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Chambers & Partners Recognizes Leading Morgan Lewis Lawyers and Practices in 2016 USA Guide

May 27, 2016

NEW YORK, May 27, 2016: Clients recommend more than 200 Morgan Lewis lawyers and single out the firm as a leader in 85 practice categories in the Chambers USA guide released today by distinguished legal directory publisher Chambers & Partners. 

The 2016 publication recognizes 212 of the firm’s exceptional legal professionals, ranking 10 Morgan Lewis lawyers for the first time and recommending the firm across 82 competitive practice categories, including five new practice rankings. The annual guide ranks the country’s premier firms and practitioners in one of six levels, or “Bands,” with Band 1 representing the highest designation. This year, Morgan Lewis secured 15 Band 1 practice category designations, with 44 Band 1 rankings assigned to its leading lawyers.

Chambers & Partners rankings assess technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment and are based on extensive feedback gathered from thousands of lawyers and their clients around the world in addition to extensive independent research.

The publisher also named Morgan Lewis the Employment Law Firm of the Year last night during the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence dinner in New York, which honored the year’s most prominent law firms. The firm also was a finalist for an Award for Excellence in two other categories: Energy/Projects: Power (Including Renewables); Financial Services & Securities Regulation.

Chambers USA categories in which Morgan Lewis is recognized for the first time include the following:

  • Antitrust – Nationwide
  • Antitrust – District of Columbia
  • Antitrust – New York
  • Litigation: General Commercial – Florida
  • REITs – Nationwide
  • Startups & Emerging Companies – Nationwide
  • Tax – Pennsylvania

