Chambers and Partners Honors Duane Morris Attorneys

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Chambers USA

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for A full-service law firm that is widely recognized for its representation of major banks and other financial services entities. Frequently engaged in an array of sophisticated matters, including mortgage lending and restructuring, and also noted for its strength in project finance, particularly in the renewable energy space. Additionally recognized for its strength in banking and finance disputes, bond offerings and loan sales. Has developed a niche advising on financial matters within the healthcare sector.

Strengths Sources say: "The team produces consistently reliable and quality work product, favorable results and has tremendous depth." "They are responsive and understand our approach," reports one client.

Work highlights Represented Ocwen Loan Servicing in a Pennsylvania Act 6 lawsuit which raised questions as to whether the plaintiff’s use of a property was for investment purposes or not.

Notable practitioners Dianne Meyer is particularly adept at dealing with sophisticated project financing transactions. She maintains an impressive client roster that includes household-name lenders. “She is smart, good to work with and has a good understanding of transactions."

Delaware

Michael Lastowski is recommended for his extensive knowledge of Chapter 11 cases. He is also able to advise on the acquisition of distressed assets. "Mike is a pleasure to work with. He is very responsive, on top of the details and has a deep knowledge of the district’s judiciary."

Illinois

John Weiss is the managing partner of the Chicago office. He continues to advise lenders on bankruptcy proceedings in the healthcare sphere, with a particular focus on nursing homes. "John is a chess player. He thinks four steps ahead and his approach is extremely successful."

Massachusetts

Paul Moore advises Chapter 11 trustees and debtors in possession during cases filed in key jurisdictions such as Delaware and New York, and has also served as a Chapter 11 trustee. "He has an incredible reputation as a tenacious, well-respected lawyer." "He is highly knowledgeable on bankruptcy issues and effective in the courtroom."

New Jersey

Walter Greenhalgh is well thought of for his expertise, which includes handling Chapter 11 cases. "Walter is a highly respected individual." "He is a skilled litigator and good on his feet."

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Distinguished practice handling high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and major restructurings. Practitioners have considerable experience in cross-jurisdictional insolvency work and creditors' rights matters. Significant experience in defending former executives against claims stemming from bankruptcy.

Strengths Interviewees report: "They are well prepared and timely. They provide excellent practical advice in a very complex area of the law." Clients enthuse: "Their knowledge of bankruptcy and security law is beyond reproach. They understand each and every case intimately and communicate very well."

Work highlights Represented bondholders of the National Museum of American Jewish History in the museum's bankruptcy case.

Notable practitioners Drew S. McGehrin is a well-regarded associate who assists clients with out-of-court workouts and restructurings. His clients include creditors' committees, debtors and insurance companies. "Drew is very hard-working and provides solid advice during negotiations. He is very knowledgeable on bankruptcy law. He is very diligent in providing updates and keeping us on track with proceedings."

James Holman possesses broad expertise in representing trustees and financial institutions in high-value bankruptcy proceedings. "James has a very keen business sense." "He calibrates well with the client."

Lawrence Kotler is a respected practitioner with demonstrable expertise acting for a range of parties involved in complex bankruptcy matters, including Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings. "Lawrence is excellent. He is smart and creative, responsive, organized and tenacious." "He is highly experienced, incredibly knowledgeable and authoritative."

Rudolph Di Massa demonstrates significant expertise acting on behalf of individuals and corporations involved in high-value bankruptcy proceedings. "He is a leading lawyer in the space." "He is a veteran lawyer who has a very constructive approach to solving problems."

Wendy M. Simkulak is particularly noted for her work advising on the insurance aspects of complex bankruptcy matters. "Wendy provides very useful and accurate practical advice." "She is very diligent and has keen insight into issues and negotiations."

Nationwide

What the team is known for Utilizes cannabis expertise on a nationwide basis and across a broad spectrum of practice areas, with practitioners specializing in IP, corporate transactions and regulatory advice within the sector. Offers expanded capabilities in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill for clients trading in hemp and hemp-derived CBD products. Also boasts litigators able to handle contentious issues for producers and distributors across the industry.

Strengths Clients describe Duane Morris as "a very well-regarded and respected firm in this space." One client acknowledges its "deep bench with a lot of talent and experience in the cannabis industry."Another adds: "The team as a whole is exceptionally knowledgeable. Its strengths include responsiveness and the ability to collaborate."

Work highlights Represented Glass House Group in its acquisition of Los Angeles-based cannabis concentrates manufacturer F/ELD Taste Matters.

Notable practitioners Seth Goldberg boasts high-level experience advising cannabis businesses throughout their life cycle. "He's a top-notch lawyer who really knows his stuff." "He's consistently responsive and knowledgeable." 

Tracy Gallegos has extensive experience in the cannabis sector. Her practice covers regulatory issues, including licensing, in addition to corporate structuring and transactions.

