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Holland & Knight LLP


Holland & Knight LLP - Miami
  • 701 Brickell Avenue
  • Suite 3000
  • Miami
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33131
  • Tel:+1 305 374 8500
  • Fax:+1 305 789 7799
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  • Managing Partner: Steven Sonberg
  • USA Offices The firm also has offices in: Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Lakeland, FL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Tallahassee, FL; Tampa, FL; Tysons Corner, VA; Washington, DC; West Palm Beach, FL
  • International Offices Abu Dhabi, Bogotá and Mexico City

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1889, Holland & Knight has grown into one of the largest law firms in the United States. With more than 1,000 lawyers and legal colleagues in 40 countries, the firm has a reputation for understanding clients’ business issues and staying abreast of the knowledge and trends that shape their industries. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.
Diversity: Holland & Knight believes that clients receive the highest quality service when their legal teams reflect the marketplace in which they do business. This fundamental belief is a core part of the firm’s identity. Holland & Knight is consistently ranked as one of the top law firms nationally for the total number of minority partners as well as Hispanic attorneys.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Financial Services:
More than 150 lawyers comprise Holland & Knight’s Banking and Finance Practice, which is as diverse as the needs of the clients it serves. From asset finance for companies operating in the global transportation industry to sophisticated real estate financings and from multi-billion-dollar tribal financings for Native Americans to the defense of financial institutions in fiduciary disputes, the firm operates at the forefront of the banking and finance industry.

Holland & Knight has extensive experience in all matters related to construction industry claims and litigation. It also counsels clients on construction operations, corporate compliance, structuring and negotiating industry agreements, public-private partnerships, project administration, risk management, government contracts and procurement law, and international construction.

Corporate, M&A & Securities:
More than 150 lawyers regularly advise public and private companies in a broad range of domestic and international corporate transactions, financings and securities law matters.

Holland & Knight provides a full array of legal services to the energy sector in the US and abroad. The firm’s more than 30 experienced energy attorneys and professionals work in all areas of energy-related regulatory, legislative, transactional and litigation matters, as well as the world’s newest, most innovative energy opportunities.

Healthcare & Life Sciences:
The firm represents the full scope of healthcare-related businesses in all aspects of their regulatory issues and operations. Clients range from all providers along the care continuum, managed care companies and health plans to pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms and medical device manufacturers.

Intellectual Property:
Holland & Knight’s IP attorneys have significant experience handling the issues surrounding complex patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters. They are experienced in a wide array of technical disciplines, and many hold degrees in areas such as computer and software engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Labor, Employment & Benefits:
Holland & Knight represents management in all areas of labor and employment law, including civil rights, discrimination and retaliation; class actions; labor relations; non-competition, trade secrets and defecting employees; OSHA, workplace safety and whistleblower claims; ERISA/employee benefits and executive compensation; and immigration, nationality and consular law.

Leisure & Hospitality:
Holland & Knight represents owners, operators, lenders, investors and brands in development, structuring, governance, acquisition, financing, restructuring, management and dispute resolution throughout the world, for projects ranging from hotels, resorts and mixed-use projects to timeshare, fractional, branded residential, golf and marina properties.

With almost 450 lawyers, Holland & Knight has one of the largest litigation practices in the country. Former federal prosecutors and regulatory officials form a key part of the group, which handles multi-million-dollar class actions, securities litigation, product liability, mass tort cases and white-collar criminal defense.

Public Policy & Regulation:
Holland & Knight’s Public Policy and Regulation Practice Group consists of more than 100 lawyers and other professionals engaged in federal, state and local government affairs, regulatory counseling and related disciplines.

Real Estate & Land Use:
With more than 200 lawyers, Holland & Knight’s Real Estate Practice is among the largest of any US law firm. Nearly all of the firm’s offices are staffed to provide clients with superior local, national and international service when handling the wide variety of issues related to real estate transactions, regulations and litigation.

Holland & Knight has almost 100 lawyers directly involved in all types of taxation matters – international, federal, state and local, employee benefits and executive compensation. The firm’s services are both preventive and remedial. Clients range from Fortune 100 companies to individuals protecting their personal and business assets.

Holland & Knight lawyers serve public and private sector clients operating in the many facets of the transportation industry. The firm’s Transportation Team is a recognized international leader and has extensive experience in the areas of aviation, freight rail, infrastructure, maritime and shipping, mass transit and public transportation, and trucking and logistics.

Wealth Management:
Holland & Knight’s estate planning group focuses almost exclusively on the needs of high-net-worth estates. It is nationally recognized in fields as diverse as estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, sophisticated charitable giving, probate litigation, IRS litigation, life insurance planning, business succession planning, asset protection, international taxation, charitable organizations and private foundations.

Holland & Knight represents a diverse client base with interests throughout the United States and abroad, including start-up entrepreneurial enterprises, middle market companies, Fortune 100 corporations and major, internationally headquartered businesses.


Environment - California

What the team is known for Offers public and private sector clients a range of environmental legal services across the practice area. Particular areas of expertise relate to endangered species and water permitting, brownfields and contaminated land and CEQA. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I appreciate their willingness to listen to, and be responsive to, our concerns and legal constraints, and to develop constructive, innovative suggestions to address those concerns."

"They have all been very professional and very knowledgeable. Our interactions with Holland & Knight attorneys, who are experts, have been quite helpful to our efforts." 

Work highlights Advised power company NRG on a wide range of environmental issues in California, including brownfield development, hazardous materials and endangered species.

Advised Tejon Ranch on land use, water supply and resource permitting matters relating to its development of a new resort including 4,000 vacation homes. 

Notable practitioners  

Jennifer Hernandez is lauded by clients for her "great strategic thinking and advice on a wide array of environmental matters." She leads the firm's West Coast land use and environment practice group and is cochair of the national environmental team.

Elizabeth Lake "has impressed us by how quickly she has understood our company's culture, interests, needs and concerns. On day one, she jumped right in, as if she had been part of our team for years. Indeed, not only did she become part of our team, she became one of the primary leaders of it," enthuses one client. She advises a range of clients on matters concerning permitting, energy, natural resources and regulatory issues.

Significant clients Aera Energy, BrightSource Energy, City of Oakland, Forest City, Kern County.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Particular expertise in toxic tort and product liability, as well as experience in class action defense, antitrust and insurance litigation, among other areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They handle cases quickly and efficiently, and they are communicative."

Work highlights Acted for the cities of Alameda, Irvine, Newport Beach, Roseville, San Ramon and Santa Fe Springs as lead counsel in a collective action disputing the method of applying sales taxes to goods imported from out-of-state.

Represented Signature Flight Support in its defense of protest litigation relating to the proposed construction of private jet facilities at San Jose Airport.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Matthew Vafidis is a key practice contact.

Significant clients Crowley Marine Services, City of Brisbane, Harris Corporation, Oracle America, Zhenhua Logistics.

