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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, District of Columbia Portland, Oregon Washington, District of Columbia Washington, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mining Law Water Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Corporate Law Native American Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Mississippi Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Regulation Litigation - Securities Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Trusts and Estates Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Insurance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, New York 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:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Antitrust Law Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Antitrust Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Public Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Salem, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Corporate Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Health Care
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Project Finance Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions 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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  • 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 & Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Land Use and Zoning Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Banking and Finance First Amendment Law Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance 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:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Tysons, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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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 Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation International Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate 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:
    International Trade and Finance Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • 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:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Regulation Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Non-Profit / Charities Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Short Hills, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Financial Services Regulation Law
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  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    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:
    Helena, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Energy Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Public Finance Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Non-Profit / Charities Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Corporate Law Municipal Law Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Health Care Law Tax Law Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets 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:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Banking and Finance Law Public Finance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Regulation Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Westport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Financial Services Regulation Law Banking and Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Finance Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    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
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Native American Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Mutual Funds Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Regulation Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Trusts and Estates Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Financial Services Regulation 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.