Robins Kaplan Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015

Firm Recognized as Leaders in Numerous Industries, Including Antitrust, Intellectual Property, and Commercial Litigation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—May 19, 2015—National law firm Robins Kaplan LLP announced today that Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized the firm and its attorneys as leaders in antitrust, intellectual property, commercial litigation, bankruptcy & restructuring, and media & entertainment.

Notably, the firm ranked in the first band of the Antitrust: Plaintiff category both nationwide and in Minnesota, with the firm's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group Co-Chairs Hollis Salzman and K. Craig Wildfang ranked in the first band of Antitrust: Nationwide. Mr. Wildfang was also recognized in the first band for the state of Minnesota's Antitrust rankings, while Ms. Salzman was also recognized for the state of New York's Antitrust rankings. This is the first year that Chambers USA has recognized Mr. Wildfang and the firm's Minnesota office in the antitrust category.

Chambers USA 2015 says the following about the firm's national Antitrust: Plaintiff team:

  • "Receives widespread praise for its capabilities in all types of antitrust matters but has achieved particularly significant success on behalf of plaintiff clients. Demonstrates considerable trial experience and knowledge of government agencies." Clients note that the practice does "the very high-end work and they're very good at it."

  • Hollis Salzman receives much praise from the market and clients note that she is "always well prepared and savvy – she knows what's important and what isn't and she works very hard at it." Chambers USA identifies Ms. Salzman as "a primary figure on the plaintiffs' side in a number of major cartel investigations" and sources appreciate that she is "very open to innovative solutions" in these large cases.

  • Craig Wildfang is "one of the best antitrust plaintiff-side litigators in the country." He is recognized by clients as being "tenacious and very smart." In particular, sources noted his recent success in the Visa/MasterCard payment card litigation in which he achieved a record settlement agreement for the merchant class.

The guide also ranks the firm in the first band for Intellectual Property in Minnesota and Litigation: General Commercial in Minnesota. Martin R. Lueck, Partner and Chairman of the Executive Board, and Ronald J. Schutz, Chair of the National Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Group, were both ranked in the top tier for Intellectual Property in Minnesota. Partner Eric Magnuson was also ranked in the first band as a top Litigation practitioner in the state.

Chambers USA 2015 says the following about the firm's Intellectual Property work in Minnesota:

  • "Renowned for representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of IP litigation matters, including patent infringement, copyright and trade secret cases." Clients note that the practice has "excellent litigators who show a consideration of the key issues that will resonate with the court."

  • Martin Lueck is described as an "incredibly skilled courtroom lawyer," who is "one of the best in terms of opening and closing arguments." Ronald Schutz is noted as an "excellent strategist" with formidable trial experience.

Chambers USA 2015 says the following about the firm's Litigation work in Minnesota:

  • "Acts for both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of contentious matters, including product liability matters and breach of contract issues. Experienced in handling class actions and single plaintiff claims." Clients describe the practice as "extremely professional, very experienced and very talented." Eric Magnuson is described as one of the foremost appellate lawyers in the state, with a deep foundation of knowledge, experience and expertise that allow him to handle complex trials at both state and federal level.

Chambers USA 2015 also recognized the firm as among the top in the Media & Entertainment category for the state of California, identifying National Trial Chair Roman Silberfeld, as well as Mark Passin and Marcia Harris, as notable practitioners. Paul LiCalsi, Partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Entertainment and Media Litigation Group, was ranked for the first time as a notable practitioner in the Media & Entertainment category for New York.

Chambers USA 2015 says the following about the firm's work in Media & Entertainment in California:

  • "Highlighted for its talent-focused practice, acting for a roster of high-profile clients such as musicians, actors and producers. Fields experience across a range of disputes, including notable expertise in copyright infringement, profit participation and breach of contract claims. Also acts for corporate entities."

  • Roman Silberfeld is noted for his impressive trial practice, which includes a significant focus on disputes arising from the media and entertainment space. Mark Passin is described by sources as "an expert in IP litigation" who is "equally effective at crafting litigation strategies and managing appropriate settlements." Marcia Harris is known for drawing on her extensive experience in entertainment litigation, and her particular skill in profit participation matters involving motion picture and television clients.

Also in California, Howard Weg, Chair of the Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Practice, along with partners Scott Gautier and David Shemano, were identified as notable practitioners in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category, and the practice was recognized as among the top in the state.

Chambers USA 2015 says the following about the firm's work Bankruptcy/Restructuring in California:

  • "Experienced team that represents a wide range of stakeholders in all manner of restructuring and bankruptcy-related issues, including litigation and transactions. Proficient in a number of sectors and industries, such as entertainment, real estate and leisure and hospitality." Clients describe the practice as "a terrific group."

  • Scott Gautier assists a broad spectrum of stakeholders in restructurings and bankruptcy disputes across sectors such as real estate and healthcare. David Shemano has built a reputation as an experienced bankruptcy counsel, with sources particularly praising the quality of his oral advocacy. Howard Weg is regarded as "one of the highest quality bankruptcy lawyers in town," bringing "judgment, skill and experience" to his cases.

The complete list of recognitions are:

Chambers Ranked Individuals: 2015


  • Hollis Salzman (Band 1)
  • K. Craig Wildfang (Band 1)


  • K. Craig Wildfang (Band 1)

New York

  • Hollis Salzman (Band 4) 


  • Scott F. Gautier (Band 4) 
  • David B. Shemano (Band 3) 
  • Howard J. Weg (Band 2)

Intellectual Property

  • Martin Lueck (Band 1)
  • Ronald J. Schutz (Band 1)


  • Eric Magnuson (Band 1)

Media & Entertainment

  • Marcia Harris (Band 4) 
  • Mark Passin (Band 4) 
  • Roman M. Silberfeld (Band 4) 

New York

  • Paul LiCalsi (Band 3) 

Chambers Ranked Practices: 2015


  • Antitrust: Plaintiff (Band 1)


  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring (Band 3)
  • Media & Entertainment (Band 3)


  • Intellectual Property (Band 1)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
  • Antitrust (Band 1)