United States: 2007 Chambers USA Highlights 30 Thelen Attorneys in 36 Rankings
Last Updated: June 26 2007

NEW YORK (June 21, 2007)—In the newly-published fifth annual Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 30 Thelen attorneys are highlighted for their accomplishments in a total of 36 rankings. The following excerpts from the 2007 guide show what clients and peers are saying about these outstanding lawyers:

Garry C. Berman
Connecticut, Real Estate: #1
"Garry Berman impresses his clients as a skilled and conscientious attorney who knows real estate law well and is able to focus on big issues." "Clients praise his responsiveness, with one saying that, as a real estate attorney, he is without comparison." "Berman is described as razor-sharp and tough." "[H]is commercial acumen is also commended, with one client remarking: He has very sound business judgment in making decisions about what clients should care about."

David Buoncristiani
California, Construction: #1
"[David] Buoncristiani has over 35 years of commercial litigation experience, with primary emphasis on construction-industry related issues." "[He] is one of the best in California." "He possesses a great business sense and also understands the client’s bottom line and structures his activities to further that goal." "[Mr. Buoncristiani has] represented contractors in bid protest disputes arising under competitively-bid contracts." "He has extensive experience involving international construction disputes; [is] experienced in all phases of discovery and pre-trial/pre-hearing procedures, including review and analysis of projects; [and is] experienced in the preparation and use of both manual and computerized document/information indexing and retrieval systems, and computer-generated graphics and evidence."

Beverly W. Garofalo
Connecticut, Labor and Employment: #1
"Diplomatic and resourceful, Beverly Garofalo has made a name for herself in the state as a classic employment lawyer." "[She] is a very bright, tenacious defender of her clients." "Her strength is that she works in a manner that is respectful. She understands that when she left we had to carry on and still have a relationship with our employees." "Notable highlights for Garofalo this year include defending a Wall Street company being tried in the Southern District of NY." "She counsels employers on a wide range of employment issues, including sexual harassment." "Ms. Garofalo also represents employers in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in cases involving claims of discrimination." "She is on the Board of Editors of the Corporate Counselor Newsletter."

Julian S. Millstein
New York, Technology and IT Outsourcing: #1 / National, Business Process Outsourcing: #2
"Clients agree that you can’t go wrong with Julian Millstein." "[He is] one of the founders of the whole technology law area in New York." "His recent work involved advising on BPO matters, telecom transactions, and various restructuring for a clientele that included financial institutions and service providers." "His practice concentrates on negotiating and litigating outsourcing and e-commerce and IP matters." "Mr. Millstein was a keynote speaker at the 2003 Outsourcing World Summit." "[He is also] a co-author of the book Doing Business on the Internet: Forms and Analysis."

Andrew D. Ness
Washington, DC, Construction: #1
"[Andrew Ness] is defined as an exceptional lawyer." "Peers and clients describe him as great on contracts and the type of attorney who is outstanding at handling a major national case." "[He] was recently successful in the negotiation of a complex termination in a privatization contract with the U.S. Department of Energy." "Mr. Ness has been lead counsel on a wide variety of major construction disputes…[and] has worked extensively in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts."

Robert J. Reger, Jr.
New York, Energy Finance: #1 / Energy Transactional: #1
"Terrific finance expert Rob Reger advises investor-owned utilities and underwriting companies on corporate and securities matters." "[One] interviewee lauded his wealth of experience, bringing to the table a history and sense of perspective." "[He has an] amazing ability to spot strengths and weaknesses in transactions." "Mr. Reger has structured a number of successful hedge funds and represents important European and Central/South American clients." "[He] has helped build a number of successful businesses including occupational and physical therapy enterprises."

Barbara G. Werther
Washington, DC, Construction: #1
"You want her on your side rather than opposing you." "She can tear someone apart without being overt." "[She is] a lawyer who is very tenacious and has a good grasp of the substantive issues, and who can strategize." "[Clients and peers] praise her ability to see both the big picture and the details, and not get lost in either." "[She is] the go-to person in construction defects litigation." "In 1997, Ms. Werther was responsible for the only victory ever by a contractor in the District of Columbia."

Thomas P. Giblin, Jr.
New York, Energy–Finance: #2 / Energy–Transactional: #2
"[Tom Giblin] inspires the utmost respect with his down to earth, bottom-line advice and easy going nature." "[He] advises companies on general corporate and securities law matters." "[He] advised Florida Power & Light on approximately $2 billion worth of securities in a number of deals."

