team is very responsive, and they quickly orient themselves to applicable deadlines. They have also paid attention to our department’s diversity goals and made an effort to help us achieve those goals. ’

‘Sam Knowles knows our business and our operations well. This knowledge allows Sam to focus on the issues that impact us and tailor his guidance accordingly. It also drives efficiency and has earned him a strong reputation among our businesspeople.’

‘This practice is comprised of attorneys having extensive experience with contracts not only with the US Government, but with governments around the world. We do business around the world, and have always been able to rely on this practice regardless of the jurisdiction.’

‘Sam Knowles is our primary contact, and the attorney we turn to with any questions concerning our contracts with the US Government. His wealth of experience allows him to predict the question we are going to ask before we fully describe the fact pattern of a given issue.

Key clients

United Parcel Service Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

General Electric Company

HP Inc.

Allied Universal

Rolls-Royce Corporation

G4S Ltd.

Loyal Source Government Services LLC

Chemonics International Inc.

American International Group Inc.

Euclid Transactional LLC

Berkley Transactional

Liberty Global Transaction Solutions

Swift & Staley Inc.

Renovus Capital Partners

ANHAM FZCO

Luma Energy LLC

ICF International Inc

Inserso Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully protested the disqualification of G4S from four procurements for US embassy security services before the COFC.
  • Successfully represented Loyal Source Government Services in protesting a $1bn contract for medical-screening services before the GAO.
  • Successfully assisted ANHAM with mediating a contract claim for $34m for costs arising from the termination of a food-supply contract in Afghanistan.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles the full gamut of transactional mandates for its diverse client list of pharma companies and service provider groups. Miami’s Joshua Kaye leads the team with his broad expertise in healthcare-related private equity transactions. In Washington DC, Kristi Kung has a strong focus on digital health, regularly assisting healthcare investors with transactional issues; David Kopans often acts for managed care organizations with value-based pay arrangements; and regulatory expert Tracy Weir is noted for her knowledge of Medicare reimbursement and coverage. Darren Patz and Melesa Freerks joined the Miami and Chicago practices respectively; Patz is well versed in governmental affairs, often liaising with legislators, while Freerks has exceptional knowledge of healthcare service platform mergers. Joshua Samek left the practice in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Kaye

Testimonials

‘Tracy Weir is a stand-out attorney in her field. She has a wealth of experience on health regulatory matters and is an authority on privacy and Medicare reimbursement. Her ability to provide both expert and practical advice is exceptional. Indeed, she’s earned a reputation as a trusted adviser and is known to work tirelessly advocating for her clients. Tracy also is highly regarded by her peers given her breadth of legal knowledge and willingness to collaborate. She is one to keep top of mind for complex health regulatory matters.’

‘Tracy Weir is a fantastic member of this team. I have worked with her previously, and she is an asset to any firm’s healthcare regulatory practice. She has a unique ability to balance client needs, including a demanding Medicare appeals practice that creates significant scheduling challenges and constraints.’

‘The DLA team has a highly competent group of legal experts that provide solid advice across a broad range of legal issues.’

‘Tracy Weir has been incredibly knowledgeable on HIPAA and privacy issues and brings a unique combination of legal and operational expertise that includes experience within the 340B program. Her broad understanding of healthcare as well as privacy matters in the technology space has been invaluable for us.’

‘They have exemplary expertise in a broad range of healthcare industries and services.’

‘Russell Sass, Kristi Kung and David Kopans are top-drawer.’

‘Kristi Kung is deeply knowledgeable.’

‘Melesa Freerks has been great to work with. She is quick to respond and knows what she is talking about.’

Key clients

UNIO Health Partners

Integra Connect

Triton Pacific Capital Partners

Boyne Capital Management

Infusion Associates Management, Inc.

Austin Retina Associates

Femwell Group Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida

Access Telecare, Inc.

ResMed, Inc.

DexCom, Inc.

Pfizer, Inc.

