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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is an international law firm with a particular focus on the technology & media, energy, financial services, and real estate & construction sectors. Recognized as one of the most innovative law firms by Financial Times and one of the top firms for client service by BTI Consulting, Pillsbury and its lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their authoritative commercial awareness. For more information, visit www.pillsburylaw.com.

Main Areas of Practice

Energy & Natural Resources:

Pillsbury has advised on precedent-setting energy industry deals and projects in 75 countries worldwide, offering clients a combination of geographic reach, legal and regulatory depth, and energy-sector-specific experience that is unmatched among the world’s leading law firms. A leading practice in nuclear law, oil and gas, and renewable and alternative energy, Pillsbury has received more than a dozen Deal of the Year awards from leading publications for projects in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. In the field of natural resources and the environment, Pillsbury was named the Environmental Law Firm of the year in 2014 by US News and Best Lawyers. With a team of 40 lawyers working full-time on environmental matters, Pillsbury is home to one of the largest dedicated environmental practices in the United States.

Contact: Sheila Harvey

Real Estate & Construction:

Pillsbury has a unique history of deal-making throughout the United States, with leading real estate practices for more than 50 years on the East and West coasts. Because of its size and geographic reach, the firm’s real estate practice group is one of the few national practices capable of handling the full range of assignments, from multi-jurisdictional portfolio transactions to single-asset deals in local markets. Lawyers on the construction counseling and dispute resolution team have been hailed by Chambers as part of the “preeminent practice of its kind in the United States.” They’ve earned this distinction by working on some of the world’s most complex construction projects: the Panama Canal extension, major infrastructure cases around the globe and two of the largest hospital disputes in history, as well as commercial, industrial and residential projects worldwide.

Contact: James M. Rishwain, Jr.

Technology:

Pillsbury established the firm’s technology industry legal practice in 1968, when it incorporated Intel. Today, the firm’s technology industry practice is one of the world’s largest, comprising more than 250 lawyers based in the United States, Europe and Asia. From incubator to IPO, from M&A to international expansion, Pillsbury lawyers guide technology companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. In the last 30 years, the firm has filed more than 52,000 patents and over 19,000 trademarks, including foreign marks in around 145 different countries. Pillsbury protects the intellectual property of its clients through the efforts of its high-stakes IP litigation practice, which ranks among the top 10 in the nation in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. Technology clients also benefit from the firm’s top-ranked global sourcing practice. Among the most experienced advisory teams in the word, the firm’s global sourcing lawyers have led more than 750 transactions worth more than half a trillion dollars in contract value, and represented 30% of the Fortune 100.

Contact: Justin Hovey

Financial Services:

Pillsbury’s finance lawyers advise more than 200 banking and investment institutions, including some of the world’s largest. The firm’s domestic and international clients rely on it for regulatory advice and guidance on a wide range of financial transactions, including commercial lending, derivatives, equipment finance, leveraged finance, project finance, trade finance, structured finance, debt restructuring, tax-exempt financing, and distressed investing and debt trading. Pillsbury also offers a broad spectrum of corporate trust and agency services from initial issuance to defaulted obligations. The firm’s clients are typically foreign and domestic banks, insurance companies, funds and other financial institutions. The firm also serves the company side of financial transactions for the firm’s corporate clients.

Contact: David Baxter

Rankings

Pillsbury is nationally ranked in 43 practice areas and metro ranked in 58 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
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 Construction Law

Metro Rankings

Austin, TX
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 2 for Technology Law
Houston, TX
Tier 1 for Arbitration
Tier 1 for Environmental Law

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.
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Hugh Ray at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is the best.
Alan Goodman – Partner
Insurance Law
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is a very professional firm that I would and do recommend regularly.
Jack Flug – Marsh LLC
Technology Law
This is the 2nd company I have brought Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman too and I will bring them with me anywhere I go in the future. Their technical consultants and lawyers are the absolute best in the business. I always end up with a thoroughly vetted contract (SW, HW, or Services) at a much more competitive price, with higher levels of service. I have used them on massive 4-5 year multi-million dollar deals and on smaller deals. They always deliver immediate value at a fair price. I have recommended Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman many times and every one who uses them reports back the same positive feedback.
Jennifer Greer-Glanville – CIO
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Cindy Schlaefer with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is a very skilled and experienced advisor in this area. I have had fantastic experience with her.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Jon Ocker at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is extremely effective at partnering with senior corporate management and the board.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Our experience with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has always been really positive. Professional, responsive, reasonable and very knowledgeable.

