Epstein Becker Green is proud to announce that it has received the 2012 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in the Healthcare category. The results were announced at an awards dinner held on Thursday, June 7, 2012, in New York. Other firms nominated in the Healthcare category included Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; King & Spalding LLP; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Ober Kaler Grimes & Shriver PC; and Proskauer Rose LLP.
The Chambers USA Awards for Excellence are based on research for the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and reflect a law firm's preeminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service.
In addition to receiving an Award for Excellence, Epstein Becker Green ranked No. 1 in Healthcare in New York and in the District of Columbia in Chambers USA (2012) and was acknowledged in the guide's "Nationwide Healthcare" category. Also, the editors noted that "Epstein Becker Green is recognized by sources as one of the leading national labor and employment firms." In total, 24 Epstein Becker Green lawyers are cited as "Leaders in Their Field."
The following are excerpts from Chambers USA (2012):
The Firm: This distinguished practice group upholds its well-established market presence, with a sizable group maintaining its recognized expertise in all aspects of the healthcare industry. Its strength in both transactional and regulatory compliance matters attracts clients such as GE Healthcare and Palmetto Health, and it is particularly prominent in Washington, DC, New York and Georgia. Its recent work includes working with nationwide Apria Healthcare in a $26 million acquisition of Praxair assets and helping clients respond creatively to proposed healthcare reform.
Client Service, Sources say: "We can turn to them and get great support when we need them - what we really like is that all areas are covered."
Commercial Awareness, Sources say: "All of the individuals we work with are not only up to date on changes in the law or industry, but they are ahead of the curve."
Leaders in Their Field:
One of the co-founders of the firm, Jeffrey Becker, is based in the New York office and is universally praised for his transactional expertise and "tremendous focus on details." His clients span the healthcare industry, including health systems and academic medical centers, and draw on his long-standing experience of the healthcare market.
Douglas Hastings operates out of the Washington, DC, office and is widely acclaimed as being "very effective and on top of national developments." His innovative transactional practice incorporates his extensive experience of the changing healthcare landscape and sees him work with clients such as Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation.
California: Labor and Employment
Leaders in Their Field: Michael Kun of Epstein Becker Green is a leading member of the firm's labor and employment national practice groups. He has in-depth experience in the application of employment law and has recently enjoyed major successes in his defense of employers against wage and hour class actions.
Connecticut: Labor and Employment
Leaders in Their Field:
David Poppick divides his time between the Stamford and New York offices of Epstein Becker Green, and is admitted to practice in both states. Sources praise his "breadth of litigation experience – he understands how provisions in contracts and offer letters play out in disputes and in the courtroom." He recently acted for Greenwich Hospital in a dispute alleging wrongful termination.
Peter Stein in Stamford acts for a number of notable clients, including Robert Half International and Greenwich Hospital. He is praised for his "broad subject matter expertise," and sources further describe him as a "commercial attorney who understands the business importance of legal problems."
District of Columbia: Healthcare
The Firm: This expanding team continues to impress observers with its very strong foothold in the market. Its preeminent practice spans all areas of the industry, and has a strong focus on civil and criminal litigation. Its expertise also encompasses transactional and regulatory compliance counsel, and it works with a range of clients such as Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and Radius Ventures. The group recently provided counsel to GTCR on transactions such as the $675 million acquisition of Sterigenics International.
Sources say: "They are experts in the healthcare regulatory world without peer. They are very plugged into what is going on, they have seen everything and are balanced in their assessment of issues."
Leaders in Their Field:
Steven Epstein is one of the founding partners of the firm, and is venerated for his ongoing contribution to the development of concepts such as managed care. He leads relationships with clients such as Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic.
Firm chair Douglas Hastings is considered a leading force in the market who "is really paying attention to what is going on around the country, so he is a national expert in accountable care." He continues to win accolades for his expertise in reform of the payment system in addition to maintaining a strong transactional practice. He works with a range of clients, including Palmetto Health and George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates.
Mark Lutes is noted as being "particularly good at building the right team to answer the question" and is valued for his ability to "interpret what the client actually needs." He brings significant regulatory expertise to his work counseling clients in transactions such as acquisitions, and is also noted for his strength in antitrust matters. Recent highlights include working with Apax Partners on the $6.3 billion acquisition of Kinetic Concepts, and on its $1.2 billion sale of Qualitest Pharmaceuticals.
Peers attest to David Matyas's expertise in fraud and abuse, and his knowledge of how regulatory issues impact transactions. His recent work includes counseling the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine on the growth of a cancer institute.
