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

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its success in pre-emptive strategies, though the firm has a strong track record in litigation when it does occur. In particular, the firm has shown its value in highly complex disputes, using scientific information to win litigation. The practice is co-led by Christopher Campbell in Atlanta, who acts for pharmaceutical, automotive and insurance companies; San Diego-based Brooke Kim, who focuses on disputes in the pharmaceutical and medical device fields; and Gail Rodgers in New York, who has expertise in compliance matters. Also notable are Loren Brown in New York, who specializes in multi-district litigation involving large-scale mass tort and class action matters, as well as parallel regulatory and government enforcement proceedings; Cara Edwards in New York, who has experience serving as national counsel in multi-jurisdictional product liability suits in state and federal courts; and associate Katie Insogna in Boston, who represents pharmaceutical, life science and medical device companies.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Campbell; Brooke Kim; Gail Rodgers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA has a comprehensive reach which makes them an ideal partner for global companies’

‘Steve Matthews has been a wonderful member of the team.  He takes the time to understand the client and works tirelessly’

Key clients

Pfizer

Medtronic

Medtronic

Novo Nordisk

Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Chattem

Sanofi

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) impresses with its experience in advising on the licensing components of major transactions, such as covenants not to sue and covenants to exhaust rights; its long track record of negotiating settlement agreements in the context of patent disputes, especially those involving non-practicing entities; and its strength in negotiating and drafting licensing agreements aimed at further developing bio- and other technologies. Additionally, the practice frequently assists with patentability, validity and freedom-to-operate issues as part of its patent portfolio management offering. The team is especially active at the intersection of the life sciences and the technology sectors, but also excels in a range of other sectors, notably the manufacturing and technology sector as a stand-alone sector. Cross-border matters account for the bulk of the caseload as clients come from the US, Asia Pacific and Europe, especially the UK. The San Diego-based Mark Lehberg co-chairs the global commercial contracts practice alongside the Paris-based Gregory TulquoisVictoria Lee in the Silicon Valley office is the global chair of the technology sector practice and East coast duo Larissa Bifano and Daniel Christenbury, in Boston and Philadelphia respectively, co-chair the US patent prosecution practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lehberg; Victoria Lee; Larissa Bifano; Daniel Christenbury

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Aronson; Richard Friedman; Chung Wei; Matthew Satchwell

Testimonials

Flexible and creative negotiation capability.

Matthew Satchwell and Shuzo Maruyama have great experience in representing international clients and always handle the matters very efficiently. Mr. Satchwell’s flexible negotiation style is especially great.

Key clients

Aegis Therapeutics, LLC

ClearCare, Inc.

Mazda Motor Corporation

Nike, Inc.

Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies

Revolution Contraceptive

Samsung

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Softbank Group Corporation

Subaru Corporation

University of Texas at Austin

Volvo Car Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > Commercial deals and contracts Tier 1

San Diego-based Mark Lehberg heads up DLA Piper LLP (US)' practice, which is well known for handling commercial transactions for an established client base of multinational software and technology entities. Global distribution agreements, high-value outsourcing deals and tech licensing matters remain core strengths for the team. Other key figures include Vincent Sanchez, who is notable for his extensive expertise in outsourcing matters, and of counsel Anne Friedman, who handles IT outsourcings and contracts, both in Los Angeles; and Jeffrey AronsonTzung-Bor Wei and Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lehberg

Key clients

Toshiba

Trend Micro

SoftBank Group Corporation

BASF

Wipro

HCL Technologies

CoreLogic

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is active in a range of domestic and cross-border, public and private M&A, and corporate transactions, including stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, and divisional purchases and sales. Firm-wide, the corporate service group utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, providing its clients with a full range of related tax, antitrust and intellectual property advice. Jonathan Klein in New York chairs the M&A group and is recommended for his expertise in M&A, private equity deals, corporate finance, securities matters and restructuring. The practice group has experience of M&A in a huge variety of industry sectors, including technology, life sciences and healthcare, consumer products, real estate, insurance, manufacturing, and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Klein

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Weil; Brad Gersich; Joe Alexander

Testimonials

‘The DLA team and team members are very diversified and collegiate’.

‘They are very responsive and knowledgeable in their respective disciplines’. 

‘They are very well respected in the legal and business communities and take a “client first” approach to representation’.              

‘They take ownership of the deal’.         

‘Jonathan Klein takes ownership and coordinates all legal aspects of the deal and with his experience he also contributes to commercial and strategic discussions’.

Key clients

ABRY Partners

Avison Young

Brookfield Asset Management

CIE Automotive

CustomInk

HCL America

INEOS Europe

ResMed

TA Associates

MB Financial Bank

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) fields a strong nationwide privacy and data security team, which brings together expertise in regulatory and compliance matters, transactional issues and cybersecurity response. It also benefits from the global reach of its international network. Washington DC-based Jim Halpert — who advises on compliance with transnational, federal and state privacy and security regulations, particularly in transactions — jointly leads the team alongside Andrew Serwin in the San Diego office, who joined the team from Morrison & Foerster LLP and brings with him a wealth of experience in data security incidents and privacy enforcement matters. Miami-based Carol Umhoefer is highlighted for her IT sector expertise, while Atlanta-based Anna Spencer is rated for her experience in the healthcare sector. The practice group has seen a number of recent personnel changes: cybercrime expert Edward McAndrew, who splits his time between the Wilmington and Washington DC offices, joined the team from Ballard Spahr LLP; and litigators Edward Totino and Perrie Weiner left for Baker McKenzie.

Practice head(s):

Jim Halpert; Andrew Serwin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA is a powerhouse. They have an expert on each issue.

Carol is well versed and well rounded. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field, attentive, responsive, and provides business minded legal advice that is practical in that she takes into account the relevant facts and circumstances.

Carol Umhoefer is an expert in her field and is a pleasure to work with. She is extremely responsive and attentive. Despite her robust work schedule, she always makes you feel like you are her top priority. She is careful, attentive to detail, excellent at issue spotting and problem solving, and provides commercial minded legal feedback that takes into account the risks and realities of the facts at hand.

‘DLA Piper and specifically Carol Umhoefer, are experts in this area of law. They help us interpret complex data privacy and security laws and how they apply to our business operations. They provide practical recommendations to ensure our compliance.’

Carol Umhoefer is thoughtful and practical in her legal advice. She is always available whether I need a quick answer or to engage her for a bigger matter or project. She is top notch.

Jayne Risk is our relationship partner. Whatever the issue, she will find us expertise within DLA to help. She is very responsive and creative with fee arrangements for unique matters.

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser

State Privacy & Security Coalition

UK Mission to the United States

Pfizer

US Chamber of Commerce

GlaxoSmithKline

Target

CVS

T. Rowe Price

Comcast

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 1

Dividing his time between Los Angeles and Chicago, Vincent Sanchez heads the practice at DLA Piper LLP (US), which has considerable experience assisting clients on technology-based outsourcing deals in the healthcare, financial services, software, energy, and retail sectors. 'Great at engaging with business and negotiating deals', it assists clients with first generation sourcing, remediation, termination or transition support and workouts and dispute resolution. It also has a track record of providing assistance in the public sphere, acting for governmental bodies domestically and internationally. San Diego-based AI expert Gregory Manter is a key practitioner in this space, as is of counsel Anne Friedman, who practices from the Los Angeles office. Senior attorney Brian Joe in Dallas is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Sanchez

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a depth of outsourcing knowledge around the globe, and attorneys that are great at engaging with business and negotiating deals. They are able to advise on trends and discreet topics around data privacy and employment law.’

Key clients

Qualcomm Incorporated

Wipro Ltd.

HCL Technologies

CoreLogic

Catalina Marketing Corporation

Inteliquent

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

Noted for handling some of the biggest and most sophisticated telecom mergers in the US, the team at DLA Piper LLP (US) also represents clients before the national security agencies, assists US clients entering global markets, and addresses state issues at regulatory commissions and the attorney general offices. The team of 'thoughtful telecom lawyers who understand the industry like no others', led by joint practice heads Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski, gives 'clear, straightforward and rational guidance without much of the legalese'. It is acting as lead regulatory counsel representing T-Mobile – and controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG – in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation. One of the largest ever telecoms mergers, it is subject to numerous federal, state and international regulatory reviews. Edward Smith is highly rated for wireless and satellite matters, namely mergers, acquisitions, and spectrum policy. On regulatory matters Eric DeSilva's 'experience at the FCC, coupled with his outstanding negotiation and writing skills, make him a great addition to the DLA team'. He focuses on wireless matters, including leading edge technologies such as 5G and Private LTE. Associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer also come highly recommended. John Beahn departed the firm to join Shearman & Sterling LLP and Peter Karanjia joined from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. The latter will chair the firm’s administrative law appellate practice which boosts the firm's government-facing litigation. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

R. Michael Senkowski; Nancy J. Victory

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice brings together a seasoned group of professionals that collectively amass experience and know-how second to none in the federal communications bar.’ 

‘Eric DeSilva and his team have the ability to juggle an enormous amount of work spanning multiple, simultaneous, complex proceedings. In short, he is a power house. Just as importantly, he also conducts his work with grace, kindness and generosity.’ 

‘DLA’s telecom team includes several unmatched senior leaders who have attracted a team of up and coming stars among the junior partners and associates. The telecom practice is small, but mighty, and has the chops to handle “bet the business” projects along with more mundane compliance and regulatory issues.’

