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Arent Fox LLP

Washington, DC

Arent Fox LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1717 K Street, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036-5342
  • Chairman: Mark M Katz
  • Managing Partners: Matthew J Clark
  • Number of partners: 178
  • Number of lawyers: 358

Firm Overview:
Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. With more than 350 lawyers, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Advertising, Promotions & Data Security: Focuses on media, television, and consumer products companies in all aspects of advertising and promotions including: clearing promotions and advertising globally, advertising and trade regulation law, and federal and state investigations.

Automotive: Focuses on business, franchise and consumer litigation, corporate and real estate transactions, vehicle safety law, regulatory, distribution and franchise, intellectual property, antitrust, environmental and emissions, consumer lending, customs and international trade, restructuring and bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring: Represents creditors’ committees, bondholders, note holders, secured creditors, lender syndicates, debtors, Chapter 11 trustees, and financing providers in bankruptcy proceedings.

Complex Litigation: Represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country and in dispute resolution worldwide.

Corporate: Broad-based corporate experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate governance, and public and private offerings of equity and debt. Handles transactions for private equity funds, public companies, and midmarket private companies.

Government Relations: Assists companies, trade associations, universities, governmental organizations, and other nonprofits attain their objectives by advocating at the federal, state, and local levels. Counsels on elections and political activity law.

Healthcare: Provides coordinated representation in all aspects of healthcare law, including reimbursement/coverage issues, Stark regulations, anti-kickback matters, fraud and abuse counseling, regulatory issues, false claims defense, HIPAA/health privacy advice, RACs, telemedicine, and e-health.

Insurance & Reinsurance: Advises US and European insurers, reinsurers, and brokers on multistate licensing projects, tax issues, regulatory compliance matters, and state investigations. Counsels clients on cross-border acquisitions including public company employment.

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution: Represents parties in international commercial arbitration, treaty-based, and concession-based investor-State arbitration, and State-State arbitration. Advises sovereign and private clients on commercial law and international law matters, including questions arising under contracts, concessions and treaties, including international investment agreements.

Intellectual Property (IP): Offers a full range of services across copyright, patent, and trademark matters relating to the acquisition, enforcement, and commercial exploitation of IP rights and assets. Extensive experience prosecuting and defending against infringement claims in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

International Trade: Represents and advises clients in a range of cross-border matters, such as customs/import compliance; global trade policy; international trade litigation, including litigation before US Court of International Trade and US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and representing clients before the US Trade Representative office; export controls and sanctions, including compliance with the Arms Export Control Act and ITAR; and international anti-corruption and the FCPA.

Labor & Employment: Counsels on employment litigation, labor management relations, occupational safety and health, employee benefits, immigration, federal contractors, and public accommodations.

Non-Profit: Represents tax-exempt organizations on matters relating to tax, government relations, finance, real estate, labor, intellectual property, antitrust, and litigation. Serves as general counsel to associations and nonprofit organizations.

Real Estate: Handles projects nationally and internationally for institutional and private investors in joint venture formation and structuring, portfolio acquisition and sale, land acquisition and development, construction, financing, leasing, management, brokerage and sale for such projects as office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, factories, warehouses, research and development parks, and residential developments.

Sports: Counsels clients in the sports industry on all types of transactions, such as acquisitions and sales of franchises, arena stadium development and financing, naming rights agreements, sponsorship agreements, media rights agreements, issues with labor and employment, venue arrangements, and representation agreements with marketing agencies.

Tax & Estate Planning: Focuses on all areas of federal and state tax law, representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, state tax authorities and courts having jurisdiction over federal tax disputes. Provides comprehensive estate planning, tax planning, business succession planning, charitable planning, and wealth management services.

Telecommunications: Handles services in all aspects of the telecommunications business, including transactions, licensing, regulatory compliance and advocacy, and litigation.

White-Collar: Handles all stages of a government investigation including parallel civil and criminal proceedings involving multiple agencies and across multiple jurisdictions. Conducts sensitive internal investigations,provides compliance and ethics training, guides clients through complex governmental audits and investigations.


  • 555 West Fifth Street,
  • 48th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90013
  • Tel +1 213 629 7400
  • Fax +1 213 629 7401
  • Email : robert.obrien@arentfox.com
  • 55 2nd Street,
  • 21st Floor,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94105
  • Tel 415 513 0000
  • Fax 415 513 0998

Healthcare - California

What the team is known for Solely devoted to representing clients on the provider side such as hospitals and healthcare facilities. Highly regarded for its work across key areas such as regulatory compliance matters, medical peer review and litigation. 

