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Proskauer Rose LLP - New York
  • Eleven Times Square
  • (Eighth Avenue & 41st Street)
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10036-8299
  • Tel:+1 212 969 3000
  • Fax:+1 212 969 2900
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Joseph M Leccese
  • Number of partners: 231
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has international offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Paris and São Paulo.

Firm Overview: Proskauer is a global firm with more than 700 lawyers. Recognized for matching technical excellence with strong business and industry acumen, Proskauer’s lawyers are players in the world’s major business and finance hubs and the sectors in which the firm practices. Proskauer’s standing in the marketplace puts the firm in the unique position to anticipate its clients’ needs and adapt rapidly to changes in the business and legal landscape. Proskauer places a premium on client service and the firm’s lawyers continuously seek out new developments and technologies to add value for their clients. The firm’s lawyers provide a full range of corporate, litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property, healthcare, personal planning, real estate and tax services to businesses, not-for-profit institutions and individuals.

Main Areas of Practice:
Proskauer’s global network provides top-tier counsel in important areas that include private equity, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate defense and investigations, intellectual property, healthcare, labor and employment, employee benefits and executive compensation, real estate, environmental law, technology, media and communications, privacy and data protection, bankruptcy and restructuring, insurance coverage and recovery, and personal planning. The firm also has significant industry-focused experience across many fields, including financial services, life sciences, sports, media and entertainment, lodging and gaming, and technology. Through a combination of home-grown talent and an extensive lateral hiring program, Proskauer has built top practices in private equity fund formation and transactions (with these practices centered in its Boston, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing and New York offices), high-stakes litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on highly complex and cross-border matters, capital markets (particularly high-yield debt and hedge funds), corporate finance (particularly junior capital/mezzanine lending), government investigations and white-collar defense. Proskauer is also distinguished by a leading Latin America practice, which has completed deals for some of the top financial institutions in the region, as well as one of the leading wealth management and personal planning practices in the United States, which advises a number of high-profile, high-net-worth individual and institutional clients. In addition to being highly skilled practitioners and trusted business counselors, Proskauer’s lawyers are civic and philanthropic leaders who have a long-standing commitment to pro bono and community service. Their work on behalf of individuals, families and groups in need spans all of its offices and also includes leadership positions at numerous legal and civic organizations.

Practice Groups:
Accessibility and Accommodations; Antitrust; Appellate; Broker-Dealer and Investment Management Regulation; Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring and Bankruptcy; California Labor and Employment Law; Capital Markets; Class/Collective Action; Copyright; Corporate Defense and Investigations; Corporate Governance; Distressed Debt; Dodd-Frank Task Force; E-Discovery; Employee Benefits; Employment Law Counseling and Training; Employment Litigation and Arbitration; Entertainment Industry; Environmental; ERISA Litigation; Executive Compensation; False Advertising and Trademark; Fiduciary Litigation; Finance; Financial Services; French and EU Employment; Government Regulatory Compliance and Relations; Health Care Reform Task Force; Hedge Funds; Immigration and Nationality; Infrastructure; Insurance Recovery and Counseling; International Arbitration; International Labor and Employment; International Practice; Labor-Management Relations; Latin America; Law Firm; Life Sciences; Lodging and Gaming; Mergers and Acquisitions; Multi-Tranche Finance; Non-Compete and Trade Secrets; Not-For- Profit/Exempt Organizations; Patent Law; Privacy and Data Security; Private Equity; Private Equity Real Estate; Private Investment Funds; Private Investment Funds Disputes; Product Liability and Consumer Litigation; Real Estate Capital Markets; Real Estate Finance; Real Estate Litigation; Reductions in Force/ Managing Change; Securities Litigation; Sports Law; Strategic Corporate Planning; Technology, Media and Communications; Whistleblowing and Retaliation.

International Work:
Proskauer’s lawyers are active in virtually every major market across the globe. With a strong presence in Europe, Latin America and Asia, the firm’s practice includes the representation of clients based and doing business around the world. The firm’s Paris and London lawyers serve multinational organizations throughout Europe and focus on corporate transactions, commercial law, labor and employment law, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Proskauer’s London lawyers have a strong sector focus within the alternative asset and private investment fund industries, advising managers and investors on all aspects of private equity, venture capital, debt, hedge and other alternative asset classes, as well as mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s São Paulo lawyers have played leading roles in a wide range of matters related to Brazil and throughout Latin America, assisting clients in innovative transactions as well as in day to day matters. In the region, the firm has been involved in prominent capital markets, bank financing and private equity deals. Proskauer’s Hong Kong and Beijing lawyers represent a diverse range of clients in cross-border transactions and other complex matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, investment funds, real estate, capital markets, lodging and gaming, sports and entertainment.

Branches

  • Eleven Times Square,
  • (Eighth Avenue & 41st Street),
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036-8299
  • Tel +1 212 969 3000
  • Fax +1 212 969 2900
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • Website : www.proskauer.com
  • 2049 Century Park East,
  • 32nd Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067-3206
  • Tel +1 310 557 2900
  • Fax +1 310 557 2193
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Suite 400 South,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-2533
  • Tel +1 202 416 6800
  • Fax +1 202 416 6899
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • One International Place,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02110-2600
  • Tel +1 617 526 9600
  • Fax +1 617 526 9899
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • One Boca Place,
  • 2255 Glades Road,
  • Suite 421,
  • Atrium,
  • Boca Raton,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33431-7360
  • Tel +1 561 241 7400
  • Fax +1 561 241 7145
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • One Newark Center,
  • Newark,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07102-5211
  • Tel +1 973 274 3200
  • Fax +1 973 274 3299
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • 650 Poydras Street,
  • Suite 1800,
  • New Orleans,
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70130-6146
  • Tel +1 504 310 4088
  • Fax +1 504 310 2022
  • Email : info@proskauer.com
  • Three First National Plaza,
  • 70 West Madison,
  • Suite 3800,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60602-4342
  • Tel +1 312 962 3550
  • Fax +1 312 962 3551
  • Email : info@proskauer.com

Banking & Finance - California

What the team is known for Noted for its proficiency acting for sponsors, and offers a full-service capability advising on the placing, issuing and underwriting of high-yield and bank debt bonds. Works closely with the firm's overseas offices to offer a seamless service on multi-jurisdictional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a great presence in the US as well as international connections. To be able to have the consistency of talent that we encounter with them is one of their great strengths." 

Work highlights Advised Ares Management on several complex matters, including $870 million in financing for the acquisition of warehouse retailer Smart & Final.

Represented SolarCity in relation to $100 million of secured solar panel lease financing.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Steven Weise is seen as "a legend" of the industry. According to interviewees he is "able to look around the corner to anticipate problems or issues, and is always ready with terrific solutions." He offers a wealth of experience advising on letters of credit, equipment leasing and structured financing, and in a recent highlight acted for SolarCity in relation to $100 million of solar panel lease financing.  

Clients consider Neil Cummings "a true business partner," and describe him as "very smart, calm and thoughtful." His clients include investors, lead arrangers and private equity firms; he recently represented MarketAxess Holdings in connection with a $50 million working capital credit facility.

Glen Lim is recognized as "a solid, knowledgeable lawyer." He concentrates on representing both borrowers and lenders in a wide range of national and international financing transactions.

Significant clients General Nutrition Centers, Credit Suisse, The Gores Group, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America.

Capital Markets - California

What the team is known for Integrated practice, merging capital market expertise with firmwide strengths in private equity, corporate M&A and REIT work. Noted expertise in leveraged finance, high-yield and investment grade debt work, as well as IPOs and related offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The firm has both a great presence in US and international connections. We encounter a consistency of talent at Proskauer and that is one of the great strengths we appreciate at the firm."

"I am very impressed with the firm's strong work ethic in meeting difficult time deadlines. The firm is very client-oriented and will go the extra mile to meet our needs."