Nationwide

What the team is known for Prominent group working nationally and internationally on all aspects of construction law. Noted for its excellent record handling contentious claims in large-scale litigation, and for achieving settlements through alternative dispute resolution. Possesses substantial experience in a wide range of areas, including high-value project development, government contracts and public-private partnerships. Also highly regarded for its capabilities in sustainable design and engineering matters, mechanics' liens and property damage claims.

Strengths "Well regarded for work relating to government contracts."

Work highlights Provided construction law services to Turnbridge Equities LLC in connection with the drafting and negotiation of a design-build agreement for the construction of a four-story warehouse logistics center in the Bronx.

Notable practitioners Mark Canizio and Jessica Singh in New York and Patrick Kearney in Philadelphia are key contacts at the firm.

Illinois

Charles Lewis is widely recognized for his experience in construction disputes and mediation. He regularly represents general contractors and subcontractors in complex and high-value contractual matters including contract negotiations and breaches of contract. "He is a very good attorney, knows construction law very well and is respected." "He is highly regarded and commands the room in a respectful way."

New York

What the team is known for Prominent construction practice with notable experience overseeing major developments and renovations in New York City. Well versed in all stages of project development and noted for counsel on front-end contract formation as well as dispute resolution. Deep reserves of knowledge with regard to public procurement and public-private partnership projects. Acts for an impressive client base including architects, engineers and contractors, as well as owners and construction managers.

Strengths One source states: "The group's advice and guidance is practical and very helpful. The attorneys know the construction industry and the law, making a terrific combination." A client praises the attorneys for being "positive, dependable and responsive," adding: "They give practical advice and are knowledgeable about the construction industry." "The firm is solid for construction law and has excellent attorneys," comments an interviewee.

Work highlights Redesigned and negotiated contracts for US LBM subsidiaries, also handling mechanics' lien law and regulatory compliance.

Notable practitioners Allen Ross frequently acts as an arbitrator and mediator in construction disputes, drawing on his longstanding experience in the space. "He has the best reputation."

Frederick Cohen has a widely respected construction practice offering extensive experience in delay, defect and structural failure cases as well as construction contract negotiation for a range of commercial projects. He represents public and private owners, contractors and sureties.

Kenneth Lazaruk is highlighted for his representation of owners and developers in transactional construction matters, particularly contract design and negotiation. "He is a very experienced lawyer who can get to the goal posts in a speedy manner."

Mark Canizio is a litigation specialist covering both construction and commercial law, with a focus on complex, high-value disputes. He appears in court and a variety of alternative dispute resolution forums. "He's responsive and can resolve matters very successfully."

Meghan DiPerna has significant expertise in transactional construction matters, such as the drafting and negotiating of contracts. "She is knowledgeable and responsive."

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Distinguished firm in the construction space, well known for negotiating contracts and handling arbitration and litigation involving complex projects on a national and international scale. Offers experts in public and private contracts, OSHA compliance and turnkey contracts. Particularly excels in P3 projects and in bid protests and award disputes. Acts for a wide-ranging client base which includes contractors, architects and residential associations.

Strengths Commentators consider the team to be a "full-service firm with a strong bench of knowledgeable attorneys offering expertise in their respective fields." The team is recognized for handling "large and sophisticated matters."

Work highlights Represented Cornell Steel, A.T. Chadwick and FSP Realty in arbitration against the general contractor LF Driscoll and SteelFab concerning the Comcast Innovation Center project.

Notable practitioners Joseph Battipaglia focuses his practice on construction law and handles disputes and contract negotiations in connection to power projects and industrial processing facilities, among other projects. He frequently represents owners, designers and contractors.

Patrick Kearney has notable experience representing both contractors and owners in litigation arising from significant construction projects. "He's very astute in construction litigation and takes business goals to heart." "He is extremely knowledgeable about the construction industry and has handled each of our matters in a professional and expedient manner."

Texas

Benton Wheatley has a wide-ranging construction practice covering delay, defective design and other construction disputes in litigation, arbitration or mediation. He also handles negotiations for clients engaged in a variety of projects. "He is extremely knowledgeable in construction law." "His strengths include his responsiveness and his ability to explain detailed concepts."

Maryland

Michael Hardy is global cochair of the firm's private equity group and has particular experience advising funds and portfolio companies on joint ventures, M&A and corporate restructuring. "Michael Hardy is professional, responsive, knowledgeable, organized and a good advocate for our company." "He has been great, extraordinarily responsive, more so than most, and thoughtful: always thinking about us."

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Respected operator in the Pennsylvania market with a varied corporate practice. Very active in M&A and securities work advising on joint ventures, corporate governance and other transactional issues. Regularly assists private equity funds and financial institutions with structuring private debt or equity investments.

Strengths A source states: "They understand the law and know what it takes to get a deal done." "They know the law, work hard and take direction readily," a client also praises.

Work highlights Represented Avisa Pharma in its reverse merger with Panorama Capital.

