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Proskauer Rose LLP

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Proskauer Rose LLP - New York
  • Eleven Times Square
  • (Eighth Avenue & 41st Street)
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10036-8299
  • Tel:+1 212 969 3000
  • Fax:+1 212 969 2900
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Joseph M Leccese
  • Number of partners: 228
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has international offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Paris and São Paulo.

Firm Overview:
Proskauer is a global firm with more than 700 lawyers.Recognized for matching technical excellence with strong business and industry acumen, Proskauer’s lawyers are players in the world’s major business and finance hubs and the sectors in which the firm practices. Proskauer’s standing in the marketplace puts the firm in the unique position to anticipate its clients’needs and adapt rapidly to changes in the business and legal landscape. Proskauer places a premium on client service and the firm’s lawyers continuously seek out new developments and technologies to add value for their clients. The firm’s lawyers provide a full range of corporate, litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property, healthcare, personal planning, real estate and tax services to businesses, not-for-profit institutions and individuals.

Main Areas of Practice:
Proskauer’s global network provides top-tier counsel in important areas that include private equity, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate defense and investigations, intellectual property, healthcare, labor and employment, employee benefits and executive compensation, real estate, environmental law, technology,media and communications, privacy and data protection, bankruptcy and restructuring, insurance coverage and recovery, and personal planning. The firm also has significant industry-focused experience across many fields, including financial services, life sciences, sports,media and entertainment, lodging and gaming and technology. Through a combination of home-grown talent and an extensive lateral hiring program, Proskauer has built top practices in private equity fund formation and transactions (with these practices centered in its Boston, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing and New York offices), high-stakes litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on highly complex and crossborder matters, capital markets (particularly high-yield debt and hedge funds), corporate finance (particularly junior capital/mezzanine lending), government investigations and white-collar defense. Proskauer is also distinguished by a leading Latin America practice,which has completed deals for some of the top financial institutions in the region, as well as one of the leading wealth management and personal planning practices in the United States, which advises a number of high profile, high-net-worth individual and institutional clients. In addition to being highly skilled practitioners and trusted business counselors, Proskauer’s lawyers are civic and philanthropic leaders who have a long-standing commitment to pro bono and community service. Their work on behalf of individuals, families and groups in need spans all of its offices and also includes leadership positions at numerous legal and civic organizations.

Practice Groups:
Accessibility & Accommodations; Antitrust; Appellate; Broker-Dealer & Investment Management Regulation; Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy; California Labor & Employment Law; Capital Markets; Class/Collective Action; Copyright; Corporate Defense & Investigations; Corporate Governance;D istressed Debt; Dodd-Frank Task Force; E-Discovery; Employee Benefits; Employment Law Counseling & Training; Employment Litigation & Arbitration; Entertainment Industry; Environmental; ERISA Litigation; Executive Compensation; False Advertising & Trademark; Fiduciary Litigation; Finance; Financial Services; French & EU Employment; Government Regulatory Compliance & Relations; Health Care Reform Task Force; Hedge Funds; Immigration & Nationality; Infrastructure; Insurance Recovery & Counseling; International Arbitration; International Labor & Employment; International Practice; Labor-Management Relations; Latin America; Law Firm; Life Sciences; Lodging & Gaming; Mergers & Acquisitions; Multi-Tranche Finance; Non-Compete & Trade Secrets; Not-For-Profit/Exempt Organizations; Patent Law; Privacy & Data Security; Private Equity; Private Equity Real Estate; Private Investment Funds; Private Investment Funds Disputes; Product Liability & Consumer Litigation; Real Estate Capital Markets; Real Estate Finance; Real Estate Litigation; Reductions in Force/Managing Change; Securities Litigation; Sports Law; Strategic Corporate Planning; Technology, Media & Communications; Whistleblowing & Retaliation.

International Work:
Proskauer’s lawyers are active in virtually every major market across the globe.With a strong presence in Europe, Latin America and Asia, the firm’s practice includes the representation of clients based and doing business around the world. The firm’s Paris and London lawyers serve multinational organizations throughout Europe and focus on corporate transactions, commercial law, labor and employment law, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Proskauer’s London lawyers have a strong sector focus within the alternative asset and private investment fund industries, advising managers and investors on all aspects of private equity, venture capital, debt, hedge and other alternative asset classes, as well as mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s São Paulo lawyers have played leading roles in a wide range of matters related to Brazil and throughout Latin America, assisting clients in innovative transactions as well as in day to day matters. In the region, the firm has been involved in prominent capital markets, bank financing and private equity deals. Proskauer’s Hong Kong and Beijing lawyers represent a diverse range of clients in cross-border transactions and other complex matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, investment funds, real estate, capital markets, lodging and gaming, sports and entertainment.

Branches

  • Eleven Times Square,
  • (Eighth Avenue & 41st Street),
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036-8299
  • Tel +1 212 969 3000
  • Fax +1 212 969 2900
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • Website : www.proskauer.com
  • 2049 Century Park East,
  • 32nd Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067-3206
  • Tel +1 310 557 2900
  • Fax +1 310 557 2193
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Suite 400 South,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2533
  • Tel +1 202 416 6800
  • Fax +1 202 416 6899
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • One International Place,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02110-2600
  • Tel +1 617 526 9600
  • Fax +1 617 526 9899
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • One Boca Place,
  • 2255 Glades Road,
  • Suite 421,
  • Atrium,
  • Boca Raton,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33431-7360
  • Tel +1 561 241 7400
  • Fax +1 561 241 7145
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • One Newark Center,
  • Newark,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07102-5211
  • Tel +1 973 274 3200
  • Fax +1 973 274 3299
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • 650 Poydras Street,
  • Suite 1800,
  • New Orleans,
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70130-6146
  • Tel +1 504 310 4088
  • Fax +1 504 310 2022
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • Three First National Plaza,
  • 70 West Madison,
  • Suite 3800,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60602-4342
  • Tel +1 312 962 3550
  • Fax +1 312 962 3551
  • Email : info@proskauer.com

Banking & Finance - California

THE FIRM This firm is acknowledged for its expertise in bank finance. The group handles complex and sophisticated transactions and clients note the seamless, full-service representation across various offices and practices. Standout deals this year include the representation of Ares Management in its $1.6 billion acquisition of 99¢ Only Stores and the related $950 million financing.

Sources say: "I value their depth and scope of knowledge as well as their tremendous attention to our needs as a business."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Weise is doubtless one of the most respected lawyers in the California market. Observers say: "He is a giant in this field and continues to educate us all." His impressive intellect can be demonstrated in all manner of areas, including structured finance, workouts, letters of credit and investment securities.

