United States: Thelen Receives Top Rankings For Nine Practices In 14 Regions
Last Updated: June 26 2007

NEW YORK (June 21, 2007)—The 2007 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, gives top rankings to nine of Thelen’s practice areas, in 14 total regions, placing them among the best in the nation. The following excerpts from this year’s guide show what clients and peers are saying about these leading practices:

Construction (California / District of Columbia / New York)

"Nationally and internationally renowned premier construction powerhouse." "Wins widespread respect, confidence, and praise from both clients and competitors." "Described as top flight and boasting a deep knowledge and understanding of the legal and practical aspects of construction law." "With a strong host of good attorneys, Thelen is able to handle complex and significant construction matters with ease." "The firm is efficient, keeps costs in check, brings the right lawyers to play, and allocates the right resources without overdoing it." "Wins plaudits for its civil construction work, has an emphasis for representing owners and contractors, and enjoys great and unassailable links with multinational corporations." "The merger brings together two of the leading groups." "In 2006, this merger created a national construction team of 90 attorneys." "Thelen is in a league by itself, with an excellent client base and a lot of really good lawyers." "The firm is one of the first choices."

Business Process Outsourcing (National)

"A long established reputation in the technology field." "Definitely a player in the national outsourcing arena." "[With] its recent merger with project finance, construction, and energy powerhouse Thelen, looks to expand its capability… especially on the West Coast and in Washington, DC." "It is now more active on the customers’ side."

Projects (California)

"Provides a deep and excellent understanding of industry and project development generally." "The team provides strategic direction from the start and knows how to put together a successful project." "Clients include: Wells Fargo, Energy Investors Fund, and Calpine for more than 15 years." "Competitors hold high opinion of the group in wind and other renewables." "It is also enjoying a burgeoning reputation in the development and financing of military housing ancillary facilities."

Real Estate (New York / Connecticut)

"The Connecticut office provides the expertise of a New York City law firm without the prices." "Fair, responsive and customer driven." "Has an expanding real estate department that handles leasing, lending, and developing matters." "Construction expertise is an added bonus, symbolic of the many resources it can call upon—as many as a lot of NY firms have." "Clients are impressed and appreciate the easy manner and practical insights, depth, and sophistication, and extensive experience in the construction arena, expertise in Connecticut issues, and willingness to be flexible." "The New York office has a 45-lawyer group, which increased the level of available resources considerable after the merger." "With the cream of Wall Street’s lending community on its client roster, the Finance Practice group is ensured work on a large variety of transactions." "The firm does an amazing job, especially on non-cookie-cutter transactions."

Technology and IT Outsourcing (New York)

"Recognized for its e-commerce and general technology expertise." "Brings a lot to the table from the outsourcing perspective." "The attorneys are really at the forefront of what’s new, such as offshore tax issues." "The practice is "obviously an established player in the NY market." "The merger brought a reach that makes it more competitive on an international basis, since it brought the European and Asian connection it now has that it didn’t have before."

Energy and Natural Resources (New York)

"Steeped in history as a utilities specialist, the firm continues to reap recognition in the energy industry." "Regular outside counsel to the Long Island Power Authority." "Advises on renegotiation of agreements surrounding management services with KeySpan." "Capital markets are a prominent feature of the practice." "Douglas Davidson co-chairs the Energy and Utilities practice, and the lawyers are said to have everything at their disposal."

Government: Government Contracts (National)

"Californian construction and energy giant runs its government contracts business from Washington, DC." "Client base reflects its parents’ industry strengths, including major engineering and construction companies such as URS & Foster Wheeler." "Team was kick-started in 2004 with the arrival of the young and very capable Stuart Nibley."

Labor and Employment (Connecticut / California)

"Labor and Employment California, making its debut appearance in the tables—this entry is acknowledgement of its growing litigation practice." "Acts for some of the USA's largest employers, who come to the team specifically rather than as preexisting clients of the firm." "Clients portray the firm as tough in negotiation and in court, and [as having] outstanding ongoing client dedication." "Although a new entrant in Connecticut market, the firm is making a name for itself through its program of gradual expansion." "The Hartford office has five full time attorneys, two of which are partners." "Half of its work is litigation, with the remaining time split between advice and counseling." "Ongoing growth in corporate outsourcing is generating work for the practice in associated L&E issues, alongside its regular diet of M&A related matters."

Energy: Electricity (National / District of Columbia)

"Firm’s reputation in the energy sector rests with its track record as a utilities specialist." "Attracting clients of the caliber of Long Island Power Authority through its experience in management services agreements and regulatory issues." "With attorneys well versed in capital market instruments." "William Baker is chair of the Energy Policy and Regulatory practice." "Capable and efficient lawyers." "Skilled handling of regulatory, finance, and transactional matters in the electricity sector." "Represents a mix of independent power project developers, private investors, and lending institutions." "The lawyers [have] FERC expertise and advise clients on compliance and performing confidential audits, as well as offering training."

Click here to read what clients are saying about Thelen’s leading attorneys.

Click here to learn more about Thelen’s 2007 Chambers rankings.

For more information, contact:

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

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