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Intellectual property due diligence in multimillion dollar asset purchase for Dominion Enterprises
Provided due diligence on patents and related software systems and products for a multimillion dollar asset purchase by Dominion Enterprises, a more
Dan River, Inc. v. ALS Enterprises, Inc.
Represented Dan River Inc. in declaratory judgment action against ALS arising out of alleged false advertising claims.  After extensive discovery, more Featured
Kimberly-Clark Corp. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
Defended DuPont and obtained favorable settlement of false advertising litigation pertaining to flammability characteristics of surgical fabrics. 

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American Eagle Outfitters Inc. v. Payless Shoesource Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel asserting American Eagle Outfitters’ trademarks and obtained a preliminary injunction relative to advertising more Featured
Lead trial counsel for Sara Lee Corporation before the TTAB
Lead trial counsel for Sara Lee Corporation company, including three winning trials before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Sara Lee more
Defended copyright challenge of Google's Book Search project
The firm served as lead counsel for Google Inc., in defending copyright infringement lawsuits brought by the Author’s Guild, et al., and separately more Featured
Patent and trademark portfolio management work for Renfro Corporation
Manage Renfro Corporation's intellectual property trademark portfolio. Negotiate licenses for the company, which is a leading hosiery more Featured
Trademark and advertising counseling for Butterball LLC
The firm serves as trademark and advertising counsel for Butterball LLC.  We provide marketing and advertising advice and counsel and enforce its more

Aerospace & Defense

Insurance recovery litigation for naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer
Successfully represented a naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer in a dispute regarding coverage for substantial property damage and business  more
IRS challenging a listed transaction for a global manufacturer
Represented a global manufacturer in a case involving a highly controversial “listed transaction” being challenged by the IRS.  The listed more Featured
Division sale for Goodrich Corporation
Represented Goodrich Corporation, which supplies systems and services to the aerospace and defense markets, in sale of ATS Division to  more Featured
Employment discrimination litigation for a major defense contractor
Represented a major defense contractor in a lawsuit in which an employee claimed that he failed to receive certain promotions or job transfers more Featured
Acquisition by Zodiac Aerospace
Represented Zodiac Aerospace in its acquisition of C&D Aerospace, an aircraft interiors manufacturer with operations in the United States, more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more Featured
Tax controversy representation of an aerospace manufacturer
Represented a multinational aerospace manufacturer by successfully handling a "fast track" appeal of $500 million multiple issue case. more
Insurance coverage litigation for a government contractor regarding losses resulting from Hurricane Katrina
The firm represented a government contractor in litigation, successfully settled, regarding coverage for catastrophic property damage and business more Featured
Representation of Rockwell International Corp. *
Served as trial and appellate counsel for Rockwell International Corporation in action seeking to hold Rockwell liable for alleged contractual more

Banking & Credit Unions

Acquisition of Vigilant Federal Savings Bank
Represented Bay-Vanguard Federal Savings Bank, federal savings bank located in Baltimore, Maryland, in its acquisition of Vigilant Federal Savings more
In re Corus Bankshares, Inc.
Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Corus Bankshares, Inc. Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving the holding company for

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Sale of performing loans and classified assets for First Financial Holdings Inc.
Represented First Financial Holdings, Inc. in the sale of $198 million of performing loans and classified assets, including other real estate owned, more
Issuer’s counsel in a $6.1 million initial public offering
Represented the issue in a $6.1 million public offering undertaken in connection with the mutual-to-stock conversion and holding company formation by  more
Sale of insurance agency subsidiary for First Financial Holdings Inc.
Represented First Financial Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its managing general insurance agency subsidiary, Kimbrell Insurance Group, in a cash more
Sale of Insurance Agency subsidiary
Represented First Financial Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary, First Southeast Insurance Services, Inc. to Hub International Limited in a more
Sale of classified substandard and non-performing loans for United Community Banks Inc.
Represented United Community Banks, Inc. in its bulk sale of $266 million in classified substandard and non-performing loans. more Case Study
Private equity offering for United Community Banks, Inc.
Represented United Community Banks, Inc. in a $380 million private equity offering. more
Mutual to stock conversion for Eureka Bank
Represented Eureka Bank in its reorganization from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form and the related $7.6 stock offering more
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company in public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, in a $17.1 million public offering of common stock by Atlantic Coast more
Corporate counsel to Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company
Represented Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company in its reorganization from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form and the more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in $1.2 billion public offering
Represented the underwriters, led by Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $1.2 billion public offering by Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. more
Acquisition of Earthstar Bank by Polonia Bank
Represented Polonia Bank in acquiring certain assets and liabilities of the former Earthstar Bank from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as more
Acquisition of a majority interest in Bank of Virginia by private investor group
Represented a private investor group in forming a bank holding company, making a majority investment in Bank of Virginia and conducting a private more
Second step conversion for First Federal Savings Bank and related public offering
Represented First Federal Savings Bank, Monessen, PA, in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form  more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in $199 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $199 million public offering by ViewPoint Financial Group Inc. more
Mutual holding company reorganization for Fox Chase Bank
Represented Fox Chase Bank in its reorganization from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form and the related $87.1 stock more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $32 million private placement of common and preferred stock
Represented Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., as placement agent, in connection with the $32 million private placement of common and preferred stock more
$101 million public offering of common stock for Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc.
Represented Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc., the largest bank holding company headquartered and operating in Maryland, in connection with its $101 million more
Placement agent for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $60.0 million private placement of convertible preferred stock
Represented the placement agent, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $60.0 million private placement of convertible preferred stock by Heritage Oaks  more
Represented Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Macquarie Capital (USA) in a $43.0 million private placement of common stock
Represented Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Macquarie Capital (USA) in a $43.0 million private placement of common stock by New more
Regulatory advice for major participants in the secondary mortgage market *
Advised major participants in the secondary mortgage market on the effect of an FDIC receivership or conservatorship on mortgage servicing and the more
Equity financing for Energi Holdings
Represented Energi Holdings Inc., a specialty insurance agency, in a $6.4 million round of equity financing led by a leading worldwide reinsurance more
$33.5 million public offering for Ocean Shore Holding Co. and second step mutual to stock conversion for Ocean City Home Bank
Represented Ocean City Home Bank in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form of organization and more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in the $11.3 million follow-on public offering of common stock
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O’Neill + Partners L.P., in the $11.3 million follow-on public offering of common stock by Provident Financial more
Insurance agency acquisition for Aquesta Bank
Represented Aquesta Bank in acquiring a group of North Carolina insurance agencies. more
Acquisition of branch office by Advance Bank
Represented Advance Bank in its acquisition of a Baltimore branch office and related deposits from Susquehanna Bank. more
Corporate and securities matters for a Maryland financial institution
Represents a Maryland-based financial institution in a wide variety of corporate and securities matters, including its IPO and advice on public more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $28 million follow-on public offering of common stock by Smithtown Bancorp, Inc. more
Corporate and securities matters for a Maryland bank holding company
Represented a Maryland financial institution on a wide variety of corporate and securities matters beginning with the company's IPO in 1999, the more
Multiple acquisitions and public offerings for Commercial Federal Corporation
Represented Commercial Federal Corporation in its acquisition of approximately 10 banks and in connection with four underwritten public offerings of more Featured
Corporate and securities matters for an Ohio-based financial institution
Represented an Ohio-based financial institution on a wide variety of corporate and securities matters, beginning with the company's 1992 IPO and more
Acquisition of a controlling interest in a bank holding company for a private equity group
Represented a private equity group in the acquisition of a controlling interest in a South Carolina bank holding company. more
Securities offering for a Pennsylvania bank pursuant to TARP
Represented a Pennsylvania bank in its issuance of preferred stock through the U.S. Treasury Department's TARP Capital Purchase Program. more
Regulatory advice for a private equity firm on an investment in a community bank *
Advised and represented an investor in a community bank on the regulatory issues associated with the purchase of shares, including control and more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $3.8 public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $3.8 million initial public offering by St. Joseph Bancorp, Inc. more
Regulatory enforcement advice for a federal savings bank
Advised a federal savings bank on regulatory enforcement matters. more
Issuance of preferred stock under the Capital Purchase Program by F.N.B. Corporation *
Represented F.N.B. Corporation in the issuance and subsequent repayment of preferred stock issued to the Treasury Department under the Capital more
Issuance of securities under TARP for Monument Bank
Represent Monument Bank in issuance of $4.7 million of preferred stock under the U.S. Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $11.1 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $11.1 million initial public offering by Hibernia Homestead Bancorp, Inc. more
Issuance of securities in the TARP Capital Purchase Program by Central Bancorp Inc.
Represented Central Bancorp Inc. in its issuance of $10.0 million of preferred stock and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock through its more
Issuance of securities under TARP Capital Purchase Program for a Maryland bank holding company
Represented a Maryland bank holding company in its issuance of securities under the TARP Capital Purchase Program. more
Counsel to Conneaut Savings Bank in connection with its reorganization into the mutual holding company structure
Counsel to Conneaut Savings Bank in connection with its reorganization into a three-tier federal mutual holding company structure and the election by  more
Acquisition for First Citizens National Bank
Represented First Citizens National Bank in an acquisition of a branch office, assumption of deposits and loan purchase. more
Issuance of securities pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program for Provident Bankshares Corp.
Represented Provident Bankshares Corporation in one of the earliest completed TARP transactions, the  issuance of $151.0 million of  preferred stock more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a private placement of subordinated notes
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in an $11.8 million private placement of subordinated notes by Paragon Commercial Bank. more
Mutual to stock conversion for First Savings Bank F.S.B. and IPO for First Savings Financial Group Inc.
Represented First Savings Financial Group Inc., an Indiana-based savings bank, in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $24.3 million more
Going private transaction for Gouverneur Bancorp Inc.
Advised Gouverneur Bancorp Inc., on a going private transaction through a reverse/forward stock split and related delisting from Nasdaq. more
Acquisition of State of Franklin Bancshares by Jefferson Bancshares Inc.
Represented Jefferson Bancshares Inc. in its $10.9 million acquisition of State of Franklin Bancshares Inc., the parent company of a Tennessee more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $27.5 million private placement
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in a private placement of $27.5 million of common stock issued by Smithtown Bancorp, more
Executive compensation and employee benefits for bank holding company
Represented a bank holding company on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Acquisition of Withee Bank Shares by Forward Financial Inc.
Represented Forward Financial Inc. in its $12.4 million acquisition of Withee Bank Shares Inc. more
Going private transaction for First Bancorp of Indiana Inc.
Represented First Bancorp of Indiana Inc. in connection with its going private via a cash-out reverse stock split. more
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel Nicolaus Corp. in a $27.7 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel Nicolaus Corp., in the $27.7 public offering by Malvern Federal Bancorp, Inc. more
Multiple financings by Provident Bankshares Corporation
Represented Provident Bankshares Corporation in its $64.8 million private placement of convertible preferred stock and common stock and a $50 million  more Featured
Formation of BlueRidge Bank
Represented the organizers of BlueRidge Bank in obtaining a bank charter from the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Institutions and federal deposit  more
Preferred securities issuance pursuant to TARP
Represented Maryland financial institution in issuance of preferred securities pursuant to the U.S. Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program. more
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel Nicolaus Corp. in a $78.2 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel Nicolaus Corp., in the $78.2 million initial public offering by Cape Bancorp, Inc. more
Executive and employee benefit matters for a Connecticut financial institution
Represented a Connecticut financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Consolidation of New York branch assets for a European-based banking organization *
Represented a pan-European banking organization on the consolidation into its New York branch of the assets of the New York branch of its subsidiary more
Favorable ruling permitting volumetric payment production in New York for a major foreign banking organization *
Represented a major foreign banking organization in obtaining an interpretation from the New York State Banking Department that permitted the bank to  more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $10.3 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $10.3 million initial public offering by William Penn Bancorp Inc. more
$105.0 million initial public offering of Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc.
Represented Meridian Interstate Bancorp Inc. in its $105.0 million initial public offering. more
Self tender offer by Community Financial Shares Inc.
Represented Community Financial Shares Inc. in connection with its tender offer for 9.1% of its outstanding shares of common stock. more
Formation of a Pennsylvania de novo commercial bank
Assisted with the formation of Pennsylvania de novo commercial bank and related $10 million public offering to capitalize the bank. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $192.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $192.7 million initial public offering by Northfield Bancorp, Inc. more
Mutual to stock conversion of First Federal Savings Bank and IPO for First Advantage Bancorp
Represented First Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered savings bank headquartered in Clarksville, Tennessee, in its mutual to stock conversion  more
Acquisition of an investment advisor for Northeast Community Bank
Represented Northeast Community Bank in its acquisition of the assets of Hayden Financial Group, a registered investment advisor. more
Branch acquisition by Marshfield Savings Bank
Represented Marshfield Savings Bank in its acquisition of two branch offices and related deposits from Associated Bank. more
Underwriter's counsel in a $13.0 million public offering
Represented underwriter in a $13.0 million initial public offering by an Indiana mutual holding company done to finance a concurrent acquisition. more
Acquisition of an insurance agency by Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc.
Represented Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. in its acquisition of CLA Agency Inc., an insurance agency, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. more
Second step conversion of North Penn Bank and related public offering for its holding company
Represented North Penn Bank in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form of organization and the more
Acquisition of a mutual cooperative bank
Represented a bank in an acquisition of a mutual cooperative bank. more
Simultaneous IPO and acquisition for Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc.
Represented Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank in its $236 million initial public offering and its simultaneous $183 million acquisition of FMS Financial  more Featured
Conducted internal corporate investigation for a Maryland bank
Conducted internal corporate investigation for a financial institution and negotiated a consent to the issuance of a cease and desist order with the more Featured
Mutual holding company reorganization for Walden Federal Savings Bank and related $10.7 million IPO for Hometown Bancorp Inc.
Represented Walden Federal Savings and Loan Association in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $10.7 million initial public more
Multiple acquisitions by New York Community Bancorp Inc.
Represented New York Community Bancorp Inc. in its $168.4 million acquisition of Synergy Financial Group Inc., its $260.0 million acquisition of more Featured
$81 million acquisition of Factory Point Bancorp Inc. by Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc.
Represented Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc., a large Massachusetts holding company, in its $81.3 million acquisition of Factory Point Bancorp Inc., more
Mutual holding company reorganization for Tempo Bank and IPO for its holding company
Represented Tempo Bank, an Illinois-based federal savings institution, in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $4.1 million more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $1.1 billion public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $1.1 billion initial public offering of common stock by TFS Financial more Featured
$7.4 million IPO for Delanco Bancorp Inc.
Represented Delanco Bancorp Inc. in its $7.4 million initial public offering. more
Counsel to Monroe Savings Bank SLA in connection with its charter conversion *
Counsel to Monroe Savings Bank SLA in connection with its conversion from a state to a federal charter. more
$119 million acquisition of City & Suburban Financial Corporation
Represented City & Suburban Financial Corporation in its $119.1 million acquisition by Ridgewood Savings Bank in a transaction that involved more Featured
Acquisition of Senator Bank by Bradford Bank
Represented Bradford Bank, a Maryland-based federally chartered savings bank, in its acquisition of Senator Bank, a Maryland-chartered bank, in a more
Acquisition of Golden Prague SL&A by Bradford Bank
Represented Bradford Bank, a Maryland-based federal savings bank, in its acquisition of Golden Prague Federal Savings and Loan Association, more
Issuance of $6.3 million of trust preferred securities for Central Bancorp, Inc.
Represented Central Bancorp, Inc. in its issuance of $6.3 million of trust preferred securities in a pooled trust preferred securities offering. more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Polonia Bank and initial public offering by Polonia Bancorp
Represented Polonia Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $14.9 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $121.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $121.7 million initial public offering by Oritani Financial Corp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $25.3 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $25.3 million initial public offering by MSB Financial Inc. more
$395 million acquisition of Costal Financial Corporation
Represented Coastal Financial Corporation in its $395.1 million dollar acquisition by BB&T Corporation. more
Acquisition of a title company
Represented Bradford Bancorp Inc. in the acquisition of a title company. more
Strategic acquisition for New England Bancshares Inc.
Represented New England Bancshares, Inc., a savings and loan holding company, in its $25.9 million acquisition of First Valley Bancorp, Inc., more
Corporate reorganization of Marshfield Savings Bank
Represented Marshfield Savings Bank in its reorganization from the mutual form of organization to the mutual holding company form of organization. more
Initial public offering for First Federal Bancshares Inc.
Represented First Federal Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank, in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $22.4 million initial public more
Holding company reorganization for a Massachusetts financial institution
Represented a Massachusetts financial institution in its reorganization into a holding company. more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Fox Chase Bank and IPO for Fox Chase Bancorp Inc.
Represented Fox Chase Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $64.0 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Acquisition of Bay Net Financial Inc. by Sterling Financial Corp.
Represented Bay Net Financial Inc. in its $22.8 million acquisition by Sterling Financial Corp. in Pennsylvania. more
Branch acquisition for Bradford Bank
Represented Bradford Bank in assumption of $6.5 million of bank branch deposits. more
Mutual to stock conversion and related $68.9 million IPO by Chicopee Savings Bank
Represented Chicopee Savings Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $68.9 million initial public offering by its newly formed holding  more
Second step conversion of Bank Liberty and related $28.1 million initial public offering for Liberty Bancorp Inc.
Represented Bank Liberty in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form of organization and the more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Northeast Community Bank and related IPO for its holding company
Represented Northeast Community Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $59.5 million initial public offering by its newly more
Acquisition of Valley Bancorp, Inc. by Bradford Bancorp Inc.
Represented Bradford Bancorp Inc. in its $9.6 million acquisition of Valley Bancorp Inc., Hunt Valley, Maryland. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $98.2 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $98.2 million initial public offering by Roma Financial Corp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $10.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $10.7 million initial public offering by Seneca-Cayuga Bancorp Inc. more
Mutual to stock conversion and IPO of Newport Federal Savings Bank
Represented Newport Federal Savings Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $45.2 million initial public offering by its newly public more Featured
$20 million acquisition of First Federal Bancorporation
Represented First Federal Bancorporation in its $20.3 million acquisition by Great River Holding Company. more
$39 million acquisition of ES&L Bancorp Inc.
Represented ES&L Bancorp, Inc. in its $39.0 million acquisition by Community Bank System Inc., DeWitt, NY

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Acquisition of Home Building Bancorp by First Bancorp of Indiana Inc.
Represented First Bancorp of Indiana Inc. in its $11.3 million acquisition of Home Building Bancorp Inc. more
Mutual holding company reorganization of United Community Bank and IPO for United Community Bancorp
Represented United Community Bank, a southern Indiana savings bank, in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $36.5 million more
Public offering of common stock by Pulaski Financial Corp
Represented Pulaski Financial Corp. in a $15.3 million follow-on public offering of common stock. more
Establishment for U.S. subsidiaries for HSH Nordbank AG *
Advised and represented HSH Nordbank AG in connection with the planning and regulatory approval process to establish a U.S. broker-dealer subsidiary,  more
Acquisition of Florida Savings Bank
Represented Florida Savings Bank in its acquisition by Commercebank, NA, a Coral Gables, Florida bank holding company through a purchase and more
Employee benefits matters for an Illinois financial institution
Represented an Illinois financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including implementation of arrangements in more
Acquisition of 1st State Bancorp by Capital Bank Corp.
Represented 1st State Bancorp, Inc. in its $114.6 million acquisition by Capital Bank Corp., Raleigh, North Carolina. more
Acquisition of nine trusts for HSH Nordbank AG *
Advised and represented HSH Nordbank AG in connection with the acquisition by nine trusts advised by J.C. Flowers & Co. of 26 percent of the more
Second step conversion for Enfield Federal Savings Bank and related $30.8 million IPO for New England Bancshares Inc.
Represented Enfield Federal Savings Bank in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form of more
Mutual holding company reorganization and public offering for Equitable Bank
Represented Equitable Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $14.2 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $516.3 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $516.3 million initial public offering by Investors Bancorp, Inc. more Featured
Multiple transactions for Pulaski Financial Corp.
Represented Pulaski Financial Corp. in its acquisition of CWE Bancorp Inc., St. Louis, Missouri and its acquisition of a Kansas City branch office more
Acquisition of Heritage Co-operative Bank
Represented Heritage Co-operative Bank in its acquisition by Salem Five Cents Savings Bank in a merger of two mutual institutions. more
Acquisition of Long Island Financial Corp. by New York Community Bancorp Inc.
Represented Long Island Financial Corp. in its $69.8 million acquisition by New York Community Bancorp Inc. more
Formation and capitalization of a North Carolina commercial bank
Represented the organizers of a de novo North Carolina bank, which specializes in lending to venture capital-backed businesses, in obtaining a more Featured
Mutual holding company formation by Bradford Bank
Represented Bradford Bank in the formation of a mutual holding company and a mid-tier stock holding company. more
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel Nicolaus Corp. in a $20.8 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel Nicolaus Corp., in the $20.8 million initial public offering by Colonial Bankshares, Inc. more
Acquisition of Northwood Savings Bank by Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank
Represented Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank in its acquisition of Northwood Savings Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a merger of two mutual more
$177.5 million acquisition of EFC Bancorp, Inc.
Represented EFC Bancorp, Inc. in its $177.5 million acquisition by MAF Bancorp Inc. more
Acquisition of PCB Holding Company
Represented PCB Holding Company in its $6.7 million acquisition by German American Bancorp, Inc. more
$29.8 million IPO for FedFirst Financial Corporation
Represented FedFirst Financial Corporation in $29.8 million initial public offering. more
Underwriter's counsel for Ryan Beck & Co. in a $17.0 million initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Ryan Beck & Co., in the $17.0 million initial public offering by First Federal of North Michigan Bancorp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in the $5.6 million initial public offering by OC Financial Inc. more
Acquisition of Westerly Savings Bank by Newport Federal Savings Bank
Represented Newport Federal Savings Bank in its acquisition of Westerly Savings Bank, Westerly, Rhode Island, in a merger of two mutual savings banks. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $56.5 public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $56.5 million initial public offering by Prudential Bancorp, Inc. of more
Mutual holding company reorganization and simultaneous IPO and acquisition for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard
Represented First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard in its mutual holding company reorganization, the related $21.3 million initial more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Bay-Vanguard Federal Savings Bank and $11.9 million IPO for BV Financial Inc..
Represented Bay-Vanguard Federal Savings Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $11.9 million initial public offering by more
Employee benefits counseling for financial institution *
Represented a financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters in connection with its acquisition. more
Defense of enforcement action against a federal branch of a foreign bank *
Represented a federal branch of a foreign bank in an enforcement proceeding under the Bank Secrecy Act brought by the Office of the Comptroller of more
Private placement and related going private transaction for First Southern Bancshares Inc.
Represented First Southern Bancshares Inc., an Alabama financial institution, in its tender offer, private placement of common stock and related more
$224.1 million acquisition of FFLC Bancorp Inc. by Colonial BancGroup, Inc.
Represented FFLC Bancorp, Inc. in its $224.1 million acquisition by Colonial BancGroup, Inc. more
$38 million public offering for Ocean Shore Holding Company
Represented Ocean Shore Holding Company in its $38 million initial public offering. more
Acquisition of Woronoco Bancorp, Inc. by Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc.
Represented Woronoco Bancorp Inc. in its $144.5 million acquisition by Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $13.4 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $13.4 million initial public offering by SFSB, Inc. more
$98.7 million acquisition of Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corp.
Represented Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corp. in its $98.7 million acquisition by KNBT Bancorp, Inc., Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. more Featured
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Pennsylvania financial institution
Represented a Pennsylvania financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Acquisition of Canisteo Valley Corp.
Represented Canisteo Valley Corp. in its $6.8 million acquisition by Northern Corp. in Wellsboro, PA. more
Underwriter's counsel for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc.
Represented underwriter Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc. in the $58.2 million initial public offering by Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation. more
Acquisition of Lawrence Financial Holdings Inc. by Oak Hill Financial Inc.
Represented Lawrence Financial Holdings Inc. in its $16.0 million acquisition by Oak Hill Financial Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $9.1 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $9.1 million initial public offering by Roebling Financial Corp. Inc. more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Naugatuck Savings and Loan and related IPO for its holding company
Represented Naugatuck Savings and Loan in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $32.7 million initial public offering by its more
Mutual holding company reorganization and initial public offering for SI Financial Group, Inc.
Represented Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $50.3 million initial public more
$50 million private placement of trust preferred capital securities by Columbia Bank
Represented Columbia Bank in the private placement of $50.0 million of trust preferred capital securities by its mid-tier stock savings and loan

