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    Arent Fox LLP Recognized in The Legal 500

    June 14, 2011

    Prestigious International Legal Publication Honors 9 Arent Fox Practice Areas, 29 Firm Attorneys

    WASHINGTON, DC — Arent Fox LLP announced today that it has been recognized by the prestigious 2011 Legal 500 US in the areas of Construction Litigation; Health Care & Life Sciences; Intellectual Property: Trademarks (Non-Contentious); International Trade Litigation; Media, Technology & Telecoms: Telecoms & Broadcast (Transactional); Mergers & Acquisitions (Middle Market); Real Estate; and Tax: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation.

    Within those practice areas, 29 Arent Fox attorneys are identified as “Recommended Attorneys” by The Legal 500. Partner Connie Raffa is listed in the elite “Leading Lawyers” list, The Legal 500 United States guide to outstanding attorneys nationwide, in the area of healthcare and life sciences.

    The Legal 500 rankings and commentary are based on independent research, and produced by a team of researchers and journalists who speak to clients and other purchasers of legal services, as well as lawyers in private practice. More than 180,000 in-house counsel and lawyers were surveyed and interviewed globally in 2010–11.

    Listed below are nine Arent Fox practice groups and 29 individual attorneys recognized by The Legal 500, along with portions of the commentary provided by the editors of the prestigious legal publication.

    Construction Litigation

    “Arent Fox LLP’s construction group consists of 12 lawyers nationally, with the core practice in New York. ... Clients assess the overall level of service as ‘outstanding’, and the lawyers’ industry knowledge as ‘superior to many legal practices’. The firm was selected by the New York Yankees to handle the construction contracts and supply agreements for the new Yankee Stadium; recent work on the $2bn project includes drafting and negotiating contracts, assisting on developing the contractor-controlled insurance program, and advising on claim issues. Eugene Scheiman and James Frankel co-chair the New York construction team.” » Read more


    Health Care & Life Sciences

    “Arent Fox LLP is primarily known as a Washington DC practice, in fact half of Arent Fox LLP’s 28 healthcare attorneys are based in New York and Los Angeles, giving the firm a good range of coverage. The firm’s managed care clients say the ‘healthcare team possesses incomparable depth of knowledge’. ... The firm represents many health systems, hospitals, hospices, and long-term care facilities, and also handles litigation for manufacturers. The California group handles Medicare and Medicaid issues and staffing matters for St Joseph Health System and advises Kaiser Permanente – an integrated health system spanning 26 hospitals and 3,000 physicians – on regulatory compliance, ethics, and labor litigation. Its Washington DC team continues to represent Fresenius in false claims and related litigation and investigations, and advises Teva North America on compliance and pricing issues. The New York team’s recent work includes advising Dialysis Corporation of America during its $110m acquisition by US Renal Care, a deal creating an entity with 84 dialysis centers nationwide.” » Read more and more


    Intellectual Property: Trademarks (Non-Contentious)

    “Arent Fox LLP is a leader in its field when it comes to media and entertainment matters. The team of 30 partners acts for a great breadth of high-profile clients in this area, as well as assisting clients in the life sciences, electronics, consumer products and fashion industries. ... The team is primary counsel for a number of household names including Mars, and also assisted in the launch of the Discovery Communications brand in a number of countries. It is also primary entertainment and IP legal counsel for Pixar and The Walt Disney Company, advising on clearance, registration and licensing matters, while other key clients include Apple, Google, LG Electronics, Diesel, Geox, Benetton and Lacoste. The team was also recently retained by Qualcomm.” » Read more


    International Trade Litigation

    “Trade litigation, export control and customs law are at the heart of Arent Fox LLP’s international trade practice, but the firm is also building significant capability in the anti-corruption and international corporate governance areas. Clients praise ‘extraordinary levels of service and responsiveness’ as well as a ‘solutions-based approach’. Since 2001, the firm has acted for the provincial government of Québec defending against allegations that it is providing standing timber to softwood lumber producers at subsidized prices. The softwood lumber case is the largest, most complex trade case ever filed, involving more than $5bn in annual trade.” » Read more