What's new? Recently opened an office in San Francisco, significantly expanding its presence across the state.

Work highlights Advised Kaiser Permanente on a range of data protection and privacy issues.

Assisted Community Memorial Health System in the formation of an accountable care organization.

Notable practitioners  

Lowell Brown is characterized by sources as "the expert in medical staff matters." His expertise encompasses a range of compliance and regulatory issues, and he is also noted for his deep understanding of EMTALA.

Thomas Jeffry is highly regarded for his knowledge of transactional and regulatory matters such as mergers and acquisitions, ACOs and joint ventures. His expertise also spans areas such as HIPAA compliance and antitrust matters.

Significant clients Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, California Hospital Association, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Community Health Systems, Scripps Health.

Labor & Employment - 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.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Deeply experienced in white-collar litigation involving government regulatory bodies. Particular proficiency in FCPA matters, securities enforcement, customs compliance and contractual conflict of interest issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Their performance was exceptional - there was a knowledge of the area, knowledge of the law and an understanding of the process relating to all areas."

Work highlights Represented a former NFL player in a suit brought by US federal authorities alleging insurance fraud charges on the basis of an alleged failure to reveal the source of premiums to two insurance carriers.

Defended former US marine Amir Hekmati in Iran over charges of espionage, for which he was sentenced to death before that sentence was overturned. 

Notable practitioners  

Terree Bowers offers clients extensive experience in handling white-collar defense, FCPA actions, investigations and commercial litigation. He recently represented the City of Victorville against an SEC probe alleging it misled investors by inflating property prices.

Significant clients Eurasian Natural Resources, Smart Electronics, Troy Industries, Colonies Partners.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Work on traditional bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy litigation on behalf of debtor companies, unsecured and secured creditors' committees, and distressed asset buyers and sellers. Deals in a number of midmarket cases with significant work on behalf of IP licensing clients.

Work highlights Worked on behalf of Dietze Construction, a large contractor in DC with revenue of approximately $150 million, in its Chapter 11 proceedings and plan confirmation in the Bankruptcy Court.

Acted for Sisvel US and Audio MPEG as a secured lender and IP licensee respectively in the bankruptcy of a California technology company. The matter involved complex patent licensing issues, plan confirmation and asset sales.   

Notable practitioners  

Mary Dowd leads the DC practice and handles traditional borrower and creditor work as well as distressed asset sales. She is praised for her "very detailed and knowledgeable" approach to matters.

Significant clients TPG Specialty Lending, Arbitron, SCS Engineers, Wilmington Trust. 

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong middle market practice advising corporate and private equity clients across a range of industries. Sports and hospitality are particular areas of expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Good client service and a very client-centric focus are so embedded in their culture that whoever you talk to, any time day or night, is 'on it'. They make you feel like you are their only client." 

Work highlights Advised Hi Tech Pharmacal on its $640 million acquisition by Akorn Pharmaceuticals.

Acted for the San Francisco 49ers on their rights and sponsorship agreement with Levi Strauss.

Notable practitioners 

Steven Cohen leads the corporate and securities practice, and is a key contact.

Significant clients Acadia Healthcare, Calumet Holdings, Choice Hotels International, Ocean Bay, Paladin Realty Income Properties.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Primarily tax and compliance advisory support for regional and national clients, with additional transaction-based benefit plan concentration. Covering the gamut of plans, from employee stock ownership and 401(k)s, to severance, fringe benefits, and health and welfare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Honestly, I would not be as successful without the guidance and expertise provided by the attorneys at Arent Fox. Their responsiveness is impeccable. They keep us informed way in advance of important laws and changes, and the actions we need to take, which is something we truly value."

"The firm is responsive, highly competent and easy to work with."

Work highlights Acting as principal outside benefits counsel for international optical and opto-electronic company Carl Zeiss, encompassing advice on deferred compensation, retirement and welfare plans, and acquisition-based tax and regulatory issues.

Serving as outside benefit counsel to Par Pharmaceutical Companies, in its acquisitions, acquisition-based benefit transition and complex benefit needs.

Notable practitioners  

Quana Jew offers a multifaceted practice that includes tax, regulatory and design work on a variety of plans, such as 401(k), 403(b) and 457. One impressed source notes: "Ms Jew is the model of a valued external counselor. She elevates the legal profession, standing out for her responsiveness, knowledge, and ability to communicate."

Head of the benefits and compensation practice William Charyk retains his dual focus on benefit and compensation tax planning, and taxation of partnerships. Clients laud him as "very smart, professional and personal, all at the same time."