Real Estate - California

What the team is known for Capable of serving clients with respect to all of their zoning and land use needs. Extensive expertise and experience with environmental issues relating to land use and zoning matters, with standout capabilities in advising on CEQA and NEPA regulations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their creativity in addressing issues and seeing the big picture is extremely impressive. They have been able to offer several alternatives from which to choose and continue to think outside the box."

"They are creative in finding the quickest and most cost-effective path forward."

Work highlights Advised AT&T on its permitting needs related to wireline and wireless installations across California.

Represented the City of Oakland in its negotiations of various agreements relating to the $1 billion development of Oakland Army Base.

Notable practitioners  

A client enthuses that Jennifer Hernandez "is simply the best CEQA lawyer and litigator in the state, and has a firm command of the full array of complex and challenging land use and environmental regulations."

The "tireless" Tamsen Plume "is the most efficient lawyer I've ever worked with," according to one client. Other sources add that "she really understands a client's business perspective" and "she is up to speed with all the developments in her area." Her practice focuses on a combination of land use and related environmental work, including for development and redevelopment projects.

Susan Booth is heralded as "extremely impressive" and "smart, quick to understand complex issues and strategic." She is an expert in real estate finance matters and leads the West Coast real estate group at the firm.

Significant clients Armstrong Development, BlackRock, McDonald's, Tejon Mountain Village, Marriott International.

Construction - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Broad-based construction practice working with domestic and international clients. Specialties include acting for contractors in international disputes, as well as representing clients in various infrastructure, compliance and government contract matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"No doubt they have the man power to staff immense matters."

"They have significant international work." 

Work highlights Advised the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the design and construction agreements for its first significant expansion since it opened in 1971.

Acted for Istithmar Hotels Washington in its dispute relating to design errors and construction defects afflicting the W Hotel Washington.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Stephenson "has a wealth of knowledge in construction issues," according to one observer. Another commentator states: "He is very personable, and very professional, but he simplifies complex matters so that attorneys and lay people can understand."

Observers hold Stephen Brett Shapiro to be "a terrific construction lawyer." He leads the firm's construction industry practice group and works with public and private sector clients, including owners, contractors and engineers, in a broad range of matters.

Significant clients Barton Malow, Lend Lease, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Embassy of Sweden, Kiewit.

Environment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Provides a comprehensive environmental legal service to clients in a range of sectors, including energy, mining, chemicals and manufacturing. Also works with governmental agencies at federal, state and local levels on infrastructure projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We continue to prefer Holland & Knight in this practice area given the results and responsiveness we have received from their staff and attorneys."

Work highlights Advised StonebridgeCarras on all environmental matters arising during the seven-acre mixed-use redevelopment of a brownfields site in Washington, DC. 

Acted as national environmental counsel for Corvias in its operations developing and maintaining military and college accommodation across the USA.  

Notable practitioners  

Amy Edwards is "our best and brightest environmental lawyer," according to one client. Edwards's practice includes advising lenders, developers and corporations on environmental risks and issues in their operations. She cochairs the firm's national environmental and military installation redevelopment teams.

Lawrence Liebesman concentrates on water work, especially pollution, wetlands and costal matters.

Significant clients AIG Global Real Estate, BASF, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Invesco Advisers, National Association of Clean Water Agencies. 

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary media and entertainment practice with experience in a range of issues, including First Amendment litigation, IP, telecommunications and transactional matters. Represents a broad client base, including film studios, recording companies, actors and performers, and news media distributors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely responsive, not only in the sense of timing but with regard to our priorities as well."

"They are very willing to accommodate what you want in terms of the advice and representation that they give."

Work highlights Represented Carroll County Times in a lawsuit filed by former chief deputy county prosecutor David Daggett as a consequence of a story published by the newspaper with the title 'Daggett Gave False Testimony' in relation to a murder trial. The team successfully achieved a favorable ruling for the client.

Acted for a coalition of Virginia television stations owned by national broadcasters on the interpretation of the state's legislation on televising of courtroom trials.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Tobin is highly skilled in handling libel and privacy lawsuits in the media sector. He regularly appears in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Clients say: "He is very accessible, very bright, very hard-working and willing to drop anything at a moment's notice for his clients."

Significant clients Associated Press, Cable News Network, Fox Television Stations, LIN Television, BBC. 

Real Estate - District of Columbia

What the team is known for A full-service real estate team with a range of specialist areas of expertise. Major strength in advising clients involved in mixed-use development projects, with further capabilities in zoning and land use matters, and in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very client-oriented and has integrated well into the larger project team, including transactional counsel."

Work highlights Represented Roadside Development in its $300 million redevelopment of the O Street Market in Washington, DC.

Represented Monument Realty and its joint venture parties in a project to develop a new facility for Boeing in Arlington, Virginia. 

Notable practitioners  

Clients report that Norman Glasgow "has superb judgment" and "has mastered the DC land use laws." "He is also very smart and connects very well with the community," adds another commentator.

Peers identify Whayne Quin as "the platinum standard for land use." "He comes across as authoritative in a very cordial way, so he can work with people in the community and can communicate with different types of people," states a client.

The "steadfast, smart, careful, conscientious and delightful" David Briggs "mitigates our risks in a pragmatic way," said a client.

David Kahn heads the firm's real estate practice group. He has substantial experience of advising clients on real estate finance, commercial leasing and development matters. 

Christopher Collins is an experienced zoning and land use practitioner with a broad practice. He works on residential, commercial and industrial development schemes, with clients in the financial, education and hospitality sectors. 

Tara Scanlon "is a rising star," according to a market source. She is cochair of the national retail development and leasing team at the firm, and is an expert in real estate transactions in the retail sector.

Peers describe Janis Boyarsky Schiff as "a very good leasing lawyer" who is "well known in the retail leasing world."

David Silver advises a range of clients, including significant corporations, developers, pension funds and institutional owners. Areas of expertise include development projects, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. 

The "highly regarded" Chad Tiedemann has a varied commercial real estate practice. His clientele comprises major DC-based developers and a wide variety of real estate investors.

Significant clients Akridge, BlackRock, CBRE Investors, Jones Lang LaSalle, Uniqlo.

Antitrust - Florida

What the team is known for Highly capable team undertaking antitrust litigation in a variety of sectors and industries, including healthcare. Maintains a particularly strong presence in Florida, with eight offices in the state.

Notable practitioners  

Jerome Hoffman is recognized by sources as an experienced and active presence in the area. His practice primarily focuses on antitrust issues in the healthcare sector.

Banking & Finance - Florida

What the team is known for Provides extensive coverage of the market in Florida, with banking and finance specialists based in multiple offices throughout the state. Offers a deep bench of attorneys with expertise covering a range of regulatory, transactional and public finance matters. Also recognized for its significant experience in real estate finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very responsive, and very knowledgeable about the documents and how they work. They're knowledgeable about documents that are governed by different jurisdictions and they always know what they're doing."

"They're big and have a lot of resources. They tend to have detailed experts on anything we need to look at and they have a very big associate base."

Work highlights Represented ACS Infrastructure Development with regards to a significant syndicated loan transaction used to part finance its investment in I-595 Express.

