This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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2013 saw Perkins Coie expand its Dallas office with several key hires including franchise specialist Joyce Mazero as part of the firm’s wider focus of expanding its national franchise practice.
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|Business Crime Defence||1||Patents||1|
|Commercial Litigation||1||Product Liability Defence||2|
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The firm also added to its intellectual property capabilities in Chicago and Denver, and promoted 21 associates and of counsel to partner. Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, Perkins Coie is committed to embracing the challenges of the changing legal industry and is focused on remaining a “premier” law firm.
|Total Listings in WWL||28||Established||1912|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||900|
|Number of offices||19|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm represents a significant number of clients in the aviation industry on aircraft finance and product liability matters. In Seattle, Thomas McLaughlin has more than 35 years’ experience in product liability litigation and counselling, he is particularly active in cases arising from aviation accidents. John Dillow is a “very active” litigator and his representative clients include Boeing. Keith Gerrard represents manufacturers in relation to product liability and aviation-related litigation. Ronald McIntire specialises in litigation involving major air crashes and personal injury and wrongful death suits involving aerospace products. He is also managing partner of the Los Angeles office. Peter Archie specialises in the purchase and sale of new and used aircraft, the sale of aircraft parts and charter businesses, aircraft operating, finance and leveraged leases, negotiation of charter agreements, FAA compliance and lease restructuring.
Tom Lindley is the firmwide chair of the environment, energy and resources practice. He defends clients facing enforcement actions and advises on audits and due diligence. He is “greatly respected” in the field. William Pedersen is renowned for his work on the Clean Air Act and regularly represents clients in the forest products, petroleum, and natural gas transmission and distribution industries. Robert Maynard has a broad environmental practice covering project development, transactions, regulation, legislation and litigation.
The intellectual property practice is home to “standouts” Michael Warnecke, Lynne Graybeal and Heidi Sachs. Warnecke specialises in patent litigation and his notable cases include acting as lead trial counsel in the Riddell v Schutt case in 2010 which resulted in a jury award of $30 million, the largest in Wisconsin history for a patent case. Graybeal is noted for her trademarks expertise and is the firm’s co-chair of the arts, entertainment and sports industry group. Sachs specialises in trademark, copyright, domain name, right of publicity, IP due diligence and trade secret issues. She is “highly sought after” and has advised clients including AT&T Wireless Services Inc on its international trademark portfolio as well as the largest airplane manufacturer in the world.
The programme is led by full-time pro bono counsel Leah Medway and supported by a firmwide committee. In 2012, lawyers dedicated over 46,000 hours representing over three per cent of the firm’s total billable hours for the year. Examples of the work lawyers at the firm have been involved in includes helping low income individuals acquire basic needs such as stable housing and mental health services, representing veterans seeking disability benefits, assisting holocaust survivors seeking pension payments from Germany and guiding immigrant youth and adults fleeing persecution and trying to obtain legal status in the US.
Perkins Coie is recognised for its success in promoting and achieving diversity within the firm. In 2013, the firm was named a top 10 family-friendly firm by Yale Law Women for the fifth time, was yet again awarded the gold standard certificate from Women in Law Empowerment Forum and earned a top rating of 100 per cent in the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign for the fifth year in a row.
Perkins Coie has grown considerably since it was first established in Seattle and now has a national presence as well as three offices in Asia: Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, demonstrating its commitment to better serving its clients and growing its Asia practice.
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