Nixon Peabody's roots go back well over a
century in three locations: Boston, Rochester, NY and San
Francisco. Through decades of consolidations and mergers, the firm
has grown to become the Nixon Peabody of today.
Peabody & Brown began over 150 years ago
in Boston, building a practice based on real estate, financial
services and business law. Later, it focused on emerging growth
companies, as high-tech companies and startups began popping up on
the outskirts of Boston.
The firm's Rochester roots extend to 1875,
when a firm called Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle opened its
doors. The practice became an integral part of Rochester's
evolution as an industrial center; Nixon Hargrave developed a
reputation as one of the area's top corporate firms.
On the opposite coast, San Francisco's Lillick
& Charles launched in 1897. While it worked with a number of
California business clients, the firm was an early proponent of
international law, developing Pacific Rim, Asian and European
practices well before global work was commonplace. As a result of
its broad geographic focus, Lillick & Charles became
specialists in transportation, insurance, financial and industrial
In 1999, Nixon Hargrave merged with Peabody
& Brown. Two years later, that combined entity merged with
Lillick & Charles. Nixon Peabody then made a big play for
Boston, combining with the 150-year-old firm Hutchins, Wheeler
& Dittmar. As a result of all this merger activity, Nixon
Peabody wound up with offices nationwide and an ever-expanding
roster of industry services and practices. The first official Nixon
Peabody international office opened in London in 2007, followed by
Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Nixon Peabody is now a major global firm with
approximately 700 attorneys working in 17 offices across the U.S.,
Europe and Asia. Recognized for its energy practice, the firm also
represents clients in dozens of other industries, including
technology, life sciences, chemicals, arts and culture, health
care, education and real estate.
But Nixon Peabody offers more than legal
counsel to its clients. Through its proprietary referral program NP
Capital Connector, the firm uses what it calls a
"relationship-based approach" to connect growth companies with
investment opportunities, financial services, and management
positions and to make strategic introductions within its network.
The firm also runs subsidiary financial services companies. Nixon
Peabody Financial Advisors LLC provides comprehensive financial
planning, investment management and advisory services, while Nixon
Peabody Fiduciary Services is a trustee outsourcing business that
offers portfolio accounting, trust and estate administration and
back-end operations for trust administrators.
IN THE NEWS
Growing Private Equity Talent in NYC
Sean Hayes and Edward (Ted) Ughetta are the latest additions to
Nixon Peabody's private equity team. Sean and Ted are known
quantities in the private equity space, and their experience with
private equity transactions and fund formation adds to the firm's
resume as a nationally ranked private equity practice. Prior to
joining the firm, Sean was a partner at Dentons US LLP and Ted was
a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
"Pay for Success"
Nixon Peabody served as counsel in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts' Pay for Success initiative-the largest financial
investment in such a contract in the U.S. Pay for Success contracts
change the way government and society respond to chronic social
problems. Navjeet Bal, counsel in the Boston office and former
Commissioner of Revenue, represented the Commonwealth in this
initiative by combining nonprofit expertise, private sector funding
and rigorous evaluation to create solutions for positive social
change. The goal of the $27-million Juvenile Justice Pay for
Success Initiative is to aid at-risk young men who are in the
probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system.
Eleven Attorneys Elected to the
Nixon Peabody's 2014 partnership class included six women and five
men. The 11 new partners have made a name for themselves as leaders
in the firm, their profession and their communities, demonstrating
commitment to teamwork, collaboration and community
Silicon Valley Reunion
Jeffrey Lokey and Shawn Hansen are the latest additions to Nixon
Peabody's Palo Alto office, located in the heart of the world's
innovation capital and representing many of the most dynamic and
creative companies. Jeff and Shawn are experienced and talented
partners in the high-stakes world of IP litigation where the
technology at issue can be intricate and complex. Jeff, most
recently a partner at Greenberg Traurig, previously worked with
Shawn for almost 10 years at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips where
they were both partners.
Kickstarting Bourbon Production
Black Button Distilling, the first grain-to-glass craft distillery
in Rochester, New York, officially opened for business in
Rochester's Public Market. Black Button and its president and head
distiller Jason Barrett successfully completed a Kickstarter
campaign to raise capital to get the distillery up and running.
Nixon Peabody advised Black Button on state and federal beverage
alcohol licenses, permits and regulatory matters, as well as
certain corporate and distribution matters. The firm's
cross-office, cross-practice legal team was led by two associates
in its Rochester office, a corporate partner in Rochester and a
beverage/alcohol attorney from New York City.
Developing Downtown Los Angeles
Nixon Peabody worked with Chinese property developer Oceanwide Real
Estate Group who is entering into the U.S. real estate market for
the first time with the purchase of a downtown Los Angeles parking
lot across from Staples Center and the L.A. Live entertainment
complex. The 4.6 acre site will be developed to include a five-star
hotel, apartments and retail space. The project, Fig Central, has
already been approved by the city for a high-end, mixed-use
complex. The firm served as Oceanwide's acquisition counsel and
will serve as development counsel moving forward.