Notable practitioners Darrick Mix is experienced in acting in acquisitions. He is noted for his expertise in securities issues. "He knows what he is doing, is effective and and tries to get deals done in an effective way." "He's experienced and understands the law and client needs in transactions."

Kathleen Shay is known for her work on commercial matters in the life sciences sector. Her expertise covers acquisitions and licensing. "She is a thoughtful problem-solver who has the facility and agility to react to issues." "She's a good corporate lawyer who is particularly well known in the life sciences world."

Richard Jaffe earns recognition for his work advising on corporate finance matters for private equity funds. He offers expertise in industries including energy and technology. "He is very practical, very deal-oriented and he knows the law." "He has a great intellect and is very practical."

Pennsylvania

John Nixon is recommended for his handling of an array of complex and high-value employment and ERISA-related matters. His specialties lie in pension plans and executive employment arrangements."John was excellent in advising us on an employee benefit retirement matter."

Nationwide

Ilia Levitine acts for multistate RTOs in complaints before FERC. He is skilled at tariff and policy issues."Very intelligent and has a great work ethic; he is devoted to the success of his clients."

Sheila Slocum Hollis continues to play a key role providing high-level counsel to clients on a broad array of federal regulatory matters, drawing on her expertise as the first director of FERC's Office of Enforcement. "A titan of the energy Bar, she's very highly regarded."

New Jersey

What the team is known for Experienced environmental group with expertise in handling lawsuits involving site contamination by chemicals such as petroleum, chlorine and chromium. Represents companies from a myriad of industries. Adept at pursuing insurance coverage claims on behalf of clients following environmental damage, as well as providing counsel in regard to site remediation, regulatory compliance, and Superfund sites.

Strengths One client says: "They are practical, responsive and able to coordinate intellectually as well as across different practice areas." A source reports: "The team is phenomenal when it comes to helping us handle unprecedented transactions."

Work highlights Provided environmental law and regulatory advice to Conrail on a variety of contaminated sites throughout New Jersey.

Notable practitioners Lori Mills assists corporations with site remediation and investigations, as well as providing regulatory compliance advice."She is a very intelligent and capable lawyer who knows her stuff."

Phil Cha is recognized for his abilities as a litigator, regularly handling enforcement actions and other significant environmental claims, often on behalf of energy sector clients. He is further noted for providing environmental compliance counsel and transactional advice."He gets straight to the point and he's very mindful of business considerations." "He is the quarterback who deals with all the fast litigation and corporate transactions."

Pennsylvania

Seth Cooley is an experienced environmental lawyer who works on compliance, transactional and contentious environmental matters. "Seth is a good advocate for his clients."

Florida

Joanne Erde is highly regarded for her work in Medicare and Medicaid compliance, with particular competence in reimbursement. "She is excellent." "She is a phenomenal reimbursement and regulatory attorney. She is incredibly knowledgeable and very detail-oriented."

Illinois

What the team is known for Expert healthcare practice with a substantial Illinois offering. Advises clients such as hospitals and physicians on disputes, regulatory compliance and transactions. Also noted for its niche telemedicine capabilities. Notable experience in the post-acute care and senior living space.

Strengths "They know the sector of long-term care and post-acute care better than anyone," one client remarks.

Work highlights Acted for Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation in a dispute with Illinois Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concerning injuries allegedly sustained by a resident.

Notable practitioners Neville Bilimoria acts for a range of healthcare providers, including skilled nursing facilities and physicians. He is particularly noted for his expertise in the physician practice space."He is very thorough and diligent in his work." "He is an expert in the healthcare field."

Nicholas Lynn's experience spans both complex regulatory compliance issues and a broad range of contentious matters. He regularly advises post-acute care sector clients and pharmaceutical companies. "He has excellent communication skills and made sure that we understood the situation at hand."

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Longstanding healthcare practice noted for its highly respected bench of experienced transactional and regulatory compliance experts. Maintains a broad client base representative of its widespread industry coverage. Notable expertise in areas such as complex contractual arrangements, patient data sharing and reimbursement disputes. Displays strength in issues surrounding telemedicine and health information technology.

Strengths One source says: "They are known as one of the go-to firms for healthcare in Pennsylvania."

Work highlights Advised Hunterdon Healthcare System on a strategic joint venture as well as the acquisition of three separate physician practices.

Notable practitioners David Loder is a leading Pennsylvania practitioner specializing in healthcare law. He represents hospital associations and health systems in a range of matters, including hospital governance, reimbursement issues and Medicaid.

Michael Mustokoff regularly represents healthcare providers in complex civil and criminal disputes, with notable experience handling False Claims Act litigation such as whistleblower fraud claims.

USA – Nationwide

What the team is known for Respected business immigration team with expertise securing US and global visas. Frequently retained by both public and private companies from a number of sectors including telecommunications and technology. Also assists clients with immigration-related litigation.