GE Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of FPG Services to US Fertility, a large partnership of physician-owned and physician-led fertility practices.
  • Represented Triton Pacific Capital Partners in its partnership with Integrated Pain Associates, a minimally invasive spine and pain platform based in Central Texas operating out of six clinics and two ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Represented ResMed, Inc. in its acquisition of Somnoware, a digital sleep and respiratory care software company. The firm advised on corporate, healthcare regulatory, FDA, IP, and privacy issues, and government contracts.

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

Based at the team’s Silicon Valley hub, ‘incredible collaborator’ Rajiv Dharnidharka oversees DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s trade secrets collective alongside Chicago-based ‘standout partner’ Paul Steadman and experienced litigator Leon Medzhibovsky who works at the New York office. The team is well-regarded for its ‘great litigation’ capabilities and for its ‘excellent practice dedicated to tech’. The team has impressive abilities handling trade secrets, software and tech-related commercial disputes in particular, frequently in relation to misappropriation allegations and surrounding issues such as fraud, as well as breaches of employment contracts. San Francisco attorney Jeanette Barzelay is standout for her strong experience in the range of commercial litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Rajiv Dharnidharka; Paul Steadman; Leonid Medzhibovsky

Other key lawyers:

Jeanette Barzelay; Cameron Fine

Testimonials

‘DLA has a great litigation team with sufficient resources to extend the team at any time if and where needed.’

‘Rajiv Dharnidharka has a great ability to help non-US clients through the jungle of Californian litigation. He explains details where needed while keeping those details away from the client that client does not need to deal with.’

‘Paul Steadman is a standout partner who is able to quickly get up-to-speed on complex issues and give very practical and commercially-focused advice.’

‘My DLA Piper team is very responsive and able to identify the right talent to address my issues and concerns. They are also very timely in responding to my requests.’

‘They have the business acumen and appreciation for the unique issues and concerns that relate to my business. Their partnering with me has helped me to be successful.’

‘DLA Piper has an excellent practice dedicated to tech. I was able to quickly identify the best lawyer for my matter. There was none of the territoriality that is sometimes seen at large firms.’

‘I worked directly with Rajiv Dharnidharka. He was an incredible collaborator in the matter we worked on together, which involved a pre-litigation negotiation and very successful settlement. Rajiv is one of the most practical and business-minded litigators I have ever worked with – and I have worked with many litigators over my long career.’

‘What I loved about working with Rajiv was that he put himself in my shoes, listened to my goals and took a pragmatic approach that was in the best interest of my company. Many other litigators would have taken a more aggressive approach which may not have yielded as favorable a result as that which we were able to achieve together.’

Key clients

Nike, Inc.

Grant Industries, Inc.

Walkme

Myia Labs, Inc.

Sycomp, A Technology Company, Inc.

Ripple Labs

Augmentir

Work highlights

  • Represented Ripple Labs when it was sued in the US District Court for the Northern District of California for alleged trade secret misappropriation and related torts; DLA Piper defeated the entire action and obtained an attorneys’ fee award of $635,000.
  • Advising WalkMe, a leading software solutions innovator and developer of the industry’s first Digital Adoption Platform (“DAP”).
  • Represented Grant Industries in their lawsuit against Nanometrics, PHD Biosciences, and several individuals for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, unfair competition, conspiracy, fraud, conversion, and New Jersey civil RICO.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has particular strength representing investors on the entire fund formation and management lifecycle, where they assist clients across real estate and infrastructure, energy, credit and private equity. Additionally, the team is well versed in GP led secondaries and advising on venture capital strategies. The leadership team is spread across Austin and Chicago. In Austin, David Parrish and Nicole Brennig focus on institutional investor clients and their alternative investments, while the Chicago office features Jesse Criz, who is particularly strong in the tax aspects of investment fund structures, and corporate and finance lawyer John Cusack. The team was bolstered in September 2023 when four partners joined the investment management and funds team from White & Case LLP, Evan Zhao, Mara Topping and Katherine McCullough joined the Washington DC office, while Andrew Kreisberg joined the team in San Diego. Former practice co-head Nathaniel Marrs left the team in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

David Parrish; Nicole Brennig; Jesse Criz; John Cusack

Other key lawyers:

Yoni Tuchman; Allen Ashley; Jeffrey Zanchelli; Adam Tope; Sara Stinnett; Richard Cardillo; Bradley Phipps

Testimonials

‘Brad Phipps and the team leverage strong real estate and RE fund experience, including across various size and product sectors, to augment exceptional legal solutions with what amounts to advisory services.’

