Press Release

Morgan Lewis Lawyers Feature Prominently in Best Lawyers 2018 US Edition

August 22, 2017

NEW YORK, August 22, 2017: More than 200 Morgan Lewis lawyers have been recognized across 67 practice categories and 16 metropolitan areas in the 24th edition of Best Lawyers in America (2018). In addition, 17 Morgan Lewis lawyers were named “Lawyers of the Year,” a prestigious honor presented annually by Best Lawyers to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice and designated metropolitan area covered by the US publication, based on the highest peer ratings received.

To compile the list of distinguished lawyers, Best Lawyers conducts an extensive peer-review process during which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The latest edition includes 58,000 lawyers in 140 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on 7.4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Lawyers of the Year

  • Michael Banks, Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia
  • Louis Beardell, Patent Law, Philadelphia
  • Steven Browne, Venture Capital Law, San Jose
  • Joseph Costello, Litigation – ERISA, Philadelphia
  • Anthony DeCusatis, Energy Law, Philadelphia
  • James Dragna, Litigation – Environmental, Los Angeles
  • John Ferreira, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Pittsburgh
  • Matthew Furlong, Banking and Finance Law, Boston
  • Ethan Johnson, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Miami
  • Roger Joseph, Mutual Funds Law, Boston
  • William Kissinger, Energy Law, San Francisco
  • James Loss, Corporate Law, Orange County
  • Dennis Morikawa, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia
  • Michael Ossip, Employment Law – Management, Philadelphia
  • Celia Roady, Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • Alan Singer, Securities Regulation, Philadelphia
  • Steven Spencer, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia

Additional Rankings

Administrative/Regulatory Law

  • Ben Indek, New York
  • Andrew Lipman, Washington, DC

Admiralty and Maritime Law

  • Martin Conniff, New York

Antitrust Law

  • David Balabanian, San Francisco
  • Donn Pickett, San Francisco
  • Steven Reed, Philadelphia
  • Jonathan Rich, Washington, DC
  • Daniel Savrin, Boston
  • Thane Scott, Boston
  • Marc Sonnenfeld, Philadelphia
  • Scott Stempel, Washington, DC
  • Richard Taffet, New York
  • Willard Tom, Washington, DC
  • Hill Wellford, Washington, DC
  • Colin West, San Francisco

Appellate Practice

  • Allyson Ho, Dallas
  • David Salmons,  Washington, DC

Banking and Finance Law

  • Robert Barry, Boston
  • Jonathan Bernstein, Boston
  • Frederick Eisenbiegler, New York
  • Chip Fisher, Hartford
  • Amy Kyle, Boston
  • Daniel Papermaster, Hartford
  • Bruce Silvers, Hartford
  • Edwin Smith, Boston and New York
  • Marshall Stoddard, New York

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Timothy DeSieno, New York
  • Andrew Gallo, Boston
  • Neil Herman, New York
  • Harold Horwich, Hartford
  • Satoru Murase, New York
  • Michael Reilly, New York
  • Edwin Smith, Boston and New York
  • Sabin Willett, Boston

Bet-the-Company Litigation

  • David Balabanian, San Francisco
  • Gordon  Cooney,  Philadelphia
  • Daniel Goldberg, Boston
  • Steven Reed, Philadelphia
  • Eric Sitarchuk, Philadelphia

CleanTech Law

  • Kenneth Kulak, Philadelphia

Commercial Litigation

  • Jonathan Albano, Boston
  • Ann Marie Arcadi, Dallas
  • Danny Ashby, Dallas
  • David Balabanian, San Francisco
  • Steven Brody, New York
  • Jay Calvert, Philadelphia
  • Winn Carter, Houston
  • Gordon  Cooney, Philadelphia
  • Michael D’Agostino, Hartford
  • Robert Dombroff, New York
  • Lucas Elliot, Houston
  • Joseph Fay, Philadelphia
  • John Gisleson, Pittsburgh
  • Daniel Goldberg, Boston
  • Franklin Gowdy Brockway, San Francisco
  • Beth Herrington, Chicago
  • S. Elaine McChesney, Boston
  • Jami McKeon, Philadelphia
  • Jami McKeon, San Francisco
  • Thomas Peterson, San Francisco
  • Donn Pickett, San Francisco
  • Steven Reed, Philadelphia
  • Eric Sitarchuk, Philadelphia
  • Jeffrey Smith, New York
  • Glen Stuart, Philadelphia

