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Dorsey & Whitney LLP - Minneapolis
  • 50 South Sixth Street
  • Suite 1500
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnesota
  • USA
  • MN 55402-1498
  • Tel:+1 612 340 2600
  • Fax:+1 612 340 2868
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  • Managing Partner: Ken Cutler
  • Number of US partners: 235
  • Number of other US lawyers: 263 
  • International Offices Dorsey also has international offices in Toronto, Vancouver, London, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Firm Overview:
Dorsey supports clients in a wide range of industries and sectors including healthcare and life sciences, energy, natural resources, agribusiness, manufacturing, financial services, technology and retail.

Main Areas of Practice:
Dorsey provides an array of corporate legal and transaction services to clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations. For over a decade, the firm has been ranked among the top ten US law firms by Thomson Financial for completed M&A transactions. Dorsey’s M&A clients include a range of Fortune 500 companies including UnitedHealth Group, U.S.Bancorp, Canon, General Mills and Hormel Foods. The firm’s expertise also includes assisting clients with capital raising such as complex registered debt offerings. International activities include Canadian cross-border transactions as well as US securities work on offerings overseas. The firm provides securities compliance and corporate governance counsel to numerous public companies. Dorsey’s emerging companies practice represents numerous medical device and other technology companies and the firm’s Energy Group supports financings for a variety of alternative energy facilities as well as traditional energy producers and distributors. The Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors, lenders, and other participants in reorganization, liquidation and workout proceedings. Dorsey has a focus on heathcare legal issues and is positioned to provide unique deep knowledge perspective with important clients in key segments of healthcare including medical technology and services, payor organizations, care providers, and venture and early stage investors.

The Litigation Practice represents a wide range of businesses and organizations including multinational corporations, medical institutions, small businesses, government, and individuals in all forms of dispute resolution. The firm’s attorneys have broad experience in litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation in matters involving financial institutions, construction and real estate, employment, commercial, environmental, ERISA, franchise, fraud, health law, intellectual property, international disputes, product liability, securities, tax and white-collar crime. Dorsey has a long history of success for its clients across a wide range of forums and jurisdictions.

Labor & Employment:
More than 70 attorneys in the United States, Europe and China offer an array of services including employment law training, alternative dispute resolution, labor-management relations advice and litigation, administrative audit and crisis management consulting, and immigration law counsel. The firm also provides advice and counsel on executive and employment compensation law, M&A employment support, employee benefits, ERISA compliance and taxation law. The firm’s lawsuit defense experience crosses a wide range of litigation matters including class action lawsuits, sexual harassment and employment discrimination, wage and hour collective actions, trade secret protection and non-compete enforcement.

Intellectual Property:
Dorsey’s Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy and Management Group is staffed with attorneys skilled in technical fields, with many holding PhD and/or EE degrees. It helps clients protect and leverage critical intellectual property. Clients rely on Dorsey’s Trademark, Copyright, Advertising and Brand Management Group to select, protect and enforce trademarks, copyrights and domain names. Both groups work with clients to build and protect strategic intellectual property portfolios and aggressively defend them against competitors including through litigation when necessary. Dorsey represents clients in courtrooms and before regulatory bodies in patent infringement, trade secret, trademark infringement and dilution, unfair competition, trade dress protection and copyright infringement cases.

Indian & Gaming:
Dorsey’s nationally ranked Indian and Gaming practice serves Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, their commercial entities, and lenders, developers and others doing business with tribes on issues of economic diversification, financing (both taxable and tax-exempt), project development, taxation, litigation, environmental affairs and regulatory compliance.

International Work:
In over 60 countries, Dorsey provides clients with expertise on matters including cross-border transactions, corporate advice, complex litigation, capital markets, M&A, joint ventures, intellectual property, immigration, tax litigation and arbitration, export controls, licensing agreements and international treaties.


