Vedder Price has achieved international renown for its aircraft finance group and this reputation is reinforced in our aviation chapter, where four partners give it the highest representation of any firm. The group supports its popular acclaim with an impressive international portfolio of clients including United Airlines and Air India. Dean Gerber is “at the very top of the profession” and chairs the firm’s equipment finance group, and is joined by the equally well-regarded Jonathan Bogaard. Joshua Gentner and Geoffrey Kass were also mentioned in this chapter for their “top” finance work, while fellow shareholder John McEnroe was praised as “first-rate” in the banking chapter.
The firm, with its history of excellence in employment litigation, also performed well in the employee benefits and management labour and employment chapters. The “very well-regarded” John Jacobsen is a member of the employee benefits committee of the Chicago Bar Association and the ABA Tax Section. Charles Wolf is also “very well known” in employee benefits and is former head of the firm’s practice group in this area. Lawrence Casazza was praised for his mediation work, and appears alongside Edward Jepson in the management labour and employment chapter.
Gabrielle Buckley’s immigration practice encompasses mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and she is praised as “very good and active” by her peers in the corporate immigration chapter. Another shareholder in the corporate department, the “terrific” Richard Pearse, appears in the construction chapter.