‘Spectrum is one area where the group excels — an area where policy meets engineering — and that requires special background and skills. A five star group.’ 

‘Nancy Victory has superior judgment even in the rarified air of high-priced counsel, and has unmatched experience compared to even the most senior telecom partner in other DC firms. Her work product is always excellent and she always delivers as promised. She is outstanding.’ 

‘Mike Senkowski’s telecom M&A experience sets him apart from almost any other lawyer in Washington (except for maybe Nancy Victory). He has worked on virtually every major wireless transaction in the history of the industry and is an absolutely vital part of any M&A project.’ 

‘Edward Smith’s experience at the FCC, coupled with his outstanding negotiation and writing skills, make him a great addition to the DLA team. In any other telecom practice, he might already be the practice lead, but he is certainly a worthy successor.’

‘The practice provides a unique combination of 24/7 responsiveness, in-depth expertise and deep understanding of how to achieve results through integrated approaches to the law, regulation and drivers for Government decision-makers. Their strength comes from having core members with over three decades of experience on cutting edge wireless issues; past Government service at the highest levels; and, engineering capabilities as well.’ 

‘The individual team members of DLA are each amazing problem solvers and relentless in their pursuit of solutions. Key players from the DLA Team also recognize and understand the complexity of large legal organizations — seeking to add alignment and efficiencies.’ 

‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are top notch in their area.’ 

‘This team of regulatory lawyers is superb. I have come to rely on them not just for their technical and legal expertise, but also for their good judgment and strategic thinking. The DLA regulatory team is incredibly responsive and on top of issues, unlike many of the other firms practicing in their area. They bring a deep understanding of the FCC, and state bodies, but also have important relationships and political understanding of these regulatory agencies.’ 

‘DLA Piper has assembled a team of thoughtful telecom lawyers who understand the industry like no others. They give clear, straightforward and rational guidance without much of the legalese. They take time to understand your business, your goals, your risk tolerance level, and your concerns. Their breadth of experience adds to the richness of their advice. They deftly move from the most technical of filing questions to the most strategic overarching telecom questions.’ 

‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are smart, strategic and forward-looking lawyers who guide a team of all-stars. They can explain issues in detail to in-house counsel, then turn around and immediately high-level it for senior executives.’ 

‘Knowledge of the wireless telecom industry and Federal regulatory governance is superior to other firms that I have dealt with.’ 

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

T-Mobile US, Inc.

WorldVu dba OneWeb

Globalstar, Inc.

CTIA

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

TracFone Wireless, Inc.

GTT Communications

Lionsgate/Starz

Echodyne Corp

Associated Press

New York Times

Washington Post

MetroPCS

Viacom

21st Century Fox

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has 'decades of experience handing complex and politically charged mergers', specifically large telecoms mergers. This work includes the firm's role as counsel to T-Mobile on its precedent-setting merger with Sprint, including the divestiture of Sprint’s prepaid business to DISH. Key clients include major satellite operators, media conglomerates and internet-based companies ranging from the likes of Amazon to small tech start-ups. Joint group head Michael Senkowski, a former Chief of Staff of the FCC, has extensive experience in spectrum allocation and wireless policy. Co-head Nancy Victory assists clients in areas of new technologies and services, including connected car matters. Victory and Senkowski stand out 'as smart leaders who leverage decades of experience on behalf of clients'. Eric DeSilva focuses on wireless matters, including 5G and Private LTE. Edward Smith 'combines legal talent' and a 'persuasive personality', and is a go-to lawyer within the group for wireless and satellite matters, namely mergers, acquisitions, and spectrum policy. Associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer also come highly recommended. John Beahn departed to join Shearman & Sterling LLP. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

Michael Senkowski; Nancy Victory

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper Telecom Group has played a lead role in our transaction. They have advised  on key deal issues. They secured FCC approval of the deal in the face of intense opposition; secured CFIUS approval of the transaction  and assisted in settlement negotiations with federal and state authorities. Their unique capabilities were probably best reflected in their preparation of the key merger advocacy documents. The DLA Piper Telecom Group took all these inputs and produced an elegant, understandable and persuasive presentation. 

‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski have handled most of the major transactions in the history of telecom and wireless. Nancy has provided sound advice to our board, scrubbed our deal terms carefully, and negotiated key commitments that were critical to securing FCC approval. Mike was the ring master for getting all of our moving parts headed in the right direction and hitting the right notes. His efforts resulted in a masterful articulation of our case and development of an effective regulatory strategy.’

‘Ed “Smitty” Smith not only has been a key drafter of the major deal advocacy filings, but also the point person for explaining the transaction and securing settlements or approvals from key state authorities. He combines legal talent, a persuasive personality and, like Nancy and Mike, relentless commitment to our transaction’s success.’ 

‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are a strong team with many decades of experience handing complex and politically charged mergers. I value their experience and judgment in the M&A space and their legal advice is excellent.’ 

‘The DLA Piper practice group is first-rate and highly competent. The group has strong legal and engineering/technical skills and can handle diverse and complex regulatory and transactional matters.’ 

‘Impressed with all members of the group. I would single out Mike Senkowski, Nancy Victory, Edward Smith and Eric DeSilva as particular stand-out partners of the firm.’ 

‘There is no finer telecom transactions team in the profession. This group of whip-smart telecom lawyers can opine on hyper-technical filings and turn around to offer keen strategic guidance on critical transactions. Their knowledge of the industry and the technical practice informs their guidance and support on larger transactions, to ensure their clients don’t miss a beat. They give straight-forward, practical guidance and are always thinking holistically about a deal, always thinking ten steps ahead, to ensure the team remains on the right strategic path and is prepared for whatever may come.’ 

‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski stand out as smart leaders who leverage decades of experience on behalf of clients. They readily offer straightforward advice, without getting mired in legalese. They are comfortable with any audience, and can speak to in-house counsel about the technicalities of a deal, then turn around and speak to senior executives about the strategy.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telecom AG

T-Mobile US, Inc.

WorldVu dba OneWeb

Viacom

21st Century Fox

GTT Communications

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Leveraging an expansive nationwide office network, DLA Piper LLP (US) is one of the go-to firms for real estate and zoning matters in several key markets across the country. The practice group is jointly led by Theodore Novak and Richard Klawiter, both of whom are based in the firm's Chicago office. Novak in particular is considered among the market's leading real estate attorneys; he has extensive experience of real estate and land use projects throughout the Midwest, and also spearheads the firm's real estate-focused government relations practice. Other Chicago-based contacts include Mariah DiGrino and Katherine Dale, both of whom focus on issues such as community development, public incentives and historic preservation. The team has an equally strong presence in California, where it is currently involved in some of the largest LA development projects, including the Crossroads of the World project in Hollywood. Contacts in the Los Angeles practice group include Jerold Neuman, Kyndra Joy Casper and Andrew Brady, who also advises on issues relating to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Both practitioners are based in LA. Also recommended are Antonio Calabrese, who is active in project development in Northern Virginia, and John Rattigan, who handles project development in the Boston office.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Novak; Richard Klawiter

Other key lawyers:

John Rattigan; Jerold Neuman; Antonio Calabrese; Paul Shaddle; Maxine Hicks; Paul Shadle; Mariah DiGrino; Kyndra Joy Casper; Katherine Dale; Andrew Brady; Kevin MacWhorter

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, and willing to put in the hard work and time.’

‘DLA has a unique land use team.  They are not hyper specialists in land use but rather understand that land use is part of a larger real estate transaction.   The people in the group in Chicago are the best of the best and regularly are engaged in the most complex and complicated projects.’

‘Highly detailed knowledge about local city issues and players that help navigate a very complex and expensive process.’

‘Creative and comprehensive thinking, both strategically and legally.’ 

‘The attorneys (and planners) know the industry, the politics, the players and the process.  Their insight after many years in the field is invaluable.’

‘Ted Novak’s keen insight, not only on complex land-use issues but on relationships with city or village officials, is extraordinary.’

‘In addition to deep substantive expertise, the attorneys in the practice are very focused on community and pro bono efforts, and share a deep sense of commitment to doing the right thing in addition to what their clients want.’ 

‘Step by step strategies outlined clearly for individual matters.’

‘Tony Calabrese and Kevin MacWhorter have added value to our projects with their expertise, thoughtful insights and dedication to our success.’

‘The team is extremely responsive, highly regarded throughout the region and does impressive work.’ 

Key clients

Tysons Development

The Taubman Company

Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)

QTS Realty Services

Comstock Partners

Related Midwest

Sterling Bay Companies

The University Of Chicago

Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners

GRIT Chicago

Harridge Development Group

Atlas Capital

LSA Capital

Amplify Development Co.

MR Real Estate

Hines Interests

Echelon Seaport

The Fallon Company

Invenergy Solar Development North America

North American Properties

Real estate > Real estate Tier 1

DLA Piper LLP (US) ‘packs a powerful, top-tier punch’ with ‘incredible strength and capability from senior partner down to associate level’. The firm has consolidated its position as a market leader over the past 12 months, marked by the arrival of 35 new fee earners. Notable examples include San Francisco-based Jeff Diener and Vivek Chavan, who joined from Paul Hastings LLP and Greenberg Traurig, LLP respectively, along with Jarrid King who joined the firm’s New York office from Morgan Stanley. The team’s full-service offering extends from multi-jurisdictional transactions, complex mixed-use developments, leasing, construction and design through to high-end capital markets transactions and joint venture agreements. Further, the group has extensive experience across the spectrum of asset classes, with formidable strengths in real estate deals involving offices, shopping malls, community and urban buildings. Moreover, the team is increasingly involved hospitality, stadium, technology and data centre projects. In a market leading highlights, Boston-based John Sullivan acted for Oxford Properties Group in its approximately $3.7bn acquisition of logistics company IDI, the owner of a portfolio of more than 110 operating assets. Sullivan heads the department alongside Jackie Park in New York and Richard Klawiter in Chicago. Also recommended are the 'extremely responsive' Frederick Klein in the DC office, and Boston-based Cara Nelson, who is recognized by clients for her 'diligent and efficient' approach.

