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Crowell & Moring LLP

Washington, DC

Crowell & Moring LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2595
  • Tel:+1 202 624 2500
  • Fax:+1 202 628 5116
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Kent A Gardiner
  • Managing Partner: Ellen M Dwyer 
  • Number of Partners: 195 
  • Number of Lawyers: 520 

Firm Overview:
Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. Fueled by the firm’s leadership in alternative fee arrangements, Crowell & Moring recently instituted a legal project management initiative to enhance the firm’s ability to manage legal projects in a way that meets client goals, and also helps to ensure that the firm’s profitability is highly aligned with the results and value delivered to clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
The group remains at the forefront of the most recent sophisticated transactions: successful clearance of United Technologies’ $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich; representation of Coventry Health in its $5.7 billion sale to Aetna; and DuPont’s $4.9 billion sale of its coatings business. Major results include multi-million dollar recoveries for clients like Oracle and Motorola who were victims of the DRAM and LCD price-fixing conspiracies and dismissal of antitrust claims against clients Kaiser Health, Yamaha, DuPont, and Motorola.

Transactions & Corporate/Securities:
The group is transaction-oriented, focusing predominately on mergers/acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate securities and finance, investment funds, commercial finance, commercial contracts, and outsourcing arrangements, IP arrangements, and financial institutions regulatory advice.

Environment, Energy & Resources:
The group has a national reputation with corporations, trade associations and others due to its successful efforts to shape regulatory policies and litigate disputes for clients in the mining, oil/gas, agriculture, alternative energy, defense and related sectors such as water/air quality, public land use, endangered species, site cleanup,pesticides, health and safety, and consumer products regulation.

Government Contracts:
The group has a 40-year history of unrivaled excellence, depth and success. The world’s largest and most prominent contractors, and small to mid-size companies, turn to the group who are industry leaders. The group offers a full range of advice, including bid protests, claims, counseling, and litigation.

The group provides a range of litigation, transactional and counseling services to clients nationwide. From hospitals and hospital systems, to payors, managed care companies, pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, government contractors, and established and start-up medical device/biotech companies.

Insurance/ Reinsurance:
The group represents clients in a variety of coverage and reinsurance matters and has experience in property and casualty, life, healthcare, accident health, management liability, and financial lines insurance matters. The group handles complex insurance litigation, negotiations, mediations, ADR, and insurance bankruptcy matters.

Intellectual Property:
The group represents many leading technology companies in both defending and asserting infringement claims in federal courts, as well as before the US ITC. The group is one of the leading players in the patent procurement arena and also serves as counsel for companies with an interest in ICANN’s new gTLD program.

International Trade & Dispute Resolution:
The group provides a complete suite of services to assist the challenges of international businesses. The experienced group guides governments, businesses, and individuals as they structure investments and work across borders to trade goods and services, open new markets and settle disputes. The group works closely with the firm’s subsidiary C&M International to craft government policies for countries.

Litigation & Trial:
A core strength of the firm is the Litigation Group,which brings and defends lawsuits for clients in nationwide and global courts, on matters spanning all practice and industry competencies. The firm has represented clients in over 1,400 trials and approximately 700 appeals. In 2011, the firmrepresented DuPont in a trade secret theft case against Kolon that resulted in a $919.9 million jury verdict for DuPont.

White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement:
The group has substantial trial experience, along with pragmatic counseling and negotiating capabilities, defending clients under FCPA, qui tam action brought under the False Claim Act, securities and commodities fraud, and more. In 2011, the firm led a successful defense in the landmark Lindsey Manufacturing Company FCPA case.

Areas of Practice

  • Advertising & Product Risk Management
  • Antitrust
  • Aviation
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
  • C&M International
  • Corporate/Securities
  • E-Discovery & Information Management
  • Environment, Energy & Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Government Affairs
  • Government Contracts
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance/Reinsurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Trial
  • Plaintiff ’s Recovery
  • Tax
  • Torts
  • Trade Associations
  • Trade Secrets
  • White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement


  • 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2595
  • Tel +1 202 624 2500
  • Fax +1 202 628 5116
  • Website : www.crowell.com
  • 1029 W. 3rd Avenue,
  • Suite 402,
  • Anchorage,
  • Alaska
  • USA
  • AK 99501
  • Tel +1 907 865 2600
  • Fax +1 907 865 2680
  • 3 Park Plaza,
  • 20th Floor,
  • Irvine,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92614-8505
  • Tel +1 949 263 8400
  • Fax +1 949 263 8414
  • 515 South Flower St,
  • 40th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071
  • Tel +1 213 622 4750
  • Fax +1 213 622 2690
  • 275 Battery Street, 23rd Floor ,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94111
  • Tel +1 415 986 2800
  • Fax +1 415986 2827
  • 590 Madison Avenue,
  • 20th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10022-2544
  • Tel +1 212 223 4000
  • Fax +1 212 223 4134
  • 205 Storey Boulevard,
  • Suite 120,
  • Cheyenne,
  • Wyoming
  • USA
  • WY 82009
  • Tel +1 307 996 1400
  • Fax +1 307 996 1419

Environment - Alaska

THE FIRM Crowell & Moring operates a sterling practice in the environment and natural resources sector, and works extensively with high-profile clients such as Shell and Marathon. Its recent highlights include representing Buccaneer Energy in its acquisition of a jack-up drilling rig for use in oil and gas exploration drilling in Alaskan waters.

Sources say: "Excellent client service; key team members are always available at any time, and they back each other up very effectively."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kyle Parker is a key partner in the firm's Anchorage energy and natural resources group.

Construction - California

THE FIRM The Crowell & Moring construction offering represents a broad range of clients, including engineers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and owners. The team regularly undertakes public and private matters on a national and regional scale, and has extensive experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration. Recently, the firm has acted on litigations relating to delay, termination and differing site conditions.

Sources say: "A very impressive firm known for their good work on high-stakes litigation." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Sullivan is a key contact.

Litigation - California

THE FIRM Crowell & Moring makes its debut following rapid growth in California over the past few years. Sources praise its strength in managed care issues and class action representations. Among its major recent cases is acting for the Regents of the University of California and Dr Michael Jung in a contract case brought by Medivation concerning the ownership of a new prostate cancer drug.

Sources say: "We hire them when we have a particularly challenging matter and want somebody really good to handle it, somebody that we really trust."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Excellent trial lawyer" Douglas Sullivan “has a tremendous capacity for retaining knowledge and then deploying it,” according to sources. He defended Enterprise Holdings in complex commercial litigation concerning the use of quick response codes in rented automobiles.

Sources hold Gregory Call in high regard, lauding him for being “tenacious and fearless” and having “everything you want in a litigator.” He undertakes breach of contract, antitrust and general commercial work and recently acted for a number of major retailers as plaintiffs on a case against Westfield Roseville Galleria.

Senior counsel Michael Kahn is described as a “master strategist” and “an unbelievably quick assimilator of information.” He acted for the Regents of the University of California on litigation and reviews into the use of pepper spray and batons during the 'Occupy' protests.

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - California

THE FIRM This firm maintains a robust practice that frequently liaises with its sizable white-collar crime team across the country. It leverages its strength in the banking and securities fraud, healthcare and regulatory enforcement arenas and is actively involved in disputes involving the DOJ, SEC and FDA.

Sources say: "They are very generous with their time."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients appreciate Janet Levine and say that she "is an exemplary lawyer, who is intelligent, extremely hard-working and meticulous." She has an impressive litigation track record and chairs the firm's white-collar and regulatory enforcement group nationally. She recently handled complex securities and banking fraud, antitrust and trade secret theft cases. Recent work highlights include handling the reversal of the first-ever conviction of a corporation violating the FCPA, and representing the founder of a California charter school in a political corruption case along with Jeffrey Rutherford. Rutherford has a dedicated white-collar criminal defense practice and recently served as the lead partner handling a significant antitrust case against the DOJ and SEC.

John Vandevelde has long been admired as a senior white-collar criminal defense authority. He continues to lend his knowledge to complex matters and is respected for his expertise in handling False Claims Act matters.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm has a varied and successful antitrust practice, combining high-profile representation in the transactional arena with a successful litigation offering. It has a particular niche in plaintiff litigation for firms opting out of class actions. Notable recent matters include acting as co-counsel for UTC on the finalization of its $18.4 billion deal with Goodrich, following a nine-month review process involving jurisdictions worldwide.

