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Troutman Sanders LLP

Washington, DC

Troutman Sanders LLP - Atlanta
  • 401 9th Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2134

Firm Overview: Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 600 lawyers and 15 offices located throughout the United States and China. Founded in 1897, the firm’s heritage of substantive legal experience, demonstrated industry knowledge, and an unwavering commitment to service has resulted in strong, long-standing relationships with clients across the globe. These clients range from multinational corporations to individual entrepreneurs, federal and state agencies to foreign governments, as well as non-profit organizations and businesses representing virtually every sector and industry. The firm has helped to solve challenging and precedent-setting legal issues for some of the most dynamic companies in the world.

Main Areas of Practice:  


Corporate Transactions: The firm assists clients from nearly every sector of the economy, including publicly-traded multinationals, closely held private companies, private equity firms and investment banks with all types of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, project finance and securities matters.

Financial Institutions: The firm has extensive experience working with federal and state regulatory agencies on a wide variety of matters. In addition, the firms’ lawyers have substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, public offerings, securities reporting and corporate governance.

Tax & Benefits: Troutman Sanders provides clients with representation in all types of planning, transactions and controversies, including specialized experience in the area of utility tax. The firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice handles all aspects of compensation and benefits law, design, consulting and application.


Finance: The firm advises on sophisticated financing transactions for all types of organizations, including banks, mortgage companies and other institutional lenders and capital providers. The firm’s lawyers participate in all aspects of commercial lending, asset-based lending, debt financing, workouts, equipment financing, real estate finance and public finance matters. In addition, the firm has substantial depth in the area of renewable financing projects.

Multifamily Housing: The firm has long-standing experience representing lenders active in the multifamily housing finance industry. The firm is recognized nationwide for its leading skills in closing and delivering loans secured by multifamily projects to secondary market investors.

Real Estate: The firm represents clients in real estate acquisition, disposition, leasing and management, with a primary focus on commercial and industrial property. The firm also represents major banking and financial institutions in the financing of real estate projects.


Energy Industry: The firm has long-standing experience in the energy industry, advising electric utilities, independent generators and power marketers, natural gas pipelines, renewable energy suppliers, energy funds, banks and other investors. The firm has represented clients in cutting-edge matters and has been engaged to handle virtually every aspect of their businesses, including mergers, divestitures, financings, regulatory approvals, investigations, audits, rate filings and litigation.

Other Industry Regulation: The firm has significant experience handling diverse regulatory, commercial and litigation matters for clients in sectors, including government contracts, insurance, consumer financial services, financial institutions, telecommunications, health care, life sciences, real estate and tobacco.

Compliance & Advocacy: Firm lawyers counsel and represent clients in signifi- cant areas of government regulation and administrative law, including environmental, labor and employment, antitrust and trade regulation, land use regulation, lobbying and public affairs and election law.


Business Litigation: Troutman Sanders defends and prosecutes high-stakes commercial disputes. The firm has a substantial bench of trial lawyers with the experience needed to manage complex, multi-district litigation. The firm’s diverse experience includes litigation in areas such as corporate governance, antitrust and trade regulation, securities, media and entertainment, construction, bankruptcy, white collar, government regulation of consumer products, professional malpractice and products liability. In addition, the firm has extensive experience with enforcement actions and government investigations, including those initiated by State Attorneys General.

Financial Services Litigation: The firm has defended complex litigation and class action cases for financial services clients who are on the leading edge of claims and regulations, including national and regional banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, credit card lenders, debt buyers and collectors, credit reporting agencies and auto finance companies.

Insurance Litigation: With decades of experience, firm lawyers offer clients the value of having represented the insurance industry in its most significant and complex matters, extensive government experience and an outstanding record of success. The firm has been involved in coverage disputes in all 50 states and numerous foreign jurisdictions.

Intellectual Property: The firm regularly advises and represents clients in regard to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and handles litigation arising in all of the different areas of our practice. Firm lawyers handle matters involving technology licensing and transactions and information management, including privacy and data security.

GREATER CHINA PRACTICE: Troutman Sanders has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm represents multinational and local PRC and Hong Kong companies and financial institutions in a wide range of legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, sales and divestitures, corporate and commercial transactions, takeovers of Hong Kong and US-listed companies, corporate restructuring, private equity and other foreign investments in China. The firm also assists multinational companies in establishing and operating businesses in China, including incorporating new companies, setting up branches and representative offices, resolving issues under employment, benefits and intellectual property law; negotiating and documenting distribution arrangements; and resolving disputes.

The firm also has offices in Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, Norfolk, Orange County, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, San Diego, Shanghai, Tysons Corner, Virginia Beach, and Washington, DC.


  • 600 Peachtree Street, NE,
  • Suite 5200,
  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia
  • USA
  • GA 30308-2216
  • Tel +1 404 885 3000
  • Fax +1 404 885 3900
  • Website : www.troutmansanders.com

Insurance - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Deep bench of experienced lawyers representing the country's highest-profile insurers. Handles a broad range of insurance coverage claims, including D&O, professional liability, securities actions, mass torts and environmental coverage. Also adept at handling bad faith litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are creative thinkers, law changers, trial lawyers and strategists. They've got the whole package for what you need to solve your business and legal problems."

"Their experience in the industry is a huge asset to us. Almost everything we give them they've seen already."

Work highlights Successfully represented Indian Harbor Insurance in litigation filed by Colonial Oil Industries, its insured, regarding coverage for cleanup of PCBs.

Recently represented XL Environmental in litigation connected with coverage claims brought by the NFL due to allegations of brain injury made by retired NFL football players.

