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Faegre Baker Daniels


  • 2200 Wells Fargo Center
  • Minneapolis
  • USA
  • MN 55402-3901

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

THE FIRM The result of a merger between Faegre & Benson and Baker Daniels in early 2012, this well-known Colorado corporate group continues to go from strength to strength. Clients hail from a wide range of industries and include tw telecom, Molson Coors and Double Eagle Petroleum.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly experienced James Carroll has a broad practice that includes securities, M&A and general corporate law. Sources comment favorably on his business aptitude.

Douglas Wright is an expert in financings and securities transactions for a wide variety of industries. Clients praise his responsiveness and ability to deliver practical, commercial advice.  

Intellectual Property - Colorado

THE FIRM This team has been in expansion mode and now includes 15 members in its Colorado offices. It is primarily known for its litigation strength but is also well regarded in the trademark prosecution arena. Clients include well-known companies such as Crocs, IBM, Pacific Bioscience Laboratories and Netgear.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Natalie Hanlon-Leh is widely regarded as a leader in IP litigation. She recently represented Pacific Bioscience Laboratories against Nutra Luxe MD, in an allegation of patent infringement, trade dress infringement and false advertising. The jury eventually found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded her client $11.6 million in damages.

Scott Alter maintains a broad practice advising clients on matters ranging from the enforceability of patents to IP due diligence for corporate transactions.

Nina Wang is an IP litigator who is seen by clients as an outstanding leader in her cases. She was lead partner on the firm's recent work for Netgear, in which her client was accused of six cases of patent infringement by Harris Corporation.

Labor & Employment - Colorado

THE FIRM This team assists employers on a wide variety of matters such as compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations, labor relations and litigation. The group has been boosted by the arrival of Mary Will who brings additional counseling and litigation skill to the team. Highlight work includes acting for Webfilings in a noncompetition and trade secret dispute with Rivet Software. It was successful at the temporary and preliminary injunction stages and the matter was then resolved.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Elizabeth MacDonald offers her clients considerable experience with litigation and administrative law matters and has a particular focus on the healthcare industry. Recent notable work includes representing Exempla Healthcare in a federal lawsuit concerning claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family And Medical Leave Act.

Mary Will concentrates her practice on employment compliance and litigation. Her recent cases include acting for IQNavigator when it brought a breach of noncompetition agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets action. 

Litigation - Colorado

THE FIRM This firm's litigation team offers a number of areas of expertise including intellectual property litigation, business litigation, product liability and eminent domain matters. Clients include BNP Paribas, USA Hockey and US Bank.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael McCarthy maintains a broad practice encompassing insurance coverage disputes and shareholder derivative actions, among others.

Natural Resources - Colorado

THE FIRM This highly respected practice counsels clients on matters involving regulatory compliance, environmental due diligence and auditing, with an especially active practice on air quality issues. The group's coverage extends well beyond Colorado, with members of the team handling work as far afield as Canada, New Mexico and Alaska. In one headline-grabbing mandate it advised Energy Fuel Resources on permitting and licensing for the Piñon Ridge Mill project, significant as the first uranium mill in the country to be granted a license in nearly three decades.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Linda Rockwood heads the group's environmental practice. She has a strong focus on air quality work, handling a range of permitting, compliance and environmental litigation.

James Spaanstra maintains a broad counseling practice, helping his commercial, industrial and governmental clients with both compliance and enforcement of federal environmental laws. Sources attest to his knowledgeable and pragmatic counsel.

The well regarded Lynn Kornfeld has a strong transactional practice in the environmental field that includes issues pertaining to brownfields redevelopments.

Real Estate - Colorado

THE FIRM Faegre Baker Daniels handles transactional real estate work across a broad range of property types; it is especially noted for its work in the affordable housing sector, and is also active on commercial and energy infrastructure deals. Clients include Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Agrium, Xcel Energy and Lincoln Property. The firm is also praised for its construction law expertise.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Construction specialist David Arkell is well known for his deep understanding of construction contracts, and also has an active contentious practice. 

