Arent Fox has developed a symbiotic
relationship with the nation's capital over the past 65 years. In
addition to real estate and finance work, the firm also takes
justifiable pride in its litigation, life sciences and IP
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 federal income tax
prowess. Harry Plotkin also brought his public-sector experience to
the firm, ditching 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 marketing-friendly moniker.
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
Fighting for Facebook
Arent Fox's California real estate attorneys advise Facebook on
the land use aspects of the company's massive new headquarters
development in Menlo Park, in the heart of Silicon Valley. In 2012,
the firm achieved a major victory by securing permission for
Facebook to repurpose the former Sun Microsystems campus for
Facebook's use. The new Frank Gehry building, which opened last
year, measures 430,000 square feet and has the largest open floor
plan in the world.
Arent Fox is the primary trademark, copyright, design patent,
and global ecommerce counsel for Mars, Inc. Firm attorneys manage
all of Mars' trademarks, copyrights, and designs in the Americas
for the chocolate, pet care, and food segments, and Arent Fox
oversees all trademarks, copyrights, and design matters for Mars'
drinks segment globally. The firm is also helping Mars integrate
its global ecommerce platform.
Arent Fox has cemented its name as the premier law firm in the
US for fashion industry clients, which includes serving as outside
general counsel to designer Diane Von Furstenberg, best known for
her iconic wrap dress. The firm's work for DVF includes counseling
on trademark litigation, gray markets goods issues, and advising on
issues surrounding the Diane Von Furstenberg TV show. Other global
fashion clients include The Limited, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela,
Diesel, Escada, and Lacoste.
The Clear Choice
One of the largest hospitality companies in the world uses Arent
Fox on key transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters,
including acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, trademark
portfolio management, and labor and employment issues. With more
than 6,300 franchised properties in the US and in 35 countries
across the globe, the firm's recent Choice work includes advising
on a technology partnership, financing new hotels, and acquiring
The blue chip NBA franchise has been a longstanding Arent Fox
client and last year the firm advised the team on an extension of
its existing media rights agreement with YES Network and Fox Sports
for the exhibition of all Nets games and ancillary programming.
Arent Fox has represented the Brooklyn Nets, the Barclays Center,
and its affiliates in a wide variety of team and arena-related
transactions for over 10 years, including serving as outside
counsel in connection with the team's new multi-million dollar
training facility, which will be located in Brooklyn's Industry