Neil Cummings' ability to "always find practical solutions to issues" paired with his "very solid and fundamental understanding of the law and the market" ensure he is highly valued by clients. He was the lead finance attorney on the Ares Management deal mentioned above.

A fairly recent addition to the team, senior counsel Glen Lim wins praise for being a "very knowledgeable, diligent and highly efficient individual with immense technical skills." He represents both lenders and borrowers in domestic and international financings.  

Corporate/M&A - California

THE FIRM This Los Angeles M&A practice group provides an extremely high caliber of service to its strategic and private equity clients. Many of the firm's transactions have attracted considerable publicity of late, including its representation of Bed Bath & Beyond in its proposed $580 million buyout of Cost Plus. Other key clients include Ares Management and Ares Capital, GNC Holdings and The Gores Group.

Sources say: "They have taken that LA office to a new level." "They're doing a marvelous job in the private equity sector."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients say Michael Woronoff "is not just a good technical lawyer, but has a keen insight for business and financial issues. He's brilliant." Sources say his counsel "puts you in a position to make a good decision." Representative work highlights include representing Ares in the acquisition of Potomac Fusion by its portfolio company, Sotera Defense Solutions.

Monica Shilling is "a solid performer and an excellent lawyer, and she understands private equity like only a handful of people do." Peers also characterize her as being "highly creative and skilled at negotiating, structuring and completing complex M&A transactions."

Labor & Employment - California

THE FIRM This five-partner team strikes an effective balance between labor and employment work, and acts for some of California's big-ticket clients. The group offers major employers the full run of labor and employment expertise, from collective bargaining negotiations to high-stakes single plaintiff litigation. The team has continued its work with the Creative Artists Agency, and represented the organization in a discrimination class action and non-compete suit.

Sources say: "I rate their speed of responsiveness, their commercial savvy and all-around service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Anthony Oncidi has an outstanding reputation acting for entertainment industry clients, among others. A client characterizes him as "smart, cost-effective, appropriately aggressive and generally fabulous."

Kenneth Sulzer joined Proskauer Rose in 2012 from Seyfarth Shaw, and is considered by the market to be a "terrific addition" to the team. He recently represented Swissport USA in a Californian class action concerning meal and rest breaks.

Tax - California

THE FIRM This sizable tax team enters the rankings based on strong feedback. The 49-strong group provides a wide range of tax-related advice in M&A, restructurings, cross-border transactions and tax controversy. Clients comment that the team particularly shines in the area of estate planning. Recent highlights include assisting Neuberger Berman with its MBO of the equity Lehman Brothers had in the company.

Sources say: "Terrific lawyers. They stay on top of the latest changes and their intellectual capital is beyond compare."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Fernhoff continues to impress clients and peers alike, with commentators asserting: "He has every answer at the tip of his tongue" and "he is an extremely smart and constructive tax lawyer." He has a great deal of experience in real estate transactions, including M&A, partnerships, joint ventures and tax-related restructurings.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This compact but effective group in DC handles numerous complex matters for some of the region's largest players. Bolstered by a close connection with the firm's vibrant New York office, the DC team has recently handled a considerable amount of work for key client New Enterprise Associates, including an investment in excess of $50 million into Nova Medical Centers. Another notable transaction saw the team advising Plateau Systems on its sale to SuccessFactors for over $311 million.  

Sources say: "They are top notch – they have a good practice in technology and on an international basis."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Trevor Chaplick has worked on a series of transactions for major client New Enterprise Associates in recent times. These have included private equity investments into Indian companies, playing to Chaplick's particular strength in transactions involving Indian parties.  

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The DC arm of this national powerhouse enjoys a strong relationship with both its counterpart in New York City and the labor and employment group. It offers a full range of employee benefits services, with particular emphasis on tax-qualified retirement plans, ERISA litigation and health and welfare matters. The group maintains close links with the IRS, DOL and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.   

Sources say: "Where they have been helpful is letting me know of case decisions as they happen, which makes my job easier."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Hamburger heads the employee benefits practice and is also the leader of its health and welfare subgroup. He is recognized as a "well-known and very skilled" attorney.

Healthcare - District of Columbia

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Labor & Employment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The DC wing of this giant of the labor and employment world benefits from close links to the firm's New York office and its DC employee benefits and executive compensation group. The team is well equipped to handle most labor issues, and is particularly expert in dealing with regulatory issues and matters arising from the ADA. Clients include the US Chamber of Commerce, Amgen and Ford.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Lorber is head of the DC labor and employment practice group, and has frequently testified before Congress in an advisory capacity. He offers counsel on equal opportunities and wage and hour matters, among other areas. 

Labor & Employment - Florida

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Tax - Florida

THE FIRM The Boca Raton office of this well-respected international firm displays particular strength in its adroit handling of wealth management matters for a swath of high net worth individuals. In addition, charitable organizations, business owners, families and estates are also well catered for in this sphere. Enthusiastic clients are especially keen to highlight its advisory capabilities and sector knowledge.  

Sources say: "The service has been, in a word, excellent: thorough, knowledgeable, personal and of the highest professional caliber."

KEY INDIVIDUALS According to impressed sources, David Pratt is "one of the most advanced estate planning attorneys when it comes to high-end, wealthy clients." He is a specialist in the areas of estates and trusts, and is highly regarded and well respected by peers and clients alike, who call him "fantastic, very hands-on," and "extremely knowledgeable."

The "exceptionally bright and diligent" Albert Gortz has a wealth of experience and a wide-ranging practice that counsels families and high net worth individuals on issues relating to financial, charitable, estate and personal planning work.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose acts for a variety of entities on bankruptcy, workouts and restructurings. However, the group is particularly revered for its debtor-side representations. The firmwide business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy practice continues to grow in manpower. The team recently represented Ocala Funding, a subsidiary of Taylor Bean & Whitaker, in its Chapter 11 proceedings. Other key clients include the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund, and Gas City.

Sources say: "Incredibly pragmatic, good businesspeople and good attorneys."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeff Marwil co-heads the business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy group. He has expertise in representing both public and private companies in bankruptcy, restructuring and distress situations. He recently acted as Chapter 11 trustee for Life Funds.

Mark Thomas also co-heads the business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy practice group. He handles a wide range of matters in both US and cross-border cases including bankruptcy, restructuring and workout matters. Thomas is described as a "very strong negotiator, highly pragmatic, very solution-oriented lawyer" who is "really imaginative in seeking to achieve goals."

