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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:
    Washington, District of Columbia Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Project Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Litigation - Securities Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law 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:
    Native American Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Water Law Corporate Law Oil and Gas Law Energy 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:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions 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:
    Health Care Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Corporate Law Public Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Salem, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Mediation Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Arbitration Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
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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:
    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:
    Project Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law International Trade and Finance 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:
    International Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Corporate Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Antitrust Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law Corporate Law Banking and Finance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Gaming 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:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Tax 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
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Regulation Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law International Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tysons, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    International Mergers & Acquisitions Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Finance Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Securities Regulation Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate 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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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Corporate Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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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:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Tax Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Nonprofit / Charities Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Corporate Law
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • 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:
    Commercial Finance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Real Estate Law Corporate Law Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Financial Services Regulation Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law
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  • 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:
    Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Banking and Finance 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 Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation Nonprofit / Charities Law Municipal Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Health Care Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Corporate 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
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  • 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:
    Public Finance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • 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 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:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Corporate Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Gaming Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Oil and Gas Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Financial Services Regulation Law Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • 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
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Finance Law Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Commercial Transactions / UCC 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:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • 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:
    Project Finance Law Energy Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Securities Regulation Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • 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:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mutual Funds Law Securities Regulation Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax 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:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Antitrust Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Corporate Law Nonprofit / Charities Law
Lawyer
  • 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.