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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

New York

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Seattle
  • 1633 Broadway
  • 27th Floor
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10019-6708
  • Managing Partners: David C Baca
  • Number of partners: 297
  • Number of lawyers: 501

Firm Overview: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP was founded on a simple guiding principle: to provide clients with high value legal services customized to their particular needs. This principle has remained intact for decades as the firm has continued to expand across the nation. Today, its team includes approximately 500 attorneys and nine offices, covering a wide variety of practice and industry areas.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business Transactions & Tax: The firm regularly counsels clients on issues such as: M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate finance, securities, corporate governance, and restructuring and organization. Members of the group also regularly advise tax-exempt organizations and for-profit businesses on the full range of domestic and international tax issues.

Employment & Labor: The firm frequently advises employers of all sizes in traditional employment counselling, litigation matters, immigration matters and union/labor matters.

Litigation: With nearly 200 lawyers in eight offices around the country, the firm has experience in all areas of civil litigation, with particular experience in the communications, media, healthcare, financial services and energy industries. The firm also has broad experience in large scale litigation involving antitrust and consumer class actions.

Real Estate: The firm has decades of experience handling complex real estate transactions nationwide for clients in a wide variety of industries. The team includes strong land use, environmental, construction, finance, tax, bankruptcy/workout and litigation attorneys to provide clients a unified, one-stop solution.

Energy: Members of the group provide a full range of transactional, regulatory and litigation services to a wide variety of entities in the electric, natural gas, and renewable energy industries.

Healthcare: The team provides clients with comprehensive regulatory and transactional services, along with real estate, labor/employment, benefits, litigation, financing (including tax-exempt financing), bankruptcy and tax work. They also have substantial experience with the rapidly evolving worlds of healthcare reform and health information technology.

Privacy & Security: The firm provides counsel on all critical privacy and security issues for media companies, retailers, healthcare organizations, financial institutions and other clients handling sensitive data – including personally identifiable information. The firm not only helps clients comply with the law, but also customdesigns privacy and security plans to forecast and manage potential legal and regulatory issues germane to their specific workplaces, industries and global technology needs.

Media & Entertainment: The firm’s media and entertainment attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the country. Davis Wright is the law firm of choice for many of the nation’s most prominent news, information and entertainment companies.

Telecommunications: The firm boasts an extremely broad, deep and experienced team focused on critical transactional, regulatory and litigation advice for telecommunications market leaders and emerging companies alike.

Hospitality: Members of the team practice exclusively in this space, representing restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries, hotels and resorts, gaming companies, and food and beverage producers on the full range of operational, transactional, regulatory and litigation matters.

Intellectual Property: The firm provides comprehensive practical advice over the full range of patent, trademark and copyright procurement, registration, licensing and litigation, as well as marketing and trade secret strategies. It also has extensive experience in the IP aspects of all forms of business transactions.

Environmental: The firm has the depth and experience to help clients assess risks, assume ongoing compliance and address concerns with project development, business transactions, permitting and government investigations. It works on the full range of environmental and natural resources issues, and the emerging body of climate change regulation.

Financial Services: The team provides a full range of counsel on financial services matters, with a particular focus on emerging and mobile payments, as well as defense of consumer class actions.

Technology & Digital Media: The firm provides critical operational, transactional, regulatory and litigation counsel to companies in this highly regulated and rapidly evolving industry.

International Offices The firm also has an office in Shanghai.