The "business-savvy" Paul Possinger acts for a range of financially distressed entities and lenders. He recently represented Gas City in its bankruptcy proceedings.

Healthcare - Illinois

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose focuses on representing service providers, particularly on high-end M&A, in addition to acting for nonprofit entities on compliance and governance issues. The team's expertise has recently seen it represent the Colorado Health Foundation in the sale of its equity share in HCA-HealthONE. Other key clients include Sherman Health Systems, Sumner Regional Health Care and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Sources say: "Very approachable, excellent results, well respected and they find a way to bring people to a consensus." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very thorough and very knowledgeable" Elizabeth Mills is particularly highly regarded for her tax exemption work pertaining to nonprofit organizations, with one highly impressed interviewee commenting: "She is one of the best healthcare/tax exemption lawyers that I know." 

Monte Dube is a well-established figure with over 25 years' experience in the healthcare arena. He provides expert advice to hospitals and private equity firms in all healthcare matters. Sources appreciate that he is "easy to work with and always available."

Insurance - Illinois

THE FIRM The Chicago arm of this large insurance group deals in arbitration and litigation on behalf of policyholders as well as in nonlitigation matters, including advising on risk management, negotiation and insolvency actions. The firm also handles reinsurance claims and has expertise in the niche area of cyber risk coverage. The firm's client list includes Dow Chemical and Union Carbide, and it recently represented Cargill in a coverage litigation case concerning property damage and personal injury claims.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marc Rosenthal has a broad practice which takes in insurance coverage litigation, insurance company formation and M&A. He is noted as a "very skilled counselor with very strong practice judgment."

Steven Gilford has been involved in a number of major asbestos matters and has deep experience in all areas of coverage litigation. According to one source, "Steven must be one of the most sensible people I've ever met. He's got excellent judgment."

Labor & Employment - Illinois

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose undertakes a broad range of labor and employment work and offers specialties in single-plaintiff disputes, class action disputes and trade secret protection. Key work mandates have seen the team represent Lorillard Tobacco in a nationwide FLSA collective action. Clients in the firm's portfolio include Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Forest River, Sientra and Credit Suisse Securities.

Sources say: "I recommend them all the time, without hesitation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Nigel Telman is a key contact.

Labor & Employment - Louisiana

THE FIRM The New Orleans office of this international firm is recognized for its expertise in employee benefits and ERISA litigation, in addition to its general labor and employment work. In one notable matter, the firm represented an entrepreneur in a putative class action that claimed an employee stock ownership plan had overpaid by $500 million in the purchase of a hotel owned by his company; the case was settled before trial for $15 million. The group counts Foot Locker, Honeywell International, Fidelity Management Trusts, Met Life Insurance and Chevron among its distinguished client base. 

Sources say: "They are very creative and strategic-minded, always thinking of alternative ways to approach litigation in order to get the best results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Howard Shapiro is a nationally renowned employee benefits attorney described as "the ERISA guru and Mr New Orleans." His ERISA litigation practice includes defending clients in cases related to 401(k) matters and fiduciary misrepresentation claims. Sources say: "Everyone in the ERISA arena knows Howard Shapiro – just having his name on a pleading means a ton."

Clients highly praise Robert Rachal's abilities as an ERISA litigator, with one interviewee commenting: "He has an encyclopedic knowledge of ERISA litigation and he is very good at the economics of a case." Rachal's practice also covers employment and traditional labor matters. In a recent highlight, he represented Cajun Sugar Co-Operative in grievance and collective bargaining negotiations.

Banking & Finance - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team has one of the premier practices in Boston for multitranche financing, and clients seek it out for its renowned expertise in mezzanine debt matters. The work of the team extends beyond state level and is truly a national and international practice. It regularly represents such prominent clients as Sankaty, Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley. Interviewees say they appreciate the breadth and depth of expertise the team can offer.

Sources say: "They're partners, not just a service provider. They tell us the situation then help us whittle the options down until we get a workable solution."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Ellis is held in high regard by market commentators. Sources are quick to emphasize his extensive experience in the junior capital space, saying: "He's very in tune to market developments, so if we're negotiating he can bring his experience to bear and apply the trends to current deals."

Peter Antoszyk combines a successful bankruptcy and restructuring practice with finance work to provide clients with comprehensive and strategic counsel. Notable recent work includes his representation of TPG in a high-value unitranche financing in the healthcare space.

The specialties of Stephen Boyko are numerous and his practice covers acquisition financing, LBOs and junior capital. He works with Morgan Stanley on mezzanine loan work.  

Gary Creem makes his debut in the rankings this year, and has worked with Sankaty on a complex financing project. Market opinion attests to his calming and patient demeanor: "He never gets flustered and he never gets mad at anybody; he's reasonable. Just what we need to get the deal done." 

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team is held in high esteem for its nationwide ERISA litigation practice and offers particular expertise in matters related to healthcare reform. It has recently undertaken extensive plan work on behalf of key clients such as EMC and Eaton Vance.

Sources say: "They always have the talent and capacity to advise on new developments - we know that we can rely on what they tell us."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Marathas impresses commentators with his unparalleled knowledge of the Affordable Care Act and its implications for businesses. He has been described as "an outstanding lawyer whose expertise and demeanor make him stand out," and garners particular praise for his client-centered approach.

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

THE FIRM The Boston office of this international, multiservice firm is known for its strength in patent litigation. The practice also offers patent portfolio development, patent prosecution, counseling and transactional services. Areas of particular focus include the life sciences field and hi-tech industries, such as telecoms and software. T-Mobile USA, MobileMedia Ideas and Viacom are counted among its distinguished client base. 

Sources say: "One of the reasons I continue to send work to them is because I can rely on them and can be confident the work will be done well and in a timely manner."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Bauer is a dedicated IP litigator, who practices across patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. "He is a very intelligent guy with a good grasp of the technical issues that are important to us," an impressed client notes, while other market commentators mention his tenacity and fine tactical approach to matters. He recently represented MobileMedia Ideas in litigation against Apple, which was found to have infringed three of the plaintiff's patents.

Joseph Capraro is "a very responsive, thoughtful and efficient counselor," according to one happy client. His broad practice covers a range of industries and technologies, including medical devices, alternative energy, semiconductors and financial services.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team's practice is truly national in scope and continues to expand throughout the USA, and is highly skilled in litigation work. It also offers notable expertise in collective bargaining and employee benefits matters. Clients include Steward Health Care System, The Boston Globe and the Hearst Corporation. Recent work highlights include representing RBS Americas in a number of lawsuits concerning alleged violations of overtime payment agreements.  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Batten is a seasoned litigator with impressive experience in a wide range of employment law disputes. He has a nationwide class and collective action practice, and leads the RBS work referred to above. Peers praise his ability to "get great results," and characterize him as "a consummate negotiator."

