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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
  • Executive Partner: R Steven Kestner
  • Number of attorneys: 820

Firm Overview:
Baker Hostetler represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, clients count on Baker Hostetler to help grow and protect their businesses in a complex business and regulatory environment.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. The firm distinguishes itself through its outstanding client service.

Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust:

Baker Hostetler’s Antitrust practice is notable for having tried many 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:
Baker Hostetler’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 multibillion-dollar transactions and provides experienced counsel to publicly traded and closely held businesses of all sizes. 

Employment:  
Baker Hostetler counsels clients on the full array of employment and labor issues, including employee benefits and labor matters involving unions and collective bargaining. The firm 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. Baker Hostetler recognizes that the risk and burden involved with ediscovery in litigation and government enforcement can most effectively be addressed through advocacy by seasoned litigators skilled in current discovery law and supported by litigation professionals and disciplined project management.

Healthcare:
Baker Hostetler 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. The firm is intimately familiar with the Affordable Care Act.

Hospitality:
Baker Hostetler’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:
The team guides clients through all phases of IP planning, from the formulation of initial strategies and “best practices” to securing IP rights, creating strategies for exploitation, privacy and data protection and IP litigation.

International Trade:
Baker Hostetler represents foreign and domestic clients in all manner of international trade, customs and immigration proceedings before US and foreign regulatory agencies, courts and dispute resolution panels, especially NAFTA.

Litigation:
Baker Hostetler’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:
Baker Hostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection team has helped clients recover from and minimize the impact of data breaches, including some of the nation’s largest, most significant incidents to date. It has handled dozens of regulatory investigations and is lead defense counsel in several putative class action lawsuits.

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, known for its ability to resolve tax controversy matters, implement global planning opportunities and resolve issues through the regulatory and legislative processes. The firm is also known for its sophisticated Private Wealth Planning practice.

White Collar Crime/Corporate Investigations:
With significant trial and monitorship experience, Baker Hostetler’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 Avenue,
  • 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,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • Tel +1 212 589 4200
  • Fax +1 212 589 4201
  • 1000 Louisiana,
  • Suite 2000,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002-5009
  • Tel +1 713 751 1600
  • Fax +1 713 751 1717

Litigation - District of Columbia

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Tax - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This practice is characterized by a focus on corporate and government tax. Within this area it has forged a dynamic rulings practice, and a capacity for handling international restructuring, structuring and planning issues on both an inbound and outbound basis. It shows a particular strength in the handling of complex tax controversy matters, as exemplified by its representation of a Securities Investor Protection Act trustee in a multibillion-dollar matter concerning the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Paravano handles a range of tax matters, including cross-border and domestic tax planning, venture capital, corporate and partnership transactions and litigation. He has represented clients on Capitol Hill, and before an array of enforcement officials and policy makers. 

Head of department Paul Schmidt works on a variety of matters in the field of international and corporate tax. His clients include a number of Fortune 500 companies, and he attracts praise for offering a level of analysis that "has been really helpful as we look at issues that have come up about tax in our industry." 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Florida

THE FIRM Baker Hostetler's Orlando-based office has a developing and increasingly recognized bankruptcy and restructuring practice. The group is highlighted for its prominent debtor-side practice, and for its coverage of bankruptcy issues occurring in the real estate, hospitality, healthcare, construction and technology sectors. The firm currently serves as debtor's counsel to Richard and Audrey Haisfield in a Chapter 11 reorganization of a number of real estate and equine companies.

Sources say: "They are excellent from a strategic standpoint – real outside-the-box thinkers who create non-traditional ways to get to the end result."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Elizabeth Green is one of the group's most renowned practitioners. Commentators are supremely impressed, with one saying: "She is articulate and tremendously professional." Green has a wide-ranging bankruptcy practice, and is most recommended for her work on the debtor-side. The up-and-coming Jimmy Parrish has a "great knowledge of the law, the ability to negotiate positive outcomes and a perfect litigating style." Sources also describe him as "very practical; someone who wants to explore resolutions." He and Green recently represented Tempus Resorts in its restructuring of $250 million in debt. 

Corporate/M&A - Florida

THE FIRM This firm has a strong track record for its work in the state, guiding clients such as Adventist Health System and LightPath Technologies through corporate and securities transactions. Its corporate specialists seamlessly coordinate with other departments such as the tax, litigation and IP teams in order to provide a full service to clients. Mandates include advising Adventist Health System on a series of joint ventures with medical research facilities.

