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Faegre Baker Daniels


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Corporate/M&A - Colorado

What the team is known for Represents private and public entities in the full range of M&A deals, including significant midmarket transactions. Expertise in fund work, financing, joint ventures and taxation, among other areas, on a domestic and international level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are great – responsive and always available, 24/7."

"The teamwork is good and very efficient."  

Work highlights Represented tw telecom in a $620 million loan and revolving credit facility and other high-value notes offerings.

Acted on behalf of Black Hills in relation to a $275 million term loan from JPMorgan Chase. 

Notable practitioners  

Sources view James Carroll as a "stalwart competitor" and a "very effective and good lawyer." He offers expertise in securities, M&A and corporate finance transactions on behalf of clients from a variety of industries.  

Douglas Wright is well versed in matters relating to corporate governance and securities offerings. Clients endorse him for his "strong technical skills and understanding of the markets."  

Significant clients Agrium, Boulder Brands, Century Casinos, Johnny Rockets International, Lighthouse Oil & Gas Holdings.

Intellectual Property - Colorado

What the team is known for Talented IP practice that maintains a strong reputation locally and nationally for patent filing, licensing, patent analysis, trademark and copyright infringement work. The team has specialist expertise relating to life sciences, software, telecommunications and electronics.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"Faegre Baker Daniels and its trademark and patent teams are outstanding and provide knowledgeable and efficient legal advice."

"The partner and other special counsel we routinely work with are well versed in addressing and providing approaches to matters that balance commercial realities with legal theories and strategies."

Work highlights Defending Netgear in three separate disputes with Ruckus Wireless relating to wireless routers and WiFi technology. The claims have been heard in the Northern District of California and Delaware.

Represented Pacific Bioscience Laboratories in a suit brought against competitor Nutra Luxe MD for false advertising and patent and trade dress infringement. Obtained a permanent injunction against the company and a $12 million jury verdict in the client's favor.

Notable practitioners  

Natalie Hanlon-Leh is recognized for her "breadth of knowledge," which covers patent, trademark and copyright issues. She is undoubtedly one of the leading attorneys in the space but is praised also as a "fantastic person." 

Scott Alter has a wealth of experience in the technology and software fields, which relate to his background in programming. He has recently been doing patent analysis on behalf of a hi-tech company.

The "terrific" Nina Wang handles a range of IP counseling and litigation. Her clients range from small startups to major companies.

Significant clients Amazon.com, Crocs, Mallfinder Network, NetApp, W.L. Gore & Associates.

Labor & Employment - Colorado

What the team is known for Denver-based practice noted among other things for its employment litigation, immigration and compliance work. Also provides management training on terminations and employment issues arising from corporate restructurings and acquisitions. 

Work highlights Acting on behalf of RMOMS in a large class action regarding overtime pay. Ex-employees allege they are due remuneration from the company. The case is pending but the firm was able to limit the number of plaintiffs from potentially hundreds to just five.

Represented Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group in relation to a wage dispute. The claim was filed by an employee whose employment was terminated. The firm defended the company against the claim, enforced a noncompete agreement and secured the return of employer property.

Notable practitioners  

Mary Will is praised by her contemporaries as an "excellent employment lawyer" who is "tenacious in defending and advocating for her clients." She handles an array of employment litigation, but is also strong in commercial disputes.

Elizabeth MacDonald has a wealth of experience in labor and employment matters and regularly defends clients against claims of race, gender, disability and age discrimination. She is experienced in class action suits. 

Significant clients Capella University, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, DaVita, Exempla Healthcare, IQNavigator.

Litigation - Colorado

What the team is known for Significant capabilities in employment litigation, commercial disputes, product liability and insurance cases. A broad network of offices provides support for clients with interests across the country.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A lot of good litigators, I think highly of them."  

Work highlights Represented Liberty Acquisitions in a class action over debt collection practices. The dispute concerns the jurisdiction over where claims are being heard. Plaintiffs argued for these to be litigated in district rather than county courts. The suit was successfully dismissed.

