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Foley Hoag LLP


Foley Hoag LLP - Boston
  • Seaport West
  • 155 Seaport Boulevard
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02210-2600
  • Tel:+1 617 832 1000
  • Fax:+1 617 832 7000
  • Web:Visit website
  • Co-Managing Partners: Adam P Kahn, William R Kolb
  • Number of partners: 103
  • Number of lawyers: 221
  • International Offices The firm also has an office in Paris.

Firm Overview:
Foley Hoag is a dynamic law firm that represents public and private clients in a wide range of disputes and transactions worldwide. The firm has expertise in industries such as life sciences and healthcare, technology, energy and renewables, investment management and professional services. It also offers clients market-leading international litigation and arbitration and corporate social responsibility services. From offices in Boston, Washington, DC and Paris, its lawyers provide strategic legal advice that is tailored to each of its clients’ unique goals. Foley Hoag combines powerful regional, national and international practices that share a common emphasis on client service and are focused on helping clients succeed through the delivery of exceptional legal service.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Industry Focus: Foley Hoag recognizes the importance of understanding its clients’ industries and partnering with them to meet day-to-day challenges and opportunities. The firm’s long-standing focus on high-growth industries enables its lawyers to provide creative but practical solutions for clients in the life sciences, healthcare, technology, energy, clean technology and financial and professional services sectors. To serve companies in these rapidly changing industries, Foley Hoag brings an understanding of its clients’ products and services and related intellectual property value, combined with the insight of political and regulatory issues, unique financial aspects, or environmental concerns affecting their businesses. This multidisciplinary approach draws on the support of lawyers who have been scientists, engineers and researchers and have held senior-level positions in presidential administrations, on Capitol Hill, in regulatory agencies and with industry trade organizations. Particularly important to clients in the life sciences sector, the firm features a full complement of lawyers and professionals in government strategies and FDA/ reimbursement practices. The firm also is an essential partner to technology clients. Its lawyers have a deep understanding of the sector, having been involved in many important industry milestones, including the IPO of the first software company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the largest merger in the software industry.

Litigation: Foley Hoag’s highly respected Litigation Department is a cornerstone of the firm, handling complex and novel dispute resolution cases on a global scale, with prominent experience in the areas of intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, accountants professional liability, business crimes and government investigations and public international law. Foley Hoag lawyers have unique experience in handling complex state-to-state disputes, investor-state arbitration and international commercial and construction arbitration. Foley Hoag provides clients with a range of services aimed at resolving disputes, including preventive counseling, pre-litigation investigation, prosecution and defense of claims at the trial level and representation in post-trial and appellate proceedings. In addition to traditional courtroom trials, it represents clients in arbitration proceedings, before administrative tribunals and in alternative dispute resolution settings.

Intellectual Property: Ideas and designs are as important to corporate success as financial and operational expertise. The firm’s Intellectual Property Group is comprised of more than 90 professionals, including lawyers, scientists, engineers, medical doctors and others experienced in patent prosecution, patent litigation, IP due diligence and strategy, licensing and strategic alliances, and trademark, copyright and unfair competition counseling. Together they provide a strategic global approach to managing clients’ intellectual property portfolios.

Business: Foley Hoag’s Business Department provides strategic advice in a cost-efficient and responsive manner. Members of the group regularly counsel clients in transactions involving initial and follow-on public offerings, secondary offerings, PIPE transactions, private placements and resales of restricted securities, business combinations involving equity, cross-border transactions, proxy and consent solicitations, tender and exchange offers, going private transactions, fund formations and reorganizations in bankruptcy. Foley Hoag provides its clients with sophisticated guidance on complying with securities regulation matters, including corporate governance, insider trading, public company reporting and disclosure, exchange and NASDAQ rules and equity compensation plans. The firm’s Investment Advisers and Private Investment Funds Group counsels investment advisers, hedge funds and other private investment funds, including those with alternative asset strategies, in addressing their complex structural, financial, regulatory and compliance issues. Clients include managers forming their first funds and mature investment groups managing billions of dollars in multiple domestic and international strategies.


  • Seaport West,
  • 155 Seaport Boulevard,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02210-2600
  • Tel +1 617 832 1000
  • Fax +1 617 832 7000
  • Website : www.foleyhoag.com
  • 1717 K Street, NW,
  • Suite 1200,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036-1238
  • Tel +1 202 223 1200
  • Fax +1 202 785 6687

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Solid and wide-reaching bankruptcy practice acting for debtors and creditors. Particularly well regarded for its capabilities relating to IP work, as well as its experience representing clients from the healthcare, technology, manufacturing and communications sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very active and good bankruptcy practice." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of the bankruptcy and restructuring group Andrew Schwartz is a strong bankruptcy litigator representing a range of organizations. Peers admire him as a "very tough negotiator who will fight to the death."

Kenneth Leonetti is a strong player in the bankruptcy market, garnering respect from commentators, who praise his hard-working approach and deep expertise in litigation and creditors' rights restructuring.

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

What the team is known for A strong position in the market, with a balance between M&A transactional work and general corporate counseling. The firm boasts impressive international capability, particularly in Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their senior partners are incredibly dedicated and much more available than senior partners at a typical firm."

