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

DLA Piper LLP (US)
ONE ATLANTIC CENTER
1201 WEST PEACHTREE STREET, SUITE 2800
ATLANTA, GA 30309-3450
United States

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

The ‘extremely responsive and thoughtful’ team at DLA Piper LLP (US) provides an ‘excellent client service and medical device knowledge’ to a wide range of pharmaceuticals companies, including Sanofi and Bayer, across a range of major product liability mandates. While the firm has a growing profile in trying cases, it is particularly adept at achieving an early conclusion of cases, through its effective use of dispositive pre-emption motions and Daubert challenges. Loren Brown in New York regularly acts as national co-ordinating counsel and lead trial counsel in mass torts and MDLs throughout the country, as well as in the context of global litigation – including her work for Bayer in mass tort litigation involving Essure. Based out of Atlanta, product liability chair Christopher Campbell is noted for his high-level strategic advice to manufacturers across a range of products, including many within the pharmaceutical space, where he is appreciated for his ‘guidance on the big picture’, as well his aptitude at handling cross-border mandates. Boston-based global co-chair of the firm’s life sciences sector, Matthew Holian is ‘super smart and very strategic‘ throughout the product life cycle, from risk assessment, pre-litigation discovery, bellwether trials and, ultimately, resolution. ‘Highly-skilled‘ Boston-based Katie Insogna excels at handling high-stakes litigation and counselling. Based out New York, Lucas Przymusinski provides ‘thoughtful guidance‘ to pharma companies across an array of regulatory and litigation matters, including product liability disputes, where his medical and science background provides additional benefit.

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are extremely responsive, thoughtful and comprehensive in their advice, and pleasant to work with.’

‘Excellent client service and medical device knowledge; flexible billing arrangements.’

‘One of Chris Campbell’s many great strengths is to advise on the strategy on complex cross-border cases and to give guidance on the “big picture”, while also keeping all the relevant details in mind.’

‘Lucas Przymusinski is responsive and thoughtful with his guidance.

‘Katie Insogna is a highly skilled lawyer. Her area of expertise spans both high- stakes litigation and regulatory counseling, and she excels at both. She is great at providing guidance on a day-to-day basis, and is even better under pressure.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Bayer

Novo Nordisk

Medtronic

Magnolia Medical Technologies

Pfizer

Boston Scientific

3-M

AngioDynamics

Work highlights

  • Represented Sanofi in the In re Taxotere (docetaxel) Products Liability multi-district litigation (MDL)—a MDL with over 12,000 plaintiffs claiming Sanofi, the manufacturer of Taxotere, a life saving chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer, failed to adequately warn of the risk of persistent or permanent hair loss.
  • Representing Bayer in mass tort litigation involving Essure, a permanently implantable contraceptive device for women that Bayer discontinued in 2018.
  • Representing Novo Nordisk in federal and state court litigation involving allegations that Victoza, as well as other incretin-based therapies approved for treatment of type 2 diabetes, causes pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

Hailed as ‘the utmost trusted advisors’, the group of attorneys at DLA Piper LLP (US) operates as an ‘extension of the in-house team’ with superb licensing expertise, which is ‘only matched by their business practicality’. Leading life sciences, manufacturing and technology companies rely on the group’s high level of expertise for the licensing components of major transactions, its solid skills negotiating settlement agreements, and its stand-alone licensing practice. Additionally, the firm’s global footprint provides the US licensing team with excellent capabilities to manage cross-border work. The practice is led in conjunction from San Diego, Silicon Valley and Boston by Mark Lehberg, global co-chair of the firm’s commercial contracts practice; Victoria Lee, who co-chairs the firm’s technology sector group; and Larissa Bifano, who steers the patent prosecution team, respectively. The San Diego-based Lisa Haile, who is skilled at handling mergers and acquisitions in the life sciences space as well as in strategic counseling for comprehensive life sciences patent portfolio management, is another key name.

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Testimonials

‘This team is like an extension of the in-house team. They understand our business as well as we do. Their deep licensing/IP knowledge is only matched by their business practicality. They are the utmost trusted advisors.’

Key clients

Caelum Biosciences

Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

MVRx

CuraSen Therapeutics, Inc.

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx)

Codex

Sanofi S.A., Sanofi-Aventis US LLC, and Sanofi-Aventis Recherche and Development

QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM)

Work highlights

  • Advising Delfi Diagnostics on patent matters for both exclusively in-licensed technology from Johns Hopkins University as well as on the development of a patent portfolio for the company.
  • Advising Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx) on strategic patent matters of patents in-licensed from Johns Hopkins University and Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.
  • Assisting a global technology company with the drafting and negotiation of a strategic long-term patent and technology license.  

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) fields a team of over 1,000 corporate lawyers around the world, making it a go-to for both domestic and international transactions. Based in New York, Jonathan Klein handles an array of M&A, corporate finance, restructuring and corporate finance mandates; he fronts the practice.

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Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly sharp, dedicated, efficient and responsive. They take the time to learn about and understand our business, which is critically important for fast-growing companies like ours. We view them as a partner: they aren’t just reactive to our needs, they help us look ahead and avoid issues down the line, and they’re in the trenches with us on every deal. This is all in addition to top-notch legal work.’

Key clients

Alliant Capital, Ltd.

Analytical Graphics, Inc.

Arbe Robotics, Ltd.

Caremax Medical Group, L.L.C.

ECP-PF: CT Operations, Inc.

Ekata, Inc.

Exelon Corporation

GigCapital3, Inc.

Grand Parade Investments Limited

Health and Happiness Limited

Message Systems, Inc. d/b/a SparkPost

Opportunity Financial, LLC

Prologis

Roadie, Inc.

Six One Commodities LLC

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Ekata, Inc., the global leader in dynamic identity verification solutions for real-time risk decisioning, in its agreement to be acquired by Mastercard for $850m.
  • Represented Health and Happiness (H&H) International Holdings Limited, a publicly traded Hong Kong investment holding company, in its execution of a definitive agreement with respect to its cross-border $610m acquisition of Zesty Paws, LLC, a manufacturer and seller of nutritional supplements for canines and felines. Zesty Paws will help strengthen H&A Group’s growing Pet Nutrition & Care division.
  • Represented SparkPost in its acquisition by MessageBird, a leading global omnichannel communication platform, for $600m.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides global advice across the whole spectrum of breaches, due diligence, privacy litigation, multi-jurisdictional compliance and enforcement matters. San Diego-based Andrew B Serwin leads the team and recently stood out for acting as lead incident response counsel to SolarWinds in their global cybersecurity incident. In Miami, Carol Umhoefer is known for her knowledge of music compliance. Kate Lucente in Seattle advises client on privacy, cybersecurity, data retention and is a specialist of several data protection compliance regimes. The team’s data breaches capability was recently expanded with the arrival in San Diego of partner Justine Phillips, who joined in October 2021 from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Jim Halpert departed for a position at the Office of the National Cyber Director.

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Testimonials

‘Value the depth and breadth of the cyber team with the addition of Justine Phillips and her group.’

‘Justine Phillips and Chelsea Staskiewicz are engaging, intelligent, super responsive, available at all hours of the day, days of the week. Able to quickly get to the bottom of issues, amazing connectivity with a network of wonderful service providers. Wonderful ability to explain complex issues to non-cyber folks’

Key clients

SolarWinds

Visa

State Privacy & Security Coalition

ZeniMax Media, Inc.

MyLife

Southern California Edison

Clorox

CVS/Aetna

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

AuthenticID

Work highlights

  • Advising SolarWinds in a lead incident response in the global cybersecurity incident that gained worldwide attention.
  • Advising Visa on cyber and privacy issues, including performing diligence on a number of transactions in the FinTech space, including the attempted acquisition of Plaid and the planned acquisition of Tink, both cutting-edge emerging tech companies.
  • Representing a highly effective coalition of 30 communications, media, technology, financial services, health care, automotive and tax preparation companies, played a key role helping to draft the 3 multi-right privacy laws that passed in the US this year.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out for the international nature of its outsourcing practice, advising prominent multinationals on outsourcing transactions covering their global operations as well as acting for providers of these services. The team’s clients come from a range of sectors, including technology, pharmaceuticals, and professional and financial services. In addition to its work for international companies, the practice was recently engaged by a Middle Eastern country to advise on the procurement of an emergency responder network. Practice head Vincent Sanchez is recognized for his skill in handling the outsourcing of core business processes as well as transactions involving technology, such as cloud-based outsourcings and software development agreements. Sanchez works across the firm’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices; Gregory A. Manter in San Diego is known for his work on technology transactions. Joshua Benson in Washington DC is another name to note in the team, with experience advising clients from highly regulated industries on global transactions.

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Key clients

Qualcomm Incorporated

Wipro Ltd.

HCL Technologies

CoreLogic

Work highlights

  • Representing a Middle Eastern country in connection with a project to engagea leading provider of emergency responder networks, for a nationwide, multi-phase rollout andimplementation of a new emergency responder network system and post-go-live support for that system.

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

A combination of ‘extensive substantive knowledge, in-depth technical expertise, and astute political savvy’ makes DLA Piper LLP (US) in Washington DC a go-to firm both for domestic as well as multi-jurisdictional matters. Michael Senkowski co-leads the practice; an eminent authority in the field he is an expert in telephony issues and counselling companies on market access. Alongside him, Nancy Victory co-heads the team, a seasoned veteran in FCC matters, she is a specialist in obtaining regulatory approvals and handling enforcement matters with a particular focus on ownership issues. Together they served as lead counsel for T-Mobile in its industry-shaping merger with Sprint and continue to advice the client on commitments relating thereto. They work together with specialists in other sub-sectors such as Eric DeSilva who focuses his practice on wireless telecoms and cutting-edge matters such as 5G and Private LTE. Similarly, Edward Smith covers the whole range of possible issues in satellite and wireless sectors, regarding both transactions and regulation. Peter Karanjia is an expert appellate and civil litigator and represents his clients in government-facing and enforcement litigation. To answer growing demand from clients, the firm bolstered its satellite practice with February 2021 Tony Lin from Hogan Lovells US LLP, while counsel Andrew Sacks is also noted.

Testimonials

‘Eric DeSilva is an excellent lawyer with a firm substantive expertise on spectrum and telecom policy and legal issues. Eric produces top notch work faster than what seems humanly possible. The team also has great, reliable associates.’

‘The DLA Piper Telecom Group combines extensive substantive knowledge, in-depth technical expertise, and astute political savvy. They have tremendous experience and are unmatched in their responsiveness. The members of the group plainly know the law, but what makes them stand out is their ability to provide reliable guidance where legal precedent is absent or not clear.

‘Edward “Smitty” Smith is a rising Super Star. He is the total package that brings together the bright lawyer, insightful business acumen and advocacy skills. He is comfortable in the C-suite, in the halls of gov’t, and in the courtroom. He can do it all.’

‘Tony Lin has a ton of experience and is able to provide solid strategic direction and advice.’

‘I have worked closely with DLA Piper team members in regard to regulatory matters, and in particular with Michael Senkowski, Nancy Victory, Edward “Smitty” Smith, and Peter Karanjia. They are a phenomenal team, at the top of their field. They work incredibly hard, generate high quality work product, and are available 24/7 for whatever we need.’

‘Michael Senkowski – great strategist, has deep, unparalleled experience, and is also willing to roll up his sleeves and get the work done himself as needed, regardless of when needed. He is on call 24/7, and has amazing poise under pressure.

‘Nancy Victory – also a great strategist and a pillar of the DLA Piper team that has supported us for years; she is a model for client service, is a straight shooter, and has a knack for communicating effectively with company executives, and managing even tough messages. She is a stellar lawyer all around.’

‘Peter Karanjia – Peter has done great work for us over the past few years and is a critical part of our regulatory team. Peter has led the team on some recent regulatory filings at the state and federal level, and he is a great drafter and has a keen sense for the business, as well as for how to communicate complex issues simply and effectively. He is also a pleasure to deal with on a personal level – engaging, personable, and incredibly bright.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

T-Mobile US, Inc.

América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V.

Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc.

Globalstar, Inc.

CTIA – The Wireless Association

Motorola Solutions, inc.

WorldVu dba OneWeb

Polhem Infra KB

InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

NetChoice

Nation Urban League

Twilio Inc.

Peerless Networks, Inc.

LS Networks

CallFire, Inc.

Planet Labs, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised T-Mobile US, Inc. on compliance with over 170 commitments made to regulators in wake of the merger with Sprint.
  • Advised Polhem Infra KB, a Scandinavian investment firm founded by the Swedish National Pension Funds, in its acquisition of Telia Carrier.
  • Representing the National Urban League, one of the oldest and most renowned national civil rights organizations in the country, as outside counsel and project manager for the development of The Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion – a ground-breaking agenda to ensure access and adoption of broadband for all Americans.

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

In Washington DC, DLA Piper LLP (US) covers the traditional telecoms and broadcast industry as well as emerging, tech-driven entities such as drones, connected cars, and IoT. Co-head Michael Senkowski is a renowned industry veteran and has acted as lead counsel on the industry-shaping merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Fellow co-head Nancy Victory acted alongside Senkowski in this matter. She is an eminent authority in the sector in her own right, with particular expertise in communications policy, FCC enforcement, and foreign ownership issues. The firm is known for its international expertise, with practitioners such as Michael Hazzard, who focuses on global communications, infrastructure, and software companies and recently led the team alongside Victory in a cross-border submarine cable transaction covering several jurisdictions, for HCL Limited Partnership. Associate Peter Shroyer was actively involved in the T-Mobile/Sprint transaction and regularly handles matters requiring FCC approval including spectrum auctions. The firm is expanding its satellite practice through experts such as Tony Lin, a February 2021 arrival from Hogan Lovells US LLP, who focuses on NewSpace companies and smallsat entrepreneurs. Other key members of the team include of counsel Andrew Sacks.

Testimonials

‘There are few, if any, telecom practices that can match DLA Piper in terms of transactional experience. Michael Senkowski and Nancy Victory have handled most of the major telecom transactions of the last three decades, including T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint – which many critics said couldn’t be done.’

‘The DLA team combines extensive substantive knowledge, in-depth technical expertise, and astute political savvy. They are creative, clever and tireless. Plus, they are the most responsive attorneys I have ever encountered.’

‘Nancy Victory is a lawyer’s lawyer. You can rest assured that every element of the deal will be flyspecked and every potential question from regulators anticipated. She is highly organized, meticulous, and able to manage multiple teams and workstreams for prompt delivery of work product that is both outstanding and responsive.’

‘I have long-standing relationship with Michael Hazzard. He’s been my legal advisor in telecom matters for several years. I deeply trust him and the firm that backs him up. Mike, and the DLA team, distill the complexities of telecom law and policy to provide the counsel I need to make decisions and help me execute on agreements to move my business forward.’