Strengths A market source describes the firm as "very good, diligent and thorough." Another source comments: "The team is responsive and reliable. Its strengths include knowledge and a can-do attitude."

One interviewee reports: "The team is very professional. They have always followed up on all cases underway in a timely manner, giving an impression of confidence, consistency and reliability." Clients appreciate the team is "knowledgeable and able to leverage expertise from across the firm."

Work highlights Represented InterDigital, a mobile technology research and development company, in securing a blanket L-1 approval for the company.

Notable practitioners Denyse Sabagh is distinguished in the field due to her adept handling of a wide variety of immigration issues, including both inbound and outbound employment-based matters. "She is a terrific and experienced lawyer." "She is very knowledgeable, skilled, thoughtful and determined." "A wonderful lawyer."

California

What the team is known for Accomplished business immigration practice with experience in global visas and residence permit applications. Also handles compliance audits, for clients ranging from large multinational corporations to NGOs and individuals, as well as immigration-related litigation and government compliance matters. Sector-specific experience pertaining to a wide range of industries, including IT, biotechnology and telecom.

Strengths Sources report: "The team is very responsive and they collaborate well together." Work highlights Secured blanket L-1 approval for InterDigital which allowed a senior manager to obtain a visa after their individual L-1 application has been denied.

Notable practitioners Angela Moore has a broad practice that includes advising clients on employment, family and asylum-based immigration issues. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies and individuals.

Lisa Spiegel splits her time between Duane Morris' offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. She handles the full spectrum of business immigration work for a client base that includes technology and engineering clients, as well as families and individuals. "She is very knowledgeable and gives no-nonsense advice."

District of Columbia

What the team is known for Prominent practice offering a diverse selection of immigration services including transactional support, immigrant and nonimmigrant visa assistance and global mobility strategies. Clients range from nonprofits and educational institutions to Fortune 500 companies across such sectors as IT, biotechnology, security and entertainment. Also adeptly handles deportation litigation.

Strengths A client notes: "They always follow up on cases in a timely manner," going on to praise the team for its "confidence, consistency and reliability." Another source appreciates that the immigration team is "knowledgeable and able to leverage expertise from across the firm."

Notable practitioners Denyse Sabagh maintains a leading immigration practice that sees her work frequently on immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters. With over three decades' experience, she is well versed in both inbound and outbound immigration issues. "She is very knowledgeable, skilled, thoughtful and determined. All cases we have put in her hands have been successfully resolved." "She is extremely knowledgeable and accessible to speak with."

New York

What the team is known for Well-regarded team advising on a range of business immigration matters, including permanent residency and visa applications. Adept at assisting with I-9 compliance and work site enforcement. Has further capabilities in family-based immigration issues.

Work highlights Assisted a senior manager of SKF with preparing a national interest waiver to enable him to travel back to the USA during the COVID-19 pandemic and resume his employment under an L-1A status.

Notable practitioners Susanne Heubel advises on both business and family-based immigration matters, including naturalization processes."She makes good decisions in challenging cases." "She is amazing: helpful, insightful and patient."

Ted Chiapparii focuses on business-related immigration matters and often handles work permit and permanent residency issues. "Ted Chiappari has got a depth of knowledge in the immigration field. He has been around a long time, is very calm and radiates a lot of confidence."

USA – Nationwide

What the team is known for Represents insurers in virtually all lines of coverage, with its robust disputes practice bolstered by key regulatory and reinsurance expertise. Also handles litigation and arbitrations of the highest complexity, as well as large environmental claims and commercial general liability cases. Offers clients expertise both at trial and on appeal. Additionally provides notable capability in relation to bankruptcy and market conduct matters as part of an all-encompassing insurance practice.

Work highlights Represented AXA XL in a bad faith lawsuit regarding the alleged failure to settle the Perez v Rash Curtis robocall TCPA suit that resulted in a $267 million judgment against the insured after trial.

Notable practitioners Max Stern is regularly retained by insurance carriers to litigate an array of disputes, including those arising from pollution, professional liability, bad faith and breach of contract claims. He also serves as chair of the insurance team within the firm's trial practice group.

Philip Matthews offers a wealth of experience in coverage disputes and wins praise for his continuing successes in long-tail litigation. He is adept at handling a range of disputes, including those relating to asbestos and sexual abuse claims. "He has unmatched experienced and gets favorable results for his clients." "He has a long reputation in California and is very knowledgeable about procedures and litigation."

California

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a deep bench and a wide range of expertise that allows it to advise on almost all aspects of insurance law, from company formations through high-stakes litigation. Particularly adroit at handling large environmental claims and also possesses keen insight into the workings of London and European insurance markets. Frequently sought out by an enviable client roster featuring some of the largest players in the insurance space. Also offers specialist expertise in managing run-off exposures.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They're a superstar powerhouse for this work." Another interviewee reports: "They do a good amount of bad faith work and they're really good at it." A commentator notes: "I have a lot of respect for what they do because they handle complex and big matters and are very visible in the market."

