CHICAGO – LAWFUEL – Law, attorney, legal news – Seventy-three attorneys from the law firm Piper Rudnick LLP have been selected for inclusion in the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the
law firm announces.
Lawyers are chosen for listing as Best Lawyers based on a peer-review survey of
16,000 leading attorneys throughout the United States. The publisher comments,
â€œBecause lawyers are not required to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best
Lawyers is considered a singular honor.â€
About the Best Lawyers:
Theodore Altman, a partner in the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities practice group,
has spent a majority of his professional career representing clients in the
securities industry. He has an exceptionally broad range of experience. He has
counseled clients on pivotal issues arising in the board room and acted as their
lead counsel in the court room and before the Securities and Exchange Commission. A
significant portion of his practice has been devoted to mergers and acquisitions
transactions and he counts among his representations some very hard fought and well
known takeover contests. Mr. Altman is also known as a speaker and author.
Jane H. Barrett, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, is an
experienced litigator in a number of fields, most notably intellectual property,
labor and employment, and general business litigation. Ms. Barrett regularly
represents clients in intellectual property, unfair competition, and commercial
disputes. She has represented a leading airline for many years in a broad range of
intellectual property and labor matters, including a multimillion dollar contract
dispute matter. She is presently involved in representing a Fortune 100 company in a
complex commercial and franchise dispute and as national counsel for another major
client in trademark litigation. Ms. Barrett has been admitted to and argued in
numerous federal district courts throughout the United States.
David A. Beyer, a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice group,
concentrates his practice in the area of franchise and distribution and other sales
and distribution methods, with special focus on counseling on the impact of
antitrust and trade regulation laws. He is a leader in the development of franchise
law in Florida. Mr. Beyer is also known as a speaker and prolific author on various
franchise, distribution, and business law topics. His articles have appeared in the
Vanderbilt Law Review, the ABA Franchise Law Journal, the Florida Bar Journal, the
IFA Franchise Legal Digest, Franchising World, the Florida Bar Quarterly Report,
FranCast, and Dispute Resolution Times. In 2004, Florida Trend magazine named him
among Floridaâ€™s â€œLegal Elite,â€ and he is the only Florida lawyer recognized in
The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers.
Linda J. Bozung, a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group, focuses her
practice on land use planning, zoning, and entitlement acquisition and protection.
Ms. Bozung has 25 years of experience overseeing the preparation and certification
of environmental impact reports and all California Environmental Quality Act
documents. Los Angeles Business Journal has named Ms. Bozung one of the “50 Most
Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law.” Los Angeles magazine has named her a Southern
California Super Lawyer for 2004 and for 2005 and cited her as one of the stateâ€™s
Top 50 Female Super Lawyers. Real Estate Southern California placed her on its 2004
list of Southern Californiaâ€™s Most Influential Women. Ms. Bozung is also a member
of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).
Michael G. Brennan is a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice
group. He has concentrated his practice on domestic and international business,
licensing, and franchising matters for over 20 years. He is the chairman of the
Franchising Committee of the International Bar Association. Mr. Brennan also is
known as a speaker and writer, and he has addressed organizations throughout Europe
and North America on such topics as domestic and international business law,
international franchising, international arbitration, NAFTA, the General Agreement
on Tariffs and Trade, intellectual property, immigration law, and international
transactions. He is listed as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers
Michael F. Brockmeyer, a partner in the firmâ€™s Government Affairs practice group,
limits his area of practice antitrust and consumer protection law. He spends
substantial time on antitrust litigation, governmental investigations, and
counseling for a wide array of clients on mergers and acquisitions, distribution,
health care, and advertising matters. He is also known as a writer, speaker, and
teacher. Mr. Brockmeyer is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition
Lawyers and Economists and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
Francis B. Burch, Jr. is the co-chair of Piper Rudnick and a partner in the
litigation practice group, focussing in securities and business litigation. He is a
fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law
Institute. He serves on the boards of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Greater Baltimore
Committee, and the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation.
Stephen A. Cowan, a partner in the Real Estate practice group, has nearly 34 years
of experience in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including
real estate acquisitions, dispositions, finance, bankruptcy, workouts, fund
formations, joint ventures, REIT transactions, capital market transactions, credit
bond transactions, construction and permanent loans, agricultural and timber finance
and development, non-real estate single and multi-lender revolving credit and term
loan agreements, and restructuring of U.S. real estate portfolios with complex
intercreditor issues and configuration of bankruptcy remote vehicles. He is a
frequent lecturer and author in the field of real estate and bankruptcy matters.
John F. Dienelt, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, is a litigator
with more than 25 years of trial and appellate experience, particularly in
franchising, antitrust, intellectual property, and other commercial cases. He
concentrates his practice in complex litigation, including class actions. Mr.
