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WilmerHale - Washington, DC
  • 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel:+1 202 663 6000
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Firm Overview:
WilmerHale offers legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of its clients. The firm practices at the top of the legal profession and offers a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables it to handle deals and cases of any size and complexity. Today, businesses face greater scrutiny and more ‘bet the company’ issues than ever before. With a practice unsurpassed in depth and scope, WimerHale has the ability to anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the case resolved or the deal done–and the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone.

Main Areas of Practice:  

WilmerHale’s Litigation/Controversy Department has a strong record of success. Its trial team tried 17 cases, achieving victories in 12 and settling two favorably during trial, with three decisions pending. The firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Group secured headline-making US Supreme Court victories in matters ranging from biotech patents to First Amendment rights and marriage equality, and participated in a total of 41 arguments in 14 different state and federal appellate courts. WilmerHale’s premier International Arbitration Practice managed a portfolio of more than 80 active arbitrations in international venues, with claims totaling more than $85 billion, and obtained a series of significant wins.
Contact: Howard M Shapiro
Tel: 202 663 6606
Email: howard.shapiro@wilmerhale.com

Intellectual Property:
The technical, scientific and core intellectual property experience of the firm’s IP lawyers was vital to its success in 2013. WilmerHale’s IP Department cemented its leading position among general practice firms in the emerging area of post-grant proceedings, which represent one of the most significant changes to the US patent system since 1952. The firm filed 29 requests for inter partes review with the USPTO as well as six covered business method petitions for financial institutions. WilmerHale continued to work across disciplines to support the firm’s IP litigation, corporate, emerging company and financial technology clients with key IP advice, including pre-litigation and patent analysis for major clients engaged in high-profile patent litigation. The firm’s patent prosecution practice grew, as it filed nearly 25% more patent applications and obtained 33% more patents than in 2012. The firm strengthened the critical nexus between its thriving US and European trademark practices, collaborating on complex cross-border matters, and provided sophisticated IP advice to clients in China, Japan and Singapore in areas ranging from molecular biology to geophysics.
Contact: Donald R Steinberg
Tel: 617 526 6453
Email: don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com

Regulatory & Government Affairs:
In 2013, the firm expanded its capabilities in the areas of energy, lobbying and FDA regulation, boosting its capacity to assist clients with their most sophisticated legislative and policy matters. WilmerHale continued its work on behalf of several of the world’s largest global financial institutions addressing congressional and other regulatory inquiries. The firm’s lawyers helped clients in the United States and Europe respond to civil and criminal antitrust probes in the automotive, shipping, financial, rail, natural gas and other industries, and assisted leading companies with merger clearance filings for major acquisitions. They advised many clients on privacy law and cybersecurity, both in the United States and Europe. An increasing number of clients turned to WilmerHale for representation in cases before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, sought the firm’s help in navigating the regulatory approval process for clean energy projects, and relied on its assistance with compliance and enforcement matters involving US economic sanctions, export controls and trade policy.
Contact: Randolph D Moss
Tel: 202 663 6640
Email: randolph.moss@wilmerhale.com

The firm’s securities lawyers represented clients in sensitive litigation and significant government inquiries relating to accounting and disclosure issues, M&A litigation, securities class action lawsuits and futures enforcement matters. While many of its successes in 2013 came from convincing the government to close investigations without action, the firm also litigated a number of matters and prevailed against the SEC in each case. Wilmerhale boosted its trial capabilities and its futures and derivatives experience to help its clients meet the pressures of this period of unparalleled regulatory change in the financial markets.
Contact: William R McLucas
Tel: 202 663 6622
Email: william.mclucas@wilmerhale.com

WilmerHale continues to maintain its focus on the technology, life sciences and financial services sectors, and strengthen its capabilities in disclosure and corporate finance, venture capital and emerging company representation. In each of these areas, all of the firm’s Transactional practice groups – Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring, Corporate, Labor and Employment, Real Estate and Tax – play a significant role. In 2013, the firm added more than 300 emerging technology companies to its client list, and worked on more than 150 financings for companies on the cutting edge of developments in mobile technology, robotics, cybersecurity, digital media, software and clean technology, with leading tech investors. WilmerHale’s Life Sciences Practice earned accolades, as it worked with more than 175 private and public life sciences companies, serving as counsel on seven IPOs in this industry and handling acquisitions and technology transfers with an aggregate value of approximately $7 billion. The firm provided sophisticated advice to financial institutions on the most complex transactions, financial restructurings and related litigation.
Contact: Steven D Singer
Tel: 212 295 6307
Email: steven.singer@wilmerhale.com


  • 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel +1 202 663 6000
  • Fax +1 202 663 6363
  • Website : www.wilmerhale.com
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Corporate/M&A - California

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.

Intellectual Property - California

What the team is known for Fine patent litigation team that enjoys an excellent track record for work on behalf of a number of high-profile technology companies, including those in the biotech, life sciences and medical device space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A strong group, with a number of very capable lawyers."

Work highlights Facilitated a complete victory for client MediaTek in a patent infringement action brought by FreeScale Semiconductor at the ITC. The patent at issue covered bus termination circuitry.

Notable practitioners

Mark Selwyn is cochair of the firm's IP litigation practice group. His peers praise his dedication, with one noting: "He is one of the hardest-working practitioners around."

Significant clients Broadcom, View, Palm, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Pfizer.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Advises on a broad spectrum of antitrust work, with notable capabilities in cartels and criminal investigations, as well as merger clearance. Experience advising clients across a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, energy and manufacturing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very well-rounded and exceptional practice." 

"Smart, thoughtful lawyers with a good understanding of the industry."

Work highlights Acted for Chesapeake Energy in a cartel investigation and associated litigation in the oil and gas market.

