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With approximately 1,600 attorneys in 23 offices on five continents, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates (“Skadden, Arps” or “Skadden”) serves clients in every major financial center. Our strategically positioned U.S. and international locations allow us proximity to our clients and their operations and ensure a seamless and unified approach at all times.

For more than 60 years, Skadden has provided legal services to the corporate, industrial, financial and governmental communities around the world in a wide range of high-profile transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation and controversy issues. Our clients range from a variety of small, entrepreneurial companies to a substantial number of the 500 largest U.S. corporations and many of the leading global companies. We have represented numerous governments, many of the largest banks — including virtually all of the leading investment banks — and major insurance and financial services companies. The firm has more than 40 practice areas and advises clients in matters involving, among others, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, securities law, banking, project finance, energy, antitrust, tax and intellectual property.

Rankings in Surveys

Skadden frequently is identified as one of the world’s leading law firms. For example:

  • Skadden ranked as the No. 1 firm in the country for innovation in the legal sector in the Financial Times’ annual “US Innovative Lawyers” report (Nov. 21, 2013). We are the first firm to receive this honor twice and have ranked as one of the top two firms all four years the report has been published.
  • Chambers Global selected Skadden as the “International Law Firm of the Year” for 2014. We also were named “Corporate/M&A Law Firm of the Year.” Additionally, we earned 322 practice and attorney rankings, and the firm and its lawyers received 72 top-tier rankings.
  • For 13 consecutive years, Skadden has been named the top corporate law firm in the United States in Corporate Board Member magazine’s annual survey of “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” (May 2013), which asked directors of publicly traded companies to select the firms they would “most likely retain to handle a variety of corporate legal matters.”
  • Skadden was selected by The American Lawyer as a finalist for its bien­nial “Litigation Department of the Year” competition in 2014. We also were named, for the third consecutive time, a member of the “Fearsome Foursome” — the four elite law firm litigation practices that “clients would least like to see on the other side of the table” — in a survey of 300 corporate counsel at the world’s largest companies published by BTI Consulting in September 2013.
  • In the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Skadden received a total of 335 practice and attorney rankings — more than any other firm. We also topped the following categories: attorney rankings (245), practice rankings (90) and “star individual” rankings (6).

Skadden emphasizes a dedication to excellent client service and the highest ethical standards across a platform that fosters collaboration, creativity and efficiency in all that we do. Our effort on behalf of clients is matched by our commitment to diversity and public service, both of which are core elements of life at the firm. In 2011, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund awarded Skadden with its first-ever “Law Firm of the Year” in recognition of our work in these two areas.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • The firm received a perfect score for the fifth time in six years in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the nation’s largest advocacy group for LGBT persons.
  • In 2013, we were cited by The American Lawyer in its “Diversity Scorecard” for having the highest number of African-American attorneys, the second-highest num­ber of Asian-American attorneys and fourth-highest number of Hispanic attorneys of 228 major U.S. law firms.
  • In 2013, for the third consecutive year, we received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard Certification for “law firms that have integrated women into the highest leadership positions in the firm.”

Pro Bono and Public Service

  • In 2013, Skadden’s U.S. attorneys averaged about 92 hours of pro bono work, and lawyers, summer associates and legal assistants firmwide spent more than 150,000 hours performing pro bono legal services.
  • The Skadden Fellowship Program offers a minimum of 25 two-year paid legal fellowships in the public interest sector each year. To date, 705 fellowships have been awarded.
  • We are a Charter Signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge.

Main Location

Four Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-735-3000
23 offices in 14 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Kenneth A. Plevan Kenneth A. Plevan Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Practicing in: Advertising Law | Litigation - Intellectual Property | Copyright Law | Trademark Law
Practicing in: Advertising Law | Litigation - Intellectual Property | Copyright Law | Trademark Law

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    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 29 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Litigation - Securities with 16 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Delaware in Litigation - Securities with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Criminal Defense: White-Collar with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York with 77 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Wilmington, Delaware in Litigation - Securities with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Criminal Defense: White-Collar with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions with 5 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 29 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Litigation - Securities with 16 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Delaware in Litigation - Securities with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions with 5 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Allison Land is an adviser I trust to help guide me through any issue, and she is extremely responsive. Her advice is clear, concise, and accurate. Allison is very confident and does not need to prove herself by pretending to know all of the answers; if she does not know the answer to a question, she will find it out. I highly recommend her."
    "Andy Faulkner is an outstanding attorney who always is available for his clients. We are a relatively smaller client and he treats us like royalty, as if we were his largest client. He always gets us the resources we need."
    - Gregg Silver
    1st Financial Funding & Investment Corporation
    "Anthony Clark is one of the best in court litigators I have worked with. He has tremendous experience in the courtroom, which he puts to good use. He has a very confident and smooth style that plays well with judge and jury. He has a high intellect and excellent preparation."
