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Baker & Hostetler LLP

Cleveland

Baker & Hostetler LLP - Cleveland
  • PNC Center
  • Suite 3200
  • 1900 East Ninth Street
  • Cleveland
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44114-3482
  • Tel:+1 216 621 0200
  • Fax:+1 216 696 0740
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: R Steven Kestner
  • Number of attorneys: 875

Firm Overview:
BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. Within the firm’s five core practice groups (Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property and Tax) are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, M&A, complex commercial litigation, privacy and data protection, patent prosecution and international tax.

Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust:
BakerHostetler’s Antitrust practice is notable for having tried numerous antitrust and competition cases to verdict, representing plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and competition litigation – including class action lawsuits – and helping clients navigate the US merger review process. Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights: BakerHostetler’s bankruptcy team is known for its work in fraud investigations, litigation, recovery and workouts. The firm plays major roles in significant US and international bankruptcy cases, capitalizing on extensive experience in business workouts, complex reorganizations and bankruptcy proceedings.

Benefits/Executive Compensation:
BakerHostetler counsels employers on the design and implementation of all types of retirement, savings, health and welfare programs, as well as executive compensation, bonus and other incentive plans, deferred compensation arrangements, and retention and severance plans.

Corporate/M&A:
A recognized leader in middle-market transactions, the firm counsels large organizations on multibilliondollar transactions and provides experienced counsel to publicly traded and closely held businesses of all sizes.

Employment:
BakerHostetler counsels clients on the full array of employment and labor issues, and is known for its national counsel in the hospitality, media and healthcare industries.

E-Discovery:
Business leaders turn to the firm’s e-discovery advocacy and management team for solutions to complex electronic discovery and data challenges. The firm focuses only on data that matters to claims and defenses in dispute, which reduces the burden and risk of discovery.

Healthcare:
BakerHostetler provides comprehensive legal counsel to healthcare interests, focusing on transactions, structuring, finance, reimbursement, compliance, fraud/abuse, investigations, tax and employment law, as well as privacy issues related to data breaches.

Hospitality:
BakerHostetler’s Hospitality practice is known for its representation of major brands and developers in worldwide hotel and resort projects and involvement in the creation and operation of vacation clubs.

Intellectual Property:
In today’s global economy, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property are among the most valuable assets of market leaders and rising businesses. In thousands of proceedings spanning more than 100 countries, the firm protects clients’ competitive advantage in negotiations, trials, and other dispute resolution proceedings.

Litigation:
BakerHostetler’s Litigation practice is regarded for its pre-litigation strategies and ability to prepare, try and win cases in such areas as antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, class action, commercial, privacy and data protection, environmental, product liability, securities and white collar.

Privacy:
BakerHostetler’s privacy and data protection team helps clients recover from and minimize the impact of data breaches, including some of the nation’s largest, most significant incidents to date.

Real Estate:
With capabilities in finance, development, acquisition, disposition and leasing matters, the firm offers a full range of legal services to help clients meet their real estate objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Tax & Private Wealth:
BakerHostetler’s tax group is one of the nation’s largest, recognized for its ability to resolve tax controversy matters, implement global planning opportunities, and resolve issues through the regulatory and legislative processes. It is also known for its sophisticated private wealth planning practice.

White Collar Crime/Corporate Investigations:
With significant trial and monitorship experience, BakerHostetler’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations practice is among the most seasoned in serving corporations and individuals facing government scrutiny.