Significant clients Carl Zeiss, Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Choice Hotels International.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Principally stands out for trademark and copyright work. A particularly strong practice with regard to media, entertainment, consumer products, fashion, hotels and leisure brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We have a very cooperative relationship with them. They are very good and their work is of a high quality." 

Work highlights Primary external counsel to Mars, food manufacturer and one of the largest privately held companies in the world, with regard to its trademark, copyright, and design patent assets.

Represented Diesel, the apparel company, in trademark infringement claims brought by the fashion designer John Varvatos concerning footwear designs.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Grow is a leading figure for trademark and copyright litigation at a national and global level. He also advises on advertising, licensing transactions, technology transfer and unfair competition. Clients describe him as "smart, easygoing and a phenomenal lawyer."

Anthony Lupo is one of the country's leading trademark and copyright lawyers, particularly well-known for his representations of leading media and fashion brands. One source said: "He is a tremendous rainmaker and always has the business outlook firmly in mind." 

Significant clients Apple, Benetton, Google/YouTube, Lacoste, Sony.

Real Estate - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Well-regarded DC firm offering expertise to national and international clients across the real estate sector. Work includes purchases and sales, joint ventures and real estate finance. Areas of particular strength lie in the hospitality and nonprofit sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We never worry about having the project staffed by very capable people. It is seamless. Everyone from top to bottom is very competent and we get great execution."

"It is a big real estate practice and has some very strong lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented the American Bar Association in the $69 million sale of its 175,000 sq ft Washington, DC headquarters.

Advised Provident on its $107 million expansion of student accommodation at Howard University's Northwest DC campus.

Notable practitioners  

Clients state that Kimberly Wachen "is extremely well versed in the law, and has business acumen. She knows the markets and trends. She is direct, but friendly and thorough." She leads the hospitality industry group at the firm.

Michael Leahy focuses on real estate transactions, including development schemes, acquisitions and dispositions. Commentators describe him as "a terrific lawyer" who is "well known and very well liked." 

The "excellent" Richard Newman is an expert in bond financing and often works with nonprofit organizations.

Firm chair Mark Katz "is very well respected," according to sources. He specializes in real estate finance and transactions. 

Significant clients Quadrangle Development, NorthStar Realty Finance, DLC Management, Sunrise Senior Living, Association of American Medical Colleges.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

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

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

Government - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for A strong political and election law group offering a broad-based, bipartisan practice. Regularly acts on behalf of a range of political committees, candidates and corporations, and has notable capabilities across a range of matters, such as financial transactions, election law and ethics matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has been exceptional. They have done what we have needed them to do and have been professional and conscious of our needs, providing good advice."

Work highlights Led two significant campaign finance initiatives, including legalizing the option of making political contributions via text message.

Advised three nonprofit organizations on a range of electoral reform matters.

Notable practitioners 

Craig Engle has a wealth of experience in the political law field, and is praised for his "excellent experience and background" in this arena. Clients describe him as being "focused and dedicated, and a lawyer who makes things happen." 

Healthcare - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Renowned for its extensive experience in areas such as reimbursement, regulatory compliance and transactional work. Acts for a broad spread of clients, including long-term care and senior living providers, pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their knowledge of their respective fields and their negotiations skills is excellent, and they are great client advocates."

Work highlights Acted for Broward Health in relation to a False Claims Act investigation.

Assisted Community Memorial Health System in the formation of an accountable care organization.  

Notable practitioners  

Lowell Brown is the head of the nationwide healthcare practice, and is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Bon Secours Health System, The US Oncology Network, Kaiser Permanente, Sunrise Senior Living, Fundamental Long Term Care.  

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Strong copyright, trademark, anti-counterfeiting and false advertising practice. Healthy client following across a series of sectors, including fashion, luxury goods, media and entertainment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very cooperative relationship - they are very good and do work of a high quality."

"They've been very valuable to us." 

Work highlights Engaged to protect the global trademark rights of the Saul Zaentz Company, which owns rights to the trademarks derived from JRR Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'.

Has acted as outside copyright counsel on behalf of broadcasting giant HBO.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Lupo is a key partner based in the Washington, DC.

Significant clients Apple, Estate of Oscar Peterson, Google/YouTube, Sony, Walt Disney.

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for Well-regarded trade group, with considerable experience in handling export controls and sanctions compliance, as well as antidumping and countervailing litigation. Also noted for its expertise in customs work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their client service is outstanding. They make themselves available whenever we need them."

Work highlights Assisted petitioner company CP-Kelco with antidumping proceedings concerning Austrian and Chinese imports of xanthan gum.

Advised security company G4S on complex export control compliance matters.