Represented Cephalon in defense of a suit brought by the FTC, as well as private litigation, relating to alleged antitrust violations concerning the drug Provigil.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Mueller is "extremely good with clients" and "does a masterful job" of guiding them through antitrust matters, sources say. His primary focus is cartel matters, and he recently advised Chesapeake Energy in an investigation and associated litigation.

Leon Greenfield is "doing really smart work," according to sources, who note his ability to work on sophisticated antitrust cases. He undertakes the full range of antitrust matters, from mergers to civil and criminal litigation.

Steven Cherry is a "serious player in the cartel world" and "an excellent litigator." He recently acted for Japanese firm DENSO in the autoparts investigation, which saw DENSO enter a favorable plea agreement with the DOJ.

James Lowe is noted as a "savvy merger lawyer who really understands the government agencies." His primary expertise is antitrust merger clearance, and he led the firm's representation of International Paper in its merger with Temple-Inland.

Significant clients Archer Daniels Midland, BAE Systems, Intel, Kohlberg, Philips.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

What the team is known for National practice that handles bankruptcy litigation and appeals. Represents creditors and financial institutions in home mortgage-related bankruptcy cases and defends insurance companies in relation to asbestos bankruptcy liabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're just terrific in this space. Very responsive and thoughtful."

Work highlights National counsel for Bank of America concerning mortgage loans to individuals filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Helped in negotiations over the national mortgage settlement and its relation to personal bankruptcies on behalf of its client.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Goldblatt focuses on bankruptcy litigation, working with creditors and financial institutions. Clients say that on "technical issues Craig does a super job of explaining matters to the board and business folks." He recently led the Chapter 13 work for Bank of America in matters concerning borrower bankruptcies that affect mortgage loans.

Significant clients The Hartford, Intel, Michigan State Housing Department Authority.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Handles a range of M&A and corporate matters for local and national clients. Particularly known for regulatory expertise relating to transactions.

What's new? Meredith Cross, Lillian Brown and Jennifer Zeprakla join from the SEC.

Work highlights Acted for Booz Allen Hamilton on its approximately $154 million acquisition of ARINC's Defense Systems Engineering & Support division.

Advised Direct Edge on its merger with the BATS Global Markets stock exchange.

Notable practitioners Stephanie Evans is a "very tenacious and very good" corporate attorney, according to peers, with a focus on the financial services, defense and technology industries. She recently acted for Educational Testing Service in connection with the sale of its Scholarship & Recognition Programs business to International Scholarship & Tuition Services.

Significant clients Sallie Mae, Smiths Group, BAE Systems, Genpact, Transportation Management Services.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Renowned for its broad and well-honed intellectual property offering, which includes litigation advice relating to patents, trademarks and copyright. The team is also highly regarded for its patent prosecution and USPTO work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A name in patent prosecution."

"They have some very good people in DC."  

Work highlights Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of Pfizer in a patent infringement suit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and Sun Pharmaceuticals regarding the latters' 'at-risk' launches of an acid-reflux drug.

Acted for AbbVie in a patent infringement suit launched by PSN Illinois with regard to three patents concerning the shingosine-1 phosphate-2 receptor.

Notable practitioners  

Amy Wigmore is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Baxter International, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec, Intel, Research In Motion.

Litigation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Broad, deeply skilled group active across civil and criminal litigation, with one of the nation's premier appellate groups. A one-stop litigation shop for clients, who use the firm for securities, IP and commercial litigation, as well as government investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are brilliant lawyers who are very thorough and very focused on meeting the client's needs."

"The firm has good leadership and a great understanding of our industry."

Work highlights Represented Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a $500 million claim brought by RSM under RICO.

Acted for the American Psychological Association on achieving the dismissal of a putative multimillion-dollar class action concerning the payment of members' annual dues.

Successfully achieved dismissal of all charges against David Ard of Stryker Biotech in the prosecution of a high-profile criminal conspiracy.

Notable practitioners  

Howard Shapiro is the chair of the litigation and controversy department and brings years of experience to his white-collar criminal defense cases. He is particularly praised for his "enthusiasm and passion to succeed."

The highly regarded David Ogden took the lead in securing the dismissal of a $50 million class action brought against American Psychological Association. 

Significant clients Parametric Technology Corporation, BAE Systems.

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Recognized strength in a broad range of matters, including First Amendment litigation, Freedom of Information Act cases, and regulatory compliance and enforcement matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent service - it's at the high end of Washington firms which is really saying something. They're very responsive, very fast."

Work highlights Acting for a coalition of high-profile news organizations in connection with First Amendment rights to closed court proceedings and sealed court records relating to the criminal prosecution of Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted of murdering an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Carome is singled out for his strong litigation skills in the media sector and his wealth of experience. Sources attest that he is "good in court and really passionate about media work. He is really committed to free speech and what news organizations do."

Significant clients Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Craigslist, Monumental Ticketing, Verizon, Washington Sports and Entertainment. 

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong regulatory practice, handling a broad range of FCC-related matters and litigation. Has significant expertise in a vast range of issues including privacy and data security, media law and telecommunications developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their work is always very good. They turn things around quickly, the research is complete and thorough, and the writing is clear, precise and persuasive."

"They've always had very smart people." 

Work highlights Advising AT&T in relation to the FCC's spectrum incentive auction, designed to free up spectrum for mobile broadband.

Represented Verizon in an appeal against the FCC's final net neutrality rules, raising issues about the FCC's jurisdiction over broadband services and the internet.

Notable practitioners

Clients declare that Samir Jain is "very knowledgeable, personable and a fine lawyer." He has expertise in privacy and internet law and advises communications clients on a broad range of issues.

