Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

Willkie is an elite international law firm that delivers superior client service across a broad spectrum of practice areas. In addition to its primary practice areas of corporate/M&A; private equity; business reorganization and restructuring; complex litigation; antitrust and competition; and asset management, the firm’s approximately 650 attorneys collaborate to provide integrated, multidisciplinary advice encompassing the areas of capital markets; communications, media and privacy; compliance and enforcement; environment, health and safety; executive compensation and employee benefits; finance; government relations; insurance and reinsurance; intellectual property; private clients; real estate; special committee; structured finance and derivatives; tax; and a wide range of industries.

Main Location

787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
Phone: 212-728-8000
9 offices in 6 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Wesley R. Powell Wesley R. Powell Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Practicing in: Litigation - Antitrust
Practicing in: Litigation - Antitrust
William H. Rooney William H. Rooney Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Practicing in: Antitrust Law
Practicing in: Antitrust Law

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Venture Capital Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Venture Capital Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Insurance Law with 6 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Venture Capital Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Venture Capital Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Insurance Law with 6 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "In a highly competitive and heavily regulated business, Barry Barbash has been our partner in helping to ensure we run our business right. His long experience (including his tenure as head of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC) means he not only knows the law thoroughly -- he understands the thinking that went into its formulation as well as the manner in which the SEC's approach to applying and enforcing it has evolved. You could not ask for a better guide through regulations. He also knows the industry. When confronting a new situation, we have benefitted enormously from his wide knowledge of how numerous successful industry participants have handled the same situation. Finally, not many practitioners do both fund formation and securities law at a top level; Barry is one of the few, and the combination yields both efficiency and creativity. We feel exceptionally well advised."
    - Barton Aronson
    New Vernon Capital, LLC
    "Barry Barbash has a deep knowledge of the law, related public policy and the investment management business. He's intent on delivering value to the client. He is simply the best there is. "
    "Barry Barbash tops the charts on insights regarding hedge and other private funds. A highly accomplished lawyer, Barry Barbash's experience and judgment, including with the SEC, is unmatched, particularly in connection with complex matters. "
    "You can't put a price on the value of Barry Barbash's skills, experience, and knowledge. He is a tremendous asset to any client."
    "Barry Barbash is the best lawyer in his field. He has tremendous judgment and makes you always feel like you are well protected."
    "Barry Barbash is the best of the best. He has few peers on his level."
    "Barry Barbash has a broad and deep understanding and expertise in the Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, and related federal securities laws and regulations due, in part, to his substantial SEC experience as the former head of the Division of Investment Management of the SEC."
    "Benjamin Haskin is an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to work with."
    "I've used Bruce on a lot of deals and he has always been an asset. He is a businessman's lawyer who knows how to get a deal done."
    - Will Franklin
    Lime Rock Partners
    "I have worked closely with Bruce for over five years on numerous financings, acquisitions, and divestitures. His legal skills and his business judgment provide a unique combination and prove to be extremely valuable when completing any transaction. He's practical and can move very quickly to help close transactions. He's a seasoned lawyer and an asset to our firm. "
    - Neil Kallmeyer
    CapStreet Group
    "Bruce is simply the best lawyer I have ever worked with in terms of solving complex transaction issues and working with both sides to come to a resolution."
    - Fred Brazelton
    Platform Partners LLC
    "Bruce has represented Cardtronics for six years. During that period, he has constantly provided excellent legal services to Cardtronics. On those matters where Bruce was actively involved as the 'lead' attorney, he ensured that the legal services rendered were both excellent and timely. In those matters where the subject matter was out of Bruce's expertise and he had other attorneys within his firm working on the matter, he nonetheless ensured that the work product delivered was both timely and responsive to our needs. Bruce's wide range of experience, especially on acquisition matters, has made him an invaluable legal asset for Cardtronics. Bruce is always responsive to our needs, promptly returning e-mails and phone calls, and following up on loose ends."
    - Michael Keller
    Cardtronics, LP