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Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $148.8 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $148.8 million initial public offering by Partners Trust Financial Group, Inc. more
Disposition of assets for a banking technology company
Represented a banking technology company in a disposition of substantially all of its assets. more
Represented a New England bank holding company in the sale of a trust company
Represented a New England financial institution in the sale of its majority share in a trust company. more
$195 million acquisition of BostonFed Bancorp Inc. by Banknorth Group, Inc.
Represented BostonFed Bancorp Inc. in its $195 million acquisition by Banknorth Group, Inc. more
Self-tender offer for First Federal Bancshares Inc.
Represented First Federal Bancshares Inc in connection with its $18.8 million self-tender offer, conducted in the form of a modified Dutch auction more
Acquisition of South Carolina Community Bancshares Inc. by Provident Community Bancshares Inc.
Represented Provident Community Bancshares Inc. in its $9.6 million acquisition of South Carolina Community Bancshares Inc., Winnsboro, South more
Underwriter's counsel in a $39.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter in a $39.7 million initial public offering by a New York savings bank holding company. more
Acquisition of Westview Savings Bank by Suburban Federal Savings Bank
Represented Suburban Federal Savings Bank in its acquisition of Westview Savings Bank, in a merger of mutual savings banks. more
$50 million acquisition of Dutchfork Bancshares Inc.
Represented Dutchfork Bancshares Inc. in its $50.0 million acquisition by First Community Corp. of Lexington, South Carolina. more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Clifton Savings Bank SLA and IPO by newly formed holding company
Represented Clifton Savings Bank SLA in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $137.4 million initial public offering by its newly  more
Real estate investment trust and private placement advice for a Maryland financial institution
Advised a Maryland financial institution on formation of real estate investment trusts and related preferred stock private placements. more
Multiple public offerings for New York Community Bancorp Inc.
Represented New York Community Bancorp Inc. in multiple financings, including its initial public offering,  three follow-on public stock offerings more Featured
$27.0 million acquisition of HCB Bancshares Inc. by Rock Bancshares, Inc.
Represented HCB Bancshares Inc. in its $27.0 million acquisition by Rock Bancshares Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $202.0 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $202.0 million initial public offering by KNBT Bancorp, Inc. more
Multiple acquisitions for Provident Bankshares Corporation
Represented Provident Bankshares Corporation in multiple acquisitions and dispositions, including its $330 million acquisition of Southern Financial more Featured
Acquisition of Oklahoma bank by Kansas-based financial institution
Represented a Kansas-based financial institution in its acquisition of an Oklahoma-based national bank. more
$460 million acquisition of FirstFed America Bancorp Inc.
Represented FirstFed America Bancorp Inc. in its $460.1 million acquisition by Webster Financial Corp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $8.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $8.7 million initial public offering by Flatbush Federal Bancorp, Inc. more
Branch sale for First Federal Bank
Represented First Federal Bank in the sale of its Mt. Sterling, Illinois branch and $6.9 of related deposits to Beardstown Savings. more
Acquisition of MSB Financial, Inc. by Monarch Community Bancorp, Inc.
Represented Monarch Community Bancorp, Inc. in its $24.8 million acquisition of MSB Financial, Inc., Marshall, MI. more
$66 million IPO for Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. and second step mutual to stock conversion for Jefferson Federal Bank
Represented Jefferson Federal Bank in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form of organization more
Compensation advice for a Connecticut financial institution
Advised a Connecticut financial institution in connection with executive and equity compensation matters. more
$616.9 million acquisition of Connecticut Bancshares Inc. by New Haven Savings Bank
Represented Connecticut Bancshares Inc. in connection with its $616.9 million acquisition by New Haven Savings Bank. more
Acquisition for one of the largest bank holding companies located in Georgia
Represented one of the largest bank holding companies located in Georgia in its $42.0 million acquisition of a bank holding company located in more
$10.6 million acquisition of NS&L Bancorp Inc.
Represented NS&L Bancorp Inc. in its $10.6 million acquisition by an investor group. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $2.6 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $2.6 million initial public offering by Rantoul First Bank, S.B. more
Acquisition of Sequoia Bancshares Inc. *
Represented Sequoia Bancshares Inc. in its $110.7 million acquisition by United Bankshares Inc., Parkersburg, West Virginia. more
$46 million acquisition of Security Financial Bancorp Inc.
Represented Security Financial Bancorp Inc. in its $46.0 million acquisition by Standard Bancshares Inc., Hickory Hills, Illinois. more
Regulatory approvals related to formation of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. *
Represented Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. in obtaining U.S. federal and state regulatory approvals related to the formation of a top-tier holding more
Acquisition of Windsor Locks Community Bank for New England Bancshares Inc.
Represented New England Bancshares, Inc., a publicly held mutual holding company,  in its acquisition of Windsor Locks Community Bank, a mutual more
Acquisition of Bay State Bancorp Inc. by Seacoast Financial Services Corp.
Represented Bay State Bancorp Inc. in its $126 million acquisition by Seacoast Financial Services Corp. more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Delanco Federal Savings Bank *
Represented Delanco Federal Savings Bank in its reorganization from the mutual form of organization to the mutual holding company form of more
Public offering of senior notes for Roslyn Bancorp Inc.
Represented Roslyn Bancorp Inc., a New York-based financial institution, in a $114.8 million public offering of senior notes. more
Acquisition of Crown Bank NA through a joint venture
Represented Crown Bank NA in connection with its acquisition by a joint venture between Caixa Geral de Depositos, S.A., Portugal and certain more Featured
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $5.6 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $5.6 million initial public offering by OC Financial Inc. more
$11.3 million acquisition for First Capital Inc.
Represented First Capital Inc. in its $11.3 million acquisition of Hometown Bancshares Inc., an Indiana bank holding company. more
$72.2 million remutualization acquisition of West Essex Bancorp Inc.
Represented West Essex Bancorp Inc. in its $72.2 million remutualization and acquisition by Kearney Financial Corporation, Kearney, New Jersey. more
Acquisition of American Bank of Connecticut by American Financial Holdings Inc.
Represented American Financial Holdings Inc. in its $154.0 million acquisition of American Bank of Connecticut, Waterbury, Connecticut. more
Employee benefits services for a Connecticut-based financial institution
Represented a Connecticut-based financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
$10 million private placement transaction for FirstFed America Bancorp Inc.
Represented Firstfed America Bancorp Inc. in its private placement of $10.0 million of its common stock to accredited investors. more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Enfield Savings Bank and related IPO for its holding company
Represented Enfield Federal Savings Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $9.2 million initial public offering by its more
Acquisition of title insurance company
Represented a New Jersey savings bank in its acquisition of a title insurance company. more
Acquisition of Massachusetts Fincorp Inc. by Abington Bancorp Inc.
Represented Massachusetts Fincorp Inc. in its acquisition by Abington Bancorp Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $6.8 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $6.8 million initial public offering by Mt. Troy Savings Bank. more
Rights offering of convertible trust preferred securities for Greater Atlantic Financial Corp.
Represented issuer, Greater Atlantic Financial Corp., in $9.6 million rights offering of convertible trust preferred securities. more
Acquisition of Pulaski Bancorp Inc.
Represented Pulaski Bancorp, Inc. in its $64.3 million acquisition by Kearney Financial Corp., Kearney, New Jersey. more
Trust preferred securities offering for New York Community Bancorp Inc.
Represented New York Community Bancorp Inc. in connection with its redemption of $80.0 of trust preferred securities and subsequent issuance of more Featured
Public offering of senior notes for Roslyn Bancorp Inc.
Represented Roslyn Bancorp Inc., a New York-based financial institution, in a $75 million public offering of senior notes. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in an initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $4.8 million initial public offering by City Savings Financial Corp. more
Acquisition of People's Bancshares by FirstFed America Bancorp Inc.
Represented FirstFed America Bancorp Inc., a Massachusetts financial institution, in its $73.0 million acquisition of People's Bancshares Inc., a more
$48 million private placement of subordinated debentures by Columbia Bank
Represented Columbia Bank in private placement of $48.0 million in subordinated debentures.  more
Acquisition of Hamilton Bancorp MHC
Represented Hamilton Bancorp MHC, a private mutual holding company, in its acquisition by another mutual holding company. more
$127.6 million acquisition of SouthBanc Shares Inc.
Represented SouthBanc Shares Inc. in its $127.6 million acquisition by National Commerce Financial Corp. more
$735.4 acquisition of American Financial Holdings Inc. by Banknorth Group, Inc.
Represented American Financial Holdings Inc. in its $735.4 million acquisition by Banknorth Group, Inc.
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Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $5.2 million initial public offering
Represented Trident Securities, the underwriter, in the $5.2 million initial public offering by First BancTrust Corporation. more
Acquisition for Connecticut Bancshares Inc.
Represented Connecticut Bancshares Inc. in connection with its $112.3 million acquisition of First Federal SLA of East Hartford, Connecticut.  more
$175.5 million acquisition of Virginia Capital Bancshares Inc.
Represented Virginia Capital Bancshares Inc. in its $175.5 acquisition by BB&T Corporation. more
Public offering of convertible debt securities for Florida Savings Bancorp Inc.
Represented Florida Savings Bancorp, a thrift holding company, in its public offering of convertible subordinated debentures. more
Mutual to stock conversion for Lawrence Federal Savings Bank and the related initial public offering for Lawrence Financial Holdings Inc.
Represented Lawrence Federal Savings Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $7.8 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Acquisition of Ridgewood Financial, Inc. by Boiling Springs Bancorp
Represented Boiling Springs Bancorp, a federally-chartered, non-public, mutual holding company, in its acquisition of Ridgewood Financial Inc., a more
Private placement of trust preferred securities by BostonFed Bancorp Inc.
Represented BostonFed Bancorp Inc. in a private placement of trust preferred capital securities and the subsequent SEC registered exchange offering. more
$102 million acquisition of FirstSpartan Financial Corp.
Represented FirstSpartan Financial Corp. in its $102.1 million acquisition by BB&T Corporation. more
Acquisition of Delphos Citizens Bancorp Inc. by United Bancshares Inc.
Represented Delphos Citizens Bancorp Inc. in its $21.0 million acquisition by United Bancshares Inc., Columbus Grove, OH. more
Mutual to stock conversion of Newberry Federal Savings Bank and $15.6 million IPO for Dutchfork Bancshares Inc.
Represented Newberry Federal Savings Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $15.6 million initial public offering by its newly formed  more
Mutual to stock conversion and $71 million IPO for Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc.
Represented Berkshire Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $71.1 million initial public offering by its newly formed holding more
Bank acquisition by Greater Atlantic Financial Corp.
Represented Greater Atlantic Financial Corp. in its $1.1 million acquisition of Dominion Savings Bank, FSB, Front Royal, VA. more
$23.7 million acquisition by Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corp.
Represented Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corp. in its $23.7 million acquisition of Security of Penn. Financial Corp., Hazelton, Pennsylvania. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $5.6 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $5.6 million initial public offering by First Federal of Olathe Bancorp, Inc. more
Mutual to stock conversion of Savings Bank of Manchester and IPO for Connecticut Bancshares Inc.
Represented Savings Bank of Manchester in connection with its mutual to stock conversion and the related $104 million initial public offering by its more
$77 million acquisition of Heritage Bancorp Inc. by SouthBanc Shares Inc.
Represented Heritage Bancorp Inc. in its $77.0 million acquisition by SouthBanc Shares Inc. more
Mutual to stock conversion for Security Financial Bank and IPO for Security Financial Bancorp Inc.
Represented Security Financial Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $19.4 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Mutual to stock conversion and IPO of American Financial Holdings Inc.
Represented American Savings Bank in its mutual-to-stock conversion and the related $267.3 million initial public offering by its newly formed more Featured
$25 million acquisition of CNS Bancorp, Inc.
Represented CNS Bancorp Inc. in its $25.2 million dollar acquisition by Exchange National Bancshares Inc. more
De novo bank formation and related private placement offering for Florida Savings Bancorp Inc.
Represented the organizers of Florida Savings Bank in its de novo formation and related private placement offering of $5.0 million by its newly more
$352.6 million acquisition of Reliance Bancorp Inc. by North Fork Bancorporation
Represented Reliance Bancorp, Inc. in its $352.6 million acquisition by North Fork Bancorporation, Melville, New York. more
Mutual to stock conversion and IPO for Indian Village Bancorp Inc.
Represented Indian Village Community Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $4.5 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Reorganization of Pulaski Savings Bank
Represented Pulaski Savings Bank in its holding company reorganization and formation of its newly formed mid-tier holding company, Pulaski Bancorp more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $15.8 million initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $15.8 million initial public offering by First Deposit Bancshares, Inc. more
$13.9 million acquisition for First Capital Inc.
Represented First Capital Inc. in its $13.9 million acquisition of HCB Bancorp., an Indiana bank holding company. more
Acquisition of SGV Bancorp Inc. by IndyMac Mortgage Holdings Inc.
Represented SGV Bancorp Inc. in its $58.6 million acquisition by IndyMac Mortgage Holdings Inc., Pasadena, California. more
$32 million acquisition of Fulton Bancorp Inc.
Represented Fulton Bancorp, Inc., a savings and loan holding company, in its $31.7 million acquisition by Central Bancompany, Inc., a Jefferson City,  more
$31 million acquisition of MBLA Financial Corporation
Represented MBLA Financial Corporation in its $31.2 million acquisition by Citizens Bancshares Company, Chillicothe, MO. more
Mutual to stock conversion of First Federal Savings Bank and IPO for First Bancorp of Indiana Inc.
Represented First Federal Savings Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $22.7 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Mutual to stock conversion by Palmyra Federal Savings Bank and related IPO
Represented Palmyra Federal Savings Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $5.6 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Mutual to stock conversion and $55 million IPO for Woronoco Bancorp Inc.
Represented Woronoco Savings Bank in connection with its mutual to stock conversion and the related $55.5 million initial public offering by its more
Acquisition of Bayonne Bancshares, Inc. by Richmond County Financial Corp.
Represented Richmond County Financial Corp. in its $173.0 million acquisition of Bayonne Bancshares, Inc., Bayonne, N.J. more
Acquisition of Ironbound Bankcorp by Richmond County Financial Corp.
Represented Richmond County Financial Corp. in its acquisition of Ironbound Bankcorp, N.J., Newark, N.J. more
Mutual to stock conversion of South Jersey S&LA and IPO for South Jersey Financial Corp.
Represented South Jersey Savings and Loan Association in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $35.1 million initial public offering by its more
Mutual to stock conversion of Security Savings and Loan and initial public offering for Security of Pennsylvania Financial Corp.
Represented Security Savings and Loan Association of Hazleton in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $15.8 million initial public offering  more
Mutual to stock conversion of Fredericksburg Savings Bank and IPO for Virginia Capital Bancshares, Inc.
Represented Fredericksburg Savings Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $105.6 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Mutual holding company reorganization of West Essex Bank and IPO for West Essex Bancorp Inc.
Represented West Essex Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $17.7 million initial public offering by its newly formed more
Merger of Progressive Bank Inc. with Hudson Charter Bancorp Inc.
Represented Progressive Bank Inc. in merger of equals with Hudson Charter Bancorp, Inc. more
Acquisition of TR Financial Corp. for $1.1 billion by Roslyn Bancorp Inc.
Represented New York-based Roslyn Bancorp Inc., in  its $1.1 billion acquisition of TR Financial Corp., a  New York financial institution. more
Mutual to stock conversion and initial public offering for Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corp.
Represented First Federal Bank in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $64.3 million initial public offering by its newly formed holding more
$50 million offering of capital securities for WSFS Financial Corporation
Represented WSFS Financial Corporation in $50 million offering of floating rate capital securities. more
Acquisition of American Bancshares, Inc. by Community Financial Corporation
Represented Community Financial Corporation in its acquisition of American Bancshares, Inc. more
$28.4 million initial public offering by Westwood Homestead Financial Corporation
Represented Westwood Homestead Financial Corporation in its $28.4 million initial public offering. more
Represented LFS Bancorp in its acquisition by Great Financial Bank of Kentucky.
Represented LFS Bancorp in its acquisition by Great Financial Bank of Kentucky. more
Represented a publicly traded bank and its Board of Directors
Served as lead counsel in representing a publicly traded bank and its Board in action alleging breach of fiduciary duty arising out of removal of an more
Negotiation of arena naming rights
Negotiated a multi-million dollar naming rights deal for the 10,000-seat arena at the University of Central Florida (the second-largest university in  more
IPO of Square 1 Financial, Inc.
Represented Square 1 Financial and selling shareholders in connection with Square 1’s initial public offering. more
$54.8 million merger between Central Bancorp, Inc. and Independent Bank Corporation
Represented Central Bancorp, Inc. based in Somerville, MA in a $54.8M transaction with Independent Bank Corporation based in Rockland, MA. The firm more
$51.2 million merger between Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. and HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.
Represented Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. based in Morristown, TN in a merger with HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. based in Asheville, NC. The firm counseled  more
$369M stock merger for United Financial Bancorp Inc.
Representing United Financial Bancorp Inc., a large holding company located in Massachusetts, in its $369 million stock merger with Rockville more
Acquisition of Dwyer-Curlett Co., Inc.
Represented BB&T Corp. subsidiary Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC in the acquisition of Dwyer-Curlett Co. and its three offices in southern more
Insurance coverage litigation for holding company, directors, and officers of failed bank under FDIC receivership
Represented and successfully settled insurance coverage litigation for certain former directors and officers of a failed bank, and the bank’s holding  more
In re Nexity Financial Corp.
Represent indenture trustee of trust preferred securities in bankruptcy of bank holding company. In re Nexity Financial Corp., No. more
$300 million merger between First Financial Holdings, Inc. and SCBT Financial Corporation
Represented First Financial Holdings, Inc. in a merger with SCBT Financial Corporation. The $300 million transaction combines two of South Carolina’s  more Case Study
Public offering of common stock by Northfield Bancorp, Incorporated
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O' Neill & Partners, L.P., in a $355.6 million public offering of common stock by Northfield Bancorp, Inc. more Featured
$35M merger transaction
Represented the seller in a $35 million stock and cash acquisition of a Southeastern bank by an affiliated publicly traded bank holding company. more
$86.2M all-stock acquisition for United Financial Bancorp Inc.
Represented United Financial Bancorp, Inc., a large holding company located in Massachusetts, in its $86.2 million all-stock acquisition of New more
Trust preferred securities for a mid-Atlantic bank
Represented a mid-Atlantic bank holding company in connection with the exchange of trust preferred securities for common stock. more
Sale of troubled bank
Represented a troubled Western bank in its sale by its highly leveraged holding company to a private equity investor group who recapitalized the bank. more
Assisted credit unions in the making of commercial real estate loans
Assisted North Carolina and Virginia-based credit unions in the origination and closing of commercial real estate loans across the country, in more
Corporate and securities matters for a mid-Atlantic bank holding company
Represented a mid-Atlantic bank holding company in connection with a variety of matters, including a rights offering and a private placement to more
Internal investigation for a bank in response to an OCC subpoena
Conducted an internal investigation for a bank in response to a subpoena from the OCC. more
IPO of Franklin Financial Corporation
Represented Franklin Financial Corporation and its banking subsidiary, Franklin Bank, in connection with Franklin’s $138.9 million initial public more
Mutual to stock conversion for Wellesley Bank and IPO for Wellesley Bancorp Inc.
Represented Wellesley Bank, a Massachusetts cooperative bank, in its mutual to stock conversion and the related $22.5 million initial public offering  more
Assumption of deposits of branch office by Bradford Bank
Represented Bradford Bank in its assumption of approximately $7.0 million of deposits from a branch office of American Bank. more
Acquisition of branch office by First Citizens National Bank
Represented First Citizens National Bank in its acquisition of a branch office and assumption of approximately $18.0 million of related deposits from  more
Second step conversion of Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan and related public offering for its holding company
Represented Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form of more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for financial institution
Represented a Pennsylvania financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a New York financial institution
Represented a New York-based financial institution in executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including implementation of arrangements more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Boston bank
Represented a Boston bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including the implementation of arrangements in connection with more
Formation of a de novo thrift institution and related public offering
Formation of a Florida-based de novo thrift institution and related public offering to raise start-up capital. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Missouri-based financial institution
Advised a Missouri financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Philadelphia holding company
Represented a Philadelphia financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. Assisted in the design and drafting of a more Featured
Employee benefits matters for a bank
Represent a bank in general compensation and benefits matters.  Involved with implementation of employment contracts, severance arrangements, more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Connecticut-based financial institution
Represented a Connecticut-based financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a large Massachusetts holding company
Represented a large Massachusetts financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including implementation of more
Acquisition of a troubled financial institution
Advised a private equity group in connection with its acquisition of a troubled financial institution and related tender offer for trust preferred more Featured
Executive compensation and employee benefits advice for a Maryland bank
Represented a Maryland bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including advice regarding rules for institutions receiving more
Equity compensation plan for a Maryland-based bank
Represented a Maryland-based bank in designing and drafting an Equity Compensation Plan. more
Employee benefit matters for a Tennessee financial institution
Represented a Tennessee financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefit matters for New York financial institution
Represented a New York financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including implementation of arrangements in more
Exchange offering of TARP securities
Represented a commercial bank in its exchange of TARP securities in connection with its bank holding company reorganization.  This was the first more
Insurance litigation for Canada's largest bank *
Lead counsel for Canada's largest bank regarding their property loss, business interruption, extra expense and other 9/11 losses. more
Private placement by savings and loan holding company
Represented Maryland-based savings and loan holding company in private placement of common stock. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits for a North Carolina bank
Represent a North Carolina bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Acquisition of Community First Bank by First Savings Financial Group
Represented First Savings Financial Group, Inc. in acquiring Community First Bank, a majority controlled subsidiary of an privately owned bank more
Formation of a de novo federal thrift
Advised the organizers of a federal thrift and savings and loan holding company on formation of the thrift and the related public offering to more
Formation of a de novo thrift institution by an insurance holding company and trade association
Formation of a de novo thrift institution by an insurance holding company and trade association. more
Executive compensation and employee benefit matters for Pennsylvania financial institution
Represented a Pennsylvania financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Massachusetts bank holding company
Represents a Massachusetts bank holding company on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including matters related to employee stock more Featured
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for New York bank holding company
Represented a New York bank holding company on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Employee benefits advice for an Indiana financial institution
Represented an Indiana financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefit counseling for Nebraska financial institution
Represented a Nebraska-based savings bank regarding executive compensation and employee benefits matters.

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Issuance of securities pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program for Community Financial Shares, Inc.
Represented Community Financial Shares, Inc. in its issuance of preferred stock and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock through the U.S. more
Private placement of convertible preferred stock
Represented a North Carolina bank holding company on its private placement of convertible preferred stock. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe Bruyette & Woods in a $122 million public offering
Represented underwriter, Keefe Bruyette & Woods, in the $122 million initial public offering by Territorial Bancorp Inc. more Featured
Contested acquisition of CNB Financial Corporation
Represented CNB Financial Corporation in its contested acquisition. After executing a definitive agreement with Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc., CNB more Featured
Private placement for a bank holding company
Represented a Connecticut bank holding company in its private placement of convertible trust preferred securities. more
Exchange offer for trust preferred securities
Represented New York Community Bancorp, Inc. in its offer to exchange shares of its common stock for its outstanding trust preferred securities and more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a New Jersey financial institution
Represented a New Jersey financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including implementation of arrangements in more
Holding company reorganization of a Pennsylvania bank
Reorganized a Pennsylvania commercial bank into the bank holding company structure. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a South Carolina financial institution
Represented a South Carolina financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Pennsylvania bank
Represented a Pennsylvania financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Appeal of CRA Examination Rating
Represented a state commercial bank on its appeal to the FDIC of its CRA Rating and represented the bank in its hearing before the FDIC on the appeal. more
Follow on private placement offering for savings and loan holding company
Represented savings and loan holding company in follow on private placement offering of common stock. more
Employee benefits and executive compensation for a federal savings bank
Represented federal savings bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters with regard to regulatory issues related to institutions more
Formation of a Massachusetts de novo commercial bank
Advised the organizers of a Massachusetts commercial bank on formation of the bank and the related public offering to capitalize the bank. more
Advised credit union on charter choices and capital alternatives
Advised credit union with respect to consideration of charter alternatives and opportunities to raise equity capital. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for an Illinois financial institution
Represented an Illinois financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Advised credit union directors on governance responsibilities
Advised the board of directors of a state-chartered credit union regarding the governance responsibilities of credit union directors, including with more
Regulation A Offering for Dividend Reinvestment Plan
Represented a non-34 Act reporting bank holding company in its ongoing dividend reinvestment plan pursuant to a Regulation A Offering Statement more
Employee benefits for a Massachusetts financial institution
Represented a Massachusetts financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters with regard to change in control and golden  more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a banking and financial services company
Represented a New York-based financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Maryland financial institution
Represented a Maryland financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including advice regarding rules for more
Employee benefits matters for an Illinois financial institution
Represented an Illinois financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including implementation of arrangements in more
Advised credit union on charter choices and capital alternatives
Advised Colorado-based credit union with respect to consideration of charter alternatives and opportunities to raise equity capital. more
Structuring acquisition of financial institution by private equity fund
Advised private equity fund in connection with its bid to acquire a failing financial institution by structuring a silo investment vehicle. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits for a California financial institution
Represented a California financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including change in control and golden more
Advised credit union on charter choices and capital alternatives
Advised New York-based credit union with respect to consideration of charter alternatives and opportunities to raise equity capital. more
Sale of thrift subsidiary in bankruptcy
Represented savings and loan holding company on bank regulatory matters in connection with its sale of its thrift subsidiary as part of the more
Employee benefit matters for a Maryland financial institution
Represented a Maryland financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including advice regarding rules for more
Reinsurance program for self-insured credit unions
Represented Patelco Credit Union in creating a reinsurance program to facilitate the ability of credit unions to establish self-funded employee more
Issuance of securities pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program for Fidelity Financial Corporation
Represented Fidelity Financial Corporation in its issuance of preferred stock through the U.S. Treasury Department's TARP Capital Purchase Program. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a bank holding company *
Represented a bank holding company in executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including the implementation of arrangements in more
General corporate counseling for Pulaski Financial Corp. *
Representing Pulaski Bank, a St. Louis-based financial institution, since 1994, our relationship includes two corporate reorganizations, three public  more Case Study
Divestiture of savings bank to parent company stockholders
Represented savings and loan holding company in its divestiture to its shareholders of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of its thrift more
Executive compensation and employee benefits for a bank
Represented a Maryland bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits for a mid-west financial institution
Represented a Missouri financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters.  Assisted client in the design and more
Executive compensation and employee benefits work for a New Jersey-based savings bank
Represented a New Jersey-based savings bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Formation of investment advisory subsidiary of bank holding company
Represented bank holding company in obtaining FRB regulatory approval of formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary to sponsor one or more funds to more
Formation of de novo bank with mutual holding company majority shareholder
Represented the organizers of Hampshire First Bank, including a mutual holding company that acquired a controlling interest in the bank, in more
Hedge fund structuring of acquisition of failing financial institution
Advised hedge fund on structuring a proposed acquisition of a failing financial institution. more
Issuance of securities pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program for Pulaski Financial Corp.
Represented Pulaski Financial Corp. in its issuance of preferred stock and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock through the U.S. Treasury more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $161.2 million public offering
Represented underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the follow-on public offering of $161.2 million of common stock by National Penn more Featured
Executive compensation and employee benefits for an Ohio financial institution
Represented an Ohio financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Counsel to a New Jersey financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters
Represented a New Jersey financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including structure of compensation and more
Executive compensation and employee benefits for a New Jersey financial institution
Represented a New Jersey financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Boston bank
Represented a Boston bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including change in control and golden parachute issues in more
Private placement of convertible trust preferred securities
Represented a North Carolina bank holding company on its private placement of convertible trust preferred securities. more
Employee benefits advice for a bank holding company
Represent a Pennsylvania bank holding company on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Structuring acquisition of failing financial institution for private equity fund
Advised private equity fund in connection with its bid to acquire a failing financial institution. more
Represented financial institution in fair lending investigation
Advised a federally-chartered financial institution in connection with a fair lending investigation by the Department of Justice. more Featured
Represented financial institution in appeal of material supervisory determination
Represented Maryland-based financial institution in appeal to banking regulator of CAMELS ratings. more
Internal investigation for board of directors of large community bank
Conducted internal corporate/regulatory investigation for the board of directors of a large New Jersey community bank involving whistle-blower more Featured
Executive compensation under TARP for an Illinois financial institution
Represented an Illinois financial institution in connection with its executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including advice regarding  more
Issuance of securities pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program for Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.
Represented Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. in its issuance of preferred stock and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock through the U.S. more
Employee benefits advice for an Indiana financial institution
Advised an Indiana financial institution on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. more
Placement Agent Counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $54 million private placement
Represented the placement agent, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L. P. in the $54 million private placement offering by a de novo national bank. more
Appeal of CRA Examination Rating
Advised a Maryland-based federal thrift on its appeal to the OTS of its CRA examination rating. more
Going private tender offer for a Minnesota-based financial institution
Represented a Minnesota-based financial institution in a going private tender offer. more
Advised credit union on charter choices and capital alternatives
Advised Philadelphia-based credit union with respect to consideration of charter alternatives and opportunities to raise equity capital. more

Chemical

NuPro Techs. Inc. v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.
Served as lead counsel on behalf of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company against claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair trade more Featured
In re: Teflon products liability litigation
Jointly represented DuPont in the “Teflon” multi-district consumer fraud litigation. The multi-district litigation consolidated over 24 more Featured
Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan
Represented E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company before the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in a victory. The court held that a plan administrator of a  more Featured
Environmental litigation for H.M. Holdings Inc. *
Obtained favorable settlement for SCM Corporation in an action against 14 insurance companies for environment liabilities involving numerous sites. more
Series C equity funding and bridge loan round for biochemical company *
Representing a U.S. biochemical company in a $25 million Series C round and $5 million bridge loan. more
Wolfe v. DuPont
Represented E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in a toxic tort personal injury action in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The matter was more
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, et al. v. BASF Plant Science GmbH, et al.
Represented DuPont in patent dispute with BASF involving technology related to herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn. Litigation resulted in more
Insurance coverage litigation for Formosa Plastics Corporation for explosion and fire loss
The firm served as lead counsel for Formosa Plastics Corporation in litigation regarding coverage for property damage and other losses suffered at more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for patent legal services for public health agency *
Represented public health agency in patent prosecution and counseling matters. Prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of more Featured
Insurance coverage litigation for manufacturer and distributor of chemicals and plastics *
Represented manufacturer and distributor of chemicals and plastics in coverage litigation regarding asbestos, environmental, and toxic tort more
False patent marking case for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
Represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in false patent marking qui tam case filed in the Middle District of North Carolina involving more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Rice University
Represents Rice University in pursuing patent coverage in the area of biologically active nitric oxide (NO) releasing polymers and methods of their more Featured
United States and international patent prosecution and counseling for Vanderbilt University
Represents Vanderbilt University in U.S. and international (China, Australia and European Patent Office) patent prosecutions in the area of methods more Featured
Patent prosecution and portfolio management for Emory University
Represent Emory University in connection with the provision of patent prosecution and portfolio management services in the areas of psychiatry, more Featured
Patent applications for Sciele Pharma Inc.
Represent Sciele Pharma Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to prenatal vitamins and more
Representation of Dana Corporation *
Served as trial counsel for Dana Corporation in a series of individual, multiparty and class actions seeking to hold Dana vicariously liable for more
Witco Corporation v. Travelers Indemnity Co. *
Obtained favorable settlements on the eve of trial for Witco Corporation in an action against more than 35 insurance companies for environmental more
Representation of Cooper Industries *
Served as appellate counsel for Cooper Industries in asbestos bodily injury suit and obtained favorable settlement in connection with that appeal.

