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DLA Piper LLP (US)
ONE LIBERTY PLACE
1650 MARKET STREET, SUITE 5000
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103-7300
PENNSYLVANIA
United States

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

Drawing upon the expertise of ‘industry leaders who take a strategic and proactive approach to managing mass tort and related product liability litigation’, DLA Piper LLP (US) is a popular choice among life sciences clients for critical and business sensitive disputes. The firm displays ‘a very collaborative process in how they approach cases’, and is able to very effectively lead major MDLs/class actions utilizing lawyers with ‘a deep understanding of the biopharmaceutical industry’, as well as core procedural prowess. The firm has secured ‘exceptional results’ for many clients regularly securing mass tort victories at an early stage through persuasive dispositive motions, including as it relates to striking out plaintiff experts through Daubert Motions. Recognized as ‘the pre-eminent leader and authority in the mass tort, product liability and life-sciences area’, New York-based partner Loren Brown  has been pivotal to many of these early successes, including his success, alongside ‘innovative thinker’ Raymond Williams , for Novo Nordisk at summary judgment in mass tort litigation involving claims that its diabetes medication Victoza causes pancreatic cancer. ‘Outstanding’ Atlanta-based product liability team head Christopher Campbell  leads from the front and is noted for his ‘excellent legal skills’ and ‘co-ordination skills’, including in the context of large-scale multinational matters. Based out of Boston, Matthew Holian co-chairs the firm’s life sciences sector and regularly forms a key member of national counsel roles the firm has in complex, multi-jurisdictional product liability suits. Also based in Boston, Katie Insogna continues to impress life sciences clients and is particularly effective developing expert witnesses, on discovery matters and in relation to dispositive motions. Other key members of the team include Lucas Przymusinski , whose ‘knowledge of science and medical aspects of a case is at the cutting edge of the industry’, and Dallas-based first-chair trial lawyer Lyn Pruitt .

Practice head(s):

Christopher Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Loren Brown; Matt Holian; Lyn Pruitt; Katie Insogna; Lucas Przymusinski; Jae Kim; Breanna Fields; Raymond Williams

Testimonials

The firm takes on the most business-critical matters for its clients, with exceptional results.’

As a big firm, they have tonnes of resources, and use the latest technology. They have a very collaborative process in how they approach cases.’

All of the attorneys at DLA are extremely bright and easy to communicate with, and accessible.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of the biopharmaceutical industry. They understand our product portfolio and its science.’

They have an excellent appellate practice and build the appellate strategy at the trial stage. They are clear communicators who are solutions-oriented.’

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

Loren Brown is the pre-eminent leader and authority in the mass tort, product liability and life-sciences area (pharmaceuticals and biotechnology) and is an internationally known and respected litigator. Loren is highly responsive to client needs and is a trust leader and advisor of the highest caliber.’

Lucas Przymusinski is a top-tier attorney and medical doctor whose knowledge of science and medical aspects of a case (including analysis of clinical and pre-clinical data) is at the cutting edge of the industry.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Bayer

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Novo Nordisk

Medtronic

Sanofi

Magnolia Medical Technologies

3M

Work highlights

  • Represented Novo Nordisk (Novo) when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for Novo in mass tort litigation involving claims that Novo’s diabetes medication Victoza causes pancreatic cancer.
  • Representing Bayer  in mass tort litigation involving Essure, a permanently implantable contraceptive device for women that Bayer discontinued in 2018.
  • Representing Sanofi for litigation and regulatory issues relating to Zantac, a common heartburn medication that allegedly contains and/or is contaminated with NDMA, a possible carcinogen.

Finance > Fintech

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s fintech practice offers clients a broad range of expertise and is noted for its ‘deep understanding of the metaverse, blockchain, cryptocurrency, securities regulations‘. The firm handles a range of issues for its fintech, payments, banking and blockchain clients, including financings, M&A, data privacy, IP, regulatory and litigation. Washington DC’s Margo Tank has ‘stand out expertise in the regulation of electronic transactions‘, and together with fellow practice co-chair Jeffrey Hare, also in DC, has ‘exceeded every expectation‘. The firm added to its Web3.0 capabilities through the recruitment of James Williams from ArentFox Schiff in Los Angeles, who is noted for his ‘deep understanding of this every-evolving industry‘. In Silicon Valley, the ‘very experiencedCurtis Mo  is a top choice for related corporate matters, while recently promoted partner Edmund Mokhtarian is singled out for his experience in the digital assets space. In Silicon Valley, senior counsel Mark Radcliffe remains a highly experienced figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Margo Tank

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unmatched experience/knowledge in all relevant areas.’

‘Margo Tank – creative; open to pursuing novel theories and ideas.’

‘The team is highly experienced in digital assets. Unlike other firms that use one solution they have developed, this team constantly is aware of changes in the fast moving regulatory landscape and adjusts their proposed structure accordingly.#

‘Mark Radcliffe and Edmund Mokhtarian. Mark knows the digital assets space very well and is accessible. Edmund knows it well also, but has our corporate structure down cold and knows every detail of what we need to do and why.’

‘The team has a solid command of existing consumer finance laws and solid understanding of emerging technologies, enabling the team to provide concrete, practical advice in an area where the law is underdeveloped and where the likely regulatory path is unclear. The team is highly responsive, even for a team housed within a big law firm environment, and takes steps to understand client operations as needed to inform the team’s legal advice.’

‘Margo Tank has standout expertise in the regulation of electronic transactions. Her familiarity with the law and the regulatory advice are second to none. Her team is efficient, direct, and clear.’

‘First, the deep understanding of the metaverse, blockchain, cryptocurrency, securities regulations, etc. Second, they are easy to work with and are reactive to our needs. Third, their billing is fair.’

‘I have worked with this team for many years, on many different issues, and they always find a way to solve the problem. Whether it is a transactional matter or a regulatory matter, this practice has the expertise and knowledge to assist every time.’

Key clients

TikTok

Coinbase

DocuSign

Work highlights

  • Represented Cohen & Co. Capital Markets as the PIPE offering placement agent counsel and financial adviser for 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp. II, a publicly-traded SPAC, in its $1.25 billion reverse merger with Prime Blockchain Inc., a digital asset mining company.
  • Represented Lendbuzz, a car financing company, on its second ABS securitization, the Lendbuzz Securitization Trust 2022-1 issuance of two classes of automobile receivables-backed notes totalling $198 million.
  • Represented Affirm, a leader in point-of-sale unsecured consumer loans and the first fintech company to issue rated asset-backed securities backed by point-of-sale loans.

Government > State attorneys general Tier 1

With a team of experienced lawyers and former elected officials, DLA Piper LLP (US) launched its state attorneys general practice in May 2021 under the leadership of San Francisco-based Jeffrey Tsai  and Scott Wilson in New York. With strong national coverage, the group is especially skilled at handling investigations and lawsuits in key areas such as environmental law, consumer protection, crypto and antitrust. Tsai is the key contact for multistate investigations and enforcement actions on issues related to unfair trade practices, antitrust and healthcare. Wilson is experienced in representing Fortune 100 and other major companies in regulatory investigations and white-collar crime matters, often with a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Tsai; Scott Wilson

Testimonials

‘The team has deep experience, both substantively and procedurally. We received very high quality advice and support, including strategic discovery planning designed to contain costs and discharge our obligations while maintaining a professionally courteous decorum.’

‘The DLA Piper AG practice group brings extensive knowledge and regulatory and prosecutorial experience to client matters. Its strategic advice focuses on maximizing an understanding of the landscape of the attorney general environment and working with regulators in an effort to educate and advocate for client priorities.’

‘Scott Wilson’s knowledge of corporate investigations is invaluable.’

‘The team has deep insight into the inner workings of the AG office.’

‘Jeff Tsai is hard driving yet careful about his approach to the AG and deputies.’

‘Jeff Tsai and the State AG practice team have the experience which allow for resolution of complex regulatory issues across a wide range of industries.’

‘Jeff Tsai’s knowledge of the internal workings of the attorney general’s office and other federal regulators who interface with AGs coupled with his knowledge of a wide range of areas of law help cultivate pathways for the resolution of issues and concerns affecting clients.’

Key clients

Danone

NetChoice

Sanofi US Services, Inc.

Adir International, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Adir International, a major regional home-goods retailer, in a consumer protection lawsuit filled by the California Attorney General’s Office.
  • Acted for Sanofi on its defense of a lawsuit brought by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, claiming violations of the Unfair Practices Act, failure to warn, and others.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) acts on behalf of global companies involved in numerous industries and sectors in relation to patent transactions, technologies regarding patent licensing as well as transactions involving covenants. The firm advises clients on patent licensing transactions to settle patent litigation, also possessing expertise in the creation, management and monetization of patent portfolios. Notably, the firm also advises technology clients on patent licensing in connection with M&A, which includes the sale of assets, among others. Its matters encompass a variety of jurisdictions, such as the UK and Germany, with an ability to handle issues on a global market scale. Boston’s Larissa Bifano is experienced in patenting and licensing artificial intelligence driven systems and methods for clients. Victoria Lee, who is based in Silicon Valley, contributes a wide range of expertise, including strategic IP counselling, licensing agreements and technology spin-outs from universities. Alongside them, Sean Cunningham, who is based in the firm’s San Diego office, and Gina Durham, who is based in the firm’s San Francisco office, also lead the team. San Diego's Lisa Haile concentrates on patent protection and IP transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham; Victoria Lee; Larissa Bifano

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Miller; Jeffrey Aronson; Lisa Haile

Key clients

Nanotronics Imaging

STATS Perform

Halma Holdings Inc.

Precision NeuroScience, LLC

Novity

Lime

Neurelis, Inc.

Knopp Biosciences and Biohaven Labs

Knopp Biosciences and Areteia Therapeutics

Generian Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Crystalplex

Work highlights

  • Represented Novity in its license of patents and other technologies when it spun-out of PARC.
  • Representing Halma in managing and establishing many of the IP assets including patents related to the medical device industry.
  • Representing STATS in managing their patent portfolio.

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

The patent litigation practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) has widespread expertise in the ITC field, routinely leading cases for blue-chip clients including Toyota, Dell, Lenovo, and Motorola. The team has notably represented Microsoft in a number of ITC cases, and boasts an impressive success rate. Erin Gibson is the chair of the practice, operating out of the firm’s San Diego office, with US chair of the wider intellectual property and technology practice Sean Cunningham in the same location. Two further heads of the team, Gina Durham and Michael Sitzman, also operate out of California, in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices respectively. Helena Kiepura completes the leadership of the team, having been appointed to vice chair of the ITC practice. Silicon Valley-based Mark Fowler is another key figure in the team, acting as lead counsel for many technology and medical device companies.

Practice head(s):

Erin Gibson; Helena Kiepura; Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham; Michael Sitzman

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fowler; Matthew Satchwell; Brian Erickson; Paul Steadman

Testimonials

‘Mr. Matthew Satchwell of DLA Piper. His performance of, especially, negotiation with plaintiff’s counsel and kind communication  is excellent. He has successful results in every case.’

‘First and foremost, I think what makes this practice unique compared to other firms is its focus. Discussions are very focused, and messages from the team are direct, clear and no-nonsense. Other strengths – service (all attorneys I’ve worked with have been fully available at all hours), business perspectives (Matt Satchwell in particular always takes a broad view with strategic, long-term-big-picture outcomes in mind), and technical skill (Gianni Minutoli comes to mind).

‘Matt Satchwell is truly a pleasure to work with. Always available and always takes a broad view with a strategic, long-term-big-picture outcomes in mind. Delivers clear, direct messages effectively. Says what need to be said without sugar-coating. Technically strong. No-nonsense approach and sensitive to budgeting issues.’

‘Patent litigation, including ITC – Excellent team; always more prepared and more thoughtful than opponent. Win because they do a better job than opponent. Patient and responsive to client demands.’

 

Key clients

NXP Semiconductors N.V. and NXP USA Inc., Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc., Future Electronics, Mouser Electronics Inc., Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda North American Operations and Mazda Motor of America, Inc.

Lenovo Group Ltd., Lenovo (United States) Inc. and Motorola Mobility LLC

Honeywell International, Inc.

Toyota Motor Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, DENSO CORPORATION, DENSO TEN Limited, and Japan Radio Co. Ltd.

Lenovo Group Limited, Lenovo (United States), Inc., Motorola Mobility LLC, and Microsoft Corporation

Lenovo Group Ltd., Lenovo (United States) Inc., Motorola Mobility LLC, LG Electronics, Dell, Samsung Electronics

Arlo Technologies, Inc.

Kioxia Corporation, Kioxia America, Inc., DENSO Corporation, and Silicon Laboratories, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented NXP Semiconductors N.V. and NXP USA Inc. and their distributors in six patent-infringement lawsuits filed in multiple venues, including the US International Trade Commission and the District of Delaware.

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

Providing high-level data protection advice in relation to acquisitions in the fintech space and assisting major energy sector clients on cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure are key features of the full spectrum cyber law practice at DLA Piper LLP (US). Team head in San Diego Andrew B Serwin works alongside Philadelphia-based Ron Plesco on managing multiple cybersecurity work streams following a global data breach. Miami-stationed Carol Umhoefer focuses on setting up and implementing global compliance programs, assessing data flows, usages, collections and storages. The practice has continued to develop, following the arrival of cross-border data flows and finance expert James Sullivan, in April 2022, in Washington DC, and global privacy programs specialist counsel, and in August 2022, New York’s John Gevertz, both of whom worked at the International Trade Administration (ITA) at the US Department of Commerce.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Serwin

Testimonials

‘DLA’s Cyber and Privacy Practice is truly world class and are able to support their clients with their fantastic global footprint.’

‘Andy Serwin and Ron Plesco are the best partners I have worked with! They go out of their way to put themselves in the shoes of their client to find a legal solution based on a smart legal risks lens. They are responsive at all hours of the day, including public holidays to provide responsive outside counsel support.’

Key clients

Dropbox

ADP

VISA

Clorox

ZeniMax Media, Inc.

