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Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP - Boston
  • 111 Huntington Avenue
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-7613
  • Tel:+1 617 239 0100
  • Fax:+1 617 227 4420
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  • Chairman: Alan J Levin
  • ManagingPartner:   Robert L Shuftan
  • Number of partners: 261
  • Number of total lawyers: 555
  • International offices The firm also has offices in London, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Firm Overview:
Edwards Wildman is a 125-year-old full-service, business-minded, Am Law 100 firm whose lawyers work with Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 clients and start-up companies alike, throughout a range of industries across three continents. The firm’s lawyers are known internationally for their work in private equity, venture capital, corporate and finance transactions, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance and intellectual property. Their clients know them as trusted legal and business advisers, providing the strategic, collaborative and client-focused counsel that helps protect and advance their business goals. Creative yet pragmatic, Edwards Wildman lawyers bring deep industry knowledge and take the time to develop an intimate understanding of their clients’ businesses, to help them effectively navigate risk, regulatory issues and the diverse challenges of a competitive marketplace, in the boardroom or the courtroom.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business: The firm’s Business Law Department handles billions of dollars of private equity, venture capital and debt finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings for clients, with particularly deep experience in telecommunications, media and broadcasting, healthcare, life sciences, technology, banking and financial services. Edwards Wildman is consistently ranked as a most active law firm based on the number of deals closed annually.

Insurance & Reinsurance: Globally, the firm has one of the largest Insurance and Reinsurance Departments, dedicated to the business of insurance. The firm’s clients include the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies, which it represents in corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, in reinsurance arbitrations and litigation, and in sophisticated claims and coverage matters.

Intellectual Property: The Intellectual Property Department is composed of lawyers and patent agents holding degrees in technology and scientific disciplines, including many with PhD degrees in engineering, life sciences and chemistry. The firm is consistently ranked among the leading US firms for number of patents prosecuted to issuance each year and is widely recognized for achieving excellent results in patent litigation and interferences.

Litigation: The Litigation Department represents a broad range of clients across many industries and has represented clients as national, regional or coordinating counsel in matters in 47 US states, all but one US territory, the UK and several other countries. Edwards Wildman litigators frequently handle national class-action cases involving antitrust/ competition, asset tracing, intellectual property, securities, employment, environment, construction, white-collar defense, products liability and various commercial litigation.

Privacy & Data Protection: The firm’s Privacy and Data Protection group is an inter-disciplinary team of lawyers assembled to address local, national and multinational matters related to data breaches and privacy and data protection obligations.

Private Client: The firm’s Private Client Department provides advice and representation to individuals and families in the world of tax law and finance.

Public Finance: For over a century, the firm’s nationally recognized public finance practice has assisted state and local governments in accessing capital markets to finance major public projects and programs.

Public Policy & Government Relations: The firm’s public policy and government relations professionals have the demonstrated experience and capability to prepare successful government relations strategies in high pressure, complex, and time sensitive situations.

Real Estate: The Real Estate Department handles matters ranging from complex public/private development relationships, sophisticated financing structures and local, state and federal regulatory and permitting schemes.

Restructuring & Insolvency: The Restructuring and Insolvency Department regularly advises premier financial institutions, institutional investors, debt investors, finance companies, insurers and sureties to enforce creditors’ rights in the context of structured transactions, commercial litigation, loan workout, debt restructurings and bankruptcy.

Tax & Benefits: The attorneys in the firm’s Tax and Benefits Department assist clients in structuring a wide variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and formation of, or investment in, pass-through entities.


  • 1901 Avenue of the Stars,
  • Suite 1700,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
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  • CA 90067
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  • West Palm Beach,
  • Florida
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  • FL 33401
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  • 111 Huntington Avenue,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-7613
  • Tel +1 617 239 0100
  • Fax +1 617 227 4420
  • Email : contactus@edwardswildman.com
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  • Morristown,
  • New Jersey
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  • NJ 07960
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  • Providence,
  • Rhode Island
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  • RI 02903
  • Tel +1 401 274 9200
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Corporate/M&A - Connecticut

What the team is known for Highly regarded corporate and M&A practice. Particularly well known for its financing work, including project finance, public finance, debt finance and acquisition finance.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They continuously went above and beyond to ensure that the work was exceptional."