‘The US telecom market and governing laws are complex. Experience is important. Michael Senkowski, and the team at DLA, have a long history in this market that they draw upon to help resolve problems. They know their subject matter and the people in the industry that shape future policy. I have found the team to be extremely knowledgeable and efficient in helping me get to resolutions.’

‘They have extensive experience with navigating federal and state regulatory approvals for the most complicated transactions in the industry’s history. The quality of their advice and written work is unsurpassed, and they know how to communicate effectively with all constituencies, from business clients, to in-house lawyers, to co-counsel, and to government regulators.’

‘The team is hands down outstanding – they have such a robust platform that enables us to have access to the BEST person to solve our need or challenge usually within 24-48 hours. These are not just experts but the top folks in the world – I have been blown away at how quickly I can have something solved and how succinctly.’

‘Michael Senkowski is the nations best telecom expert and someone who has a wealth of knowledge re our industry and how to most properly execute our core strategies to maximum efficacy. It is rare to count an attorney as a partner but I can honestly say I consider them both a part of our firm to the point where I included them on executive communications.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Polhem Infra KB

Globalstar

Twilio Inc.

WorldVu dba OneWeb

InstarAFG Asset Management Inc.

Peerless Network, Inc.

LS Network

Harrison Street Real Estate

Kaleyra, Inc.

Planet Labs Inc.

Momentus, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing T-Mobile in its merger with Sprint.
  • Advised Polhem Infra KB, a Scandinavian investment firm founded by the Swedish National Pension Funds, in its acquisition of Telia Carriers.
  • Advising Peerless Network, Inc. in a proposed sale to Infobip, a Croatian IT and Telecommunications company.

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to be a strong choice for land use and zoning law in a number of jurisdictions across the US, with several teams that have extensive experience planning major real estate developments, brought to bear in its ‘creative problem solving regarding complex land use matters‘. Richard Klawiter heads the department from the Chicago office and is ‘one of the most respected and knowledge zoning attorneys in the city‘ having worked on some of its most notable urban developments. Alongside him, ‘true superstarKatherine Jahnke Dale is an increasingly prominent name in the market, obtaining zoning and public financing approvals in several of Chicago’s largest developments in recent years. Kyndra Joy Casper is another standout name- based in Los Angeles, she is the firm’s most foremost professional on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Brian Winterhalter joined from Cooley LLP in June 2021 as of counsel at the office in Reston, North Virginia, and is praised for his ‘unparalleled‘ knowledge of Fairfax county zoning regulations. At the same office, Antonio Calabrese receives client recognition as ‘phenomenal at what he does‘ and has managed a significant number of the region’s transformative projects.

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Testimonials

‘Unsurpassed in-market knowledge and expertise with strong relationships on both the private and public sectors.’

‘Creative problem solving regarding complex land use matters.’

‘Antonio Calabrese and his team at DLA have deep ties with the personnel in Fairfax County, where our project is located. Tony’s and DLA’s experience and knowledge of the processes for rezoning in the county are invaluable to us. They have guided us well in dealing with a complex, bureaucratic organization at the county. Additionally, they have been prudent and efficient in their use of personnel and time, ensuring that we get the maximum value for their time spent.’

‘I have worked with the DLA land use/zoning groups in both Chicago and in Northern Virginia. Both groups have exceptional knowledge of the local political and government staff stakeholders. Both groups provide exceptional advice and well-reasoned strategic guidance. Simply put, the DLA teams help us get through the entitlement process quicker and better than other groups.’

‘Brian Clifford has a great mastery of land use, planning and the local government entitlement processes. He consistently juggles a tremendous workload to ensure client needs are met on schedule. Brian always obtains answers to client questions quickly and accurately, follows up to ensure projects stay on track and on schedule and works exceptionally well with local government players. He is a tremendous asset to DLA and to all clients that have the opportunity to work with him.’

‘Antonio Calabrese is phenomenal at what he does and he sees the bigger picture. There are few competitors that could handle the scale/complexity of zoning cases.’

‘We mostly deal with Katherine Jahnke Dale and Richard Klawiter. Richard is one of the most respected and knowledge zoning attorneys in the city. His knowledge of past projects and solutions is second to none. Katherine is work horse of the group. She is responsive and is always looking for a solution. She is a true superstar and is respected by clients, the city staff, and local alderman.’

‘We worked with Brian Winterhalter on team both at his prior firm and followed him from his prior firm to DLA Piper. Brian successfully led a complex rezoning application for us. I found his knowledge of both Fairfax zoning regulations and also the intricacies of the county staff and board to be unparalleled.’

Key clients

GRIT Chicago, LLC

Harridge Development Group

Macerich

Onni Group

601W Companies

The Taubman Company

Origami Capital Partners & Timberline Real Estate Partners

The HYM Investment Group

Tysons Development, LLC

Related Midwest

Work highlights

  • Represented Chicago-based joint venture GRIT Chicago, in securing city council approval of agreements and entitlements to purchase and redevelop a 48-acre tract of land in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
  • Acted for the bidding team in the bid response for the acquisition of a legacy project.
  • Advising Origami Capital Partners and Timberline Real Estate Partners on the rezoning of over 100 acres that comprise Innovation Station, along the Metro Silver Line Rail System.

Real estate Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its expansive geographic coverage and its wide ranging real estate capabilities, ranging from high-value capital markets and fund formation, significant developments to zoning and construction work. The firm makes extensive use of its AI platform, Kira, to perform due diligence on leases, contracts and other agreements that need to be reviewed as part of a transaction. Boston-based John Sullivan and Barbara Trachtenberg co-vice chair the practice; both recognized for their expertise in equity, debt, hybrid and joint venture transactions. Cara Nelson spends a significant portion of her practice advising foreign pension funds in complex joint ventures, while Bryan Connolly and Thanos Matthai are sought after by leading developers and investors. All three at in the Boston office. In Washington DC, Frederick Klein, Amy Carbins and associate Lauren Rico represent a diverse client base in complex acquisitions, developments and financings.

Testimonials

‘DLA has one of the deepest real estate benches in the industry. Not only is the local Boston team terrific, but the DLA offices we have worked with in other cities/states provide consistently high quality legal services. DLA also trends to be very efficient (and the invoices reflect that).’

‘The individual attorneys we work with at DLA are all very knowledgeable and efficient. They quickly spot the issues that are most important and provide thoughtful and straightforward guidance. ’

‘The leadership of John Sullivan and Barbara Trachtenberg is outstanding. They take the time to ensure every client and assignment are satisfied to the fullest…often by rolling up their own sleeves.’

‘Thanos Mattai is a strong negotiator and from very early in his career he was able to understand what was important to our firm and ultimately our firm’s clients. ‘

‘Barbara Trachtenberg always delivers and her steady skilled practice never lets us down.’

‘Cara Nelson is a very quick thinker and firm negotiator. She is readily available to discuss current issues with my team and shows a great enthusiasm for her work.’

‘John Sullivan – Simply the best in the industry. His understanding of commercial and real estate operation issues is extremely strong and reflects strongly in legal solutions he brings to the table. John’s extensive knowledge in real estate joint venture is phenomenal.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

Artemis Real Estate

ASB Capital Management

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors

Boston Properties

Brookfield

Cabot Industrial

CBRE Global Investors

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Hines

Oxford Properties Group

PGIM, Inc.

Related Companies

SL Green Realty

The Carlyle Group, LLC

Tishman Speyer

Ventas

Work highlights

  • Represented Oxford Properties Group in the acquisition, financing, development and sale of new a 1.3 million square foot building for Google in New York City at the site of the former St John’s Terminal.
  • Represented Harrison Street Real Estate in connection with (1) the acquisition of 16 senior housing communities from two different sellers, that included four loan assumptions, and (2) the sale of 14 medical office buildings to one of the sellers, both of which closed on the same day.
  • Represented a REIT in the sale of 8 separate retail assets in the Washington, DC metro area as part of the final piece of a divestiture strategy.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s global cartel offering represents corporate clients in criminal cartel litigation, as well as in government and regulatory investigations by European, US, UK and Asian authorities, with the firm’s US-based litigators working closely with the global offering to co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional responses to cartel proceedings and enforcement actions. With a broad range of sector expertise, the team handles investigations in key sectors, with particularly notable involvements in the insurance and pharma spaces. Former DOJ prosecutor Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey leads the team from San Francisco, and has a strong reputation in both criminal cartel litigation and associated investigations, as well as regularly successfully negotiating with regulatory agencies to avoid prosecution of clients. Los Angeles’ John Gibson is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented clients in criminal antitrust proceedings, while Houston’s Allissa Pollard takes point on corporate investigations across a number of Latin American jurisdictions. Chicago-based Michael Mayer represents clients in government investigations and private litigation into price-fixing, monopolization and vertical/horizontal agreements.

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Key clients

Danielson National Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Danielson National Insurance Company in a putative class action relating to price-fixing.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

The ‘deep bench of knowledgeable personnel’ that make up DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s discovery practice represent international companies from the technology, aviation, pharmaceutical and retail sectors in litigation proceedings, investigations and information management reviews. Led by Jennifer Feldman and Leeanne Mancari, who operate from San Diego and Los Angeles respectively; the team is comprised of lawyers, records and information management (RIM) professionals and litigation support analysts which enables it to assist with overall company strategy in addition to the legal issues. The group is also able to call upon the experience of senior counsel Andrew Peck in the New York office. Considered by many to be ‘a true thought leader in the space’, Peck, who formerly served as a United States Magistrate Judge in New York, is uniquely well positioned to advise clients on litigation strategy and discovery issues, including those with a cross-border element.

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Testimonials

‘With Judge Andrew Peck (ret.) joining the team at DLA Piper, they undoubtedly have one of the finest e-discovery and digital evidence practices in the country. Of course, Judge Peck joined an already stellar group of lawyers and allied professionals, and there are no legal matters in this space that I can think of that this team could not handle.’

‘Judge Andrew Peck (Ret.) – Judge Peck is a true thought leader in the space who can bring to clients his experience on the bench and in practice. Leeanne Mancari is extremely capable and thoughtful in how she approaches and addresses e-discovery issues.’

‘DLA Piper has terrific people and a deep bench of knowledgeable personnel. I would entrust any of their e-discovery counsel and partners with my litigation work.’

‘I would like to spotlight Leeanne Mancari and the Honorable Andrew Peck. Both of them have terrific knowledge, skills, practice experiences, and an excellent way of handling clients.’

‘Leeanne Mancari is an expert in the field. She is co-counsel on a major litigation and I have seen her in action in all aspects of the litigation. She knows the caselaw, the technology and strategy and is an excellent advocate and lawyer.’

‘DLA Piper has a substantial e-discovery team with a great deal of experience. They have a particular strength on TAR and have several thought leaders, including former judge Andrew Peck. DLA’s global foot print, gives them an advantage on cross border matters.’

‘Judge Peck has been a thought leader on e-discovery matters both on and off the bench. He has recently been working as an expert and has testified in several e-discovery disputes.’

‘DLA Piper has a deep bench in the e-discovery area. Their lawyers frequently speak on panels and are widely recognized as thought leaders in this space.’

Key clients

Zimmer Biomet

Globant

Atos

Boeing

Nike

Work highlights

  • Retained by Zimmer’s merits counsel to be special e-discovery counsel.
  • Advising Nike on the e-discovery elements of a trademark dispute.
  • Served as e-discovery expert witness for Boeing particularly regarding proposed Technology Assisted Review.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is a stalwart of the asset-backed securities space. The group has considerable expertise in CLOs, as well as more esoteric transactions, such as data center and whole-business securitizations, insurance-linked securities and solar deals. The team is led from New York by Richard Reilly, who has a strong track-record in CLOs. In Boston, Andrew Sroka has experience in non-traditional asset classes including fintech small business loans and student debt. Both based in New York and core members of the CLO practice are Jay Williams , who joined from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in February 2021, and John F. Murphy III.

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Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Ares Management

BlackRock

Sound Point Capital Management

Shenkman Capital

Irradiant Partners

SocGen

ArrowMark

Shinhan Alternative Investment Management Inc.

Trimaran Advisors, LLC

Theorem Partners LLC

Affirm, Inc.

Truist Securities, Inc.

STORE Capital Corporation

Barclays Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs on 41 transactions as arranger, valued at over $20 billion.
  • Advised Affirm, Inc on its August 2021 issuance of $500 million fixed-rate asset-backed notes by Affirm Asset Securitization Trust 2021-B
  • Acted for Ares Management on 12 CLO transactions valued at over $5.8 billion

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 2

Uniquely qualified and demonstrably capable at the intersection of cannabis and finance’ DLA Piper LLP (US) brings an interdisciplinary approach and global network to its cannabis sector work. Boston-based Stefanie Fogel focuses on food and consumer product regulation and compliance, as well as recall response, corporate compliance, and litigation (commercial, class action and multi-plaintiff) related to the cannabis industry. She leads the broad team whose expertise includes regulatory product development, sourcing and supply chain, contracting, label and packaging review, testing assessment, e-commerce and privacy matters.

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Testimonials

‘This team is uniquely qualified and demonstrably capable at the intersection of cannabis and finance. No other team was able to understand our specific needs as an insurer entering the cannabis market, and able to design a solution which allowed us to efficiently achieve our goals at scale.’

‘The common understanding we found quickly allows us to move quickly and rapidly evaluate new developments or experiment with different concepts.’

Key clients

Smith & Sinclair

14th Round

Charlotte’s Web

Just Brands USA

Purekana LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc.‎ in connection with its acquisition of Abacus Health Products, Inc. by way of a court approved arrangement. And Conducting regulatory due diligence for Charlotte’s Web’s recent acquisition of CBD Medic, involving OTC hemp CBD products.
  • Represented Just Brands USA, Inc., Just Brands FL, LLC, and Just Brands, Inc., in the Southern District of Florida in securing the dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit.
  • Advised a holding company with diversified assets in the emerging plant-based and holistic wellness consumer product categories including the majority owned CBD subsidiary brand PureKana, LLC.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Noted for its extensive global reach and strong domestic presence, DLA Piper LLP (US) fields the ability to advise on the development, financing, sale, construction and operation of renewable generation projects, including solar, onshore and offshore wind and biomass facilities. Sponsors, lenders, equity investors and public entities regularly seek the team’s assistance in the financing and development of energy storage projects. Green hydrogen is another strong point for the department, which also handles tax equity investments and sale-leaseback matters. Practice head Vanessa Richelle Wilson has a wealth of experience in project finance, M&A transactions and infrastructure development in the renewable energy space. She is based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Emma Jiang

Key clients

SG H2 Energy Global

Solis LLC and Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

Exelon

Softbank Energy

Invenergy

Greencoat Capital

FirstSolar Inc.