Practice head(s):

John Sullivan; Jackie Park; Richard Klawiter

Other key lawyers:

Frederick Klien; Cara Nelson; Amy Carbins; Michael Hamilton; Barbara Trachtenberg

Testimonials

‘The DLA team can handle real estate matters across asset types and locations and have team members with insider knowledge of the nuances of particular property types.’

‘Amy Carbins is an exceptional deal manager.  She knows when and where to push the counterparty to get the best deal and is very aware of client particularities and sensitivities and able to manage those needs during each transaction.’

‘DLA has an exceptional real estate practice.  Real estate is a core priority for the firm and there are deep levels of talent through out the U.S. and globally.  It is no doubt one of the premier real estate platforms in the World.’

‘John Sullivan is someone who is impossible not to like and has exceptional judgment and industry knowledge. You cannot go wrong with John.’   

‘Chris Smith is one of the great lawyers of our generation and is aptly suited for the hardest deals when the stakes are big.  On transactions, he always seems to find a way to make it happen with all sides feeling respected and happy with the outcome.  On more contentious matters he is creative and fearless and willing to actually proffer actionable advice.’

‘Mark Yura in Chicago is immensely dedicated to his clients and an example of the high quality of that office.’

‘The team is collectively very responsive, from the most junior paralegal all the way up to their DC division head. They work on an outsized share of the transactions in the DC market – both on acquisitions / dispositions and on financings – and have somehow found a way to make their clients feel like their deal is the only transaction the team is focused on.’

‘Keith Greenberg performs at the level of many partners we come across and has lead multiple transactions for us.  His availability at all hours, creativity, and repoir with counterparties is what sets him apart from other associates. Fred Klein is the best in the business and has demonstrated the willingness, even as the co-head of the real estate practice at DLA, to do whatever it takes to get the job done.’

‘DLA‘s team has an abundance of experience in purchase and sale transactions in the DC Metro Area. As a result, the team has often worked to structure the purchase, including the acquisition debt, in such a way that results in substantial savings to both purchaser and seller.’

‘They are excellent lawyers who have exceptional business acumen. They are very commercial in their approach to the law. they are efficient and cost effective.’

‘John Sullivan is at the very top of the real estate practice globally. we do transactions around the globe and he is without question the best of the best. i would use him anyhwere in the world for our work.’

‘Cara Nelson works closely with John and is a terrific partner. She is diligent and efficient. Fonda Duvanel has worked with us on Hudson Yards from the start. she has an extraordinary capacity for work volume and an ability to understand and distill massive amounts of very complex information.’

‘Bob Leduc is the best tax practitioner we have ever encountered. Like John Sullivan, he is exceptionally commercial in his approach.’

‘DLA Piper packs a powerful, top-tier punch, for a significantly lower cost than other top firms.’ 

‘Fred Klein is a top-notch real estate partner who bills fairly, is extremely responsive, and makes an extra effort to ensure key people at the client understand the situation.  I would recommend him to anyone, particularly in the mid-Atlantic, although I hesitate to say this because I want to use a lot of his time!.’

Key clients

AEW Capital Management

ASB Capital Management

Blackstone Group

Brookfield

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Hines

Oxford Properties Group

Shorenstein

SL Green

The Walt Disney Company

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s e-discovery and information management group, 'a very strong team that blends both deep knowledge of e-discovery and practical experience', is jointly led by San Diego-based of counsel Jennifer Feldman and Los Angeles-based of counsel Leeanne Mancari, both of whom are experienced e-discovery litigators. The group also benefits from the presence in New York of former US magistrate judge, a rarity in the industry, Andrew Peck, who brings with him an understanding of e-discovery litigation strategy. Other than attorneys, the group also consists of information management and analytics specialists.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Feldman; Leeanne Mancari

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA has a very strong team that blends both deep knowledge of e-discovery and practical experience. They have several thought leaders in the industry.’

Jennifer Feldman is a strong lawyer who is exceptional at project management and leading discovery projects. Judge Peck knows e-discovery from his long time as a thought leader and judicial career.’

DLA Piper made a smart decision to recruit Hon. Andrew Peck (Ret.) to serve in this sector. Judge Peck is renowned for his knowledge and hands-on approach. He’s pragmatic and direct. He also is committed to learning about the most current trends in technology for litigation.’

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is led by Richard Reilly, who is rated for his expertise in CLO work, and has particularly strong relationships with Goldman Sachs and Ares Management. Other names to note are David Ridenour in Washington, who handles securitization work involving more esoteric assets and multi-currency deals, and Andrew Sroka in Boston, whose work includes securitizing marketplace and student loans, as well as fintech assets.

Practice head(s):

Richard Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has deep subject matter expertise, is very commercial and pragmatic and always provides sound advice. The team is also extremely customer focused – meeting tight timelines and always adequately resourced.’

‘David Ridenour has been a fantastic partner to us. He is extremely responsive, clear in his communication, and balances our commercial business needs with a conservative approach to our legal docs.’

Key clients

Stack Infrastructure

Ares Management

Goldman Sachs

SG Americas Securities

Kabbage

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

Key Bank National Association

STORE Capital Corporation

TD Securities (USA)

Jefferies

Waterfall Asset Management

GC Securities and Swiss Re

Insurance Australia Group (IAG)

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) demonstrates particular strength in complex cross-border disputes involving the US as a key international patent venue. With expertise in district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the PTAB, the practice offers the full range of litigation skills thanks to its deep bench of first chair trial lawyers and often acts in matters involving several domestic venues. Many international and US giants from a diverse sector range rely on the practice's expertise, including technology, electronics, consumer products, semiconductor and automotive clients. Increasingly, the group also acts for clients from the media and entertainment sector. In 2019, the firm grew its Hatch-Waxman practice with the arrival of Michael Sitzman, formerly of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Soumitra Deka, formerly of Arnold & Porter, in the San Francisco office. In New York, Tony Pezzano and of counsel Michael Dougherty from Hogan Lovells US LLP also bolstered the life sciences bench. Further strategic changes were the arrival of patent and trade secret litigator Michael Jay from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Los Angeles and the strengthening of the firm's technical expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain matters with the recruitment of former McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP practitioner Lisa Hillman to the Boston office. The arrival of former Nixon Peabody LLP patent experts Maria Swiatek and Christopher Mooney in the Silicon Valley office and the recruitment of former Venable LLP life sciences specialist Michael Furrow were another key events. Other important offices are in New York, San Diego, Chicago, Austin, Reston and Wilmington. Sean Cunningham in San Diego US patent litigation practice, with Matthew Satchwell in Chicago and Kathryn Grasso, who splits her time between the San Diego and Washington DC offices, are acting as vice chairs. Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley is the vice chair of the intellectual property and technology practice. Eric Hagen left for an in-house position at Austin FC. Gerald Sekimura retired.

Practice head(s):

Sean Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Paul Steadman; Kathryn Grasso; Matthew Satchwell; Erin Gibson; Mark Fowler; Larissa Bifano; Richard Mulloy; Stuart Pollack; Andrew Valentine

Key clients

Toshiba

Samsung Electronics

Microsoft Corporation

Nike, Inc.

Dell Technologies

Covidien Inc. and Covidien, LP (now Medtronic)

The Home Depot, Inc.

BMW of North America, LLC and BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

Toyota Motor Corporation

Citrix Systems, Inc.

BASF

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is among the most active firms at the ITC and handles ITC cases with a deep bench of first chair trial lawyers with extensive experience in Section 337 investigations. The group is able to assist with matters requiring district court and appellate expertise in addition to ITC strength and is increasingly active for major players from a wide range of industries, including the technology, software, life sciences and automotive sectors. With a well-staffed Washington DC office and its wide geographical footprint, the firm offers proximity to domestic and international clients, including several major Japanese companies. The Silicon Valley-based Mark Fowler is the head of the ITC practice which also includes key contacts Matthew Satchwell and Paul Steadman, both in Chicago, Erin Gibson and Sean Cunningham, both based in the San Diego office. Patent and trade secret litigator Michael Jay joined the Century City office in January 2019 from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fowler

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Satchwell; Paul Steadman; Erin Gibson; Sean Cunningham; Nicholas Papastavros; Aaron Wainscoat; Ferlillia Roberson; Shuzo Maruyama

Testimonials

DLA Piper’s lawyers are not only knowledgeable in the legal profession, but in the technical aspects of our patents. In addition, they always give us easy to understand explanations and a detailed schedule of the litigation.

DLA Piper has a great ability to manage complicated cases.

The team is very strategic, reasonable in various situations in any patent dispute and litigation work. Strong negotiation skills and deep understanding of technology and also intellectual property law/procedure. Also, the team works very hard.

The team has a lot of experience in litigations in the automotive industry and in representing Japanese clients.

The team has experienced senior partners who represent us clients in a great way before the courts. Case management is also great. Communication with them is always great. They always organize the team in light of the nature of the case, forum, and other matters.