Sources say: "They're great business lawyers and negotiators - I have tremendous confidence in them and in their legal and business acumen."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Decker has spearheaded a range of significant transactions, and is regarded by sources as an "extremely bright transactional lawyer."

Orlando-based Kenneth Wright has a long-standing practice, and advises clients from a wide range of industries.

Labor & Employment - Florida

THE FIRM This five-partner Orlando practice has a multijurisdictional presence that enhances its offering in collective actions. It also represents significant players in the leisure and hospitality and healthcare sectors, where it is traditionally strong, but is equally adept at getting favorable results and providing preventive advice to the likes of Siemens Energy and Piper Aircraft. The team covers a diverse set of matters, ranging from trade secret misappropriation and antidiscriminatory advice to nationwide FLSA suits.

Sources say: "They are very flexible and receptive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kevin Shaughnessy has substantial experience in multijurisdictional class action suits. He coordinates the employment group and features in several high-stakes matters.  

Joyce Ackerbaum Cox is sought after for her ability to resolve complex disputes for employers. She is experienced in handling FLSA cases and successfully represented Adventist Health Systems in a series of lawsuits alleging violation.

Patrick Muldowney is admitted to both New York and Florida courts and advises large employers in various sectors on FLSA compliance. He has recently been managing high-profile personnel transitions for major clients.

Real Estate - Florida

THE FIRM This firm is noted for its expertise in land use and zoning matters, regularly advising clients on planning issues, permitting and development orders. The group recently represented Disney in a negotiation for the transfer of land; other clients include Acacia Capital, Orlando Magic and City of Orlando.

Sources say: "The firm's performance was excellent. What they're really good at is listening to the client and figuring out what the client is asking for."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alberto Bustamante is also recognized for his land use expertise. Sources highlight his business-friendly temperament, noting that "he's not combative or intense - he's even-keeled, which is always good in negotiations."

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

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Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm's Florida-based practice handles hotel and leisure matters across the USA and Caribbean, and is particularly noted for its timeshare and mixed-use work. The team represented Fortune Hotels in its redevelopment of an 800-room resort, which included the restructuring of a $60 million financing facility and the conversion of part of the resort into timeshares. Other clients of the firm include Hard Rock Hotels, Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Spottswood Companies.

Client Service "I am very pleased with their responsiveness. Sometimes I have to tell them they don't have to work over the weekend and that next week is fine - they are willing to drop everything for me."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Melicharek is chair of the firm's leisure and hospitality group. He recently represented Melia Hotels in its acquisition of an Orlando hotel out of bankruptcy. "I would say he is a good listener, he is down to earth, understands the problems and has a cool head," said one interviewee.

Robert Webb enjoys a fine reputation in the timeshare and mixed-use industry. He practices across the USA and throughout the Caribbean and is held in high regard by market commentators.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

THE FIRM BakerHostetler's privacy and data security team has won considerable praise for its handling of security breaches and privacy-related risks. Recent matters include defending Eisenhower Medical Center with respect to a putative class action stemming from a data breach complaint. Other clients include QVC and Farm Credit Council Services.

Client Service "The team looks to get the job done in a manner that is in the best interests of the client, in a professional and cost-effective manner, which is exactly what we look for in counsel."

Commercial Awareness "It has a very strong team and we look for it to be our go-to firm on these issues given its deep capability, its dedicated service to clients and its commercial awareness."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" Theodore Kobus is widely regarded as "an expert and a leader in the field." He has taken the lead role in the aforementioned matter for the Eisenhower Medical Center.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

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Corporate/M&A - New York

THE FIRM The New York business transactions group at this Midwest stalwart is experienced in handling deals for technology, media and financial services clients. It is a favorite for cross-border deals and has considerable expertise in acting for German companies on inbound transactions, and for US entities on outbound Indian transactions. Highlights from the past year include acting for French 3D design company Dassault Systèmes' US subsidiary on its $10 million acquisition of Enginuity. 

Sources say: "High-quality, responsive and extremely client-oriented." "They are very well prepared to handle matters of importance and complexity, and pay equal attention to smaller matters and inquiries as well."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources appreciate Steven Goldberg's "great business sense," and praise him as a "master legal technician" who produces "careful and tightly written work." He has recently advised a number of large US entities on investment opportunities and asset purchases in India.

