Firm Practices Earn Continued Top-Tier Rankings From The Legal 500

June 16, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 has ranked Patterson Belknap as a top tier firm for Media, Technology and Telecoms: Marketing and Advertising and Finance: Not-for-Profit (Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations).


The Legal 500 reports: "The ‘very solid department’ at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is based in New York, and is ‘truly elite when it comes to advertising litigation and false advertising matters’, with a ‘broad and deep team of experienced attorneys who demonstrate excellent litigation judgment’. The firm’s client roster includes multinational Fortune 100 companies across several sectors, including food and beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and telecoms. ‘Strong and strategic mind’ Steven Zalesin is practice head, and is continuing his work for [the world’s leading beverage company], representing the client in three high-profile cases.


The Legal 500 reports: "Consistently regarded as one of the premier nonprofit practices in the US, the TEO department of New York City law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP advises many of the country’s leading public charities and private foundations. Recent highlights include launching, an online resource designed to keep the nonprofit/TEO community up-to-date on legal developments, changing regulations and good practices. Clients say the ‘best-in-class team is super, provides excellent levels of service and has a strong knowledge of the law, but also a practical understanding of its implications’. Robin Krause, TEO department chair, recently advised a large private foundation on a job creation and training project that involved evaluating the limits of permissible charitable activities in the workforce space, as well as structuring complex relationships with for-profit partners. Tomer Inbar focuses on mission investing, business transactions for nonprofit organizations, and advising charitable organizations (and their for-profit counterparts) as they look for opportunities to advance charitable and social objectives by leveraging commercial structures and mechanisms. Laura Butzel handles internal investigations for charity clients as a result of whistleblower complaints, and advises on third-party investigations at federal and state level. John Sare’sstrengths include his knowledge of not-for-profit corporation law as well as trust law, both at the federal and local level; he is also a pleasure to work with and is always responsive to clients’ needs’. Other key advisers include litigation partner Lisa Cleary, employee benefits expert Bernard O’Hare and tax specialist Dahlia Doumar.