Many experienced attorneys.

Matthew Satchwell is very experienced in litigation areas and client-oriented. Paul Steadman is very experienced, too.

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Memory Corporation and certain Toshiba subsidiaries

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG; BMW of North America, LLC; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

Dell Technologies, Inc.

Techtronic Industries Co.Ltd.; Techtronic Industries North America, Inc.; One World Technologies, Inc.; OWT Industries, Inc.; ET Technology (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.

DENSO CORPORATION

DENSO INTERNATIONAL

AMERICA, Inc. and ASMO Corp.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

The Home Depot, Inc.

ResMed Corporation, ResMed Inc. and ResMed Ltd.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s coast-to-coast trademark team has 'a great ability to manage a large, global portfolio' and is recognized by clients for its willingness to 'take actions based on prior client guidance'. In Washington DC, Ann Ford advises The Dannon Company on issues relating to its trademark portfolio, and of counsel Ryan Compton is rated for making 'the extra effort to understand how to best communicate'. Frank Ryan in New York is highly skilled in handling media and sports-related deals. On the West Coast, San Francisco-based Gina Durham handles prosecution, clearance and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ford; Frank Ryan; Gina Durham

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Compton; Keith Medansky

Testimonials

‘The DLA team alerts us when something significant deserves additional attention but does not funnel too many things to our team’s attention permitting us to operate efficiently.’

‘Our TM portfolio team leader at DLA, Ryan Compton, consistently staffs projects with a very diverse group and at a wide variety of billing rates to add value where possible. ‘He consistently manages a significant number of local counsel with very little oversight and almost no administrative effort as the client. Ryan makes the extra effort to understand how to best communicate with our legal team and is available 24×7. Even when matters may not be anywhere close to the most “important” task on his plate that day, Ryan always makes us feel like a priority.’

Key clients

Accenture Global Services

Adtalem Global Education

Al-Jazeera

Altria

Philip Morris USA

Nu Mark

John Middleton Co.

Axos Bank

CFA Institute

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Equinox Holdings

FOCUS Brands

FTI Consulting

Hilton Domestic Operating Company

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice Company

Kaplan

Graham Holdings

lululemon athletica

Mark W. Cross & Co.

Papa John’s International

Roark Capital Group

Snap-on

SoulCycle

TD Ameritrade

The Boston Consulting Group

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is rapidly developing a niche practice in the esports space, acting for both team operators and league/tournament operators in their marketing, endorsement, and promotions matters. Recent highlights in the sector include representing Atlanta eSports Ventures, a joint venture between Cox Communications and Province Equity, in structuring and negotiating a Strategic Marketing Agreement with FaZe Clan, a dominant esports organization globally, in exchange for an equity share of the Atlanta team franchise of the Call of Duty League. LA-based Benjamin Mulcahy  jointly leads the team along with New York-based Gina Reif Ilardi, both of whom often act on matters involving the media and entertainment industries, including sponsorship deals, joint promotion agreements, licensing and clearance, and talent negotiations, both for media companies and others seeking to utilise media and entertainment assets and productions for marketing purposes. In Washington DC, associate James Stewart is also recommended for both traditional sports and esports clients.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Mulcahy; Gina Reif Ilardi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA has a strong Advertising and Marketing practice with a wide breadth of experience and unique niche experience in emerging areas. Their advice is practical with business oriented solutions.

Ben Mulcahy is a valued resource and expert in the eSports area. Ben is very responsive and customer focused. He not only advises on current issues but is extremely proactive in helping us future proof contracts and spot “on the horizon” risks. Highly recommend.

Key clients

Twitch Interactive

Allied Esports International, Inc.

Atlanta eSports Ventures LLC

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA (US) LLC

Chipotle (CMG Strategy Co., LLC)

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

Target Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation

Fox Corporation

The Pad Project, Inc.

Hilton Hotels

OrangeTheory Fitness

Five Below

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s fintech team attracts praise for its 'ability to combine strong, core fintech competencies with expertise in other areas of commercial and regulatory matters'. The practice advises a client roster spanning banks and other established financial institutions to emerging fintech companies on a full range of legal and business matters. New York-based practice head David Luce has experience of corporate and financing transactions in the fintech and insurtech sectors, while Washington DC-based Margo Tank is rated for her abundant 'expertise and creativity' in advising financial institutions and technology companies on regulatory compliance matters. In the Silicon Valley office, Mark Radcliffe and Curtis Mo focus on venture capital investing and blockchain matters, respectively. The group was also strengthened by the arrivals of Joshua Samek in Miami, who joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Travis Leach, who joined the emerging growth and venture capital team in the Phoenix office from Ballard Spahr LLP. Louis Lehot left the team and has since founded boutique firm L2 Counsel.

Practice head(s):

David Luce

Other key lawyers:

Margo Tank; Mark Radcliffe; David Whitaker; Deborah Meshulam; Curtis Mo; Joshua Samek; Trent Dykes

Testimonials

DLA Piper has the most qualified professionals in the country, with a combination of regulatory experience as well as private practice experience. DLA Piper is in the position to hire the best in class and because of that the quality of their work is outstanding.

Deborah Meshulam offers an outstanding background in education – having graduated from Columbia School of Law, private practice and SEC regulatory experience. Deborah is a a very thoughtful lawyer, who really considers all aspects of a given issue and thinks about it not only from the perspective of the law but also from practical application.

DLA’s fintech team has a breadth and scope that provides coverage across a wide variety of Fintech issues as well as ancillary issues that arise in the context of finding solutions to online payment solutions. The ability to combine their strong, core fintech competencies with expertise in other areas of commercial and regulatory matters provides a ‘one stop shopping’ capability and a unified legal perspective in a multidisciplinary environment.

Margo Tank brings expertise and creativity in abundance to the client engagement and she is able to translate client needs into a firm plan of action. Like a blacksmith hammering on the anvil, Margo shaped and forged a financial services program for our company that was both novel and tailored directly to our needs. She is relentless in pursuit of a solution and is not intimidated by sailing in uncharted waters. A pleasure to work with and learn from.

Key clients

Lightyear Corporation

Flexa Holdings

Mirador Financial

LLR Partners

Franklin Advisers

Snapsheet

Opportunity Financial (OppLoans)

Zebit

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) has extensive experience in handling, among other areas, cloud computing, data, fintech, artificial intelligence, and blockchain matters for prominent software, IT, telecoms, entertainment, retail and consumer goods corporates. The team has been especially busy advising on high-profile M&A-related transactions, intellectual property matters and outsourcing agreements. Washington DC-based Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski provide ongoing assistance to a prominent mobile telecommunication company concerning a proposed merger between the client and another US telecoms entity. The practice group is jointly headed by Silicon Valley-based Victoria Lee, Gregory Manter in San Diego, and Los Angeles-based Vincent Sanchez. Other key partners include Tzung-Bor Wei in Silicon Valley and Palo Alto-based Jeffrey Aronson.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Lee; Gregory Manter; Vincent Sanchez

Key clients

Qualcomm

Nike

SoftBank Group

Trend Micro

HCL Technologies

Toshiba

Samsung Ventures

NetApp

CoreLogic

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

At DLA Piper LLP (US), ‘the REIT team is knowledgeable and its communication is impeccable’. Its client roster includes real estate owners and operators, tax-exempt institutional investors, foreign investors and private equity fund. Additionally, publicly traded and private REITs also rely on the group for input at all stages of their life cycles, from formation and initial public offerings through to acquisitions, financing transactions and M&A. Robert Bergdolt represents a number of non-traded, publicly offered REITs; he heads the department, with Robert LeDuc being the co-head of the REIT Tax practice; LeDuc is hailed as one of the market’s ‘best tax advisors’. The Regulation A space is an area of distinguishing expertise for the group.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bergdolt; Robert LeDuc

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Johnson; Greg Hayes; Darryl Steinhause; Jesse Criz

Testimonials

‘The REIT team is knowledgeable and communication is impeccable.’

‘Kerry’s communication style is clear and direct and her knowledge of the field and its practices and guidelines is fulsome.’

‘DLA has a strong Real estate presence and is our US go to legal advisor for real estate.  They have a best in class team from advisory, deal and tax.’

‘Robert Leduc is one of the best legal tax advisors that I have ever worked with. He has excellent communication skills, provides business solutions so that that deal teams can continue with getting the deal across the finish line. He is extremely responsive and has exceptional knowledge of the industries tax issues.’

Key clients

Black Creek Diversified Property Fund

CNL Healthcare Properties II

Highwoods Properties

KBS Growth & Income REIT

Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT III

Cottonwood Multifamily REIT II

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust

W. P. Carey

Equity Residential

STAG Industrial

STORE Capital Corporation

Resource Real Estate Apartment REIT III

Special Committee of Board of Directors of Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT

Tax > International tax Tier 2

DLA Piper LLP (US) is known for its sprawling global office network, enabling it to 'consider worldwide scenarios' in cross-border transactional work and standalone international tax planning matters. Jointly headed by Sang Kim and Sibel Owji the US team is rated for its expertise in transfer pricing and in the international tax components of the 2017 TCJA. Clients have also highlighted the lawyers' ability to 'act as coordinators with their colleagues internationally'. Other key figures include Ben Olivas in Silicon Valley and Boston-based Michael Hardgrove, the latter of whom handled the large-scale post-acquisition integration of Newport Corporation and Electro Scientific Industries. The tax team also made several lateral hires to its New York and California offices, including Kevin Glenn, who joined in New York from King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sang Kim; Sibel Owji

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hardgrove; Ben Olivas; Kevin Glenn; Frank Mugabi; Maruti Narayan

Testimonials

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

DLA Piper is my favorite tax services provider by a mile, and I’ve worked with the majority of Big 4 and numerous other law firms. The technical expertise of the team I’ve worked with was undoubtedly top notch, on par or better than everything I’ve experienced in my career. What differentiates DLA Piper is the willingness to invest in understanding the client’s business fully which, in turn, allows them to create and bring to the table truly innovative and elegant solutions to complex issues in lieu of a million cookie cutter templates you’d expect to receive from other providers. DLA’s level of client commitment is unmatched in my view. The epithets like “above and beyond” and “going the extra mile” have become somewhat of a cliché, but they apply 100% when it comes to describing DLA’s client service. I rest easy knowing that the firm will always be there for me and would mobilize the considerable resources at a minute’s notice should it be required. In summary, DLA Piper is the most trusted and competent service provider I’ve ever dealt with.’