Intellectual Property - New York

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Litigation - New York

THE FIRM Baker Hostetler houses an expanding team of litigators that covers a range of white-collar criminal, securities and commercial matters. Sources particularly highlight the group's responsiveness and the experience of its strong bench of former government practitioners. The firm's high-profile role as counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard Madoff Investment Securities continues to attract praise in the market. Its client base also includes MasterCard and Deutsche Bank.

Sources say: "I want quick and thoughtful advice that is grounded in sound knowledge and experience - I get that when I call them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS George Stamboulidis is a new entry in the table and is commended for his expertise in white-collar criminal litigation. Sources praise his experience as a former member of the DOJ, and comment that he is "very effective in court." He is considered "the complete package." 

White-collar defense and corporate investigations group cochair John Carney remains highly regarded for his ability to represent individuals and corporate entities in substantial regulatory matters and litigation. He was selected by the SEC to act as the receiver of Michael Kenwood Capital Management in a matter worth more than $500 million.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm attracts substantial market attention for its continued bankruptcy and insolvency-related work associated with the Madoff scandal. Its partners have also been selected to act as trustee on a number of other high-profile insolvency proceedings. Additionally, the firm handles receivership matters and creditor-side work, and recently acted for the official committee of administrative claimants in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LTV Steel. Interviewees regard the firm as a strong choice in this area, with the skills to handle large and national matters.

Sources say: "They are very high profile in the state."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Hutchinson is the national leader of the firm's bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights department. He is a well-known litigator and trial lawyer regarded for his highly effective input when insolvency matters turn contentious. He is a lead adviser to the firm's own Brian Bash as trustee in connection with the notorious Fair Finance Chapter 7 case.

Brian Bash is regularly engaged in high-profile, high-value matters. He was appointed as trustee in the widely reported Fair Finance Company Chapter 7 proceedings.

Matthew Goldman has a sound and respected reputation for his work in this area. He has been involved in a number of high-stakes matters, including the aforementioned LTV Steel case.

Sherri Lazear is a respected trial counsel who is described by sources as a "solid lawyer" with a "professional approach" to obtaining the best result. She continues to act for the SIPA Trustee in connection with the Madoff proceedings.

Thomas Wearsch recently acted as lead adviser to Swift-Cor Aerospace on its restructuring and sale to Impresa Aerospace.

Corporate/M&A - Ohio

THE FIRM The practice benefits from the firm's enviable national profile and is particularly recognized in Ohio for its strength in the Cleveland market. It acts on a broad array of significant transactional and compliance work including public company, private equity and joint venture matters. Highlights for the practice include acting as transactional counsel to TransDigm on the $750 million acquisition of AmSafe Global Holdings. Its client roster also include The Progressive Corporation, OSI Restaurant Partners and Associated Estates Realty.

Sources say: "A strong relationship management approach offering not just legal advice, but business advice." "It doesn't over-lawyer the deals and tries to be mindful of the cost/benefit associated with getting a deal done."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Leading business lawyer" John Gherlein acted for TransDigm on the AmSafe Global Holdings acquisition matter. He heads up the business practice at the entire firm from the Cleveland office and has built a laudable reputation for his pragmatic advice across the transactional spectrum, including M&A and compliance counseling. Sources describe him as "so practical, he has a very good approach to getting things done; if one structure is not working, he will think of another."

Cleveland partner Suzanne Hanselman is a great choice, particularly for her deft command of the securities and capital markets aspects. She is a key lawyer in the securities and corporate governance practice. Sources speak of her as "very good and thorough" in her work. She was lead adviser to the firm's longtime client The Progressive Corporation concerning a $500 million debt securities offering.

Robert Weible is a partner in the Cleveland office who heads up the firm's securities and corporate governance practice. He wins plaudits for being "extremely helpful" in navigating clients through the finer points of transactional work, especially securities and associated compliance issues. "His advice and counsel was sound and knowledgeable, and his past experiences were most appreciated," according to one happy client. His highlights include assisting on the $398 million sale of American Dental Partners to JLL Partners.

Steven Kestner is an executive partner in Cleveland who currently serves as the firm's CEO and remains engaged in private practice. His areas of expertise include transactional and securities work, and he is a trusted point of contact for a number of entities including The Progressive Corporation.

Ashley Hess is the Cincinnati office's highest-profile partner in this practice area. He is praised as being "a very good lawyer," and is increasingly recognized for his proficiency in the area. Clients he has advised include Humana, as well as Fortune 100 entities.