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Complex coverage matters involving property damage and environmental loses for world's largest supplier of unsaturated polyester resins *
Lead counsel for world's largest supplier of unsaturated polyester resins for composites with respect to complex coverage matters involving property more

Clean Energy & Technology

Counseling for environmental control company *
Counseled environmental control company with $50 million in annual revenue on a range of intellectual property portfolio, strategy and enforcement more
Strategy and implementation of activities to comply with newly enacted state renewable portfolio standard *
Counseled DTE Energy Services (unregulated subsidiary of DTE Energy) on strategy and implementation of activities to comply with newly enacted state more
Representation of the Government of Uganda on the restructuring of the Bujagali Falls hydroelectric project *
Represented the Government of Uganda on the restructuring of the Bujagali Falls hydroelectric project. more
Representation of the Government of Tanzania in structuring and closing of the financing for the Songo Songo Gas to Electricity Project. *
Represented the Government of Tanzania in structuring and closing of the financing for the Songo Songo Gas to Electricity Project. more
Representation of U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) *
Developed the form financing documents and security documents for the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) new initiative focused on more
Lease financing of energy assets *
Advised MetLife on leverage lease financing of energy assets more
Potential acquisition of major combined cycle gas fired power project *
Advised Morgan Stanley on bid and potential acquisition of major combined cycle gas fired power project more
$25 million senior secured loan by U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to Sierra Rutile Limited for the refurbishment and restart of the rutile mine in Sierra Leone *
Represented the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in $25 million senior secured loan to Sierra Rutile Limited for the more
Successfully placed Mayer Brown on the International Finance Corporation legal panel *
Successfully placed Mayer Brown on the International Finance Corporation legal panel through a rigorous competitive process more
Representation in connection with a $136 million financing for a 240 MW power plant in Monterrey, Mexico *
Represented the Inter-American Development Bank and Société Genérale in a $136 million financing for 240 MW power plant in Monterrey, Mexico. more
Advisor to the Government of Romania on restructuring options for its electric sector *
Working with the U.S. Agency for International Development, advised the Government of Romania on restructuring options for its electric sector. more
Representation of private equity investor in connection with greenfield biodiesel plant to be located in Texas *
Represented private equity investor in structuring project agreements and investment structure for greenfield biodiesel plant to be located in Texas. more
$30 million acquisition and project financing of a cogeneration facility located in Alabama by DTE Energy Services *
Represented DTE Energy Services as purchaser in the $30 million acquisition and project financing of a cogeneration facility located in Alabama. more
Representation of Progress Energy Florida as utility offtaker for E-Grass fired power plant *
Represented Progress Energy Florida as utility offtaker for E-Grass fired power plant to be located in Florida. more
Drafting of a new electricity law, passed by Parliament, to facilitate private sector investment in the Sierra Leone electric sector. *
Engaged by the World Bank, advised the Government of Sierra Leone on the restructuring and reforms to its electric sector. Drafted a new electricity more
Representation of foreign governments on the development, financing and operation of various hydropower projects *
Represented governments in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe on the development, financing and operation of various hydropower projects. more
Negotiations with potential equity investors *
Advised Cenpower, developer of IPP in Ghana, on negotiations with potential equity investors more
Restructuring PPP arrangements for the Bumbuna Falls Hydroelectric Project *
Represented the Government of Sierra Leone in the negotiations to restructure the PPP arrangements for the Bumbuna Falls Hydroelectric Project. more
Financing of power plant upgrades for electric cooperatives and municipal power producers *
Represented Bechtel Power Corporation on matters relating to financing of power plant upgrades for electric cooperatives and municipal power more
Development and project finance of a pellet manufacturer
Representing a U.S. biomass pellet company in the closing of a $2 million Convertible Note. more
Counsel to U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on the first loan transactions under a new initiative *
Advised U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) as lender’s counsel on the first 10 small and medium sized loan transactions under the more
Representation of private equity investor in connection with building and operation of greenfield ethanol facility *
Represented Paladin Capital Group (private equity) investor in all aspects of structuring investment, project agreements and financing agreements for  more
Representation of Actis/CDC Globeleq in the sale of its 50% equity interests in a mining project in Latin America to Glencore the Swiss based global commodities company *
Represented Actis/CDC Globeleq in the sale of its 50% equity interests in a mining project in Latin America to Glencore the Swiss based global more
Representation of steam and electricity provider to large paper and pulp manufacturing plant in Louisiana *
Represented provider of steam and electricity to large paper and pulp manufacturing plant in Louisiana, structured to access Section 45 Tax Credits more
Development of an inside the fence biomass fired energy facility *
Represented PPL Corporation (Allentown, PA) in all aspects, including drafting and negotiating the Power Purchase Agreement and the EPC contract, for  more
Potential installation of steam turbine generator at large pulp and paper manufacturing plant in Kentucky *
Represented energy services provider in the potential installation of steam turbine generator at large pulp and paper manufacturing plant in more
Development and financing of a $235 million Rule 144A financing for a 484 MW combined cycle, power plant in Neuvo Leon, Mexico. *
Represented ABB Energy Ventures and Nissho Iwai as sponsors in connection with the development and financing of a $235 million Rule 144A financing more
Representation concerning the Build-Lease-Transfer Mexico legal structure *
Advised Alstom Power (Paris, France) and Rosarito Power (Mexico) concerning the Build-Lease-Transfer Mexico legal structure and how such a structure more
$30 million acquisition and project financing of a cogeneration facility located at a large pulp and paper manufacturing plant in Alabama *
Represented purchaser and energy services provider in the $30 million acquisition and project financing of a cogeneration facility located at a large  more
Restructuring of the Government of Albania's electric system and the preparation for the privatization of its distribution sector *
Engaged by the U.S. Agency for International Development and working with the International Finance Corporation and World Bank, advised the more
Acquisition of a 50% interest in the EcoElectrica Project in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico *
Represented Edison Mission Energy (the unregulated subsidiary of Edison International) in its successful acquisition (through competitive auction) of  more
Representation of EES Coke (Special Purpose Vehicle of DTE Energy Services) as purchaser/issuer in the $293 million acquisition and Rule 144A note financing of coke battery and associated facilities in Michigan *
Represented EES Coke (Special Purpose Vehicle of DTE Energy Services (unregulated subsidiary of DTE Energy)) as purchaser/issuer in the $293 million more
Representation in connection with the development and financing of a $335 million financing for a 541 MW power plant in Baja California, Mexico *
Represented ABB Energy Ventures and Nissho Iwai Corporation (now Sojitz Corporation) sponsors in connection with the development and financing of a more
$335 million financing for a 541 MW power plant in Baja California, Mexico *
Represented ABB Energy Ventures and Nissho Iwai Corporation (now Sojitz Corporation) sponsors in connection with the development and financing of a more
Development and preparation of bids, in excess of $1 billion, for coal fired and natural gas fired generating assets *
Represented DTE Energy in all aspects of development and preparation of bids, in excess of $1 billion, for coal fired and natural gas fired more
Representation of British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) in the contract structuring and negotiations across from the Department of Energy for the first of kind treatment facility of low level radioactive waste *
Represented British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) in the contract structuring and negotiations across from the Department of Energy for the first of more
Development and project finance of an algae-to-biofuel project
Representing a U.S. company in commercializing a new algae-to-biofuel technology. more
Development and project finance of a biomass-to-torrefied pellets project
Representing a U.S. project developer in a $30-million project to build and operate a torrefaction facility using sugarcane bagasse as feedstock in more
Development and project finance of waste-to-biofuel project
Representing an advanced biofuels company in fats, oil, and grease municipal waste-to-biofuel project in Georgia. more
Development and project finance of natural gas storage and liquefaction projects
Advising a U.S. energy developer in a joint venture with a global upstream company to develop projects in North and South America for natural gas more
Development and project finance of a biomass to bio-fuel project
Representing a U.S. joint venture of a U.S. biofuels company and major U.S. independent oil corporation in the project finance of a $250 million, 50 more
Development and project finance of a natural gas-to-methanol-to-drop-in gasoline project
Representing a U.S. energy developer in the project finance of a natural gas-to-methanol-to-drop-in gasoline project. Investors include a major U.S. more
Development and project finance of $1.2 billion waste-to-biofuel projects
Representing a U.S. company in the project finance of two $1.2 billion waste-to-biofuel projects in Massachusetts and California. more
Development and project finance of a clean coal technology
Representing a multi-national R&D company in commercializing a beneficiation and polygeneration clean coal technology, which includes pursuing more
Development of a joint venture to integrate biofuels in race car competitions
Representing a membership organization in a joint venture with a race car association to integrate biofuels and green energy in car racing. more
Development and project finance of a renewable biopower project
Advising a U.S. company in structuring and project financing a biomass-to-biodiesel project that includes generating, interconnecting, and selling more
Development and project finance of a woody and grass biomass-to-ethanol project
Advising a U.S. advanced biofuel company in the project financing of a woody and grass biomass-to-ethanol project that includes financing by the USDA. more
Development and project finance of an enhanced oil recovery technology
Representing a major U.S. oil company in commercializing a new enhanced oil recovery technology using carbon capture utilization and storage from more
$150 million project financing for U.S. wind developer in Kenya, Africa *
Representing a U.S. wind developer in the project financing of a 60 MW, $150 million total project cost, wind power project in Kenya, Africa. more
Series A funding and bridge loan for biopower company *
Representing a U.S. biopower developer in a $1.5 million Series A equity funding and $750,000 bridge loan. more
$2 billion project financing for U.S. energy company in gas-to-liquid project in Nigeria, Africa *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the project financing of a $2 billion natural gas-to-liquids project with related processing units, pipelines more
$250 million project financing for advanced bio-refinery in Costa Rica *
Representing a U.S. joint venture of a U.S. biofuels company and major U.S. independent oil corporation in the project finance of a $250 more
Formation of solar power storage investment fund *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the development and structuring of a $25 million solar power storage investment fund. more
Renewable power and biofuels grants and energy loan award transactions for energy companies *
Represented more than 15 U.S. and European energy companies in renewable power and advanced biofuels grants and energy loan guarantee award more
Qualification of a renewable gasoline fuel and feedstock pathways *
Represented a U.S. advanced biofuel client in the qualification of new fuel and feedstock pathways for renewable gasoline and biodiesel at more
Acquisition of a biodiesel facility in India for a U.S. venture capital client *
Represented a U.S. venture capital client in the acquisition, finance, and conversion of a vegetable oil processing plant into a 50 million gallon more
5,125 solar-powered water purification units manufactured for U.S. oil trading company *
Represented a U.S. oil trading company in the manufacture of 5,125 solar-powered water purification units for installation in India, Greece, and more
Development and project finance of 100 MW solar power project for U.S. corporation *
Represented a U.S. solar corporation in the development and project finance of a 100 MW solar power project in India. more
Geothermal power projects for U.S. corporation *
Representing a U.S. geothermal corporation in the development and project finance of geothermal power projects in Kenya, the U.S. Virgin Islands, more
DARPA R&D grant for U.S. energy company *
Represented a U.S. energy company in securing a DARPA R&D grant for a new alcohol-to-jet certification. more
Series A equity investment for two U.S. and European funds *
Represented two major U.S. and European funds in their Series A equity investment into a Mauritius hydroelectric holding company for further more
Project financing for commercial biojet projects *
Represented 4 out of 4 client awardees in the receipt of U.S. Navy Phase 1 investments for first commercial biojet projects with 5 total awards out more
$7.7 billion natural gas-to-clean jet fuel project for U.S. company *
Representing a U.S. company in the project financing of a $7.7 billion natural gas-to-clean jet fuel project with related solar power, pipelines, more
U.S. biomass pathway for U.S. advanced biofuels company *
Representing a U.S. advanced biofuels company in the creation of a U.S. biomass pathway. more
Series C funding for U.S. biofuels company *
Represented a U.S. advanced biofuels company in the closing of a Series C funding round. more
Equipment finance for micro wind turbine manufacturer *
Representing a micro wind turbine manufacturer in a 1,500-unit equipment finance in India. more
Investment into biodiesel facility in India for private equity company *
Represented a major Indian private equity company in its investment into a 30 million gallon per year biodiesel facility in India—the second more
Project financing of geothermal power projects in Africa *
Representing a U.S. geothermal developer in the project financing of a series of geothermal power projects in Kenya, Africa. more
USDA conditional loan guarantees for U.S.-based refineries *
Represented 12 out of 12 U.S. and foreign energy company clients to the exclusion of all FY2010 and FY2011 applicants in reaching the finals and then  more
Project financing for U.S. biogasification company *
Representing a U.S. biogasification company in the project financing of facilities in Hungary, Poland and India. more
Donation and installation of five solar-powered water treatment units in Haitian hospitals *
Represented a small U.S. water treatment company in the donation and installation of five solar-powered water treatment units in Haitian hospitals as  more
Multiple transactions for U.S. agricultural processing company *
Represented a major U.S. agricultural processing company in multiple transactions involving the purchase, dehydration, and sale of fuel ethanol more
Biomass-to-power facilities acquisition for U.S. biopower company *
Represented a public U.S. biopower company in the acquisition of 1.5 MW and 18 MW biomass-to-power facilities in India. more
EPA qualified biomass feedstock pathway for U.S. advanced biofuels companies *
Representing a consortium of U.S. advanced biofuels companies in the creation of an EPA qualified biomass feedstock pathway between Canada and the more
Series B funding for U.S. biogasification client *
Represented a U.S. biogasification client in the closing of a Series B funding round. more
False patent marking case for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
Represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in false patent marking qui tam case filed in the Middle District of North Carolina involving more

Clean Energy Developers & Producers

$150 million project financing for U.S. wind developer in Kenya, Africa *
Representing a U.S. wind developer in the project financing of a 60 MW, $150 million total project cost, wind power project in Kenya, Africa. more
Series A funding and bridge loan for biopower company *
Representing a U.S. biopower developer in a $1.5 million Series A equity funding and $750,000 bridge loan. more
$2 billion project financing for U.S. energy company in gas-to-liquid project in Nigeria, Africa *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the project financing of a $2 billion natural gas-to-liquids project with related processing units, pipelines more
$250 million project financing for advanced bio-refinery in Costa Rica *
Representing a U.S. joint venture of a U.S. biofuels company and major U.S. independent oil corporation in the project finance of a $250 more
Formation of solar power storage investment fund *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the development and structuring of a $25 million solar power storage investment fund. more
Renewable power and biofuels grants and energy loan award transactions for energy companies *
Represented more than 15 U.S. and European energy companies in renewable power and advanced biofuels grants and energy loan guarantee award more
Qualification of a renewable gasoline fuel and feedstock pathways *
Represented a U.S. advanced biofuel client in the qualification of new fuel and feedstock pathways for renewable gasoline and biodiesel at more
Acquisition of a biodiesel facility in India for a U.S. venture capital client *
Represented a U.S. venture capital client in the acquisition, finance, and conversion of a vegetable oil processing plant into a 50 million gallon more
5,125 solar-powered water purification units manufactured for U.S. oil trading company *
Represented a U.S. oil trading company in the manufacture of 5,125 solar-powered water purification units for installation in India, Greece, and more
Development and project finance of 100 MW solar power project for U.S. corporation *
Represented a U.S. solar corporation in the development and project finance of a 100 MW solar power project in India. more
Geothermal power projects for U.S. corporation *
Representing a U.S. geothermal corporation in the development and project finance of geothermal power projects in Kenya, the U.S. Virgin Islands, more
DARPA R&D grant for U.S. energy company *
Represented a U.S. energy company in securing a DARPA R&D grant for a new alcohol-to-jet certification. more
Series A equity investment for two U.S. and European funds *
Represented two major U.S. and European funds in their Series A equity investment into a Mauritius hydroelectric holding company for further more
Project financing for commercial biojet projects *
Represented 4 out of 4 client awardees in the receipt of U.S. Navy Phase 1 investments for first commercial biojet projects with 5 total awards out more
$7.7 billion natural gas-to-clean jet fuel project for U.S. company *
Representing a U.S. company in the project financing of a $7.7 billion natural gas-to-clean jet fuel project with related solar power, pipelines, more
U.S. biomass pathway for U.S. advanced biofuels company *
Representing a U.S. advanced biofuels company in the creation of a U.S. biomass pathway. more
Series C funding for U.S. biofuels company *
Represented a U.S. advanced biofuels company in the closing of a Series C funding round. more
Equipment finance for micro wind turbine manufacturer *
Representing a micro wind turbine manufacturer in a 1,500-unit equipment finance in India. more
Investment into biodiesel facility in India for private equity company *
Represented a major Indian private equity company in its investment into a 30 million gallon per year biodiesel facility in India—the second more
Project financing of geothermal power projects in Africa *
Representing a U.S. geothermal developer in the project financing of a series of geothermal power projects in Kenya, Africa. more
USDA conditional loan guarantees for U.S.-based refineries *
Represented 12 out of 12 U.S. and foreign energy company clients to the exclusion of all FY2010 and FY2011 applicants in reaching the finals and then  more
Project financing for U.S. biogasification company *
Representing a U.S. biogasification company in the project financing of facilities in Hungary, Poland and India. more
Donation and installation of five solar-powered water treatment units in Haitian hospitals *
Represented a small U.S. water treatment company in the donation and installation of five solar-powered water treatment units in Haitian hospitals as  more
Multiple transactions for U.S. agricultural processing company *
Represented a major U.S. agricultural processing company in multiple transactions involving the purchase, dehydration, and sale of fuel ethanol more
Biomass-to-power facilities acquisition for U.S. biopower company *
Represented a public U.S. biopower company in the acquisition of 1.5 MW and 18 MW biomass-to-power facilities in India. more
EPA qualified biomass feedstock pathway for U.S. advanced biofuels companies *
Representing a consortium of U.S. advanced biofuels companies in the creation of an EPA qualified biomass feedstock pathway between Canada and the more
Series B funding for U.S. biogasification client *
Represented a U.S. biogasification client in the closing of a Series B funding round. more

Cleantech Entrepreneurs

False patent marking case for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
Represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in false patent marking qui tam case filed in the Middle District of North Carolina involving more

Construction & Infrastructure

Representation of manufacturer in coverage litigation involving nationwide products liability class action *
Lead counsel for Omega Flex in insurance recovery action seeking coverage for costs incurred in connection with nationwide class action involving more
ICC arbitration for international infrastructure developer
Represented an international infrastructure developer in an ICC arbitration related to a power plant in sub-Saharan Africa. more
Counsel to West Virginia not-for-profit in contractual dispute
Represented a West Virginia not-for-profit owner in the defense of claims from a general contractor and the prosecution of claims on behalf of the more
Federal Clean Water Act litigation for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Served as lead counsel for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in a case that arose from allegations by Fairfax County, Virginia that waste water more Featured
Bridge project for construction company
Represented the general contractor on a multimillion dollar bridge project with a formwork supplier. Delays in defects in the forms had a significant  more
Suffolk Construction Company v. Interface Flooring Systems, et al.
Successfully represented Interface, Inc., a leading manufacturer of carpet tiles, in a series of product liability cases filed in Massachusetts, more Featured
Construction dispute for a leading tobacco company
Served as a lead counsel in the successful representation of a leading tobacco company in a multimillion dollar construction dispute with a more
Representation of Symons Corporation *
Obtained favorable settlement from insurers in connection with several lawsuits asserting bodily injuries arising out of a building more
Construction litigation for one of the largest Southeastern general building contractors
Successfully defended one of the oldest and largest general building contractors in the Southeast, in an action brought by a manufacturing company more
363 bankruptcy acquisition of precast concrete company
Representation of Oldcastle in acquiring assets of Duratek Precast, a producer of precast concrete products, in a 363 sale in a bankruptcy case more
363 bankruptcy acquisition of concrete company
Representation of Oldcastle in acquiring assets of Schwab Industries, an importer and producer of cement and concrete products, in a 363 sale in a more
Counsel to the Georgia Ports Authority Regarding Vital Harbor and Federal Navigation Channel Deepening Project
Counsel to major stakeholder in connection with the most significant waterway dredging project and associated port facilities expansion currently more
Cross-border joint venture for Russian infrastructure developer *
Represented a Russian infrastructure developer in its cross-border joint venture to finance, design and construct a Class A office complex in central  more
Real estate development company *
Represented two major U.S. real estate firms and a Mauritius investment fund in their Series A investment into an Indian real estate development more
Project finance of the 2,600 MW LNG-fired Dabhol power project in India *
Represented a major U.S. construction company in the project finance of the 2,600 MW LNG-fired Dabhol power project, LNG port, two LNG regasification  more
Construction contracts in Iraq *
Represented 3 U.S. construction companies in the awards of infrastructure construction contracts in Iraq. more
In re Monarch Mfg. Inc.
Represented manufacturing company in case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The firm evaluated and  more
Asbestos wrongful death lawsuits for a major forest products company
Represent a major forest products company in asbestos multiple wrongful death lawsuits. more
Insurance litigation for recognized leader in apartment development
Represented the owner and developer of a 400-unit apartment complex on Long Island in litigation seeking insurance coverage for losses resulting from  more
Construction dispute for large western-based general contractor *
Represented a major general contractor in connection with claims arising out of the installation of the water and sanitary sewer utilities in a more
Litigation related to design and installation of mechanical systems and utilities *
Successfully represented a major mechanical and utility contractor arising out of claims of defective design and construction of mechanical and more
Litigation related to dam construction
Represented a major construction company arising out of allegations of defective construction of a dam for a public reservoir in the Southeast. more
Construction management for major public university
Represented Winston-Salem State University Foundation in relation to the design, development and construction of a dormitory on the university campus. more

Construction litigation for a large general contractor in the Southeast

Represented one of the largest general contractors in the Southeast in an action against a governmental entity arising out of construction of a jail more
Representation of International Paper Company & Masonite Corporation in coverage litigation involving nationwide products liability class action and numerous other cases *
Served as trial and appellate counsel for International Paper & Masonite in action against more than 20 insurance companies seeking recovery for more
Trademark and copyright advice and counsel for Economic Development Resource Guide
Advice and counsel in areas of patent, trademark and copyright to Economic Development Resource Guide, a provider of state-of-the-art consulting more
Insurance litigation for recognized leader in apartment operations
Represent recognized leader in apartment operations regarding construction-related liabilities and losses. more
Counsel to trade association
The firm served as general counsel and antitrust counsel to trade association. more
Litigation involving architectural services
Represented a client in an action concerning architectural services provided. more
Patent and trademark assistance for Xignux
Represents Xignux, a Mexican industrial consortium, in an array of patent and trademark matters for its business divisions in the electrical, wire more
Insurance litigation for prominent mechanical construction firm
Lead counsel for prominent mechanical construction firm regarding construction-related liabilities and losses. more
Insurance litigation for prominent mechanical construction firm *
Lead counsel for prominent mechanical construction firm regarding construction-related liabilities and losses. more
Negotiation of construction contracts for Hanesbrands Inc.
Represented Hanesbrands Inc. in negotiation of construction contracts in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. more
Georgia Pacific Consumer Products LP v. Myers Supply Inc., Inland Supply Inc., Four-U-Packaging, Inc. and Superior Janitor Supply Inc.
Counsel to Georgia-Pacific LLC in the enforcement of their trademark rights with respect to the paper towels dispensed by the enMotion motion more
Technology and brand protection advice for Oldcastle Inc.
Represents Oldcastle Inc. in the protection of its technology throughout North America by providing patent advice, clearance, protection, and more Featured
Brand development and brand protection
Performs not only trademark clearance and application work, but also domestic and international policing, anticounterfeiting, franchising, licensing,  more
Representation of Cooper Industries *
Served as appellate counsel for Cooper Industries in asbestos bodily injury suit and obtained favorable settlement in connection with that appeal.

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Consumer Products

ERISA litigation for soft drink manufacturer
Represented a Fortune 100 company benefit plan administrator in ERISA case involving over-payments to plan beneficiary. more
Trademark litigation for Lexington Home Brands
The firm represented Lexington Home Brands, a global manufacturer and marketer of distinctive home furnishings, in connection with the enforcement of  more
Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Terry W. Little d/b/a Thomasville Furniture Integrity Group
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. Obtained judgment, permanent injunction and order for attorney’s fees.

Thomasville Furniture more
Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Alvin T. Lambeth d/b/a Thomasville Freight Lines
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. Obtained judgment, permanent injunction and order for attorney’s fees.

Thomasville Furniture more
Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Thomasville Express Inc. et al.
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. in trademark infringement action. Negotiated settlement agreement which resolved the case.

Thomasville more
Federal Clean Water Act litigation for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Served as lead counsel for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in a case that arose from allegations by Fairfax County, Virginia that waste water more Featured
Negotiation with Federal Trade Commission for publicly-traded, consumer retail company
Successfully represented a publicly-traded, consumer retail company by persuading the Federal Trade Commission not to bring a case which would have more Featured
In re Friedman’s, Inc.
Representation of Friedman's Inc. and Crescent Jewelers Inc., a leading U.S. operator of jewelry stores, as lead debtors' counsel in more Featured
Acquisition by Zodiac Marine & Pool
Represented Zodiac Marine & Pool in its $327 million acquisition of Polaris Pool Holdings Corporation from private equity fund Quad-C Management. more Featured
Acquisition by a national yarn manufacturer
Represented a large, privately owned yarn manufacturer in its acquisition of one of the largest suppliers in the United States and Canada of more Featured
Environmental litigation involving migration of off-site contamination
The firm served as lead counsel for a retail building material supplies and distribution company, in an environmental litigation case more Featured
Carlotta Amson v. Hormel HealthLabs Inc. et al.
Lead counsel for Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, in unfair competition case which resulted in preliminary injunction to more
Patent infringement litigation against discount & variety retail stores
Represented Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and Sam’s Club in a patent infringement action involving patents related to gift card technology. After holding a more
Construction dispute for a leading tobacco company
Served as a lead counsel in the successful representation of a leading tobacco company in a multimillion dollar construction dispute with a more
Patent suit against a furniture manufacturer
Represented a furniture manufacturer in a furniture patent suit filed against the company in the Middle District of North Carolina. We also assisted more
U.S. v. Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Fort James Corporation *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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U.S. v. Suiza Foods and Broughton Foods *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf the U.S. Department of Justice.
 more
United States v. Interstate Bakeries Corporation and Continental Baking Company *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
 more
Sunkist Soft Drinks Inc. v. Sunkist Growers Inc.
Counsel for Sunkist Growers, Inc., licensee of “Sunkist” trademark, in arbitrated dispute with trademark owner over management of licensed brand. more
Counseling for sporting goods startup *
Guided co-founders of sporting goods startup on patent matters, including prosecution, product clearance, licensing and portfolio strategy; more
Prolitec, Inc. v. ScentAir Technologies, Inc. *
Acted as lead counsel for defendant ScentAir against competitor Prolitec in patent infringement case in E.D. Wisconsin (2012) related to more
ScentAir Technologies, Inc. v. Prolitec, Inc. *
Acted as lead counsel for petitioner ScentAir in inter partes review challenging validity as to two patents of competitor Prolitec related more
Employee benefits matters for Equifax Inc.
Represented Equifax Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in connection with the employee benefit aspects of a more
Englander v. Bassett Furniture Industries Inc.
Achieved a settlement on behalf of Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. in litigation brought against Bassett and over 150 other furniture more
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. v. Payless Shoesource Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel asserting American Eagle Outfitters’ trademarks and obtained a preliminary injunction relative to advertising more Featured
Sara Lee Corp. v. Pro Sports Inc.
Represented owner of CHAMPION® mark in trademark infringement suit to enjoin use of CHAMPION on sports equipment. After defeating motion to amend more
Sara Lee Corp. v. CBS Inc.
Defended Champion Apparel during the 1994 Winter Olympics against ambush marketing claim. Obtained temporary restraining order in N.C. Superior Court  more
Lead trial counsel for Sara Lee Corporation before the TTAB
Lead trial counsel for Sara Lee Corporation company, including three winning trials before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Sara Lee more
In re Collezione Europa USA Inc.
Represented largest unsecured creditor in Chapter 11 of importer and distributor of home furnishings. more
Stanley Black & Decker Inc. et al. v. D&L Elite Investments LLC et al.
Represent Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. and The Black & Decker Corporation in a trademark and trade dress counterfeiting case arising out of more
Fonovisa Inc. v. Cherry Auction Inc. (Representing The International Anticounterfeiting Coalition Inc.)
Represented the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. in the Ninth Circuit and filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of numerous intellectual more
Black and Decker U.S. Inc. et al. v. Best Buy Imports et al.
Represented Black & Decker and supervised an extensive investigation into the importation and sale of tools which copied Black & Decker’s more
ERISA class action involving Reynolds American Inc.
Represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company successfully in ERISA class action. On October 25, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of  more FeaturedCase Study
Trademark enforcement services for a leading footwear and apparel manufacturer
Represents a leading footwear and apparel manufacturer in trademark litigation and enforcement work. more
In re Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., et al.
Represented the Official Committee of one of the largest sellers of Chevrolet vehicles in the United States in their cases filed in the Northern more Featured
Telebrands Corp. v. Del Labs. Inc.
Defeated motion for temporary restraining order and forced plaintiff to withdraw preliminary injunction motion and pay our clients’ associated more
Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Represented R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR) in complex business litigation action. In 2009, Lorillard and RJR signed a settlement agreement to more
Obtained regulatory exemptions for Employee Assistance Programs and wellness benefits
Represented several Fortune 500 companies in obtaining exemptions for EAPs and wellness benefits from the research fee and Form W-2 more
Creditors’ committee representation for consumer goods manufacturing company *
Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of a bankrupt consumer goods manufacturing company in the investigation of potential claims  more
Trademark infringement litigation for Zino Davidoff SA
Briefed on behalf of Zino Davidoff in Zino Davidoff SA v. CVS Corp., 571 F.3d 238 (2d Cir. 2009). The case involved the sale of products more
Representation of International Paper Company & Masonite Corporation in coverage litigation involving nationwide products liability class action and numerous other cases *
Served as trial and appellate counsel for International Paper & Masonite in action against more than 20 insurance companies seeking recovery for more
Litigation challenging constitutionality of amendments proposed by a U.S. State to beverage industry Bill
Represented a beverage industry association and a beverage manufacturer in litigation challenging the constitutionality of amendments to a U.S. State  more
Executive compensation and employee benefit matters for major North American bottled water company
Redesigned the executive deferral plans, split dollar life insurance plans and executive health plans for a major North American bottled water more Featured
Complex business litigation and arbitration for Nestlé Waters North America Inc.
Briefed and argued on Nestlé Waters in Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. v. Bollman, 505 F.3d 498 (6th Cir. 2007). The case involved the more
Counsel to trade association
The firm served as general counsel and antitrust counsel to trade association. more
Litigation for a consumer products manufacturer
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of a consumer products manufacturer accused of multiple counts of interference with contract.  Obtained more
Lord Corporation v. S&B Technical Products Inc., et al.
Counsel for Lord Corporation. Prosecuted Lanham Act claims in trade secret case. Case pending.
 