Individual Lawyer Rankings

  • Robert Abramowitz – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Donald-Bruce Abrams – Massachusetts, Tax
  • Sari Alamuddin – Illinois, Labor & Employment
  • Jonathan Albano – Nationwide, Firm Amendment Litigation; Massachusetts, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Richard Aldridge – Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Christopher Amandes – Texas, Environment
  • John Arnholz – Nationwide, Capital Markets: Securitization
  • David Asmus – Nationwide, Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional); Nationwide, Projects and Texas, Latin American Investment (Star Individual)
  • Reed Auerbach – Nationwide, Capital Markets: Securitization
  • John Ayanian – Nationwide, Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance)
  • David Balabanian – California, Litigation: General Commercial (Senior Statesman)
  • Michael Banks – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment
  • Robert Barry – Massachusetts, Banking & Finance
  • Barton Bassett – California, Tax
  • Glen Bernstein – Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Tess Blair – Nationwide, Litigation: E-Discovery
  • Jeremy Blumenfeld – Nationwide, ERISA Litigation
  • David Boch – Nationwide, Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance); Nationwide, Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Enforcement)
  • Harlyn Bohensky – Nationwide, Capital Markets: Securitization (Up and Coming)
  • Eric Bord – District of Columbia, Immigration
  • Sarah Bouchard – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment
  • Brian Bradshaw – Nationwide, Projects and Texas, Latin American Investment
  • Robert Brochin – Florida, Litigation: General Commercial
  • J.J. Broderick – Pennsylvania, Real Estate
  • John Brown – Massachusetts, Tax
  • Steven Browne – Massachusetts, Corporate/M&A
  • Daniel Budofsky – Nationwide, Capital Markets: Derivatives
  • Timothy Burke – Nationwide, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement
  • Winstol Carter, Jr. – Texas, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Daniel Chefitz – District of Columbia, Insurance: Policyholder
  • Charles Cohen – District of Columbia, Labor & Employment (Senior Statesman)
  • Steven Cohen – New Jersey, Corporate/M&A
  • William Colgin, Jr. – Nationwide, Tax: Controversy; California, Tax
  • Martin Conniff – Nationwide, Transportation: Shipping/Maritime Finance
  • J. Gordon Cooney, Jr. – Pennsylvania, Litigation: General Commercial (Star Individual)
  • Lea Anne Copenhefer – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Registered Funds; Massachusetts, Hedge & Mutual Funds
  • Joseph Costello – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment
  • Neal Curtin – Massachusetts, Banking & Finance: Corporate & Regulatory (Senior Statesman)
  • Deborah Davidson – Nationwide, ERISA Litigation (Up and Coming)
  • R. Alec Dawson – Nationwide, Private Equity: Buyouts; New York, Corporate/M&A
  • Althea Day – District of Columbia, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Richard de Bodo – California, Intellectual Property: Patent; California, Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation
  • Nicole Diller – California, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Carol Dillon – California, Real Estate
  • Sheri Dillon – District of Columbia, Tax
  • John Dodds – Pennsylvania, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Brian Dougherty – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • James Dragna – California, Environment
  • Frederick Eisenbiegler – Nationwide, Banking & Finance
  • Charles Engros, Jr. – New York, Media & Entertainment: Corporate
  • Anne Marie Estevez – Florida, Labor & Employment
  • Christopher Exberger – California, Banking & Finance (Up and Coming)
  • Scott Farmer – District of Columbia, Tax
  • Debra Fischer – California, Labor & Employment
  • Ella Foley Gannon – California, Environment
  • Steven Frank – Massachusetts, Intellectual Property
  • Steven Frantz – Nationwide, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Matthew Furlong – Massachusetts, Banking & Finance
  • David Gerson – Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Kirstin Gibbs – Nationwide, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulator & Litigation)
  • Thomas Giblin, Jr. – Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Finance)
  • David Glazer – New Jersey, Corporate/M&A
  • Michael Glazer – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Registered Funds
  • Daniel Goldberg – Massachusetts, Antitrust; Massachusetts, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Richard Goldman – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Hedge Funds; Massachusetts, Hedge & Mutual Funds
  • John Goodchild – Pennsylvania, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Stephen Goodman – Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Senior Statesman)
  • Keith Gottfried – District of Columbia, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Linda Griggs – Nationwide, Securities: Regulation: Advisory
  • Thomas Harman – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Registered Funds
  • Ivan Harris – Florida, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • John Hartigan – Southern California, Corporate/M&A
  • Omar Hemady – Massachusetts, Hedge & Mutual Funds (Associate to Watch)
  • Jordan Hershman – Massachusetts, Litigation: Securities
  • Mary Hevener – District of Columbia, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Reece Hirsch – California, Healthcare
  • Allyson Ho – Nationwide, Appellate Law; Texas, Litigation: Appellate
  • Daniel Hogans – District of Columbia, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Charles Horn – Nationwide, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
  • Michel Yves Horton – Nationwide, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder and California, Insurance: Policyholder
  • Ben Indek – Nationwide, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement
  • Charles Jackson – Nationwide, ERISA Litigation; Illinois, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation (Senior Statesman)
  • Jeffrey Johnson – Nationwide, Capital Markets: Securitization
  • Matthew Joseph – Nationwide, Capital Markets: Securitization
  • Roger Joseph – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Registered Funds; Massachusetts, Hedge & Mutual Funds
  • Rahul Kapoor – California, IT & Outsourcing: Transactions
  • Gerald Kehoe – Massachusetts, Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Robert Kirschenbaum – California, Tax
  • William Kissinger – California, Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation
  • Thomas Klanderman – District of Columbia, Real Estate
  • Amy Pocino Kelly – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Daniel Kleinman – District of Columbia, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Kenneth Komoroski – Pennsylvania, Environment
  • Eric Kraeutler – Pennsylvania, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Marla Kreindler – Illinois, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Amy Kyle – Massachusetts, Banking & Finance
  • John Lavelle, Jr. – Nationwide, Product Liability & Mass Torts; Pennsylvania, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Timothy Levin – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Registered Funds
  • Steve Levitan – Nationwide, Capital Markets: Securitization
  • David Levy – Texas, Intellectual Property