John Allotta is praised as "a good young M&A partner who can generate large output in short timeframes," according to enthusiastic sources, who also note his adroit handling of sometimes high-pressure deal demands. He recently assisted Lincoln Electric Holdings in a transactional matter.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Ohio

THE FIRM This respected national firm has a notable Ohio presence in this field, offering carefully considered and pragmatic input on matters ranging from ERISA to medical benefit planning matters. Sources describe it as an extremely competent, high-end practice with a great partner foundation, particularly in the Cleveland office. Key clients include notable healthcare entities such as The Methodist Hospital, of Houston, Texas, and Teleflex. The team's recent highlights include advising Cardinal Health on due diligence work associated with the acquisition of Kinray.

Sources say: "A very good firm." "A very strong national practice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John McGowan is a Cleveland lawyer and a principal partner in the practice. He has a longstanding career acting for public and private companies, as well as plan fiduciaries, sponsors and beyond. He is a "knowledgeable and well-prepared attorney," say sources, "who works hard for clients."

The Cleveland-based Raymond Malone recently completed 30 years of legal practice. He is recognized for his "very strong" input on matters in this arena. His recent highlights include advising the SEC as receiver, in connection with entities such as Michael Kenwood Group. He also has expertise in Taft-Hartley and COBRA matters.

Georgeann Peters is a key figure in the Columbus office, and recently acted on the Cardinal Health matter. Her broad skill set includes providing tax and nonprofit advice, as well as expertise in wider benefits issues. "The quality and timeliness of her work are great," say sources, "and she knows how to keep clients in compliance and out of trouble."

Healthcare - Ohio

THE FIRM Sources praise the levels of insight and guidance on offer at this firm. The group is a reliable choice of counsel for a variety of clients, including University of Louisville Physicians, Mercy Medical Center and Holzer Clinic. It is prominent in the healthcare transactional area in particular, and also assists with Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and healthcare litigation, among other matters.

Sources say: "Down-to-earth folks who are excellent at what they do!"

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Kahle is praised for his sensitive and pragmatic approach to healthcare transactional work. "He demonstrated wonderful maturity and the ability to work through issues with us," said one particularly impressed source.

Intellectual Property - Ohio

THE FIRM This respected firm continues to develop its IP practice in Ohio, with an emerging Cincinnati presence complementing its established Cleveland offering. The team is routinely involved in high-stakes litigation, recently advising Funai Electric and Funai Corporation on a number of patent infringement claims. Other key clients of the practice include Caterpillar, Cincinnati Bell and Google.

Sources say: "It has a decent profile, and is a very good firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Shunk is perhaps best known in the Cleveland market for his astute handling of contentious IP work, particularly patent litigation. Sources praise his effectual litigation style, describing him as a "very respectable litigator and a straight shooter." He advised Graco Children's Products on an ITC complaint concerning alleged infringement of its patents.

Cleveland partner Deborah Wilcox has developed a respectable profile in the soft IP space. Her major highlights include acting as lead counsel for Bloomin' Brands in connection with trademark, advertising and enforcement work. Clients were keen to recommend her, with one noting that "she is very good - she cuts to the chase, and is very practical and easy to work with."

Kevin Kirsch has a broad IP practice covering trademark, trade dress, copyright and patent litigation. Recent highlights include acting as first chair litigator on the Funai patent infringement dispute.

David Mancino practices in the Cincinnati office and is acclaimed for his patent prosecution and litigation work. He acted as lead technical counsel on a number of patent litigation matters for Funai companies.

John Mueller recently left Taft Stettinius & Hollister to join Baker Hostetler's Cincinnati branch as counsel. He is currently a key adviser to Big Lots Stores on trademark, patent and IP litigation, among other matters.

Labor & Employment - Ohio

THE FIRM The number and caliber of lawyers dedicated to labor and employment law at this firm give it a remarkably strong profile in the state and beyond, including in notable work for entities with a public service nexus. Highlights for the practice include advising CSX Transportation on a hotly contested EEOC case involving significant traditional labor issues. Other key clients include EW Scripps and the City of Columbus. 

Sources say: "It has a really good base from which it can launch its abilities across a national network." "The firm is intuitive and proactive, and dedicates the resources and time necessary to help us develop and maintain a positive labor relations environment, while positioning us to prevail when arbitrations or litigation arise."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Lewis heads the firm’s dedicated employment and civil rights class action group. He is a highly respected attorney who remains active in complex employment disputes in the state. He acted as lead adviser on the aforementioned CSX Transportation litigation.

Gregory Mersol wins plaudits for his command of the courtroom process. He has proven skills in multiparty litigation, including employment class and collective actions. "He approaches cases cerebrally, analytically and tactically, with an eye toward procedural defenses," say sources; "his work is consistently excellent."