Work highlights Represented Ares Capital in its primary offering of common stock, to the value of $333.7 million.

Represented Church & Dwight in a $400 million debt offering.

Represented Ares Management in connection with the $214 million follow-on offering of Air Lease.

Notable practitioners  

Monica Shilling is a much-respected expert in capital markets work relating to business development companies and financial institutions. Sources say she is "extremely knowledgeable" and "always goes above and beyond for the client. She adds real value to transactions."

Michael Woronoff maintains a robust yet varied practice and receives considerable praise from clients and competitors alike. Observers comment: "He is an excellent lawyer with exceptional business judgment."

Up-and-comer Pippa Bond is making waves in the high-yield debt space. She is said to be "intelligent and talented, but also hard-working and available day or night."

Significant clients City Ventures, Solar Capital, Stream Global Services, Deutsche Bank.

Corporate/M&A - California

What the team is known for Well-regarded Los Angeles-based practice with considerable expertise in representing private equity clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Proskauer is creative and hard-working. They bring solutions rather than problems to the table."

"Great people. Great lawyers. Good to work with."  

Work highlights Acted for Ares Management on the acquisition of AREA Property Partners, which has assets under management totaling $6 billion.

Acted for Grey Mountain Partners and Bolttech Mannings on the stock purchase acquisition of Steel Works Canada.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of the global M&A practice Michael Woronoff is "very high-profile" and regarded by clients as "smart, hard-working, creative, persuasive and organized." He is well known for his work in the private equity space, recently representing funds managed by Ares Management on the $975 million acquisition of Smart & Final Holdings.

Monica Shilling is recognized for work in M&A and private equity transactions, with clients particularly praising her "great deal-management skills." Recent work includes acting for Area Capital on the sale to Linsalata Capital Partners of Stag-Parkway.

Significant clients Stream Global Services, Third Point Capital, The Gores Group, Star Avenue Capital, Great Hill Partners.

Labor & Employment - California

What the team is known for Strong team of experienced attorneys with a notable entertainment industry concentration, feeding into much larger national and global labor and employment practice. Extensive scope encompassing interrelated practices such as traditional labor relations, M&A, bankruptcy and restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I give them the highest rating thanks to the depth of expertise and knowledge, the speed of responsiveness, the thorough work product and practical advice for modern businesses." 

"They excel in all areas" 

Work highlights Acted for Creative Artists Agency on two high-profile cases in recent times, involving noncompete enforceability and termination-related breach of contract and defamation.

Achieved dismissal of 17,200 WARN-based claims in a long-running case against the California Institute of Technology.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Oncidi is hailed as "outstanding," particularly for his "ability to merge top-shelf lawyerly advice with pragmatic business acumen." His broad scope of work includes counseling and litigation on workplace violence, trade secrets and privacy issues.

Co-head of the labor and employment and class/collective action groups, Kenneth Sulzer focuses his practice on wage and hour, FLSA, EEOC and California Labor Code matters. Clients praise his proactive responsiveness, and say: "I can take Ken to the boardroom as easily as have him meet with a first level supervisor." 

Significant clients Paramount Pictures, Swissport USA, McDonald’s, Twentieth Century Fox, Honda North America. 

Tax - California

What the team is known for An increasingly well-recognized name for tax matters in California. Possesses expertise across a broad range of areas, including tax planning, transactions and trust and estate work. 

Work highlights Advised the purchaser on the $975 million sale of Smart & Final Holdings to several funds managed by Ares Management.

Notable practitioners

Michael Fernhoff is an "excellent tax lawyer" who is "very technically proficient" according to sources. He is particularly noted by peers for his sensible approach to negotiation.

Andrew Katzenstein is a "top-notch estate lawyer" who "has great ideas" and is recognized for his knowledge of the law and responsiveness. He has 30 years' experience working in the area.

Senior associate Anne Kim is highly rated for her strong writing skills and thorough approach. According to one source, "she's very responsive and exercises good judgment."

Significant clients Neuberger Berman, THL Credit, Zumba Fitness, JPMorgan Chase.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Advises private and public companies on M&A transactions and private equity matters. Also advises on corporate governance issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Proskauer is very skilled in applying its advice and experience to our specific scenario."

Work highlights Acted for US Green Build Council on the sale to Hanley Wood of Greenbuild International Conference.

Acted for New Enterprise Associates in Indian energy infrastructure services company Trishe Developers.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner of the DC office Trevor Chaplick advises clients ranging from emerging growth companies to private equity firms and underwriters. "His knowledge base is very strong," reports one impressed client. 

Significant clients The Motley Fool, Earth Networks, Smartrac, Imagine Solutions, Fidelis SeniorCare.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Interdisciplinary aptitude covering employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA litigation, tax, and public and private investment funds. Operates a Health Care Reform Task Force enabling a presence on the cutting edge of current and impending reforms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an incredible bench. The team I have there gives me everything I need."

Work highlights Represented Neuberger Berman's management team in the redemption of $850 million in preferred equity from Lehman Brothers ownership, and ongoing buyout of remaining common equity interests, with the view to eventual full employee ownership and control for Neuberger Berman.

Assists Chrysler Group on a range of benefits and compensation matters, including preparation of plan documents and bargaining agreements, required notices and government filings, and ongoing consultation.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the DC benefits, compensation and ERISA litigation practice Paul Hamburger continues his impressive track record in the field, continuing to serve as outside benefits counsel to a number of notable names, including Chrysler and SCANA. One satisfied client asserts that he is "strategic, accountable and can think outside the box."

Significant clients AOL, Bloomberg BNA, EMC Corporation, Honeywell, Reed Elsevier.

Labor & Employment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong experience in a full range of labor and employment regulatory compliance and litigation matters. Particular strengths in OFCCP, EOCC and ADA compliance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Great - they are very responsive, well informed, and strategic. They are business minded in their advice, especially in advising on best practice and how to retain employee morale."

What's new? Partner and new co-head of labor and employment Connie Bertram joined the DC office this year from Cooley, bringing with her a team of five lawyers.

Work highlights Successfully obtained complete dismissal of claims and a significant sanction award for The MITRE Corporation through discovery of 'egregious spoliation' of evidence, in relation to ADA and FMLA claims brought by a single plaintiff.

Defended BAE Systems in relation to allegations of retaliation and False Claims Act violation brought by a former employee. The team achieved an important motion to transfer the case from DC to Virginia.

Notable practitioners 

Connie Bertram receives warm praise, with one commentator noting her "excellent drafting, good negotiation skills and presentation of options whilst indicating which might be best for us." Bertram handles a range of matters including employment litigation, whistle-blower claims and employee mobility counseling.

Significant clients Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, Lincoln Military Housing, Reed Elsevier, Pepco Holdings, WashingtonFirst Bank.

Labor & Employment - Florida

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

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

Tax - Florida

What the team is known for Specializes in estate planning, asset protection and wealth management. Clients include charitable organizations, professionals, business owners, and high net worth families and individuals.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They can handle complex issues and resolve things to the satisfaction of their clients."

"They are professional and competent in every way." 

Notable practitioners  

David Pratt is an expert in fiduciary litigation, asset protection, retirement planning and estate planning. "He is an estate planning rockstar," states a client: "He is energized, will work 24/7 for his clients, brings great attention to every matter he handles and is always willing to help."  

Albert Gortz has established a strong practice in the fields of gift and estate planning. He represents high net worth families and individuals and charitable organizations.

Significant clients Estate of Keith Haring, Estate of George Balanchine, Estate of Leonard Bernstein, JPMorgan, US Trust. 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

What the team is known for Extensive experience representing borrowers across a broad range of bankruptcy and restructuring issues, including Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. Adopts a collaborative approach, and works cohesively across departments and offices to assist clients in finding workable business solutions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very high-quality legal work, with an extremely acute sense of the interplay between business issues and legal issues, and the ability to get complicated matters resolved."

