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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1900 K Street NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel:+1 202 496 7500
  • Fax:+1 202 496 7756
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  • Chairman: Jeffrey K Haidet
  • Managing Partner: T Mark Flanagan, Jr California
  • Executive Partner: Kurt L Kicklighter
  • Number of lawyers: 575
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices in Brussels, Belgium and Seoul, South Korea

Firm Overview:
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is an international law firm with more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisors in 15 offices and 13 markets. The firm is uniquely positioned at the intersection of law, business and government, representing clients in the areas of complex litigation, corporate law, energy, environment, finance, government contracts, health care, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, private client services, public policy, real estate and technology.

Main Areas of Practice:  

The Corporate department at MLA offers sophisticated guidance to clients seeking advice on a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters, ranging from the financing and structuring of public and private deals, including related tax consideration and planning, to general corporate counseling and governance.
Contact: Michael Cochran
Tel: 404 527 8375
Email: mcochran@mckennalong.com

Environment, Energy & Product Regulation:
MLA established its environmental practice group more than 50 years ago to counsel chemical companies, oil and gas producers and defense contractors on the first environmental enforcement actions.
Contact: Peter L Gray
Tel: 202 496 7707
Email: pgray@mckennalong.com

Intellectual Property & Technology:
The highly-regarded IP attorneys at MLA skillfully apply their legal knowledge, technical savvy and business acumen to help clients address today’s unique challenges and strategically create, manage and benefit from their IP assets. Realizing that the protection of intellectual property is now a global matter, MLA has developed a deep knowledge and understanding of domestic and international issues.
Contact: Song K Jung
Tel: 202 496 7413
Email: sjung@mckennalong.com

Government Contracts:
MLA’s Government Contracts team consists of more than 70 attorneys and professional advisors throughout five offices. The firm’s experience covers every aspect of Government Contracts, all government agencies and all key industry sectors – aerospace and defense, electronics, communications, IT, technical services, financial, stability operations, construction, transportation, healthcare, biodefense, and the life science fields.
Contact: Frederic M Levy
Tel: 202 496 7631
Email: flevy@mckennalong.com

The cross-practice healthcare team combines attorneys and public policy advisors from the health care regulatory, public policy, government contracts, litigation, employee benefits, tax and corporate practices. MLA’s health care team uses its diverse experience to deliver comprehensive legal and public policy services to its clients who range from providers and managed care organizations to pharmaceutical manufacturers and technology vendors.
Contact: Cindy Gillespie
Tel: 202 496 7684
Email: cdgillespie@mckennalong.com

MLA litigators handle a wide-range of matters, from sophisticated business and commercial cases, class actions and multi-district litigation, to professional liability and dispute matters. The Litigation practice includes many attorneys with particular experience in specialty courts such as bankruptcy, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as attorneys who have the experience, skills and knowledge to represent clients before the Supreme Court, and federal and state courts across the country.
Contact: Tami Lyn Azorsky
Tel: 202 496 7573
Email: tazorsky@mckennalong.com

Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs:
MLA is a nationally recognized leader in the complex field of government affairs, providing clients with a broad range of legal, governmental and political experience. MLA houses a nationally ranked Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice with more than 60 attorneys and professionals, in seven offices in the US and Brussels. The bipartisan team is composed of professionals who have held public office and served as diplomats, as well as those who have previously served as staff and advisors to US presidents, governors, members of Congress and mayors. The practice also includes a Political Law team that ensures that political and advocacy activities comply with state and federal regulations and reporting requirements.
Contact: Gordon D Giffin
Tel: 404 527 4020
Email: ggiffin@mckennalong.com

Real Estate:
MLA’s Real Estate team offers clients a multidisciplinary experience that spans the spectrum of real estate development, investment and finance. Well aware that conducting business today requires a critical evaluation of potential risks, responsibilities and rewards, the firm’s real estate attorneys focus on practical and innovative solutions to complex problems that arise in real estate transactions.
Contact: William F Timmons
Tel: 404 527 8380
Email: btimmons@mckennalong.com


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Real Estate - California

What the team is known for Capable of advising and representing developers and public agencies in a variety of development projects including residential, retail, industrial and mixed-use schemes. Has additional expertise in real estate finance, litigation and land use.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are trusted advisers and true counselors. They make an effort to understand our interests and way of doing business, and address the issues we face with that keen understanding. They make us feel like we are their number one, best client and provide service consistent with that."

"The entire team that I have worked with have proven themselves to be competent, efficient, courteous but firm, and highly responsive."

Work highlights Represented Union Pacific Railroad Company in its dispute concerning the annual rent to be paid by Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines for its use of 1,850 miles of railroad right-of-way across six states.

