This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Arnold & Porter opened its ninth office in January 2014 in Houston, Texas with the hire of aviation experts Thad Dameris and Trevor Jefferies. The news comes on the back of a year of hires which saw the firm strengthen its competition practice with the hire of two leading antitrust specialists in New York and Washington, DC, and make a further six hires in sectors including financial services and corporate law, reflecting its commitment to continued expansion across a number of practice areas.
|ARNOLD & PORTER|
|Aviation||2||Product Liability Defence||7|
|Environment||6||Telecoms and Media||2|
|Information Technology||3||Trade & Customs||2|
2013 also saw John Gleklen take over as head of the US antitrust practice as Arnold & Porter looks to consolidate its position as a dominant firm in the competition field. Much of the firm’s work concerns governmental organisations and related contracts; the firm prides itself on recruiting and retaining individuals with a well-rounded outlook in the area and 75 of the firm’s lawyers have held senior positions in US and European governments and international organisations. The firm places particular emphasis on serving the global needs of its corporate clients, with 140 of the Fortune 500 companies choosing Arnold & Porter as their outside counsel.
|Total Listings in WWL||63||Established||1946|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||748|
|Number of partners||248||Number of offices||9|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Competition law is a key practice area for the firm and one in which it is dominant. Over 80 lawyers across the firm’s US and European offices handle the full range of complex competition matters. Jonathan Gleklen heads the US antitrust practice and is an “exceptional leader” with “valuable” experience in matters pertaining to high technology, government merger reviews and anticompetitive conduct investigations. His European counterpart Marleen Van Kerckhove has a “distinguished” practice encompassing appearances before the EU and national antitrust agencies on matters including merger control, abuse control and other restrictive practice. She recently acted for Boston Scientific Corporation in its US$275 million acquisition of C R Bard’s electrophysiology business. In Brussels, Annette Luise Schild is a “true authority” on competition matters and concentrates on merger and acquisition transactions and cartel investigations. The “highly knowledgeable” Tim Frazer specialises in merger clearances before the European Commission and national authorities for cases concerning econometric evidence. He also advises clients in relation to price-fixing and other conduct matters and is praised for his “international outlook”.
The firm also has a “renowned” life sciences practice and is particularly recommended for its work in the health-care sector. The “outstanding” Daniel Kracov heads the FDA and health-care practice and assists start-up companies, trade associations and large manufacturers in negotiating the development and approach of drugs, biologics and medical devices. In London, Ian Dodds-Smith co-heads the firm’s food, drug and medical devices practice group and is “greatly respected” by peers and clients alike. He is a “major name” in product liability defence and has defended many international companies in the pharmaceutical, chemical and medical device sectors, including numerous multi-claimant group actions. At the same office, Christopher Stothers is a “formidable” litigator with a practice focusing on high-value cross-border disputes, including opposition work before the European Patent Office. In Los Angeles, Ellen Reisman is a “legend” in the sector and has over 25 years’ experience of representing major pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies in product liability litigation; she is also described as “highly knowledgeable” on US and international regulation in the life sciences field.
Arnold & Porter has a “great reputation” for international product liability work and co-chair of the firm’s product liability litigation practice Anand Agneshwar regularly represents major pharmaceutical and consumer products companies as national, strategic and appellate counsel. He receives widespread praise for his “precise attention to detail” and has acted for Wyeth in diet drug-related disputes since 1997. Peter Grossi Jr is a “dean” of the national product liability bar and former head of the firm’s litigation group, while Adela Williams is a regulatory “expert” and advises clients in relation to the regulation of medicinal products and medical devices at UK and EU level.
The firm has a “very active” M&A practice and is well placed to advise clients on a global basis. Richard Canady in San Francisco is “vastly experienced” and acts for numerous publicly held companies in the financial, telecommunications, retail and pharmaceutical industries. Edward Deibert is a “superb strategist” and specialises in buying and selling privately held and publicly traded businesses, with a particular focus on the financial services and consumer products industries. In Los Angeles, James Walther is recognised for his “strong understanding” of complex mergers, acquisitions and restructurings and is a “true authority” on real estate transactions.
Arnold & Porter has a committed and long-standing pro bono programme, and the firm’s lawyers consistently average more than 100 hours a year. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Gideon v Wainwright, a landmark US Supreme Court decision on indigents’ constitutional right to counsel in criminal cases, which was argued by one of the firm’s founding partners, Abe Fortas. The case is still often cited by state and federal courts across the country.
The firm is devoted to offering ongoing programs which attract and retain a diverse population of employees. The Minorities at Arnold & Porter programme (MAP) aims to help the firm identify ways to increase minority recruitment and retention, and MAP lawyers meet regularly to discuss issues of common concern.
In 2014, Arnold & Porter will focus on expanding its experience and services into emerging markets of the global economy while maintaining its primary focus on litigation, transactional matters and regulatory issues.
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