Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 US

June 01, 2011

New York, NY (June 1, 2011) - Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that 89 lawyers and 27 practice areas have been named to the 2011 edition of Legal 500 US, a leading independent legal referral guide.

Paul Hastings practice areas and lawyers were recognized in the following categories:




Brilliant, practical, and extremely hardworking


Capital markets: equity offerings
Lawyers recognized: Jeffrey Hartlin, William Schwitter, Michael Zuppone


Corporate restructuring
Lawyers recognized: Luc Despins, Leslie Plaskon


Financial services: regulatory
Lawyers recognized: V. Gerard Comizio, Chris Daniel


Industry Focus: Healthcare


Represents health systems and medical centers in M&A and commercial negotiations


Healthcare and life sciences
Lawyer recognized: Gayl Westendorf


Intellectual Property


A first-rate level of servicevery responsive and communicative


Patent litigation: full coverage
Lawyers recognized: Gerald Flattmann, Robert Masters, Joseph OMalley, Jeffrey Randall, Melanie Rupert, Christine Willgoos


Trademarks: litigation
Lawyer recognized: Robert Sherman


Investment fund formation and management


The firms global capability is a particularly big draw


Alternative/hedge funds
Lawyers recognized: Mitchell Nichter, Michael Rosella


Mutual/registered funds
Lawyer recognized: Domenick Pugliese


Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Lawyer recognized: Michael Zuppone


Labor and employment


Highly intelligent, experienced, organized and dedicated to representing clients


Labor and employment litigation
Lawyers recognized: Nancy Abell, Leslie Abbott, Elena Baca, Barbara Brown, Stephen Berry, Jeffrey Grube, Kirby Wilcox, Bradford Newman


Workplace and employment counseling
Lawyers recognized: Marc Bernstein, Kevin Connelly, Rachel Cowen, Michael Sheehan




Extremely knowledgeable, business-savvy and customer focused


International arbitration
Lawyers recognized: Christopher Dugan, Joseph Profaizer


Securities: shareholder litigation
Lawyer recognized: William Sullivan


Supreme Court and appellate
Lawyers recognized: Paul Cane, Stephen Kinnaird


Trade secrets
Lawyers recognized: Victoria Cundiff, Bradford Newman


Media, technology and telecoms


Knowledgeable and responsive


Technology: outsourcing
Lawyer recognized: David Klein


Technology: transactions
Lawyers recognized: David Klein, Jane Song


Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Lawyers recognized: Carl Northrop, Tara Giunta, Stephen Kinnaird


Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Lawyers recognized: Tara Giunta, Carl Northrop


Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts


Client service is outstanding. It has the ability to handle the complexity of a deal and drive towards a closing.


Lawyers recognized: Kirby Behre, Michael Cohen, Ham Loeb


M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Lawyers recognized: Erik Belenky, Frank Layson, Thaddeus Malik, Reinaldo Pascual, Carl Sanchez, Jill Sheiman, Elizabeth Noe


Private equity buyouts
Lawyers recognized: Robert Miller, Paul Quinn, William Simpson


Real estate and construction


Provides an insightful, diligent and creative servicesecond to none in real estate.


Land use/zoning


Real estate
Lawyers recognized: Bruce DePaola, Martin Edelman, Philip Feder, Robert Keane, Rick Kirkbride, Peter Olsen, Daniel Perlman, Bradley Ritter, Charles Sharbaugh, Ted Smith, Gregory Spitzer, Robert Wertheimer




Broad and deep knowledge with timely and quality advice which allows for quick and accurate decision making


Domestic Tax: East Coast
Lawyers recognized: Phil Marzetti, Joseph Opich, Andrew Short


Domestic tax: West Coast
Lawyers recognized: Nancy Iredale, Alexander Lee, Douglas Schaaf, Thomas Wisialowski


Lawyers recognized: Joseph Kim, Alexander Lee, Andrew Short


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