  • 1031 West 4th Avenue,
  • Suite 600,
  • Anchorage,
  • Alaska
  • USA
  • AK 99501-5907
  • Tel 907 276 4557
  • Fax 907 276 4152
  • Email : anchorage@dorsey.com
  • 305 Lytton Avenue,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94301
  • Tel 650 857 1717
  • Fax 650 857 1288
  • Email : paloalto@dorsey.com
  • Plaza Tower,
  • 600 Anton Boulevard,
  • Suite 2000,
  • Costa Mesa,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92626
  • Tel 714 800 1400
  • Fax 714 800 1499
  • Email : socal@dorsey.com
  • Suite 400,
  • 1400 Wewatta St.,
  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80202-5549
  • Tel 303 629 3400
  • Fax 303 629 3450
  • Email : denver@dorsey.com
  • 300 Delaware Ave,
  • Suite 1010,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19801
  • Tel 302 425 7171
  • Fax 302 425 7177
  • Email : delaware@dorsey.com
  • 801 Grand,
  • Suite #4100,
  • Des Moines,
  • Iowa
  • USA
  • IA 50309-2790
  • Tel 515 283 1000
  • Fax 515 283 1060
  • Email : desmoines@dorsey.com
  • 3203 32nd Avenue South,
  • Suite 103,
  • PO Box 1344,
  • Fargo,
  • North Dakota
  • USA
  • ND 58107-1344
  • Tel 701 235 6000
  • Fax 701 235 9969
  • Email : fargo@dorsey.com
  • 125 Bank Street,
  • Millennium Building,
  • Suite 600,
  • Missoula,
  • Montana
  • USA
  • MT 59802-4407
  • Tel 406 721 6025
  • Fax 406 543 0863
  • Email : missoula@dorsey.com
  • 51 West 52nd Street,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10019-6119
  • Tel 212 415 9200
  • Fax 212 953 7201
  • Email : newyork@dorsey.com
  • Kearns Building,
  • 136 South Main Street,
  • Suite 100,
  • Salt Lake City,
  • Utah
  • USA
  • UT 84101-1655
  • Tel 801 933 7360
  • Fax 801 933 7373
  • Email : saltlakecity@dorsey.com
  • Columbia Center,
  • 701 Fifth Ave,
  • Suite 6100,
  • Seattle,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98104-7043
  • Tel 206 903 8800
  • Fax 206 903 8820
  • Email : seattle@dorsey.com
  • 1801 K Street NW,
  • Suite 750,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036
  • Tel 202 442 3000
  • Fax 202 442 3199
  • Email : washingtondc@dorsey.com
  • 199 Bishopsgate,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2M 3UT
  • Tel +44 20 7031 3700
  • Fax +44 20 7031 3799
  • DX 33890 Finsbury Square
  • Email : london@dorsey.com

Corporate/M&A - Alaska

What the team is known for Stellar Anchorage office draws on the firm's wide network of branches for additional expertise on high-value M&A deals. Particular strength in contractual, licensing and joint venture mandates. Impressive client roster features native corporations and oil and gas companies, as well as local businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have very good breadth - they are helpful on a whole variety of business matters. Their reach around the US and globally is helpful for us, too." 

"They are objective, thorough and make smart business decisions - really good advisers."

Work highlights Acted for Doyon and its subsidiaries on a high-value financing deal, drafting oil drilling rig contracts and advising on corporate governance.

Advised Cook Inlet Region on a number of matters related to corporate governance, financing and the Alaska Native Claim Settlement Act.

Represented Canadian retailer Liquor Stores in US acquisitions and licensing, securities, as well as finance and tax matters.

Notable practitioners  

Acclaimed by sources as "one of the top lawyers in the state," Richard Rosston enjoys an outstanding reputation for his corporate and real estate expertise. One client described him as a "great attorney. He's very detailed – when he's done with something, he's done; you don't need to go back and check it." Rosston has extensive experience of representing native corporations including Doyon and Cook Inlet Region.

Spencer Sneed is highly rated for his experience across the board in corporate and bankruptcy law. Noteworthy instructions include handling aircraft and real estate financing, as well as corporate governance matters for Alaska Central Express.

Michael Mills is one of Alaska's premier bankruptcy lawyers. His diverse experience includes Chapter 7 and 11 cases and creditors' rights matters, as well as commercial transactions. Highlights include representing Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in a $7.5 million equipment acquisition under Section 363.