Charles Calvin is especially noted for his expertise in commercial real estate and project finance. In a recent highlight he advised Xcel Energy in relation to property issues needed for a bond issuance by Public Service Company of Colorado.

Diane Davies is the firm's global real estate practice leader and has a broad practice which includes titles, leasing and development and commercial lending. Recent highlights have included leasing and title work for oil and gas and solar facilities.

Leslie Fields is one of the state's foremost experts on eminent domain law. She has extensive experience on key governmental projects, and has appeared before both the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court on novel cases in this field.

Corporate/M&A - Indiana

THE FIRM This team has a top-drawer reputation in the state, and advises on issues ranging from financing transactions and securities regulation to public and private offerings and takeovers. It is particularly adept at advising clients in the private equity, healthcare, life sciences, insurance, and food and agriculture industries. Recent highlights include advising Circle K Stores on the acquisition of approximately 750 convenience stores across several US states.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Boeglin has an excellent reputation for corporate work in the healthcare and life sciences arenas. In this space, he recently advised Zimmer on its purchase of ExtraOrtho through a reverse triangular merger. 

Peers praise Jeffrey Brown for his hard work on behalf of clients. Sources note his private equity and venture capital expertise, but he also handles acquisitions and corporate governance matters, securities offerings, LBOs and other sophisticated transactions.  

Like Boeglin, Patrick Cross draws praise for his work on behalf of healthcare and life sciences clients. Of late, he advised Indiana University Health on the sale of membership interests in a range of ambulatory surgery centers to an affiliate of Surgical Care Affiliates.

David Worrell is highlighted for his strength in securities matters. He also undertakes general business transactions, corporate governance issues and executive compensation. His notable work includes counseling Endocyte on its $71.6 million follow-on public offering of common stock.

Robert Wynne's broad-based practice covers corporate dispositions, M&A, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and MBOs. He also counsels companies and financial institutions on a comprehensive range of financing transactions.

Trevor Belden recently assisted Boeglin in the aforementioned representation of Zimmer, and is well known for counseling clients in the IT and logistics space.

Labor & Employment - Indiana

THE FIRM The labor and employment team at Faegre Baker Daniels continues to impress clients with its breath of expertise and its fantastic pool of resources. The comprehensive stable of attorneys handles everything from labor management relations and employment litigation to workplace safety, compliance and training. It recently successfully advised Indiana Limestone on long-term concessionary contract negotiations and a related nationally publicized strike.

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Neighbours is noted for his handling of traditional labor law matters. He continues to counsel Amsted Industries on labor matters in numerous locations throughout the USA. 

Hud Pfeiffer represents public and private employers in the full range of labor and employment matters. His strength in labor issues is highlighted by sources.

Ellen Boshkoff specializes in the representation of public and private employers, frequently defending class actions. 

David Given handles a range of labor and employment matters, and comes particularly recommended for employment litigation.

Gregory Dale acts as national OSHA counsel to Colorcon. His areas of focus include employment discrimination litigation and labor arbitration.

Gregory Utken recently advised Bristol Compressors on labor and employment matters in connection with its reorganization.

Litigation - Indiana

THE FIRM This firm's exceptional group of litigators handles a variety of disputes, from antitrust and IP matters to mass torts, insurance issues, and securities derivative suits and class actions. The team represents clients before both state and federal courts, and is adept at handling complex, multijurisdictional litigation. Recent matters include the representation of Zimmer in a complex action surrounding false advertising and defamation, among other claims.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Herzog heads the firm's business litigation team. He has a broad litigation practice encompassing contentious contractual, securities and corporate governance issues.

Chris Scanlon has a broad business and commercial litigation practice that includes business tort, class actions and insurance coverage work.

Robert Stanley handles litigation and arbitration pertaining to a wide range of commercial disputes. He has recently been involved in a series of significant multidistrict cases on behalf of his clients.    