Regulatory communications expert Heather Zachary receives sound praise from clients, with one asserting: "She is an excellent writer and a clear thinker," further explaining that "she is a quick study, and if we drop something on her in the last minute she'll turn it around."  

Significant clients CenturyLink, Comcast, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, DISH Network, Windstream.

Antitrust - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Continues to win plaudits for the strength of its antitrust practice, particularly in areas which intersect with intellectual property. Acts in a range of antitrust litigation and also counsels major clients on a variety of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are an outstanding firm." 

Work highlights Acted for Cephalon in a case brought by the FTC, and related class action suits, relating to the settlement of a patent litigation concerning the drug Provigil.

Represented Outokumpu in a direct and indirect purchaser class action concerning the alleged price-fixing of copper tubing.

Notable practitioners  

James Burling is described as "one of the leading veterans of the Boston antitrust Bar," with some 34 years at the firm working in the area. He led WilmerHale's representation of Cephalon in its various cases with the FTC and putative classes related to the drug Provigil.

Michelle Miller is an experienced hand in antitrust, noted by sources as "very skillful and very intelligent." She is particularly recognized for her work in IP and hi-tech-related matters.

Significant clients Cephalon, The Boston Consulting Group, National Public Radio, SkillSoft, Analog Devices.

Banking & Finance - Massachusetts

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 - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Healthy national practice with particular strength in bankruptcy litigation on both a domestic and international basis. Broad range of experience handling reorganization and workout concerns for debtors and creditors across a range of sectors including financial institutions and technology companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One thing they do exceptionally well is that they have a very integrated approach."

"They're just terrific in this space."  

Work highlights Acted for Intel relating to the bankruptcy of ADI Shuttle Group, its corporate jet service provider.

Advised an ad hoc group of noteholders of Avaya relating to the exchange of $1.5 billion in unsecured notes for new senior secured notes.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the firm's national bankruptcy practice John Sigel is acclaimed for his expertise in financings. One client praised his commerciality and communication skills, saying he is "great at giving me the breakdown of the information that I need in digestible chunks."

The "absolutely wonderful" Dennis Jenkins handles financial restructuring matters. Clients admire his "availability, flexibility and understanding," and also note that he is "proactive in his follow-up and communications."

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Has an outstanding reputation for the breadth and quality of its expertise, with particular strength in capital markets and venture capital, securities governance and strategic elements of M&A work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I like that they have a team approach and a holistic approach to a company - so they consider all the ramifications of all the work they are doing." 

"They are willing to be creative in terms of billing, to show that they should be part of their clients' successes."

Work highlights Acted for SS&C Technologies in its $900 million acquisition of GlobeOp Financial Services. This complicated cross-border deal saw the team successfully negotiate the requirements both of Luxembourg law and UK Takeover Panel rules.

Represented Epizyme in its IPO of common stock valued at $88.7 million in an offer that has proven to be significant in the life sciences space.

Notable practitioners  

Corporate practice group chair Mark Borden has over three decades of experience and focuses on securities law, acquisitions and corporate finance. His elicits particular praise for his ability to get a deal done. His clients include State Street Corporation.

David Redlick is cochair of the firm's life sciences group, and focuses primarily on securities and corporate law. He is described by clients as a "great strategist who certainly knows the law well and is exceptionally bright." 

The "fantastic" Jay Bothwick's practice centers on M&A work, as well as dealing with corporate finance and venture capital. Sources describe him as a "very accomplished lawyer" with "a lot of common sense" and "really easy to work with."

Hal Leibowitz's practice is focused on the life sciences, technology and services spheres, and emphasizes public company counseling and M&A work. Clients refer positively to his advice being "based on what the company needs." His clients include Palomar Medical Technologies and Progress Software. 

David Westenberg is praised by sources as a "very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer." He has built an impressive reputation for his expertise in IPOs and general corporate governance.

Jonathan Wolfman maintains a broad practice that includes advising public companies on governance and compensation issues, as well as representing companies in M&A and capital markets matters. Sources describe him as "an extraordinary talent" whose "knowledge of securities is incredible."

Significant clients Thermo Fisher Scientific, Akamai Technologies, Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Demandware, State Street Corporation.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Prominent executive compensation practice, representing a broad base of clients on the full series of plans and arrangements. Demonstrates notable capability in matters relating to transactional work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do a nice job of reconciling the need for compliance and understanding of the very technical laws in this area with the need to have practical solutions that work for the business."

"What helps the most is you can really depend on them to help navigate through the scenario. They can think through it from a technical, pragmatic standpoint."

Notable practitioners  

"Terrific and very strong" qualified plans expert Amy Null is lauded for providing clients with "advice that's legally sound and practical for business." Clients particularly praise her for her "ability to think on her feet and agility of thought process."

Kimberly Wethly is praised for being "very business-oriented" and has broad experience in the full scope of executive compensation matters. She advises both private and public companies, and clients note they "have a high degree of confidence in her professional ability."

Significant clients Disney, State Street, Analog Devices, Red Hat, Yandex.

Environment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Extensive expertise in enforcement, regulation and litigation matters. Representation of clients from a broad range of sectors, including those in the energy, pharmaceutical and waste industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been fantastic. They're very responsive and I really appreciate their sound judgment. They really take into account not just legal theories but how that impacts our business."

Work highlights Advised Vermont Public Services Department in a state re-licensing proceeding with regards to the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

Acted for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation in connection to the development of oil and gas resources in the North Slope of Alaska and the planned listing of species under the Endangered Species Act.

Notable practitioners  

Key partner and nuclear power authority Robert Kirsch is lauded for his disposition in negotiations. One client observes: "When you get into nuclear issues there's potential for there to be a lot of emotion, and he has a calm and straightforward demeanor." Kirsch, who is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, is highlighted as "an expert in nuclear preemption."