Sources say: "They are very confident and technically skilled in many areas and we get very good, personal representation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Randolph Smith has an "outstanding understanding of the law" and brings "reasoned analysis" to his work, according to sources, who also cite him as an "easy and congenial person to work with." Smith primarily works on the antitrust aspects of M&A, and led the representation of UTC in the deal with Goodrich.

Firm chairman Kent Gardiner is described as a "strategic thinker" by sources, who are quick to note his ability to convey complex ideas to clients. He is often seen on the plaintiff side in antitrust litigation. He was co-lead counsel for CSX Transportation as defendants in a class action concerning rail freight fuel surcharges.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Crowell & Moring's financial restructuring and bankruptcy group is acclaimed for its expertise in acting for insurers on mass tort bankruptcies. The team has also developed a significant practice representing lender syndicates, investors and financial institutions. Recent highlights include representing Fireman’s Fund and American Automobile Insurance in relation to the bankruptcy of Plant Insulation. Crowell & Moring also represents Alsalam Aircraft in connection with the cross-border bankruptcy of Aveos Fleet Performance.

Sources say: "Some of the best attorneys in the country, with a specialty in asbestos insurance coverage and bankruptcy issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "knowledgeable, responsive and astute" Mark Plevin is an expert in the bankruptcy litigation and insurance sectors. Interviews note that "he explains the issues and recommendations in an understandable way." Plevin splits his time between Washington, DC and San Francisco. 

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Crowell & Moring has a strong offering on the corporate side, handling sophisticated and high-profile transactions for key players such as BAE Systems, Goldman Sachs and UTC. The experienced practitioners recently acted for Saab on its $150 million sale of shares in C3 Technologies.  

Sources say: "The quality is excellent and they are always thorough, responsive and proactive." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mitchell Rabinowitz is "very practical, responsive and results-oriented," and impresses with his representations of key financial institutions in M&A, joint venture and investment transactions. One satisfied interviewee lauds him as "one of the best lawyers I have dealt with in my professional career."

James Stuart recently counseled Health Net on the $160 million sale of Medicare PDP, and assisted it in negotiating ongoing commercial agreements. He chairs the firm's corporate group and impresses sources with his experience in the area.

Environment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This practice group is widely recognized for its strength in endangered species, mining and renewable energy work. The team is comprised of lawyers with significant government experience, and regularly handles matters involving the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior and Energy, and the EPA. The firm represents an impressive range of major clients, and recently acted for leading coal company Peabody Energy on a dispute relating to accessing private personal records, which was a landmark case in the mining industry.

Sources say: "I was impressed by their strong regulatory analysis and litigation instincts." "They have superb expertise in endangered species work."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Menotti has a prominent reputation for his work relating to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). He is praised by clients for providing "excellent legal, regulatory, tactical and technical advice on complicated issues."

Sources say Richard Schwartz is "absolutely exceptional, practical and smart." His recent work includes acting for a number of agricultural trade associations on a challenge to EPA regulations relating to the CAA.

Chet Thompson "deserves a lot of credit - he will be one of the real movers and shakers of the coming years," say market commentators. He advises major trade associations on clean air matters.

The promising Kirsten Nathanson handles complex multiparty Superfund matters for high-profile clients. Sources describe her as "logical and calm, with a very analytical approach."

Healthcare - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm is recognized for its impressive showing in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters pertaining to the healthcare industry. The group has enjoyed a particularly strong year in complex, multijurisdictional litigation, and has handled a number of fraud and abuse and False Claims Act cases for clients of the caliber of Actavis Group. The team also handles regulatory and compliance matters for clients such as Bon Secours Health System and America's Health Insurance Plans.

Sources say: "The firm is providing excellent service in a very broad range of areas. I'm very impressed."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Brennan has an outstanding reputation for fraud and abuse issues and the False Claims Act. Recent work includes representing an attorney and law firm that are under investigation by the DOJ for their role in issuing a legal opinion to a hospital client in an unprecedented False Claims Act violation case.  Sources say that "he is great" and "a true healthcare lawyer."

The "exceptional" Arthur Lerner cochairs the firm's healthcare group and is considered a market leader for antitrust and managed care issues. He recently advised Coventry Health Care in connection with antitrust issues surrounding its $7.2 billion acquisition by Aetna. 

