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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Project Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - Securities Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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Mark K. Adams was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark K. Adams

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mining Law Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Corporate Law Native American Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Sherman Oaks, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property Mediation Corporate Law Trademark Law Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Salem, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law International Trade and Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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Cesar L. Alvarez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Cesar L. Alvarez

Shutts & Bowen LLP
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law International Trade and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law International Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Land Use and Zoning Law Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Health Care Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Banking and Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Regulation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    International Mergers and Acquisitions Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Tysons, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law International Mergers and Acquisitions Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law International Trade and Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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C. Leslie Banas was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

C. Leslie Banas

Kemp Klein
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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Larry A. Barden was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Larry A. Barden

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Nonprofit / Charities Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Construction Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law Commercial Finance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Durham, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Financial Services Regulation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Banking and Finance Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Municipal Law Employment Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Tax Law Corporate Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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Perry E. Bendicksen III was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Perry E. Bendicksen III

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Public Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Westport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Gaming Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Banking and Finance Law Financial Services Regulation Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Technology Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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Keith A. Bice was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Keith A. Bice

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law
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  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Health Care Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Commercial Finance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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Michael W. Blair was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Michael W. Blair

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Project Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Regulation Mutual Funds Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Compliance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law

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Practice Area Definition

Corporate Law Definition

Corporate is the practice area of lawyers who advise corporations and their officers, directors, and controlling shareholders with respect to the formation, governance, and day-to-day legal problems of such entities. They are required to be true generalists, since their advice may involve such diverse matters as: the proper conduct of the board, its directors, and its committees; executive compensation; shareholder agreements relating to board representation and voting rights; compliance with federal and state regulations affecting the client’s particular industry; commercial contracts with the corporation’s customers and suppliers; the corporation’s sales of securities; relations with the corporation’s accountants, commercial bank lenders, and investment bankers; the structure of the corporation’s joint ventures; communications with the corporation’s stockholders, creditors, and customers; and the preparation of any required periodic disclosure filings with the SEC and proxy statements sent to stockholders.

Depending on the size of the market in which the lawyer practices and the size of the lawyer’s firm, he or she may be required to handle nearly all of a corporation’s legal matters. In larger firms, the Corporate lawyer with the principal client relationship will be expected to be familiar with all the issues the corporation is likely to confront, but may engage lawyers from other practice areas to assist in matters requiring special expertise, such as securities offerings, tax issues, and litigation.

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Corporate is the practice area of lawyers who advise corporations and their officers, directors, and controlling shareholders with respect to the formation, governance, and day-to-day legal problems of such entities. They are required to be true generalists, since their advice may involve such diverse matters as: the proper conduct of the board, its directors, and its committees; executive compensation; shareholder agreements relating to board representation and voting rights; compliance with federal and state regulations affecting the client’s particular industry; commercial contracts with the corporation’s customers and suppliers; the corporation’s sales of securities; relations with the corporation’s accountants, commercial bank lenders, and investment bankers; the structure of the corporation’s joint ventures; communications with the corporation’s stockholders, creditors, and customers; and the preparation of any required periodic disclosure filings with the SEC and proxy statements sent to stockholders.

Depending on the size of the market in which the lawyer practices and the size of the lawyer’s firm, he or she may be required to handle nearly all of a corporation’s legal matters. In larger firms, the Corporate lawyer with the principal client relationship will be expected to be familiar with all the issues the corporation is likely to confront, but may engage lawyers from other practice areas to assist in matters requiring special expertise, such as securities offerings, tax issues, and litigation.