MyLife

Southern California Edison

CVS/Aetna

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

AuthenticID

Work highlights

  • Advising Visa on cyber and privacy due diligence in its acquisition of Tink, a cutting-edge emerging tech company.
  • Advising SCE on emerging issues concerning attacks on critical infrastructure and cybersecurity.
  • Represented Aetna in the negotiation of a Resolution Agreement and Corrective Action Plan with OCR over alleged HIPAA violations and represented CVS in a number of privacy and security matters.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) leverages its global network to focus on tech transactions and outsourcing projects across multiple jurisdictions. Global medical devices and pharma companies call upon the firm for strategic guidance on master outsourcing services agreements and digital transformations. Global co-chair Vincent Sanchez, who works in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices, advises high profile clients across a range of sectors, including the energy, life sciences and TMT industries, on post-contract matters pertaining to implementation, governance, audits and disputes as a result of sourcing relationships. Sanchez is a go-to for digital transformation and supply chain management support. San Diego-based Gregory Manter works with financial institutions and services companies on software and ERP implementation agreements as well as network field services. Dallas-stationed senior attorney Brian Joe is experienced in negotiating software licensing, development, distribution and service agreements for clients in the manufacturing, telecoms and consulting industries, and supports Sanchez on global facilities management outsourcing deals for big tech clients. Associate Joanna Sykes-Saavedra, with former in-house counsel experience, guides multinational clients through balancing risks with creative solutions, and is particularly noted for her assistance to overseas wagering technology companies with their transactions with government agencies. Mac Ferguson and Lana Turpie, in Dallas and San Diego respectively, are key members of the team for SaaS negotiations and hyperscaler contracts.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Sanchez

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Privacy is mission critical for us, and it touches every aspect of what we do. The privacy group within DLA’s media, technology and telecoms practice truly understands, and has protected us and our individuals’ data in one novel area after another.’

‘DLA Piper assembles the teams and creates the documents efficiently, on the fly, and there has never been a specialty we needed for which they could not access expertise.’

‘Greg Manter stands out for creating highly practical contract relationships, simplifying things and designing measurable milestones.’ 

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

Operating out of Washington DC, DLA Piper LLP (US) maintains an eminent market position through a combination of a strong state regulatory practice, particularly before the CPUC but also appearing in state forums more broadly; an expert engineering practice, employing the industry insights of experienced engineers in regulatory work in cutting-edge telecoms technology; and access to the broader firm’s global resources, leveraging them in cases of foreign ownership and matters of international scope. Satellite, space, and national security are also major and growing areas of activity for the team, with the wider firm’s global satellite practice operating from the DC practice. Co-lead Michael Senkowski is prominent in the telecoms regulatory space, working across satellite, telephony, and spectrum; he is also working alongside co-lead Nancy Victory on the ongoing integration and compliance issues of the T-Mobile merger with Sprint, Victory bringing her experience working with major carriers on the regulatory aspects of M&A, foreign ownership, and enforcement matters. Other lawyers of note include Eric DeSilva, whose focus on wireless cuts across policy, spectrum work, and cutting-edge issues in 5G and private LTE; Edward Smith, who is highly active in the wireless and satellite sectors, and coordinates the firm’s global efforts in regulatory work; Peter Karanjia, who brings his expertise in administrative litigation to telecoms and technology; Tony Lin, who specializes in securing licenses for novel space-based services; and Kristin Jacobson, whose experience practicing before the CPUC and other state utility commissions is of value to clients operating on the West Coast.

Practice head(s):

Michael Senkowski; Nancy Victory

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge within the Team, creative strategists and great collaborators.’

‘Collegiality and confidence.’

‘Unique understanding and insights of FCC policy and its intersection with the State regulatory regime.’

‘Peter Karanjia is a great litigator, synthesizing complex topics into easy to comprehend sound bites that have a meaningful impact on the court.’

Great expertise and experience, and extremely responsive.

Very strong writers, great problem solvers, and they know the industry and regulatory environment.’

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Peerless Network, Inc.

Metro Fibernet, LLC

NetChoice

MetroPCS

National Urban League

The Aspen Institute

Globalstar, Inc.

Momentus Inc.

Astroscale US Inc.

Twilio Inc.

CTIA

Planet Labs PBC

Work highlights

  • Advised T-Mobile US regarding the nationwide sunset of CDMA technology on its network despite  objections from DISH in multiple federal and state fora.
  • Avising several global satellite companies regarding the applicable regulatory and legal requirements for deployment of their global satellite services around the world.
  • Advised Peerless Network, Inc. on its sale to Infobip Ltd., involving regulatory approvals in multiple federal fora and state regulatory commissions.

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

The Washington DC-based telecoms practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) leverages the global resources and strong M&A capabilities of the broader firm to represent high-profile clients in the telecoms sector in their complex, business-critical transactions. The firm’s strong regulatory capabilities complements the transactional work, able to provide comprehensive assistance for complex transactions, illustrated by the firm’s representation of T-Mobile in its merger with Sprint. The team’s work cuts across all sectors of telecoms and broadcast with a significant and growing practice in space and satellite, the firm supporting operators in this sector through business arrangements and strategy as well as regulatory and technical issues. The team is co-led by distinguished figures Michael Senkowski and Nancy Victory who are noted for their work leading the work on the T-Mobile merger, and whose practices otherwise cut across wireless, traditional telecom, media, and satellite. Michael and Nancy frequently work alongside Edward Smith whose expertise is equally broad in scope, exemplified by his assistance in both market entry for satellite companies and the planning of new submarine cables. Eric DeSilva specializes in wireless, and represents clients on the full range of work in this space, and Michael Hazzard focusses on global communications and infrastructure companies in their multi-jurisdictional mandates, covering corporate restructuring, market entry, and commercial transactions. Associate Peter Shroyer brings his experience working at the FCC to securing approval for transactions, working on the T-Mobile merger, and spectrum auctions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Senkowski; Nancy Victory

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Deutsche Telekom AG

Peerless Network, Inc.

Metro Fibernet

Globalstar, Inc.

LightSpeed Networks, Inc.

Twilio Inc.

Loop Capital

Planet Labs PBC

Work highlights

  • Representing T-Mobile US, Inc. in selling the legacy Sprint wireline business, which provides services in more than 155 countries, to Cogent Communications.
  • Advised Peerless Network, Inc. on its sale to Infobip Ltd., involving regulatory approvals in multiple federal fora and state regulatory commissions.
  • Advising several global satellite companies regarding the applicable regulatory and legal requirements for deployment of their global satellite services around the world.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Praised for its ‘unparalleled in-market experience, expertise and knowledge of key decision makers’, DLA Piper LLP (US) has extensive know-how appearing before before local governments, state and federal agencies and both administrative and judicial tribunals. With real estate and land use a core pillar of the firm’s work, the team acts as legal counsel on large-scale residential, commercial, office, retail, sports and entertainment, and industrial projects across the country. Operating out of the Chicago office, practice leader Richard Klawiter  has a strong track record for handling some of the most significant local land use matters. Katherine Jahnke Dale is another key name in Chicago, notable for obtaining zoning and public financing approvals for large-scale projects in the region. Los Angeles-based Kyndra Joy Casper  remains a pre-eminent practitioner in the space, with extensive experienced in CEQA compliance. Jerold Neuman , head of the California-based practice, is notable for both his affordable housing work and extensive acumen regarding regulatory and legislative issues. Northern Virginia-based co-head Antonio Calabrese  is consistently singled out by clients for his ‘unparalleled knowledge of the zoning process’, also receiving praise for ‘background, expertise and skill’ in the land use and zoning space.

Practice head(s):

Richard Klawiter; Jerold Neuman; Antonio Calabrese

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jahnke Dale; Kyndra Joy Casper; Brian Winterhalter; Rocky Delgadillo

Testimonials

‘Unparalleled in-market experience, expertise and knowledge of key decision makers.’

‘Tony Calabrese is a true go getter who works tirelessly to resolve critical problems.

‘Brian Winterhalter – excellent thinker and strategist. Articulate.’

‘Powerful, in-depth knowledge of the people and processes involved with zoning in Fairfax County.’

‘Tony Calabrese has an unparalleled knowledge of the zoning process in Fairfax County. His guidance and insight is invaluable.’

‘Jerry Neuman not only is an excellent attorney but is integrated into the legal, real estate, and political communities. He navigates a complex web of stakeholders to gain approval for large, complicated, mixed use projects. His personal interests mesh well with these interactions. Charities, professional associations, and civic organizations benefit from his tireless energy in making Los Angeles a better place. Also worth mentioning Kyndra Joy Casper and Rocky Delgadillo, partners who support Jerry’s efforts. Their collective experience with CEQA, public agencies, and unions for large-scale development is unsurpassed in Los Angeles County and beyond.’

‘This team is the best! The DLA land use group has historical knowledge, connections in the local community and is well-equipped to assist clients to succeed. The team helpfully guides clients to strategize and navigate the local zoning process resulting in a more efficient process and successful outcomes.’

‘Tony Calabrese has been the premier land use attorney in the Northern Virginia market for decades. His background, expertise and skill have repeatedly helped clients execute complicated zoning matters. Tony’s insight and ability to think steps ahead is invaluable to clients navigating the local entitlement processes.

Key clients

GRIT Chicago

Harridge Development Group

LEGO

Atlas Capital

601W Companies

The Taubman Company

Origami Capital Partners & Timberline Real Estate Partners

The HYM Investment Group

Tysons Development

Related Midwest

Work highlights

  • Represented developer client 1HWY1 in navigating one of the biggest projects in port history through multiple agencies to obtain approvals.
  • Represented The Lego Group in the site selection process and negotiations of incentives agreements to finalize a deal to invest over $1 billion to build the first American manufacturing facility in Virginia projected to create over 1,700 skilled jobs.

Real estate Tier 1

The ‘top tier‘ team at DLA Piper LLP (US) impresses with its ‘combination of technical talent, commercial savvy, and efficiency’ and is nationally renowned for its representation of estate investors, asset managers, fund sponsors, lenders, developers and owners. Amy Carbins leads its Washington DC real estate team, which also houses the up-and-coming Lauren Rico, and senior statesman, Frederick Klein , who is the go-to advisor for domestic and offshore investors in projects throughout the US. New York’s Michael Haworth is highly experienced in acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and financings, often with a cross-border Asian/U.S nexus. ‘Top of the heap‘ practice chair John Sullivan sits in the Boston office alongside co-vice chair, Barbara Trachtenberg and the offices’ managing partner, Bryan Connolly, who concentrates on real estate development. In the same office, Cara Nelson  represents pension funds, investors and institutional funds in acquisitions, sales and financings of all asset types. Chicago’s Bradley Levy acts for many of the firms’ hospitality and healthcare sector clients in their real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

John Sullivan; Richard Klawiter; Barbara Trachtenberg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper real estate practice is top tier. It’s hard to find a firm that has the same combination of technical talent, commercial savvy, and efficiency. While at the same time being pleasant people and fun to work with. There’s a reason they’re the first call we make when we’re looking at a new transaction.’

‘John Sullivan – top of the heap. Really exemplary service – you always get his attention, he’s a skilled and effective technical lawyer as well as negotiator. ‘

‘Cara Nelson – It’s not surprisingly they work so well together. Efficient, practical, tough when needed but able to cut through the unnecessary aspects to get to a good result.’

‘Bryan Connolly is an exceptional real estate development lawyer – knowledgeable, strategic, creative, responsive.’

‘I truly enjoyed working with the entire DLA Real Estate team, especially with Fred Klein and Lauren Rico, who are based in DC. It was a very fluid, smooth and enjoyable working relationship and I felt confident that I was in good hands and nothing was going to slip through the cracks. I am not sure the deal would have closed without DLA.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

Ares Management

Artemis Real Estate

ASB Capital Management

AXA

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Properties

Brookfield

Cabot Industrial

Carlyle Group

CBRE Global Investors

Corebridge Financial (f/k/a AIG Global Real Estate)

Eugene Asset Management

First Washington Realty

General Investment Development Group (GID)

GI Partners

Greene Courte Partners

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Hines

Longpoint Realty Partners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Northland Investment Corporation

Nuveen Real Estate

Oxford Properties Group/OMERS

PGIM

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Safanad

Shimizu Realty Development

USAA Real Estate

Ventas

Veris Residential

WeWork

Wheelock Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Harrison Street Real Estate in connection with an acquisition/joint venture ($1.225 billion enterprise valuation) with American Campus Communities of a portfolio of public-private-partnership (P3) student housing facilities located on Arizona State University’s campus.
  • Advised First Washington Realty, Inc in its multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Donahue Schriber Realty Group, Inc., a private REIT.
  • Represented Griffin Realty Trust, Inc. in the $1.132 billion sale of a 53-building national office portfolio to a joint venture of Workspace Property Trust and GIC (Minister for Finance (Singapore)).

Tax > International tax Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) routinely handles tax advisory work on multinational companies’ cross-border integrations and resolves complex jurisdictional issues The practice is well-versed in transfer pricing matters such as international transfer pricing disputes, intercompany transactions, advanced pricing agreements and cross-border supply chain restructuring. The team operates across a range of industries such as technology, industrials and life sciences. Alison Maxwell leads the team out of Seattle and assists clients in legal entity rationalization and intellectual property planning. Sang Kim is based in Silicon Valley and concentrates on operational structuring and joint ventures while New York-located Kevin Glenn works on a broad range of cross-border tax planning issues and opportunities.

Practice head(s):

Alison Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

Sang Kim; Kevin Glenn

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper as a team is responsive and timely, and thorough on the issues requested.’

‘DLA Piper brings a wealth of knowledge for multi-national legal projects. They bring a deep bench of talent with local knowledge across the globe. But they also keep a pragmatic view to simplify complex topics versus making a simple topic complex. In a few cases DLA Piper really delivered with deep knowledge to pressure test items with expert local knowledge in certain countries.’

‘Alison Maxwell, client partner did an outstanding job. She assembled a top team of experts across several different domains in the US and international team. She led the engagement and efficiently determined when to get involved to ensure a smooth, quality and efficient product that met her clients expectations. She was very good at listening to her client and making adjustments to deliver the planned outcome. She coached team members to make course corrections and looped in expert resources with the appropriate skill sets at the right time.

‘We rely on DLA Piper’s international tax practice to be our lead point of contact connecting us with corporate/employment/other counsel as needed globally. That is a unique relationship for us that other firms do not offer.’

‘Alison Maxwell has been our go to partner. She is willing to make sure we get what need on large or small projects. It’s always about making sure the client is satisfied.’

‘DLA’s international tax practice is one of the very few law firm practices that stands alone. It’s a good set up for corporates looking for high-end international planning.’

‘Kevin Glenn is the lead and a superstar. He helped us come up with some real plans that we implemented.’

‘A can-do attitude and a seamless cross functional technical team. This team provides outstanding customer service.’

Key clients

Moody’s Corporation

Crocs Inc.

Juniper Networks

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

MKS Instruments

Danaher

Coupa Software

Conair

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA

Sarepta

iTeos

NVIDIA

Fibrogen

Yahoo

Xilinx

Snowflake

Insmed

Sony

Ford Motor Co.