EDP Renewables

SER Capital

Cypress Creek

Plus Power

Work highlights

  • Representing SG H2 Energy Global in an offtake agreement for clean energy hydrogen plant in Southern California, advising on the development and financing of a green hydrogen production facility.
  • Representing SoftBank Energy in the development and sale of a 40 MW solar generation facility in Hawaii, including negotiation of Power Purchase Agreement with Maui Electric.
  • Advised Invenergy on the negotiation of the balance of system agreement for Phase 1 of the Samson Solar Energy Center, a new 1,310-megawatt solar energy generation facility that will be the largest in the US and second largest in the world upon completion.

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

Growing in depth, breath and caliber, the practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to attract well-known clients, particularly from the automotive and technology sectors, maintaining its place among the busiest firms in the ITC sphere. Additionally, the group impresses with a solid track record handling matters requiring district court and appellate expertise. A trio comprised of Palo Alto’s Mark Fowler, who acts as vice chair of the IPT practice; Sean Cunningham, who serves as chair of the US patent litigation practice; and Erin Gibson, who was named chair of the ITC practice in 2021, are the stand-out names of the department. The latter two are based in San Diego. The team’s capabilities in the Washington DC office were increased in June 2021 with the arrival of Helena Kiepura from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Samsung Corporation

Nike, Inc.

HP Inc.

Lenovo Group Ltd. and Lenovo (United States) Inc.

Motorola Mobility

Belkin, Inc.

ResMed, Inc.

DexCom

Toyota Motor Corporation

Hyundai/Kia Motors

Subaru

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft and HP, and acting as co-counsel for Dell, in a four-patent, multi-respondent ITC case and eight-patent non-overlapping series of Western District of Texas cases involving touchscreen technology.
  • Representing Microsoft and HP and acting as co-counsel for LG Electronics and ASUS in a second series of lawsuits filed by Neodron in the ITC involving four additional patents related to touchscreen technology.  
  • Obtained a victory for Allergan (now AbbVie) before the International Trade Commission.

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

Representing trademarks in over 150 countries worldwide, the team at DLA Piper LLP (US) advises on the management, prosecution and enforcement of the portfolios of major household names across such sectors as food, hospitality, retail, e-commerce, consumer goods, tech and entertainment. The practice is led by global co-practice group leader Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley and IP prosecution expert Gina Durham in San Francisco. At the Washington DC office, Ann Ford counsels mature and emerging companies on developing and strengthening their brands, and Thomas Zutic specializes in the selection, adoption and use of trademarks. In addition, in Chicago, IP specialist Keith Medansky advises major clients on brand strategy.

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Testimonials

‘The team at DLA is fantastic in that they understand open source, non-profit and IP the unique nature in which our foundation interacts with our members for contributions and product recognition makes DLA’s role even more significant to the community.’

‘Everything they do is simply top notch. I like the trademark renewals that I receive, at least, two months before it is due. No matter what issue we have, they solve the problem and get us to where we need to go. I trust everyone I deal with there implicitly.’

‘The firm’s ability to handle our trademarks world wide is incredibly unique. We talk to one or two different attorneys, and they in turn manage our trademark portfolio worldwide. They are efficient and do it at a cost that makes sense for our business.’

‘David Kramer is a true standout in this space. He manages our portfolio with ease. He is pleasant to interact with, and consistently provides practical solutions to each problem.’

Key clients

The Dannon Company, Inc.

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

lululemon athletica

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

ZeniMax Media Inc.

Solarwinds Corporation

Vindex LLC

T. Rowe Price

FTI Consulting, Inc.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Equinox Holdings, Inc. /SoulCycle LLC

Ace Hardware Corporation

PicsArt

Mark W. Cross & Co.

UL LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. on trademark, copyright, and media issues, including prosecution, counselling, enforcement, media and merchandise licensing, publishing agreements, promotional agreements, sponsorship agreements, prepublication review and clearance, and global intellectual property enforcement strategy.
  • Advising The Dannon Company as a lead counsel on domestic intellectual property matters.
  • Acting as lead global outside trademark counsel for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and handles all IP matters throughout the world.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out for its national and international reach, and its work is equally broad; active across diverse fields, the team has recently been focused in particular on the pharmaceutical sector and the development of vaccines. Part of the firm’s counseling work has involved getting researchers safely back into work, as well as large-scale projects relating to employees working from home. The firm is led by Brian Kaplan in New York, who advises on restrictive covenants, tort claims and employee misclassification claims. Also in New York is Evan Parness; he assists clients in litigation prevention measures, and compliance with employment laws and regulations at the local, state and federal levels. Dallas-based employment expert Kim Askew represents clients in matters relating to discrimination and harassment, as well as litigation connected to non-compete and trade secrets claims, among other areas.

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Key clients

Neiman Marcus Group

Halliburton

National Financial Partners (NFP) Corp.

Lord, Abbett and Co.

Norton LifeLock

AMN Healthcare

Aetna

Mattel, Inc.

Retailwinds (NY & Co.)

TransPerfect

TRT Holdings Inc.

Dell

7-Eleven

Domino’s

ServiceNow

G6 Hospitality (Motel 6)

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational pharmaceutical company on US and global employment law issues, including with respect to hiring and restrictive covenant issues.
  • Advised Square on the global employment aspects of its March 2021 $302m acquisition of rapper Jay-Z’s music streaming service company Tidal.
  • Represented a leading social networking service on domestic and international employment matters, including sensitive investigations involving senior executives.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a well respected nationwide practice that regularly represents venture capital investors and companies. This includes corporate finance advice on all stages of the funding life cycle, from launch through to IPO and beyond, as well as ancillary support in key areas such as IP protection and commercialization. The firm’s international reach also adds weight on cross-border mandates and has proved a draw for major global investors such as Softbank Vision Fund 2. Jeffrey Lehrer leads the team from the firm’s office in Northern Virginia. Other key individuals include Seattle’s Trenton Dykes, who is ‘invaluable to us for strategy and approach to our investment opportunities‘, and Curtis Mo in Silicon Valley, who ‘possesses an incredibly deep knowledge of the venture market and venture deals‘. Charles Torres in New York, Randy Socol in San Diego and Jeffrey Leavitt in Atlanta round out the well spread group. Austin-based former co-head Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith left to join Latham & Watkins LLP.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They are incredibly close to the venture community, in the heart of Palo Alto. They do hundreds of top-tier venture deals.’

‘Curtis Mo possesses an incredibly deep knowledge of the venture market and venture deals. His team is also top-notch and very responsive.’

‘Our team at DLA would rank in the top two we’ve ever worked with. Each specialty within the firm that we work with is exceptional at their job. Particularly the M&A team we work with. Trent Dykes is a wizard at his job and we rely on him heavily not only for legal compliance but for strategy. Their communication is top notch as well.’

‘When we’re in a time crunch they will work tirelessly through the night with us. Our experience with other firms has not been such. They are very, very knowledgeable and skilled in their craft. Trent is invaluable to us for strategy and approach to our investment opportunities.’

 

Key clients

SoftBank Vision Fund 2

New Enterprise Associates

FinTech Collective

Invictus Growth Partners

M12

Flock Freight, Inc.

EQT Ventures

Maveron LLC

Flock Safety

EIS Group

SalesLoft

4G Clinical

Sidecar Health

Truvian Sciences

FullStory

Maveron

Point72 Ventures Investments

H.I.G. Growth Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised New Enterprise Associates, an American-based venture capital firm, as a lead investor in the over $800m funding round for Loanpal, a point-of-sale payment platform for sustainable home solutions.
  • Advised 4G Clinical, a randomization and trial supply management (RTSM) company serving the life sciences industry, in a growth equity investment of over $230m from Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
  • Advised Flock Safety, a public safety as a service company that builds ethically-designed crime-solving technology, on its $150m Series D fundraise led by Andreessen Horowitz; existing investors Meritech, Bedrock, Matrix Partners and Initialized also participated.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides full-service advertising advice with a clear focus on and a strong record in the sports, esports, entertainment and media sectors in particular. Flagship clients comprise Amazon Prime Video, Austin FC and the United Entertainment Group, who seek the team’s services in connection to sponsorship agreements, entertainment marketing initiatives and media and creative agency engagements, among other matters. Practice head Benjamin Mulcahy is described as ‘a leading lawyer handling the biggest sponsorship agreements and advertising projects’. Associate James Stewart has a successful practice covering advertising transactions, influencer marketing, celebrity endorsements, sweepstakes, contests, esports, entertainment and IP matters.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s global platform, wide array of practice areas relevant to numerous industries (including sports), and deep bench of experts make it special. The firm helps clients look around corners and spot issues, and they stay ahead of the curve on emerging technologies and legal developments. They are a go-to firm in the sports industry.’

‘Ben Mulcahy is a leading lawyer in this practice handling the biggest sponsorship agreements and advertising projects. As a recognized expert, he brings respect and credibility to the table. Ben is responsive and efficient and provides spot-on practical advice.’

‘Ben Mulcahy and James Stewart are incredibly skilled at translating best practices in the industry to our team which is newer to the marketing and advertising space.’

‘Ben Mulcahy and James Stewart are real standouts amongst outside counsel in any area. They are incredibly responsive. Ben is an expert at really getting to know his client’s business needs, and then providing practical solutions that mitigate risk while keeping the business needs in first position.’

Key clients

FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler Automotive)

Atlanta eSports Ventures LLC

Austin FC

United Entertainment Group

Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. (Edelman)

Twitch Interactive, Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

HBO/Warner Media

Deloitte

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

Salesforce

Orange Capital Media

Qualcomm

Subway

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is noted for its ‘unmatched experience and reputation for advising on novel projects’ through ‘thoughtful analysis’ and ‘creative alternatives and solutions’. The firm represents an impressive selection of financial institutions, investment funds and technology companies. In addition to its regulatory expertise, which covers traditional and disruptive products, including blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFT), the team is also active on the corporate side, having been involved in several high-profile IPOs, SPAC mergers and M&A deals. The firm’s capacity to handle novel mandates was demonstrated by its advice to TikTok on its first NFT launch. US co-chair Margo Tank in Washington DC, Chicago’s David Whitaker and Seattle’s Trenton Dykes are highly experienced in this area. San Francisco disputes partner Michael Fluhr provides ‘great customer service’ and is ‘always responsive and proactively identifying new areas that he could help in’. Mark Radcliffe in Silicon Valley is considered ‘highly experienced‘ in the crypto space. Former global co-chair David Luce joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team we have worked with has been very collaborative in developing novel processes for concepts we are working on within the crypto space. While there has been some learning curve, they have adapted their traditional securities work to cryptocurrencies.’

‘They are generally responsive, work long hours as needed, and prioritize the work that is time critical for us to ensure we get what we need, when we need it.’

‘The partners in this group are deeply knowledgeable about both the big picture and the practical details of the legal landscape. They also provide great insights about the impact of the law on businesses. They are responsive and prioritize client needs, and have been wonderfully collaborative across their entire group, leveraging different experts for different issues to ensure we get the best advice as smoothly as possible. I’ve particularly appreciated their strong global reach, and how smoothly they collaborate across jurisdictions. They’ve also done a great job leveraging pre-existing resources to provide us advice as efficiently as possible.’

‘Margo Tank is a visionary and an essential thought-partner. Her knowledge of the law and her ability to provide real-time counsel on both long-term strategy as well as nuts and bolts practical tactics is superb. David Whitaker is a great partner – always bringing key insights and perspectives, as well as valuable practical solutions.’

‘Unmatched experience and reputation for advising on novel projects and the application of e-commerce laws. Thoughtful analysis, creative alternatives/solutions, and shared goals.’

‘They have deep expertise in blockchain and crypto. Mark Radcliffe is highly experienced in the space with great knowledge of projects and the various legal approaches. Their value is in understanding the objectives, knowing the huge areas of grey, various approaches and recommending a good solution.’

‘The DLA team, and Michael Fluhr in particular, provide great customer service. Michael is always responsive and proactively identifying new areas that he could help in. He is responsive to requests relating to billing and diversity.’

Key clients

TikTok

Flexa Holdings LLC

Q2 Holdings

LLR Partners

Franklin Advisers

Snapsheet

Opportunity Financial, LLC (OppLoans)

DocuSign

Scivantage

Work highlights

  • Represented TikTok in the launch of the video platform’s first ever non-fungible token (NFT) collection, TikTok Top Moments, as well as various other content and licensing agreements.
  • Represented Katapult Holdings, Inc., an e-commerce focused financial technology company, in its merger with the special purpose acquisition company FinServ Acquisition Corp.
  • Represented Ekata, Inc., a global leader in dynamic identity verification solutions, in its takeover by Mastercard for $850m.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a good spread of experience that covers high-end corporate finance transactions as well as standalone technology matters. The multi-faceted practice is spread throughout the firm’s impressive domestic network of offices, with active partners practising out of the West and East Coasts, and the central states. The lawyers are well-versed in providing support on high-end corporate mandates including SPAC mergers, IPOs and financings. Open licensing contracts, strategic relationships, outsourcing negotiations, data privacy, digital transformations and collaboration agreements all feature prominently on the agenda, with the team operating comfortably across a range of technologies, including blockchain, fintech, semiconductors, insurtech, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. The global team is also highly experienced in cross-border transactions and is co-chaired by Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley and Chicago-based Vincent Sanchez. San Diego’s Mark Lehberg is experienced in outsourcing, cloud computing and software as a service. John Gilluly in Austin is also highly active.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TikTok

HCL Technologies

Infosys

NetApp

Netflix

Qualcomm Incorporated

Red Hat

Salesforce

Softbank Group Corporation

Visa

TikTok

HCL Technologies

Infosys

NetApp

Netflix

Qualcomm Incorporated

Red Hat

Salesforce

Softbank Group Corporation

Visa

TikTok

HCL Technologies

Infosys

NetApp

Netflix

Qualcomm Incorporated

Red Hat

Salesforce

Softbank Group Corporation

Visa

Work highlights

  • Represented Navitas Semiconductor, an industry leader in gallium nitride power integrated circuits (GaN power ICs), in the recent closing of its business combination with special purpose acquisition company Live Oak Acquisition Corp. II.
  • Assisted AEye, a lidar start-up that developed its technology for use in autonomous vehicles as well as to support advanced driver assistance systems in passenger cars, in its merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III that will value the company at US$2 billion.
  • Represented SmartRent.com, a leading proptech company, in its previously announced business combination with Fifth Wall Acquisition Corp. I (FWAA), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses on public and privately traded REITS from formation, to roll-up transactions, to IPOs. The team is headed from Raleigh by Robert Bergdolt who is active in securities regulations and non-traded REITS, and in a representative matter, led on the $160m merger between Cottonwood Communities and Cottonwood Multifamily REIT. Key partner Darryl Steinhause in San Diego has over three decades of experience handling tax transactions and securities offerings. Other key contacts include co-chair of the real estate group Kerry Johnson in Chicago, New York’s Shiukay Hung who is highly praised by clients and new partner Ken Muller who joined the global investment funds practice in the West Coast in early 2022 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Great reputable firm with deep roots in many different jurisdiction.’