John R. Heisse, II
California, Construction: #2
"[John Heisse is] honorable and credible… skilled, aggressive, and possessing a deep understanding of construction issues." "[He] focuses on heavy civil construction projects and is equally adept at both litigation and contract counseling." "[Mr. Heisse] is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales."

Michael Evan Jaffe
Washington, DC, Construction: #2
"[Michael Jaffe] specializes in litigation and negotiations in relation to construction disputes." "[He is] one of the best trial lawyers who is a good advocate for clients." "[He is] effective and creative in a dispute situationa very hard fighter when you need it, and good on his feet." "[Highlights include his] successful representation of Clark Construction Group." "[He is] widely recognized in various Who’s Who and Best Lawyers lists, is focused on counseling and representing foreign businesses, and has served as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitration."

Richard Raysman
New York, Technology and IT Outsourcing: #2 / National, Business Process Outsourcing: #3
"[Richard Raysman is a] distinguished lawyer, [who] continues to do well and be busy." "[Mr. Raysman recently] advised an Indian service provider on a BPO transaction with a U.S. insurer." "[He] concentrates on computer law, outsourcing, and IP issues." "[His] understanding of technology has made him uniquely qualified to represent clients in technology issues." "[He] speaks and writes extensively on technology issues, and has written for Harvard Business News and The New York Times.

Allen J. Ross
New York, Construction: #2
"[Allen Ross is] one of the founders of Ross & Cohen, which merged into Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner in 2005." "[He is] a dean of the construction bar; [a] veteran lawyer who has it all, including a wonderful personality and manner; [and he] continues to carry the torch." "[He has made a] special impact in disputes, and devotes time to acting neutral in arbitration and mediation." "[He is also] regarded for his work in construction litigation and real estate law."

David C. Spielberg
California, Projects: #2
"Clients benefit from [David Spielberg’s] very efficient style and background in engineering." "[He is] strong in projects, particularly in renewables." "[He has a] broad practice in business, commercial, and real estate law, [and has] handled a wide range of energy and financing transactions."

Jeffrey B. Steiner
New York, Real Estate Finance: #2
"[Jeffrey Steiner] receives approval for his enormous and terrific practice in lending." "[As] chair of the Business and Finance Department, [he is] steering his department into the burgeoning corporate and capital market arena." "[He] regularly represents Wall Street investment banks, has written extensively on real estate, banking, and corporate finance, [and is] co-author of The New York LawJournal."

Robert B. Thum
California, Construction: #2
"[Robert Thum provides] excellent legal and practical advice, [is] very bright, [and] wins plaudits for his construction projects disputes work." "[He has been] specializing in engineering and construction law since 1974 [and] has litigated and arbitrated a wide variety of cases involving major infrastructure projects." "[He] serves as Construction Arbitrator of California’s Public Works Arbitration Program, and is a member of American Arbitration Associations National Panel of Construction Arbitrators."

Mark P. Weitzel
California, Projects: #2
"[Mark Weitzel is a] principal player." "[He is] a client favorite, known for his tax and finance advice." "[He] has broad experience in project and infrastructure development and financing, [and] experience in the negotiation of investment, acquisition, and shareholder agreements."

Kenneth A. Adler
New York, Technology and IT Outsourcing: #3 / National, Business Process Outsourcing: #4
"[Kenneth Adler is] thorough on all fronts." "[He has a] wonderful demeanor [and] tremendous experience negotiating complex outsourcing transactions." "[As] chair of Thelen’s Outsourcing Group, [he] drafts and negotiates all types of domestic and global outsourcing agreements." "[He has] experience addressing the creation of and strategies relating to multi-sourced environments, [and] assists clients with respect to off-shore outsourcing strategies and service providers, including...in China and India."

Jo Anne C. Adlerstein
New York, Immigration: #3
"[Jo Anne Adlerstein is a] big hit with clients." "[She is] creative, reliable, and consistent." "Clients appreciate her personal touch." "Clients admit they feel as if we are the only client she is dealing with even though we know we are not." "[She] shows a real level of caring [and] sees companies and individuals as human beings rather than just paperwork." "[Ms. Adlerstein] has successfully defended investigations and prosecutions when representing corporations and individuals in dealing with federal and state government agencies." "[She also] develops strategy for non-immigrant work visas, provisions of NAFTA, conducts immigration law compliance audits, and deals with clients seeking lawful permanent residence."

David T. Dekker
Washington, DC, Construction: #3
"[David Dekker has a] thorough knowledge of insurance claims relating to construction [and is employed] nationwide by a number of major construction companies." "[He has the] ability to think through the problems well and be both creative and detailed." "[He] specializes in civil litigation, having handled a wide range of cases throughout the country." "[He has] handled claims arising out of catastrophic occurrences on construction projects [and] advises construction clients concerning complex insurance and risk management issues."