Significant clients Urban Green Technologies, Hess Corporation, Government Development Bank for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, First Wind, Raytheon.

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Top-notch Boston group with a sterling reputation for patent litigation and vast trial capabilities. Also recognized for its strategic counsel on portfolio management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team as a whole is stellar. The lawyers are smart, quick, dependable, good strategists and effective written and oral advocates."

"The firm has a very solid team from a litigation standpoint." 

Work highlights Secured a victory in defense of a patent infringement claim for LogMeIn, a leading provider of remote access software.  

Successfully invalidated all of the claims of three patents asserted against gene engineering experts Precision Biosciences by competitor Cellectis. 

Notable practitioners  

William Lee has firmly established his reputation as "one of the best patent litigators in the country." Both clients and peers praise his "impeccable judgment," with one particularly satisfied client noting that "if you have a bet-the-company issue, he is the one you want at the table."

Peter Dichiara is widely praised by his clients for his brilliant advice and perspicacity. His practice is driven by the prosecution and litigation of patents, and he has particular expertise in the field of nanotechnology.

Michael Bevilacqua is a well-respected practitioner who is active in licensing and technology transfer matters. His practice also encompasses trademark and patent prosecution. 

Lisa Pirozzolo is cochair of the firm's intellectual property practice group. She is an experienced patent litigator, who is praised by her clients for her courtroom skills.

Wayne Stoner focuses on patent litigation and strategy. Clients highlight his experience and practical strategy in litigation as strengths.

Significant clients Pfizer, Precision Biosciences, Intel, Braintree Laboratories, LogMeIn.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Offers a full suite of employment guidance and labor law advice to national clients. Benefits from a formidable international footprint of multifarious expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The service provided by WilmerHale in Massachusetts is excellent."

Notable practitioners  

Peers are "invariably impressed" by Jonathan Rosenfeld, whose practice includes the defense of discrimination claims, noncompete disputes and bet-the-company litigation.

Neil Jacobs remains an exalted figure in Massachusetts, acclaimed for his extensive collective bargaining expertise. Jacobs is a seasoned practitioner, with experience representing clients across a huge range of industries.

Significant clients The Boston Celtics, Harmonix Music Systems, Bose, Oxford Instruments, Hasbro.

Litigation - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Comprehensive litigation services offering, regarded as eminently skilled in securities, white-collar and general commercial matters. Remarkable bench strength, and demonstrates first-class expertise in state and federal level courts nationwide.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very prestigious and a stellar reputation." 

"They have hundreds of litigators who do everything!" 

Work highlights Represented Wright Medical Technology in the successful resolution of a deferred prosecution agreement connected to an original investigation into possible consulting arrangements made in relation to the client's hip and knee replacement products.

Acted for Chrysler Group in securing dismissals of claims made by the purchaser of a dealership, alleging that verbal assurances that a competing dealership would not be appointed nearby had fraudulently induced them to consummate the purchase.

Notable practitioners  

Revered for his unrivaled securities expertise, Jeffrey Rudman is considered to have "impeccable experience and credentials" and is renowned for his prowess defending shareholder class actions.

Robert Keefe is a seasoned white-collar practitioner, who handles criminal defense work, investigations and an array of commercial litigation. Keefe has an impressive depth of knowledge pertaining to state and federal fraud statutes.

William Paine is esteemed for his securities, investigations and civil enforcement actions expertise. Clients describe Paine as "to the point, very low-key, and analytical as a litigator," before going on to praise his substantial experience and practical approach to matters.  

Andrea Robinson is an acclaimed securities litigator, who handles various financial services and commercial disputes including insurance sales practice matters. She has extensive regulatory and enforcement expertise.

John Batter's client base includes numerous organizations operating within the hi-tech industry. He defends companies against securities fraud allegations and breach of fiduciary duty claims, and is adept at handling SEC investigation matters.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Particularly noted for its fund formation strength with respect to the venture capital space. Focusing chiefly on hi-tech and biotech industries, the fund formation practice primarily handles venture capital funds, growth equity funds and funds of funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have built quite a reputation for fund formation work and are quite capable."

"They go the extra mile and never let us down; they're extremely accommodating and client-focused."

Notable practitioners  

The "pragmatic" Sarah Rothermel is "always striving to find a legal and commercial solution" and is praised by clients for her "incredible knowledge of market terms." Her clients include venture capital funds and private investment companies.

Significant clients Adveq Management, Greylock, Xander Group, Flagship Ventures, Highland Capital Partners.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Respected venture capital practice with recognized strength in matters pertaining to the healthcare and life sciences industries. Maintains a durable reputation acting for emerging technology companies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a great program for startup companies who are pre-funding. They're very accommodating and I have a very positive impression." 

"They all have the ability to look at things from a business perspective as well as a legal perspective."

Work highlights Represented heart mapping technology company Rhythmia Medical from its inception to its acquisition by Boston Scientific Corporation for $265 million.

Acted for internet marketing software platform Hubspot in its $35 million Series E preferred stock financing.  

Notable practitioners  

Mark Borden's practice focuses on later stage company work. Peers have particular respect for his business acumen and strategic expertise, and marketplace observers note his "broad range and tremendous experience."

Mick Bain continues to be a well-respected force within the venture capital market and is highly regarded by his peers. Bain's practice centers on early stage company work across a range of industries, including software, electronic media and cleantech.

Significant clients 1366 Technologies, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Veracode, QD Vision, Demandware.

Real Estate - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Demonstrates diverse real estate expertise. Recognized leaders in assisting with senior living developments, in addition to significant experience in advising clients within the retail and life sciences industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The real estate team are some of the brightest and best attorneys I've dealt with in my career."

"WilmerHale is extremely detail-oriented while also focusing on the bigger picture objective."