    "John Williams is the top practitioner for IRS controversy. I recommend him highly for complex matters."
    - Michael J. Woo
    Bank of the West
    "Mr. Benjamin Needell is the best real estate lawyer in New York. He has vast experience and is able to structure highly complex transactions and to provide advice on difficult commercial matters. I have worked with him for more than 20 years and I rely heavily on his advice."
    "Ben Needell is the best lawyer in his field that I know."
    "Brian Duwe is one of the most talented corporate and SEC lawyers we have on our roster of outside advisors. He is always insightful and has a talent for breaking down complex issues into their components and for finding common sense solutions."
    "We would not use anyone else for our antitrust matters -- the advice is always accurate and practical, balancing the legal issues with the business imperatives. Ben and his team are always available and responsive, no matter how unreasonable the deadline we impose may be. He is a trusted advisor to senior management as well as our board."
    - Kathleen Cronin, Esq.
    "Charles Smith provides very good and fast support. He has a good understanding of the business needs as well as the needs of negotiation of cases. He has a very good and strong relationship with the client."
    "Clifford Aronson is a great lawyer. He is creative, solid counsel, and you want him on your team."
    - Brent McDonald
    Tenet Healthcare
    "I know of no outside counsel that takes better care of their clients than Mike Naeve. He is always available, always thoughtful, and provides excellent counsel."
    "David is responsive and knows how to get the job done."
    "David is an exceptional lawyer and a solid and trusted advisor. I rely on him often and I am never disappointed. His approach to business and his clients is everything you would want in legal counsel."
    - Jeff Berson
    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
    "David Goldschmidt is an extremely knowledgeable attorney with real domain expertise. He is very well respected by bankers and clients alike. He is able to pull together the appropriate resources to provide the optimal solution to their clients financing needs and provide the correct and valued advice."
    - Daniel H. Klausner
    UBS Investment Bank
    "David is a first-rate partner. He is always accessible and is extremely knowledgeable in relation to equity offerings. My clients enjoy working with David and find him very commercial. Our decision to work with David and Skadden in general impacts our clients' perception of UBS, which is a benefit. "
    - Daniel H. Klausner
    UBS Investment Bank
    "David is an outstanding corporate securities attorney. I have worked with him consistently for more than a decade and have always found him to be a superb attorney with excellent judgment."
    "David Kitchen is a good bank lawyer. He is responsive, knowledgeable, and easy to work with."
    - Robert Hetu
    Credit Suisse
    "David Kitchen is one of the best lawyers that I have worked with over my long career. He has an excellent balance between the business and legal aspects of a transaction. He provides sound advice and alternative solutions that help the transaction move forward as opposed to creating legal issues that unnecessarily upset the other side while provide little to no valuable legal protection. David also brings in other lawyers from his firm to provide their expertise when he is not expert is that area of law. Once again, this moves the transaction to a quicker and better outcome. While David is very focused on getting a fair deal done while protecting his client, he will dig in when necessary taking a very firm stance. His balance in this area of give and take is excellent as well."
    "David Rievman is a very practical tax lawyer, with a deep understanding of the issues. Nonetheless he can still communicate well with business folks."
    - James Connors
    Kelso & Company
    "David Zornow is at the top of his game. He is a smart and excellent lawyer."
    - Andrew J. Levander, Esq.
    Dechert LLP
    "David Zornow is a brilliant lawyer. At every turn in the case, David continually came up with the appropriate, and often unique, winning strategy. David is a great communicator, especially with top notch judges, as he successfully persuades them to his point of view. I always felt that he and the Skadden team not only worked tremendously hard, but also would "walk through walls for you"."
    - Frederick Schiff
    "David is a fine lawyer, exemplary communicator and gentleman."
    "David Hansen is outstanding."
    - James Brelsford
    SanDisk Corporation
    "Mr. Micheletti is a first-class litigator who kept our goals in mind throughout his handling of the matter for us. He and his team were as responsive and timely as they could be. Ed and his team also took a pragmatic approach to the matter, and it ended very well for us."
    "Edward Gonzalez is highly regarded, extremely responsive, has excellent judgment, and is user friendly."
    - Shimon Edelstein
    "Edward Gonzalez has a breadth of knowledge and specific grasp of international tax. He has an impressive ability to always respond in a timely fashion. Edward is always willing to refer within his firm whenever appropriate."
    "He is an excellent tax lawyer with a first-rate mind, and a problem solver with fantastic judgment."
    "We depend on Ed for a variety of matters, and he is an excellent outside lawyer who is exactly what every tax director needs -- thoughtful, responsive, and extremely helpful in getting issues resolved."
    "Edward Gonzalez is a highly intelligent, creative, and principled problem-solving lawyer."
