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Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP


Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP - Boston
  • 111 Huntington Avenue
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-7613
  • Tel:+1 617 239 0100
  • Fax:+1 617 227 4420
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  • www. edwardswildman.com
  • Chairman: Alan J Levin
  • Managing Partner: Robert L Shuftan
  • Number of partners: 295
  • Number of total lawyers: 629
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo

Firm Overview:
Edwards Wildman is a 125-year-old full-service, business-minded, Am Law 100 firm whose lawyers work with Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 clients and start-up companies alike, throughout a range of industries across three continents. The firm’s lawyers are known internationally for their work in private equity, venture capital, corporate and finance transactions, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance and intellectual property. Their clients know them as trusted legal and business advisers, providing the strategic, collaborative and client-focused counsel that helps protect and advance their business goals. Creative yet pragmatic, Edwards Wildman lawyers bring deep industry knowledge and take the time to develop an intimate understanding of their clients’ businesses, to help them effectively navigate risk, regulatory issues and the diverse challenges of a competitive marketplace, in the boardroom or the courtroom.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business Law:
The firm’s Business Law Department handles billions of dollars of private equity, venture capital and debt finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings for clients, with particularly deep experience in telecommunications, media and broadcasting, healthcare, life sciences, technology, banking and financial services, and insurance and reinsurance. Edwards Wildman is consistently ranked as a most active law firm based on the number of deals closed annually.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
Globally, the firm has one of the largest Insurance and Reinsurance Departments, dedicated to the business of insurance. The firm’s clients include the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies,which it represents in corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, in reinsurance arbitrations and litigation, and in sophisticated claims and coverage matters.

Intellectual Property:
The Intellectual Property Department is composed of lawyers and patent agents holding degrees in technology and scientific disciplines, including many with PhD degrees in engineering, life sciences and chemistry.The firm is consistently ranked among the leading US firms for number of patents prosecuted to issuance each year and is widely recognized for achieving excellent results in patent litigation and interferences.

The Litigation Department represents a broad range of clients across many industries and has represented clients as national, regional or coordinating counsel in matters in 47 US states, all but one US territory, the UK and several other countries. Edwards Wildman litigators frequently handle national class-action cases involving antitrust/competition, asset tracing, intellectual property, securities, employment, environment, construction,white-collar defense, products liability and various commercial litigation.

Private Client:
The firm’s Private Client Department provides advice and representation to individuals and families in the world of tax law and finance. This group is one of the largest and most experienced in the country.

Public Finance:
For over a century, the firm’s nationally recognized public finance practice has assisted state and local governments in accessing capital markets to finance major public projects and programs.

Public Policy & Government Relations:
The firm’s public policy and government relations professionals have the demonstrated experience and capability to prepare successful government relations strategies in high pressure, complex, and time sensitive situations.

Real Estate:
The Real Estate Department handles matters ranging from complex public/private development relationships, sophisticated financing structures and local, state and federal regulatory and permitting schemes.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
The Restructuring and Insolvency Department regularly advises premier financial institutions, institutional investors, debt investors, finance companies, insurers and sureties to enforce creditors’ rights and to achieve strategic goals in the context of structured transactions, commercial litigation, loan workout, debt restructurings and bankruptcy.

Tax & Benefits:
The attorneys in the firm’s Tax and Benefits Department assist clients in structuring a wide variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and formation of, or investment in, pass-through entities.


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  • 111 Huntington Avenue,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-7613
  • Tel +1 617 239 0100
  • Fax +1 617 227 4420
  • Email : contactus@edwardswildman.com
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  • Los Angeles,
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  • Providence,
  • Rhode Island
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Corporate/M&A - Connecticut

THE FIRM Edwards Wildman Palmer is highly regarded for midmarket transactions, and possesses a solid bench of over 15 lawyers. Its expertise includes M&A, joint ventures, spin-offs and divestitures. Its impressive client list includes HM Life Insurance, Bank of America and United Water Works.

Sources say: "They're very good – responsive, knowledgeable and easy to work with." "The team is extremely impressive – they have the ability to tailor advice to suit our company."

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Lotstein acted for Gerber Scientific on its sale to Vector Capital Corporation for over $280 million. Commentators report: "He's got a lot of experience, a very calm demeanor, and is very knowledgeable." 

Sources describe Vincent Kiernan as "a great advisor – he can see things from the perspective of the client and explain complicated issues succinctly." His clients include Payflex and Zadspace.

Antitrust - Illinois

THE FIRM This practice undertakes both civil and criminal antitrust matters, with most of its recent notable cases seeing them acting on the defense side. It continues to represent Belarusian Potash Company in the potash price-fixing litigation, and is also involved in a class action suit alleging market allocation by insurance brokers.