Pfizer

Macquarie

AIG

Verizon

Centroid / Tailor Made

Dentsply Sirona

Hair Cuttery Salon Holdings

Lepercq de Neuflize Asset Management and TSI Holdings

Work highlights

  • Assisted Qualcomm with asset and employee transfers resulting from a recent acquisition.
  • Advised Crocs, Inc. on its US$ 2 billion acquisition of Hong-Kong parented footwear brand, Hey Dude.
  • Engaged by Sony Interactive Entertainment for international tax advisory guidance for its acquisition of Haven Entertainment Studios Inc.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s cartel team represents corporate and individual clients from the pharma, insurance, and tech industries in criminal cartel litigation and governmental and regulatory investigations. The team regularly represents multinational clients before both domestic and international competition authorities and regulators, reflecting the firm’s ability to draw on its global network and multijurisdictional expertise. Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, a former DOJ prosecutor with significant expertise in bet-the-company criminal cartel litigation and investigations, leads the team from San Francisco. Los Angeles-based trial attorney John Gibson represents healthcare and tech clients in high-profile cases in California, while Houston’s Allissa Pollard focuses on corporate investigations. In Chicago, of counsel Michael Pullos focuses on multi-district litigation concerning price-fixing and monopolization. The arrival to the San Francisco office of Jessica Heim and former federal prosecutor Matthew Jacobs from Vinson & Elkins LLP in February 2022 further bolstered the firm’s investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey

Key clients

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

Maxell

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.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) represents a range of high profile domestic and multinational clients in litigation proceedings, investigations, and information management reviews.  The group incorporates lawyers, records and information management professionals, and litigation support analysts, and so is able to coordinate broad corporate policy in addition to litigation and legal matters. Co-leading are senior litigators Jennifer Feldman, based in San Diego, and Leeanne Mancari, who works from Los Angeles. Feldman practices in federal and state courts, and counsels clients on information management and governance policies outside the litigation context. Mancari, who has experience in all aspects of national and international discovery, is regularly active as lead e-discovery counsel on large-scale and multidistrict litigation. New York-based senior counsel Andrew Peck, who served as a United States Magistrate Judge in New York until 2018, is highly respected in the practice area, and advises on litigation strategy and discovery issues.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Feldman; Leeanne Mancari; Andrew Peck

Testimonials

‘Well rounded practice with knowledge of the law and technology.’

‘Leeanne Mancari is a leader in the field. I have tremendous respect for her knowledge of the law in this area and advocacy skills in court.’

Key clients

Zimmer Biomet

Globant

Atos

Boeing

Nike

Work highlights

  • Retained by Zimmer’s merits counsel to be special e-discovery counsel. The Court granted summary judgement for Zimmer in the first bellwether matter, and we were preparing for subsequent bellwethers, when we were able to tentatively settle all of the cases.
  • Defend Globant in breach of contract case involving computer systems. Judge Peck advised on discovery and strategic issues. The case settled.
  • Served as e-discovery expert witness, particularly regarding proposed TAR in several hearings before the court. The case is a class action wrongful death for the crash of the Boeing 737 Max.

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

Housed within the firm’s broad-based overarching product liability and mass torts group, which is led out of Atlanta by Christopher Campbell , DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong and increasingly active presence throughout the country across a range of toxic tort matters. The firm has been at the vanguard of market trends in the space and has consequently picked up some key instructions in relation to many issues, including as it relates to toxic forever chemicals and climate change-related suits. San Francisco-based partner George Gigounas has been at the forefront of many of these environmental disputes, including his work alongside Los Angeles-based Angela Agrusa for a food and beverage manufacturer in litigation brought by a non-profit environmental advocacy group attempting to hold manufacturers responsible for plastic pollution in the California beaches and waterways.  

Practice head(s):

Chris Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Loren Brown; James Brogan; Buffy Mims; George Gigounas; John Phillips; John Wellshclager; Adam Baas; Jayme Long; Saher Valiani; Alexander Giraldo; Daniel Larkins

Key clients

BASF

Helena Agri-Enterprises, Inc.

Sanofi

Danone

Nurture, Inc.

Exxon-Mobil

Work highlights

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

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

DLA Piper’s Energy and Natural Resources sector team is led by Washington DC-based Vanessa Richelle Wilson, an experienced project financing and transactional partner with a particularly strong depth of expertise in the increasingly significant areas of carbon storage and hydrogen power generation. The team acts for clients including energy companies, infrastructure funds, and investors, with Northeast transactional tax practice lead Drew Young in New York a key contact for clients seeking advice on tax equity financing. Boston’s Jameson Calitri is recommended for his experience with energy transactions, including related regulatory matters. Of counsel Andrea Chambers came to the Washington DC office from Covington & Burling LLP in June 2022, extending the firm’s capabilities in regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Richelle Wilson

Key clients

Renewco Power

X-Elio North America Development

Shell New Energies US LLC

MJE-Loop Capital

Semco Maritime A/S

Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Lego group

SG H2 Energy Global

Sonnedix

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Online Shop AB & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advised Renewco Power in its US expansion through the acquisition of a 1.5GW pipeline of early-stage utility-scale solar projects and 500MW of battery storage projects from Virginia-based developer Beaufort Rosemary.
  • Represented Shell New Energies US LLC in its agreement to buy 100 percent of Savion LLC, a large utility-scale solar and energy storage developer in the United States, from Macquarie’s Green Investment Group.
  • Advised Citizens on signing of a Corporate Power Purchase Agreement to Source 100% Renewable Power for Entire Operational Footprint.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Praised for its ‘depth of bench and market experience’, DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out for its capability in the CLO arena, with demonstrable experience advising on whole-business securitizations, insurance-linked securities, credit tenant lease financings and esoteric ABS. The team counts Goldman Sachs, Ares Management and BlackRock among its key roster of clients. In the firm’s New York office, practice leader Richard Reilly has experience acting as counsel to arrangers, collateral managers and investors on US and European CLOs, while Grant Buerstetta, who joined the team from Blank Rome LLP in June 2022, and Jay Williams are commended as ‘phenomenal professionals’. Clients have ‘a lot of trust in’ Los Angeles-based Claire Hall, whose practice covers a range of traditional and non-traditional assets classes, while Boston’s Andrew Sroka advises on commercial asset-backed loans. Based in New York, John Murphy is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Reilly

Testimonials

‘I have worked with DLA Piper on many structured finance transactions over the years. The partners are well abreast with the industry and offer great insight, which is beneficial to us and our clients.’

‘I work closely with Jay Williams and Grant Buerstetta. These guys are just phenomenal professionals that not only care about building their practice, but also care for the clients and business partners they work with..’

‘DLA Piper LLP (US) is a top-tier legal group of exemplary professional standing across numerous practices. DLA Piper LLP (US) has the depth of bench and market experience, as well as superior skills required to effectively assist its clients to navigate any of the complexities and peculiarities they may encounter.’

‘While there are large number of individuals with whom we regularly work with at DLA Piper and all offer us superior legal advice and engagement, Grant Buerstetta and Jay Williams are of note among those individuals. Both Grant and Jay have extensive market experience, including experience working with all the primary market participants.’

‘Knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. The team is always a pleasure to work with and willing to go the extra mile to get deals done.’

‘Frequent touch points with Claire Hall even in between live deals. We appreciate, what we view as a partnership between our firms. We have a lot of trust in Claire and her team.’

Key clients

Lendbuzz, Inc.

Affirm, Inc.

Kapitus

Jefferies Funding LLC

Theorem Partners LLC

Goldman Sachs

Ares

BlackRock

Deutsche Bank

Irradiant Partners

Shenkman Capital Management, Inc.

Trimaran Advisors LLC/LibreMax Capital

Sound Point Capital Management

Société Générale S.A., (SocGen)

Work highlights

  • Advised on 40 CLO transactions, totalling over US$19 billion, for clients such as Goldman Sachs, Ares Management and BlackRock.
  • Represented Affirm, Inc in connection with the issuance of US$500 million fixed-rate fully amortizing point-of-sale unsecured consumer loans by Affirm Asset Securitization Trust 2022-A.
  • Acted as counsel to Jefferies as initial purchaser/placement agent regarding the ABS securitization of cashflows generated by multifamily properties that benefit from Section 8 and other low-income housing incentives (LIHTEC).

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) oversees significant litigation, transactional as well as regulatory matters pertaining to the cannabis industry. The department also assists international companies, start-ups, venture capitals in e-commerce, regulatory product development, and contracting work. Stefanie Fogel leads the department from Boston and is frequently engaged in international food and consumer product regulation and compliance, corporate compliance and commercial class action. Washington DC's Sharon Mayl joined the firm from the FDA in September 2022, and possesses extensive knowledge of imports, cannabis products, and food safety, while New York-based Bethany Hills arrived at the firm from Morrison Foerster in April 2022. Also in New York, counsel Jarred Reiling arrived from King & Spalding LLP in March 2022, and possesses extensive experience in FDA and healthcare compliance as well as litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Fogel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Smith & Sinclair

14th Round

Just Brands USA

PureKana, LLC

Simply Better Brands

Massage Envy

22nd Century Group

HEXO Corp.

Casters Holdings Inc (d/b/a Fyllo)

Work highlights

  • Represented Just Brands USA, Inc. in a dismissal of putative nationwide class actions filed against them, the plaintiffs alleged violations of New York and Florida consumer protection statutes, breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and fraud related to allegations of improper labeling of CBD levels.  
  • Assisted Simply Better Brands in a qualified transaction to merge with an entity, the team also provided public reporting, corporate and regulatory advice, as well as commercial litigation support.

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

The patent litigation team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is widely renowned for representing a wide range of international tech and medical device companies, with a talented group of first-chair trial lawyers. The practice has seen significant growth across specific expansion areas including Austin, Washington DC, and Delaware. The team has impressive cross-jurisdictional capabilities, recently acting for Honeywell in the US ITC, Western District of Texas, German, the UK, China, and Delaware. The team leadership consists of Sean Cunningham and Erin Gibson from the firm’s San Diego office, Erin Gibson and Helena Kiepura operating out of Washington DC, Matthew Satchwell in Chicago, and Michael Sitzman in Silicon Valley.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham; Kathryn Riley Grasso; Matthew Satchwell; Erin Gibson; Helena Kiepura; Michael Sitzman

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fowler; John Guaragna; Paul Steadman

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Nall: very client-focused; practical; no budget surprises and very good strategic thinker in the patent law space’

‘Paul R. Steadman and Matthew D. Satchwell in Chicago office are very powerful, trustworthy and experienced trial lawyers in intellectual property litigations before Federal District Courts, Federal Circuit and ITC. Both Paul and Matt are strong team leaders to lead their litigation team and other outside counsels in a joint defense arrangement.’

‘The team is very familiar with our business including details of our supply chain and therefore the team always provide us with advises from practical point of view as well as legal point of view. In addition, they are very familiar with our technology.’

‘Mr. Mark Fowler knows what are happening in the industry and always keep us posted on. In litigation, dealing with requests for production is one of the challenging issue, but Ms. Carrie Williamson is good at communicating with opposing outside counsels and gives us practical advises.’

‘Their international network to solve complicated IP issues involving various jurisdictions in an efficient manner.’

‘Paul Steadman and Shuzo Maruyama understand technologies, industry, and IP practices very well. Their advices are always practical and quick.’

‘DLA has a team of personnel with extensive technical knowledge of electronics.’

‘Matt Satchwell and Paul Steadman can provide sound advice based on their extensive litigation experience.’

Key clients

Lenovo Group Ltd.

Microsoft Corporation

NXP Semiconductors N.V. and NXP USA Inc.

One World Technologies, Inc.

PureCircle

Nike

Sam’s Club

Toyota Motor Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, DENSO CORPORATION, DENSO TEN Limited, and Japan Radio Co. Ltd.

Subaru of America

BASF Corporation and BASF Enzymes LLC

Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Mazda Motor Corporation, and Jaguar Land Rover North America

KUKA AG

LG Electronics

Talon Engineering Sdn Bhd

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)

The Home Depot

Premium Oilfield

Kioxia Holdings Corporation

Honeywell International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Honeywell International in worldwide patent infringement litigation against its competitor Zebra Technology.
  • Represented seven defendants in a series of patent cases filed in the WDTX and the ITC by NPE Sonrai Memory Ltd.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) harnesses the bench strength of a global network spanning the Americas, and the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, to advise on the management, prosecution and enforcement of the international portfolios of household names such as Dannon, Dr. Seuss, and Papa John’s, across sectors ranging from food, hospitality, and e-commerce to retail, tech and fitness. The team is headed by tech sector expert Sean Cunningham in San Diego, Gina Durham in San Francisco applies expertise to prosecution, clearance, and brand management matters. IP authority Ann Ford in Washington DC specializes in the restructuring of intellectual property assets for tax planning and developing joint venture arrangements to support co-branding efforts. In Chicago, Keith Medansky brings deep experience to the practice area. Other key figures include seasoned portfolio manager Thomas Zutic in DC, and Michael Geller in Chicago, who was promoted in April 2022 and handles Web3 filings. Kevin Fee in DC joined the firm from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s trademark practice is phenomenal and unique in that they are highly skilled in handling all facets of trademark law, ranging from clearance to bet-the-company litigation.’

‘Keith Medansky is an incredible partner. He’s taken the time to truly understand our complex business, and to provide legal advice that balances risk with business realities. He’s incredibly attentive and helpful.’

‘DLA’s greatest strength is Keith Medansky, one of the very finest trademark attorneys in America.’

‘Keith Medansky is a highly knowledgeable, very experienced, highly strategic, smart and wise counsel with whom I’ve worked for over 20 years as a client. His input, helpfulness, effort, and insight is practically unparalleled in my experience. He thinks well beyond the current moment and outside the box.’

‘Keith Medansky is incredibly thorough and practical. I know I can always lean on him for the best advice that I can take straight to my business partners.’

Key clients

The Dannon Company, Inc.

T. Rowe Price

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Vindex LLC

ZeniMax Media Inc.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Ace Hardware Corporation

Claire’s Inc.

Equinox Holdings, Inc. / SoulCycle LLC

Papa John’s International Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Dannon Company as a lead counsel on trademark selection/filing strategy, clearance and numerous stages of prosecution of trademarks.
  • Advising Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. on trademark issues, including prosecution, counseling, and enforcement.
  • Advising T. Rowe Price’s on domestic and international trademark matters and related intellectual property issues.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s employment group is known for providing advice on the full range of US and international matters from policies and compliance to internal investigations, transactions, restrictive covenants and terminations. The team handles sensitive issues from employment opportunity laws, workplace equality, working times, diversity and inclusion. Marc Katz heads the practice from Dallas and represents clients in unfair competition litigation, partnership disputes and class action cases. Evan Parness conducts internal investigations of alleged discrimination and harassment out of New York along with Brian Kaplan who handles disputes involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Ute Krudewagen works on employment matters relating to the workforces of global multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Marc Katz

Other key lawyers:

Evan Parness; Brian Kaplan; Ute Krudewagen

Testimonials

‘Great collaboration between DLA offices in New Zealand, UK and USA.’

‘Evan Parness is an amazing attorney. Always attentive and will take instructions outside of business hours, he is always there when we need him and looks for the best outcome for clients.’

‘Excellent workplace and employment counseling practice.’