Notable practitioners  

Kay Georgi handles a range of export control matters, including ITAR compliance. Clients praise her strategic intelligence and insightful approach to government relations.

Matthew Clark is a noted antidumping practitioner. He represents respondents and petitioners from a variety of industry sectors.

Matthew Nolan is recognized for his experience of advising on contentious trade matters. Clients reserve particular appreciation for his practical knowledge of government process.

Significant clients 3M, Allianz, Government of Korea, National Oilwell Varco, Wal-Mart. 

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Offers wide-ranging experience within the hospitality industry, regularly advising owners, operators and developers on national and international transactions. Provides particular expertise in the area of franchising, with in-depth knowledge of the processes for, and issues relating to, the successful creation and expansion of franchises.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're just really good at what they do; they're on top of things and they get things done."

Work highlights Represented Marriott International in connection with multiple hotel transactions, including advising on the development of its new Seville Beach Hotel in Miami.  

Assisted Quadrangle Development in its role in the development of the $520 million Washington Convention Center Headquarters hotel. 

Notable practitioners  

Kimberly Wachen leads the firm's hospitality group and is well known for her work for key client Marriott. Her significant experience in the field includes advising hospitality clients on corporate and financing transactions.

Significant clients LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Revolution, Barcelo Crestline, RLJ Lodging Trust.

Sports Law - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Represents major clients in numerous sports across a broad spectrum of matters. Best known for its work in the media area, including naming rights, broadcast deals and corporate issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do their homework to paint the whole picture and bring it to bear in a way that's unique."

"The lawyers not only protected our interests, but they helped guide us to make good, educated decisions in an area that could be difficult for a layperson to understand."

Work highlights Represented the San Francisco 49ers in its major stadium naming rights deal with Levi Strauss.

Acted for the Tennis Channel in its dealings with the US Tennis Association over rights agreements.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Brand is a "great communicator" and "phenomenal drafter," according to commentators, who also comment that he is a "good big-picture person." He recently represented the San Francisco 49ers in connection with the naming rights for its new stadium.

Significant clients New York Yankees, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Jacksonville Jaguars, Barclays Center.

Transportation - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Represents dealerships and suppliers in litigation and regulatory matters, with expertise in matters relating to motorcycle manufacturers. Additional focus on developing areas of the automotive industry, including e-commerce and driverless cars.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very good firm, with a wealth and depth of knowledge and services."

"Very professional, with a strong reputation, and very capable of getting access to the appropriate people when needed."

Work highlights Advised online automotive database Edmunds on regulatory issues relating to the marketing and sale of cars over the internet.

Represented RAB Motors in the sale to PR1 Automotive of its dealership operations.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Aaron Jacoby represents dealers in litigation. Clients laud his ability to "negotiate the twists and turns with diplomacy, persistence, kindness and confidence; his knowledge and strength made all the difference for us." 

Significant clients Weseloh Companies, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Zero Motorcycles, Asbury Automotive Group, Evolve Motorcycles.

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.

Healthcare - New York

What the team is known for Highly regarded healthcare group that maintains a strong offering in the New York market while drawing on impressive nationwide strength. Well known for solely representing healthcare providers in connection with a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues, transactional work and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very knowledgeable, efficient and attentive." 

Work highlights Acted for Fundamental Long Term Care in its joint venture with a hospital system based in Nevada.  

Advised NorthStar Realty with regard to a range of transactional and regulatory matters including licensing and reimbursement.

Notable practitioners  

Connie Raffa is held in high esteem for the "tremendous amount of experience" that she brings to her practice. She regularly handles a wide range of matters including reimbursement, compliance and fraud and abuse issues, and is described by sources as "extremely knowledgeable and thorough."

Michael Blass is praised for being a "great client advocate." His focus includes a broad spread of regulatory and transactional work, including joint ventures and financings for a number of healthcare providers.  

Significant clients Maxim Healthcare Services, Able Health Care Service, Southern Tier Hospice, Utopia Home Care, Jewish Social Services Agency.

Intellectual Property - 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.

Real Estate - New York

What the team is known for Well regarded for its advice on the full spectrum of real estate transactions and related work, with particular expertise in PPP and tax-exempt bond financing. Clients include developers, tenants, contractors and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are highly professional and smart."

Work highlights Represented Acadia Realty Trust on the development of a 1.5 million sq ft mixed-use project in Brooklyn.

Represented Fannie Mae on the restructuring of $7 billion of financing related to the sale of Archstone to Equity Residential.  

Notable practitioners  

David Dubrow is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Diesel USA, George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture, PepsiCo, HCC Indemnity Guaranty Agency.