Arent Fox has developed a symbiotic
relationship with the nation's capital over the past 75 years. In
addition to real estate, patent, trademark, and finance work, the
firm also takes justifiable pride in its litigation, health care
and regulatory practices. With more than 350 lawyers and strengths
across core practice areas, the firm's client roster ranges from
Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations.
A quintet of Beltway insiders pooled their
legal and political resources to shape Arent Fox into a Capitol
institution over its first 30 years. Henry Fox, the main man behind
the firm's foundation in 1942, laid the first stones in labor,
government contract and administrative specialties-in a case before
the U.S. Supreme Court, Fox secured overtime pay for public
employees who had worked without additional pay on legal holidays
during World War II. Albert Arent took ownership of the firm's tax
and real estate practice and spearheaded its pro bono efforts.
Edwin Kahn, a former high-level official with the IRS, figured
prominently in the establishment of the firm's tax practice. Harry
Plotkin also brought his public-sector experience to the firm after
leaving the FCC to jump-start Arent Fox's communications practice.
And finally, Earl Kintner stepped down as the FTC's chairman and
general counsel to bolster-what else-the firm's federal trade
regulation niche. The names of all five men graced the firm's
nameplate until 2004, when management opted for today's more
In recent years, Arent Fox has become more
ambitious in terms of size and project scope. In its role as legal
counsel to late sports entrepreneur Abe Pollin, the firm helped
negotiate contracts and land acquisition issues with the District
of Columbia as it smoothed the way for construction of the Verizon
Center that now hosts a trio of professional sports teams. In other
DC-centric news, BET founder Robert Johnson has tapped Arent Fox
for a variety of legal services.
Arent Fox has kept busy on the acquisition
front. In 2000, the firm gobbled up patent firm Nikaido,
Marmelstein, Murray & Oram as it sought to capitalize on the
tail end of the tech boom. Seven years later, the firm merged with
L.A. lit boutique O'Brien Abeles L.L.P. Following the 2007 merger,
the Arent Fox Los Angeles office opened with thirteen attorneys.
Today, Arent Fox's Los Angeles office has grown to more than 70
attorneys. Recently, the firm committed to 12,750 square feet of
additional space to accommodate continued expansion in its
50,000-square-foot downtown Los Angeles office. .
Arent Fox counts numerous senators among its
alumni, including Bob Bennett (Utah), Dale Bumpers (Arkansas), John
Culver (Iowa), Jim Talent (Missouri), Fred Thompson (Tennessee) and
John Thune (South Dakota). Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (North
Dakota) currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the firm.
The House of Representatives is also well-represented at Arent Fox,
with former U.S. Congressman Phil English (Pennsylvania) serving as
co-chair of the firm's Government Relations practice, along with
Mission for Mars
Arent Fox is the primary trademark, copyright, privacy, and
ecommerce counsel for the global confectionary and pet food
manufacturer. On top of that, the firm manages all of the company's
trademark, copyrights, and designs in the Americas for the
chocolate, pet care, and food segments, and all trademarks,
copyrights, and design matters for Mars' drinks segment
Qualcomm, a huge wireless telecoms company, and one of the
largest semiconductor chip suppliers in the world, retains Arent
Fox as one of its primary US patent prosecution counsel. The
company relies heavily on Arent Fox to manage its vast patent and
trademark portfolios and brand protection work throughout its
Fresenius is a global, integrated healthcare company with over
$16 billion in revenue per year, and the largest provider of
dialysis services in the world. Arent Fox is Fresenius's go-to firm
for managed care disputes, arbitration, and litigation.
Give Unto Caesars
Arent Fox acts for the trustee that represents the interests of
second lien bondholders issued by the bankrupt casino company,
Caesars. One of the largest and most complex cases ever filed, the
$18 billion Caesars bankruptcy has triggered a wave of litigation
and high-profile headlines.
Arent Fox advises Facebook on the land use strategy and
entitlement aspects of its massive new headquarters in Menlo Park,
CA. In November 2016, the Menlo Park City Council approved the
project, which will transform an aging industrial site into one
with 962,000 square feet of office space and a 200-room hotel.
What's in a Name?
Arent Fox was outside counsel to the Los Angeles Lakers,
advising the franchise on a new long-term partnership with UCLA
Health that involved naming rights to the Lakers' new practice
facility. In 2016, the firm also advised on naming rights deals
involving the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.