Significant clients Cruz Holdings, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, ConocoPhillips, The Chenega Corporation, NovaGold Resources.  

Litigation - Alaska

What the team is known for High-level commercial and construction litigation practice. Frequently collaborates with the firm's other offices around the country on complex multidisciplinary cases. Represents aviation and oil and gas clients, as well as Alaska Native Corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are top-drawer advocates with respect to the quality of their work. Excellent lawyers, who do a great job for their clients." 

"They've been very responsive, very reasonably priced and give good advice." 

Work highlights Represented PND Engineers in a $50 million construction dispute relating to the expansion of the Port of Anchorage.

Defended ConocoPhillips in a dispute against Williams Alaska Petroleum regarding time value credit for a $31 million adequate assurances payment.

Represented Cook Inlet Region in district court proceedings seeking to enforce confidentiality agreements signed by former board members.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Bundy maintains his "excellent" litigation practice, working across a wide range of matters from commercial to environmental and healthcare. He advised Doyon Drilling on a number of commercial claims against Loadmaster Engineering.

Jahna Lindemuth heads the firm's Anchorage office. She specializes in complex commercial litigation and was the lead partner on the aforementioned Cook Inlet Region confidentiality agreements mandate.

Spencer Sneed specializes in regulatory and commercial matters as well as oil and gas litigation. He led the team representing ConocoPhillips in a case against Williams Alaska Petroleum concerning time value credit for a $31 million adequate assurances payment.

Significant clients Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Doyon Drilling, Attorney Liability Protection Society, Leisnoi, Alaska Central Express.

Real Estate - Alaska

What the team is known for Powerful team advising on some of the state's biggest deals. Particularly noted for representing borrowers and lenders in real estate-backed loans for acquisitions and development. Sector expertise ranges from retail and hospitality to mining, construction and transport.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm’s work has been first-rate. They are quick to understand the issues and give me answers."

Work highlights Advised Cook Inlet Region on village entitlement issues, real estate financings, and oil and gas storage leases.

Acted for Alyeska Resort on a variety of real estate developments and acquisitions, including a four season resort.

Advised Denali Foods on purchase and lease agreements in Alaska for its Taco Bell franchise.

Notable practitioners  

Clients attest to the "top-notch" work produced by department head Richard Rosston, praising his attention to detail. He is a first port of call for developers, landowners and banks on real estate matters, and has notable experience in the mining sector.

Significant clients Morrison Auto Group, Doyon, The Chenega Corporation, Liquor Stores N.A., Cruz Companies.  

Intellectual Property - Colorado

What the team is known for Highly regarded Denver-based practice with the capacity to handle IP counseling and prosecution as well as patent, trademark and trade secret litigation. The large and versatile group benefits from the technical expertise of a number of science PhDs and is well equipped to tackle national and international cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Top-notch. The attorneys that we work with know as much about business as they do the legal processes and strategies. They sometimes feel more like business consultants than IP attorneys."

"Very prompt, professional, thorough and price-conscious." 

What's new? Recently started a specialized Biotech Patent Group. The group is run by a number of partners with life sciences degrees.

Work highlights Counseled NCS Pearson in a contentious matter involving copyright ownership and the lack of acknowledgment of other contributors to the publication. Also in dispute was the financial remuneration which was made from the publication. The firm was able to secure a summary judgment in favor of the client.

Defending EC Sagittar B.V., and its CEO Alfred Uytdewilligen, in a claim alleging misappropriation of trade secrets. The suit has been filed by Global Cooling, who claim EC Sagittar is using its Stirling engine technology.

Notable practitioners  

Lee Osman is highly respected in the IP law community. Peers acknowledge him for his prosecution work and regard him as "tops for what he does." He is also strong in licensing matters.

Clients are wholly "impressed with" Greg Tamkin, who is sought for his "thorough" work and ability to protect his clients' intellectual property. He is a persuasive advocate with a strong track record of success.

Lisa Osman is first and foremost noted for her trademark work, handling significant regional, national and international cases.  

Significant clients EC Sagittar B.V., Solannex, Xencor, XenoPort.