Scott Faust is an authority on the representation of unionized employers in traditional labor and employment matters. He has particular experience in representing industrial and manufacturing clients on a nationwide basis. He is highly praised for his practical approach, with one interviewee stating: "He knows how to convey issues and guide us through the more complex ones. He is very approachable and available, and understands our business."

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team is an institution in the Massachusetts private equity market, and comes particularly recommended for its strength in limited partner and secondary fund representation. The Boston team is able to draw on the resources and bench strength of the firm's US and international offices to offer a comprehensive and far-reaching service for its impressive client list, which includes JPMorgan, Ares Management and Charles River Ventures, among others.   

Sources say: "They are by far and away the most experienced fund formation team I've dealt with. That translates into them being very practical and focused on getting things done. They also have a really good sense of the market, so you can really trust their advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Total rockstar" Robin Painter remains a luminary in the fund formation market. She advises long-term client Charles River Ventures on all aspects of its fund projects, and recently helped to raise a $375 million fund on its behalf.

Daniel Finkelman is regarded as an expert in multinational fund formation and assisted New Enterprise Associates in relation to one of the largest global funds ever raised.  

The highly regarded Sean Hill is co-head of the private investment funds group and continues to make waves in the fund formation market.

Malcolm Nicholls is described by clients as "very practical in his approach, pleasant to work with and very responsive." Adams Street Partners remains a key client of his.

Seasoned practitioner David Tegeler "is very good in an advisory capacity due to his excellent experience, and we like him on a personal level, too," notes one enthusiastic client. He advises Boston-based Falcon Investment Advisers on its fund structuring projects.

Howard Beber continues to cut an impressive figure in the fund formation landscape and is known for his expertise in advising investors on alternative investments. Sources say: "He focuses on getting a deal done and he has a great sense of 'client comes first'." He advises Ridgemont Equity Partners in the structuring of its funds.

Stephen Mears maintains a robust fund formation practice and played a leading role in the aforementioned work for New Enterprise Associates.

Tax - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team is known for its skills in federal tax matters and private equity work, including fund formation and related tax issues. Regular clients include Ares Management, Lexington Partners and Ridgemont Equity Partners.

Sources say: "Proskauer Rose continues to put its best foot forward on all matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Arnold May is lauded by clients as a creative, solution-oriented attorney. Sankaty and Ridgemont Equity Partners are among his regular clients.

Scott Jones undertakes fund structuring work for Adams Street Partners both in the USA and globally.

Advertising - Nationwide

THE FIRM This group is lauded for its broad-based advertising practice. False advertising litigation remains an irrefutable area of strength, and the firm has also seen a notable increase in class action lawsuits and work before the NAD. Significant highlights include defending Church & Dwight against a consumer class action false advertising case involving its Arm & Hammer deodorant product label statements. The team is also acting for Dyson on a Lanham Act false advertising case brought by competitor Bissell. Other major clients include Colgate-Palmolive, T-Mobile USA and Diageo.

Sources say: "Excellent! Fabulous work - they will do everything they need to bring a case or matter to a successful conclusion. They are energetic and able to handle issues well and with broad experience."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Weinstein is a "superb advertising lawyer with a broad range of experience and many years of handling claims." He is widely praised by peers and clients alike, who note: "His strengths include his depth of knowledge and the high respect given to him by peers and members of various self-regulating boards. He is very measured and articulate, and a careful reviewer of the potential impact of actions."

Brendan O'Rourke works with a number of high-profile clients on Lanham Act false advertising claims and challenges brought before the NAD and NARB. He recently defended Colgate-Palmolive in two NAD advertising challenges.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm's business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy practice was bolstered greatly in 2012 following the arrival of a prominent team from Dewey & LeBoeuf. The newly combined team is now primed to challenge some of the bigger names in the industry, with the new complement of experts bringing with it a string of large-scale, high-value engagements that will add to an already strong workload.

Sources say: "A full-service shop with a deep knowledge base and a breadth of partners and senior associates available to provide excellent advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Martin Bienenstock was appointed practice chair upon his arrival from Dewey & LeBoeuf. He is a prominent name in the national bankruptcy industry, with interviewees describing him as "top drawer; a wonderful person, deep strategist – his work is thorough, detailed and clever." Recent highlights for Bienenstock include continued high-profile representations in the NewPage, MF Global and Capmark Financial bankruptcies. 

Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM The team at this firm has a balanced and growing practice representing sponsors, corporates and investment banks on high-yield and investment grade bond transactions, IPOs, Rule 144A/Regulation S and private placements. Recent highlights include representing Solera Capital as sponsor and selling stockholder in the $109 million IPO by Annie's. Other clients include Lazard Capital, Piper Jaffray and the National Basketball Association.

Client Service "They pride themselves on creative solutions and total client service." "It is a very responsive service with advice and counsel that makes sense in the real world in which we operate."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Frank Lopez co-heads the global capital markets practice with Julie Allen, and "combines exceptional technical expertise with a focus on business solutions," satisfied clients report. He recently represented Celgene in a $1.5 billion offering of senior unsecured notes.

Julie Allen recently represented Grifols in a $1.3 billion offering of ADRs. She is "absolutely fearless," "bright and driven" and "good for when you need a tough lawyer," impressed clients say.

"Problem solver" Stuart Bressman is "good at taking highly complex issues and being creative about solutions," clients state. His highlights include representing Credit Agricole (USA) Securities in an ATM offering by Chicago Bridge & Iron with an approximate value of $300 million.

Michael Woronoff represented 99 Cents Only in a $250 million high-yield bond offering. He heads the firm's LA office and its West Coast corporate and securities practice.

Justin Breen is "incredibly hardworking, tireless and also highly smart and creative," sources say. He has recently advised Jefferies and Company on several transactions including Acadia Healthcare's $150 million offering of 12.875% senior notes due 2018.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team receives strong market endorsement for its advice on a broad array of REIT-related transactions. It recently advised Ares Commercial Real Estate on its $142.5 million IPO. The client roster at this firm includes AIG Global Investment, The Lightstone Group and Preferred Apartment Communities.

