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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 has been recognized for its innovative legal project management initiative that enhances 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:  

Antitrust: 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; 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.

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.

Healthcare: 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 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 firm represented DuPont in a trade secret theft case against Kolon that resulted in a $919.9 million jury verdict for DuPont. In 2013, the firm was recognized by the National Law Journal as “Washington, DC Litigation Department of the Year” in the “General Civil Litigation” category.

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.

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

Branches

  • 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

What the team is known for Well regarded for oil and gas matters, particularly project permitting and complex litigation. Advises companies on compliance and the acquisition of rights to mineral lands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at understanding the nuances of Alaska." 

"Just fantastic local Alaska counsel." 

Work highlights Represented Linc Energy in the acquisition of an oil and gas development prospect on the North Slope Foothills of Alaska.

Advised Matanuska Electric Association on securing financing for the construction of a gas-fired electric power station from National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.

Represented Marathon Oil Company in proceedings before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska relating to the transition of Marathon's legacy field gathering lines in Cook Inlet into public service.

Notable practitioners  

Kyle Parker offers over 20 years of experience in environmental law, focusing on energy, natural resources and the defense of permits. One client appreciates that he "knows what's going on, and understands politics and how to position us."

David Mayberry represents energy and natural resources clients in regulatory and litigation matters. Interviewees say: "He can pretty much handle anything."

Significant clients Buccaneer Energy, Lockheed Martin, Pebble Limited Partners, C&C Technologies, Nordaq Energy.

Insurance - California

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Healthy reputation in California for a broad range of commercial disputes. Has handled a number of recent cases involving healthcare and pharmaceutical clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very strategic, cost-effective and really care about the outcome of the matter. We have been extremely happy with them."

"They are amazing writers. I expect them to produce high-quality work, and they deliver."

Work highlights Represented car rental service provider Enterprise Holdings in a series of federal and state consumer class action cases.

Continued to act for The Regents of the University of California in its suit against Medivation concerning the licensing of a number of cancer drugs developed by a team at the university.

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" Gregory Call elicits praise from sources for being "exceedingly articulate and very strategic." He is cochair of Crowell's litigation group and has expertise in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes.

Sources laud Michael Kahn, saying that "he is responsive, empathizes with the client, and is very creative, practical and strategic in his thinking." He has recently worked in the defense of consumer class actions.

Douglas Sullivan is regarded by sources as a go-to lawyer for dispute work. He focuses on complex litigation, with recent involvement in defending clients under environmental statutes.

Significant clients Health Net, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, UnitedHealth Group, GM.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Notable strength in representing defendants in white-collar criminal matters. Broad practice encompassing banking and securities fraud, and healthcare, environmental and antitrust matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The team was extremely diligent, intelligent and laser-like in its focus."

"Their billing rates offer real value for money." 

Notable practitioners  

The "very talented" Janet Levine is chair of the firm's trial practice and has a great deal of experience in litigation of all kinds, with a particularly successful white-collar practice in FCPA matters. Sources describe her as "one of the best criminal defense trial lawyers you could ever find."

Jeffrey Rutherford specializes in white-collar defense and FCPA matters. According to commentators, he is "an experienced and excellent trial lawyer who is extremely thorough and cares a great deal about his client."

John Vandevelde is a highly esteemed stalwart of the white-collar Bar who continues to consult with the firm and offer his extensive expertise.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Noted for its capabilities across a wide variety of antitrust areas, including highly active litigation and merger practices. Widely recognized for its capacity to advise plaintiffs opting out of class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very thorough and knowledgeable and leave no stone unturned."

"Their client service and commercial operations are top-notch."

Work highlights Represented AT&T in relation to its proposed acquisition of Leap Wireless for $4 billion.

Acted for a number of clients, including RadioShack, Motorola Mobility and Kmart, as plaintiffs in the LCD price-fixing litigations.

Notable practitioners  

Randolph Smith is described by sources as a "very seasoned, knowledgeable expert in the antitrust field" who is also noted as "very detail oriented." He recently acted for AT&T in relation to its $4 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless.

Kent Gardiner is Crowell & Moring's chairman in addition to his day-to-day practice. Sources describe him as "extremely business savvy and also a fantastic communicator and strategic thinker." Lately, he acted for CSX in the rail freight fuel surcharge antitrust litigation.

