This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Crowell & Moring’s government contracts group was the focus for expansion at the end of 2013, with two partner hires in Los Angeles and one in Washington, DC. The hires further consolidate the firm’s dominance in this field, with one of the largest government contracts practices in the US.
|CROWELL & MORING|
|Business Crime Defence||3||Mining||3|
|Information Technology||1||Telecoms and Media||1|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||3||Trade & Customs||2|
The firm divides its expertise into three key strands: litigation and trial, regulatory and policy, and transactions and corporate. As well as offices spanning the US, the firm also boasts two international offices in London and Brussels and affiliate offices in Cairo and Riyadh. Innovation is a key driver as the firm strives to implement innovative solutions for its clients. This value was recognised last year as Crowell & Moring featured among the list of most innovative law firms in the US. The firm hopes to uphold this commitment, along with its emphasis on pro bono and diversity.
|Total Listings in WWL||31||Established||1979|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||520|
|Number of partners||195||Number of offices||9 + 2 affiliated|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Crowell & Moring’s aviation practice encompasses the full range of financial, regulatory and contentious matters. Chair of the aviation group Lorraine Halloway is an “extremely talented” individual. She specialises in helping clients resolve aviation regulatory and export control/embargo issues. Of counsel Lisa Savitt is an “impressive” figure and is recognised for her contentious work in the international litigation field. Eileen Gleimer focuses her practice on business aviation and provides “top-quality” financial and regulatory advice to clients interested in the purchase, sale and lease of business aircraft.
The multidisciplinary environment, energy and resources group (EER) provides transactional, advisory and litigation services to a variety of clients in the environment sector. Jeffrey Smith has a “wealth of experience” in the sector and provides counselling on environmental management. The “terrific” Elliott Laws provides strategic advice on environmental and energy policy issues, regulation and litigation. Co-chair of the EER group Chet Thompson has a “fantastic reputation” and his practice includes counselling, litigation and enforcement defence under a range of environmental statutes including the Clean Air Act. Timothy McCrum is highlighted for his achievements in the mining sector and has represented companies in permitting processes and litigation involving controversial projects in the field.
Crowell & Moring’s government and internal investigations team is renowned for its work in the full range of internal audits situations. Clients come from industries including chemicals, manufacturing and telecommunications. Janet Levine is “one of the best” according to our sources. She has extensive experience in all manner of public corruption matters and is one of the few lawyers to ever try a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case. Chair of the white collar and regulatory enforcement group Thomas Hanusik is “highly recommended” in the field. He focuses his practice on white-collar defence, SEC enforcement and internal investigations.
The insurance and reinsurance group counts more than 40 lawyers who focus on coverage, litigation and counselling. Deirdre Johnson handles disputes in the US, Bermuda, London and European markets. She is praised for her “practicality” and “solutions-oriented approach”. Clifford Hendler is the “well respected” co-chair of the insurance/reinsurance group. He is national counsel for several insurance companies and has litigated coverage cases across the US.
With lawyers contributing more than 35,000 hours in pro bono legal services, Crowell & Moring has a strong focus on helping local communities. The firm deals with a wide range of pro bono matters but has a particular concentration in family law, immigration and criminal justice. The innovative Loaned Lawyer Programme allows lawyers to participate in six-month rotations at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia thus providing for employees’ professional development too.
The diversity council coordinates all action relating to diversity in the firm and helps to foster the inclusive and collaborative atmosphere that welcomes lawyers from all backgrounds and cultures. The Speaker Series launched in 2005 brings distinguished speakers to the firm to discuss various topics and has included in the past the first African-American attorney general of the United States. Other key initiatives include the Women Attorneys’ Network which provides advancement, development and networking opportunities.
Innovation in service remains at the heart of the firm and will continue to feature strongly next year. The Litigation Forecast 2014 Report created by the lawyers ensures that the firm keeps ahead of the game in terms of key developments and trends in their most important practice areas.
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