Branches

  • PNC Center,
  • Suite 3200,
  • 1900 East Ninth Street,
  • Cleveland,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44114-3482
  • Tel +1 216 621 0200
  • Fax +1 216 696 0740
  • Website : www.bakerlaw.com
  • 312 Walnut Street,
  • Suite 3200,
  • Cincinnati,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 45202-4074
  • Tel +1 513 929 3400
  • Fax +1 513 929 0303
  • Capitol Square,
  • Suite 2100,
  • 65 East State Street,
  • Columbus,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 43215-4260
  • Tel +1 614 228 1541
  • Fax +1 614 462 2616
  • 600 Anton Boulevard,
  • Suite 900,
  • Costa Mesa,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92626-7221
  • Tel +1 714 754 6600
  • Fax +1 714 754 6611
  • 12100 Wilshire Boulevard,
  • 15th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90025-7120
  • Tel +1 310 820 8800
  • Fax +1 310 820 8859
  • 303 East 17th St,
  • Suite 1100,
  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80203-1264
  • Tel +1 303 861 0600
  • Fax +1 303 861 7805
  • Washington Square, Suite 1100,
  • 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036-5304
  • Tel +1 202 861 1500
  • Fax +1 202 861 1783
  • SunTrust Center,
  • Suite 2300,
  • 200 South Orange Avenue,
  • Orlando,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 32801-3432
  • Tel +1 407 649 4000
  • Fax +1 407 841 0168
  • 191 North Wacker Drive,
  • Suite 3100,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606-1901
  • Tel 312 416 6200
  • Fax 312 416 6201
  • 45 Rockefeller Plaza,
  • 14 Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10111-0100
  • Tel +1 212 589 4200
  • Fax +1 212 589 4201
  • 811 Main Street,
  • Ste. 1100,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002
  • Tel +1 713 751 1600
  • Fax +1 713 751 1717
  • 1180 Peachtree Street, NE,
  • Suite 1800,
  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia
  • USA
  • GA 30309-0163
  • Tel +1 404 459 0050
  • Fax +1 404 459 5734
  • Cira Centre, 12th Floor,
  • 2929 Arch Street,
  • Philadelphia,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19104-2891
  • Tel +1 215 568 3100
  • Fax +1 215 568 3439
  • 999 Third Avenue,
  • Suite 3600,
  • Seattle,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98104-4023
  • Tel +1 206 332 1380
  • Fax +1 206 624 7317

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Natural Resources - Colorado

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Environment - District of Columbia

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Tax - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Provides advice and representation in domestic and cross-border transactions, controversies and tax planning matters. Areas of expertise include IRS examinations and appeals, structurings and restructurings, transfer pricing, rulings and M&A.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They give very practical advice. They are very technical and they know the law."

"They are very responsive, very attentive to the client's needs and very technically proficient."

Work highlights Offered restructuring advice to Lincoln Electric Holdings in connection with its operations in Canada.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Paravano focuses on domestic and international tax planning, litigation, federal policy matters and a variety of transactions. "He is very technical, very thorough and very responsive," states a client.

Paul Schmidt offers advice and representation in connection with hedging transactions, transfer pricing, tax credit planning, and cross-border restructuring and financing. Clients regard him as a "very technical and very thorough" practitioner who is "levelheaded and balanced in his approach to any tax situation."   

Significant clients The E.W. Scripps Company, Trinity Heath, Wyndham Worldwide, The Carlyle Group, Lincoln Electric Holdings. 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Florida

What the team is known for Orlando-based group able to handle a wide range of complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. A particular area of expertise is resort and time share reorganizations. The team is supported by a national network of offices. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A good, well-rounded and diverse group with a lot of depth."

"They've been efficient and very easy to work with."  

Work highlights Acted for ATLC, the largest unsecured trade creditor in the Kodak bankruptcy. ATLC had been hired to license Kodak's digital-imaging technology and was to receive a percentage of the proceeds paid under the license agreements. The team negotiated an unsecured claim for $40.5 million, along with additional unsecured and administrative claims connected to certain lawsuits.

Represented KZMSS Again, an ambulatory surgery center, which was the debtor in a Chapter 11 case. Negotiated an agreement with the creditors that allowed for the confirmation of its reorganization plan while allowing the owners to retain a significant equity interest.

Notable practitioners  

Elizabeth Green heads the team and is known as an "exceptional" bankruptcy attorney. "She has a practical business sense and she's an effective advocate," said a source.

Jimmy Parrish has wide-ranging bankruptcy and insolvency experience. He is "very practical and results-oriented," according to interviewees.

The "very talented" Tiffany Payne is an up-and-coming partner involved in many of the firm's key bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Commentators describe her as "articulate" and "self-assured."

Significant clients Tempus Resorts, Island One, Legacy Healthcare, Marubeni Specialty Chemicals, Orange County Environmental.

Corporate/M&A - Florida

What the team is known for Strong central Florida corporate and securities practice recognized for its work for small to medium public and private entities. Also handles midmarket deals for larger groups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They do high-quality work, and they are attentive to needs and responsive to what we ask them to do."

Work highlights Represented Cleveland-based CBIZ in a number of transactions, including the purchase of PHBV Partners and Pro-Medical.

Acted on the complex acquisition of Energy Equity Partners' assets on behalf of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Decker is widely praised by clients and noted for his ability to take a "complex strategy and translate it into terms businesspeople can understand."

Significant clients Fortune Hotels, Adventist Health System, Risk Transfer Companies, Spottswood Companies, Fairhaven Capital Partners.  

