“Partnership prospects are great”
“The people I work with”
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With more than 800 attorneys practicing across 21 offices coast to coast serving clients in various industries, Fox Rothschild doesn't put all of its eggs in one basket. And as the firm continues to grow, it is building an impressive client list along the way.
Sly Like a Fox—Who Wants to Open a Lot of Offices
Founded in 1907, Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild is now a national law firm and a well-established player in the business, corporate and securities, entertainment, labor and employment, employee benefits, real estate, creditors' rights, litigation, and estates law fields. Fox Rothschild's client list includes closely held businesses, small public companies, and tax-exempt organizations, as well as high-net-worth individuals and celebrities (including Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, rapper/actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and producer/author TD Jakes) and Fortune 500 companies like Wells Fargo, Walmart, Merck & Co., and Xerox.
Over the last several years, Fox Rothschild has expanded into several new regions through mergers and lateral moves. A 2014 merger with Dallas-based David & Goodman P.C. brought the firm into the Lone Star State, and in 2015, the firm moved into Chicago, opening a well-respected cannabis practice that represents 20% of the licensed growers in the state. The next year, Fox expanded its Midwest presence, merging with Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly and a year later, merged with Seattle-based Riddell Williams in 2017. Most recently, Fox welcomed 23 attorneys in its Chicago and Wilmington locations through a merger with Shaw Fishman.
Chalk Boardwalk Empires
In addition to its more mainstream departments, Fox Rothschild has developed experience in niche practices, including entertainment, sports, and most recently, the highly regulated field of cannabis law.
Capitalizing on the brand-building revolution taking place in the entertainment industry, the firm’s entertainment attorneys devise strategies for celebrities and businesses to develop and capitalize their brands using a variety of delivery platforms and digital media outlets. Fox attorneys have also been associated with numerous well-known and award-winning television programs, motion pictures, and music releases. The firm has hosted annual star-studded events in Los Angeles and New York to coincide with the Grammy and Emmy awards, and attorneys such as Entertainment Law Department Chair Darrell Miller and Partner Lori Landew continue to earn industry accolades from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety magazine for their representation of industry clients.
In the sports realm, it was a Fox Rothschild attorney—Litigation Department Co-Chair, John Haggerty—to whom five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova turned for legal assistance. John has served as trusted counsel to the famous athlete for the past decade and guided her through her legal troubles with the International Tennis Foundation, which imposed a two-year suspension for an unintentional doping violation. Through John’s representation, Sharapova received a substantially reduced penalty from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and recently returned to the women’s tennis tour.
Everybody Must Get Stoned
To put it bluntly, Fox’s multidisciplinary Cannabis Law Practice, is blazing a trail to help clients from getting wasted in this growing industry. The practice consists of more than 50 professionals across legal disciplines throughout the firm who have long-standing experience fixing legal challenges and helping clients to deal in this highly regulated industry, allowing them to have piece of mind. Their good good team counsels growers, distributors, processors, investors, and others, including suppliers of ancillary products and services. Giving businesses in the legalized cannabis industry what they were jonesing for, the group recently published a National Survey on Marijuana Laws and Regulations to provide a quick hit guide to the relevant laws and statutes governing marijuana cultivation, sales, distribution, and use in the U.S. It also launched a blog called In the Weeds to help keep cannabis entrepreneurs well informed on banking, real estate, financing, corporate entity formation and governance, taxation, and creditors’ rights issues that are coming down the pipeline. Its most recent publication offering, a Cannabis Industry State Tax Guide, helps clients operating in this space with tax compliance issues by giving a handy guide to the relevant tax provisions in all 50 states.
IN THE NEWS
Fox’s Privacy & Data Security Practice Group hosted its inaugural Privacy Summit in April at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, which featured government officials and top privacy, security, regulatory, and compliance professionals who addressed acute cyber-security issues affecting businesses. Panelists included experts from Carbon Black, Black Cipher Security, and AON Risk Solutions, among other companies, as well as a special agent from the FBI. The keynote lunch presentation was delivered by Eric O’Neill, who, in 2001, helped capture the most notorious spy in U.S. history: Robert Hanssen. The remarkable true events of Eric’s life are the inspiration behind the dramatic thriller Breach, starring Ryan Phillippe. The group is planning another Summit for 2018 in Minneapolis.
The firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group released the findings of the Fox Rothschild 2018 Chief Executive Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Survey in spring 2018. The group commissioned this sweeping, cross-industry survey to gauge corporate preparedness for data breaches. Our survey revealed some eye-opening results: more than half of C-level officers surveyed recognized their companies were at high or very high risk of a data breach. Yet, 53 percent admitted their cyber-security and data privacy budgets are insufficient to respond to a breach. Nearly a third don’t train their employees on data breach prevention. And, while 59 percent were confident or very confident in their companies’ cybersecurity and data privacy programs, just 36 percent spent more than 10 percent of their IT budgets on cybersecurity. The complete executive summary is available on Fox’s website.
The firm announced the establishment of a nationwide Private Equity Practice Group representing private equity funds, institutional investors, and portfolio companies in a range of transactions. Fox attorneys have been increasingly doing larger, more sophisticated and complex transactions in this area. The group played a major role in a $500 million deal for Big Ass Solutions—leading manufacturer of high-volume, low-speed industrial fans, lights, and control systems—with Lindsay Goldberg, a private equity firm. Big Ass Solutions utilized Fox’s deep experience in various legal areas key to the deal: private equity, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, technology, tax, real estate, employee benefits, and antitrust law.
Fox attorneys received an array of industry accolades over the past year. Four partners were named “Trailblazers” by The National Law Journal: Donna More, Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer; Harry Grant, Energy and Environmental Law Trailblazer; Daniel Farris, Cybersecurity Trailblazer; and Gerard P. Norton, PhD, Intellectual Property Trailblazer.
In the entertainment law field, Fox attorneys continue to shine in the spotlight. Darrell Miller, chair of the Entertainment Department, was named a 2018 Power Lawyer by The Hollywood Reporter, marking his third consecutive year on the prestigious THR list. For the fifth consecutive year, Darrell was also recognized by Variety in its annual Dealmakers Impact Report. Francesca Grea was named for the first time to Variety’s Up Next List, highlighting dealmakers under 35. Lori Landew was named to Variety’s inaugural 2017 Dealmakers Elite New York list. Daniel Benge made the Up Next New York list.
In December 2017, Fox attorneys won a $21 million arbitration award for three beer distributors: The Odom Corporation, Marine View Beverage, and C. Stein Distributing. The three distributors sued Pabst in federal court for breach of contract after Pabst abruptly terminated their distributorships in Washington State and transferred the distribution rights to a competing distributor, Columbia Distributing. The distributors commenced arbitration against Columbia under a Washington law that allows terminated distributors to recover the fair market value of terminated distribution rights from the successor distributor. Following a multi-day arbitration hearing, the arbitrator awarded the three distributors more than $21 million in fair market value, which is the entire amount of compensation they were seeking. Litigation continues in federal court in Seattle, where the three distributors are seeking additional damages from Pabst.
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