‘Shiukay has years of experience and great insights in dealing with REITs. He is a deep thinker that was always willing to help solve difficult questions, and constantly producing publication to help clients and peers navigate complex REIT rules. I have in many occasion inquired Shiukay on various issues I have encountered in transactions involving REITs and have always be very grateful for Shiukay’s advice.’

‘The couple of tax counsel in DLAP I’ve worked excel in their ability to explain difficult and intertwined tax concepts and issues to the relatively less tax-savvy clients like myself. They are at all times meticulous in their analysis and documentation, yet never losing focus on the business issues. Always responsive and helpful.’

‘I have had the pleasure to work with Gerald Rockoff and Shiukay Hung. Both counsel are top-notch in their tax knowledge, razor-sharp in their thinking, and are able to explain tax issues to you in such a way that makes you feel you’re smarter than you actually are. They also try to be creative in their proposed solutions, while never losing sight of the business requirements. Absolute pleasure to work with both.’

‘The DLA REIT practice in NY is anchored by Shiukay Hung who one of the premier REIT tax practitioners in the country. He is practicable, easy to work with and given his extensive REIT knowledge finds solutions to problems before they even arise.’

‘DLA has a number of lawyers who are well known among tax practitioners advising real estate sponsors and investors that rely on the REIT structure for ownership and operation of real estate in the United States. These individuals have extensive knowledge about technical tax rules as well as unique tax considerations and also guide clients through areas of unknown.’

‘I enjoy working with Shiukay Hung who is experienced and practical.’

Key clients

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust

W.P. Carey, Inc.

Equity Residential

Highwoods Properties, Inc.

STAG Industrial, Inc.

UBS Securities LLC

STORE Capital Corporation

Cottonwood Communities

KBS Real Estate Investment Trust II, Inc. and KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III, Inc.

Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund, Inc.

Resource REIT, Inc.

Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT, Inc.

BTIG, LLC

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc.

Getty Realty Corp

Work highlights

  • Represented Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. in connection with its internalization with American Healthcare REIT, Inc. and concurrent merger into Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, Inc.
  • Represented Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR), a publicly traded real estate investment trust that invests in apartments, as issuer in its second ever green bond offering with the issuance of $500m at its lowest ever coupon rate for 10-year unsecured notes of 1.85% and an all-in effective yield of 2.0%.
  • Represented Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT II and Resource Apartment REIT III, Inc. in its $3bn stock merger and internalization with Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT.

Tax > Financial products Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s transactional tax team of ‘consummate problem solvers‘ is known for advising foreign-based investors in the US on cutting edge investment structures minimizing US tax effectively-connected-income risk and withholding tax risks, as well as assisting overseas asset managers expanding into the US, with particular expertise in CLOs. The group is co-led by New York’s Gerald Rokoff, who is praised by clients for his ‘unique ability to forge viable solutions to the most vexing issues’; and Silicon Valley’s Stacy Paz, who has significant transactional tax experience. Chicago’s Tom Geraghty has a strong roster of US and non-US investor clients which he advises across asset classes on the tax aspects of debt and equity instruments. In New York, Witold Jurewicz focuses on the funds space.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

High level of personal service.’

The tax team led by Jerry Rokoff was able to identify key tax issues in a multifaceted joint venture negotiation and formation. They were also able to subsequently coordinate effectively with the tax accountants in the preparation of the company’s tax returns. Jerry has the valued ability to explain complex tax issues in plain English as well as assist the client in assessing tax risk.’

Jerry Rokoff is well respected by lawyers for the league and other teams which help move transactions forward and issues effectively resolved. ‘

Jerry and his team are technically excellent, very creative, concise and their work is always extremely usable and understandable.’

Jerry and his team are the consummate problem solvers while being creative up and down the line form their associates to their senior partners.’

Our firm is heavily dependent on expert tax analysis in the context of complex structured finance transactions. Our principals generally have extensive tax and M&A backgrounds. The DLA team has proved to be the best firm in meeting our needs with innovative solutions and quick response. We can say enough about our appreciation for the relationship.’

Gerald Rokoff is someone we have worked with for several decades on complex tax issues (both at DLA and prior firms). He has the unique ability to forge viable solutions to the most vexing issues and to work well with counter part counsel to get to a “yes”. Speaking as one who has a tax background and has worked with many top tax counsel, he is the best.’

Key clients

HarbourView Equity Partners, LLC

Goldman Sachs

Ares Management

Blackrock

SocGen

ArrowMark

Sound Point

Irradiant Partners

Trimaran

Aligned Energy

Sabey Data Centers

Stack Infrastructure

Compass Datacenters

Jefferies LLC

Above Lending

Oxford 1 Asset Management USA Inc

AMP Capital Investors Limited

American International Underwriters (AIG)

Work highlights

  • Advised HarbourView Equity Partners on structuring new joint venture in the music rights sector between HarbourView and Apollo, which invested both debt and equity. The transaction involved structuring the deal that included different classes of taxpayers, which included insurance companies and domestic investors.
  • Advised Ares Management on the structured finance’s group many CLO deals, including drafting the guidelines to ensure that the CLO is not engaged in the US trade or business which are periodically updated to reflect market changes.
  • Advised on the tax aspects of the largest inaugural datacenter securitization and first-ever green datacenter securitization, consisting of an issuance of $1.35 billion of securitized notes for Alignd Energy.

Tax > International tax Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for providing global tax planning and transactional advice, as well as tax controversy services. The ‘very knowledgable‘ team covers such areas as post-acquisition integration and global equity. Global tax practice chair Sang Kim is based in Silicon Valley and advises on global transfer pricing strategies, joint ventures, and M&A. In New York, Philip Rogers specializes in international tax planning and operational structuring, Kevin Glenn deals with international tax controversy, Frank Mugabi focuses on public cross-border M&A, and Maruti Narayan is an expert in international tax structuring and planning. Based in Los Angeles, David Cook is particularly strong in global transfer pricing and international tax planning and structuring. In Silicon Valley, Ben Olivas is a key name for international tax and cross-border M&A. Principal economist Masa Kuramoto and counsel Carlos Vaca Valverde joined from Ernst & Young LLP in April 2021. Sibel Owji departed in October 2021, while Michael Hardgrove departed in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The DLA tax team is very knowledgeable and thoughtful but also very responsive and flexible to our needs as the client.’

‘In the world of tax planning, I look primarily for advisors who can show a high level of technical expertise and creativity. Kevin Glenn is one of the most insightful practitioners I have worked with. Beyond being a true subject matter expert, he also frequently comes up with ideas/structures that leave me thinking . . . “I wish I had thought of that!”’

‘The team is both tactical and strategic. I appreciate the innovative solutions to business issues and ability to partner to get things done.’

‘The partners are there for your success. They’re excellent business partners. Kevin Glenn has stood out as someone who is always creatively thinking about our issues and is both creative and practicable at same time.’

DLA US team ensures a global approach towards tax and legal and makes sure that all workstreams are aligned with the common goal/project. This saves time for us, as a client. Solid tax and legal knowledge and they bring a good spirit.’

The team that works on our account is very technical. They helped us navigate through the various complex tax reforms globally. Our company has been expanding rapidly and has benefited from their global legal/tax network and their support is above par.’

Key clients

Danaher Corporation

Moody’s

MKS Instruments, Inc.

International Flavors & Fragrances

HB Fuller

Pfizer

SANOFI

Hewlett Packard Inc

HP Enterprise

Macquarie

Insmed

Whirlpool Corp.

Deutsche Bank

General Electric

Ford

Cold Chain Technologies

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Teleflex

Masimo

Take Two

Work highlights

  • Advised Moody’s Corporation on a range of legal and operational matters such as legal entity rationalizations and tax policy.
  • Advised MKS Instruments, Inc. in connection with the potential acquisition of a foreign company.
  • Advised on and implemented post-acquisition integration plans for International Flavors & Fragrances.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

The tax dispute specialists at DLA Piper LLP (US) represent corporates and high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of tax mandates, including complex SALT and federal tax litigation, international transfer pricing disputes, and audit defense. Based in New York, practice co-lead Ellis Reemer is an expert in civil and criminal tax disputes at all court levels. He works alongside co-lead Diana Erbsen, who concentrates her work on federal and SALT tax controversy, as well as criminal tax matters. In Los Angeles, Michael Patton is a key resource regarding transfer pricing disputes and advanced pricing agreements. Boston-based Tamara Shepard specializes in handling appeals, both in the federal appellate courts and IRS appeals. Splitting his time between Silicon Valley and Sacramento, Joseph Myszka covers the intersection of international tax controversy and tax-efficient operation organizational work.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘DLA specifically Ellis Reemer and Diana Erbson develop well planned strategies taking into account most if not all of the potential curves that we could encounter. They understand my ultimate goal, help me refine it or uncover things that need to be protected or implemented to accomplish the goal.’

‘Both Dianna Erbson and Ellis Reemer are honest caring and good natured people. They want to truly understand your concerns and help make them go away. They have an interest in the broader business and help protect it.’

‘The matter the firm handled was an estate tax litigation and the partner in charge is Ellis Reemer. He is highly knowledgeable and answers questions directly and clearly, which is difficult in an esoteric tax matter. He is driven to get the best result for the client and I highly recommend him.’

‘DLA Piper is specialized not only on federal taxes but also state and local taxes, as well as international taxes and transfer pricing issues. All cases handled by this team were 100% successful and to our satisfaction.’

‘I am personally working with the DLA tax team for close to 15 year now and it has been a remarkable experience. The key strength of DLA tax team is the solution oriented mindset, prompt and anytime response at very short notices/ tight corners. And this too, with wealth of experience, great experience in audit management, honestly in tax planning (what is possible and not possible), and transparency in dealing.’

‘Diana Erbsen, Ellis Reemer, and their team of tax controversy attorneys are highly respected tax controversy practitioners with extensive and high level experience within the IRS and DOJ Tax Division. They are brilliant, thoughtful, and careful advisors who have a strong command of emerging tax controversy enforcement priorities. Practitioners around the country seek out members of this team as co-counsel and conflict counsel.’

‘DLA Piper’s team has exceptional knowledge and experience in negotiating APAs with US tax authorities. No other company we worked with could offer anything similar.’

‘DLA Piper’s team is well organized and extremely responsive. They always keep deadlines and follow-up when needed. They do not require detailed instructions; it is enough to give them a target and they are capable of deciding how to achieve it. Mike Patton’s technical knowledge and confidence contributes to a smooth performance.’

Key clients

YA Global Investments, LP and Yorkville Advisors, LLC

Watts Holdings, Inc.

Intercom, Inc.

American International Group (AIG)

TeleCommunication Systems

Work highlights

  • Represented YA Global in its dispute with the IRS’s position that the offshore investors in the Fund had income effectively connected with a US trade or business and that, as a result, the fund is liable for withholding tax and penalties in excess of $100m.
  • Represented Intercom, Inc in specific responses to numerous state revenue agency inquiries regarding potential sales and use tax obligations.
  • Represented TeleCommunication Systems in a case against the Florida Department of Revenue, asserting an income tax return filing obligation for out-of-state subsidiaries based solely on the existence of sales tax nexus.

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

The white-collar, corporate crime and investigations department at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations and enforcement matters across continents. The team is led by John Hillebrecht and Karl Buch, Philadelphia’s Courtney Saleski and Chicago’s Jonathan King. Hillebrecht is a veteran trial and appellate attorney, who is recommended for criminal and civil litigation and investigations. King specialises in white-collar crime, FCPA matters, compliance and internal investigations. The team saw a number of additions over 2021, including Naana Frimpong in Atlanta from King & Spalding LLP, and Austin Brown and Christian Ford in Washington DC from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the DOJ, respectively. Matt Graves left to become the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘John Hillebrecht is great — he is very experienced and has a practical, pragmatic approach.’

‘My experience is that the DLA team is very well resourced to deal with urgent requests from us and the regulators as reflected by the fact that they have always been able to respond in a timely manner.’

‘‘The collaborative aspect is somewhat unique in that the junior partners are not only encouraged to fully participate in discussions about strategy, process and methodology, in the presence of the client but it is done in a Socratic method which we find very useful and often persuasive on us, the client, as well as in affecting the senior partners’ preconceived thoughts.’

‘There seems to be much more credence added to each team member’s analysis than most national firms, and again, the various aspects are examined in full view of the client.’ 

‘DLA Piper’s vast amount of depth and breadth of experience and its ability to work cross-functionally with other practice groups to provide full-service representation are what makes it unique when compared to other firms.’

‘Courtney Saleski has an incredibly deep and substantive knowledge of the law and a common sense, straight-forward, and problem-solving approach to issues.’

‘DLA’s greatest strength is its international footprint. A multinational client with issues in multiple countries can find expertise at the firm across many jurisdictions.’

‘This team was flexible, creative, thoughtful, and expert in its advice.’

Key clients

Cognizant Technologies Solutions Corp.

Global Pharmaceutical Company #1

Avnet Asia Pte. Ltd.

Steven Maudlin

“Crypto Token” Technology Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Cognizant, a US-listed Fortune 500 technology services company, in an investigation of alleged improper payments to third parties in India, including allegations of improper payments to Indian government officials in connection with certain licensing requirements and customs clearances.
  • Currently advising a Global Pharmaceutical Company on more than a dozen internal and government-facing investigations in China, Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria, among other countries.
  • Representing Avnet Inc., a Fortune 200 company in the technology industry, in connection with an export and sanctions investigation involving the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the National Security Division of the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce.

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

Benefiting from a sizeable overarching product liability and mass tort offering throughout the country and also aided by a raft of legal technology products including an expert witness portal and litigation analytics tool, DLA Piper LLP (US) is able to represent numerous transport-based clients in resource-intensive mandates. Philadelphia-based Matthew Goldberg represents a variety of multinational automotive and automobile component part manufacturers in complex litigation; including successfully helping Porsche Cars North America to resist numerous putative class actions relating to product liability, including defective engine and suspension systems. Although automotive clients remain central to the practice, it has also been fairly active in the aviation space, including work for several airlines defending against putative class actions seeking damages for an alleged failure to pay refunds due to Covid-19.  Christopher Campbell in Atlanta co-heads the team with Loren Brown in New York and James Brogan in Philadelphia. Baltimore-based Joel Dewey has vast experience at trial and appellate level, including in the context of class actions and MDL proceedings for automotive manufacturers.