  • Robert Lewis – California, Insurance: Insurer
  • Robert Lichtenstein – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Andrew Lipman – District of Columbia, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite
  • James Loss – California, Corporate/M&A: Private Equity
  • Thomas Lotterman – District of Columbia, Environment
  • David Luttinger, Jr. – New York, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder
  • John Magee – Nationwide, Tax: Controversy; District of Columbia, Tax
  • Stacey Anne Mahoney – New York, Antitrust
  • George Mair – Massachusetts, Tax: Estate Planning
  • Ron Manthey – Texas, Labor & Employment
  • John Matthews – Nationwide, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Tim Matthews – Nationwide, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Christopher McAuliffe – New Jersey, Environment
  • John McGahren – New Jersey, Environment
  • John McGrane – Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • W. John McGuire – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Registered Funds
  • Bill McKee – District of Columbia, Tax
  • James McKenzie – Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A: Securities
  • Jami Wintz McKeon – Pennsylvania, Litigation: General Commercial (Eminent Practitioner)
  • Barbara Murphy Melby – Nationwide, Outsourcing; New York, Technology & Outsourcing
  • Thomas Mellor – Nationwide, Banking & Finance; New York, Latin American Investment
  • Christian Mixter – Nationwide, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement
  • Stefanie Moll – Texas, Labor & Employment (Up and Coming)
  • Marlee Myers – Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • William Nelson – Nationwide, Tax: Controversy and District of Columbia, Tax
  • Floyd Norton – Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Brian Ortelere – Nationwide, ERISA Litigation
  • Michael Ossip – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment
  • Daniel Papermaster – Connecticut, Corporate/M&A
  • Nancy Patterson – Texas, Labor & Employment
  • Michael Pedrick – Pennsylvania, Banking & Finance
  • Eleanor Pelta – Nationwide and District of Columbia, Immigration
  • Donn Pickett – California, Antitrust; California, Litigation: General Commercial
  • J. Michael Pickett – District of Columbia, Real Estate
  • Michael Pillion – Nationwide, Outsourcing
  • Alex Polonsky – Nationwide, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Zaitun Poonja – California, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Emilio Ragosa – New Jersey, Corporate/M&A
  • John Rah – District of Columbia, Healthcare
  • Jeffrey Raskin – California, Insurance: Policyholder
  • Marc Reardon – Nationwide, Projects
  • Steven Reed – Pennsylvania, Antitrust
  • Michael Reilly – Nationwide and New York, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Jonathan Rich – District of Columbia, Antitrust
  • Melinda Riechert – California, Labor & Employment
  • Celia Roady – District of Columbia, Tax
  • Harry Robins – New York, Antitrust
  • Brian Rocca – California, Antitrust
  • Jon Roellke – District of Columbia, Antitrust
  • Richard Rosenblatt – New Jersey, Labor & Employment
  • Rick Rothman – California, Environment
  • Gary Rothstein – Nationwide and New York, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • John Ryan – California, Tax
  • David Salmons – Nationwide, Appellate Law
  • Kathleen Sanzo – Nationwide, Life Sciences: Regulatory/Compliance; District of Columbia, Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory
  • Daniel Savrin – Massachusetts, Antitrust
  • Georgette Schaefer – Nationwide Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Andrew Schaffran – New York, Labor & Employment
  • David Schrader – California, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Thane Scott – Massachusetts, Antitrust
  • Denis Segota – New Jersey, Corporate/M&A
  • Toby Serkin – Massachusetts, Hedge & Mutual Funds
  • Samuel Shaulson – New York, Labor & Employment
  • Charlene Shimada – California, Litigation: Securities
  • Richard Shortz – Nationwide, Projects
  • Donald Silverman – Nationwide, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Alan Singer – Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A: Securities
  • Louis Singer – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Eric Sitarchuk – Pennsylvania, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • J. Daniel Skees – Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) (Associate to Watch)
  • Gary Slaiman – Nationwide, Government: Government Relations
  • Edwin Smith – Nationwide and Massachusetts, Banking & Finance; Massachusetts, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Star Individual)
  • Jeffrey Smith – Nationwide, Securities: Litigation; New York, Litigation: Securities 
  • Wayne Song – Nationwide, Projects and Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy
  • Marc Sonnenfeld – Pennsylvania, Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: Securities
  • Joanne Soslow – Pennsylvania, Corporate/M&A: Securities
  • Grace Speights – District of Columbia, Labor & Employment
  • Steven Spencer – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Stephen Spina – Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Sanford Stark – Nationwide, Tax: Controversy
  • Scott Stempel – District of Columbia, Antitrust
  • Eric Stern – Pennsylvania, Real Estate
  • Marshall Stoddard – Nationwide and California, Banking & Finance
  • Steven Stone – Nationwide, Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance)
  • Glen Stuart – Pennsylvania, Environment
  • Randall Sunberg – New Jersey, Corporate/M&A
  • Kathryn Sutton – Nationwide, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Richard Taffet – New York, Antitrust
  • Ronald Tenpas – District of Columbia, Environment
  • Richard Toelke – Massachusetts, Real Estate
  • Willard Tom – District of Columbia, Antitrust
  • Kenneth Turnbull – New York, Labor & Employment
  • James Tynion – Nationwide, Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy
  • John Utzschneider – Massachusetts, Corporate/M&A
  • A. James Vázquez-Azpiri – Nationwide and California, Immigration
  • Julio Vega – Massachusetts, Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment
  • Steven Wall – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment
  • Hill Wellford – District of Columbia, Antitrust
  • Jedd Wider – Nationwide, Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
  • William Wilhelm, Jr. – District of Columbia, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite
  • P. Sabin Willett – Massachusetts, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Beth Williams – California, Tax
  • Mark Williams – Nationwide, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Floyd Wittlin – New York, Corporate/M&A
  • Gary Yingling – District of Columbia, Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory (Senior Statesman)
  • Howard Young – Nationwide, Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation; District of Columbia, Healthcare
  • Mims Maynard Zabriskie – Pennsylvania, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Richard Zarin – New York, Tax
  • Mark Zelek – Florida, Labor & Employment
  • Paul Zevnik – Nationwide, Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder; District of Columbia, Insurance: Policyholder
  • William Zimmerman – Pennsylvania, Tax
  • Stephen Zovickian – California, Construction
  • Additional Practice Rankings

