Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

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

Firm Attorneys

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Terrence A. Callan Terrence A. Callan Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Practicing in: Antitrust Law | Litigation - Antitrust
Practicing in: Antitrust Law | Litigation - Antitrust
Roxane A. Polidora 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 New York in Energy Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in San Francisco, California in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Energy Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Houston, Texas in Environmental Law with 4 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Energy Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in San Francisco, California in Litigation and Controversy - Tax with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Energy Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Houston, Texas in Environmental Law with 4 lawyers.

    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."
    "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
    "Chris has always been extremely responsive, practical in developing strategy and solutions, and has a high degree of expertise in the environmental area."
    - Karl Eckweiler, Esq.
    NiSource Inc
    "Chris is the best environmental litigator that I know. He is remarkably efficient, has a deep understanding of environmental laws and how to work with regulators, and knows and cares about our business."
    "Chris McNevin is outstanding. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to retain his services."
    "Chris Wall is truly an expert in his field; he brings a wealth of experience and great judgment to his work."
    - Tom Dale
    Rolls Royce North America
    "Cydney is a subject matter expert. Cydney is very responsive and a pleasure to work with."
    "Mr. Keyko is one of the best litigators I have ever used as outside counsel. We first interacted with Mr. Keyko during a very difficult corporate investigation, and he immediately took control of the situation and guided our management team in a competent and accurate direction to resolve the issue. He is available 24/7 and his work product is excellent. I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Keyko's legal abilities and his ability to manage and calm clients in difficult situations."
    - Michael Kahane
    American Media, Inc.
    "David Keyko is very strong in the area of legal ethics."
    "Dave Snyder has a vast amount of knowledge and experience, yet is unassuming and personable. He understands business and applies legal principals in a way that supports the objectives of the shareholders and the business."
    - Steve Loomis
    CardioDynamics International Corporation
    "Dave Snyder served as our corporate counsel for 12 years and was always very professional, available, and knowledgeable. He understood our business and looked for ways to help us accomplish our goals while staying squarely within the rules."
    - Steve Loomis
    CardioDynamics International Corporation
    "David Snyder is an excellent lawyer, but his most important and best use has always been as an advisor. He always finds a respectful way to advise a change in direction when he sees it is needed. He consistently demonstrates the highest level of ethics and always considers the broad picture and long-term effects when making his recommendations, which are respected by all Board members."
    - Jim Newman
    Victory Pharma, Inc.
    "Dave Snyder and his team always provided exceptional service to us. Many times Dave would take on an assignment personally that might otherwise be given to a more junior associate. Given his in-depth knowledge of our business and exceptional productivity, he would provide a superior work product at a very attractive cost. I was exceptionally pleased to always have Dave in my corner."
    - Michael K. Perry
    CardioDynamics International Corporation
    "David Snyder is a true statesman of the law and corporate governance with the calm and quiet self-confidence needed to bring order out of chaos in the most tumultuous of transactions."
    "Dave Snyder and his team at Pillsbury are among the most trusty, productive, and effective lawyers in the country. Dave manifests superior intellect on transactions and corporate matters by instinctively crystalizing issues and finding workable solutions. He is driven by excellence, accepts responsibility as a member of our team with diplomacy and "affiliativeness", and projects dignity and savvy in every way. "
    "David Snyder is an excellent lawyer who possesses a very practical business sensibility."
    "David Dekker is nationally known and has a well-deserved reputation."
    - R. Steven Holt
    Balfour Beatty Construction LLC
    "Jim Rishwain is an extraordinary lawyer who cares greatly about his clients. Whenever we have needed his assistance he has been there for LAUSD. He brilliant, creative and does whatever it takes to get the job done. His responsiveness is unmatched by anyone I've ever worked with. He is a Super Lawyer in every sense of the word. Jim is also a great believer in giving back to the community. The firm made an excellent choice when they selected Jim as Chair of Pillsbury. "
    - Diane Pappas
    Los Angeles Unified School District
    "Mr. Rishwain is one of the best lawyers that I have come across in my 25 years of practicing law. Excellent skills, excellent communicator, and, most importantly, he really cares about his clients and their needs. I appreciate the personal care, the attention, and that what he does for us really matters."