Dienelt has also represented private parties in disputes with the federal government
before courts and administrative agencies. He has tried, or handled arbitrations
in, more than 75 cases and has argued more than 25 appeals in various federal and
state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Dienelt is listed in An International
Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers.
Charles L. Edwards is Senior Counsel in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. He
concentrates his practice exclusively in the area of complex commercial real estate
transactions. He is cited in many international guides and surveys, including Who’s
Who Legal, as one of Americaâ€™s leading real estate lawyers; is cited as a Leading
Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network; and has been named one of
Americaâ€™s leading real estate attorneys and a “Senior Statesman” in real estate
law by the respected legal publisher Chambers USA, which describes him as â€œa dean
of the real estate bar.â€
Jay A. Epstien is the national chair of Piper Rudnickâ€™s Real Estate practice
group. He represents local and national owners, developers, and users in all
aspects of real estate transactions involving urban office buildings, suburban
office and industrial parks, shopping centers, and multifamily residential projects.
Mr. Epstien has been the lead lawyer on many of the largest downtown office leases
in Washington, D.C., and other cities throughout the United States. Mr. Epstien is
listed in An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and has been selected as
one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected
English research firm. In 2004, the Washington Business Journal named him the top
lawyer for transactional real estate in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Bruce E. Falby, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, is a trial
lawyer focusing on complex business disputes in state and federal courts and in
arbitration. He has represented clients in a wide range of lawsuits involving breach
of contract, business torts, securities fraud, partnership and joint venture
disputes, and noncompetition and nondisclosure covenants. Mr. Falby also has
extensive experience in intellectual property litigation. He also speaks and writes
on such issues as e-commerce, licensing, and privacy.
Mark I. Feldman is chair of the firmâ€™s Intellectual Property practice group. He
focuses his practice on trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and Internet
and technology law. Mr. Feldman has extensive experience counseling clients on
domestic and international intellectual property registration, enforcement, and
licensing. He also is cited in An International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers and
Euromoneyâ€™s Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners and as an
Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network.
Joseph G. Finnerty, Jr., is managing partner of the firmâ€™s New York office, a
member of the firm’s executive committee, and a partner in its Litigation practice
group. Mr. Finnerty is experienced in civil trial and appellate practice with an
emphasis on the defense of products liability and professional malpractice cases.
He has managed and coordinated the defense of thousands of cases. He has also
organized product liability risk-management programs for designers and
manufacturers. Mr. Finnerty is also cited in Marquisâ€™ Whoâ€™s Who in America and
Whoâ€™s Who in American Law. Mr Finnerty is a Fellow of the American College of
Mark J. Friedman, a partner in the firmâ€™s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization
practice group, has extensive experience in representing various debtor and creditor
interests in bankruptcy. In addition to the general representation of such
interests, Mr. Friedman has substantial trial and appellate experience in bankruptcy
courts and other forums. His experience also extends to the purchase and sale of
troubled businesses and sophisticated restructuring and securitization transactions.
Russell H. Gardner is a partner in the firmâ€™s Labor and Employment Law practice
group. His practice encompasses all areas of management-side labor and employment
discrimination law. While his practice has its primary focus on the representation
of management in state and federal courts across the country in discrimination and
employment contract disputes, he also enjoys an active practice in advising clients
in union-avoidance as well as union-management relations matters. Mr. Gardner has
written and lectured extensively on a variety of employment topics, particularly the
Americans with Disabilities Act. He is also cited as one of Americaâ€™s leading
labor and employment lawyers by the respected English publisher Chambers.
David Glickstein is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. He has
extensive experience in a broad range of real estate transactions, representing
owners and developers on local, national, and international projects and
representing lenders and borrowers on complex financing transactions and workouts.
Mr. Glickstein is cited as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers in Chambers
USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is a member of the American College
of Real Estate Lawyers.
Sandra P. Gohn is a partner in the firmâ€™s Private Client Services practice group.
She focuses on tax and estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, especially
cross-generational transfers of family enterprises, cross-border transfers for
international clients, and philanthropic planning. Ms. Gohn has extensive experience
drafting wills and trusts, administering estates and trusts, preparing federal
estate tax and individual and fiduciary income tax returns, and in will construction
and other estate-related litigation. She is also known as a speaker and author, has
taught at both the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore law schools,
and sits on several charitable boards.
Larry D. Harris, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, concentrates
in public contract and construction matters, including litigation and ADR in state
and federal courts and boards of contract appeals in state and federal courts, and
arbitration tribunals in cases involving changes, cost reimbursement, acceleration,
delay, disruption, defective work and termination. He also serves as an arbitrator
and mediator in the resolution of construction disputes Mr. Harris has also
lectured extensively, at the Judge Advocate General’s School and for the National
Contract Management Association, the American Bar Association, and many other
organizations and clients. The respected English research firm Chambers lists him
as one of America’s leading construction lawyers.