Sources say: "They are doing some of the most creative things in the nontraded REITs space."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Fass represented American Realty Capital Trust on its $2.7 billion IPO. His expertise in advising nontraded REITs is highly acclaimed by sources.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

THE FIRM Proskauer's robust M&A team operates out of its New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices. The group has carved out an excellent position in the national landscape, attracting a number of multibillion-dollar mandates from notable names such as Ares Management, Neuberger Berman and Arkema. This past year has seen lawyers engaged on the $2.95 billion merger of two major REITs, representing American Realty Capital Trust across the table from Realty Income Trust.

Sources say: "Excellent interface, superb mastery of the other party's requirements and excellent integration of the many skills that are required in an M&A deal."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Woronoff heads the firm's Los Angeles office and co-heads the global M&A group with New York-based Ron Papa.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This highly regarded New York group focuses on representing Fortune 500 companies in significant M&A deals, while also offering nontransactional advice to boards, compensation committees and individual executives. In recent highlights, the group advised the compensation committee of Yahoo! on the high-profile hiring of Marissa Mayer from Google.

Sources say: "A very deep firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Sirkin is "a true benefits man," who focuses on nonqualified arrangements relating to executive compensation as well as stock option plan design. He recently advised the management of Neuberger Berman as it sought to spin the group off from Lehman Brothers. One peer commented: "If I were a CEO, I'd want him on my side."

Based in DC, Paul Hamburger co-heads the firm's employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA practice. Described as "very skilled" by peers for his expertise in ERISA law, he advises clients on a range of benefits issues, with a focus on tax-qualified retirement plans.

ERISA Litigation - Nationwide

THE FIRM Proskauer has handled a great variety of ERISA matters over the past year, and ably tackles issues of any size or import. Highlights include working with clients such as Honeywell International and Bausch & Lomb on a range of matters. The team has also handled a number of significant and successfully resolved stock drop cases. By applying a creative approach to the work at hand, the firm has maintained a good record of finding innovative solutions before and during trials.

Client Service "There is not much Proskauer could do to improve its services – I consider it the gold standard."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Howard Shapiro is held in high regard by market commentators for his excellent work in the space. He has been very active in several high-profile cases of late, including leading the representation of Honeywell International in all of its ERISA litigation matters.

Myron Rumeld is lauded as "a brilliant ERISA litigator, who is also a pragmatic problem solver and very easy to work with." His recent work includes representing Phibro Animal Health in defending a putative class action relating to its benefit retirement plan.

Healthcare - Nationwide

THE FIRM This superb team represents a fine choice of counsel on regulatory and compliance matters, and reimbursement and fraud and abuse work. It also maintains a strong transactional and finance practice, and is additionally recognized for its strengths in labor, tax, real estate and IP issues concerning the healthcare sector. The practice recently acted for Richmond University Medical Center in the development of a clinical affiliation with Mount Sinai Medical Center. Ascension Health Care Network and AthenaHealth also feature among its key clients.

Client Service "Extremely responsive and very timely. They concentrate on getting the deal done and never lose sight of the client's interests."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Seasoned practitioner Edward Kornreich is noted for his strengths in healthcare payment issues, in addition to transactions and regulatory compliance, and acts for a range of healthcare providers, HMOs, and medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Monte Dube is well known for his work in high-value M&A matters on behalf of hospital clients. Sources are quick to celebrate his excellent communication abilities.

Healthcare group chair Richard Zall "is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, clear and concise," a satisfied client reports. He continues to impress with his expertise in transactions and regulatory compliance work.

Immigration - Nationwide

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose's immigration and nationality practice is based in Newark and operates on a national level for clients throughout the country. The team handles work for high net worth individuals, investors, entrepreneurs, businesses and other organizations. It counts HSBC, Coach, Willis and The New York Times among its key clients. 

Sources say: "A comprehensive job – no shortcuts." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "fabulous" David Grunblatt heads the immigration and nationality practice group and has wide-ranging experience, with particular expertise in I-9 and E-Verify compliance and the immigration consequences of corporate transactions. "His familiarity with the subject area is unparalleled," asserts one impressed commentator.

Insurance - Nationwide

THE FIRM With eight offices nationwide, Proskauer Rose has a robust presence across the country. Particularly prominent in New York, the team is at the forefront of cases relating to financial issues. A top-drawer client list includes JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse Securities, Foot Locker and Alpha Therapeutic.

Sources say: "Very good, experienced lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly sought-after Nancy Cohen is a reputable litigator with extensive experience in trying cases before juries. Sources applaud her courtroom style, saying she is a "real tough, hard-nosed litigator, who by sheer force of her determination gets very good outcomes."

"Fine lawyer" Seth Schafler is active in the insurance coverage space. Sources emphasize his commercial approach with clients. His policyholder practice ranges from mutual funds to life insurance matters.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

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Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team has recently acted on behalf of new client Altana Funds during the launch of three offshore hedge funds. The representation of this London-based manager emphasizes Proskauer's ability to act on hedge funds matters on a global basis, coordinating US and UK expertise to best serve its clients' needs. Attorneys are highly regarded for their comprehensive coverage of regulatory, M&A and fund formation matters.    

KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Wells spearheaded the team leading Neuberger Berman through the $2 billion sale of its commodities asset management business. He is described by one commentator as "outstanding in all respects."

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM The representation of highly active market players such as Ares Management, Adams Street Partners and Lexington Partners marks Proskauer Rose out as a solid contender in the fund formation space. Lawyers possess a strong grasp of the needs of their sponsor and institutional investor clients, garnered through a consistently healthy volume of mandates from both types of stakeholder. The breadth of this practice is held in high regard by clients, who know that they can rely on the team across the full spectrum of asset classes. 

Sources say: "Due to their longstanding tenure in the space they have critical mass and a huge perspective of the market. The team I worked with was just so technically strong; brilliant lawyers." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robin Painter's client roster includes many significant industry players who frequently seek her perspective on a variety of private equity matters. She co-heads the firm's global private investment funds group.  

Labor & Employment - Nationwide

THE FIRM Proskauer has an eminent labor and employment practice with a national reach. It regularly counsels clients in the financial services industry, the entertainment business and the sports world. Renowned for its work in this last area, the team is retained by the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB to handle collective bargaining as well as wider employment issues. It also has a great deal of experience advising on class actions and recently achieved a positive settlement for the Creative Artists Agency relating to age discrimination claims. The group also focuses on noncompete litigation, and recently advised Sientra on 13 different noncompete issues relating to a number of their employees.

Client Service "I like their responsiveness - you reach out to them, and they get back to you day and night, and in between."

Commercial Awareness "They pull together the right people – they know our company and put the right lawyer in." "You call them, and you get practical expertise which adds value."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The department is cochaired by Paul Salvatore and Elise Bloom, both of whom are based in New York.