Labor & Employment - Florida

What the team is known for Focuses on class and collective actions, including wage and hour and ERISA violations, and race discrimination concerns. Weighty coverage of employee movement issues, such as noncompetes and trade secrets, and extensive experience in litigation avoidance counsel.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What I like is their responsiveness, their ability to give us practical advice, and that they know our business and the people - I'm not reinventing the wheel when I pick up the phone."

"They do excellent work on a wide variety of issues we have to deal with."

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely wonderful" Patrick Muldowney maintains his traditional labor concentration, providing advice and litigation defense for public and private sector management clients. Supporters note: "Pat is exceptional - he's probably one of the best I've ever seen or worked with. An exceptional lawyer and a really good person."

Joyce Ackerbaum Cox is regarded by commentators as an "excellent" attorney. She has advised on wage and hour, noncompete and ADA matters for clients in many regulated industries.

Kevin Shaughnessy specializes in class action litigation, in addition to counseling and labor relations. Sources say: "He's a good, solid and well-respected lawyer. I really think a lot of him."

Significant clients Cameron International, Diocese of Orlando, The E.W. Scripps Company, Wells Fargo, Ocean Spray Cranberries.

Litigation - Florida

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Real Estate - Florida

What the team is known for Handles a range of transactional matters, with impressive experience in the hospitality sector. Well-regarded land use and zoning practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an incredible understanding of the particular issues that my business faces, and are well connected within the industry."

Notable practitioners

Alberto Bustamante is well respected in the Florida market and receives particular praise for his diligent approach to work. He has expertise in transactional matters involving commercial projects and leasing.

Sources report that Gregory Lee possesses "a rare and exceptional talent" for advising on land use matters. He receives particular praise for his political insight and negotiation skills.

Rising practitioner Robert Gebaide is described as a "very levelheaded thinker" who has an outstanding knowledge of the complexities of transactional real estate work. Sources say that he is "excellent at understanding what his clients need and crafting that into the legal documents needed."

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for Advises on contentious trade matters, in addition to compliance controls. Notable experience of representing clients in antidumping and customs litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have strong analytical skills and can distill complex issues into concise positions."

"They're knowledgeable, have a broad range of experience and are, above all, practical."

Work highlights Represented Ford in ITC and appellate litigation seeking to recover import duties which the claimant alleges were inaccurately calculated.

Notable practitioners  

Melvin Schwechter handles a range of customs and export control matters. He impresses clients with his "broad knowledge of import and export regulations" and "dedication to keeping himself up to date" with current trade issues.

Clients value Elliot Feldman's "ability to identify strategies" and "formulate a strong position." He focuses on trade policy and trade remedy concerns.

Significant clients Electrolux, EMD Millipore, Mitsui, Ontario Forest Industries Association, Siemens Energy.

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Orlando and Cleveland. 

What the team is known for Renowned for its expertise in advising on mixed-use projects, with a particular emphasis on hotels that include components such as casinos, condominiums and golf courses. Also well known for its extensive experience advising on timeshare property deals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The whole hospitality team is highly respected. They have creativity and are entrepreneurial." 

"They follow directions well and they don't overcomplicate things."  

Work highlights Advised Westmont Hospitality Group on the acquisition of multiple hotels and portfolios, including assisting with the financing and hotel management agreements.  

Notable practitioners  

"Highly respected" head of department John Melicharek has vast experience in the hospitality industry, including in resort development, the negotiation of franchise agreements and financing.

Robert Webb is a well-known timeshare expert and is described as a "really creative thinker" as well as an "excellent written and verbal communicator." He has particularly impressed interviewees with his "ability to turn around really complicated documents."

Significant clients Hard Rock Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Melia Hotels & Resorts, Island One Resorts, Spottswood Companies.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Cleveland, Denver and New York. 

What the team is known for Deep expertise in data breach incidents, having handled over 500 such matters on behalf of clients. Proficient compliance practice with capabilities in counseling large companies on healthcare, contract negotiation and the drafting of privacy policies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are just terrific lawyers - very knowledgeable, good with clients and very savvy on cybersecurity."

"Very responsive to our needs and work priorities as well being very solid on the substance of the work."

Work highlights Defending Sentara Healthcare in a class action following the theft of a laptop from a business associate containing confidential patient information.

Lead defense counsel for Vistaprint in a $5 million class action concerning the use of cookies on the defendant's website.

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Kobus is appreciated by sources for being "terrific on a personal level but also a very smart, zealous advocate for his clients." He focuses on security incident response and is applauded for being "very good at seeing both the big-picture and small-picture items" when advising clients on major breaches.  

