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Vedder Price, P.C.

Vedder Price, P.C.

New York
Washington, D.C.
New Jersey
Michael R. Ralston
Director of Marketing
222 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Established in 1952, Vedder Price is a general practice law firm best viewed in terms of three core areas of client service:

  • Corporate Services, including Finance & Transactions, Banking and Equipment Finance - Jonathan H. Bogaard
  • Labor and Employment Services - Bruce R. Alper
  • Litigation Services - Karen P. Layng

Within each of these core service areas are a number of significant boutique practices whose reputations are national and even international in scope. Within our corporate area, for instance, the firm enjoys a world-class reputation in important areas of practice including asset-based finance; banking; executive compensation; investment services (mutual funds); and aircraft and equipment finance.

Bob Stucker, Chairman of Vedder Price, heads a 20-person team of lawyers who advise the world’s leading companies, compensation committees and executives in analyzing, negotiating and documenting employment and compensation agreements for senior executives.

Michael Nemeroff, President of Vedder Price, chairs the firm’s Finance & Transactions practice, which is comprised of more than 50 attorneys who concentrate in M & A, corporate finance, corporate reorganization, securities and general corporate reorganization. The members of this team counsel and advise the buyers and sellers of businesses, emerging growth and technology companies, financiers and lenders, venture capital and equity funds and investment banks and corporate issuers on a broad range of corporate transactions.

Jon Bogaard, Dean Gerber and Ron Scheinberg lead a team of more than 45 structured finance specialists who are consistently ranked among the top aircraft finance and maritime lawyers in the world. This group represents lessees, lessors, financiers, and related parties—both domestic and international—in a broad range of equipment finance transactions, including those involving aircraft, railcars, vessels and marine terminals, computers, industrial equipment, satellites, cars and trucks.

Cathy O’Kelly and David Sturms direct 20 attorneys in the firm’s Investment Services practice. This group represents some of the world’s largest mutual funds, their managers and boards of directors. The group also represents the leading trade organization for the mutual fund industry, as well as leading investment advisers and broker-dealers.

The firm and its Financial Institutions Group, headed by Jim Kane, was named as one of the top ten banking firms in the nation by the editors of Bank Director magazine. The group is comprised of more than 20 professionals and represents public and private financial institutions ranging in size from de novo banks to those with more than $500 billion in assets.

In the area of Labor and Employment, Vedder Price is recognized as one of the premier law firms in the nation, representing public and private sector management clients in all areas of labor and employment law. The firm’s practice is national in scope, combining both counseling and litigation. Integrated with our labor and employment practice is the firm’s Employee Benefits Group led by Paul Russell, Chuck Wolf, Tom Desmond and Phil Mowery. Members of this group are responsible for the design, implementation and legal compliance of profit-sharing, pension, welfare and executive compensation programs of all types.

Our litigation attorneys are responsible for handling client matters in trial and appellate courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration and comparable alternative dispute resolution contexts. Trial attorneys work closely with fellow Vedder Price attorneys in various substantive legal areas. While the general philosophy is toward minimal staffing at levels necessary to achieve effective and efficient results, the litigation practice area has the resources to staff the most complex litigation matters and has substantial experience in trying lengthy, multiparty cases involving computerized depositions, massive document management and sophisticated discovery and trial techniques.

The litigation practice group gives constant attention to providing cost-effective and efficient legal services regardless of the size of the matter and continuously updates clients with respect to estimated and actual expenses of litigation. Over the years, Vedder Price’s trial attorneys have been involved in a significant number of cases that have shaped the course of the law in various substantive areas at the local, state and national level.

Within the litigation practice, there are a number of industry-specific practice areas for which the firm is well known. These include Accounting Law, chaired by Dan Goldwasser in our New York office and the Construction Law Group, chaired by Karen P. Layng in Chicago. The firm’s Accounting Law Practice Group represents more than 100 accounting firms in professional liability matters. Members of the firm’s Construction Law Group provide a complete range of services to the construction industry including the negotiation of contract documents and the representation of contractors in breach of contract, fraud, errors and omissions, delay damage and mechanics liens claims.