Work highlights Represented WR Berkley & Cos in a coverage and bad faith suit regarding novel timing of notice and relatedness of claims issues, with respect to two large construction projects.

Notable practitioners Andrew Gordon is extremely well versed in coverage matters arising from environmental issues, in addition to property and data and privacy-related matters.
"Very knowledgeable and smart." "He is a terrific insurance lawyer and is very well respected in the market."

Max Stern has a strong reputation for his insurance coverage and defense work on behalf of carriers. His expertise covers professional liability and workers' compensation, among other areas. "He is recognized by the industry as being a brilliant attorney. He's very intelligent and I enjoy working with him."  "He's very knowledgeable and experienced."

Philip Matthews boasts a wealth of expertise in litigating some of the most high-profile and complex long-tail insurance cases in the California market. "He is very well known and has a great depth of knowledge." "He's incredibly well respected and is a real statesman."

Ray Wong has an impressive insurance litigation practice that sees him advising on cases in California and the rest of the US. He is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator. "He is one of the most well-respected insurance lawyers and is very calm and amicable." "He's very good on environmental and toxic tort matters and is very knowledgeable and experienced." "An incredibly smart and strategic lawyer."

Texas

What the team is known for Leading insurance practice advising notable names on a range of regulatory matters. Expertise covers enforcement proceedings. Clients include notable health insurance companies

Work highlights Represented GEICO in the defense of a market conduct exam and lawsuit brought by the Delaware Department of Insurance.

Notable practitioners Alex Gonzales is relied upon by a number of large corporate clients for insurance regulatory counsel and representation. " He is a superb regulatory lawyer."

Georgia

What the team is known for Recognized for its experience acting for technology companies in contentious proceedings, including patent infringement disputes. Offers skilled representation in misuse of trade secrets cases. Also advises on portfolio management matters including licensing negotiations. Additional strength in matters pertaining to the entertainment, media, franchising and consumer products areas.

Strengths A source remarks: "It is a very strong team that delivers great, consistent client service." Another interviewee adds: "They take a very practical and effective approach to patent litigation."

Work highlights Defended Palo Alto Networks in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Selective Signals.

Notable practitioners Louis Norwood Jameson continues to be a fine choice for patent litigation. He is experienced in  handling cases concerning semiconductors and cybersecurity technology. "He does a fantastic job - he is able to think on his feet and strikes just the right balance between strategic thinking and practical skills." "Louis is a really strong litigator."

Matthew Gaudet cochairs the patent litigation team at the firm and works with a variety of technology companies on patent disputes. "He delivers great client service and is particularly good at distilling complex patent issues into the essential questions for resolution." "He is great trial lawyer who is very bright and approachable."

Robin McGrath has recognized strength in patent counseling and litigation. She has further capabilities in trademark, trade secret and copyright issues.

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for

An experienced group with a breadth of highly effective practitioners capable of providing assistance on the full range of IP matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and licensing. Acts for an impressive raft of clients that includes market leaders in life sciences, consumer products, telecommunications and beverages. Represents both defendants and plaintiffs in IP litigation concerning patent and copyright infringement as well as trade secret and noncompete disputes.

Work highlights Defended Slash7 in a trademark opposition proceeding brought by Nokia to oppose Slash7's registration of the mark NOKO.

Notable practitioners Aleksander Goranin regularly represents major technology and life sciences clients in complex IP litigation. His broad disputes expertise encompasses infringement and trade secret suits.

David Wolfsohn is a much-admired IP litigator with considerable expertise across an array of complex disputes. He is regularly called upon by clients from a wide range of industries to act in high-value infringement trials."David is a top litigator. He knows the ins and outs of a suit and is unbelievably well prepared."

Nicole McLaughlin comes recommended for her work handling trademark disputes. She offers further expertise advising on procurement and global brand management."She's a responsive attorney with rich experience in trademark prosecution and licensing."

Peter Cronk is frequently called upon by leading life sciences and technology sector clients to advise on patent and trademark management and complex litigation.

California

Lori Ocheltree regularly handles harassment and retaliation matters on behalf of employers."Lori is extremely responsive, pragmatic, and thorough. She takes the time to get to know her clients, their priorities and risk tolerance, and crafts her advice in a way that is business-oriented and relevant to the client’s challenges." "She is incredibly responsive, provides excellent service and has a deep breadth of understanding of the subject matter. Most importantly she understands our corporate culture and tailors her advice accordingly."

Florida

Kevin Vanceundertakes complex employment litigation, including disputes involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets and discrimination. "Kevin is an excellent attorney who is always provides timely and well-analyzed responses."

Michael Casey has extensive experience representing employers in labor and employment litigation and administrative proceedings, as well as assisting with advisory matters. "He is fantastic and a go-to labor lawyer." "He is excellent, very thorough and knows the law cold."

