Chairman: Michael P Kelly
Managing Partner: Joseph T Boccassini
Number of partners in US offices: 216
Number of other lawyers in US offices: 174
The 400 lawyers at McCarter & English, LLP, are strategic business advisors who help clients ranging from Fortune 100 to emerging growth companies develop and protect their innovations. Drawing on more than 170 years of experience and forward-thinking solutions, the firm provides a broad range of legal services to clients across numerous industries.
Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
The firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring team has amassed vast experience handling matters for creditors and debtors, including those involving workouts, creditor committees, lender liability, and appointments as trustee in bankruptcy matters. Its bankruptcy litigators handle all types of insolvency-related litigation, fraudulent-conveyance litigation, preference actions, and mortgage foreclosures.
The firm’s business litigators are trial lawyers who represent a range of clients in courtrooms and arbitration forums across the country. Clients value the firm’s business-minded approach to resolving disputes, whether they are complex commercial cases and class actions, securities litigation, white-collar defense, or related appeals. The litigators’ early case-assessment process helps clients evaluate the best course of action for achieving their business objectives.
The firm’s construction lawyers negotiate a range of complex construction contracts for their public and private clients that fairly allocate the risks in a deal. They are also well versed in quickly resolving varied disputes, including defects, insurance coverage, and bankruptcy issues.
The firm’s corporate lawyers bring legal and business knowhow to their clients’ corporate, securities, and business transactions, including M&A, private equity, syndicated loans, impact investing, technology commercialization, international, and banking and financial services matters. The firm’s thriving venture capital and emerging growth company lawyers represent tech, tech-enabled, and life sciences start-ups and the investors who support them.
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
The team advises clients in the development, implementation, and management of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. The team counsels on tax-qualification rules, ERISA fiduciary issues, and health plan compliance, and interacts with the IRS, DOL, and PBGC for clients. The team also advises on the treatment of plans in M&As and bankruptcies.
Environment & Energy:
Clients rely on the firm’s environmental lawyers to assess environmental risks, resolve litigation, and address their permitting, enforcement, and remediation needs. The firm’s energy lawyers advise on electric, natural gas, and renewable energy regulation; compliance; litigation; financing; transactions; and project development.
Financial Services Litigation:
The firm’s financial services litigators defend banks, broker-dealers, and investment companies against securities enforcement actions before the SEC, FINRA, and other federal and state regulators. The litigators have extensive experience in helping clients defend class actions, shareholder suits, breach-of-duty claims, and white-collar criminal defense matters.
The firm’s insurance coverage team handles policyholder claims and litigation globally. The team advises policyholders on emerging insurance products, assesses potential risks, and analyzes existing insurance programs, including cyber and data breach coverage, D&O and E&O coverage, fiduciary liability, reinsurance, and captives and business interruption, among others.
The team of 130 intellectual property professionals, most with advanced degrees in science and engineering, includes 32 PhDs, two MDs, 38 engineers, and an FDA counselor. Clients include biotechnology, life sciences, technology, and consumer goods companies that rely on the firm to build and manage complex patent and trademark portfolios to protect blockbuster drugs, critical technologies, and global brands.
Labor & Employment:
Employers trust the firm’s labor and employment team to develop employment policies and procedures designed to prevent lawsuits, to conduct internal investigations, and, when necessary, to defend against employment-related litigation. The team also helps clients protect confidential and proprietary information by enforcing non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants.
The firm’s lawyers develop innovative strategies to minimize tax exposure in estate and personal tax planning, charitable giving, business planning, and estate administration matters, and are experienced estate, trust, and fiduciary litigators.
The firm’s products liability team members are counsel of record in more than 200 reported products liability and mass tort, class action, and multidistrict cases, including consumer fraud class actions. The team has successfully represented pharmaceutical, medical devices, industrial, and consumer products clients in federal and state court trials and appeals.
The firm’s public finance lawyers have participated in virtually every type of publicly funded financing transaction. The firm maintains a sophisticated knowledge of health care, higher education, housing, aviation, utilities, and environmental financings.
The firm’s real estate lawyers are experienced dealmakers. From financing and acquisitions to development and leasing arrangements, the lawyers know how to take the transaction to the finish line. The firm assists clients at every stage, including handling development planning, zoning issues, and property tax appeals.
The firm’s tax lawyers are highly skilled in representing clients in the tax aspects of important transactions, business tax planning, and real estate tax appeals. The team helps maximize and structure state and federal tax credit opportunities and advises tax-exempt organizations on all their business operations.