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Arent Fox LLP - Retail Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Enters the rankings after receiving impressive levels of market approval for a broad offering that covers areas such as real estate, IP, consumer product law and brand management. Noted strength in the representation of globally recognizable fashion brands, as well as consumer products manufacturers. Able to advise on international matters, with experience of operational retail matters pertaining to Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Strengths One client comments: "They're very, very good. They have extraordinary knowledge and are very practical."

Another source attests: "Arent Fox have very good quality control. They focus on areas in which they're best in class and I much prefer this as a client."

Work highlights Served as US general counsel to DVF Studio, the luxury fashion brand founded by designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Represented DLC Management, advising on numerous shopping center acquisitions and sales throughout the US, including the purchase of a 16-property portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Lupo chairs the firm's fashion, retail and consumer products group.

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Davis & Gilbert LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Known for advising on retail leasing and employment law matters for clients in the apparel and fast food industries. Also noted for its expertise in advertising and IP, and widely considered to be one of the go-to firms for entertainment within retail. Additional experience in connection with the online retail space.

Strengths Sources describe Davis & Gilbert as a "go-to firm specializing in advertising law, copyright, marketing and social media issues."

Another interviewee notes: "They have an incredibly good reputation. If I need to scare off the opposition party in a litigation, I send in Davis & Gilbert."

Work highlights Advised Godiva in connection with 27 ongoing leases for retail locations across the US.

Notable practitioners

The New York-based Robert Karin and Joseph Lewczak cochair the firm's retail industry team.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Retail Department

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What the team is known for A commercial giant which offers full-service capability in the US retail space, including corporate transactional work, real estate matters, anti-counterfeiting, cybersecurity and data protection, and consumer class action defense. Clients benefit from the firm's size and cross-border cooperation with other DLA Piper offices.

Strengths Retail sector sources name DLA Piper "a terrific firm" and note that it has "a deserved reputation in the industry, and a broad practice."

Peers note the firm's "very good reputation for cyber security and data protection" and describe its practice as "one of the most prominent and most invested in retail."

Interviewees also appreciate DLA Piper's "high-level strategic guidance for C-suite level decisions," and note that it is "truly full-service." On retail leasing work the team is described as "exceptional – fantastic to work with."

Work highlights Represented Downtown LA Auto Group in connection with its $1 billion acquisition by Lithia Motors.

Acted as worldwide counsel to lululemon athletica, providing all corporate and securities, compliance and regulatory counsel, as well as general counsel on matters such as branding and IP enforcement, labor and employment and financing.

Notable practitioners

The Los Angeles-based Ann Lawrence serves as global cochair of the firm's retail industry practice, and is a key contact for this area.

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Goulston & Storrs - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Boston-based firm highly reputed for its work in all areas of retail real estate, representing developers, REITs, landlords and tenants. Also noted for its strong reputation helping international brands and retailers integrate and expand into the US market.

Strengths One client notes: "They're experts in retail. We never feel like we're overloading them because they have a good depth of talent. Other firms do a great job for us but I don't think any have the depth that Goulston do."

Another client says: "I'm extremely pleased. They're well organized, and their points of communication are very strong and responsive. They've been a good hire across the board. I really have enjoyed the relationship."

Work highlights Served as general counsel to retail developer WS Development, advising on matters such as land use, site acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, leasing and environmental issues.

Advised Kimco Realty, America's largest owner of open-air shopping centers, in connection with the leasing of the 1 million square foot retail component of Dania Pointe, a premier, 102-acre, mixed-use project in Dania Beach, Florida.

Notable practitioners

Nancy Davids, David Rabinowitz and Matthew Epstein cochair the firm's retail, restaurant and consumer group.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Miami-based firm which continues to dominate in real estate work within retail. Advises across the gamut of retail issues, from IP to emergent online privacy issues. Its expertise covers the range of real estate and commercial contracts matters. Also noted for its handling of a range of other retail matters, including labor and employment matters, trademarks and false advertising and unfair competition cases.

Strengths Clients say the team's attorneys "have an excellent reputation in large retail commercial real estate leasings, and are extraordinary advisers and litigators on labor and employment issues."

Work highlights Represented Godiva Chocolatier in connection with a broad range of trademark matters, including trademark clearance, strategy and prosecution.

Served as construction counsel to global real estate developer Triple Five Group in connection with the $5 billion American Dream project in New Jersey.

Notable practitioners

Warren Karp chairs the firm's global retail practice from the New York office.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Reputable data protection practice that continues to undertake industry-leading work in the acquisition, redevelopment and financing of shopping malls. Maintains an excellent practice in food, restaurant chains and liquor regulatory work, and is singled out for its strength in representing celebrity chef restaurant franchises. Also well regarded for its expertise in trademark matters.