Advised AEG on its $500 million mixed-use L.A. Live development of hotels and 224 luxury condominiums.  

Notable practitioners  

The "very thorough and thoughtful" Timothy Tosta is a seasoned land use attorney. He has the "unique characteristic of thinking in the way environmental groups do," according to clients.  

Significant clients D.R. Horton, Shea Homes, Pardee Homes, Bohannon Development Company, Pulte Group.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Georgia

What the team is known for A strong generalist bankruptcy practice, representing secured creditors and debtors in loan workouts, restructurings and bankruptcies. Also acts for court-appointed trustees, receivers and examiners, and renowned for its policy advocacy work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely detail-oriented. They also understand the emotional toll of a bankruptcy and work very hard on behalf of their clients."

"A very thoughtful and creative practice, solid across the board with no weaknesses. A very steady resource."

What's new? New clients include Oreck Acquisition Holdings, Santa Ana Unified School District and Comerica Bank.

Work highlights Acted for the debtor on the $200 million Chapter 11 bankruptcy of The Cliffs Club & Hospitality Group, owners of eight high-end golf courses.

Represented Delta Air Lines, owed $20 million in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed in New York of Global Aviation Holdings, a large provider of commercial and military air transportation.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Mark Kaufman as "very knowledgeable, patient and thorough." He recently represented an investors' committee in litigation connected to a Ponzi fraud scheme that was valued in excess of $100 million.

National practice chairman Gary Marsh "has in-depth knowledge and he's savvy. He provides sage advice." He recently acted for the unsecured creditors' committee for Cagle's and Cagle's Farms, the members of the committee being owed collectively more than $80 million.

Henry Sewell is recommended for his bankruptcy litigation work and recently represented the court-appointed examiner for Washington Mutual, a failed financial institution, in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed in Delaware.

Significant clients GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LNV, SunTrust Bank, Southwest Georgia Ethanol, Rockwell Collins.

Corporate/M&A - Georgia

What the team is known for Caters for the midmarket, representing both buy-side and sell-side, as well as working on transactions with companies based abroad, particularly in the UK, China and Canada. Its attorneys have particular expertise in private equity matters, and are also noted for their strengths acting on behalf of healthcare sector clients and representing family owned businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Exceptional performance - they bring a team approach with a number of experts."

"A top firm that provides legal services in a responsive manner."

Work highlights Advised TitleMax regarding a $500 million offer in senior secured notes together with a $75 million revolving credit facility.

Represented UK-based LINPAC Group in the $265 million sale of its Ropak Packaging business to BWAY.

Notable practitioners  

Wayne Bradley is head of the corporate practice and is noted for his broad-ranging expertise which takes in M&A, corporate finance and commercial lending, among other areas. He is "exceptional - extremely responsive  and a good problem solver," according to one commentator, while another praises him for his client care skills and ability to get "to the commercial crux of a transaction."

M&A group co-head Jeremy Silverman is recognized for his transactional strengths concerning privately held targets as well as on deals involving federal government contractors. He draws particular acclaim for his assured navigation of the most complex issues.

Ann-Marie McGaughey is co-head of the M&A group and is a fine choice for clients from a diverse range of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, financial services, retail and technology. She was co-lead on the recent merger between Reznick Groups and JH Cohn.

David Brown is head of the corporate finance group, and has experience in a broad range of corporate finance, M&A and private equity transactions. "He impressed us with his combination of legal skills, responsiveness and ability to deal with people," reports one satisfied client. 

Significant clients Element Financial, HD Supply, Gentiva Health Services, Littelfuse, Cohn Reznick.

Energy & Natural Resources - Georgia

What the team is known for Offers regulatory compliance advice and litigation representation for distributors and regulated utilities. Also acts on development matters and fields an active and growing renewables practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They know our company very well and know the regulatory framework in Georgia very well. It's a combination of them knowing our company very well and being very knowledgeable about how the Georgia Public Service Commission works, and who the players are."

Work highlights Represented Atlanta Gas Light in regulatory litigation before the Georgia Superior Court against the City of Monroe, in connection with encroachment into AGL's certificate area by a municipal gas company.

Acted on the acquisition of land by Christian County Generation for the Taylorville Energy Center, a 600 MW Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle clean coal power plant.

Notable practitioners Steven Bender is a key contact.

Significant clients AGL Renewables, Chattanooga Gas Light, Commerce Energy, Tenaska, Westmoreland Land.

Environment - Georgia

What the team is known for Noted for water law, including the Tri-State Water Wars. Also acts on brownfield redevelopments and site remediation work. Active environment litigation practice, including work on Superfund sites.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very good firm - very solid."

Work highlights Represented Mason & Hanger in connection with the $50 million Crab Orchard Superfund site in Illinois, including government indemnity issues.