Insurance - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Clients are unanimous in their praise for this firm, which has firmly established itself as a prominent presence on the insurer side of disputes. The team is particularly known for handling mass tort coverage litigation, and also deals with significant reinsurance matters. Recent highlights include representing AmEx Assurance in a high-profile lawsuit concerning accidental death and disability benefits under a travel insurance policy. The group regularly represents major industry players, including United Educators, Transatlantic Reinsurance and Fireman's Fund. 

Sources say: "The firm's overall professionalism, commitment to succeeding, and treatment of clients as equals forges a partnership that delivers hands-on results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients highlight Clifford Hendler's prowess in developing productive relationships with opposing counsel, which assists in reaching favorable solutions. He has been involved in a number of complex insurance disputes on behalf of Allianz/Fireman's Fund. 

Client favorite Paul Kalish is lauded as being "extremely responsive and prepared for emergency, with an encyclopedic knowledge of insurance coverage." He has recently represented Everest Reinsurance in coverage issues related to the liquidation of Midland Insurance.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Crowell & Moring is held in particularly high regard for the quality of its work in patent infringement claims and trademark and trade secrets litigation. The team has scored a list of notable successes at district and appellate levels, as well as before the ITC. Highlights include securing a $919.9 million jury verdict for DuPont in a trade secrets action regarding its Kevlar-brand aramid fiber following a dispute with Kolon Industries. 

Sources say: "The firm is providing excellent service in a very broad range of areas."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Supko is praised by sources, who note that "his overall knowledge and expertise provide great comfort." He chairs the firm's IP group and is particularly strong in litigation matters concerning computer, electrical and mechanical engineering patents. 

Jeffrey Sanok specializes in patent procurement and litigation, as well as IP licensing and strategic counseling. He focuses mainly on matters concerning consumer electronics, industrial manufacturing systems, telecommunications and vehicle controls and systems.

The "customer-oriented" Stephen Palan has a comprehensive patent practice covering licensing,  procurement, portfolio management and high-stakes litigation. He is also an expert in trade secrets protection. His technical expertise is particularly pronounced with regard to consumer electronics, computer, data networking and wireless technologies.

Litigation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Crowell & Moring's DC office offers significant litigation capabilities across a range of sectors. It acts for an impressive range of national clients, including DuPont, for which the team managed to obtain almost $920 million damages in the biggest ever US contested trade secrets verdict. DuPont alleged that Kolon, a competitor, had stolen over 150 trade secrets relating to DuPont's Kevlar product.

Sources say: "The team is very confident and technically skilled in many areas, and definitely values us as a client - we know that whatever the issue is, it will be addressed promptly and efficiently." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Kathleen Taylor Sooy is widely regarded as "very experienced and strategic." She concentrates on commercial and product liability litigation, and is also commended for her approach to client service. 

Philip Inglima has notable expertise within the white-collar crime field and is praised for his ability to "handle individual and corporate representation with equal aplomb." Market sources further praise his ability to "nimbly adapt to a number of different areas."

Climate Change - Nationwide

THE FIRM This robust practice is actively involved in policy-shaping advocacy on behalf of a large client base, which features a substantial amount of trade associations. The group regularly defends or challenges agency decisions in high-profile litigation It recently represented six leading trade associations in a case which involved defending an Endangered Species Act ruling accompanying the designated status of polar bears as a threatened species. Key clients include the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, National Mining Association and Western States Petroleum Association.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Smith is an expert in handling environmental transactional matters. His experience includes underwritings, financings and M&A, as well as corporate governance counseling.

Chet Thompson is a former deputy general counsel of the EPA. His broad practice encompasses the representation of clients in litigation, advocacy, counseling and enforcement defense under the CAA.

Environment - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team climbs the rankings after a successful year, which included victories in a number of high-profile litigation matters, as well as the lateral hires of two highly regarded attorneys. Former Cravath partner Jeff Smith and former Wyoming governor David Freudenthal joined the firm, significantly bolstering its strength in this area. The group is at the forefront of national rulemakings, frequently engaging in advocacy on behalf of a number of trade association clients, helping to shape future developments in this field.

