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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Washington, DC

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1900 K Street NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel:+1 202 496 7500
  • Fax:+1 202 496 7756
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Jeffrey K Haidet
  • Managing Partner: TMark Flanagan, Jr California
  • Executive Partner: Kurt L Kicklighter
  • Number of lawyers: 575
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has an office in Brussels

Firm Overview:
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is an international law firm with more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisors in 13 offices and 11 markets. The firm is uniquely positioned at the intersection of law, business and government, representing clients in the areas of complex litigation, corporate law, energy, environment, finance, government contracts, health care, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, private client services, public policy, real estate, and technology.

Main Areas of Practice:
The Corporate department at MLA offers sophisticated guidance to clients seeking advice on a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters, ranging from the financing and structuring of public and private deals, including related tax consideration and planning, to general corporate counseling and governance.
Contact: Wayne N Bradley Tel: 404 527 4044
Email: wbradley@mckennalong.com

Environment, Energy & Product Regulation:
MLA established its environmental practice group more than 50 years ago to counsel chemical companies, oil and gas producers, and defense contractors on the first environmental enforcement actions.
Contact: Peter L Gray Tel: 202 496 7707
Email: pgray@mckennalong.com

Intellectual Property & Technology:
The highly-regarded IP attorneys at MLA skillfully apply their legal knowledge, technical savvy and business acumen to help clients address today's unique challenges and strategically create, manage and benefit from their IP assets. Realizing that the protection of intellectual property is now a global matter, MLA has developed a deep knowledge and understanding of domestic and international issues.
Contact: Song K Jung Tel: 202 496 7413
Email: sjung@mckennalong.com

Government Contracts:
MLA’s Government Contracts team consists of more than 70 attorneys and professional advisors throughout five offices – including former members of key government procuring agencies, the Justice Department, Congress and its committees. The firm’s experience covers every aspect of Government Contracts, all government agencies and all key industry sectors – aerospace and defense, electronics, communications, IT, technical services, financial, stability operations, construction, transportation, health care, biodefense, and the life science fields.
Contact: Michael R Rizzo Tel: 213 243 6193
Email: mrizzo@mckennalong.com

Health Care:
The cross-practice health care team focuses on protecting existing client interests and anticipating strategic opportunities. Bringing together attorneys and public policy advisors from the health care regulatory, public policy, government contracts, litigation, employee benefits, tax and corporate practices, MLA’s health care team uses their diverse experience to deliver comprehensive legal and public policy services to our clients who range from providers and managed care organizations to pharmaceutical manufacturers and technology vendors.
Contact: Cindy Gillespie Tel: 202 496 7684
Email: cdgillespie@mckennalong.com
Contact: Summer Martin Tel: 404 527 4910
Email: shmartin@mckennalong.com

MLA litigators handle a wide-range of matters, from sophisticated business and commercial cases, class actions, and multi-district litigation, to professional liability and dispute matters. The Litigation practice includes many attorneys with particular experience in specialty courts such as bankruptcy, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as attorneys who have the experience, skills and knowledge to represent clients before the Supreme Court, and federal and state courts across the country.
Contact: Tami Lyn Azorsky Tel: 202 496 7573
Email: tazorsky@mckennalong.com

Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs:
MLA is a nationally recognized leader in the complex field of government affairs, as it provides clients with a broad range of legal, governmental and political experience. MLA houses a highly acclaimed Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice with more than 60 attorneys and professionals, in seven offices in the US, and Brussels. The bipartisan team is composed of professionals who have held public office and served as diplomats, as well as those who have previously served as staff and advisors to US presidents, governors, Members of Congress, and mayors.
Contact: Gordon D Giffin Tel: 404 527 4020
Email: ggiffin@mckennalong.com

Real Estate:
MLA’s Real Estate team offers clients a multidisciplinary experience that spans the spectrum of real estate development, investment and finance. Well aware that conducting business today requires a critical evaluation of potential risks, responsibilities and rewards, the firm’s real estate attorneys focus on practical and innovative solutions to complex problems that arise in real estate transactions.
Contact: William F Timmons Tel: 404 527 8380
Email: btimmons@mckennalong.com