Marianne Schmitt Hellauer, a partner in the firmâ€™s Private Client Services group,
focuses primarily in the areas of estate and tax planning for individuals and
closely held businesses, the drafting and construction of wills and trusts, estate
and trust administration, and charitable giving. She is a Fellow of the American
College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a past chair of the Estates and Trusts Section
Council for the Maryland State Bar Association, and the legislative liaison for the
State of Maryland with the American Bar Association Section of Real Property,
Probate and Trust Law. Ms. Hellauer is a frequent speaker on estate planning topics
and has written many articles for professional journals on estate, gift, income, and
generation-skipping transfer tax issues.
Stuart Hershman is a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice
group. He focuses his practice in the franchising, general distribution, and
antitrust areas. Mr. Hershman counsels companies on the whole spectrum of franchise
law . He has structured, documented, and helped implement hundreds of franchise
programs, distribution relationships, and intellectual property licensing
arrangements. Mr. Hershman has also authored and co-authored, or contributed to,
numerous articles and seminar materials on franchising and antitrust. He is listed
in An International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer
by the Leading Lawyers Network.
Adam S. Hoffinger is the head of the firmâ€™s Litigation practice in the Washington,
D.C., office and chair of the White Collar practice group firmwide. He has a
litigation and trial practice with an emphasis on complex civil and white collar
criminal matters, including securities, money laundering, health care, qui tam,
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, antitrust, environmental, and RICO. Mr. Hoffinger
has represented clients in the Campaign Finance, Whitewater, Freddie Mac,
Teamsters, Travelgate, Ruby Ridge, BCCI, and other government investigations. Both
Washingtonian magazine and the Legal Times have named him one of the top lawyers in
Paul Homer is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. He is a general
practitioner with emphasis on business litigation, securities, and corporate law. He
has lectured and written on securities law aspects of real estate financing. He is
cited as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyer Network. Mr. Homer is
also known for his decades of pro bono work, in particular his long commitment to
the Uptown Peopleâ€™s Law Center; and he is known as a published poet. On his 80th
birthday in 2003, the City of Chicago honored him by declaring November 7 to be
Paul Homer Day.
Ann Hurwitz is managing partner of Piper Rudnickâ€™s Dallas office and a partner in
the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice group. She regularly counsels
clients on the structuring and operation of franchise programs. Ms. Hurwitz has
devoted particular attention to the operational, relationship, and regulatory issues
arising from various aspects of franchising. She also frequently speaks to business
and professional groups on franchising topics. Ms. Hurwitz is cited in An
International Whoâ€™s Who of Franchise Lawyers; has been named one of the Best
Lawyers in Dallas; and has been cited as a Texas Super Lawyer in both 2003 and 2004.
Deborah E. Jennings is chair of Piper Rudnickâ€™s Environmental group. In her
practice of environmental law, she has extensive experience with litigation and
negotiations relating to air, water, and hazardous waste permit issues, as well as
transportation, cleanup, and disposal of hazardous substances. In recent years, a
primary focus of her practice has been on Clean Air Act issues, particularly those
associated with siting and modifying major air sources and evolving law and policies
to address ozone, acid rain, and regional haze throughout the United States. She
lectures frequently on the subject of environmental law.
Paula M. Junghans, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, maintains a
diverse litigation and trial practice, with special emphasis on criminal and civil
tax controversies and white collar criminal issues. Ms. Junghans counsels
corporations and individuals with respect to complex tax disputes and has particular
experience in tax procedure, as well as in the interrelationship between criminal
and civil tax issues. She was the co-author of a treatise on federal tax litigation
and is a frequent speaker and writer on matters involving tax procedure and white
Howard E. Kane is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. He
concentrates his practice in retail, commercial, mixed-use, office, and industrial
real estate. He has had the major responsibility for the legal work in the
development of numerous mixed-use downtown urban developments, regional shopping
centers, and industrial parks. The Leading Lawyers Network lists him as a Leading
Lawyer in Illinois.
Frederick L. Klein, a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group, practices
in all areas of commercial real estate law. He represents construction and permanent
lenders, life insurance companies, and off-shore, local, and national developers on
transactions, development projects, and complex real estate finance. Among Mr.
Kleinâ€™s clients are owners and developers of office, multifamily, and retail
projects; German and Dutch investors in both debt and equity transactions in the
U.S.; and owners of D.C. commercial property in challenges of commercial real estate
tax assessments. The respected English legal publisher Chambers lists him as one of
Americaâ€™s leading real estate lawyers.