Commercial Awareness "They provide good practical advice that takes into account the total business environment, not just technical legal considerations."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The firm's environment and natural resources group is led by former EPA deputy general counsel Chet Thompson, who works out of the firm's Washington, DC office.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM The team at Crowell & Moring is comprised of over 50 government contracts specialists, and has growing expertise in bid protests. Notable clients include BAE Systems and the Military & Veterans Services wing of UnitedHealth Group, but the firm also continues to see expansion in its client base of small and mid-sized businesses. The past year saw the team successfully defend an award made to Spectrum Healthcare Resources, and then defeat a subsequent appeal relating to the contract to build and operate two family health clinics for the Department of Defense, which was valued at over $220 million. Crowell achieved victory on behalf of its client after multiple rounds of bid protests. 

Client Service "They keep us updated on things they do in our area, which allows us to key our strategy in a particular direction. I feel like they're an extension of our company and can't imagine not having the firm at our fingertips. Our company would be less well off if they weren't around."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the group Angela Styles maintains a practice focused primarily on suspension and debarment matters. 

Clients sing Terry Albertson's praises for his work in the government contracts arena, saying: "He really is one of the leading lights in that regard." Albertson represents a number of defense contractors, and has amassed great expertise in counseling on matters relating to contract costs, price, accounting and termination issues.

Sources are impressed by Thomas Humphrey's "extraordinary wisdom in analyzing cases." In the past year, Humphrey has demonstrated his dynamism in bid protests, successfully defending an award made by the Army to BAE Systems in relation to the development of a 'next-generation common infrared countermeasure system for helicopters'.

Stanfield Johnson continues to counsel clients in the most complex government contracting issues.

Daniel Forman is gaining increased recognition for his expertise in technology-related bid protests, and is championed by clients as an "excellent advocate."

Healthcare - Nationwide

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Insurance - Nationwide

THE FIRM Peers recognize this firm as a key player in the US insurance space, with offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and New York. The team is recognized as a leader in reinsurance and complex insurance coverage in mass torts from asbestos to medical devices-related lawsuits. The firm has been busy representing ACE in several high-stakes coverage disputes.

Client Service "We have found that C&M lawyers are all experts in their areas and have very good client service ethos."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Experienced" Clifford Hendler is recognized in the market for playing a front-line role in asbestos disputes. Clients single him out for his "superb" ability to understand their needs and develop productive relationships with adversaries.

Cochair of Crowell’s insurance and reinsurance group, Paul Kalish has a national reputation in connection to reinsurance and insurance coverage asbestos and D&O issues. Clients say: "He is extremely responsive and is prepared for emergencies."

International Arbitration - Nationwide

THE FIRM This respected firm is experienced in dealing with investment treaties and commercial arbitrations. It regularly represents clients in high-value cases and displays a particular aptitude in investor-state cases. The firm is committed to supporting clients' best interests by providing alternative fee arrangements. Current clients include Khan Resources, H&H Enterprises and Marriott International.

Sources say: "The group is very client-oriented." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ian Laird is a key contact at the firm.

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM Export and import issues are the mainstays of this firm's practice, and the group handles a variety of work on each side. The team provides customs advice to a wide array of clients, including the Toyota affiliate Aisin and golfing equipment manufacturer Acushnet. Trade remedies work is an active area, and the firm represented GM in an antidumping and countervailing duty investigation.

Sources say: "They provide a very good standard of service - very knowledgeable in the area from both a legal and a business perspective."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Jeffrey Snyder has wide-ranging experience: "He's quite terrific - he's not only got a good sense of US law but also has good oversight." He is particularly well regarded for his advice on export control regulations such as ITAR and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Clients describe John Brew as "extremely good, and very responsive." His workload includes classification disputes, audits, prior disclosures and duty drawback.

Transportation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm has a strong reputation for regulatory work in the aviation sector. It took a lead role in advising on the multitude of domestic and international regulatory issues arising from the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines. The firm's client roster includes a host of leading airlines and trade organizations including SkyWest, Airlines for America and Helicopter Association International.

Client Service "They are knowledgeable and accessible, and have the ability to complete an assignment in a timely fashion, at a reasonable cost."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lorry Halloway heads up the firm's aviation group. She has an excellent reputation in the industry, with sources praising her "insightful and clear regulatory advice." She played a lead role in the aforementioned United Airlines and Continental Airlines matters.

Gerald Murphy's practice encompasses corporate, aviation and administrative law. He is acclaimed for his "broad understanding and knowledge of the aviation industry." His clients include SkyWest and United Airlines.