Defending Wells Fargo against an allegation of wrongdoing brought by Galena Street Fund. The claim stems from the fund's purchase of mortgage-backed securities, with $13 million in damages being sought.

Notable practitioners  

Contemporaries regard Michael McCarthy as a "superb opponent" and a "consummate professional." He is the lead litigator of the Colorado office and represents a broad range of clients in insurance, construction and securities cases, among others.  

Significant clients American Family Insurance, Colorado Rockies, FAPAInvest, RMOMS, Spectranetics.

Natural Resources - Colorado

What the team is known for Cutting-edge practice with expertise in a range of matters including environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, transactional work and litigation. Strong performance in CWA and CAA matters, and continuing excellence in project planning and impact assessments in connection with energy projects.

Work highlights Represented uranium producer Energy Fuels Resources in matters relating to the permitting and licensing of a proposed uranium and vanadium mill in Piñon Ridge. The firm successfully obtained and defended a license for the mill, the first uranium mill license to be granted in North America for 30 years.

Advised Agrium in relation to environmental compliance, transactional and cleanup issues.

Notable practitioners  

Linda Rockwood's "technical expertise is excellent," note market sources, who also point to her "deep policy knowledge of complex environmental programs." Rockwood heads the firm's environmental practice and handles a range of matters including permitting, compliance and enforcement actions.

James Spaanstra heads the energy and natural resources group. He recently led the team in its highly impressive work for Energy Fuel Resources regarding the permitting and licensing of a new uranium and vanadium mill.

Lynn Kornfeld focuses her practice on environmental compliance and transactional matters, often with respect to contaminated land issues.

Significant clients DCP Midstream, Mueller Industries, Syntex Agribusiness, US Bank, Xcel Energy.

Real Estate - Colorado

What the team is known for Strong reputation in the Colorado real estate market, handling a full range of transactional and financing matters in relation to office, retail, industrial and residential properties. Also noted for its presence in contentious and noncontentious construction matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are exceptionally professional and competent in their areas of practice. Top-notch."

"For client service, commercial awareness and general operations I would give them the highest rating possible." 

Work highlights Represented The Monroe Group in the redevelopment of a 188-unit complex. This involved procuring an equity investment and a $12 million public offering bond financing.

Acted for The Monroe Group on the drafting and negotiation of a design-build contract for a residential development in Glenwood Springs.

Notable practitioners  

Diane Davies is head of the firm's real estate group, and is classed as an attorney who "possesses the highest degree of professionalism, technical ability and awareness of client objectives." Areas of expertise include real estate titles, commercial lending, leasing and development.

The "very knowledgeable" David Arkell is recognized for his capabilities in contentious and noncontentious construction matters.

Charles Calvin offers a transactional real estate practice with a focus on financing and commercial projects. One interviewee attests: "He is able to come up with practical solutions and he is results-oriented."

Leslie Fields is well versed in eminent domain matters, where she represents both private and public sector clients. She is also noted for her capabilities in contentious real estate matters.

Significant clients Agrium, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Sinclair Oil, Xcel Energy.

Corporate/M&A - Indiana

What the team is known for Provides a full service to domestic and international private and public clients in relation to their corporate needs. The firm has been particularly active of late in life sciences, healthcare and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very responsive, and we formed a good partnership with them. They have never steered us wrong." 

Work highlights Acted for First Internet Bancorp on its listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

Represented Simon Property Group in connection with its public offering of 5.8 million stock shares.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, Daniel Boeglin is "extremely experienced and great when working through issues and negotiating a deal." He specializes in acting on corporate matters for clients in the life sciences sector.

Jeffrey Brown is held in high regard by commentators for his deep experience in the field. He remains a notable presence in the market and focuses on corporate transactions and related financing.

Patrick Cross concentrates his practice on M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance. He frequently acts for clients in the healthcare and life sciences space.

David Worrell's clients benefit from his extensive experience in corporate law. He acts and advises on corporate governance matters, securities and corporate transactions.

Robert Wynne has a solid reputation in the market. He has broad experience in corporate law matters but is often seen representing financial institutions and borrowers.

