Chair of Executive Committee: Paul A Hughes
Number of partners: 77
Number of other lawyers: 65
Wiggin and Dana is a full-service firm, with over 140 attorneys, serving clients domestically and abroad from offices in Connecticut, New York, Palm Beach, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Wiggin and Dana provides legal counsel to an international client base of major corporations and institutions, as well as to private businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals and families. Clients turn to Wiggin and Dana for help with specific transactions and complex proceedings such as antitrust and other government investigations, complex commercial litigation, all aspects of franchise, distributor and dealer litigation, real estate, environmental and energy law, the development and financing of healthcare facilities, and the full range of legal services sought by the technology community, including the protection of intellectual property and domestic and international licensing and distribution. The firm also has experience handling sophisticated corporate transactions for international clients and complex administrative proceedings, arbitrations, litigation and enforcement actions across the United States.
Main Areas of Practice:
Wiggin and Dana acts as general counsel for a diverse group of businesses. Clients range from large, publicly traded entities with a national or global presence, to established family-owned businesses, and include emerging and entrepreneurial companies. The wide breadth of industries includes biotechnology, financial services, pharmaceutical, medical devices, software, internet, healthcare, chemical, utilities and related industries. The firm also handles specific projects, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other partnering arrangements and sophisticated forms of debt and equity financing, for an even larger group of clients that includes Fortune 500 companies.
Wiggin and Dana has had an extensive health law practice for decades, and remains one of the largest in the region. Attorneys with Wiggin and Dana’s health law practice provide general and special legal counsel to a wide spectrum of healthcare organizations. These organizations include academic medical centers, hospitals and hospital systems, long-term care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, ambulatory care facilities, home healthcare agencies, hospices, pharmacies, ambulance providers, durable medical equipment suppliers, physicians and individual practitioners. The health law practice group also represents state and national trade associations and professional societies active in healthcare policy issues.
Labor, Employment & Benefits:
Wiggin and Dana’s labor, employment and benefits practice group provides comprehensive legal counseling to a wide range of employers, carefully guiding management through the maze of increasingly complex labor and employment laws and regulations. The firm’s clients come in all sizes, from the large, multi-state corporation to the small start-up business. Its attorneys represent management in a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, biotechnology, healthcare, utilities, banking, construction, financial services, insurance, retail, publishing and education.
When faced with critical, high-stakes disputes, clients turn to Wiggin and Dana’s litigation department. The firm’s litigators have outstanding strategic and tactical judgment, extensive trial experience with successful results, and the ability to manage costs with sensible rates and staffing. Its civil, administrative, white-collar and trade compliance litigation practice has broad experience successfully representing commercial, financial, insurance, manufacturing, utility, healthcare, franchisor, distribution, new technology and professional (medical, legal and accounting) clients. The firm is often asked to appear at advanced stages of litigation that has become particularly risky, complex or difficult. The firm’s litigators actually try cases frequently before juries, judges, arbitrators and agencies across the country.
Real Estate, Environmental & Energy:
Wiggin and Dana provides a full range of focused services to domestic and international owners, developers, professionals, utilities and governmental agencies. Its real estate transactions group offers experience in all aspects of real estate transactions. The development and redevelopment group focuses on land use and affordable housing issues for institutional, commercial, governmental and individual investors and developers. Its environmental group provides clients counsel that helps them comply with environmental regulations, market new technologies and conduct transactions that involve environmental issues.
The firm’s longstanding energy and utilities practice helps regional energy generators and merchants deal with complex regulatory mandates, build critical infrastructure, complete complex transactions and advance industry issues.
Inbound foreign investors throughout the world count on its international real estate group for comprehensive, one-stop real estate transactional and management services for their US properties.
Private Client Services:
The firm’s experienced private client services attorneys help its clients from wide-ranging businesses and professions, deal successfully with complex issues that impact them and their families. From business succession planning to philanthropic arrangements to trusts and estates issues, the firm provides sophisticated counsel that helps families and individuals with substantial assets maximize their wealth for themselves and future generations. It provides a full spectrum of private client services, including business succession planning, charitable planning, estate planning, family and closely-held business planning, family office representation, international private client services, probate litigation and trusts and estate administration services.
The firm serves clients located in the Northeast, as well as throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm acts as general or special counsel for publicly traded corporations, banks, accounting, architectural, engineering and securities firms, public utilities, insurance companies, family-owned businesses, new technology companies and start-ups, hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers, universities, colleges and schools, and individuals. It serves as US counsel for many substantial European companies.