Jay Yeager is held in high regard by interviewees, who speak particularly highly of his abilities in the courtroom. He recently acted for Zimmer in federal multi-district litigation alleging defects in the NexGen knee replacement system.

Jon Laramore spearheads the firm's appellate practice in Indiana. He has represented clients in a range of sectors including healthcare, gaming, construction and education.

Real Estate - Indiana

THE FIRM The consistent breadth and quality of the work undertaken by this firm ensures that it continues to justify its position in the premier tier. The sizable team has recently been involved in a variety of complex, substantial matters, including in the representation of Centre Properties in the River Place development project. It also acted as lead counsel for Silvara Real Estate as it successfully sought zoning and development approval on another project.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mary Lisher has been involved in several sizable property transactions, demonstrating exemplary negotiation skills.

Joseph Scimia was recently engaged in the Prairie Lakes Apartment joint venture. He represents clients in a range of real estate transactions and financings.

Steven Hardin acted as lead partner on the River Place matter and was instrumental in obtaining a favorable incentive package for the client.

Corporate/M&A - Iowa

THE FIRM The Des Moines office of this globally reaching firm makes use of its wider network to coordinate the interests of several nationwide clients in Iowa. The team is active across a range of industries and acts for high-profile clients including Wells Fargo, Cargill and Aviva. Recent work highlights include representing Archer Daniels Midland in an $80 million bond financing.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly experienced Andrew Anderson works with a range of corporate clients on the expansion of their business in Iowa. Sources praise  his commitment to client service.

Corporate associate Adam Hertzke counsels public and private clients on a range of corporate law, with a particular emphasis on the food agriculture industry.

Labor & Employment - Iowa

THE FIRM The Des Moines office of this global firm handles a broad range of employment matters, covering employment litigation, compliance training, labor relations and immigration, among others. The firm has a national reach, and handles the Iowa interests of national clients such as Wells Fargo and US Bank. Recent work highlights include defending Principal Life Insurance in an alleged age discrimination suit.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Giudicessi is commended for his responsiveness. He handles a variety of employment matters, and is noted for his tenacious advocacy style.

Litigation - Iowa

THE FIRM Clients commend this firm for its versatile and wide-ranging litigation capabilities, as well as its engaged client service and relationships. It has been highly active in agribusiness litigation and finance litigation, including securities, regulatory compliance and antitrust. The firm recently defended Wells Fargo and SunTrust Bank against a federal court class action alleging failure to record mortgage documents and pay fees to local county recorders in Iowa.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kim Walker leads the firm's national food and agriculture industry team. Areas of expertise include antitrust, products liability and contract disputes.

Ross Johnson is best known for his product liability work, including product defects, product contamination, contract disputes and defamation claims.

Jacob Bylund is commended for the depth of his knowledge of the commodities and agriculture sectors. He handles a broad range of litigious matters pertaining to these industries including IP disputes, products liability and contract disputes. 

Commercial litigator Terri Combs practices primarily in financial services litigation, including securities arbitration and regulatory enforcement defense. Clients appreciate her substantive knowledge and strong client service skills. 

Jesse Linebaugh also practices in financial services litigation, and cochairs the firmwide securities and financial services litigation practice group. His primary area of activity is defending insurance companies, banks and broker-dealers throughout the USA.

Construction - Minnesota

THE FIRM Faegre Baker Daniels has an excellent reputation across the broad spectrum of construction matters. It has extensive experience of acting for contractors, owners and engineers, and has notable knowledge of the utilities sector. The firm continues to act as construction counsel to the $1.7 billion CapX2020 high-voltage power line project. Other key clients include Xcel Energy, Target and Essar Constructions.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly regarded attorney Patrick O'Connor handles contract negotiation and construction litigation. He recently represented RCI Systems in a dispute stemming from the design and implementation of a fire suppression system in an elder care center. 

Michael Lapicola has a vibrant and varied construction practice, and was recently called upon to advise Essar on a $1.6 billion manufacturing project. Clients value his responsiveness and knowledge.