Trevor Belden is "excellent in negotiating complex legal issues with the other side so that you can streamline the process," according to clients. He has a wide-reaching practice, and his work includes advising on corporate finance and M&A.

Significant clients Zimmer Holdings, Circle K Stores, Interactive Intelligence, IU Health, WellPoint.

Labor & Employment - Indiana

What the team is known for Offers a wide range of service to clients in labor and employment matters, including compliance, training, litigation and labor relations. Clients benefit from the team's ability to draw upon resources from offices across the country.

Work highlights Acted for Indiana Limestone Company in contract negotiations, which also involved a three-month strike.

Assisted Bristol Compressors on a range of labor and employment matters that arose during a restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Well-respected Ellen Boshkoff is an "active and accomplished litigator," according to sources. She is particularly acclaimed for her work defending employers in class action lawsuits.

David Given has wide expertise in labor and employment matters. Clients also benefit from his extensive commercial litigation experience.

Gregory Dale is a well-known practitioner in the field who is described as "a leading expert on occupational safety." He recently represented Colorcon in OSHA defense and compliance matters.

Longstanding practitioner Hudnall Pfeiffer is most known for his traditional labor law practice. He also represents clients in litigation and provides strategic advice and planning to employers. 

Gregory Utken enjoys an excellent reputation in the labor and employment field. He has recently been acting as lead counsel for Harsco on labor relation issues. 

A new entrant to the tables this year, Stuart Buttrick heads the labor management relations team. He represents employer clients in negotiations, litigation and arbitrations. 

John Neighbours has a wealth of experience in a wide range of labor and employment matters. He counsels employers and represents them in negotiations and litigation. 

Significant clients Cummins, hhgregg, Zimmer, Indianapolis Public Schools, Masterbrand Cabinets.

Litigation - Indiana

What the team is known for Large and expert team with an excellent reputation in the marketplace. Boasts a wide offering to clients in litigation in areas including business tort, employment law, corporate governance, securities, antitrust and intellectual property.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They take the time to become experts in their specific fields."

"Very good at working collaboratively with in-house counsel and they've got a very high level of service and professionalism."

"Thorough, very persuasive and responsive." 

Work highlights Represented Alva Electric Company and several other construction companies in an appeal relating to the financing of a school construction venture.

Acted for Midwest Poultry Services on a substantial class action federal court case involving several allegations, including the increase of prices by restricting supply of shell egg and egg products.

Notable practitioners  

Well-respected David Herzog heads the firm's business litigation group and offers impressively wide-ranging expertise in the space. He recently acted on a substantial and highly publicized case on behalf of Marsh Supermarkets, involving fraud and misconduct on the part of the former CEO.

Appellate lawyer Jon Laramore maintains a solid reputation for being "very careful and very controlled," and "an outstanding advocate." He acted for IU Health on a class action involving the hospital's billing practices.

Established practitioner Chris Scanlon offers broad expertise in commercial litigation. He has substantial expertise in areas such as contracts, tort, insurance, securities, environmental law and product liability.

Highly respected Jay Yeager has longstanding experience as a talented litigator and trial attorney. His areas of expertise include contract law, aviation disputes, fraud and corporate governance.

Robert Stanley is professional responsibility counsel to the firm, but continues to be renowned for his wealth of experience in complex civil litigation and private arbitrations.

Significant clients Eli Lilly, Duke Energy Indiana, Zimmer, Target.

Real Estate - Indiana

What the team is known for A large team of talented attorneys that maintains an excellent reputation in Indiana for providing a full service on real estate matters. Regularly represents a whole host of clients, including developers, contractors, financial institutions, builders and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I'll ask for a legal opinion and I'll get some pretty meaningful business advice back too."

"They're very responsive and their comments are very thorough and very well thought-out."

Notable practitioners  

Mary Lisher is characterized by clients as "thoughtful, thorough, and someone who takes a holistic approach." She has a wealth of experience in real estate matters and is particularly noted for her leasing work.

Joseph Scimia is praised as a strong practitioner who acts for a variety of stakeholders on real estate matters relating to retail, residential, commercial or industrial property. He maintains a broad-based practice in this space.