    "We started working with Bruce a bit over a year ago and over that time he has become somewhat of an outsourced GC to our firm. Bruce took the time early on to familiarize himself with the dynamics of our funds and investors, as well as all the people at our firm and how we do business. His underlying knowledge of Lime Rock has complemented what we feel is his industry leading attention to detail, thoughtful insight, and negotiating prowess. Bruce is the first person to bring to bear the greater resources of the larger V&E organization when we run into issues outside his core practice. I have worked with Bruce on more than five transactions over the last year and feel as if we're always his number one priority, even though I know he has many other clients with whom he is doing equal or greater volumes of business. This personal attention and responsiveness have helped make him a trusted partner of Lime Rock and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future."
    "David McCabe is very knowledgeable with timely responses. He manages meetings and discussions very well. He has excellent client skills, effectively manages expectations, and tutors subordinates very well. Additionally, he is creative."
    - Arthur Bell
    Arthur F. Bell & Associates, L.L.C
    "Dave McCabe is a seasoned veteran estate planning attorney. His experience, knowledge, and direct approach make working with him extremely valuable to the client."
    - Campbell Gerrish
    Winged Keel Group, Inc.
    "David is an excellent attorney."
    "Liz is professional, resourceful, coordinated, knowledgeable, responsive, flexible, and above all sensitive and caring. She has a friendly disposition, is always cheerful, and goes the extra mile to find appropriate solutions to business problems. She is able to rope in, at very short notice, additional partners to weigh in on discussions that go beyond her field of expertise."
    - Sammy Medora
    KPMG India
    "Liz is a great communicator with very strong people skills and really cares about her clients and their issues. She works hard to understand things from the client's perspective. She is very responsive and a pleasure to work with."
    "Jeffrey is a star. He's the best lawyer that we work with."
    - Geoffrey Kalish
    Aquiline Capital
    "Jeffrey Poss is a real star. He is responsive and thoughtful. He is a real business partner. I don't work with anyone better."
    - Geoffrey Kalish
    Aquiline Capital
    "I have been working with Jeff Poss across a variety of matters for a period of seven years. He has continued to define the word "partner," as he has provided a team of legal support at WFG and has also worked closely with our company as it has evolved."
    - Mike Robinson
    Broadview Networks
    "Kirk is a great lawyer. I trust him with my money."
    "Kirk is a very intelligent commercial lawyer. He has experience and expertise in all private equity matters."
    "Marc Abrams is one of the deans in this practice area. I have worked with him for more than 25 years and his consistent command of the situation, his depth of knowledge and, maybe most important, his ability to turn an adversarial environment into a civil and productive one is unsurpassed. His disarming personality, combined with his knowledge and command of the facts, has the effect of making cooler heads prevail, a skill that has become critical to the successful outcome of most restructurings."
    - Robert P. Conway
    Conway Del Genio Gries & Co., LLC
    "Marc Abrams embodies what a client needs in a lawyer. He is smart, tenacious, experienced, responsive, and practical all rolled up into one. He is one of the best orators around and unflappable in the courtroom."
    - Michael J. Kelly
    Monarch Alternative Capital LP
    "Marc Abrams demonstrates and exudes the skill, knowledge, and determination that provide the client with a calming confidence that he/you will achieve the best possible conclusion."
    - Jon Smith
    RathGibson
    "Marc Abrams did a great job leading the restructuring of the Journal Register Company. The restructuring allowed the company to position itself to make the transition from a print media company to a successful digital company."
    - John Strek
    Conway DelGenio Gries & Co., LLC
    "Marc Abrams is a top-flight lawyer. His years of experience inside and outside the courtroom make him a fierce advocate for a client. He takes the time to understand the clients' needs and goals, and then delivers. Importantly, he knows when to fight and when to compromise."
    "Marc Abrams is a brilliant strategist. His analysis, advice, and low-key execution on what was a complicated cross border scenario are the reason our business not only made it through the restructuring, but made it through to be alive and going strong today."
    "Marc Abrams is a very experienced, thoughtful lawyer. He looks for solutions to issues rather than focus on explaining the legal fine points. He gets the job done."
    "Marc Abrams is incredibly intelligent and thoughtful. He is very fair and balanced in his thinking and his advice."
    "Marc Abrams is an outstanding strategic and tactical thinker, and was very responsive to us during one of the largest and most complicated bankruptcies in the U.S."
    "Other than Barry Barbash, Margery is the "go to" lawyer at Willkie for the most complicated and difficult matters. She is very pragmatic and commercial."
    "Ms. Neale has been a trusted counselor to our business for years. She is very responsive and very knowledgeable in her areas of practice. She also has substantial experience and contacts in the industry, so she understands the practical aspects of implementing her advice. She also ensures that matters are handled efficiently."
    "Ms. Neale has been a trusted counselor to our business for years. She is very responsive and very knowledgeable in her areas of practice. She also has substantial experience and contacts in the industry, so she understands the practical aspects of implementing her advice. She also ensures that matters are handled efficiently."