  • 111 Washington Avenue,
  • Albany,
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 12210
  • Tel +1 518 935 2400
  • Fax +1 518 462 4875
  • 303 Peachtree Street, NE,
  • Suite 5300 ,
  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia
  • USA
  • GA 30308
  • Tel +1 404 527 4000
  • Fax +1 404 527 4198
  • 2 Avenue de Tervueren,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1040
  • Tel +32 2 278 1211
  • Fax +32 2 278 1200
  • 1400 Wewatta Street,
  • Suite 700,
  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • 80202-5556
  • Tel +1 303 634 4000
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  • 300 South Grand Avenue,
  • Suite 1400,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071
  • Tel 213.688.1000
  • Fax +1 213 243 6330
  • 230 Park Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10169
  • Tel +1 212 905 8300
  • Fax +1 212 922 1819
  • 2050 Main Street,
  • Suite 600,
  • Irvine,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92614
  • Tel +1 949 732 3700
  • Fax +1 949 732 3739
  • 6050 El Tordo,
  • PO Box 2329,
  • Rancho Santa Fe,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92067
  • Tel +1 858 756 4410
  • Fax +1 858 756 4386
  • 600 West Broadway,
  • Suite 2600,
  • San Diego,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92101
  • Tel +1 619 236 1414
  • Fax +1 619 645 5321
  • Email : contactus@luce.com
  • 4435 Eastgate Mall,
  • Suite 400,
  • San Diego,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92121
  • Tel +1 619 595 5400
  • Fax +1 619 595 5450
  • 101 California Street,
  • Floor 41,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94111-5886
  • Tel +1 415 267 4000
  • Fax +1 415 267 4198
  • 121 Spear Street,
  • Suite 200,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94105
  • Tel +1 415 356 4600
  • Fax +1 415 356 4610

Insurance - California

THE FIRM This team has a strong reputation in California for insurance defense litigation across a range of areas. The firm regularly acts for major insurance carriers on disputes including class action litigation, unfair competition and insurance bad faith claims. Major clients include carriers such as Allstate and Travelers, while the group recently defeated an employment class action on behalf of Infinity.

Sources say: "Very high performance and very good advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Edson is a key contact at the firm.

Real Estate - California

THE FIRM This substantial team undertakes work for developers and public agencies, lenders and borrowers, including institutional lenders such as banking associations and insurance companies. The group is experienced in commercial, retail and residential projects, public-private partnerships and mixed-use developments. Recent work highlights for the team include acting for Sudbury Properties on a large-scale, $1 billion master planned community in San Diego. The team's client base includes CityView, KB Home and LNR Property Corporation.

Sources say: "Good people, well qualified and reasonable." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Timothy Tosta "is well connected within the community and knows the lay of the land very well," say sources.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The team at McKenna Long & Aldridge enters the rankings on the back of a successful year. It is recommended as a strong local player and a formidable entity more nationally. It operates across the full range of bankruptcy matters, with particular emphasis of late on advising lenders and vendors on asset dispositions, workouts and restructurings. The team recently advised LPP Mortgage as creditor's counsel on the foreclosure of Underwood Towers, a 450-unit apartment tower in Hartford, Connecticut. 

Sources say: "Wise counsel who offer expertise and big case experience."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Craig Rust is a key contact.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Georgia

THE FIRM As a result of its 2012 merger with Luce Forward, this firm was able to strengthen its already substantial Atlanta footprint, gaining both the expertise and the attorneys of the former California-based firm. While McKenna Long is proficient in all areas of bankruptcy law, it has recently been engaged in a number of Chapter 9 restructuring cases. For example, the group recently represented Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation in significant Chapter 9 proceedings.

Sources say: "It wasn't only that they did really good technical work - it was actually pleasant to work with them." "They're superb at explaining things to normal people."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Kaufman "is fantastic," mentioned one source: "He is a very bright guy, as analytically sound as anyone I have ever worked with, and, moreover, a very conscientious and fine lawyer." He recently represented International Management Associates as the court-appointed investors committee in relation to a major Ponzi scheme fraud case.

Gary Marsh's recent highlights include acting for The Cliffs Club & Hospitality Group in its Chapter 11 proceedings. Sources are immensely "impressed with his ability to home in on the most important issues, prioritize, and deliver."

Michael Levengood immediately "garners the respect of the other parties' professionals," say sources, thus "allowing him to take a leadership role in negotiations." He recently provided counsel to Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting in its recent Chapter 9 proceedings.

According to one client, Henry Sewell exhibits all of the qualities of a "great lawyer." He recently worked on behalf of the official committee of unsecured creditors for Cagle's, involving claims of over $80 million.

Corporate/M&A - Georgia

THE FIRM McKenna Long is acclaimed for its capabilities in undertaking international transactions and for its expertise in representing mid-market companies. The firm works closely with a number of government contractors and is thus a popular choice for clients with engagements containing municipal elements. Key clients include Home Depot, HD Supply and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Sources say: "I've been very pleased with the quality of their work and the intensity of their approach."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department chair Wayne Bradley is commended for his ability to tackle big-picture issues and offer clients practical advice. He recently supported Home Depot in relation to a number of recent acquisitions.