Sources say: "What impressed me was their thoroughness in the way they think about and approach antitrust, particularly their ability to address gray areas."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Bush is a key contact.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

THE FIRM Edwards Wildman Palmer's successful restructuring and insolvency department is particularly renowned for its expertise in banking-related matters. However, the team has been especially active of late in real estate bankruptcy issues. The group also represents other entities, such as financial institutions, institutional investors and insurers. Recent highlights include representing Old Second Bank as secured creditor in a $10 million defaulted loan secured by an athletics facility in Chicago.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Fischer chairs the firm's restructuring and insolvency department. His expertise includes real estate, finance, insurance and private equity-related bankruptcy issues. He has experience in representing a diverse range of parties in restructurings, workouts, foreclosures and Chapter 11 liquidations.

Jonathan Young is increasingly recognized for being "very thorough and practical." He regularly appears in court, having expertise both in litigation and transactional work.

Litigation - Illinois

THE FIRM This firm represents large clients such as Credit Suisse, KeyCorp and Motorola in a host of commercial litigation matters. In a key mandate the team represented Toys R Us in a large class action under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

Sources say: "The team was excellent. They were highly responsive and available whenever needed." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Dockterman has a broad litigation practice that covers IP, environmental contracts and antitrust. According to one impressed interviewee, "he's smarter than most people I know. He delivers exactly what I need."

Technology - Illinois

THE FIRM Edwards Wildman Palmer wins plaudits across the board, with interviewees commending the strength of its technology and outsourcing practice. Its lawyers enjoy a particularly good reputation for their handling of IP and privacy matters within this space, and are regularly instructed by high-profile organizations such as JPMorgan Chase, Hyatt and Kia. In a recent highlight, it represented Groupon in a series of data collection and security matters.

Sources say: "The firm is very responsive and has the breadth and strength to assist in domestic and international matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "extremely knowledgeable" Thomas Smedinghoff is singled out as a leading force in the identity management arena, and has a wealth of experience concerning electronic transactions and digital signatures. Commentators are effusive in their praise of his extensive knowledge base and thoughtful and informative approach.

Michael Bennett's "client service is at the highest level." He is noted for his extensive cloud computing experience, which alongside his deep open source knowledge gives him an enviable awareness of the impact of emerging technologies on business development. Recent work highlights include acting on behalf of Kia on a number of technology acquisition, development and outsourcing transactions.

Banking & Finance - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This highly regarded team has an impressive and well-developed practice, serving as bond counsel for state and local governments across New England. Its recent workload includes century bonds for educational institutions and the prominent $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program deal. The group also has a robust practice in banking and finance work, and is celebrated for its strength in lender-side representations. 

Sources say: "An excellent firm - they have a very good reputation and my personal experience with them has been excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Walter St. Onge continues to serve as bond counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other New England states, as well as public bodies including the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust. Interviewees comment: "He is very smart and thinks around the entire transaction, not solely for his clients but also what's best for the deal. He's a pleasure to work with."

David Ruediger is a renowned business lawyer whose expertise is rated highly by both peers and clients. He has a wealth of experience in transactional and debt financing work. 

George Ticknor continues to impress market commentators with his dexterity in the public debt and financing arena, and he is active in the technology, media and telecoms sectors.

Stephanie Massey enters the rankings this year on the strength of her burgeoning reputation in the bond market. She represented MassHousing in its bond financing to provide single-family housing.

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team is a prominent feature of the Boston corporate arena and maintains a fine track record for its work in the midmarket. The group is well versed across the whole gamut of corporate matters, and enjoys a fine reputation for its work with clients in the fields of life sciences, financial services and insurance.

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Securities guru" Stanley Keller is a stalwart of the corporate Bar, and is much noted for his experience in M&A, corporate governance and financing, as well as other general corporate work.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team prides itself on its expertise in noncompete covenants and nondisclosure agreements. It also routinely handles a range of other matters, including discrimination claims and internal investigations. Notable clients include CVS Caremark, Bank of America and Steward Healthcare.

Sources say: "This is a large firm with exceptional personal service. They have the staff to manage a full range of organizational needs, and have offices in multiple locations, so can facilitate the full range of issues that may emerge."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Cochair of the labor and employment group Timothy Van Dyck is a new entry to the rankings. He offers significant experience in employer representation, and is praised for his strong litigation capabilities.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This buyout team is well regarded by both peers and clients, and concentrates its expertise in the communications, IT and life sciences arenas.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Meredith commands a high degree of respect from market commentators, who describe him as "an excellent adviser." He is particularly noted for his negotiation skills. 

James Barrett is cochair of the private equity and venture capital group, and remains a fine choice of counsel for venture capital and private equity funds, as well as clients in the the technology and life sciences space.