Lord Corporation v. S&B Technical  more
IRS employee plans compliance audit for a Fortune 500 fast food operator
Represented a Fortune 500 fast food operator regarding the successful IRS employee plans compliance audit of its 401(k) and pension plans. more Featured
Litigation involving allegedly defective products for a leading tobacco company
Represented a leading tobacco company in litigation involving allegedly defective products and claims of breach of contract/warranty. more
Chapter 11 bankruptcy representation
Represented a home furnishings manufacturer in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a competitor. more
Domestic and international franchise counseling for Nexcen Brands Inc.
Developed new forms of Franchise Disclosure Documents and franchise agreements to be used in various Nexcen Brands Inc. franchise systems, including more Featured
Fraud litigation for a world-renowned luxury goods manufacturer
Represent a world-renowned luxury goods manufacturer in antitrust litigation. Case pending. more Featured
Pension plan advice for an agricultural company
Assisted an agricultural company in the preparation of its pension plan amendments and advice on compliance and administration of the qualified and more
Patent and trademark portfolio management work for Renfro Corporation
Manage Renfro Corporation's intellectual property trademark portfolio. Negotiate licenses for the company, which is a leading hosiery more Featured
Breach of contract/warranty litigation for upholstery manufacturer company
Represents the world's largest office interior upholstery manufacturer in breach of contract/warranty litigation arising from defective boilers for more
Trademark counsel to Putt-Putt LLC
Represents Putt-Putt LLC, an entertainment franchise company, as counsel on all aspects of the company’s business, including licensing of the more Featured
Environmental litigation for a major bottled water company
Briefed and argued on behalf of a major bottle water company in a case involving a challenge under Michigan’s common law of groundwater, state more Featured
Executive benefit programs for major bottled water company
Represented a major bottled water company in the restructuring of its executive benefit programs, including executive medical and split dollar life more Featured
Employee benefits for a national beverage manufacturer regarding acquisition of two publicly trading companies
Counseled a national beverage manufacturer in the employee benefits matters regarding its acquisition of two publicly traded corporation in an more Featured
Franchise regulatory advice and assistance for nationwide provider of mobile restrooms
Assisted a leading nationwide provider of mobile restroom and shower trailers in transition from a licensing program to a traditional franchising more
Electronic health records for a national beverage manufacturer
Assisted a national beverage manufacturer in designing electronic health records for its employee group health plan. more Featured
Counsel to industry trade organization in retail industry
The firm served as general counsel and antitrust counsel to industry trade organization in retail industry. more
Patent litigation for national intellectual property company
Representing patent holder in patent infringement litigation on wireless telecommunications patents related to mobile phone synchronization, random more
Establishment of an U.S. franchise system for Ecowash Mobile
Represented Ecowash Mobile, an Australian car wash franchisor, in the establishment of a franchise system of mobile car washes in the United States. more Featured
Defense of doughnut manufacturer for breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practice litigation
Represented major doughnut manufacturer in dispute against a wholesale restaurant equipment liquidator, with which it was contracted to store and more
Constitutional litigation for major bottled water company
Represented major bottled water company, in constitutional litigation against the Governor of Michigan. more
Health and welfare employee benefits for a national beverage manufacturer
Represented a national beverage manufacturer in conducting an ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA privacy and security compliance audit of its health and welfare more Featured
State tax litigation for leading furniture rental company
Represented one of the leading furniture rental and rent-to-own companies in the United States in Georgia income tax litigation upholding the tax more
Representation of Electrolux *
Served as appellate counsel for Electrolux in bodily injury suit and obtained favorable settlement in connection with that appeal. more

Education & Research

Franchise counseling for Primrose Schools
Counseling Primrose Schools Franchising Company on federal and state franchise regulatory and compliance matters, including drafting Franchise more
Advice for educational media startup *
Advised founder of multilingual educational media startup on copyright, trademark and related matters. more
Pearson Education Inc.
Represented Pearson Education Inc., the world's largest educational publisher, in obtaining an injunction to prevent the use of mymathlabhelp.com, as  more
Pearson Education Inc. v. Triumph Learning LLC
Served as lead defense counsel for publisher, Pearson Education, Inc. in a trademark dispute in which defendant claimed that the title of one of more
In re Travel Services Inc. et al. *
Represented company marketing travel related services to college students. In re Travel Services, Inc., et al., No. more
Construction management for major public university
Represented Winston-Salem State University Foundation in relation to the design, development and construction of a dormitory on the university campus. more
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Represents Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications involving anthrax vaccines, magnetic  more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Inserm
Provided patent prosecution advice to Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherché médicale). Inserm is the only French public more Featured
Governance structure for a non-profit computer training program
Revised corporate organizational documents for a non-profit computer training program and a pro bono client to comply with its status as a 501(c)(3) more
Patent prosecution and counseling for OncImmune, a diagnostics start-up company
Represents OncImmune, a diagnostics start-up affiliated with the University of Nottingham, in obtaining patents for cancer diagnostic methods.  These  more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Rice University
Represents Rice University in pursuing patent coverage in the area of biologically active nitric oxide (NO) releasing polymers and methods of their more Featured
United States and international patent prosecution and counseling for Vanderbilt University
Represents Vanderbilt University in U.S. and international (China, Australia and European Patent Office) patent prosecutions in the area of methods more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for University of Connecticut
Represents the University of Connecticut under government contract and prosecutes patent applications for biological and chemical technologies such more Featured
Patent prosecution and portfolio management for Emory University
Represent Emory University in connection with the provision of patent prosecution and portfolio management services in the areas of psychiatry, more Featured
Bradford, et. al. v. Maryland State Board of Education, et al. *
Counsel for Baltimore City public school students. Matter settled on the eve of a lengthy trial. Won a summary judgment motion resulting in  more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Children's Medical Center Corporation
Represents Children’s Medical Center Corporation, which is affiliated with Harvard University, and have prepared and prosecuted to issuance numerous more Featured
Trademark litigation for Pearson Education Inc.
Represented Pearson Education Inc., the world's largest educational publisher, in obtaining an injunction to prevent the use of mymathlabhelp.com, as  more
Patent prosecution and counseling for a university patent foundation
Assisted a university patent foundation, and its licensees, with patent acquisitions and related counseling in the small molecule therapeutics area. more

Energy, Utilities & Power Systems

Acquisition of International Resource Partners for James River Coal Company
The firm assisted James River Coal Company (James River) in its acquisition of International Resource Partners (IRP) for $515 million in cash. We more Case Study
ICC arbitration for international infrastructure developer
Represented an international infrastructure developer in an ICC arbitration related to a power plant in sub-Saharan Africa. more
$300 million corporate bond offering for AGL Resources Inc.
Represented AGL Resources Inc. in its SEC-registered public offering of $300 million principal amount of 5.25% senior notes due 2019. The offering more
Corporate bond offering "reopening" for AGL Resources Inc.
Represented AGL Resources Inc., a Fortune 1000 energy services holding company and parent company of Atlanta Gas Light, in an underwritten more
United States v. Aluminum Co. of Am. and Reynolds Metal Co. *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Aluminum Co. of Am. and Reynolds more
U.S. v. General Dynamics and Newport News Shipbuilding *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
U.S. v. General Electric and Honeywell *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice and a senior official who decided to bring the case. more
Pacific Division Transfer Case (United Airlines’ acquisition of Pan Am’s Pacific Division) *
Tried case on behalf of U.S. Department of Justice involving Pacific Division Transfer Case (United Airlines’ acquisition of Pan Am’s Pacific more
United States v. United Tote *
Supervised investigation, case and trial on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. United Tote more
United States v. Smith Int'l and Schlumberger Ltd. *
Supervised investigation, case and trial on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice in a case involving contempt of a merger decree.

United States v. Smith Int'l and Schlumberger Ltd. more
U.S. v. US West *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
U.S. v. Baroid and Dresser *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. Gen. Motors Corp. and ZF Friedrichshofen, AG *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Gen. Motors Corp. and ZF more
Development and project finance of a pellet manufacturer
Representing a U.S. biomass pellet company in the closing of a $2 million Convertible Note. more
Development and project finance of an algae-to-biofuel project
Representing a U.S. company in commercializing a new algae-to-biofuel technology. more
Development and project finance of a biomass-to-torrefied pellets project
Representing a U.S. project developer in a $30-million project to build and operate a torrefaction facility using sugarcane bagasse as feedstock in more
Development and project finance of waste-to-biofuel project
Representing an advanced biofuels company in fats, oil, and grease municipal waste-to-biofuel project in Georgia. more
Development and project finance of natural gas storage and liquefaction projects
Advising a U.S. energy developer in a joint venture with a global upstream company to develop projects in North and South America for natural gas more
Development and project finance of a biomass to bio-fuel project
Representing a U.S. joint venture of a U.S. biofuels company and major U.S. independent oil corporation in the project finance of a $250 million, 50 more
Development and project finance of a natural gas-to-methanol-to-drop-in gasoline project
Representing a U.S. energy developer in the project finance of a natural gas-to-methanol-to-drop-in gasoline project. Investors include a major U.S. more
Development and project finance of $1.2 billion waste-to-biofuel projects
Representing a U.S. company in the project finance of two $1.2 billion waste-to-biofuel projects in Massachusetts and California. more
Development and project finance of a clean coal technology
Representing a multi-national R&D company in commercializing a beneficiation and polygeneration clean coal technology, which includes pursuing more
Development of a joint venture to integrate biofuels in race car competitions
Representing a membership organization in a joint venture with a race car association to integrate biofuels and green energy in car racing. more
Development and project finance of a renewable biopower project
Advising a U.S. company in structuring and project financing a biomass-to-biodiesel project that includes generating, interconnecting, and selling more
Development and project finance of a woody and grass biomass-to-ethanol project
Advising a U.S. advanced biofuel company in the project financing of a woody and grass biomass-to-ethanol project that includes financing by the USDA. more
Development and project finance of an enhanced oil recovery technology
Representing a major U.S. oil company in commercializing a new enhanced oil recovery technology using carbon capture utilization and storage from more
Acquire and dispose of assets for U.S. power marketer *
Counseled a U.S. power marketer on a series of transactions to acquire and dispose of assets. more
Corporate governance issues for U.S. power pool *
Represented a U.S. power pool in connection with corporate governance issues and agreements in a disposition of assets. more
Series of transactions for British energy firm *
Represented a large British energy firm in connection with a series of transactions to acquire a portfolio of natural gas agreements in the U.S. more
Multi-billion euro securities exchange transaction for Russian energy corporation *
Represented a large Russian energy corporation in a multi-billion euro securities exchange transaction with a major Spanish energy company. more
Multi-million dollar sale of assets for U.S. energy company *
Advised a U.S. energy company on its multi-million dollar sale of assets. more
Federal rate-setting dispute for U.S. energy coalition *
Advised a U.S. energy coalition, comprised of independent utility companies, in connection with a federal rate-setting dispute. more
FCPA enforcement actions for multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies *
Represented large multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies in FCPA enforcement actions by the SEC and DOJ related to their more
Energy regulations compliance and project finance for U.S. energy generator *
Represented a large U.S. energy generator in connection with its energy regulations compliance program and project finance of a conventional energy more
Joint venture operation for British energy service company *
Advised a British energy service company on its joint venture to operate in Sub-Saharan Africa. more
$150 million project financing for U.S. wind developer in Kenya, Africa *
Representing a U.S. wind developer in the project financing of a 60 MW, $150 million total project cost, wind power project in Kenya, Africa. more
Series A funding and bridge loan for biopower company *
Representing a U.S. biopower developer in a $1.5 million Series A equity funding and $750,000 bridge loan. more
Project finance of the 2,600 MW LNG-fired Dabhol power project in India *
Represented a major U.S. construction company in the project finance of the 2,600 MW LNG-fired Dabhol power project, LNG port, two LNG regasification  more
$2 billion project financing for U.S. energy company in gas-to-liquid project in Nigeria, Africa *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the project financing of a $2 billion natural gas-to-liquids project with related processing units, pipelines more
$250 million project financing for advanced bio-refinery in Costa Rica *
Representing a U.S. joint venture of a U.S. biofuels company and major U.S. independent oil corporation in the project finance of a $250 more
Formation of solar power storage investment fund *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the development and structuring of a $25 million solar power storage investment fund. more
Renewable power and biofuels grants and energy loan award transactions for energy companies *
Represented more than 15 U.S. and European energy companies in renewable power and advanced biofuels grants and energy loan guarantee award more
Qualification of a renewable gasoline fuel and feedstock pathways *
Represented a U.S. advanced biofuel client in the qualification of new fuel and feedstock pathways for renewable gasoline and biodiesel at more
Acquisition of a biodiesel facility in India for a U.S. venture capital client *
Represented a U.S. venture capital client in the acquisition, finance, and conversion of a vegetable oil processing plant into a 50 million gallon more
5,125 solar-powered water purification units manufactured for U.S. oil trading company *
Represented a U.S. oil trading company in the manufacture of 5,125 solar-powered water purification units for installation in India, Greece, and more
Development and project finance of 100 MW solar power project for U.S. corporation *
Represented a U.S. solar corporation in the development and project finance of a 100 MW solar power project in India. more
Geothermal power projects for U.S. corporation *
Representing a U.S. geothermal corporation in the development and project finance of geothermal power projects in Kenya, the U.S. Virgin Islands, more
DARPA R&D grant for U.S. energy company *
Represented a U.S. energy company in securing a DARPA R&D grant for a new alcohol-to-jet certification. more
Series A equity investment for two U.S. and European funds *
Represented two major U.S. and European funds in their Series A equity investment into a Mauritius hydroelectric holding company for further more
U.S. biomass pathway for U.S. advanced biofuels company *
Representing a U.S. advanced biofuels company in the creation of a U.S. biomass pathway. more
Equipment finance for micro wind turbine manufacturer *
Representing a micro wind turbine manufacturer in a 1,500-unit equipment finance in India. more
Investment into biodiesel facility in India for private equity company *
Represented a major Indian private equity company in its investment into a 30 million gallon per year biodiesel facility in India—the second more
Project financing of geothermal power projects in Africa *
Representing a U.S. geothermal developer in the project financing of a series of geothermal power projects in Kenya, Africa. more
USDA conditional loan guarantees for U.S.-based refineries *
Represented 12 out of 12 U.S. and foreign energy company clients to the exclusion of all FY2010 and FY2011 applicants in reaching the finals and then  more
Biomass-to-power facilities acquisition for U.S. biopower company *
Represented a public U.S. biopower company in the acquisition of 1.5 MW and 18 MW biomass-to-power facilities in India. more
EPA qualified biomass feedstock pathway for U.S. advanced biofuels companies *
Representing a consortium of U.S. advanced biofuels companies in the creation of an EPA qualified biomass feedstock pathway between Canada and the more
Clean Water Act for national real estate development company
Successfully defended the water and wastewater utility division of a major national real estate development company in Clean Water Act enforcement more
United States of America et al. v. Murphy Oil USA Inc. *
Represented Murphy Oil USA, Inc., which owned two oil refineries in the United States, located in Superior, Wisconsin and Meraux, St. Bernard Parish,  more
Insurance litigation for leading energy industry firm
Lead counsel for Fortune 500 energy firm regarding alleged director and officer wrongful acts. more
Environmental coverage litigation for a major utility company
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Represented a major utility company in environmental and liability coverage litigation arising from CERCLA and RCRA cleanup obligations.
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Insurance arbitrations for energy company regarding political risk losses *
Represented an energy company in international arbitrations involving political risk insurance coverage for a coal supply contract with a foreign more
State tax structuring advice for wholesale energy marketer
Advised a leading North American wholesale energy marketer regarding the optimal state tax structure for use in connection with a purchase and more
Litigation involving takings and breach of contract claims for twelve privately owned “drainage districts”
Represented twelve privately owned “drainage districts” along the upper Mississippi and Missouri Rivers in challenging the U.S. Army Corps of more

Entertainment, Media & Sports

Acquisition of ISP Sports by IMG Worldwide Holdings
Represented ISP Sports in its acquisition by IMG Worldwide Holdings to form IMG College, an approximately $500 million business unit, as the leading more
Masterfile Corporation v. Development Partners Inc.
Served as lead counsel for Masterfile Corporation, a stock photography licensing company, in copyright infringement litigation against a company that  more
Counsel to West Virginia not-for-profit in contractual dispute
Represented a West Virginia not-for-profit owner in the defense of claims from a general contractor and the prosecution of claims on behalf of the more
Litigation for national cable company
Represented a leading national cable company in dispute with a regional telecom company over whether telecom’s IPTV services violate cable more Featured
Counsel for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for an entertainment and media production company *
The firm served as counsel for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for an entertainment and media production company in fraudulent transfer, breach of more
United States v. Village Voice and Media and NT Media *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice involving the Sherman Act § 1; swap of assets.  Case pending. more
U.S. v. Echostar Communications, Hughes Electric Corp., General Motors Corp., and DirecTV Enterprises *
Supervised investigation and case for the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. United Tote *
Supervised investigation, case and trial on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. United Tote more
Counseling for sporting goods startup *
Guided co-founders of sporting goods startup on patent matters, including prosecution, product clearance, licensing and portfolio strategy; more
Negotiation of arena naming rights
Negotiated a multi-million dollar naming rights deal for the 10,000-seat arena at the University of Central Florida (the second-largest university in  more
Trademark litigation for Zynga Inc.
Successfully represented Zynga Inc. in trademark litigation in connection with an online game called “MafiaVille.” The defendant responded to more
Blingville LLC v. Zynga Inc. et al.
Represented Zynga. The plaintiff was preparing to launch a social game called “BlingVille,” and filed a declaratory judgment action after receiving more
Defended copyright challenge of Google's Book Search project
The firm served as lead counsel for Google Inc., in defending copyright infringement lawsuits brought by the Author’s Guild, et al., and separately more Featured
Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball Ltd. v. Ottawa Rapidz et al.
Represented the Ottawa Rapidz in a suit filed by The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, Ltd. in the Superior Court of Forsyth more
Franchise agreement negotiations for music franchisor
Managed a successful negotiation for a background music franchisor with its franchisee association for the system-wide renewal of a significantly more
Run-off insurance advice for a major media network
Served as counsel in representing a leading U.S. media conglomerate with respect to insurance coverage issues arising out of the sale of more
Trademark recordal projects for several large corporate entities
Represented various entities in complex, multi-stage recordal projects in order to update ownership records for thousands of marks in a large number more
Trademark counsel to Putt-Putt LLC
Represents Putt-Putt LLC, an entertainment franchise company, as counsel on all aspects of the company’s business, including licensing of the more Featured
Products liability for a manufacturer of parts for race cars
Represented manufacturer of parts for race cars in products liability action against steel supplier. more
Fraud defense for a manufacturer and distributor of sports supplies
Represented a manufacturer and distributor of sports supplies in an action for fraud against marketing company. more
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University v. Hokie Real Estate Inc.
Successfully defended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in trademark infringement litigation against Hokie Real more

Fashion & Luxury Goods

Sale of a privately-held ladies intimate apparel manufacturer
Represented a leading privately-held label manufacturer of ladies intimate apparel in the sale to an Israeli-based company. more Featured
Sara Lee Corp. v. Kayser-Roth Corp.
Represented the manufacturer of L’eggs® pantyhose in action to enjoin use of LEG LOOKS® mark on re-designed packaging. The Fourth Circuit reversed more Featured
adidas America, Inc. and adidas AG v. Herbalife International, Inc.
Lead counsel on behalf of adidas America Inc. and adidas AG in trademark infringement litigation against Herbalife International involving the more
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. v. Payless Shoesource Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel asserting American Eagle Outfitters’ trademarks and obtained a preliminary injunction relative to advertising more Featured
Sara Lee Corp. v. Pro Sports Inc.
Represented owner of CHAMPION® mark in trademark infringement suit to enjoin use of CHAMPION on sports equipment. After defeating motion to amend more
J. Christopher Burch v. Tory Burch LLC et al.
Served as IP counsel in a case in the Delaware Chancery Court. Represented fashion design house, Tory Burch, LLC which brought claims against a more
Sara Lee Corp. v. CBS Inc.
Defended Champion Apparel during the 1994 Winter Olympics against ambush marketing claim. Obtained temporary restraining order in N.C. Superior Court  more
Trademark enforcement services for a leading footwear and apparel manufacturer
Represents a leading footwear and apparel manufacturer in trademark litigation and enforcement work. more
In re Glenoit Corporation *
Led representation of Glenoit Corporation, a textile manufacturer and importer, in its Chapter 11 case. Successfully sold off non-core divisions and more
Domestic and international franchise counseling for Nexcen Brands Inc.
Developed new forms of Franchise Disclosure Documents and franchise agreements to be used in various Nexcen Brands Inc. franchise systems, including more Featured
Fraud litigation for a world-renowned luxury goods manufacturer
Represent a world-renowned luxury goods manufacturer in antitrust litigation. Case pending. more Featured
Patent and trademark portfolio management work for Renfro Corporation
Manage Renfro Corporation's intellectual property trademark portfolio. Negotiate licenses for the company, which is a leading hosiery more Featured