Corporate/M&A - Iowa

What the team is known for Draws on its wider network of offices to serve corporate clients on a local, national and international level. Acts for energy, insurance, food and agricultural businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The advice has been very good; it has been validated by the results we have received."

"They are very responsive; they always get back to you and follow through."

Work highlights Represented Archer Daniels Midland in two rounds of disaster bond issuances through the Iowa Finance Authority and the Indiana Finance Authority, respectively. The total value of the issuances was $99 million. 

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Anderson is highly recommended by clients as a practitioner who is "very responsive and well connected as well as giving high-quality advice." He led the team assisting Archer Daniels Midland with two separate disaster bond financings.

"Outstanding attorney" Michael Abbott receives plaudits for his "pragmatic approach; he really understands it from a business perspective." A recent matter highlight includes his representation of NASCAR in its acquisition of the Iowa Speedway. 

Adam Hertzke impresses interviewees with his dedicated client service and diligent working attitude. Sources say: "He is very good and very timely. If you ask him for something one afternoon, you get it in the same afternoon." 

Significant clients Cargill, Koch Industries/Flint Hills Resources, Principal Financial Group, Valero Renewable Fuels, Wells Fargo.

Labor & Employment - Iowa

What the team is known for Maintains four key areas of focus in its employment practice, including litigation, immigration, labor management relations and training/compliance. Serves an active client portfolio of large-scale corporations and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very knowledgeable, detail-oriented and very strategic in their thinking.""The advice is logical and we have had positive results." 

What's new? Karin Johnson was appointed partner. She specializes in defending employers.

Work highlights Advised Target Corporation in a complaint made to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission alleging breaches of the Iowa Civil Rights Act and ADEA.

Represented Principal Life Insurance in an age discrimination suit filed by a former employee whose employment was terminated as a result of workforce reduction.

Notable practitioners

Michael Giudicessi defended Wells Fargo against various claims brought by the employee of a contracted vendor. Interviewees enthuse that he is "a tremendous litigator who is very client-oriented and very easy to work with."

Significant clients Des Moines Register & Tribune Company/Gannett, Principal Life Insurance, US Bank.

Litigation - Iowa

What the team is known for Recognized for its capabilities in Iowa, drawing on the firm's comprehensive network of offices to handle high-value claims. Solid experience in financial services and securities-related disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I found them to be technically excellent. Their demeanor in the courtroom was phenomenal."

"They really merge the business strategy with legal strategy to offer a practical proactive approach. I have a lot of trust in them."

Work highlights Defended Wells Fargo in the Superior Court of California in a $35 million action initiated by HP Debt Exchange alleging breach of contract and failure to provide appropriate documentation regarding loans sold by the bank.

Defended Piper Jaffray and Roth Capital Partners in a class action brought on behalf of purchasers of securities in connection with Duoyuan Printing's IPO.

Notable practitioners 

"Brilliant litigator" Jacob Bylund recently advised IronPlanet as plaintiffs against Ritchie Bros Auctioneers in a breach of contract action. Sources say: "He understands people and the law, and brings the two together in a really successful combination."

Kim Walker earns commendation for "adding value where it is most required." He is known for representing clients from the food and agriculture sector. Among other highlights, he defended Iowa Realty in business tort claims brought by Golden Circle.

Terri Combs is "very adept at achieving practical solutions for clients facing litigation risk." She recently acted for Piper Jaffray and Roth Capital Partners in a $40 million securities class action relating to the Duoyuan Printing IPO.

Jesse Linebaugh handles financial service and noncompete litigation for an impressive roster of clients, including Wells Fargo Bank and the MPS Group. An impressed interviewee remarks: "Jesse is a tenacious litigator. He has obtained cost-effective settlements in numerous investment loss cases."

Significant clients Agrium, Allianz Life Insurance, Cargill, Hormel Foods, Iowa Realty.

Construction - Minnesota

What the team is known for Strong contentious and non-contentious team. Assists clients with matters ranging from contract drafting right through to litigation or mediation. Significant experience representing owners and contractors.