Richard M. Kremen, a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization
practice group, concentrates in the area of bankruptcy, commercial lending, and
complex commercial litigation, including defense of lender liability suits and
contract litigation. He regularly represents financial institutions and has
substantial litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr.
Kremen is a Fellow with the American College of Bankruptcy Lawyers and has served on
numerous committees and held various office for the American Bar Association,
American Bankruptcy Institute. and Turnaround Management Association.
Ty Laurie is a member of the American College of Construction Lawyers and serves on
the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the
Construction Industry. He is listed as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading
Lawyers Network and is cited as one of the countryâ€™s leading litigation attorneys
by Chambers USA. Mr. Laurie has a national reputation for his practice of
construction law. His experience includes the historic reconstruction of
Chicagoâ€™s Soldier Field, the new Arlington Park International Racetrack, the
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukeâ€™s Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital
construction projects, and the remodeling of Sears retail outlets nationwide. In
1999, while he was serving as the national construction counsel for Sears, he
received the companyâ€™s Construction World Class Partner award.
Edward J. Levin is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. His
practice is primarily in real property areas, including real estate financing,
leasing, purchase and sale, workouts, and foreclosure. He is a member of ACREL and
chaired ACREL’s Attorneys’ Opinions Committee from 1993 through 1999. He is past
chair of the Section of Real Property, Zoning and Trust Law of the Maryland State
Bar Association, Inc. and is counsel to the Maryland Mortgage Bankers Association,
Inc. Mr. Levin is also known as a speaker and author; among other publications,
with Charles T. Albert, he co-authored Maryland Real Estate Leasing Forms–Practice.
Based on peer and client reviews, Mr. Levin has been selected as one of America’s
leading real estate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English research
Richard E. Levine combines his experience in both real estate and tax matters in
representing many of the most successful real estate entrepreneurs and investors in
Maryland. He is a member of the prestigious, invitation-only American College of Tax
Counsel. Based on peer and client reviews, Mr. Levine has been selected as one of
America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English
H. Bret Lowell, a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice group,
is an internationally recognized leader in franchise and distribution law. He has
counseled and represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including
restaurants and food service, car rental, hotel and motel, health care, financial
services, high tech, real estate, and retail. He is also known as a prolific writer
and speaker on a broad spectrum of franchise-related topics. Mr. Lowell has also
been listed in The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and in Who’s Who in
America. Washingtonian magazine has named him one of the “Best Lawyers in
Brian C. Lysaght, a partner in the Litigation practice group, is one of the
nationâ€™s leading jury trial lawyers in complex civil and criminal business
litigation. He has tried cases on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs,
involving entertainment, securities, real estate, legal malpractice, and partnership
dissolution disputes, among others. Over the last decade, Mr. Lysaght has obtained
several jury verdicts that ranked among Californiaâ€™s largest, including a $9.86
million jury verdict for writer-director Ron Shelton against 20th Century Fox
arising out of Foxâ€™s failure to pay Shelton his profit participation in the motion
picture White Men Canâ€™t Jump. Mr. Lysaght has also been listed among the Southern
California Super Lawyers in 2004 and 2005.
John P. Machen, a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group, practices in
the areas of commercial real estate financing and real estate development, including
property acquisition, disposition, and leasing. He has represented lenders and
developers in a variety of commercial enterprises, including shopping centers,
office buildings, condominiums, townhouses, and apartments, with respect to
acquisition, construction and permanent financing, syndication, leasing, sale,
foreclosures, and negotiated workouts. Based on peer and client reviews, the
respected English publisher Chambers and Partners cites him as one of America’s
leading real estate lawyers.
Edwin M. Martin, a partner in the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities practice group,
has practiced in the area of domestic and international business transactions for
more than 35 years, particularly with technology and emerging growth companies and
their investors. He has served as counsel to a wide range of companies, from New
York Stock Exchange-listed companies to start-ups. In July 1999, the Washington
Business Forward identified him as one of 40 people “… driving the Greater
Washington economy through innovation, insight and a commitment to forward
thinking.” He was also named by Digital South as one of the “most influential people
in the New South’s New Economy.”
Robert J. Mathias is chair of Piper Rudnickâ€™s national Litigation practice group.
His primary areas of practice are business litigation, intellectual property
litigation, and white collar criminal advice to corporate clients. Among his
clients are national and international financial services and insurance companies,
defense contractors, insurance agencies, a major Internet service providers,
technology companies, and a former assistant to the President of the United States.
Mr. Mathias is listed in Chambers 2004: Americaâ€™s Leading Business Lawyers and in
Who’s Who in American Law. In November 2004, Mr. Mathias received a 2004 Leadership
in Law award from The Daily Record of Baltimore.