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm represents investors and owners, as well as hotel brands and developers, in a variety of leisure and hospitality matters. The firm regularly represents REITs, private equity groups, sovereign wealth funds and high net worth individuals, in investments and acquisitions within the sector. Additionally, it represents a number of boutique developers and non-US-based hotel brands in developments, acquisitions and management agreement work.

Client Service "They take the time to understand the objective of what we want to accomplish, and they try to understand the business objectives of what we need."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Horwitz is a corporate and securities lawyer with extensive expertise in the leisure and hospitality sector. "He is very practical. He is not only a very talented lawyer: he has got great experience which comes to bear in different situations," say sources.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

THE FIRM Proskauer's respected privacy and data security practice is supported by the firm's wider corporate and litigation expertise. Clients are drawn from a wide range of sectors including telecommunications, financial services and media, while the firm's global footprint enables it to operate seamlessly with offices overseas.

Commercial Awareness "They are very knowledgeable about the substantive law but also very aware of the commercial settings and the need to serve the specific client."

Client Service "I would rate Proskauer extremely highly in terms of client service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly specialized practitioner Kristen Mathews is widely praised by market observers. Interviewees value her ability to "take the specific circumstances of an individual client and formulate a policy and statement that work both from the legal perspective and for the particular commercial situation."

Private Equity - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team regularly handles high-value sophisticated transactions for prestigious clients, as illustrated by its recent representation of Ares Management in a number of matters, including the $1.6 billion acquisition of 99 Cents Only Stores. Renowned for excellent client service, the firm represents an impressive roster of private equity firms and manages deals across a broad range of industries.

Commercial Awareness "They were across the board fantastic to work with. They did a great job of understanding the clients' needs and the ultimate business objectives. They put the clients' needs first."

Client Service "Their quality of advice, responsiveness and legal knowledge are all excellent. They are a really good partner to us. They have been really helpful and we've been really, really impressed."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Woronoff has extensive experience in the private equity field, and continues to provide counsel to Ares Management in a variety of transactions.

Stephen Rubin routinely handles all types of private equity deals, and has extensive experience in debt offerings and subordinated loan transactions.

Real Estate - Nationwide

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose represents some of the most prominent owners, developers, funds and financial institutions, and is regularly involved in some of the most complex, high-profile projects in the real estate market. The team advised Guggenheim Partners on the origination of more than $500 million of US-based mortgage loans, including shopping centers in California and Arkansas, and a Pennsylvania office building portfolio. The firm also represents CBRE, AIG Global Investment and Donna Karan New York.

Sources say: "They are service-oriented and will do what it takes to keep up with the pace of the transaction. I have the utmost confidence in the firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS New York-based Ronald Sernau is the group's main contact.

Sports Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM Proskauer continues to be a dominant force in this area, representing every major league in some capacity and playing an integral part in a large proportion of the major cases in the last year. These include the NHL, NBA and MLB collective bargaining agreements, and the acquisitions of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns. The team has also been active in the establishment of a series of regional sports networks on behalf of NASCAR, Time Warner and CBS.

Commercial Awareness "They are so aware and tailor their work to fit the league rules and conventions. There is no weakness that I have ever seen in them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers consider the "terrific" Howard Ganz to be one of the "top-flight" labor litigators working in sports law. His impressive recent activity includes serving as outside counsel to the NBA in the continuing fallout from the 2011 lockout, and performing a similar role in relation to the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

Sources describe Joseph Leccese as "the top corporate sports guy," and as a "really talented client-facing person." His recent work has included advising on the acquisitions of the Houston Astros and Jacksonville Jaguars, and working on the creation of a number of major regional sports networks.

Leading labor lawyer Robert Batterman's stellar year has included key roles in the high-profile and controversial NHL lockout and a similar work stoppage by NFL officials. Clients describe him as "very practical, very smart and a very good negotiator."

Wayne Katz is admired for his "coolness under pressure, in addition to being brilliant, which is a given." His primary focus is on transactional and financing work, and he was part of the team that recently advised Jimmy Haslam on his acquisition of the Cleveland Browns.

Another corporate and financing partner, Jon Oram continues to stand out for his impressive work for major clients, which includes securing credit facilities for the NFL, MLB and MLS.

The "tremendous" and "amazing" Bradley Ruskin rounds off Proskauer's offering. An experienced litigator, he has overseen various major disputes of late, including defending the ATP Tour against claims of monopolization.

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Wealth Management - Nationwide

THE FIRM This renowned firm is a mainstay of the country's wealth management market, with trust and estates teams in New York, Florida and California. It benefits from a strong corporate and investment funds practice, attracting a significant volume of work representing private equity and hedge fund principals in complex estate transactions and planning. Notable clients include US Trust, Bessemer, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust.

Client Service "They're excellent attorneys and they do an amazing job for their clients."

Commercial Awareness "Absolutely wonderful – I can't speak highly enough of them. They have a creative approach and think outside the box, and they follow up and execute in a timely manner."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Pratt is "one of the most advanced estate planning attorneys when it comes to high-end work and clients love him," confirm sources. He heads the Boca Raton office.

Jay Waxenberg chairs the firm's trust and estates practice from New York. He has a broad range of experience and is noted for his excellent client service. As one source explained, "the most important thing is his great legal advice, but he is also practical and I can get him at two in the morning and on weekends."

Los Angeles-based Andrew Katzenstein has a well-regarded practice focused on tax planning matters. Clients appreciate "not only his knowledge and understanding of the laws, but also his advice about how decisions can impact future generations."

"Exceptionally bright and diligent," Albert Gortz is a dedicated trust and estates lawyer who is able to offer extensive estate, income and charitable planning experience. He is also adept in advising on charitable organizations.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

THE FIRM Proskauer's Newark-based labor and employment team focuses its practice on representing major companies within the financial services, entertainment and real estate industries. Current clients include JPMorgan Chase and Bed Bath & Beyond. Recently, the firm was successful in its defense of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in a FINRA arbitration alleging wrongful termination in which the claimant sought $15 million.

Sources say: "Excellent in terms of responsiveness and accessibility. They are willing to explain and to simplify and they coordinate very well."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the Newark office Lawrence Sandak is a stalwart of the New Jersey employment arena. "His oration and presence in front of the judge and jury are formidable and highly effective," sources say.