Litigation - Colorado

What the team is known for Compact practice offering impressive breadth and depth of expertise. Substantive experience in commercial, intellectual property, securities and natural resources litigation, among others.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's been really seamless, even when we are operating in different departments and talking to different people."

"Responsive, very timely, always available and return calls right away. Excellent responsiveness."

Notable practitioners  

Tucker Trautman stands out for his expertise in intellectual property litigation. Sources say he is "terrific at simplifying complex financial transactions – he can pull out relevant facts and can present them in a straightforward manner." 

Litigation - Iowa

What the team is known for Active in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and financial services sectors. Utilizes the firm's global network of offices to advise on cross-border proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team completes all of its tasks in a thorough and professional manner."

"A well-respected name within the financial services industry."

Notable practitioners 

David Tank "gives way beyond what you would expect in order to get the best results possible. He is extremely tenacious and very bright," say interviewees. He acts for clients in various types of commercial, intellectual property and product liability proceedings.

Construction - Minnesota

What the team is known for Internationally known construction team that regularly handles large and sophisticated matters. The team works with developers, contractors and engineers, but most often represents owners.

Work highlights Continues to work with longstanding Norwegian-based clients Aker Solutions and Kvaerner on a variety of issues, including advising on Kvaerner's involvement in the construction of a West Virginian coal-fired power plant.

Retained by developers Ryan Companies to act in litigation arising from the design and construction of Target's Technology Center.

Notable practitioners  

Noted litigator Steve Champlin has extensive experience helping clients with all kinds of construction disputes. He has been leading the team's efforts defending a subsidiary of Cretex Companies against a significant personal injury claim. 

Jocelyn Knoll is an eminent construction lawyer who often takes charge of the firm's largest projects. She has been working closely with Kvaerner North American Construction on various disputes that have arisen from its role as a member of a consortium building a coal-fired power plant.

Eric Ruzicka is a litigator who has experience working on various construction matters, including issues involving defect, delay or insurance.

Significant clients URS, Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, UnitedHealth.

Corporate/M&A - Minnesota

What the team is known for Handles a huge volume of deals ranging in size from small-cap to mid-market. A strong corporate practice with a particular industry focus on regional medical device, healthcare and agricultural companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of the services rendered was spectacular! The team anticipated issues, briefed us on the implications of choices, turned things around with incredible pace and worked very long hours as we approached the conclusion of the deal."

"They are so responsive that when you send an e-mail they reply within seconds. Not only are they nice people but they are sensational lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for North Carolina-based Carlisle Companies on its recent asset purchase of cable supplier Thermax-Raydex.

Advised Cymbet on a recent recapitalization that involved the conversion of existent preferred shares into a variety of different stocks, including common stock.

Helped Vascular Solutions with its recent six-figure purchase of a product from Michigan-based Accumed Systems.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Kenneth Cutler is an M&A specialist and is best known for his work with early-stage companies, including venture capital financings. He was the lead partner representing Cymbet in its recent complex recapitalization.

Robert Rosenbaum maintains a broad practice encompassing M&A, corporate governance issues and SEC compliance. Commentators note that he is a "talented lawyer with an excellent temperament."

Matthew Knopf is best known for his work on M&A deals involving either publicly or privately held companies. He recently helped M Private Trust with the divestiture of its majority equity interest in Swiss holding company Alta Via and its subsidiaries.

Timothy Hearn is a "confident attorney who gets deals done" and has a broad corporate practice. He frequently advises clients on issues arising from M&A deals as well as corporate governance matters.

John Marsalek is a general corporate lawyer who "has a wealth of M&A experience." Clients also note that he is both "easy to work with" and "highly skilled at efficiently managing the entirety of the deal process."

Significant clients UnitedHealth, U.S. Bancorp, Best Buy.

Labor & Employment - Minnesota

What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice that covers contentious and non-contentious elements of employment law. Particular experience representing clients in age discrimination cases.

Work highlights Retained as lead counsel for Canon Business Solutions in a putative class action brought against the company by African American sales representatives.

Continues to represent C.H. Robinson Worldwide in its lawsuit against several former employees and the company they were hired by.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Hammell concentrates his practice on employment matters, both advising and litigating on issues ranging from employee raiding to wrongful discharge.