Work highlights Advised TripAdvisor in a major lease and development transaction for a new headquarters in Needham.

Acted for Eaton Vance Capital Management in connection with various multifamily housing projects in Colorado, Texas and Florida, handling acquisitions and financings totaling $162 million. 

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Katharine Bachman is considered by her peers to be "very good, very strong and very matter-of-fact." She has represented Trinity Financial in a number of urban redevelopment projects, including Boston's 310-unit residential development, One Canal. Her focus areas include matters concerning affordable housing and life sciences projects.

William O'Reilly is deemed "fantastic on large projects" by peers. He demonstrates wide-ranging skill in real estate matters. Recent work includes acting for the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in the development of a new 500,000 sq ft Cambridge-based facility.

Sean Boulger continues to distinguish himself as an expert in the field of senior living, with additional expertise in the retail and industrial sectors. He has handled a number of financings of multifamily housing projects on behalf of Eaton Vance Management.

Practice chair Paul Jakubowski handles a variety of high-profile transactions and development projects. He led the group in representing TripAdvisor in its lease of a new headquarters site. He offers comprehensive real estate expertise to a diverse range of clients, including foreign investors in the US market.

Significant clients Alexandria Real Estate Equities, AEW Capital Management, Carpenter & Company, Trinity Financial, Novartis.

Tax - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Enjoys a very strong reputation for the broad span of its tax practice, which encompasses advising on the tax implications of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and working with tax-exempt organizations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We want a deep understanding of the transaction, and they are very patient at explaining and guiding us throughout."

Work highlights Advised Dean Foods on the IPO of its subsidiary, The WhiteWave Foods Company, and its anticipated spin-off. The tax practice is also assisting in obtaining a private letter ruling on the matter from IRS. The matter has a total approximate value of $2 billion.

Represented Bottomline Technologies in connection to a convertible bond hedge at a value of $165 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly knowledgeable" Roger Ritt focuses on tax controversies at federal and state level, mergers and acquisitions and executive compensation issues. He is representing The Bank of New York Mellon in its STARS appeal.

Robert Burke's practice is concentrated on the taxation of partnerships, REITs and limited liability companies, as well as on the formation of investment funds. Clients are impressed "not only by his knowledge of the law, but also how to apply it to practical business circumstances."

William Caporizzo focuses on the taxation of cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions. Clients say that "he is really helpful in guiding the businesspeople to understand the issues and to come up with solutions." He has recently advised Dean Foods on the IPO of its subsidiary, The WhiteWave Foods Company, and its anticipated spin-off.

The "very experienced" Richard Giuliani concentrates on state and federal taxation, as well as advising on tax planning. He recently represented Casa Systems in its successful appeal to the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. 

Julie Hogan Rodgers is a rising star in the Massachusetts tax market, with a growing reputation to match the depth of her expertise in corporate tax matters. Clients reserve particular praise for her very detail-oriented approach to matters.

Matthew Schnall's practice spans a broad range of tax-related issues, including controversies and regulatory compliance, and also comes recommended for his transactional planning and international taxation work. Schnall recently joined the team from Bingham McCutchen.

Significant clients Greylock Partners, Khosla Partners, Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners.

Technology - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Has expertise in e-commerce, IT and electronics, healthcare and medical devices, nanotechnology and biotechnology. Assists with joint ventures, corporate partnership and licensing matters, providing strategic guidance to organizations in this sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a great quality firm. They have really taken the time to find out what our company ethos is. They understand our position."

"They know the sector, they're responsive and they are willing to put in the extra effort and time to meet our deadlines. They also have good practical judgment."

Work highlights Counseled Alnylam Pharmaceuticals during the negotiation of its collaboration and license agreement with Genzyme concerning treatment of an orphan disease.

Worked closely with consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton on its $154 million cash acquisition of the defense engineering division of ARINC.

Notable practitioners  

Cochairs Steven Barrett and Belinda Juran are key contacts at the firm.

Significant clients Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Red Hat, Adimab, Epizyme, Constellation Pharmaceuticals.

Antitrust - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Formidable firm in cartel and criminal investigation matters, with decades of experience in that area. Maintains a broad antitrust practice and is capable of defending clients in all manner of antitrust disputes, including the energy and pharmaceuticals spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"WilmerHale has some very strong antitrust lawyers." 

"A very well-rounded and exceptional practice." 

Work highlights Acted for Cephalon on various litigation matters brought by the FTC and classes of purchasers concerning the drug Provigil.

Represented International Paper in its acquisition of Temple-Inland for $750 million.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Mueller is a "formidable" antitrust practitioner who is "extremely good with clients," say sources, who also comment on his knowledge and experience. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in criminal antitrust.

Steven Cherry concentrates on criminal antitrust matters and is known as an "extremely good lawyer" who is a "serious player in the cartel world." He represented DENSO in the DOJ cartel investigation into the autoparts industry.

Significant clients BAE Systems, Chesapeake, Intel, Philips, The Boston Consulting Group.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Strong track record of high-profile Supreme Court representations, in addition to a deep Circuit Courts practice. Also has a reputation for patent appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, particularly in hi-tech or developing fields.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are available, they understand the problems so deeply and the client service is impeccable. They are client-sensitive and the product they deliver is fantastic - they are the dream team."

"The firm is able to quickly identify key legal issues, lay out a strategy to address these issues in litigation, and attend to related issues as needed and with minimal correction. WilmerHale’s work product is simply the best that I have ever seen. The firm is also very attentive to input."

Work highlights Represented the respondents before the Supreme Court in Agency for International Development v Alliance for Open Society International, a successful First Amendment challenge to certain conditions imposed on the recipients of federal funding for groups fighting AIDS.