Significant clients Schnuck Markets, Advocate Health, QVC, Harbor Freight Tool, Vantiv.

Tax - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Wealth Management - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Advises strategic clients, financial advisers and special committees on a range of corporate transactions, including asset sales and tender offers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Baker & Hostetler's service is first rate."

"They are never hurried and are available on weekends and at late hours as needed." 

Work highlights Acted on FTI Consulting's purchase of substantially all the assets of C2 Group.

Acted for Dassault Systèmes on its approximately $205 million acquisition of manufacturing software solutions provider Apriso.

Notable practitioners 

Co-head of the transactions practice Steven Goldberg advises public and private companies on M&A matters. One happy client praises him as "a problem solver" who "managed to navigate a complex negotiation process with ease."

Significant clients Advance Publications, The E.W. Scripps Company, Morgan Joseph TriArtisan, Michael Kenwood Capital Management, Reed-Lane.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Managing and auditing patent and trademark portfolios, licensing, advising on strategy and also the treatment of IP assets in corporate transactions. Noteworthy specialization in assessing the value of IP assets belonging to distressed companies and determining auction bid prices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We get answers from the relevant, most knowledgeable person in the Baker & Hostetler team very quickly."

"They have very good relations with the enforcement authorities, and are very proactive and reactive."

Work highlights Acting for Fujitsu with regard to patent prosecution and portfolio management.

Counseling electronic exchange Nadex on patent strategy and portfolio management.

Notable practitioners  

Oren Warshavsky leads the firm's copyright, new media and content protection group. He is an exceptional talent and immediately instills confidence and respect with his wide and in-depth knowledge of IP and of the issues involved in multijurisdictional projects.

Significant clients Coatue Capital, IG Market, LM Ericsson, Sony Mobile Communication.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Experienced across the full gamut of civil and criminal litigation matters. Particularly noted for its handling of complex financial fraud work. Fields a strong team of criminal defense attorneys with past experience in government positions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have real strength and depth in terms of personnel, and have excellent knowledge of the SEC and DOJ, given that key members are former employees of those organizations. Very client-oriented team."

"They are a team of professionals who work in a detailed, impeccable and organized way. One standout area is their ability to set out strategies and carry them out, keeping in constant communication with their client."

Work highlights Acted for an individual, Martin Weisberg, in a complex money laundering case which resulted in plea resolution negotiations.

Notable practitioners  

John Carney is a seasoned criminal defense attorney with extensive experience acting on behalf of companies and handling individual representations. He is regarded by sources as "a very good strategist and planner who gains a quick understanding of the facts."

"Very thoughtful" George Stamboulidis has been selected as independent monitor for a number of high-profile international corporations. Sources highlight his extensive trial experience, noting that "when he speaks, judges listen."

Marc Powers is held in high esteem for his extensive experience in securities matters and recently defended BCP Securities in a complex class action. He is commended for "aggressively and intelligently pursuing his clients' interests."

"Very detailed and thorough," Lauren Resnick is recommended for her expertise in the white-collar arena. One client notes that "she provides sound advice - not just legally, but also from the business perspective. She is very strong on compliance and regulatory work."

David Sheehan attracts praise for his ability to handle complex commercial disputes. Clients state: "He is brilliant; extremely capable at communicating complex ideas in an extremely simple and effective manner." Sources highlight his trial skills and "tremendous courtroom presence."

Significant clients Town of Brookhaven, Anthony M. Cafaro Sr, Russian Aluminum, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Ohio

What the team is known for Offers particular expertise in fraud investigation, workouts, litigation and recovery. Represents a number of clients in the aerospace and retail industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent, pleasant, and great to work with." 

Work highlights Protected the financial interests of Volvo Mack Truck, whose supplier – Whitely Products – became insolvent and consequently shut down.

Acted as financial investigatory counsel to the Chapter 7 Trustee for Aletheia Research and Management's estate.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Joseph Hutchinson elicits praise for his strong communication skills and very personable demeanor. He advises on large Chapter 11 matters and also specializes in litigation, including contractual disputes and fraud cases.

Brian Bash has an extensive client list due to his wealth of experience in restructuring and fraud work. He draws particular acclaim for his highly skilled approach to matters. 

Matthew Goldman represents both debtors and creditors, and has years of experience in the steel, automotive and real estate industries.

Sherri Blank Lazear has a national reputation and focuses on bankruptcy and construction litigation. She deals with litigation in the healthcare, airline and real estate industries.

