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Arent Fox LLP

Washington, DC

Arent Fox LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1717 K Street, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036-5342
  • Tel:+1 202 857 6000
  • Fax:+1 202 857 6395
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Mark Katz
  • Managing Partner: Matthew Clark

Firm Overview:
Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. With more than 350 lawyers, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles.

Main Areas of Practice:
Advertising, Sweepstakes & Promotions:
Focuses on media, television, and consumer products companies in all aspects of advertising and promotions including: clearing promotions and advertising globally, advertising and trade regulation law, and federal and state investigations.

Focuses on business, franchise and consumer litigation, corporate and real estate transactions, vehicle safety law, regulatory, distribution and franchise, intellectual property, antitrust, environmental and emissions, consumer lending, customs and international trade, restructuring and bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring:
Represents creditors’ committees, bondholders, note holders, secured creditors, lender syndicates, debtors, Chapter 11 trustees, and financing providers in bankruptcy proceedings.

Broad-based corporate experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate governance, and public and private offerings of equity and debt. Handles transactions for private equity funds, public companies, and midmarket private companies. Active in brand licensing and franchise transactions.

Government Relations:
Assists companies,trade associations,universities, governmental organizations,and other nonprofits to attain their objectives by advocating at the federal, state, and local levels.Counsels on elections and political activity law.

Health Care:
Provides coordinated representation in all aspects of healthcare law, including reimbursement/coverage issues, Stark regulations, anti-kickback matters, fraud and abuse counseling, regulatory issues, false claims defense, HIPAA/health privacy advice, RACs, telemedicine, and e-health.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
Advises US and European insurers, reinsurers, and brokers on multistate licensing projects, tax issues, regulatory compliance matters, and state investigations. Counsels clients on cross-border acquisitions including public company employment. Advises US and international insurers and producers on compliance, licensing, and surplus lines eligibility issues.

Intellectual Property (IP):
Offers a range of services related to the acquisition, enforcement, and commercial exploitation of IP rights and assets.Has extensive experience prosecuting and defending against infringement claims in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

International Trade:
Represents and advises clients in a range of cross-border matters, such as customs/import compliance; global trade policy; international trade litigation, including litigation before US Court of International Trade and US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Represents clients before the US Trade Representative office; export controls and sanctions, including compliance with the Arms Export Control Act and ITAR; and international anti-corruption and the FCPA.

Labor & Employment:
Counsels on employment litigation, labor management relations, occupational safety and health, employee benefits,immigration, federal contractors, and public accommodations.

Represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country and in dispute resolution worldwide. The practice encompasses bankruptcy and financial reorganization, commercial, construction, employment and labor, ERISA, government contracts, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, life sciences, sports/media/entertainment, real estate, white collar crime, FCPA, False Claims Act, and health care.

Represents tax-exempt organizations on matters relating to tax, government relations, finance, real estate, labor, intellectual property, antitrust, and litigation. Serves as general counsel to associations and nonprofit organizations and provides counsel to educational institutions, hospitals, trade and professional organizations, religious institutions, museums, foundations, and public charities.

Real Estate:
Handles projects nationally and internationally for institutional and private investors in joint venture formation and structuring, portfolio acquisition and sale, land acquisition and development, construction, financing, leasing,management, brokerage and sale. Advises on such projects as office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, factories, warehouses, research and development parks, and residential developments.

Counsels clients in the sports industry on all types of transactions, such as acquisitions and sales of franchises, arena stadium development and financing, naming rights agreements, sponsorship agreements,media rights agreements, issues with labor and employment, venue arrangements, and representation agreements with marketing agencies.

Tax & Estate Planning:
Focus on all areas of federal and state tax law, representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, state tax authorities and courts that have jurisdiction over federal tax disputes. Provides comprehensive estate planning, tax planning,business succession planning, charitable planning,and wealth management services.

Handles services in all aspects of the telecommunications industry, including transactions, licensing, regulatory compliance and advocacy, and litigation. Serves clients ranging from well-established international telecommunications corporations to emerging entrepreneurs.