Sibel Owji is the engagement partner. I’m not the one to easily heap praise upon service providers, but Sibel stands without equal in my eyes. The breadth of her technical expertise is exceptional, and her client service commitment is simply unmatched. She’s meticulous when it comes to preparation and delivery of work product, supremely organized, highly driven, engaging, cordial, and just an absolute pleasure to work with. Saying that “she knows her clients better than the clients know themselves” will not be an overstatement. Besides all the things I’ve listed above, what I value in Sibel is her trustworthiness and reliability. She’s never once failed to be available when needed and always delivered the highest level of service through thick and thin. She’s my most trusted service provider, and I hope to continue working with her indefinitely. It goes without saying that she receives my unquestioned endorsement as one of the best tax / consulting services providers in the land.’

This international tax team at DLA understands our business and the company values. The team has great technical skills and also support us in implementing the related structure from an operational perspective. They works extremely hard and diligently and have great project management skills. They are excellent coordinators with their colleagues in internationally in the Netherlands and UK. As a result of their capabilities we have managed to complete a project on time.’

Extremely easy to work with individuals, available at very short notice, great communicators, excellent technical skills, excellent understanding of our business and operations.

The team brings business acumen coupled with tax technical advice to guide the business at a practical / operational level. In other words, the benefit we receive is practical legal advice that can influence our operations without breaking the business.’

The individual professionals are personable, knowledgeable and generally available. Response time is quick and informed. The broader U.S.-based team is top notch.’

The availability of DLA Piper colleagues is what makes the difference. They always give us prompt responses on the issues inquired, giving assertive advises.’

DLA Piper is able to consider a worldwide scenario, what is really important in our organization.’

DLA Piper has a good balance of in-depth technical expertise with providing practical guidance. They are thorough and produce solid work productSibel Owji is incredibly professional and has both technical depth and breadth. She assembles a strong team and it’s reassuring that she’s on your side because she is incredibly thorough.’

Key clients

MKS Instruments

Carbonite

International Flavors & Fragrances

First Data Corporation

Fidelity National Information Services

Newell Brands

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) draws on cartel defense and government enforcement practices around the globe to assist clients with cartel needs all over the world. The dedicated US cartels team is led by San Francisco-based partner Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, who services clients from a wide range of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, technology and automotive. Her US antitrust and trade regulation co-chair Lesli Esposito focuses on consumer protection and FTC investigations from her desk in Philadelphia. The department is particularly active in investigations related to no-poaching agreements and often implements legal tech into its antitrust practice.

Practice head(s):

Lesli Esposito; Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey

Other key lawyers:

John Hamill

Key clients

Danielson National Insurance Company

Adamas Pharmaceuticals

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) is noted for its strength in corporate representations, fielding a US team that is able to leverage the firm's strong presence in Asia, Europe and Latin America to handle cross-border investigations involving the DOJ, SEC and parallel foreign enforcement agencies. The group is particularly adept in FCPA cases, although lawyers have significant experience in sanctions work, AML, rate-fixing and healthcare-related criminal defense. Among a number of new arrivals in 2019, Edward Hanover joined the Silicon Valley office from FIFA, where he was responsible for designing and implementing the organisation's successful anti-bribery compliance program. The department is co-chaired by experienced trial lawyers John Hillebrecht in New York and Courtney Saleski  in Philadelphia, as well as Chicago's Jonathan King and New York's Karl Buch – both of whom are noted for their ability to coordinate defense against large-scale government investigations.

Practice head(s):

John Hillebrecht; Courtney Saleski; Jon King; Karl Buch

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Masella; Gray Stratton; Edward Hanover

Key clients

Cognizant

GlaxoSmithKline

Telefonica

A Non-US International Bank

Epic Medical Group and Prime Healthcare

A Global Pharmaceutical Company

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

“Crypto Token” Technology Company

Anham USA

Louis Ciminelli

Steven Dorfman

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s nationwide products liability group has experience acting for automotive industry clients in a range of product liability litigation and class actions. Names to note in the team are Atlanta-based Christopher Campbell, Mark Nadeau in the Phoenix office, and William Kiniry  in Philadelphia, who handles a wide range of commercial litigation, including consumer protection class actions.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

'The attorneys have actual experience in the trenches, meaning significant trial experience, former employment in government enforcement, and active cases against the government', says a client of DLA Piper LLP (US). A key strength is the firm's ability to provide experienced local representation in courts nationwide, including in the busiest jurisdictions for securities class actions and regulatory enforcement actions. 'They execute strategies with confidence and are relentless in representing us', says a client of the practice led by John Clarke in New York and James Mathias in Baltimore. Amy Ruhland in Austin, San Diego-based Shirli Fabbri Weiss and, on the SEC enforcement side, John Hillebrecht in New York play key roles in the practice. 'The team is extremely responsive, hardworking and successful in litigation', says a client.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; James Mathias

Other key lawyers:

Amy Ruhland; Shirli Fabri Weiss; John Hillebrecht

Testimonials

The attorneys have actual experience in the trenches, meaning significant trial experience, former employment in government enforcement, and active cases against the government.

They are very tough but very smart. They have guts and do not shy away from challenging cases or aggressive opposing counsel. They execute strategies with confidence and are relentless in representing us.

The firm has broad resources with ability to respond thoroughly and quickly. It focuses on understanding issues at hand with the objective of understanding key issues and developing appropriate action plans.

DLA’s securities litigation practice group has deep legal and industry knowledge and expertise. They are able to cover a wide range of issues in multiple jurisdictions. Also, their work product is excellent.

The team was phenomenal. their preparation and subsequent preparation of us was outstanding. Their knowledge of the industry and the issues was second to none.

The team is smart and experienced, practical, mindful of client’s expenses and fees, realistic in their case assessment and budgeting, and good people.

The team is extremely responsive, hardworking and successful in litigation efforts.

Despite DLA being a monster-sized firm, I always feel like I’m dealing with a smaller boutique, where my matters are their top priority. The breadth of actual trial experience is impressive. And I appreciate their willingness to not just treat me as a client, but as a member of the legal team.

Key clients

Finisar Corporation

The Allstate Corporation

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

Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

MetLife Underwriters (Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC)

Extreme Networks

Immunomedics, Inc.

Jeffrey Friedland

Chris Larson

Axogen

Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc.

Austin-based investment firm

Akers Biosciences, Inc.

Santa Cruz County Bank

Finance > Project finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) is extremely well positioned to handle a broad range of global infrastructure, renewables, and power projects. The firm's spread of international offices ensures that clients can receive a seamless service in far flung locations, with many of the projects led out of New York or Washington DC. The team acts for both lenders and sponsors, and in recent years has become one of the more favored destinations for export credit agencies and multilateral lenders, including the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US EXIM). Gregory Smith and Timothy Moran in Washington DC jointly lead the team which receives strong praise from clients. Vanessa Richelle Wilson is also popular with sponsors and lenders. Joseph Tato joined Covington & Burling LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Moran; Gregory Smith

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Richelle Wilson; Conrad Proulx

Testimonials

‘Superb attention to detail, experience in the industry, and ability to be commercial’

‘Vanessa Wilson is excellent to work with’

‘I like that DLA Piper is a firm that speaks on point, in other words they give you clear answers for your questions’

‘Conrad Proulx is diligent, practical, polite and seeks equity to all parties. He possess high ethical standards and in all our transactions he has found the best way to devise solutions for all issues’

Key clients

CIT Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Coöperatieve Rabobank and ING Capital LLC

Natixis

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération (PROPARCO)

Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

SMBC

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

US EXIM and CABEI

Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)

CDC Group PLC (CDC)

Export–Import Bank of the United States (US EXIM)

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Forming a part of the firm's overarching projects, energy and infrastructure offering - which is led from the US by Washington DC-based partners Timothy Moran and Gregory SmithDLA Piper LLP (US) has considerable renewables credentials, both domestically and internationally - where it is able to tap into the expertise of practitioners spread across the firm's global network. The firm is well-versed at advising a myriad clients - including sponsors, lenders, equity investors and government agencies - across the spectrum of hydro, solar, onshore and offshore wind projects. A niche area of expertise relates to the team's work at the forefront of the development and financing of energy storage projects. On global energy and project financing matters, in addition to work on behalf of commercial banks, the team is also well-versed at representing export credit agencies and development finance institutions in relation to emerging markets-based transactions. Joseph Tato joined Covington & Burling LLP.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Moran; Gregory Smith

Other key lawyers:

