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Foley Hoag LLP


Foley Hoag LLP - Boston
  • Seaport West
  • 155 Seaport Boulevard
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02210-2600
  • Tel:+1 617 832 1000
  • Fax:+1 617 832 7000
  • Web:Visit website
  • www. foleyhoag.com
  • Co-Managing Partners: Adam P Kahn, William R Kolb
  • Number of partners: 95
  • Number of lawyers: 210
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES: The firm also has an office in Paris.

Firm Overview:
Foley Hoag is a dynamic law firm that represents public and private clients in a wide range of disputes and transactions worldwide. The firm has expertise in industries such as life sciences and healthcare, technology, energy and renewables, investment management and professional services. It also offers clients market-leading international litigation and arbitration and corporate social responsibility services. From offices in Boston, Washington, DC and Paris, and the Emerging Enterprise Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, its lawyers provide strategic legal advice that is tailored to each of its clients’ unique goals. Foley Hoag combines powerful regional, national and international practices that share a common emphasis on client service and are focused on helping clients succeed through the delivery of exceptional legal service.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Industry Focus:
Foley Hoag recognizes the importance of understanding its clients’ industries and partnering with them to meet day-to-day challenges and opportunities. The firm’s long-standing focus on high-growth industries enables its lawyers to provide creative but practical solutions for clients in the life sciences, healthcare, technology, energy, clean technology and financial and professional services sectors. To serve companies in these rapidly changing industries, Foley Hoag brings an understanding of its clients’products and services and related intellectual property value, combined with the insight of political and regulatory issues, unique financial aspects, or environmental concerns affecting their businesses. This multidisciplinary approach draws on the support of lawyers who have been scientists, engineers and researchers and have held senior-level positions in presidential administrations, on Capitol Hill, in regulatory agencies and with industry trade organizations. Particularly important to clients in the life sciences sector, the firm features a full complement of lawyers and professionals in government strategies and FDA/reimbursement practices. The firm also is an essential partner to technology clients. Its lawyers have a deep understanding of the sector, having been involved in many important industry milestones, including the IPO of the first software company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the largest merger in the software industry.

Foley Hoag’s highly respected Litigation Department is a cornerstone of the firm, handling complex and novel dispute resolution cases on a global scale, with prominent experience in the areas of intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, accountants professional liability, business crimes and government investigations and public international law. Foley Hoag lawyers have unique experience in handling complex state-to-state disputes, investor-state arbitration and international commercial and construction arbitration. Foley Hoag provides clients with a range of services aimed at resolving disputes, including preventive counseling, pre-litigation investigation, prosecution and defense of claims at the trial level and representation in post-trial and appellate proceedings. In addition to traditional courtroom trials, it represents clients in arbitration proceedings, before administrative tribunals and in alternative dispute resolution settings.

Intellectual Property:
Ideas and designs are as important to corporate success as financial and operational expertise. The firm’s Intellectual Property Group is comprised of more than 80 professionals, including lawyers, scientists, engineers, medical doctors and others experienced in patent prosecution, patent litigation, IP due diligence and strategy, licensing and strategic alliances, and trademark, copyright and unfair competition counseling. Together they provide a strategic global approach to managing clients’ intellectual property portfolios.

Foley Hoag’s Business Department provides strategic advice in a cost-efficient and responsive manner. Members of the group regularly counsel clients in transactions involving initial and follow-on public offerings, secondary offerings, PIPE transactions, private placements and resales of restricted securities, business combinations involving equity, cross-border transactions, proxy and consent solicitations, tender and exchange offers, going private transactions, fund formations and reorganizations in bankruptcy. Foley Hoag provides its clients with sophisticated guidance on complying with securities regulation matters, including corporate governance, insider trading, public company reporting and disclosure, exchange and NASDAQ rules and equity compensation plans. The firm’s Investment Advisers and Private Investment Funds Group counsels investment advisers, hedge funds, and other private investment funds, including those with alternative asset strategies, in addressing their complex structural, financial, regulatory and compliance issues. Clients include managers forming their first funds and mature investment groups managing billions of dollars in multiple domestic and international strategies.


  • Seaport West,
  • 155 Seaport Boulevard,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02210-2600
  • Tel +1 617 832 1000
  • Fax +1 617 832 7000
  • Website : www.foleyhoag.com
  • Bay Colony Corporate Center, North Entrance,
  • 1000 Winter Street - Suite 4000,
  • Waltham,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02451
  • Tel 781 895 5900
  • Fax 781 895 5999
  • 1875 K Street, NW,
  • Suite 800,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006-1238
  • Tel +1 202 223 1200
  • Fax +1 202 785 6687

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This respected team is very active regionally, and covers a broad range of insolvency and restructuring matters for both creditors and debtors. The group has experience of cross-border work, and is able to capitalize on the strength of its European office to provide a comprehensive and far-reaching service to non-US clients. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Schwartz is a talented bankruptcy litigator who is much admired by both peers and clients for his courtroom prowess. He is well versed in guiding international clients through the complexities of US securities law.