Anthony L. Meagher is a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group. His
practice concentrates on the arbitration and litigation of construction claims, the
negotiation of construction contracts, and the litigation of other commercial
disputes. Throughout the country and internationally, he regularly represents owners
and developers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, suppliers, and manufacturers
in construction claims and product defect litigation. He also has frequently used
mediation to resolve a number of significant construction disputes. Mr. Meagher has
lectured and written widely on construction-related topics.
Michael E. Meyer is the managing partner of the firmâ€™s downtown Los Angeles office
and a partner in the Real Estate practice group. He is regarded as one of the
preeminent leasing attorneys in the U.S., regularly representing many of this
country’s leading financial institutions, accounting firms, and law firms, as well
as major corporations, in major lease transactions throughout the country. The
Daily Journal Extra has placed him on its list of the 100 most influential lawyers
in California; the Los Angeles Business Journal called him one of the 25 most
powerful lawyers in California; and he has been named the Corporate Real Estate
Network’s Man of the Year. Chambers USA: Americaâ€™s Leading Business Lawyers
ranked him in the first tier of real estate lawyers in California, and he was the
only real estate lawyer named to the list of Southern Californiaâ€™s Top Ten Super
Lee I. Miller is co-chair of Piper Rudnick LLP and a partner in the Real Estate
practice group. He is resident in the firm’s Chicago office. For nearly 30 years,
Mr. Miller has concentrated his practice in the area of commercial real estate law,
representing clients in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions. He
also has lectured extensively before bar, trade, and professional associations on a
variety of topics. In 2001, Mr. Miller received the American Jewish Committee’s
Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award for leadership in the legal profession and
personal dedication to philanthropic and civic endeavors. He is cited as one of
America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English
research firm, as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network, and
in Whoâ€™s Who in International Real Estate Law. He is on the advisory board of the
Georgetown University Corporate Counsel Institute and is a board member of
Gryffindor Capital Partners, LLC. For the past several years, Mr. Miller has been
recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business in its annual listing of “Who’s Who in
Chicago Business.” In 2004, Mr. Miller served as the Chicago dinner chair of the
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s annual dinner and the chair of the Jewish
United Fund’s annual Chicago Lawyer’s dinner.
David N. Missner, a partner in the firmâ€™s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization
practice group, focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy reorganization,
commercial transactions, and banking law. He is a frequent lecturer on these topics
for the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education,
and other professional and trade organizations. Chambers and Partners, the
respected English legal publisher, cites Mr. Missner as one of Americaâ€™s leading
insolvency lawyers, and the Leading Lawyers Network lists him as a Leading Lawyer in
Portia Owen Morrison is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. She
concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial real estate development and
finance, representing developers, investors, and lenders in multi-family, office,
retail, hotel and industrial development and redevelopment projects. She has been
named one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA and is listed in
An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and Euromoneyâ€™s Guide to the
World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers. Ms. Morrison is also cited as a Leading Lawyer
in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network. She is president-elect of the American
College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Gary C. Moss, a partner in the firmâ€™s Labor and Employment practice group in the
Las Vegas office, represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law,
including employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation in federal and
state courts, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, union organizing
campaigns, cases before federal and state administrative agencies, wage and hour
matters, and labor and employment law issues relating to sales, mergers,
acquisitions, shutdowns, and bankruptcies. Based on peer and client reviews,
Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm, cites him as one of
America’s leading labor and employment lawyers.
George A. Nilson, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, has had
significant involvement in environmental controversies, public and administrative
law, tobacco litigation, cable television controversies, consumer controversies,
zoning and litigation relating to real estate development, and complex civil
litigation generally. He recently represented two major tobacco manufacturers in
benefits fund and state Medicaid reimbursement litigation and a statewide class
action that was ultimately decertified and continues to represent these companies
in individual smoker/health litigation. The respected English publishers Chambers
and Partners cites Mr. Nilson as among Americaâ€™s leading litigation lawyers.
Theodore J. Novak is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group and chair
of the firm’s Land Use and Development practice. Mr. Novak is one of the country’s
most highly regarded land use attorneys. With more than 35 years of experience, Mr.
Novak has been instrumental in the acquisition, condemnation, rezoning, and
development of all types of property. Both the Global Counsel Corporate Real Estate
Handbook and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business rank him among
Americaâ€™s leading lawyers; in 2004, Chambers described him as “the guru of land
use.” The Leading Lawyers Network also recognizes him as a Leading Lawyer in
Illinois. He is the only member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in
the Midwest who concentrates on land use, zoning, and condemnation matters.
Stephen L. Owen serves as chair of the firmâ€™s Tax practice group and practices in
the firmâ€™s Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices. He primarily concentrates in
the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business transactions,
corporate and partnership tax planning, real estate tax planning, and business and
estate planning for closely-held enterprises and their owners. Mr. Owen represents
a variety of publicly traded corporations and REITs, as well as many successful
privately owned entities. He is the immediate past chair of the Partnerships and
LLCs Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation and is a past chair of the Section of
Taxation of the Maryland State Bar Association. Mr. Owen is a frequent speaker and
author on a variety of tax and business topics.