Seasoned expert Jeremy Silverman has "a good business sense, and knows when to let a point go." Clients also go on to praise his vast intelligence and personable approach. He recently led in the representation of PhaseOne Communications throughout its sale to The SI Organization. 

Sources praise David Brown's "extraordinarily efficient" approach which enables him to "eliminate needless complexity." He represents Gentiva Health Services in a range of corporate issues and currently heads the firm's corporate finance group.

Ann-Marie McGaughey has, according to one source, "distinguished herself" over the course of the past year, with interviewees keen to highlight their "complete faith in her advice." She recently advised leading US sales and lease ownership and specialty retailer Aaron's as it purchased a stake in Perfect Home Holdings for $15.4 million.

Energy & Natural Resources - Georgia

THE FIRM McKenna Long & Aldridge's energy team has an impressively diverse client list including independent power producers, municipalities and national retail chains. Notable names include AGL Resources, Commerce Energy and Tenaska. The team recently represented Atlanta Gas Light in a regulatory dispute concerning the encroachment of a municipal natural gas system in the company's certificate area.

Sources say: "Dependable, with a lot of knowledge."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Bender is a key contact.

Environment - Georgia

THE FIRM McKenna Long & Aldridge is renowned for its handling of matters pertaining to the CWA. It also has considerable experience in regulatory issues arising under the ESA, the CAA and the CMPA. The team has recently been representing the State of Georgia in the Tri-State Water Wars litigation.

Sources say: "They are very knowledgeable."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Todd Silliman's practice is focused on environmental litigation. Recent activity includes acting as lead counsel for High Point on a prominent case against the National Park Service in relation to convenient water access.

Healthcare - Georgia

THE FIRM Practitioners at this firm are typified by their adept representation of nonprofit hospital systems; Northside Hospital is perhaps the most notable example of such a client and it continues to engage the firm on a variety of complex and varied matters. Clients appreciate the thorough approach exhibited by the talented team of attorneys, with the firm's ability to navigate the political landscape also singled out for praise.

Sources say: "The firm is very organized, quick in responding and very detailed in its research and work product."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kathlynn Butler Polvino regularly undertakes work for Northside Hospital and has handled both licensure and regulatory issues over the past year. She is singled out for praise by several market commentators: "She is a superb attorney," says one source, "with critical thinking and analytical skills that complement her legal acumen."

The "incredibly responsive" Charlene McGinty is lauded for her grasp of regulatory compliance matters. She is described as being particularly "knowledgeable about both healthcare and regulatory issues" and is further commended for her familiarity with the intricacies of the wider healthcare industry.

Experienced litigator James Rawls has enjoyed a particularly active year in which he distinguished himself by assisting DeKalb Medical Center throughout its ultimately successful attempt to overturn an injunction. He is said to "understand the business needs of clients and balance that very well with the law."

Immigration - Georgia

THE FIRM This firm is well-equipped to handle a range of corporate immigration issues, from procuring visas for foreign nationals to providing clients with advice on the specifics of legislative compliance. The practice is recommended for its timely completion of engagements. Recent clients include Blue Cube Software, Jacada and Cbeyond.

Sources say: "I have confidence in working with the whole team; they're very thorough and very detail-oriented."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice leader James Levine is acknowledged by commentators as being both resourceful and knowledgeable. "If I have a particularly tricky question," remarked one source, "I'll pick up the phone and give him a call." He is currently assisting a major motorcycle manufacturer in its attempts to procure a P-1 visa for an athlete.

Labor & Employment - Georgia

THE FIRM McKenna Long & Aldridge's employer services group specializes in assisting government contractors. The group also boasts an additional expertise in traditional labor matters and routinely appears before the NLRB on behalf of employers. The firm continues to work closely with Foxwoods Resort Casino and also lists Rosetta Stone and WebMD among a robust roster of clients.

Sources say: "They're always available to us and they get back to me very quickly."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Hankins's practice concentrates primarily upon traditional labor matters. He led the firm's recent representation of Boeing in a case that was brought before the NLRB. 

Daniel Beale, recommended as an "outstanding practitioner in this area," is applauded for his ability to dispense practical advice and avoid getting "mired down in theoretical minutiae." "If I had the opportunity to work with him in the future, I'd jump at it," said one source.

In the words of one client, Mark Keenan "is an outstanding, no-nonsense attorney who gives us our money's worth and is a greatly valued resource for everyone on my staff." He is further identified as possessing "highly refined expertise in organized labor and collective bargaining engagements." He recently advised The Home Depot in a matter before the NLRB.

Litigation - Georgia

THE FIRM This national firm's Georgia litigation practice maintains a solid market presence and continues to service a healthy selection of clients. The team possesses particular strength in a number of niche areas, and its stable of litigators generates specific praise for its expertise in healthcare, bankruptcy and insurance litigation. Recent clients include SunTrust Bank, Dow Chemical and Pike Nurseries.