    - Ted Suzuki
    DIRECTV, Inc
    "Jay Silberg has a vast array of knowledge and experience in the nuclear regulatory arena. While these days he features most prominently in waste issues, he has a much broader perspective that assists in evaluating an array of issues. Moreover, he is innovative, flexible, competitive, and client-focused. Jay is truly one of the best in this area."
    "Jeff Delaney is a highly-skilled lawyer, and also a true pleasure to work with. He has a very strong understanding of the power industry and the specific regulatory requirements that relate to financings in the utilities sector. Jeff anticipates both legal and business issues and provides expert guidance. He has been a tremendous resource on some of our more complicated debt financings."
    - Courtney McCormick
    PSEG Services Corporation
    "Jeff is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer and can always be counted on to provide prompt service and quick responses. He makes me feel like I am his only client and is fabulous on both a professional and personal level. He has a wonderful demeanor, a down-to-earth approach, and is always focused and gives spot-on advice."
    "Jeff did an outstanding job presenting our complex transfer tax case before the judge. His arguments were clear, concise, respectful and ultimately convincing, saving us millions of dollars."
    - Jack M. Hammel
    The Archdiocese of San Francisco
    "Jeff Vesely is very effective in state and local tax litigation matters. He has great tax technical and analytical skills. He stands out as someone very skilled at developing practical approaches to resolving complex tax controversies. He is perhaps the best outside counsel I've ever worked with on tax litigation."
    - Andrew Zalewski
    Chevron Corporation
    "Our association has used Jerry Jacobs for outside legal counsel for over 20 years in a variety of areas. He is our trusted advisor on corporate governance, international conferences, tax, benefit plans, antitrust, insurance and important regulatory issues. He is extremely competent and possesses the integrity we look for in outside counsel."
    - Kevin Belford
    American Gas Association
    "Jerry knows his stuff and he knows the oil and gas business. He is highly experienced, both in house and outside, and I find that makes him easy to communicate with and to understand. I am confident when he represents us that we are in the hands of a thorough, thoughtful, and effective advocate and counselor."
    - Margaret Hoffman
    Chevron Corporation
    "Jorge del Calvo is one of the best corporate and M&A lawyers I have encountered in a long career."
    - Piyush Gupta
    IBM (see Exeros Inc.)
    "Jorge DelCalvo and Allison Leopold-Tilley are really amazing partners for both our company and the management team. We are very fortunate to have the support and knowledge that they both bring to our team."
    - Jack Lazar
    Atheros Communications, Inc.
    "Jorge Del Calvo is soft spoken and sympathetic, while extraordinarily wise and competent at the same time."
    - Raymond Sims
    Financial Engines
    "Julie Divola is an absolute professional. She fights hard for client to seek clarity in order to obtain best tax result and lower any tax risk. She is very courteous and professional in all situations."
    - Michael Healey
    AMN Healthcare
    "I could not recommend an appellate lawyer more highly than Kevin Fong. He demonstrates excellent team leadership and management. Further attributes include thoroughness, competence, high attention to detail, clear and frequent communication, accessibility, and collegiality. "
    "We've worked with Meg for more than 15 years in all areas of environmental work and she has excelled in every assignment. She is a highly trusted advisor to our company. Meg has my highest recommendation."
    - Duane Nelsen
    GWF Power Systems Company, Inc.
    "Maria Galeno is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and well prepared. She is a superb tactician, and her client focus is second to none. Maria is very zealous."
    "Mark Hellerer is an incredibly thoughtful lawyer. He is very detail oriented. He gets into the weeds of his investigations and understands the criminal and regulatory frameworks in which he operates. He is very thorough and guides clients through the process."
    "Mike is a lawyer's lawyer. He is focused on client service. He always has his client's ultimate objective in mind and incorporates a flexible approach in achieving that objective."
    - John Burtis
    Medtronic, Inc.
    "Michael Evan Jaffe has great skills and judgment to match. He is very efficient and insightful."
    - R. Steven Holt
    Balfour Beatty Construction LLC
    "Mr. Michael Barr has very broad experience in almost every major area of environmental law. In my many dealings with him, he has provided the legal detail and provided the political and practical comments that put it in context. Mr. Barr has the ability to focus on the essence of the matter and to describe it clearly to all who need the information... and get all parties to understand! He is a very creative problem solver and negotiator. His natural demeanor and humor help bring resolution to difficult problems. Mr. Barr is the "go-to guy" for environmental issues!"
    - KC Bishop
    The Chevron Companies
    "Michael Barr has a high level of expertise with respect to air quality issues; is very professional in dealing with clients; and is an excellent advocate for the client in the public arena, with extremely good communication skills."