Work highlights Continues to act for 11 transmission-owning utilities on their $3.1 billion joint venture, CapX2020, to expand the transmission grid in several Midwestern states via the construction of high-voltage power lines.

Acted for long-term client Opus Group on the drafting and negotiation of various projects, including a $100 million 26-story mixed-use apartment tower and office complex in downtown Minneapolis.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick O'Connor is seen by peers as "one of the superheroes of construction." His largely contentious practice also includes a significant amount of arbitration work.

Peter Halls is a transactional lawyer who is best known for his work on renewable energy projects across the country.

Litigator James Hartnett's construction practice spans the entire country. He has recently been involved in a lawsuit against several contractors in connection with fraud.

Michael Lapicola is an esteemed counselor and litigation expert. He has been involved in the firm's work for Essar Construction in relation to the contracts of a significant $1.6 billion project that will be Minnesota's first integrated mining and steel-making facility. 

Bernard Nodzon focuses primarily on negotiating deals for his clients. He has had an exceptional year, best reflected by his heavy involvement in the CapX2020 joint venture.

Significant clients M.A. Mortenson Company, Xcel Energy, Target.

Corporate/M&A - Minnesota

What the team is known for Focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional work. Particularly strong public debt practice as part of a large national and international network.

Work highlights Acted for longstanding client Wells Fargo on all of its recent public debt offerings, which totaled approximately $19.5 billion. 

Represented Target in its recent public debt offerings, including a two-part tender offer for a multiple series of debt securities worth approximately $1.4 billion.

Worked with Robert W. Baird on its underwriting of California Water Service's common stock offering, worth over $110 million.

Notable practitioners  

"Astute and capable transaction attorney" Bruce Engler heads the firm's M&A practice and has a huge amount of experience gained from working on a vast range of deals. Clients say he is "a very business-oriented lawyer who focuses on the deal, and how to effectively get it done quickly."

Morgan Burns maintains a broad practice encompassing M&A transactions, private company financings and direct secondary transactions. He is "very knowledgeable and experienced" and clients praise his responsiveness, noting that "he always seems to be on call and thus available."

Michael Stanchfield is best known for his work on corporate governance matters, of which "he has an incredible understanding." Commentators also note that he "is incredibly results-oriented and gives very sound advice."

Steven Kennedy is a "strong corporate lawyer who fights hard for his clients." He is an expert on corporate governance matters and securities law and acts for a wide range of both public and private companies.

Amy Seidel assists clients with corporate governance, securities and executive compensation matters, and clients say that "she has an incredible breadth of knowledge in all of those areas." She is also "incredibly easy to work with" and has "excellent judgment," while clients particularly praise her "practical and results-oriented" approach.

Significant clients HB Fuller, CH Robinson, 3M, Fair Isaac.

Intellectual Property - Minnesota

What the team is known for National litigation practice that helps clients with patent and trademark infringement matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide a really personalized service that is excellent value. They are diligent and creative, but also remain firmly grounded in reality. Dealing with them is more of a partnership: they listen to us and help guide us."

"The quality of their work is very high. They have top-level lawyers and provide excellent service."

"A comprehensive IP practice that is strong in all areas." 

Work highlights Defended Thomson Reuters in a five-year patent infringement case brought by an Australian legal publishing company. The case was heard in the Federal Court where a summary judgment of non-infringement was found.

Continues to defend medical device company Zimmer in a patent infringement case for six patents that are connected with knee implants.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Liebman is a litigator who concentrates his practice on the medical technology industry, primarily in patent litigation. He leads the firm's defense of Zimmer in a six-patent infringement case being heard in Delaware.

Significant clients 3M, Seagate, Coloplast, Donaldson.

Labor & Employment - Minnesota

What the team is known for Offers particular expertise in immigration issues, particularly involving US employment-based visa petitions. Able to handle the full spectrum of labor and employment issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I'm always impressed with the quality of the work as well as how timely they are, and by the fact that I can all up any lawyer at any time and get great, succinct advice."

"I would say that the lawyers there are fantastic."