Kenneth Leonetti is regarded as a strong player in the bankruptcy space, with particular reference made to his experience in Chapter 11 work.

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This strong Boston outfit excels at general corporate counseling and transactional work in the midmarket. Its practice is well balanced between buy and sell work. In addition, the group is noted for its significant international experience and is frequently sought after to handle work throughout the Southern Hemisphere, Canada and Europe.

Sources say: "They have a balance of both legal and business perspectives - they are very in-tune on the business side and therefore they understand the risk factors in a lot of deals. There is a strong level of consistency in the value they add."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Cochair of the group Peter Rosenblum is an eminent practitioner in this space. Notable work includes his representation of Advion BioSciences throughout its sale to Quintiles.

William Kolb is co-managing partner of the Boston office and is well versed in all aspects of corporate work. He assisted InforMed throughout its acquisition by Conifer Health Solutions.

The well-respected Mark Haddad combines a fine transactional practice with much sought-after expertise with regard to regulatory and compliance matters. He represented Alere in several recent acquisitions.

Joseph Basile recently joined the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Basile has significant international M&A experience, and specializes in distressed M&A transactions. "He is not someone who is agitated in a crisis - he is very calm, very steady, and has good judgment in the middle of a lot of frantic activity," notes one impressed source.

Environment - Massachusetts

THE FIRM Foley Hoag is recognized as a true market leader in the environmental field. The team displays an impressive breadth of expertise at both state and federal level, supported by solid substantive knowledge. It has particular strength in the energy generation sector, with clients including Covanta Energy, Cornell-Dubilier Electronics and GDF Suez North America/FirstLight Power Resources, the latter of which it is currently representing in the relicensing of the largest hydroelectric facility on the Eastern seaboard. 

Sources say: "Excellent lawyers doing excellent work." "They are very responsive, think strategically, and look for ways to keep costs down."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Adam Kahn is lauded as "a good strategist and effective negotiator," and "eminently enjoyable to work with." He has been highly active of late in several compliance cases in South America, as well as handling state and federal regulatory issues. He also has expertise in the renewable energy sector, and led in the aforementioned matter for GDF Suez North America/FirstLight Power Resources.

Seth Jaffe is highly respected as the head of Foley Hoag's environment department. He has a strong reputation in Clean Water Act work, and recently defended NextEra in a citizen suit relating to the alleged harm to endangered salmon caused by hydroelectric dams. He is also active in negotiations with the EPA regarding the cleanup of the Wells G&H Superfund site.

"Formidable environmental litigator" Robert Sanoff is lead counsel for MPM Silicones in its federal case against Union Carbide, and also represented Cornell-Dubilier Electronics in a high-value environmental insurance recovery case.

Doug McGarrah is "a consummate professional with a clear command of the issues." In keeping with his expertise in development and infrastructure matters, he recently assisted the City of Malden, Massachusetts, in the redevelopment of National Grid land into a minor league baseball stadium.

Healthcare - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This group is well positioned within the market to offer advice across a range of healthcare matters to its clients. In addition to its expertise in advising on policy compliance within the changing regulatory landscape, it handles an array of other issues for clients, including corporate transactions, litigation and reimbursement-related matters.

Sources say: "I need a firm that can handle the demand of understanding policy and then has the contacts to act on it - Foley Hoag can do this."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Barker is an expert in issues relating to healthcare reform, and is praised as someone who can translate specialist substantive knowledge. One client stated: "He really dives down and gets to grips with the issue, and can advise accordingly. He delivers on his promises and his expertise is second-to-none." 

Colin Zick handles a wide range of litigation and advisory work for clients, drawing on his notable expertise in compliance-related matters. His recent work includes handling cases involving alleged healthcare fraud and antikickback statutes for a diverse range of clients.

Investment Funds - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This well-established practice focuses exclusively on hedge fund work and is a dominant player in this field. While a streamlined team in comparison to its competitors, the Boston group has made a number of significant client wins in the last twelve months, including AJO Partners, Garelick Capital and True Hedge. The team is especially noted for its frequent cross-border work for non-US managers who want to offer funds in the USA.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly regarded Jeffrey Collins is practice co-head, and has recently served as counsel to Garelick Capital Partners and True Hedge in relation to their respective hedge fund launches in Delaware.