Ronald Linville was recently appointed managing partner of the firm's Columbus office. He is described as a "highly skilled labor and employment lawyer" who can be relied upon to do a "typically top-notch job," both in employment litigation and traditional labor matters. He remains labor relations counsel to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).

Cleveland partner Stephen Sutton can call on well-developed legal and trial skills to advise employer clients effectively, whether inside or outside the courtroom. Sources highlight his excellent abilities in handling complex employment disputes across a number of arenas, including state and federal courts.

Martin Wymer co-leads the firm's national employment litigation group, and is recognized for his broad skill set covering employment litigation, counseling and traditional labor matters. He is also admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, enabling him to advise on keenly contested appellate matters.

Mike Asensio leads the firm's national labor relations practice, and is described as an effective management-focused union negotiator in his own right. Clients are quick to praise his communication and legal skills, referring to him as a "talented employment defense litigator and labor lawyer who can interact effectively with all levels of the organization." His clients include Cameron International.

Litigation - Ohio

THE FIRM Clients are quick to point to the keen service levels on offer at this indigenous Cleveland firm, and note its increasing prominence in the Columbus market. The firm has won considerable plaudits for its extensive, continuing and high-profile work for Irving Picard, the Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L Madoff Securities. Other high-profile work includes acting for Cardinal Health in a class action antitrust case against Abbott Laboratoriess.

Sources say: "The firm is very responsive and accommodating. There is a lot of depth."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Kincaid is described as a "standout trial lawyer, very analytical, with an excellent demeanor on his feet." He recently advised on a high-value claim involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

The highly respected Randall Solomon focuses his practice on the defense of toxic tort cases, construction disputes and trade secrets.

Mark Johnson is based in the Columbus office. He includes securities litigation and appellate work in his skill set, and wins particular plaudits for his "great depth of knowledge of class action work; he recalls case specifics and draws them together." Recent highlights include advising an insurance client on a putative nationwide class action.

Richard Knoth offers clients in the Cleveland market more than 30 years of litigation experience. He has broad capabilities across the dispute resolution spectrum, and is noted as a proficient and recognized advocate at the trial and appellate levels.

Thomas Lucchesi is recognized for his effective litigation skills and practical approach. Highlights include the aforementioned two-year representation of Irving Picard.

Ernest Vargo leads the firm's national class action defense practice from the Cleveland office. He continues to advise clients in the insurance industry, and has also acted on antitrust matters. Sources relate that he is "someone you look to as an expert in his area."

Former federal prosecutor Thomas Warren divides his time between the Los Angeles and Cleveland offices. He remains cochair of the firm's nationwide appellate group, and has also been heavily involved in the Madoff litigation.

Daniel Warren is acclaimed as "fine and capable" by market observers. Sources agree that he is particularly effective in complex shareholder litigation. He is also an accomplished appellate lawyer.

Natural Resources - Ohio

THE FIRM Clients appreciate the broad regional and national reach of this firm's environmental and energy practice. The team recently acted for AK Steel in a high-value permitting dispute concerning the Middletown Coke Company plant. The group acts for a number of impressive clients, including Hygenic, ConocoPhillips and Greif.

Sources say: "When the issues are broader or involve multistate jurisdictions, the firm's size and networking firepower have been incredibly helpful."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Maureen Brennan is praised as "a great strategist" who is "tough, demanding, intelligent, organized and gets results." Recent highlights include advising LRC Copley Investors on a 401 Water Quality Certification appeal.

Daniel Gunsett is noted for his transactional expertise in environmental matters. He recently advised an energy company on a joint venture concerning the Utica Shale development.

Ben Pfefferle is the national chair of the environmental and energy group. He was the lead lawyer in the AK Steel litigation described above.

Real Estate - Ohio

THE FIRM Despite the departure of key lawyer Harlan Robins, this national firm is still noted for its depth of real estate talent. Interviewees admire its quality of service and appropriate fee structure. It has advised the Board of Church Extension of the Disciples of Christ on real estate portfolio management. Other clients include Forest City Enterprises and Playhouse Square Foundation. 

Sources say: "A very professional firm that understands how to balance market conditions and business requirements."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Amy Kellogg advises the Board of Church Extension of the Disciples of Christ on transactional property work, including loans and foreclosures. Sources describe her as "a very good listener and communicator. She understands her profession and knows how to guide the discussion on the important items."