"They have an amazing bankruptcy team. They're very attentive to detail, but they're also incredible at the big-picture strategic level."

Work highlights Acted for Powerwave Technologies on the sale of its assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, and advised on converting its case under Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7 case.

Advised HMX on the confirmation of its plan of liquidation under Chapter 11, and on its going-concern sale to Authentic Brands.  

Notable practitioners  

The "very sharp" Jeff Marwil is a "commercial, entrepreneurial and creative business thinker," according to sources, who are also impressed by his strong courtroom presence. He is an experienced litigator and recently acted for Ocala Funding on its $2 billion Chapter 11 case. 

Mark Thomas is described as "a creative, practical business lawyer with deep experience gained throughout a diverse career." Commentators also find that he is a "brilliant strategist" who "builds consensus and cuts through to the most essential elements of the case, with the object of preserving the value of the company and its various constituencies."

Sources highlight Paul Possinger's "great legal skills and breadth of experience." He represented Gas City in relation to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, involving more than $280 million of secured debt.

Sources are full of praise for "talented partner" Peter Young, noting that he "thoroughly knows the law and understands the temperament of the court," and is "incredibly diligent, creative and decisive."

Significant clients Ocala Funding, Bayou Group of Hedge Funds, Life Funds, Fundamental Long Term Care Holdings.

Healthcare - Illinois

What the team is known for Deep expertise in healthcare-related M&A, joint ventures and contracting matters. Also advises nonprofits on tax-exemption issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very responsive, does high-quality work and is timely. They work well with clients and they anticipate your needs."

"Their knowledge of structuring transactions is great."

Notable practitioners  

Monte Dube concentrates on high-value M&A and the defense of government investigations. Clients highlight his strengths as "his innovative thinking about structuring transactions," and say he is "easy to access and incredibly pleasant."

Elizabeth Mills represents a varied clientele, including healthcare and nonprofit organizations. Sources say she is "brilliant - she has great insight and is able to come up with workable solutions in short timeframes." One interviewee enthused: "She is an outstanding tax lawyer."

Significant clients West Virginia United Health Systems, Presence Health, University of Chicago Medical Center, The Colorado Health Foundation. 

Insurance - Illinois

What the team is known for Market-leading policyholder practice, primarily representing private equity funds and Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Areas of insurance litigation expertise include property, asbestos, D&O and environment. Also adept in transactional and regulatory insurance matters, and reinsurance litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very strong and deep knowledge of insurance products, and of the industry and its issues, whether it's old asbestos liability or property issues."

"Devoted to client service, experts in their field, and pragmatic in their approach." 

Work highlights Recently acted for Union Carbide in coverage litigation taking place in New York against more than 30 insurance companies, regarding the recovery of multiple thousands of asbestos bodily injury claims worth approximately $2 billion.

Represented Flexible Products regarding its claim for the recovery of defense and settlement costs arising from a substantial number of claims alleging bodily injury due to isocynate exposure in coal mines. 

Notable practitioners  

The eminent Steven Gilford has a widely respected insurance and reinsurance practice, which includes experience in trial and appellate litigation, mediations and arbitrations. One admiring client describes him as "a pleasure to work with - accessible, approachable and sharp-minded." 

Marc Rosenthal has an extensive insurance practice which covers litigation and advisory matters. He is described by sources as "a very strong intellectual and strategic thinker, an excellent coverage attorney and a real subject matter expert."

Significant clients Dow Chemical, American Chemical Waste, Yum! Brands, Petco Petroleum.

Labor & Employment - Illinois

What the team is known for Expertise in representing employers in class actions, wage and hour and employee benefits matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very focused on client service at a practical level, with partners consistently asking what we need, so they're sure they're delivering the work product in the form we need to pursue matters internally." 

Work highlights Successfully defended RBS against a collective action in relation to the FLSA.

Represented Allstate against a claim of associational retaliation, which resulted in a summary judgment.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Nigel Telman is praised by a client for being "business-savvy and delivering stellar results. He is an extremely effective negotiator and has the highest degree of integrity in all of his dealings." Telman's client base includes McDonald's.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, United Airlines, US Foods, ThyssenKrupp.

Labor & Employment - Louisiana

What the team is known for Highly regarded employee benefits and ERISA litigation practice alongside impressive labor and employment expertise. Enviable client roster and a reputation for handling challenging work within the state and beyond. Bolstered by the firm's international standing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're clearly experts in the field and I completely trust their advice. They're appropriately aggressive; they get great results and maintain professionalism, but they're fierce litigators." 

Work highlights Defended The Renco Group in a claim alleging an attempt to evade $87 million in unfunded pension liabilities by selling part ownership in companies owning steel mills.

Defended Broadcom Corporation against a $1.55 million wrongful termination and severance benefits suit brought by a senior executive.

Notable practitioners

Howard Shapiro heads the New Orleans office and is widely hailed as the premier ERISA litigator in Louisiana. Peers and clients call him "amazing - an expert in the field," "so knowledgeable about the past 40 years of jurisprudence in the area he's almost encyclopedic," and "the ERISA guru." He has a wealth of experience representing major clients in sectors such as health, transport and communications.

Robert Rachal centers on the employee benefits and ERISA arena, and receives significant plaudits for his ability with class actions. Clients note that "he's highly intellectual and highly interested in the work - he really loves the area. He's the details guy." 

Significant clients Sprint Corporation, Honeywell, Foot Locker, MetLife.

Banking & Finance - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Respected multi-tranche finance group focusing on midmarket, alternative lenders. Offers clients the benefit of its global network and has expertise in a variety of unitranche and mezzanine debt issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great lawyers. They have a great reputation in the market, and they're very proactive."

"They're probably the most active firm in the private debt markets, so their market intelligence and sense of current market precedence is very valuable."

Work highlights Represented Barclays Private Credit Partners in connection with a multijurisdictional senior secured growth capital debt financing worth EUR100 million.

Acted for Fifth Street Capital in its $114 million acquisition of Healthcare Finance Group.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Boyko is held in high regard by peers and clients alike, who note his technical expertise and healthy reputation in the market. He is particularly admired for his negotiation skills, and offers considerable expertise in junior capital.

Steven Ellis continues to lead the multi-tranche finance group, representing numerous private equity and debt providers. Marketplace observers hold him in high esteem and consider him "a commanding presence in junior capital."

Peter Antoszyk handles a variety of distressed debt and multi-tranche finance matters, recently acting for Barclays Private Credit Partners in relation to a senior secured facility. Sources highlight him as being "incredibly effective and practiced."

Gary Creem continues to cultivate a strong reputation in the corporate finance field, focusing on junior capital and multi-tranche finance concerns. His recent work includes representing Fifth Street Capital engagement in a high-value acquisition.

Significant clients Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Morgan Stanley, THL Credit, Apollo Investment, Solar Capital.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Broad-based employee benefits and executive compensation practice forming part of an impressive national footprint. Advises clients of all sizes and demonstrates experience handling concerns relating to healthcare reform.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their knowledge is extremely broad and deep. We need to know that we're getting very responsive service and very accurate information and they pass both of those tests."

"They're thorough, thoughtful and consistent." 

Work highlights Acted for EMC on various matters including issues relating to qualified pension plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

Advised NYSE Euronext on worldwide executive compensation matters and a broad spectrum of employee benefits issues.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Peter Marathas continues to impress with his communication skills and solution-oriented approach. Clients note: "It's very rare to have a lawyer with his level of detailed knowledge who is able to see the business issue at hand."

Associate Stacy Barrow is praised by clients for his "thorough, thoughtful and precise" approach. He has particular experience in group health insurance matters. Clients praise his "very strong mathematical and analytical mind."

Significant clients Eaton Vance, McGraw-Hill, PMI Global Services, Dunkin' Brands, Marsh & McLennan Agency.

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Offers clients a broad range of intellectual property services. Adept at both transactional and contentious aspects of intellectual property work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Proskauer Rose is a good all-around firm in the intellectual property sphere."