Notable practitioners

Janis Schiff and Diane McDermott cochair the firm's national retail team from Washington, DC and Boston, respectively.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Richmond-based firm best known for its expertise in technology, data protection and e-commerce. Also noted for a robust class action defense practice and a highly competent labor and employment group.

Strengths One client attests: "Working with Hunton has led to transformational outcomes for our business and legal departments." The source also reports that the team provides "a holistic service, not matter by matter, which has helped us gain a better competitive position."

The team is also noted for being "very innovative on complex litigation and class actions."

Work highlights Advised Sabra Dipping Company, a producer of hummus and other Middle Eastern-style foods, in connection with a range of issues stemming from a recall of its main product lines.

Successfully defended General Electric against a putative class action relating to allegedly defective GE-branded microwave ovens.

Notable practitioners

Randy Parks and Steve Patterson co-head the retail practice at Hunton & Williams.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for A corporate powerhouse which advises on some of the most complex and sophisticated acquisitions, refinancing negotiations and transactions in the retail sphere. Also well regarded for traditional retail issues such as employment and cyber-security.

Strengths One market commentator notes: "Latham & Watkins is very competent on employee relations work. They're a very top-draw law firm."

A retail client praises the firm for both M&A and day-to-day operational work: "For what we use them for, I wouldn't go to anyone else. They understand us well; they're the natural extension of our legal team at this point."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to Evercore Group, the financial adviser to Whole Foods Market, in connection with the $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon.

Acted for Ocean Spray in defense of a class action alleging that it had fixed the price of cranberry juice concentrate, and that it had attempted to monopolize the market for cranberries.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Rodgers and Anthony Richmond cochair the firm's retail practice from New York and Silicon Valley.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for An impressively broad retail practice, with a strong handle on operational matters such as labor and employment, data privacy and security and consumer class action defense. Also noted for its handling of a range of corporate and transactional matters, including M&A, IPOs and financing. Draws on niche expertise in technology, healthcare, media and entertainment, life sciences and energy to counsel a variety of retailers.

Strengths Sources say: "Anyone in a Morgan Lewis office must be of a very high standard. You know you'll get quality with Morgan Lewis."

Interviewees also note that Morgan Lewis is "the best firm for wage and hour class action litigation, and for cyber security and data protection work."

Work highlights Acted for Amazon in the well-publicized Busk v Integrity Staffing Systems case, in which it was alleged that Amazon fulfillment center workers should be paid for time spent passing through security screening.

Represented Target in the acquisition of transportation technology company Grand Junction, the largest that Target have closed in the tech space to date.

Notable practitioners

Anne Marie Estevez, Gregory Parks and Christina Melendi cochair the firm's retail practice from Miami, Philadelphia and New York respectively.

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Morgan Lewis began a nationwide retail practice—more than a decade ago—before any other major firm. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of handling some of the largest issues facing the retail industry in recent years. We began our retail practice as a leader in all employment issues and litigation. More recently, disabled access to technology, and data privacy and cybersecurity have become important areas for retailers and we have developed nationwide agreements and assisted top global retailers to handle matters of critical importance in these areas. More than 400 Morgan Lewis lawyers have experience in the retail industry.

Our lawyers actively represent more than 300 global and US retailers, including big-box stores, chain stores, supermarkets, drugstores, e-commerce companies, restaurants, and suppliers. Our interdisciplinary practice provides operations guidance and services ranging from labor and employment counseling and litigation—including issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour class actions, discrimination, ERISA, union matters, employee benefits and consumer class actions—to data privacy and cybersecurity, and corporate services, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, tax, pharmacy regulations, whistleblower and securities actions and matters, real estate, transactional and finance issues, firearm laws, product safety, products liability, white collar matters, and executive compensation. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Respected consumer markets team offering experience of a wide range of matters affecting retailers, including product safety litigation, regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, and class action defense. Acts for retailers and manufacturers from industries such as cosmetics, sporting goods and food, among others.

Work highlights Acted for US mattress retailer Mattress Firm in defense of an ADEA class action brought by the EEOC.

Successfully acted for sporting goods retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors in connection with a high-value contract termination dispute with Wipro, an Indian IT company.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Margulies co-heads the firm's retail practice, and focuses on class action litigation and regulatory issues regarding consumer products.

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Our consumer products team offers experience in all aspects of product safety and regulatory compliance issues, as well as defense of enforcement proceedings and consumer class actions.

