Region: U.S. | International

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-4039
Phone: 212-858-1000
http://www.pillsburylaw.com

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

Achievements

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.
Top-Listed in McLean, Virginia in Litigation - Patent with 2 lawyers.
Top-Listed in McLean, Virginia in Litigation - Intellectual Property with 2 lawyers.

Client Comments

Allen E. Briskin

"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 Leopold Tilley

"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 W. White

"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


Christopher J. McNevin

"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."

Anonymous


"Chris McNevin is outstanding. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to retain his services."

Anonymous


Christopher R. Wall

"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 A. Tune

"Cydney is a subject matter expert. Cydney is very responsive and a pleasure to work with."

Anonymous


David G. Keyko

"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."

Anonymous


David J. Cynamon

"Mr. Cynamon's extraordinary abilities to communicate effectively, to manage diverse personalities, and to maneuver multifaceted and complex legal issues have earned him a place in the pantheon of great lawyers. His style embodies grace, charm, and wit and, when combined with his keen legal acumen, makes him our most trusted adviser."

Anonymous


David R. Snyder

"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 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. "

Anonymous


"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."

Anonymous


"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."

Anonymous


"David Snyder is an excellent lawyer who possesses a very practical business sensibility."

Anonymous


David T. Dekker

"David Dekker is nationally known and has a well-deserved reputation."

Anonymous


James M. Rishwain, Jr.

"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 E. Silberg

"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."

Anonymous


Jeffrey J. Delaney

"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."

Anonymous


Jeffrey M. Vesely

"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


Jerald A. Jacobs

"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 W. Ross

"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


Jill D. Block

"She is a brilliant lawyer."

Anonymous


John G. Mauel

"John is the most knowledgeable energy lawyer that I know. This is based on over 30 years of domestic, international, upstream, midstream, and downstream energy operations and development, including power. He has an unsurpassed commercial understanding of every business transaction that he has encountered."

Anonymous


"John Mauel advised on the preparation and negotiation of a major LNG sale and purchase agreement and related security package with a U.S. customer. He is a very bright individual and is fun to work with. He has a deep understanding of the international LNG and gas markets that provided to us an outstanding contribution for the negotiation and closure of this major agreement."

Anonymous


Jorge A. del Calvo

"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."

Anonymous


Julie A. Divola

"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


Kevin M. Fong

"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. "

Anonymous


Marc S. Shapiro

"He is a terrific lawyer with a great business sense."

Anonymous


Margaret N. Rosegay

"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 T. Galeno

"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."

Anonymous


Mark R. Hellerer

"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."

Anonymous


Michael Evan Jaffe

"Michael Evan Jaffe has great skills and judgment to match. He is very efficient and insightful."

R. Steven Holt
Balfour Beatty Construction LLC


Michael Murphy

"Michael is a strong resource we can lean on when needed to help us think through tough issues and solidify strategies to be successful across our outsourcing and IT agreement, and always within the context of our business needs."

Craig McKenney
Best Buy Co. Inc.


Michael P. Schumaecker

"I do not want to recommend Michael to anyone. Why? Because we are going to buy another aircraft and I want him only for us, for me, and for our company. I do not want to look for somebody else. But seriously, Michael is great because he is: - educated (not only American Law but also English and EU Law) - experienced - understanding - has a human approach - frank, no cinema - selfless - hardworking - systematic - creative - a team player - effective - keeps his word - persistent I have been very impressed by him. "

Jiji Juran
Travel Service a.s.


"I have noted the respect displayed by other lawyers in negotiations where Mr. Michael Schumaecker is involved, which brings a good atmosphere to the negotiation table. I understand that his experience in this field has given him a reputation. He has learned to listen to our concerns and find a way of addressing them, though he finds them to be "outside the industry practice"."

Anonymous


Michael R. Barr

"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


"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!"

Anonymous


Mike Hird

"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 L. Epling

"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. "

Anonymous


"He has an outstanding understanding of all aspects of bankruptcy law."

Anonymous


"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."

Anonymous


Samuel E. Stubbs

"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."

Anonymous


"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."

Anonymous


Steven L. Meltzer

"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."

Anonymous


Susan P. Serota

"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
Schering-Plough


"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."

Anonymous


Todd W. Eckland

"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."

Anonymous


William E. Bonano

"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"

Anonymous


William P. Atkins

"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."

Anonymous


"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."

Anonymous


"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."

Anonymous


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Best Lawyers in United States

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

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Personnel

  • Partners: 336
  • Of Counsel: 104
  • Associates: 175
  • Other Lawyers: 19
  • Paralegals: 40
  • Non-Legal Employees: 569
  • International Partners: 15
  • International Of Counsel: 7
  • International Associates: 11
  • International Paralegals: 3
  • International Non-Legal Employees: 23

Management

Contacts

Locations

United States
  • Los Angeles, CA
    725 South Figueroa Street, Suite 2800
    Los Angeles, CA 90017-5406
    Phone: 213-488-7100
  • Palo Alto, CA
    2550 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1115
    Phone: 650-233-4500
  • Sacramento, CA
    2600 Capitol Avenue, Suite 300
    Sacramento, CA 95816-5930
    Phone: 916-329-4700
  • San Diego, CA
    501 West Broadway, Suite 1100
    San Diego, CA 92101-3575
    Phone: 619-234-5000
  • San Diego, CA
    12255 El Camino Real, Suite 300
    San Diego, CA 92130-4088
    Phone: 619-234-5000
  • San Francisco, CA
    Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111-5998
    Phone: 415-983-1000
  • Washington, DC
    2300 N Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20037-1122
    Phone: 202-663-8000
  • New York, NY
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4039
    Phone: 212-858-1000
  • Houston, TX
    Two Houston Center, Suite 2000
    909 Fannin Street
    Houston, TX 77010-1028
    Phone: 713-276-7600
  • McLean, VA
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, 14th Floor
    McLean, VA 22102-4856
    Phone: 703-770-7900

China

  • Shanghai, China
    Suite 4201, Bund Center
    222 Yan An Road East, Huangpu District
    Shanghai 200002
    China
    Phone: 86 21 6137 7999

Japan

  • Tokyo, Japan
    Marunouchi Eiraku Building, 20th Floor
    4-1 Marunouchi 1-chome
    Chiyoda
    Tokyo 100-0005
    Japan
    Phone: 81 3 6268 6710

United Arab Emirates

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Al Sila Tower, 21st floor
    P.O. Box 39740
    Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone: 971 2 656 5849

United Kingdom

  • London, United Kingdom
    Tower 42, Level 23
    25 Old Broad Street
    London EC2N 1HQ
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 44 20 7847 9500

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
  • Projects
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law