‘DLA is one of the very few firms that is truly global in its reach and expertise. The firm is able to provide accurate and practical legal advice from almost any jurisdiction/region in an expedited manner which is essential when dealing with regulatory, transactional, or litigation matters.’

‘DLA’s employment team is incredible. They have global coverage and service Fortune 500 clients, but they are still able to provide efficient and excellent advice to smaller companies that need international scope and scale. They are cost effective, and actually give pragmatic advice.’

‘Ute Krudewagen is the most amazing and helpful employment lawyer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Ute gives pragmatic, useful advice about actual exposure, market expectations, and what other peer companies do. She is an encyclopedia of global employment practices, and I honestly feel like I could rely on her and her alone for all of our employment needs.’

‘DLA has perhaps the largest global reach of any employment and labor firm. I like that I have an excellent relationship partner who helps marshal the right resources, explain our business and how we approach legal services. It helps us keep costs down while still getting the right results. They are practical, but knowledgeable.’

‘We have found our DLA attorneys to be knowledgeable, practical, thoughtful and efficient.’

Key clients

Texas Rangers

Solarwinds

Best Buy

Plug Power

BackBlaze

Faire

Spencer Stuart

Dyson

Lord Abbett & Co.

Transperfect

Work highlights

  • Advised Qualcomm on employee integration in relation to the client’s US $4.5 billion acquisition of Arriver auto business from Veoneer.
  • Advised Block on strategic global workforce projects, international expansion plans, and global acquisitions valued at over US $29 billion.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a versatile practice which is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced with corporate transactions in venture capital financing, M&A, and many other areas‘. In addition to being firmly embedded in the Silicon Valley ecosystem, clients also appreciate the firm’s ‘global presence, which makes them ideally suited for cross-border transactions‘. The group’s investor client base is demonstrative of its market standing, with the likes of Softbank and M 12 (Microsoft’s corporate venture arm) regularly using the team.  Jeffrey Lehrer  chairs the practice from Northern Virginia, while other key individuals include Silicon Valley’s Curtis Mo  (‘a highly experienced lawyer who knows all the legal issues inside out‘). Trenton Dykes  in Seattle gives ‘great advice based on the depth of his experience‘, with Randy Socol  and the ‘very knowledgeable, always available’ Richard Bull  serving as key names in San Diego. Over in New York. Charles Torres is a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Lehrer

Other key lawyers:

Curtis Mo; Trenton Dykes; Charles Torres;  Richard Bull; Randy Socol

Testimonials

‘Curtis Mo (partner, corporate) – strong cross-disciplinary advisor with great ability to channel the entire firm’s resources to support a multitude topics — from venture capital investments to bankruptcy and litigation. Solid business judgement and commercial sense.’

‘DLA Piper is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with corporate transactions in venture capital financing, M&A, and many other areas. One of their many strengths is their global presence, which makes them ideally suited for cross-border transactions.’

‘Curtis Mo is a highly experienced lawyer who knows all the legal issues inside out but also has deep awareness of the business implications as well as industry norms. He is extremely responsive when needed on an urgent basis, including on weekends and holidays, and has excellent client-facing interpersonal skills. It is always a pleasure to work with Curtis and I trust his judgment completely.’

‘The DLA team collaborates effectively together in service of their clients. Every member of my DLA team is informed about my business and our current legal needs. My partner is exceptional, and the junior staff is also highly competent also. This helps us get what we need even when our partner isn’t available, and also helps keep fees down. The team is responsive and available at all times of day and night if I need them / we are in the middle of a deal, etc.’

‘Trenton Dykes is a CEO’s trusted advisor. He gives me great advice based on the depth of his experience and is both strategic and calmly logical. When I’m in the middle of a financing or other deal, I feel more confident with Trent in my corner.’

‘Richard Bull is always quick to responds and provide alternative ideas for us to consider. He’s always proposing good suggestions for negotiating what we want in the financing documents. We would highly recommend him to other VCs.’

‘Given the international nature of our business and investments, we need a law firm that can smoothly and professionally operate across multiple countries and geographies and still deliver the high quality of service and advice that we require. On that front, DLA Piper has been our go-to law firm for several years now because they are a truly global firm that has supported us in North America, Europe, and Asia.’

‘Richard Bull – very knowledgeable, always available, broad experience, creative thinking, great communicator, strong work ethic.’

Key clients

M12/Microsoft

H.I.G. Growth Partners

New Enterprise Associates

Elysian Park Ventures

Softbank Vision Fund

Point72 Ventures

Tribeca Venture Partners

Updata Venture Partners

Fintech Collective

Optimal Dynamics, a developer of logistics optimization technology designed to bring advanced AI to the entire logistics industry

Flock Freight, a freight technology platform

Salesloft

Flock Safety

Aspen Neuroscience

Chargebee

Work highlights

  • Represented Aspen Neuroscience, a private biotechnology company developing autologous cell therapies, in the closing of its $147.5 million Series B venture funding, which would go towards the clinical trials of the company’s first iPSC-derived autologous neuron replacement treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Advising Softbank Vision Fund as lead investor in the $150 million Series B financing of Firework, a leading livestreaming commerce and digital transformation platform.
  • Represented Flock Safety, a developer of an ALPR camera system designed to capture images while the proprietary machine-learning algorithm identifies a vehicle fingerprint, in its $150 million of Series E and Series E1 venture funding in a deal led by Tiger Global Management, putting the company’s pre-money valuation at $3.76 billion.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a solid reputation in the advertising and marketing space, with the full-service team acting across a wide array of industries, though most predominantly in the sports, esports, entertainment, media, and promotions industries. Key areas of expertise include advising on global sports sponsorship agreements, celebrity, influencer and athlete endorsement deals, sweepstakes and contests, structuring and negotiation of agency and media agreements, and social media campaigns. It also has capabilities in assisting clients with metaverse, NFTs and other new media-related advertising and marketing matters. Los Angeles-based Benjamin Mulcahy chairs the national advertising team at the firm, and has extensive experience handling major sports and entertainment marketing matters, as well as digital media deals, for high-profile brands. In Washington DC, associate James Stewart focuses on celebrity and athlete endorsement agreements on behalf of brands for advertising campaigns.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Mulcahy

Other key lawyers:

James Stewart

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s sports sector practice understands domestic and international sports issues. The firm’s interdisciplinary expertise has come in handy when it has represented our club in cutting-edge sponsorship deals.’

‘Ben Mulcahy is exceptional. He understands the sports industry very well and is a trusted problem solver and savvy negotiator who works efficiently in resolving tough issues with opposing counsel.’

‘Subject matter experts. They have a reasonable, rational approach to the relationship between themselves and their clients.’

Key clients

Fiat Chrysler Automotive US LLC

Austin FC

United Entertainment Group

Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.

Twitch Interactive, Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Warner Bros. Discovery

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

Orange Capital Media

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Vindex, Inc.

RealTime Media, LLC

Los Angeles Chargers

Massage Envy

Polaris Industries

Bloomberg Media

Los Angeles Football Club

Paycor

Blue Diamond Growers

LEGO

Work highlights

  • Representing Paycor, Inc. in its historic Naming Rights and Sponsorship Agreement with the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals NFL franchise to rename its home football stadium from Paul Brown Stadium to Paycor Stadium in a deal reportedly estimated to be worth more than $160 million.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is commended for fielding a team of ‘very strong corporate transaction attorneys with significant relationships across growth capital’. In addition to advising on IP and technology-driven corporate and private equity M&A, the lawyers have good experience of cross-border IT and strategic sourcing transactions across a range of technologies, including AI, the Internet of Things, and blockchain. The multidisciplinary team also handles IP licensing and collaboration deals, and assists clients on complex international data transfer agreements. Chicago-based partner Vincent Sanchez  is the global co-chair of the firm’s technology transactions. Key partners include Victoria Lee, managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office and former global co-chair of the firm’s technology sector group. Clients also recommend the ‘always available‘ corporate finance partner Randy Socol in San Diego. Gregory Manter  (San Diego) also has a good track record for outsourcing matters.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Sanchez

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Lee; Randy Socol; Gregory Manter

Testimonials

‘Very strong corporate transaction attorneys with significant relationships across growth capital.’

‘Randy Socol is always available.’

 

Key clients

TikTok

Wipro Ltd.

Netflix

CoreLogic

Qualcomm Incorporated

Softbank Group Corporation

Twitter

HCL Technologies

Paylocity

DocuSign

Work highlights

  • Represented Microsoft’s corporate venture capital fund in multiple venture funding investments during the past 12 months.
  • Represented Softbank’s corporate venture capital fund (Softbank Vision Fund) in more than 20 venture funding investments during the past 12 months.
  • Represented QUALCOMM in numerous M&A transactions during the past 12 months.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses on advising both public and private REITs, alongside real estate operating and financing companies at every stage of the REIT life-cycle. The team’s steady deal-flow sees REIT formation, debt and equity offerings, UPREIT and DownREIT transactions, alongside complex M&A issues on behalf of major financial institutions and investment banks. Robert Bergdolt leads the team from Raleigh, and is an important name for securities regulations and non-traded REITs. In New York, Kerry Johnson co-chairs the wider real estate department and is vastly experienced in public-exchange listed REITs matters, while San Diego’s Darryl Steinhause  is a core member of the team with deep experience on securities transactions and specialized tax matters. New York’s Shiukay Hung is also an ‘industry savvy‘ go-to name for tax implications of REIT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bergdolt

Other key lawyers:

Shiukay Hung; Darryl Steinhause; Kerry Johnson

Testimonials

‘DLA’s stature and involvement with the REIT industry is huge.’

‘Rob Bergdolt was a key participant in both the lead-up to and the sale of the company. Shiukay Hung facilitated the satisfactory resolution of a delicate tax issue during the sale of the company.’

‘Shiukay Hung is the tax partner and shows exceptional client commitment. He is always available and provides creative solutions.’

‘Darryl and his team are at the cutting edge of legal and tax structuring for real estate. He is an icon in the business and his work is always thorough, detailed and insightful.’

‘I have worked with and across from Shiukay Hung on a number of occasions and have tremendous respect for his tenaciously thoughtful approach to complicated problems. Shiukay has been focusing on real estate and REITs for many years in law firms and in house which provides him with a unique perspective. Shiukay has emerged as a thought leader in the REIT tax community, actively participating in various industry groups and regularly publishing on REIT matters. He is one of the most engaged tax practitioners in this area and provides insightful practical advice to his clients.’

‘The DLA team is a well oiled machine. They are integrated – they know when to bring in different experts to ensure your issues are well addressed. Their team of professionals has the depth and breadth necessary to provide clients with advice.’

‘Shiukay Hung – a REITs expert who advises us on a wide range of issues. He is industry savvy and a tax technical expert. Shiukay keeps us abreast of key tax reform updates, while also pointing out practical issues for us as they arise during transactions.’

Key clients

Ashford Hospitality Trust

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.

Braemar Hotels & Resorts

BTIG

Cottonwood Communities

Equity Residential

Getty Realty Corp

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III

Highwoods Properties

Resource REIT

STAG Industrial

STORE Capital Corporation

W.P. Carey

Work highlights

  • Represented Resource REIT, Inc in its merger with Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.
  • Represented STORE Capital Corporation on its entry into a definitive agreement to be acquired by GIC.
  • Representing Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc in an offering of up to US$60 billion in shares of common stock.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

With a phenomenal team of professionals specialized in financial products’, DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s transactional tax group excels at advising fund sponsors, banks and asset managers on complex tax-efficient structures, with a focus on asset-backed securities and CLOs. The team also demonstrates strength in transformative sectors and emerging industries, where it is increasingly retained to handle acquisitions and securitizations. The practice’s leadership is split between New York-based Gerald Rokoff, who is ‘deeply connected within the industry’ and ‘knows how to right-size the response to a particular issue’, and Stacy Paz in Silicon Valley. From Chicago, Tom Geraghty is the go-to adviser for US and non-US issuers and underwriters of debt and equity instruments, while New York-based Witold Jurewicz is well versed in tax-efficient structures for non-US investments. At the associate level, incredibly smart’ John Wei in Boston is noted.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Rokoff; Stacy Paz

Other key lawyers:

John Wei; Tom Geraghty; Naftali Debitzer; Witold Jurewicz; Hugh Goodwin

Testimonials

‘Witold Jurewicz is a proficient tax attorney that is always attuned to the latest market trends. He has a profound understanding of the tax needs of institutional investors and is always helping us achieve our tax objectives seamlessly.’

‘I have worked with Jerry Rokoff, John Wei and Naftali Dembitzer on federal and state tax issues. This is a knowledgeable and experienced team, which gives technically thorough yet understandable advice. They are quick to reply to my enquiries.’

‘Jerry Rokoff, John Wei and Naftali Debitzer try to guide me through to a reasonable outcome and do not leave me with inconclusive technical analyses.’

‘DLA Piper’s tax team is exceptional. It has consistently provided us with excellent and thorough, solutions-focused tax support in the private credit space. I work a lot with Gerald Rokoff and John Wei. They are extremely knowledgeable and creative. They are on the forefront of deal developments and very practical in providing advice. They have a very good understanding of our needs and their advice is very important to us.’

‘John Wei is incredibly smart and thinks outside the box. He is very accessible and is my go-to. I can always rely on him with last minute requests at a very short turnaround time. He knows how to explain very complicated concepts in a way that they are well understood by both tax and non-tax professionals in our organization.’

‘Gerald Rokoff is deeply connected within the industry and is well equipped to advise on and help implement any tax solution there is. He understands well the commercial drivers for transactions and knows how to right-size the response to the particular issue or question.’

‘DLA has a phenomenal team of professionals specialized in financial products. They know and understand the financial products markets, and what the established views and market practices are on a host of issues. They make navigating the space a much easier task.’

‘I work with Gerald Rokoff, John Wei, Naftali Dembitzer and Hugh Goodwin at DLA for financial products. This team is friendly, prompt and efficient. In particular, their advice is timely and market-savvy. They have made evaluating new products much easier and selecting alternatives a less daunting exercise.’