Financial Services

Contract litigation for investment fund companies
Represented four investment funds specializing in investments in Russia in a breach of contract action against a global depositary bank over the fees  more
Sale of Insurance Agency subsidiary
Represented First Financial Holdings, Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary, First Southeast Insurance Services, Inc. to Hub International Limited in a more
Mutual to stock conversion for Eureka Bank
Represented Eureka Bank in its reorganization from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form and the related $7.6 stock offering more
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company in public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, in a $17.1 million public offering of common stock by Atlantic Coast more
Corporate counsel to Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company
Represented Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company in its reorganization from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form and the more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in $1.2 billion public offering
Represented the underwriters, led by Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $1.2 billion public offering by Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. more
Acquisition of Earthstar Bank by Polonia Bank
Represented Polonia Bank in acquiring certain assets and liabilities of the former Earthstar Bank from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as more
Second step conversion for First Federal Savings Bank and related public offering
Represented First Federal Savings Bank, Monessen, PA, in its second step conversion from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form  more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in $199 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $199 million public offering by ViewPoint Financial Group Inc. more
Mutual holding company reorganization for Fox Chase Bank
Represented Fox Chase Bank in its reorganization from the mutual holding company to the stock holding company form and the related $87.1 stock more
Issuance of common stock for a Midwest savings and loan holding company
Represented a Midwestern savings and loan holding company in its recapitalization through a rights offering and common stock issuance to a more
Consumerinfo.com Inc. v. Money Management International Inc.
Lead appellate counsel for Defendant Money Management International in a trademark infringement case in the Ninth Circuit. Retained after the more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $40 million public offering of common stock
Represented underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the follow-on public offering of $40 million in common stock by Orrstown Financial more
$101 million public offering of common stock for Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc.
Represented Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc., the largest bank holding company headquartered and operating in Maryland, in connection with its $101 million more
Placement agent for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $60.0 million private placement of convertible preferred stock
Represented the placement agent, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $60.0 million private placement of convertible preferred stock by Heritage Oaks  more
Represented Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Macquarie Capital (USA) in a $43.0 million private placement of common stock
Represented Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Macquarie Capital (USA) in a $43.0 million private placement of common stock by New more
Regulatory advice for major participants in the secondary mortgage market *
Advised major participants in the secondary mortgage market on the effect of an FDIC receivership or conservatorship on mortgage servicing and the more
Equity financing for Energi Holdings
Represented Energi Holdings Inc., a specialty insurance agency, in a $6.4 million round of equity financing led by a leading worldwide reinsurance more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in the $11.3 million follow-on public offering of common stock
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O’Neill + Partners L.P., in the $11.3 million follow-on public offering of common stock by Provident Financial more
Antitrust analysis for Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (fka Certegy Inc.)
Represented Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (fka Certegy Inc.), a major credit card and check verification company, in connection with more
Private investments for a major institutional investor *
Represented a major institutional investor in connection with over 30 investments, with an aggregate value of nearly $3 billion, in various private more Featured
In the Matter of TALX Corporation
Represented TALX Corp. in connection with an antitrust enforcement action brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) challenging a series of more Featured
Improper trading in mutual funds arbitration for trustees of a charitable and benevolent association
Served as lead counsel in an arbitration representing the trustees of a charitable and benevolent association against a national brokerage firm based  more
Private placement offering for Tri-County Financial Corporation
Represented Tri-County Financial Corporation in a private placement of its common stock to accredited investors. more
Case of individual and derivative action against limited partners
Successfully represented limited partners in an individual and derivative action alleging violation of securities laws in the marketing, sale and more
Sale of aviation loans for Cesna Finance Corporation
Represented Cesna Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Finance Corporation, a diversified commercial finance company, in the sale of a more
Defense of an investment adviser in various investment-related suits
Represented an investment adviser against a securities custodian and broker-dealer arising out of the theft of customer funds in an action alleging a  more Featured
Represented investors in embezzlement case
Successfully represented investors in an action against an investment advisor arising out of the embezzlement of funds from annuity accounts more
Business combination of Certegy Inc. and Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
Represented Certegy Inc., a major publicly held credit card and check verification company, in its $4.5 billion merger with Fidelity National more Featured
Investors in Florida against a national brokerage company
Served as lead counsel in representing investors against a national brokerage company and received a $1 million dollar award against the broker more
Loan portfolio sales for Textron Financial Corporation
Represented Textron Financial Corporation, a diversified commercial finance company, in multiple sales of loan and lease portfolios and related more Featured
Formation of real estate investment funds for real estate investment, development and finance company
Represented a real estate investment, development and finance company in the formation and securities offering of six real estate investment funds. more Featured
Recapitalization and acquisition of Westminster American Insurance Company
Represented an individual investor in the recapitalization and acquisition of Westminster American Insurance Company out of receivership following more
Improper trading activity by an investment adviser
Represented financial institution and investment adviser in alleged improper trading activity by a portfolio manager. more Featured
Acquisition of APPRO Systems Inc. for Equifax Inc.
Represented Equifax Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in connection with its acquisition of APPRO Systems, Inc., a more
Tax-free spin-off for Equifax Inc. of payment services business
Represented Equifax Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in all aspects of benefit plans and executive compensation more Featured
Acquisition of M&I Eastpoint Technologies Inc. and Preferred Financial Systems Inc.
Represented Eastpoint Technologies LLC, a provider of core processing software for commercial banks, finance companies, and farm credit banks, in its  more
Acquisition of a commercial finance company for Textron Financial Corporation
Represented Textron Financial Corporation, a diversified commercial finance company, in its acquisition of STI Credit Corporation and its portfolio more
Sale of publicly held JWGenesis Financial Corp.
Represented JWGenesis Financial Corp., a publicly held investment banking and brokerage company, in its $100 million acquisition by First Union more
Acquisition of a specialty lender for Textron Financial Corporation
Represented Textron Financial Corporation, a diversified commercial financial company, in its acquisition of RFC Capital Corporation, a specialty more
United States v. Philadelphia Saving Fund Society *
Conducted investigation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
United States v. Philadelphia Saving Fund Society more
United States v. Society and Ameritrust *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Society and Ameritrust more
United States v. Household Finance Corp. *
Tried case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Household Finance Corp. more
U.S. v. First National State Bancorporation *
Conducted investigation and participated in litigation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. First Nat'l more
U.S. v. California Automated Clearing House Association *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
Secured IRS Concession of Alleged $3.8 Million Deficiency
Filed Tax Court petition on behalf of financial services industry client contesting IRS’s determination that merger did not qualify as tax-free “A” more
Successfully represented financial institution in fair lending investigation
Persuaded the Department of Justice not to take any action against a financial institution for alleged violations of fair lending laws despite a more Featured
IPO of Square 1 Financial, Inc.
Represented Square 1 Financial and selling shareholders in connection with Square 1’s initial public offering. more
Employee benefits matters for Equifax Inc.
Represented Equifax Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in connection with the employee benefit aspects of a more
$369M stock merger for United Financial Bancorp Inc.
Representing United Financial Bancorp Inc., a large holding company located in Massachusetts, in its $369 million stock merger with Rockville more
Litigation for warehouse line lender
Represent warehouse line lender in litigation brought by the Bankruptcy Trustee of one of its primary customers (a residential mortgage lender and more
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of hedge fund investing in start-up companies and related investments
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of hedge fund investing in start-up companies and related investments.  In a TEFRA proceeding, IRS more
Third-party technology agreements for U.S.-based financial entity *
Advised a U.S.-based financial entity on its third-party technology agreements. more
Filed consolidated U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of credit financing company
Filed consolidated U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of credit financing company. In a TEFRA proceeding, IRS challenged the Company's IRC Section 754 more
Citibank
Represents Citibank in general trademark enforcement matters, which included working with in-house counsel and other attorneys to successfully defend  more
$300 million merger between First Financial Holdings, Inc. and SCBT Financial Corporation
Represented First Financial Holdings, Inc. in a merger with SCBT Financial Corporation. The $300 million transaction combines two of South Carolina’s  more Case Study
Public offering of common stock by Northfield Bancorp, Incorporated
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O' Neill & Partners, L.P., in a $355.6 million public offering of common stock by Northfield Bancorp, Inc. more Featured
$86.2M all-stock acquisition for United Financial Bancorp Inc.
Represented United Financial Bancorp, Inc., a large holding company located in Massachusetts, in its $86.2 million all-stock acquisition of New more
Ex-parte reexam for Visa U.S.A. Inc.
Prepared a draft ex-parte reexam for client Visa, against Restricted Spending Solutions Pat. 6,044,360. This patent related to spending more
Trust preferred securities for a Midwestern institution
Represented a Midwestern institution in connection with the exchange of trust preferred securities for cash and common securities. more
Issuer’s counsel in a $15.9 million initial public offering
Represented the issue in a $15.9 million public offering undertaken in connection with the mutual-to-stock conversion and holding company formation more
Underwriters’ counsel in a $12.1 million public offering
Represented the underwriter in a $12.1 million public offering by a mid-Atlantic bank holding company. more
Akamai Technologies Inc. et al v. Limelight Networks Inc.
Representing amicus curiae The Financial Services Roundtable in pending appeal involving the proper standard for direct patent infringement more
Counsel for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Provide counsel to the Attorney General of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians regarding litigation matters and provide risk management and risk more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in $1.2 billion public offering
Represented the underwriters, led by Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $1.2 billion public offering by Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. more
Insurance coverage litigation for financial services company in receivership *
Represented a financial services company in interpleader coverage litigation regarding directors & officers and errors & omissions more
Carbon-offset private equity fund
Assisted with the formation of a private equity fund dedicated to investing in land-based carbon-offset projects. more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Boston bank
Represented a Boston bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including the implementation of arrangements in connection with more
Arbitration defending investment advisor against allegations of unsuitable investments
Represented investment advisor in an arbitration action regarding an investor’s allegations of unsuitable investments. more
Strategic disposition and sale of a division by a publicly-held investment banking and brokerage company to a management led group
Represented a publicly-held investment banking and brokerage company in its disposition and sale of a division to a private group led by certain more
William A. Harris, Sr. v. Equifax Information Services LLC and Byerson v. Equifax Information Services LLC
Represented Equifax in these putative class actions asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The plaintiff sought to certify a more Featured
Class action claims against debt buyer
Representing a debt buyer and its counsel in a class action filed against them alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. We more
In re NetBank Inc.
Represented the creditors' committee and now liquidating supervisor for NetBank Inc. in connection with liquidation of this bank more Featured
Tax advice for an Argentine mortgage bank
Supported an Argentine mortgage bank issuing securities in the U.S., including planning to minimize the risk of the bank being classified as a PFIC more
Trademark litigation for a Fortune 100 global infrastructure and financial services company
Successfully defended a Fortune 100 global infrastructure and financial services company's corporate slogan against a claim by a third party  more
SEC investigation of Internet day trader
Represented an Internet day trader in an investigation by the SEC. more
Equity compensation plan for a Maryland-based bank
Represented a Maryland-based bank in designing and drafting an Equity Compensation Plan. more
Insurance litigation for Canada's largest bank *
Lead counsel for Canada's largest bank regarding their property loss, business interruption, extra expense and other 9/11 losses. more
Writ of Prohibition defense for a health care plan
Represented a health insurer's health care plan in defending against a Writ of Prohibition relating to Pennsylvania Unfair Insurance Practices Act. more
Internal investigation into shareholder demand issues
Counsel to Special Committee of Board of Directors for investigation of shareholder demand issues, including full internal review and report of more
Community Development Financial Institutions closing on financings with the U.S. Treasury
Assisted community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in closing on financings with the U.S. Treasury. The capital goes to loan funds that more
Shepard v. Ocwen Bank
Argued on behalf of the defendants in Shepard v. Ocwen Federal Bank, 361 N.C. 137, 638 S.E.2d. 197 (2006). The case involved the statute of more
Advised national loan servicer regarding federal tax compliance of loan servicing program
Advised a national loan servicer based on East Coast in connection with maintaining compliance with federal tax law while responding to requests from  more
State tax protest of "cost of performance" apportionment
Represented a provider of check authorization and verification services for merchants and of support that enabled community banks, credit unions, more
Restructuring employee health programs for a national corporation
Represented a national corporation in restructuring its employee and retiree health programs, including funding mechanisms through a VEBA and a more
Numerous joint ventures and strategic alliances for Equifax Inc.
Represented Equifax Inc. in numerous joint ventures and strategic alliances in the U.S. and in Europe, Latin America and Asia. more
Tax advice for major North American banking corporation's federal and state PACs
Providing tax advice to all of major North American banking corporation's federal and state political action committees. more Featured
Mutual fund and investment management disputes for large financial institution
Represented multi-billion dollar mutual fund family for a Fortune 500 financial institution in action alleging inappropriate investments in more Featured
SEC investigation of insider trading
The firm served as lead counsel and represented an employee in an SEC investigation of insider trading. more
Action against accountant for conversion of funds.
Represented a missionary in action against an accountant for conversion of our client's funds. more
Class and individual actions for a currency derivatives broker
Successfully defended a currency derivatives broker in class and individual actions in Texas, New York, California and Washington more
Trademark counsel for a leading financial institution
Provide international and domestic trademark portfolio management, and trademark counseling for a leading financial institution. more
Preferred stock investment advice to a venture capital firm
Advised a venture capital firm in connection with its investment in Series E Preferred Stock of a Boston, Massachusetts provider of analytic health more
Social media policies for an international financial services company
Developed social media and privacy policies for international financial holding company and its banking and non-banking subsidiaries. more Featured
Preferred stock investment advice to a venture capital firm
Advised a venture capital firm in connection with a Series B Preferred Stock investment in a commercial research company based in Manno, more
Antitrust counseling to actuarial firms' captive insurance company
The firm has served for many years as antitrust counsel to a captive insurance company comprised of three competitor members. more Featured
Multiplaintiff breach-of-contract litigation for life insurance company *
Represented a life insurance company in a lawsuit arising out of allegations that company improperly terminated the independent more
Acquisition for financial services corporation
Represented a financial services corporation in connection with its acquisition of a leading manufacturer and distributor of truck and trailer more Featured
Insurance litigation for one of the largest traders of U.S. Treasuries regarding losses from domestic terrorist attacks *
Lead counsel for one of the largest traders of U.S. Treasuries regarding their property loss, business interruption, extra expense and other 9/11 more
Business litigation for securities broker
Represented a securities broker in regulatory actions before the NASD (FINRA) and SEC alleging improper investments in variable annuities. more
Tax-free reorganization representation
The firm served as tax counsel to a provider of check authorization and verification services for merchants and of support that enabled financial more
Obtaining various regulatory exemptions for a benefits payment services company
Represented a benefits payment services company in obtaining exemptions from the HIPAA electronic transaction rule. more Featured
Taltwell LLC v. Zonet USA Corp.
Lead counsel for Taltwell Limited Liability Company in patent litigation against Zonet USA Corp. involving patents relating to credit card sized more
Executive compensation and employee benefits matters for a Boston bank
Represented a Boston bank on executive compensation and employee benefits matters, including change in control and golden parachute issues in more
Tax planning regarding disposition for a global leader in information solutions
Represented a global leader in information solutions in the disposition of a line of business to a partnership in which it became a partner, more
Brand development and brand protection
Performs not only trademark clearance and application work, but also domestic and international policing, anticounterfeiting, franchising, licensing,  more
Investment and recapitalization advice to a venture capital firm
Advised a venture capital firm in connection with an investment in and recapitalization of an Atlanta, Georgia company specializing in comprehensive more

Food, Beverage & Agriculture

ERISA litigation for soft drink manufacturer
Represented a Fortune 100 company benefit plan administrator in ERISA case involving over-payments to plan beneficiary. more
Federal Clean Water Act litigation for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Served as lead counsel for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in a case that arose from allegations by Fairfax County, Virginia that waste water more Featured
Leveraged recapitalization of a privately-held company
Represented a privately-held company in connection with a leveraged recapitalization transaction involving private equity sponsor, mezzanine lender more
Formation and implementation of franchise program for O'Charley's
Represents O’Charley’s, Inc. in connection with the formation and implementation of its franchise program handling ongoing federal and state more
Environmental class action litigation for farmers and an agricultural association *
Represented commercial seed farmers and their agricultural trade association who were sued in Idaho state court in a nuisance and trespass class more Featured
Carlotta Amson v. Hormel HealthLabs Inc. et al.
Lead counsel for Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, in unfair competition case which resulted in preliminary injunction to more
Sunkist Soft Drinks Inc. v. Sunkist Growers Inc.
Counsel for Sunkist Growers, Inc., licensee of “Sunkist” trademark, in arbitrated dispute with trademark owner over management of licensed brand. more
Cargill, Inc. v. Canbra Foods Ltd., Dow Agrosciences Canada Inc., and Dow Agrosciences LLC. *
Represented plaintiff-patentee Cargill in complex Markman hearing and jury trial in D. Oregon (2003) related to high stability canola oil, more
Creditors committee and liquidating trust for Amelia Island Plantation
Representation of the Amelia Island Plantation creditors committee and subsequently the liquidating trust. Total liabilities in bankruptcy case more
Owens v. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.
Defended Pepsi Bottler against claim that wholesaling restrictions to prevent transshipment violate state unfair trade practice laws. N.C. Supreme more
United States of America v. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.
Defense counsel for accused company and its principal in a criminal price-fixing action. Jury verdict for Defendants of not guilty. United States  more
Logan v. Burgers' Ozark County Cured Hams Inc.
Defended Sara Lee Corporation against claim of patent infringement on process for spiral slicing boneless ham. Negotiated joint defense agreement more
Multiple transactions for U.S. agricultural processing company *
Represented a major U.S. agricultural processing company in multiple transactions involving the purchase, dehydration, and sale of fuel ethanol more
Food safety issues arising from natural contamination
Provided regulatory guidance and counseling to a large grain producer regarding the presence of a naturally occurring contaminant in grain and grain more
Environmental litigation for a commercial seed producer
Represented a commercial seed producer in a claim against other seed producers regarding genetic contamination of seed stock resulting  more
Environmental litigation for Tennessee-based livestock producer
Represents a number of entities related to a large livestock producer in Tennessee and Kentucky all of whom were defendants in a multi-count class more
Litigation for major livestock company
Represented a major livestock producer located in Illinois in a public and private nuisance lawsuit filed in Illinois state court. The plaintiffs more
Member Of Multinational’s Trial Team In $42.6 Million Suit *
Member of U.S. Court of Federal Claims trial team asserting food industry client’s $42.6 million tax refund claim. IRS contested claim applying more
ERISA class action involving Reynolds American Inc.
Represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company successfully in ERISA class action. On October 25, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of  more FeaturedCase Study
Overturned $14 Million Jury Verdict on Appeal
Eureka Water Co. v. Nestle Waters North America, Inc., 690 F.3d 1139 (10th Cir. 2012) – Represented Nestlé Waters in overturning on appeal a  more
K2 Asia Ventures v. Trota et al.
Representing Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in litigation against plaintiffs who claim that Krispy Kreme breached an agreement to permit them to more
Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Represented R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR) in complex business litigation action. In 2009, Lorillard and RJR signed a settlement agreement to more
Co-lead insurance coverage counsel for Citrus & Allied Essences Ltd.
Served as co-lead insurance coverage counsel for Citrus & Allied Essences, Ltd., a producer and manufacturer of oils, oleoresins, aromatic more
Represented a national beverage manufacturer in a USERRA audit
Successfully represented a national beverage manufacturer in a DOL USERRA audit of its defined benefit pension plan. more
Obtained regulatory exemptions for Employee Assistance Programs and wellness benefits
Represented several Fortune 500 companies in obtaining exemptions for EAPs and wellness benefits from the research fee and Form W-2 more
Regulatory health plan compliance for several publicly traded corporations
Represented several publicly traded corporations in designing and implementing Affordable Care Act and HIPAA privacy and security operational and more Featured
Executive benefits structure for a Fortune 500 fast food operator
Prepared provisions for qualified and non-qualified plans to implement a benefits structure for executives transferring between international and more Featured
Appellate litigation for Nestlé Waters North America
Represents Nestlé Waters North America in an appeal to the 10th Circuit of an adverse $16 million jury verdict. The appeal is currently being briefed. more
Employment discrimination defense for an agricultural association
Represented Washington, D.C.-based agricultural association in administrative racial discrimination and hostile work environment action. more
Holdover franchisee and non-compete matter for a coffee franchisor
Lead trial counsel for a coffee franchisor in holdover franchisee and covenant not to compete case. The firm obtained substantial monetary settlement  more
Litigation challenging constitutionality of amendments proposed by a U.S. State to beverage industry Bill
Represented a beverage industry association and a beverage manufacturer in litigation challenging the constitutionality of amendments to a U.S. State  more
Executive compensation and employee benefit matters for major North American bottled water company
Redesigned the executive deferral plans, split dollar life insurance plans and executive health plans for a major North American bottled water more Featured
Trademark litigation for a retail specialty food franchisor
Represented a retail specialty food franchisor which resulted in summary judgment on six count complaint followed by favorable settlement of more
HBH Ltd. Partnership v. Honey Baked Ham Co. and Leon Denning
Lead counsel for HBH Limited Partnership in a trademark infringement case. The Court entered a preliminary injunction to enforce the parties’ more
Logan v. Hormel Foods Inc. et al.
Served as lead counsel on behalf of Hormel Foods Corporation for a claim of patent infringement for a method of spiral slicing ham. After a more
Complex business litigation and arbitration for Nestlé Waters North America Inc.
Briefed and argued on Nestlé Waters in Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. v. Bollman, 505 F.3d 498 (6th Cir. 2007). The case involved the more
IRS employee plans compliance audit for a Fortune 500 fast food operator
Represented a Fortune 500 fast food operator regarding the successful IRS employee plans compliance audit of its 401(k) and pension plans. more Featured
Logan Farms v. Honeybaked Ham
Co-trial counsel for the Honey Baked Ham Company in an infringement suit. Obtained summary judgment on plaintiff’s principal contract and tort more
Litigation involving allegedly defective products for a leading tobacco company
Represented a leading tobacco company in litigation involving allegedly defective products and claims of breach of contract/warranty. more
Patent litigation for Purafil
Represents Purafil in preparing and prosecuting to issuance numerous patent applications relating to chemical filtration systems for the removal of more
False patent marking case for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
Represented Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in false patent marking qui tam case filed in the Middle District of North Carolina involving more
ERISA plans for several publicly traded food and beverage manufacturers
Represented several publicly traded food and beverage manufacturers in designing and implementing an integrated plan document and summary plan more Featured
Business and corporate strategy and trademark protection for HBH Limited Partnership
Represents HBH Limited Partnership in all aspects of the company’s business including business and corporate strategy, trademark enforcement and more
Negotiation of the sale of master franchise rights for Oporto Franchising
Represented Oporto Franchising, one of the top 50 fastest growing Australian fast food franchises, in the negotiation and sale of master franchise more
Patent and trademark assistance for Xignux
Represents Xignux, a Mexican industrial consortium, in an array of patent and trademark matters for its business divisions in the electrical, wire more
Employment litigation for governmental employees
Represented multiple employees in actions against District of Columbia government and various agencies before the Office of Employee Appeals and in more FeaturedCase Study
Implementation of national gift card program for HBH Limited Partnership
Represented HBH Limited Partnership in the development and implementation of a national gift card program, including the negotiation of agreements more
Environmental litigation for a major bottled water company
Briefed and argued on behalf of a major bottle water company in a case involving a challenge under Michigan’s common law of groundwater, state more Featured
Policy advocacy for a farmer membership organization
Policy advocacy and international market development for a Missouri-based organization that supports 22,000 bean farmers and producers through, more Featured
Executive benefit programs for major bottled water company
Represented a major bottled water company in the restructuring of its executive benefit programs, including executive medical and split dollar life more Featured
Employee benefits for a national beverage manufacturer regarding acquisition of two publicly trading companies
Counseled a national beverage manufacturer in the employee benefits matters regarding its acquisition of two publicly traded corporation in an more Featured
Environmental litigation case for leading livestock producer
Represented a leading livestock producer in public and private nuisance action brought by nearby residents in Illinois state court. Public nuisance more
Electronic health records for a national beverage manufacturer
Assisted a national beverage manufacturer in designing electronic health records for its employee group health plan. more Featured
Insurance coverage litigation for a supplier of mint oils, vanilla beans and other products regarding losses resulting from cyclone in Madagascar *
Represented a supplier of mint oils, vanilla beans and other products in litigation regarding coverage for property damage, business interruption, more
Negotiation of the sale of area representative rights for a fast casual restaurant chain
Advised a fast casual restaurant chain on the negotiation of the sale of area representative rights and drafted related license agreements. more
Defense of doughnut manufacturer for breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practice litigation
Represented major doughnut manufacturer in dispute against a wholesale restaurant equipment liquidator, with which it was contracted to store and more
Constitutional litigation for major bottled water company
Represented major bottled water company, in constitutional litigation against the Governor of Michigan. more
Health and welfare employee benefits for a national beverage manufacturer
Represented a national beverage manufacturer in conducting an ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA privacy and security compliance audit of its health and welfare more Featured
Trademark and advertising counseling for Butterball LLC
The firm serves as trademark and advertising counsel for Butterball LLC.  We provide marketing and advertising advice and counsel and enforce its more
Trade dress infringement action for Fortune 200 consumer goods company
Represented a Fortune 200 consumer goods company in an action for trade dress infringement. more
Restaurant franchisor antitrust action
Represented a restaurant franchisor in defending against antitrust action alleging, among other things, vertical price fixing and Robinson-Patman Act  more

Government & Municipalities

Insurance recovery litigation for naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer
Successfully represented a naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer in a dispute regarding coverage for substantial property damage and business  more
Nisqually Indian Tribe v. Christine Gregoire, et al.
Successfully represented Frank’s Landing Indian Community (Frank’s Landing) in contract litigation dispute. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals more Case Study
Counsel to the Governor of South Carolina in Constitutional Challenge Regarding Utilization of Federal Stimulus Funds
Represented Governor Mark Sanford in the South Carolina Supreme Court and the United States District Court in connection with his efforts to shift more
Private investments for a major institutional investor *
Represented a major institutional investor in connection with over 30 investments, with an aggregate value of nearly $3 billion, in various private more Featured
Post-closure and permitting disputes litigation for construction and demolition landfill *
Represented construction and demolition landfill in litigation relating to post-closure and permitting disputes in Virginia trial court. more
Trust funds litigation for equitable accounting of lands and resources for a tribal community
Serves as lead counsel representing claims for an equitable accounting of the trust funds, lands and resources the U.S. government has held in trusts  more Featured
Military Claims Act award in excess of $10,000,000 *
Obtained an award in excess of approximately $10,000,000 under the Military Claims Act. more
Statutory claims litigation for landfill owner
Represented landfill owner in statutory claims against regional waste authority in Virginia trial and appellate courts. more
United States v. UPM-Kymmenei, Oyi, Reflectac, Bemis and Morgan *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. Aluminum Co. of Am. and Reynolds Metal Co. *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Aluminum Co. of Am. and Reynolds more
United States v. Village Voice and Media and NT Media *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice involving the Sherman Act § 1; swap of assets.  Case pending. more
U.S. v. Echostar Communications, Hughes Electric Corp., General Motors Corp., and DirecTV Enterprises *
Supervised investigation and case for the U.S. Department of Justice. more
U.S. v. Mountain Health Care *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf the U.S. Department of Justice against Mountain Health Care. Internal investigation related to grand jury  more
United States v. The Mathworks *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice involving Sherman Act § 1, allocation of markets.

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U.S. v. SBC Communications and BellSouth Corporation *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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U.S. v. General Dynamics and Newport News Shipbuilding *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
U.S. v. General Electric and Honeywell *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice and a senior official who decided to bring the case. more
Pacific Division Transfer Case (United Airlines’ acquisition of Pan Am’s Pacific Division) *
Tried case on behalf of U.S. Department of Justice involving Pacific Division Transfer Case (United Airlines’ acquisition of Pan Am’s Pacific more
U.S. v. Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Fort James Corporation *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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United States v. United Tote *
Supervised investigation, case and trial on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. United Tote more
United States v. Smith Int'l and Schlumberger Ltd. *
Supervised investigation, case and trial on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice in a case involving contempt of a merger decree.

United States v. Smith Int'l and Schlumberger Ltd. more
U.S. v. Suiza Foods and Broughton Foods *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf the U.S. Department of Justice.
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United States v. Philadelphia Saving Fund Society *
Conducted investigation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
United States v. Philadelphia Saving Fund Society more
U.S. v. Lockheed Martin Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States. v. Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop more
U.S. v. US West *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. Interstate Bakeries Corporation and Continental Baking Company *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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U.S. v. Baroid and Dresser *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. Gen. Motors Corp. and ZF Friedrichshofen, AG *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Gen. Motors Corp. and ZF more
United States v. Primestar, Inc. *
Supervised litigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. Household Finance Corp. *
Tried case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Household Finance Corp. more
U.S. v. First National State Bancorporation *
Conducted investigation and participated in litigation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. First Nat'l more
U.S. v. California Automated Clearing House Association *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
U.S. v. Fremont Bank *
Conducted investigation and brought case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
Lead Counsel In U.S. District Court Jury Trial *
Represented United States as first chair trial counsel in Truck-Temp Delivery System, Inc. v. United States (D. Mass. 2009). Jury verdict more
Represented Governor of South Carolina in constitutional challenge to use of federal stimulus funds
Edwards v. South Carolina, 678 S.E.2d 412 (S.C. 2009) – Represented the Governor of South Carolina in a proceeding in the original more
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more Featured
AFL-CIO proceedings for various international labor unions *
Represented various international labor unions in proceedings before the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations more
Counsel on homeland security matters to European city *
Represented European city in general lobbying, and provided advice on homeland security procurement.  more
Strategic advice and advocacy services to a California Native American tribe
Provide across-the-board strategic advice and advocacy services to a Native American tribe which is the largest property owner in the area more
Appellate litigation for organization and governmental entities
Represent various organizations and governmental entities by authoring appellate briefs, amicus briefs and by coaching oral advocates in advance of more
Represented a political activist
In this court-appointed case, the firm represented a political activist serving a life sentence for murder, sued the Georgia prison system, alleging more
Action against United States government for trespass and breach of contract
The firm serves as lead counsel for a Native American tribe in actions in federal district court and the court of federal more
Copyright action brought against scientific, engineering and technology applications company
Defended scientific, engineering, and technology applications company against copyright claims brought by a quasi-governmental entity of Russia.

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Government antitrust for nine states *
Represented nine states and the District of Columbia in a remedy phase of government antitrust action against an international software company. more
Blinson v. State of North Carolina
Represented the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in constitutional litigation challenging the legality of economic development incentives

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Lands and assets class action suit for Native Americans
Served as co-counsel for plaintiff class of 500,000 Native Americans against the Department of Interior and Treasury Department arising out of the more Featured
Damage claims of trust funds, lands and resources for a tribal community
Serves as lead counsel, representing a tribal community’s claims for damages for mismanagement of tribal trust funds, lands and resources the U.S. more Featured
Complex coverage matters involving environmental losses for city *
Served as lead counsel for a New England city government with respect to complex coverage matters involving environmental and other liabilities and more

Health & Life Sciences

Global License, Development and Commercialization agreement for Biotest AG
Served as lead counsel in representing Biotest AG (Biotest), a German publicly traded biotechnology company, in signing a global License, Development  more Case Study
Banner Pharmacaps Inc. v. Perrigo Co.
Served as lead counsel on behalf of Banner Pharmacaps Inc. in a patent infringement suit against Perrigo. Banner filed the complaint alleging that, more
Kimberly-Clark Corp. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
Defended DuPont and obtained favorable settlement of false advertising litigation pertaining to flammability characteristics of surgical fabrics. 

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Recovered stolen assets for pro bono client *
Successfully litigated and negotiated thousands of dollars for a pro bono client against a major hospital to recover stolen assets. more
FCPA enforcement actions for multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies *
Represented large multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies in FCPA enforcement actions by the SEC and DOJ related to their more
Advised a large multi-national healthcare technology company *
Advised a large multi-national healthcare technology company in connection with its sales and leases of its medical device products and services. more
In re Allegheny Health, Education, and Research Foundation, et al. *
Represented governmental creditor in reorganization of not-for-profit health care system. In re Allegheny Health, Education, and Research more
In re Correlogic Systems Inc.
Represented national medical testing laboratory, a licensee of intellectual property, in complex section 365(n) litigation and negotiated settlement. more
In re Genesis Health Ventures Inc. et al. *
Represented official committee of unsecured creditors in reorganization of public health care system. In re Genesis Health Ventures, Inc., et al more
In re CPC Health Corp. *
Represented official committee of unsecured creditors in reorganization of in-patient and outpatient mental health provider.

In re CPC more
In re Infinia at Willmar Inc. et al. *
Represented 24 skilled nursing facilities and three parent companies in chapter 11 proceedings. Lead counsel in preparation and negotiation of more
In re Response Oncology Inc. et al. *
Represented comprehensive cancer management company in chapter 11 proceeding. In re Response Oncology, Inc., et al., No. 01-24607 more
Assisted Pharmaceutical Industry Client With $30 Million Audit Issue *
Drafted memorandum for IRS auditors and IRS Office of Chief Counsel on $30 million legal issue arising from interaction between Foreign Sales more
Kelli R. Cerven, Keith O. Cerven, Teresa M. Cerven, CFW Vending LLC, and SHGI Corporation v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Represent BCBSNC in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Three individuals and two businesses contend, more
Atlas Brace Technologies USA LLC v. Leatt Corporation and DOES 1-10, Inclusive
Representing Leatt Corporation in the Central District of California. Atlas Brace Technologies filed an action in the Central District of California more
Lead counsel for A.P. Diagnostic Imaging Inc.
Served as lead counsel for A.P. Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., a major provider of diagnostic health care x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI imaging, against more
In re Hospital Damas Inc.
Represented creditors' committee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Hospital Damas, Inc. and helped engineer successful reorganization of hospital and

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In re MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals Inc. *
Led representation of MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its Chapter 11 case in which it generated sufficient funds to pay all creditors more
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for a provider of integrated drug development services
Represented a provider of integrated drug development services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, performed due more
Patent counseling for a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company
Represented a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company  in virus and pathogenic organism micro array more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Represents Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications involving anthrax vaccines, magnetic  more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for patent legal services for public health agency *
Represented public health agency in patent prosecution and counseling matters. Prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Inserm
Provided patent prosecution advice to Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherché médicale). Inserm is the only French public more Featured
Patent litigation for technology company *
Represented technology company in antitrust counterclaim to patent suit in the medical device industry. more
Patent prosecution and counseling for OncImmune, a diagnostics start-up company
Represents OncImmune, a diagnostics start-up affiliated with the University of Nottingham, in obtaining patents for cancer diagnostic methods.  These  more Featured
Patent litigation for Purafil
Represents Purafil in preparing and prosecuting to issuance numerous patent applications relating to chemical filtration systems for the removal of more
Writ of Prohibition defense for a health care plan
Represented a health insurer's health care plan in defending against a Writ of Prohibition relating to Pennsylvania Unfair Insurance Practices Act. more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Rice University
Represents Rice University in pursuing patent coverage in the area of biologically active nitric oxide (NO) releasing polymers and methods of their more Featured
United States and international patent prosecution and counseling for Vanderbilt University
Represents Vanderbilt University in U.S. and international (China, Australia and European Patent Office) patent prosecutions in the area of methods more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for University of Connecticut
Represents the University of Connecticut under government contract and prosecutes patent applications for biological and chemical technologies such more Featured
Patent prosecution and portfolio management for Emory University
Represent Emory University in connection with the provision of patent prosecution and portfolio management services in the areas of psychiatry, more Featured
Patent counseling for Strategic Diagnostics Inc.
Obtains patents and provides patent counseling for Strategic Diagnostics Inc. ("SDI").  SDI is a leading developer and manufacturer of antibodies, more Featured
Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Represented Baxter Healthcare Corporation, a leading global medical products and services company, in a patent infringement action involving alleged more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Children's Medical Center Corporation
Represents Children’s Medical Center Corporation, which is affiliated with Harvard University, and have prepared and prosecuted to issuance numerous more Featured
Intellectual property counseling for Smith & Nephew
Provides patent procurement and counseling services to Smith & Nephew, an industry leader in the development of advanced medical devices and more Featured
Complex coverage matters involving environmental losses for global pharmaceutical company *
Lead counsel for global research-driven pharmaceutical company with respect to complex coverage matters involving environmental and other liabilities  more
Patent applications for Sciele Pharma Inc.
Represent Sciele Pharma Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to prenatal vitamins and more
Datasci, LLC v. Quintiles Transnational Corp.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Quintiles Transnational Corp. in a patent infringement suit relating to electronic data capture more

Health Care

Integration of Atlanta Cardiology Group P.C. into Piedmont Heart Institute, a subsidiary of the Piedmont Healthcare System 
Represented Atlanta Cardiology Group P.C. with its integration from a large multi-office cardiology practice into Piedmont Heart more Featured
Sale of pathology laboratory
Represented seller in the sale of pathology laboratory through the sale of shares following spinoff of anatomic laboratory to shareholder. more Featured
U.S. v. Mountain Health Care *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf the U.S. Department of Justice against Mountain Health Care. Internal investigation related to grand jury  more
Recovered stolen assets for pro bono client *
Successfully litigated and negotiated thousands of dollars for a pro bono client against a major hospital to recover stolen assets. more
FCPA enforcement actions for multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies *
Represented large multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies in FCPA enforcement actions by the SEC and DOJ related to their more
Advised a large multi-national healthcare technology company *
Advised a large multi-national healthcare technology company in connection with its sales and leases of its medical device products and services. more
In re Allegheny Health, Education, and Research Foundation, et al. *
Represented governmental creditor in reorganization of not-for-profit health care system. In re Allegheny Health, Education, and Research more
In re Correlogic Systems Inc.
Represented national medical testing laboratory, a licensee of intellectual property, in complex section 365(n) litigation and negotiated settlement. more
In re Genesis Health Ventures Inc. et al. *
Represented official committee of unsecured creditors in reorganization of public health care system. In re Genesis Health Ventures, Inc., et al more
In re CPC Health Corp. *
Represented official committee of unsecured creditors in reorganization of in-patient and outpatient mental health provider.