Key clients

Hyundai Mobis

Porsche AG

Goodyear Tire Company

British Airways

Work highlights

  • Representing Porsche Cars North America in a putative nationwide class action complaint filed in the Central District of California alleging defective engine and suspension systems on all Porsche Macan vehicles sold in the United States since 2014.
  • Represented The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co in Aybar v. Aybar, a general jurisdiction case which held that The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and its co-defendant the Ford Motor Company do “not consent to general jurisdiction in this state merely by complying with the Business Corporation Law’s registration provisions.”
  • Representing Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd. and its affiliate Mobis Parts America, Inc., in multiple nationwide class actions coordinated into an MDL proceeding in the US District Court for the Central District of California.

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

Knowledgeable across a range of toxic-related matters, including chemical exposure, and strengthened by the recent recruitment of a number of accomplished trial lawyers, DLA Piper LLP (US) is increasingly well-positioned to guide defendants throughout the life cycle of litigation. Washington DC-based Buffy Mims co-heads the toxic tort sub-group, following her arrival from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in January 2021; she has particular expertise handling state and federal MDL proceedings. The ‘responsive and diligent‘ team is also appreciated for its ‘willingness to innovate‘ on billing and its conversance with hot-button issues including climate change and PFAS matters. On the West Coast, numerous practitioners have toxic tort/environmental litigation expertise, including San Francisco-based George Gigounas who handles national work as well as California’s Proposition 65 law matters.

Testimonials

‘This is truly a full-service shop. Stemming from one litigation, they have been able to answer questions on commercial, government affairs, investor relations, communications etc.’

‘They are all willing to innovate on AFA and billing practices. Because of this, the client feels that its interests are fully aligned with those of the law firm.’

‘Very easy to work with; responsive and diligent.’

 

Key clients

BASF

Porsche AG

Exxon-Mobil

Helena-Agri Enterprises

Sanofi

Wells Lamont

Sanofi

Danone US, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represents BASF in federal multidistrict litigation in the District of South Carolina involving allegations that Aqueous Film Forming Foam, a foam used to suppress large gasoline fires, contains per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctanoate sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and which plaintiffs allege are hazardous to human health.
  • Secured a significant victory for Porsche. In the underlying case, Plaintiff sued Porsche AG (among others) in California Superior Court (San Francisco) for personal injuries allegedly sustained from exposure to asbestos.
  • Represented ExxonMobil as defendant in a contract-based tort matter involving the Iranian Government and several Western Oil companies in the California Second District Court of Appeal, Division 7. The court affirmed summary judgment in favor of ExxonMobil, dismissing the civil lawsuit brought by an Iranian refinery worker who developed an occupational disease as a result of alleged exposure to products at the Abadan Refinery in Iran.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong presence in key litigation centres across the US, notably New York, California, and Delaware, and its work spans class actions and other investor litigation asserting claims under the federal securities laws, stockholder derivative litigation, and investigations and enforcement actions by government regulators. The firm is currently acting for a prominent national personal lines insurance company in a putative securities class action pending in the Northern District of Illinois, in which plaintiffs allege that the company misrepresented the reasons for a sudden increase in auto insurance claim frequency between October 2014 and August 2015. John Clarke in New York, who is leading that case, is head of the corporate and securities litigation practice, while James Brogan in Philadelphia leads the litigation and regulatory group. John Hillebrecht and Jeffrey Rotenberg in New York, and Jason Lewis in Dallas also play key roles in the practice.

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Key clients

Prominent national personal lines insurance company

Axogen, Inc.

Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Abengoa, S.A.

Mavenir, Inc.

GigCapital3, Inc.

Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc.

RCI Hospitality Holding Inc.

Dahn Corporation

Shurwest, LLC

Act II Global Acquisition Corp.

Board Committee, Sterling Bancorp, Inc.

Kadmon Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing BMS in several actions asserting contract and securities claims arising from a series of contingent value rights issued as part of the merger consideration in the company’s merger with Celgene Corporation in 2019.
  • Representing the sponsor of GigCapital3, Inc. and the pre-merger board of directors in an action in the Delaware Court of Chancery asserting that the company’s de-SPAC merger was tainted by structural conflicts of interest.
  • Represented Axogen, Inc. and its senior officers in the dismissal of a fraud action.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

Clients praise DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s litigation offering, nothing that its ‘expert testimony is second to none.’ Product liability cases make up the majority of the team’s high profile work, including advising Sanofi, Bayer, and Novo Nordisk in state and federal court. It also advises pharmaceutical companies on consumer class actions. Commercially, the team acts on a transaction’s full life cycle, encompassing due diligence, company formation, and regulatory issues. Financing is another area of expertise, both via private placements and capital markets offerings. Matthew Holian and Andrew Gilbert co-chair the team from Boston and New Jersey respectively. New York-based Loren Brown heads the litigation practice, with extensive experience on mass torts cases. Baltimore-based Howard Schwartz acts on financings, and Boston-based Katie Insogna acts on product liability matters.

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Testimonials

‘DLA has an excellent Litigation team, led by Loren Brown. In particular, DLA’s Litigation practice in life sciences Daubert expert testimony is second to none. DLA is flexible in its billing and willing to work on a fixed fee basis.’

‘Chris Strongoski and his team were instrumental in our arbitration win.’

 

Key clients

Sanofi/Taxotere

Bayer/Essure

Novo Nordisk/Victoza

Medtronic/Hernia mesh

Sanofi/Zantac

Pfizer Inc./Greenstone LLC

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Pfizer Inc./Chantix

Global Pharmaceutical Company

Personal Genome Diagnostics

Kadmon Holdings

Fortress Biotech and Caelum Biosciences

Cowen and Company, LLC, William Blair & Company, L.L.C., BTIG, LLC and Stephens Inc.

Akoya Biosciences

Medtronic

Work highlights

  • Represented Sanofi in proceedings in the Fifth Circuit relating to its product Taxtoere’s potential risk of hair loss.
  • Representing Bayer in mass tort litigation involving implant contraceptive Essure.
  • Representing Novo Nordisk in federal and state court litigation involving allegations that Victoza causes pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) has experience advising on a full range of healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Key clients include health systems, specialist providers and insurers. Its capital markets team has been active in the sector, with Miami-based Joshua Samek advising both Caremax Medical Group and MSP Recovery on their SPAC mergers. Digital and telehealth have been key areas of focus for the team, with Virginia-based partner Kristi Kung advises these clients on regulatory and compliance matters. Washington DC-based Donna Thiel offers expertise on fraud and abuse cases. Joshua Kaye leads the team from Miami.

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Testimonials

‘Responsiveness, knowledge of compliance issues for managed care (marketing, ancillary services, RAF, friendly PC, etc.), ability to work with other third parties effectively.’

‘Russ Sass and Kyle Morabito are terrific.

‘Really enjoy working with Russ. He is responsive, timely, thorough, proactive in identifying issues, has good interpersonal skills with counterparties, very knowledgeable around areas that could trip us up.’

‘Kyle is great as well. I Like how organized he is and he’s very effective in leading meetings and keeping processes moving.’

 

Key clients

CareMax Medical Group LLC

Urology Partners of America, LLC

MEDNAX Services, Inc. SkinSmart Dermatology

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Retina Associates, P.A.

Lighthouse Autism Center

Lionheart Capital LLC

Abry Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented CareMax Medical Group in its business combination, along with IMC Medical Group, with special purpose acquisition company Deerfield Healthcare Technology Acquisitions Corp.
  • Represented Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II.in its $32.6bn agreement to merge with MSP Recovery LLC.
  • Represented FastMed Urgent Care in its acquisition of 87 CareSpot and MedPost urgent care centers.

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 3

Praised for its ‘high degree of expertise‘, the practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) is well-equipped to handle large scale insurance and reinsurance disputes including international multi-party and multi-forum matters. In addition to defending against coverage claims, representing insurers in disputes arising out of transactional liability insurance, and advising clients on potential exposure and compliance, the team offers support in high-profile regulatory investigation cases. Michael Murphy  chairs the global practice, and has served as lead counsel for insurers and reinsurers in various complex disputes while Aidan McCormack  contributes expertise in litigation, appellate work, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Both lawyers are based in New York.

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Testimonials

‘High degree of expertise, practical, strategic.’

‘The New York insurance team led by Aidan McCormack is truly phenomenal. They know the judges, courts and have extensive relationships with other attorneys in the insurance arena. They also reach out to subject matter experts within DLA Piper when it comes to insurance matters outside of their expertise – such as regulatory experts in other regional offices or leveraging relationships to position the client for the optimal outcome. The team recognizes the right amount of communication with the client and all attorneys are always prepared with possible resolutions and advocating the best option for the client, being mindful of what the client wants to accomplish. The best part of working with the DLA Piper insurance team is that you can trust them and not have to worry about whether they can handle the problems.’

‘The New York insurance team led by Aidan McCormack is phenomenal at identifying DLA Piper expertise to address all insurance issues. Aidan recognizes when it is appropriate to reach out to subject matter experts in different offices if it will achieve the best result for the client. Where Aidan excels is his ability to see “big picture” and providing not just legal strategy but also business advice based upon the client’s objectives.’

 

Key clients

Chubb

Munich Re

AON

Travelers Property Casualty Company of America

Brit Insurance

Artemis S.A.

CNA

Work highlights

  • Representing syndicates and agents in the National Rifle Association v. New York Department of Financial Services Litigation, Governor Andrew Cuomo & Superintendent Maria Vullo et al . litigation.
  • Represented Brit Insurance in a high value insurance coverage and bad faith claim against Lloyd’s and London Market professional liability insurers based on denial of coverage for an underlying legal malpractice claim.
  • Representing a state health insurer in litigation before the Southern District of New York.

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

Praised for itsexcellent ability to coordinate across disciplines’ the team at DLA Piper LLP (US) supports clients with mergers and acquisitions, investments, private equity, as well as revenue generating or dividend producing products. It also has strong regulatory capabilities, representing clients in investigations and advising them on state, federal and international requirements. Practice head Michael Murphy is based in New York, while David Mendelsohn, who handles corporate, regulatory and compliance issues, is in Chicago. Prakash Paran left the firm in October 2021, as did David Luce in January 2022.

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Testimonials

‘This team has been incredible helpful with our review of M&A tax insurance submissions and tax policy underwriting. They’re top specialists in the field and are both very technical and commercial, which makes a difference in the context of M&A transactions especially.’

‘Broad knowledge base with excellent ability to coordinate across disciplines.’

‘Jerry and his team are very creative, hit their deliverables and always deliver a valuable creative and reliable solution(s).’

‘Up and down the line Jerry’s team is well informed, responsive and thoughtful in all of their interactions with us.’

 

Key clients

Aviva

Hudson Structured Capital Management

Blackstone

International Australia Group

Ares Capital

Liberty

Swiss Re

Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co.

Illinois Department of Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing 10 Lloyd’s of London Syndicates and 9 Lloyd’s of London Managing Agents in the National Rifle Association v. New York Department of Financial Services Litigation, Governor Andrew Cuomo & Superintendent Maria Vullo et al.
  • Advised Pelican Ventures and JC Flowers on a complex acquisition of insurance business at Lloyds.
  • Advising various clients on three special purpose reinsurance vehicle transactions.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s sizable patent litigation group is a powerful force in the US, frequently praised for its ‘committed and dedicated team’, as well as for its ‘vast experience’. The practice is a preferred choice for a number of major international and domestic companies thanks to its experience in the main US patent litigation forums as well as for its solid cross-border capabilities, which it puts to use in other key patent jurisdictions such as the UK and Germany. Cases related to the technology, life sciences, and consumer products sectors account for a particularly significant portion of the caseload. The California-based team of Mark Fowler, vice chair of the intellectual property and technology practice; Sean Cunningham, the chair of the US patent litigation team, and Erin Gibson, who is particularly skilled in ITC proceedings, are the key names of the department. Washington DC’s Kathryn Riley Grasso, who according to a client is ‘able to elevate the performance of the entire team’, and Delaware’s Brian Biggs, who was promoted to partner in 2021, are other key contacts. The practice was further reinforced with the arrival in May and June 2021 of partners Jennifer Nall (Austin) and Helena Kiepura (DC), who joined from Baker Botts L.L.P. and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively.

Testimonials

‘Vast experience in a wide array of cases. Committed and dedicated team members. Understand the business demands of clients. Trial experience.’

‘Collaborative efforts. Team players. Individual attorneys are able to elevate the performance of the entire team. Katie Grasso especially stands out in this regard.’

Erin Gibson provides reassuring leadership, is technically adept, is communicative, and is always strategic with her approach. Sean Cunningham sees the big picture, works well with the internal business and provides practical strategy to ensure the case is always well-positioned. Brian Erickson works well with our internal clients, and has deep technical and legal knowledge which makes him an effective advocate.’

They understand our business and our goals, and they work well with our internal business and engineering teams. DLA shines in their practical approach to litigation and collaborates with us to be efficient and effective.’

Paul Steadman is a very powerful, reliable and experienced trial lawyer, especially before judge and jury. He is outstanding to focus on the most important issues in a complicated case in his argument and lead to the conclusion. Paul is the last attorney that we would want argue against in the court as opponent counsel.’

DLA Piper has a very powerful IP litigation team that quickly creates a strategy and assigns attorneys who are experienced and familiar with the technologies relating to an IP litigation or ITC investigation.’

The team has strengths in the Japanese automotive industry and knows supplier chain structures well.’

Matthew Satchwell is client-oriented and a great litigator and negotiator.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Samsung Corporation

HP Inc.

Lenovo Group Ltd. and Lenovo (United States) Inc.

Motorola Mobility LLC

Belkin, Inc.

ResMed, Inc.

DexCom

Toyota Motor Corporation

Hyundai/Kia Motors

Subaru

Arlo Technologies

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft in a seven-patent infringement lawsuit regarding certain remote desktop and graphics functionality.
  • Represent Lenovo and Motorola Mobility in a five-patent infringement lawsuit regarding USB and charging technologies throughout the computing industry.
  • Represented Pfizer as co-lead counsel in several Hatch-Waxman litigations relating to XELJANZ. XELJANZ (tofacitinib) is the first FDA-approved oral medication of its kind (JAK inhibitor) that treats adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, active psoriatic arthritis, and moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) is a go-to for high-stakes litigation on behalf of blue-chip global clients. Intellectual property and tech co-global head Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley leads the practice, along with US trademark, copyright and media practice chair Gina Durham, who represents clients like Nike and Radisson Hotels in major infringement trials, in San Francisco. Tamar Duvdevani in New York acts for major rights holders across the fashion, media and consumer products sectors. Melissa Reinckens in San Diego brings expertise to false advertising, trademarks and trade dress disputes on behalf of clients in the sports, entertainment, IT, and medical device areas. Associate Marc E. Miller provides support in New York, representing top corporates and emerging businesses.

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Testimonials

‘They have an excellent understanding of our company’s business, and a very practical approach to providing legal advice and seeking optimal solutions.’

‘Parnters Gina Durham and Melissa Reinckens tried a case for our company and they were outstanding trial lawyers. They put together a very good evidentiary records, and did a superb job examining the opponent’s witnesses, and handling our defense against IP infringement claims. Their work in this trial was truly excellent and they obtained a great result for us, too.’