    Mergers & Acquisitions (Middle Market)

    “For some clients, Arent Fox LLP’s ‘level of business acumen and industry knowledge is second to none, and this has made it a go-to firm. ... This is very high praise, but it is well-deserved.’ The practice has built a large and comprehensive corporate practice in the Washington DC area, with a client base that ranges from mid-market private businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The team is well versed in transactions with regional, national and international scope. In addition, the firm has developed a strong reputation in several industry sectors including technology, manufacturing, sports and entertainment, leisure and hospitality, healthcare and government contracts. Recent highlights include representing RLJ on the sale of a controlling stake in the Charlotte Bobcats NBA basketball team to Michael Jordan’s company, MJ Basketball Holdings, a deal that valued the Bobcats at $275m.” » Read more


    Real Estate

    “Arent Fox LLP’s 35-partner real estate group is based in Washington DC and New York. Clients regard the team as ‘superlative, highly professional and extremely good value for money’, as well as ‘responsive and very knowledgeable about the myriad of issues facing a real estate developer’. [Firm Chairman] Mark Katz continues to represent Goldman Sachs in various real estate transactions including acquisitions, development and dispositions of commercial single assets and portfolios, and on the workout and restructuring of sub-performing and non-performing loans. One particular deal involved the recapitalization of a six-asset, multi-family portfolio located in four states and valued at $246m. The team has niche expertise regarding sports arenas, and David Osnos and Richard Brand continue to represent the Pollin family, former-owner of the Washington Wizards NBA franchise and a client of the firm for over 50 years, on all real estate matters. The firm recently represented the family on selling its majority interest in Washington Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership to Lincoln Holdings. ... The New York-based team recently advised Fannie Mae on its participation in the Obama administration’s $25bn plan to stabilize the US housing market.” » Read more


    Tax: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

    “Arent Fox LLP’s Washington DC benefits practice is biased towards ERISA matters in the widest sense. The firm has a reputation for fixing problem plans, as well as being competent in complex advisory areas, including advice to pension plan trustees looking to expand investment portfolios into areas such as real estate. The small group provides ‘an overall level of service which is top-notch’ and ‘reasonably priced’, to a clientele of mid-tier corporations, non-profit institutions, pensions funds and individuals. ... Clients include Carl Zeiss, Choice Hotels International, K-Sea Transportation and AARP.” » Read more


    Telecoms & Broadcast: Transactional

    “Arent Fox LLP represents smaller carriers and start-ups in negotiations with content providers and disputes with the large telecoms operators and incumbents. Recent cases focused on mobile content and internet access and net neutrality. ... Other clients include Hypercube Telecom, Infrasource, Mobile Marketing Association and Securus Technologies.” » Read more


    To review the complete Legal 500 results for Arent Fox LLP, please click here.


    About Arent Fox:
    Arent Fox LLP (www.arentfox.com), with offices in Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles is a recognized leader in areas including election law, complex litigation, intellectual property, real estate, telecommunications, health care, automotive, sports, white collar, international trade, and bankruptcy. With more than 350 lawyers nationwide, Arent Fox has extensive experience in corporate securities, financial restructuring, government relations, labor and employment, finance, tax, corporate compliance, and the global business market. The firm represents Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, foreign governments and other entities.

    About The Legal 500:
    The Legal 500 is now in its 25th year and is the flagship publication of UK-based publisher, Legalease. Founded in 1987, Legalease offers authoritative and in-depth analysis and commentary across a broad portfolio of publications, spanning directories, magazines, journals, textbooks and online. We aim to be at the forefront of legal publishing, creating high-quality publications for the elite of the legal profession, and their clients. The Legal 500 series of guides reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in over 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean.