Firm profile submitted by McGlinchey Stafford
Managing Partner: Rodolfo J Aguilar, Jr
Number of partners: 86 Number of other lawyers: 112
Main Areas of Practice
Banking & Commercial Finance:
Represents financial institutions in matters involving federal and state banking laws and regulations, assetbased lending, equipment leasing, commercial loan closings, loan and deposit account agreements, real estate and personal property security interests, bank holding company formations, mergers and acquisitions, trust powers, investments, bank-sponsored mutual funds, and insurance and annuity products.
Represents bondholders, bond issuers, and financial lending institutions in asserting their rights in workouts and bankruptcy proceedings, including representing clients who seek to purchase businesses and assets out of bankruptcy. The firm regularly manages complex litigation, including the defense of bankruptcy-related class actions. Also handles specialized foreclosures for a range of clients, including maritime financers and manufacturers of heavy equipment and vehicles.
Class Action Defense & Consumer Finance Litigation:
Defends banks, consumer finance companies, mortgage companies, specialty and non-prime equity lenders, retailers, credit card issuers, credit insurers, property and casualty insurers, life insurers, consumer leasing companies, payday lenders, auto finance companies, insurance premium finance companies, service companies, and other consumer financial services providers in class action and multidistrict litigation involving the entire range of causes of action and emerging legal theory.
Financial Services Regulation – Consumer Finance:
Represents banks, finance companies, mortgage lenders, loan servicers, service providers and investors, and marketplace lenders, advising on state and federal regulatory compliance for consumer documentation, CFPB supervision preparedness and regulatory examination and enforcement matters, e-commerce, underwriting, acquisitions and divestitures, warehouse and other commercial financing, insurance, and structured finance. Services include multistate legal surveys; design of mortgage, automobile, and manufactured housing finance, and unsecured lender credit products and agreements; compliance audits; due diligence reviews; training; licensing of consumer lenders, mortgage lenders, and sales finance companies; and defense of federal and state regulatory enforcement actions.
Secures and defends vital patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights, aiming to help clients establish, extend, monetize, and defend IP assets and portfolios. Successes include hundreds of domestic and international patent, trademark, and copyright applications, as well as the resolution of complex IP issues and litigation. Significant strength in IP issues facing several industries.
Labor & Employment:
Represents clients in affirmative action; arbitration; collective bargaining; communications and employee motivation; compensation and benefits; compliance audits; discrimination; contracts; immigration compliance labor disputes, including industry-wide and multistate strikes; management training; OSHA; personnel policies and practices; strikes and labor injunctions; unfair labor practice proceedings before the NLRB; union organizing and election proceedings; wage and hour investigations; and wrongful discharge.
Litigation: General Commercial:
Represents clients in state and federal litigation and appeals involving commercial disputes; business fraud; trusts, estates, and fiduciary duty; securities and brokers/ dealers; landlord/tenant disputes; director and officer liability; ERISA; professional liability; lender liability; antitrust and trade regulation laws; pricing and product distribution; dealer terminations; unfair competition; deceptive acts and practices; advertising; patent abuse; franchising; complex multidistrict and class action litigation; RICO; and DOJ and FTC investigations.
Defends foreign and domestic insurers, manufacturers, and distributors in manufacture and design liability cases involving motor vehicles, aircraft, electrical appliances, chemical plants, industrial products and equipment, power turbines, and medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Experience includes single-plaintiff, mass torts, and class action representation at regional and national levels, including serving as coordinating counsel.
Represents developers, landlords, tenants, lenders, individual and corporate landowners, financial institutions, insurance and mortgage companies, and institutional investors in transactions involving historical renovation and low-income housing credits, industrial plants, office buildings, gaming, retail and restaurant chains, wireless network sites, hotels, golf course developments, and planned unit and condominium developments.