    "Eric Cochran in Skadden's New York office has supported me over the last five years on multiple projects for two different Fortune 500 companies. They do not come any better."
    - John D. Sheehan
    Mylan Inc.
    "Eric Cochran is one of the best M&A lawyers in his generation. His extensive experience, excellent client skills, and willingness to make the extra effort to achieve his clients' objectives in a highly professional manner has earned him the well-deserved respect of clients, colleagues, and competitors"
    - Michael Urfirer
    Stone Key Partners, LLC
    "Eric Waxman is the single most determined lawyer I have ever met. He gives it all for his clients. He is one of the smartest people I have ever met. He is always available and is willing to be cost effective."
    - John Davis
    Davis Entertainment
    "Eric Waxman is one of the smartest lawyers I have ever dealt with. He works very hard and exhibits great passion for his work and winning. He is the kind of person I want on my side and to never have to face."
    - John Davis
    Davis Entertainment
    "Eric is a terrific litigator. He is incredibly smart and very aggressive -- exactly what you want in a litigator. Eric is also an excellent advisor and counselor who will let you know the hurdles you face and make practical and commercial recommendations."
    "Erich is a pleasure to work with. He is extremely capable and understands the client's business needs. I have found Erich to be a valuable resource for securities and regulatory matters and would highly recommend him."
    - Brian Bomstein
    Bayview Asset Management, LLC
    "Frank is thorough, practical, and knows his client's business. He is also easy to work with and has a sly sense of humor that helps in high pressure situations."
    - Marshall Martin
    First State Bancorporation
    "Frank Bayouth is a very thorough and very capable lawyer."
    "Fred Goldberg is a maestro. He is practical, tenacious, and a pleasure to work with. His counsel is invaluable. We call him "Don" Goldberg at Access."
    - Barry Dinaburg
    Access Industries Inc.
    "Fred Goldberg is a one-of-a-kind lawyer. He has a remarkable intellect and phenomenal problem-solving skills."
    "Gary Cullen is an outstanding lawyer. He has great judgment and is very pragmatic."
    "Gregory Luce gets good results in representing healthcare clients who have possibly violated the Stark or Anti-Kickback statutes."
    "Harvey Uris is the best of the best, talented, trustworthy, and a real bulldog."
    "Harvey Uris is a leading real estate lawyer. He is extremely experienced in workout situations and real estate related M&A."
    "Ivan Schlager, as the team leader of my company account, has demonstrated strong leadership and has an abundant amount of valuable advice on the business development of my company. We are happy to have Ivan and his team working for us."
    - Kevin Qi Zhen
    Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    "Mr. Ivan Schlager combines topflight professionalism with intelligence, responsiveness, and ever-present good humor. On top of every issue, he never misses deadlines and is astute and on the mark in all legal guidance rendered to our company."
    - Robert Weisberg
    Nokia Siemens Networks
    "Mr. Schlager had the lead when his firm represented Nokia Siemens Networks in a recent CFIUS process. At every turn of the road, Mr. Schlager was timely, comprehensive, wise, and extremely personable. I have valued and enjoyed our cooperation and would, without hesitation or qualification, both recommend him and also engage him."
    - Robert Weisberg
    Nokia Siemens Networks
    "Eric is one of the finest restructuring attorneys that I have worked with over many years. Besides being a strong technician, Eric is incredibly dedicated to his engagements. No revolving door of attorneys exists when Eric is leading the case."
    - John Suckow
    Alvarez & Marsal
    "J. Eric Ivester has an outstanding breadth of experience and skills. His strength is his ability to develop consensus in an arena that does not encourage consensus. He can handle the most complex issues and cases, and keep them on track towards a successful resolution. He has tremendous knowledge of the area of law."
    "Greg Milmoe is an excellent and experienced workout attorney and a fine person as well."
    "J. Gregory Milmoe is very seasoned, very smart, and very capable. He has outstanding insight in the area and is extremely calm under pressure. He has excellent board management skills. There are none better."
    "In over 20 years of practice, with several years as General Counsel for a municipal utility, I have discovered that you get what you pay for with outside counsel. In Jack DiCanio's case, the relatively high rate turned out to be the best value. In his area of practice, Jack is always my first choice as an outside counsel resource. Jack is competent, responsive, and great to work with. He has a talent for focusing only on what matters most to the issue. That focus creates great value."
    - Steve Lins
    City of Glendale-Office of the City Attorney
    "Jack DiCanio has been counsel to me and/or my company for the past few years. His experience allows him to be diligent, caring, and effective in matters that need detailed attention. He will always see matters through to completion in a timely manner, without dropping the ball, so my time and efficiency is spent on important matters. On a personal note, Jack is caring, intelligent, and has an incredible sense of humor, along with a depth that allows him to take note of the most minor of concerns before you have a moment to bring them up in conversation. He is a real quality human being on all levels. I am an advocate of Jack and all he stands for. I think you have a good idea of my opinion of Jack. "
    - Roger Paglia
    CenterStaging Corp.
