• You are now in...

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Washington, DC

Dickstein Shapiro LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1825 Eye Street NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006-5403
  • Tel:+1 202 420 2200
  • Fax:+1 202 420 2201
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Michael E Nannes
  • Managing Partner, Washington, DC: Richard J Leveridge
  • Managing Partner, New York: Howard Graff
  • Managing Partner, California Offices: James H Turken
  • Number of Partners: 120
  • Number of Attorneys: 310

Firm Overview:
Dickstein Shapiro LLP, founded in 1953, is internationally recognized for its work with clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Dickstein Shapiro provides strategic counsel and develops multidisciplinary legal solutions by leveraging its core strengths—litigation, regulatory, transactions, and advocacy—to successfully advance clients’ business interests. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, Silicon Valley, Stamford, and Washington, DC.

Main Areas of Practice:
Complex Dispute Resolution:
Dickstein Shapiro’s Complex Dispute Resolution (CDR) Practice provides comprehensive solutions to avoid, limit, and resolve complex litigation and liability problems. The firm’s CDR attorneys succeed at helping clients maximize recoveries and minimize exposure through creative, cost-effective dispute resolution alternatives and strategies.

Corporate & Finance:
The Corporate and Finance Practice is international in scope and involves representation of some of the world’s largest corporations, commercial banks, investment banks, and venture capital firms. This practice ranges from small, traditional transactions to large, highly complex transactions, and provides a full range of corporate, financial, and transactional legal services to its clients.

Dickstein Shapiro’s multiservice Energy Practice offers a complete range of services to companies that develop, finance, operate, acquire, sell, restructure, or manage large energy infrastructure projects, including renewable and conventional power plants, transmission lines, pipelines, and water desalination plants. The practice has second-to-none capabilities and experience, particularly with respect to federal and state electric and gas regulation, domestic and international energy transactions, litigation, compliance, and enforcement matters.

Government Law & Strategy:
Dickstein Shapiro seeks to advance clients’ interests before the legislative and executive branches of government – a practice unique to Washington, DC. Attorneys and advisors provide support in a number of areas, including public policy, government contracts, State Attorneys General, global security, political law, and congressional investigations.

Insurance Coverage:
Dickstein Shapiro’s premier Insurance Coverage Group – one of the nation’s largest – represents policyholders around the country in disputes with their insurers. Many of the firm’s insurance coverage attorneys are nationally recognized as leaders in insurance recovery, and attorneys have briefed and argued many of the most important and best-known decisions favorable to policyholders in federal and state appellate courts. The firm has helped clients recover $5 billion in the last five years alone from insurers and insurance brokers under a wide range of policies.

Intellectual Property:
Combining decades of litigation experience with a robust procurement and asset management practice, Dickstein Shapiro’s Intellectual Property attorneys devise strategies to help clients protect IP assets while maximizing their value. The firm has handled litigations on both the plaintiff side and defense side involving claims from a few million to hundreds of millions of dollars. The practice also develops comprehensive IP programs and strategies encompassing all aspects of clients’ intellectual property needs, including asset management, patent and trademark procurement, licensing, and counseling.

With more than 200 litigators in offices nationwide, Dickstein Shapiro’s attorneys provide the highest level of integrated representation in numerous inter-related areas, and excel in litigating and settling complex, highstakes business disputes. Whether through trial verdicts, arbitrations, settlements, or other litigation alternatives, Dickstein Shapiro’s litigators seek the best outcome possible for their clients’ goals and their bottom line.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & Financial Services
  • Business Litigation
  • Complex Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate & Finance
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy
  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Public Policy & Law
  • State Attorneys General
  • White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations


  • 2049 Century Park East,
  • Suite 700,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067-3109
  • Tel +1 310 772 8300
  • Fax +1 310 772 8301
  • Email : info@dicksteinshapiro.com.
  • Two Park Plaza,
  • Suite 900,
  • Irvine,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92614-3519
  • Tel 949 623 7880
  • Fax 949 623 7881
  • One Stamford Plaza,
  • 263 Tresser Boulevard,
  • Suite 1400,
  • Stamford,
  • Connecticut
  • USA
  • CT 06901-3271
  • Tel 203 905 4500
  • Fax 203 905 4501
  • Email : info@dicksteinshapiro.com.
  • 1841 Page Mill Road,
  • Suite 150,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1254
  • Tel 650 690 9500
  • Fax 650 690 9501

Insurance - California

THE FIRM This established nationwide practice deals with the full range of policyholder disputes, from entertainment coverage actions to casualty insurance matters. The team has recently been involved in ongoing coverage issues for San Diego Gas & Electric Company arising from litigation following the 2007 San Diego wildfire. Key entertainment industry clients include Fox, Live Nation and NBCUniversal.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kirk Pasich is regarded by clients as "one of the best attorneys in town" He plays a key role in many of the team's most significant cases, including the continued representation of Northrop Grumman in a high-value dispute.

