Business and Corporate

“A strong relationship management approach offering not just legal advice, but business advice."

– Chambers USA 2013

In today’s global economy, clients seek counsel with a breadth of experience and deep understanding of every aspect of corporate practice. BakerHostetler’s nearly 200 business and corporate attorneys combine that knowledge with an intimate understanding of our clients’ business goals to deliver creative and effective business solutions for publicly traded and privately-held companies across the country and around the globe.

Our clients represent nearly every segment of industry, including media, hospitality, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail, banking and finance, real estate, energy, technology, transportation, and more. Whether in the U.S. or in European, Asian, and Latin American markets, clients look to us for strategic counsel on corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, debt and equity financing, real estate, bankruptcy, project and structured finance, and compliance with laws and regulations governing international trade.

The focus in all business transactions is to develop strategies for adding value based on appropriate structuring of the transaction and avoiding regulatory pitfalls. Several of our attorneys bring government regulatory experience and understand how to avoid the red flags that attract the attention of regulators. As a national firm, we work closely with our colleagues across other practices, including tax, IP, litigation, antitrust, and employment to provide seamless, effective, and efficient service.


Name Title Office Email
Albert T. Adams Partner Cleveland
Darby C. Allen Associate Houston
Zachary S. Allen Associate Houston
Gary M. Alletag Partner Houston
John J. Allotta Partner Cleveland
Anna E. Altizer Associate Atlanta
W. Barron A. Avery Counsel Washington, D.C.
Arthur J. R. Baker Associate Orlando
G. Thomas Ball Partner Orlando
Brian A. Bash Partner Cleveland
Alexis C. Beachdell Associate Cleveland
Donna L. Beezhold Associate Atlanta
Alexandra J. Beierlein Staff Attorney New York
Marc L. Benezra Partner Los Angeles
Jeffrey P. Berg Partner Los Angeles
Justin Pierce Berutich Associate New York
Jack A. Bjerke Partner Columbus
Jack D. Blanton Associate Cleveland
Joseph P. Boeckman Partner Columbus
Kameron L. Brackins Associate Houston
Jason A. Brady Partner Orlando
Donald W. Brodsky Partner Houston
David K. Brown Partner Atlanta
Melissa A. Brown Associate Houston
Barry A. Brust Counsel Los Angeles
Gary L. Bryenton Partner Cleveland
Brian A. Bulson Partner Cleveland
Kelly S. Burgan Partner Cleveland
Toni H. Burgess Counsel Atlanta
Alberto S. Bustamante III Partner Orlando
Phillip M. Callesen Partner Cleveland
Thomas S. Campanella Of Counsel Cleveland
Andrew S. Campbell Associate Houston
Jessica Captain Novick Partner Orlando
Jesús J. Castillón Associate Houston
John F. Cermak Jr. Partner Los Angeles
Donna S. Clark Partner Houston
Penny Pittman Cobey Counsel Los Angeles
Ian R. Cohen Associate New York
Clayton W. Coley Partner Atlanta
Charlotte A. Combre Partner Atlanta
William J. Conti Partner Washington, D.C.
Jonathan P. Cramer Partner New York
Payal P. Cramer Associate Atlanta
Nicholas J. Cremona Partner New York
Emily C. Crosby Partner Atlanta
James W. Day Counsel New York
Jeffrey E. Decker Partner Orlando
Michael T. Delaney Associate Los Angeles
Vimala Devassy Counsel Atlanta
W. John English Jr. Partner Houston
Joseph M. Esmont Associate Cleveland
David L. Evans Jr. Partner Orlando
Fahim Farivar Associate Los Angeles