Handles all stages of a government investigation, including parallel civil and criminal proceedings involving multiple agencies and across multiple jurisdictions. Conducts sensitive internal investigations, provides compliance and ethics training, guides clients through complex governmental audits and investigations.


  • 555 West Fifth Street,
  • 48th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90013
  • Tel +1 213 629 7400
  • Fax +1 213 629 7401
  • Email : robert.obrien@arentfox.com
  • 55 2nd Street,
  • 21st Floor,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94105
  • Tel 415 513 0000
  • Fax 415 513 0998

Healthcare - California

THE FIRM Arent Fox's client base includes a mix of healthcare clients, including Pacific Health, California Hospital Association and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The firm is praised for its work across a broad range of matters, from bond applications and approvals, mergers, regulatory compliance and complex contracts, to representing clients in specialized civil litigation involving tort claims against government agencies.

Sources say: "They are responsive, willing to think outside the box, and have expertise in the nuances of regulatory enforcement in California."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients are enthusiastic about Lowell Brown's work in relation to medical administration and medical staff. One source stated that "his style just fits in so well - he is very solution-oriented."

Thomas Jeffry assisted Kaiser Permanente with coordinating the recovery of a lost hard drive containing sensitive data, and handling breach reporting requirements following the incident.

Litigation - California

THE FIRM This team has achieved much success for its high-profile clients in the white-collar crime and government investigations space. The group continues to expand in response to a tremendous increase in its workload. Recent work includes the representation of Colonies Partners in its highly publicized corruption case and playing a central role in gaining a favorable decision for a high-ranking member of the Department of Homeland Security involved in a federal agency corruption charge. 

Sources say: "Their role has been greatly appreciated and they have done a tremendous job."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Terree Bowers is a respected lawyer with over 30 years of experience. His practice spans white-collar criminal defense, government investigations and complex commercial litigation. A client endorses him as an "expert at what he does – focused and ruthlessly protective of his clients." One recent highlight was handling a RICO and antitrust matter for a large insurance client.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This solid bankruptcy and financial restructuring team handles a steady workload of in- and out-of-court restructurings, distressed asset acquisitions and bankruptcy litigation. It is particularly highlighted for its sector-specific expertise in the automotive, real estate, construction, IP and pensions industries. The team is especially active in midmarket, regional debtor cases, an area in which it has experienced notable success.

Sources say: "A highly respected practice involved in a lot of high-profile regional work." "The team provides me with experience, practical business advice and excellent quality work."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mary Joanne Dowd is the head of Arent Fox's DC bankruptcy team. She is experienced in a number of industries, including the automotive, broadcast, construction and nonprofit sectors. Clients are quick to praise her "incredible knowledge of bankruptcy in the DC area, and in local and federal courts."

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The corporate team at Arent Fox has been busy of late, working on varied matters across a wide range of industries. It advises clients from the technology, healthcare and consumer products fields on their corporate deals. The firm houses a full-service practice in DC, and clients benefit from access to all required resources for the full life-cycle of their transactions. Notable clients include Marriott, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company and Toyota Boshoku.

Sources say: "They are extraordinarily competent and very responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The corporate group is headed by Jay Halpern, a key contact at the firm.  

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm concentrates on the transactional and advisory aspects of employee benefits work and also engages in ERISA litigation. Attorneys are particularly adept at reconciling plans with an individual organization's business model and redesigning dated plans to ensure compliance with changing legislation. Assistance is also provided to real estate companies who require REITs and LLCs to be eligible as ERISA plan investments. The group's clients include CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, the Association of American Medical Colleges and Choice Hotels International.

Sources say: "We completely redesigned our retirement plans and they gave us timely, comprehensive and very practical advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Charyk leads the practice and is praised for his "extensive knowledge" of the benefits and compensation field.

Quana Jew is acclaimed by her clients, who say that she provides "outstanding support in the area of defined benefit plans" and "epitomizes what any company would want in a counselor."  