"They are outstanding. They really understand the nonprofit sector and are totally devoted and committed in their provision of legal services to us." 

Work highlights Advised Zadspace on its issuance of convertible notes and warrants.

Represented DentaQuest in connection with its $9.4 million acquisition of Significa Insurance Group.

Notable practitioners  

James Lotstein is recognized by his peers as a leader in the field. His expertise ranges from transactional work and corporate governance to private equity investments and joint ventures.

Vincent Kiernan is valued by clients for "bringing a keen business sense to the table as well as a deep understanding of the legal issues." He represents and offers business advice to a range of different clients in all types of transactions.

Significant clients HSBC, Applied Physical Sciences, Northern States Metals, Zadspace, DentaQuest.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

What the team is known for Acts for investors, financial institutions and insurers, among others, across a broad spectrum of bankruptcy issues. Provides in-depth knowledge of the transactional elements of insolvencies, including capital formation and the allocation of sale proceeds.

Work highlights Acted for Northern Trust on a range of insolvency matters, including the restructuring of several real estate loan syndications.

Advised Fifth Third Bank in connection with the workout of a number of insolvent and distressed loans.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Young is experienced in both litigation and transactional matters. He has a particular focus on advising fiduciaries.

The "excellent" David Fischer is described as "a very smart, experienced guy." He is head of the restructuring and insolvency group, and sources are particularly impressed by his "ability to strategize."

Significant clients CNA Insurance, Old Second Bank, Broadspire Services, Comdisco Litigation Trustee, MVC Capital.

Litigation - Illinois

What the team is known for Acts for a range of high-profile clients at state and federal level. Significant experience in matters pertaining to IP, antitrust and product liability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were dedicated - a quick turnaround and very responsive. Their advice was practical." 

"Phenomenal performance - they are the best I have worked with bar none."

Work highlights Represented Toys R Us in connection with a restraining order brought by FUHU to temporarily stop the sale of the toy retailer's 'Tabeo' tablet. The injunction was successfully denied.

Advised Credit Suisse in a lawsuit concerning the legality of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems in Illinois. 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Dockterman is noted for his "tremendous disposition, demeanor and business acumen." Dockterman has expertise in both civil and criminal litigation and has represented clients at state, federal and international level.

Significant clients KeyCorp, Kinzie Manufacturing, Nalco, Publicis Groupe, Northern Trust.

Technology - Illinois

What the team is known for Broad technology practice with expertise in online authentication and identity management, among other matters. Transactional expertise includes providing guidance in acquisitions, as well as negotiating licensing and outsourcing agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm's advice and output are of high caliber and quality. I very much appreciate their responsiveness and business market insights."

"Excellent quality. Their advice is well thought out and they are very helpful in providing a non 'technology' approach and perspective."

Work highlights Continues to advise Kia Motors America on numerous issues including technology acquisitions and outsourcing agreements.

Represents Groupon, providing guidance on data collection and security issues, as well as a range of technology matters, including platform development and the use of third-party mobile applications.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Smedinghoff advises clients on a range of complex issues including identity management, data security issues and electronic transactions. One admiring source affirmed: "He is truly one of the leading practitioners in data privacy and digital signatures. He is a visionary."

Michael Bennett is highly rated by clients for his "wealth of expertise in the area of IT transactions." He is also singled out for his skill in providing "salient business-friendly solutions in tough negotiations."

Significant clients Fortune Brands, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. General Services Administration, Orbitz Worldwide, Hyatt.

Banking & Finance - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Maintains a premier presence in public finance work across New England and is noted for its prominence in the nonprofit sector. Offers representation as underwriters and trustees counsel, in addition to its acclaimed bond counsel experience.

Work highlights Represented Hamilton College as bond counsel for a $103 million taxable 100-year maturity bond.

Served as bond counsel to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency in relation to a series of publicly offered and privately placed bonds.

Acted as underwriter's counsel for Bank of America Merrill Lynch relating to $50 million in Massachusetts Development Finance Agency Revenue Bonds.

Notable practitioners  

The "fabulous" Walter St. Onge is held in high esteem for his acclaimed public finance work, acting as bond counsel for financings by states, municipalities and public authorities across New England. Sources label him an "excellent lawyer" and praise his depth of experience and institutional knowledge.