Acted for Harris Corporation in connection with the negotiation of its $1 billion revolving credit facility.

Notable practitioners  

José Sirven receives plaudits for being "very solid, very solution-minded and very pragmatic." He offers a wealth of cross-border transactional experience, and regularly acts for financial institutions, corporations and private entities. He recently represented ACS Infrastructure Development in connection with a high-value loan from a syndicate of lenders.

Edward Vogel is highly regarded in the market, and is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer, who is well grounded and knowledgeable." He is a skilled public finance attorney, and recently advised Citibank in relation to $140 million in revenue bonds issued by Jacksonville Electric Authority. 

Joe Dewey advises on a wide range of commercial lending transactions for a client base comprising life insurance companies, commercial banks and other financial institutions. He is commended by interviewees for being "very sharp and very pragmatic in his approach."

Charles Stutts is well thought of in the market, with sources describing him as "a really nice guy who is pragmatic in how he goes about things and quite knowledgeable." He concentrates his practice on banking and securities law, with significant expertise in matters subject to state and federal supervision.

The "awesome" Barbara Yadley "cuts to the chase and knows what she's talking about," according to commentators. She is experienced in a broad range of financings, including cash flow lending and asset-based lending, as well as real estate finance.  

Sources note that Andres Fernandez "is well informed and highly respected by regulators." He focuses on regulatory matters and is particularly knowledgeable with regards to BSA/AML. He recently joined the firm from Gunster. 

Significant clients Bank United, Brown & Brown, Ocean Bank, TD Bank, Jabil Circuit.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Florida

What the team is known for Highly experienced group operating predominantly on the creditor side. Its nationwide practice attracts work from the major financial services and banking clients operating in Florida.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Talented lawyers on the creditor side." 

Work highlights Acted for Jabil Circuit on a number of bankruptcy matters, including the Nortel Networks case, in which Jabil was one of the largest unsecured creditors, with claims of more than $10 million.

Mediated more than 75 fraudulent transfer and preference cases related to the Taylor Bean & Whitaker bankruptcy. 

Notable practitioners  

Rod Anderson represents institutional lenders in a broad range of bankruptcy matters and has been the lead attorney for TECO Energy, an unsecured creditor, in its adversary actions worth over $2 million. According to interviewees, he is a "good, seasoned lawyer."

Noel Boeke focuses on creditors' rights issues, including lien enforcement and fraudulent transfer actions as well as working on distressed M&A. He also has experience in Chapter 11 debtor reorganizations and recently led the loan restructuring negotiations for student housing loans worth $35 million. 

Keith Fendrick is a "very talented" lawyer representing financial institutions and creditor groups in large Chapter 11 cases. He recently represented Investors Warranty of America in a number of matters, including negotiating a consensual plan for the secured creditor that transferred to it the debtor's assets.

Leonard Gilbert is known as one of the deans of the Bankruptcy Bar in Florida. He is a renowned mediator and was appointed to mediate cases surrounding the Chapter 11 proceedings of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. He continues to work in the representation of financial institutions and creditors.

Samuel Zusmann is a "terrific" lawyer with an all-around practice and more than 50 years of experience. He has worked extensively with creditors and debtors in industries that range from manufacturing to real estate and resort development.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Wells Fargo Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, former members of Aurora Capital's board.

Construction - Florida

What the team is known for Highly respected and broad-based practice with experience in an array of construction matters. Particularly noted for its handling of large-scale infrastructure work and acknowledged for its regional and national reach. Acts for a wide range of construction parties, including investors, contractors and builders.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They deliver a high-quality product and I really am highly satisfied with them."

"I go to them because of the size of the firm and the broad base of expertise they have."

Work highlights Acted for a contractor on defending against a $50 million claim relating to alleged Chinese drywall at a condominium tower.

Represented a contractor in a damages suit brought for breach of contract in the construction of a cement manufacturing plant. 

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant, thorough, very diplomatic and savvy" Ben Subin is considered "an excellent litigator and an excellent strategist." Recent highlights include representing a contractor in claims involving the construction of a biomass power generating facility.  

Corporate/M&A - Florida

What the team is known for Broad practice with a focus on work for public companies and private equity groups. The team is particularly recognized for its standout expertise in the healthcare industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Working with Holland & Knight has been very positive because its lawyers are smart and creative."

Work highlights Advised TECO Energy on the disposal of its Guatemalan operations, including the $213 million sale of a power station, fuel handling and port facilities to CF Financeco.

Acted on the acquisition of Nashville-based Prost-Data for OPKO Health.

Notable practitioners  

Rodney Bell is known for his public company securities work as well as his general transactional expertise. Clients include TECO energy, which he recently advised on the sale of a number of assets in Guatemala. 

Chester Bacheller is a strong lawyer with an active corporate practice. He recently worked as part of a team which advised Jabil Circuit on its $600 million acquisition of Nypro. 

Robert Grammig heads the firm's public company and securities practice and is praised by sources as a "very good lawyer" who is well respected in the marketplace.

Tom McAleavey has an active M&A practice and represents clients such as NASCAR. 

Significant clients Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Brown & Brown, Mavco, Harris Corporation, JPMorgan Chase.

Environment - Florida

What the team is known for Has extensive environmental experience and handles a range of matters, such as permitting, litigation and hazardous waste issues. Particularly strong in climate change and water resources.

Notable practitioners 

Lawrence Sellers is renowned for his work in the regulatory field, with sources commenting that he does an "excellent job in the rule-making process." He also has notable experience in permitting and appeals.  

Roger Sims maintains his "distinguished career" and reputation for being "the real deal." His expertise in water law and his pragmatic advice are particularly noted, with one source saying: "He is transparent to a point where he can tell you that this is something you are not likely to get accomplished." 

Lawrence Curtin is considered an expert in air work and has deep knowledge of major industrial sectors such as power generating and chemical manufacturing. He is further highlighted for his strong client base. 

Healthcare - Florida

What the team is known for Offers a unique mixture of expertise pertaining to regulatory work and white-collar crime matters. Also possesses significant expertise in transactional issues, in addition to acting for clients before state regulatory and legislative bodies.

Work highlights Acted for Simply Healthcare Plans regarding its transactional, licensing and healthcare regulatory issues.

Represented Navarro Discount Pharmacies in its negotiation of capital lines of credit and supply agreements, in addition to offering assistance regarding its intellectual property issues.

Notable practitioners

Maria Currier heads the healthcare practice and is described as an "incredibly good lawyer" and an "expert in healthcare." She primarily focuses on healthcare integrations, M&A, fraud and abuse, regulatory issues and cross-border ventures. 

Shannon Hartsfield Salimone is praised for her "thorough analysis." She concentrates her work on privacy matters such as data privacy and compliance issues.

Significant clients Adventist Health Systems, Healogics, Express Scripts, MBF Healthcare Partners, Health First, Watson Clinic LLP.  

Latin American Investment - Florida

What the team is known for Adopts a strong focus on midmarket transactions involving Florida. A well-established reputation in Mexico is complemented by a growing profile in Colombia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are professionals, committed to results, and offer the best legal resources to protect the client’s business interests."