"They not only represent us, but they anticipate problems we may have and very thoughtfully look out for our best interests."

Work highlights Acted for Saga Investments throughout its sale of deCode Genetics to Amgen for a value of $415 million. The work featured cross-border elements in Ireland.

Counseled Mill Road Capital in connection with negotiations for the acquisition of Physicians Formula Holdings by Markwins International Corporation, and with litigation arising as a consequence. The deal was valued at $75 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "extraordinarily multitalented" Peter Rosenblum is noted for his general corporate financing and structuring work, and comes recommended for his work in the life sciences, energy and cleantech, and technology arenas.

William Kolb covers a broad range of corporate matters including acquisitions, licensing and raising capital, and focuses primarily on the technology and life sciences areas. Sources describe him as "practical and very easy to work with." 

Mark Haddad focuses primarily on corporate formation, venture capital and governance issues for both investment funds and startup companies in the technology, energy and cleantech and life sciences spaces. Clients characterize him as a "careful, practical lawyer" who is a "very creative problem solver."

Joseph Basile recently joined the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Basile enjoys a fine reputation built on his extensive international M&A experience, with a specialty in distressed M&A.

Significant clients Alere, Global Forest Partners, Mill Road Capital Management, EMC, Saga Investments.

Environment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for A dominant presence in Massachusetts with an active and deep bench. Undertakes the full spectrum of environmental work, including litigation, compliance and regulatory matters. Additional strength in environmental insurance recovery matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're doing terrific work and I think that they're doing a very good job."

"I've only seen excellent performances from them." 

Work highlights Advised New Hampshire Transmission in licensing and permit matters in relation to a project to install undersea and land electric transmission cables in the Northeastern USA.

Acted for Cornell-Dubilier Electronics in its multimillion-dollar claims against several insurers in connection to cleanups at numerous sites across the USA where the company conducted operations.  

Notable practitioners  

Seth Jaffe is a well-respected individual among market observers, who note him as "an excellent lawyer" with "a tremendous amount of experience." Jaffe spearheads the practice and has considerable expertise in permitting and enforcement matters pertinent to the CWA, CAA and the Toxic Substances Control Act, among others.

Adam Kahn gains strong praise from the market, with commentators highlighting him as a "very good negotiator" and "incredibly smart." His experience in the environmental sphere has allowed him to build a broad practice, which includes advising clients on renewable energy, brownfield projects and land development. One client commends Kahn for his "very practical advice."

The "extremely sharp" Robert Sanoff gains recognition from the market for his talents as a litigator, which have seen him continue to advise MPM Silicones in a case against Union Carbide in the past year.

Key partner Doug McGarrah's recent highlights include advising the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority in environmental review approvals relating to the potential expansion of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center.

Jonathan Ettinger is highlighted by one impressed interviewee as "one of the best litigators I have ever worked with." Ettinger's growing practice includes representing clients in insurance recovery, hazardous waste remediation and litigation.

Lauded as "terrific," Mary Beth Gentleman receives accolades across the board, with one client praising her for her "great knowledge." She advises a range of clients in the energy sector on regulatory matters.

Significant clients WR Grace & Co, City of Malden, American Superconductor, Boston University, Toshiba International.

Healthcare - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Offers advice on a wide array of matters, including Medicare and Medicaid and regulatory compliance issues. Also comes recommended for its work on the tax and antitrust implications in the healthcare sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a business sensibility, they don't waste time, they have a big-picture vision and understand the broader context."

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Barker focuses on state and federal regulatory matters and he enjoys a particularly strong reputation for his policy expertise. 

Colin Zick primarily concentrates on compliance issues facing hospitals, medical practitioners, device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Sources say that he is "thorough and knowledgeable, and manages his interactions with in-house lawyers and opposing counsel well."

Significant clients Alere, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, Steward Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fresenius Medical Care of North America.

Investment Funds - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Highly respected firm for hedge funds in the Boston market. Representation of registered investment advisers, unregistered managers, and onshore and offshore hedge funds. Serves a range of clients from startups to established funds, and is considered well versed in product launches. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They exercise good business judgment and they're practical as well as conscious of the legal ramifications."

"They are extraordinarily fair in the fees they charge for their service."

Work highlights Acted for Garelick Capital Partners in connection with the launch of a master-feeder hedge fund with a Cayman master and Cayman and Delaware feeders.

Represented hedge fund manager Davis Capital Partners in the SEC registration process.

Notable practitioners  

Highly experienced and respected, Jeffrey Collins is the chair of the firm's business department. His clients value his concision and knowledge, with one source saying: "His advice is clear, focused and efficient and I never get the sense he's wasting my time." He is praised by his peers for his knowledge of the market, and his extensive work with fund formation and regulation. One source sums him up simply as "extraordinarily knowledgeable, responsive, dependable and accountable."

Tiffany Ann Ford is valued by her clients as a "knowledgeable and highly accessible" adviser who specializes in the formation of hedge funds both on and offshore.

Significant clients Adage Capital Management, Arcadian Asset Management, Hirtle Callaghan, AJO Partners, Greenwood Investments.