Represented High Point in a dispute with the National Park Service relating to water access to private land on Cumberland Island.

Notable practitioners  

Todd Silliman advises a range of clients on water law issues and is noted by peers for his work representing the State of Georgia in the Tri-State Water Wars. Clients say: "He's a very nice, personable lawyer who is very bright and very sharp on the subject matter. He's excellent on the CWA and Georgia coastal water protection laws, very knowledgeable and thorough, and he does an excellent job representing his clients with respect to those laws, both state and federal."

Significant clients Habasit Holding America, Pratt Industries, Bayer Material Science, Tim's Crane & Rigging, Landmark Properties.

Healthcare - Georgia

What the team is known for Acts for large health systems on regulatory and transactional matters including certificate of need representation and high dollar value acquisitions. Also noted for its policy advocacy group, drawing resources from its Atlanta and Washington, DC offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I was first impressed with their knowledge base and their expertise, which is most important, then with their responsiveness."

"They have a deep bench, they have a presence in many of the major cities, which I find valuable, and whenever my primary contacts can't answer a question they put me in touch with someone in one of their other offices."

What's new? New client wins include Aliera Healthcare, Digigrad and Innovative Infusion Solutions.

Work highlights Acted on acquisitions by Northside Hospital, including oncology centers, ambulatory surgery centers and physician group practices.

Represented Tanner Medical Center, doing business as Willowbrooke, in obtaining a certificate of need for the expansion of its pediatric psychiatric and substance abuse services.

Notable practitioners  

James Rawls heads the department and acts on transactional matters for health systems. "He's absolutely phenomenal: I can discuss any matter with him, and as a healthcare expert he has all the tools to handle anything that might be thrown at us. He's a trusted business adviser as well," an impressed client asserts.

Kathlynn Butler Polvino specializes in certificate of need matters for large health systems. Sources say: "She's excellent on healthcare regulation. She has tremendous insight and understands the business as well as the regulatory needs of healthcare sector operators."

Charlene McGinty acts on both transactional and regulatory matters for a range of healthcare providers. As one satisfied client notes, "her input has been invaluable; the complexity of the laws and regulations are overwhelming, but she's got a got handle on all of them."

Significant clients DeKalb Regional Health System, Southern Regional Medical Center, Community Health Systems, Reproductive Biology Associates, Correct Health.

Immigration - Georgia

What the team is known for Conducts a full suite of immigration services and acts for US and foreign corporations in the technology, manufacturing and engineering industries. Holds key relationships with relevant federal bodies, including DHS and the State Department, and is often sought after for its expertise on Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act compliance measures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very high quality - professional and responsive."

Work highlights Advised an international motorcycle manufacturer on the procurement of a P-1 visa for an international motorcycle racer.

Notable practitioners  

James Levine has a proven track record in providing counsel to businesses on all facets of immigration law. Interviewees say he "has excellent knowledge, is meticulous in his work and is pleasant to work with." He has been heavily involved in pro bono activities relating to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival Program.

Significant clients Cbeyond Communications, Jacada, KTM North America, Creditex Group, Corporate Holdings.

Labor & Employment - Georgia

What the team is known for Established team covering the breadth of labor and employment services including labor relations, counseling and compliance, and employment litigation. Particularly renowned for its expertise in trade secret and unfair competition issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their performance was outstanding. They are our go-to firm for labor strategy." 

"They are results-oriented and customer focused. I am really happy with them."

Work highlights Obtained a victory for Northside Hospital against an action to enforce a noncompete covenant brought by the former employer of one of Northside's employees.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, Richard Hankins is a "very insightful and comprehensive labor lawyer who can lead a team and assimilate large amounts of information quickly." Recent highlights include representing Foxwoods Resort Casino in its ongoing labor dispute concerning how federal labor laws apply to tribe activities on the reservation. The case is worth over $20 million. 

Daniel Beale is sought after for his employment litigation and investigation experience, and his thoughtful compliance advice. Recent highlights include acting for Vantage Oncology in a restrictive covenant and trade secret-related claim.

Mark Keenan is touted as "customer-focused and a good strategist" by sources. Recent work includes representing Interbake foods in a lengthy and complex proceeding before the NLRB.

Significant clients The Home Depot, Cardinal Health, International Paper, Arizona Chemical.

Litigation - Georgia

What the team is known for Compact yet highly talented group offering extensive experience in class actions, multidistrict litigation, and parallel civil and administrative proceedings. Represents clients on both the plaintiff and defendant side and is noted for its strengths in high-exposure tort lawsuits. 

Work highlights Successfully represented CIBC World Markets in litigation involving a $45 million secured financing where the plaintiff sought damages of over $100 million.