David Ruediger continues to be well regarded in the marketplace for his business practice. He represents banks, finance companies and other investors in an array of transactions and financings, including multi-tranche debt financings and mezzanine investments.

Public finance practitioner Stephanie Massey is known among commentators to be "careful in what she does and does it well." She represents a number of hospitals and colleges in conduit financings, and recent work includes acting as bond counsel for the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency in connection with publicly offered and privately placed bonds approaching $100 million in value.

Significant clients Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston, State of Vermont, Raymond James & Associates, Morgan Stanley.

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Predominantly midmarket corporate work, particularly in insurance and financial services. Also maintains an excellent reputation for work in the life sciences field.

Notable practitioners  

Stanley Keller is "an iconic name" who enjoys a reputation as "a wonderful securities lawyer" based on his years of working successfully in the Boston market.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Maintains a well-regarded market presence, providing quality management representation across all aspects of labor and employment law. Supported by a network of offices throughout the USA, the team is well equipped to handle cases at the state and federal level as well as before administrative agencies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been exemplary. The advice provided was very sage and very sound. They were very thorough and responsive to questions and concerns."

Work highlights Successfully defended Verizon New England in a federal jury trial regarding alleged retaliation claims. The action was brought by a former manager, who was seeking damages in excess of $2 million.

Acted for Steward Healthcare on series of employment litigation matters throughout the Northeast, as well as handling multiple issues before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and EEOC.

Notable practitioners  

"Superb" trial attorney Richard Glovsky is admired for his proficiency in a diverse range of employment issues, from defamation to wrongful termination claims. A large part of his practice involves advising healthcare and financial institution clients, who highlight his "wonderful demeanor" and "considerable gravitas."

Significant clients Bank of America, Boston Private Bank, CVS Caremark, Dean College, Enanta Pharmaceuticals. 

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Offers a broad spectrum of private equity services, with a well-regarded Boston buyouts team. Noted emphasis on the life sciences, IT and communications industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extremely responsive and a great group to work with."

"They have a broad base of expertise. The breadth of service is great."

Work highlights Acted for GnuBIO in its Series B financing from Offshore Investment Group.

Represented CoreLabs in its sale to JLL Partners and Ampersand Capital Partners in a roll-up transaction involving the going private of BioClinica.

Notable practitioners  

"First-rate lawyer" Stephen Meredith is well respected in the buyouts field, and is particularly regarded for his telecoms expertise. Marketplace observers note that he "deserves all the accolades he gets." 

The "tenacious" James Barrett is highly regarded in the venture space, with an emphasis on life sciences. Clients praise him as "meticulous and conscientious" and "always up to speed on issues."

Significant clients CoreOptics, CoreLabs, GnuBIO.

Real Estate - Massachusetts

What the team is known for A well-regarded and comprehensive service provider, with skill in development work. Has distinguished experience across the affordable housing, industrial, education, and hotel and leisure sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Timely, very attentive, responsive and open to accommodating changes in direction."

"Terrific lawyers. They're very smart, very responsive and I think the rates are reasonable." 

Work highlights Represented New Boston Fund/Asian Community Development in the development of a $104 million, 312-unit residential tower in Boston's Chinatown.

Acted for Commonwealth Ventures in multiple matters relating to the transformation of a 50,000 sq ft historic building into office and green-tech space.

Notable practitioners  

The "amazing" Rebecca Lee maintains a broad real estate practice, with particular proficiency in permitting and land use work. Contemporaries regard her as a "very smart and hard-working lawyer," and she receives praise for her dedication to protecting her clients' interests.

Lorne McDougall has a wealth of experience handling complex real estate transactions and financings. He acts for developers, lenders and investors across a broad spectrum of development matters.

Dave Rodgers has impressed observers, who consider him to be “completely knowledgeable in all areas of real estate.” He handles complex transactions and construction contracts. His clients deem him a "terrific lawyer; very methodical, very organized,” with one noting: “Nothing falls through the cracks with him."

Significant clients Commonwealth Ventures, Ares Management, Skanska Commercial Development, City of Revere.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

What the team is known for Broad and multidisciplinary team involved in an array of privacy work, ranging from breaches to big data and litigation. Multinational presence with a strong US base, allowing attorneys to offer seamless advice when confronted with cross-border regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The attorneys are enjoyable to deal with and are very thorough, knowledgeable and on top of everything."