    - Michael J. Rush
    Association of American Railroads
    "Mike is highly ethical and talented. He quickly understands the complexities in any transaction and can distill complex deal points into a language any CEO can understand."
    - Christopher Maloney
    TriTech Software Systems
    "Richard is one of the top bankruptcy/restructuring lawyers in the business who brings a wide range of experience in large scale and complex issues. He is a quintessential strategist and understands capital markets and how the participants work. Mr. Epling understands corporate governance, has acute commercial and practical judgment, and brings unyielding integrity to any effort. In addition, he communicates effectively with counsel, professional advisors, executive management and boards. Richard and his partners are always directly available to clients. In my view, he has been a significant driver of the culture of quality and integrated client service at Pillsbury - that's how he works. "
    - J. Hunter Brown
    Watson, Wilkins & Brown
    "Working with Richard Epling is a pleasure, or as much as working out any bankruptcy can be. He provided timely advice that was realistic and valuable. He kept me informed of the process of Chapter 11 and informed me of anything I needed to know. He knew the other attorneys involved which proved immensely valuable in quickly resolving certain issues. "
    "He has an outstanding understanding of all aspects of bankruptcy law."
    "Richard has represented us in several bankruptcy matters, potential Chapter 11 cases, and insolvency cases. He is always reachable and responds quickly. He is able to evaluate complicated cases and he knows and is respected by the other "players" in the field which helps immeasurably."
    "Sam Stubbs is totally dedicated to getting all the facts and assembling the best team of lawyers and witnesses to make his case. He has an uncanny feel for what moves Texas judges and juries."
    - Andrew Lapayowker
    Rosemore, Inc.
    "Samuel Stubbs has strong litigation skills and is excellent at product liability matters. He has an easy, down-to-earth demeanor, is very practical minded, and works to achieve the best result for the client. He is very experienced and has a very good reputation among his fellow lawyers in Texas."
    "Steven Meltzer is superb. He is the best entrepreneur's lawyer in the area."
    - Dr. James Bernstein
    Noxilizer, Inc.
    "Steve Meltzer is as fine a lawyer as any I have ever known. We have benefited greatly from his wise counsel and representation over the years."
    - Jerry Parrott
    Maryland Healthcare Produce Development Co
    "Steve Meltzer is a very experienced lawyer and a steadying influence in complex transactions."
    "Susan has true expertise in the law and also deep experience across a wide variety of industries. This allows her to add extra value when advising a board or compensation team. Susan and her team at Pillsbury are also highly collaborative, which facilitates their work in delivering innovative solutions and settlements."
    - Susan Wolf
    "Susan Serota is super, super smart. She responds immediately at all times (even when on vacation!). She communicates directly, respectfully, clearly, and provides excellent, practical counsel."
    "It is normal for Todd Eckland to move from the underwriter's side to the company's side after a transaction, as he routinely outperforms the other side's counsel."
    "Bill Bonano is one of the best tax controversy lawyers I have worked with. His logical and pragmatic approaches to thorny issues bring successful results to IRS audits and appeals. He is extremely persuasive in his written and oral presentation of complex tax issues."
    - Michael Healey
    AMN Healthcare
    "Subject matter expert who is very capable and great to work with. Had a deep understanding of the issue and sought to resolve the matter in a professional and appropriate manner"
    "Bill Atkins is a smart, resilient, persistent, and unflappable attorney who is extremely savvy and client-oriented. He and his team are a pleasure to work with, and they produce superb results."
    - James Pottorff
    University of Kansas
    "Bill is a well-organized and strategic litigator and adviser. It is truly impressive to see him take the tomes of information and stitch it together in a cohesive story understandable to a jury."
    "William Atkins is a superb IP lawyer. He is indefatigable, extremely bright, resilient, resourceful, and knowledgeable. Combined with a great sense of humor, this attorney is worth every penny you pay him."
    "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."
    "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



    Corporate & Securities
    Emerging Growth & Technology
    Employment & Labor
    Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources
    Estates, Trusts & Tax Planning
    Executive Compensation & Benefits
    Global Sourcing
    Insolvency & Restructuring
    Insolvency & Restructuring
    Insurance Recovery & Advisory
    Insurance Recovery & Advisory
    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property
    Public Practices
    Real Estate


    Partners: 336
    Of Counsel: 68
    Associates: 175
    Other Lawyers: 19
    Paralegals: 40
    Non-Legal Employees: 569
    International Partners: 18
    International Associates: 19
    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: General Practice
    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