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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Corporate Compliance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Marshall, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Securities Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
Andrew S. Berman was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrew S. Berman

Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez, P.A.
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Insurance Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Information Technology Law Litigation - Antitrust Franchise Law Litigation - Securities Antitrust Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Securities Regulation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Insurance Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Compliance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Regulation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
Marc E. Kasowitz was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Marc E. Kasowitz

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Antitrust Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Intellectual Property Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Employment Law - Management Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
Leonard J. Marsico was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Leonard J. Marsico

McGuireWoods LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Arbitration Appellate Practice Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Arbitration Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Sports Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Construction Litigation - Securities Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Criminal Defense: White-Collar Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Definition

The litigation practice relating to mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) can include numerous types of claims and proceedings. The most common type of litigation involves suits by stockholders seeking to enjoin or challenge a proposed M&A transaction based on alleged unfairness of the transaction price, flaws in the process resulting in the transaction, and/or deficient disclosures relating to the transaction. Also common are suits by one of the parties of the transaction to enforce their rights, or require the other party to comply with its obligations, under the operative agreements. The legal claims raised in M&A litigation can implicate corporate and fiduciary law and contract principles, as well as federal securities laws. M&A litigation frequently involves expedited proceedings in which the claims need to be decided (at least on a preliminary basis) before the challenged transaction is scheduled to close or be submitted to a stockholder vote. In light of the fact that M&A litigation often entails expedited proceedings relating to very large transactions, the litigation can involve large teams of lawyers who have a significant amount of experience with M&A transactions and the related agreements. Moreover, because many corporations and other types of entities are organized under Delaware law, many of the high profile M&A cases are filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, which has extensive experience in deciding such cases and has issued numerous opinions providing guidance as to the applicable legal standards.

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The litigation practice relating to mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) can include numerous types of claims and proceedings. The most common type of litigation involves suits by stockholders seeking to enjoin or challenge a proposed M&A transaction based on alleged unfairness of the transaction price, flaws in the process resulting in the transaction, and/or deficient disclosures relating to the transaction. Also common are suits by one of the parties of the transaction to enforce their rights, or require the other party to comply with its obligations, under the operative agreements. The legal claims raised in M&A litigation can implicate corporate and fiduciary law and contract principles, as well as federal securities laws. M&A litigation frequently involves expedited proceedings in which the claims need to be decided (at least on a preliminary basis) before the challenged transaction is scheduled to close or be submitted to a stockholder vote. In light of the fact that M&A litigation often entails expedited proceedings relating to very large transactions, the litigation can involve large teams of lawyers who have a significant amount of experience with M&A transactions and the related agreements. Moreover, because many corporations and other types of entities are organized under Delaware law, many of the high profile M&A cases are filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, which has extensive experience in deciding such cases and has issued numerous opinions providing guidance as to the applicable legal standards.