    "Jack DiCanio is a highly talented and tenacious litigator."
    "Jack DiCanio is a lawyer of extreme integrity, hard work, and intellect. He doesn't mind an uphill battle, and he's an asset when it gets tough."
    "Jim is an outstanding lawyer who fights tenaciously for his clients' position. He has always obtained excellent results for our company."
    "Jamie Boucher is always deeply involved and gets hands on. You can rely on her at any time and whatever the issue is. She is quite unique for that! I would strongly recommend her without hesitation."
    - Francois Michaud
    Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
    "Ms. Boucher is an expert on OFAC regulations, has excellent relationships with OFAC staff, and is very responsive and easy to work with."
    "Jay Kasner and his team have a record of excellence and representing Wall Street that simply cannot be matched. Jay also has a very, very deep bench with Scott Musoff, Chris Malloy, Paul Lockwood, and Jeff Lichtman. If your firm is in the middle of a crisis, this is the place to start."
    "Jay Goffman's understanding, intellect and courage make him the best legal advisor a CEO or company could have when faced with insolvency related issues. He is direct and approachable when working with clients. He is creative and brilliant in the courtroom."
    - Jeffry D. Bust
    "I worked with Jay Goffman at Skadden on two occasions, both involving large corporations experiencing challenging solvency events. Jay was insightful and creative. He always provided counsel and took action with the best interests of all stakeholders in mind whether creditors, employees, or equity holders. On one occasion, he provided his services knowing that an unsuccessful outcome would result in an inability to pay legal fees, but did so because he was convinced it was the right thing to do for the company, its employees, and unsecured creditors."
    - Jeffry D. Bust
    "Jay is an exceptionally talented restructuring lawyer and deal maker who is able to drive toward consensus in incredibly complex and contentious situations."
    - George Davis
    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
    "Jay is perhaps the most innovative restructuring lawyer practicing today. He looks at every deal as an opportunity to break new ground, which is a refreshing break from those whose vision is bound by what has been done before."
    "Jay is an extraordinarily experienced, business-minded bankruptcy and restructuring attorney. He is able to cut through issues very quickly, resolve difficult matters, and build consensus."
    "Jay Goffman is super-creative. He can find a solution to every problem. He drives a deal like a bull through a china shop and forces parties to come to the table even if they think they did not have to do so."
    "Goffman's team is amazing. Most impressive is the intelligence, attitude, and creativity to present solutions for the client's problems."
    "I have been a lawyer for over 20 years and have practiced in house for the last 15 years, dealing with lawyers from a variety of practice areas in Canada and the U.S. and Jeff Mishkin is among the best lawyers I have ever worked with, and without question, the best I have ever retained in his practice areas. He is a superior litigator and excels at client service. He engenders great confidence, and provides exceptional service, legal, and business judgment. I would highly recommend Jeff Mishkin."
    - Robin Brudner
    "Jeff is an extremely bright and competent litigator. His judgment is excellent and his effort is always superior. He always has the interests of his clients in mind, and of course he has tremendous experience in almost all areas of the law, as it affects sports."
    "Jeffrey Mishkin is the best litigator/advocate practicing in the Sports Law area today. "
    "Jeff does a terrific job. He is very practical and able to effectively keep everyone focused on the salient "business" points. I strongly recommend him."
    - Ian Morton
    Crimson Investment
    "Jeff was a consummate professional and very effective at drilling down to what the key business issues were and how to effectively and efficiently resolve them. I strongly recommend him."
    - Ian Morton
    Crimson Investment
    "Jeffrey Cohen is a great team leader. He almost always anticipates our legal needs before I ask or recognize the need or issue."
    - Glenn Weinman
    American Apparel, Inc.
    "Jeff Cohen's highly thorough, no-nonsense approach makes it easy for a client to sleep well at night."
    "Jennifer Bragg is an extremely knowledgeable and extremely thorough attorney. Her work is first-rate and always on time. She understands her clients' needs and anticipates them. As an in-house counsel, I feel that I provide better service to my company knowing I can absolutely rely on her to provide us with the best advice to protect us."
    - Gael Tisack
    Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation
    "John Rayis combines great subject knowledge with extraordinary client service. He is the "gold standard" by which we measure other, first-rate lawyers."
    - Terry Considine
    Apartment Investment and Management Company
    "John Rayis is quite simply the best! He has extraordinary knowledge of the tax law and is extremely hard-working, always available. Moreover, he is a great listener, imaginative in solutions, and client-focused. John Rayis is the gold standard for tax lawyers and, indeed, lawyers in general."