Work highlights Won for Endeca Technologies at the Court of Appeal, which decided that its search engine algorithms did not infringe a patent held by SpeedTrack. 

Represented MMI in actions against Apple and RIM. In the Apple case, the jury returned a verdict that Apple infringed three patents owned by MMI, relating to the iPhone camera and call handling.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Bauer is characterized by an effusive client as "an extremely senior lawyer, who still has a fresh view on things." His work for key client Analog devices has included three ITC proceedings and two district court litigations, regarding patents for microphones.

Joseph Capraro is described by his clients as an "insightful portfolio manager." He advises clients such as Energetiq Technology and Hypertherm in relation to strategic IP portfolio management.

Significant clients Analog Devices, MobileMedia Ideas, Hypertherm, MKS Instruments, Seachange International.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for A large national labor and employment practice which continues to solidify its reputation in Boston, where clients value the firm's international footprint. Significant wage and hour practice complemented by strong class action capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've made a point of getting to know our business, my needs and the needs of the staff here - they really make it seem as if we are one team."

"They always give very thorough and in-depth counsel, and are certainly always available at any time we may call on them."

Work highlights Acted for RBS on six putative wage and hour class actions, demonstrating notable trial experience defending against such claims, which included challenges to the classification of requirements.

Advised The New York Times on labor relations issues relating to the sale of the New England Media Group to Red Sox owner John Henry.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Mark Batten continues to demonstrate great proficiency defending wage and hour class actions. Marketplace commentators view Batten as "a fabulous lawyer, handling interesting and complex cases." Recent work has included a focus on cases addressing the legality of unpaid internships, acting for Gawker Media and Sony Music Entertainment.

Scott Faust is held in high esteem for his labor management relations practice, representing clients from the heavy industry and healthcare industries. He recently negotiated new collective bargaining agreements for Steward Health Care System and counts Boston's Museum of Fine Arts among his clients.

"Excellent" associate Vanessa Gilbreth has marked herself out as an accomplished traditional labor lawyer, impressing with her at-the-table collective bargaining skills for industrial clients, who laud her as "insightful" and "very knowledgeable and thorough."

Significant clients Sears Holdings, DTE Energy Services, GateHouse Media, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Long established as a dominant force in the Boston investment funds market, and widely renowned for its quality and expertise. Interdisciplinary team is complemented by the geographical reach of the firm, with over 100 lawyers in the practice group across the globe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very responsive to client timetables and timelines. They're efficient and at the same time very thorough."

"Bulletproof in terms of the legal advice they give, and very commercially minded and proactive people."

Work highlights Acted for Denver's mining-focused private equity firm, Resource Capital Funds, in the formation of a $2 billion fund.

Advised Sterling Partners on various fund structuring matters, including closing a fund with commitments in excess of $900 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Robin Painter is noted for being "a complete expert in her field." Clients note how she is "extremely fluent not just with the legal terms but extremely close and in touch with the market from a business and legal perspective" while also being "extremely approachable." Painter has recently advised Grey Mountain Partners in the formation of a $425 million lower midmarket buyout fund with multiple international elements.

Daniel Finkelman is particularly valued by clients for his strategic expertise, thoroughness and efficiency. His wealth of experience working with a broad range of fund clients means he is equipped with a much-respected "ability to bring to bear best practices from a number of different fund constructions."

The "extremely knowledgeable and very practical" Malcolm Nicholls is highlighted by clients for his effective negotiation strategies and problem-solving capabilities. Nicholls has recently advised Blue Wolf Capital Partners in connection with the formation of a $300 million fund.

David Tegeler is highly respected and noted for his talent to "stay at the high level and see the big picture." Tegeler recently represented Resource Capital Funds on the formation of its sixth fund, with global commitments of $2 billion.

Howard Beber has a stellar reputation within the market, benefiting clients with his "exceptionally accurate advice" and "strategic and tactical logic." Clients praise his strong industry knowledge and ability to address the commercial implications of matters.

"Real go-getter" Sean Hill's broad and growing client base includes Ares Management. He is praised for going "above and beyond" to meet clients' needs, as well as being "smart, creative and very practical," and "great at thinking on his feet."

The "extremely smart and very bright" Stephen Mears is noted for his technical expertise. He recently represented Sterling Partners in the closing of its fourth fund, with commitments in excess of $900 million.

Significant clients Ares Management, New Enterprise Associates, Adam Street Partners, Lexington Partners, Spectrum Equity.

Tax - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Strong reputation locally and nationally in private equity structuring and operations, as well as the tax elements of employee benefits.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have treated us like a partner, making sure they are looking after our needs, which is really the most important thing and is what stands out about them." 

"We have always been satisfied with the advice we've obtained from them - they give clear guidance."

Work highlights Advised Sterling Capital Partners in closing its fund, Sterling Capital Partners IV, at over $900 million.

Acted for Scale Venture Partners in the closing of Scale Venture Partners IV with $300 million in limited partner commitments.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Jones has, according to clients, "an amazing ability to present very complex tax-related issues in layman's terms." He focuses on tax planning for private equity funds and has recently represented Sterling Partners in closing its fund, Sterling Capital Partners IV. 

Arnold May's practice is concentrated on tax planning for private equity funds in their fund-raising and investment activities. Sources single out his thoughtful and commercial approach to matters and ability to think outside the box.

The "very helpful, knowledgeable and incredibly responsive" Jamiel Poindexter is an up-and-coming figure in the Massachusetts tax market. He is noted particularly for his expertise in the tax issues facing private investment funds. 

Significant clients Ares Management, New Enterprise Associates, Lexington Partners, Adams Street Partners, HgCapital.

Advertising - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Heralded as a top-tier false advertising and trademark litigation group. Serves an impressive roster of clients and offers a deep bench, with a breadth of experience and expertise. Handles significant class action suits and appears regularly before the NAD.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a lot of experience in the federal courts and have a great global perspective on the types of issues facing brands in the US."

Work highlights Represented plaintiff Dyson against major competitor Bissell in a false advertising claim. Summary judgment was won as the court found that Bissell's advertising campaign was knowingly false.

Acted on behalf of Hofstra University in a putative class action brought by current and past students of Hofstra Law School alleging false advertising. The matter concerned the misrepresentation of employment statistics for graduates. The case was dismissed with prejudice.

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Weinstein is a highly regarded litigator in the advertising field, with strong capabilities in other complex commercial disputes. Peers note that "he is very good at diving in deep and understanding the technology issues which often lie at the heart of the dispute."

Brendan O'Rourke has a strong litigation practice, which not only covers advertising disputes but also related IP and unfair competition issues. He serves a broad client base comprising startup entities, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies.

Significant clients Church & Dwight, Colgate-Palmolive, Diageo, Merix Pharmaceuticals, NxStage Medical.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

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

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

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Represents all parties to significant bankruptcies and reorganizations, acting for creditors' committees, debtors, trustees and Section 363 purchasers. Experts on out-of-court workouts and avoidance of bankruptcy. Representation of borrowers is the primary focus of the Chicago office.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is excellent in the representation and value it provides. They were a true partner in problem solving."

"They are commercially minded, very knowledgeable and offer a direct approach to providing solutions for clients. They do a very good job of building consensus in a very contentious environment."

Work highlights Advised Rotech Healthcare and 114 subsidiary entities on its $619 million restructure under Chapter 11. The home oxygen equipment manufacturer repaid the full amount of its first lien indebtedness and converted all second lien notes into stock in the reorganized company.

Represented the Statutory Creditors Committee of MF Global Holdings, the commodities brokerage which collapsed in 2011 owing more than $39 billion. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan was approved in 2013.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Bienenstock has a "deep understanding of the bankruptcy law and is tireless in his pursuit of the best plan possible for the company," reports one impressed client. He acts for debtors, creditors and trustees in high-value restructurings and bankruptcies. He also assists asset purchasers with distressed M&A transactions.

