Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is an international law firm with a particular focus on the technology & media, energy, financial services, and real estate & construction sectors. Recognized as one of the most innovative law firms by Financial Times and one of the top firms for client service by BTI Consulting, Pillsbury and its lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their authoritative commercial awareness. For more information, visit www.pillsburylaw.com.

Main Areas of Practice

Energy & Natural Resources:

Pillsbury has advised on precedent-setting energy industry deals and projects in 75 countries worldwide, offering clients a combination of geographic reach, legal and regulatory depth, and energy-sector-specific experience that is unmatched among the world’s leading law firms. A leading practice in nuclear law, oil and gas, and renewable and alternative energy, Pillsbury has received more than a dozen Deal of the Year awards from leading publications for projects in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. In the field of natural resources and the environment, Pillsbury was named the Environmental Law Firm of the year in 2014 by US News and Best Lawyers. With a team of 40 lawyers working full-time on environmental matters, Pillsbury is home to one of the largest dedicated environmental practices in the United States.

Contact: Sheila Harvey

Real Estate & Construction:

Pillsbury has a unique history of deal-making throughout the United States, with leading real estate practices for more than 50 years on the East and West coasts. Because of its size and geographic reach, the firm’s real estate practice group is one of the few national practices capable of handling the full range of assignments, from multi-jurisdictional portfolio transactions to single-asset deals in local markets. Lawyers on the construction counseling and dispute resolution team have been hailed by Chambers as part of the “preeminent practice of its kind in the United States.” They’ve earned this distinction by working on some of the world’s most complex construction projects: the Panama Canal extension, major infrastructure cases around the globe and two of the largest hospital disputes in history, as well as commercial, industrial and residential projects worldwide.

Contact: James M. Rishwain, Jr.


Pillsbury established the firm’s technology industry legal practice in 1968, when it incorporated Intel. Today, the firm’s technology industry practice is one of the world’s largest, comprising more than 250 lawyers based in the United States, Europe and Asia. From incubator to IPO, from M&A to international expansion, Pillsbury lawyers guide technology companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. In the last 30 years, the firm has filed more than 52,000 patents and over 19,000 trademarks, including foreign marks in around 145 different countries. Pillsbury protects the intellectual property of its clients through the efforts of its high-stakes IP litigation practice, which ranks among the top 10 in the nation in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. Technology clients also benefit from the firm’s top-ranked global sourcing practice. Among the most experienced advisory teams in the word, the firm’s global sourcing lawyers have led more than 750 transactions worth more than half a trillion dollars in contract value, and represented 30% of the Fortune 100.

Contact: Justin Hovey

Financial Services:

Pillsbury’s finance lawyers advise more than 200 banking and investment institutions, including some of the world’s largest. The firm’s domestic and international clients rely on it for regulatory advice and guidance on a wide range of financial transactions, including commercial lending, derivatives, equipment finance, leveraged finance, project finance, trade finance, structured finance, debt restructuring, tax-exempt financing, and distressed investing and debt trading. Pillsbury also offers a broad spectrum of corporate trust and agency services from initial issuance to defaulted obligations. The firm’s clients are typically foreign and domestic banks, insurance companies, funds and other financial institutions. The firm also serves the company side of financial transactions for the firm’s corporate clients.

Contact: David Baxter

Management & Demographics
Management & Personnel
Firm Managing Partner
James Chudy
Rachel Horsch
Real Estate
Nancy Fischer
Public Practices
Deborah Baum
Jack Barufka
Intellectual Property
Robert Wallan
Insurance Recovery & Advisory
Peter Gillon
Insurance Recovery & Advisory
Leo Crowley
Insolvency & Restructuring
Aaron M. Oser
Global Sourcing
Mark Lessard
Cindy Schlaefer
Executive Compensation & Benefits
Jennifer Jordan McCall
Estates, Trusts & Tax Planning
Mark Elliott
Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources
Sheila Harvey
Paula Weber
Employment Law
Stanley Pierson
Emerging Growth & Venture Capital
Jeff Delaney
Glenn Richards

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  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Energy Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Patent Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

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  • IFLR 1000
  • Ranked among the top 25 Most Active Law Firms, by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst
  • Voted "Best Trade Law Firm in North America" by Trade Finance Magazine
  • Financial Times Innovative Law Firm
  • IAOP World's Best Outsourcing Advisors
  • HFM Week Award for Best Law Firm – Hedge Fund Start-Ups
  • Working Mother Top 100 Companies
  • National Association of Female Executives "Top 50 List"
  • 100% perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index
  • Engines Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal
  • North American Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) - Gold Standard
  • African Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal

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