The "high-quality" Melissa Raphan is best known for her work in litigation but also counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters. She is praised by clients for her good communications skills, strategic approach to cases and brief writing.

Significant clients Xcel Energy, Delta Air Lines, Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealth.

Litigation - Minnesota

What the team is known for Regularly handles some of the biggest disputes heard in Minnesota as well as throughout the region and country. Its client base ranges from the healthcare industry to the financial sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Superior quality, plus a client-focused approach which is timely, responsive and efficient."

Work highlights Acted for Geistlich Soehne on the successful defense against a claim of wrongful termination of a licensing and distribution contract with Luitpold Pharmaceuticals.

Worked closely with Medtronic and its board of directors in a shareholder derivative lawsuit against them which was eventually dismissed at the Federal district court.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Carter is "an exceptional litigator" who "enjoys a stellar reputation within securities class actions." According to commentators, "his greatest strength is his advocacy skills in the courtroom."

Steve Wells heads the firm's worldwide trial group. His broad practice encompasses appellate work, franchising and general commercial litigation.

George Eck is an "excellent lawyer," best known as a "really strong commercial litigator." He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in product liability and mass tort suits.

The "fantastic" Paul Klaas has a broad practice, with particular expertise in medical malpractice suits. Clients say "he is magical in front of judges" and "in huge cases, this is the man you want to go to."

Significant clients US Bank, UnitedHealth Group, Mayo Clinic.

Real Estate - Minnesota

What the team is known for Offers particular expertise in public-private partnerships. The highly regarded healthcare practice covers issues relating to hospitals, clinics and assisted living facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are excellent: experienced, proactive and excellent communicators." 

Work highlights Continues to advise the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Hamel heads the team and is an exceptional transactional real estate attorney. Clients appreciate that he is "experienced, organized, intelligent" and a "good listener and communicator who recognizes the value of time."

Jay Lindgren is an expert on urban redevelopment matters. He is also experienced in working on public infrastructure projects, typified by his leading role in the firm's work for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on the new $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Robert Olson maintains a broad real estate practice covering transactional and financing matters. Clients particularly highlight his responsiveness and expertise as admirable traits.

Significant clients Bank of America, US Bank National Association, Fairview Health Services.

Corporate/M&A - Montana

What the team is known for High-quality corporate practice sought out by clients for bond issues, SEC compliance and venture capital financing. Supported by a national and international network, the team has the resources to deliver on a breadth of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Absolutely terrific: responsive and extremely helpful." 

"They do a great job, are timely and meet deadlines." 

Work highlights Assisted Kodiak Oil & Gas with two issuances of high-yield bonds worth $350 million and $400 million.

Advised the City of Billings on its $13 million public offering of taxable and tax-exempt bonds.

Notable practitioners  

Market sources say that Jack Manning has a "well-deserved terrific reputation." Venture capital finance is a particular forte and he represents both startup companies and investors.

Daniel Semmens receives praise for his bond financing work in particular. Sources describe him as "one of the best lawyers in the state" in this area.

Significant clients D.A. Davidson, Biomimicry Group, Mamalode, Oula Fitness. 

Native American Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Minneapolis and Costa Mesa, CA.

What the team is known for Multiservice Native American practice working with tribes and their business partners. Well known for its tax and litigation practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their knowledge of the subject matter is very good and they have great depth so that work can get done when it needs to be, even in short-notice situations."

"They are sensitive to the cultural differences between the commercial realities and the Native American Community government."

What's new? Thomas Lorenzen, formerly of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, has joined the firm's regulatory affairs group.

Work highlights Acted for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in a federal lawsuit in which the tribe is attempting to recover $3 million in costs owed to it on annual contracts.

Assisted the Cook Inlet Region with various litigated matters.

Notable practitioners  

Skip Durocher is noted for his work as a litigator, particularly at federal level. Sources commend his tactical savvy as well as his knowledge and ability in the Indian law space.

Interviewees say tribal tax expert Mary Streitz is "balanced in her views and in advising clients on the dangers associated with tax issues." 