Significant clients NewPage Corp, Assured Guaranty Insurance, Capmark Financial Group, HMX, Ocala Funding.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Regularly advises midmarket and bulge bracket investment banks and issuers on an array of debt and equity transactions. Good reputation for its representation of clients on mezzanine finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very responsive and they have given me good advice in a variety of complex transactions."

"They are very commercial and overall they add a lot of value to the process." 

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank Securities and others as joint bookrunning managers on a $80.9 million primary offering by TCP Capital of its common stock.

Represented Ares Capital on its $300 million offering of convertible senior notes.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Lopez is "very knowledgeable," "extremely smart" and "gets you what you need," say satisfied clients. He advised Celgene on its $1.5 billion registered offering of senior unsecured notes.

Stuart Bressman is "a problem-solver" with "terrific business judgment," according to sources. He represented JPMorgan Securities as lead bookrunner in ARIAD Pharmaceuticals' $325 million follow-on public common stock offering.

Julie Allen represented Icahn Enterprises on a $500 million offering of high-yield bonds. She co-heads the firm's capital markets group.

Michael Woronoff represented GNC on a number of transactions including a $615 million secondary offering of common stock. He maintains a healthy profile for his representation of clients on an array of debt and equity transactions.

Justin Breen is "commercial," "highly creative and highly thoughtful," say clients. He represented Citigoup and others as joint bookrunning managers on WCI Communities' $200 million offering of senior notes.

Significant clients General Nutrition Centers, Imperial Capital, Jefferies & Company, Lazard Capital Markets, Suburban Propane.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with a good presence in the national transactional market. Considerable private equity expertise and a focus on real estate and the sports industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Proskauer do so much work for REITs and have a very strong practice in that regard." 

Work highlights Advised an investor group, including CPPIB and funds managed by Ares, on the $6 billion acquisition of Neiman Marcus from TPG and Warburg Pincus.

Advised American Realty Capital Partners in connection with four mergers, including agreements with Cole Real Estate Investments, American Realty Capital Trust IV, CapLease and American Realty Capital Trust III.

Notable practitioners 

Michael Woronoff is co-head of the M&A and private equity groups and a key contact.

Significant clients Accor, Neuberger Berman, Church & Dwight, BTG Pactual, Charterhouse Group.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for A client roster which includes tax-exempt, finance and private equity clients, as well as Fortune 500s. Has numerous compensation and benefits subspecialties and is adept at providing guidance to clients in connection with diverse single and multiemployer plans.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a broad practice and are especially strong in employee benefits, labor practices and qualified plans."

"They are very thorough - you can pretty much be assured you'll get the best work out of them."

Work highlights Serves as broad benefits and compensation counsel for Chrysler Group, providing guidance on the drafting and review of bargaining agreements and plan documents, and preparation of government filings.

Provided guidance to a number of entertainment industry clients on employee benefits matters, including the Actors’ Equity-League 401(k), Health & Pension Trust Funds and The Broadway League Staff Retirement Plan, among others.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Sirkin has represented the senior management of McGraw-Hill in negotiations of employment and equity arrangements connected to the sale of McGraw-Hill to Apollo Global. His areas of expertise include executive compensation and ERISA. He is also widely respected by market sources who observe that "he is a very talented lawyer," and praise his ability to develop strong young lawyers.

Cochair of the benefits, compensation and ERISA litigation practice, Paul Hamburger provides comprehensive in-depth employee benefit program advice and counsel to clients on a range of issues, encompassing healthcare reform and COBRA matters. 

Significant clients AOL, Citigroup, Dunkin’ Brands, Eaton Vance.

ERISA Litigation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and New Orleans.

What the team is known for Retains its position as one of the most prominent ERISA litigation firms. Offers a deep bench of highly experienced practitioners with an ERISA focus. Areas of expertise include disputes concerning prohibited transactions, stock drops and ESOPs. Has a strong track record of representing household-name clients in high-stakes class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Strong depth in a broad spectrum of specialties."  

"Not only encyclopedic in their knowledge, but practical in terms of their strategies - that's what makes them different."

Work highlights Defended Foot Locker against a high-value class action suit, which alleged violations of ERISA disclosure obligations. The team won summary judgment.

The team has continued to represent Honeywell in a putative class action filed under ERISA, alleging violation of the terms of employee pension plans.

Notable practitioners  

Myron Rumeld is described by interviewees as a "sensational litigator," who is "sharp, articulate, clever, and deeply committed to the work he does." He is highly experienced in all kinds of ERISA litigation, including both individual and class action suits, centering around claims such as age discrimination and breach of fiduciary duty.

Sources have high regard for Howard Shapiro and note that he is one of the leading figures of the Bar. Recent representations include acting on behalf of Ascension Health in litigation questioning whether its pension plans may qualify as church plans and consequently be exempt from ERISA.

Significant clients Ascension Health, Chevron, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, Fidelity Investments, Bausch & Lomb.  

Healthcare - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Consistently highlighted as a leading presence in the healthcare space, drawing on a deep bench of practitioners with global-wide expertise. Well known for its longstanding experience across a wide range of transactional, compliance, regulatory and litigation work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are broad, they are responsive and really expert in the healthcare area." 

Work highlights Acted for Jersey City Medical Center in its merger with Barnabas Health.

Provided regulatory counsel and due diligence to Ares Management funds in relation to the purchase of equity interests in Unified Physician Management and OB Hospital Group.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Kornreich is highly skilled in advising healthcare clients with regards to their transactional matters, corporate governance issues and payment matters for both nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Monte Dube is based in the firm's Chicago office and concentrates on healthcare transactions including M&A, restructuring and joint ventures. He is also adept at defending clients in government investigations.

Richard Zall is "incredibly hard-working, very creative and an incredibly quick thinker," according to sources. He acts for a variety of healthcare and life sciences clients such as hospitals, physician organizations and medical device entities, offering them transactional, regulatory and compliance advice.

Significant clients Ascension Health Care Network, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Continuum Health Partners, Fidelis Senior Care, Fundamental Long Term Care Holdings.  

Immigration - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department 
Key office is Newark.

What the team is known for Provides deep expertise in business visa and corporate immigration policy issues. Has particular experience in advising on compliance-related matters such as E-Verify and I-9.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They achieved remarkable results."

Notable practitioners  

David Grunblatt is considered "a thought leader in the field" and is praised by clients for his "excellent judgment and perspective on how business is conducted." He has notable expertise in the immigration issues arising in corporate transactions.

Significant clients Major League Baseball, International Securities Exchange, HSBC Bank USA, Coach, The New York Times.

Insurance - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Handles coverage matters for financial institutions and companies from the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. Also represents policyholders in non-litigation matters such as risk management counseling and policy negotiation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Devoted to client service, experts in their field and pragmatic in their approach."

Work highlights Acted for Union Carbide in coverage litigation against multiple insurers involving asbestos bodily injury claims.

Represented United Therapeutics in coverage litigation surrounding the destruction of drugs in a warehouse accident in North Carolina.

Notable practitioners  

California-based Nancy Cohen is held in high regard by peers and clients for her insurance coverage expertise. She acts as national counsel to Aerojet, and advises on all of its insurance coverage and toxic tort matters.

Seth Schafler is admired for his skill in matters involving professional, general and fiduciary liability claims. According to one client, "Seth is always on call and available, and instills confidence. A true partner."

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Incorporated Village of Old Westbury, Depository Trust & Trading Corporation, Yum! Brands, Dow Chemical.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for One of the most active firms in the investment fund area. Known for its diverse client base, including institutional and independent groups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have great insight because of their deep knowledge of prevailing terms and conditions as well as fund and deal structures."

Work highlights Represented Resource Capital Funds, an early-stage mining investments-focused group, in the formation of its fifth fund, of $2 billion.