Lee J. Plave is a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice group
and chair of the Domain Name practice group. He has extensive experience counseling
distributors and franchisors on all aspects of franchise and distribution law. Mr.
Plave also counsels clients extensively on the application of technology to
franchise and distribution systems, including such matters as e-commerce, Internet
system policies, cybersquatting and domain name disputes, and software and hardware
licensing. Mr. Plave is listed in An International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers.
In 2004, Franchise Times named him one of its “Legal Eagles.”
Ronald Plesser is chair of the firmâ€™s E-Commerce and Privacy practice group. He
practices at the center of many of the major legal developments in privacy law,
including those pertaining to the Internet, telephone marketing, and privacy of
information transfers. Among his clients are database companies, publishers,
information and software providers and users, marketers, and other companies
affected by the emergence of new information technologies. Mr. Plesser is listed in
An International Who’s Who of E-Commerce Lawyers. In December 2000, Influence â€“
The Business of Lobbying cited him as one of the Districtâ€™s Top
Harold B. Pomerantz is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group and
concentrates his practice in complex commercial real estate transactions, including
acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets; commercial financing;
development; and commercial leasing transactions. Mr. Pomerantz is cited as one of
Americaâ€™s leading real estate attorneys in Chambers USA: Americaâ€™s Leading
Lawyers for Business. He is also recognized in An International Who’s Who of Real
Estate Lawyers and as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network.
Richard D. Rudman, a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group, focuses on
real estate development and finance, property acquisition, leasing, land use and
environmental regulation, joint venture arrangements, and construction and design
agreements. He has represented the developers of several downtown Boston office
towers and has extensive experience in build-to-suit developments, hotels, and
multi-family apartment projects, including projects with complicated phasing
arrangements, environmentally contaminated sites, and public/private development
agreements. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Chambers
and Partners, a respected English research firm, cites him as one of America’s
leading real estate lawyers.
Lewis G. Rudnick is a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice
group. He has practiced in the fields of domestic and international franchising and
distribution law since 1964. Mr. Rudnick is counsel to the International Franchise
Association and general counsel to the International Franchise Association
Educational Foundation. He is also known as a writer, editor, and speaker on a
broad array of franchising law subjects. Mr. Rudnick is listed in An International
Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Leading
Lawyers Network. He is the co-author of Negotiating an International Master
Franchise Agreement, published in 2002 by Sweet & Maxwell. In 2004, the
International Franchise Association honored Mr. Rudnick with its William Rosenburg
Leadership Award, citing his vast contributions to the organization over the years.
Paul D. Rudnick is Senior Counsel in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. Mr.
Rudnick concentrates his practice in the corporate and real estate areas, including
acquisition and disposition of assets, financings, leasing, partnership and
organizational matters, and real estate development. The Leading Lawyer Network
lists him as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. He is vice chairman of the Pitkin County,
Colorado, planning and zoning commission.
Michael E. Santa Maria is a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution
practice group, concentrating his practice in international business transactions
with an emphasis on international franchising and distribution. He helps clients
develop international development strategies, assisting in the tax analysis and
structural implementation of all matters outside the U.S. Mr. Santa Maria was cited
as a Texas Super Lawyer in both 2003 and 2004, and he is listed in The International
Whoâ€™s Who of Business Lawyers. Mr. Santa Maria was recently chosen to be the
outside general counsel of the North Texas Food Bank, a nonprofit center for food
distribution that serves 400 hunger-relief agencies in 13 North Texas counties. He
will fill that role on a pro bono basis.
Charles P. Scheeler, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group,
principally engages in a commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense
practice. He has successfully litigated numerous sophisticated commercial and
criminal disputes in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration and
mediation. His trial experience includes over 25 jury trials and dozens of bench
trials and arbitrations in a broad range of matters including contract, securities,
telecommunications, fraud and related torts, and intellectual property matters. Mr.
Scheeler is a Certified Public Accountant and vice chairman of the CollegeBound
Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing college access to
Baltimore City public school students.
Donald E. Sharpe, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, has a varied
litigation practice, including the areas of business torts, commercial law, product
liability, and white collar criminal cases. He has appeared as lead trial counsel in
major cases in state and federal courts throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Mr.
Sharpe formerly served as an assistant United States attorney for the District of
Maryland, focusing on labor racketeering prosecutions.