Peers say Thomas Wearsch "is smart, practical and pleasant to deal with, and has a lot of room for growth." He has a diverse practice encompassing M&A, commercial law, bankruptcy and debt finance.

Significant clients Official Committee of Administrative Claimants of LTV Steel Company, Brian A. Bash, Wurth Group of North America, Swift-Cor Aerospace.

Corporate/M&A - Ohio

What the team is known for Impressive bench with particular strength in midmarket work. Offers expertise across a range of transactional work while maintaining focus on key areas such as healthcare and industrial work. Particularly reputable in the Cleveland market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable of their subject area, and they communicate well among themselves. I have been very impressed with the firm as a whole."

"They are very effective at integrating with our business and our functional needs to help us solve issues."

"They are one of the preeminent firms in northeastern Ohio and they have a great national reputation too. They have broad and good depth of talent, they are a great size and are one of the best in town."

Work highlights Represented TransDigm Group in its $286 million cash acquisition of Arkwin Industries.

Acted as issuer's counsel for Bloomin' Brands in its $345 million initial public offering and $470 million follow-on offering. 

Notable practitioners  

Department head John Gherlein has earned an enormous amount respect from both his clients and peers, with sources noting that "he really has the complete package" and praising "his thorough attention to detail and extensive knowledge." He is a very prominent transactional lawyer in Cleveland, advising both private and public companies on M&A and IPOs.

Suzanne Hanselman is described by one client as "very good at managing relationships and at simplifying complex corporate issues." One source states: "She is smart as smart can be, she is very assertive and detail-oriented, and builds confidence in her clients as she knows what she is talking about." She is highly regarded for her expertise across a range of securities and corporate matters.

Robert Weible advises clients on all aspects of corporate law, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance issues. His work spans many industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications and insurance brokerage. One client says he is "very responsive, has good judgment, and is really good at focusing on what is important and not being buried in small legalities." 

Steven Kestner has a broad client base, advising domestic and international public and private companies, private equity and venture capital firms. He currently sits as chairman of the firm.

Ashley Hess is a strong corporate attorney with a wealth of experience. He works across a range of industries, from healthcare to fast food restaurants. He regularly advises on areas such as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

John Allotta has the ability to run complex and often multijurisdictional transactions. He commonly handles acquisitions, restructurings and financings. He is described by one client as "my primary, go-to lawyer. He is very responsive, practical and thorough. He is a good negotiator and is a very good manager of the deal process."

John Harrington is "very responsive and intelligent" and impresses sources with his "fabulous pace of play." His broad-based corporate practice includes particular strengths in securities and corporate governance.

Significant clients Ferro Corp, Morgenthaler Management Corp, The Progressive Corp., Blue Point Capital Partners, American Dental Partners. 

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Ohio

What the team is known for Substantial depth of expertise in the benefits and compensation field. Adept at handling high-stakes work and counseling clients through transitional phases arising in connection with M&A. Handling an increasing amount of multiemployer plan work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very knowledgeable on benefits law and regulation. They provide a good array of options to the client, and are strategic thinkers who are also very responsive."

"Big name in town - you get a good product from them."

Work highlights Advised University of Louisville Physicians in connection with the creation of a retirement, health and welfare benefit program for a new organization established to develop and strengthen medical center faculty practice plans.

Continues to represent Trinity Health following its consolidation with Catholic Health East, providing guidance in respect of transition strategies and gearing towards a common employee benefit platform.

Notable practitioners  

John McGowan is described by sources as "fantastic - he's very technical, good at healthcare reform, and a creative and practical attorney." He has remarkable experience in advising an array of clients in both the public and private sectors on benefit plans.

Raymond Malone advises clients such as employers, lenders and fiduciaries on retirement, welfare and fringe benefit plans. One interviewee remarks: "He has a practical approach and an ability to express things in ways clients can understand."

Georgeann Peters has a broad practice with particular expertise in retirement and profit-sharing plans, ESOPs and compensation plans. Commentators note: "She brings a wealth of knowledge to bear for us." 

Ruth Ann Maloney receives extremely positive feedback from sources, who affirm that she is "very responsive, very thorough and hard-working." She is praised for her common-sense approach and advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation. 

Significant clients The E.W. Scripps Company, Knall Beverage, OMNOVA Solutions, Harmon International Industries, The Methodist Hospital.