Adam L. Fletcher Associate Cleveland
Stephen M. Floyd Associate Atlanta
Alison J. Flynn Associate New York
Gregory E. Fosheim Associate Atlanta
Amy E. Fouts Partner Atlanta
Dustin A. Frazier Partner Columbus
Megan M. Frutkin Associate Cincinnati
Lars H. Fuller Counsel Denver
Richard T. Fulton Partner Orlando
Lynn S. Garson Counsel Atlanta
Robert H. Gebaide Partner Orlando
Judy Gechman Of Counsel Houston
John M. Gherlein Partner Cleveland
Christopher J. Giaimo Partner Washington, D.C.
Nina K. Goldberg Associate Los Angeles
Steven H. Goldberg Partner New York
Matthew R. Goldman Partner Cleveland
Eric R. Goodman Partner Cleveland
Matthew D. Graban Partner Cleveland
Elizabeth A. Green Partner Orlando
Bruce R. Greene Partner Los Angeles
Kyle R. Gregory Associate Atlanta
Regina L. Griffin Partner New York
Kurt P. Gruber Partner Orlando
Daniel J. Gunsett Partner Columbus
Suzanne K. Hanselman Partner Cleveland
Sean M. Harrigan Jr. Associate New York
John J. Harrington Partner Cleveland
Susan Feigin Harris Partner Houston
Laura M. Haskins Associate Atlanta
Mark Hatcher Partner Columbus
William H. Hawkins II Counsel Cincinnati
Jodi B. Henry Associate Cincinnati
W. Ashley Hess Partner Cincinnati
Marc E. Hirschfield Partner New York
Lindsay P. Holmes Associate Washington, D.C.
Kenneth C. Howard Jr. Partner Washington, D.C.
Elaine A. Hutchins Partner Cleveland
Joseph F. Hutchinson Jr. Partner Cleveland
Michael Iannuzzi Associate New York
Lauren M. Johansson Associate Orlando
Pamela Gale Johnson Partner Houston
Victoria L. Johnson Counsel Cleveland
Allison D. Jones Associate Houston
Joann Gallagher Jones Partner Atlanta
Mark L. Jones Partner Houston
Thomas W. Kahle Partner Cincinnati
Elyssa S. Kates Associate New York
Randolf W. Katz Partner Costa Mesa
Amy E. Kellogg Partner Cleveland
Brandon E. Kepple Counsel Orlando
Dena S. Kessler Associate Washington, D.C.
R. Steven Kestner Chairman Cleveland
Rajiv Khanna Partner New York
Shannon A. Kidwell Counsel Atlanta
Michael J. Kincart Associate Orlando
Laurice Rutledge Lambert Associate Atlanta
Christoph Lange Partner New York
Kristi A. Lange Counsel Atlanta
Andrew V. Layden Associate Orlando
Gregory D. Lee Partner Orlando
Melissa A. Leonard Partner Cleveland
Lawrence V. Lindberg Partner Cleveland
Alissa K. Lugo Partner Orlando
Arthur H. Lundberg Partner Cleveland
Joshua A. Lusk Associate Cleveland
Gary S. Lutzker Partner Washington, D.C.
Jessica Parker Malchow Partner Orlando
Michelle Manzoian Associate Cleveland
Tatiana Markel Associate New York
Wendy W. Markham Partner Atlanta
Lori P. Markley Regulatory Analyst Atlanta
Laurence S. Markowitz Partner New York
Gina M. Mavica Partner New York
B. Scott McBride Partner Houston
Erin H. McBride Associate Cleveland
Ashley M. McDow Partner Los Angeles
Jessica P. McGinnis Staff Attorney Orlando
Charlene L. McGinty Partner Atlanta
Ernessa B. McKie Associate Atlanta
John Melicharek Jr. Partner Orlando
Nicholas P. Melillo Partner New York
Jonathan D. Mitchell Associate Columbus
Sameer V. Mohan Partner Houston
Henry P. Montgomery Partner Columbus
Robert F. Morwood Partner Cincinnati
Gene Murphy Of Counsel Atlanta
Keith R. Murphy Partner New York
Jeffrey R. Murray Jr. Staff Attorney Atlanta
John M. Murray Associate Cleveland
Kristi K. North Associate Atlanta
Aaron A. O'Brien Associate Cleveland
Kathleen S. O'Connor Partner Cleveland
Matthew Oliver Partner Cleveland
Ferve E. Ozturk Associate New York
Banee Pachuca Associate Houston
Suchismita Pahi Associate Houston
Michael J. Pappert Partner Houston
Jimmy D. Parrish Partner Orlando
Patrick J. Pauken Partner Cleveland
Tiffany D. Payne Partner Orlando
