United States: Dickstein Shapiro Named Among Leading National Law Firms In The 2015 Edition Of U.S. Legal 500
Last Updated: June 8 2015

(Washington, DC)—Dickstein Shapiro is pleased to announce that many of the firm's attorneys and practices have been recognized by the U.S. Legal 500: The Client's Guide to the U.S. Legal Profession. Several firm attorneys are spotlighted in the 2015 edition and two are singled out as "Leading Lawyers" in the guide, which recognizes top national practices in the United States.

Dickstein Shapiro is recognized for excellence in the following U.S. Legal 500 practice categories:

  • Government Contracts
  • Industry Focus - Insurance: Advice to Policyholders
  • Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents
  • M&A/Corporate and Commercial - M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500m)

The U.S. Legal 500 featured the following attorneys as "Leading Lawyers":

  • John Heintz
  • Kirk Pasich

In addition, the following attorneys are singled out for their exceptional work in the guide:

  • Martin Clarke
  • Richard Conway
  • Jason Eig
  • Thomas Freed
  • John Heintz
  • Kenneth Morrow
  • James Murray
  • David Nadler
  • Kirk Pasich
  • Evan Seideman
  • Jeffrey Sherwood
  • Stephen Soffen

Dickstein Shapiro's Corporate & Finance Practice was spotlighted in the editorial covering the mergers and acquisitions category. "The $10m to $500m mid-market value range is its particular sweet spot, as is its emphasis on the alcoholic beverage, biotechnology, consumer goods, energy, government contracting and higher education sectors. The team is also active in manufacturing, technology, media and real estate deals. Corporate and finance practice leader Martin Clarke and Thomas Freed—who are both based in Stamford—are 'outstanding: they are extremely knowledgeable, responsive and practical, listen to clients, and are attentive to their wishes'. Evan Seideman is also recommended, in addition to Washington DC-based Jason Eig and Kenneth Morrow."

The 2015 edition of the guide marks the debut of its government contracts category, and the firm was recognized among other top practices in the nation. The guide notes that Dickstein Shapiro "provides 'spot-on advice' and 'excellent advocacy and results', focusing on dispute resolution and litigation, whilst also handling government audits and investigations, and compliance matters. David Nadler handles all matters pertaining to government contracts, is renowned for his expertise in the defense sector, and leads the 17 lawyer team. Richard Conway, also in Washington DC, is highly recommended."

Focusing on the firm's Insurance Coverage team, the guide notes that, "The coverage practice at Dickstein Shapiro exclusively represents policyholders nationally and globally in specialized areas including bad faith, bankruptcy, D&O, entertainment insurance, property and business interruption matters. Kirk Pasich in Los Angeles recently served as lead counsel...in a lawsuit asserting claims for breach of contract and bad faith regarding Superstorm Sandy losses, winning a favorable decision for the client. Washington DC-based James Murray is recommended for trial work."

The firm's Intellectual Property Practice is cited in the guide for having "deep, real-time legal and business expertise in the patent field. Well-regarded litigator Jeffrey Sherwood heads the IP group. It also includes the 'responsive' Stephen Soffen, who has extensive experience handling complex re-examination, reissue, and interference proceedings."

The U.S. Legal 500 guide analyzes the capabilities of law firms across the world, assessing the strengths of law firms in numerous categories. The rankings are based on a series of criteria, which highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The research is based on client feedback, law firm submissions, interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and the publication's own independent research.

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