What's new? The firm opened a new office in Mexico City in August 2013, spearheaded by Boris Otto, who joined from Chadbourne & Parke.

Work highlights Advised Florida-based holding company TECO Energy on the $227.5 million sale of its Guatemalan operations.

Notable practitioners  

George Mencio co-heads the firm's international and cross-border transactions group. Market commentators respect the experience he has accumulated in the region, particularly in M&A.

Significant clients FirstBank Puerto Rico, Santander, Jabil Circuit, Drummond Coal, GE Capital Aviation Services.

Litigation - Florida

What the team is known for Recognized for its talented commercial litigation and white-collar teams. Noted for its strength in the healthcare, real estate and construction sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Watching the team in court was like watching an incredible orchestra: talent, dedication and knowledge."

"The partners were very well prepared in their advocacy. Nothing was left to chance."

Work highlights Represented procurement services provider Avendra in $75 million litigation brought by the owners of the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, succeeding in getting the case dismissed at the summary judgment stage.

Acted for the state attorney of Miami-Dade County on a high-profile suit brought by a former city commissioner, accusing a number of figures in Miami politics of conspiring to remove her from office.

Notable practitioners  

Sources appreciate that William Wilson is "thoroughly prepared for everything and exercises very good judgment." He acts as managing partner of the firm's Orlando office and also takes on a range of commercial litigation and securities cases.

The "excellent" Tracy Nichols is commended by peers for her work in the field of securities litigation. She recently represented Mako Surgical in relation to a $300 million suit brought by shareholders, claiming the company's sale projections were misleading.

Civil trial lawyer Joseph Varner advises on a variety of business disputes. Clients say: "Joe Varner is an extremely high-level skilled litigator for bet-the-company cases. He's a skilled tactician, very persuasive and an excellent trial advocate."

Clients consider commercial litigator Sanford Bohrer an "incredible trial lawyer." He heads the firm's class actions group, and is also noted for his extensive track record in First Amendment cases.

John Hogan has an excellent reputation for handling white-collar criminal cases and government investigations. Clients value his "wealth of knowledge as to how the Department of Justice process works."

Bill Shepherd represents corporations under investigation by regulatory and law enforcement bodies. Peers appreciate the former prosecutor's deep ties with the law enforcement community and say he is "very good strategically."

Former federal prosecutor Latour Lafferty advises on a broad range of white-collar criminal defense matters. Sources report that "he has a very good understanding of the case facts and does a good job of managing clients, keeping them focused on the strengths of the case and what was going to resonate with the judge."

Significant clients AIG, Citibank, PNC Bank, Newland Real Estate Group, Wells Fargo.

Real Estate - Florida

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its transactional, land use and zoning expertise. Particularly well placed to advise lenders on real estate finance matters. Impressive capacity for handling major deals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's a very diverse attorney network. They seem to have specialists in every area. They are involved in every deal and know the right people. No deal is too difficult for them."

"They all have a good appreciation of the needs of their clients, but also what the municipality and county needs in order to get things approved. They're extremely responsive to us."

Work highlights Acted for JPMorgan Chase on the $28.7 million construction financing of a multifamily development in Miami.

Advised IKEA on potential retail locations in Miami-Dade County.

Notable practitioners 

Joseph Goldstein maintains his reputation as a highly accomplished land use practitioner. He is renowned for his grasp of complex issues and is praised by clients for his ability to tailor his advocacy to persuade any audience.

Clients report that John Halula has "good business sense and a very calm, professional demeanor." His strength lies in handling real estate transactions for national and international lenders, and he recently represented HSBC Realty Credit in its takeover of a failed $225 million loan for the construction of a Hollywood Beach condominium project.  

"Resolution-focused" real estate attorney Richard Eckhard is known for his "ability to bring a brilliant strategy to the table without it necessarily being adversarial." He has great proficiency in commercial developments and leasing.

The well-respected James Seay has significant experience in real estate finance matters. He also works on a wide range of development projects.

Sources report that Christopher Brockman is "good at anticipating issues that are going to arise, given the particular parties involved, and coming up with creative solutions to deal with them." His practice focuses on commercial leasing.

Ted Brown has "the ability to dig through the layers of issues and get to the core of the matter." Sources admire the "technical expertise and heightened sense of responsiveness" that he brings to his land use and zoning practice.

The highly regarded Juan Mayol is hailed as "extremely knowledgeable," with the "absolute capacity and capability to handle transformational projects." His land use practice concentrates on the representation of developers and builders.

Significant clients American Realty Capital, Baptist Health South Florida, Codina Partners, New York Mets, PwC.

Tax - Florida

What the team is known for Offers advice and representation to a variety of clients, including high net worth individuals, family businesses, national and multinational corporations, charitable organizations and real estate developers. Areas of expertise include controversy and litigation, wealth planning, SALT, federal tax planning and international tax.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are terrific. Their attorneys have good judgment, and they are responsive and attentive."

"They provide good value for clients and are experienced in the high net worth space."

Work highlights Provided restructuring advice to TECO Energy on a $227.5 million matter concerning the sale of its Guatemalan power generation business. 

Notable practitioners  

James Ervin is regarded by peers as one of the preeminent SALT practitioners in Florida. "He has a good, long history in the field, and can keep his clients happy," states a market source.

Edward Koren is head of the firm's private wealth services department. Clients describe him as "a legend in estate planning: creative in his thinking, responsive and attentive."  

Christopher Boyett is head of the firm's private wealth services group in South Florida. Peers say he "is very proficient, understands the area, and is very practical," while clients describe him as "a genuine guy with good judgment."

Robert Friedman specializes in matters concerning executive compensation, ERISA and employee benefits. Peers describe him as "a fine lawyer" who is "always out there doing the work." 

William Sherman is head of the firm's tax group, and is described by clients as "extremely knowledgeable and accessible." He has a particular interest in domestic and international tax planning, in which area he is admired by peers as "a very skilled, good and talented guy."

Kevin Packman chairs the firm's offshore compliance team. He is regarded as "a rising star" in the field of domestic and international estate planning, and he is also active in the fields of creditor protection planning and tax controversies.  

Andrew Weinstein has acquired a wealth of experience in a daunting array of tax matters, including controversies with the IRS, domestic international tax planning and compliance, and gift and estate planning. He continues to attract considerable recognition from his peers.  

Bernard Barton advises public companies and high net worth individuals on a variety of federal and SALT matters. "He is very responsive, does things fairly and is extremely knowledgeable," states a client.  

Litigation - Georgia

What the team is known for Robust practice group recognized for its prowess in civil litigation. Many of its accomplished litigators focus on appellate work and routinely handle jury and bench trials across the country.

Work highlights Successfully defended Bridgestone Retail Operations against claims that they were negligent in servicing a van that was later involved in a serious car accident.

Advised the publishing company Elsevier and its subsidiary Gold Standard in relation to a $500 million product liability and personal injury case where the client had allegedly failed to warn consumers sufficiently of the dangers of a drug called Reglan on its packaging. 

