Wiggin and Dana Attorneys and Practices Ranked Among Nation's Best

June 17, 2004
Wiggin and Dana announces that it has once again been ranked among the top firms in Connecticut for Employment, Litigation and Real Estate for the second year in a row in the legal directory Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers.  In addition, Susan Bryson, William Doyle, Edward Wood Dunham, Peter Lefeber, Frank Marco, Shaun Sullivan, and John Zandy were singled out as top practitioners in their fields.  To compile the directory, Chambers canvasses clients and lawyers across the United States.  
Chambers USA's profile about the firm's employment work states Wiggin and Dana is "a firm with a long-standing name in employment and labor law. The practice is particularly respected for its work with healthcare companies. In addition to a steady flow of harassment, PI and healthcare-related cases, the labor, employment and benefits group has acted for employers on a large number of lawsuits arising from business restructurings and disposals. Recent highlights were successfully defending a manufacturing firm that fired its president and some high-profile race discrimination cases. The team also acted for McDonald's in a well-publicized lawsuit in which the corporation was sued for discrimination practices relating to obesity."
The guide continues, "John Zandy was warmly endorsed by clients as an 'astute and unfailingly responsive lawyer' whose counsel is 'clear and thorough.' The team also benefits from the expertise of Peter Lefeber who is respected for his knowledge and experience of employment matters."
Regarding the firm's litigation work, Chambers stated, "The practice has a long history of activity in complex commercial disputes, representing clients from the manufacturing, technology, financial, insurance, utility and healthcare sectors. All types of commercial litigation are handled by these lawyers who try cases before judges, arbitrators and various agencies. In a recent case, attorneys represented a group of ten New England electric utilities in claims exceeding $200 million. This resulted in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's enforced shutdown of the Millstone 3 nuclear plant in Waterford."

Of the attorneys, the guide mentioned, William Doyle, "renowned for his expertise in healthcare-related litigation" and, "boast(ing) extensive experience."  In addition, Chambers continues, "Peers said they would readily refer clients to the 'outstanding' Edward Dunham, in particular for franchising-related litigation. Shaun Sullivan also featured prominently in the market's estimation as a good commercial litigation all-rounder."
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The guide also reported that Wiggin and Dana is, "'a firm with a long and honored tradition in real estate,' according to the market. The team operates through four main subpractices: businesses and institutions; project development; finance and acquisitions; and land use. It acted for New London Development Corporation in connection with the Fort Turnbull project, a 90-acre mixed-use urban redevelopment on the Thames River in New London. It also represented Mack-Cali Realty on the acquisition of Soundview Plaza, an 180,000 sq ft office complex in downtown Stamford. On the land use and permitting front, the team advised the Town of Branford in relation to several planning, zoning and wetlands commission applications."  The guide also noted that " Susan Bryson , chair of the firm's real estate, environmental and land use department, received warm praise from peers who said they would readily refer clients to her. She advises on a full range of real estate issues including finance and development."
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Of attorney Frank Marco, head of Wiggin and Dana's Private Equity and Emerging Companies Practice Group, Chambers noted him as "well known for his work with emerging companies and venture capitalists, particularly in the hi-tech market," having, "recently acted for Mangrove Systems on its receipt of $20 million venture capital funding from a group of investors."  Mr. Marco joined Wiggin and Dana in the Spring of 2004.
Celebrating its 70th year, Wiggin and Dana has 155 lawyers serving clients from five offices in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. The firm's expertise includes all forms of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, complex corporate and real estate transactions, health care, environmental, franchise and distribution, taxation, biotechnology, intellectual property, estate planning, and labor and employment.  For more information on the firm, visit the website at www.wiggin.com.