Significant clients United Technologies, DuPont, Enterprise Holdings, Cardinal Health, Goldman Sachs.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Leading name for insurance work, especially in asbestos-related bankruptcies. Comes recommended for its counsel to financial institutions, lender syndicates and investors.

Work highlights Represented Fireman's Fund in the asbestos-related Chapter 11 proceedings of Plant Insulation. Recently involved defending the settlement made between the client and the debtor against objections from other insurers as to the size of the client's contribution.

Counsels Midland Loan Services in a number of national matters relating to distressed CMBS loans, loan reorganizations, receiverships and foreclosures.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Plevin splits his time between the firm's DC and San Francisco offices and represents insurance companies in major asbestos-related bankruptcy cases. He has also recently led the defense for Atradius Trade Credit Insurance against claims of negligence that resulted from litigation in the Bankruptcy Court. Clients say he is "very easy to work with and a very strategic thinker" and are impressed with his ability to focus on the big picture in pressure situations.

Monique Almy is "a very bright, energetic and personable lawyer," according to clients. She handles a broad range of cases for the firm that includes work as a Chapter 7 trustee for BioniCare Medical Technologies, working on the team handling distressed CMBS loans and foreclosures among other things for Midland Loan Services, and resolving complex competing claims between the bankruptcy and receivership estates of Insurance Payment Plan.

Significant clients Sovereign Bank, LNR Partners, Zurich, ACE USA Insurance.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate and M&A practice, with considerable expertise in the life sciences, financial services and government contracts. A go-to firm for complex bank consortium transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do a great job and have been really efficient on all the corporate work they've done. I would hire them again in a minute."

"They have an absolutely superb government contracts practice." 

Work highlights Advised a consortium of ten investment banks, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, on the formation of a Dodd-Frank compliant clearing solution for OTC foreign exchange products.

Acted for BAE Systems on the sale of its commercial armored vehicle business to The O'Gara Group, following a carve-out of the unit from the military and construction armored vehicle business.

Notable practitioners 

Mitchell Rabinowitz focuses on representing major banking clients in consortium transactions. He is very highly regarded in the financial institutions space, with clients saying: "He is incredibly knowledgeable on general corporate work but also keeps up to date on developments affecting the industry. He is very knowledgeable on changes in market conditions."

Chair of the corporate group James Stuart has considerable experience in corporate transactions, including asset acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. Sources praise his client service, saying: "He's amazingly accessible. He's so busy; I don't know how he manages to make you feel like yours is the only transaction he's working on, but he does!"

Shortly prior to publication, Samuel Feigin joined the firm from Nixon Peabody. Feigin represents a range of clients, including startups and venture capital funds. Part of his practice focuses on Israel-related transactions.

Significant clients Cigna, Wilmington Trust, ICAP, Open Text, GEF Management.

Environment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Works with an impressive set of clients operating in the energy, agriculture, chemical and manufacturing sectors, as well as with trade associations. Areas of expertise include environmental and tort litigation, clean air and water, chemicals and toxic substances. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm combines a depth of legal knowledge about the area with the ability to do regulatory work. It also has a world-class litigation team." 

Work highlights Defended GE Capital in a new source review case brought by the EPA and the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania regarding the Homer City power generation facility.

Represented Continental Resources in a criminal case under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act concerning liability enforcement of the Act with regard to oil and gas projects.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" David Menotti is a seasoned environmental practitioner. His practice covers a wide range of issues touching upon the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

Clients praise Richard Schwartz's "brilliant legal mind," with one adding: "He is one of the brightest lawyers I have ever worked with. He is very good at stepping back from the detail and thinking about the big picture and the best way to frame the issue in the way a judge can understand." 

The "tough and shrewd" Chet Thompson is an "excellent litigator," say clients. He is cochair of the environment, energy and resources group at the firm. 

Kirsten Nathanson "is polished, a good litigator and presenter," according to clients. Peers identify her as being "logical, calm and analytical." 

Significant clients Chevron, DuPont, CEMEX USA, National Mining Association, Cheminova.

Healthcare - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Excellent track record for advising leading health insurance companies and healthcare providers. Expertise spans diverse areas such as fraud and abuse, antitrust and government contracts and draws on extensive litigation and regulatory compliance capabilities. Regularly advises on the implications of federal regulations on payors and providers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent healthcare team with superlative service." 