Advised Sterling Partners on closing Sterling Capital Partners IV, a $900 million fund focused on growth investments in small and mid-sized companies.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Painter provides "good client service with the business sophistication clients are looking for," say sources. She is particularly well known for representing limited partners.

Sean Hill, who "never fails to give rock-solid advice," is praised by a client as "one of the hardest-working and most responsive lawyers I have seen."

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Ares Management, Lexington Partners, Spectrum Equity.

Labor & Employment - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, Newark, Chicago and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for An expanding team offering broad and versatile national coverage, with additional expertise in the employee benefits, compensation and ERISA arenas. Also has niche sector specialties, including providing labor and employment support for major professional sports leagues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They live and breathe this work. They have unmatched experience. I love their strategizing on lawsuits - their approach is so practical."

"Everybody on the team is great and everyone I've ever worked with there is terrific."

Work highlights Handled initial collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the Professional Referees Organization (a joint venture between US Soccer and Major League Soccer) and the Professional Soccer Referees Association.

Represented a number of clients in noncompete litigation, including Sientra, Silver Lining Asset Partners and Creative Artists Agency.

Notable practitioners  

New York partners Elise Bloom and Joseph Baumgarten are the co-heads of Proskauer's labor and employment law department.

Significant clients Sprint Nextel, McDonald's, Hess Corporation, McGraw-Hill, NBCUniversal.

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Well-known cross-border practice that utilizes the firm's broad international reach to advise clients on projects across a range of jurisdictions. Particular areas of expertise include mixed-use developments, joint ventures, management agreements and gaming.

Notable practitioners  

Sources comment that Jeffrey Horwitz provides "a good combination of business acumen as well as legal expertise." He is a corporate and securities specialist who heads up the firm's lodging and gaming group, and is experienced in all types of casino transactions. 

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Counseling multinational clients on domestic and international regulatory issues, including compliance with the EU Data Protection Directive. Extensive contentious practice with experience in regulatory investigations and consumer class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know the law as well as the client's needs and are very responsive. The firm also has a global reach with access to expertise in multiple jurisdictions."

Notable practitioners  

Kristen Mathews earns plaudits from sources for being "very smart" with "an impressive attention to detail." She offers advice on a variety of privacy issues for clients in a number of industries, including technology, consumer products, travel and financial services.

Private Equity - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Strong transactional practice with a wide range of work, from lower midmarket deals to deals valued in the multibillions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the great things about using Proskauer is that they are full service and have all the expertise clients need." 

Work highlights Represented a group of investors, including Ares Management, on the $6 billion acquisition of Neiman Marcus.

Worked on the sale of Robbins Holdings by Grey Mountain Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Woronoff comes highly recommended, with one client calling him "not just deal counsel but also a consigliere." He is referred to as a "deal-doer" and counts Ares among his clients.

Significant clients BTG Pactual, Charterhouse Group, Fifth Street Finance, Great Hill Partners, Third Point Capital.

Real Estate - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for A good reputation for advising clients on the full spectrum of real estate matters including corporate, finance and dirt transactions. Clients include REITs, investment banks and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely effective and what I lovingly call 'deal-doers'; they understand the issues on both sides and get the deal done."

"They are attentive and respond quickly." 

Work highlights Represented American Realty Capital Properties on several M&A transactions including its $3 billion merger with American Realty Capital Trust IV.

Advised Hines Interests in obtaining financing for its new tower on West 53rd Street in New York, adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art.

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Sernau and Perry Cacace, based in the New York office, cochair the department.

Significant clients AIG Global Investment, Fortress Investment Group, Morgan Stanley, Preferred Apartment Communities, Soros Strategic Partners.

REITs - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for A well-respected option to represent clients on the full array of transactions including private placements and public offerings of equity, and acquisitions and dispositions. Strong reputation for representing nontraded REITs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand our business needs and objectives. They move at a fast clip."

"Their people are very bright and knowledgeable - all experts in their fields. They take a very practical approach to problem solving."

Work highlights Advised American Realty Capital Properties on its $11.2 billion merger with Cole Real Estate Investments.

Represented Lightstone Value Plus REIT on a tender offer to repurchase common stock from investors up to a value of $50 million.

Acted for Ares Commercial Real Estate on a $69 million private senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners  

The "well known and excellent" Peter Fass is a highly experienced practitioner. He is best known for his work representing American Realty Capital.

Significant clients American Realty Capital, Ares Commercial Real Estate, The Lightstone Group, Preferred Apartment Communities, United Realty Trust.

Sports Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for First-rate practice in the sports arena and particularly preeminent in labor matters. Its client list features many of the biggest leagues, teams and entities in sports.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Proskauer Rose is pretty much unparalleled." 

"We really were impressed across the board, from a strict legal perspective but also as an adviser."

"Best in class - smart, focused and committed." 

Work highlights Represented Major League Baseball in a grievance brought by Alex Rodriguez concerning his high-profile 211-game suspension.

Acted for the US Golf Association on its long-term media rights deal with Fox Sports.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Robert Batterman is lauded for his expertise in sports labor matters, with unmatched credentials for representing leagues in labor negotiations. One source says: "He has more experience in sports collective bargaining than anyone else in the country."

Howard Ganz is a labor specialist recognized by sources as a prominent practitioner. His recent work includes representing MLB in defending its dispute with banned star Alex Rodriguez.  

Joseph Leccese is "just a great, great lawyer" and "a leader in the sports industry," according to sources, who highlight the "terrific advice" he provides. He recently represented NASCAR in its significant media rights agreement with NBCUniversal and Fox Sports.

Sources have "very high regard" for Wayne Katz, noting his abilities in the corporate aspects of sports. He was recently part of the team acting for the Minnesota Vikings on various matters relating to its new stadium.

"Phenomenal" sports lawyer Jon Oram is a "terrific advocate" for his clients. He practices mainly in the corporate area, representing clients such as Levi Strauss, which he represented with respect to the naming of the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium.

Bradley Ruskin is a "great litigator" who gives "great counsel," according to sources. His significant recent work has included representing the NFL in litigation concerning counterfeiting of official NFL products.

Significant clients NBA, NHL, MLS, FA Premier League, Pac-12 Conference.

Tax - Nationwide

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

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

Wealth Management - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Offers expertise across the board, including in fiduciary litigation, international estate planning, estate administration and same-sex marriage matters. Its strong corporate practice attracts a significant number of private equity principals and companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We're very happy with the quality of the work." 

Notable practitioners

Andrew Katzenstein is "a great lawyer - really smart, collegial and a good collaborator," say peers. He is based in Los Angeles and noted for his expertise in tax planning.

David Pratt heads the Boca Raton office and has established a strong reputation in the market for his tax and estate planning and asset protection practice.

New York-based Jay Waxenberg is head of the firm's personal planning group. Sources say he is "practical, technically strong and strategically strong."

Significant clients Estate of Keith Haring and the Keith Haring Foundation, U.S. Trust, Bessemer, George Balanchine Trust and Foundation, Northern Trust.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Adept at assisting clients with all aspects of labor and employment law, with a strong track record in handling high-stakes litigation for blue-chip clients. Added strength provided by the firm's formidable firmwide resources in employment law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are aggressive and realistic lawyers. They are always on top of things and are top litigators."

Work highlights Defended Sientra against breach of confidentiality, noncompete and non-solicitation claims launched by Mentor Worldwide, after 16 of its employees moved to Sientra.  

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Sandak is head of the Newark office and has over 30 years' experience in the field. Sources praise him for "knowing how to fashion a solution for our business rather than being too prescriptive, and understanding what the effect of those actions would be."

John Barry acts as the co-head of the noncompete and trade secret working group. He recently handled a number of noncompete matters for Sientra after a number of employees joined the company from Mentor Worldwide.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, MetLife, Hess Corporation, UPS America, Bank of America.  