John Barry debuts in the ranking having received vociferous praise from clients. Sources say: "He has an excellent knowledge of what approach to take and is extremely responsive." 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose's bankruptcy and restructuring team has greatly benefited from the recent addition of the preeminent Martin Bienenstock and his team of restructuring experts from Dewey & LeBoeuf. The arrivals have added to an already respected bankruptcy and restructuring group that is now well placed for success, with a slew of ongoing high-value representations and a prominent employment practice serving to enhance future prospects.

Sources say: "A full-service shop with a deep knowledge base as well as a breadth of partners and senior associates available to provide excellent advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Newly-appointed group chair Martin Bienenstock is regarded as one of the foremost bankruptcy experts in the industry. Sources note that "he is top drawer; a wonderful person and deep strategist. His work is thorough, detailed and clever." He continues to lead high profile engagements in relation to the bankruptcies of NewPage, MF Global and Capmark Financial.

Philip Abelson is highlighted by commentators as "a good quarterback, who communicates well with the client and different creditor counsels. He does a great job keeping everyone focused on a successful emergence." He is a well-rounded practitioner who advises on a range of areas.

Corporate/M&A - New York

THE FIRM This strong 30-partner M&A team acts on domestic and cross-border deals for top-drawer clients such as Ares, Accor and Bed Bath & Beyond. It is particularly active for clients in the chemical and industrial industries, and for an enviable range of retailers and financial services firms. Highlights include advising Neuberger Berman on its $1.5 billion buyout of Lehman Brothers' remaining stake in the company.

Sources say: "We trust them because they have the ability to stay three steps ahead and get results in an efficient manner."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ronald Papa is "highly responsive" and "excellent technically." One client highlighted his skill in "getting our chemistry to the point where he can know our position implicitly." Papa recently advised French chemicals group Arkema on the sale of its tin stabilizer business to PMC.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - New York

THE FIRM This group advises Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of transactional matters, including large cross-border M&A deals. Notably, the firm acts for NYSE Euronext on international employment, benefits and compensation issues. It also advises corporate boards, management employees and committees on executive compensation, benefits plans and related issues. Key clients include Reed Elsevier, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yahoo!'s compensation committee.

Sources say: "They leave no stone unturned - they provide a very thorough legal analysis."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Star individual Michael Sirkin cochairs the firm's benefits and compensation department, and is acclaimed for his expertise in advising on employment and compensation agreements for senior executives. In highlights, he represented the Yahoo! compensation committee in the hiring of its new CEO. "Mike is a wonderful attorney - I would trust him with my life," said one interviewee.

Rory Albert is recognized for his specialization in benefits plan and fund work. In the past year he has acted as general counsel to a range of entertainment industry-based health and welfare, retirement and 401(k) funds, such as the Writers Guild Industry Health Fund and the Broadway League Staff Retirement Plan.

Andrea Rattner is praised for her "wonderful broad knowledge" of compensation and employee plans, with a focus on tax and securities, corporate governance and ERISA fiduciary issues. She recently advised Solera Capital on the benefits and compensation implications relating to the IPO of one of its portfolio companies.

Healthcare - New York

THE FIRM Proskauer's outstanding healthcare practice has all-encompassing expertise and depth, and includes reimbursement, fraud and abuse, transactions and financing, and regulatory and compliance work. Clients include AthenaHealth, Ascension Health Care Network and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. In recent highlights, the group represented Richmond University Medical Center in the establishment of a clinical affiliation with Mount Sinai Medical Center, and in the discontinuation of its joint venture in the Heart Institute.

Sources say: "The practice has an exceptionally deep understanding of healthcare law in New York."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Edward Kornreich wins tremendous client acclaim, with many describing him as a "very responsive" attorney and "a seasoned practitioner with a top-notch healthcare practice." His recent work includes representing Beth Israel Medical Center in an investigation by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Richard Zall chairs the firm's healthcare group, and maintains an excellent practice covering a range of regulatory and transactional issues. He is "extremely easy to work with," say sources; "exceptionally bright, very well connected, resourceful and generally a great guy."

Immigration - New York

THE FIRM The Proskauer Rose immigration and nationality group provides a full range of business immigration services to clients, including the hiring and transfer of personnel, compliance, investment and corporate immigration policy. The firm acts as sole US immigration counsel to clients of the caliber of The New York Times Company and Willis North America.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Grunblatt is a "very smart, careful and thoughtful immigration lawyer," observers note. He has experience in a complete set of immigration matters, and has particular expertise in advising clients on I-9 compliance and the immigration ramifications of corporate transactions.

Insurance - New York

THE FIRM Sources identify this established policyholder group as a strong player in the most sophisticated and high-end coverage litigation across a range of industries. This was recently displayed by its representation of Union Carbide in $2 billion coverage litigation in New York against more than 30 insurance companies for asbestos-related claims. Clients particularly praise the firm for its deep technical expertise and commercial approach. 

Sources say: "They are knowledgeable, efficient and pragmatic."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers recognize John Gross as a leading practitioner with deep expertise in acting for policyholders in the financial services industry.  

"Fine lawyer" Seth Schafler is an expert in coverage litigation, particularly professional liability and fiduciary liability matters.

Intellectual Property - New York

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose enters the rankings this year on the back of praise for its strength in copyright and trademark work for stellar names in the worlds of consumer products, music, publishing and sport. The New York group's patent litigation offering also continues to grow and impress market sources. Clients include Colgate-Palmolive, Lady Gaga, Major League Baseball and Reed Elsevier. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Brendan O'Rourke is co-head of the firm's litigation group and its false advertising and trademark practice.

Labor & Employment - New York

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose continues to be recognized as New York's leading labor and employment team. The group is routinely relied upon by a host of blue-chip clients in relation to a full range of matters, including labor relations, class action and single plaintiff discrimination litigation, and the labor and employment implications of mergers and acquisitions. The team's exceptional reputation is reflected in its continuing representation of major national sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA and MLB. Other clients include NYSE Euronext and NBC Universal. 

Sources say: "They are the crème de la crème. When it comes to a new area of law or something unique or difficult they are a fabulous place to go." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bettina Plevan co-heads both the international labor and employment group and the class action group. She is widely considered to be one of the leading employment litigators in the state, and counts leading law firms and financial institutions among her clients. Sources attest that she "has a way of seeing the strategic end of a long journey before many others do."

Market observers laud the expertise of Paul Salvatore with respect to collective bargaining and litigation and arbitration arising from employment disputes and labor relations. Interviewees note his "bright, knowledgeable, direct" style, and point to his possession of "the one skill most lack - the ability to negotiate a situation."