Key clients

Nike, Inc.

Goli Nutrition

The Home Depot

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Tigercat International, Inc.

STO Building Group

Rakuten Medical Inc.

Magnolia Medical Technologies

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

Radisson Hotels International

Trinity Broadcast Network

Casper Labs

Work highlights

  • Represented Goli Nutrition in a preliminary injunction.
  • Represented Intercontinental Exchange (the owners of the New York Exchange and other trading houses around the country) in a 3.5 week bench trial when it was sued by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the “CME”), a competitor, for trademark infringement and counterfeiting.
  • Represented Nike, Inc. in a 2-week bench trial, when it was sued by Lontex, Inc. who asserted that Nike’s use of the words “cool” and “compression” adjacent to each other in product descriptions infringed its “Cool Compression” trademark.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘ employment team’s expertise spans wage and hour claims, discrimination lawsuits, non-compete and trade secret matters, and misclassification issues. Equipped in class, collective and single plaintiff actions, the group is noted for representing clients in complex disputes before trial and appellate courts. Splitting his time between New York and Short Hills, litigation and arbitration expert Brian Kaplan directs the practice. In San Diego, Mary Dollarhide focuses on wage and hour class actions brought under state and federal laws, including PAGA cases. Dallas-based Marc Katz has extensive experience in trade secret and unfair competition litigation. Supporting the team in New York is Joseph Piesco, who focuses on discrimination and wage and hour lawsuits. Daniel Fazio, formerly at Winston & Strawn LLP,  joined the Chicago office in September 2021. Other new additions include former Littler Mendelson, P.C. practitioner Richard Rahm and former Goodwin lawyer Sarah Tauman, who joined the Los Angeles office in January and July 2021, respectively.

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Testimonials

‘The team at DLA Piper has broad and deep experience. They also provide common sense and practical solutions to issues. They work closely with their clients to understand their unique needs. The team is up on emerging legal issues and offer cutting edge approaches.’

‘Brian Kaplan, Mary Dollarhide and Taylor Wemmer form the core team that helps us with defense of class action wage claims. The team offers a blend of experience, skills and fresh outlook in handling complex class action litigation. They also achieve positive outcomes.’

Key clients

AMN Healthcare

Openforce

California Institute of Technology

Jet Propulsion Labs

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Venetian Casino Resort)

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc

Albertsons Companies (Safeway)

Domino’s Pizza

7-Eleven Inc

BASF Corporation

Halliburton

New York University (NYU)

Hilton

Skill Capital LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) in a employment-related litigation, obtaining a complete summary judgment win that was affirmed by the Nevada Supreme Court for LVS’s Venetian Casino Resort in a state court action brought by former employees who worked as servers or bartenders at banquets.
  • Assisted NYU with a series of putative class actions brought by student plaintiffs in the Southern District of New York seeking refunds for tuition and fees as a result of NYU’s transition to remote learning in Spring 2020 due to the pandemic.
  • Represented AMN Healthcare in Donohue v AMN Healthcare at California Supreme Ct., Ct. of Appeal, 4th Appellate Dist., San Diego Superior Ct. in a certified wage and hour class action.  

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles issues across the traditional labor spectrum, including union organizing, collective bargaining, union contract administration and advice concerning the National Labor Relations Act. The firm is led by New York–based partner Brian Kaplan. New York–based partner Evan Parness is one of the ABA’s 15 national commissioners on racial and ethnic diversity; he has notably drafted a resolution which urges employers to implement practices which take vulnerable groups into consideration as part of the COVID recovery process.

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Testimonials

‘Beyond having deep domain expertise, they are nimble and current with their thinking. I don’t spend hours getting them up to speed.’

‘Steve Hernandez has been a great asset to my organization. He represents in a new guard in the legal space, which approaches problems with modern solutions that understand the speed at which media and technology work.’

‘DLA Piper is great.’

‘Steve Hernandez is an exceptional attorney and human. He is thoughtful, efficient and knows his law. He is personable, easy to talk to and gets the issues. He understands his clients well and what we’re looking for. He’s all-round great.’

‘Harriet Lipkin leads our external labor team. In addition to her deep well of demonstrated experience and skill, she leads labor negotiations with a unique balance of strong client adversary while personable and genuine to the opposite side. I believe this is because of Harriet’s passion for her work. The company representatives have a high confidence level with her knowledge of its needs and results.’

‘The labor-management relations team at DLA Piper knows our industry well and has unmatched experience in dealing with traditional labor issues within this sector. They are knowledgeable and provide cutting edge solutions.’

‘Harriet Lipkin has unparalleled experience in the hospitality industry and is well respected by management and labor alike. She is attentive to the needs of her client and offers tailored solutions. She is also a joy to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a power company on labor strategy and planning in relation to its employees, who are represented by several public sector unions, including complex issues related to corporate integration, conversion to private sector NLRB jurisdiction, and union negotiations and strike contingency planning.
  • Represented an American gaming and casino company in obtaining a NLRB decision holding that employers have the right to challenge the certification of a union while also asserting confidentiality objections, a reversal of Board precedent.
  • Advised a leading aerospace company on labor issues, including union activity, collective bargaining agreement negotiations, unfair labor practice charges, and a potential strike.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) is praised for the ‘incredible depth of its worldwide practice’ and ‘the ability to pool resources from a wide range of attorneys’. Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey leads the practice from San Francisco with strong capabilities in bet-the-company litigation and multi-jurisdictional cases. David Bamberger, described as a ‘dogged advocate, a brilliant tactician, and a very thoughtful lawyer’, is located in Washington DC and focuses on a wide range of litigation matters relating to antitrust and trade regulation, including class actions. Other names to note in the firms Chicago office are business and antitrust litigators John Hamill and Robby Robertson. Former co-chair of the group Lesli Esposito left the firm in February 2021.

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Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has the incredible depth of its worldwide practice, and the ability to pool resources from a wide range of attorneys.’

‘David Bamberger is one of the finest antitrust litigators in the country. He is a dogged advocate, a brilliant tactician, and a very thoughtful lawyer.’

‘David Bamberger has broad knowledge of the field of antitrust that he can easily convey to clients.’

Key clients

Verra Mobility Corporation

AMN Healthcare (2 matters)

Danielson National Insurance Company

Danieli Corporation

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Komatsu America Corp.

Domino’s Pizza

Pool Corporation

International Franchise Association

American Chemical Society

Gemological Institute of America

World Resources Institute

Work highlights

  • Represented Verra Mobility Corporation, in a case where a purported competitor, PlusPass Inc. has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit claiming that a 2018 merger created an illegal monopoly— that exclusive agreements between Verra’s subsidiaries and the RACs have foreclosed competition, and that Verra has foreclosed competition through various strategies to interrupt technology solutions by PlusPass and other high-technology would-be competitors.
  • Secured a significant appellate victory on behalf of AMN Healthcare,, in the lawsuit brought under federal and state antitrust laws in which Aya Healthcare alleged a potpourri of claims against AMN in an 80-page complaint seeking more than US$50 million in damages, including claims alleging the use of “no-poaching” restrictions, unreasonable non-compete agreements, exclusivity arrangements, a unilateral refusal to deal, sham litigation, monopolistic acquisitions and cash flow squeezes.
  • Represented Danieli Corporation in an antitrust complaint alleging that Danieli conspired with Commercial Metals Company to restrain trade in and monopolize the alleged rebar steel manufacturing market, with the Court dismissing all claims against both Danieli and CMC in May 2021.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

The ‘creative problem-solvers‘ at DLA Piper LLP (US) are well-positioned across the US and active in a variety of disputes. The team cover class actions, privacy litigation involving new technologies, breach of contract and business disputes, and also act at the interface to antitrust, product liability and white-collar crime, among others. It was recently also involved in significant proceedings resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela Agrusa is an experienced defense lawyer in Los Angeles and leads the practice together with the Chicago-based John Hamill. Christopher Young in San Diego is ‘great to work with and very reliable.’

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Testimonials

‘Excellent strategic and negotiating skills. Transparent billing. Great communication.’

‘Very knowledgeable with very relevant experience. Used time efficiently. Always proactive.’

‘Very responsive and pleasant to work with.’

‘Chris Young is great to work with and very reliable.’

‘The DLA Piper team is unique in its in-depth understanding of and commitment to our organization. They truly function as additional in-house counsel due to their passion for our mission and internal team and to their expertise that crosses over traditional practice lines. They are also very creative problem-solvers.’

‘Ed Scheideman has an extraordinary, comprehensive understanding of obscure matters unique to our organization that frequently require communication at very basic levels. He is excellent at making these complex points simple and easy to understand and has successfully resolved, to our advantage, 100% of the claims made on these matters.’

Key clients

Adir International, LLC

AMN Healthcare

Bayer

Applied Underwriters

Blue Diamond Growers

British Airways Plc

BNY Mellon (NYSE: BK)

Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH)

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Cigna Corporation

CNA Financial Corp. (NYSE: CNA)

Danieli Steel Corporation

Danone NA (and subsidiaries)

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Domino’s Pizza Franchising LLC

Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. (Allianz)

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F)

Funko, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNK)

G6 Hospitality LLC

Giddings Fruit S.A.

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS)

Jet Sports

Just Brands USA, Inc.

Kavod Pharmaceuticals LLC

Komatsu America Corp.

Lead Intelligence, Inc. d/b/a Jornaya

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Merlin Entertainments PLC

Nashville Soccer

New York University

Sanofi/Chattem

Smith and Wesson

Subway Group

Sterling Bay Companies LLC

Transformco

TTE Technology, Inc. dba TCL North America

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Walmart, Inc.

Wheatsheaf Group Limited

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE: WH)

Work highlights

  • Represented Danone NA in a lawsuit brought against ten of the country’s largest makers of consumer products by an NGO regarding their alleged contribution to the pollution crisis.
  • Defending Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc, against numerous putative class actions challenging the pricing practices of some of the country’s food retailers.
  • Defended Walmart in a lawsuit by a supplier in California state court contending that Walmart was obligated to pay for hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer dispenser stands manufactured for use by Walmart in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong transactional team and a litigation practice to match, giving it a prominent role in cases concerning breaches of fiduciary duty, and it is active in courts across the US, as well as in the main forum of Delaware. John Clarke in New York, who is co-chair of the corporate and securities litigation group, and head of Delaware litigation John Reed in Wilmington are the lead partners. ‘Masterful litigator and trial counselJames Mathias in Baltimore represented Ray Berry, the founder, former CEO and chairman of The Fresh Market specialty grocery chain in an action asserting breach of fiduciary duty in challenging his role in the company’s 2016 going-private transaction. Rob Hoffman in Dallas and Baltimore-based Benjamin Schuman, who is ‘pleasant and unassuming, yet possesses a powerful intellect that commands respect‘, also have key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Jim Mathias is a masterful litigator and trial counsel. He has all the legal skills and more. Jim is an effective leader of the legal team and the client relationship.’

‘Ben Schuman is a master in his own right. He is pleasant and unassuming, yet possesses a powerful intellect that commands respect. He has a winning way with clients.’

‘Over the two years of this litigation Meagan Pace grew from role supporting Jim and Ben to a fully participating trial lawyer who prepared and examined an important witness. She will no doubt be placed in a senior role in the near future. Most importantly, this team developed a devastatingly effective trial strategy in a matter that required creativity to succeed.’

‘My extended family and I engaged DLA Piper to represent us in major litigation involving protection of our rights as minority shareholders. It was destined from the beginning to be a major battle. I appreciated the fact that DLA initially investigated our claims fully and obtained expert advice as they evaluated the case. They were realistic about how they assessed the case and worked with many different personality types within our group of 14 plaintiffs to arrive at a course of action.’

‘They managed our expectations very well. Their management of the litigation process thoroughly outclassed the attorneys in opposition, even though opposing counsel too was from a notable big firm practice. As trial neared, they did and outstanding of preparing 14 people in the plaintiff group for depositions and for trial. I thought the way they organized their trial presentation was masterful, involving witnesses of different ages and backgrounds, and 3 lawyers of different experience who could together articulate a narrative of our equitable claims.’

‘I was particularly impressed by our the attorney team collaborated with one another, and that presented a united front at trial. It also meant that they were at all times far better prepared than our opponents. I think that thoroughness reflected very well to the judge and is why I would recommend DLA without hesitation in the context of large cases that are of a “bet the farm” nature.’

‘They developed a financing strategy for the case that meant we were able to see it through to the end without feeling undue pressure about fees, which denied the defendants the ability to pressure us into a subpar settlement. My family is very very happy with the result ultimately obtained, and we credit DLA with having made it happen.’

‘Jim Mathias – is an exceptional litigator and team leader. With careful assessment early on, he was able to develop a strategy that really matched the need in terms of creating pressure on defendants whose game plan was always to stall and be noncooperative. I like the fact that Jim was able to collaborate fully with his juniors and provide opportunities for them to contribute fully. Building that infrastructure in his team made a huge difference.’

Key clients

AS Roma SPV, AG

GigAcquisitions3, LLC

The Baker Family (stockholders of Two Farm, Inc.)

Foundation Radiology, Inc.

Ray Berry (founder of The Fresh Market)

Mavenir, Inc.

ActiGraph Holdings, LLC

Great Hill Partners, L.P.

Bowlero

Netbase Solutions, Inc.

StoneX Group, Inc.

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

Led from Atlanta by Christopher Campbell  and also aided by the firm’s broader nationwide commercial litigation offering, DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s product liability and mass torts practice is praised for its ‘creative thinking and dedication’ and its capacity to handle significant litigation, including class actions, across a myriad consumer products. Atlanta-based associate Emily Marshall continues to flourish in the product liability arena and is noted for her ability ‘to quickly grasp the technical aspects and translate that into the proper defensive stance’. 

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper is a vital part of our efforts to address a mass tort in California. Their creative thinking and dedication to our work has been vital and much appreciated.’

Top-notch litigators. Very professional, knowledgeable, efficient and accomplished.’

‘It is a great team which works hard to understand their client and their client’s needs. Open to creative billing approaches, efficient and easy to work with.’

‘Jayme Long is creative, smart, and utterly dedicated to her clients.’

‘I have worked with Emily Marshall for the past 12-18 months. She assists me and my team with legal advice, guidance and decision making actions on all product liability matters. Emily has grasped the technical side our product line extremely well. That is important to me because I can trust her to make the best decisions as the product liability case continues. Emily really has the best interests of our company and my team at heart.’

‘Emily Marshall is the most talented attorney I’ve had the opportunity with whom to work. She is intelligent, a fast learner (regarding our products), professional in every aspect, and personable.’

‘Emily Marshall has clearly proven to be our most valuable legal resource for defending our product liability claims and litigation. She has the intelligence to quickly grasp the technical aspects of our product line and translate that into the proper defensive stance.’