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

What the team is known for Advises on a range of bankruptcy and balance sheet workout situations, affecting clients in construction and shipping, and the retail and manufacturing sectors, among others. Represents public and private companies, private equity sponsors, DIP lenders and exit financiers, and acquirers and sellers of distressed assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at dealing with the nuances of a case and they are good at driving the legal aspects forward quickly."

Notable practitioners  

Martin Bienenstock is broadly admired for his intellect and is deemed by sources to be "truly one of the brilliant minds and leaders of the bankruptcy Bar." He is chair of the firm's restructuring practice and has a wealth of experience in advising businesses, investors, creditors and acquirers. He also has particular skill in litigation, the Dodd-Frank Act and Section 363 sales.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Highly regarded New York corporate and M&A practice that works seamlessly with other groups and offices around the country to provide a full spectrum of transactional advice. Active in a range of sectors, but particularly known for private equity, sports and life sciences representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at handling complex transactions."

Work highlights Acted for American Realty Capital on its merger with American Realty Capital Trust IV, to form a net-lease REIT with an enterprise value of $10 billion.

Represented the board of directors of Leucadia National in relation to the company's $3.8 billion merger with Jefferies Group.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of the M&A practice Ronald Papa focuses on strategic M&A, investments and strategic alliances. He recently acted for Church & Dwight on its $650 million acquisition of gummy vitamins and supplements maker Avid Health.

Significant clients Ares Management, Accor, Neuberger Berman, Arkema, Markit Group.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - New York

What the team is known for Considered a leader for executive compensation and a top benefits firm. Offers advice on the full spectrum of matters, including healthcare benefits, multiemployer plan support and ERISA. Admired for its strong, consistent team and strategic thinking.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide up-to-date advice on changes in the law, and are readily available to respond to any questions or concerns."

"Pleasant to work with in any way - among the strongest and the best in the benefits field."

Work highlights Represented the National Hockey League on the formation of a new collective bargaining agreement for a ten-year duration, assisting with extensive negotiations of defined benefit pension plans, profit-sharing plans and changes in pension option arrangements for players.

Provided benefits and compensation support to American Realty Capital Properties in its $2.2 billion acquisition of CapLease's outstanding shares.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Sirkin maintains his phenomenal reputation in the benefits and compensation field, having advised McGraw-Hill and NDS Group in high-value transactions. He gains particular credit for his client service, with one source declaring: "He is great! If I have a high-level executive compensation deal, I go to him. He's very responsive, too - I can get an answer right away." He is also singled out for his "world-class deep knowledge and expertise."

Ira Bogner is extremely well regarded by market sources, gaining mention for his work in a number of areas, including traditional employee benefits. Sources commend him as a "very creative lawyer with very good judgment."

Rory Albert continues to build on his significant employee benefits reputation in the media and entertainment industries, gaining credit as an "outstanding strategic thinker on how to position things very far down the road."

Andrea Rattner covers a broad range of benefits, compensation and ERISA litigation matters, advising on tax and corporate governance, as well as ERISA compliance.

Significant clients Neuberger Berman Group, Reed Elsevier, Citi, AllianceBernstein, Yahoo! Compensation Committee.

Healthcare - New York

What the team is known for Highlighted as a leading healthcare practice in this market, providing extensive expertise across the board in transactional work, regulatory matters and disputes. Acts for a wide array of notable clients such as managed care companies, technology entities and healthcare investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their written material is very thorough and they are very well versed in the law."

"They have exceeded all expectations!" 

Work highlights Assisted Jersey City Medical Center in its merger with the Barnabas Health system.

Acted for Ascension Health Care Network in its potential purchase of St. Clare's, St. Joseph Hospital Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. 

Notable practitioners  

Edward Kornreich is regularly identified by sources as a leading healthcare practitioner, whose areas of expertise center around regulatory and transactional issues. His expertise spans areas such as antikickback laws, reimbursement matters and integrated systems.

The "very knowledgeable" Richard Zall is a highly regarded transactional and regulatory attorney. He advises a range of clients from hospitals to private equity firms in relation to matters such as joint ventures, financing and compliance. One satisfied client stated: "He was not only a good attorney, but a good adviser."

Herschel Goldfield enters the rankings amid significant praise from clients, and handles a range of transactional, regulatory and compliance issues. His client base includes healthcare providers and nonprofit organizations.

Significant clients Brooklyn Hospital Center, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Continuum Health Partners, Richmond University Medical Center.  

Immigration - New York

What the team is known for Strong immigration team comprising a lead partner and five supporting attorneys. At the forefront of the representation of sporting professionals and entities. Areas of practice include labor certifications, I-9 compliance and business visas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They achieved remarkable results." 

Notable practitioners  

David Grunblatt continues to be held in "extremely high regard" by interviewees, who refer to him as a "dean of immigration." His longstanding expertise in compliance and strategy planning is highly valued by clients.

Significant clients HSBC, The New York Times, Clinton Health Access Initiative (Clinton Foundation), Markit Group, Major League Baseball.

Insurance - New York

What the team is known for Offers experience in complicated and high-risk cases on behalf of policyholders. Particular expertise in coverage disputes involving large financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and sports teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An outstanding firm; extremely knowledgeable and competent attorneys." 

"We have a deep respect for them - they are excellent in acting for policyholders." 

Work highlights Recently represented a joint venture which includes OHL Construction and Tully Construction in a claim regarding storm damage to a tunnel between Brooklyn and Staten Island caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Notable practitioners  

The "intelligent and hard-working" Seth Schafler possesses expertise in a wide range of claims including professional and fiduciary liability, property, and marine and credit risk insurance. Clients say: "He's an excellent lawyer – technically superb and very commercial in his approach. He is responsive and a delight to deal with."

John Gross has deep experience representing financial institutions in insurance recovery actions, as well as advising various clients on property damage, business interruption and other legal issues resulting from the 9/11 attacks. An impressed peer remarks: "I think very highly of John. He knows the business and people well."

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Paragon Honda, Credit Suisse Securities, Incorporated Village Of Old Westbury, Depository Trust & Trading Corporation.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Fine copyright, false advertising and trademark practice, particularly strong with regard to media, entertainment, advertising and consumer product brands. High-value litigation and strategic counseling are the main focus for the group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An excellent team - they do some incredible work for us."

"They do fantastic work." 

Work highlights Won a trademark action for the NFL against a number of 'rogue' website operators using trademark-infringing domain names selling counterfeit NFL products.

Acting for T-Mobile in a trademark claim against Aio Wireless, a subsidiary of AT&T, alleging the latter's use of the color magenta in its marketing infringes and dilutes the client's established magenta color trademark.

Notable practitioners  

Brendan O'Rourke cochairs the firm's litigation department, and is widely praised by market sources for his trademark and advertising work, as well as entertainment sector copyright litigation.

Significant clients Diageo, Lady Gaga, Major League Baseball, NFL, Reed Elsevier.

Labor & Employment - New York

What the team is known for A labor and employment powerhouse. Offers a comprehensive and versatile service bolstered by exceptional regional and national bench strength. Expertise in class action defense, with additional support in employee benefits, compensation and ERISA litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their depth of expertise is second to none. Their creativity, too - they've seen it all before, and typically they won't need to research something that someone else will."

"They're well-trained lawyers who can be both practical and thoughtful - for some cases you need someone more academic, in some cases a more practical solution, and they can fulfill both needs."

What's new? The group recently brought over Zachary Fasman, Erika Collins and Allan Bloom from Paul Hastings.

Work highlights Continues to represent the labor and employment requirements of numerous sporting entities, including the NFL, NBA and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), with particular emphasis on collective bargaining matters.

Supports Whole Foods Market on daily labor and employment HR, policy drafting and handbook needs.

Notable practitioners  

Described by interviewees as a "really good, go-to lawyer," Paul Salvatore maintains his substantial reputation for his work in mediation, arbitration and litigation. More recently, he has advised a number of big-name clients on large collective bargaining agreements, particularly in the construction and real estate spaces. Peers observe that he is a first port of call for clients looking for guidance in big cases.