In re CPC more
In re Infinia at Willmar Inc. et al. *
Represented 24 skilled nursing facilities and three parent companies in chapter 11 proceedings. Lead counsel in preparation and negotiation of more
In re Response Oncology Inc. et al. *
Represented comprehensive cancer management company in chapter 11 proceeding. In re Response Oncology, Inc., et al., No. 01-24607 more
In re The Covenant at South Hills Inc.
Lead counsel in representation of non-profit, entrance fee continuing care retirement community as chapter 11 debtor.

In re The Covenant more
Sale/leaseback for assisted living facilities
Represented an assisted living firm in the master sale/leaseback of more than 50 assisted living facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina and more
Kelli R. Cerven, Keith O. Cerven, Teresa M. Cerven, CFW Vending LLC, and SHGI Corporation v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Represent BCBSNC in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Three individuals and two businesses contend, more
In re Hospital Damas Inc.
Represented creditors' committee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Hospital Damas, Inc. and helped engineer successful reorganization of hospital and

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Caracci, et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue *
Represented three home-health care agencies and their owners in collection action by the IRS who sought over $250 million in excise taxes referred to  more
Medical malpractice litigation for a Georgia hospital
Represented a Georgia hospital in medical malpractice litigation. more
Employment litigation defense of mental health hospital *
Defended a mental health hospital against allegations of slander by a former employee arising out of the employee's termination for alleged abuse of more
Sale of interest in a physician owned cath lab for Atlanta Cardiology Group P.C.
Represented Atlanta Cardiology Group P.C. in the sale of majority interest in a physician owned cath lab to Cardiology Services of America Inc., a more Featured
North Carolina Baptist Hospital v. Novant Health Inc.
Briefed and argued on behalf of Wake Forest University’s North Carolina Baptist Hospital in North Carolina Baptist Hosp. v. Novant Health, Inc more
Obtaining various regulatory exemptions for a benefits payment services company
Represented a benefits payment services company in obtaining exemptions from the HIPAA electronic transaction rule. more Featured

Hospitality & Gaming

Formation and implementation of franchise program for O'Charley's
Represents O’Charley’s, Inc. in connection with the formation and implementation of its franchise program handling ongoing federal and state more
Culp Inc. v. Valley Forge Fabrics Inc. and Marriott International Design & Construction Services Inc.
Lead defense counsel for Marriott International Design & Construction Services Inc. in a copyright case. Negotiated settlement agreement which more
Marriott International Inc. v. Sunburst Hospitality Corporation
Lead counsel for Marriott International Corporation in trademark infringement litigation to enforce rights in Residence Inn and Courtyard brands. more Featured
Union organizing campaigns at Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Provided the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation with advice, assistance and representation before the National Labor Relations Board in more Featured
Marriott International Inc. v. Leviev Boymelgreen
Lead counsel for Marriott International Corporation in trademark infringement litigation to enforce the trademark rights of its Marquis brands. more
Counseling for venerable "Rock 'N Roll" brand
Represent one of the world's most recognized and iconic brands, used in connection with resorts, casinos, cafes, live performance venues and events more
Creditors committee and liquidating trust for Amelia Island Plantation
Representation of the Amelia Island Plantation creditors committee and subsequently the liquidating trust. Total liabilities in bankruptcy case more
Cyberfone Systems Inc. v. Amazon.com Inc. et al.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Intercontinental Hotels Corporation in defending a patent infringement case. We obtained summary more
Litigation related to design and installation of mechanical systems and utilities *
Successfully represented a major mechanical and utility contractor arising out of claims of defective design and construction of mechanical and more
License agreements for worldwide hotel company
Assisted a leading worldwide hotel company in the recordal of license agreements internationally. more
Strategic advice and advocacy services to a California Native American tribe
Provide across-the-board strategic advice and advocacy services to a Native American tribe which is the largest property owner in the area more
Insurance litigation for world's leading cruise operator *
Lead counsel for world's leading cruise operator regarding catastrophic hurricane losses. more
Tax advice for a publicly held hotel operation management services company
Represented a publicly held hotel operation management services company by providing tax advice which included analyzing a number of strategic more Featured
Tax advice regarding stock sale and asset distribution
Represented a publicly held hotel operation management services company in the sale of its stock, including the tax-efficient distribution to more
Sovereign authority defense in National Labor Relations Board case for gaming tribe
Represents one of the most successful gaming Tribes in the country in a case before the National Labor Relations Board, defending the Tribe's more Featured
Brand development and brand protection
Performs not only trademark clearance and application work, but also domestic and international policing, anticounterfeiting, franchising, licensing,  more

Investment & Securities

Issuer’s counsel in a $6.1 million initial public offering
Represented the issue in a $6.1 million public offering undertaken in connection with the mutual-to-stock conversion and holding company formation by  more
Complex insurance coverage litigation for venture capital firm
Lead counsel in ongoing representation of venture capital firm in connection with dispute under directors and officers liability policy regarding more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $28 million follow-on public offering of common stock by Smithtown Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $3.8 public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $3.8 million initial public offering by St. Joseph Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $11.1 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $11.1 million initial public offering by Hibernia Homestead Bancorp, Inc. more
Private investments for a major institutional investor *
Represented a major institutional investor in connection with over 30 investments, with an aggregate value of nearly $3 billion, in various private more Featured
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a private placement of subordinated notes
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in an $11.8 million private placement of subordinated notes by Paragon Commercial Bank. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $27.5 million private placement
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in a private placement of $27.5 million of common stock issued by Smithtown Bancorp, more
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel Nicolaus Corp. in a $27.7 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel Nicolaus Corp., in the $27.7 public offering by Malvern Federal Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel Nicolaus Corp. in a $78.2 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel Nicolaus Corp., in the $78.2 million initial public offering by Cape Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $10.3 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $10.3 million initial public offering by William Penn Bancorp Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $192.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $192.7 million initial public offering by Northfield Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel in a $13.0 million public offering
Represented underwriter in a $13.0 million initial public offering by an Indiana mutual holding company done to finance a concurrent acquisition. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $1.1 billion public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $1.1 billion initial public offering of common stock by TFS Financial more Featured
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $121.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $121.7 million initial public offering by Oritani Financial Corp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $25.3 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $25.3 million initial public offering by MSB Financial Inc. more
Defense of an investment adviser in various investment-related suits
Represented an investment adviser against a securities custodian and broker-dealer arising out of the theft of customer funds in an action alleging a  more Featured
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $98.2 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $98.2 million initial public offering by Roma Financial Corp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $10.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $10.7 million initial public offering by Seneca-Cayuga Bancorp Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $516.3 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $516.3 million initial public offering by Investors Bancorp, Inc. more Featured
Underwriter's counsel for Stifel Nicolaus Corp. in a $20.8 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Stifel Nicolaus Corp., in the $20.8 million initial public offering by Colonial Bankshares, Inc. more
Improper trading activity by an investment adviser
Represented financial institution and investment adviser in alleged improper trading activity by a portfolio manager. more Featured
Underwriter's counsel for Ryan Beck & Co. in a $17.0 million initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Ryan Beck & Co., in the $17.0 million initial public offering by First Federal of North Michigan Bancorp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in the $5.6 million initial public offering by OC Financial Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $56.5 public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $56.5 million initial public offering by Prudential Bancorp, Inc. of more
Mutual holding company reorganization of Bay-Vanguard Federal Savings Bank and $11.9 million IPO for BV Financial Inc..
Represented Bay-Vanguard Federal Savings Bank in its mutual holding company reorganization and the related $11.9 million initial public offering by more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $13.4 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $13.4 million initial public offering by SFSB, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc.
Represented underwriter Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc. in the $58.2 million initial public offering by Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $9.1 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $9.1 million initial public offering by Roebling Financial Corp. Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $148.8 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $148.8 million initial public offering by Partners Trust Financial Group, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel in a $39.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter in a $39.7 million initial public offering by a New York savings bank holding company. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $202.0 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $202.0 million initial public offering by KNBT Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $8.7 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the $8.7 million initial public offering by Flatbush Federal Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $2.6 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $2.6 million initial public offering by Rantoul First Bank, S.B. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a $5.6 million public offering
Represented the underwriter, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in the $5.6 million initial public offering by OC Financial Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $6.8 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $6.8 million initial public offering by Mt. Troy Savings Bank. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in an initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $4.8 million initial public offering by City Savings Financial Corp. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $5.2 million initial public offering
Represented Trident Securities, the underwriter, in the $5.2 million initial public offering by First BancTrust Corporation. more
Sale of publicly held JWGenesis Financial Corp.
Represented JWGenesis Financial Corp., a publicly held investment banking and brokerage company, in its $100 million acquisition by First Union more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $5.6 initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $5.6 million initial public offering by First Federal of Olathe Bancorp, Inc. more
Underwriter's counsel for Trident Securities in a $15.8 million initial public offering
Represented the underwriter, Trident Securities, in the $15.8 million initial public offering by First Deposit Bancshares, Inc. more
Represents an investment advisor
Serves as lead counsel in the representation of an investment adviser in investigations by FINRA and the SEC. more
Represented a registered representative in investigation by FINRA
Served as lead counsel in the representation of a registered representative in investigation by FINRA related to allegations of selling away. more
Formation of solar power storage investment fund *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the development and structuring of a $25 million solar power storage investment fund. more
Intellectual property counsel for a prominent investment fund
The firm served as intellectual property counsel for a prominent investment fund represented by a major New York law firm in connection with the more
Underwriters’ counsel in a $27.1 million public offering
Represented the underwriter in a $27.1 million public offering undertaken in connection with a second step mutual holding company reorganization. more
Underwriters’ counsel in a $12.1 million public offering
Represented the underwriter in a $12.1 million public offering by a mid-Atlantic bank holding company. more
Complex insurance coverage litigation for hedge fund
Obtain substantial settlements for hedge fund in ongoing lawsuit seeking coverage for losses incurred in connection with criminal and other more
Insurance coverage litigation for investment company regarding professional liability losses
Represents an investment company in litigation regarding coverage under errors & omissions policies for professional liability losses. more
Strategic disposition and sale of a division by a publicly-held investment banking and brokerage company to a management led group
Represented a publicly-held investment banking and brokerage company in its disposition and sale of a division to a private group led by certain more
Insurance litigation for leading investment consulting firm
Lead counsel for recognized leader in investment consulting regarding alleged director and officer wrongful acts. more
Underwriter's counsel for Keefe Bruyette & Woods in a $122 million public offering
Represented underwriter, Keefe Bruyette & Woods, in the $122 million initial public offering by Territorial Bancorp Inc. more Featured
Mutual fund and investment management disputes for large financial institution
Represented multi-billion dollar mutual fund family for a Fortune 500 financial institution in action alleging inappropriate investments in more Featured
State tax structuring advice for wholesale energy marketer
Advised a leading North American wholesale energy marketer regarding the optimal state tax structure for use in connection with a purchase and more
Insurance litigation for one of the largest traders of U.S. Treasuries regarding losses from domestic terrorist attacks *
Lead counsel for one of the largest traders of U.S. Treasuries regarding their property loss, business interruption, extra expense and other 9/11 more
Underwriter's counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $161.2 million public offering
Represented underwriter, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P., in the follow-on public offering of $161.2 million of common stock by National Penn more Featured
Placement Agent Counsel for Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P. in a $54 million private placement
Represented the placement agent, Sandler O'Neill + Partners L. P. in the $54 million private placement offering by a de novo national bank. more

Manufacturing

Insurance recovery litigation for naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer
Successfully represented a naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer in a dispute regarding coverage for substantial property damage and business  more
Trademark litigation for Lexington Home Brands
The firm represented Lexington Home Brands, a global manufacturer and marketer of distinctive home furnishings, in connection with the enforcement of  more
Acquisition of International Resource Partners for James River Coal Company
The firm assisted James River Coal Company (James River) in its acquisition of International Resource Partners (IRP) for $515 million in cash. We more Case Study
Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Terry W. Little d/b/a Thomasville Furniture Integrity Group
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. Obtained judgment, permanent injunction and order for attorney’s fees.

Thomasville Furniture more
Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Alvin T. Lambeth d/b/a Thomasville Freight Lines
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. Obtained judgment, permanent injunction and order for attorney’s fees.

Thomasville Furniture more
Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Thomasville Express Inc. et al.
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. in trademark infringement action. Negotiated settlement agreement which resolved the case.

Thomasville more
In re Wurzburg Inc.
Represent creditors' committee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of commercial packaging and labeling manufacturer. In re Wurzburg, Inc., No. 10-21047 more
Representation of manufacturer in coverage litigation involving nationwide products liability class action *
Lead counsel for Omega Flex in insurance recovery action seeking coverage for costs incurred in connection with nationwide class action involving more
Multi-part debt security refinancing transaction for leading carpet manufacturer Interface Inc.
Represented Interface Inc. in its multi-faceted debt refinancing transaction that involved a Rule 144A private offering (and subsequent more
IRS challenging a listed transaction for a global manufacturer
Represented a global manufacturer in a case involving a highly controversial “listed transaction” being challenged by the IRS.  The listed more Featured
Securities, M&A and Tax for James River Coal Co.
Represented James River Coal, an Appalachian coal mining company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, in its efforts to raise capital for improving more FeaturedCase Study
Interface, Inc. v. Hartford Fire Insurance Company
The firm served as lead counsel in representing Interface Flooring Systems, Inc. and affiliated entities (Interface), the world’s leading producer of  more Featured
Acquisition by Zodiac Marine & Pool
Represented Zodiac Marine & Pool in its $327 million acquisition of Polaris Pool Holdings Corporation from private equity fund Quad-C Management. more Featured
Division sale for Goodrich Corporation
Represented Goodrich Corporation, which supplies systems and services to the aerospace and defense markets, in sale of ATS Division to  more Featured
Dan River, Inc. v. ALS Enterprises, Inc.
Represented Dan River Inc. in declaratory judgment action against ALS arising out of alleged false advertising claims.  After extensive discovery, more Featured
Suffolk Construction Company v. Interface Flooring Systems, et al.
Successfully represented Interface, Inc., a leading manufacturer of carpet tiles, in a series of product liability cases filed in Massachusetts, more Featured
Employment discrimination litigation for a major defense contractor
Represented a major defense contractor in a lawsuit in which an employee claimed that he failed to receive certain promotions or job transfers more Featured
Acquisition by a national yarn manufacturer
Represented a large, privately owned yarn manufacturer in its acquisition of one of the largest suppliers in the United States and Canada of more Featured
Acquisition by Zodiac Aerospace
Represented Zodiac Aerospace in its acquisition of C&D Aerospace, an aircraft interiors manufacturer with operations in the United States, more Featured
Recapitalization and asset sales for a textile company
The firm represented a Special Committee of the Board of a Virginia textile company in a series of recapitalizations and asset sales where the

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Counsel for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for an entertainment and media production company *
The firm served as counsel for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for an entertainment and media production company in fraudulent transfer, breach of more
Sale of assets of Dan River, Inc.
The firm represented Dan River, Inc., a Virginia-based textile manufacturer, in the $19 million sale of its assets. more Featured
Construction dispute for a leading tobacco company
Served as a lead counsel in the successful representation of a leading tobacco company in a multimillion dollar construction dispute with a more
United States v. UPM-Kymmenei, Oyi, Reflectac, Bemis and Morgan *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. Aluminum Co. of Am. and Reynolds Metal Co. *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Aluminum Co. of Am. and Reynolds more
Product liability of an automotive manufacturer
Represented German automotive manufacturer in first-collision, crashworthiness, and failure-to-warn cases in courts across the country. Also defended  more Featured
Employment litigation for a manufacturer of electrochemical measuring instruments and accessories *
Represented a manufacturer of electrochemical measuring instruments and accessories in a race discrimination matter under Title VII. more
United States of America v. Jillson and Nixon *
Obtained rare taxpayer victory in summons enforcement case involving two executives of large installation company.

U.S. v. Jillson and more
United States v. Gen. Motors Corp. and ZF Friedrichshofen, AG *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States v. Gen. Motors Corp. and ZF more
Environmental litigation for H.M. Holdings Inc. *
Obtained favorable settlement for SCM Corporation in an action against 14 insurance companies for environment liabilities involving numerous sites. more
Development and project finance of a pellet manufacturer
Representing a U.S. biomass pellet company in the closing of a $2 million Convertible Note. more
Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC
Represented Mack Trucks Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC in a successful challenge to final non-conformance penalty regulations adopted by EPA

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Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Powertrain Corporation *
Represented Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Powertrain Corporation in successful challenge to low-NOx engine reflash regulations adopted by the

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Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC
Represented Mack Trucks Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC in a successful challenge to interim non-conformance penalty regulations adopted by

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Customs and tax issues of memorabilia against U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Represented an international company comprised of themed restaurants and other offerings against U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s claim that more
Englander v. Bassett Furniture Industries Inc.
Achieved a settlement on behalf of Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. in litigation brought against Bassett and over 150 other furniture more
Asbestos-related claims for major automotive parts manufacture *
Represented a major automotive parts manufacture to secure millions of dollars in insurance coverage for asbestos-related claims. more
Sara Lee Corp. v. Pro Sports Inc.
Represented owner of CHAMPION® mark in trademark infringement suit to enjoin use of CHAMPION on sports equipment. After defeating motion to amend more
Stimpson Hosiery Mills v. PAM Trading Co.
Defense counsel for distributor of knitting machines; new trial granted on damages. Stimpson Hosiery Mills v. PAM Trading Co., 392 S.E. 2d more
Sara Lee Corp. v. CBS Inc.
Defended Champion Apparel during the 1994 Winter Olympics against ambush marketing claim. Obtained temporary restraining order in N.C. Superior Court  more
Joint venture advice for Russian mining company *
Advised a Russian mining company on its joint venture with a British entity to operate in South Africa. more
Lead trial counsel for Sara Lee Corporation before the TTAB
Lead trial counsel for Sara Lee Corporation company, including three winning trials before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Sara Lee more
In re Radnor Holdings Corp.
Represented lender in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of leading producer of foam cups and containers. more
In re Monarch Mfg. Inc.
Represented manufacturing company in case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The firm evaluated and  more
Asbestos wrongful death lawsuits for a major forest products company
Represent a major forest products company in asbestos multiple wrongful death lawsuits. more
Lead Counsel In U.S. District Court Jury Trial *
Represented United States as first chair trial counsel in Naktenis v. United States (D. Conn. 2008), involving whether executive of aircraft parts more
Stanley Black & Decker Inc. et al. v. D&L Elite Investments LLC et al.
Represent Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. and The Black & Decker Corporation in a trademark and trade dress counterfeiting case arising out of more
Represented Defense Industry Client In MACRS Depreciation Dispute *
Drafted protest to IRS Office of Appeals arguing that manufacturing structure was machinery and equipment, and not a building, for purposes of MACRS more
Southern Mills Inc. d/b/a TenCate Protective Fabrics v. Insight Holding Group LLC (significant contract litigation in federal district court and in arbitration)
Obtained a major victory for the firm’s client Southern Mills d/b/a TenCate Protective Fabrics in a complex case involving a contract for the sale of  more
Black and Decker U.S. Inc. et al. v. Best Buy Imports et al.
Represented Black & Decker and supervised an extensive investigation into the importation and sale of tools which copied Black & Decker’s more
ERISA class action involving Reynolds American Inc.
Represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company successfully in ERISA class action. On October 25, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of  more FeaturedCase Study
Multifaceted debt refinancing transaction for Interface Inc.
Represented Interface Inc., a worldwide leader in the design, production and sales of modular carpet, in its approximately $300 million public debt more Featured
Overturned $14 Million Jury Verdict on Appeal
Eureka Water Co. v. Nestle Waters North America, Inc., 690 F.3d 1139 (10th Cir. 2012) – Represented Nestlé Waters in overturning on appeal a  more
Wolfe v. DuPont
Represented E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in a toxic tort personal injury action in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The matter was more
Telebrands Corp. v. Del Labs. Inc.
Defeated motion for temporary restraining order and forced plaintiff to withdraw preliminary injunction motion and pay our clients’ associated more
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, et al. v. BASF Plant Science GmbH, et al.
Represented DuPont in patent dispute with BASF involving technology related to herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn. Litigation resulted in more
Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Represented R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR) in complex business litigation action. In 2009, Lorillard and RJR signed a settlement agreement to more
Trucks Inc. v. United States of America *
Represented Trucks, Inc. in seeking a reversal and remand from a District Court decision granting IRS motion for summary judgment on issue of whether  more
Obtained reversal of adverse products liability ruling in North Carolina Supreme Court
Stark v. Ford Motor Company, 723 S.E.2d 753 (N.C. 2012) – Represented Ford Motor Company in a petition for discretionary review and merits more
Insurance coverage litigation for Formosa Plastics Corporation for explosion and fire loss
The firm served as lead counsel for Formosa Plastics Corporation in litigation regarding coverage for property damage and other losses suffered at more Featured
In re MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals Inc. *
Led representation of MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its Chapter 11 case in which it generated sufficient funds to pay all creditors more
In re Glenoit Corporation *
Led representation of Glenoit Corporation, a textile manufacturer and importer, in its Chapter 11 case. Successfully sold off non-core divisions and more
Representation of International Paper Company & Masonite Corporation in coverage litigation involving nationwide products liability class action and numerous other cases *
Served as trial and appellate counsel for International Paper & Masonite in action against more than 20 insurance companies seeking recovery for more
Representation of contract mining company in environmental coverage litigation
Lead counsel for Wells Cargo, Inc. in ongoing litigation seeking insurance coverage for losses incurred in connection with an environmental more
Insurance coverage litigation for manufacturer of automotive parts *
Represented a manufacturer of automotive parts in coverage litigation regarding asbestos liabilities. more
Litigation challenging constitutionality of amendments proposed by a U.S. State to beverage industry Bill
Represented a beverage industry association and a beverage manufacturer in litigation challenging the constitutionality of amendments to a U.S. State  more
Dispute arbitration counsel to an international mining company following successful dismissal of complaint
Successfully represented an international mining company in seeking dismissal of complaint filed in U.S. District Court resulting in a required more
Insurance coverage litigation for manufacturer and distributor of chemicals and plastics *
Represented manufacturer and distributor of chemicals and plastics in coverage litigation regarding asbestos, environmental, and toxic tort more
Litigation for a consumer products manufacturer
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of a consumer products manufacturer accused of multiple counts of interference with contract.  Obtained more
Lord Corporation v. S&B Technical Products Inc., et al.
Counsel for Lord Corporation. Prosecuted Lanham Act claims in trade secret case. Case pending.
 
Lord Corporation v. S&B Technical  more
Patent litigation for technology company *
Represented technology company in antitrust counterclaim to patent suit in the medical device industry. more
Litigation involving allegedly defective products for a leading tobacco company
Represented a leading tobacco company in litigation involving allegedly defective products and claims of breach of contract/warranty. more
Antitrust and business tort litigation for a large maker of electronic test, measurement and monitoring equipment
Successfully represented a large maker of electronic test, measurement and monitoring equipment in an antitrust and business tort action in the more Featured
Environmental coverage litigation for a major electrical equipment manufacturer *
Represented a major electrical equipment manufacturer in environmental coverage litigation. more Featured
KSR v. Teleflex, 550 U.S. 398 (2007).
Filed an amicus brief on behalf of KSR International/TESSERA in the Supreme Court's automotive brake designer case addressing the standard for more
Antitrust and trade regulation for manufacturing company *
Represented manufacturing company in antitrust claim for unlawful asset acquisition and attempted monopolization in medical device industry. more
Pension plan advice for an agricultural company
Assisted an agricultural company in the preparation of its pension plan amendments and advice on compliance and administration of the qualified and more
Breach of contract litigation regarding covenants not to compete for major wholesale distributor *
The firm served as lead counsel and successfully represented a major Winston Salem, NC wholesale distributor in litigation involving two breach of more
Patent and trademark assistance for Xignux
Represents Xignux, a Mexican industrial consortium, in an array of patent and trademark matters for its business divisions in the electrical, wire more
Acquisition of a coal mining company by James River Coal Company
Advised James River Coal Company on its acquisition of a private coal mining company. more
Simultaneous roll-up/combination of nine companies and initial public offering to form Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. as NYSE-listed company
Represented Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. as principal founding company and sponsor of the roll-up/combination of nine private companies and more Featured
Public notes offering for James River Coal Company
Represented James River Coal Company in public offering of $150 million senior notes.
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Breach of contract/warranty litigation for upholstery manufacturer company
Represents the world's largest office interior upholstery manufacturer in breach of contract/warranty litigation arising from defective boilers for more
Product liability claim against automobile manufacturer
Representing an automobile manufacturer on appeal against claims of defective seat belt that caused injuries to a child. The child's parents appealed  more
Aventis Pharma S.A. v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Represented Baxter Healthcare Corporation, a leading global medical products and services company, in a patent infringement action involving alleged more
Serial acquisitions program for publicly-held Industrial Distribution Group, Inc.
Represented Industrial Distribution Group, Inc., a publicly-held distributor of industrial supplies, in its multi-year serial acquisitions program more
Intellectual property counseling for Smith & Nephew
Provides patent procurement and counseling services to Smith & Nephew, an industry leader in the development of advanced medical devices and more Featured
Negotiation of construction contracts for Hanesbrands Inc.
Represented Hanesbrands Inc. in negotiation of construction contracts in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. more
Multimillion dollar investment and plan of merger for a leading hosiery manufacturer
Represented leading hosiery manufacturer in connection with a multimillion dollar investment and plan of merger. more
Georgia Pacific Consumer Products LP v. Myers Supply Inc., Inland Supply Inc., Four-U-Packaging, Inc. and Superior Janitor Supply Inc.
Counsel to Georgia-Pacific LLC in the enforcement of their trademark rights with respect to the paper towels dispensed by the enMotion motion more
Technology and brand protection advice for Oldcastle Inc.
Represents Oldcastle Inc. in the protection of its technology throughout North America by providing patent advice, clearance, protection, and more Featured
Cash/stock transaction for an acoustic parts and car body sealants company
Represented an acoustic parts and car body sealants company located in the U.S., Australia and the U.K. in connection with the sale of the company, more Featured
Representation of Rockwell International Corp. *
Served as trial and appellate counsel for Rockwell International Corporation in action seeking to hold Rockwell liable for alleged contractual more
Trademark portfolio management for leading manufacturer of waterproof, breathable fabric
Represents leading manufacturer of waterproof, breathable fabric in connection with the enforcement of the company's trademarks. more Featured
Defense of furniture manufacturer against antitrust violations *
Represented a furniture manufacturer against allegations of antitrust violations by a discount distributor. more
Tax advice for a steam- and industrial-grade coal company
Advised a Kentucky and Indiana steam- and industrial-grade coal company on issues related to change of ownership and net operating loss limitations more
Tax advice regarding acquisition structures
Provided support to a maker of recovery and towing vehicles in planning and implementing its towing operation acquisition program, including planning  more
Representation of Dana Corporation *
Served as trial counsel for Dana Corporation in a series of individual, multiparty and class actions seeking to hold Dana vicariously liable for more
Representation of Caterpillar Inc. *
Obtained favorable settlement for Caterpillar Inc. in action seeking substantial damages arising out of breach of a long-term requirements contract more
Witco Corporation v. Travelers Indemnity Co. *
Obtained favorable settlements on the eve of trial for Witco Corporation in an action against more than 35 insurance companies for environmental more
Trademark litigation services for fiberglass products manufacturer
The firm served as lead counsel in representing a Connecticut fiberglass products manufacturer in a trademark action and in defending client against