"They have always done great work and are very responsive." 

Work highlights Advised Coventry Health on the antitrust issues arising from its $7.2 billion sale to Aetna.

Acted for Regents of the University of California in False Claims Act litigation involving claims made by a whistle-blower.

Notable practitioners  

John Brennan is noted for being "very thoughtful in his analysis" and "very knowledgeable about legal structures in the provider sector." He is praised for his expertise in fraud and abuse issues and government investigations, and regularly handles False Claims Act work.

Arthur Lerner is highly regarded for being "very creative, very sharp and always thinking two steps ahead." He regularly advises hospitals and health plans regarding antitrust-related issues, fraud and abuse and transactions.

Significant clients UnitedHealth Group, Cigna, WellPoint, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans.  

Insurance - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Acclaimed team skilled in both insurance and reinsurance, representing some of the nation's highest-profile carriers. Offers expertise in claims involving professional liability, insurer bankruptcy and the Bermuda Form, specialist areas of reinsurance such as life and health, and regulatory matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I think the world of them. I trust their guidance and respect their opinion. What more could you want? I feel I have that comfort level - they're wonderful."

"I think very highly of them. They've got some of the best and the brightest, and they're strong advocates for their clients."  

Work highlights Advised ACE USA Companies in an insurance coverage action brought by 3M, regarding underlying perfluoronated chemical claims.

Has been representing Allianz/Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies in negotiations with the NFL, the NCAA and other insurers regarding the costs of defending concussion-related tort claims.

Notable practitioners  

"Very impressive guy" Paul Kalish is an expert in insurance matters involving torts, natural disasters and liquidation. According to one commentator: "He has a national perspective on asbestos litigation and coverage issues, which I consider to be truly valuable when you're trying to determine trends and issues for forecasting issues and keeping one step ahead."

Clifford Hendler acts as national counsel for several high-profile insurers, representing them in a variety of claims including environmental, asbestos and pharmaceuticals. He recently represented ACE USA in litigation brought by Exxon regarding asbestos products and premises claims. Sources describe him as a "superb technician."

William O'Neill is skilled in reinsurance matters, including life reinsurance disputes, cedent insolvencies and asbestos and environmental claims, as well as occasionally handling direct insurance matters. He is known by clients to be "extremely responsive" and "very practical" with "a deep and broad knowledge of the field."

Significant clients Swiss Re, Transatlantic Reinsurance, Liberty International Underwriters, American Express, Zurich.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

What the team is known for A particularly strong patent litigation practice with an excellent track record in electrical engineering and pharmaceutical patent suits. A large proportion of the attorneys have experience practicing before the USPTO.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team I worked with was very competent and they took the time to really get to know the business so that they were able to increase their efficiencies."

"They have good technical skills and make prudent strategic decisions."

Work highlights Won a 20-year injunction and $919.9 million damages award for DuPont against Kolon Industries in a theft of trade secrets action regarding the client's product, Kevlar.

Successfully stayed a Federal Claims litigation mounted by Cheetah Omni against client BAE Systems regarding laser-based missile countermeasures systems patents by convincing the USPTO to institute an inter partes review of the technology.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Supko chairs the firm's intellectual property practice. He is lauded for his "incredible knowledge" of patent law, particularly with respect to electrical engineering technology, and for his handling of cases before the courts and the USPTO.

Jeffrey Sanok has a comprehensive patent practice which includes representations before district courts, the ITC and the USPTO, as well as strategic counseling, licensing and transactions.

Significant clients Avaya, BAE Systems, Eastman Kodak, General Motors, Marriott International.

Litigation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Maintains longstanding relationships with prominent clients and adopts a tailored approach to cases. Particular specialties include antitrust, IP and healthcare disputes. Also sought after for its product liability expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They consistently exceed expectations and always prepare me well for what may happen in the case."

"Really strong trial capabilities, primarily in complex commercial litigation."

What's new? Recent client gains include Amazon, Dow Coming and Tesla Motors.

Work highlights Secured $919.9 million in damages and a 20-year injunction for DuPont against Kolon Industries in a trade secrets case.

Acting for four Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies on refuting allegations of having violated antitrust laws.