Key clients

HarbourView Equity Partners, LLC

Goldman Sachs

Ares Management

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

Concord Music to (Alchemy)

L’Oréal USA

Fei Labs

Oxford 1 Asset Management USA Inc

American International Underwriters (AIG)

SocGen

ArrowMark

Trimaran

Sound Point

Jefferies LLC

Above Lending

MC Credit

Five Point Energy LLC

Aligned Energy

Sabey Data Centers

Stack Infrastructure

Compass Data Centers

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford 1 Asset Management, an investment management company based in the UK, on a US lending program, including the tax aspects of investing in a credit-linked investment.
  • Acted for L’Oréal, one of the world’s largest cosmetic companies, on a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) that sells tokens to participants, who decide on which digital artist are supported by the DAO, which in turn sells NFTs relating to metaverse avatars.
  • Assisted MC Credit Partners in closing the warehouse for a new CLO, which involved multiple borrowers, including a Cayman parent and its Cayman subsidiaries.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is active at the international, federal, and state & local levels, with expertise in a diverse range of tax mandates, including international transfer pricing disputes, audit defense, and criminal tax matters. Ellis Reemer, who has expertise in both civil and criminal tax disputes, co-leads the team from New York with Diana Erbsen, whose practice is focused on federal and SALT tax controversies and criminal tax matters. In Los Angeles, Michael Patton has significant knowledge of international transfer pricing, with a record of assisting multinational corporations in complex disputes. Tamara Shepard, located in Boston, specializes in handling appeals, and has experience handling issues arising from inbound investment activities for non-US businesses. Other core team members include Joseph Myszka, who works between Silicon Valley and Sacramento, and covers international tax disputes, and the New York-based Naftali Dembitzer, who handles contentious and non-contentious tax matters at the federal and state level. Associate Victoria Gu, in Silicon Valley, is likewise a key name.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Reemer; Diana Erbsen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Patton; Tamara Shepard; Joseph Myszka; Naftalie Dembitzer; Victoria Gu

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper team works effectively and keeps deadlines.’

‘Michael Patton, who leads our engagement team, combines huge technical knowledge with an ability to explain difficult issues in a simple way. He always follows up quickly and provides regular status updates.’

My DLA service team was small, but efficient and mighty. They mastered my company’s facts, including the confused computations of an earlier advisor, and marshaled those facts against the legal rules exceptionally well.’

‘Tamara was not only able to handle the “trees” of the case but also saw the “forest.” In addition, she had the emotional intelligence to manage the strengths and weaknesses of the company’s personnel and build relationships with the ITS team that generated good will and negotiating equity that she used to the benefit of our company.’

‘I have been working with Ellis Reemer and Diana Erbson. Ellis’ lifetime experience in contentious tax matters is invaluable in terms of developing strategy. Diana Erbson’s service with the Internal Revenue Service has provided an invaluable insight into certain policy considerations and procedural action.’

‘I worked with Naftali Dembitzer on a transfer tax audit defense matter. He understood our team’s sensitivity to keeping costs down and we worked together with that in mind. I learned a lot from Naftali about best practices and negotiating tactics and he helped our team achieve a great result.’

‘The practice team, led by Naftali Dembitzer, was highly attentive in every element of our dealings with the tax authorities, and made us feel very confident that our matter with the authorities would be resolved in an efficient and timely manner.’

‘Mr. Dembitzer was particularly helpful in handling our matter. He has a very client-centric approach and, although he is a partner of the firm, he gave us comfort in knowing that he was very much in control of the development of our case, giving it his personal attention as it developed.’

Key clients

YA Global Investments, LP and Yorkville Advisors, LLC

Synopsys, Inc.

Domino’s Pizza

Yamaha Motor Corp.

Conair LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing YA Global, an investment fund focused alternative financing, in an ongoing case where the IRS has claimed that the offshore investors in the Fund had income effectively connected with a US trade or business.
  • Defended Domino’s pizza, a franchisor and a group of its franchisees, in a New York State sales/use tax audit that raised numerous legal issues and dramatically reduced a significant proposed assessment to an immaterial amount of sales/use tax liability.
  • Representing Synopsys, a leading supplier of electronic design automation solutions, in multiple rounds of litigation in Hungary regarding issues arising from its cost sharing arrangements.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Dealing with all facets of white-collar and regulatory enforcement cases, DLA Piper LLP (US) draws on its ability to supplement its domestic expertise with a vast global network to assist major corporations and individuals in extensive global investigations and enforcement proceedings. Particular areas of note for the practice are False Claims Act matters as well as incidents surrounding cybersecurity. A quartet of attorneys sits at the helm of the team, consisting of Karl Buch and John Hillebrecht in New York, as well as Chicago’s Jonathan King, and Courtney Saleski, who splits her time between Philadelphia and Washington DC. 2022 saw the arrival of a number of new partners to the practice, including former Vinson & Elkins LLP partners Matthew Jacobs and Jessica Heim in San Francisco. Further additions are Boston’s Eric Forni and Michelle Morgan in Wilmington, who held previous positions with the SEC and DOJ, respectively.

Practice head(s):

John Hillebrecht; Courtney Saleski; Jon King; Karl Buch

Testimonials

‘The team was exceptional.’

‘Highly skilled and collaborative approach bringing in partners with specific expertise to provide comprehensive support.’

‘Matt Jacobs and Jessica Heim are both fantastic – they demonstrate care, compassion and dedication to the client.’

‘Matt Jacobs and Jessica Heim, along with their teams, are so effective, insightful, and productive that you are confident you have the best team on your side. They are incredibly user-friendly and instill confidence in executive and board leadership that their findings and advice are well-founded and in the best interests of the company.’

‘Broad knowledge of the area of the law and extensive experience that assisted in providing a roadmap for the matter and great instincts for how things could unfold.’

‘Dealt with sensitive, confidential issues and complex corporate governance issues in a sophisticated, business savvy way that addressed the legal issues and the interplay of personalities. And was able to do so efficiently and in a streamlines manner to conclude the matter in a timeframe that many firms would have taken twice the amount of time.’

‘Matt Jacobs and his team have the reputation of being some of the best lawyers in the U.S. that you never hear about. In my experience, that reputation is warranted. They do thoughtful, exceptional work that shows diligence and creativity.’

‘Deliberate and thorough. High degree of expertise and well staffed.’

Key clients

Cognizant Technologies

Nurture, Inc.

Fiat Chrysler pool of executives

Head of School, Head of Middle School, and Assistant Head of Middle School of Francis Parker School

Work highlights

  • Represented the Audit Committee of Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corp. for the entirety of its internal investigation and government investigation defense focused on whether certain payments made in connection with the company’s India operations were made improperly and in possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other applicable laws.
  • Representing an international banker, in the District of Puerto Rico, related to the indictment of the former Governor and Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vásquez Garced.
  • Representing a pool of six executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in connection with a DOJ criminal investigation, a DOJ and EPA civil litigation, and various private class and other actions, all relating to allegedly improper engineering of certain Auxiliary Emission Control Devices.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a growing workflow of deal-related litigation not only in its Delaware office, but also across its national office network. John Clarke in New York and Melanie Walker in Los Angeles are co-chairs of the corporate and securities litigation group with, in which merger-related cases are handled, and head of Delaware litigation John Reed in Wilmington plays a pivotal role in all of that work - all of them of late have handled heavyweight litigation concerning special purpose acquisition companies. Benjamin Schuman  in Baltimore and Jason Hopkins in Dallas also play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; John Reed

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Haymaker Sponsor III LLC and the company’s chief executive officer

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Japan NuScale Innovation

Resource REIT, Inc.

STORE Capital

SolarWinds Corporation

UpHealth, Inc.

GigAcquisitions2, LLC

GigAcquisitions3, LLC

Mavenir, Inc.

ActiGraph Holdings, LLC ActiGrpah LLC

Great Hill Partners LLC (Wayfair Litigation)

Bowlero

Netbase Solutions, Inc.

StoneX Group, Inc.

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

ConMed Corporation

ICV Partners II, L.P.

Work highlights

  • Representing Haymaker Sponsor III LLC and the company’s chief executive officer, in litigation in the District Court of Dallas County and the Chancery Court of Delaware.
  • Represented SolarWinds Corporation in a stockholder derivative action dismissed by the Delaware Court of Chancery in which the plaintiffs attempted to hold directors liable for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with their oversight of the Company’s cybersecurity.
  • 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.

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

Primarily centered out of Philadelphia and also drawing upon litigation resources spread throughout the firm’s national network of offices, DLA Piper LLP (US) is well-positioned to represent automotive companies and parts manufacturers in product liability cases at federal and state level throughout the country. Clients benefit from a very efficient service which effective utilizes legal technology and a flexible approach to charge-out rates. Matt Goldberg  has amassed a significant amount of experience in the sector and heads up the firm’s product liability automotive subgroup. Goldberg has had considerable success for Hyundai Mobis in defective airbag disputes, achieving notable successes for the client. Leveraging vast transportation regulatory expertise developed both in private practice, as well as in-house, as chief counsel to the federal auto safety regulator, Washington DC-based partner Paul Hemmersbaugh is popular among clients in a risk management setting as well as in litigation. On the aviation front, the New York office has secured successful outcomes for several airlines in putative nationwide class actions brought by plaintiffs seeking recourse for an  alleged failure to pay refunds for flights cancelled due to Covid-19. Joel Dewey left the firm in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Chris Campbell; Loren Brown; James Brogan

Other key lawyers:

Matt Goldberg; Tim Pfenninger; Aaron Shaddy; Paul Hemmersbaugh

Testimonials

‘The firm is very efficient and professional in the field of automotive product litigation.’

‘They are very quick to respond to client’s request or case reporting. They know what to do and provide practical guidance, case preparation and assistance. We can ensure that the case in their hands are very well manage in a precise and timely manner.’

Key clients

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.

Iberia Airlines

British Airways

Work highlights

  • Represented Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd. 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 a multidistrict litigation.
  • Represented Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd. and Mobis Parts America, LLC in a product liability case that arose from an eight-car accident on US I-77 in South Carolina.
  • Represented Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd. and Mobis Parts America LLC in a putative class action filed in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

Forming a key part of the firm’s ‘best-in-class product liability and mass tort practice’, DLA Piper LLP (US) regularly achieves ‘exceptional results’ for consumer product manufacturers in business critical, high-stakes litigation. The team, which has expertise on both sides of the coast and is also able to mobilize international resources, should the need arise, is best-known for its success in fending off mass tort and class action claims before the trial stage, through the use, for example, of effective Daubert strategies. A number of the firm’s most significant matters arise within the food and beverages space, an area that the team is well-placed to represent clients across the gamut of compliance, regulatory and litigation matters as a result of core industry understanding, litigation prowess and overarching regulatory expertise. Los Angeles-based litigator Angela Agrusa  is particularly accomplished in this area and is currently forming part of multi-pronged defense effort for one the defendants in putative class action and product liability suits filed around the country relating to the alleged existence of heavy metals in baby food. Atlanta-based Christopher Campbell heads up the overarching product liability and mass tort offering and is best-known for his work within the life sciences and healthcare field.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Young; Loren Brown; James Brogan; Angela Agrusa; George Gigounas; Maggie Craig; Greg Sperla

Testimonials

DLA has a top-notch, best-in-class product liability and mass-tort practice.’

The firm takes on the most business-critical matters for its clients, with exceptional results.’

Key clients

The Clorox Company

Nurture, Inc.

Bayer

Sanofi

Hyundai Mobis

Blue Diamond Growers

TTE Technology, Inc. dba TCL North America

Danone US, LLC

Arconic

Work highlights

  • Represented The Clorox Company and certain subsidiaries in a suit alleging that Clorox falsely advertised a collagen supplement as containing “pure” sternal chicken collagen.
  • Represented Sanofi and an affiliate, Chattem, Inc in a putative class action where the plaintiff alleged that the “Selsun blue® Naturals Antidandruff Shampoo” product label was misleading to consumers because it claims to be all natural and without synthetic ingredients when allegedly it contains synthetic ingredients, and consumers allegedly paid a price premium as a result.
  • Represented Arconic Inc and its affiliates in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed a ruling by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granting a motion to dismiss on forum non conveniens grounds in a strict liability, mass tort suit arising from the largest mass tragedy in the UK since World War II – the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a diverse national corporate and securities litigation practice that spans the US, with offices in New York, California, Texas, Delaware and other key jurisdictions. It is particularly active in cases involving the life sciences, financial services, insurance, and technology sectors, hence a client base that includes Goldman Sachs, Abengoa and AxoGen, Inc. John Clarke in New York and Melanie Walker in Los Angeles are co-chairs of the practice. Clarke is representing Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in an action alleging breaches of a contingent value rights agreement. Caryn Schechtman in New York led the defense of AxoGen, which creates innovative nerve repair products, and achieved the dismissal of claims arising from its IPO. John Hillebrecht in New York and Jason Lewis in Dallas also play key roles in the practice. Experienced LA-based practitioner Richard Zelichov joined the firm from Katten in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; Melanie Walker

Key clients

AxoGen, Inc.

Abengoa, S.A.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc.

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

Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

Committee of the Board of Sterling Bancorp, Inc.

Prominent National Insurance Company

GigCapital3, Inc.

GigCapital2, Inc.

RCI Hospitality Holding Inc.

Black Girls Code

Mavenir Inc.

Dahn Corporation

FEV US LLC

Noble Capital Group

Japan NuScale Innovation

Solar Winds

Work highlights

  • Won an appellate victory on behalf of AxoGen, Inc., which creates innovative nerve repair products, in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In a published opinion, the court affirmed the dismissal of claims under the Securities Act of 1933 asserted against AxoGen, Inc., its directors, officers, and several underwriters. The opinion adds important guidance on the meaning of “forward-looking statements” under the PSLRA safe harbor.
  • Achieved dismissal with prejudice of a securities fraud complaint against Abengoa, S.A., a Spanish sustainable energy company, in a putative class action that had been pending for several years in the Southern District of New York.
  • Secured a potentially dispositive ruling on behalf of Hain Celestial Group, Inc. and four of its senior officers in a putative securities class action in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The decision remains subject to final approval by the district judge.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

The environmental practice group at DLA Piper LLP (US) was bolstered in April 2022, with the arrival of Gwen Keyes Fleming from Van Ness Feldman LLP; she splits her time between Washington DC and Atlanta and now co-heads the team alongside George Gigounas, who is based in San Francisco and San Diego. With coast-to-coast expertise, the practice is well placed to handle matters across the US and leverages its international network for support on cross-border mandates. It is particularly strong in emerging contaminants, such as PFAS, climate change and environmental justice issues and provides advice in relation to litigation and transactional matters. Fleming is an EPA alumna with experience in policy, compliance and enforcement defense, while Gigounas is a name for site clean-ups, product-related toxic exposure and pollution liability.

Practice head(s):

George Gigounas; Gwen Keyes Fleming

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Campbell; Robert Alessi; Adam Baas

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has proven to be more informed and skilled in the law than any of the other firms we have worked with over the last 25 years.’

‘They routinely provide quick issue summaries available to clients on topics that while not directly of interest, keep us well informed of activities in other areas of law and other industrial sectors.’

‘I have worked more than 25 years with Bob Alessi on environmental issues related to electric generation and transmission in New York. He has a deep knowledge of the law; is highly skilled in identifying operations and policy implications as regulations are proposed; formulates strategic options for risk management; has nurtured a vast network of cross-sector contacts for critical information gathering.’

‘Bob Alessi is accessible and responsive, and a pleasure to have on our team.’