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Offers comprehensive coverage across a range of employment and immigration matters. Draws from an experienced pool of litigators to act on wage and hour disputes and wider employment claims that cross state lines. Also noted for its strength in traditional labor law, including labor relations matters, union issues and regulatory compliance. Acts for a broad spectrum of public and private sector clients.

Strengths "Duane Morris provides us with exemplary service," reports a client, who adds that the team is "extremely attentive to our needs and always on top of the latest employment law changes." Peers regard Duane Morris as "a strong player" in the market.

Work highlights Represented Health Partners Plans in a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.

Notable practitioners Jonathan Segal counsels on HR issues, such as the drafting of employment policies, crisis management and regulatory compliance. He is also recommended for sensitive and contentious matters such as reductions in force, and harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination cases. "Jonathan brings a wealth of knowledge and is able to translate to that to our business, getting to the heart of the issue."

Thomas Servodidio is called upon by a range of employers to represent them in discrimination claims, wrongful discharge and restrictive covenant disputes, among other lawsuits. He also counsels frequently on traditional labor matters. "The highest recommendation for Thomas - he really understands our business and the issues we face as a small company on both traditional labor matters and employment matters." "He is excellent on restrictive covenants."

New Jersey

Gregory Haworth is recognized for his representation of financial institutions in complex commercial litigation. He also handles real estate disputes and class actions. "He is very responsive and has a good strategic mind."

Eric Breslin's wide-ranging practice spans civil and criminal litigation, including RICO cases. He also advises corporations on internal investigations. "He's very responsive, and he knows New Jersey and the judges so well. He brings a lot of insight.""He is very experienced in his area of expertise and good at what he does. He's thoughtful, careful and doesn't panic."

Melissa Geller is noted in the market for her growing practice in white-collar criminal defense. She acts for clients facing allegations of fraud, bribery and FCPA violations, among others, and is adept at conducting internal investigations and advising on compliance issues. "Melissa is an excellent lawyer." "She's smart, very hard-working and a pleasure to deal with."

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Broad litigation team with extensive experience representing clients in class actions before state and federal courts. Renowned for its prowess in securities and white-collar crime cases and also noted for its strengths across IP, product liability and antitrust disputes. Also adept at advising on franchise litigation. Particularly recognized for its representation of clients in the life sciences, technology and financial sectors.

Strengths One client states: "The firm is professional and responsive, and conducts itself in a manner that leaves an in-house attorney feeling like a business partner rather than just another client." Sources report: "The team consists of polished, well-regarded subject matter experts, producing excellent work product." "They're very concise, grasping not just the immediate legal scenarios but also what is sensitive to the business case," confirms a source.

Work highlights Served as national trial counsel to Wright Medical Group in multiple claims nationwide surrounding its metal-on-metal hip implants. Represented executive search consultant Marc Miller in an insider trading investigation by the SEC.

Notable practitioners John Soroko is the firm's chairperson emeritus. He has a wealth of experience advising on commercial and securities litigation, among other areas.

Lawrence Pockers is active in disputes surrounding breach of contract, trade secrets and noncompetes."He is available and thorough with a good grasp of law, strategy and good client relationship skills." "A litigation partner with exceptional courtroom presence. "

Mary Hansen advises clients facing high-stakes investigations by government organizations. She acts for both companies and individuals. "She is well qualified and very capable - I think highly of her as litigator."

Firm chair and CEO Matthew Taylor is a highly skilled litigator and has experience in working on commercial disputes both at the federal and state level. "He makes himself available. He's an inspirational leader who gets things done."

Michael Mustokoff advises on the defense of white-collar criminal cases and qui tam cases. His experience includes allegations of fraud arising from the healthcare industry.

Texas

What the team is known for Respected litigation practice with strength in product liability, intellectual property and commercial disputes. Acts for a broad client base in Austin and beyond, including those hailing from the energy, healthcare and construction sectors.

Strengths One source says: "The team is super responsive and the expertise they bring to the table is better than any other firm I've used." "The experience has been very positive," reports another client, adding: "The team listens to our needs and stays on top of it."

Work highlights Successfully represented Little River Healthcare in a dispute with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas concerning Little River's expansion of laboratory services, culminating in a $108 million verdict.

Notable practitioners Brad Thompson has considerable expertise in disputes arising from the energy sector as part of his broader commercial disputes practice." He's a great lawyer. He's very strategic, has lots of creativity and clients love him." "An excellent attorney and zealous advocate who is focused on the client, the goal and the bigger picture."

Tracy McCreight is a strong performer across a broad range of commercial disputes, including construction, contract and real estate matters. "She's a high-quality lawyer who is well thought of."

Maryland

Thomas Totten focuses his practice on real estate development and financing transactions. He represents banks and other lenders as well as property developers and corporate clients on a range of complex matters.

