New York – LAWFUEL – June 2, 2006 – Chambers USA: America’s Leading La…

New York – LAWFUEL – June 2, 2006 – Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, recognized Chadbourne & Parke LLP’s Projects practice as #1 in Washington, D.C. The Firm was also selected as a leader nationally, as well as in various states, in the areas of Projects; Energy-Electricity; Insurance-Insurer Firms; Products Liability; and Energy & Natural Resources.

Twelve attorneys were individually ranked as leaders in their respective field. They include: John Baecher, Projects, NY; Peter Fitzgerald, Projects, D.C. National; Kenneth Hansen, Projects, D.C.; Merrill Kramer, Energy-Electricity, D.C.; Keith Martin, Projects, D.C./National; John O’Sullivan, Energy-Electricity, D.C.; David Raim, Insurance-Insurer Firm, D.C.; John Sarchio, Insurance, NY; David Schumacher, Projects, Texas; Robert Shapiro, Energy-Electricity, D.C.; Chaim Wachsberger, Projects, NY/National; and Adam Wenner, Energy-Electricity, D.C.

Chambers rankings are based on a series of more than 7,000 interviews conducted with attorneys and clients throughout the entire United States. The interviews were carried out by a team of 40 full-time researchers over an eight-month period to identify the top lawyers and law firms by region of the country and by practice group.

Chadbourne’s projects practice impressed by its “ability to take its expertise in the electricity market and transpose it onto oil and gas and make a real mark.” Clients describe the practice as consisting of “good, strong projects lawyers – it’s a great team of people who work well together.” The D.C. team is considered “the last word on advising multilateral and bilateral agencies,” while the New York office “has impressed the market with its push into emerging markets, and this office works with colleagues across the globe, most notably in London and Moscow.”

Project finance partner Peter Fitzgerald is described as “incredibly well respected as a multilateral attorney and from a client’s perspective he is great to work with.” Partner Keith Martin injects his specialized tax expertise into the projects practice and is “a safe pair of hands.” Partner Chaim Wachsberger’s clients describe him as “a true luminary in the field.” He is head of the practice group and “commands much respect from the industry.”

The energy-electricity team is described as a group “which brings a real understanding of the commercial market as well as regulatory requirements to the table.” Senior counsel John O’Sullivan has “an extremely strategic mind and articulate manner.” Robert Shapiro, partner, “is rated for his regulatory and finance expertise,” while partner Adam Wenner is noted for “his fine work for RTOs.” Partner Merrill Kramer was praised as “a sharp transactional” attorney.

Chadbourne’s insurance/reinsurance practice’s Washington team “receives acclaim for the depth of experience and specialist knowledge that is the firm’s hallmark.” Partner David Raim’s “reputation in the reinsurance community as “one of the most experienced lawyers around” has been strengthened this year by his increasing involvement in national and international arbitrations and litigations.”

Houston office Managing Partner David Schumacher is ranked in Projects and is seen to “bring his oil and gas expertise – which includes a valuable understanding of the regulatory scene – to the deal table.” He is seen as “the driving force behind Chadbourne & Parke LLP’s Houston office.”

About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, corporate finance, energy, telecommunications, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, Almaty, Warsaw (through a Polish partnership), Beijing, and a multinational partnership, Chadbourne & Parke, in London. For additional information, visit

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