Corporate/M&A - Connecticut

THE FIRM Dickstein Shapiro's Connecticut team is well known for handling the full range of midmarket transactions. The team has a deep knowledge of the energy, education, manufacturing, IT, media and biotechnology industries, among others. The firm's client base includes Harbour Group Industries, Gladstone Investment and the Saint-Gobain Corporation.

Sources say: "The firm has very good knowledge and experience, and the client service is also very strong. They provide excellent support and follow-up on each matter." "The team provides great advice and are very aware of commercial realities when they develop legal strategies."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Freed is praised by sources for "delivering balanced legal advice supported by sound business acumen." He advises on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, joint ventures and securities matters.

Chris Cerrito is regarded as "a very meticulous and thorough attorney. He thinks though our aims when giving advice." He proves particularly popular with clients in the technology and life sciences sectors. He recently led the firm in advising Bioformix on the complex conversion of an existing LLC into a Delaware corporation.

Commentators describe Martin Clarke as "a very good lawyer with a strong business sense." He is commended for his work on behalf of both public and private companies.

John Flaherty is known in the market for being "extremely thorough and very committed to his clients." He is best known for M&A and capital raising matters, and was a key player in the firm's work for Bioformix.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The well-regarded team in Dickstein Shapiro's Washington, DC office offers expertise in creditor, debtor and committee representations, and is often praised for its strong bench strength. Recent highlights including acting for Florida Pritikin Center on the MSR Resorts bankruptcy and disputes over several iconic hotel properties. 

Sources say: "They are very calm, logical and solution-oriented, which is helpful to parties who can get emotional. Their steady hand was invaluable in that process."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very talented" Daniel Litt leads the firm's financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice. He has a diverse practice, and almost three decades of experience in the field. Many interviewees praise his creative approach and foresight during litigation. 

Paul Bennett Bran is highly experienced across a broad range of bankruptcy matters. He played the lead role in acting for Florida Pritikin Center on the MSR Resorts bankruptcy. Respondents are quick to praise his intelligence, with one adding: "He was terrific, detail-oriented and understood the big picture."

Insurance - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm's long-standing expertise in coverage issues earns considerable acknowledgment throughout the market. The group is especially active in the areas of political risk insurance and insurance brokerage, and in the entertainment and sports industries. An impressive client portfolio features Estée Lauder, Beebe Medical Center and Amgen.

Sources say: "They are aggressive and creative – and the carriers know that they are willing to fight to get the coverage for which their insureds bargained."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Excellent coverage lawyer" John Heintz "brings practicality to the situation and seeks to secure a resolution that is in the best interest of the client," according to sources. He has been particularly active in professional liability claims.

James Murray enjoys a strong reputation as an "excellent trial lawyer" with the ability to earn immediate respect in a courtroom. He recently achieved a victory on behalf of drug manufacturer Immunex in a coverage dispute.

Andrew Reidy is appreciated by clients for being "very levelheaded and very helpful in laying out the pros and cons and various courses of action." He has represented Caterpillar in its $120 million asbestos insurance coverage action.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Dickstein Shapiro fields a 100-strong IP team and is rightly regarded as a litigation powerhouse in this area, with peers at rival firms acknowledging its excellent track record in patent litigation. The DC practice also elicits widespread praise for its patent prosecution and portfolio management work. Chrysler Group and LG Electronics are key clients.

Sources say: "They are people to be taken very seriously - ferocious trial lawyers firing precision-guided missiles throughout the process."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gary Hoffman chairs the firm's IP group and is regarded as "a very fine lawyer" by peers. He is a seasoned patent litigator and has handled cases involving life sciences, chemicals, computer and semiconductor technologies. 

Labor & Employment - District of Columbia

Litigation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This expanding DC branch prides itself on maintaining a thriving litigation team, with many lawyers possessing expertise across a wide range of practice areas. Its focus extends to antitrust, insurance and IP litigation, and it frequently handles multijurisdictional disputes. The team is comfortable representing both individuals and companies, and its client base includes Carson Helicopter, Novell and Meritor.

Sources say: "They provide first-rate counsel based on decades of experience, and help navigate extremely tricky matters safely."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The respected Barry Levine cochairs the white-collar practice and also maintains a focus on commercial litigation. His recent work includes representing the former executive of Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries, David Sokol, in a range of matters associated with his Lubrizol stock transactions. 