Represented the Tohono O'odham Nation in three separate appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit relating to its purchase of land for potential use as a casino.

Notable practitioners

Former Solicitor General Seth Waxman argues critical Supreme Court appeals for clients such as Monsanto. He gains extensive praise from clients, who say he is "supremely talented, from the clear thinking and thorough dedication that go into his preparation to his unrivaled demeanor in the courtroom." He is also lauded for his ability to "digest complex factual and legal issues and communicate them at oral argument in an extremely persuasive, authoritative and commanding fashion."

Paul Wolfson is a "very bright, strong lawyer," say peers. He recently acted on Mayorkas v Cuellar de Osorio, a Supreme Court challenge to certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Wolfson represented a nationwide class of immigrants given lawful permanent resident status due to family members being US citizens, seeking to obtain the same status for their own children. 

Significant clients American Express, Apple, Cisco Systems, Medtronic, Amgen.

FCPA - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Recognized as a leading FCPA practice with an extensive capacity for handling large-scale, multinational investigations. An excellent choice for corporate clients from a broad spread of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their breadth of experience is tremendous. They have great perspective and know how to quickly and efficiently address issues and resolve them in the best way for the client."

"They're excellent - very responsive with a good, strong bench. They configure themselves to what we need and have great expertise."

"They have a deep team. They're very responsive, very practical and have their finger on the pulse when it comes to investigation strategies."

Work highlights Continued to represent Lufthansa Technik and its subsidiary Bizjet in relation to agreements entered into with the DOJ, after an investigation during which WilmerHale was also a key adviser.

Notable practitioners  

Roger Witten is an "absolutely outstanding" practitioner with a wealth of experience in the FCPA arena. His practice encompasses enforcement and compliance issues.

Clients report that Kimberly Parker is responsive and levelheaded in difficult situations. She acts for individuals and companies across a range of enforcement matters.

Sources identify Jay Holtmeier as a "very practical and very strategic" FCPA attorney. He advises corporations and individuals on investigations brought by the DOJ, SEC and foreign prosecuting authorities.

Significant clients Helmerich & Payne, InVision, Titan, Triton, York International.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Represents the world's leading financial institutions on critical compliance issues. Maintains a sterling reputation for broker-dealer work, with additional expertise in banking and consumer finance compliance. Offrs complementary strength in securities regulation and litigation, and includes several SEC alumni within the ranks, making the team especially appealing to high-level clients with complex enforcement and counseling needs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are the smartest, best people out there on financial services regulation matters, particularly broker-dealer stuff. I find them to be very smart, very knowledgeable and very client service-oriented. A pleasure to deal with; very responsive."

"A great firm, and that quality is very consistent throughout." 

Work highlights Advised members of SIFMA's executive committee and regulatory board on drafting a white paper addressing securities regulatory changes since the financial crisis.

Worked with HSBC on a comprehensive, multinational internal investigation process running contemporaneously with civil and criminal proceedings brought by the DOJ and IRS. The investigation involved international banking operation and tax issues.

Notable practitioners  

Yoon-Young Lee is singled out as being "terrific" by several sources, who emphasize that "sophisticated clients rely on her." Lee chairs the broker-dealer practice, and spearheaded the firm's recent white paper work for SIFMA.

Bruce Newman is another of the firm's highly regarded broker-dealer partners and is praised by one client as being "uniquely strong in the fixed-income markets." Newman's experience and levelheadedness are key strengths: "He is a great steady hand when in a difficult situation."

Sources note that Andre Owens has developed impressively "wide and broad experience; his years at the SEC served him really well in that regard." His expertise in trading issues distinguishes him in the broker-dealer arena.

Clients say Franca Harris Gutierrez is "very well versed in regulatory affairs for financial services institutions." She has a broad skill set and has advised some of the biggest names in the industry on their compliance and enforcement needs.

Russell Bruemmer's recent work highlights include leading for HSBC in an extensive internal investigation. He is well known for his adept handling of sensitive matters for multinational clients and is noted for his "remarkable commercial sense."

Rising star Stephanie Nicolas is known for her tremendous client service skills and deep understanding of regulatory issues confronting broker-dealer clients.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies.

Government - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for A well-established team providing counsel in relation to government regulations and the interplay of business and public policy. Handles federal and state inquiries into cutting-edge legal issues.

Strength (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm has a great reputation in DC and a strong group of senior attorneys with deep knowledge of government process." 

"WilmerHale offers extraordinary judgment." 

Notable practitioners  

Jamie Gorelick is highly regarded by peers and clients as a leader in the field of government relations. Sources observe: "Jamie provides invaluable counsel on the thorniest of government issues." One impressed client praised her as "a great strategic adviser," while another added: "We trust her judgment completely."

Significant clients BP, Google, Monsanto, HSBC, CRS. 

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Prominent national IP practice, particularly acclaimed for handling complex patent litigation in life sciences, and hi-tech electrical and mechanical engineering. Noted specialties include Hatch-Waxman Act cases and ITC investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a deep bench, spend the time to get things right and have a good sense of the points that play well to a judge or jury."

"One of the top IP litigation practices in the country."

What's new? Trevor Cook - ranked as a star practitioner in Chambers UK 2013 - joined WilmerHale's New York office in January 2014 from Bird & Bird in London.

Work highlights Secured a high-value settlement for Pfizer in a long-running patent infringement action against Teva Pharmaceuticals and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries.

Won summary affirmation at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of a lower court judgment in favor of client Eastman Kodak against Asia Optical.

Notable practitioners  

William Lee is based at the firm's Boston office, and is a towering figure in patent litigation.

Significant clients AbbVie, Columbia University, Intel, Monsanto, Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for High-quality advocacy and relentless attention to detail are the hallmarks of the firm. Fields an impressively seasoned team with access to a formidable global presence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are always on top of their case, and they prepare incredibly well." 