Work highlights Represented W.L. Gore & Associates in a sophisticated trade secret and noncompete trial in the Chancery Court in Delaware.

Continues to work closely with 3M's in-house team on a variety of issues, including its business acquisition strategy and related personnel retention and employee provisions.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Knapp is a highly regarded litigator who frequently travels across the country to litigate on behalf of his clients. He is praised for his "excellent analysis" and is able to "spot all the issues and propose appropriate strategies."

Kathlyn Noecker is a non-contentious employment lawyer who counsels clients on long-term strategies. Her broad client base includes both private and public clients, as well as non-profit organizations.

Significant clients Boston Scientific, Kingdom of Norway, Target.

Litigation - Minnesota

What the team is known for Litigates around the country across the full spectrum of contentious issues. Particularly highly regarded for its work in the financial sector. 

Work highlights Continues to represent approximately 2,000 fishermen who have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm helped secure $2.3 billion in damages from BP for all the commercial fishermen.

Defended Northern States Power against a breach of contract claim worth approximately $400 million, brought by enXco.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Webber is an "absolutely gifted litigator and trial lawyer" who has a "huge well of experience." His practice is largely focused in the financial area, but has also recently included some breach of contract work. According to clients, "he comes across with such a degree of likeability and credibility that juries like and trust him."

Aaron Van Oort is a widely admired appellate lawyer who has recently been involved in high-profile class action lawsuits on behalf of major clients.

James Volling is a widely respected commercial litigator. He has of late been concentrating his practice on white-collar criminal work and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Randall Kahnke is widely respected as "an extremely strong complex commercial litigator" who has recently handled a number of trade secrets disputes. He is praised for his "excellent analysis" and for his ability to "spot all the issues and propose appropriate strategies."

Wendy Wildung has developed a strong reputation for representing directors at public companies for a variety of different issues, including securities, derivatives suits and regulatory matters.

Significant clients Cargill, 3M, Honeywell, Thomson Reuters, Novartis.

Real Estate - Minnesota

What the team is known for Highly respected for representing all parties involved in transactions, and for handling a broad range of real estate developments, including restaurant, office and multi-family properties.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very high-quality work, significant expertise at reasonable rates, dedication to client service and positive outcomes."

Work highlights Worked closely with Minneapolis-based Ordway Center on its state bond financing for the creation of a new Chamber Orchestra performance hall.

Advised non-metallic mining company Unimin on permitting and environmental review issues relating to a 1000-acre mining expansion for an industrial sand mine and separate processing facility.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Ferrell "really stands out" for his work in commercial real estate matters. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate, but is perhaps best known for his office development work.

John Wheaton also maintains a broad commercial real estate practice, and is respected for his work in development. He also has substantial experience working with distressed real estate projects.

Angela Christy is best known for handling tax credit projects on Indian land, where she represents developers. She also assists clients with federal programs including public housing funds and new markets tax credits.

Scott Anderegg helps clients with a variety of real estate matters, including purchasing, selling and development matters. Clients say: "He is exceptional because he cuts through the complexity to come up with a common-sense solution that meets our business needs."

Peter Berrie specializes in tax credit work. He was part of the firm's team to help the Ordway Center with a new market tax credits transaction as part of its financing towards the creation of a new Chamber Orchestra performance venue.

Significant clients Target, Cargill, Aeon, US Bank.

Food & Beverages - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Minneapolis, Des Moines, Denver, Boulder, South Bend, Indianapolis, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Fort Wayne and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Provides an integrated service, housing attorneys who are well versed in both food litigation and regulation. Has a particularly strong track record in advising and defending clients on outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. Represents an array of national and international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a strong team that's multifaceted and they really make you feel comfortable as a client when you're relying on their advice."

"It's been great: They're a very good team, very responsive, very thoughtful and very good with strategy."

"They're really responsive to that fact that we are not lawyers, we can have a really good dialogue and they can help me understand the legal issues." 

Work highlights Acted for Campbell Soup Company subsidiary Pepperidge Farm, defending against two class action suits concerning the company's allegedly fraudulent labeling of its Goldfish crackers as 'natural.'