Significant clients Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Gila River Indian Community, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut, KeyBank.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Handles M&A transactions and corporate counsel for midmarket clients. Experienced in cross-border work, including in Israel and China.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very good and very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Acted for subchondroplasty procedure developer Knee Creations on its acquisition by Zimmer Holdings.

Advised Learning Today on the sale of substantially all its assets to Curriculum Associates.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Steven Khadavi is "incredibly intelligent" and "a thoughtful and skilled lawyer, who is pleasant to interact with." He recently acted for IntegraMed America on its $169.5 million sale to Sagard Capital Partners.

Significant clients Canon, US Bank, Duff & Phelps, Deluxe Corporation, Alvarez & Marsal.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Leading trademarks and copyright practice which counsels on the registration, management, licensing and enforcement of rights. Also strong on proceedings before the US Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) and litigation, as well as domain name disputes and unfair competition.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very patient and diligent throughout the entire process."

Work highlights Representing Hard Rock Cafe International (USA) in a number of lawsuits against the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, seeking to terminate the latter's use of the Hard Rock brand by terminating the licensing agreement between the two parties.

Acting for Fantasia Accessories in a trademark infringement action launched against British designer Lulu Guinness, alleging infringement of the client's long-standing LULU brand.

Notable practitioners  

Sandra Edelman has a comprehensive trademark, copyright and advertising practice. She counsels clients on the management and exploitation of their IP rights as well as representing them in district and federal court litigation and TTAB proceedings.

Bruce Ewing heads the New York office's trial department and focuses mainly on copyright and trademark litigation. He is praised by peers in the market, and one client source said his "understanding of the issues and law was fantastic."

Significant clients Atari Interactive, Boston Beer, Dow Jones, Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Procter & Gamble.

Labor & Employment - North Dakota

What the team is known for Celebrated for its comprehensive and sophisticated labor and employment offering. Particularly sought by energy and natural resources companies seeking advice on North Dakota state employment law and practices. 

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Andrews Herman handles all shades of labor and employment work, from collective bargaining cases and contract negotiations through to litigation and OSHA matters.  Sources say she is a "very formidable" advocate who "does a great job by her clients."

Corporate/M&A - Utah

What the team is known for Excellent track record in representing the underwriters of public offerings. Vastly experienced in handling a broad range of transactions, including those in the banking and healthcare sectors. Also advises on fund formation matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I'm very satisfied with all their services."

What's new? Nolan Taylor has returned to the practice following a three-year period of voluntary service. 

Work highlights Represented a subsidiary of Nu Skin Enterprises in the $12.5 million purchase of Nox Technologies, a Pennsylvania-based biotechnology company.

Counseled Healthcare Quality Catalyst in a $39 million Series B financing, the aim of which is to extend the company's presence in healthcare data warehousing. Investors included Norwest Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Samuel Gardiner is "delightful, and just gets it well." He represented Utah-based Franklin Covey in its $12.7 million purchase of assets in NinetyFive 5, a business management consultancy located in Florida.

Alan Bell advised Healthcare Quality Catalyst on a $39 million financing. He is noted by one client as having a "good rapport with clients" and a "roll-up-your-sleeves, no-nonsense attitude."

David Marx has played a lead role on a number of deals in the past year, including People's Utah Bancorp's merger with Lewiston Bancorp. He is recognized by peers for his excellent legal skills.

David Day is a promising associate with a focus on securities and venture capital work. He worked on a number of the team's leading deals this year, one of which being a $25 million investment in Drilling Info Holdings.

Nolan Taylor is a highly respected practitioner who has returned from a three-year period of voluntary service, with one source stating that "he hasn't missed a beat." He has broad experience representing clients in various transactions and on IPOs. 

Significant clients Franklin Covey, Wasatch Advisors, Cross Creek Capital, Bank of American Fork, Naartjie Custom Kids.

Litigation - Utah

What the team is known for Recognized as one of the market leaders in bankruptcy litigation, representing both local and national companies. Also offers counsel in product liability, securities and patent infringement disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are good strategic thinkers."  

Work highlights Represented Play Beverages in various lawsuits, valued in excess of $25 million, against Playboy Enterprises International in relation to several license disputes.

Advising Wavetronix in its highly complex and multifaceted bankruptcy proceedings. 