Notable practitioners  

James Carter is a hugely experienced figure in the field, who is lauded as "an icon of the international arbitration Bar." He earns extensive praise for his work both as advocate and arbitrator, and is characterized as "intelligent, well prepared, forceful and convincing."

John Pierce is the leader of the firm's international arbitration practice, and divides his time between the New York and London offices. Sources praise his "very effective and on-point written advocacy."

Rachael Kent is the vice chair of the firm's international arbitration group. Her manner in hearings is described by contemporaries as "elegant but not overstated; she's always right on point and never misses a beat."

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for advising on trade policy and WTO disputes. Also comes recommended for its CFIUS, sanctions and export controls expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They constantly exceed my expectations. They really listen to the question you're asking and make sure they totally understand what it is you need to know."

"They have a tremendous depth of expertise on WTO rules and are internationally renowned trade experts. They're well connected around the world and have colleagues in other regions who can interpret the local regulations and implications for trade issues."

Work highlights Continued to represent Boeing in relation to the WTO dispute between the US and EU concerning European subsidies granted to its competitor Airbus.

Advised an international collective of technology companies on trade policy considerations, including the ongoing Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership negotiations between the US and EU.

Notable practitioners  

Charlene Barshefsky is recognized as a leading trade policy counsel and is sought by businesses to advise on critical market access issues. Clients prize her strategic vision and impressive grasp of the politics that underlie trade law.

Ronald Meltzer is a well-regarded export compliance attorney. His experience encompasses sanctions and export regulation matters.

Co-managing partner Robert Novick is described by clients as a "very client-focused lawyer," who is adept at advising on media-sensitive issues. He is noted for his experience in handling WTO disputes.

Benjamin Powell is a CFIUS expert who advises companies on sales and acquisitions across a range of industry sectors. Clients report that he is "extremely bright and knowledgable," and "very diligent in getting the job done."

Significant clients Alliance for Clean Technology Innovation, Information Technology Industry Council.

International Trade - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Palo Alto and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Impressive litigation experience and much sought after to handle big-ticket patent disputes involving Section 337 issues.

Notable practitioners  

The widely celebrated William Lee is an IP litigation legend and "no stranger to the world of the ITC." Sources identify him as a compelling courtroom advocate.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for A noteworthy intellectual property trial practice, backed by an effective and experienced bench of corporate specialists. Maintains an impressive client portfolio, attracted in part by its strong international capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team continues to stand out in high-stakes patent litigation for life sciences companies."

"A very strong firm. They are in the top 1%." 

What's new? Trevor Cook recently moved from Bird & Bird's London office to WilmerHale's New York office. He was highly acclaimed as a leading practitioner in the UK market, and is seen as a strong addition to the group. 

Work highlights Represented Thermo Fisher Scientific in its $2.53 billion underwritten public offering of common stock.

Acted for Epizyme on its $88.7 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

William Lee is widely recognized as one of the finest trial lawyers in the country, and leverages his huge experience to the benefit of clients in the life sciences industry. His skills in patent litigation are much sought after, and he also represents clients regularly in IP disputes at the appellate level and before the ITC. 

Peers describe Steven Singer as "a wonderful practitioner" and highlight his wealth of experience in counseling clients on corporate matters. He recently advised Agios Pharmaceuticals on its $122 million IPO and $12 million private placement of stock.

David Redlick is an active member of the corporate team, advising public and private companies on the full spectrum of business issues. His clients place a high premium on his insightful advice as a "great strategist," saying that "he has experienced innumerable transactions and so his judgments are just really practical."

Significant clients Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Aveo Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie.

Native American Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department DC is the firm's key office for Native American law.

What the team is known for Burgeoning Native American law practice with a particular focus on federal law and complex litigation.

What's new? Former US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has joined the firm.

Work highlights Advised the Tohono O'odham Nation in a number of lawsuits relating to potential gaming on land taken into trust on behalf of the nation.

Represented the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in litigation following the federal government's decision to take private land into trust for the tribe.

Notable practitioners  

Seth Waxman is one of the country's best appellate lawyers and often appears in cases involving Native American interests. Sources compliment his fantastic advocacy skills and innate courtroom capability.

Significant clients Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority, National Congress of American Indians.

Outsourcing - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Well versed in traditional BPO and ITO deals, and adept at handling innovative transactions related to cloud sourcing models and multi-vendor strategies. Renowned for its experience in the financial services sector, with industry-specific knowledge in banking, securities and regulatory matters.

Work highlights Acted for McGraw-Hill Education in a cross-border transaction with Teleperformance concerning customer care outsourcing.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Finkel is highly recommended by sources for his "great experience" and "fine work in outsourcing negotiations." He has remarkable experience in representing leading international corporations in complex outsourcing transactions. 

Significant clients Ironshore Insurance, UBS Financial, Advance Auto Parts, Hasbro, Prudential Insurance. 

Securities - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for A formidable securities offering with a preeminent team in the regulatory sphere complemented by a solid litigation group. Representation of clients in a full range of enforcement proceedings and investigations by the SEC, FINRA and other regulatory bodies. Noted strength in securities litigation matters including securities fraud class actions and corporate misconduct charges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
On complex regulatory matters their advice is excellent. Their lawyers are excellent - they quickly get up to speed on our issues. They're one of our most trusted advisers.

"They've been terrific. Very responsive, very thorough. They owned the whole litigation and have become someone I can rely on."

They have a terrific team at Wilmer. Their depth is incredible, they have invested years and years in this area.

Work highlights Acted for Fannie Mae in regard to an SEC investigation that resulted from the global financial crisis. This matter was settled favorably, resulting in a nonprosecution agreement, with no fraud charges or financial penalty to the client.