Joseph W. Sheyka is a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice
group. He has practiced in the field of franchising and distribution law for thirty
years. He is co-author of “General Franchising Considerations,” a chapter in the
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Educationâ€™s Organizing and Advising
Illinois Businesses. Mr. Sheyka is a frequent lecturer on franchising and
distribution topics. The Leading Lawyer Network lists him as a Leading Lawyer in
Earl J. Silbert is a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group and a leader
of the White Collar practice group. Before entering private practice, he had a
distinguished career in public service, including five years in the U.S. Department
of Justice and five years as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He was
the first Watergate prosecutor. Mr. Silbert is a past president of the American
College of Trial Lawyers. He practices in the areas of corporate litigation, white
collar crime, antitrust, legal ethics and discipline, securities, tax,
environmental, qui tam litigation, and health care. He is also known as a writer and
lecturer. Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm, cites Mr.
Silbert as one of America’s leading litigation lawyers and he is listed in Who’s Who
Legal: The International Who’s Who of Lawyers. In May 2003, Corporate Crime Reporter
listed Mr. Silbert as one of the top ten white collar crime defense attorneys.
Wilbert H. Sirota, a partner in the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities practice
group, focuses on transactions involving venture capital, mergers and acquisitions,
and general corporation and tax law. Over his more than 30 years of practice, he has
served as outside general counsel to both public and private companies. Mr. Sirota
has also worked on numerous off-shore transactions involving restructuring of Korean
chaebols and joint ventures with Swedish, U. K., Japanese, Spanish, and French
companies, and he has counseled on the establishment of operating companies in the
Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, and Japan.
Robert W. (â€œJayâ€) Smith, Jr., is chair of the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities
practice group. Mr. Smith’s primary area of practice relates to the public and
private offering of debt and equity securities and corporate merger and acquisition
transactions. A significant portion of his practice includes representation of
issuers and underwriters in connection with the sale of securities by existing
public companies, as well as the initial public offering of securities by emerging
companies in the technology, biotechnology, and real estate industries. Mr. Smith
also represents both public and private corporations in various business and finance
transactions, including the acquisition and divestiture of companies and divisions.
Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm, cites him as one of
Americaâ€™s leading corporate lawyers.
Katherine C. Spelman is a partner in the firmâ€™s Intellectual Property practice
group, based in the San Francisco office. She is experienced in copyright, media,
licensing and trademark issues, and provides advice on the development, production,
sale, and defense of various kinds of non-patent intellectual property. Her clients
come from a broad range of industries and include major clothing companies and
grocers, leading broadcasters, and entertainment companies.
Shale D. Stiller, a partner in the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities practice group,
is experienced in a broad range of business, tax, and estate planning matters, and
has also been chief counsel in major constitutional, commercial, and divorce
litigation. He is general counsel to one of the 15 largest private foundations in
the country. Mr. Stiller has been a member of the faculty at the University of
Maryland School of Law for 40 years, teaching taxation, commercial law,
constitutional law, and federal jurisdiction. For the last 18 years, he has also
been a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and is presently vice-chairman of the
board of trustees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Elliot M. Surkin is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group and
managing partner of the Boston office. He concentrates his practice on real estate
development, finance, and taxation. Mr. Surkin has acted as general counsel to the
developers and owners of many of the most significant office, mixed-use, and retail
projects in the greater Boston area. He is general counsel to the Fan Pier Project
and North Point Project, the two largest multi-use projects being developed in
Metropolitan Boston. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
and the American Law Institute. Chambers and Partners, a respected English
publisher, cites Mr. Surkin as one of Americaâ€™s leading real estate lawyers, and
he has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2005.
Daniel A. Taylor, a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group, focuses his
practice on real estate and business law. He serves as senior attorney for
businesses in real estate and related industries, overseeing the development or
redevelopment of significant suburban and downtown projects including office towers,
hotels, housing, telecom, and research and development. Mr. Taylor also practices
in such areas as structuring and negotiating of complex real estate developments,
financings, and related transactions; procurement; construction; permitting,
regulatory, and government relations; and providing counseling on a wide variety of
legal and business matters to companies and nonprofit organizations. He has been
cited as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2005.
Richard C. Tilghman, Jr., a partner in the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities
practice group, primarily represents growth-oriented companies and underwriters in
the public or private offering of equity securities. He also has substantial
experience in a wide range of private and public offerings of debt and asset-backed
securities, including various transactions under Rule 144A, and various structured
finance transactions, and is regularly involved in such business and finance
transactions as acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, and joint ventures. Based on
peer and client reviews, Mr. Tilghman has been selected as one of America’s leading
corporate lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a respected English research firm.