    • Antitrust – California
    • Antitrust – District of Columbia
    • Antitrust – Massachusetts
    • Antitrust – Pennsylvania
    • Banking & Finance – California
    • Banking & Finance – Massachusetts
    • Banking & Finance – Nationwide
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Massachusetts
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Pennsylvania
    • Capital Markets: Securitization – Nationwide
    • Corporate/M&A – Massachusetts
    • Corporate/M&A – New Jersey
    • Corporate/M&A – Southern California
    • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity – Eastern Pennsylvania
    • Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded – Nationwide
    • Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded – New York
    • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – California
    • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – District of Columbia
    • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – Nationwide
    • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation – New York
    • Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) – Nationwide
    • Energy: Electricity (Transactional) – Nationwide
    • Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation) – Nationwide
    • Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) – Nationwide
    • Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) – Nationwide
    • Environment – California
    • Environment – District of Columbia
    • Environment – Nationwide
    • Environment – Pennsylvania
    • ERISA Litigation – Nationwide
    • Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance & Enforcement) – Nationwide
    • Healthcare – District of Columbia
    • Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory – District of Columbia
    • Hedge & Mutual Funds – Massachusetts
    • Immigration – California
    • Immigration – District of Columbia
    • Immigration – Nationwide
    • Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder – Nationwide
    • Insurance: Policyholder – California
    • Insurance: Policyholder – District of Columbia
    • Intellectual Property – California
    • Intellectual Property – Texas
    • Investment Funds: Hedge Funds – Nationwide
    • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation – Nationwide
    • Investment Funds: Registered Funds – Nationwide
    • Labor & Employment – California
    • Labor & Employment – District of Columbia
    • Labor & Employment – Florida
    • Labor & Employment – Illinois
    • Labor & Employment – Nationwide
    • Labor & Employment – New Jersey
    • Labor & Employment – New York
    • Labor & Employment – Pennsylvania
    • Labor & Employment – Texas
    • Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation – Illinois
    • Latin American Investment – New York
    • Latin American Investment – Texas
    • Life Sciences – Nationwide
    • Litigation: General Commercial – California
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Eastern Pennsylvania
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Massachusetts  
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Texas
    • Litigation: Securities – California
    • Litigation: Securities – New York
    • Media & Entertainment: Corporate – New York
    • Outsourcing – Nationwide
    • Product Liability & Mass Torts – Nationwide
    • Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy – Nationwide
    • Real Estate – Pennsylvania
    • REITs – Nationwide
    • Retail – Nationwide
    • Securities: Regulation – Nationwide
    • Tax – California
    • Tax – District of Columbia
    • Tax – Massachusetts
    • Tax: Controversy – Nationwide
    • Tax: Corporate & Finance – Nationwide
    • Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite – District of Columbia
    • Transportation: Shipping: Finance – Nationwide