Notable practitioners  

The "well-respected" Laurie Daniel is known for her strategic approach to handling high-profile litigation matters. She recently led a $55 million matter concerning a fatal car accident on behalf of Landstar Ranger.

Harold Daniel is a seasoned litigator who is frequently retained for his antitrust, securities and RICO expertise. "He is a top trial lawyer who has great business sense," notes one highly impressed source.

Allen Maines offers a broad range of litigation services including handling shareholder cases, competitive disputes and large international controversies. Recent highlights include representing The Hearst Corporation and King Features Syndicate in an intellectual property and licensing rights dispute.

Significant clients Monitronics International, Agnes Scott College, Teachers' Retirement System of Illinois, LexisNexis, NEXus Medical Group.

Labor & Employment - Illinois

What the team is known for Noted by market observers for its public sector work. Offers litigation and labor law services and represents clients in the healthcare and manufacturing industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are superb - I think their legal knowledge certainly is impressive but what impressed me also is that they think like businessmen and have great business acumen."

"They are practical in their approach; they have a good ability to tell me what the law is and put that into real-world practice."

Work highlights Advised Pacer International on two lawsuits, amounting to claims of $5 million, brought against the company from two former employees. The cases were successfully dismissed.

Advised Moore Landscapes in relation to a charge of unfair labor practice brought against it by three employees. The team won a dismissal by the NLRB.

Notable practitioners  

One source said of key partner Mark Shapiro: "When it comes to defending the company, I think he is skillful and appropriately tough." Shapiro handles traditional labor and employment work as well as litigation.

Robert Vyverberg is praised by a client as "very responsive - he can handle a wide variety of matters." Vyverberg specializes in labor and employment litigation.

Gregory Brown has recently joined the firm from Katten Muchin Rosenman. Brown is highly regarded in the market and is noted by a peer as "a major player in the ESOP community." He is particularly well versed in ERISA litigation and executive compensation and advises numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Significant clients Boston Market Corporation, Exelon, McDonald's, CVS Pharmacy.

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

What the team is known for Diverse practice with a strong reputation for handling matters relating to film production. Offers transactional expertise to media and entertainment clients on content acquisition, branding and licensing, and entertainment financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A broad range of expertise and excellent office management make it easy to consult across several areas of expertise as and when required."

"They provide top-rate service and an enthusiasm for the subject matter."

Work highlights Assisted Life Itself in drafting a licensing agreement with CNN for the production of a documentary based on the life of Roger Ebert. 

Served as financing and production counsel to Three Oaks Theater Festival.  

Notable practitioners  

Robert Labate has particular strength in the corporate aspects of transactional media and entertainment law, and is noted for his abilities within the film and television industries. One client notes that he is "the best entertainment attorney I have encountered - he has a thorough knowledge of the field and he is honest, imaginative and creative."

Significant clients Kartemquin Films, Chicago Irish Film Festival, The Kindling Group, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Infinite Stones.

Real Estate - Illinois

What the team is known for Significant aptitude in matters relating to zoning and land use law, and well versed in commercial real estate matters including leasings and transactions. Also noted for its handling of government and public sector real estate work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Their work is timely, and they are deal-focused - lawyering to further our business position instead of lawyering just to lawyer."

"Their subject matter knowledge and their attention to detail was fantastic."

Work highlights Represented Triple Five Group in relation to leasing matters for the $3 billion American Dream Meadowlands shopping mall in New Jersey.

Represented the city of Akron, Ohio in the sale of Bridgestone Americas headquarters to the city. The team also advised the city and Bridgestone in a public-private partnership agreement to build a research and development centre.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Elrod is "knowledgeable, efficient and brings a good business perspective to the practice of law," relates one market observer. Elrod is the head of the firm's national land use and government department and is noted for his expertise in the full range of land use and zoning law.

Peter Friedman's clients include the City of Des Plaines, for which he anchors the firm's work after it was selected as general counsel for land use matters on a multiyear, open-ended engagement. Sources name him "a very intelligent lawyer." 

Significant clients Governor of the State of Illinois, UBS Realty Investors, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Manulife Financial, Clark Street Development.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Represents midmarket companies in financial distress, offering a full spectrum of bankruptcy and insolvency services. Incorporates both national and international concerns, with expertise in the shipping, clean energy, finance, hospitality and real estate industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very precise, very good on advising on risks and responsive."

Work highlights Acted for Wilmington Trust as agent and the steering committee of the syndicated senior secured lenders to Excel Maritime in relation to its Chapter 11 filing.

Represents the official committee of unsecured creditors of Satcon Technology in connection with a Chapter 11 case which involved multiple cross-border elements.

Notable practitioners  

National practice group leader John Monaghan litigates sophisticated bankruptcy matters, often with international components. He is known to be "quite strong and quite skilled," and is praised for his "practical and straightforward" approach.

Significant clients Starwood Hotels & Resorts International, Nordea Bank, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Haymarket Capital, BNP Paribas.

Healthcare - Massachusetts

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

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

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Full-service labor and employment practice advising management-side clients. Noted market experience pertaining to the higher education, healthcare and technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Holland & Knight has done a very good job of protecting our interests and making strategic decisions in terms of litigation."

"They're wonderful, proactive and good at giving us the correct advice."

Notable practitioners  

Miriam McKendall is recognized for her focus on education law and related employment litigation. Her expertise extends to litigating at state and federal levels and handling workplace investigations.

Litigation - Massachusetts

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

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

Real Estate - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Well regarded for its commercial leasing and land use expertise. Proficient in development work, including in the hotel and hi-tech industries. Has broad-ranging real estate expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're experienced and knowledgeable. They've been pretty creative and innovative whenever we encounter something new."

"I really like working with Holland & Knight because they have a very diverse talent pool."

Work highlights Represented Athenahealth.com in the $168.5 million acquisition of a 29-acre, 11-building property, which was originally used as an arms manufacturing plant for the US Army, from Harvard College.

Acted for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as lender in a $118 million financing for the conversion of Minneapolis's Pillsbury A-Mill - a site considered endangered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation - into an artist community project of affordable housing and studio space.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly talented" Philip Lapatin continues to dazzle with his leasing prowess, with particular experience in handling office tower properties. Peers describe him as "efficient, effective and knowledgeable," while clients value his ability to cut straight to the point: "He gives you a very quick, practical, bottom-line set of suggestions."

Philip Notopoulos handles a diverse array of real estate matters, recently advising Westport Advisors on the sale of a Florida continuing care retirement community property. Notopoulos is admired for his impressive technical ability, and clients observe: "He is experienced and knowledgeable, and that helps transactions run smoothly."

Significant clients Boston Architectural College, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, CSX Transportation, SunTrust Community Capital, Casual Male.

Construction - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Large construction practice representing public and private owners, as well as developers, contractors and construction companies. Acts frequently for clients engaged in substantial national and international projects. Developments are varied and include mixed-use and resort schemes, hospitals, energy facilities and industrial and infrastructure activities. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"In each of their offices they have people that I think are very good construction lawyers. My view is that they have top-notch people."

Work highlights Represented Bond Brothers in claims concerning material failures in a substantial life sciences building at Harvard University. 

Advised Massachusetts Technology Collaborative on its 1,100-mile broadband infrastructure expansion project.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Shapiro is a key contact.

Significant clients The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Battery Park City Authority, The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, New York Metropolitan Transport Authority, Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Environment - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Offers a broad sweep of environmental expertise, covering endangered species, wetlands, hazardous waste and brownfields matters. Has a further specialty in advising notable developers on the environmental issues associated with urban infill projects. 

Work highlights Represented the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in litigation interpreting amendments to the Clean Water Act concerning cleanup costs for stormwater. 

Acted on a variety of compliance, enforcement and litigation matters as national environmental counsel to Quality Distribution.  

Notable practitioners

Washington, DC-based Amy Edwards is a key contact.

Significant clients American Road & Transportation Builders Association, BASF, Invesco Advisers, CEMEX, LNR Development.

Food & Beverages - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Offers a truly nationwide service with practitioners based in strategic offices across the country. Particularly recognized for its strength in advising clients who are active in the Californian wine market across the full spectrum of legal issues. Also has notably developed expertise in the growing area of online alcohol retailing.  

Work highlights Devised a federal law compliance and training program for MGM Resorts International, to be delivered to national beverage managers and in-house counsel.

Advised Lagunitas Brewing Company on various regulatory issues and drafted a standard template for its national distribution agreements.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees admire Michael Newman's "calming personality," and note that they go to him when they "want a more commercial opinion." He advises clients on a range of issues, including licensing, IP and copyrights. He recently advised Sutter Home Winery on the expansion of its business into distilled spirits.

Significant clients Campari, 5th Rock, Fetzer Vineyards, Costco, Heineken USA.

Government - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Tysons Corner.

What the team is known for Offers a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of government contracting and the complex issues that arise from it. Has an impressive track record when appearing before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The vast experience that a firm the size of Holland & Knight can provide to resolve a legal matter is impressive. Holland & Knight's attorneys are efficient because they have handled similar matters and are experts in their area of law."

They have provided exceptional service. They are very timely in their responses and continue to keep me updated when needed."

Work highlights Represented CAE Healthcare in an initial bid protest of a contract award concerning the supply of training mannequins to US Army training centers. Subsequently, after corrective action which saw the contract being awarded to CAE, the firm advised on the company's defense of a challenge.

Represented Affordable Engineering Services in a bid protest filed at the Court of Federal Claims relating to a US Navy contract for support services.

Notable practitioners  

Government contracts and dispute resolution specialist David Black regularly represents contractors in protests, False Claims Act investigations, government audits and terminations. Clients remark: "David's calm, self-confident style makes him a pleasure to work with."

Government - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for An ever-expanding practice comprising bipartisan lawyers and public policy professionals. Offers expertise in tax, high-stakes communications, energy and data privacy. Also maintains strong connections with Congress, the White House and the executive branch.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Provided exceptional service through their advice and political intelligence, which helped with our regulatory and legislative strategy decisions."

"They have a whole host of professionals who have the expertise to advise on matters which are important and critical to our diverse business."

Work highlights Provided guidance to the American Chemistry Council on a range of public policy issues. The team also successfully brought about legislation to promote federal research into lightweight plastic and composite intensive vehicles with the objective of developing more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Continues to represent the American Forest and Paper Association in regulatory and legislative issues involving energy, environmental and tax matters.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Gold heads the practice and is praised for his "political savvy." He is recognized for his ability to handle innovative matters and novel legal questions, and his areas of expertise include transportation and environment. Clients note that "he is very accessible and willing to do what it takes to get the job done."

David Whitestone is known for his work in partnering a range of organizations with federal agencies in the Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board and the Department of Defense, among others.

Significant clients Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, Advanced Biofuels Association, Association of Critical Care Transport, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Dow Chemical.

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco.  

What the team is known for Well known for its hotel management work, which it handles for many leading industry brands. Provides a comprehensive service to clients, regularly working in conjunction with colleagues who are well versed in intellectual property, construction and gaming matters, as well as other areas. Also offers notable experience in timeshare work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've got great breadth of practice, good service and good value."

"They are very responsive, creative and intelligent."  

Work highlights Acted for Tribeca Associates and Starwood Capital Group on the $500 million development of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences in Manhattan.

Represented special purpose entity lender Dallas Butler Hotel Investors in relation to a $49.5 million loan made to part-finance the redevelopment of the Dallas-based Butler Brothers Building into a substantial mixed-use hotel project. 

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Guay is described as "a really knowledgeable hospitality attorney, who is very committed to his clients." His experience includes mixed-use development projects, restaurant agreements, and hotel acquisitions and dispositions.

Lynn Cadwalader advised Olympus-Calistoga on the restructuring of luxury mixed-use hotel project Calistoga Ranch, which is located in Napa Valley. She also has notable experience in advising Chinese investors, such as Shenzhen New World Group, on their US-based investments.

Significant clients Capital One, InterContinental Hotel Group, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Kerzner International, Virgin Hotels.

Native American Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, LA and Chicago.

What the team is known for Broad Indian law practice, particularly renowned for advising on tax issues for tribes and companies operating on tribal land.

Notable practitioners  

A hugely experienced practitioner, Jerome Levine maintains a wide-ranging practice and is especially recommended for his gaming expertise.

Philip Baker-Shenk is an Indian law specialist commended as being "terrific on the legislative front." He is also noted for his great knowledge on tribal finance matters.

The "fantastic" Kathleen Nilles is a renowned expert in advising Native American tribes on tax issues.

Walter Featherly has recently joined the practice from Squire Patton Boggs. Featherly is especially commended for his advocacy and is regarded as "a leading lawyer in the Alaskan corporation space."

Significant clients Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of California, Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

Products Liability - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Advises on a range of product liability and mass tort issues around the country. Particularly noted for its expertise in the transport arena, garnering praise for recent work representing tire manufacturers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The work Holland & Knight has performed has consistently been excellent."

"I truly view our main contacts at the firm as partners in defending our company's interests."  

Work highlights Successfully coordinated the defense of Bridgestone in foreign accident litigation regarding tires manufactured by the client.

Acted for ExxonMobil following allegations of water supply contamination following use of a specialized additive in gasoline.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Smith is highly praised for his representation of Bridgestone. Sources describe him as "a great lawyer at the top of his game," identifying his intelligence and strategic thinking as key attributes. He is also noted as someone who is "great on his feet in the courtroom."

Significant clients Elsevier, Chr Hansen.

Real Estate - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Boston, McLean, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Orlando and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Recognized for its strength advising clients on a diverse array of real estate transactions, including finance, development and leasing matters. Key strengths include multifamily, retail, office and hotel projects.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They provide us with a commercially minded service."

"They are good at conflict resolution and managing the process. We rely on them to push transactions to a close."

