Firm Ranks High for Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, and Media & Entertainment in Chambers USA 2014

May 2014

Chambers USA 2014 ranked the firm in the first band nationally in the Antitrust: Plaintiff category, with co-chairs of the firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group Hollis Salzman and K. Craig Wildfang listed as notable practitioners. Hollis Salzman was also ranked as a notable practitioner in the state of New York’s Antitrust rankings.

In Minnesota, the firm is ranked first in Chambers USA 2014 in the state in the categories Litigation: General Commercial and Intellectual Property. Firm chairman Martin R. Lueck and partner Ronald J. Schutz continue to receive the highest rankings as top Intellectual Property practitioners in the state.

In California, Chambers USA 2014 recognized the firm in the category Media & Entertainment: Litigation as among the top in the state, and identifies Roman M. Silberfeld, Mark D. Passin and Marcia J. Harris as notable practitioners. 

Chambers USA 2014 says about the firm’s national Antitrust: Plaintiff team:

“Highly rated antitrust group primarily focusing on the representation of plaintiffs in class action litigation, although it also maintains a fine reputation for its work on behalf of defendants.”  Clients note the strengths of the practice as “They're one of the leading plaintiff-side antitrust firms – they're in all the big cases.” and "The firm has a very good reputation – it has exceptional lawyers."

Hollis Salzman is described as an "exceptional lawyer" who is "an extremely good writer and analytical thinker." One source says: "She's really come up as one of the preeminent members of the plaintiffs' Bar."  Another says she concentrates on representing plaintiffs and is described as an "exceptional lawyer" with "vast knowledge of antitrust law." 

Craig Wildfang is a "brilliant litigator" on the plaintiff side who "really can analyze at a very high level." He comes particularly recommended for his expertise in financial services matters.

About the firm’s Intellectual Property work in Minnesota, Chambers USA 2014 says:

“Experience in representing both defendants and plaintiffs in patent infringement, copyright and trade secrets matters.

Martin Lueck is a pre-eminent litigator best known for his work on the patent side, particularly for plaintiffs. He has a "strong reputation" and is "consistently fantastic."

The "sensationalRonald Schutz maintains a broad litigation practice encompassing patents, life sciences and trade secrets disputes.

About the firm’s Litigation: General Commercial work in Minnesota, Chambers USA 2014 says:

“Litigation boutique involved in large and complex cases nationwide. Particularly well regarded for representing plaintiffs in product liability matters.

About the firm’s media and entertainment work in California, Chambers USA 2014 says:

“Admired for the breadth of its media and entertainment litigation practice and recognized for its deep expertise in areas such as privacy, copyright and defamation. Acts for a diverse client base including actors, authors, film and television production companies, and talent agencies. Acted on behalf of Cher in bringing a breach of contract case against UMG Recordings claiming underpayment of royalties. Represented Axl Rose in an appeal against summary judgment granted to Activision in a case involving Guitar Hero III. Clients note strengths as, "They have great judgment, are results-oriented, and they realize that the function of being a lawyer is to help find business solutions for the client." "Top-quality in every respect - responsive, accessible, professional and knowledgeable."

Roman Silberfeld successfully represented Celador in a longrunning and high-value dispute against Disney. Sources are quick to praise his litigation expertise, noting that "he is highly experienced as a trial lawyer in a broad range of subject matters."

Mark Passin is described as "an incredibly passionate advocate for his clients and a strategist." He is an experienced music litigator whose practice includes a significant focus on copyright and trademark disputes.

Marcia Harris is an excellent trial lawyer and is highly regarded within the media and entertainment industry. She is highly skilled in profit participation matters within the film and television industries and is recommended by peers for her "wealth of knowledge of motion picture audit cases."

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