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Advises clients such as developers, financial institutions and investment managers on all aspects of transactional real estate issues. Noted for its work in the leisure and hospitality space. Also a popular choice of firm for its counsel on multifamily properties and projects in the healthcare sector. Capable of assisting both landlords and tenants with leasing issues.

Strengths One source notes: "Duane Morris is an excellent real estate firm." Another reports: "The firm has a very good reputation in the Philadelphia business community and my experience with them has been exceptional."

Work highlights Represented MLP Ventures in exercising a purchase option to acquire the former GlaxoSmithKline research and development facility in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania.

Notable practitioners Brad Molotsky focuses his real estate practice on advising clients in areas including opportunity zone fund creation and deployment. He has further expertise in development deals and joint ventures. "He is a very savvy and business-minded lawyer." "He thinks about pragmatic solutions and works congenially with opposing counsel in getting the deal done."

David Augustin acts for both buyers and sellers in real estate transactions including mortgage loans, acquisitions and development projects. "David is super smart and very well respected in the market." "He is very smart and hard-working."

USA – Nationwide

Thomas Ostrander has a broad practice which encompasses federal and state investigations and complex litigation with the IRS. "He is someone who can properly assess a client's circumstance and come up with a comprehensive game plan and implement it in a short amount of time."

Florida

William Rohreradvises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and planning matters, advising clients such as corporates and real estate developers. "He's an excellent lawyer."

Illinois

Stanley Kaminski has a respected tax controversy practice. He undertakes complex challenges to both state and local tax, as well as handling audits. "Stanley is excellent."

Pennsylvania

What the team is known for Strong transactional tax practice that advises a range of domestic and international clients on structuring deals. Also noted for its handling of state and federal controversy work, which includes acting on criminal proceedings. Client base includes partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations.

Work highlights Provided tax advice to Quanta Services in connection with an amendment of its credit agreement that, among other things, extended the maturity date to September 2025 and increased its revolving credit facility from $2.1 billion to $2.5 billion.

Notable practitioners Hope Krebs is a distinguished attorney who offers counsel on the tax elements of transactional matters such as acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity mandates. "She is a very highly regarded international tax lawyer." "She is very practical, talented and very good at what she does."

Thomas Ostrander is routinely called upon by individuals and corporations for representation in criminal matters such as tax evasion litigation and appeals. He also advises his clients on investigations undertaken by government authorities. "He is one of the premier people for tax disputes. He can properly assess a client's circumstances and come up with a comprehensive game plan, then implement it in a short amount of time."

Chambers Global

What the team is known for Firm offers an established India-focused practice, demonstrating a particular focus on mid-market IPOs, as well as QIPs and bond offerings. Advises on listings and offerings across a range of sectors including the technology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. Offers expertise in handling cross-border private placements.

Notable practitioners Head of the firm's India practice, Jamie Benson earns praise for his broad capital markets practice. Based in Singapore, he regularly advises multinational corporations and financial entities on IPOs and QIPs.

Jamie Benson is recognised for his expertise in this space, especially handling equity issuances focused on India. One source praises his "attention to detail and knowledge of nuances."

London-basedUte Mueller offers expertise on corporate and M&A matters involving both the UK and Germany, being admitted to the Bar in Germany as well as England and Wales.

What the team is known for Leverages its established network of Asian offices to offer foreign and local counsel to clients. Client roster includes financial institutions, private equity funds and corporates, and advice covers a range of corporate advisory and M&A issues in various sectors, including TMT, real estate and energy. Well placed to service Chinese and Indonesian corporate clients, among others.

Notable practitioners Krishna Ramachandra is a key point of contact for clients.

Respected practice which especially advises foreign companies on market entry, M&A and corporate restructuring. Clients include local and South-East Asian investors, as well as global corporates. Regularly acts for businesses in the retail, finance, technology and healthcare industries.

Notable practitioners Interviewees say Nguyen Thi Lang "has extensive legal knowledge and experience in M&A." Another client states she "always provides innovative solutions to resolve all legal issues" and highlights her "strong negotiation skills." She is best known for her work representing multinationals on their investments in the country.

Oliver Massmann continues to assist clients with a variety of corporate matters, including acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. He is a notable name for renewable energy work. Market commentators report he is "well known for corporate and privatisation work," while another source says he is "at the forefront for European clients."

What the team is known for Regularly handles Myanmar matters from its Singapore and Vietnam offices, with support from its team in Yangon. Multidisciplinary practice with expertise across build-operate-transfer project development, joint ventures, M&A, financing and market entry work, as well as Myanmar-related disputes. Advises a mixture of local and foreign corporates, with a number of clients in the finance and energy and resources sectors.

Work highlights Advised State Bank of India on its MMK7.5 billion short-term revolving credit facility to a Myanmar-based Korean microfinance company.

Notable practitioners Krishna Ramachandra in Singapore is a key contact for the Myanmar practice.