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Intellectual property advice for Furniture Brands International, Inc.
Represents Furniture Brands International, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of home furnishings, including such brands as Broyhill, more Featured
Trade dress infringement action for Fortune 200 consumer goods company
Represented a Fortune 200 consumer goods company in an action for trade dress infringement. more
Representation of Electrolux *
Served as appellate counsel for Electrolux in bodily injury suit and obtained favorable settlement in connection with that appeal. more

Medical & Surgical Devices

Advised a large multi-national healthcare technology company *
Advised a large multi-national healthcare technology company in connection with its sales and leases of its medical device products and services. more
Atlas Brace Technologies USA LLC v. Leatt Corporation and DOES 1-10, Inclusive
Representing Leatt Corporation in the Central District of California. Atlas Brace Technologies filed an action in the Central District of California more
Lead counsel for A.P. Diagnostic Imaging Inc.
Served as lead counsel for A.P. Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., a major provider of diagnostic health care x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI imaging, against more
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for a provider of integrated drug development services
Represented a provider of integrated drug development services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, performed due more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Represents Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications involving anthrax vaccines, magnetic  more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Inserm
Provided patent prosecution advice to Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherché médicale). Inserm is the only French public more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for OncImmune, a diagnostics start-up company
Represents OncImmune, a diagnostics start-up affiliated with the University of Nottingham, in obtaining patents for cancer diagnostic methods.  These  more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Rice University
Represents Rice University in pursuing patent coverage in the area of biologically active nitric oxide (NO) releasing polymers and methods of their more Featured
Patent counseling for Strategic Diagnostics Inc.
Obtains patents and provides patent counseling for Strategic Diagnostics Inc. ("SDI").  SDI is a leading developer and manufacturer of antibodies, more Featured
Antitrust counterclaim for a medical device company *
Represented a medical device company in an antitrust counterclaim to a patent suit. more
Intellectual property counseling for Smith & Nephew
Provides patent procurement and counseling services to Smith & Nephew, an industry leader in the development of advanced medical devices and more Featured

Native American

Nisqually Indian Tribe v. Christine Gregoire, et al.
Successfully represented Frank’s Landing Indian Community (Frank’s Landing) in contract litigation dispute. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals more Case Study
Union organizing campaigns at Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Provided the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation with advice, assistance and representation before the National Labor Relations Board in more Featured
Trust funds litigation for equitable accounting of lands and resources for a tribal community
Serves as lead counsel representing claims for an equitable accounting of the trust funds, lands and resources the U.S. government has held in trusts  more Featured
Represents the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Serves as lead counsel in representing the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in actions by the State of Alabama to challenge the trust status of its more
Legal services for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Provide legal services for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde including drafting and amending a variety of Tribal laws, and upgrading the forms more
Racial discrimination litigation for Quinault Indian Nation
Represent the Quinault Indian Nation against four school districts, and their superintendents and athletic directors, alleging racial discrimination more
Counsel for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Provide counsel to the Attorney General of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians regarding litigation matters and provide risk management and risk more
Nisqually Indian Tribe v. Gregoire
Briefed on behalf of one of the defendants in Nisqually Indian Tribe v. Gregoire, 623 F.3d 923 (9th Cir. 2010). The case involved questions of more
United States v. Tohono O’odhom Nation
Co-counsel for the Tohono O’odhom Nation in United States v. Tohono O’odhom Nation, No. 09-846 (2011). The case involves the scope of the more
Note counsel to California-based gaming tribe in securing Participation Certificates
Represented a California-based gaming tribe as Note Counsel in connection with the issuance of Participation Certificates to finance a portion of the  more
Strategic advice and advocacy services to a California Native American tribe
Provide across-the-board strategic advice and advocacy services to a Native American tribe which is the largest property owner in the area more
Action against United States government for trespass and breach of contract
The firm serves as lead counsel for a Native American tribe in actions in federal district court and the court of federal more
Sovereign authority defense in National Labor Relations Board case for gaming tribe
Represents one of the most successful gaming Tribes in the country in a case before the National Labor Relations Board, defending the Tribe's more Featured
Lands and assets class action suit for Native Americans
Served as co-counsel for plaintiff class of 500,000 Native Americans against the Department of Interior and Treasury Department arising out of the more Featured
Damage claims of trust funds, lands and resources for a tribal community
Serves as lead counsel, representing a tribal community’s claims for damages for mismanagement of tribal trust funds, lands and resources the U.S. more Featured

Non-profit & Trade Associations

Litigation for low income tenant
Successfully represented a low income client who was facing eviction erroneously due to the landlord's inability to maintain payment records and to more
Counsel to West Virginia not-for-profit in contractual dispute
Represented a West Virginia not-for-profit owner in the defense of claims from a general contractor and the prosecution of claims on behalf of the more
Tax implications for nonprofit organizations
Represent nonprofit organizations providing advice on the tax implications of their actions in a multitude of situations. more
Improper trading in mutual funds arbitration for trustees of a charitable and benevolent association
Served as lead counsel in an arbitration representing the trustees of a charitable and benevolent association against a national brokerage firm based  more
Litigation for Trade Association
Represents trade association in challenge to federal procurement regulation in federal district court. more
Environmental class action litigation for farmers and an agricultural association *
Represented commercial seed farmers and their agricultural trade association who were sued in Idaho state court in a nuisance and trespass class more Featured
Pro bono litigation for a church elder
Represented an elder in the church judicial system accused of refusing to sign an "oath" to be an officer in the church.  We obtained a bench trial more
Trademark counseling to a large non-profit humanitarian organization
We provide extensive trademark counseling to a large non-profit humanitarian organization. We also manage the organization's domestic and more
Pro Bono work on behalf of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy
Pro bono work on behalf of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, a non-profit entity using groundbreaking research and public education more
In re The Covenant at South Hills Inc.
Lead counsel in representation of non-profit, entrance fee continuing care retirement community as chapter 11 debtor.

In re The Covenant more
In re AmeriDebt Inc. *
Chapter 11 trustee of bankruptcy estate of operating credit counseling agency with 60,000 clients and approximately 300,000 potential claimants. more
Fonovisa Inc. v. Cherry Auction Inc. (Representing The International Anticounterfeiting Coalition Inc.)
Represented the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. in the Ninth Circuit and filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of numerous intellectual more
Adobe Systems Inc. v. Fritsch
Worked with the Business Software Alliance on an investigation of online dealers in counterfeit software, including auction site dealers. We obtained  more
Acquisition of health care facilities for private banking institution
Represented private banking institution in its acquisition of health care facilities from receiver. more
Counsel to trade association
The firm served as general counsel and antitrust counsel to trade association. more
Continuing legal education programs
Provide continuing legal education programs to lawyers and nonprofit organizations in the areas of tax, employment, corporate, intellectual property more
Phillips v. AWH Corp., et al.
Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel in a significant patent law appellate case addressing claim construction more Featured
Tax advice for Louisiana-based non-profit
Represented a Louisiana-based non-profit by providing tax advice. more
Trademark litigation and portfolio management for a non-profit housing organization
Represent a non-profit housing organization's domestic and international trademark portfolio, including domestic and international oppositions and more
Policy advocacy for a farmer membership organization
Policy advocacy and international market development for a Missouri-based organization that supports 22,000 bean farmers and producers through, more Featured
Advised Parade of One on intellectual property matters
Advised Parade of One, an organization that promotes socially aware musical performances and pursues causes that include environmentalism, on more
Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley
Briefed and argued on behalf of the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley, 181 N.C. App. 594, 640 S.E.2d 777 more
Pro bono case for nationwide church
Represent on a pro bono basis ministers and officers of a nationwide church in disciplinary and remedial actions before the church judicial system. more
Grandparent adoption
Represents caregivers seeking to adopt children. One of the firm's signature pro bono programs is the Grandparent Adoption Program. Dozens of lawyers  more
Specialized counseling for American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network
Provide specialized counsel to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN) by monitoring and reviewing agency actions and cases. more
Counsel to nonprofit employer organization *
Served as counsel to a nonprofit employer group organization that worked to protect cafeteria plans in Congress and with the IRS. more
Counsel to nonprofit employer organization *
Served as counsel to a nonprofit employer group organization that worked to protect cafeteria plans in Congress and with the IRS. more

Oil & Gas-Petrochemicals

United States v. Smith Int'l and Schlumberger Ltd. *
Supervised investigation, case and trial on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice in a case involving contempt of a merger decree.

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Successful federal multi-district litigation for major oil companies
Represented major oil companies in federal multi-district litigation involving methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), including litigation brought by more
Project financing grants for integrated biorefineries *
Represented 5 client awardees out of 19 awards at the U.S. DOE for the integrated biorefinery grants. more
$2 billion project financing for U.S. energy company in gas-to-liquid project in Nigeria, Africa *
Representing a U.S. energy company in the project financing of a $2 billion natural gas-to-liquids project with related processing units, pipelines more
Series A funding of oil refinery technology company *
Representing a U.S. oil refinery technology company in a $10 million Series A equity round. more
Acquisition of offshore natural gas in Cote d’Ivoire, Africa *
Represented a U.S. upstream gas company in the acquisition of offshore natural gas blocks in Cote d’Ivoire, Africa. more
5,125 solar-powered water purification units manufactured for U.S. oil trading company *
Represented a U.S. oil trading company in the manufacture of 5,125 solar-powered water purification units for installation in India, Greece, and more
$7.7 billion natural gas-to-clean jet fuel project for U.S. company *
Representing a U.S. company in the project financing of a $7.7 billion natural gas-to-clean jet fuel project with related solar power, pipelines, more
Multiple transactions for U.S. agricultural processing company *
Represented a major U.S. agricultural processing company in multiple transactions involving the purchase, dehydration, and sale of fuel ethanol more
United States of America et al. v. Murphy Oil USA Inc. *
Represented Murphy Oil USA, Inc., which owned two oil refineries in the United States, located in Superior, Wisconsin and Meraux, St. Bernard Parish,  more
Federal grand jury investigation of a former executive
Represented a former executive of an oil field services company being investigated by the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in a federal more Featured
Civil litigation for an oil refinement corporation *
Represented an oil refinement corporation in civil litigation regarding commercial liability insurance coverage for recovery of defense costs more
Witco Corporation v. Travelers Indemnity Co. *
Obtained favorable settlements on the eve of trial for Witco Corporation in an action against more than 35 insurance companies for environmental more

Paper & Packaging

Olin Corp. v. P.H. Glatfelter Co.
Briefed and argued on behalf of the defendant in Olin Corp. v. P.H. Glatfelter Co., 369 Fed. App’x 430 (4th Cir. 2010). The case involves an alleged more
Representation of International Paper Company & Masonite Corporation in coverage litigation involving nationwide products liability class action and numerous other cases *
Served as trial and appellate counsel for International Paper & Masonite in action against more than 20 insurance companies seeking recovery for more
Tax advice for a major U.S. pension plan
Advised a major U.S. pension plan on tax matters related to its alternative investments in hedge and private equity funds. more Featured
Georgia Pacific Consumer Products LP v. Myers Supply Inc., Inland Supply Inc., Four-U-Packaging, Inc. and Superior Janitor Supply Inc.
Counsel to Georgia-Pacific LLC in the enforcement of their trademark rights with respect to the paper towels dispensed by the enMotion motion more
Representation of International Paper Company and Masonite Corporation *
Obtained favorable settlement for International Paper Company and Masonite Corporation in connection with the defense of a nationwide products more

Pharmaceuticals

Global License, Development and Commercialization agreement for Biotest AG
Served as lead counsel in representing Biotest AG (Biotest), a German publicly traded biotechnology company, in signing a global License, Development  more Case Study
Banner Pharmacaps Inc. v. Perrigo Co.
Served as lead counsel on behalf of Banner Pharmacaps Inc. in a patent infringement suit against Perrigo. Banner filed the complaint alleging that, more
Assisted Pharmaceutical Industry Client With $30 Million Audit Issue *
Drafted memorandum for IRS auditors and IRS Office of Chief Counsel on $30 million legal issue arising from interaction between Foreign Sales more
In re MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals Inc. *
Led representation of MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its Chapter 11 case in which it generated sufficient funds to pay all creditors more
Patent prosecution and counseling for U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Represent the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and have more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for a provider of integrated drug development services
Represented a provider of integrated drug development services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, performed due more
Patent prosecution and counseling for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Represents Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications involving anthrax vaccines, magnetic  more Featured
Antitrust review of merger between pharmaceutical companies
Represented a pharmaceutical company before FTC regarding antitrust review of merger with another pharmaceutical company and negotiation of consent more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Inserm
Provided patent prosecution advice to Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherché médicale). Inserm is the only French public more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Rice University
Represents Rice University in pursuing patent coverage in the area of biologically active nitric oxide (NO) releasing polymers and methods of their more Featured
United States and international patent prosecution and counseling for Vanderbilt University
Represents Vanderbilt University in U.S. and international (China, Australia and European Patent Office) patent prosecutions in the area of methods more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for University of Connecticut
Represents the University of Connecticut under government contract and prosecutes patent applications for biological and chemical technologies such more Featured
Patent prosecution and portfolio management for Emory University
Represent Emory University in connection with the provision of patent prosecution and portfolio management services in the areas of psychiatry, more Featured
Patent prosecution and counseling for Children's Medical Center Corporation
Represents Children’s Medical Center Corporation, which is affiliated with Harvard University, and have prepared and prosecuted to issuance numerous more Featured
Antitrust counterclaim for a medical device company *
Represented a medical device company in an antitrust counterclaim to a patent suit. more
Intellectual property counseling for Smith & Nephew
Provides patent procurement and counseling services to Smith & Nephew, an industry leader in the development of advanced medical devices and more Featured
Complex coverage matters involving environmental losses for global pharmaceutical company *
Lead counsel for global research-driven pharmaceutical company with respect to complex coverage matters involving environmental and other liabilities  more
Patent prosecution services for SynthRx
Provided patent prosecution services and assistance to SynthRx, the developer of proprietary therapeutic uses for Poloxamer 188 (P188), in collecting  more
Patent applications for Sciele Pharma Inc.
Represent Sciele Pharma Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to prenatal vitamins and more
Datasci, LLC v. Quintiles Transnational Corp.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Quintiles Transnational Corp. in a patent infringement suit relating to electronic data capture more

Professional Services

Consumerinfo.com Inc. v. Money Management International Inc.
Lead appellate counsel for Defendant Money Management International in a trademark infringement case in the Ninth Circuit. Retained after the more
Franchise counseling services for a Georgia-based franchisor of real estate brokerage offices
Represented a Georgia-based franchisor of real estate brokerage offices in connection with the formation and implementation of their franchise more
In the Matter of TALX Corporation
Represented TALX Corp. in connection with an antitrust enforcement action brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) challenging a series of more Featured
Wrongful termination of multi-year workers' compensation insurance program
The firm served as lead counsel in litigation alleging breach of a contract to provide three years of “guaranteed cost” workers compensation more Featured
Strategic acquisition for Equifax, Inc.
Represented Equifax, Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in its $1.4 billion acquisition of publicly held TALX more Featured
Tax-free spin-off for Equifax Inc. of payment services business
Represented Equifax Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in all aspects of benefit plans and executive compensation more Featured
Advised a leading U.S. marketing company *
Advised a leading U.S. marketing company on its joint ventures, licensing agreements, and commercial marketing campaigns worldwide. more
The In’Porters S.A. v. Hanes Printables Inc.
Defense counsel for T shirt screen printer in anti-trust, unfair completion and breach of contract action. Anti-trust and unfair competition claims more
In re John Lawbaugh *
Chapter 11 trustee of bankruptcy estate of former CEO and sole shareholder of public 1940 Act fixed income security company. Negotiated structured more
Intellectual property counsel for a prominent investment fund
The firm served as intellectual property counsel for a prominent investment fund represented by a major New York law firm in connection with the more
Representation of online marketing company in coverage dispute with its professional liability insurer
Lead counsel for online marketing company in dispute with its professional liability insurer regarding coverage for losses incurred in connection more
Reinsurance coverage arbitration for captive insurance company of major accounting firm *
Represented captive insurance company of major accounting firm regarding professional liability losses. more
Insurance coverage litigation for investment company regarding professional liability losses
Represents an investment company in litigation regarding coverage under errors & omissions policies for professional liability losses. more
Patent counseling for a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company
Represented a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company  in virus and pathogenic organism micro array more
Phillips v. AWH Corp., et al.
Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel in a significant patent law appellate case addressing claim construction more Featured
Numerous joint ventures and strategic alliances for Equifax Inc.
Represented Equifax Inc. in numerous joint ventures and strategic alliances in the U.S. and in Europe, Latin America and Asia. more
Sales tax audit for a non-residential building operator
Successfully represented a  parking facility operations subsidiary of a non-residential building operator in a sales tax audit with the Florida more
Antitrust counseling to actuarial firms' captive insurance company
The firm has served for many years as antitrust counsel to a captive insurance company comprised of three competitor members. more Featured
Trademark portfolio management for Golder Associates
Represents Golder Associates, an international environmental consulting company, in protecting, maintaining, and enforcing key brands domestically more Featured
Regulatory action defense for a global leader in information solutions
Represented a global leader in information solutions and its subsidiary in connection with an Federal Trade Commission investigation into possible more Featured

Real Estate

Real estate investment dispute for North Carolina developers
Successfully defended North Carolina developers of a large shopping center in efforts by a business partner. a commodities hedge fund, to recover its  more
Federal Clean Water Act litigation for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Served as lead counsel for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in a case that arose from allegations by Fairfax County, Virginia that waste water more Featured
Pro Bono Plaintiffs' Action *
Represented and successfully settled pro bono plaintiffs' action to recover title to property allegedly lost in fraudulent equity stripping scheme. more
Formation of venture capital and investment fund for venture capital company
Represented a venture capital company in connection with the formation and securities offering of a real estate investment fund. more Featured
Creditors committee and liquidating trust for Amelia Island Plantation
Representation of the Amelia Island Plantation creditors committee and subsequently the liquidating trust. Total liabilities in bankruptcy case more
Acquisition of Dwyer-Curlett Co., Inc.
Represented BB&T Corp. subsidiary Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC in the acquisition of Dwyer-Curlett Co. and its three offices in southern more
Farrimond & Burt Corp. v. Plyler
Represented Franchisor of Real Estate Trademark. Obtained preliminary injunction enjoining use of mark after franchise terminated and license more
Multi-million dollar contribution of qualifying real estate to pension plan transaction
Successfully closed on a multi-million dollar contribution of qualifying real estate to pension plan. The transaction involved hiring and monitoring more
Real estate development company *
Represented two major U.S. real estate firms and a Mauritius investment fund in their Series A investment into an Indian real estate development more
In re 50 Pine Street LLC *
Represented commercial real estate developer in single asset case. In re 50 Pine Street, LLC, No. 03-12705 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.). more
In re WSG Arundel One LLC
Represent lender in single asset real estate bankruptcy of shopping center. In re WSG Arundel One, LLC, No. 12-32030 (Bankr. D. Md.). more
In re Turf LLC
Represented lender in single asset real estate bankruptcy of motel. In re Turf, LLC, No. 10-00970 (Bankr. N.D.W.V.). more
In re WSG Hanover One LLC
Represent lender in single asset real estate bankruptcy of shopping center. In re WSG Hanover One, LLC, No. 12-32034 (Bankr. D. Md.). more
Real estate development investment for U.S. real estate firms and a Mauritius investment fund *
Represented two major U.S. real estate firms and a Mauritius investment fund in their Series A investment into an Indian real estate development more
In re CRIIMI MAE Inc. et al. *
Represented debtor real estate investment trust and its affiliates, the largest holders of subordinated commercial mortgage backed securities in the more
In re WSG Arundel Two LLC
Represent lender in single asset real estate bankruptcy of shopping center. In re WSG Arundel Two, LLC, No. 12-32032 (Bankr. D. Md.). more
In re VFF TIC LLC and Stellar GT TIC LLC
Represent lender in single asset real estate bankruptcy of multi-family housing complex. In re VFF TIC, LLC and Stellar GT TIC, LLC, No. more
In re WSG Hanover Two LLC
Represent lender in single asset real estate bankruptcy of shopping center. In re WSG Hanover Two, LLC, No. 12-32035 (Bankr. D. Md.). more
In re Fairfax Crossing LLC
Represented lender in single asset real estate bankruptcy of land developer. In re Fairfax Crossing, LLC, No. 10-01362 (Bankr. more
Sale/leaseback for assisted living facilities
Represented an assisted living firm in the master sale/leaseback of more than 50 assisted living facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina and more
QBE Insurance Corporation v. Archstone
Serves as lead insurance coverage counsel for Archstone-Smith Operating Trust (Archstone) in a dispute involving losses in excess of $50 million more
In re HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation et al. *
Led representation of HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation, et al., a home mortgage originator and servicer, in their Chapter 11 cases. Matter pending.

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Insurance litigation for recognized leader in apartment operations
Represent recognized leader in apartment operations regarding construction-related liabilities and losses. more
Private placement of real estate opportunity fund for Wells Real Estate
Represent Wells Real Estate in private placement of real estate opportunity fund. more Featured
Formation of $1.25 billion real estate investment funds for Avanti Properties Group
Representation of Avanti Properties Group in formation of six investment funds totaling $1.25 billion of institutional capital for investment in real  more Featured
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University v. Hokie Real Estate Inc.
Successfully defended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in trademark infringement litigation against Hokie Real more

Retail

Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Terry W. Little d/b/a Thomasville Furniture Integrity Group
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. Obtained judgment, permanent injunction and order for attorney’s fees.

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Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Alvin T. Lambeth d/b/a Thomasville Freight Lines
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. Obtained judgment, permanent injunction and order for attorney’s fees.

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Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. v. Thomasville Express Inc. et al.
Lead counsel for Thomasville Furniture, Inc. in trademark infringement action. Negotiated settlement agreement which resolved the case.

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Negotiation with Federal Trade Commission for publicly-traded, consumer retail company
Successfully represented a publicly-traded, consumer retail company by persuading the Federal Trade Commission not to bring a case which would have more Featured
In re Friedman’s, Inc.
Representation of Friedman's Inc. and Crescent Jewelers Inc., a leading U.S. operator of jewelry stores, as lead debtors' counsel in more Featured
Acquisition by Zodiac Marine & Pool
Represented Zodiac Marine & Pool in its $327 million acquisition of Polaris Pool Holdings Corporation from private equity fund Quad-C Management. more Featured
Environmental litigation involving migration of off-site contamination
The firm served as lead counsel for a retail building material supplies and distribution company, in an environmental litigation case more Featured
Patent infringement litigation against discount & variety retail stores
Represented Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and Sam’s Club in a patent infringement action involving patents related to gift card technology. After holding a more
Customs and tax issues of memorabilia against U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Represented an international company comprised of themed restaurants and other offerings against U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s claim that more
Insurance coverage claims for Fortune 500 automotive retailer *
Represented a Fortune 500 automotive retailer seeking insurance coverage for claims involving class actions related to unfair and deceptive more
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. v. Payless Shoesource Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel asserting American Eagle Outfitters’ trademarks and obtained a preliminary injunction relative to advertising more Featured
In re Collezione Europa USA Inc.
Represented largest unsecured creditor in Chapter 11 of importer and distributor of home furnishings. more
Fonovisa Inc. v. Cherry Auction Inc. (Representing The International Anticounterfeiting Coalition Inc.)
Represented the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. in the Ninth Circuit and filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of numerous intellectual more
In re Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., et al.
Represented the Official Committee of one of the largest sellers of Chevrolet vehicles in the United States in their cases filed in the Northern more Featured
Domestic and international franchise counseling for Nexcen Brands Inc.
Developed new forms of Franchise Disclosure Documents and franchise agreements to be used in various Nexcen Brands Inc. franchise systems, including more Featured
Counsel to industry trade organization in retail industry
The firm served as general counsel and antitrust counsel to industry trade organization in retail industry. more
Defense of doughnut manufacturer for breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practice litigation
Represented major doughnut manufacturer in dispute against a wholesale restaurant equipment liquidator, with which it was contracted to store and more
State tax litigation for leading furniture rental company
Represented one of the leading furniture rental and rent-to-own companies in the United States in Georgia income tax litigation upholding the tax more

Semiconductors & Electronics

CIF Licensing LLC v. Agere Systems Inc.
Representing Agere Systems Inc. and LSI in a patent infringement and contractual dispute related to semiconductor processing, circuit design, modem more
Patent infringement litigation for Hitachi and Renesas Technology
Represented Hitachi and Renesas Technology as lead appellate counsel in an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, more
Thorn EMI North America Inc. v. Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd.
Represented Hyundai Electronics Industries, Co., Ltd., now known as SK hynix Inc., one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, in a patent

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Patent litigation related to plasma display panels *
Represented global electronics company as plaintiff and defendant against competitor in a series of infringement cases involving 17 patents related more
In re Certain Static Random Access Memories *
Represented Complainant Cypress Semiconductor in initial phases of patent infringement and importation investigation related to semiconductor chips.

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International Manufacturing and Engineering Services Company, Ltd. v. Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Company, Ltd. *
Represented defendant Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) in unfair competition and injurious falsehood case in D. District of Columbia (2006) more
In re Certain Video Displays *
Represented Complainant LG Electronics against Respondents Funai, Vizio and AmTran in patent infringement and importation investigation related to more
NEC Corporation v. Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Electronics America Inc.
Co-lead trial counsel. Defense of semiconductor patents in E.D. Virginia. Settled. more
Harris Corporation v. Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.
Co-lead trial counsel. Defense of nine semiconductor patents in E.D. Virginia. Settled. Harris Corporation v. Hyundai Elec Indust, et al., more
Antitrust and business tort litigation for a large maker of electronic test, measurement and monitoring equipment
Successfully represented a large maker of electronic test, measurement and monitoring equipment in an antitrust and business tort action in the more Featured
Taltwell LLC v. Zonet USA Corp.
Lead counsel for Taltwell Limited Liability Company in patent litigation against Zonet USA Corp. involving patents relating to credit card sized more

Technology & Software

Oracle Corporation and Oracle U.S.A. Inc. v. Parallel Networks LLC
Represented Oracle Corporation, the world's most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems company, in an action for  more
Acquisition of Building Systems Design Inc. by The Construction Specifications Institute
Represented The Construction Specifications Institute, a national trade association, in its acquisition of Building Systems Design, Inc., which more
Acquisition of gomembers Inc. by CDC Software Corp.
Represented gomembers Inc., a developer of software solutions for member-based organizations, in its acquisition by CDC Software Corp. more
Antitrust analysis for Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (fka Certegy Inc.)
Represented Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (fka Certegy Inc.), a major credit card and check verification company, in connection with more
Verizon Services Corp. v. Cox Fibernet Va., Inc.
Member of the team that served as lead counsel on behalf of Cox Communications, which was accused of infringing a competitor’s patents more FeaturedCase Study
Intellectual property due diligence in multimillion dollar asset purchase for Dominion Enterprises
Provided due diligence on patents and related software systems and products for a multimillion dollar asset purchase by Dominion Enterprises, a more
Business combination of Certegy Inc. and Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
Represented Certegy Inc., a major publicly held credit card and check verification company, in its $4.5 billion merger with Fidelity National more Featured
Disposition of assets for a banking technology company
Represented a banking technology company in a disposition of substantially all of its assets. more
United States v. The Mathworks *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice involving Sherman Act § 1, allocation of markets.