Lawrence Lindberg has 40 years' experience in the real estate field, advising clients on real estate development, leasing, construction and financing matters. He continues to act as counsel to a prominent building and construction management company in a $350 million construction project. 

Patrick Pauken acted as lead adviser and negotiator for a prominent logistics company on a significant lease acquisition. He also counts real estate developers amongst his clients.

David Strauss is recognized for his timely and quality service in this area. He advised Play House Square Foundation on refurbishment and rehabilitation connected with the Middough Building Project.

Intellectual Property - Pennsylvania

THE FIRM This boutique firm is highly regarded in Pennsylvania for its capabilities across all aspects of IP matters, ranging from patent, copyright and trademark procurement to litigation, licensing and transactions. The group has industry expertise across a variety of sectors including life sciences, medical devices technology and software. Recent highlights include reaching a settlement in its continued representation of Microsoft in a patent infringement case relating to the Android operating system.

Sources say: "They offer both quality of services and attention for clients."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Solid practitioner" Dale Heist led the team in its representation of Microsoft in a patent infringement dispute and has continued to represent it in a declaratory judgment action against DataTern.

Steven Rocci is described as "a very gracious person and really a pleasure to interact with." His notable representations include bringing a lawsuit on behalf of Stertil-Koni USA in connection with infringement issues relating to heavy-duty vehicle lifts.

David Wolfsohn is lead counsel for DuPont in a high-value lawsuit brought against Medtronic for breach of a patent license agreement. He is praised as "a very good communicator" and "an extraordinarily intelligent lawyer."

Joseph Lucci acted for the University of Pennsylvania in a bench trial relating to the ownership of patents by the Alzheimer's Institute of America. Sources note him to be "a good, solid, sound attorney" who is "especially good at complex reexamination."

Nancy Frandsen has a solid reputation among peers. She recently led the firm's representation of First Service Networks in a trademark infringement matter.

The "very sharp" Aleksander Goranin is recognized as a "fabulous lawyer and a really smart guy." He recently co-led the firm's representation of Crown Packaging Technology in patent infringement cases against Ball Metal Beverage Container.

Recent highlights for John Donohue include representing Frontline Technologies in a patent infringement matter against CRS. He is held in high regard by his peers.

Since publication, David J Wolfsohn has joined Duane Morris LLP

Since publication, Aleksander J. Goranin has joined Duane Morris LLP

Healthcare - Texas

THE FIRM This healthcare practice is able to draw on the firm's wider expertise in labor and IP to offer clients the benefit of full-service legal representation. The team is particularly involved in the legal issues relating to children's health, and continues to advise Texas Children's Hospital on a range of regulatory issues. Healthcare data breach issues is another area of expertise for the team. Key clients include DaVita, National Cardiovascular Partners and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Sources say: "They are very responsive. Wherever they are and whatever they are doing they respond to e-mails and calls quickly."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Susan Feigin Harris has led the firm's representation of Texas Children's Hospital and is known for her expertise in regulatory issues. According to clients, "her knowledge of healthcare public policy is one of the best in the country and for sure in Texas."

Clients are quick to praise Robert Wolin, particularly for his expertise in corporate structuring and regulatory compliance. He is "very knowledgeable on healthcare contract law and healthcare policy," say sources.

Donna Clark earns market acclaim for her knowledge of referral law compliance. According to commentators, she is an "excellent technical lawyer" who is considered a go-to attorney in the state for Stark issues.

Rising star Scott McBride handles a range of investigations and reviews for healthcare providers, and is held in high regard by peers for his impressive expertise in this area. 

Real Estate - Texas

THE FIRM The real estate group at Baker Hostetler handles the full spectrum of real estate matters, including workouts, leasing, financings and restructurings, for a diverse client base of funds, lenders and developers, among others. During the past year, the team has been acting for TPCO on the $1 billion construction of a seamless pipe fabricating facility in Gregory, Texas. Other notable clients include Palletized Trucking, Creek Meadow Partners and Metropolitan Life.

Sources say: "Baker Hostetler does a terrific job for us."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Pappert is "exceedingly thorough and conscientious," according to interviewees, who also note that he is "a pleasure to deal with." In the past year, Pappert represented Beacon Acquisitions in the $50 million acquisition and finance of two Dallas office buildings.

Department head Gary Alletag handles a mix of commercial transactions for both businesses and individuals and, in addition to leading on the TPCO matter, has recently been representing Creek Meadow Partners in a $20 million Brazos County residential development project.