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

THE FIRM Foley Hoag has a strong reputation in Boston, with peers naming the practice as part of the 'go-to' group of IP firms. The team has notable strength in patent litigation, particularly in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical fields. The practice also covers broader IP work, including trademark and licensing matters. Key clients include Biogen Idec, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Sources say: "They handle difficult contentious matters that require higher-level thinking and creative solutions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Donald Ware, chair of Foley Hoag's IP department, is much admired for his litigation skills. His practice covers a range of biotechnologies, including recombinant DNA matters, research tools and medical devices. He recently represented Biogen Idec in a consolidated patent infringement case brought by Sanofi, obtaining district court judgment of noninfringement.

The highly regarded Beth Arnold is experienced in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent protection. Her practice also encompasses development and commercialization agreements, patent counseling, and IP due diligence on M&A.

Claire Laporte is a well-regarded trial lawyer with a particular focus patent litigation in the life sciences field and in computer technologies. She recently represented GI Dynamics as defendant in a patent action brought by WL Gore & Associates, relating to a medical device for the treatment of obesity and diabetes.

Dana Gordon is "a recognized name in the IP community," specializing in patent preparation and prosecution. His practice also includes patent and trade secret protection strategy, and patent portfolio due diligence analysis.

Philip Swain is an experienced patent litigator, appearing in district and Federal Circuit appeal cases. His practice is largely focused on telecom, computer technology and medical devices.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This full-service firm continues to impress with the depth of resources it can deploy when working with its diverse client base. The team is held to be particularly strong in labor relations, but also covers traditional employment issues. The group is also noted for its proven capacity for trial and litigation success. The team regularly represents clients such as CVS Caremark, Starbucks and Dominion Energy.

Sources say: "They deliver on what they say they are going to do - the work product is done well and on time."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Rosen is particularly well versed in issues facing technology companies, and is a specialist in noncompete and nondisclosure litigation. Sources say: "He's so easy to work with - he's always accessible, and gives very clear and good advice in terms of how to handle and navigate certain situations."

Michele Whitham combines a strong traditional employment practice with her expertise in data security and privacy in the workplace. She has impressive litigation experience, and is described as "a tough negotiator and a real savvy litigator."

Chair of the firm's labor and employment group James Bucking is respected by both peers and clients. He handles a wide range of matters across the country, and has a particular focus on union-related issues. He is praised for his "straightforward and practical" approach, as well as his "good business sense."

Litigation - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This group advises on a broad range of high-profile litigation at the state, federal and international levels. It is highlighted for its strength in professional liability and malpractice cases, as well as business torts, corporate governance, white-collar defense and insurance recovery litigation. Notable clients include PwC, the Massachusetts Port Authority and KPMG.

Sources say: "I have been incredibly impressed with their commitment and the quality of their work."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Accomplished white-collar litigator Nicholas Theodorou chairs the firm's business crimes and government investigations group. He is described as "outstanding, thorough and a good judge of the situation."

Martin Murphy maintains a strong reputation in the white-collar world. He recently brought a high-value investment fraud case to a successful conclusion.

"Extraordinary talent" and department chair Michael Keating advised on a seminal case in the Massachusetts Supreme Court defending the right of the judiciary not to disclose details of their judicial deliberations. He has also acted on several other high-profile public interest cases over the past year.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This group garners praise for the strength of its esteemed venture capital group, which manages matters for clients from early to late-stage venture financing transactions. The practice has a heavy focus on representing clients in the life sciences, energy and technology sectors, where its attorneys have considerable expertise. The team is regularly appointed counsel by angel investors, who value its experience in this area. Clients include CommonAngels, Polaris Ventures and Highland Capital.

Sources say: "They are thorough and have a great grasp of business issues. They respond to me in a timely manner, irrespective of the time of year."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Rosenblum cuts an authoritative figure in the venture capital space and commands respect from his impressive client base. He has recently advised Adage Capital Management on its investment in Puma Biotechnology and GMZ Energy in a Series C preferred stock offering. Interviewees assert: "He is crazy smart. He is an adviser as much as a lawyer, and he gets into the nitty-gritty of the deal documents."

The Waltham-based David Broadwin leads the firm's emerging enterprise center and has particular expertise in PIPE transactions.

Joseph Basile recently joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Basile continues to maintain a fine reputation in the buyouts market. Recent work at his prior firm includes his representation of Hopkins Manufacturing in its Section 363 acquisition of F3 Brands.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

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