Represented Whole Foods Market in multiple litigation brought by consumers who allegedly suffered serious injury following the consumption of contaminated Italian cheese products.

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" Steve Toeniskoetter is "really on top of the cases," and is highly appreciated by sources for his thoroughness. His experience includes both food litigation and regulatory matters.

Department head Sarah Brew is "very knowledgeable in the area of food law and knows a lot about the US regulations." Sources also note that "she's well connected in the industry," and find her very responsive. She acted as lead counsel on lawsuits concerning an alleged outbreak of Listeria on behalf of Whole Foods Market.

Significant clients Hormel Foods, Cargill, Muller Quaker Dairy, Dole Foods, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

Franchising - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Minneapolis and Denver. 

What the team is known for Broad practice offering franchisors expertise in both transactional and contentious franchising issues. Its nationwide and international client base benefits from its extensive multijurisdictional experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Highly competent and very responsive. They understand our business."

"Very good at handling all aspects of franchising from initial agreements to the occasional dispute."

Work highlights Acted for Jani-King International on three separate class actions, and one multiplaintiff action, brought by franchisees.

Advised International Dairy Queen on a number of matters, including brand expansion counseling and litigation in the USA and China.

Notable practitioners  

William Killion focuses on contentious franchise work and recently counseled for the defense in connection with class and multiplaintiff action brought by franchisees of Jani-King International. Sources praise his "ability to think and speak on his feet," and his "great analysis of the circumstances."

Kerry Bundy wins plaudits from clients as "an excellent litigator who understands how our company operates, and gears our approaches to litigious matters accordingly." She played a lead role for Jani-King International in connection with actions brought by franchisees.

Brian Schnell serves as the firm's head of franchising and distribution. He wins high praise for his clear and straightforward counseling style. Clients "really value his knowledge of other companies and countries to bring us tighter agreements and greater marketability."

Jeffrey Brimer is recognized for his technical skills in this area. Clients laud "his ability to balance the law with logic and normal business practice," adding that he "steps back to allow us to make the decision that's right for us." 

Kevin Hein is a partner in the firm's Denver office. Sources commend him as a solid transactional lawyer in domestic franchising. He recently advised Johnny Rockets Licensing in connection with a sale.

Significant clients Buffalo Wild Wings, Choice Hotels International, TMC Franchise, BrightStar Franchising, Menchie’s Group.

Native American Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Minneapolis.

What the team is known for Acting for both tribes and their business partners, with a distinguished practice advising on financings for projects on tribal land.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the capacity to provide expertise in many complex areas and apply that to the particularities of Indian law."

"They are very user-friendly and cooperative to work with."

Work highlights Assisted the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe with the negotiation and drafting of a gaming contract with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Acted for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community on the negotiation of $165 million of loans to various tribes.

Notable practitioners  

Kent Richey is praised for his "solution-oriented" attitude and for his determined approach to reaching his clients' objectives. He is a leading expert on tribal finance issues and the complexities of working with tribes.

The "excellent" Aaron Harkins continues to develop his well-regarded Indian finance practice acting for both tribes and non-tribal businesses.

Significant clients Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo.

Product Liability & Mass Torts - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Indianapolis and Minneapolis.

What the team is known for Key Midwest firm with notable strength in the pharmaceuticals and agriculture sectors, among others. Acts for an impressive portfolio of major institutional clients in significant product liability litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They bring an ability to capture our position in a simplified powerful manner. They simplify our message."

"They are very good at gauging the level of involvement the client wants and needs, and make it a real partnership."

Work highlights Acted for Crop Production Services in litigation regarding its use of pesticides and fertilizers in crop production as well as other aspects of the client's agricultural practice.

Represented Novartis in the Aredia and Zometa litigation, acting as trial counsel in a number of jury trials.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Price is lauded as being "extremely experienced" in product liability. In addition to his recent work on litigation for Novartis, he also represented Pharmavite in a consumer fraud action.

Significant clients Cargill, Pharmavite, Praxair, Hormel Foods, Breathable Baby.