Best Law Firm

Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with an industry focus on energy & natural resources, financial services including financial institutions, real estate & construction, and technology. Based in the world's major financial, technology and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global business, regulatory and litigation matters. We work in multidisciplinary teams that allow us to understand our clients’ objectives, anticipate trends and bring a 360-degree perspective to complex business and legal issues—helping clients to take greater advantage of new opportunities, meet and exceed their objectives, and better mitigate risk. This collaborative work style helps produce the results our clients seek.

What Sets Us Apart

The vision to see opportunities where others may see only obstacles. Passion for our work and an unshakable dedication to your interests and needs. Lawyers who are authorities in their fields working in collaborative teams known for exceptional performance. Shared conviction that open, straightforward communication is essential to earning your trust. An ethical foundation based upon helping our clients, our employees and our communities.

International Capabilities
The needs of Pillsbury’s clients are often international in scope. To meet those needs, Pillsbury’s U.S. and international offices form a fully integrated network that advises clients doing business around the globe. As a result, nearly one-third of our work touches overseas.

Practice Groups
Pillsbury’s firm-wide practices can be broadly grouped into three categories:

  • Business. From entity formation to project and commodities finance, alternative investments to outsourcing agreements, Pillsbury’s business practices advise emerging, middle-market, institutional and multinational clients on all types of corporate, securities, finance and intellectual property transactions.
  • Litigation. The litigation experience of the more than 200 lawyers in our global network encompasses a diverse array of fields, industries and legal arenas. Pillsbury litigators have substantial trial experience at the state, federal and appellate level, with the bankruptcy courts, and with dispute resolution proceedings before all of the world’s major arbitration bodies.
  • Regulatory. Pillsbury offers a wide range of counseling related to compliance, regulatory hearings and investigations, and public policy. Our lawyers have previously worked in public service at 20 different regulatory agencies, including the DOJ, EPA, FAA and IRS. We have substantial experience handling trade matters under WTO and NAFTA, advising on export and technology transfer controls, and representing clients in trade remedy proceedings.

Industry Focus
Whether in the incorporation of Standard Oil (now Chevron) in 1900, the formation of Intel in 1968, or the registration of the first trademark for a dotcom in 1994, Pillsbury has been there from the beginning for many of the world’s most storied and vibrant industries. And we’re still there today. Pillsbury makes a significant and sustained investment in monitoring—and helping shape—the industries in which our clients compete, from energy and financial services to real estate and technology. We not only attend the same industry events as our clients, but are often the presenters and keynote speakers. As a result, we commence every client matter already well informed of the industry trends that influence strategy and planning. Our efforts are guided by the nature of our clients’ industries:

  • Industry-Adept. Pillsbury clients operate in today’s most dynamic industries. To serve them better, we structure our practices to address the spectrum of business and legal issues they face. For example, the complexity of the global energy industry led us to build an Energy team that covers the world’s most important energy and finance capitals, and is backed by an extensive network of host-country law firm relationships—including Canada and Mexico. In addition, our Abu Dhabi office provides support for clients operating in the Middle East.
  • Standards-Setting. From financial fiduciaries to social media startups, organizations need to stay abreast of evolving industry standards. Our practice teams include lawyers who help make those standards, sitting on the working groups and standards bodies that define industry rules.
  • Regulation-Savvy. In tightly regulated industries like aviation, energy, health care and communications, our clients benefit from working with lawyers who have formerly served in government oversight positions. Across the firm, more than 75 Pillsbury lawyers have held top positions at government and regulatory agencies.

Contact Information

18 offices in 5 countries


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Terrence A. Callan Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Practicing in: Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust
Practicing in: Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust
Roxane A. Polidora Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Practicing in: Antitrust Law
Practicing in: Antitrust Law

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Top Listed State Awards
Top-Listed in California in Environmental Law with 7 lawyers.
Top Listed Metro Awards
Top-Listed in San Francisco, California in Corporate Law with 6 lawyers.
Top-Listed in San Francisco, California in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 3 lawyers.
Top-Listed in San Francisco, California in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 2 lawyers.
Top-Listed in San Diego, California in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 2 lawyers.
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Client Comments

"Allen's intricate knowledge of the legal and strategic issues associated with payer contracts has been invaluable in our negotiations. "
- Gary May
Stanford University Medical Center
"Allison Tilley has been an excellent resource for Atheros since before our 2004 IPO, but particularly since then, and especially in our M&A work and Board-level support. Her outstanding work ethic and curiosity about our business and strategies has helped us spot and avoid issues and risks long before they've materialized."
- Adam Tachner
Atheros Communications, Inc.
"Blair provides our company, and me as general counsel, strong, and practical legal advice on a wide range of issues. He is extremely responsive, experienced, and wise in his counsel."
- Michael Gadd
Clearwater Paper Corporation
"Chris McNevin is a top-level environmental attorney and litigation counsel. We are very comfortable when we refer an environmental matter to Chris."
- Edward Brosius
Amsted Industries

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Contact Information

18 offices in 5 countries


Deborah BaumLead Board Member


Glenn RichardsCommunications
Christopher M. ZochowskiCorporate & Securities
Stanley PiersonEmerging Growth & Technology
Paula WeberEmployment & Labor
Jeffrey DelaneyEnergy
Julie MayoEnergy
Christopher J. McNevinEnvironment, Land Use & Natural Resources
Jennifer Jordan McCallEstates, Trusts & Tax Planning
Susan SerotaExecutive Compensation & Benefits
Mats CarlstonFinance
Aaron M. OserGlobal Sourcing
David MinnickInsolvency & Restructuring
Peter GillonInsurance Recovery & Advisory
Robert WallanInsurance Recovery & Advisory
Jack BarufkaIntellectual Property
Ken TaberLitigation
Kirke HassonLitigation
Elizabeth MoellerPublic Practices
Robert HerrReal Estate
James ChudyTax


Partners: 336
Of Counsel: 104
Associates: 175
Other Lawyers: 19
Paralegals: 40
Non-Legal Employees: 569
International Partners: 15
International Associates: 11
International Paralegals: 3
International Non-Legal Employees: 23

Practice Areas

Antitrust Law
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Biotechnology Law
Commercial Litigation
Communications Law
Construction Law
Copyright Law
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Energy Law
Entertainment Law - Music
Environmental Law
Equipment Finance Law
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Health Care Law
Information Technology Law
Insurance Law
International Trade and Finance Law
IT Outsourcing Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation - Patent
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation - Securities
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Media Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Natural Resources Law
Non-Profit / Charities Law
Patent Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Project Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tax Law
Trademark Law
Trusts and Estates
Venture Capital Law