Healthcare - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Arent Fox's DC healthcare practice is noted for its excellence in regulatory compliance and government enforcement matters, while it continues to handle transactional work. Clients include public hospital district Broward Health, for which it handles compliance and regulatory matters, ranging from Anti-Kickback Statute compliance to False Claims Act investigations.

Sources say: "Healthcare is a highly regulated area and they know it well. They are very highly reputed and well known."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Linda Baumann focuses on fraud and abuse and compliance, and is recognized for her expertise concerning the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law and the False Claims Act. Sources say she "is highly knowledgeable about health law, as well as practical in her approach to issues. She is very responsive and understands her client's needs." 

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm has a comprehensive and well-regarded IP practice, and its copyright and trademarks expertise is particularly renowned. The team's soft IP counseling and transactional practice attract many accolades, and its ability to adroitly manage very large portfolios at a global level is considered one of its fortes. High-profile international brands such as Discovery Communications and Pixar look to Arent Fox to protect and exploit their rights. 

Sources say: "They find creative solutions and expedite resolutions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Anthony Lupo has expertise and experience at the point where advertising, entertainment and digital media converge. He counsels some of the best-known market leaders in these fields on their international branding strategies.

Michael Grow is hailed as "an expert in the field" by peers. He handles copyright and trademark litigation, and counsels leading media and entertainment brands on matters concerning domestic and foreign trademarks, advertising, e-commerce and unfair competition. 

Real Estate - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This top-quality practice handles a broad range of real estate work, covering sports arenas, hospitality and leisure, senior living facilities and real estate bonds. The team acts for major developers and investors on a local, national and international scale, and clients benefit from the strong support of the firm's tax, environmental and corporate groups. The team has represented the Association of American Medical Colleges in the development, financing and sale of several properties. Other clients include Quadrangle Development and Marriott International.

Sources say: "An elite, full-service real estate firm. It is very cost-effective, not just with billing rates but through its more focused and efficient efforts."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Newman is widely recognized as a specialist in bond financing. He represented the Association of American Medical Colleges in the $216 million financing for the development of an office building in downtown Washington, DC.

Mark Katz is a highly regarded real estate practitioner. He undertakes a range of transactional work and financing for clients including US Real Estate Partners, Goldman Sachs and Marathon Asset Management.

Michael Leahy advises clients on a broad spectrum of transactional matters. Sources are "very impressed with the way he runs a deal. He's a straight shooter and when he said he'd do something he did it. He has a no-nonsense approach."

Hospitality expert Kimberly Wachen is well known for her work representing Marriott. She also offers expertise in senior living facilities and senior living companies work.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

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Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM The Arent Fox political law group utilizes the talents of 15 highly skilled legal professionals supported by a number of policy experts with past experience on Capitol Hill. The team has great collective experience of having made representations before the FEC in enforcement and campaign finance matters, and has also advised clients facing audits and ethics and Congressional investigations.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Founder of the group Craig Engle is well known in the political law space. Engle played a pivotal role in developing the legal framework for a system which ultimately enabled donors to make political contributions via text message during the presidential election. 

Healthcare - Nationwide

THE FIRM Regulatory compliance and government enforcement matters represent key areas of strength for this practice, which is also noted for its accomplished work on the transactional side. Recent highlights have seen it represent public hospital district Broward Health in ongoing compliance and regulatory issues, including False Claims Act investigations. Other clients include Maxim Healthcare Services and Fundamental Long Term Care.

Sources say: "I'm impressed with the team's responsiveness, reliability, accessibility, professionalism and quality of work product."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lisa Estrada is chair of the healthcare practice and a key contact at the firm.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

THE FIRM With offices in Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles, this practice has a full-service offering but is particularly well known for its copyright, trade secrets and trademark practice. The team's stellar client roster includes the likes of Benetton, Mars, NYSE Euronext, Pixar and Warner Bros. Its experience encompasses virtually all industries, from all manner of consumer goods to internet services and life sciences and it is especially active in the media and entertainment fields. 