Lynn Shapiro Snyder is praised for her ability to be "strategic in thinking and responsive," and is highly respected by peers for her extensive practice. She focuses on Medicare reimbursement matters, but also offers strength in the fraud and abuse arena. Her regulatory expertise was recently brought to bear when counseling a private equity client on a $233 million acquisition of a healthcare provider.
The team also houses Bradley Merrill Thompson, whose FDA expertise extends to cutting-edge mobile health and medical device work. He recently advised client Beckman Coulter on the recall of three products, and aided it in responding to unexpected FDA inspections.
Carrie Valiant is held in high regard for her regulatory compliance expertise and fraud and abuse practice. She works with clients from across the industry in False Claims Act investigations and advises on the compliance-related impact of healthcare reform.
The Firm: This firm has a comprehensive healthcare practice with experience in transactional matters, regulatory compliance and litigation. It is able to assist clients in developing compliance strategies and to offer counsel on the implications of healthcare reform. The group also remains strong in real estate and labor and employment matters as they relate to the healthcare context. It counts CaroMont Health and Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta among its notable clients.
Leaders in Their Field: Sources regard Robert Berg as "excellent on the transactional side" and he is also lauded for his skilled representation of physician organizations and practices. He specializes in providing counsel that combines his expertise in both business and healthcare law, including the sale and acquisition of medical practices.
Georgia: Litigation – General Commercial
Leaders in Their Field: Kenneth Menendez elicits client praise as "an extraordinarily thorough lawyer and a superb listener - he is even-keeled and always accessible." He handles complex litigation in a wide range of sectors, including financial services, construction and healthcare, and recently defended insurance broker Willis against allegations of professional negligence.
Massachusetts: Labor and Employment
Leaders in Their Field: Barry Guryan of Epstein Becker Green enters the rankings this year having won client praise for his "diligence and thoroughness," with one interviewee asserting: "He is a very calming influence when difficult issues arise." Guryan's varied experience includes representing management from the healthcare, manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications industries before both federal and state level courts and administrative agencies.
New Jersey: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
The Firm: Epstein is a key player in the provision of employee benefit and executive compensation advice in the state. The team has developed a strong understanding of the complex taxation issues and consequences relating to benefit planning and can efficiently navigate a variety of retirement, multiemployer, fiduciary and transactional issues. The practice has a particularly strong reputation for representing clients in the healthcare sector on benefit issues.
Leaders in Their Field: Practice group head Joan Disler is a "very talented" employee benefit and executive compensation attorney. "Her quality of knowledge and technical expertise really stands out," say sources.
New Jersey: Labor and Employment
The Firm: Epstein Becker Green is recognized by sources as one of the leading national labor and employment firms. Its Newark-based team has broad experience across a range of sectors including healthcare, retail and hospitality. The team is well positioned to handle a variety of employer issues and has been particularly active over the past year defending class actions, whistle blowing, wage and hour and discrimination claims.
Leaders in Their Field:
Experienced employment litigator Patrick Brady is "excellent to work with, he is very cost-effective and gets great results consistently," according to sources. He recently represented Home Depot in a nationwide collective action dispute regarding overtime compensation.
David Garland "is meticulous and doesn't miss a thing," say sources. Commentators add he is "extremely competent, a good litigator and never overworks a case."
Carmine Iannaccone is an accomplished litigator and recently represented Celgene in a complex whistle-blowing case.
Kerry Parker has labour, employment, healthcare and life sciences expertise, enabling him to provide clients with advice on complex cross-disciplinary matters.
New York: Healthcare
The Firm: This well-respected firm places a strong emphasis on its healthcare and life sciences practice. The 22-strong team provides expertise on matters ranging from joint ventures and hospital affiliation to regulatory compliance and physician contracting. It is held in particularly high regard by peers for its healthcare provider and payer practice, and for its work on behalf of life sciences industry clients. Major clients include Montefiore Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Sources say: "When they handle something, I don't have to think about it. They have tremendous depth of knowledge and experience."
Leaders in Their Field: Jeffrey Becker is praised as "a very experienced and outstanding attorney" whose "knowledge of the industry is great." Peers hold him in high regard and describe him as a "prominent figure in the healthcare Bar." Becker's expertise on both transactional and regulatory matters enables him to represent major clients, including the Mount Sinai Medical Center.
New York: Immigration
Leaders in Their Field:
Robert Groban of Epstein Becker Green manages worldwide transitions for clients from a variety of sectors, including financial services, healthcare and hospitality. He continues to advise on compliance, and is proactively involved in developing immigration legislation. Clients appreciate his "knowledgeable, thorough and resourceful approach."
Rising star Frederick Strasser is sought after to advise on I-9 compliance. Recent representative work has seen him act for UBS on all of its immigration matters.
New York: Labor and Employment
The Firm: The team at Epstein Becker Green is well placed to handle litigation arising from whistle-blower disputes, allegations of discrimination and wage and hour class actions. The firm's client list includes such powerhouses as Sumitomo and Deutsche Bank, and it is also well known for representing members of the healthcare sector.
Leaders in Their Field:
Ronald Green has years of experience in labor and employment and is well equipped to handle wage and hour and trade secrets allegations. His practice also extends to international employment law issues.
The Legal 500 United States
The Legal 500 United States, now in its 26th year, collects feedback from more than 180,000 in-house counsel and lawyers to select the leading law firms and lawyers in specific legal practice areas and industries. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.
In 2012, both of Epstein Becker Green's founding practices - Health Care and Life Sciences, and Labor and Employment - as well as several individual attorneys were recognized as leaders in their fields of practice.
Epstein Becker Green was recognized in the health provider and insurer categories for its work on a national level.
Doug Hastings and David Matyas were named leading lawyers in the health provider category.
The Legal 500 stated the following: "One of the first healthcare boutiques, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. has a long history representing service providers across the full range of practice areas. Clients include hospitals, health systems, medical centers, physician practices and long-term care providers. The team has been involved in the ACO pilot program under the PPACA, providing strategic advice to trade group Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care on Medicare's initial rulemaking on ACOs. Particularly strong on the regulatory side, the firm is known for its compliance advice on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations. Douglas Hastings is leading the advice to Palmetto Health on the development of a co-ordinated clinical enterprise with the South Carolina School of Medicine. A ‘first-rate lawyer' and ‘very well thought of' in the service provider space, Hastings serves on the Board on Healthcare Services of the Institute of Medicine, and ‘interacts with the policy makers'. David Matyas is highly recommended for his work on regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, and the defense of providers during government investigations."
Steven Epstein was named a leading lawyer in the health insurer category.
The Legal 500 stated the following: "Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. has a strong focus on the health plan/managed care side of the market. The practice provides ongoing advice on employee benefits to several insurers, including Emblem Health, in areas such as pension plans and investment management. ... Co-founding partner Steve Epstein is widely respected for his contribution to the evolution of managed care."
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
Epstein Becker Green was recognized in the labor and employment litigation and management relations categories for its work on a national level.
Ron Green, Michael Kun, Peter Stein, Patrick Brady, and Peter Steinmeyer were named in the labor and employment litigation category.
The Legal 500 stated the following: "Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. has a well-deserved reputation for advising clients in the financial services, retail, hospitality, and health care and life sciences industries. Indeed, it recently launched its health, employment and labor group, which unites the firm's healthcare and life sciences and labor and employment practices to counsel healthcare and life sciences clients on how to address labor and employment challenges. The firm represented Home Depot in a nationwide conditionally certified collective class action seeking overtime compensation based upon a misclassification of current and former assistant store managers under the executive exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act, persuading the Court to grant the employer's motion to decertify the collective action."
Steven Swirsky was named in the labor and employment management relations category.
The Legal 500 stated the following: "In 2011, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. was invited to provide testimony before the NLRB concerning rulemaking proposals affecting union organizing and election activities, collective bargaining negotiations, and union-management issues. The firm has extensive experience in this field. Highlight work included the firm's representation of Thomson Reuters. After more than 2 years negotiating with a goal of modifying 20 years of work rules and practices that amounted to 114 pages in a collective bargaining agreement, the firm successfully restructured the contract for US personnel with the Newspaper Guild Union and removed significant onerous working practices and rules that hampered the change in focus of this major news organization."
U.S.News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce that its Health Care and Life Sciences practice ranked in Tier 1 for national health care law in the U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" survey for 2012-2013. The firm's Labor and Employment practice also ranked nationally for employment law – management, and labor law – management, and its Litigation practice ranked in the national labor & employment category as well as its Immigration practice. In addition, the firm was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Elder Law.
The U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and the review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. The rankings, which are presented in tiers, showcase more than 10,000 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 80 major legal practice areas and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 118 major legal practice areas.
Epstein Becker Green's rankings for 2012-2013 appear below:
Health Care Law (Tier 1)
Employment Law – Management (Tier 1)
Immigration Law (Tier 1)
Labor Law – Management (Tier 2)
Litigation – Labor & Employment (Tier 3)
METROPOLITAN AREA OFFICE RANKINGS
New York City
Employment Law – Management
Health Care Law
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Health Care Law
Employment Law - Management
Health Care Law
Labor Law - Management