The Legal 500 law firm rankings have recognized Brown Rudnick’s recent successes in the United States, ranking the firm in three categories.

Published annually, the Legal 500 rankings highlight the practice area teams and practitioners that provide the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from clients worldwide as well as interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Complete rankings for The Legal 500 are available on their website. Brown Rudnick LLP would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2017 Best Lawyers list:


Practice Area 2017 ranking 2017 Lawyers recognized
Finance : Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Tier 4

William Baldiga, Jeffrey Jonas, Edward Weisfelner 
M&A/corporate and commercial : M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Tier 5

Samuel Williams
Tax : US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7 Vincent Guglielmotti


The Legal 500 United States 2017 Ranking Details:


Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP is particularly well known for its representation of distressed investors in complicated insolvency cases and is recommended as the ‘place to go when you really need someone to fight hard for a position against all odds’. On the creditor side, the firm represented the term loan lenders as the leading creditor voice in the Sports Authority bankruptcy and has also been representing an ad hoc consortium of second lien noteholders and their indenture trustee as special counsel in Energy Future Holdings’ Chapter 11 proceedings. In another energy sector engagement, Edward Weisfelner represents an ad hoc equity committee in the Ultra Petroleum bankruptcy, which has resulted in an agreement with the debtor and an ad hoc noteholder committee to support the debtor’s proposed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. On the litigation side, the firm represented plaintiffs in claims relating to ignition switch defects in the well-publicized General Motors case. The sizable practice is led by managing director of litigation and restructuring William Baldiga, as well as co-heads of the bankruptcy and corporate restructuring group Weisfelner and Jeffrey Jonas. All three split their time between the Boston and New York offices.


M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP is highly rated for its emerging technology company expertise; the team’s experience includes advising on the sale of software, life sciences, medical devices, semiconductors and digital media companies to industry giants such as Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. The practice also has robust healthcare, energy and finance deal experience. Recent highlights include advising Edwards Lifesciences on its structured investment in Harpoon Medical, a privately held medical technology company. Boston-based corporate and capital markets managing director Samuel Williams acts for clients in the IT, semiconductor and communications sectors.


US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 7

Brown Rudnick LLP’s New York-based tax team provides a range of tax planning services, including tax-efficient restructurings and bankruptcy-related reorganizations. Highlights included advising international pharmaceuticals company Midatech Pharma on tax structuring issues related to its acquisition of NASDAQ-listed DARA BioScience, and assisting Lupin, a multinational pharmaceutical corporation headquartered in Mumbai, on its $880m acquisition of GAVIS Pharmaceuticals. Vincent Guglielmotti leads the practice.


About Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick, an international law firm with offices in the United States and Europe, represents clients from around the world in high-stakes litigation, international arbitration and complex business transactions. Clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and start-up enterprises. The Firm also represents investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors’ committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad. Founded more than 60 years ago, Brown Rudnick has more than 240 lawyers providing advice and services across key areas of the law. Beyond the United States, the Firm regularly serves clients in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. With its Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the Firm has created an innovative model combining its pro bono, charitable giving and community volunteer efforts.