The Boston office, which opened in 1984, serves clients from New England and elsewhere across a broad array of disciplines. The 2014 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® rankings singled out our Boston office as a Tier 1 firm in 11 practice areas: Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense – White Collar, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Real Estate Law, and Tax Law.
Our Boston-based business lawyers represent a variety of capital markets participants, mature enterprises, and growth companies, both public and private, addressing a wide range of their legal needs, including organization and structuring, public and private financing, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, restructuring and bankruptcy, tax planning with respect to strategic and operational matters, joint venture arrangements, product development collaborations, and technology licensing. Additionally, the Boston-based business lawyers represent multinational companies, private equity funds and domestic and foreign operating companies in complex cross-border transactional, corporate and capital markets work in the United States, Europe, Asia (including China) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), and routinely represent multinational companies in international trade and custom related matters in Latin America. Our investment management lawyers represent SEC-registered investment companies in all aspects of their operations including satisfying SEC registration, disclosure, and regulatory compliance obligations, and obtaining SEC no-action letters and exemptions. We also represent investment advisers and broker-dealers in discharging their registration, disclosure and compliance responsibilities. Our Boston real estate lawyers conduct a traditional transactional practice as well as land use and development activities. The group assists in financing, leasing, and property acquisitions, and represents various regional lenders in connection with real estate-related loans and their own direct real estate activities. With a number of intellectual property lawyers, our Boston office is actively engaged in prosecuting patents, obtaining trademark and copyright registrations, litigating patent and other intellectual property disputes and otherwise representing our clients in matters of national and international significance in intellectual property matters.
In 2005, our Boston office intellectual property lawyers were augmented by the arrival of two dozen new colleagues from the firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP. With our reconstituted group of over 30 intellectual property lawyers, our Boston office is actively engaged in prosecuting patents, obtaining trademark and copyright registrations, litigating patent and other intellectual property disputes and otherwise representing our clients in matters of national and international significance in intellectual property matters.
The Boston office handles a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including intellectual property, insurance coverage, environmental, securities, mortgage banking, construction, products liability, creditor’s rights/bankruptcy, and other complex commercial matters. We currently represent or have recently represented major corporations in insurance coverage actions, numerous mortgage lenders defending yield spread premium class actions, various employers on a variety of employment contract and law issues, manufacturers in patent infringement and product liability cases, and corporations or corporate officers in securities and other regulatory enforcement and criminal proceedings and in civil suits. We also have defended a variety of health care companies, health care providers, and individual physicians and other medical personnel in both federal and state initiated health care fraud and abuse proceedings and governmental investigations. We currently serve as lead national counsel for one of the world’s largest generic drug manufacturers in the nationwide Average Wholesale Price litigation, and have coordinated the defense of more than 50 separate lawsuits pending in state and federal courts around the country, including qui tam claims under the Federal False Claims Act and numerous civil enforcement actions brought by state attorneys general alleging violations of a variety of state statutes, including state false claims acts. Our employment and labor lawyers litigate cases involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, employment contracts, and discrimination issues; represent clients in labor negotiations; and counsel them on all legal aspects of personnel management, including conducting employer-training sessions. Our securities and SEC enforcement attorneys, which include a former Assistant Regional Director of the SEC and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, are actively engaged in a variety of securities litigation and securities enforcement matters, which encompass representation of financial services firms, regulated entities, public companies, their officers and directors, and other individuals in investigations and actions brought under the securities laws by the SEC, FINRA, DOJ, state regulators, and other self-regulatory agencies.