    "While all the Willkie Farr & Gallagher lawyers I have used are excellent, Mike Young stands out as one of the best trial and appellate advocates I have met. His responsiveness and written advocacy skills are second to none. Additionally, his knowledge of the accounting profession enables him to provide direct, useful, and practical advice in my field."
    - Scott Univer
    WeiserMazars LLP
    "Michael Young is an exceptional attorney with a good understanding of complex cases. He directs his staff well."
    "Rachel Strickland, despite her age, is one of the best bankruptcy attorneys. She understands every angle of the legal issues and is fearless about litigating and, accordingly, she consistently produces commercially effective outcomes for her clients."
    "Rachel Strickland is thoroughly professional, very knowledgeable, and extremely driven in her representation of clients. Her trial work has been exemplary; Rachel is consistently the best prepared and most effective attorney in the courtroom."
    "Rachel Strickland is easily the best young bankruptcy lawyer I work with. She has great expertise and represents her clients with tiger-like ferocity."
    "Mr. Reinhold is a very capable tax advisor with wide expertise in financial products and international taxation. He is an excellent communicator and client advocate. He is often proactive, raising issues and offering creative solutions. He is highly regarded as skilled advisor who engages his clients using a team-oriented approach that is very effective and efficient."
    - Richard Hauser
    Zurich North America
    "Richard L. Reinhold specialties from my perspective are financial products, U.S. international tax, controversies and M&A. As an advisor, he is very good at using a team approach where the client participates in reaching business practical solutions. Richard L. Reinhold has been very responsive to our critical tax needs, addressing very complex matters sometimes on very short notice. He also is a good negotiator, aggressively representing his client's interests while exhibiting an ethical and professional approach. Often Rick will serve as a sounding board to challenge our tax or business assumptions in order to develop more robust tax positions."
    - Charlie Schillig
    Zurich
    "Rose DiMartino is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting"
    - Brendan Kalb
    AQR Capital Management, LLC
    "Rose is very knowledgeable and up-to-date with any changes in regulations or pending legislation. She does an exceptional job of keeping our board well-informed of all legal issues that come before the trustees."
    "Steve has been a trusted advisor and friend for almost 20 years. He combines the best in service and expertise with a straightforward, candid manner that has served our company very well."
    - Jonathan Glenn
    MedAssets, Inc
    "Steve is very knowledgeable, has a user-friendly demeanor, and is facile with all aspects of the private equity investing cycle."
    "In a highly competitive and heavily regulated business, Barry Barbash has been our partner in helping to ensure we run our business right. His long experience (including his tenure as head of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC) means he not only knows the law thoroughly -- he understands the thinking that went into its formulation as well as the manner in which the SEC's approach to applying and enforcing it has evolved. You could not ask for a better guide through regulations. He also knows the industry. When confronting a new situation, we have benefitted enormously from his wide knowledge of how numerous successful industry participants have handled the same situation. Finally, not many practitioners do both fund formation and securities law at a top level; Barry is one of the few, and the combination yields both efficiency and creativity. We feel exceptionally well advised."
    - Barton Aronson
    New Vernon Capital, LLC
    "Barry Barbash has a deep knowledge of the law, related public policy and the investment management business. He's intent on delivering value to the client. He is simply the best there is. "
    "Barry Barbash tops the charts on insights regarding hedge and other private funds. A highly accomplished lawyer, Barry Barbash's experience and judgment, including with the SEC, is unmatched, particularly in connection with complex matters. "
    "You can't put a price on the value of Barry Barbash's skills, experience, and knowledge. He is a tremendous asset to any client."

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Main Location

    787 Seventh Avenue
    New York, NY 10019-6099
    Phone: 212-728-8000
    9 offices in 6 countries

    Practice Areas

    Antitrust Law
    Arbitration and Mediation
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Communications Law
    Competition/Antitrust Law
    Corporate Law
    Criminal Defense
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Environmental Law
    Finance Law
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Insurance Law
    Leveraged Buyouts
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
    Litigation
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
    Litigation - Patent
    Litigation - Securities
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Mutual Funds Law
    Private Equity Law
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
    Project Finance and Development Practice
    Public Finance Law
    Public Law
    Real Estate Law
    Regulatory Practice
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Securities Regulation
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law
    Structured Finance Law
    Tax Law
    Technology Law
    Trusts and Estates
    Venture Capital Law