Thomas B. Glascock
California, Projects: #3
"[Tom Glascock is] trusted and respected." "[He] represents lenders and borrowers in commercial and project finance transactions." "[He is] co-chair of the firm’s Energy Project Development and Finance and Renewable Energy Groups." "[Mr. Glascock is] recognized as one of the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers [and] one of the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers."

Robert J. MacPherson
New York, Construction: #3
"[Robert MacPherson is] well-prepared and articulate." "[He] weaves compelling arguments and plays well to a jury." "[He is] respected in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution." "[He] focuses on drafting and negotiating contracts relating to construction projects, [and is also a] court-appointed and privately-designated arbitrator and mediator."

Stuart B. Nibley
National, Government Contracts: #3
"[Stu Nibley is] young and very capable." "[He is] outspoken, with a great sense of humor." "[A] partner in the Construction and Government Contracts group, [he is] backed up by some excellent construction specialists." "[Mr. Nibley] represents and defends civilian contractors before Board of Contracts Appeals [and also] represents clients in international arbitration."

Robert B. Pringle
California, Antitrust: #3
"[Bob Pringle is] extremely knowledgeable about antitrust matters." "His name is considered a big draw in the antitrust marketplace." "[He is] active in criminal grand jury matters, contested mergers, and variety of civil litigations, [has] acted as counsel and special litigation counsel to corporate board of directors, [and has been] called to act as counsel for Fortune 200 and Global 500 companies."

Stephen C. Yohay
Washington, DC, Labor and Employment: #3
"[Steve Yohay is an] acknowledged OSHA expert." "[His] clients include employers in the electric utility, construction, energy, and chemical industries." "[He has] extensive experience in representing major industry trade associations in rulemaking and litigation involving development of OSHA standards, [and] expertise in litigation following major industrial accidents, including civil and criminal matters."

Frederick Cohen
New York, Construction: #4
"Chair of the Construction Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, [Fred Cohen has served as a] litigation and trial specialist for more than 35 years." "[He is] active on private and public sector issues; [is] highly regarded in issues involving delays, defective performance, and structural failures; [and] has negotiated and prepared complex construction contracts for university halls, office buildings, and high-rise residential buildings."

Richard P. Dyer
New York, Construction: #4
"[Dick Dyer is] an extremely helpful and effective classic construction lawyer… steeped in litigation and transactional experience, including advice relating to the World Trade Center Memorial and other civic projects." "[He has] extensive experience in broad range on construction, transactional, and dispute matters." "Projects include stadiums, aquariums, power projects, casino resorts, museums, hotels, etc., [and he is] involved in NY’s most visible construction projects: Lincoln Center World Trade Center Memorial, United Nations, Guggenheim Museum, etc."

Phillip G. Lookadoo
Washington, DC, Energy–Electricity: #4
"[Phil Lookadoo is] creative and responsive, and can quickly adapt to FERC changes." "[He is] knowledgeable on the use of financial derivatives (focused on hedging transactions designed to manage energy commodity risks), negotiation, and drafting in energy trading transactions." "[Mr. Lookadoo] creates structured credit support arrangements for physical and financial commodity transactions for clients; advises clients regarding infrastructure project development; [and has] participated in numerous international transactions involving independent power project development."

William T. Baker Jr.
Washington, DC, Energy–Regulatory: Senior Statesman / Energy–Transactional: Senior Statesman
"[Bill Baker is] chair of the Energy Policy and Regulatory [Department, and] specializes in corporate financing and restructuring." "[He is] a first-class lawyer and a wonderful person, [who is] highly respected for his knowledge of the utility market." A dean of the industry, [he is a] leading expert on the 2005 Energy Policy Act’s repeal of PUHCA."

Stephen V. O’Neal
California, Construction: Senior Statesman
"Peers and clients continue to hold the experience and skills of Thelen’s co-chair and senior statesman Stephen O’Neal in high regard." "[His] practice includes construction, real estate, and complex litigation and ADR." "[With] 25 years of experience in bench, jury trial, and ADR representation of complex civil litigation clients (in real estate technology), [he has] participated in the resolution of complex business disputes throughout the world."

Meredith Jones
California, Construction: Up and Coming
"[Meredith Jones is an] up-and-comer, noted for her tenacity [and] an excellent command over the facts of a case as they apply to the law." "She is a member of the Construction and Government Contracts group, [whose practice] focuses on the resolution of complex construction disputes on domestic and international projects."

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For more information, contact:

Kevin Livingston
National Manager of Public Relations
Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP

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