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
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 Construction Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for International Arbitration - Commercial
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 1 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Appellate Practice
Tier 2 for Communications Law
Tier 2 for Derivatives and Futures Law
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 2 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 2 for Natural Resources Law
Tier 2 for Patent Law
Tier 2 for Securities Regulation
Tier 2 for Trademark Law
Tier 2 for Venture Capital Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Entertainment Law - Music
Tier 3 for International Trade and Finance Law
Tier 3 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 3 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 3 for Technology Law

Metro Rankings

Austin, TX
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 2 for Technology Law
Houston, TX
Tier 1 for Arbitration
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for International Arbitration - Commercial
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Construction Law
Tier 2 for Energy Law
Tier 2 for Natural Resources Law
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 3 for Oil and Gas Law
Tier 3 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Los Angeles, CA
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Entertainment Law - Music
Tier 2 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 2 for Tax Law
Tier 3 for Criminal Defense: General Practice
Miami, FL
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 2 for Corporate Law
Tier 2 for Trusts and Estates
New York City, NY
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 Energy Law
Tier 1 for International Arbitration - Commercial
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Appellate Practice
Tier 2 for Derivatives and Futures Law
Tier 2 for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tier 3 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 3 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 3 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 3 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Sacramento, CA
Tier 1 for Tax Law
San Diego, CA
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Venture Capital Law
San Francisco, CA
Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
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 Construction Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 2 for Natural Resources Law
Tier 3 for Corporate Compliance Law
Tier 3 for Corporate Governance Law
Tier 3 for Water Law
San Jose, CA
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 2 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 3 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Washington, D.C., DC
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Communications Law
Tier 1 for Construction Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for International Trade and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Nonprofit / Charities Law
Tier 1 for Patent Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tier 1 for Technology Law
Tier 2 for Antitrust Law
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Leisure and Hospitality Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 2 for Securities Regulation
Tier 2 for Trademark Law
Tier 3 for Arbitration
Tier 3 for Copyright Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 3 for Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

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
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Energy Law
  • Entertainment Law - Music
  • Environmental Law
  • Equipment Finance Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insurance Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • IT Outsourcing Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Media Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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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.
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Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • IFLR 1000
  • Ranked among the top 25 Most Active Law Firms, by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst
  • Voted "Best Trade Law Firm in North America" by Trade Finance Magazine
  • Financial Times Innovative Law Firm
  • IAOP World's Best Outsourcing Advisors
  • HFM Week Award for Best Law Firm – Hedge Fund Start-Ups
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) - Gold Standard
  • Engines Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal
  • North American Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal
  • Working Mother Top 100 Companies
  • National Association of Female Executives "Top 50 List"
  • 100% perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index
  • African Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal

Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
725 South Figueroa Street, 36th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
213-488-7100 Call our Los Angeles, CA location at 213-488-7100 Get Directions Get directions to our Los Angeles, CA location
San Francisco, CA
Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-5998
United States
415-983-1000 Call our San Francisco, CA location at 415-983-1000 Get Directions Get directions to our San Francisco, CA location
Palm Beach, FL
324 Royal Palm Way, Suite 220
Palm Beach, FL 33480-4309
United States
561-232-3300 Call our Palm Beach, FL location at 561-232-3300 Get Directions Get directions to our Palm Beach, FL location
Austin, TX
401 Congress Avenue, Suite 1700
Austin, TX 78701-3797
United States
512-580-9600 Call our Austin, TX location at 512-580-9600 Get Directions Get directions to our Austin, TX location
Houston, TX
Two Houston Center, Suite 2000
909 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77010-1028
United States
713-276-7600 Call our Houston, TX location at 713-276-7600 Get Directions Get directions to our Houston, TX location
McLean, VA
1650 Tysons Boulevard, 14th Floor
McLean, VA 22102-4856
United States
703-770-7900 Call our McLean, VA location at 703-770-7900 Get Directions Get directions to our McLean, VA location
Beijing, CN
Suite 916, China World Office 2
No.1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Central Business District
Beijing 100004
China: Global Firms
86 10 8572 1188 Call our Beijing, CN location at 86 10 8572 1188 Get Directions Get directions to our Beijing, CN location
Shanghai, CN
Suite 4201, Bund Center
222 Yan An Road East, Huangpu District
Shanghai 200002
China: Global Firms
86 21 6137 7999 Call our Shanghai, CN location at 86 21 6137 7999 Get Directions Get directions to our Shanghai, CN location
Tokyo, JP
Marunouchi Eiraku Building, 20th Floor
4-1 Marunouchi 1-chome
Chiyoda
Tokyo 100-0005
Japan
81 3 6268 6710 Call our Tokyo, JP location at 81 3 6268 6710 Get Directions Get directions to our Tokyo, JP location

Management and Personnel

Firm Managing Partner
Edward A Perron

Contacts

Communications
Glenn Richards
Corporate
Jeff Delaney
Emerging Growth & Venture Capital
Stanley Pierson
Employment Law
Paula Weber
Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources
Mark Elliott
Estates, Trusts & Tax Planning
Jennifer Jordan McCall
Executive Compensation & Benefits
Cindy Schlaefer
Global Sourcing
Aaron M. Oser
Insolvency & Restructuring
Leo Crowley
Insurance Recovery & Advisory
Peter Gillon
Insurance Recovery & Advisory
Robert Wallan
Intellectual Property
Jack Barufka
Litigation
Deborah Baum
Public Practices
Nancy Fischer
Real Estate
Rachel Horsch
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