Chambers & Partners has compiled their independent and objective list of America's Leading Business Lawyers based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide -- which is designed to reflect market opinion -- contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.
In Chambers' 2003-2004 review of national legal talent in the area of "Communications/Technology," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.
The Firm: This "tremendously good" IT practice is thought to profit from the firm's historical strengths in IP and corporate transactional work, and covers a broad range of licensing, outsourcing and system acquisition transactions, in addition to technology-related joint ventures and strategic alliances.
The Lawyers: Gregg Kirchhoefer enjoys industrywide respect for the "deep technical background" he brings to the sophisticated technology transactions that typify his practice. Described to researchers as a "tireless negotiator who knows IT inside and out," he was recommended by peers as "a wonderful choice to run a big deal." He recently negotiated the restructuring of a broad-based outsourcing arrangement, valued at several billion dollars, between a large financial services client and a leading services provider. Other successes include advising a large financial commodities exchange on a strategic alliance leading to the outsourcing of an electronic trading exchange.
The Clients: Accenture; Allegiance Telecom; American National Red Cross; Chicago Board of Trade; GM; Hitachi; IBM; Morgan Stanley; PwC; Tribune Company and WW Grainger.
Reprinted with permission from Chambers & Partners: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2003-2004.