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Acquisition of M&I Eastpoint Technologies Inc. and Preferred Financial Systems Inc.
Represented Eastpoint Technologies LLC, a provider of core processing software for commercial banks, finance companies, and farm credit banks, in its  more
Stock-for-stock acquisition of software company
Represented provider of software and technology solutions for member-based organizations in its stock-for-stock acquisition of a software company. more
U.S. v. Lockheed Martin Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf the U.S. Department of Justice. more
Mirafi Inc. v. Jerry Murphy et al.
Lead counsel for Defendants for patent infringement claims. Federal Court affirmed District Court judgment that patent was invalid and not infringed,  more
Advice for educational media startup *
Advised founder of multilingual educational media startup on copyright, trademark and related matters. more
Counseling for web company *
Counseled web company with more than 100 million hits per month on numerous patent acquisitions, including in-depth due diligence on claim scope and more
REC Software USA, Inc. v. Bamboo Solutions Corp. et al. *
Represented defendants Microsoft and SAP in a patent infringement case related to software code assembly and execution. Successfully transferred  more
Advice for multinational business software corporation *
Advised $15 billion per year multinational business software corporation on a $10-million multi-patent acquisition to augment portfolio for offensive  more
Portfolio development for cloud platform business *
Developed intellectual property portfolio and strategy for startup in the business-to-business cloud platform space as lead of client’s IP Strategy more
In re Certain Electronic Devices *
Represented Respondent against Complainant HTC in patent infringement and importation investigation related to smartphones and tablets, particularly more
Premier International Associates LLC v. Microsoft Corp. et al. *
Represented defendant LG Electronics in patent infringement case in E.D. Texas (2007) related to media download management. Successfully obtained more
In re Certain Wireless Devices with 3G Capabilities *
Represented Respondent LG Electronics against Complainant InterDigital Communications in patent infringement and importation investigation of mobile more
In re Certain Unified Communications Systems *
Represented Complainant Microsoft against Respondent Alcatel-Lucent in patent infringement and importation investigation related to computer more
Antor Media Corp. v. Nokia, Inc. et al. *
Represented defendant LG Electronics MobileComm in patent infringement case in E.D. Texas (2005) related to media downloading to mobile devices. more
In re Certain Video Displays *
Represented Complainant LG Electronics against Respondents Funai, Vizio and AmTran in patent infringement and importation investigation related to more
In re Certain Electronic Devices *
Represented Respondent Samsung against Complainant Ericsson in patent infringement and importation investigation related to smartphones, more
FCPA enforcement actions for multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies *
Represented large multi-national energy, healthcare, and technology companies in FCPA enforcement actions by the SEC and DOJ related to their more
In re ServInt Corporation *
Represented international Internet service provider in chapter 11 proceeding. Managed all aspects of case including retention, first day motions, more
Environmental insurance coverage litigation for a global provider of information technology services and programs *
Represented a global provider of information technology services and programs in multiple environmental insurance coverage cases addressing soil and more
Adobe Systems Inc. v. Fritsch
Worked with the Business Software Alliance on an investigation of online dealers in counterfeit software, including auction site dealers. We obtained  more
Patent reexamination for software patent *
Represented patent owner in ex parte reexamination. Devised reexamination strategy and participated in all phases of reexamination, more
Patent reexamination for wireless communications patent *
Represented patent owners in ex parte reexamination proceedings. Participated in successful defense of patent covering wireless more
Intellectual Ventures v. Motorola Mobility LLC
Defending Motorola Mobility LLC in the District of Delaware. Intellectual Ventures filed a patent infringement action against Motorola accusing more
Patent infringement litigation for United States airline
Defending United States airline against multiple actions in the District of Delaware alleging infringement of obtaining data transaction information more
Inter partes reexaminations for Logitech Inc.
Successfully prosecuted to final rejections in 2012 three inter partes reexaminations on behalf of our client Logitech, at which time the more
MacroSolve Inc. v. United Airlines Inc.
Defending United Airlines in patent infringement case where MacroSolve has accused the United Airline’s use of a mobile services network platform and  more
Aeritas LLC v. Delta Air Lines Inc. and US Airways
Defending Delta Air Lines in the District of Delaware. Aeritas LLC filed multiple actions in District of Delaware alleging infringement of the use of  more
Defended copyright challenge of Google's Book Search project
The firm served as lead counsel for Google Inc., in defending copyright infringement lawsuits brought by the Author’s Guild, et al., and separately more Featured
Cyberfone Systems LLC (formerly LVL Patent Group, LLC) v. United Airlines, U.S. Airways, and Air Canada
Defending United Airlines, U.S. Airways and Air Canada in the District of Delaware. CyberFone Systems LLC filed multiple actions in District of more
Trademark and copyright advice and counsel for Economic Development Resource Guide
Advice and counsel in areas of patent, trademark and copyright to Economic Development Resource Guide, a provider of state-of-the-art consulting more
Patent counseling for a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company
Represented a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company  in virus and pathogenic organism micro array more
HBH Ltd. Partnership v. Honey Baked Ham Co. and Leon Denning
Lead counsel for HBH Limited Partnership in a trademark infringement case. The Court entered a preliminary injunction to enforce the parties’ more
Acquisition of technology company by global photographic supply manufacturer
Served as antitrust counsel to a technology company in connection with a global manufacturer of photographic supplies' acquisition of client.  The more
Antitrust and business tort litigation for a large maker of electronic test, measurement and monitoring equipment
Successfully represented a large maker of electronic test, measurement and monitoring equipment in an antitrust and business tort action in the more Featured
Copyright action brought against scientific, engineering and technology applications company
Defended scientific, engineering, and technology applications company against copyright claims brought by a quasi-governmental entity of Russia.

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Represented computer graphics design company against assertion of antitrust violations
Successfully represented a computer graphics design company against a national mainframe computer supplier asserting antitrust violations. more
Insurance coverage litigation for a government contractor regarding losses resulting from Hurricane Katrina
The firm represented a government contractor in litigation, successfully settled, regarding coverage for catastrophic property damage and business more Featured
MicroStrategy Inc. v. Business Objects
Represented Business Objects (Crystal Decisions), an enterprise software company specializing in business intelligence (BI) (acquired by SAP in more
Trademark portfolio management for ESi Acquisition Inc.
Represents ESi Acquisition Inc. in trademark matters, including the provision of domestic and international trademark assistance to protect the more
Tax-free reorganization representation
The firm served as tax counsel to a provider of check authorization and verification services for merchants and of support that enabled financial more
Taltwell LLC v. Zonet USA Corp.
Lead counsel for Taltwell Limited Liability Company in patent litigation against Zonet USA Corp. involving patents relating to credit card sized more
Brand development and brand protection
Performs not only trademark clearance and application work, but also domestic and international policing, anticounterfeiting, franchising, licensing,  more
Regulatory action defense for a global leader in information solutions
Represented a global leader in information solutions and its subsidiary in connection with an Federal Trade Commission investigation into possible more Featured
Datasci, LLC v. Quintiles Transnational Corp.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Quintiles Transnational Corp. in a patent infringement suit relating to electronic data capture more

Telecommunications

In re Sea Launch Company LLC *
Represented Sea Launch Company, LLC, a heavy lift satellite launch company, in their Chapter 11 case  in which we successfully reorganized more
Litigation for national cable company
Represented a leading national cable company in dispute with a regional telecom company over whether telecom’s IPTV services violate cable more Featured
Asset sale for a national telecommunications company
Represented a national telecommunications company in a $56 million asset sale. more
Verizon Services Corp. v. Cox Fibernet Va., Inc.
Member of the team that served as lead counsel on behalf of Cox Communications, which was accused of infringing a competitor’s patents more FeaturedCase Study
U.S. v. Echostar Communications, Hughes Electric Corp., General Motors Corp., and DirecTV Enterprises *
Supervised investigation and case for the U.S. Department of Justice. more
In re NII Holdings
Represented creditors committee for NII Holdings Inc. (f.k.a. Nextel International) in connection with restructuring of more than $2 more Featured
U.S. v. SBC Communications and BellSouth Corporation *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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U.S. v. US West *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
United States v. Primestar, Inc. *
Supervised litigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
In re Certain Electronic Devices *
Represented Respondent against Complainant HTC in patent infringement and importation investigation related to smartphones and tablets, particularly more
Premier International Associates LLC v. Microsoft Corp. et al. *
Represented defendant LG Electronics in patent infringement case in E.D. Texas (2007) related to media download management. Successfully obtained more
In re Certain Wireless Devices with 3G Capabilities *
Represented Respondent LG Electronics against Complainant InterDigital Communications in patent infringement and importation investigation of mobile more
In re Certain Unified Communications Systems *
Represented Complainant Microsoft against Respondent Alcatel-Lucent in patent infringement and importation investigation related to computer more
Antor Media Corp. v. Nokia, Inc. et al. *
Represented defendant LG Electronics MobileComm in patent infringement case in E.D. Texas (2005) related to media downloading to mobile devices. more
In re Certain Electronic Devices *
Represented Respondent Samsung against Complainant Ericsson in patent infringement and importation investigation related to smartphones, more
Advised a major Russian telecommunication company *
Advised a major Russian telecommunication company on its establishment of a U.S. entity and entry into the U.S. markets. more
Multi-million dollar contribution of qualifying real estate to pension plan transaction
Successfully closed on a multi-million dollar contribution of qualifying real estate to pension plan. The transaction involved hiring and monitoring more
Patent reexamination for wireless communications patent *
Represented patent owners in ex parte reexamination proceedings. Participated in successful defense of patent covering wireless more
Intellectual Ventures v. Motorola Mobility LLC
Defending Motorola Mobility LLC in the District of Delaware. Intellectual Ventures filed a patent infringement action against Motorola accusing more
Patent infringement litigation for United States airline
Defending United States airline against multiple actions in the District of Delaware alleging infringement of obtaining data transaction information more
GTZM Technology Ventures LTD v. Cox Communications Inc. and CSC Holdings LLC, et al.
Represents Cox Communications, Inc. and CSC Holdings, LLC in a patent infringement suit pending in the District of Delaware involving modem more
Antitrust class action for AT&T
Defended AT&T in an antitrust class action against allegations that it and other wireless carriers colluded, in violation of the antitrust laws, more
Duval Wiedmann L.L.C. v. Inforocket.com Inc.
Briefed and argued on behalf of AT&T in Duval Wiedmann, L.L.C. v. Inforocket.com, Inc., 620 F.3d 496 (5th Cir. 2010). The case more
Guglielmo v. WorldCom Inc.
Briefed and argued on behalf of WorldCom in Guglielmo v. WorldCom, Inc., 148 N.H. 309, 808 A.2d 65 (2002). The case involved unfair trade more
Tax controversy representation
Represented a privately held company in tax litigation involving a “rent-strip” computer leasing transaction. more
Patent and trademark assistance for Xignux
Represents Xignux, a Mexican industrial consortium, in an array of patent and trademark matters for its business divisions in the electrical, wire more
Verizon Services Corp., et al. v. Vonage Holdings Corp., et al. *
Lead patent counsel on two of three Verizon VOIP patents found valid and infringed ($117.5 million settlement after $58 million verdict more
Patent litigation for national intellectual property company
Representing patent holder in patent infringement litigation on wireless telecommunications patents related to mobile phone synchronization, random more
Trademark portfolio management for ESi Acquisition Inc.
Represents ESi Acquisition Inc. in trademark matters, including the provision of domestic and international trademark assistance to protect the more
Brand development and brand protection
Performs not only trademark clearance and application work, but also domestic and international policing, anticounterfeiting, franchising, licensing,  more

Transportation

Financings for Delta Air Lines
Advised Delta Air Lines as issuer’s counsel in a series of debt security financings totaling $3.5 billion since September 2009, including: $750 more
Zodiac North America, Inc. v. Ontario Ltd.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Zodiac North America, a worldwide manufacturer of pool and recreational products, in an enforcement more
Bridge project for construction company
Represented the general contractor on a multimillion dollar bridge project with a formwork supplier. Delays in defects in the forms had a significant  more
Counsel to an airline's board of directors for evaluating liability and federal investigation
Represented the board of directors for a top rated airline and assisted it in evaluating liability and damages to decide whether to cooperate with a more
Employment discrimination litigation for a major defense contractor
Represented a major defense contractor in a lawsuit in which an employee claimed that he failed to receive certain promotions or job transfers more Featured
Acquisition by Zodiac Aerospace
Represented Zodiac Aerospace in its acquisition of C&D Aerospace, an aircraft interiors manufacturer with operations in the United States, more Featured
Miller Industries Inc. divestiture.
Represented Miller Industries Inc. in its divestiture. more
Trucks Inc. v. United States of America *
Represented Trucks, Inc. in a jury trial in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against the IRS' attempt to collect more
Product liability of an automotive manufacturer
Represented German automotive manufacturer in first-collision, crashworthiness, and failure-to-warn cases in courts across the country. Also defended  more Featured
U.S. v. General Dynamics and Newport News Shipbuilding *
Supervised investigation and case on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. more
Pacific Division Transfer Case (United Airlines’ acquisition of Pan Am’s Pacific Division) *
Tried case on behalf of U.S. Department of Justice involving Pacific Division Transfer Case (United Airlines’ acquisition of Pan Am’s Pacific more
Representation of AirTran Airlines Inc. *
Obtained favorable settlement for liabilities arising out of the crash of a ValuJet plane in the Florida Everglades. AirTran Airlines Inc. v. more
Amici Curiae for Federal Express Corporation *
Served as appellate counsel for amici curiae in support of a successful challenge in the Alabama Supreme Court to the practice of ex parte class certification.  more
Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC
Represented Mack Trucks Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC in a successful challenge to final non-conformance penalty regulations adopted by EPA

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Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Powertrain Corporation *
Represented Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Powertrain Corporation in successful challenge to low-NOx engine reflash regulations adopted by the

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Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC
Represented Mack Trucks Inc. and Volvo Group North America, LLC in a successful challenge to interim non-conformance penalty regulations adopted by

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Insurance coverage claims for Fortune 500 automotive retailer *
Represented a Fortune 500 automotive retailer seeking insurance coverage for claims involving class actions related to unfair and deceptive more
Asbestos-related claims for major automotive parts manufacture *
Represented a major automotive parts manufacture to secure millions of dollars in insurance coverage for asbestos-related claims. more
In re Monarch Mfg. Inc.
Represented manufacturing company in case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The firm evaluated and  more
Lead Counsel In U.S. District Court Jury Trial *
Represented United States as first chair trial counsel in Truck-Temp Delivery System, Inc. v. United States (D. Mass. 2009). Jury verdict more
Two Men and A Truck International, Inc. v. David Underwood, et. al.
Lead counsel for Two Men and A Truck. Successfully enforced right of first refusal to purchase trademark. Eliminated geographic concurrent more
Patent infringement litigation for United States airline
Defending United States airline against multiple actions in the District of Delaware alleging infringement of obtaining data transaction information more
In re Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., et al.
Represented the Official Committee of one of the largest sellers of Chevrolet vehicles in the United States in their cases filed in the Northern more Featured
MacroSolve Inc. v. United Airlines Inc.
Defending United Airlines in patent infringement case where MacroSolve has accused the United Airline’s use of a mobile services network platform and  more
Aeritas LLC v. Delta Air Lines Inc. and US Airways
Defending Delta Air Lines in the District of Delaware. Aeritas LLC filed multiple actions in District of Delaware alleging infringement of the use of  more
ERISA representation of major airline
Represented major airline in ERISA case resulting in employer-favorable decision in Northern District of Georgia. more
ERISA representation of major airline
Represented major airline in ERISA case resulting in employer-favorable decision in Northern District of Georgia. more
Obtained reversal of adverse products liability ruling in North Carolina Supreme Court
Stark v. Ford Motor Company, 723 S.E.2d 753 (N.C. 2012) – Represented Ford Motor Company in a petition for discretionary review and merits more
Delta Air Lines Inc. v. Applied Interact LLC & Quest Nettech Corp.
Brought action for a Declaratory Judgment in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Applied Interact LLC after Delta more
Cyberfone Systems LLC (formerly LVL Patent Group, LLC) v. United Airlines, U.S. Airways, and Air Canada
Defending United Airlines, U.S. Airways and Air Canada in the District of Delaware. CyberFone Systems LLC filed multiple actions in District of more
Representation of contract mining company in environmental coverage litigation
Lead counsel for Wells Cargo, Inc. in ongoing litigation seeking insurance coverage for losses incurred in connection with an environmental more
Insurance coverage litigation for manufacturer of automotive parts *
Represented a manufacturer of automotive parts in coverage litigation regarding asbestos liabilities. more
Trademark and copyright advice and counsel for Economic Development Resource Guide
Advice and counsel in areas of patent, trademark and copyright to Economic Development Resource Guide, a provider of state-of-the-art consulting more
General litigation representing motor vehicle dealerships *
Represented numerous motor vehicle dealerships in disputes with manufacturers, employees and customers in administrative, state and federal more
Litigation over operating agreements and maintenance contracts for rail travel company
Represented a major rail travel company in suits over rail lines owned by the freight railroads in front of the National Arbitration Panel, a special  more Featured
Federal grand jury investigation of a former executive
Represented a former executive of an oil field services company being investigated by the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in a federal more Featured
Negotiated rights of way and siding agreements for one of the nation’s premier transportation companies
Negotiated rights of way and siding agreements for one of the nation’s premier transportation companies and others in connection with construction of  more Featured
Representation of Rockwell International Corp. *
Served as trial and appellate counsel for Rockwell International Corporation in action seeking to hold Rockwell liable for alleged contractual more
Tax advice regarding acquisition structures
Provided support to a maker of recovery and towing vehicles in planning and implementing its towing operation acquisition program, including planning  more
Representation of Dana Corporation *
Served as trial counsel for Dana Corporation in a series of individual, multiparty and class actions seeking to hold Dana vicariously liable for more
Representation of Caterpillar Inc. *
Obtained favorable settlement for Caterpillar Inc. in action seeking substantial damages arising out of breach of a long-term requirements contract more

Water & Wastewater

Federal Clean Water Act litigation for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Served as lead counsel for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in a case that arose from allegations by Fairfax County, Virginia that waste water more Featured
Rose Acre Farms, Inc. v. North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality
Rose Acre Farms, Inc. challenged several proposed water quality requirements contained in a draft operating permit to be issued by the North Carolina  more Featured
Counsel to the Georgia Ports Authority Regarding Vital Harbor and Federal Navigation Channel Deepening Project
Counsel to major stakeholder in connection with the most significant waterway dredging project and associated port facilities expansion currently more
5,125 solar-powered water purification units manufactured for U.S. oil trading company *
Represented a U.S. oil trading company in the manufacture of 5,125 solar-powered water purification units for installation in India, Greece, and more
Donation and installation of five solar-powered water treatment units in Haitian hospitals *
Represented a small U.S. water treatment company in the donation and installation of five solar-powered water treatment units in Haitian hospitals as  more
Clean Water Act for national real estate development company
Successfully defended the water and wastewater utility division of a major national real estate development company in Clean Water Act enforcement more

 

Contract litigation for investment arm of insurance company
Achieved favorable settlement on behalf of client on its claims for breach of mortgage loan purchase agreement. more
Eviction matter and child custody issue for a young single mother
Obtained a favorable settlement on a eviction matter of a young single mother and assisted the client with a child custody issue. Our team was able more
Grandparent adoption
Obtained a favorable decision from the North Carolina Court of Appeals on behalf of maternal grandparents setting aside an adoption that was obtained  more
Combat-related training
Represented a disabled veteran in combat-related training in Federal Circuit and the Court of Federal Claims on an issue of first impression. more
Divorce and succession (probate) cases for Katrina victims
Supervised UNC Law Students, who traveled to New Orleans to volunteer for the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, on divorce and succession (probate) cases. more
More than 100 cases to grand juries as an Assistant District Attorney *
Presented more than 100 cases to grand juries of New York County as an Assistant District Attorney. more
Katz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue *
Represented taxpayer in connection with exchange of equity swap transaction for a private annuity involving U.S. and foreign parties. IRS sought to more
Catastrophic injury services for burn injury
Represented a nine year old girl seriously burned when an oil candle with an unguarded flame ignited her dress.  The case settled through mediation. more
Financing of acquisition made by Reynolds American
Represented Reynolds American Inc. in obtaining $2.1 billion of credit facilities to finance its acquisition of the Conwood Company. more Featured
International Capital Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner *
Represented International Capital Holding Corp. and its subsidiaries in connection with a IRS challenge regarding the deductibility of compensation more
Estate of Lassiter v. Commissioner *
Represented the Estate of Henry Lassiter in connection with an IRS attempt to collect over $11 million from the estate of a prominent landowner in more
Abramski v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court
Represented former police officer Bruce Abramski in a successful cert petition and in merits briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case more
Consulting services on alter ego and fraudulent transfer theories
Provided consulting services regarding alter ago and fraudulent transfer theories. more
Qualification of new feedstock pathways for advanced biofuels at EPA
Representing a U.S. advanced biofuel client in the qualification of new fuel and feedstock pathways for biofuel and biodiesel at the U.S. EPA. more
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of hedge fund specializing in foreign exchange related investments
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of hedge fund specializing in foreign exchange related investments.  In a TEFRA proceeding, IRS challenged  more
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of corporate executive who received erroneous multiple Form 1099s
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of corporate executive who received erroneous multiple Form 1099s.  IRS made a 'naked' assessment and more
Filed U.S. Tax Court actions (4) on behalf of shareholders of C-corporation
Filed U.S. Tax Court actions (4) on behalf of shareholders of C-corporation.  IRS asserted qualified dividends from alleged benefits more
Defended national insulation corporation in U.S. District Court
Defended national insulation corporation in U.S. District Court against IRS summons enforcement for documents and information in possession of third more
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of national home-building business and owner
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of national home-building business and owner.  IRS challenged tax implications of multiple conservation more
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of large privately-held consolidated group of C corporations with business lines including real estate, car dealers, and after-market automotive accessories. 
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of large privately-held consolidated group of C corporations with business lines including real estate, car more
Children custody issue for pro bono client *
Successfully assisted an aunt in obtaining custody of two children whose mother is terminally ill. more
Defended taxpayer in U.S. District Court against IRS’ motion to compel attorney's files
Defended taxpayer in U.S. District Court against IRS’ motion to compel attorney's files. Taxpayer successfully challenged on the basis of more
Grandparent adoption *
Successfully assisted a grandmother in obtaining custody of two of her grandchildren. more
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of insurance company
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of insurance company.  IRS challenged tax implications of tax-deferred merger.  IRC Sections 368. more
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of national-chartered bank in a case of first impression
Filed U.S. Tax Court action on behalf of national-chartered bank in a case of first impression.  IRS challenged the reporting of deductions by more
In re Toshoku America Inc. *
Represented debtor corporation that was the largest subsidiary of a Japanese trading corporation. The parent corporation was involved in a Japanese more
In re Credit-Based Asset Servicing and Securitization LLC
Represented indenture trustee of over $200 million of trust preferred securities in liquidation of servicing and securitization company. In re more
In re Consolidated Horticulture Group LLC
Represented liquidating trustee in bankruptcy of wholesale nursery. In re Consolidated Horticulture Group, LLC, No. 10-13308 (Bankr. D.  more
In re Majestic Capital Ltd.
Represented indenture trustee in bankruptcy of insurance holding company. In re Majestic Capital, Ltd., No. 11-36225 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.). more
Reversal On Appeal Of Bankruptcy Court Order *
Successfully appealed to U.S. District Court, in United States v. King (D. Mass. 2008), from U.S. Bankruptcy Court order denying motion to more
Lead Counsel In U.S. Bankruptcy Court Trial *
Represented United States as first chair trial counsel in In re Shaw, 111 A.F.T.R. 2d 2013-902 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2013). In 44-page opinion, court more
Insurance recovery for individual whose Tibetan coin dies and gold bullion coins were stolen
Successfully handled insurance claim for an individual whose Tibetan coin dies and gold bullion coins were stolen. We revealed that the law in more
Insurance litigation for major provider of back office services for residential housing industry.
Lead counsel for major provider of back office services for residential housing industry regarding insurance coverage with respect to claims of more
Shareholder derivative litigation against senior living facility
Represent the officers and directors of a publicly held company in a shareholder derivative action pending in the Business Court in the State of more
Insurance recovery litigation for Aviva USA Corporation
Represented Aviva USA Corporation and a number of subsidiaries in another high stakes lawsuit filed against several insurers seeking recovery of more
Insurance litigation for Aviva USA Corporation
Represented Aviva USA Corporation and several affiliates (collectively, "Aviva”) in high stakes litigation against a number of their professional more
Protective orders for domestic violence victims
Represents victims of domestic violence who are seeking protective orders for themselves and their children against batterers and stalkers. more
Appellate litigation for Talecris Plasma Resources Inc.
Represents Talecris Plasma Resources, Inc., in an appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals of an adverse $36 million jury verdict in a breach of  more
Disability compensation and benefits for low income veteran
Successfully challenged the Department of Veterans Affairs to reinstate disability compensation and benefits for a low income veteran with 25 years more
Litigation for landlord tenants
Represent tenants in suits against landlords for deplorable conditions in rental housing when the landlords have refused to repair the premises. more
Venture capital and investment fund matters for Wells Real Estate
Represent Wells Real Estate in venture capital and investment fund matters. more
Tax advice for a Costa Rican investor related to an acquisition of several corporations
Represented a Costa Rican investor in the acquisition of several corporations and the merger of those entities into foreign corporations owned by the  more
Oxford Gene Technology Ltd. v. Telechem International Inc.
Represented Telechem International Inc., a provider of biochemistry-related products and services, in a patent infringement dispute involving more
International parental abduction (Hague): Chile
Represented mother from Chile in action to recover children who had been abducted. more
Litigation seeking stop loss reinsurance coverage for health and welfare plan that paid a large benefits claim *
Represented a health and welfare plan in litigation regarding stop loss reinsurance coverage for a large benefits claim paid to a plan member. more
Security deposits for tenants
Represents the action of tenants seeking the return of their security deposits from landlords who withheld them in violation of law. The work of more
Tenants Rights seminar
Conducted a two-day seminar on tenants rights in Washington, D.C. as part of an education initiative for the Washington, D.C. Permanent Supportive more
Drafting of United States Code section 125
Participated in the initial drafting and enactment of United States Code section 125 which enacted provisions on dependent care assistance, as well more
Appellate litigation for accused client
Represented client and filed amicus brief in an "enemy combatant" case at the U.S. Supreme Court. more
Insurance litigation for leading defense contractor regarding property damage and business interruption losses *
Lead counsel for defense contractor in coverage dispute involving catastrophic hurricane losses. more
International prosecution and clearance
Manage a significant volume of international prosecution and clearance work, which enables us to partner with international associates and build a more
Employee benefit defense for Fortune 200 company
Represented a Fortune 200 company in defense of claims that it imprudently permitted participants in its 401(k) plan to invest in employer more
Employee benefit representation for Fortune 50 company
Represented a Fortune 50 company since 1981, company is one of the nation's earliest adopters of flexible benefits and that has been a more
Asbestos litigation defense of Fortune 500 corporation
Represented a Fortune 500 corporation in defense of multiple wrongful death asbestos cases consolidated for trial. more
Employee benefit counseling for a membership organization specializing in compensation issues
Advised a membership organization specializing in compensation issues on cafeteria plan and welfare benefits matters, including representing the more
Employment counseling for clients
Advise clients on day to day compliance with all laws governing the employer-employee relationship, including situations involving state fair more
Adapted retirement plan to IRS standards
Represented company in adapting an existing cash balance plan to meet the safe-harbor for cash balance plans issued by the IRS. more
Homelife Communities Group v. Homelife Realty Services, Inc., et al.
Counsel for Atreus Homes and Communities LLC in trademark case. Handled damages and inequitable conduct experts.

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Wrongful death litigation related to a defective medical device
Represented parents in a wrongful death action arising from the death of a child due to a defective medical device. more
Pro bono program for Haitian refugees
Staffed a pro bono program which screens Haitian refugees for Temporary Protected Status. more
Expert witness in litigation for pharmaceutical company
Expert witness for global veterinary medicine corporation in litigation involving an animal vaccine. more Featured
Defense of a fraudulent transfer claim
Defended an individual in an action for fraudulent transfer. more
Guardian ad litem
Represent children and/or their best interests in a variety of settings and courts. Lawyers routinely serve as guardians ad litem, representing the more
Investigation for a corporation in response to shareholder demand letter
Conducted investigation for Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a corporation in response to shareholder demand letter. more Featured
Corporate spin-off
Represented client in connection with a corporate spin-off, the firm obtained a first-of-its-kind prohibited transaction exemption to permit our more
Litigation of employment issues
Litigated cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving all manner of employment discrimination, breach of contract, wage more
Breach of fiduciary duty action against corporate officers
Represented shareholders of closely held corporation in action for breach of fiduciary duty against corporate officers. more
Legitimation proceeding for an indigent client
Represented an indigent client in legitimation proceeding in North Carolina Superior Court for three minor children where the client married after more
Breach of fiduciary duty claims for directors and officers of a senior living facility
Represented directors and officers of a publicly traded company managing senior living facilities in a derivative action asserted by minority more Featured
Appellate litigation win for District Attorney's office
Successfully authored a winning brief on behalf of the Manhattan District Attorney's office regarding impeachment of defendant at trial. more
Strategic sale of plan's company stock
Represented a New York Stock Exchange listed company to design and implement a multifaceted strategy to convince the heavily union more

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Experience Highlights

In re Certain Electronic Devices
Represented Respondent Samsung against Complainant Ericsson in patent infringement and importation investigation related to smartphones, more
Counsel to U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on the first loan transactions under a new initiative
Advised U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) as lender’s counsel on the first 10 small and medium sized loan transactions under the more
Representation in connection with the development and financing of a $335 million financing for a 541 MW power plant in Baja California, Mexico
Represented ABB Energy Ventures and Nissho Iwai Corporation (now Sojitz Corporation) sponsors in connection with the development and financing of a more
Advisor to the Government of Romania on restructuring options for its electric sector
Working with the U.S. Agency for International Development, advised the Government of Romania on restructuring options for its electric sector. more