Charles Carroll; Vanessa Richelle Wilson

Key clients

BP Wind Energy North America

Washington State Investment Board

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 3

The healthcare practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) focuses on transactional and related work in the healthcare sector, with a strong offering for private equity firms. The team has extensive experience in dealing with the corporate and healthcare regulatory aspects of a transaction, and the ongoing day-to-day matters arising within a portfolio of healthcare companies. Other areas of expertise include managed care contracting, value based care, and data security and privacy. Miami-based Joshua Kaye, who concentrates his practice in healthcare M&A and private equity investments, chairs the group. The department also has offices in New York, Dallas, Austin, and Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Tom Califano; Kristi Kung; Danny Tobey

Key clients

Triton Pacific Capital Partners

Cigna Corporation

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Boyne Capital Management

Abry Partners

DentaQuest

Acon Equity

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 3

Backed by the firm's global network, DLA Piper LLP (US) has broad based expertise in product liability, regulatory work, IP disputes and portfolio management, and corporate ad financing transactions. Matthew Holian and Andrew Gilbert jointly lead the practice from Boston and Short Hills, respectively; Holian focuses on litigation, regulatory and enforcement challenges, while Gilbert handles corporate finance, M&A and securities transactions. San Diego-based Lisa Haile is a name to note for patent protection. Loren Brown co-chairs the firm's global litigation practice, and is 'an excellent strategist who masterfully handles the most sensitive and difficult issues'Cara EdwardsChristopher Campbell and Lucas Przymusinski are also recommended for product liability cases and mass tort litigation. Katie Insogna is a star associate in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Holian; Andrew Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Haile; Loren Brown; Stephen Matthews; Danny Tobey; Matthew Hierholzer; Cara Edwards; Christopher Campbell; Lucas Przymusinski; Katie Insogna

Testimonials

DLA Provide seamless legal expertise in all areas of biotechnology from raising equity, to business development to IP to real estate transactions‘.

The team has extensive experience with both litigation and regulatory issues; the firm has taken the time to get to know our business and act as true partners in their approach to matters‘.

The attorneys really listen and anticipate the needs of the client‘.

Lisa Haile is the most outstanding IP lawyer I’ve ever worked with – she is diligent, responsive, understands the practical business needs behind all the work she performs, and has an unparalleled scientific understanding of every issue we refer to her‘.

The DLA team has a number of outstanding lawyers on its team. Loren Brown is an excellent strategist and masterfully handles the most sensitive and difficult issues. Stephen Matthews is a welcome addition to the DLA team; he is an experienced litigator, trial lawyer and trusted advisor who skillfully handles complex litigation for life sciences companies. Danny Tobey and Lukas Pryzmusinski are physicians in addition to be being lawyers which enhances their ability to serve life sciences clients‘.

Key clients

Pfizer

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Novo Nordisk

Medtronic

Chattem

Sanofi

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation

Immunomedics

Cradle Genomics

Locana

ResMed

Qualcomm

Novasyte

Dexcom

BioMarker Strategies

Aegis Therapeutics

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 3

The New York team at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles coverage litigation relating to cyber insurance, fraud, personal injury, product liability, toxic and mass tort, environmental claims, and bad faith claims against insurers. The team has experience in representing industry clients in class action litigation, with practice co-chair Michael Murphy currently defending Catalina Holdings in a price fixing case alleging that Catalina conspired with bailbond agents and industry trade groups over a period of 30 years. Prakash (PK) Paran also co-chairs the practice. Aidan McCormack is recommended for ‘complex and high value cases.’

Practice head(s):

Michael Murphy; Prakash (PK) Paran

Other key lawyers:

Aidan McCormack; Shand Stephens; Kathleen Birrane

Testimonials

‘Whenever we call with problems, we all feel as though we are their only client’

‘Excellent service’

‘Aidan McCormack is thought of as the go-to attorney for our most complex and high value cases’

Key clients

Zurich

AIG

Aviva

AON

Hudson Structured Capital Management

Blackstone

International Australia Group

Ares Capital

Liberty

Swiss Re

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

The insurance team at DLA Piper LLP (US) has particularly strong offerings in insurtech and venture capital, and also handles cross-border M&A, restructurings, product development, entity formation and dissolution, and investigations. Prakash (PK) Paran and David Luce managed a number of M&A transactions for the Zurich Insurance Group, including the acquisition of two intermediary businesses. Paran jointly heads the practice with Michael Murphy, who has experience in representing insurance clients in claims relating to the energy and construction sectors. Senior counsel and financial services regulatory specialist Nicholas Kourides is also noted. All named partners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Prakash (PK) Paran; Michael Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Zurich

AIG

Aviva

AON

Hudson Structured Capital Management

Blackstone

International Australia Group

Ares Capital

Liberty

Swiss Re

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out in particular for its ability to handle cross-border trademark disputes, leveraging the strength of firm's international network. The practice group is led by three partners: Ann Ford, who has particular expertise in disputes involving Europe and Asia Pacific; Frank Ryan, the firm's next elected US chairman; and Gina Durham, who represented The Estate of Marilyn Monroe in a trademark litigation against A.V.E.L.A, which had sold merchandise featuring images of Marilyn Monroe. Also recommended is Tamar Duvdevani, who represented Nike in a dispute with NBA player Kawhi Leonard concerning the ownership of the 'KL2' logo.

Practice head(s):

Ann Ford; Frank Ryan; Gina Durham

Other key lawyers:

Tamar Duvdevani; Thomas Zutic

Key clients

Adtalem Global Education

Al-Jazeera

Altria

Atos

Authentic Brands Group/The Estate of Marilyn Monroe

CFA Institute

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Equinox Holdings

ESPN

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Kering Group

Lululemon Athletica

Mark W. Cross & Co.

Mister Car Wash

Night Owl SP

Nike

SoulCycle

The Boston Consulting Group

The Home Depot

The NOCO Company

Tigercat International

WD-40

ZeniMax Media

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) has a considerable track record in advising clients on labor management relations. It advises on a regular basis on union organizing activities, collective bargaining, the management of workforces and litigation proceedings before the NRLB. Companies on the group's client roster are often from sectors such as financial services, media and food. The Washington DC-based Harriet Lipkin has notable experience with unfair labor practices, while Joseph Turzi is able to assist with corporate campaigns. Joseph Piesco in New York is a key contact in contentious matters and Ryan Vann is the name to note in Chicago. Team leader Brian Kaplan is based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

7-Eleven, Inc.

Domino’s Pizza

Hudson News

Jack Entertainment LLC

Redgate

Station Casinos LLC

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s 'business savvy' team is 'prompt to respond, thoughtful in those responses, and always willing to lend a hand'. Key areas of instruction for the practice include tech, fintech and life sciences matters. Northern Virginia's Jeffrey Lehrer leads the team; other key names include of counsel Matthew VanderGoot, also in Northern Virginia; Silicon Valley's Mark Radcliffe; Randy Socol in San Diego, whose client base includes emerging growth companies and venture capital firms; and Seattle-based Trenton Dykes, who garners praise for his 'great sense of practical risk analysis and thoughtful recommendations'. In November 2019 Louis Lehot left to set up his own firm.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Lehrer

Testimonials

Business savvy‘.

The team is prompt to respond, thoughtful in those responses, and always willing to lend a hand‘.

Trenton Dykes has a great sense of practical risk analysis and thoughtful recommendations‘.

Key clients

SoftBank Vision Fund

Vivo Capital

New Enterprise Associates

Evernote

Riverwood Capital

Sailing Capital Overseas Investments Management

GE Ventures

Qualcomm

Samsung Venture Investment

GoodData

Securly

EverFi

HP Tech Ventures

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

The DLA Piper LLP (US) construction team stretches across the firm’s various US offices, with work ranging from large litigation or arbitration cases, to contracts and transactional-based advice for mixed-use, public service or entertainment venues. Anthony Meagher who co-chairs the practice in Baltimore along with Robert Crewdson in Atlanta, focuses on contentious matters, having successfully represented Buzzi Unicem USA in dismissing a $52m excess claim from a subcontractor, along with other project terminations and defect issues. Crewdson handles disputes work, but also handles much of the firm’s high-end transactional work. Also from the Atlanta office, Brian Fielden has a reputation for global work among project managers and contractors, having led with Italian colleagues on the $2bn construction of AS Roma’s new stadium.

Practice head(s):

Robert Crewdson; Anthony Meager

Other key lawyers:

Brian Fielden; John Ducat

Key clients

Washington Nationals Baseball Club

Home Depot USA, Inc.

AS Roma

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Buzzi Unicem USA

Combined Properties, Inc.

Chick-fil-A

British Airways

Unilever United States

Lidl

Hitachi Rail

Texas Rangers Baseball Club

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s tax team provides comprehensive support to clients involved in tax disputes nationwide. In addition to its work in more traditional civil and criminal federal tax disputes, the team also represents targets or potential targets of whistleblower claims, acts for high-net-worth individuals in IRS audits, and has niche experience in estate and gift tax litigation. New York-based practice leaders Ellis Reemer and Diana Erbsen are 'both very experienced and highly respected', forming the core of an overall 'formidable team'. Joseph Myszka joined in Silicon Valley from Baker McKenzie LLP in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Diana Erbsen; Ellis Reemer

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Myszka; Tamara Shepard

Testimonials

The DLA team is led by Ellis Reemer and Diana Erbsen, both very experienced and highly respected members of the tax controversy bar. Within DLA, Ellis and Diana have a wealth of resources and are very skilled at putting together teams of lawyers and administrative professionals to best serve their clients. Diana Erbsen is brilliant, experienced, tactical and has strong relationships among the private bar and within DOJ, IRS and NYS revenue authority. Ellis Reemer is also an extremely knowledgeable and experienced practitioner whose skills, judgment, and strong work ethic have served as the basis for a history of successful results on behalf of his clients.’