E. Randolph Tucker, a partner in the firmâ€™s Litigation practice group, focuses on
the litigation of complex business disputes in state and federal courts, both trial
and appellate, and in commercial arbitrations. Mr. Tucker represents new entrants in
restructured energy markets, both in New England and nationally, including energy
traders, power marketers, generators, and wholesale gas suppliers. As a real estate
litigator, he represents owners, lenders, and CMBS pools in litigation, zoning
disputes, workouts, and bankruptcy-related litigation. For many years he has
represented title insurers in New England in coverage matters and major claims. He
is the editor and co-author of Massachusetts Real Estate Liens (MCLE 2004).
Caryl B. Welborn is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group, with a
national practice involving all types of commercial real estate transactions. She
also currently sits on the board of directors of AMB Property Corporation, an
industrial REIT with over $6 billion of real estate assets. Ms. Welborn is an
author and a frequent lecturer at national real estate conferences and seminars on a
wide variety of topics. A long-time member of the American College of Real Estate
Lawyers, she served on its board of governors for many years and as president in
2001. In 2003, Stanford University gave Ms. Welborn the Stanford Associates
Outstanding Achievement Award for exceptional volunteer service. She is listed in
the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers.
Earl S. Wellschlager, a partner in the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities practice
group, has a business law practice that includes significant experience with closely
held companies and shareholder dispute resolution. He currently serves as outside
general counsel to approximately twenty-five domestic companies, both publicly and
privately held, and represents the U.S. interests of several foreign corporations.
He has also lectured extensively in the areas of estate and financial planning, and
served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Law School and the
University of Baltimore School of Law.
John T. Westermeier, Jr., is a partner in the firmâ€™s Corporate and Securities
practice group, based in both the Reston and Washington, D.C., offices. He has been
involved in all aspects of information technology, including intellectual property,
technology licensing and other forms of technology contracts, risk management,
domestic and international distribution, corporate, litigation, arbitration, and
mediation. He represents emerging and established software, Internet, electronic
commerce, and other information technology companies as well as information
technology users and suppliers. Mr. Westermeier is the only lawyer ever to receive
the Distinguished Information Sciences Award, the highest award presented annually
by the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
Pamela L. Westhoff is a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group. Her
broad-based and versatile transactional real estate practice emphasizes
acquisitions, dispositions, commercial leasing, and technology issues affecting real
estate. She also has extensive experience in all types of real estate lending
transactions, including workouts, restructures, and joint ventures. Los Angeles
magazine has named her a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2004 and for 2005 and
cited her as one of the stateâ€™s Top 50 Female Super Lawyers. She has also been
placed on Real Estate Southern Californiaâ€™s list of most influential women in
2002, 2003, and 2004. Ms. Westhoff is a member of ACREL.
John W. Whitaker, a partner in the firmâ€™s Real Estate practice group, focuses in
the areas of sale, acquisition, and development of real property, including
transfers of excess density rights and negotiation of agreements with redevelopment
agencies. He also advises clients on eminent domain issues affecting their property.
His clients include domestic and foreign developers of major downtown Los Angeles
and outlying projects and domestic and foreign investors in major office buildings,
shopping centers, hotels, and residential and resort properties. Mr. Whitaker is
also extensively involved in civic and charitable work, including his service as
2002 chair of the business advocacy group Central City Association. He was the
recipient of the 1993 Humanitarian Award from the Homeless Outreach Program.
Dennis E. Wieczorek is a partner and the co-chair of the firmâ€™s Franchise and
Distribution practice group. For more than 27 years he has concentrated his
practice in U.S. and international franchising, licensing, antitrust, and
distribution law matters. He has been retained as an expert witness in franchise
litigation and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the subject of franchise
legislation. Mr. Wieczorek was recently chosen as the next chair of the ABA Forum on
Franchising. He is cited as a leading franchise lawyer in An International Whoâ€™s
Who of Franchise Lawyers, which also ranked Piper Rudnick as the leading firm in the
world for franchise law. He is also cited as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by the
Leading Lawyers Network.
Eric B. Wulff, a partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution practice group,
has a broad-based practice with extensive experience representing franchising and
distribution companies in all their aspects, including domestic and international
expansion. He has represented companies involved in the distribution of goods and
services in transactions throughout the world. Mr. Wulff is a former member of the
board of directors of a New York stock exchange-listed company, and as president of
its international division was instrumental in developing its business abroad. He
is also a frequent speaker on legal and business issues relating to franchising and
distribution and his articles on these topics have appeared in numerous
Philip F. Zeidman is a senior partner in the firmâ€™s Franchise and Distribution
practice group and chair of that practice in the Washington, D.C., office. He
devotes his practice to domestic franchising law and the rapidly growing field of
international distribution, licensing, and franchising law. He has engaged in an
international transactional practice, testified on franchising before governmental
bodies, participated in judicial and administrative proceedings, taught at
universities, been retained to advise a number of international governmental
organizations on franchising as a technique for international development; and
appeared before business and professional groups around the world as well as before
numerous U.S. congressional committees.