Healthcare - Ohio

What the team is known for Three-office Ohio team advising clients on healthcare-related matters throughout the state. Represents clients in various matters, with additional expertise in other areas including tax, antitrust and intellectual property in relation to the healthcare sector. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been excellent in our experience."

Work highlights Represented Mercy Medical Center in a suit it brought against the county's largest hospital for infringing the Corrupt Practices Act.

Represented Holzer Health System in its negotiations with the local community improvement corporation to construct an emergency facility in Meigs County.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Kahle has particular expertise in the transactional and regulatory side of the healthcare practice. He handles the full range of matters on behalf of various healthcare providers and is praised by clients for his delivery of "a superior service."

Robert Rupp is, according to clients, a "skilled negotiator, innovative thinker and a tireless advocate who has a positive outlook and is fair and forthright." He leads on numerous acquisitions, mergers and business sales in the healthcare sector.

Christopher Swift advises healthcare clients on tax and governmental implications. His clients include tax-exempt organizations, for-profit healthcare clients and charities. Peers say he is a "quality individual who is smart, very pragmatic, very calming to work with and very levelheaded."

Significant clients University of Louisville Physicians, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, Summa Health System, RBC Capital Markets, University Hospital Cincinnati.

Intellectual Property - Ohio

What the team is known for Renowned primarily for its extensive IP litigation expertise. Also handles IP planning for a number of significant local and national clients thanks to its nationwide presence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their performance has been fantastic; everything has been first-class, everything is done as fast as we need it done and they raise plenty of important issues I would never think of."

"The firm is very responsive and the lawyers are very good at what they do. We have confidence in their legal work and they have been good to work with."

Work highlights Represented 01 Communique Laboratory in relation to its patent infringement claim against LogMeIn, seeking $110 million in damages.

Defended Besser in patent infringement claims brought by Columbia Machine in relation to two patents for industrial machinery.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Shunk is a highly competent trial lawyer with a focus on patent, trade secret and technology cases. One source highlights his impressive performance, explaining that "he handles major pieces of patent litigation and is a really solid lawyer who I respect a lot on the other side."

Kevin Kirsch is credited by clients as being "a very good litigator who listens well to the company's position and objectives and gets what we want." He has extensive patent litigation expertise.

David Mancino concentrates his practice on patent litigation, technology licensing, and patent preparation and prosecution. One client says he is "outstanding; knows my company, knows how I like to work and is an expert in his field."

Deborah Wilcox is, according to clients, "good at spotting issues that may arise down the road, always responsive, always available and knows our company, our organization and our products." She handles copyright, trademark and e-commerce litigation.

Significant clients Funai Electric, Guidance Software, The Reynolds Group, Cincinnati Bell, Newport.

Labor & Employment - Ohio

What the team is known for A notable presence statewide in employment, with offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, with the capacity to advise on matters across the country. Maintains a strong focus on the healthcare sector, and also represents a range of Fortune 500 companies and transportation industry clients. Extensive experience of class action defense, including wage and hour and benefits cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are practical and innovative problem solvers. They work together well as a team, especially in cross-selling the abilities of other firm members. It's a great culture."

"Baker is truly a first-class organization. They are focused, driven to succeed and always provide wise counsel."

Work highlights Acted for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority on a putative class action brought under the FMLA, involving more than 400 union and non-union employees.

Notable practitioners  

Columbus office managing partner Ronald Linville brings more than 30 years of experience in labor and employment law to his practice at the firm. Sources enthuse: "He has an unmatched knowledge of the law and decades of experience in negotiating and dealing with contract interpretation and personnel management. He has an excellent manner in dealing with difficult issues."

John Lewis focuses on employment litigation, alternative dispute resolution and appellate law. His extensive expertise involves matters brought under the Railway Labor Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and ERISA.

Gregory Mersol is recognized for his involvement in the firm's employment class actions practice. He advises on a range of other employment-related disputes, including those involving matters of electronic discovery and retention.

Stephen Sutton cochairs the firm's national employment litigation group. His experience encompasses matters involving discrimination, as well as wage and hour disputes.

Daniel Guttman is described by one client as "thorough, very professional and very timely in his response." Another added: "He is one of the most driven people I know - he is committed to positive outcomes." Guttman's practice includes retaliation and harassment claims and breach of contract matters, among other areas of expertise.

Mike Asensio "is tremendous with clients, and provides good service and good value," according to interviewees. He specializes in executive compensation as well as employment counseling. He is also noted for his expertise in labor arbitrations, work strikes and organizational development.

