Managing Partner: William Malley
With more than 1,100 attorneys across the United States, and in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, Perkins Coie provides a full array of legal services to a range of great companies, from Fortune 50 corporations to independent startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organisations. Perkins Coie has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for 17 years in a row.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s 200+ business attorneys handle a variety of matters for publicly traded, multi-national, emerging growth and private entities. The group focuses on public and private equity and debt financings, M&A, corporate governance, securities compliance, tax, licensing and technology matters, bankruptcy and workouts, employee benefits and compensation matters and international transactions.
Electronic Financial Services:
The firm has been at the forefront of assisting public and private companies, as well as Wall Street, in understanding the potential use of the distributed ledger (blockchain) technology underlying digital currencies. The group counsels fintech industry influencers on emerging, electronic financial services and a range of decentralized virtual currencies, including bitcoin.
Environment, Energy & Resources:
The group advises on regulatory and legislative advocacy, project permitting, compliance counselling, due diligence, litigation and enforcement defence. It covers every area of environmental and energy law, from pollution control and hazardous substances, to conventional and renewable energy, extractive industries and wildlife conservation.
The firm represents debtors, borrowers, creditors, lenders, committees, trustees, receivers and asset purchasers in bankruptcy and workout transactions, as well as federally insured financial institutions, CMBS special servicers and pension fund administrators in all types of debt financings.
The firm’s insurance attorneys have a record of success in enforcing policyholders’ rights to coverage under almost every type of commercial insurance policy for a wide spectrum of losses and liabilities.
The firm’s IP practice includes 250+ lawyers focused on IP litigation, patent and trademark procurement, post-grant procedures, technology licensing, copyrights and unfair competition counselling. The patent group includes more than 150 members with advanced degrees. Four IP litigators are Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Labor & Employment:
The firm represents clients on every issue arising in the modern workplace including sexual harassment. The firm has exceptional strength in employment litigation, including discrimination or wrongful termination class action, trade secret and noncompete litigation.
Life Sciences, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals:
The firm helps biological, diagnostic, medical device and pharmaceutical companies in a variety of areas, including corporate, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, employment and immigration.
The firm’s 450+ litigators have extensive experience in state and federal jurisdictions and at every appellate level including the US Supreme Court. The group includes 16 Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has particular strength in complex patent litigation, privacy, product liability (aviation), insurance (policyholder) coverage, white collar defense and class action defence.
The firm’s political law group is the largest, most experienced practice of its kind in the nation and has counseled hundreds of candidates for elective office (including seven presidential campaigns), scores of nonprofit and ideological groups and dozens of corporations and businesses.
Privacy & Security:
The firm’s privacy and security practice counsels clients on issues such as enforcement, litigation, compliance, incident response and government and third-party requests for information.
The firm advises on product liability containment and lawsuit avoidance, litigation and trial representation, global, national and regional claims coordination and representation before government agencies.
Real Estate & Land Use:
The firm helps clients with leasing, land-use permitting strategies and the financing, acquisition, development and disposition of national and international projects.
Retail & Consumer Products:
The firm’s retail clients, from small startups to some of the largest internet and big-box retailers and consumer product companies, seek counsel on tax, marketing and advertising, litigation, IP, employment, real estate environmental, franchising, consumer protection, e-commerce, social media, bankruptcy and other issues.