Notable practitioners  

"Dean of the D&O insurance Bar," Gary Dixon is praised by sources for his leadership qualities in complex multicarrier cases. According to clients: "He is well known by everyone in the industry, by most of the mediators that we deal with, and by many judges, which gives him tremendous credibility in mediations, conferences and meetings."

John Gerstein is frequently called upon by insurers to handle complex, high-dollar matters. Areas of his expertise include professional liability, toxic torts and asbestos. "He's just got the whole package. He's smart, irreverent, disarming and highly successful," according to sources.

John Duchelle is expert in D&O litigation arising from high-profile accounting scandals. According to sources: "He knows his material and is interested in furthering his clients' interests by being a reasonable negotiator."

Leslie Ahari has a broad insurance practice which includes experience in claims involving professional liability and general liability. She recently represented Darwin Select Insurance in coverage litigation regarding a professional liability policy.

Jonathan Constine represents insurers in matters pertaining to D&O, employment practices and securities litigation. Sources praise him as a "very good lawyer" who is "extremely knowledgeable, very thorough and responsive."

David Gische possesses extensive experience in insurance matters relating to D&O and financial institutions. Peers and clients praise his reputation and skill as an "outstanding litigator."

Significant clients CNA Insurance, Allied World Assurance, HCC Insurance Holdings, Resolute Management, AXIS Insurance.

Construction - Georgia

What the team is known for Particularly noted for representing owner clients in the energy sector. Also acts for owners and developers on high-profile projects both nationally and internationally. Offers expertise in arbitration and mediation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are just outstanding - extremely hard-working, and very knowledgeable of construction-related issues across a variety of industries. They are most knowledgeable in utilities, power, oil and gas."

What's new? New clients include Columbia Properties Trust, Georgia College & State University Foundation and Turnberry Associates.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Ira Genberg's "knowledge of the industry is outstanding. He's a great litigator, hands-on with the details, and able to get hold of issues and simplify them for the tribunal of fact. I really enjoy working with him." He also has extensive experience of international arbitration matters.

Frank Riggs's clients praise his skill at "managing the various facets of cases - he's extremely skilled at bringing the pieces together and forming a cohesive constructive strategy." He acts for energy sector clients on a range of issues.

Significant clients Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear, Foster Wheeler, Kerzner International, Holder.

Climate Change - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Renowned for its expertise and experience in working with clients in the energy and mining sectors, particularly in connection with litigation and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I like that they are willing to listen to my thoughts and suggestions; they view us as a team."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the National Mining Association, Peabody Energy Company and the American Farm Bureau Federation in a case against the EPA regarding its authority to regulate under the Clean Air Act greenhouse gas emissions.

Represented Deseret Electric Power Cooperative in a challenge brought by an environmental organization against a federal coal lease. 

Notable practitioners  

Peter Glaser impresses clients with his "knowledge of the law, network of decision and policy makers in this arena, and ability to communicate ideas to these persons." Peers state that he has "a vibrant climate change utility practice."

Significant clients National Mining Association, Peabody Energy Company, Southern Company, Georgia Power Company, American Farm Bureau Federation.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Atlanta and DC.

What the team is known for Advises clients such as investor-owned utilities and developers in relation to FERC matters such as market design, transmission rate cases and transactional approval. Additionally represents clients before state public service commissions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know FERC inside and out."  

Work highlights Acted for Northern Indiana Public Service Company in a dispute related to the right to develop transmission lines in the Midwest ISO.

Represented NV Energy in two FERC rate cases that aimed to increase rates for electricity transmission services.

Notable practitioners  

"Excellent lawyer" Lisanne Crowley is a well-respected regulatory attorney who practices in the natural gas sector. Sources single her out for her well-rounded practice, which includes acting for natural gas distribution companies, gas pipeline and storage companies, and energy marketing companies. She counseled Iroquois Gas Transmission System in relation to FERC and transactional issues related to its expansion of its Constitution Pipeline development. 

Daniel Larcamp acted for Ameren in connection with its sale of Ameren Energy Resources to Dynegy. "He is very strategic, detail-oriented and just excellent," note sources, who also reserve particular praise for his breadth of knowledge concerning FERC.

Arthur Domby is a highly regarded nuclear lawyer who handles work such as NRC licensing and regulatory compliance. Sources praise his proactive approach and his skills as a communicator.

Clifford Sikora is a FERC attorney who acts for electricity clients in relation to matters such as RTO litigation, transmission and generation rate cases, merger approval and defense of enforcement actions. He represented ITC Midwest in a dispute with ATC related to the issues surrounding a proposed 136 mile electric transmission line.

Significant clients AGL Resources, Iberdrola Renewables, Indianapolis Power & Light, Louisville Gas and Electric Company, PacifiCorp.

Insurance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Represents insurers in high-stakes coverage litigation. Particular expertise in professional liability, as well as handling cases relating to insurance bad faith and environmental coverage disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent attention to detail and ability to think out of the box. They bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to solution-oriented representation."

"I'm always impressed with Troutman Sanders. They stand out due to their excellent legal analysis, issue spotting and comprehensive representation."

Work highlights Represented Riverstone in multiple asbestos personal injury claims linked to the bankruptcy of Plant Insulation.

Successfully represented XL Insurance and Federal Insurance in a $53 million bad faith and tortious interference case filed in Delaware Superior Court.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Dixon is held in high regard for his expertise in a broad range of insurance matters, including claims involving securities class actions, derivative actions, subprime lending and healthcare. A client states: "Gary is very smart, extremely conscientious and very experienced."

Significant clients Allied World National Assurance, Resolute Management, CNA Insurance, HCC Insurance Holdings.