Notable practitioners  

Litigation practice leader Kathleen Taylor Sooy is commended by clients for her ability to "translate the needs of the business into an actionable plan," and particularly for her capacity to foresee all potential turns in litigation. Sources say she is a very effective guide and "an excellent person to rely on for advice as you move through litigation."

Philip Inglima is very highly commended for his work in white-collar criminal defense, and for providing excellent service to all his clients. One source reports that "with Philip as your attorney, you could go to trial with your life depending on it and you would be in very good hands."

Thomas Hanusik heads the white-collar and regulatory enforcement department. He is very highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of all white-collar matters, for being "very much attuned to which arguments will work," and for always "genuinely having his client's best interests at heart."

Significant clients AT&T, CSX Transportation, Marriott International, GM, GE.

Climate Change - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Assists regional and national trade associations in their efforts to influence policies and regulations set by the EPA and other agencies. Provides companies with climate change advice, enforcement and litigation services.

Work highlights Represented Celanese in its application to the EPA for a Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit allowing the construction of a methanol plant.

Acted for the American Iron and Steel Institute in challenges before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals relating to new EPA rulemakings on industrial greenhouse gas emissions.  

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Smith focuses his climate change practice on transactional issues arising from financings, M&A and underwritings.

The "outstanding" Chet Thompson is "very knowledgeable," state observers. He leads the environment, energy and resources group at the firm.

Significant clients Allison Transmission, Gerdau Ameristeel, Tesla Motors, Dow, GE. 

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles and DC.

What the team is known for Benefited significantly from the arrival of Larry Eisenstat and Richard Lehfeldt from Dickstein Shapiro. Acts for the public and private sector in energy-related litigation before the FERC and in federal courts. Also advises in relation to issues related to the DOE and NERC.

Notable practitioners  

Larry Eisenstat heads the electricity regulatory group. He focuses on representing clients such as utilities, IPPs and transmission companies in regulatory compliance and FERC proceedings. Sources say: "He is extremely capable, he is quite a vigorous advocate for his clients, and he is an excellent regulatory lawyer and litigator."

Richard Lehfeldt has a great deal of experience in the energy sector, having worked in-house for energy companies and acted as counsel to the Energy Subcommittee of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee. Commentators appreciate his insights into policy and regulatory issues. "His written pleadings always hit all the right notes and he clearly knows the area," reports one source. 

Jennifer Waters advises clients in relation to energy regulatory issues, with a particular focus on the natural gas sector. She acted for the East Tennessee Customer Group in FERC proceedings related to natural gas supply rates.

Environment - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Anchorage and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well known for handling regulatory and litigation work for clients in the agriculture, energy and resource sectors. Matters include civil, criminal and tort litigation, air and water quality, chemical issues, and cleanups. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely knowledgeable about the subject. Quality work that stands in court."

"They have been expanding significantly with very sophisticated practitioners. I think it is impressive what they are doing there."

Work highlights Represented CEMEX in EPA investigations concerning Clear Air Act New Source Review compliance at a variety of facilities in the USA.

Defended Westmoreland Resources in a citizen suit challenging the State of Montana's coal mining regulation under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.  

Notable practitioners 

Washington, DC-based Chet Thompson is a key contact.

Significant clients GE Capital, National Mining Association, Cheminova, Asahi Glass, Pebble Partnership.

Government - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A leading practice group in the government contracts sector which is highly regarded by both peers and clients. Adept in handling compliance issues, cost accounting, bid protests and issues involving suspension and debarment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a standout firm. They have some of the premier experts in specific areas of government contracts."

"The gold standard in this area."  

Work highlights Acted for CBY Design Builders on a $675 million matter which saw the firm challenge a decision by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that had resulted in a contract award being taken away from CBY. The firm successfully argued the implementation of corrective action before the Court of Federal Claims.

Represented Spectrum Healthcare Resources in two-year litigation and successfully protected an award of $220 million in value.

Notable practitioners  

Terry Albertson is considered a cost accounting expert by peers and clients across the board. "He has been doing this for many years. He is widely recognized as the best government cost accounting expert in the city. He is very practical, has seen it all before, and can analyze very complex issues and communicate them in a very understandable way," reports one enthusiastic commentator.

David Bodenheimer is a leading lawyer within the cybersecurity space who is described by one source as "the top expert on defective pricing. We haven't found anyone more knowledgeable than David."