Real Estate - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This well-respected and broad-ranging real estate group makes its entry into the rankings this year on the back of high praise for its expertise in land use and construction matters, and for its cross-disciplinary strengths in tax credits and public financing. The team's recent highlights include acting for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority in various brownfields remediation issues relating to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center phase II development area.

Sources say: "They are very responsive and able to grasp and dissect very complex matters in a very short period of time."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Rebecca Lee is described by her clients as "a real force, doing brilliant work," primarily in the land use and permitting space. Her work highlights include advising on a high-value campus development for the Winsor School, and a $230 million built-to-suit development for AREA Property Partners.

Lorne McDougall undertakes sophisticated real estate work and is a powerful advocate for his clients during negotiations. "Nothing gets by him, yet he's very easy to deal with," say interviewees; "even difficult clients like him - he masterfully defuses potentially explosive negotiations."

Dave Rodgers has a broad range of real estate skills, and is particularly highlighted for his expertise in relation to construction projects. "He is brilliant, methodical and meticulous," say sources.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

THE FIRM Edwards Wildman Palmer's privacy and data protection practice is shaped by a multidisciplinary approach incorporating litigation, IP, insurance and compliance expertise. The firm recently assisted Kia Motors with privacy and security issues relating to the launch of its UVO2 vehicle navigation system. Other clients include Thomson Reuters and Myspace.

Client Service "Client service has always been excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Smedinghoff is an authority on information law and electronic business. Over the last twelve months he has counseled a number of clients, including Thomson Reuters and Lexis Nexis, in connection with online identity management.

Insurance - New York

THE FIRM This firm houses a go-to regulatory team and a solid dispute resolution group. It is active in sophisticated transactional arrangements, including insurance-linked securities and the formation of captives. Recent highlights include assisting SCOR UK with underwriting guidelines, and providing regulatory analysis on behalf of Aspen Specialty Insurance Company.

Sources say: "They give us pragmatic advice, telling us how we can do what we need to do instead of just telling us what we need to do."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Nick Pearson is endorsed by commentators as "a fine lawyer" who is "very strong on the regulatory side." He played a central role in the formation of Thomson Reuters's captive insurance company, the first captive in the State of Connecticut. 

Corporate/Commercial - Rhode Island

THE FIRM The 2011 merger between Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP continues to bear dividends, with the resultant firm's Rhode Island business law department going from strength to strength. Key clients include Bank of America, Amtrol and DAK Americas.

Sources say: "The firm has broadened and added sophistication to its practice this year."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Duncan Johnson continues to practice as a high-level general corporate legal adviser to financial institutions. He has expertise on both corporate and regulatory legal issues affecting financial firms.

James Skeffington continues to command a fine reputation in the Providence business community and beyond. Sources describe him as "one of the best lawyers in New England."

Andrew Chlebus advises financial institutions on the provision of loans to entities in a broad spectrum of industries, most prominent of which are the media and entertainment sectors. He is also noted for his knowledge of the state's consumer finance laws.

Christopher Graham is co-head of the firm's Providence office and focuses his practice on the venture capital and private equity space. Clients include R3 Education and Wedgewood Waterford.

Clients name Douglas Gray "a fine lawyer and a talented man." He cochairs the firm's corporate counseling and business transaction group, and has recently advised Amtrol on a wide range of general corporate law matters.

Walter Reed recently stepped down as managing partner, but continues to serve the firm as a partner advising on corporate law. He has deep experience in M&A, joint ventures and partnerships.

Gail McCann recently represented Bank of America in an auction sale of bulk loans to third parties, and has extensive experience in handling financing transactions.

Labor & Employment - Rhode Island

THE FIRM The Providence office of this international firm is well placed to offer a full labor and employment service to its roster of national and international clients. The team is well versed in matters concerning ERISA litigation, wage and hour disputes and noncompetition.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Pogue's broad practice covers both employment and commercial litigation. In addition to his expertise before state and federal courts and state regulatory agencies, he is noted for the quality of his preventive counseling on employment matters and labor relations. 

Litigation - Rhode Island

THE FIRM The increased national footprint that this firm has enjoyed since the 2011 merger between Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon and Edwards, Angell, Palmer and Dodge has served to enhance the reputation of its respected team of Rhode Island litigators. An enviable client roster includes Delta Airlines, Ernst & Young and Textron.

Sources say: "A high-profile firm that provides good service at reasonable fees."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Freel is an "impressive advocate" who represents high-quality clients in relation to a broad range of business and IP disputes. Sources suggest that he is "very detailed in his analysis and very thorough in his evaluation of a case."

Mark Pogue is highly regarded by the Providence business community and is recognized by sources for his "outstanding" level of general commercial litigation advocacy in addition to his respected employment litigation offering. In the words of one appreciative client, he did "an excellent job of understanding our industry and focusing our language."