Bettina Plevan is a distinguished practitioner with a vast base of trial experience across a number of industries, in issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to employee benefits. "She's a great strategist and a very nuanced thinker, so when you're working with her on something, you're getting someone who brings a higher level of thinking to a transaction. She's also a very tough advocate who represents you well. She's just a pleasure to work with on every level."  

Zachary Fasman is praised by sources for his "terrific" wealth of experience in traditional labor work, cutting-edge class action matters, sensitive litigation and general employment law and counseling. Sources describe him as "a very smart guy, who is interested in the development of law and is very collegial."

Joseph Baumgarten represents private and public employers in an extensive range of matters, including those falling within the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley, the NLRA and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Clients affirm that he is "very smart, careful, thoughtful and practical."

Howard Ganz maintains his dual labor and employment and sports concentrations, continuing his long history of serving as principal outside labor counsel to the NBA, and providing extensive support to Major League Baseball. He provides full-spectrum representation, counsel and litigation services for sport, financial, media and general trading entities.

Kathleen McKenna's practice runs the full scope of alternative dispute resolution, through negotiation and dispositive motions to extensive trial experience, particularly before juries. She brings her strategic acumen to bear on all manner of discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and breach of contract disputes.

Erika Collins focuses her advice on HR and global employment law matters for multinational employers. Her extensive experience in cross-border labor and employment issues includes corporate transaction-derived work, such as employee transition and international subsidiary due diligence within M&A contexts.

Labor management relations group co-head Bernard Plum concentrates his practice on bargaining, arbitration and strategic planning, on behalf of clients within the media and arts sectors, among others. One satisfied client asserts: "He is able to develop a strategy - honestly, forthrightly and believably - that maintains a union relationship without being nasty or acrimonious."

Allan Bloom is described by interviewees as "an excellent litigator." As well as maintaining his substantive litigation practice across a variety of industries, he frequently advises public, private and nonprofit companies on all manner of labor and employment issues.

Elise Bloom has expertise in wage and hour and discrimination-based collective action defense, as well as providing clients with more general labor and employment counsel. She is regarded by observers as a "phenomenal resource - someone who is willing to work with you to achieve your objective." 

Significant clients Sprint Nextel, McGraw-Hill, The New York Times Company, NYSE Euronext, Major League Baseball.

Latin American Investment - New York

What the team is known for Advises clients on capital markets and M&A transactions across the region, with a focus on the Brazilian market. Also has expertise on bank finance deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They get directly to the key points in such a way that they make it easy to structure the transaction. They are very experienced with regulations and with US investors."

"They provide an excellent quality of work. They have a deep knowledge and we recommend them because we are confident that they will give a high level of service."

"They are very senior lawyers who are very engaged and committed to the transaction."

Work highlights Acted for BTG Pactual in its acquisition of Regions Timberland for $3 billion.

Represented Pacific Rubiales Energy on a $100 million uncommitted credit facility from Bank of America and a first drawdown of $100 million.

Notable practitioners  

Carlos Martinez heads the Latin America practice group. He advised food and beverage company Cerveceria Costa Rica on the $235 million acquisition financing. Sources identify him as a lawyer who "understands the business imperatives."

Significant clients GSF Telecom, Banco Itaú, Banco GNB Sudameris, Queluz Securities, Crédit Agricole.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Highlighted for its ability to handle a range of white-collar criminal defense issues. Strong group of litigators with government experience and diverse expertise including FCPA, Libor investigations and fraud-related matters. Also noted for its respected commercial litigation expertise and ability to tackle complex securities disputes.

Work highlights Represented Columbia Utilities in a New York Attorney General investigation by the Consumer Frauds & Protection Bureau in connection with allegations of deceptive marketing strategies.

Successfully defended Wells Fargo Advisors in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals against fraudulent transfer claims linked to an alleged Ponzi scheme.

Notable practitioners  

"Great trial lawyer" Robert Cleary heads the white-collar group at Proskauer. He is a recognized leader in the New York market and has handled a variety of high-profile cases, drawing on extensive experience in international criminal defense work. Sources note that he is "a dogged investigator who fights passionately for his clients."

Bradley Ruskin has a solid commercial litigation practice with specific expertise in sports law disputes. Clients praise his abilities in court and highlight his "excellent strategic mind."

Dietrich Snell has a broad practice encompassing white-collar, civil enforcement and regulatory matters. He has significant prosecutorial experience having previously served as an Assistant US Attorney and New York Deputy Attorney General.

Significant clients JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Hewlett-Packard, NFL, Church & Dwight.

Media & Entertainment - New York

What the team is known for Provides expertise across the media and entertainment industries. Offers a wealth of experience in matters involving copyright law, breach of contract, First Amendment issues and false advertising, among others.

Work highlights Represented Madonna and related music industry entities against a copyright infringement claim.

Acted for Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement matter relating to her song 'Judas'.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Ortner is noted by clients as "one of the preeminent music lawyers in the whole world." In addition to music, his practice covers the gamut of media and entertainment industries, where he has expertise in copyright, defamation, privacy and contract disputes, among other areas.

Charles Sims is "a very good litigator" with a "fine reputation" in First Amendment and copyright matters. His clients include a number of high-profile broadcast and print media organizations.

Peers describe Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks as "a fine litigator and a good lawyer." She offers expertise in trademark and copyright infringement matters. Her capabilities also include transactional advice.

Significant clients National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Live Nation, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, The Premier League.

Real Estate - New York

What the team is known for Advises clients on a diverse array of real estate transactions including acquisitions and disposals, fund formation, financings and development matters. Additional expertise in leasing and taxation issues on behalf of clients including REITs, investment banks and real estate funds. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service is very good. They are very responsive and very knowledgeable about the industry."

"They are obviously highly competent and responsive." 

Work highlights Advised American Realty Capital Trust on its stock for stock merger into Realty Income, worth approximately $3 billion.

Acted for New York REIT Vornado Realty Trust in relation to a leasing and redevelopment agreement for the New York Marriott Marquis hotel's retail area.

Represented Accor in the sale of its United States Economy Hotels Division to a Blackstone affiliate for $1.9 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The "thorough and conscientious" Steven Lichtenfeld "knows the market well and is very responsive," according to clients. He was recently involved in the firm's representation of American Realty Capital Properties in its $2.2 billion merger with CapLease.

Practice cochair Ronald Sernau earns praise from sources for his "business-focused mind" and "great practical judgment." Clients describe him as a "very technically astute" real estate leasing practitioner.

"Great lawyer" David Weinberger is a frequent choice to advise institutional clients, private equity funds and hedge funds on the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans.

Peter Fass advised American Realty Capital Properties and American Realty Properties Trust III on their merger in a transaction valued at $2.95 billion. He is well known and highly respected for his representation of REITs on a variety of transactions.

Significant clients AIG Global Investment, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CBRE, Hines Interests, Fortress Investment.

Tax - New York

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Technology - New York

What the team is known for Fields attorneys with prior professional technology experience across various industries. A destination practice with broad expertise in an array of technology transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good industry knowledge and keep abreast of current trends."

Work highlights Advised the US Golf Association on the use and development of Android and Apple mobile applications.

Provides a range of technology services to The Eclipse Foundation, a nonprofit which supports the development of the Eclipse open source environment.

Notable practitioners  

Peers note that Jeffrey Neuburger has "a fantastic practice" and "a lot of industry knowledge in telecoms." His impressive roster of clients has included Time Warner Cable, Scholastic and the US Golf Association, and he is particularly renowned for his expertise in technology licensing matters.

Peers observe that Kristen Mathews "keeps up with this ever-changing area of law and is very quick on her feet." As head of the privacy and data security group, she brings broad experience to cutting-edge technology and outsourcing transactions.

Significant clients Time, Elsevier, Curex Technologies, Michael Kors, Loehmann's.