Martin Wymer advises on wage and hour discrimination class actions, and enjoys a strong reputation for his focus on IT-sector matters. He is a member of multiple Bar associations and tries cases in multiple jurisdictions.

Significant clients Cameron International, The E.W. Scripps Company, HP Corporation/Electronic Data Systems, City of Columbus, OhioHealth. 

Litigation - Ohio

What the team is known for Retained by clients such as academic medical centers and life insurance companies in a range of litigation matters. Has an impressive reputation in the fields of consumer class action defense, data security and financial fraud.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very well versed in their areas of practice." 

"The lawyers are knowledgeable, have a broad range of experience, and are efficient and above all practical." 

Work highlights Retained by Cuyahoga County in a case worth $42 million, defending the county and coroner against Section 1983 allegations that a former death row inmate had been falsely convicted. 

Successfully represented Ochsner Clinic Foundation in recovering $20 million in taxes that were erroneously collected. The dispute concerned how much Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax should be charged on medical resident stipends.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Kincaid has a range of experience in business and commercial, fiduciary and trust, and employment litigation. He is noted for being very effective and has represented major national entities in both state and federal courts. 

Class action specialist Mark Johnson is credited with defeating allegations made against his clients before matters become costly. He has a wealth of experience representing nationwide insurance companies such as Cincinnati Life Insurance.

Richard Knoth is an experienced trial lawyer and represents national and international companies in a range of business disputes. He has also represented clients in government investigations.

Thomas Lucchesi is "a very professional guy" with a "very distinguished career" and 28 years' experience in commercial dispute trials. His expertise in fraud and negligence has seen him take the reins in major litigation. 

Ernest Vargo is known for antitrust cartel litigation and represents clients across diverse industries such as steel, cosmetics, insurance and advertising. He is experienced in class action cases.  

"Super-smart" Thomas Warren is noted for his successful appellate practice, in which he distinguishes himself as an "excellent strategist." He is experienced in the areas of insurance, IP and employment law, among others.

Daniel Warren is noted as a "very bright, perceptive, strategic thinker." He has taken a lead role in complex cases, representing clients such as national banks, hospitals and publicly held companies. He also has experience in the increasingly prominent area of data breach litigation.  

Natural Resources - Ohio

What the team is known for Represents clients from the energy and manufacturing areas, offering them the resources of the firm's wider national presence. Dedicated expertise in shale arising from experience in the oil and gas sector.

Work highlights Represented AK Steel in relation to environmental permit challenges to the construction of a coke plant worth $300 million. 

Acted for LRC Copley Investors in defense of an appeal relating to wetland permitting.

Notable practitioners 

Commentators respect Maureen Brennan for her “extensive experience in every important environmental area.” She is praised by market sources for her impressive track record of success in the field and strategic approach.

Daniel Gunsett is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on the environmental sector, acting for various utility companies. He also has expertise in matters relating to corporate governance.

Ben Pfefferle is particularly known for his environmental litigation work. Highlights include representing AK Steel in relation to challenges to construction permits for a coke plant in Middletown.

Significant clients The Energy Cooperative, Ferro Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Berkshire Gas.

Real Estate - Ohio

What the team is known for Broad practice with a focus on leasing and development, among other areas, on behalf of both local and national clients thanks to an extensive nationwide network. Also offers significant experience in affordable housing projects and urban real estate developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I rate them very highly. They have a good attention to detail." 

"An excellent firm that is very responsive to our needs."

Work highlights Assisted Lorain County Health & Dentistry with the financing and tax credits required for its move to a renovated five-story building.

Represented Northfield Park Associates in relation to the development of an entertainment complex, involving a construction loan of $195 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Amy Kellogg's practice includes leasing and real estate finance issues. According to a client, "she is responsive and attentive, and makes sure the details are being followed up. I have great respect for her ability."

Lawrence Lindberg's practice includes a focus on development work. He has recently assisted the Millennia Companies with the acquisition and development of property for an affordable housing project.

Patrick Pauken has a broad practice, which includes a focus on leases and project refinancing. He also offers expertise in the retail area relating to shopping centers. 

Significant clients Forest City Enterprises, Big Lots Stores, Playhouse Square Foundation, TransDigm Group, Cardinal Health.

Intellectual Property - Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Highly regarded intellectual property boutique with market-leading litigation and prosecution practices, offering a wide range of technical expertise in procurement, licensing and counseling. Client base stretches across a vast array of industries, including life sciences, telecoms and electronics.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"We have been very highly pleased with the work that they have done. They have worked very closely with us and have produced a work product that is of high value."