  • 188 West Northern Lights Blvd,
  • Suite 1100,
  • Anchorage,
  • Alaska
  • USA
  • 99503-3985
  • Tel +1 907.257.5300
  • Fax +1 907 257 5399
  • Email : anchorage@dwt.com
  • Website : www.dwt.com
  • 865 South Figueroa Street,
  • Suite 2400,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90017-2566
  • Tel +1 213 633 6800
  • Fax +1 213 633 6899
  • Email : losangeles@dwt.com
  • 505 Montgomery Street,
  • Suite 800,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94111-6533
  • Tel +1 415 276 6500
  • Fax +1 415 276 6599
  • Email : sanfrancisco@dwt.com
  • 1633 Broadway,
  • 27th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10019-6708
  • Tel +1 212 489 8230
  • Fax +1 212 489 8340
  • Email : newyork@dwt.com
  • 1201 Third Avenue,
  • Suite 2200,
  • Seattle,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98101-3045
  • Tel +1 206 622 3150
  • Fax +1 206 757 7700
  • Email : info@dwt.com
  • 1300 SW Fifth Avenue,
  • Suite 2400,
  • Portland,
  • Oregon
  • USA
  • OR 97201-5630
  • Tel +1 503 241 2300
  • Fax +1 503 778 5299
  • Email : portland@dwt.com
  • 777 108th Avenue NE,
  • Suite 2300,
  • Bellevue,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98004-5149
  • Tel +1 425 646 6100
  • Fax +1 425 646 6199
  • Email : bellevue@dwt.com
  • Suite 800,
  • 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006-3401
  • Tel +1 202 973 4200
  • Fax 202.973.4499

Advertising - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Offers a broad practice and serves major advertisers and publishers across the industry, both domestically and internationally. Handles traditional and new media matters in relation to the advertising sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide smart, cutting-edge information, presented in a very professional manner in a very quick period of time – which is a huge deal since we are usually working at the speed of light."

"A terrific culture, a national firm, quality lawyers and they put out a great work product."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Charter Communications in relation to marketing and consumer-directed advertising, including promotions and sweepstakes.

Successfully acted for GlaxoSmithKline before the NARB and NAD, in a case concerning a denture cleanser product. GSK challenged claims by a competitor brand of better efficiency and results.

Notable practitioners  

Nancy Felsten is described as "a world-class advertising attorney." Clients appreciatively note her good understanding of state and federal government actors. Her transactional capabilities are also lauded, and she is praised for her negotiation skills and ability to think quickly on her feet. "She always wants to find a win-win solution; she has a nice, genuine personality and people take to her," say clients. 

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Weight Watchers, Panasonic, Hyundai Capital America/Kia Motors, Prada. 

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Highly regarded IP practice specializing chiefly in copyright, trademark and trade secrets, particularly with regard to media and entertainment. The team handles litigation as well as rights management and prosecution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I know the advice I receive will be correct, well thought out, and incredibly up to date."

"The whole team in New York has been superb in their thought and attention to our portfolio."

Work highlights Acted for the Associated Press in a successful copyright infringement action against Meltwater News, an online media intelligence service.

Representing Richemont International in an online anticounterfeiting action against China-based defendants accused of marketing, distributing and selling products bearing some of the plaintiff's best-known marks.

Notable practitioners  

Marcia Paul is a widely admired copyright specialist and wins particular praise for her effectiveness as a trial lawyer. She is also much sought after for advice on trademarks, advertising and libel.

Edward Davis is a litigator and counselor expert in copyright, trademark and privacy law, with a particular focus on media, entertainment and consumer products. Sources have "tremendous confidence that his advice is not only excellent but also sound and nuanced in terms of practical considerations."

Significant clients Associated Press, Getty Images, Madison Square Garden, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Viacom.

Media & Entertainment - New York

What the team is known for Remains at the forefront of the media and entertainment litigation arena. A deep roster of accomplished lawyers with longstanding relationships with top media clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Davis Wright Tremaine is full of true experts in libel and defamation law who are constantly pushing the envelope into what that means on an online level."

"They have many of the top media litigators in New York City and on the East Coast."

Work highlights Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of the Associated Press against Meltwater News in a copyright infringement case.

Successfully defended TripAdvisor in a libel action brought against it for its listing of the 'Dirtiest Hotels' in the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Victor Kovner is "one of the power guns of First Amendment litigation," and is highly regarded by both peers and clients. His expertise lies in the area of communications law, where he represents regional and national print and broadcast media clients.

Elizabeth McNamara is known among commentators to be a strong practitioner with deep experience in the media and entertainment litigation arena. Her practice covers copyright, trademark and libel cases.

Marcia Paul's broad practice takes in trademark, copyright, libel and advertising law, in which she has represented some of the largest media entities. She is also praised for her "very deep understanding of IP law."

Significant clients Viacom, Getty Images (US), New York Post, Macmillan Publishing, Bauer Publishing Group, Electronic Arts.