Communications Law

  • Andrew Lipman, Washington, DC
  • Catherine Wang, Washington, DC

Corporate Compliance Law

  • Linda Griggs, Washington, DC
  • Marlee Myers, Pittsburgh
  • Alan Singer, Philadelphia

Corporate Governance Law

  • Chris Cox, Costa Mesa
  • John Filippone, Los Angeles
  • Linda Griggs, Washington, DC
  • Marlee Myers, Pittsburgh
  • Alan Singer, Philadelphia

Corporate Law

  • Ellen Bancroft, Costa Mesa
  • Steven Browne, Palo Alto and Boston
  • Laurie Cerveny, Boston
  • Michael Chapnick, New York
  • Steven Cohen, Princeton
  • Christopher Cox, Costa Mesa
  • Steven Frank, Boston
  • Stephen Goodman, Philadelphia
  • John Hartigan, Los Angeles
  • Thomas Kellerman, Palo Alto
  • James Loss, Costa Mesa
  • Timothy Maxwell, Philadelphia
  • James McKenzie, Philadelphia
  • Satoru Murase, New York
  • Marlee Myers, Pittsburgh
  • Alan Singer, Philadelphia
  • Edwin Smith, Boston and New York
  • Joanne Soslow, Philadelphia
  • John Utzschneider, Boston

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

  • Danny Ashby, Dallas
  • John Dodds, Philadelphia
  • Fred Fielding, Washington, DC
  • James Hamilton, DC
  • Nathan Hochman, Santa Monica
  • Steve Korotash, Dallas
  • Eric Kraeutler, Philadelphia
  • Eric Sitarchuk, Philadelphia

Derivatives and Futures Law

  • Thomas D’Ambrosio, New York
  • Michael Philipp, Chicago

Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law

  • Tess Blair, Philadelphia

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

  • Robert Abramowitz, Philadelphia
  • Andy Anderson, Chicago
  • Rosina Barker, DC
  • Craig Bitman, New York
  • Jean Cogill, New York
  • Joseph Costello, Philadelphia
  • Althea Day, Washington, DC
  • Brian Dougherty, Philadelphia
  • Barbara Klippert, New York
  • John Kober, Dallas
  • Marla Kreindler, Chicago
  • Robert Lichtenstein, Philadelphia
  • Brian Ortelere, Philadelphia
  • Zaitun Poonja, Palo Alto
  • Gary Rothstein, New York
  • Randall  Tracht, Pittsburgh
  • Mims Maynard Zabriskie, Philadelphia

Employment Law – Management

  • Sari Alamuddin, Chicago
  • Michael Banks, Philadelphia
  • Harry Burton, Washington, DC
  • Charles Cohen, Washington, DC
  • Joseph Costello, Philadelphia
  • Chuck Jackson, Chicago
  • Ethel Johnson, Houston
  • Ronald Manthey, Dallas
  • Fran Milone, Philadelphia
  • Dennis Morikawa, Philadelphia
  • Nancy Patterson, Houston
  • Eleanor Pelta, Washington, DC
  • Melinda Riechert, Palo Alto
  • Richard Rosenblatt, Princeton
  • Andrew Schaffran, New York
  • Samuel  Shaulson, New York
  • Grace Speights, Washington, DC
  • Kenneth Turnbull, New York
  • Steven Wall, Philadelphia
  • Mark Zelek, Miami

Energy Law

  • Thomas Gadsden, Philadelphia
  • Kirstin Gibbs, Washington, DC
  • John Hood, New York
  • William Kissinger, San Francisco
  • John McGrane, Washington, DC
  • Marc Reardon, Boston
  • Stephen Spina, Washington, DC

Environmental Law

  • Christopher Amandes, Houston
  • Ella Foley Gannon, San Francisco
  • Camarin Madigan, San Francisco
  • Christopher McAuliffe, Princeton
  • John McGahren, Princeton
  • Rick Rothman, Los Angeles
  • David Schrader, Los Angeles

Equipment Finance Law

  • Amy Kyle, Boston
  • Edwin Smith, New York and Boston

FDA Law

  • Stephen Paul Mahinka, Washington, DC
  • Kathleen Sanzo, Washington, DC
  • Gary Yingling, Washington, DC