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) litigates a range of antitrust issues such as no-poaching, alleged price-fixing and monopolization conspiracies. Located in Philadelphia, Lesli Esposito shines in commercial litigation in antitrust and consumer protection. She co-leads the firm's antitrust practice together with Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey in San Francisco. The Chicago-based John Hamill and Robby Robertson as well as David Bamberger in Washington DC are additional key figures of the antitrust defense group. Hamill's practice revolves largely around healthcare and telecommunication clients, Robertson has significant trial experience and Bamberger often represents clients from a wide range of industry sectors in no-poaching cases.

Practice head(s):

Lesli Esposito; Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey

Testimonials

‘The team is qualified and works efficiently to handle litigation.’

Key clients

Domino’s

Danielson National Insurance Company

AMN Healthcare, Inc.

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Komatsu America Corp.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a highly-rated transactional M&A practice, especially for mid-market public companies, giving it a growing role in deal-related litigation in that section of the market. It also has a key role in the market for real estate investment trusts (REITs) and related litigation. John Clarke in New York and James Mathias in Baltimore are the heads of the national corporate and securities litigation practice. While both are focused predominantly on securities litigation, they work on M&A-related cases in tandem with the firm's specialist team in Delaware and litigators in the firm's other US offices. Specialist Delaware litigator John Reed has 'incisive legal analysis packaged with a great instinct for litigation'. In Phoenix, Laura Sixkiller is emerging as a litigation partner with a broad portfolio that includes M&A defense work.

Practice head(s):

John Clarke; James Mathias

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

John Reed is awesome. He has incisive legal analysis packaged with a great instinct for litigation.

Key clients

Mavenir, Inc. (f/k/a Xura, Inc.)

Manti Holdings, LLC

Quantlab Group, GP, LLC

LaSalle & individual directors

Dolan Family

Oracle

Seller and its individual directors

Puget Sound Bancorp, Inc.

Premier Commercial Bancorp

FS Bancorp., Inc.

Gramercy and Individual Directors

Annaly

PHH

Jamba, Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Practical and solution-focused’, DLA Piper LLP (US) finds favour for its ability to act as ‘an extension of the client’s in-house legal team’. The national group benefits from coast-to-coast on-the-ground coverage, while its ability to plug into one of the world’s largest law firm networks is a key asset on cross-border deals. It also stands out for its broad industry focus, with its recent activity particularly concentrated in the technology, REIT and life sciences sectors. New York-based capital markets chair Christopher Paci is ‘really smart and client-driven’ and advises investment banks and US and foreign issuers on equity offerings. Global corporate co-chair John Gilluly splits his time between Austin, Dallas and Houston and regularly advises on transactional and regulatory securities issues. New York-based finance practice chair Jamie Knox is also noted for his experience in IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Paci; Jamie Knox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Extensive experience in equity offerings with deep technology industry expertise.

Unique in their ability to act as an extension of the client’s in-house legal team.’

The team is pretty practical and solution-focused — they don’t take rigid positions.

Christopher Paci is a really smart and client-driven lawyer. He seems to want to get to a solution quickly and doesn’t engage in grandstanding.’

Key clients

Cowen and Company

Equity Residential

Globant

Immunomedics

Laureate Education

PROS

Q2 Holdings

SolarWinds

STAG Industrial

STORE Capital

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a versatile US commercial lending team with a strong presence on both the east and west coasts. The group has several impressive niches, and in San Diego, West Coast Finance Chair Matt Schwartz leads a strong venture lending practice which represents a range of banks, funds, and family offices on their investments into the technology and life science sectors. The team has strong expertise in a variety of financings, including leveraged and asset-based loans, venture debt, acquisition financings, and mezzanine and second-lien debt. In New York, partners such as East Coast chair Jamie Knox is also noted for his advice representing borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Matt Schwartz; Jamie Knox

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s trade secrets team has a strong nationwide footprint, and is also well placed to handle cross-border trade secrets matters working alongside colleagues in the firm's international network. In particular, the team has extensive experience acting in conjunction with the firm's Shanghai office in cases involving Chinese companies. The practice group is jointly headed by by patent and trade secret litigator Paul Steadman in Chicago, and Silicon Valley-based Rajiv Dharnidharka, who specializes in trade secrets and software copyright disputes. Eric Hagen left the firm in October 2019 for an in-house position at Austin FC.

Practice head(s):

Paul Steadman; Rajiv Dharnidharka

Key clients

BuildingConnected

My Hearing Centers

Akamai Technology

Check Point Software

Gameloft

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s employee benefits and executive compensation offering spans numerous offices and takes an integrated approach to working with the corporate team. Transactional support typically focuses on the middle market M&A field, with a client list including international corporates, hedge funds, private equity houses and senior management teams, with cited expertise in dealing with multiemployer plans. Chicago-based Richard Ashley is the key name for ERISA Title 1 and prohibited transaction matters, with Silicon Valley-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts commonly advising on retention strategy for spin-offs in the start-up and emerging markets scene. In Washington DC, Mark Muedeking has expertise in handling ESOP transactions, while Rita Patel recently drafted long-term incentive plans related to an IPO in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan; Richard Ashley; Cisco Palao-Ricketts; Rita Patel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Station Casinos (Red Rock Casinos)

Montgomery County Public Schools

Immunomedics

Liquidia Inc.

Axogen, Inc.

Verizon Communications Inc.

New York University

Crown Corr, Inc

Marriott International

The Amynta Group

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

The labor and employment group at DLA Piper LLP (US) has expertise in handling matters such as discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, wage-and-hour class and collective actions as well as restrictive covenants and independent contractor misclassification. The group, which is led by New York-based Brian Kaplan, is active in various industry sectors, including retail, financial institutions, healthcare, media and technology. Mary Dollarhide in San Diego is a key contact in wage-and-hour class actions. Joseph Piesco in New York is equally active in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Marc Katz and Isabel Crosby in Dallas, Los Angeles' Holly Lake, and the Chicago-based Ryan VannNorman Leon and new counsel from Baker McKenzie LLPMiriam Petrillo as well as Joseph Guarino in New Jersey and Ute Krudewagen in Silicon Valley are all prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kaplan

Testimonials

The team is incredibly practical. While most outside counsel are very risk-adverse, this practice understands that risk is essential to moving forward in business and counsel appropriately.’

Brian Kaplan brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to any matter he handles. He is a well-seasoned litigator and advisor in employment matters. He combines a strong intellect with down to earth practicality in his approach to issues.’

Ryan Vann is incredibly responsive despite the many demands on his time.’

Key clients

7-Eleven, Inc.

AMN Healthcare

Aetna

Avex Ventures Inc.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

California Institute of Technology

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

CMP Entertainment

Conifer Health Solutions

Cushman & Wakefield

DexCom

Domino’s Pizza

Dow Jones & Company/News America Marketing

DSM Nutritional Products

Dycom Industries, Inc.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions

Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc.

FactSet Research Systems

Fircroft, Inc.

Fox Corp. (f/k/a/ 21st Century Fox, Inc., and Fox News Network, LLC)

Gold’s Gym

Harman International Industries, Inc.

Haymaker Acquisition Corp. Helena Agri-Business

Highland Capital Management

Hudson News

Ingersoll Rand

Jack Entertainment LLC

Local Media San Diego

Lord Abbett & Co.

Medoc Health Services, LLC

Modere, Inc.

New York University

NFP Corp.

Omni Hotel Management Corp.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

PDS Trucking, Harbor Rail Transit, Pacer Cartage, a/k/a XPO Logistics

PVH Corp.

Redgate

RTW Retailwinds, Inc. (f/k/a New York & Company)

Service-Now.com, Inc.

Station Casinos LLC

Superdry Plc

Symantec

Synopsys

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (“TIAA”)

Total Rx Care, LLC

TransPerfect

Trident USA Health Services d/b/a Mobilex

TRT Holdings, Inc.

Union Bank of California

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) concentrates its efforts on the middle-market, maintaining a consistently high deal count for funds engaged in buyouts and investments focused particularly on healthcare and technology. The private equity practice is integrated closely with the firm's healthcare and franchising teams and also works seamlessly across the firm's expansive global platform. As such, the team has a particular strength in cross-border transactions. The practice is led by Joseph Alexander in Miami and Joseph Silver in Atlanta. Notable clients include targeted industry funds such as Accel-KKR, RLJ Capital, and Summit Capital, with a recent standout highlight being Accel-KKR's acquisition of daVIZta.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Alexander; Joseph Silver

Other key lawyers:

Rob Davis; Eric Grossman; Gary Willi

Key clients

ABRY Partners

Accel-KKR

Baird Capital Partners

Celero Commerce / LLR Partners

Council Capital

Columbia Capital

CustomInk

ECP-PF: CT Operations

ICV Partners

LiveAuctioneers

MSouth Equity Partners

RLJ Equity Partners

Sole Source Capital

Stellex Capital Management

Summit Capital Group

Tally Energy Services

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 4

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s 'incredible expertise up and down the spectrum of tax issues' is on full display nationwide, with the firm's fully integrated team routinely advising on tax matters, including fund formation, M&A and post-acquisition integration. The team is jointly headed by Silicon Valley-based Stacy Paz, who specializes in private equity and emerging company work, and Gerald Rokoff in New York, who has extensive experience handling tax issues for fund sponsors and investment advisors, both in the US and abroad. Another key figure is Afshin Beyzaee in Los Angeles, an 'outstanding partner with an excellent ability to find creative solutions for complex problems'. Drew Young is also recommended for his experience of federal, state and local taxation.