Peter Eyre offers expertise in bid protests, suspension and debarment law and government investigations. Clients say he is "a younger partner who is practical and very well versed in the government contracts practice. He has a very action-oriented approach to providing legal advice."

Thomas Humphrey is highly regarded within the bid protests field. Sources state: "He has been practicing for many, many years. One of the reasons we picked him is that he is one of the best government protest lawyers in the city. He is strategic, well known and well respected. His years of experience help make him more effective in terms of figuring out what is going to work and what is not."

Daniel Forman has a broad practice with extensive knowledge in areas including bid protests, compliance and False Claims Act matters. Clients say he is a "tremendous expert," and that "he understands our business, and is very responsive and well versed in government contracting."

Angela Styles has particular strength in disclosure matters and issues arising from the False Claims Act. Clients say: "She has superb judgment and knowledge of the clients' culture, as well as being well connected within the US government." She is also accomplished in the area of procurement ethics and compliance.

Significant clients UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services, Academi, SUFI Network Services, National Government Services, Arctic Slope Consulting Services.

Healthcare - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Insurance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers deep expertise in both direct insurance and reinsurance dispute matters. Wide range of expertise in litigation and mediation across a range of areas including bankruptcy, financial lines and professional liability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a pleasure to work with. They're very professional and practically oriented in terms of how they approach matters."

Work highlights Represented Everest Reinsurance in reinsurance and coverage claims arising as a result of litigation following Midland Insurance's liquidation.

Recently represented Allianz/Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies in negotiations with the NFL, the NCAA and other insurers regarding tort claim defense costs.

Notable practitioners  

Clifford Hendler has a longstanding reputation for his insurance practice. Areas of his skill include claims involving asbestos, pharmaceutical and environmental coverage. He is praised by clients for his skill in negotiations, and they note that they retain him for his ability to "assess the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of a case."

Paul Kalish is praised by sources for being "extremely knowledgeable" and for his "very good reputation" acting on behalf of the insurance industry. He represents insurers and reinsurers in high-profile litigation and arbitrations.

Significant clients Swiss Re, Transatlantic Reinsurance, Liberty International Underwriters, American Express, Zurich.

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for Demonstrates particular strength in the areas of export controls, sanctions and customs. Significant experience advising companies subject to investigations and penalty proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their responsiveness is excellent. They are always quick to provide sound guidance and help us develop responses and strategies to maintain our compliance position."

"They are a great team who communicate clearly and provides frequent updates on their progress."

Work highlights Represented Siemens Medical Solutions before US Customs and Border Protection, successfully obtaining confirmation that certain ultrasound equipment within its product line qualified as US-origin goods.

Advised American Optisurgical on OFAC proceedings arising from allegations that the company had breached US sanctions.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Snyder has a distinguished track record of advising on issues relating to sanctions and export controls. His recent experience includes advising on internal investigations and compliance matters.

Clients report that John Brew "has a wealth of knowledge and experience of US import compliance issues and is very helpful at working through complex problems." He advises on customs issues arising in a variety of industry sectors.

Significant clients Caltech, Caterpillar, DuPont, General Motors, Schlumberger.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers deep expertise in the full range of regulatory issues relating to the aviation industry. Represents industry clients including airlines and trade associations in their administrative, licensing, enforcement and compliance concerns, and has extensive experience handling cases before the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Association (FAA).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They certainly have an excellent grasp of the aviation regulatory scheme, both at the FAA and at the DOT."

"They are particularly good in the regulatory sphere, and they understand different business models."

Work highlights Represented United Airlines in regulatory issues, including federal licenses and approvals, arising from its $3.2 billion merger with Continental Airlines.

Advised the Regional Airline Association on a proposed DOT and FAA capacity reduction plan.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced aviation attorney Lorraine Halloway is lauded for her "reliable and responsive" representation of clients. She offers expertise in regulatory matters, particularly in connection with key agencies such as the FAA and DOT, and is known to be "always on top of the game."

Gerald Murphy has expertise in aviation regulatory issues and transactions, and has played a prominent role in handling matters on behalf of high-profile client United Airlines. Clients regard him as "very knowledgeable, savvy, and on top of what's going on in the regulatory world."

Significant clients Aer Lingus, TUI Travel, Helicopter Association International, SkyWest Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines.