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    Chambers USA Recognizes 28 Arent Fox Attorneys and 12 Practice Areas in 2012

    June 11, 2012

    Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce that the 2012 edition of Chambers USA has recognized 28 of the firm’s attorneys and 12 different practices areas, selecting them for inclusion among the prestigious legal guide’s top rankings.

    The following Arent Fox practice groups are recognized in the 2012 Chambers USA:

    • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring (Washington, DC)
    • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Washington, DC)
    • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Washington, DC)
    • Health Care (Washington, DC and New York)
    • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (National and Washington, DC)
    • International Trade (National)
    • Labor & Employment (Washington, DC)
    • Leisure & Hospitality (National)
    • White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (California)
    • Political Law (National)
    • Real Estate (Washington, DC and New York)
    • Sports Law (National)

    This year marks the debut of eight additional attorneys and four additional Arent Fox practice groups in Chambers USA – White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Political Law, Leisure & Hospitality, and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation.

    Of Arent Fox’s White Collar & Government Investigations practice, Chambers USA writes, “This streamlined firm punches above its weight in terms of the quality of its representation.” Chambers USA quotes one source describing the firm’s White Collar practice as “A top-flight, high-class group of people.”

    Chambers USA writes Arent Fox’s Political Law practice “enters the rankings having had a successful year representing both candidates and corporate entities. … The group also handles various strategy and compliance matters for significant Washington, DC-based entities.”

    The firm’s Leisure & Hospitality practice “does a considerable amount of work for Marriott International, including acquisitions, financing, and franchise agreements,” writes Chambers USA. “The firm is perhaps best known for its real estate practice and the team represents entities such as RLJ Lodging Trust — a publicly-traded REIT.”

    Arent Fox’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team is described by Chambers USA as a “highly praised group,” which is “noted for its expertise on a range of transactional and advisory work, as well as ERISA litigation. Its attorneys are often sought after to fix or adapt employee benefits plans to ensure compliance, and the team is also able to offer advice on developing fields such as ’say on pay' rules.”

    For the eighth consecutive year, Arent Fox’s Real Estate practice in Washington, DC, earned Chambers USA’s top ranking. “This vibrant real estate practice has extensive expertise, ranging from acquisitions to joint ventures. The group’s core areas of focus include the leisure and hospitality industry, sports arenas, and senior living facilities. It also advises major lenders on the investment and financing of real estate projects,” Chambers USA writes. “The firm has developed long-lasting relationships with developer and contractor clients, thanks to its ability to provide both business and legal advice.”

    Also making a return appearance to Chambers USA’s top rankings is Arent Fox’s Intellectual Property practice in Washington, DC, which is described as providing “assistance across the full range of IP matters” and “particularly well regarded for its noncontentious work.” Chambers USA writes, “The group’s clients include companies throughout the technology, fashion, and media and entertainment industries; it acts as primary trademark and copyright counsel to big-ticket names.” Additionally, the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, including patent, copyright, and trademark, received the 2012 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Client Service, which reflects a law firm’s preeminence in key practice areas. The Chambers USA Awards for Excellence also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service.

    Other Arent Fox practice groups singled out for praise by Chambers USA, are Health Care (“This team of dedicated health care attorneys is acclaimed for its experience in government investigations and regulatory compliance. Its FDA practice places a strong emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry.”); International Trade (“This firm’s workload reflects its broad spectrum of capabilities, featuring trade remedies, export controls, sanctions, and customs matters.”); Sports Law (“Commentators are also increasingly noticing the firm’s prominence in the sale and acquisition of sports franchises.”); Labor & Employment (“Arent Fox handles an assortment of labor and employment matters for regional and national clients. The past year has seen it advise a number of government contractors on affirmative action compliance, as well as representing clients on noncompetition agreements, collective bargaining and arbitrations.”); Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring (“Arent Fox handles a wide range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, undertaking related employee benefits, pensions and automotive and construction sector concern.”); and Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (The “21-member team offers a full service to corporate clients. Its M&A practice spans the technology and health care sectors and has a niche in consumer products, lodging and hospitality M&A work”).

    Chambers USA is one of the premier directories in the legal profession. Published annually by London-based Chambers and Partners, the guide is widely recognized for its objective, interview-based research and ranking system of attorneys and practice areas.

    Chambers makes its selections following an extensive and lengthy research process. Editors and researchers speak to a vast range of lawyers and clients before making their final decisions on which attorneys and practice groups to include in this legal guide. Greater weighting is given to the views of the clients, and any biased viewpoints tend to cancel each other out. All interviews are conducted purely for research purposes and are entirely confidential.

    The following Arent Fox attorneys are recognized in the 2012 Chambers USA. Please click on their names underneath their photographs to read their respective 2012 Chambers USA Profiles:

    • Michael S. Blass (Healthcare)
    • Terree Bowers (White Collar & Investigations)
    • Richard L. Brand (Sports)
    • Lowell C. Brown (Healthcare)
    • Michael L. Burton (International Trade)
    • William Charyk (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation)
    • Matthew J. Clark (International Trade)
    • Carol Connor Cohen (formerly Flowe) (ERISA)
    • Mary Joanne Dowd (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
    • Craig Engle (Political Law)
    • Kay C. Georgi (International Trade)
    • Michael A. Grow (Intellectual Property)
    • John M. Gurley (International Trade)
    • Aaron Jacoby (Transportation)
    • Thomas Jeffry (Healthcare)
    • Quana Jew (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation)
    • Mark M. Katz (Real Estate)
    • Michael H. Leahy (Real Estate)
    • Anthony V. Lupo (Intellectual Property)
    • Richard Newman (Real Estate)
    • Matthew Nolan (International Trade)
    • Eamon O'Kelly (Antitrust)
    • Connie A. Raffa (Healthcare)
    • Michael L. Stevens (Labor & Employment)
    • Kimberly Wachen (Real Estate)
    • Barbara S. Wahl (Litigation)
    • Jacqueline A. Weiss (Real Estate)

    About Chambers:
    Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. A team of roughly 100 highly qualified full-time researchers conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. Working with the editors, they identify and rank the world’s best lawyers (i.e. those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients — such as technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery, value for money). As a result, the directories — published annually — are known to be the most accurate and the most reliable.