Sources say: "They excel in the role of being problem solvers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" Matthew Martin is described as being "a fantastic lawyer in every way" and an "aggressive litigator." He is currently representing CIBC World Markets as it seeks to defend itself against accusations of fraud, gross negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. 

Real Estate - Georgia

THE FIRM This team has recently been expanded by the firm's merger with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. Well known for its ability to handle especially complex issues, it has recently represented Tenaska in the sophisticated financing and development of its Imperial Solar Energy Center South project. It was also engaged by PNC Bank on a $61 million construction loan for development of an urban mixed-use project.

Sources say: "They have a very high level of expertise and are very knowledgeable. My go-to firm for complicated situations."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Stevens is said to be "very much an acknowledged expert" in the field. An experienced and established name in the market, his practice leans towards the representation of lenders and purchasers in large-scale projects.

Tax - Georgia

THE FIRM This impressive tax group is recognized primarily for its strength in transactional tax matters. The team's work is frequently conducive to collaboration, and tax practitioners often work closely with members of the firm's standalone corporate group, bringing both technical expertise and awareness of practical business concerns to engagements. A recent highlight is the firm's representation of The Home Depot, in which it oversaw the taxation elements of a $48 million acquisition.

Sources say: "They are excellent; they are technically proficient, practical and very responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Lange "is the best tax attorney I've ever worked with," reported one client. He is renowned for his proficiency in transactional taxation matters and is regarded as being "excellent from a technical standpoint." He handled the tax structuring for HD Supply in its recent $195 million acquisition of Peachtree Business Products.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM This formidable group numbers in excess of 80 government contracts professionals, and boasts the expertise to cater to a broad client base which includes Lockheed Martin, UnitedHealth, IBM and BP North America. The firm is currently representing Honeywell International in the face of ongoing potential debarment issues arising out of the 2012 Appropriations Act, and has assisted the client in avoiding any associated loss of federal work or projects in connection with this matter to date. McKenna also has a large number of attorneys in possession of top-level security clearances, enabling it to adeptly handle classified program matters.

Sources say: "Their advice has been excellent across the board." "They have deep government contracts expertise, so if a related question needs to be pursued they have the best people to pursue those matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Based in Los Angeles, James Gallagher and Thomas Abbott spearhead the West Coast limb of McKenna's government contracts team. Clients are hugely impressed by Gallagher, remarking: "He's a terrific lawyer - very knowledgeable about government contracts-related issues. We have full faith in him." 

Ray Biagini has developed a niche in obtaining SAFETY Act coverage for clients so as to minimize tort liability arising out of terrorist attacks for organizations that develop and deploy anti-terror products and services. Biagini assists the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey in obtaining coverage for the numerous high-value terrorist targets situated within the region. He also has a successful track record in tort litigation, and sources praise his persuasive arguments in addition to his "ability to build a rapport with judges quickly." 

Thomas Papson worked with Jason Carey in a successful protest on behalf of AT&T which challenged the terms of a contract solicitation and excluded AT&T from the competitive range. The duo were successful on both counts, and similar successes have led observers to enthuse about Papson's "top-drawer" approach within the world of bid protests. "It's a bit like a chess match and he's very good - a bright litigator," say sources. Similarly, observers admire Carey's "keen intellect - he's able to see the issues and evidence, and craft an argument in a compelling way which is clearly articulated."

Stanley Dees's practice embraces all elements of government contracts law, and has included false claims and debarment actions in addition to bid protests and costs recovery.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM This political law department's client base is impressively diverse, including Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign 'Newt 2012', Forest Laboratories, Primerica, the National Mining Association, the American Council on Education and Century Strategies. The firm receives praise for its skill in advising clients on lobbying laws and regulations and general political law matters, in addition to monitoring corporate activities on behalf of clients and helping them to deal with political contributions appropriately.

Sources say: "The team has a great reputation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS According to clients, Stefan Passantino "has an ability to summarize very complex legal material for nonlegal professionals." Sources are pleased with the way in which his assistance helps them achieve their objectives: "Stefan is an excellent communicator. He makes it easy for us to understand and execute things from our end." 

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team has been bolstered by the addition of four lateral hires, including ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf specialist Alan Wolff. The group represents clients in a variety of areas, from WTO litigation to export compliance and customs issues. In one highlight, the team acted for the Semiconductor Industry Association in connection with the elimination of tariffs on semiconductor products. Clients in multiple sectors have also sought the firm's advice on voluntary disclosures to OFAC.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior counsel Alan Wolff has long experience in litigation and regulatory counseling, and sources admire his expertise in trade policy matters.