Represented the liquidating trustee of Getty Petroleum in the pursuit of damages from its former parent company and its corporate affiliates. The matter was resolved favorably for the client with a $93 million settlement.

Notable practitioners  

The "preeminent" William McLucas enjoys a stellar reputation for securities enforcement matters. One interviewee notes that he is "extremely fair-minded, thorough and extraordinarily effective."

Top-ranking regulatory enforcement specialist Harry Weiss is a former associate director of the division of enforcement at the SEC. Market observers name him "one of the top attorneys in this space in the country."

Top Boston-based litigator Jeffrey Rudman shows great expertise in shareholder class action defense. He earns respect among his plaintiff adversaries, who comment: "Rudman is at the top of his game. He's someone actually fighting in the courtroom. He's very thorough, controlled and effective."

Vice chair of the securities department Douglas Davison receives strong feedback for his regulatory enforcement practice. One source notes that he "digs into the details. He specializes in complicated financial accounting and disclosure cases. He brings a clear intellectual and legal analysis to these issues."

Former SEC director of corporate finance Meredith Cross is recognized as a key counselor in the regulatory sphere. Peers say: "She's got a wealth of experience, both as a practitioner and regulator. Her time in corporate finance has given her good perspective. She knows how a regulator would react to certain things."

Significant clients Bank of America, LPL Financial, National Life Insurance, State Street Bank & Trust, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.

Transportation - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Offers extensive expertise in the regulations and requirements of both US and European aviation agencies. Has deep knowledge in the areas of enforcement, licensing and certification proceedings before the DOT and FAA, as well as Congress and the European Parliament.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They identify the risks and opportunities so that we are ahead of the game."  

"Very competitive in terms of price and quality." 

Work highlights Represented Lufthansa's passenger airline, cargo airline and maintenance company in various regulatory aspects of its US operations.

Notable practitioners  

Senior counsel Bruce Rabinovitz is a key contact,

Significant clients United Airlines, DHL, Airlines for America, SriLankan Airlines, Star Alliance.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

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.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Well-regarded New York group, acting on M&A and venture capital investments. Represents both public and private companies, particularly in the life sciences and technology industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This group provides excellent service. They are attentive, responsive, to-the-point, and generally a pleasure to work with." 

Work highlights Acted for Pixable on its $30 million sale to SingTel.

Acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb on the restructuring of its alliance agreement with Sanofi relating to the Plavix and Avapro/Avalide products.

Notable practitioners

Steven Singer is chair of the transactional department and a key contact.

Significant clients Thermo Fisher Scientific, Akamai Technologies, Danaher, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Celebrated in particular for the quality and sophistication of patent infringement litigation handled here, particularly in the life sciences arena. The team also has noted strengths in patent prosecution and for its work on behalf of hi-tech clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This group provides excellent service - attentive, responsive, to the point, kind and a pleasure to work with."

"They have a deep bench and have a good sense of the points that play well to a judge or jury."

What's new? Patent litigation expert Trevor Cook joins from Bird & Bird in London to advise clients on multijurisdictional matters, particularly with regard to the UK and elsewhere in Europe. 

Work highlights Lead counsel for Kodak in a number of patent infringement litigations.

Representing Novartis in its efforts to enforce three patents against a number of generic manufacturers seeking to develop and market versions of Novartis products Zometa and Reclast.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Gunther is a first-chair litigator with an excellent record at the helm of hi-tech and life sciences cases. One client said he "has the ability to connect with clients, opponents, judges and jury members and therefore is very effective." 

Significant clients AbbVie, Cephalon, Columbia University, Roche Molecular Systems, Becton Dickinson.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Enjoys an excellent reputation for its securities litigation and enforcement practice. Strong white-collar criminal defense capabilities with a deep bench of litigators offering extensive trial expertise and an impressive expertise in regulatory work. Ability to handle the full range of complex commercial disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were able to provide excellent advice in all three areas - criminal, regulatory and civil. Able to bring the right resources to bear and provide first-class advice. They understood the scope of the engagement and staffed it appropriately."

"They were very responsive to what we wanted and worked very closely with us. They demonstrated a way to think outside of the box and come up with a creative solution."

"They are extremely responsive and well versed in their area of expertise."  

Work highlights Represented RBS in civil litigation with respect to allegations of Libor manipulation.

Represented defendants Bank of America Securities, JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse Securities in part of the Refco multidistrict litigation.

Represented Lufthansa Technik and BizJet International in an FCPA investigation by the DOJ in connection with bribery relating to aircraft maintenance. 

Notable practitioners  

"Incredibly responsive and knowledgeable," Boyd Johnson regularly represents corporations and executives in criminal and civil investigations. He draws on extensive experience from his previous position as a former Deputy US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Clients appreciate that "he takes a common-sense, logical approach to investigations."

Fraser Hunter has a strong securities litigation practice and recently acted for an offshore CDO in defending an action brought by AIG arising from the global financial crisis. Sources note that he is "exceptionally good, has very good judgment and a calming influence."

Jay Holtmeier concentrates on criminal litigation and has recognized expertise in FCPA investigations. One client notes: "He's very practical, very strategic in his advice, he listens to the facts and the issues that have arisen, and he's very thoughtful and practical in his advice."

"Very diligent and very thorough," Lori Martin has particular expertise in regulatory matters relating to investment companies and hedge funds. Sources commend her skills as "an excellent negotiator - she was a practical and intelligent adviser on our legal situation."

Charles Platt has experience in a broad variety of civil litigation matters and particular expertise in defending financial services and insurance companies in complex commercial disputes.

Significant clients OpenMarket, Susquehanna Investment Group, PwC, Citigroup Global Markets, State Street.