Peter Halls has extensive experience in representing domestic companies abroad and is particularly recommended for his knowledge of operating in Russia.

Clients admire James Hartnett's business insight. He focuses on litigation and recently represented Xcel Energy in a complex series of claims and counterclaims concerning project delays and cost overruns.

Corporate/M&A - Minnesota

THE FIRM Faegre Baker Daniels has an excellent reputation across a broad range of corporate and transactional matters. It places a particular emphasis on its strategic M&A and private equity practices, and advises clients from a diverse range of industry sectors. Recent work highlights include acting for HB Fuller on its acquisition of Forbo Group for approximately $394 million. In the past year, it has also provided corporate counsel to 3M, Archer Daniels Midland and General Mills.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bruce Engler is one of Minnesota's preeminent M&A lawyers. He is noted for his private equity expertise and counts Norwest Equity Partners among his recent clients.

Morgan Burns was lead counsel to HB Fuller on the acquisition described above. He also handles public offerings and recently advised Proto Labs on its $79.1 million IPO.

Steven Kennedy is known for counseling public companies on securities and corporate governance matters.  

Michael Stanchfield is another key player at the firm. He was recently called upon to represent 3M in its $550 million acquisition of Avery Dennison. 

Amy Seidel leads the firm's public companies and securities practice group. She was recently involved in the firm's representation of Graco Inc. with respect to its acquisition of Illinois Tool Works.

Senior statesman Philip Garon is widely considered a figurehead of the Minnesota corporate Bar. He was recently engaged to act as Minnesota counsel to Pentair on its merger with a spun-off subsidiary of Tyco International.

Labor & Employment - Minnesota

THE FIRM Faegre Baker Daniels has a broad employment practice, with specialist litigation, immigration and compliance teams. It has a notable track record of handling complex contentious matters, including wage and hour class actions, in addition to ERISA, discrimination and noncompete litigation. The group is also well versed in employment matters arising from corporate transactions, and advises 3M on its acquisition and integration strategy. Other recent clients include Allina Health System, Augsburg Fortress and Boston Scientific.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly regarded attorney Kathlyn Noecker handles a broad range of employment law counseling. Sources characterize her as a thorough and responsive practitioner.

Charles Knapp focuses on employment litigation and has significant experience of class action and discrimination claims. Clients value his diligence and strategic thinking.

Litigation - Minnesota

THE FIRM This leading litigation group has demonstrated its excellence in a wide range of contentious matters. It is particularly active in the financial services, securities, energy and trade secret arenas, and has considerable experience in white-collar, antitrust and franchising litigation. The firm is also known for its IP expertise and recently won a significant defense victory for Seagate Technology in its long-standing patent infringement dispute with Siemens. Other key clients include Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Cargill and 3M.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Gross is a noted expert in IP litigation, and recently won a jury verdict in a patent infringement case on behalf of Coloplast.

Randall Kahnke is a highly recommended trade secret specialist, and also handles general commercial and IP litigation. His clients have included Allianz, Honeywell and Wells Fargo.

Kenneth Liebman is also a leading IP litigator. He focuses his practice on IT and medical technology patents.

Charles Webber is well regarded by observers for his broad litigation expertise. He has tried a diverse range of contract, tort and fiduciary matters.

James Volling is singled out for his antitrust, securities and white collar criminal litigation expertise. He heads the firm's business litigation group.

Wendy Wildung represents corporations, directors and officers in litigation stemming from IPOs or allegations of fraud or false reporting.

Robert Schnell has distinguished himself in the field of financial markets and securities litigation. His clients include investment banks, broker-dealers and financial institutions.

Aaron Van Oort is a skilled appellate attorney. His clients have included Seagate and the National Football League.