Recognized as leaders in the consumer products space for more than 30 years, Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers understand the challenges of supply chain dynamics. Given the evolving and complex regulatory landscape, the need to stay ahead of the latest regulations and developments is critical. Our Consumer products law blog, located at www.consumerproductslawblog.com, focuses on legal issues impacting the consumer products industry, including product safety and regulatory compliance issues, consumer product recalls, defense of enforcement proceedings and consumer class actions among others. The Consumer products law blog provides current information and analysis to help keep your products on store shelves, in consumers’ hands, and out of litigation.

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Perkins Coie LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for One of the largest and most devoted retail teams in the USA. A roster of top-shelf clients continue to rely on the team's expertise in this remit. Has strength in matters connected to e-commerce and data privacy and protection. Has particular experience of representing retailers in the wearable technology and outdoor, sports and athletic wear spaces.

Strengths Clients and market commentators recognize the firm's "excellent technology privacy practice," and describe it as "very, very good on technology and retail." The firm is also praised for being "strong in litigation and IP licensing."

Work highlights Represented Amazon in defense of civil litigation brought by the FTC alleging that it had violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by billing customers without their consent for charges children incurred while playing games and using apps on its Kindle Fire tablet and other mobile devices.

Acted for General Mills in defense of two putative consumer class actions relating to a recall of a 'gluten free' Cheerios line that retained traces of gluten.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Hamilton is firmwide chair of the retail and consumer products industry group.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Esteemed firm advising global clients on a host of domestic and international retail mandates. Particularly well regarded for counsel on payments, e-commerce, and pre-paid regulation and compliance. Of particular note is the team's expertise in blockchain technology matters.

Strengths One impressed client states: "Every other law firm we considered was lacking in something, either experience, strategy, or price-point. Pillsbury had it all."

Another source praises the team's provision of "excellent day-to-day advice for us," noting: "They help us keep on top of recent trends in litigation."

Work highlights Advised a number of retailers, including Best Buy, Ann Taylor and Fresh & Easy, in connection with privacy matters, including compliance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) and the Affiliate Marketing Rule.

Notable practitioners

Deborah Thoren-Peden heads up the firm's practice from Los Angeles.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Widely known for its strong litigation work in the retail sphere, Seyfarth Shaw remains a go-to firm for employment and class action issues. The firm also attracts praise for its real estate work. Clients include national and regional retailers such as department stores, dollar stores and online merchants.

Strengths Sources say: "The reason you want them is that they're one of the most reputable and most feared firms known for employment law – you don't want them on the other side."

Market commentators acknowledge that the firm enjoys "a great reputation" in the retail sector.

Work highlights Secured a settlement on behalf of Sterling Jewelers in the largest systemic discrimination lawsuit ever filed by the EEOC.

Successfully affirmed the decertification of a 30,000 member wage and hour class action on behalf of Costco, with potential damages of over $80 million.

Notable practitioners

Lynn Kappelman heads up the firm's retail practice from Boston.

About the Team (content provided by Seyfarth Shaw LLP)

Seyfarth’s Retail Practice provides national, full-service representation to more than 300 international, national, and regional retailers, including department stores, membership warehouses, nationwide chains, grocery stores, pharmacies, dollar and convenience stores, luxury brand stores, and online merchants.




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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Continues to serve as a trusted adviser to many retail clients on real estate matters. Advises on contentious and noncontentious work, for retailer landlords and tenants alike.

Strengths A client attests: "Jeff and the team at Sills are real counselors in every sense – they really help me keep my feet on the ground. The business I work in is crazy, and I can be crazy too. They're there when I need a cool head and someone to keep me sane."

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Newman chairs the firm's real estate department and is a key contact.

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Venable LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for A strong team whose work in the new and traditional media spaces has proved an invaluable asset in its retail work. Offers specialist expertise in data privacy, advertising and marketing and product liability, as well as a highly reputable litigation team. Also offers a postal law practice, assisting retailers with issues before the United States Postal Service and Postal Rate Commission.

Work highlights Advised Papa John's in connection with a range of advertising issues, as well as a review and overhaul of its loyalty and rewards program.

Acted for national vitamin supplement retailer The Vitamin Shoppe in defense of a consumer class action challenging its labeling for sixteen different products.

Notable practitioners

Amy Ralph Mudge cochairs the firm's advertising, marketing, and new media practice group and is a key contact.

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Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP - Retail Department

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What the team is known for Enters the rankings for the first time on account of its broad strength in the retail sector, advising on matters such as data security, outsourcing, employment law and customs issues.

Strengths Clients report: "They are very good. They are very quick and practical. They strip away the ambiguity to give a really clear answer."

Work highlights Acted for Big Lots Stores in defense of a putative California wage and hour class action.

Acted for New Albertson’s in a multi-district consumer class action relating to a data breach, achieving dismissal of all claims based on lack of standing.

Notable practitioners

Michael Martz in the firm's Columbus office is a key contact.

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