Work highlights Represented Overseas Union Enterprise in its $367.5 million agreement to purchase the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.

Continues to act for Triple Five Group in connection with all its leasing work relating to the $3 billion American Dream Meadowlands mall complex in New Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

Joe Guay is the firm's real estate section leader.

Significant clients First Bank of Puerto Rico, Dallas Butler Hotel Investors, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Norwich Partners of Boston.

Retail - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Busy retail practice providing a comprehensive service to a range of clients in the industry, including major retail outlets and restaurateurs. Also handles a significant amount of leasing and development work. The firm's extensive global network makes it a popular choice for international clients looking to expand into the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are efficient and responsive with any requests we have for them, with very good communication and timely responses." 

Work highlights Handled all leasing matters for Triple Five Group relating to the $3 billion American Dream Meadowlands shopping mall.

Assisted Michael Hill Jeweller with its expansion into the US market, with plans to open stores in Ohio, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.

Notable practitioners

Deb de Luca and Tara Scanlon cochair the firm's national retail development and leasing practice and are based in Florida and Washington, DC respectively.

Significant clients Fast Retailing/Uniqlo, JC Penney, Costco, Target, Macy's.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
key office is New York.

What the team is known for Has an enviable range of experience involving airlines around the world. Active on cross-border matters, particularly transactions in Latin America. Specialties include aircraft leasing, securitization and aviation repossessions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very knowledgeable about the industry and very knowledgeable about what the needs of the clients are."

"They've always been terrific." 

Work highlights Represented the guaranteed lender, Apple Bank for Savings, in relation to an Ex-Im Bank guaranteed secured loan. The proceeds financed four new Boeing aircraft for a leasing subsidiary of Vnesheconombank.

Represented GE Capital Aviation Services in its purchase and leaseback of a total of 13 A320 aircraft from Mexican airlines Interjet and Volaris.

Notable practitioners  

John Pritchard has established an excellent reputation as a "pillar of the aircraft finance community." He has 20 years' experience and is renowned for his expertise in asset-based financing, with a focus on aircraft. One client praises him as being "one of the best in the world."

Fred Bass has developed a solid position as a prominent attorney in domestic and cross-border transactions involving aircraft and airlines. His expertise includes the purchase and sale of aircraft and EETCs.

MJ Spelliscy focuses on domestic and international asset-based financing matters. She was recently part of a team advising LOT Polish Airlines on the Ex-Im Bank financing of five new Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

Phillip Durham recently represented BBAM Aircraft Management in the purchase, leaseback and secured financing of a Boeing 777 aircraft and a Boeing 787 aircraft to LATAM Airlines Group. His work spans Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and clients range from individuals to international financial entities.

William Piels is known by peers as "an excellent lawyer." His 25 years' experience representing clients such as aircraft operating lessors and financial institutions have earned him a solid reputation in the marketplace.

Significant clients SouthWest Airlines, Willis Lease Finance, JetBlue Airways, CIT, GE Capital Aviation Services.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for Acts for major airlines and insurance companies on litigation arising from crashes taking place both in the USA and abroad. Involved in a series of claims involving product liability and product defect in the full range of disputes and investigations into aviation accidents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are professional, they know their job and they know the field."

"Very supportive of us and our way of culture. True counselors in every sense."

Work highlights Acted for UPS in litigation arising from one of its Airbus cargo planes crashing in Alabama.

Represented Air France in litigation involving several actions following an Airbus commercial flight crashing into the Atlantic Ocean.

Notable practitioners  

Randal Craft is an established leader in defending aviation claims. His expertise in National Transportation Safety Board investigations and major accidents is relied upon by clients such as UPS. 

Clients regard practice leader Christopher Kelly as an "extremely experienced litigator and counselor, who is practical and very smart." He has experience in representing aviation clients in mass tort and toxic tort cases. Clients value his ability to "navigate problems large and small effectively." 

Alan Reitzfeld offers expertise in appellate and information technology issues in relation to aviation disputes. He is considered an "out-of-the-box strategic thinker," whom clients can trust to perform "in-depth research of the cases."

Significant clients JetBlue Airways, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, Turkish Airlines, American Airlines, AIG.

Transportation - Nationwide

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

What the team is known for Diverse practice handling regulatory issues for aviation industry clients relating to legislative activity from government agencies including the DOT, FAA and Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Recent involvement in a series of aviation safety matters before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find there's never a question or an issue that they have not addressed in their group, and their depth is incredible."

"They do excellent aviation regulatory work." 

Work highlights Advised Virgin Atlantic Airways on regulatory and antitrust issues relating to its joint venture and equity deal with Delta Air Lines.

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" Anita Mosner offers expertise in a variety of issues affecting the aviation industry, with a focus on regulatory matters. According to impressed clients, "she's extremely keyed up on what's going on and she stays very updated on the latest developments in aviation."

Significant clients Air Canada, Air Methods, South African Airways, Etihad Airways, UPS.

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

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

What the team is known for Dedicated expertise in acting on behalf of trucking companies. Handles a wide range of issues, including logistics matters, insurance disputes, federal and state regulations, and contract disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have knowledge of the industry and an understanding of transportation laws in the US."

Work highlights Filed suit on behalf of Landstar System after defendants failed to pay transportation fees of around $6 million.

Represented Pacer in relation to two cases brought by former employees alleging age discrimination.

Notable practitioners  

William Byrne has a broad transportation practice, with particular expertise in trucking matters. His expertise also encompasses areas including the sale of road carrier assets, litigation and contractual matters. Clients admire that he is "always on the ball and quick to respond."

Lawrence Hamilton is valued by clients for his ability to find resolutions to complex issues. His experience includes significant litigation and contractual issues. Clients praise his "very keen knowledge of transportation law and regulatory litigation."

Transportation - Nationwide

What the team is known for Broad range of maritime finance expertise includes taxation, private equity and capital markets transactions, as well as various financing deals. Represents lenders both domestically and abroad in the full range of shipping deals.

Work highlights Acted as maritime counsel advising underwriters on two Rule 144A secured notes offerings by a drilling group, worth approximately $2 billion. 

Advised a group of structuring agents and credit agencies on a senior secured credit facility of $1 billion to Pacific Sharav and Pacific Drilling VII.

Notable practitioners  

Nancy Hengen handles a range of shipping finance matters, particularly commercial vessel finance. She represents major shipping clients in mortgage and loan transactions, and is regarded as "a very good lawyer in leasing and finance."  

Jovi Tenev represents financial institutions and investment banks in both domestic and international shipping matters. He has expertise in M&A, portfolio purchases and bankruptcies.

Significant clients BTMU Capital, GATX, Cooper Investment Partners, Citibank Global Markets, Deutsche Bank.

Transportation - Nationwide

What the team is known for Longstanding involvement in the maritime industry, handling large and complex disputes, particularly involving bankruptcy issues but also in relation to cargo casualties and contract issues. Clients include various carriers and P&I clubs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very knowledgeable and very good at combining their skills and expertise."

"They are judicious with time and their work product fits my needs."