‘Adam Tope is great because he is highly responsive, brings a commercial lens to legal structuring and advice, and is pragmatic in his approach. He doesn’t believe in drafting documents just for drafting them.’

‘DLA’s private equity fund practice is unique in that they are always willing to look for creative solutions to solve for a multitude of desired features. They never give a simple “no”. They will work hard to find a way that works to accomplish the client’s goals.’

‘The DLA team’s industry knowledge is extremely helpful to us, as it is important that our policies, procedures and practices are in line with our peers. They also have excellent knowledge of SEC rules and regulations.’

‘Brad Phipps is very responsive and willing to take the time to answer questions in a timely manner. His advice is commercially relevant, while also being mindful of SEC rules and regulations.’

‘Regarding John Cusack and Jeff Zanchelli: these individuals have proven enormously valuable to our success. Their expertise and contributions are highly valued. they operate as if they are in-house counsel … that is the level and depth to which the know, understand, and care for our business.’

‘The DLA Piper team has a deep bench and lots of experience across the network. They see lots of deals and fund closings which means that they are technically very good, efficient and they can add value with solutions and options for various issues that arise. A large team helps makes things smooth for large deals. They are increasingly becoming recognized as a go-to firm for credit funds.’

‘John Reiss and Brad Phipps in particular have been a pleasure to work with across an array of products. They know their stuff and are passionate about it. John is known for his credit funds expertise.’

Key clients

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC

Bridge Investment Group LLC

Hull Street Energy, LLC

Longfellow Real Estate Partners, LLC

Ares Management Corporation

Hayfin Capital Management

Marcus Partners

FD Stonewater

Rimrock Capital Management

SER Capital Partners

Hamilton Lane

Alignment Growth Management, LLC

Elevar Equity LLC

Include Venture Partners, LLC

Madrona Venture Group and Madrona Labs

MetaVC Partners, LLC

Noro-Moseley Partners

ResilienceVC LLC

Valhalla Ventures Management Company LLC

Wilshire Lane Capital

Outfitter Energy Capital

Five Point Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Longfellow Real Estate Partners on an approximate US$2 billion closing for Longfellow Strategic Value Fund UK.
  • Advising Hamilton Lane on forming its first venture capital fund, Hamilton Lane Venture Access Fund I LP.
  • Advised the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois in a US$25 million investment in the first fund sponsored by 3 Boomerang Capital.

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

With a ‘global reach on employment law topics’, DLA Piper LLP (US) guides clients through the complexities of both domestic and international transactions, addressing key issues including change in control, retention agreements, and ERISA compliance. Leading the practice from Washington DC, Rita Patel offers advice on various regulatory frameworks, including ERISA, Section 409A, and Section 280G. Julia Kovacs in DC focuses on executive compensation, deferred compensation, and employee benefits concerns that emerge in the context of M&A, while San Diego-based Michelle Lara assists entities ranging from startups to large public companies with spin-offs, IPOs, and other significant corporate dealings. In Chicago, Richard Ashley brings his expertise to ERISA Title I issues, executive compensation matters, and ESOPs.

Practice head(s):

Rita Patel

Other key lawyers:

Julia Kovacs; Michelle Lara; Richard Ashley; Ute Krudewagen

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has a global reach on employment law topics. As a multinational company, this is really helpful, so that we have a one-stop firm that we can go to. They coordinate with local counsel and provide project management in that regard.’

‘Ute Krudewagen understands our industry and the issues we deal with in other jurisdictions. She is very responsive and also efficient with time and fees.’

Key clients

Bowlero Corporation

Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Goya Foods, Inc.

HC Salon Holdings Inc.