Key clients

BASF

BAE Systems

Danone US

Robertson’s Ready Mix

Northrup Grumman

The Chlorine Institute

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

Finch Waste Company LLC

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair

CAE INC

Work highlights

  • Advising The Chlorine Institute (CI), a technical trade association, on strategic and legal advice with respect to federal policy, regulatory and legislative developments that affect the transportation, environmental and national security aspects of the production of chlorine and other chemical substances and materials by the members of Cl.
  • Advising The Environmental Energy Alliance of New York (EEANY) and its members on all aspects of environmental law, including virtually every proposed and existing environmental regulatory program in New York State and at the federal level.
  • Providing environmental counsel to Northrop Grumman concerning its obligations under the 1998 Interim Record of Decision, 2005 ESD, Consent Decree, and Unilateral Order, among other operative documents, so that it can successfully implement a clean-up program for the area.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 3

The ‘top-notch, best-in-class‘ practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles a diverse range of mandates, including Hatch-Waxman suits, supply agreements, and drug pricing and market access matters. Matthew Holian and Andy Gilbert jointly head the practice from Boston and New Jersey, respectively. Holian assists medical device and pharmaceutical corporates with compliance investigations and defends clients against claims from patients in clinical trials, while Gilbert dispenses advice to life sciences companies on corporate financing, licensing, and M&A. In the New York office, Loren Brown, rated by clients as an ‘internationally known and respected litigator', heads the disputes practice, frequently leading mass-tort actions for multinational life sciences companies including Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, and Honeywell. Katie Insogna works out of the Boston office, handling all matters concerning the defense of medical device and pharmaceutical companies in product liability litigations, while New York-based 'top-tier attorneyLucas Przymusinski handles drug and device litigations, product safety-issues, and recalls.

Practice head(s):

Matt Holian; Andy Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Loren Brown; Katie Insogna; Chris Strongoski; Lucas Przymusinski; Geoffrey Levitt

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has built a wing-to-wing platform to service at the highest professional level. They bring sophisticated and varied professional experiences as a coordinated team. They climb into the boat with their clients to help steer and guide them through the most difficult legal and business challenges.’

‘They are subject matter experts with broad and varied experiences that gives them a larger perspective and allows them to think more creatively and strategically.’

‘DLA has a top-notch, best-in-class life sciences practice. The firm has industry leaders who take a strategic and proactive approach to managing both pre-litigation assessments as well as litigation response, with exceptional results.’

‘Loren Brown is the pre-eminent leader and authority in the life-sciences area (pharmaceuticals and biotechnology) and is an internationally known and respected litigator, and an advisor of the highest caliber.’

‘Lucas Przymusinski is a top-tier attorney and medical doctor whose knowledge of science and medical aspects of a case is at the cutting edge of the industry. He is a trusted advisor for clients.’

‘They are absolutely extraordinary. They stand out due to their level of technical knowledge combined with nuanced understanding.’

Key clients

Sanofi S.A.

Sanofi-Aventis US LLC

Sanofi-Aventis Recherche and Development

Pfizer Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

ResMed

Bayer

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Biogen

Novo Nordisk

Aclaris Therapeutics

PhRMA

Work highlights

  • Advising Sanofi on litigation and regulatory issues relating to Zantac.  The litigation consists of an MDL proceeding formed in February 2020 and pending in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, with tens of thousands of other lawsuits pending in a dozen state courts.
  • Advising Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on a deal to sublicense to Advanz Pharma the rights to commercialize Ocaliva® outside of the US and sell certain foreign subsidiaries and rights regarding Intercept’s international operations. The deal is valued at up to US$450 million.
  • Representing Harbour BioMed and related licensors/licensees of US patents covering the genetic engineering of transgenic animals to manufacture therapeutic heavy chain-only monoclonal antibodies. The firm investigated and brought suit against US-based infringer Teneobio.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team leverages the firm’s international presence to take on multi-jurisdictional insurance and reinsurance litigation, with a focus on transactional liability coverage disputes including representation and warranties and loss mitigation matters. The practice also handles matters pertaining to D&O and professional liability, in addition to alternative risk transfer products. Aidan McCormack leads the team, providing support to insurers and reinsurers involved in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. Joseph Finnerty III handles representation and warranty matters, including litigation and investigations in relation to both private equity transactions and M&A. Mark Deckman represents insurers in coverage disputes in a range of sectors, including environmental and product liability and first party property claims in the energy sector. All lawyers mentioned are New York-based.

Practice head(s):

Aidan McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Finnerty III; Megan Shea; Mark Deckman; Stephen Schwab

Testimonials

‘DLA is extremely knowledgeable and achieves excellent results.’

‘Very knowledgeable and focused on achieving excellent results.’

‘The team have extensive litigation experience and have offices across the globe that is very attractive to utilize as a multi-jurisdiction insurer. In addition, DLA always take the time to understand the needs and commercial considerations of their clients, ensuring that their advice is consistent and aligned.’

‘Aidan McCormack – Aidan is supported by a very strong team of excellent partners and associates in the US, ensuring that his clients fully understand the litigation risk. Aidan’s experience in US litigation is unrivalled.’

‘The DLA team is very knowledgeable, and because of their nationwide presence, we are confident using them anywhere in the US.’

Key clients

Chubb

AIG

Swiss Re

Arch Insurance

Old Colony Insurance Company

Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania

VALE/PartnerRe

Work highlights

  • Represented Senior Health Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in the Southern District of New York in a fraud suit against Platinum Partners concerning $320 million of policyholder reserves.
  • Represented Swiss Re in the Appellate Division of New York on a COVID-19 business interruption loss.
  • Represented AIG in a lawsuit commenced in Tampa, Florida against AIG and eight other insurers that had issued director’s and officer’s liability insurance policies to Surgery Partners.

Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) is valued by clients for its ‘deep industry knowledge,’ advising clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations in addition to providing corporate support. On the regulatory front, the team assists clients with state, federal, and international insurance and reinsurance compliance. New York-based practice head Aidan McCormack is the global co-chair of the firm’s insurance practice, advising on cross-border transactional and regulatory issues. Chicago’s David Mendelsohn‘s practice centers on transactional and regulatory matters, while Stephen Schwab, also in Chicago, specializes in international insurance and reinsurance regulation and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Aidan McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deep industry knowledge and the ability to service clients cross border on complex deals and matters using the extensive DLA network.’

‘David Mendelsohn – experienced, reassuring and great to work with on both a professional and individual level.’

Key clients

NextLevel Health Partners

Trustmark Companies

The Horton Group

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Clear Springs Life Assurance Company

HUB International

American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

Capital & Co. Insurance Services LLC

EquiTrust Life Insurance Company

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

Backed by the bench strength of a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region, the practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) provides comprehensive management and enforcement services and safeguards the copyrights of such household names as Nike and The Home Depot through high-stakes litigation. The team is headed by Sean Cunningham in San Diego, Gina Durham in San Francisco, a specialist in rights creation, clearance, and prosecution, and Tamar Duvdevani in New York, a seasoned litigator who counsels clients in the fashion and consumer goods sectors. The group was bolstered by the arrival from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP of partner Kevin Fee, who brings expertise to complex matters involving combined elements of copyright, administrative, and constitutional law, in May 2022 and senior associate Rachel Fertig, who advises clients across the art, music, tech, and media sectors, in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham; Tamar Duvdevani

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

International Codes Council (ICC)

The Home Depot

Studio 71

Nike, Inc.

United States Postal Service

Work highlights

  • Representing American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which in a case in which ASTM and two other non-profit standards development organizations sued Public.Resource.Org (“PRO”) for copyright and trademark infringement after PRO posted on its website unauthorized copies of the plaintiffs’ privately authored standards.
  • Representing ICC in a copyright infringement lawsuit against UpCodes, Inc., a venture-capital-backed start-up company.
  • Representing The Home Depot in connection with claims for copyright infringement brought by plaintiff tile manufacturer, claiming that the faux-marble tile sold by the company infringes its exclusive rights in its designs.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) harnesses the bench strength of a global network spanning the Americas, and the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. The team is headed by Sean Cunningham in San Diego, seasoned litigator and tech and media sector specialist Gina Durham in San Francisco, and Tamar Duvdevani in New York, who brings expertise to trademark and right of publicity disputes. Other key figures include Melissa Reinckens in San Diego, who provides experience in competitor lawsuits (state and federal Lanham Act) and regulatory and administrative challenges, and Tamany Vinson Bentz in Los Angeles, who handles novel disputes relating to digital media and consumer products. Partner Michael Geller in Chicago was promoted in April 2022, while Kevin Fee in DC joined the firm from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham; Tamar Duvdevani

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA’s trademark litigation team is unique its ability to handle sophisticated litigation, with a depth of substantive experience and courtroom experience that few firms worldwide can match. In addition, the firm’s other practice areas and deep bench of excellent litigators often prove helpful when a trademark matter intersects with other areas of law, US or international.’

Key clients

Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP

Nike, Inc.

Tigercat International, Inc.

Goli Nutrition

General Cigar Co. Inc.

Trinity Broadcasting Network

Magnolia Medical Technologies

Work highlights

  • Represented plaintiff Nike in a trademark and false advertising case brought against resale platform operator StockX.
  • Won on First Amendment grounds dismissal of a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against our client Trinity Broadcasting Network over the name of its Remember The Music television show.
  • Defending Nike in this trademark litigation filed against Nike and Nordstrom by fashion label NTAA.

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

Marc Katz heads DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice from Dallas, and has a special focus on unfair competition and trade secret litigation. The practice is known for its experience in dealing with the full spectrum of employment matters such as wage and hour litigation, class action work, discrimination matters, and COVID-19 requirements for employers. Other key names within the practice include New York-based Mary Dollarhide and San Diego-based Julie Dunne for wage and hour class actions, Brian Kaplan and Joseph Piesco in New York for extensive litigation experience, and Kim Askew in Dallas for experience in matters relating to discrimination and harassment. Steven Taeusch joined the San Francisco office from Goodwin in March 2022 and brings particular expertise in wage and hour matters.

Practice head(s):

Marc Katz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has deep subject matter expertise, is highly responsive, cost-effective, and quite diverse.’

‘I have worked extensively with Joseph Piesco, who is highly experienced and is a go-to source of advice for me due to his practical and thoughtful approach to problem-solving.  He is also highly responsive.  The team has extensive knowledge in a wide range of employment issues and is particularly helpful as it relates to CA employment laws and issues. The team keeps apprised of new regulations and recent case law that may impact employers.’

‘Mary Dollarhide and Taylor Wemmer have taken the time to understand our business and how we operate as a company and provide us with practical advice that is appropriate for our company’s culture.’

‘The New York City based team is super practical and level headed.’

‘Joe Piesco has an easy going manner that makes him effective counsel for sticky employment matters.’

‘Garrett Kennedy is a smart, articulate lawyer whose unflappable demeanor bring sanity and reliability to our cases.’

‘Very seasoned labor and employment lawyers.’

‘Kim Askew is excellent attorney.  She is a lawyer with great expertise in labor and employment.’

Key clients

Fresh Delmonte Produce

7-Eleven, Inc.

TPC Group

Best Buy

Kyriba

Smith & Wesson

The Shipyard

Red Hydrant

Array

Tavistock Freebirds (Freebirds World Burrito)

Work highlights

  • Represented he Human Rights Campaign & The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), one of the most prominent organizations advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and equality, in a high-profile race discrimination lawsuit.
  • Represented one of the world’s preeminent luxury hotel, gaming, retail, and entertainment businesses in employment-related litigation.
  • Represented 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) handles the full range of matters, with particular emphasis on union organizing and contract administration, advice on the National Labor Relations Act and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Dallas-based lawyer Marc Katz leads the employment practice group, which also adept at handling labor-related arbitrations, and litigation before the NLRB. An ex-employee of the NLRB, Washington DC’s Harriet Lipkin  is an important name for such matters and she lends her considerable experience to unfair labor practice cases and union organizing efforts. From the New York office, Joseph Piesco  is similarly well-versed on traditional labor matters in the space. San Diego-based attorney Kevin Harlow and of counsel Steve Hernández are key names for defending employers against unfair labor practice charges.

Practice head(s):

Marc Katz

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Lipkin; Joseph Piesco; Steve Hernandez; Kevin Harlow

Work highlights

  • Represented an environmental portfolio company on various labor matters, including unfair labor practice charges, negotiations over the union threatening to strike and shutdown the client’s operations, complex collective bargaining negotiations, and the successful closure of one of its union-represented facilities.
  • Represented a high-profile private liberal arts college on labor relations matters, including employee relations, union organizing efforts and related NLRB proceedings.
  • Represented a leading supplier of chemical products on labor and employment issues, including the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with the International Chemical Workers Union Council and United Food and Commercial Workers and contract interpretation disputes.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s wide-ranging transactional capabilities span M&A, private equity, SPACs, restructurings, fund formations, capital markets, and financings. Recently, the team has been active in a number of emerging industries, including crypto, insurance, media, sports and entertainment. Silicon Valley-based practice head Stacy Paz is known for handling a significant number of the firm’s M&A mandates, while Gerald Rokoff  is dedicated to the tax structuring of asset management and financial product transactions. Chicago-based Tom Geraghty, who advises fund sponsors and investment advisors, is an established authority on investments in digital currencies. Frank Mugabi shifts his focus between international tax planning and transactional tax, with a particular focus on the oil and gas sector. Other recommended individuals include Drew Young and Boston-based associate Kurtis Weaver. All named lawyers are based in New York unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Stacy Paz

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Rokoff; Tom Geraghty; Frank Mugabi; Drew Young; Kurtis Weaver; John Wei; Naftali Dembitzer

Testimonials

‘Drew Young’s knowledge, creativity, patience and diligence has been crucial.’

‘Every time we get on the phone with tax counsel from other firms, they all look to Drew Young.’

‘The team at DLA Piper are technically strong, responsive, experienced and practical in their conclusions.’

‘Gerald Rokoff, John Wei, and Naftali Dembitzer are experienced, technically strong, and provide clear advice.’

‘The team consistently provide thorough tax support in the private credit space.’

‘I work with Gerald Rokoff and John Wei, both of whom are knowledgeable, creative, and on the forefront of deal developments.’

‘John Wei is incredibly smart and accessible. I can always rely on him with last minute requests. He knows how to explain complicated tax concepts in a simple manner.’

‘Gerald Rokoff is deeply connected within the tax space. He understands the commercial drivers for transactions and knows how to right-size the response to the particular issue or question.’

Key clients

Pico Quantitative Trading Holdings

Sound Point Capital Management

Carlyle Group

Concord Music

Oxford Properties

Armada Acquisition Corp.

Snowflake

Etain Health

BioTE Holdings

Atrium Sports, Inc.

Airtower Networks

Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

JAFRA cosmetics

Freightos

Globant

AIG

Mirae Asset Global Investments

MadCap Software

SolarWinds Corporation

Loral Space & Communications Inc

MDC Partners Inc.