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Maintains its reputation for a strong IP practice, particularly in the biotechnology area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm has a good IP presence and a strong biotech prosecution base."  

Notable practitioners  

Donald Ware is the chair of the firm's intellectual property department and a veteran patent practitioner. His practice is mainly focused on intellectual property disputes and strategy.

Beth Arnold is described by a peer as "dynamic, with a lot of experience." Her practice is oriented towards patent prosecution, counseling and management in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology arenas.

Claire Laporte is a well-practiced patent litigator, who interviewees sum up simply as an "excellent trial lawyer."

Dana Gordon cochairs the firm's intellectual property group. He is a well-regarded practitioner who works in patent counseling and prosecution. 

Philip Swain is a resourceful and well-regarded patent litigator. His practical approach to litigation was summed up be a peer, who described him as "a street fighter."

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Longstanding and important players in the Boston market, offering a full range of acclaimed labor and employment services, including specialized expertise in data security law. Caters to a diverse client base, including the technology and life sciences sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great and have always had a strong practice."  

Work highlights Represented healthcare IT company CareCloud in a noncompete matter, securing denial of an injunction brought by a competitor relating to CareCloud's hiring of a former employee.

Notable practitioners  

Head of practice James Bucking demonstrates extensive experience acting for major corporations in sophisticated union negotiations and litigation. He is held in exceptional regard by contemporaries, who view him as a "top, top practitioner." Clients highlight him as "an excellent strategist who is very patient, and seems to really understand people and dynamics."

Michele Whitham is noted as a "very competent" and "very tough" employment attorney. Specializing in workplace data securities issues, she advises clients on issues such as employee theft of intellectual property.

Michael Rosen continues to impress market sources, who say: "His knowledge and client services are amazing." He focuses on noncompete and nondisclosure matters, with a focus on the representation of technology companies.  

Significant clients CVS Caremark, Dominion Energy, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Starbucks, Gap.

Litigation - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Offers a broad range of litigation expertise, extolled for its strong regional presence and indomitable local networks. Substantial market expertise pertaining to the life sciences, hi-tech, healthcare and energy industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very business-sensitive. Their legal skills are strong and they're very responsive."

Notable practitioners  

Chair of the firm's business crimes and government investigations group, Nicholas Theodorou is celebrated for his wealth of experience in handling white-collar disputes for various corporations and individuals. Interviewees confidently assert that Theodorou is "a capable fellow" who inspires confidence among his peers.

One source is quick to highlight Martin Murphy's litigation prowess, stating: "I consider him to be unparalleled." He demonstrates sterling credentials in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense and regulatory investigations.

The "wonderful" Michael Keating is exalted by contemporaries as "a dean of the Bar." Keating is revered for his distinguished track record in handling high-profile commercial litigation matters. 

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Demonstrates continuing strength in venture capital and angel investment activities, with a notably deep bench of practitioners handling both early and growth-stage companies. Recognized sector specialties pertaining to the life sciences, technology and cleantech industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They're real counselors and advisers, extremely responsive and available, and always there when we need them."

"The team have demonstrated tremendous common-sense wisdom on a broad range of strategic and highly specialized topics."

What's new? New clients include Abrams Capital and Black Coral Capital.

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the lead investors in a Series D preferred stock investment of $28 million in Crescendo Bioscience by Safeguard Scientifics and Skyline Ventures.

Represented Highland Capital Partners in relation to its investment in a $15 million Series E preferred stock financing round of Zoove.

Notable practitioners  

The highly experienced Peter Rosenblum remains an eminently respected figure in the venture capital community. Clients particularly value his "good judgment and practical business sense." Recent work includes representing Adage Capital Management in its $75 million Series B stock investment in Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical.

Joseph Basile continues to impress with his "overwhelming experience in the practice of M&A law." Clients remark that he "knows the law inside out" and is "very conscious of preserving commercial relationships." He is particularly noted for his expertise with sovereign wealth funds and distressed M&A transactions.

The "epitome of the trusted partner" David Broadwin's venture capital practice includes a particular focus on entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, underpinned by substantial knowledge of strategic transactions and financings. Clients praise him as "very wise, very practical and in possession of so much integrity."

Significant clients Polaris Ventures, Skyline Ventures, Highland Capital, Adage Capital, Safeguard Scientifics.  

Technology - Massachusetts

What the team is known for A vast client base which includes telecommunications, biotech, hardware, software and clean technology companies. Assists startups with accessing growth capital, and advises established corporations on IP and licensing matters, corporate finance and securities, and general strategic counsel.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of Foley's work is excellent. They are thorough, yet practical. They truly understand how to focus on the important aspects of a transaction and offer practical, creative solutions."

"I rate them really highly. They've been reliable, timely and efficient. On top of all that they're reasonably priced."

Work highlights Represented medical diagnostic manufacturer Alere in its acquisition of Epocal.

Worked with computer-aided engineering software specialist Exa on its $62.5 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-heads Paul Sweeney and Gil Arie are key contacts at the firm.

Significant clients EMC, Hittite Microwave, MEMSIC, Aware, uTest.

International Arbitration - 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.