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Chambers USA Recommends Lane Powell in Multiple Categories for 2014

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Twenty Lane Powell attorneys and 12 practice areas were recently selected by their peers and clients for inclusion in the 2014 edition of the prestigious legal rankings guide Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Lane Powell’s Bankruptcy/Restructuring Practice Group was recommended, stating that the group is “highly respected for handling bankruptcy and receivership litigation as well as transactional matters in Washington and more broadly across the U.S., and in cross-border circumstances.” Chambers’ sources said that they are “very responsive, creative and efficient – one of those firms that puts our interest before their own” and “very competent and confident; a go-to group in bankruptcy.” Leading individuals named in this area include: Bruce Leaverton (Wash.), Chuck Ekberg (Wash.) and Mary Jo Heston (Wash.).

The Firm’s general Commercial Litigation Practice was recommended for their “strong track record in antitrust class actions and securities litigation and representation of clients in sectors such as timber, oil, pharmaceuticals, insurance, transportation, environment, construction and securities.” Chambers’ sources said, “They are sensitive to our need to balance our business relationships with our disputes, which is an unusual skill in a law firm.” Sources also said about the Firm, “Their main strengths are their strategic thinking, their writing and their understanding of the client’s needs.” Leading individuals named in this category include: Rudy Englund (Wash.), Milo Petranovich (Ore.) and Brewster Jamieson (Alaska).

The Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group was recommended for having “an established reputation for the protection and enforcement of all types of IP assets, with expertise across patent prosecution, transactional matters and dispute resolution in relation to patents, trademarks and copyright.” Chambers’ sources said this group has “always been responsive and they alert me to new issues.” Sources also said that “they understood trademark law and how it applies to us, as well as how we can best utilize that in defending our trademarks and in establishing and registering new trademarks.” Leading individuals named in this category include: Brian Bodine (Wash.).

Lane Powell was also recognized for its Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, and its work on corporate governance, finance and cross-border matters. Chambers’ sources said that “the service we got was top-notch. They give good advice and serve the client’s best interest.” Sources also said that “they have great technical expertise, responsiveness and understand our business needs.” Leading individuals named in this category include: Mike Morgan (Wash.), Ben Lenhart (Ore.), Jeff Wolfstone (Ore.) and Michael Parise (Alaska).

The Real Estate Practice Group was also recommended for being “strong in handling matters involving high-value real estate loans, acquisitions and leases.” Chambers’ sources said that “they’re very responsive and have strong expertise.” Leading individuals named in this category include: Bryan Powell (Ore.) and Mike Silvey (Ore.).

The Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group was recommended for their work in “union negotiations and disputes, as well as defense-side litigation” and for “representing clients in the education, pharmaceutical, technology and banking sectors, among others, on ERISA and non-ERISA benefits, class action, and wage and hour cases.” Chambers’ sources said, “They give concise, straightforward advice, make productive use of time, and present new and thoughtful ideas.” Leading individuals named in this category include: Gail Mautner (Wash.), Laura Morse (Wash.), Mike Reilly (Wash.), David Hosenpud (Ore.) and Peter Partnow (Alaska).

Other Lane Powell leading individuals recommended in Chambers include: Diane Butler, Immigration (Wash.) and Michael Nesteroff, Environmental (Wash.).