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected Bryon Benevento is recognized for his abilities as a trial lawyer and his dedication to the profession. His practice encompasses commercial and IP litigation as well as product liability matters. He represented Play Beverages in a number of licensing disputes with Playboy Enterprises. 

Department head Steven Marsden receives praise for being "very good at analyzing and breaking down complex litigation in order to distill it into simple issues." His experience spans a broad range of industries, including banking. 

Significant clients C.R Bard, Play Beverages, CirTran.

Corporate/Commercial - Washington

What the team is known for Strong track record handling international matters, with particular expertise in cross-border capital markets, M&A and securities deals with a Canadian element. Established reputation for its experience in the metals and mining sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It has a really strong cross-border finance practice for Canada; it does tremendous work."

"They have a really good understanding of regulations for our business and filings required around that, not just in the USA but in many countries around the globe."

What's new? Lawrence Ward is promoted to partner.

Work highlights Advised Kodiak Oil & Gas on a number of transactions including a $350 million high-yield Rule 144A offering, and on its acquisition from Liberty Resources of properties and leaseholds in the Williston Basin, a $660 million deal.

Advised Platinum Group Metals on its $180 million common share offering in the USA and Canada.

Represented YM BioSciences in the $487.9 million sale of its business to Gilead Sciences.

Notable practitioners  

Peers say that Christopher Barry is a "tough guy, and in terms of cross-border matters, he's the expert." He is the chair of the firm's Canada group, and cochair of its capital markets team. He acted for Eldorado Gold in its $600 million high-yield debt offering.

Significant clients Franco-Nevada, Banro, Ballard Power Systems.

Intellectual Property - Washington

What the team is known for Impressive handling of domestic and international patent prosecution and portfolio management for clients ranging from small startups to multinational companies. Equally known for its brand management and protection capabilities. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional work. They're attentive, thorough, smart, strategic, and I consider them to be part of our advisory team."

"They have a very strong trademark practice."  

"They know the IP portfolio well and are very strategic in their approach."

Work highlights Advises The Finest Accessories on its global trademark portfolio, including defense, enforcement and protection, as well as drafting vendor and international distributor contracts. 

Acts as trademark counsel to NYX, advising on trademark enforcement and defense across the world.

Assisted Smith Optics to build and maintain its IP portfolio, in addition to representing it in litigation across the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Meiklejohn is described by clients as "extremely knowledgeable and thorough." His practice is centered on IP litigation, and he is especially appreciated for his strategic approach to dealing with contentious matters.

Kimton Eng advises clients on IP portfolio management and development, and has particular expertise in hi-tech related matters, especially those concerning semiconductors, computer graphics and architecture, and memory systems. Clients say: "He's got good knowledge of technology, good judgment, and is a pleasure to work with."

Significant clients Big Fish Games, Micron Technology, American Legend Cooperative.

Labor & Employment - Washington

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.

Litigation - Washington

What the team is known for Respected national firm with a strong regional presence, especially in construction, securities and commercial litigation. Also sought out for its handling of class actions at both the state and federal level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're fantastic: very thorough, and they really care about the client and work products they're providing."

Work highlights Represented the Women’s Basketball Club of Seattle in a facility use dispute with the City of Seattle regarding priority scheduling for the WNBA's Seattle Storm in the KeyArena sports facility. 

Represented UnitedHealthcare of Washington as an intervener-defendant in litigation concerning an interpretation of a contract provision relating to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Defending Smith Optics in a trade dress case for injunctive relief and damages against several ski helmet manufacturers.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Ehrlichman works on litigation relating to the real estate, trusts and estates, financial services and commercial areas. He defended OptumInsight and UnitedHealth Group against allegations of breaches of contractual duties to defend the reputations of medical databases.

Lisa Marchese is lauded by clients as "a fantastic trial lawyer" who is "very organized and understands how to work a case, how to develop a case, and how to work with a client and witnesses." She represented Bristol Bay Native Corporation and CCI in seeking $45 million in damages from the federal government in connection with the misrepresentation of soil conditions on a construction project. 

Significant clients Papa John’s International, Wells Fargo, U-Haul International.