Columbus McKinnon Corporation

Haymaker Acquisition Corp II

Athena Tech Acquisitions

Exelon Corporation

Opportunity Financial

Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

CareMax Medical Group

Katapult

Fast Radius

GPS Insight

Baird Partners

Columbia Capital

Tritium

LLR Partners

Centroid

RV Share

TCW

AXA

Work highlights

  • Advised Pico Quantitative Trading Holdings on the tax aspects of its $57.5m acquisition of Redline Trading Solutions, as well as tax planning for non-US employees.
  • Assisted Carlyle Group with tax guidance on multiple transactions, including Digital Agency Subholding’s (a Carlyle Group portfolio company) add-on acquisition of 3Q.
  • Advised Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II on its $32.6bn agreement to merge with MSP Recovery LLC.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out for its prominence in high profile and bet-the-company class action and civil litigation work spanning the pharmaceutical, insurance, and sports industries. Practice head Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey is situated in San Francisco and routinely assists large corporations in price fixing and market allocation conspiracy matters. Washington DC-based David Bamberger’s practice consists of litigating complex antitrust and trade regulation matters across federal and state courts. First-chair trial lawyers include John Gibson in Los Angeles, who specializes in healthcare and high-tech class action and multi-district litigation, and John Hamill in Chicago, who defends clients in a full spectrum of commercial litigation including antitrust and commercial litigation particularly in the telecoms, sports and healthcare areas.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey

Other key lawyers:

David Bamberger; John Hamill; John Gibson; Matthew Jacobs; Jessica Heim; Brian Boyle

Key clients

Aquis, Inc.

AMN Healthcare

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Komatsu America Corp.

Maxell Corp.

International Franchise Association

Gemological Institute of America

World Resources Institute

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) offers a diverse and geographically broad team, which is especially adept in handling class action lawsuits, privacy disputes relating to cutting-edge technologies, violations of contract and business disagreements, with many of the firm's key litigators offering expertise in areas such as antitrust law, product liability, and white-collar crime. Recent notable work includes defense of Walmart in a Covid-related dispute. Angela Agrusa , a seasoned litigator based in Los Angeles, co-heads the practice with John Hamill based in Chicago. Other highly regarded litigators include Isabelle Ord in San Francisco, Keara Gordon in New York and Christopher Young KC in San Diego.

Practice head(s):

Angela Agrusa; John Hamill

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Ord; Keara Gordon; Christopher Young; Michael Hynes; Chris Campbell, Mary Gately

Testimonials

‘DLA have an exceptional group of technical specialists – lawyers who get themselves involved in the detail of the cases they run and who become genuine subject matter experts. The also work in a co-operative way – the important goal is the outcome, not the firm which gets credit for it. This co-operative approach is critical to producing excellent work on large matters.’

‘Chris Campbell and Mary Gately are both excellent. The have complimentary skill sets, but share a common set of values which are all about delivering excellent service to the client and working co-operatively.’

‘Its in depth knowledge of their cases, not only of their legal aspects but also of the facts and science around them.’

‘Mary Gately is technically excellent and is able to make the client feel comfortable. She provides direct and excellent feedback.’

‘Angela Agrusa is a spectacular litigator. She is strategic and always has an eye to endgame and what’s best for her clients. I can highly recommend her.’

‘High level partner engagement and excellent communication skills with the client. Legal advice is strategic and aligned with business goals.’

‘Michael Hynes – practical, dedicated, and provides clear and easy to understand communications.’

Key clients

Danone NA

Nurture, Inc. (wholly owned subsidiary of Danone NA)

Walmart Inc.

T-Mobile (USA), Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

G6 Hospitality LLC (Motel 6)

The Clorox Company

Buffalo Wild Wings

Just Brands USA, Inc.

TTE Technology, Inc. dba TCL North America

Bayer

Smith and Wesson

Giddings Fruit S.A.

Jet Sports

S. Fer International, Inc. d/b/a Salvatore Ferragamo

Jan-Pro Franchising International

Jet Set Sports, LLC d/b/a CoSport

The NRA Foundation, Inc.

Sisters of St. Joseph of The Third Order of St. Francis, Inc.

Efstratios Tsintolas

Nashville Soccer Club

Inteliquent, Inc.

Sterling Bay Companies LLC

Trustmark Corporation/CoreSource

Chapter 7 Trustee, Jonathan D. King

Subway (DAL)

Sky Zone Franchise Group, LLC

7-Eleven

Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Deere & Company

New York University

Pfizer

Applied Underwriters, Inc.

Iberia Airlines

Danone

Nike

Sanofi

Blue Diamond Growers

British Airways

Transamerica Retirement Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Walmart in a lawsuit filed in federal court in California by two warehouse companies who accused a supplier and Walmart of abandoning millions of units of a disinfectant wipe’s product supplied during COVID-19 without payment of storage fees.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) scores highly with clients for its advice that ‘marries legal acumen to business sophistication‘. The growing practice recently added new clients across a diverse spread of sectors, including energy, financial services, and manufacturing. Global group co-chair Kate Brown de Vejar splits her time between New York and Mexico and acts on a broad range of commercial and investment arbitration cases; she successfully represented the Republic of Lithuania in an investment treaty case brought by a Russian fund in respect of the nationalization of Bankas Snoras. New York-based Kiera Gans is noted as ‘incredible in her focus on the client‘.

Practice head(s):

Kate Brown de Vejar

Other key lawyers:

Kiera Gans; James Berger; Charlene Sun

Testimonials

‘They are not only excellent lawyers, but have a keen business sense, recognize the realities in the commercial space and provide top-notch advice that marries legal acumen to business sophistication.’

‘The DLA team takes a practical approach to litigation and enforcement. Unlike many lawyers in the space, they do not get overly bogged down in the legalese; rather, they provide straightforward advice that caters to business professionals.’

During the proceedings, DLA Piper exhibited minute knowledge about how incremental regulatory changes affected our industry and the company, and how these changes were subject to various international agreements and treaties.’

Specifically regarding collaboration, the team were always quick to respond by either phone or email, they listened to concerns and incorporated client suggestions, if those suggestions made sense. In cases where client suggestions didn’t make sense, they spent time explaining why.’

From a diversity standpoint, the team was truly international, and the three main partners were women. I have never seen, and I think it would be unusual at other firms to see, team leadership comprised as such.’

‘Kate Brown de Vejar is amazing. She is at the top of her game and it showed during the tribunal proceedings. Her understanding of client needs and issues, her sense of teamwork and leadership, and her grasp of the industry, company, and case overall was outstanding.’

Kiera Gans was incredible in her focus on the client, their needs, and how to bring the case forward in a way that was most advantageous. Her communication skills both in working with clients and the other teams in this case was exceptional.’

Key clients

Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Gebre LLC

Cube Infrastructure Fund SICAV

Olin Holdings Ltd.

Rusoro Mining Ltd.

Third Eye Capital Corporation

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland, GmbH

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for the Republic of Lithuania in an investment treaty case brought by a Russian fund in respect of the nationalization of Bankas Snoras.
  • Obtained a victory for Gebre against Kyrgyzstan, confirming a $15m arbitration award plus $3m in legal costs to the assignee of Canadian-based Stans Energy and its subsidiary.
  • Successfully defended Sanofi-Aventis in a JAMS arbitration in connection with a $37m breach of contract lawsuit filed by Lexicon Pharmaceuticals.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

The environmental practice group at DLA Piper LLP (US) is led by George Gigounas, who splits his time between San Francisco and San Diego, and Gwen Keyes Fleming, who splits her time between Washington DC and Atlanta and joined the firm from Van Ness Feldman LLP in April 2022. The practice offers coast-to-coast expertise and is particularly strong in PFAS, plastics and climate change issues. It acts for high-profile clients in the manufacturing, defense and chemical sectors.

Practice head(s):

George Gigounas; Gwen Keyes Fleming

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Campbell

Key clients

BASF

BAE Systems

Danone US

Robertson’s Ready Mix

Northrup Grumman

The Chlorine Institute

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

CAE INC

Work highlights

  • Representing BASF in federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the District of South Carolina involving allegations that Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), a foam used to suppress large gasoline fires, contains per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctanoate sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which plaintiffs allege are hazardous to human health.
  • Advised Robertson’s Ready Mix on a settlement with San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD).
  • Providing assistance to the Government of Georgia’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection to support the country’s participation in international climate change negotiations, including the Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises clients on environmental issues relating to corporate, real estate and finance transactions. It utilizes its products liability and PFAS teams for support on transactions in heavily regulated industries and the team is led by George Gigounas, who splits his time between Washington DC and Atlanta, and Gwen Keyes Fleming, who recently joined from Van Ness Feldman LLP and splits her time between San Francisco and San Diego. Jeff Salinger in New York is a key name for ESG issues, climate change matters, brownfield redevelopments and health and safety issues.

Practice head(s):

George Gigounas; Gwen Keyes Fleming

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA is a large, diverse firm and you can get all of the law experience that you need from the firms’ large cadre of experts in all phases.’

‘The environmental practice is excellent and they interact with all groups at the firm.’

‘My only dealings have been with Jeff Salinger at DLA. I find Jeff to be consistently creative, responsive, efficient and laser focused on solving environmental problems that arise in M&A deals.’

‘Jeff Salinger understands the law and presents it in a easy-to-understand and practical way, while still getting all of the nuances that he needs to know and stay on top of.’

Key clients

Bowlero Corp.

BASF Corporation

CAE

Centroid Investment Partners

Ports America

Illinois Tool Works

Navitas Semiconductor

Pelsis

Polhem Infra

Roark Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Ports America, the largest terminal operator and stevedore in the United States, regarding the acquisition of Georgia Logistics and certain affiliates in a highly complicated transaction from an environmental perspective.
  • Represented Bowlero Corp on the acquisition of multiple bowling facilities throughout the US.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US) has maintained strong activity levels, advising on a range of IPOs before that market shut down, and then moving on to a steady pipeline of follow-on offerings. The firm worked on an impressive number of SPAC IPOs and during 2022 advised on a series of de-SPAC transactions. It is best known for mid-cap deals, equally strong for issuer and underwriter engagements. Life sciences, technology, REITs, aerospace and defense are key sectors. New York partner Christopher Paci leads the capital markets group, which includes chair of the SPAC transactional practice Jeffrey Selman in San Francisco and New York-based emerging talent Stephen Alicanti, who is also noted for SPAC transactions. Seattle-based Bianca LaCaille impresses at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Paci

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Selman; Stephen Alicanti; Bianca LaCaille; Andrew Ledbetter; Anna Spence; Sanjay Shirodkar; Patrick O’Malley

Testimonials

‘We have used DLA Piper’s capital markets team to prepare for and execute our IPO as well as support SEC filings and related matters thereafter. The partners and associates are friendly and efficient. They collaborate as most helpful for us.’

‘Bianca LaCaille and Andrew Ledbetter have been a pleasure to work with and are clear experts in their field. They work efficiently and always make themselves available for both big projects and one-off questions. We view them as trusted partners.’

‘DLA has a truly global platform that can provide capital markets advice on US, UK and EU offerings simultaneously, in an integrated, efficient manner.’

‘Sanjay Shirodkar and Anna Spence are the two securities law partners that have led the DLA capital markets team. Both are highly knowledgeable, approachable and efficient in responding to our questions or meeting our tight timetables. We value their advice on achieving practical solutions and successful offerings.’

‘The team is made of highly skilled attorneys that are effective communicators and are always able to find an answer or solution no matter how unique the question. They are always available and truly put their clients first.’

‘I have worked closely with Patrick O’Malley and Bianca LaCaille over the past year and they both have gone above and beyond in their representation. I know that if an issue comes up they will be able to get me an answer at the drop of a hat. They are always going the extra mile and I know that the work product will always be the highest quality.’

Key clients

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

W. P. Carey Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Globant S.A.

Cowen and Company, LLC

BTIG, LLC

Empresa de Energia del Cono Sur S.A. (Edelcos)

Work highlights

  • Represented WP Carey in its $1bn at-the-market (ATM) common stock offering.
  • Represented the joint book-running managers in Concord Acquisition Corp III’s upsized IPO.
  • Represented JP Morgan Securities in a follow-on underwritten public offering of $115m of common stock of Grid Dynamics Holdings.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

The ‘extremely knowledgeable' team at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles corporate restructurings of service providers, strategic alliances between payors and physicians, and the development of provider networks. As ‘a master of his craft‘, practice head Joshua Kaye exhibits ‘exceptional knowledge and experience‘ in healthcare M&A matters, while Joshua Samek focuses on financing deals and value-based healthcare M&A issues. Russell Sass focuses on advising clients on anti-kickback related matters and the corporate practice of medicine. Based in Washington DC, Kristi Kung is ‘unmatched' in advising providers, emerging health IT companies, and investors in the digital health industry on regulatory issues relating to telehealth products, while Donna Thiel has ample experience in advising on fraud and abuse and reimbursement matters. David Kopans joined the Washington practice from Jones Day in May 2022, contributing his expertise in acting for managed care organizations in transactional and value-based payment arrangements. All practitioners are part of the Miami practice unless specified otherwise.  

Practice head(s):

Joshua Kaye

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has a strong healthcare practice. They have a very practical knowledge base in the 340b and hospital space.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and has deep bench strength.’

‘Russell Sass, Kristi Kung, and Danny Tobey are unmatched.’

‘Joshua Kaye is a master of his craft. He has exceptional knowledge and experience of transactions of all sizes on the provider’s side. Joshua is an extraordinary thinker and quickly grasps all information. He is a great negotiator, deal strategist and communicator.’

 

Key clients

SOC Telemed

TherapeuticsMD

CareMax

Unio Health Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented SOC Telemed, Inc., a national provider of acute care telemedicine services, in its go-private sale to Patient Square Capital, a leading healthcare investment firm.
  • Represented TherapeuticsMD in its divestiture of vitaCare Prescription Services to GoodRx.
  • Represented CareMax in its US$135 million acquisition of the Medicare value-based healthcare business of Steward Health Care.

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

The patent prosecution offering at DLA Piper LLP (US) is led by Boston-based patent prosecution national chair Larissa Bifano , described as ‘incredibly business-minded’; San Diego-based co-practice group leader Sean Cunningham ; and deputy practice group leader Gina Durham , who is based in San Francisco. The team has undergone significant change in 2022 since the arrival to the Philadelphia office of three specialized IP partners from Troutman Pepper in early 2022: health sciences specialist Raymond Miller; patent expert Joseph Helmsen, and N Nicole Endejann, who is adept in patent prosecution. Additionally, patent due diligence partner Melissa Harwood joined the Seattle team from Polsinelli PC in April 2022. Associate Joseph Wolfe, who assists on many of the team’s most complex matters, is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Bifano; Sean Cunningham; Gina Durham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates first-rate expertise, on top of excellent client service, including responsiveness and business orientation.’

‘Larissa Bifurno and Joseph Wolfe are incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and business-minded.’

‘The lawyers I work with are extremely knowledgeable regarding intellectual property in general and are mindful of strategy, practicality, and balancing risks.’