Defended Dow Chemical against product liability claims of exposure to benzene in the workplace.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Matthew Martin has over three decades worth of experience in commercial litigation. He focuses on matters including contract disputes, bankruptcy and securities litigation.

Significant clients Gentiva, Rialto Capital Advisors, Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Whitesell, Jackson Paper Manufacturing.

Real Estate - Georgia

What the team is known for Frequently advises lenders on property finance matters, including development financing. Represents financial institutions in workouts and foreclosures of distressed assets. Also acts for owners and developers on a range of projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We trust their expertise, and they've got a good national organization so we can use them all over the US."

"They're great to work with, very responsive and very knowledgeable." 

Work highlights Advised PNC Bank on a $61.1 million loan for development of a mixed-use multifamily and retail project.

Advised Tenaska on closing the development and financing of its Imperial Solar Energy Center South project, a 130 MW utility-scale photovoltaic solar generating plant.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say William Stevens is "extremely knowledgeable, very experienced and very responsible, but he also knows how to put a deal together. His experience means he's able to draw from many years in the business and figure out any challenges that come up." He recently advised PNC Bank on 23 separate CMBS loan transactions totaling $584 million.

Significant clients TriMont Real Estate Advisors, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, AEG, KeyBank.

Tax - Georgia

What the team is known for Standalone practice also forming part of the firm's corporate department, working closely with this and other ancillary departments to provide a rounded service in all aspects of tax law. Particularly focused on the tax ramifications of business transactions, and also noted for its cross-border experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm approaches issues with focus and with urgency. In particular we were pleased with their willingness to provide straightforward and helpful recommendations."

"They respond quickly and provide useful insight into our organization's work."

Work highlights Advised Herschend Family Entertainment on tax issues arising from its purchase of the Harlem Globetrotters. 

Acted as counsel to Reznick Group in connection with tax issues related to a merger.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Lange focuses on transactional and employee benefits tax issues. Sources say: "He works tirelessly for his clients. He always seeks to understand the client's issue or goal and then proceed to find a way to accomplish it - he is a 'can-do' attorney."

Significant clients The Home Depot, HD Supply, EDG Partners Fund II, Georgia Oak Partners, Delta Air Lines.

Government - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Handles cutting-edge issues arising in connection with government contracts, particularly in the areas of healthcare reform and cybersecurity, and in matters involving concerns surrounding the federal budget. Also represents many of the top contractors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers we have worked with have provided prompt, excellent legal service, and are extremely knowledgeable about the law and contract claim process."

"McKenna has great depth, experience and expertise in several niche areas within its government practice group."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of KBR on a dispute relating to a contract for performance of dining facility services in Iraq and the reimbursement of incurred costs.

Has represented VSE in its defense of a claim by the Municipality of Anchorage relating to a negligently performed contract by a previously owned company of VSE.

Notable practitioners  

Clients are quick to highlight that James Gallagher is "terrific to work with and very experienced." He has extensive knowledge of financial issues within government contracting, and is adept at handling both civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation. His expertise also extends to breach of contract, cost accounting and defective pricing matters.  

An expert in government contractor defense, among other areas, Ray Biagini has handled cutting-edge issues, proving his technical strength and ability. Clients variously note that he is "good at understanding global issues and putting together appropriate teams," and that he is "a high-level expert who is very intelligent."

Frederic Levy is a suspension and debarment expert with substantial experience in contractor eligibility and responsibility requirements. Clients respect his calm approach to potentially volatile situations, saying: "When you speak with him you feel like he has been there before."

Jason Carey has handled some of the most high-profile protest cases in the industry. One client enthused: "I found him to be extremely professional, knowledgeable and a tireless hard worker."

Significant clients Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Parsons, Rockwell Collins, IBM.

Government - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for An established firm in the political law arena with a strong presence on a state and nationwide basis. Offers expertise across an array of areas, including election law, campaign finance and lobby disclosure rules. Clients include a range of corporations, political committees and candidates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm's extensive experience and expertise in the political/lobbying area is world-class, and their client service is excellent."

Work highlights Acted as chief counsel to the Gingrich presidential campaign, handling all legal matters and negotiations, including campaign finance compliance, filing and ballot access.

Advised the National Mining Association on state and federal campaign and lobbying law, and government ethics.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Passantino heads the practice group at the firm. His political law expertise is heightened by his extensive litigation experience, enabling him to handle complex disputes in areas such as insurance and tort liability. Clients say he is "very client-focused and incredibly responsive," noting that he "has a quality often hard to find in lawyers: he brings a very practical, real-world approach to issues."  

Significant clients Primerica, American Council on Education, GATX, Purple Nation Solutions, Safelite Group.

Transportation - 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.

Transportation - 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.