    "I have worked with many, many tax lawyers over the past 40 years and John Rayis is simply the best. He has the deepest knowledge of the law. He is the most responsive, the most sensitive to ethics, and has the soundest judgment. Skadden is an excellent firm and John is their "shining star"."
    "John Rayis is a terrific tax lawyer, especially in the real estate field. He combines an intricate knowledge of the tax law with commercial sensibility to deliver superior results. He is a brilliant strategist and makes everyone feel like they are his only client."
    "John Beisner has to be one of the best appellate lawyers in the country. His mastery of the law consistently distinguishes him among a field of notables, and his scholarship and advocacy are simply superb."
    "John is one of the finest appellate lawyers in the country. He and the team that he leads are superb brief writers, and collectively possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the law. His more nuanced analysis and always extraordinary advocacy are two of his most notable characteristics."
    "John Gardiner led the arbitration team skillfully through a difficult and protracted arbitration hearing. His vision and international perspective was invaluable in understanding our needs and structuring our case to ensure that it was presented in a most effective way."
    - Gerard Davis
    IBRC Limited
    "John Nannes is a true professional, has great dedication, and excellent expertise and knowledge. He understands customers and acts as a "business partner" rather than strictly as a lawyer."
    "John Furfaro took the time to study the issues, presented different pathways that could be followed, and gave a recommended path to follow. He provided constructive feedback and recommended actions to take in order to prevent future issues."
    - John H. Klein
    DAVA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    "John Furfaro is the rare labor and employment lawyer with equally deep experience in both traditional labor and employment law. His broad knowledge is bolstered by his keen insights to get to the heart of a matter. He is always responsive and attentive to client needs and sensitive to costs. The respect John enjoys in his field also makes him able to resolve matters effectively."
    "Jonathan Lerner is a lawyer's lawyer."
    - Bradley D. Hornbacher
    CTF Development, Inc.
    "Jonathan Lerner is a highly intelligent and effective litigator. You want Jon to lead the charge, especially if you have a "bet the company" case."
    - Bradley D. Hornbacher
    CTF Development, Inc.
    "Jonathan Lerner is smart, gets to the heart of a matter quickly, and knows both the courts and how to position a case to the best advantage. Having his counsel lets you sleep at night. "
    "You can find no one better than him to handle big, high-stakes litigation."
    "Jon is among the best litigators I have ever seen. He is smart, determined, innovative, thoughtful, and tough, without being abrasive (judges seem to appreciate this approach), and he is extremely effective. He may have peers, but he has no superiors."
    "I have had the good fortune to work with Jon Lerner on very complex RICO, Sherman and Robinson Patman claims as well as various state law claims. He is an extraordinarily talented and skilled attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. His level of concern and preparation are of the highest calibre and he is always receptive to the views of others and seeks their input. I've also watched him argue motions in federal and state court and he clearly has the respect of judges and has made very compelling and cogent arguments that have made a difference on critical issues. In sum, I can't think of a more able and conscientious attorney and any client that retains his services will be tremendously well served."
    "Joe is very practical in his approach and is incredibly responsive. Joe is a problem-solver not an issue-spotter."
    - David Walton
    Aircastle Limited
    "Joe Sacca is always the master of facts and details in any case, with a particular expertise in accounting issues. He always makes time for his clients and is a real joy to work with."
    "Ken Plevan of Skadden, provides hands-down the most knowledgeable and practical advertising advice. I consider him indispensable to our ability to market aggressively but also within the law. He is always available, responsive, professional, and has a very strong reputation among non-governmental advertising regulators (NAD, networks, for example) with whom we regularly interact."
    "I've worked with Ken for about 8 years. Ken is a highly-experienced lawyer who understands our business needs and is very creative in finding solutions. He is very responsive, always a pleasure to work with, and frank with you in providing his advice."
    "Kenneth Plevan has outstanding expertise in the area. He is very experienced in adversarial procedures and brings keen insight to the defense. He is extremely responsive."
    "Lance Brasher, a Skadden partner in the Washington D.C. office, is the best lawyer with whom I have worked with in the past 22 years. Lance is practical, efficient (time and cost) and creative. As general counsel in Europe and India for a U.S. company, I hired Lance for many matters, from transactions, to board of director's issues, to litigation. Lance always delivered high quality legal advice and work product. He makes himself and his team available 24 hours/7 days a week. Most importantly, he billed fairly for legal services. Lance directed me to several lawyers in Skadden's various offices whose services I liked and valued very much. However, Lance remained informed on all matters and he coordinated internal Skadden resources, when needed. Further, Skadden and Lance Brasher helped me find excellent local counsel in many foreign jurisdictions and these firms delivered Skadden quality legal advice and work product. This assistance was invaluable in emergency situations when foreign advice is needed immediately for a serious local issue. The combination of the Skadden office and its foreign affiliates provides seamless legal advice for multinational companies, especially for a quick turn around on time sensitive matters. Lance Brasher is a great lawyer, and he is always professional, confidential, and available (often at expense to his personal time and health, though he'll never let you know it). Lance is a very commercial oriented lawyer, and he is appreciated by commercial teams and senior management."