 

Key clients

Just Brands USA, Inc.

The Clorox Company, Nutranext and Neocell Holding Company

Sanofi Inc.

Imperial Brands PLC

TTE Technology, Inc. dba TCL North America

Blue Diamond Growers

Shell Oil

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Giddings Fruit

Danone US, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Just Brands in obtaining a dismissal of a putative nationwide class action filed in the Southern District of Florida alleging violations of New York and Florida consumer protection statutes, breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and fraud related to allegations of improper labelling of CBD levels.
  • Represented Chatten, the consumer products subsidiary of Sanofi in a putative class action brought against it alleging that the Icy Hot No Mess Applicator product manufactured and sold by Chattem caused skin irritation and burns and that Chattem failed to warn of potential adverse reactions from using the product.
  • Represented Chipotle in a class action brought against it, claiming its meat and dairy products were deceptively advertised as “non-GMO” and “GMO-free” because they were sourced from animals raised on GMO feed.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a large US capital markets team spread across its multiple offices, best known for mid-cap deals. The large team has enabled it to develop an impressively wide-ranging list of engagements from issuers and underwriters. The department has landed a series of headline SPAC offering engagements, thanks to the efforts of Jeffrey Selman in San Francisco. Head of the capital markets group Christopher Paci has also played a pivotal role in developing the firm’s presence in Latin America transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ON24, Inc.

Cowen and Company, LLC

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

GigCapital4, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Globant S.A.

Stifel Nicolaus

Piper Sandler & Co.

William Blair & Company, LLC

Iovance Biotherapeutics

Work highlights

  • Represented GigCapital4, a SPAC, in its upsized $360m IPO.
  • Represented Globant in its follow-on underwritten public offering of 1.38m common shares.
  •   Represented the underwriters in a $175.5m IPO by MaxCyte, a leading commercial cell engineering company.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to maintain its reputation as a leading investor-side offering, with the team providing ‘well thought out, comprehensive and bespoke advice‘ to more than 250 institutional investors, including some of the largest and most active sovereign wealth funds, endowments, insurance companies, public pension plans and financial institutions. Recently, the team has also been increasing its focus on sponsor-side work, and has developed particular strength in real estate, energy, and infrastructure fund formation. This dual focus is exemplified by the group’s leadership structure, with key specialized practitioners split between the Chicago and Austin offices; the former location fields Jesse Criz – who co-chairs the investment management practice – and Nathaniel Marrs – who oversees sponsor-side work, while the latter is the base for Criz’s counterpart, David Parrish, and Marrs’ opposite number, investor-side specialist Nicole Brennig. Another illustration of the firm’s ever-growing dedication to sponsor-side mandates was the recent arrival of Ken Muller, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, to the San Francisco office.

Testimonials

‘The firm is very knowledgeable in the latest market trends in PE funds and offers well thought out, comprehensive and bespoke advice. Their response is always very prompt and they are able to handle effectively and efficiently multiple matters of complex nature simultaneously.’

‘David Parrish is the superstar partner of the firm!’

‘Adam Tope is thoughtful, creative, and turns work product around quickly. He is also practical and commercial, which can be a challenge to find.’

‘I have worked closely with Nathaniel Marrs and find him to be among the highest quality attorneys in his space. Very client-focused, smart and attentive to details.’

‘Incredible experience and depth of knowledge of both our business and the legal landscape. Great effort to streamline and collaborate on the billing process. Terrific people with whom to work.’

‘Responsive. Depth of applicable experience. Invested tremendous time to understand our business.’

‘Jesse Criz and Allen Ashley are the superstars with whom I work most closely.’

‘Sara Stinnett is beloved by not only our legal department but by all of the business people who work on the transactions because she delivers timely and excellent quality of work and commercially viable solutions. Sara handles huge volumes of work without missing a beat – she provides consistently excellent work. She’s also a pleasure to work with and takes on tasks with such a positive attitude. She is a vital part of making our business run.’

Key clients

Quad Capital Partners, LLC

SER Capital Partners

Denali Growth Partners

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, a leading investment management firm

Five Point Energy

Savant Growth

Sound Point Capital Management

Penwood Real Estate Investment Management

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

AIG Global Real Estate

Bridge Investment Group

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

Northland Investment Corporation

Dome Equities LLC

Harbert Management

Green Courte Partners

Ares Management

Overbay Capital Partners

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Wafra Inc.

Queensland Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Harrison Street Real Estate Capital on the structuring and formation of a new open-ended real estate fund in Canada, Harrison Street Canada Alternative Fund, with an initial closing in excess of $225mn, focused on the acquisition and development of real estate assets in the sectors of education and healthcare.
  • Advised Savant Growth – a new, data-driven private equity firm – on the formation and close of its inaugural fund, Savant Growth Fund I, to provide founder-led, software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies with the active partnership, proprietary technology and expansion capital needed to scale their businesses.
  • Advised Overbay Capital Partners, a Toronto-based private equity secondaries firm, on the acquisition of a portfolio of interests from a European seller in a secondary transaction, including coordination of NAV-based financing and co-investment capital.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) frequently collaborates with the firm’s corporate practice to handle high-end transactions, as demonstrated by the team’s advice to Canadian pharmaceutical and cannabis company, Tilray, on its merger with Aphria. Practice leader Rita Patel, who works in the firm’s Washington DC office, led on this matter, while Chicago-based Richard Ashley has experience in handling benefits and compensation issues arising from transactions, including Code Sections 162(m), 280G and 409A compliance. Cisco Palao-Ricketts departed in June 2021 while San Diego-based Michelle Lara joined from Cooley LLP in April 2021. Erin Sweeney is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Pico Quantitative Trading Holdings

Halma Holdings, Inc.

Tilray

Bowlero Corporation

Caremax, Inc.

Groupe Danone

Square

Reddit

Twitter

Almanac Beer Co.

Mastercard Foundation

Spyglass Media Group

John Deere

Ecwid

Work highlights

  • Represented Pico Quantitative Trading Holdings in connection with leading its $1.75bn merger with a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC).
  • Advising Tilray on all executive compensation and benefits work in connection with the merger of Aphria.
  • Advising a major telecoms company on secondary investments and investments in private equity and various asset classes, fund and transaction work and management level executive compensation.

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

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) records a consistently high deal volume, working on behalf of a number of active clients including Accel-KKR and its portfolio companies on buyouts, M&A, and associated investments and corporate issues, and also has notable cross-border expertise, working with its global platform on complex transactions for both US and foreign-led private equity investments. Alongside its work for funds, the team also regularly advises target growth companies on equity investments and other life-cycle issues. Atlanta’s Joseph Silver leads the practice, and is a prolific advisor to funds and private companies with broad experience in the technology, telecoms, and financial services sectors, among others. Other key names in the team include Chicago-based Robert Davis, who represents funds and portfolio companies in buyouts and growth equity investments, and NoVa’s Eric Grossman, who focuses on venture capital and early-stage investments, securities issues, and cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper team is highly skilled, knowledgeable and sophisticated. They have been very responsive to our needs and timeline. We are very comfortable with their legal advice but also their ability to find solutions to complex business and legal problems.’

‘James Kelly, Head of the NY Private Equity Practice, and Jeffrey Selman, Chair of the SPAC Transactional Practice, have been available and responsive. It is a pleasure to work with them both but particularly with James Kelly. They are their team(s) have a high degree of sophisticated knowledge that have helped solve various legal and business issues that have arisen in our transactions. They also are excellent working with regulatory agencies, particularly the SEC.’

‘Our team was complete covering all disciplines we needed, each person exceptional in their execution.’

‘They think like business people, analyzing the situation and offering tactical solutions.’

‘I work with James Kelly at DLA and James differentiates himself because he always thinks 10 steps ahead, knows the market well and finds the most optimal solutions to mitigate risk while also getting transactions over the finish line.’

Key clients

Abry Partners

Centroid Investment Partners

ICV Partners

Accel-KKR

Columbia Capital

Baird Capital

LLR Partners

Updata Partners

Resurgens Technology Partners

RLJ Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented an investor consortium led by the Seoul-based private equity firm Centroid Investment Partners, in the cross-border acquisition of a 100% stake in TaylorMade Golf.
  • Represented Accel-KKR and its portfolio company, Seequent Holdings Limited, on the sale of Seequent Holdings Limited to Bentley Systems.
  • Represented Columbia Capital in its strategic investment in NearForm.

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

The media & entertainment litigation practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) is focused on cases of breach of contract and fraud. Based in Los Angeles, the team acts for an array of clients from all subsectors including Jukin Media, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Michael Garfinkel leads the practice, a seasoned litigator he represents companies operating in music, film, television, and IP disputes. With extensive expertise in IP and advertising as they pertain to new media and consumer products, Tamany Vinson Bentz recently represented Thane Direct Inc. in two disputes concerning royalties and unjust enrichment respectively. Further recommended is associate Jason Taylor Lueddeke who is highly active in the team, working closely with Garfinkel.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Our experience with DLA’s Media and entertainment litigation practice has been very positive and feel they operate with a commercial mindset and the ability to deliver timely, diligent, and thorough work. We have been very satisfied with the drafts presented for our review being well thought out and relevant and appreciate the efforts made to respect and minimize our principals time spent on these matters.’

‘Michael Garfinkel is an absolute pleasure to work with. He takes a proactive approach and provides a great overview of the issues and our options. His recommendations clearly demonstrate that he is listening to our feedback of what is important for our business.’

‘They have experience in all aspects of the media and entertainment industry, and have a team of lawyers who are saavy and knowledgeable about the business.’

‘Mike Garfinkel is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys when it comes to entertainment litigation. His experience and connections are second to none.’

‘Michael Garfinkel is an excellent litigator. We appreciate that he is a strong, creative advocate while at the same time recognizing the practical impact to our business when helping us determine appropriate litigation strategy.

‘Deep team with varied and complimentary skill sets, experienced in litigation practices in variety of major state and federal venues as well as arbitration and mediation.’

‘Very capable, experienced, professional and efficient. Always helpful in navigating difficult strategic decisions.’

Key clients

Park County (South Park)

Immediate Musicals (The Book of Mormon)

Endeavor

Courtney Solomon and Cinelou Films

Phillip Lawrence and Philmar Studios

Spyglass Media Group

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, LP

Raven Capital Management

Jukin Media

Thane Direct Inc.

Naturalena

Studio 71

William Fay

Storyboard Media, LLC

ICM Partners

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Work highlights

  • Representing Park County and Immediate Musicals in a number of matters relating to those businesses including a confidential arbitration.
  • Representing Philip Lawrence, a multi-Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer for his work with Bruno Mars, in two lawsuits.
  • Representing prolific film producer Courtney Solomon, his Cinelou Films and three of its special purpose production entities in an action brought by independent film lender The Fyzz Facility Limited arising out of a dispute concerning several development loans, including pursuing fraud and unfair competition claims on behalf of Cinelou.

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

A holistic practice covering all sectors of media and entertainment, the Los Angeles-based team at DLA Piper LLP (US) also handles cutting-edge matters at the forefront, such as TikTok Inc.’s first NFT initiative. Co-head Tom Ara is one such specialist for emerging media and has close ties to the Asian markets. On the corporate side, co-head Robert J. Sherman has extensive expertise in domestic and cross-border financings and M&A. Co-head David Markman handles a variety of corporate and commercial transactions, he recently represented Concord Music in a collaboration with Skydance Productions and Nuyorican Productions for the creation of several musicals.

Other key lawyers:

Scott Bradford; Katherine Imp

Testimonials

‘Of course, their expertise is 2nd to none.  But Tom and his team’s approach to serving the client in a cost-effective manner is truly unmatched.’

‘DLA has a team that is experienced in traditional as well as emerging media and entertainment projects. Their ability to blend the old and new models keeps them ahead of the curve.’

‘Tom Ara – Experienced, knowledgeable, relevant, great service, friendly, not afraid to give counsel.’

‘Scott Bradford – deep experience and flexibility.’

‘Katherine Imp handles all my contracts and negotiations. After a few years we have created a great work pipeline and I feel a lot more educated in the entertainment law space because of her. That has led to that I can engage in a much better way towards my partners, clients and buyers.’

‘Katherine Imp is one of the absolute best in the media and entertainment business. She is truly a super-star. She is a great communicator and negotiator and knows her law.  Kate is much like the iron fist with a velvet glove – nothing gets past her and that’s exactly what I need on my legal team to make sure everything is thought through and shored up.’

‘Tom Ara is simply known in the industry as one of the top legal minds and talents, having dealt with the Hollywood Studio systems and large scale corporate law. He is a highly respected and trusted attorney and is incredibly capable. I am fortunate to have Tom and Kate looking after my business interests – and would recommend them to anyone looking for the best in class.’ 

Key clients

ZASH Global Media and Entertainment Corporation

Smilegate Holdings, Inc.

TikTok Inc.

Coupang Inc.

Match Group

Vinculum Music, LLC

Round Hill Records

Alchemy Copyrights d/b/a Concord Music

Concord TF Development, LLC

Talespin Inc.

Dundee Partners

HarbourView Equity Partners

Multimedia Music

CJ ENM Co. Ltd.

Michelle Rodriguez

Panic At The Disco

Truist Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Education Media Foundation/K-LOVE Radio

The Walt Disney Company

Mars Wrigley

Vindex, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented ZASH in the acquisition of Lomotif Private Ltd., a social video platform.
  • Represented ZASH in entering into a Definitve Plan of Merger with Vinco Ventures, Inc.
  • Represented Smilegate in a $100m investment in That’s No Moon Entertainment.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

The ‘experience, intellect and resources‘ of the construction practice DLA Piper LLP (US) are brought to bear on projects across the US and internationally, in both contentious and non-contentious capacities. The team regularly represents clients in both the courts and in arbitration, and the practice is fully integrated with the firm’s real estate, litigation and financing teams, facilitating comprehensive project support on contracts and agreements. In Baltimore, Anthony Meagher concentrates on the arbitration and litigation of construction claims, the negotiation of construction contracts, and the litigation of other commercial disputes; he co-leads the practice with Robert Crewdson, frequent counsel to owners and investors, handling transactional matters and litigation. Brian Fielden has ‘in-depth knowledge of all things construction‘ and is a renowned figure in PPP projects, with a client list that includes the Global Infrastructure Investment Association. A number of the team’s recent big ticket litigations are being led by John Ducat, and of counsel Suzanne Karbarz Rovner is the name to note at the Chicago office. All named lawyers are based in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘This team, and in particular, Brian Fielden, is an extremely valuable resource for all facets of construction law, i.e., assistance with drafting construction contracts, construction litigation and assistance with construction related topics, i.e., payment and performance bonds, subcontractor default insurance and builder’s risk and owner’s interest liability insurance.’

