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Year founded: 1974
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Overview

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Katten is a full-service law firm with approximately 700 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for counsel locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s core areas of practice include corporate, financial markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, private credit and private wealth. Katten represents public and private companies in numerous industries, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate:

The Corporate practice provides sophisticated transactional representation and business counselling to national and global companies across a broad range of concentrations. The mergers and acquisitions group is involved in all aspects of public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, representing both targets and bidders in negotiated and hostile takeovers. The nationally recognized private equity group represents leveraged buyout funds, mezzanine debt funds and venture capital funds in acquisitions, divestitures and financing transactions, and advising in all aspects of private equity fund formation. The capital markets group assists clients with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, tender offers, proxy contests and going private transactions. It also provides corporate governance counselling to public and private companies, boards of directors and board committees.

Financial Markets & Funds:

Katten’s Financial Markets and Funds practice regularly advises a broad range of participants in the financial services arena, including broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, investment advisors, finance companies, investment bankers, futures and securities exchanges, commodity trading advisors, pension funds, banks and insurance companies, as well as investment vehicles such as hedge funds, commodity pools, venture capital funds and private equity funds, securitization vehicles, mutual funds and bank collective investment funds. Attorneys apply an interdisciplinary approach in providing comprehensive legal services, including regulatory and transactional advice, tax and ERISA counsel, and domestic and foreign litigation.

Insolvency & Restructuring:

The Insolvency and Restructuring practice focuses on managing the business and legal risks inherent in the restructuring process, and offering practical and innovative solutions to challenging problems. Clients include banks and other financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, hedge funds and private equity funds, debtors and borrowers, agents and participants in syndicated loan transactions, indenture trustees and bondholders, landlords, official and unofficial creditors’ committees, equity committees, equipment lessors, shareholders, partners, purchasers of distressed assets, vendors, trade creditors and other interested parties in all manner of insolvency and workout situations. The team also provides front-end counselling of clients in structuring their commercial transactions to identify and minimize risks related to insolvency and bankruptcy.

Intellectual Property:

The Intellectual Property practice secures, protects and enforces patents, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property. The practice has represented plaintiffs and defendants in some of the most significant intellectual property cases (i.e., patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and unfair competition) for some of the world’s most prominent corporations. Attorneys also assist in enhancing the value of intellectual property rights through licensing and related commercial agreements.

Litigation:

Katten’s Litigation practice represents companies in a wide variety of industries, with a focus on financial services and health care industries. The group’s seasoned white-collar, complex commercial and class-action litigators have a deep understanding of its clients’ businesses and the group has a deep bench of former prosecutors who come from a variety of government agencies, at both federal and state levels. When clients face any of a wide range of financial services or health care violations, this team is able to represent them effectively at every stage of the process, from the initial investigation through trial. Furthermore, Katten has developed a strong team of litigators who regularly conduct high-level internal and criminal investigations, reporting to boards or C-suite executives.

Private Credit:

The Private Credit practice represents financial institutions making a wide variety of debt investments of all types and sizes in a broad range of industries. The firm’s senior lending practice focuses on the representation of administrative agents, lead arrangers and bookrunners in syndicated asset-based and cash flow financing transactions to support leveraged buyout, recapitalization, acquisition and refinancing transactions. The firm also represents investors in a wide variety of secured and unsecured mezzanine investments, term B and second lien term loans, and other forms of junior capital.

Private Wealth:

The Private Wealth practice unites three essential components — planning, administration and litigation — on the local, national and international levels. The group oversees the administration of estates, trusts and other structures, and uses sophisticated strategies to help entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors, philanthropists, professionals and creative artists integrate personal and business goals. The firm also resolves family conflicts, estate and trust disputes, and controversies with taxing and regulatory authorities, including the IRS and attorneys general.

Real Estate:

While many law firms focus primarily on the finance side of commercial real estate and others focus on the equity investment side, Katten’s Real Estate practice is known for its strengths in both. Katten attorneys regularly represent both lenders and investors. The real estate practice has one of the most extensive and renowned practices in the country and serves clients in virtually every aspect of real estate law, including acquisitions and sales, development, fund formation and administration, leasing, private equity and joint ventures, recapitalizations, affordable housing development and finance, construction and bridge lending, syndicated lending, mezzanine lending and preferred equity investments, structured lending and securitizations, workouts and restructurings.

Structured Finance & Securitization:

The Structured Finance and Securitization practice advises clients in a wide variety of transactions, including securitizations of consumer receivables, such as auto loans and residential mortgages; and commercial receivables, such as equipment leases, corporate loans and commercial mortgages. Katten represents all market participants, from issuers, underwriters, placement agents and collateral managers to investors, swap counterparties, trustees, credit enhancers and servicers in industries including aircraft, mortgage, automobile and health care.

Transactional Tax Planning:

The Transactional Tax Planning practice handles United States and international tax planning and advises clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, reorganisations, spinoffs, venture capital and LBO transactions and financings, investment fund formation, securitizations of debt, equipment leasing, real estate transactions, hedge funds, public and private partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely held and multinational corporations.