    - Robert Mathis
    Formerly with Prisma Energy Europe Limited
    "Lance Brasher is knowledgeable, always prepared, and a great advocate for his client."
    "Lawrence Spiegel is a very gifted lawyer. The qualities I noticed are manifold. He is hard working and works for his client and the matter at hand over nights and weekends until the result is achieved. He is highly knowledgeable in Criminal Law and has excellent communication skills. The analytical skills and the way he combines people on a case to get International Law into play are quite unique. Once negotiations are on, Mr. Spiegel plays at a very high level. I have seen very few people that can get results in negotiations the way he does. As a client I can only highly recommend Mr. Spiegel as a lawyer. The more complex the matter is, the more you will notice how he is the right person on the job."
    - Martin Liechti
    "Larry, besides being extremely bright, has the ability to quickly grasp the legal matter at hand, and he is also very responsive, efficient, and provides his service with civility that is not common in this field."
    "Louis Goodman is very responsive, thoughtful, honest, and totally reliable. He is also very effective in delivering the firm's global resources when needed. He is a first-class, first-call, go-to lawyer in the M&A arena."
    - Georges Azzam
    Société Générale Group
    "Lou Goodman is an excellent advisor and counsel with great judgment and knowledge. He is one the best M&A counsel that I know and have had the pleasure to work with."
    "Lou is the best lawyer with whom I have worked. He provides top-rate legal knowledge and experience with sound business judgment. He is absolutely trustworthy and ethical."
    "Lou Goodman is an excellent advisor and counsel with great judgment and knowledge. He is one the best M&A counsel that I know and had the pleasure to work with."
    "Margaret Brown is an outstanding lawyer, period."
    "Mark has managed highly complex and significant bankruptcy cases for our institution, and has shown a magnificent ability to negotiate with multiple contentious parties and reach favorable results for his client. He prioritizes, anticipates issues, identifies matters that require immediate attention, and is mindful of our business needs. I highly recommend Mark for bankruptcy and restructuring matters."
    - Francisco Pericas
    Banco Popular de Puerto Rico
    "Mark provided outstanding advice and direction in a difficult engagement for a prior company. He is very practical and driven to deliver results in a timely way."
    - Gregory Lawhon
    News-Press & Gazette Company
    "I have very much enjoyed working with Mark. He is extremely intelligent, thoughtful, and creative in his approach. He is tenacious and always available for his clients."
    "Mark has an unsurpassed ability to achieve results in contentious, multi-party negotiations through his quick wit, suave disposition, and unrelenting rationality. Mark is also very commercial, an invaluable asset for situations in which time is of the essence."
    "Mark Chehi is extraordinarily practical and exhibits excellent business judgment."
    "Michael Rogan is technically very strong. In addition, he shows very sound judgment. "
    "Neal Stoll is by far the best antitrust lawyer I have worked with in the past 30 years (covering a period when I was in private practice with two large law firms and then in three general counsel positions). Neal is able to answer a broad range of questions and give flawless, easily understood legal advice in real time to lawyers and non-lawyers alike."
    - Douglas Barnard
    CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
    "Neal Stoll has an encyclopedic knowledge of Antitrust Law and a gift for understanding client questions and providing correct, complete, practical, and readily understood answers in real time, every time."
    - Douglas Barnard
    CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
    "Neal Stoll is far and away the best antitrust lawyer I have worked with in almost 30 years, with two large law firms and in three general counsel positions. Neal is able to answer a broad range of questions and give flawless, easily understood legal advice in real time to lawyers and non-lawyers alike."
    - Douglas Barnard
    CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
    "Neal Stoll is a very fine lawyer who loves what he does and who possesses that single trait that separates most lawyers from the best, namely good judgment. The understanding of our antitrust laws and their application to business conduct and combinations is Neal's area of special expertise. It is at once difficult and often vexing to clients. Neal is an effective communicator who can explain complex legal and economic issues with clarity and insight so that his clients fully comprehend them, and he has an extraordinarily good track record in convincing regulators and judges, when necessary, of the rightness of his view. Simply stated, he is the lawyer of choice for us in the world of antitrust."