"On the litigation side they are the most knowledgeable and capable litigators of IP claims."

Work highlights Represented Frontline Technologies in a post grant review relating to a patent for a web-based tool designed to assist schools in finding substitute teachers.

Assisted Pride Mobility Products in asserting a number of patents for power wheelchair suspensions.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Rocci is highly valued by clients for his "great technical knowledge," and is well respected by peers. He recently led DealerSocket in a patent infringement suit in the automotive industry.

Dale Heist brings vast knowledge of patent infringements to the practice through his years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation.

John Donohue co-led the firm's representation of Frontline Technologies in a post grant review. He regularly assists clients in the computer software, electronics and telecommunications industries.

Joseph Lucci has garnered a strong reputation among peers for his work on patent litigation and prosecution. "Clients are very impressed with him. He is a very good attorney and a smart individual," said one interviewee.

Nancy Frandsen continues to impress peers and is particularly adept at working with clients on trademark and copyright matters. One source indicates: "She is a first-class trademark attorney and litigator."

Significant clients Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, SunGard, University of Pennsylvania, Crown Holdings.

Healthcare - Texas

What the team is known for Renowned for its specialist expertise in compliance matters as well as issues concerning data breaches, contracting and reimbursement. Also noted for its commercial litigation strengths pertaining to the healthcare space. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their customer service is impeccable. They have been a great resource and a wonderful comfort."

"Excellent attorneys and easy to work with."  

Work highlights Provided the Children's Hospital Association with legislative advice regarding the development of Medicaid child health policy. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" Donna Clark predominantly focuses on compliance matters and is noted for her expertise in issues concerning joint ventures.

The highly regarded Susan Feigin Harris advises physicians, hospitals and academic medical organizations, among others, and is especially renowned for her work on reimbursement issues. 

"Rising star" Scott McBride continues to cultivate a fine reputation in the healthcare arena and comes recommended for his strengths in False Claims Act disputes and government enforcement actions.

The "attentive and responsive" Lynn Sessions elicits praise for her practice advice and excellent customer service. She maintains a fine track record for her regulatory work, not least in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) matters.

Robert Wolin is noted for his "brilliant" transactional work and is also regularly sought after to advise on regulatory compliance matters.

Significant clients MD Anderson Cancer Center, DaVita, National Cardiovascular Partners, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Children's Hospital Association.

Labor & Employment - Texas

What the team is known for A small group with broad labor and employment links nationwide, well versed in complex, class and collective actions, as well as government-related and private single-plaintiff disputes at state and federal levels. Also deals with full scope of counsel and advice, preventive training and alternative dispute resolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This is a top-level firm that has the resources to cover many of our needs, and does so efficiently and with an eye towards the big picture."

"It's a high-quality law firm with low-maintenance, friendly Midwestern values."

Work highlights Achieved a unanimous jury verdict, later upheld on appeal, for Fluor in a racial discrimination discharge case brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners

"Walking encyclopedia" Dennis Duffy is well regarded for his management defense expertise in a broad range of matters, from discrimination to wrongful termination and whistle-blower retaliation claims. He has had extensive success in court and jury-based defense work for Fluor Enterprises this year.

Drew Tipton has a focus on arbitration and litigation for management clients, and is praised by sources for his negotiation skills. Interviewees affirm that "he anticipates clients' needs and takes a value-added approach to work that is practical and sensitive to business goals."

Significant clients Cameron International, Radio One of Texas II, TMI Hospitality, Targa Resources, Buffalo Technology.

Litigation - Texas

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Real Estate - Texas

What the team is known for Four-partner real estate team credited for its extensive experience handling leasing, development and finance matters in the commercial and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent efforts to understand our business and our needs, and to solve our problems efficiently and economically."

"The firm strives to meet the customer's needs while providing solid legal advice."

"They are very competent and very responsive." 

Work highlights Advised Chinese-owned steel pipe manufacturer TPCO America on the $3.65 billion acquisition and construction of a facility in Texas.

Advised Metropolitan Life Insurance on a $23 million loan to GRI Woodlands Crossing for the development of a shopping center.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Alletag's real estate practice is focused on assisting clients in the oil and gas industry. Clients praise him for providing "excellent service in a timely and cost-effective manner."

Head of real estate Michael Pappert has over 30 years of experience in real estate transactions, focusing on commercial developments ranging from shopping centers to master-planned communities.

Significant clients The Milestone Companies, Beacon Acquisitions, Hinds Banner Investors, Saint-Gobain Containers, Metalico.