Rankings

Katten is nationally ranked in 30 practice areas and metro ranked in 37 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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"Law Firm of the Year" Awards

2024 "Law Firm of the Year" in Trademark Law

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law

Metro Rankings

Charlotte, NC
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management
Chicago, IL
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

About Our Clients

Among the firm’s clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including nearly half of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and non-profit organisations and individuals.

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Dan Polatsek, Michael Diver, and Sheldon Zenner at Katten Muchin Rosenman are extremely skillful at a difficult practice area. This is a very high stakes area of legal representation, and the team at Katten is a formidable group to represent companies and individuals during such difficult times. They are highly experienced and bring their years of representing the government to each new legal dilemma they face with their clients on the other end of the table. They instill confidence that the client is in good hands and help navigate through the most intense scrutiny. Their approach is calm and rational, mixed with analytical and strategic excellence. I highly recommend them.
Kara Harchuck – Hunt Companies
Corporate Compliance Law
Katten Muchin provide excellent advice in the most professional and responsive manner possible.
Real Estate Law
I have worked with Katten on fund formation, joint ventures and Opportunity Zone activities. Alvin Katz is the lead partner I work with. He is in the top 1% of Real Estate lawyers in the country, and is able to pull in team members who are experts in their specific areas. Katten and Alvin are easy to work with, technical experts and cost effective. Highly recommend!
Derivatives and Futures Law
The Katten Muchin Rosenman team has been an incredible asset to my firm. Their subject matter expertise and client focus are unique in the business.
Trademark Law
Katten Muchin Rosenman's trademark practice, led by Karen Artz Ash in NY, is outstanding. The attorneys and paralegals in the practice are the most responsive that I have worked with and are the standard that I use to judge other firm's practices. Their expertise runs the gamut from routine trademark maintenance to complex international trademark disputes. In addition, they offer creative ways to manage our trademark portfolio and implement our brand protection strategies cost effectively.
Commercial Litigation
Katten Muchin Rosenman has a fantastic team on the regulatory side. They are extremely thoughtful and thorough. They are also a critical partner of ours when we need to do deep due diligence in addition to the help on the litigation side.

Rankings

"Law Firm of the Year" Awards

2024 "Law Firm of the Year" in Trademark Law

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Tier 1 for Public Finance Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Securities Regulation
Tier 1 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Trademark Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 2 for Derivatives and Futures Law
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 2 for Media Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Advertising Law
Tier 3 for Entertainment Law - Music
Tier 3 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 3 for Venture Capital Law

Metro Rankings

Charlotte, NC
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management
Chicago, IL
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Securities Regulation
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Trademark Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Derivatives and Futures Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 2 for Municipal Law
Tier 2 for Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Tier 2 for Public Finance Law
Tier 2 for Venture Capital Law
Tier 3 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 3 for Insurance Law
Tier 3 for Patent Law
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Los Angeles, CA
Tier 1 for Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Media Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 2 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 2 for Entertainment Law - Music
Tier 2 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 3 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 3 for Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Tier 3 for Trademark Law
New York City, NY
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Tier 1 for Public Finance Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tier 1 for Trademark Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Tax Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Real Estate
Washington, D.C., DC
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Advertising Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Antitrust Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Derivatives and Futures Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
  • Entertainment Law - Music
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Media Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Water Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Client Comments

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Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality - Human Rights Campaign
  • MultiCultural Law Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
  • Working Mother 100 Best Companies
  • Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women
  • Leading Law Firm for LGBT Inclusion - Equality Illinois
  • American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award

Main Location

Office Locations

Irvine, CA
100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 1050
Irvine, CA 92618-4960
United States
714-966-6819 Call our Irvine, CA location at 714-966-6819 Get Directions Get directions to our Irvine, CA location
Los Angeles, CA
2029 Century Park East, Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA 90067-3012
United States
310-788-4400 Call our Los Angeles, CA location at 310-788-4400 Get Directions Get directions to our Los Angeles, CA location
Los Angeles, CA
515 South Flower Street, Suite 4150
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2212
United States
213-443-9000 Call our Los Angeles, CA location at 213-443-9000 Get Directions Get directions to our Los Angeles, CA location
Washington, DC
1919 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20007-5118
United States
202-625-3500 Call our Washington, DC location at 202-625-3500 Get Directions Get directions to our Washington, DC location
Charlotte, NC
550 South Tryon Street, Suite 2900
Charlotte, NC 28202-4213
United States
704-444-2000 Call our Charlotte, NC location at 704-444-2000 Get Directions Get directions to our Charlotte, NC location
Shanghai, CN
Suite 4906 Wheelock Square
1717 Nanjing Road West
Shanghai 200040
China: Global Firms
86 21 6039 3222 Call our Shanghai, CN location at 86 21 6039 3222 Get Directions Get directions to our Shanghai, CN location
London, GB
Paternoster House
65 St. Paul's Churchyard
London EC4M 8AB
United Kingdom
44 20 7776 7620 Call our London, GB location at 44 20 7776 7620 Get Directions Get directions to our London, GB location
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