Elise Bloom recently achieved a highly favorable settlement for Hanesbrands in relation to a race discrimination suit after successfully achieving summary judgment with respect to harassment and retaliation allegations. She specializes in the representation of employers in individual and class actions.

Howard Ganz is a labor and employment specialist, as well as a recognized authority on sports law. He anchors much of the firm's work for the NBA, which he has represented in collective bargaining negotiations and litigation brought by the National Basketball Players Association.

Kathleen McKenna recently defended Whole Foods Market in relation to a lawsuit alleging a series of employment law violations. Clients confirm that she is "personable but fierce," with one interviewee remarking that "I would trust her in every way possible to do what's in the best interests of the company."

Joseph Baumgarten is praised for his "deep knowledge and pragmatic advice." Recent matters include representing a leading financial institution in relation to a case alleging gender discrimination.

Bernard Plum is co-head of the firm's labor management relations group. He serves clients which include The New York Times and the NBA. Admiring sources relate that "he has no affectations and no pretensions - he distills things very well." 

The highly respected Zachary Fasman is part of a team who recently joined the firm from Paul Hastings. Fasman handles the full range of employment litigation and labor relations matters for a high-profile roster of clients.

Erika Collins also joined the team from Paul Hastings. Collins is noted by market observers for her international employment law expertise. She advises blue-chip corporate clients in relation to cross-border employment matters, including restrictive covenants and document retention.

Also arriving from Paul Hastings, Allan Bloom defended a leading investment bank in relation to a wage and hour class action. He continues to be a respected figure in the New York employment Bar. 

Latin American Investment - New York

THE FIRM While this firm is increasingly acclaimed for the strength of its São Paulo office, New York remains an important hub for its Latin America practice, especially in M&A. Among its recent work in that space, it advised Colombian financial institution Banco GNB Sudameris on the acquisition of HSBC's assets in four Latin American countries, including Colombia. It continues to expand its Latin American client base, recently adding Brasbunker Participações and Colombian cable manufacturer Procables.

Sources say: "A bilingual team that is culturally savvy, which can be crucial for certain transactions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Carlos Martinez advises on finance, M&A and securities matters across the region. His recent work includes advising Cervecería Costa Rica on its $388 million acquisition of North American Breweries Holdings.

Litigation - New York

THE FIRM Proskauer Rose is praised for its dedication to litigation, and remains a key player in the New York market. Its impressive commercial litigation expertise is complemented by its ability to handle a range of white-collar criminal defense matters. The group is also increasingly highlighted for its securities litigation practice. Its recent work demonstrates a diverse practice, with attorneys representing clients in antitrust, healthcare and sports-related disputes, among other types. Its client base includes Deutsche Bank, NYSE Euronext and Zurich.

Sources say: "They have first-rate client service and responsiveness, and enormous resources and experience."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Cleary is highly praised for his experience in white-collar criminal litigation, and for his expertise as a trial lawyer. He has the ability to "move seamlessly between criminal and civil matters," say sources, "and tremendous experience and intuition." His recent work includes successfully representing former Marsh executive William Gilman.

Bruce Fader is a highly experienced, "knowledgeable and practical" litigator. He is noted for his expertise in a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration. 

Bradley Ruskin has superb strength in commercial litigation and trials, and notable expertise in disputes relating to sports law. His recent work highlights include representing the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in matters arising from the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy litigation.

"Talented litigator" Dietrich Snell is a new entry to the rankings. He has significant experience in white-collar criminal defense, having served as New York Attorney General and an Assistant US Attorney. He recently represented Columbia Utilities in an investigation into its marketing strategies.

Media & Entertainment - New York

THE FIRM This highly regarded media team litigates on the whole spectrum of entertainment matters, such as contracts, defamation, First Amendment and IP. It offers both transactional and litigation advice to an impressive roster of clients, including Lady Gaga, Sony Music and Warner Music. The group recently represented the English FA Premier League in its copyright infringement case against YouTube.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Ortner cochairs the media and entertainment group and has an emphasis on copyright infringement, class actions and contract disputes in the music industry. His A-list clients include Lady Gaga and Madonna.

Charles Sims is considered a “wonderful” copyright and First Amendment litigator. He is currently leading the team in the above case for the Premier League.

Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks maintains a vibrant practice representing some of the biggest talents in music.

Real Estate - New York

THE FIRM The practice at Proskauer Rose offers expertise across the whole gamut of real estate issues, on both the dirt side and in corporate and finance matters. The team regularly handles complex projects for REITs, developers and institutional lenders, and of late has represented Vornado Realty Trust in a number of high-profile leasing transactions in New York and Chicago. Other key clients include CBRE, Hermes of Paris and UBS Securities.

Sources say: "A deep bench of superior attorneys." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Lichtenfeld is highlighted by commentators as an "expert on all matters related to real estate finance and capital markets." He advised American Realty Capital Trust on its initial listing on NASDAQ.

Ronald Sernau represented Extell Development in connection with the development of Nordstrom's new Manhattan flagship store. Sources note that he is "efficient, smart and really knows his leasing area."

David Weinberger is "very detail-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable about the lender's viewpoint on loans." In notable highlights, he advised the owners of Harbor Group International on the acquisition, sale and financing of various properties, including the $270 million sale of Four New York Plaza.

Interviewees hail Peter Fass as "the 'Godfather' of the modern REIT." Work highlights include providing ongoing advice to American Realty Capital and Realty Capital Securities in connection with REIT public offerings worth a total of more than $14 billion.

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Technology - New York

THE FIRM This firm's technology, media and telecommunications practice is held in high regard for its consistently high-quality work. A range of industry leaders look to the practice for its broad expertise in handling issues surrounding new media and technology companies, and also those that wish to acquire or dispose of technology or related services. Key clients include Time Warner Cable and American Express. The group also advised the US Golf Association on the development of Apple and Android mobile applications.

Sources say: "Excellent. They are very responsive and provide superb client service. They are fully versed in commercial issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice co-head Jeffrey Neuberger is valued by clients for his familiarity with industry practices, and they note that he is "especially adept at finding solutions to difficult problems." He is well known for the extent of his expertise in the use of social media and emerging technologies, and also offers a wealth of experience in the strategic application of online resources. Recent months have seen him guide Brooklyn Health Information Exchange through the creation of a statewide medical records system.

Privacy and data security specialist Kristen Mathews wins praise for her "incredible intellect, brilliant mind and work ethics." She focuses on technology, media and communications-based transactions involving privacy and data security compliance issues or breach response incidents. She has an outstanding ability to "quickly assess the situation and fact scenario we have presented her with," says one impressed client.