Work highlights Represented the liquidator of Farenco Shipping in its ongoing US Chapter 15 bankruptcy and fraudulent transfer recovery proceedings.

Retained by Commodities and Minerals Enterprise in its bid to have a charter party agreement rescinded following claims of fraud and unfair trade practices.

Notable practitioners  

William Honan is held in high regard by commentators, who say: "He has a world of experience behind him. He's good at judging matters overall, and gets to a reasoned result quickly and efficiently." He recently acted for Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips in a case arising from a crude oil carrier colliding with an offshore Jetty.

National practice group leader James Hohenstein is well regarded by sources as "a very thorough attorney, who is well reasoned and extremely valuable." He has expertise in areas including maritime liens, cargo damage and bankruptcies, on both a domestic and international basis.  

Michael Frevola has litigated maritime cases before both state and federal courts, and is known to be "very energetic and easy to work with."

James Power handles cases relating to marine pollution, among an array of areas, and is experienced in presenting cases to federal and state courts. A client notes that he "impresses me in terms of his knowledge of the shipping industry and willingness to work all hours."

Blythe Daly is known to be a rising star in maritime litigation. She has expertise in a range of issues, including personal injury, collisions, and warranty and insurance disputes. 

Significant clients Gard P&I Club, Ports America, Nordisk Legal Service, American President Lines, Alcoa.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston and San Francisco. 

What the team is known for Impressive presence on both East and West coasts. Proficient in a range of matters, including vessel loss, product liability, personal injury and environmental damage. Clients include shipowners, marine insurers and charterers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a long history as a maritime firm, and have excellent lawyers."

Work highlights Engaged by Crowley Maritime, the owner of the 'MODU KULLUK' vessel which ran aground during storms in Alaska. The firm performed an internal investigation and represented the client throughout the US Coast Guard and National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) investigations.

Defended boat builder Twin Anchors Marine and insurer Groves, Jones & Westrup after wrongful death and injury claims resulted from a houseboat accident.

Notable practitioners  

Chester Hooper served in the US Navy prior to his career as an attorney, and has established a strong reputation in marine litigation. One market observer regards him as a "senior lawyer in cargo, and a top maritime lawyer."

Matthew Vafidis handles disputes stemming from a range of matters, including cargo transportation, collision and pollution. He is complimented for his "incisive, careful and proactive" approach.

Significant clients Military Sealift Command, Zhenhua Logistics, Crowley Maritime, Groves, Jones & Westrup.

Wealth Management - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Tampa, New York, Tysons Corner and Boston.

What the team is known for Broad bench of lawyers with significant experience representing corporate executives, private equity and hedge fund principals, investors and successful entrepreneurs. Trust and estate litigation is a core strength of the practice, as is international planning.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are just top level - extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and great with clients." 

Notable practitioners

Los Angeles-based Bruce Ross is an esteemed trust and estate litigator and leads the firm's private wealth dispute resolution practice.

Edward Koren is a leading figure in the wealth management practice. "His technical ability is amazing and he has a way of dealing with very wealthy clients and bringing their issues into a manageable space - he understands the business issues, which adds value," said one client.

"Very talented" Leigh-Alexandra Basha is singled out for her expertise in international estate planning. Clients seek out her "very deep understanding of the situations of clients who live abroad and great planning for Americans living overseas." 

In Boston, David Scott Sloan is especially active assisting private equity and hedge fund principals, as well as entrepreneurs, with wealth and succession planning matters.

John Dadakis chairs the New York wealth management practice and focuses on representing fund managers and investors, private entrepreneurs and major corporate executives.

Significant clients MB Financial Bank, Northern Trust, Fiduciary Trust International of California.

Construction - New York

What the team is known for Advises contractors, construction managers and institutional owners on contract negotiation, projects and disputes matters. Maintains a good reputation for its representation of public agencies and nonprofit institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand the construction industry and how contractors interact with municipalities."

Work highlights Represented Moynihan Station Development in the award of a construction contract for infrastructure improvements at Farley Post Office Building in New York City.  

Advised the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on the negotiation of design and construction contracts for a new St. Nicholas Church to be built at the site of the World Trade Center.

Notable practitioners  

Frederick Rohn "is very methodical," "gets to the heart of the matter" and "speaks in a way a layperson can understand," according to clients. He has been involved in advising the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on disputes arising from the East Side Access project.

Significant clients The Museum of Modern Art, Battery Park City Authority, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Toll Brothers, L&L Holding.

Corporate/M&A - Northern Virginia

What the team is known for Held in particular esteem for its expertise in government contracting matters, handling a range of transactions, financings and due diligence work. Maintains a fine track record representing clients in industries including telecommunications and transport. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have significant strength in government contracting matters; they take the time to understand what we want and they're fantastic value."

Work highlights Advised ASM Research, an ESOP specializing in healthcare IT, in its acquisition by Accenture Federal Services.

Acted for OMNIPLEX World Services, a government security and background investigations service provider, in its majority investment by private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

William Mutryn heads the practice group and enjoys a stellar reputation for his depth of specialist experience. His expertise covers private equity and transactions, and sources also note that "he's really built a fantastic practice in the government contracting area."

Michael Mannix is described as "absolutely outstanding. He's a very capable lawyer - extremely organized, and he makes sure his team is too." He is highly regarded for his transaction-focused practice, acting for clients across a range of industries, including aerospace and insurance.

Eric Wechselblatt cochairs the firm's venture capital and emerging growth team and is singled out as a "great attorney and a terrific guy - he does really great work." He is well versed in acquisitions and financings, and is acclaimed for his expertise representing clients in industries such as defense software and medical devices.

Adam August maintains an impressive reputation for his broad-based practice and deft handling of a range of complex transactions, representing clients in areas such as software and defense.

Significant clients Blue Wolf Capital Fund, Computer Sciences Corporation, comScore, Digital Management, FedCap Partners.

Real Estate - Northern Virginia

What the team is known for Formidable expertise in both the transactional and land use arenas, handling an impressive range of mixed-use project developments and complex financings. Well equipped to handle all areas of land acquisition, due diligence, development and construction, finance, leasing and sales for a client base that includes developers, asset managers and lenders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They maintain positive client relations and provide excellent service."

Work highlights Represented Monument Realty in its $138 million build-to-suit construction project, a regional headquarters building involving a land swap with Arlington County and a purchase-upon-completion agreement with the corporate user of the project.

Continued to act for the County Board of Arlington in a ground lease transaction with the developer of an affordable housing residential building, involving the negotiation and drafting of a reciprocal easing agreement regarding shared facilities, including an underground parking garage.

Notable practitioners  

Michelle Rosati specializes in land use and zoning matters and is well regarded for her expertise in a wide variety of developments.

Stuart Mendelsohn's practice centers on complex and high-profile land use matters, representing a range of clients throughout the area. "He's excellent - he knows us and our particular needs extremely well," reports one satisfied client. 

Significant clients Rockpoint Acquisitions, Leidos, Beacon Properties, Weston Solutions.