    - Barry Schwartz
    MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings
    "I have worked with Neal Stoll since 1986 and he has taught me a lot about antitrust. I believe in him so much, that I always recommend him for any antitrust issue. His name is on the definitive book regarding Hart Scott Rodino. I believe that he epitomizes the reputation of Skadden as the first 24/7 law firm. He is totally responsive. Once we were brainstorming the possibility of buying a competitor. After we negotiated with ourselves for 20 minutes, we sent for Neal. He came to the office and we told him the deal. He started laughing and said you guys can never get this done. A less professional lawyer could have easily said, "It is a tough deal. I cannot guarantee we can get it done, but we can try". Just saying those few words would have generated one million dollars in fees. Neal Stoll is a standup guy, in not such a standup profession. "
    - Theo Folz
    Altadis USA
    "Neil is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, easy to work with, and responsive. He keeps up to date with current issues and is able to advise on difficult matters in an easy to understand manner."
    "Ms. Noelle Reed is a highly skilled, well prepared, responsive, and very ethical lawyer."
    - John H. Tucker
    Rhodes Hieronymus
    "Paul Lockwood is an exceptional draftsman and strategist with an exceptional command of the securities litigation process and the law."
    - Michael F. Zendan II
    Horizon Lines, Inc.
    "Paul Lockwood knows Delaware law more completely than the Court of Chancery. He is great to work with."
    "Paul is a lawyer's lawyer and provides great legal and practical advice about corporate matters and deals. He also skillfully coordinates all of Skadden's great resources for clients."
    - Michael Lanza
    Selective Insurance Group, Inc.
    "Paul Schnell is a very talented lawyer with a deep knowledge of securities deals and sophisticated M&A transactions."
    - Francisco Müssnich
    Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão Advogados
    "Paul Schnell is always on the short list of any client considering a major transaction in Brazil or in Latin America."
    "Paul Schnell is one of the best U.S. lawyers I have met. He is always available, with a perfect understanding of the relevant issues. He is a fantastic asset in any transaction."
    "Paul is a gifted lawyer who has a unique combination of intellect, creativity, judgment, and problem solving skills. His accessibility and responsiveness are world class. Paul teams exceptionally well with a wide variety of technical disciplines and personal styles. He is an excellent partner who consistently demonstrates a strong understanding of and commitment to client objectives. His wide network of contacts and relationships within the public and private sectors of the tax community have been highly beneficial to our practice. Paul is a pleasure to work with."
    - William Carapezzi
    Pfizer Inc.
    "Paul Oosterhuis provides a great combination of technical expertise and practical wisdom."
    "Most of the senior investment banking professionals at Guggenheim Securities have a 15-20 year close working relationship with Peter Atkins at Skadden, whom we regard as being one of the best corporate and M&A lawyers in the US."
    - James A. Ferency
    Guggenheim Partners, LLC
    "Peter Atkins is absolutely the undisputed leader of the M&A legal profession. His extensive knowledge, impeccable judgment, and extreme professionalism make him truly unique and put him far ahead of his peers."
    - Michael Urfirer
    Stone Key Partners, LLC
    "Peter Atkins has very broad experience in law but also M&A in general. He has a great personality, connects well to others, and is well respected. He is always available and is on top of things. He gives great advice. I have had extremely positive experiences in multiple transactions with him over the last years."
    "Peter Atkins is an extraordinarily skilled M&A lawyer, who is incredibly responsive, has great practical judgment, and vast experience. Peter immerses himself in each deal and is my first choice for M&A."
    "Philip Harris is a great attorney with in-depth knowledge of the law, but more importantly how to use the law to help clients achieve results."
    "Phyllis Korff of Skadden, Arps has been a lawyer of choice for capital markets transactions for over 20 years. She ranks among the very best in terms of both legal expertise and practical advice. I would (and have) recommended her without reservation with respect to any major matter."
    - Richard J. Himelfarb
    Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
    "Phyllis is the consummate professional. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Phyllis and her team and would highly recommend them."
    "Ryan Stoll is smart, thoughtful, and delivers an excellent product."
    "Rand is an excellent lawyer and advisor on major real estate transactions. He combines a commercial sensibility with a deep knowledge of the real estate field to help resolve even the most difficult issues in a transaction."
    "Raoul Kennedy is very outstanding."
    - James Brelsford
    SanDisk Corporation
    "Regina is delightful and a consummate professional. She has an incredible grasp of Section 409A of the code, is very responsive, even-keeled, and is a tremendous asset to us on matters we refer to outside counsel."
    "Rich is brilliant. He is dedicated, hardworking, and principled."
    - Greg Reyes
    Brocade Communications
    "Richard Marmaro is the best of the best."
    "Richard Marmaro is an excellent lawyer. He is able to synthesize complex matters and explain them in a way that is understandable."
    "If your life and liberty are at stake, you want Rich Marmaro on your side. Thanks to Rich's ability to fully understand and articulate all the large issues and the minutest details of my case, I am a free man today. He is supported by an incredibly talented and devoted team, but there is no question that he is the leader of the team and any defendant in a white-collar criminal case could rest just a little bit easier if Rich is litigating his/her case."
