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address level of experience, ease of working relations, timeliness in responding,
effectiveness, clarity of communications, or any other qualities that have impressed
you or any other information that might be useful to other clients.
- Gregg D. Barton - Perkins Coie
"Gregg is an outstanding Washington tax attorney. He is responsive, thorough, and
creative in his advice, and he is also genuinely collegial with others. He is a
valued advisor to AOL and other Time Warner divisions."
Shawn Cox - Tax Counsel
- Brian W. Berglund - Bryan Cave
"Brian's analytical ability and years of experience enable him to provide thoughtful,
thorough, and, most importantly, practical legal advice regarding a wide variety
of benefit law issues. He listens carefully to client questions and comments and
he responds quickly and clearly with analysis and advice aimed directly at the issue.
I have worked with Brian for almost 20 years and have never been disappointed in
any aspect of his work."
Michael Murray - Associate General Counsel Anheuser-Busch
- William L. Cole - Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
"Bill is an extremely insightful, strategic Labor and Employment attorney. Regardless
of the complexity of the matter, he is someone I know will consider not only legal
strategy, but business practicalities in providing labor and employment advice and
litigation options. His demeanor and personality enable SPE executives to develop
a trust and confidence in his advice, which as the head of the Labor and Employment
Legal Department of Sony Pictures, I deem critical. He understands the need to have
the appropriate level attorney in his office perform work for Sony Pictures so that
financial economies are taken advantage of."
Jean Bonini - Executive Vice President, Labor Relations
- Kevin J. Culligan - Heller Ehrman
"Kevin is one of the best IP lawyers I have ever worked with. He has an amazing
ability to reduce complex issues and technology into simple concepts that business
people can understand. He consistently develops innovative litigation strategies
that help us achieve our ultimate business goal."
Keith Agisim - Associate General Counsel, Global Intellectual
Property Bank of America
- Jamie Gorelick – WilmerHale
"Jamie Gorelick is a superb lawyer with broad experience in civil, investigative,
and government matters. Jamie brings great judgment and integrity to such matters."
Brackett Denniston - Senior Vice President and General
Counsel General Electric Co.
- Gary N. Horlick – WilmerHale
"Gary Horlick is at the top of his game and one of the premier international trade
lawyers. Not only does Mr. Horlick offer a vast wealth of substantive knowledge
and experience, I have found him to be extremely efficient and cost-effective. He
works well with other counsel to achieve the best result for the client and avoids
the parochial behavior that can interfere with achieving the simplest and best solution
for a business issue. I would highly recommend Mr. Horlick and his team for international
Craig Glidden - Senior Vice President & General
Counsel Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
- Eugene D. Martenson – Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart
"I am in-house counsel for Honda North America, Inc. and have had the pleasure of
knowing De for more than 15 years. He has tried many serious product liability cases
for us with consistently excellent results. He is among our top five attorneys in
the country in terms of quality and responsiveness. De is who I affectionately refer
to as our "trial horse," as he is never afraid to try the big exposure case in the
hell hole jurisdiction against the big shot plaintiff attorney. However, De also
always gives me his honest assessment of our chances of success, which is invaluable
Brad J. Safon - Senior Corporate Counsel Honda North
- Bernard Nash – Dickstein Shapiro
"Bernie has been an integral part of one of our key legal programs, and we have
come to rely on him not only for contacts and facts, but also for his strategic
sense and ability to work with us on longer-term goals. In other words, he is not
only smart and well connected; he is helpful and responsive as well."
Kent Bernard - Vice President and Assistant General
Counsel Pfizer Inc.
- Jeffrey S. Portnoy – Cades Schutte
"Mr. Portnoy is as good as it gets in terms of effective and experienced counsel,
especially on matters requiring local expertise and understanding of the dynamics
of the local court's personalities and processes. He has handled a host of matters,
large and small, for Verizon (and before that GTE) over the years, and has done
so with a deftness of touch that is without peer. On one very substantial class
action matter in court (concluded successfully for us), he knew exactly when to
make a very pointed response to an argument about "these lawyers from Washington"
lodged by the other side - which bundled together all the traits you want from counsel
(articulate, smart, tough, spot-on tone). Apart from professional expertise, he's
extremely well rounded in a host of other ways that make him a great guy to be around."
John Walker - Associate General Counsel/Deputy Head
of Litigation Verizon
- Richard Susko – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
"I can only speak of Brick in superlatives. Nobody has greater depth, experience,
and practical wisdom in the areas of executive compensation and Title I of ERISA.
Insofar as such a thing can even be contemplated, he is THE industry standard to
which all others are compared in the world of benefits and executive compensation
law. Technically an expert, he is also uncommonly practical and responsive. These
are traits that no doubt finds great receptivity from the "A" team of diverse clients
who consult him, including broker-dealers, asset managers, major multinational corporations,
and executives. The "ancient regime" - the legal world in which benefits practitioners
have been residing for years - is now giving rise to new unprecedented challenges:
409A, new proxy disclosure rules and significant changes to Title I under the Pension
Protection Act. There is simply no better individual to advise across all of these
matters, or who has the range of experience, thought, reason and polish."
Steven Rabitz - Senior Benefits Lawyer Lehman Brothers