Real Estate - Minnesota

THE FIRM Faegre Baker Daniels is singled out as Minnesota's leading real estate firm. It places a particular emphasis on corporate real estate and handles the acquisition, financing, development and leasing of properties, in addition to the negotiation and structuring of complex joint ventures. Recent work highlights include advising Life Time Fitness on the $109 million purchase of a number of health clubs in Florida and Minnesota. The team has also acted as real estate counsel to Aeon, Cargill and Target.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Star individual Charles Ferrell is praised as one of Minnesota's leading real estate practitioners. He continues to act for corporate clients and developers, and recently represented Opus in a multimillion-dollar office development in Minneapolis.

Highly regarded attorney Angela Christy is recognized for her expertise in low income housing matters. She recently advised Project for Pride in Living on the financing of a rental development with tax credits, municipal loans and funds granted by the Affordable Housing Program.

John Herman is an eminent zoning and development specialist. He recently advised the Minnesota Orchestral Association on the $52 million improvement of its Minneapolis performance space.

John Wheaton handles the full range of real estate matters for clients such as buyers, sellers, developers and lenders.

Scott Anderegg is regularly called upon to represent the borrower in real estate loan originations. He was lead counsel to Life Time Fitness in the acquisitions described above.

Peter Berrie has distinguished himself in the fields of tax credits and financing. Recent matters include representing Lyrical-Antheus Realty Partners II with respect to its renovation of Chicago's historic Shoreland Hotel using federal historic tax credits.

Food & Beverages - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm provides its clients with full litigation and regulatory support service in the food arena. The firm acts for food companies, animal feed companies and dietary supplements companies on matters such as food safety advice, product recalls, food labeling advice and defense of litigation. The firm represented Cargill in the litigation and regulatory issues surrounding the company's 2011 withdrawal of 36 million pounds of ground turkey products due to alleged Salmonella Heidelberg links. Other clients of the firm include MOM Brands, Dole Food, Pharmavite, Muller Quaker Dairy, Reckitt Benckiser and Flint Hills Resources.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sarah Brew is the head of the firm's food litigation and regulatory group. She represents her clients in a wide variety of matters including consumer class actions and food-borne illness and contamination cases.

Franchising - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm is well respected for the quality of its work in the franchising and distribution space. The team is noted for its handling of the full spectrum of contentious franchising matters, while it continues to advise franchisor clients on transactional matters and the structuring, negotiation and implementation of distribution agreements. Recent highlights include acting for Jani-King International on a number of federal court cases alleging consumer fraud. Other clients include International Dairy Queen and Johnny Rockets.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bill Killion provided input on the Jani-King International cases and is a highly respected litigator in the franchising sphere. 

Kerry Bundy was lead trial counsel on the Jani-King International matters. She has also acted for Buffalo Wild Wings and International Dairy Queen. 

Jeffrey Brimer recently advised Johnny Rockets on intellectual property issues arising from the company's expansion plans. He advises clients on all aspects of domestic and international franchising and distribution law.

Kevin Hein heads the team and is noted by interviewees for his handling of international transactional, structuring and implementation matters in the franchising space.

Native American Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM Faegre Baker Daniels fields one of the largest teams in this practice area, and is noted for its strong expertise in tribal financing and gaming matters. It recently acted as federal Indian law counsel to the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority with regard to the refinancing of $1.6 billion in debt which financed its Mohegan Sun casino and other enterprises.   

KEY INDIVIDUALS Group head Kent Richey commands widespread respect for his Native American law practice. He led the team advising the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority on its debt refinancing.  

Aaron Harkins is widely recognized as an up-and-coming lawyer for both finance and gaming law matters. 

Product Liability & Mass Torts - Nationwide

THE FIRM Faegre Baker Daniels undertakes product liability work on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries. It has a particularly strong presence in the Midwest, and is singled out for its expertise in the agricultural sector and its efforts to understand the business objectives of clients. Recent work highlights include acting as lead trial counsel to Novartis in litigation concerning the prescription medications Aredia and Zometa, which are alleged to cause osteonecrosis of the jaw. Other clients include Syngenta Crop Protection, Dole Foods and Cargill.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Price is a massively experienced attorney in this space, with a practice that focuses on mass tort and class action products liability defense. He takes a lead role in the Novartis litigation.