‘Blake Jackson is extremely knowledgeable and provides practical guidance on patents. He is personable and is efficient with his time.’

Key clients

Cybereason

STATS Perform

Precision NeuroScience, LLC

Nanotronics Imaging

Caelum Biosciences

Viridos (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc.)

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx)

Delfi Diagnostics

Neurelis, Inc.

FibroGen, Inc.

Knopp Biosciences and Biohaven Labs

Work highlights

  • Representing Precision Neuroscience in managing and establishing their IP portfolio, including patents related to neural interface technology adaptable for human patients.
  • Representing Nanotronics is in a high-growth stage in order to increase their valuation for their next round of financing, to further develop their patent portfolio related to AI controls for manufacturing systems.
  • Representing Caelum Biosciences in a patent, contracts and trade secret matter involving an anti-amyloid monoclonal antibody drug targeted for the potential licensing and commercialization in treating amyloidosis.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s team is headed by Silicon Valley-based intellectual property and tech specialist Rajiv Dharnidharka , Chicago-based Paul Steadman , who leads on many of the team’s most noteworthy cases, and experienced litigator Leon Medzhibovsky, who works from the New York office. Working for clients ranging from Nike to Trilogy 5G, the practice is well-versed in handling trade secret matters with significant values at stake, frequently involving alleged misappropriation by former employees.

Practice head(s):

Rajiv Dharnidharka; Paul Steadman; Leon Medzhibovsky

Other key lawyers:

Jeanette Barzelay

Key clients

Nike

Grant Industries

Ripple Labs

Trilogy 5G / Trinity Broadcasting Network

Myia Labs

SureClinical

Work highlights

  • Representing Trilogy 5G in claims related to the termination of its former CEO in Texas state court and in arbitration, resulting in Trilogy 5G obtaining a TRO, preliminary injunction, permanent injunction, and related relief to prevent the use of its trade secret materials.
  • Representing Ripple Labs against Creditcare Technology Corporation and two of its former employees, in the San Francisco Superior Court of California, for alleged trade secret misappropriation and related torts, claiming $100m.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s sizeable cross-country practice in investment funds ‘possesses a wealth of structuring expertise‘ and ‘the right specialist knowledge on the LP side of private equity‘. The firm has a strong reputation for investor-side counsel in various respects, and on the sponsor side has developed its practice in recent years, with focus put on the real estate, energy and infrastructure spaces. The broad investment management and funds group is co-led by Jesse Criz and David Parrish, in Chicago and Austin respectively. The sponsor-side subgroup is helmed by Chicago’s Nathaniel Marrs, while Nicole Brennig in Austin oversees the investor-side group.

Practice head(s):

Jesse Criz; Nathaniel Marrs; David Parrish; Nicole Brennig

Other key lawyers:

John Reiss; Adam Tope; Ken Muller; Sara Stinnett; Allen Ashley; Richard Cardillo; Jeff Zanchelli; Kevin Nolan; Yoni Tuchman

Testimonials

‘Excellent and commercial with good LP insight.’

‘Great team – highly responsive, possesses a wealth of structuring expertise and relevant precedents.’

‘Very good and ethical partners that bring world-class transaction experience to the table, and who are willing to put their best foot forward to build a new relationship.’

‘The team has a comprehensive understanding of our business (that seems to grow more complex every year). They have grown into being a “true partner” in our business and not simply a service provider.’

‘DLA has the right specialist knowledge on the LP side of private equity as they act as advisors for a large amount of LP’s, so they know the market, terms and trends. They also have admin staff to help put with all supporting documents to be uploaded in connection with a commitment which is a huge help for the internal legal staff on the LP side.’

‘Allen Ashley is phenomenal. He has been a true asset to our firm over many years.’

‘The DLA team have a large private funds practice and the standard of documents they produce is always of a very high quality. It is clear that they work together well across offices and combine their know-how on funds and structures collectively. They are experts in their field. John Reiss in particular leads a strong team in the credit space.’

‘I have been extremely impressed by the connectedness of the DLA team’s global footprint and their ability to provide complex cross-border advice seamlessly. This multi-jurisdictional expertise sets them apart from their peers and has been invaluable for our global business.’

Key clients

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Bridge Investment Group Holdings

SER Capital Partners

Hull Street Energy, LLC

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

Hayfin Capital Management

National Development

Marcus Partners

FD Stonewater

Rimrock Capital Management

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Capital Constellation

Work highlights

  • Advised Hull Street Energy, LLC on the formation through final closing of its second institutional fund, Hull Street Energy Partners II, LP.
  • Represented Hayfin Capital Management in the formation of Hayfin Healthcare Opportunities Fund, Hayfin’s first commingled fund fully dedicated to its established Healthcare strategy.
  • Represented LACERA as co-lead in AKKR GP-led secondary.

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

Counting major technology and software companies among its key clients, DLA Piper LLP (US) has in-depth experience of advising on ERISA, executive compensation, and benefits aspects of M&A and equity arrangements, with standout work for the likes of Mozilla, Humana, and Stripe. practice head Rita Patel regularly advises domestic and international companies on complex regulatory frameworks, including ERISA, Section 409A, and 280G. Julia Kovacs’ expertise lies in supporting clients with health and welfare benefit plans, while Michelle Lara provides comprehensive advice with respect to the design and implementation of cash incentive plans and severance arrangements. Associate Mary Claire Blythe handles securities laws related to pension and welfare. All attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Rita Patel

Key clients

Bowlero Corporation

Venetian Las Vegas

Humana

Halma Holdings

The Children’s Place

Goya Foods

EYP

HC Salon Holdings (Hair Cuttery)

Mozilla

Stripe

Work highlights

  • Represented Humana in its $5.7 billion acquisition of Kindred at Home.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to expand its presence in the private equity market, adding a group of around 30 PE attorneys from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in April 2022, including five partners. The practice focuses on the middle-market, combining considerable strength in complex cross-border transactions with a sector based approach across key industries including technology and healthcare. The team is headed from Atlanta by Joseph Silver , vastly experienced representing PE firms on M&A, leveraged buyouts, and equity investments. Gerry Williams is also a key contact it Atlanta, while in New York, James Kelly is a trusted advisor to several major funds. The Chicago office has been bolstered by the addition of Joydeep Dasmunshi from Perkins Coie LLP in August 2022, who is highly experienced in the technology sector, while in the same month, New York-based Oliver Olah joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP to strengthen the team’s international transactional offering.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Silver

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is large and diverse, meaning they can bring to bear expertise in many different areas needed for complex transactions.’

‘Excellent understanding of M&A dynamics. James Kelly is able to keep focus on the big picture and important strategic considerations.’

‘Deep and varied amount of attorneys with a broad background.’

Key clients

Abry Partners LLC

Accel-KKR

Baird Capital Partners

Columbia Capital, L.P.

ICV Partners, LLC

LLR Partners, Inc.

MSouth Equity Partners

Renovus Capital Partners, L.P.

Resurgens Technology Partners, L.P.

The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C.

Triton Pacific Capital Partners

Frontenac Company, LLC

Shore Capital Partners

Fortune International

Milton Street

Prairie Capital

Keystone Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented ICV Partners, LLC, a leading private equity firm focused on lower middle market companies in business services, consumer goods & services, food & beverage, and healthcare, in the acquisition of Urgent Care Group (UCG) and its combination with portfolio company Total Access Urgent Care (TAUC).

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

The Los Angeles-based team at DLA Piper LLP (US) represents a broad mix of high-profile individual artists and organizations from across the entertainment industry in copyright matters, rights of publicity cases and fraud suits.  The team is led by transactions specialist Tom Ara and New York-based sports financing expert Peter White . Seasoned practitioner Michael Garfinkel litigates across the industry; he is currently representing William Morris Endeavor Entertainment in a breach of contract dispute that continues a longstanding working relationship between Garfinkel and the major talent agency. Intellectual property expert Tamany Vinson Bentz takes a keen interest in present-day entertainment issues such as influencer liability and the value of hash tags, representing celebrity  fitness Tracy Anderson in a complex copyright dispute involving copyrighted choreography. Another name to note is Jason Taylor Lueddeke, a resourceful litigator who provides key support to Garfinkel and Bentz.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ara; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

Michael Garfinkel; Tamany Vinson Bentz; Matt Gruenberg

Testimonials

I feel that my matters are well looked after with the team and their guidance is helpful and we feel they are business minded in assessing our exposure to determine appropriate strategies. The team is proactive communicating upcoming deadlines and provides drafts we enough in advance to allow sufficient time for review and discussion before filing.

Mike Garfinkel provides exceptional service and advice that is on point for our risk tolerance as a client. Mike has a very proactive way of managing the litigation process that allows us to feel at ease that nothing will be missed. When dealing with members of the team the information flow is seamless making it easy to progress on matters.

Michael Garfinkel is excellent, knowledgeable and top in his field.

Their expertise, resourcefulness, tactics, responsiveness and professionalism are bar none above other attorneys. Their attorneys have a level of dedication superior to any in my experience.

Matt Gruenberg and Michael Garfinkel are knowledgeable subject matter experts, in the law and in our company\’s industry. They each have an innate approach to problem-solving.

Key clients

Park County (South Park)

Endeavor

Studio 71

The Agency and Mauricio Umansky

Philip Lawrence

Cinelou Films and Courtney Solomon

All Time Low

Jukin Media

Tracy Anderson (fitness)

Zash Global

Thane Direct Inc.

Promedev, LLC

HarborView Equity Partners

William Fay

Raven Capital Management

Body Love LLC

Breaking Code Silence

Camp Gladiator

Trinity Broadcasting Network

Work highlights

  • Represented William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC in a litigation brought by AMHS arising out of the cancellation of a performance by comedian Colin Quinn.
  • Representing the charity Breaking Code Silence on a pro bono basis in an action against two of its former board members that launched a social media smear campaign against the organization.
  • Representing Mauricio Umansky and The Agency real estate brokerage, both of which are featured in the Netflix series “Buying Beverly Hills,” in a litigation concerning a high-value property.  

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s Los Angeles-based team handles music and media acquisitions, promotional partnerships and various matters at the intersection of technology and experiences such as the first ever NFT drop from space. Practice co-head Tom Ara specializes in strategic industry transactions and is representing VVIP Venture in the acquisition of National Enquirer, National Examiner and Globe. Fellow practice co-head Robert J. Sherman‘s practice includes music rights acquisitions and entertainment bankruptcy proceedings. Final practice co-head David Markman frequently negotiates on behalf of above and below-the-line talent. He currently represents Jeanie Buss and David McLane on multiple transactional issues relating to their all-female wrestling organization: Women of Wrestling. Another name to note is Katherine Imp who provides key support to Ara on a wide array of matters.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ara; Robert J. Sherman; David Markman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team is extremely knowledgeable of the film and tv industry in many facets: a pleasure to work with.’

‘They are quick to respond and have deep institutional knowledge.’

 

Key clients

TikTok Inc.

ZASH Global Media and Entertainment Corporation

Cyber Group Studios

Coupang Corp.

Alchemy Copyrights (d/b/a Concord Music)

Michelle Rodriguez

CJ ENM Co. Ltd.

Educational Media Foundation/K-LOVE Radio

The Walt Disney Company

HarbourView Equity Partners

Multimedia Music

Work highlights

  • Represented Concord in connection with the purchasing of the published and recorded music catalogues of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford.
  • Represented ZASH Global Media & Entertainment Corp. in a key streaming and promotional partnership with Insomniac for the Electric Daisy Festival 2022.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles the full array of construction mandates, including disputes, project financing and transactional matters on a domestic and international level. The practice’s also oversees non-contentious matters including design and construction agreements for an assortment of clients. Anthony Meager is located in Baltimore and offers extensive expertise construction projects and is also proficient in construction arbitration and disputes. Brian Fielden is based in Atlanta and is reputed for his expertise of P3 and assists the GIIA on matters concerning infrastructure. John Ducat is noted, also working out of Atlanta. Robert L. Crewdson departed the practice to join Greenberg Traurig LLP in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Meagher

Other key lawyers:

Brian Fielden; John Ducat; Anita Agajanian

Testimonials

‘The team is very efficient and practical when giving construction legal advice.’

‘Excellent customer servce and integration into our in house team.’

‘John Ducat is brilliant.’

Key clients

North American Properties

Home Depot USA

Hitachi Rail

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

AECOM Capital

Lidl

Ingram Industries

DSV Logistics

LEGO

AEW Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Represented The Lego Group in negotiating and drafting design and construction contracts for their new manufacturing facility in Virginia.

Finance > Project finance Tier 5

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong track record in renewable energy infrastructure and handles the acquisition, development and sale of solar, wind, and hydro projects. The firms is also currently advising companies on a number of issues relating to the production of hydrogen in the US such as the negotiation of offtake contracts. Robert Gruendel heads the practice from New York; he centers his practice around oil and gas project development. In Washington, Vanessa Wilson leverages her transactional expertise to advises energy companies and infrastructure funds on project construction and financing.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gruendel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Renewco Power

X-Elio North America Development

Shell New Energies US LLC

MJE-Loop Capital

Semco Maritime A/S

Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Lego group

SG H2 Energy Global

Sonnedix

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Online Shop AB & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advised Renewco Power in its US expansion through the acquisition of a 1.5GW pipeline of early-stage utility-scale solar projects and 500MW of battery storage projects.
  • Advised Shell New Energies US LLC on its agreement to buy 100 percent of Savion LLC (Savion).
  • Advised Citizens on the signing of a corporate power purchase agreement to source 100% renewable power.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) works with a burgeoning roll of blue-chips on an ever growing volume of domestic and cross-border M&A. The US-based team, which maintains a strong foothold in the middle-market space, is increasingly engaged in multi-billion dollar deals in an array of sectors, including healthcare, consumer goods, real estate, manufacturing and technology. Christopher Giordano – the newly appointed chair of the M&A group – specialises in acquisitions, divestitures, securities law issues and corporate governance; he offers advice to a mix of private and publicly traded companies and REIT sponsors. Jonathan Klein is the other key point of contact in the team; he has a strong background in representing companies in negotiated deals, as well as bidders in contested transactions. Both practitioners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Giordano

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II

Philip Morris International Inc.

STORE Capital Corporation

MKS Instruments, Inc.

First Washington Realty, Inc.

W.P. Carey

Armada Acquisition Corp. I

Athena Technology Acquisition Corp.

Kadmon Corporation

GigCapital4, Inc.

Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Fast Radius

HGS Healthcare LLC

Dundee Partners

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Navitas Semiconductor, Inc.

ResMed Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II in its US$32.6bn agreement to merge with MSP Recovery LLC.
  • Assisting Philip Morris International Inc. in its US$16bn cash offer acquisition of Swedish Match AB.
  • Represented First Washington Realty, in its acquisition of Donahue Schriber Realty Group.
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