Biz Van Gelder leads the Congressional investigations practice and is noted for her experience in white-collar defense matters. She is praised for her ability to be "really creative on behalf of her clients," and one source enthused: "Her representation is worth its weight in gold."

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

THE FIRM The primary focus of this firm's electricity and regulatory practice is transmission power supply and interconnection issues, in which it has one of the strongest reputations in the country. The team is very well versed in the representation of clients before various federal and state bodies including FERC and the DOE, as well as the public service commissions of numerous states. It has notably been representing Invenergy and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) before FERC in their challenge to various fees, including transmission rates, intended to be charged by Puget Sound Energy. The team also continues to carve out a reputation for itself in the transactional sphere, and has recently won instructions from clients such as Competitive Power Ventures, Poseidon Water and Constellation Energy.

Sources say: "We have been clients of the firm for many years. This long tenure is indicative of our confidence in the firm's attorneys, their expertise, professionalism and can-do attitudes."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "highly experienced" and "deeply knowledgeable" Frederick Lowther is lauded for his broad-based electricity practice. "Whether the issues are regulatory, transactional or litigation-based, his support and advice are high-quality, insightful and extremely timely," clients enthuse. 

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM Dickstein Shapiro has six offices spanning the USA, incorporating 19 practicing government contracts professionals. Clients include leading helicopter services companies such as Caron Helicopters and VIH Cougar Helicopters. The group assists clients in navigating the complex regulations affecting their abilities to succeed in securing government contracts, and provides effective counsel in associated litigation. The team also has experience in False Claims Act investigations and congressional investigations.

Commercial Awareness "It's a very cohesive group which brings common sense skills and unique capabilities together for collaborative purposes. They also get to issues cleanly and understand the nuances of a matter. We rely on Dickstein and have confidence in their results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients of David Nadler are immensely satisfied: "He pays attention to us as a client, and he'll make sure our matters are appropriately handled. He makes us feel we're his number-one client." In addition to the general matters handled by the practice, Nadler has expertise in bid protests, cost accounting issues and matters arising in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM The government law and strategy group at Dickstein Shapiro is bolstered by the work carried out by the firm's long-running and highly reputed state attorneys general practice. Clients of the firm include Peabody Energy, the US Chamber of Commerce, MasterCard, Walmart and PepsiCo. In the past year, the group has advised McAfee in relation to educating Congress about federal government cybersecurity programs, in addition to counseling on legislation that could enhance cybersecurity throughout the USA.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bernard Nash continues to represent Pfizer, assisting the company with legal and policy matters, as well as providing advice in the face of a number of investigations and litigations by attorneys general in relation to the marketing and sale of Pfizer products. Observers state that Nash is "very focused" and has "cornered the market among state attorneys general."

Insurance - Nationwide

THE FIRM This long-standing insurance group remains an active player representing policyholders on both coasts. The firm is engaged in insurance coverage matters relating to business interruption, political risk, environmental disasters and professional liability claims. Dickstein Shapiro is often involved in headline cases such as the Beebe Medical Center matter, in which it represented the hospital that had employed pediatrician Dr Earl Bradley, convicted of sexual abuse of over 100 minors, to deal with the insurance aspects concerning the victims.

Commercial Awareness "They are second to none in terms of knowledge and skill on coverage issues. They are aggressive and creative, and the carriers know that they are willing to fight to get the coverage for which their insureds bargained."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Widely respected DC partner John Heintz is applauded for his "enormous amount of common sense and credibility." Clients appreciate how he is "always candid with his assessment of the situation without overstating strengths, and clearly outlines options." 

Kirk Pasich is "the anchor of the practice in California," and appears "on anyone's list of top policyholder lawyers." He has deep experience in dealing with insurance coverage matters, and is especially known in the entertainment industry.

DC-based Andrew Reidy is praised by market sources, who describe him as "very levelheaded and very helpful in laying out the pros and cons and various courses of action."

Insurance - New York

THE FIRM This team is experienced in a wide range of insurance coverage areas on behalf of policyholders, including political risk and cyber security risk. The group is noted for its expertise in matters pertaining to the entertainment and sports industries. Recent highlights include securing more than $1.8 billion in settlements on behalf of IMO Industries in a lawsuit against Transamerica, its former parent company, and over 50 carriers.

Sources say: "They are very knowledgeable in the insurance coverage area - their litigation skills are superior."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jared Zola is recognized by clients as a "very accomplished" attorney committed to representing corporate policyholders. His clients include IMO Industries, 3G Capital and Gruppo, Levey & Co.