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Dickstein Shapiro LLP

1825 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5403
Phone: 202-420-2200

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, a Market Leading Specialty FirmSM founded in 1953, is internationally recognized for its work with clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Dickstein Shapiro provides strategic counsel and develops multidisciplinary legal solutions by leveraging its core strengths—litigation, regulatory, transactions, and advocacy—to successfully advance clients’ business interests.


The Complex Dispute Resolution (CDR) Practice provides comprehensive solutions to avoid, limit, and resolve complex litigation and liability problems. Our CDR attorneys succeed at helping clients maximize recoveries and minimize exposure through creative, cost-effective dispute resolution alternatives and strategies. We manage complex liability problems, particularly in times of crisis, for major corporate and government clients. This work includes: negotiating and structuring nationwide and statewide class settlements; providing comprehensive risk analyses and strategic planning; and representing individuals and organizations in high-profile federal investigations.

The Corporate & Finance Practice focuses on middle-market transactions—those with values in the range of $10-$500 million. The practice’s attorneys provide a full range of corporate, finance, tax, and transactional services to clients and pair these capabilities with an industry-focused approach.

The Government Law & Strategy Practice seeks to advance clients’ interests before the legislative and executive branches of government—a practice unique to Washington, DC. Increasingly, this demands a sophisticated combination of political and substantive resources, as well as a close coordination of skills drawn from traditionally separate disciplines, including government representation, regulatory and administrative counseling, and even litigation. Our attorneys and advisors provide support in a number of areas, including public policy, government contracts, energy, State Attorneys General, global security, political law, and congressional investigations.

Dickstein Shapiro’s premier Insurance Coverage Group represents policyholders in disputes with their insurers. Many of our insurance coverage attorneys are nationally recognized as leaders in insurance recovery and have briefed and argued several of the most important and best-known decisions favorable to policyholders in federal and state appellate courts. Unlike some firms that “walk both sides of the street,” our attorneys exclusively represent policyholders in resolving coverage disputes in negotiations, arbitrations, litigation, and appellate proceedings. Dickstein Shapiro attorneys have helped our clients recover billions from insurers and insurance brokers under a wide range of policies.

Combining decades of litigation experience with a robust procurement and asset management practice, Dickstein Shapiro’s Intellectual Property Practice attorneys devise strategies to help clients protect IP assets while maximizing their value. Our attorneys have handled litigations on both the plaintiff and the defense sides, involving claims from a few million to hundreds of millions of dollars, including successfully defending suits where patent owners sought hundreds of millions in damages, and obtaining a judgment in excess of $500 million on behalf of a plaintiff. In addition to litigation, Dickstein Shapiro attorneys develop comprehensive IP programs and strategies encompassing all aspects of our clients’ intellectual property needs, including asset management, patent and trademark procurement, licensing, and counseling.

Litigation, in the right hands, is a powerful business tool: the right case at the right time can produce major benefits and help companies achieve important strategic goals. With more than 170 litigators in offices nationwide, Dickstein Shapiro’s attorneys provide the highest level of integrated representation in numerous inter-related areas and excel in litigating and settling complex, high-stakes business disputes. Dickstein Shapiro works with clients to develop a comprehensive understanding of their objectives and case strategies to achieve them as quickly, efficiently, and agreeably as possible. Whether through trial verdicts, arbitrations, settlements, or other litigation alternatives, Dickstein Shapiro’s litigators seek the best outcome possible for our clients’ goals and their bottom line.


Client Comments

Barry William Levine

"Mr. Levine is the finest, most effective, and professional lawyer I have had the pleasure of employing in my 34 year career. His grasp of the issues and the legal strategies he employs attests to his outstanding success. I would highly recommend him as one of the best lawyers in the U.S."

Michael Blank
Swiss Asset Advisors

"Barry Levine was the best in my situation. I would use him again and recommend him to others."

Jack Williams
Hyde Shipping Corporation

Bernard Nash

"Bernie Nash does it better than anyone else in the business."

John Suthers
Office of the Attorney General of Colorado

"Bernie Nash is the best at what he does. He is smart and creative. He dives into each matter such that he becomes the most knowledgeable person in the room on both sides of a particular issue and uses the credibility that flows from that position to craft creative and mutually beneficial solutions."


Frederick M. Lowther

"Frederick Lowther is the best in the business. He has a great commercial mind, a balanced approach to negotiations, and is brilliant at finding agreement between parties where none appears to exist. I wouldn't consider being involved in business without him."


James R. Murray

"I cannot imagine anyone as able to calmly represent what we stand for in the midst of the storm as Jim Murray."

William Lockyear
Society of Jesus, Oregon Province

"As former opposing counsel on behalf of insurers, my view is that Jim Murray provides the highest level of advocacy on behalf of his clients. He is a formidable though professional and fair adversary. "

Duane Thompson
US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)

"Mr. Murray understands his client's approach to litigation and adapts his advice accordingly. Only by knowing and understanding who we are can he defend us in a manner we can be proud of."


John E. Heintz

"John Heintz has done work for me at two different companies and is as talented an insurance litigator and strategist as there is in the country. He is deeply knowledgeable, has a keen eye for detail and creativity, and (important for a litigator) has the ability to simultaneously sense when to go in for the kill and when to strike a settlement."

Michael Bramnick
LRN, The Legal Knowledge Company

"I work with John Heintz and strongly recommend him. John is a leader in the field and result-oriented."


Jon D. Grossman

"Jon Grossman has been a partner to my company in building a valuable patent portfolio. His expertise and gentle prodding kept us moving forward on our early patent efforts after multiple rejections."

Doug Clark

Kirk A. Pasich

"Kirk Pasich is one of the best trial attorneys I know. He handles his cases as efficiently as any attorney I have worked with in my 36 years as an attorney. He is accurate with his budgets, makes clear the options, sticks with his opinion throughout the case (absent unanticipated information), and is extremely good with senior management in explaining the case and likely outcomes."

W. Davis Smith
Sempra Energy

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  • Los Angeles, CA
    2049 Century Park East, Suite 700
    Los Angeles, CA 90067-3109
    Phone: 310-772-8300
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    1841 Page Mill Road, Suite 150
    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1254
    Phone: 650-690-9500
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    One Stamford Plaza, Suite 1400
    263 Tresser Boulevard
    Stamford, CT 06901-3271
    Phone: 203-905-4500
  • Washington, DC
    1825 Eye Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20006-5403
    Phone: 202-420-2200
  • New York, NY
    1633 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019-6708
    Phone: 212-277-6500

Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • International Arbitration - Commercial
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Patent Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Qui Tam Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trade Secrets Law