This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Morgan Lewis & Bockius was founded in Philadelphia in 1873 with an emphasis on close-working client relationships that achieve results – a hallmark of the firm to this day. The firm consists of some 1,400 lawyers in 24 offices throughout the US, Europe and Asia, strategically positioned to help clients achieve their business goals. The firm is especially strong in the areas of management, labour and employment, life sciences and oil and gas. It achieves 47 listings in this edition, across 15 legal sectors.
|MORGAN LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 47|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Business Crime Defence||3||Life Sciences||4|
|Corporate Immigration||3||Oil &Gas||4|
|Corporate Tax||3||Private Funds||5|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||2||Real Estate||1|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1||Trademarks||1|
|Labour & Employment||12|
Management labour and employment emerges as one of the firm’s strong suits with 12 lawyers featuring prominently in the chapter. Morgan Lewis has a broad labour and employment practice that covers virtually every type of issue that confronts a business. The Philadelphia office is the best represented fielding four practitioners. Mark S Dichter is chair of the firm’s labour and employment practice and with over 40 years’ experience in this field is “hugely admired” by peers and clients alike. Dichter represents and advises major multinational employers in the full spectrum of employment law issues, including complex employment discrimination class actions, high-profile sexual harassment cases, nationwide wage-and-hour litigation, employee benefits class actions and whistleblower cases. Managing partner of practice Steven R Wall provides “first-class” strategic advice on labour issues, while the “brilliant” Michael L Banks is “one of the best employment litigators on the East Coast” according to peers. He has tried over 30 cases and has handled several dozen class action and multi-plaintiff cases around the country. Senior counsel Timothy P O’Reilly specialises in management labour relations and is praised for his “insightful advice”.
A trio of individuals from the firm’s DC office are singled out including Grace E Speights. Chair of the firm’s systemic employment litigation practice, as well as co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee and managing partner of the DC office, Speights is “very well known” for counselling and defending clients in connection with employment discrimination claims. Harry A Rissetto is a “font of knowledge” on labour law matters while Charles I Cohen is lauded for his “great handling of complex issues”. Four additional lawyers from the firm’s US offices are recognised including George A Stohner in Los Angeles, who co-founded the firm’s labour and employment complex litigation practice. Peers hail him as “extremely experienced” and a “fantastic litigator”. In Chicago, Philip A Miscimarra is considered a “very fine lawyer” and “great advocate” and in Paris, François Vergne focuses on French, EU and international employment and labour law matters as well as benefits and immigration issues.
Morgan Lewis fields five individuals to the private funds chapter. New York-based Louis Singer heads the firm’s private investment funds practice and is “greatly admired” by his peers for the depth and breadth of his practice in this field. His colleague Georgette Schaefer is outside counsel to many of the largest pension funds in the US and is rated “top notch” by our respondents. In San Francisco, Peter Phleger is renowned for his expertise in fund formation, while Miami-based Ethan Johnson is commended for his “business mind” and “understanding of the market”. Ann Baker in Paris is the “lawyer of choice” for sponsors of and investors in a broad range of international private equity and other private investment funds.
Morgan Lewis has a thriving life sciences practice and achieves four listings in this chapter. The firm fields two transactional experts, including Philadelphia-based Steven Cohen, co-manager of the firm’s emerging business and technology practice. Cohen is “renowned” for assisting life sciences companies in planning for and implementing growth strategies, including making deals happen. The “creative” Lucas Chang is managing partner of the firm’s Beijing office and specialises in corporate and securities transactions including foreign direct investment, M&A, venture capital financing, private equity investments and public offerings within the life sciences industry. San Francisco-based Jeffry Mann is recognised for his IP skills within the life sciences sector. As head of the office’s IP practice, Mann has a strong focus on developing and implementing patent strategies, counselling, prosecution, licensing and due diligence. In DC, Stephen Mahinka chairs Morgan Lewis’ life sciences and healthcare interdisciplinary group and is “very highly rated” for his “profound” knowledge of regulatory matters.
Oil and gas is a further area where Morgan Lewis excels and the firm achieves four listings in the corresponding chapter. Houston-based David Asmus leads the firm’s energy transactions practice and is the most highly nominated lawyer in our researching, earning him the accolade of oil and gas lawyer of the year for the fourth consecutive time. Asmus specialises in oil and gas development projects, acquisitions and divestitures and energy based financing and is “truly excellent”. He is also highly recommended for his mining and project finance expertise. Colleague Brian Bradshaw is considered a “standout” lawyer in the areas of oil and gas and project finance. He is co-chair of the firm’s Latin America team and “very active” in the market, especially in the development of energy and infrastructure projects. In Moscow, the “very experienced” Jonathan Hines represents private and state-owned companies from around the globe on transactions involving Russia and other former Soviet republics. He is especially lauded for his work on large and complex oil and gas development and M&A projects. In Kazakhstan, Aset Shyngyssov is managing partner of the firm’s Almaty office and “one of the best in the country” for energy-related transactions.
Morgan Lewis has a diverse and innovative pro bono practice and devotes substantial resources to community service and charitable activities. In 2012, lawyers from the firm committed over 71,000 hours to pro bono representations and this high level of commitment is set to continue for 2013.
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