‘Brian Fielden is our “go to” construction law expert for all of our projects in Florida and North Carolina. He has an in-depth knowledge of all things construction and is a valuable resource to me, as general counsel, as well as to our development and construction teams. I can trust him to provide practical legal advice in an efficient manner.’

‘I know it may sound cliched, but they have large firm strength of experience, intellect and resources but still respond/work like a small-shop: flexible, responsive, and intensely customer-focused. I’ve never had to deal with an automated phone system, or been put on hold, or had to wait more than a day or so to hear back (and even that length of time is rare). But at the same time I know I’m getting detailed, thorough, rooted-in-long-experience feedback.’

‘I work exclusively with Brian Fielden. In fact, I can’t recall a time when I’ve met/worked with anyone else at DLA. And for me, that’s sort of the point. Brian is valued counselor and has an uncanny knack for reducing and usually eliminating the fear and stress and anxiety that underpin the reasons people reach out for legal help in the first place. That he can put his clients at ease so quickly and so seemingly easily is – I have to believe – a rare and treasured commodity.’

Key clients

North American Properties

Home Depot USA

Hitachi Rail

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

AECOM Capital

Lidl

Ingram Industries

DSV Logistics

Federal Realty Investment Trust

AEW Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Representing a global infrastructure investor as the concessionaire in the $470 million Accesos Norte II toll road project in Bogotá, Columbia.
  • Advised a major real estate company on the design and construction contracts for several new projects in Chicago, including Lathrop Homes, an extensive renovation of a landmarked multi-family development.
  • Represented a social mobility and advocacy organisation in drafting and negotiating a set of project documents for its high-profile project next to the White House.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

Drawing on its sizeable national presence, DLA Piper LLP (US)’s transactional tax team regularly advises on consequential deals for a diverse mix of corporate entities, middle-market private equity firms, and real estate investors. Silicon Valley-based practice co-head Stacy Paz handles a significant volume of M&A transactions, SPACs, and emergent company investments for clients in tech, media, and financial services while in New York, practice co-head Gerald Rokoff is noted for his expertise in financial and insurance products, and is sought out by both asset managers and entertainment industry players for his tax advisory capabilities. Chicago-based Tom Geraghty focuses on fund sponsors and investment advisors. Boston-based associates John Wei and Kurtis Weaver are also recommended.  Afshin Beyzaee  has left the practice, while David Plewa has retired.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Breadth and depth of experience, and expertise to be able to effectively understand and advise on very particular and complex issues.’

‘John Wei is highly responsive. Very knowledgeable. Helpfully thorough, particularly in written communications. Notably clear thinker and communicator.’

‘Gerald Rokoff is broadly and deeply experienced. Highly committed to and supportive of clients, including being notably encouraging and empathetic. Considers the big picture beyond the tax component. Approaches the client relationship as a true relationship, not just a transactional project.’

‘They worked hard to highlight new opportunities with tax laws and helped work with us to explain the complexities’

‘This team has been incredible helpful with our review of M&A tax insurance submissions and tax policy underwriting. They’re top specialists in the field and are both very technical and commercial, which makes a difference in the context of M&A transactions especially.’

‘Gerald Rockoff is our go to, he has no peer. When we have him I know everything is covered. He is a brilliant lateral thinker seasoned by years of experience. Literally available around the clock and always on point.’

‘The DLA US Tax Team understands our business which really helps them target their advice specifically to our needs. Along similar lines, they have always been familiar with the transaction structures and tax questions we have posed which gives the process a big head start. Overall the team is prompt, thoughtful, intelligent and responsive.’

‘We work primarily with Rishi Sodhi in a lead capacity and he has an excellent ability to understand our questions, concerns and needs and also very quickly gather any necessary additional expertise or specialist colleagues, even beyond strictly tax matters, to get us the right advice on tight timelines.’

Key clients

San Diego Chargers

Ares

Sound Point Capital Management

Fast Radius

RV Share

Atrium Sports, Inc.

LLR Partners, Inc.

SolarWinds Corporation

Loral Space & Communications Inc

Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

MDC Partners Inc.

Columbus McKinnon Corporation

Haymaker Acquisition Corp II

Athena Tech Acquisitions

Exelon Corporation

Opportunity Financial

Mirae Asset Global Investments

CareMax Medical Group

Katapult

Pico Quantitative Trading Holdings

GPS Insight

Centroid

Generali

Carlyle Group

TCW

Cimpress

AXA

Work highlights

  • Represented Radius Payment Solutions in its business combination with ECP Environmental Growth Opportunities Corp, a publicly listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
  • Represented Exelon Corporation and its subsidiary Exelon Generation Company in the sale of Exelon Generation’s solar business to Brookfield Renewable Partners for $810m.
  • Advised SolarWinds Corporation on the tax implications in their spin-off of a unit that provides cloud-based software solutions and is a subsidiary of SolarWinds into new a standalone, separately traded public company is named N-able, Inc.

Finance > Project finance Tier 5

DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses on the renewables space, primarily advising sponsors on the financing of biomass, solar and wind projects. Over the last decade, the firm has also developed expertise in battery storage projects, assisting with negotiation of long-term offtake agreements and tariff requirements in addition to project financing. New York partner Robert Gruendel leads the US practice. Former co-practice heads Gregory Smith and Dino Barajas left the firm in July 2021 and January 2022 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

SG H2 Energy Global

Solis LLC and Parasol Renewable Energy LLC

Exelon

Softbank Energy

Invenergy

Greencoat Capital

FirstSolar Inc.

EDP Renewables

SER Capital

Cypress Creek

Plus Power

Work highlights

  • Representing SG H2 Energy Global in an offtake agreement for clean energy hydrogen plant in Southern California.
  • Advised Six One Commodities, a natural gas and power merchant, in closing a $540m revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Invenergy, a privately held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, in the negotiation of the balance of system agreement for Phase 1 of the Samson Solar Energy Center.

Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 5

DLA Piper LLP (US) houses an ‘exceptionally effective, knowledgeable, and trustworthy practice’ which shows prowess in cases involving a variety of technologies, including electronics, semiconductors, computing, pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices. Boston’s Larissa Bifano, who also leads the firm’s artificial intelligence group which opened in 2019, is the key contact of the department. Lisa Haile in San Diego brings in her experties in the life sciences sphere and garners praise for being ‘very good and producing very high-quality work’.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They were able to take over my patent portfolio and correct a number of items from the previous firm handling the portfolio. Lisa Haile and her team were incredible and super responsive.’

Lisa Haile is very, very good and producing very high-quality work. She is a very good strategist and is incredibly responsive.’

Lisa Haile is extremely easy to work with and seems to be always available for any issue that comes up.’

The team at DLA is incredibly sharp and responsive – they really take the time to understand our business, what our drivers are, and deliver an impeccable client experience.’

Larissa Bifano is super smart, responsive and hardworking.’

This is an exceptionally effective, knowledgeable, and trustworthy practice.’

Larissa Bifano is exceptional. She is effective, knowledgeable, and trustworthy, through high times and trying times.’

Lisa Haile is always on top of making sure the filings are strong and timely.

Key clients

Citrix Systems, Inc.

iRobot Corporation

Dropbox, Inc.

Nike, Inc.

Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd.

Grandstream Networks

Caelum Biosciences

Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

MVRx

CuraSen Therapeutics, Inc.

Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx)

Codex

Delfi Diagnostics

BASF Corporation

Work highlights

  • Analyzed and enforced certain patent rights in 22nd Century’s IP portfolio that relate to the biosynthetic pathway for cannabinoid production.
  • Represented Caelum Biosciences in a matter involving an anti-amyloid monoclonal antibody drug targeted for the potential licensing and commercialization in treating amyloidosis.
  • Obtained issuance of multiple key patents for Synthetic Genomics, Inc. for its key product and research areas.

Dispute resolution > International litigation

Employment >

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

Firm Overview:

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

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

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

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

Responsible Business and Pro Bono:

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

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

Diversity & Inclusion

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

Corporate

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

Finance

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

Employment

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

Regulatory and Government Affairs

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

Intellectual Property and Technology

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

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

Litigation, Arbitration, and Investigations

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

Real Estate

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

Tax

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

Sectors

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

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Angela Agrusaangela.agrusa@us.dlapiper.com+1 310-595-3000
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Jamila Willisjamila.willis@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4500
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Stefanie Fogelstefanie.fogel@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6053
Consumer Goods, Food, Retail Tamar Duvdevanitamar.duvdevani@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4799
Corporate Andrew Gilbertandrew.gilbert@dlapiper.com+1 973-520-2553
Corporate Corinne Jacobsoncorinne.jacobson@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4292
Corporate Kathleen Ruhlandkathleen.ruhland@dlapiper.com+1 612-524-3033
Digital Health Danny Tobey M.D., J.D.danny.tobey@dlapiper.com+1 214-743-4538
Digital Health Kristi Kungkristi.kung@dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4290
Digital Health Susan Krumplitschsusan.krumplitsch@dlapiper.com+1 650-833-2440
Disputes (Litigation, Regulatory & Government Affairs, IPT, Employment) Loren Brownloren.brown@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4846
Employment Brian Kaplanbrian.kaplan@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4515
Employment Cassie Boylecassie.boyle@us.dlapiper.com+1 312-368-7915
Employment Kent Fredricksonkent.fredrickson@us.dlapiper.com+1 312-368-7940
Energy and Natural Resources Robert Gruendelrobert.gruendel@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4736
Energy and Natural Resources Vanessa Wilsonvanessa.wilson@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4570
Finance John Cusackjohn.cusack@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4849
Finance Thomas Tyssetommy.tysse@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4114
Financial Services Isabelle Ordisabelle.ord@dlapiper.com+1 415-836-2536
Financial Services Margo Tankmargo.tank@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4170
Financial Services Richard Hansrichard.hans@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4530
Financial Services Richard Reillyrichard.reilly@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4910
Government Contracting Richard Rectorrichard.rector@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4400
Healthcare Joshua Kayejoshua.kaye@dlapiper.com+1 305-423-8521
Hospitality and Leisure Sandi Kellmansandra.kellman@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-4082
Industrials Ferlillia Robersonferlillia.roberson@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-3903
Industrials Jeff Salingerjeff.salinger@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4531
Industrials Mark Waitemark.waite@dlapiper.com+1 713-425-8445
Infrastructure, Construction, and Transport Maxine Hicksmaxine.hicks@dlapiper.com+1 404-736-7809
Insurance Aidan McCormackaidan.mccormack@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4750
Insurance Michael Murphymichael.murphy@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4755
Intellectual Property & Technology Eddie Raychaudhurieddie.raychaudhuri@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4063
Intellectual Property & Technology Gina Durhamgina.durham@dlapiper.com+1 415-836-2506
Intellectual Property & Technology Mark Fowlermark.fowler@dlapiper.com+1 650-833-2048
Investment Management & Funds Jesse Crizjesse.criz@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-4074
Investment Management & Funds John Cusackjohn.cusack@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4849
Investment Management & Funds Nathaniel Marrsnathaniel.marrs@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-2169
Investment Management & Funds Nicole Brennignicole.brennig@dlapiper.com+1 512-457-7241
Life Sciences Andrew Gilbertandrew.gilbert@dlapiper.com+1 973-520-2553
Life Sciences Matt Holianmatt.holian@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6009
Litigation, Arbitration, and Investments Heidi Padgettheidi.padgett@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4098
Litigation, Arbitration, and Investments James Broganjames.brogan@dlapiper.com+1 215-656-3350
Litigation, Arbitration, and Investments Michelle Sadowskymichelle.sadowsky@us.dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4625
Media, Sport and Entertainment Peter Whitepeter.white@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4555
Private Equity Corinne Jacobsoncorinne.jacobson@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4292
Private Equity Joseph Silverjoseph.silver@dlapiper.com+1 404-736-7854
Projects, Energy, and Infrastructure Robert Gruendelrobert.gruendel@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4736
Real Estate Ani Blandani.bland@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4112
Real Estate Barbara Trachtenbergbarbara.trachtenberg@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6011
Real Estate John Sullivanjohn.sullivan@dlapiper.com+1 617-406-6029
Real Estate Kerry Johnsonkerry.johnson@us.dlapiper.com+1 312-368-2168
Real Estate Richard Klawiterrichard.klawiter@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-7243
Regulatory and Government Affairs Eddie Raychaudhurieddie.raychaudhuri@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4063
Regulatory and Government Affairs Edward "Smitty" Smithedward.smith@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4605
Restructuring Craig Martincraig.martin@dlapiper.com+1 302-468-5655
Restructuring Jamila Justine Willisjamila.willis@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4969
Restructuring Rick Chesleyrichard.chesley@dlapiper.com+1 312-368-3430
Restructuring Rachel Ehrlich Albaneserachel.albanese@dlapiper.com+1 212-335-4775
Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance Ann Fordann.ford@dlapiper.com+1 202-799-4140
Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance John Gillulyjohn.gilluly@dlapiper.com+1 512-457-7090
Tax Sang Kimsang.kim@dlapiper.com+1 650-833-2072
Tax Thomas Tyssetommy.tysse@us.dlapiper.com+1 703-773-4114
Technology Erin Gibsonerin.gibson@dlapiper.com+1 619-699-2862
Technology Trenton Dykestrent.dykes@dlapiper.com+1 206-839-4834
Transactions (Corporate, Finance, Private Equity, Real Estate, Tax) Joe Alexanderjoe.alexander@us.dlapiper.com+1 305-423-8505
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Christopher Campbell photo Christopher CampbellPartner; Chair, Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice; Chair, Atlanta Office D&I…
Robert Crewdson photo Robert CrewdsonPartner; Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Construction Group
John Ducat photo John DucatPartner
Brian Fielden photo Brian FieldenPartner
Naana  Frimpong photo Naana FrimpongPartner; US Representative on the DLA Piper Africa Board
Richard Greenstein photo Richard GreensteinPartner; Chair, Franchise and Distribution Practice
Maxine Hicks photo Maxine HicksPartner; Location Head of DLA Piper’s Atlanta Real Estate Practice
Jeffrey Leavitt photo Jeffrey LeavittPartner
Emily Marshall  photo Emily Marshall Associate
Steven Park photo Steven ParkPartner
Joseph Silver photo Joseph SilverPartner; Global Co-Practice Group Leader, Private Equity; Chair, US Private Equity Practice;…
Anna Spencer photo Anna SpencerPartner
Gerry Williams photo Gerry WilliamsPartner; Managing Partner, Atlanta Office; Vice Chair, Private Equity Group – Southeast;…
Number of Partners Worldwide : 1,621
Number of Lawyers Worldwide : 3,792
More than 60
Americas Chair, Global Co-Chair and Global Co-CEO : Frank Ryan (New York)
Americas Co-Managing Partner : Richard Chesley (Chicago)
Americas Co-Managing Partner : Jackie Park (Downtown Los Angeles)