Choate’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Receives Top Tier 1 National Ranking from The Legal 500

The Legal 500

 | June 6, 2012

Choate announced today that its Mergers & Acquisitions practice has received a top Tier 1 national ranking for Middle-Market M&A (sub-$500m) from The Legal 500, a guide to the preeminent law firms in the United States.  Choate also received top national rankings for its Private Equity Buyouts, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, Corporate Restructuring, Healthcare: Life Sciences and Insurance & Reinsurance practices.

According to The Legal 500, Choate’s Tier 1 M&A practice is known for itsknowledge, responsiveness, ethics and advice” and “top-notch legal and business experts.”  The Legal 500 noted that Choate’s M&A attorneys Stephen Cohen and T.J. Murphy are “outstanding.”

Choate’s Private Equity Buyouts Group was highlighted for being “excellent,” “extremely knowledgeable” and “responsive.”  Stephen Cohen, Brian Lenihan and T.J. Murphy received “outstanding” praise from clients according to The Legal 500.

Choate’s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice was recognized for “its strong heritage in the middle-market private equity sector and its client portfolio of classic venture funds” which “is clearly suited to the growth equity segment for later stage companies.”  Choate attorney Brian Lenihan was called a “leading figure” in the firm’s VC practice along with Stephen Cohen and T.J. Murphy.

Choate’s Corporate Restructuring practice is known for its “great lawyers” and “deep knowledge of the law and outstanding service.”  According to The Legal 500, “the firm fields a well-balanced practice that handles a steady stream of both debtor and creditor work.”  Chair Douglas Gooding and “the highly experienced and creative” Kevin Simard were also profiled.

The firm’s Life Sciences practice was praised because its “overall level of service is outstanding.”  While “primarily a patent litigation and licensing practice, the firm has also been busy in trade secrets litigation,” and representing companies and investors in multi-million dollar acquisitions.

Noted as “a go-to firm for high value and complex matters,” Choate’s Insurance & Reinsurance Group “operates at the highest levels of the insurance arena, whether it’s reinsurance or on the direct side.”  “Stellar advice and counsel,” “quality of people from top to bottom” and “very deep bench” were named as qualities that attract big-name clients.  Practice co-chairs David Attisani and Robert Kole were singled out along with John Nadas and Hugh Scott.  David Attisani was also one of only 13 attorneys in the country named to the elite “Leading Insurance Lawyers” list.

Published for over 20 years, The Legal 500 guides review the strengths of law firms, providing research and law firm rankings to enable clients to identify the best law firm for the job.  Research includes in-depth interviews with law firm clients and lawyers across the country.  Inclusion in The Legal 500 is based solely on merit and the series is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.


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