Practice head(s):

Stacy Paz; Gerald Rokoff

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have dealt almost exclusively with Afshin Beyzaee who is exceptional. He has a broad base of knowledge on tax matters whereas most individuals are highly specialized in specific tax areas. He also gives business advice that makes the tax consult more practical and meaningful. Afshin is insightful and sees the big picture but is able to drill down to the issues that are most relevant and impactful. He is strategic and goes beyond the issue at hand to see how it might play out down the road.’

‘DLA is unrivaled in terms of corporate and tax coordination and integration. They also have incredible expertise up and down the spectrum of tax issues, extraordinary multi-disciplinary capabilities at partner level down. They have resources and sophistication comparable or better than any other firm in the world, but with a personal relationship and high touch.’

‘Knowledge of high level corporate structuring.’

‘We view DLA, and specifically Afshin Beyzaee, as an integral member of the team rather than a third party. Afshin’s multi-discipline approach is highly valuable and unique. Afshin’s relationship management and able to interact with everyone from counter parties, their legal teams, our company, business as well as creative types, and everything we throw at him!

‘We formed a bonded level of trust with Afshin that has allowed high level of integration into management decisions, extending beyond legal & tax to broader issues.’

‘Stand-out partners are Robert (Bob) LeDuc and Gerald Rokoff. Both individuals have deep expertise in their specialty areas and are highly reliable and extremely responsive.’

‘Gerald Rokoff has a wonderful ability to simplify complex tax transactions into an understandable description. This enabled me as the ultimate decision maker to make a well-informed business decision and understand the risk/rewards of such. This talent was also very helpful when we were in contentious negotiations; he was able to explain the tax concepts to the other party and be firm in our negotiating position. He was definitely a vital member of our team.’

‘Afshin Beyzaee is an outstanding partner with a deep understanding of corporate and tax issues and an excellent ability to find creative solutions for complex problems. Afshin understands our business and our culture, and we trust Afshin to have our company’s best interests at heart. In addition to his considerable experience and expertise, Afshin is also a very pragmatic lawyer, always bearing in mind that solutions need to be commercially workable. Afshin has played a significant role in our company’s growth through Mergers & Acquisitions in recent years, and we are very proud to work with him.’

Key clients

Ares Management Corp.

Fortive Corporation

Haymaker Acquisition Corp

Credible Labs

The Hain Celestial Group

BP Wind Energy North America

Altman Greenfield & Selvaggi

Baird

Q2

David Weise & Associates

Park County

Seaspan

SolarWinds

Big Bolt Corporation

TrendKite

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 5

Overseen from New York by energy practice head Robert Gruendel, and also able to tap into the expertise of oil and gas-focused lawyers, primarily from Houston in the US, as well as across the firm's expansive global network, DLA Piper LLP (US) advises a range of clients, including international oil companies, sponsors and lenders on M&A, financing and commercial-related mandates across the value chain.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gruendel

Other key lawyers:

Glenn Reitman; Deanna Reitman; Drew Baldinger; Drew Baldinger; Jibin Luke; Jack Langlois

Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

Sponsor-side mandates are a core pillar of strength at DLA Piper LLP (US), and in this space, Nathaniel Marrs is recognized in particular for his work for US and international real estate fund sponsors. The team is also actively developing its investor-side practice; David Parrish and Nicole Brennig, both based in Austin, have extensive expertise in advising institutional investors. Other key contacts are John Reiss, and Adam Tope. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in New York. In 2020 Yasho Lahiri left for K&L Gates, and David Goldstein moved to Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Nathaniel Marrs; David Parrish

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

LaSalle Investment Management

Penwood Real Estate Investment Management

AMP Global

Hayfin Capital Management

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Northland Investment Corporation

Ares Management

Hull Street Energy

Palatine Capital Partners

Emerson Electric Co. Retirement Master Trust

Bell Atlantic Master Trust

Washington State Investment Board

Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 5

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s Chicago-based benefits experts – including practice co-head Richard Ashley, of counsel Kerry Eason and Ian Kopelman – provide a host of public companies with advice on qualified and non-qualified plan design, reporting and disclosure obligations, and tax-related advice. Ashley also advises asset managers and investment advisors on ERISA Title 1 compliance. Startups and growth clients in the life sciences and media sectors enlist San Francisco-based Mark Boxer and Silicon Valley-based Cisco Palao-Ricketts for fiduciary counseling, equity-compensation arrangements, retention strategy, and advice on employee stock purchase plans. Washington DC-based practice co-head Rita Patel recently assisted with an IRS audit into a client’s 401(k) plan.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ashley; Cisco Palao-Ricketts; Rita Patel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Station Casinos (Red Rock Casinos)

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

Immunomedics

Liquidia Inc.

Axogen, Inc.

Verizon Communications Inc.

New York University

Crown Corr, Inc

Marriott International

The Amynta Group

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s restructuring team is divided between Chicago, under 'superb' Richard Chesley, and New York with company and buyer-side expert Thomas Califano. Their group handles mid- and top-market debt restructuring and financing matters in a number of sectors - notably retail, healthcare, and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

Richard Chesley; Thomas Califano

Other key lawyers:

Craig Martin

Testimonials

‘Agile in the restructuring process with a global presence in all areas to bring in any resource needed’

‘Rick Chesley is a leading bankruptcy attorney. He is always available and a true legal counselor with superb legal knowledge but the ability to get a good deal done, too’

‘Expertise in bankruptcy laws and their applications’

‘Craig Martin has a great understanding in clients’ potential needs and great communication skills, in addition to his expertise in bankruptcy law. He is the person largely responsible for the successful case conclusion’

Key clients

Authentic Brands Group

PHI

Arcadia Group (USA)

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC)

L. K. Bennett USA

Equity Owners of The NORDAM Group

Spyglass Media Group (f/k/a Lantern Entertainment)

Transform Holdco (in re: Sears assets)

Constellation Healthcare Technologies

Independent Directors of New Cotai

CenterPoint Properties

4 West Holdings, Orianna Investment

Real estate > Real estate

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

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

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

In 2017, DLA Piper merged with Liner LLP, a leading Los Angeles firm that focuses on litigation, real estate, business transactions and restructuring.

In 2015, DLA Piper combined with Davis LLP to form DLA Piper (Canada), with deep roots in the Canadian and international business communities, and services across seven offices in more than 50 practices.

Main areas of practice: 

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

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

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

DLA Piper provides a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing, franchise and technology law services.

The firm’s international trade, regulatory and government affairs clients receive counsel on federal, state and local government and regulatory matters on all levels of legislation and policy.

With skilled lawyers in litigation, arbitration, investigations and ADR, DLA Piper deploys that experience to help clients devise the best legal strategies to handle business disputes.

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

DLA Piper offers a full range of real estate services, in the areas of acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax.

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

Tax clients receive a full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Consumer Goods, Food and Retail Stefanie Fogel
Consumer Goods Kathy Ruhland
Corporate Joseph Alexander, Jr.
Corporate John Gilluly III
Education David Lewis
Employment Brian Kaplan
Energy & Natural Resources Robert Gruendel
Finance John Cusack
Financial Services Richard Hans
Financial Services Margo Tank
Financial Services Isabelle Ord
Food & Beverage Angela Agrusa
Food & Beverage Stefanie Fogel
Government Affairs Ignacio Sanchez
Healthcare Josh Kaye
Hospitality and Leisure Sandra Kellman
Industrials John Lyons
Infrastructure, Construction and Transport Maxine Hicks
Insurance Michael Murphy
Insurance PK Paran
Intellectual Property and Technology Ann Ford
Life Sciences Andrew Gilbert
Life Sciences Matt Holian
Litigation and Regulatory James Brogan
Litigation and Regulatory Loren Brown
Media, Sport & Entertainment Peter White
Real Estate John Sullivan
Restructuring Thomas Califano
Retail Lesli Esposito
Tax Sang Kim
Technology Victoria Lee
Photo Name Position Profile
 Christopher Campbell  photo Christopher Campbell Partner; Chair, Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice
 Saxby Chambliss  photo Saxby Chambliss Partner
 Robert Crewdson  photo Robert Crewdson Partner and Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s US Construction Group
 Brian Fielden  photo Brian Fielden Partner
 Richard Greenstein  photo Richard Greenstein Partner; Chair, Franchise and Distribution Practice
 Maxine Hicks  photo Maxine Hicks Partner and Head of DLA Piper’s Atlanta Real Estate Practice
 Steven Park  photo Steven Park Partner
 Joseph Silver  photo Joseph Silver Partner; Managing Partner, Atlanta Office
 Anna Spencer  photo Anna Spencer Partner
 Gerry Williams  photo Gerry Williams Partner; Member, US Private Equity Group Steering Committee
Number of Partners Worldwide : 1,700
Number of Lawyers Worldwide : 5,000
More than 60
Americas Co-Chairman : Roger Meltzer (New York)
Americas Co-Chairman : Jay Rains (San Diego)
Americas Co-Managing Partner : Richard Chesley (Chicago)
Americas Co-Managing Partner : Jackie Park (Downtown Los Angeles)