Miami-based Miles Plaskett operates a geographically broad practice, covering the USA and including the USVI, the Caribbean and Latin America. He advises on energy and infrastructure development projects, including financing.

Denyse Sabagh is distinguished in the field due to her adept handling of a wide variety of immigration issues, including both inbound and outbound employment-based matters. Clients say: "She is always available to answer questions and she has a vast knowledge of immigration law."

What the team is known for Well-established projects team with a particular focus on the renewable energy sector, especially concerning solar power. Also active on infrastructure and oil and gas mandates, representing developers, sponsors and state-owned enterprises. Particularly well placed to advise on regulatory matters in the power sector. Often advises European-headquartered clients, as well as other international corporates, on the development of renewables projects in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners Oliver Massmann is respected as an energy specialist, especially in relation to renewables. He especially assists international and regional power companies with their investments in the solar and wind sectors in Vietnam.

Chambers Asia-Pacific

What the team is known for Firm offers an established India-focused practice, demonstrating a particular focus on mid-market IPOs, as well as QIP and bond offerings. Advises on listings and offerings across a range of sectors including the technology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. Offers expertise in handling cross-border private placements.

Work highlights Represented ICICI Securities and Nomura Financial as book-running lead managers and underwriters in the IPO of Affle India and its private placement outside India.

Notable practitioners Head of the firm's India practice, Jamie Benson earns praise for his broad capital markets practice. Based in Singapore, he regularly advises multinational corporations and financial entities on IPOs and QIPs.

What the team is known for Leverages its established network of Asian offices to offer foreign and local counsel to clients. Client roster includes financial institutions, private equity funds and corporates, and advice covers a range of corporate advisory and M&A issues in various sectors, including TMT, real estate and energy. Well placed to service Chinese and Indonesian corporate clients, among others.

Work highlights Advised DuPont on the Singapore aspects of its USD110 million acquisition of Evoqua's Memcor business.

Notable practitioners Krishna Ramachandra is a key point of contact for clients.

What the team is known for Respected practice which especially advises foreign companies on market entry, M&A and corporate restructuring. Clients include local and South-East Asian investors, as well as global corporates. Regularly acts for businesses in the retail, finance, technology and healthcare industries.

Strengths One source comments: "They impress us as a very hard-working and commercially oriented team of lawyers, who work around the clock. The firm is also a well-known name in the region, helping us gain confidence from our partners in high-profile deals."

Clients say the firm produces work that is of a "very good quality."

Work highlights Advised Advantage Partners Asia Fund on its investment in Dai Viet Refrigeration Electromechanics.

Notable practitioners Interviewees say Nguyen Thi Lang "has extensive legal knowledge and experience in M&A." Another client states she "always provides innovative solutions to resolve all legal issues," and highlights her "strong negotiation skills." She is best known for her work representing multinationals on their investments in the country.

Oliver Massmann continues to assist clients with a variety of corporate matters, including acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. He is a notable name for renewable energy work. Market commentators report he is "well known for corporate and privatisation work," while another source says he is "at the forefront for European clients."

What the team is known for Regularly handles Myanmar matters from its Singapore and Vietnam offices, with support from its team in Yangon. Multidisciplinary practice with expertise across build-operate-transfer project development, joint ventures, M&A, financing and market entry work, as well as Myanmar-related disputes. Advises a mixture of local and foreign corporates, with a number of clients in the finance and energy and resources sectors.

Work highlights Advised State Bank of India on its MMK7.5 billion short-term revolving credit facility to a Myanmar-based Korean microfinance company.

Notable practitioners Krishna Ramachandra in Singapore is a key contact for the Myanmar practice.

What the team is known for Well-established projects team with a particular focus on the renewable energy sector, especially concerning solar power. Also active on infrastructure and oil and gas mandates, representing developers, sponsors and state-owned enterprises. Particularly well placed to advise on regulatory matters in the power sector. Often advises European-headquartered clients, as well as other international corporates, on the development of renewables projects in Vietnam.

Work highlights Assisted Bootstrapper with the acquisition of two project vehicles with rights to develop two 50 MW solar power plants.

Notable practitioners Nguyen Thi Lang is well regarded in the real estate space by market commentators. She often represents international investors on land use regulations, including in relation to energy projects.

Oliver Massmann is respected as an energy specialist, especially in relation to renewables. He especially assists international and regional power companies with their investments in the solar and wind sectors in Vietnam.

Chambers High Net Worth

Jocelyn Borowsky of Duane Morris LLP advises on trust and estate administration and estate planning matters. A source explains: "She is very smart, she knows the law, is organised and proactive and suggests solutions to issues that other attorneys lack the ability to even identify."

Marsha Madorsky of Duane Morris LLP advises high net worth clients on estate and trust administration and litigation. She also advises on estate and tax planning. A source notes: "She is very good, she is a zealous advocate when she's litigating."