Mozilla Corporation

Stripe, Inc.

Quibi

Payoneer, Inc.

Money.net Holdings, Inc.

MC Credit Partners LP

Work highlights

  • Represented Philip Morris Products in its majority ownership of Swedish Match.
  • Represented Komatsu in a few complex transactions valued at over $1.8 billion.
  • Represented Woven Capital, the corporate venture capital arm of Toyota, as an investor in the Series C financing of Foretellix.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles the full range of non-contentious mandates for a range of construction clients in the healthcare and real estate industries. The sporting industry is another key strength of the team, representing Tennessee Titans in the development of the new NFL stadium in Nashville and other sporting clients in joint ventures. Baltimore-based Anthony Meagher leads the team, with expertise in negotiating construction and design contracts for large projects and mixed-use developments, while Anita Agajanian advises on regulatory and zoning approval matters, and represents a consortium of major healthcare industry clients in project expansions. Another key point of contact is Atlanta-based Brian Fielden, who handles significant P3 projects in the infrastructure industries and mediating construction disputes respectively. Former co-practice head Robert Crewdson departed in February 2024, alongside John Ducat.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Meagher

Other key lawyers:

Anita Agajanian; Brian Fielden; Brett Solberg; Chris Broughton

Testimonials

Brett Solberg and Chris Broughton are two of the most knowledgeable and professional attorneys I have met in my career. They are tough and steadfast when needed and know when compromise is in order. Fantastic team that I always look forward to working with.

‘The DLA Piper team is knowledgeable in construction law.’

Key clients

North American Properties

Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.

Hitachi Rail STS, Ltd.

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

AECOM Capital

LIDL US LLC

Ingram Industries, Inc.

DSV Logistics

LEGO Group, The

AEW Capital Management LP

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tennessee Titans in the development of its new NFL Stadium in Nashville, TN.
  • Representing an investor for a joint venture that is developing eight cold storage facilities across the United States.
  • Representing Mass General Hospital in negotiating the architect and construction contracts for the MGH Cambridge Street Construction Project including the construction of a new building.

Finance > Project finance Tier 5

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 5

Covering all corporate aspects of cross-border M&A in addition to drawing on firmwide expertise to handle related employment, tax, and potential litigation issues, the DLA Piper LLP (US) team maintains a diverse roster of international corporate clients in the retail, consumer, and food sectors. Operating out of New York, Christopher Giordano heads the practice and is an expert in advising public companies and their boards on corporate governance and strategic matters, while Minneapolis-based lawyer Kathleen Smith Ruhland focuses on restructurings and joint ventures. Also based in New York, Jon Venick assists clients with securities reporting and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Giordano

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Philip Morris International, Inc.

Deere & Company

Nike, Inc.

STORE Capital

T-Mobile US, Inc.

ResMed, Inc.

General Mills, Inc.

General Electric Company

Tyson Foods, Inc.

W. P. Carey, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Philip Morris International Inc. in its $16bn cash offer acquisition of Swedish Match AB.
  • Advised T-Mobile US, Inc. on its acquisition of spectrum licenses in the 600 MHz band from Comcast in exchange for a total cash consideration of between $1.2bn and $3.3bn.
  • Advised STORE Capital Corporation on its $14bn acquisition by GIC in partnership with Oak Street.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

DLA Piper LLP (US) offer services within bankruptcy litigation as well as restructuring advice, with lawyers offering clients including debtors and official and unofficial committees with assistance in matters revolving around Chapter 11 filings and international restructurings. The team is led from New York, Los Angeles and Wilmington, with Rachel Albanese in New York a key name. In Los Angeles, Robert Klyman recently joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and has a practice focused on matters involving financial distress, whereas Craig Martin in Wilmington has worked on numerous cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Ehrlich Albanese; Robert Klyman; Craig Martin

Other key lawyers:

Jamila Willis

Testimonials

‘Commercial. Very focused on achieving clients desired outcome. Efficient with hours spent. Rarely have I seen a firm so flexible in time and resources they spend on a matter and really maximizing the value of the cost of counsel for the client.  Provides a calming voice.’