"Outstanding. I have been really satisfied by their work."  

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Thomas Smedinghoff is a "go-to guy for privacy." His focus is counseling clients on cutting-edge issues in developing area such as e-commerce. He directly contributes to the development of public policy on cybersecurity by speaking at forums, serving on State Department committees and publishing papers.

Insurance - New York

What the team is known for Dispute resolution and regulatory and transactional practice representing insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries. Areas of strength include advising on captive company formation, M&A, regulatory licensing, contract agreements and reinsurance disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent firm that has a great deal of expertise and knowledge in all areas of reinsurance and is also cost-effective."

"They're all extremely professional, very proactive and they've taken very good care of us. We're very pleased with them."

Work highlights Advised SCOR UK on underwriting guidelines in the USA, providing comprehensive procedures and permissible activities regarding surplus lines laws.

Provided FM Global Insurance with an international review of the electronic delivery of insurance policies, which focused on e-commerce, e-signature and US regulatory laws.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Pearson is experienced in regulatory and transactional matters involving life and property and casualty insurance. According to one client, "he's smart, creative, has a very good understanding of the insurance marketplace and the regulations that apply."

Significant clients Genworth Financial Services, Aspen Insurance UK, AXIS Insurance, Global Aerospace, Transatlantic Reinsurance.

Corporate/Commercial - Rhode Island

What the team is known for Strong corporate practice with a significant share of domestic and international transactional work. Also advises on bank refinancing and midmarket commercial loans.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"EWP is a longstanding law firm with deep roots in Rhode Island and the Massachusetts area."

Notable practitioners  

Commentators state that business law department cochair Christopher Graham stands out for his ability to handle "complex deals." He is thought to be "one of the premier lawyers in the marketplace, with a strong M&A and corporate practice."

Sources say Andrew Chlebus is "well versed in corporate transactions with cross-border issues." He is also strong in precious metal lending and in the UCC. Clients say they have "total confidence in his ability."

Gail McCann is known for her expertise in project financing, lending and bank work. She is celebrated as a highly "technical lawyer," with observers commenting that she is "well respected" in the market and popular with clients.

James Skeffington is rated highly for his corporate practice and viewed as "one of the leaders in bond counsel" work. One peer remarks that he is a "true star" and "one of the most dynamic, outstanding and creative lawyers in New England."

Douglas Gray handles a variety of corporate work for the firm, encompassing advice on contracts, corporate governance and M&A.

The "accomplished" Walter Reed is seen as a leading and "longstanding" business lawyer at the firm. He is highly experienced in handling corporate transactions. 

Duncan Johnson is a valued member of the team, and is regarded with the utmost respect, as a "terrific" corporate lawyer. He has years of experience in M&A, as well as in financial services regulatory matters.

Significant clients Bank of America, R3 Education, Webster Bank.

Labor & Employment - Rhode Island

What the team is known for Litigation-focused employment team highly active in relation to terminations, discrimination, wage and hour regulations and noncompete clauses. Also strong in the manufacturing, healthcare and technology industries.

Work highlights Represented Gold Machinery against a salesman who was found to be moonlighting. A claim for unemployment benefits was subsequently dismissed on the grounds that the employee had breached his duty of loyalty.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Pogue is recognized for his work in both litigation and employment. Peers say he is "easy to deal with" and a "solid" attorney.   

Significant clients Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling, Northgate Aviation.

Litigation - Rhode Island

What the team is known for Houses leading litigation capabilities, tackling diverse disputes such as those involving employment, construction and product liability issues. Attracts big-name clients with its impressive trial experience.

Work highlights Represented Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling in several suits regarding overpaid property tax claims. Reached a settlement which credited the company with $731,000 against future payments.

Acted for Stone Harbour Condominium Association in a construction defect case brought against a waterfront project developer. The case also involved insurance coverage issues.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Freel is held in high regard for his wide-ranging litigation practice. His recent work includes defending Textron against several RICO and other claims brought against it by a former employee.

Mark Pogue is an experienced litigator whose practice includes a particular focus on employment and commercial litigation. He recently acted for APG Security in a trial involving charges brought against it by a minority shareholder.

Significant clients APG Security, Gold Machinery, Northgate Aviation, Textron.