Financial Services Regulation Law

  • Robert Barry, Boston
  • Charles Horn, Washington, DC

First Amendment Law

  • Jonathan Albano, Boston

Government Relations Practice

  • Thurgood Marshall, Washington, DC

Health Care Law

  • Albert Shay, Washington, DC
  • Eric Sitarchuk, Philadelphia

Immigration Law

  • Eleanor Pelta, Washington, DC

Information Technology Law

  • David Levy, Houston
  • Peter Watt-Morse, Pittsburgh

Insurance Law

  • Michel Yves Horton, Los Angeles
  • Harold Horwich, Hartford
  • Jeffrey Raskin, San Francisco
  • Paul Zevnik, Washington, DC

International Trade and Finance Law

  • Satoru Murase, New York
  • Carl Valenstein,  Washington, DC

Labor Law – Management

  • Harry Burton, Washington, DC
  • Charles Cohen, Washington, DC
  • Chuck Jackson, Chicago
  • Ethel Johnson, Houston
  • Ronald Manthey, Dallas
  • Fran Milone, Philadelphia
  • Dennis Morikawa, Philadelphia
  • Michael Ossip, Philadelphia
  • Nancy Patterson, Houston
  • Eleanor Pelta, Washington, DC
  • Melinda Riechert, Palo Alto
  • Richard Rosenblatt, Princeton
  • Andrew Schaffran, New York
  • Seth Sethness, Los Angeles
  • Samuel  Shaulson, New York
  • Grace Speights, Washington, DC
  • Steven Wall, Philadelphia
  • Mark Zelek, Miami

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

  • James Loss, Costa Mesa

Litigation – Antitrust

  • David Balabanian, San Francisco
  • Joseph Fay, Philadelphia
  • Daniel Goldberg, Boston
  • Donn Pickett, San Francisco
  • Jonathan Rich, Washington, DC
  • Kent Roger, San Francisco
  • Daniel Savrin, Boston
  • Thane Scott, Boston
  • Jeffrey Smith, New York
  • Scott Stempel, Washington, DC
  • Hill Wellford, Washington, DC
  • Richard Esterkin, Los Angeles

Litigation – Bankruptcy

  • Harold Horwich, Hartford
  • Jami McKeon, Philadelphia and San Francisco
  • Sabin Willett, Boston

Litigation – Environmental

  • Greg Christianson, San Francisco
  • Rick Rothman, Los Angeles
  • Glen Stuart, Philadelphia
  • Ronald Tenpas,  Washington, DC

Litigation – ERISA

  • Michael Banks, Philadelphia
  • Joseph Costello, Philadelphia
  • Nicole Diller, San Francisco
  • Brian Ortelere, Philadelphia
  • Steven Spencer, Philadelphia

Litigation ­– First Amendment,

  • Jonathan Albano, Boston

Litigation – Intellectual Property

  • Michael Abernathy, Chicago
  • Joshua Dalton, Boston
  • Steven Frank, Boston
  • Eric Kraeutler, Philadelphia
  • Donn Pickett, San Francisco

Litigation – Labor and Employment

  • Michael Banks, Philadelphia
  • Harry Burton, Washington, DC
  • Charles Cohen, Washington, DC
  • Anne Marie Estevez, Miami
  • Debra Fischer, Los Angeles
  • Chuck Jackson, Chicago
  • Ronald Manthey, Dallas
  • Fran Milone, Philadelphia
  • Michael Ossip, Philadelphia
  • Nancy Patterson, Houston
  • Melinda Riechert, Palo Alto
  • Richard Rosenblatt, Princeton
  • Andrew Schaffran, New York
  • Samuel  Shaulson, New York
  • Grace Speights, Washington, DC
  • Kenneth Turnbull, New York
  • Steven Wall, Philadelphia
  • Mark Zelek, Miami

Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Stephen Alexander, Los Angeles

Litigation – Real Estate

  • Rollin Chippey, San Francisco

Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

  • Elizabeth Baird,  Washington, DC

Litigation – Securities

  • David Balabanian, San Francisco
  • Steven Brody, New York
  • Jason Frank, Boston
  • Thomas Harman, Washington, DC
  • Ivan Harris, Miami
  • Steve Korotash, Dallas
  • Warren Rissier, Los Angeles
  • Chuck Shimada, San Francisco
  • Jeffrey Smith, New York
  • Marc Sonnenfeld, Philadelphia
  • Christian Mixter, Washington, DC
  • William  Quinn, Philadelphia

Litigation – Trusts and Estates

  • Francis Mirabello, Philadelphia

Litigation and Controversy – Tax

  • Donald-Bruce Abrams, Boston
  • John Brown, Boston
  • Handy Hevener, Washington, DC
  • Robert Kirschenbaum, Palo Alto
  • John Magee, Washington, DC
  • William  McKee, Washington, DC
  • William  Nelson, Washington, DC

Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants

  • Gordon Cooney, Philadelphia
  • Janice Howe, Boston
  • Peter Neger, New York
  • Brian Shaffer, Philadelphia

Media Law

  • Jonathan Albano, Boston

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

  • Steven Browne, Boston and Palo Alto
  • Laurie Cerveny, Boston
  • Steven Cohen, Princeton
  • Steven Frank, Boston
  • John Hartigan, Los Angeles
  • Thomas Kellerman, Palo Alto
  • Marlee Myers, Pittsburgh
  • Alan Singer, Philadelphia
  • John Utzschneider, Boston

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

  • Robert Brochin, Miami

Mutual Funds Law

  • Thomas Harman, Washington, DC
  • John McGuire, Washington, DC
  • Toby Serkin, Boston

Oil and Gas Law

  • Kirstin Gibbs, Washington, DC

Patent Law

  • Steven Frank, Boston

Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law

  • Steven Giordano, Boston
  • Richard Goldman, Boston
  • Gerald Kehoe, Boston
  • Peter Phleger, San Francisco
  • Louis Singer, New York

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

  • Winn Carter, Houston
  • Janice Howe, Boston
  • John Lavelle, Philadelphia
  • Peter Neger, New York

Project Finance Law

  • Stephen Miklus, Boston
  • Nancy Persechino, Boston
  • Marc Reardon, Boston
  • James Tynion, New York
  • Mark Williams, Washington, DC

Qui Tam Law

  • Eric Sitarchuk, Philadelphia

Real Estate Law

  • J.J. Broderick, Philadelphia
  • Anthony Ciasulli, Los Angeles
  • Carol Dillon, Palo Alto
  • Henry Healy, Boston
  • Michael Pickett, Washington, DC
  • Eric Stern, Philadelphia
  • Richard Toelke, Boston

Securities/Capital Markets Law

  • Ellen Bancroft, Costa Mesa
  • Steven Browne, Boston and Palo Alto
  • Richard Goldman, Boston
  • Stephen Goodman, Philadelphia
  • Linda Griggs, Washington, DC
  • Thomas Harman, Washington, DC
  • John Hartigan, Los Angeles
  • Marlee Myers, Pittsburgh
  • Chuck Shimada, San Francisco
  • Alan Singer, Philadelphia
  • David Sirignano, Washington, DC
  • Joanne Soslow, Philadelphia
  • John Utzschneider, Boston
  • Julio Vega, Boston
  • George  Yearsich, Washington, DC

Securities Regulation

  • Linda Griggs, Washington, DC
  • Thomas Harman, Washington, DC
  • John Hartigan, Los Angeles
  • Jordan Hershman, Boston
  • Christian Mixter, Washington, DC
  • David Sirignano, Washington, DC
  • Joanne  Soslow, Philadelphia
  • George  Yearsich, Washington, DC

Securitization and Structured Finance Law

  • John Arnholz, Washington, DC
  • Reed Auerbach, New York
  • Robert Barry, Boston
  • Jonathan Bernstein, Boston
  • Steve Levitan, New York

Sports Law

  • Jonathan Bernstein, Boston

Tax Law

  • Donald-Bruce Abrams, Boston
  • Joshua Brady, DC
  • James Bridgeman, Washington, DC
  • John Brown, Boston
  • Peter Daub, Washington, DC
  • Sheri Dillon, Washington, DC
  • Rod Donnelly, Palo Alto
  • Scott Farmer, Washington, DC
  • Handy Hevener, Washington, DC
  • John Magee, Washington, DC
  • George  Mair, Boston
  • William  McKee, Washington, DC
  • William  Nelson, Washington, DC
  • John Ryan, Palo Alto
  • Lawrence Silverstein, Boston
  • William  Zimmerman, Philadelphia

Technology Law

  • Stephen Goodman, Philadelphia
  • Marlee Myers, Pittsburgh

Trademark Law

  • Michael Abernathy, Chicago

Transportation Law

  • Winn Carter, Houston

Trusts and Estates

  • Christina Mesires Fournaris, Philadelphia
  • George  Mair, Boston
  • Francis Mirabello, Philadelphia
  • Thomas Peckham, Boston

Venture Capital Law

  • Steven Browne, Palo Alto and Boston
  • John Concannon, Boston
  • Julio Vega, Boston

Water Law

  • Anthony DeCusatis, Philadelphia
  • James Dragna, Los Angeles