‘What makes the firm different is that they are a very big law firm with many people and skills upon which to draw and the partners Craig Martin, Jamila Willis and Rachel Albanese have the skills mentioned above. ’

‘Very responsive, extremely knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Craig Martin – Works relentlessly for his client and always gets the job done right.’

‘I’ve worked with partner, Jamila Willis. Her attention to detail and genuine consideration for the problem(s) at hand make her exceptional. Ms. Willis is trustworthy and honest, I’d highly recommend her (and DLA, because of her specifically) to any colleague in need of appropriate legal representation.’

‘Very capable and commercial team of restructuring attorneys, with a strong mix of classic bankruptcy expertise and cutting edge corporate skill.’

Key clients

AeroFarms, LLC

Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.

Huntsman Corporation

Market Performance Group

Pulsar Trading

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark); Cityjet DAC; Lufthansa Technik AG

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Instant Brands

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Plastiq, Inc.

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Times Square JV LLC

TRM Equity

NextPoint Financial, Inc.

United States Chamber of Commerce and the American Tort Reform Association

Zovio

Vyera Pharmaceuticals, LLC (a subsidiary of Phoenixus AG)

Ad hoc local councils in Boy Scouts of America

Authentic Brands Group

Evercore Group LLC

EYP Holdings

Fast Radius

Chapter 7 trustee for Zetta Jet Pte and Zetta Jet USA, Inc.

Meritz Alternative Investment Management

Mirae Asset Securities & Investments (USA), LLC

Joint administrators of NMC Health

Rusoro Mining Limited

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Tilden Marcellus, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising NextPoint Financial in the sale of its keystone brands, Liberty Tax and Community Tax, in connection with its cross-border restructuring cases in Canada (Companies Creditor Arrangement Act) and Delaware (Chapter 15).
  • Representing The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Instant Brands in Chapter 11 cases pending in the Southern District of Texas. Instant Brands is a firm that designs and manufactures consumer lifestyle brands, including Instant Pot and Pyrex.
  • Advising several key creditors (Cityjet DAC and Lufthansa Technik AG) in connection with SAS’ Airline’s filing for Chapter 11.

International trade > CFIUS

DLA Piper LLP (US) recently restructured its international trade group into a national security and global trade practice. Demonstrating its commitment to the CFIUS area, it immediately made several hires, including of counsel Vanessa Le—a former Special Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s transportation regulatory practice is chaired by Washington DC-based Paul Hemmersbaugh, who represents auto industry clients in regulatory matters, disputes and litigation, including vehicle safety and emissions regulation and enforcement work; Hemmersbaugh also assists with the regulation of emerging technologies, including electric vehicles, batteries and chargers, and automated driving systems and vehicles.

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

DLA Piper LLP (US) has rapidly expanded its Latin America-facing international arbitration practice in recent years; co-global chairs Michael Ostrove and Kate Brown de Vejar sit in Paris and in Mexico City, respectively - with the latter particularly known for her work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm has achieved ever greater prominence in the Mexico market, particularly in the energy sector (notably power and renewables). It has also seen further growth in tech, life sciences and pharmaceutical disputes. The team has a strong mix of investment and commercial arbitration engagements, and represents a number of big-name multinationals. Mexico City co-practice head Gabriela Álvarez Ávila , whose past experience incudes seven years as senior counsel at ICSID, is another key practitioner. Bogota's director of international arbitration, Ricardo Alarcón, is also noted. Former Mexico-office senior partner Gerardo Lozano Alarcón left the firm in November 2022 to become a sole arbitrator and counsel; former Buenos Aires-based senior associate Sabrina Ramos also departed - in her case to undertake an LLM in Stanford.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ostrove; Kate Brown de Vejar

Testimonials

A great team put everything at the service of the case.

Kate Brown de Vejar, a brilliant person with the ability to answer questions from the court knowing the whole case, without having to consult and answer later, and in doing so, make connections to other points in the proceedings thereby strengthening the argumentation.

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