Client Service "They have handled all matters in a measured, informed and responsible fashion, finding creative solutions and expeditious resolutions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Anthony Lupo, based in the DC office, cochairs the IP practice group. 

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM The trade team at Arent Fox comprises experts in numerous areas of regulation that affect international businesses. Perceived by the market as an extremely strong contender for compliance work, the group counsels clients on economic sanctions, import-export matters, and wider antiboycott and FCPA concerns. The trade remedies team handles sunset reviews for household-name clients, as well as advising on longstanding disputes such as cases ongoing in the steel and lumber industries.

Client Service "Very high level of client service - I always get a very timely response. They are also very up to date with current legislative and regulatory activity, and I have nothing but praise for the firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very responsive and very helpful" Kay Georgi is particularly highly regarded for her work in export controls. She represents clients including 3M and G4S International.

One interviewee describes Matthew Clark as "a spectacular lawyer and a supreme advocate." He represented the government of Québec before the Court of International Arbitration in the softwood lumber case.

Matthew Nolan heads the firm's international trade practice. His recent work includes advising leading Mexican tomato producer NatureSweet on a trade dispute regarding the alleged dumping of tomatoes in the US market.

John Gurley is active in both customs and trade relief proceedings. He represented Trina Solar, a Chinese manufacturer of solar panel components, in the headline-grabbing US investigation into the Chinese solar panel industry.

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm's leisure and hospitality group is based on its strong real estate practice and clients include developers, owners, operators and franchisors. The firm has a close relationship with Marriott International, and recently assisted in the development of hotels in Manhattan and Miami Beach on its behalf.

Sources say: "They are thorough and practical." "They are good on the franchise side."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kimberly Wachen is visible in the market due to the work she carries out with Marriott International. Matters she has handled include the acquisition of the Grand Cayman Beach Resort hotel, which included equity, development and contractual issues.  

Sports Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM This group is extremely active in various sports law fields, including media rights deals, franchise acquisitions and sponsorship matters. Its recent highlights include handling the purchase of the IP rights of soccer legend Pelé for client Sport 10 IP, and acting for the Brooklyn Events Center on the New York Islanders' move to the Barclays Center.

Client Service "They always bring a friendly approach and their billing was very fair."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Brand is an "excellent," "all-purpose utility player," noted for his familiarity and experience with broadcasting rights matters. He was a key part of the team representing the Brooklyn Events Center.

Construction - New York

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Healthcare - New York

THE FIRM Arent Fox's New York-based healthcare group forms an integral part of the firm's increasingly recognized national practice. Its sizable team undertakes all manner of regulatory, compliance, investigation, transactional and litigious assignments on behalf of a broad and enviable list of clients, including Maxim Healthcare Services, Fundamental Long Term Care and the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island.

Sources say: "I'm impressed with the team's responsiveness, reliability, accessibility, professionalism and quality of work product."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The tremendously experienced Connie Raffa is the founding member of the firm's healthcare group in New York. Interviewees describe her as “very adept at understanding the scope of the problem, and designing and revising strategies to address issues." She wins accolades across a number of areas, including Medicare and hospice and palliative care.

The "very talented" Michael Blass has a solid practice handling general business transactions, corporate matters and regulatory issues in the healthcare space. He is a go-to adviser for many of the firm's most significant healthcare clients, including Maxim Healthcare Services, who he advises on a range of corporate, finance and regulatory matters.

Intellectual Property - New York

Real Estate - New York

THE FIRM This wide-ranging practice offers expertise across the full spectrum of real estate work, and has been particularly busy of late dealing with substantial leasing matters and workouts. The group also advised Fannie Mae on the refinancing and restructuring of a $450 million loan for Parkmerced. Other notable clients include BBC America, PepsiCo and Acadia Realty Trust.  

Sources say: "They were really terrific - a very practical and diligent approach, and they got right to the issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jacqueline Weiss receives a range of plaudits from clients, who value her as "a deal-maker" who is "smart, fast and accessible." She has recently handled a number of portfolio management and leasing matters for fashion brands Lacoste USA and Diesel USA.