    "Rick Prins is the preeminent '40 Act lawyer in the nation. Rick is not only incredibly responsive to his client's needs, but comes up with creative solutions to complex legal and regulatory problems. Rick and his team work tirelessly to advocate for the best interests of their clients."
    "Robert Pincus is a superb attorney -- always available and responsive. "
    "Bob and his team are extremely knowledgeable, creative, and practical-minded, and great at identifying solutions to seemingly intractable issues. He is definitely someone to have on your side of the table."
    - Bridget M. Healy
    ING Americas
    "Bob Sullivan has been involved in virtually every aspect of the insurance business, and his legal knowledge and skills are unsurpassed. Despite his hourly rate, he is the most cost-effective lawyer I use."
    - Michael Lanza
    Selective Insurance Group, Inc.
    "Bob Sullivan is expert in all areas of insurance M&A and restructurings, has good relations with insurance regulators, and is an indefatigable and expert negotiator. He's at the top of my list."
    "Robert Sullivan is tops of the insurance transactional profession. Whoever has Bob has a significant advantage in the deal."
    "Robert Saunders is knowledgeable, cool headed, and well prepared."
    - Perry H. Sutherland
    Dardanelle Timber Co., Inc.
    "Sal Guerrera has very strong expertise. He is one of the top bank lawyers in New York City. He is very dedicated, available, and committed to delivering great results. Sal is very hands-on, and he supervised the work of his associates in great detail. He makes sure we think through issues and is therefore a great resource in difficult transactions."
    - Robert Hetu
    Credit Suisse
    "Sal Guerrera is thoughtful, thorough, and responsive. He does an excellent job representing banks on complicated leveraged loan deals. Sal has extremely strong client and communication skills and is persuasive. He can be counted on to know the market."
    "Sally's strength is her ability to bring a practical solution to a difficult situation. Her support and responsiveness are equaled only by the additional talent of the other tax and non-tax Skadden lawyers with whom she collaborates."
    "Scott Musoff is an incredibly talented securities litigator who also happens to be a pleasure to work with. A true expert in his field, he is responsive, dedicated, and an excellent writer and communicator. I always rest easy when Scott is on the case."
    "Shepard Goldfein is very knowledgeable on antitrust law, and a trusted advisor to both legal and business clients."
    "Shepard Goldfein is an extraordinarily gifted attorney. He is the "Dean" of the bar in his field. He has the highest personal and professional integrity."
    "Stephen Arcano is a trusted advisor. In the boardroom or in the trenches, he is equally effective at providing practical and sound legal counsel."
    "Steve Sunshine has represented my companies in complicated antitrust matters for the past five years. He is methodical, well-versed, and skilled in US competition law and the process procedures relating to the federal agencies."
    - Thomas J. Riordan
    "Steven Glaser is a rising star."
    - Andrew J. Levander, Esq.
    Dechert LLP
    "Tom Dougherty is exceptional. He is thorough, dogged, and responsive."
    "Thomas Nolan is a true gentleman, a great strategist and very resourceful. He takes your case personally and cares for you and your interest. I will go with him to any law firm he may travel. Mr. Nolan is simply the best. "
    - Isaac Larian
    MGA Entertainment, Inc.
    "Van Durrer is among the most creative and thoughtful bankruptcy partners in the country."
    "Kirk answers his phone or if he is busy he calls back right away without fail. By far, he is the most responsive lawyer I know. He solves problems and does not feel the need to show off his considerable intelligence when an issue does not require it. We have been impressed by his creativity both in U.S. domestic issues and cross-border involving Europe and offshore jurisdictions. Ultimately, we save money by paying Skadden's top rate to Kirk, who already knows the law inside and out, rather than pay a bargain rate to a lawyer who has to figure it out by reading books."
    - Richard Robb
    Christofferson, Robb & Company, Inc.
    "Mr. Wallace has substantial tax expertise and can solve problems even outside of his expertise. He approaches problem solving from the client's point of view, understanding non-tax yet important commercial constraints."
    "Allison Land is an adviser I trust to help guide me through any issue, and she is extremely responsive. Her advice is clear, concise, and accurate. Allison is very confident and does not need to prove herself by pretending to know all of the answers; if she does not know the answer to a question, she will find it out. I highly recommend her."
    "Andy Faulkner is an outstanding attorney who always is available for his clients. We are a relatively smaller client and he treats us like royalty, as if we were his largest client. He always gets us the resources we need."
    - Gregg Silver
    1st Financial Funding & Investment Corporation
    "Anthony Clark is one of the best in court litigators I have worked with. He has tremendous experience in the courtroom, which he puts to good use. He has a very confident and smooth style that plays well with judge and jury. He has a high intellect and excellent preparation."
    "John Williams is the top practitioner for IRS controversy. I recommend him highly for complex matters."
    - Michael J. Woo
    Bank of the West

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