Jeffrey M. Pedersen Associate Washington, D.C.
William L. Pence Partner Orlando
Janis M. Penman Partner Washington, D.C.
Laura E. Peterson Associate Denver
Peggy A. Peterson Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
Stephen J. Petras Jr. Partner Cleveland
Irving H. Picard Partner New York
Lenard I. Pick Partner Los Angeles
Charleston R. Platt Associate Atlanta
Geraldine E. Ponto Partner New York
Andrew M. Por Associate New York
Kristina R. Ramsey Counsel Orlando
J. Christopher Redding Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Tara E. Romero Associate Houston
Jorian L. Rose Partner New York
Lee H. Rosebush Partner Washington, D.C.
Noah D. Rosenberg Partner Los Angeles
Robert M. Rozier Partner Atlanta
Kimberly S. Ruark Counsel Atlanta
Robert K. Rupp Partner Columbus
Dennis W. Russo Partner New York
Gregory S. Saikin Partner Houston
David L. Schick J.D., LL.M. Partner Orlando
Lynn Sessions Partner Houston
Lance L. Shea M.S., J.D. Partner Washington, D.C.
W. Robert Shearer Partner Houston
Amy M. Shepherd Partner Columbus
Richard W. Siehl Partner Columbus
Marc Skapof Counsel New York
Adam R. Skilken Partner Chicago
Nicole A. Skolout Counsel Los Angeles
George R. Skupski Associate Cleveland
Jason A. Smith Associate Houston
Robert A. Spottswood Jr. Associate Orlando
Janet A. Spreen Partner Cleveland
Ronald A. Stepanovic Partner Cleveland
Erica Svoboda Associate Atlanta
Summer D. Swallow Associate Houston
Matthew A. Tenerowicz Partner Cleveland
Wendy Cramer Townsend Counsel Orlando
Walter Van Dorn Partner New York
Peter W. Van Euwen III Partner Cleveland
Amy E. Vanderwal Partner New York
Michael A. VanNiel Partner Cleveland
Gary A. Wadman Partner Columbus
Lyle A. Wallace Partner Denver
Leah Fressell Watkins Regulatory Analyst Atlanta
Robert J. Webb B.C.S., RRP Partner Orlando
Robert A. Weible Partner Cleveland
Scott R. Weiser Partner New York
Jennifer P. Whitton Associate Atlanta
Alec Wightman Partner Columbus
Michael C. Wilde Partner Orlando
Lauren Wright Wilson Counsel Los Angeles
Heather R. Wlodek Associate New York
Robert M. Wolin Partner Houston
Kristen McDermott Woodrum Partner Atlanta
Donald A. Workman Partner Washington, D.C.
Kenneth C. Wright Partner Orlando


  • Chambers USA:
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Florida (2013 to 2015)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Ohio (2007 to 2015)
      • Band 1 (2015)
    • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity in Florida (2011 to 2015)
    • Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded in New York (2010 to 2015)
    • Corporate/M&A in Ohio (2007 to 2015)
      • Band 1 (2010 to 2015)
    • Real Estate in Florida (2014, 2015)
    • Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use in Florida (2007 to 2015)
    • Real Estate in Ohio (2007 to 2015)
    • Real Estate in Texas (2010 to 2015)
  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
    • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” (2016)
      • Banking and Finance Law: National Tier 2
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law: National Tier 1
      • Corporate Law: National Tier 1
      • Health Care Law: National Tier 1
      • Litigation - Bankruptcy: National Tier 1
      • Mergers & Acquisitions Law: National Tier 2
      • Real Estate Law: National Tier 2
      • Securities/Capital Markets Law: National Tier 2
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
      • 3 lawyers named in Banking and Finance Law
      • 11 lawyers named in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • 4 lawyers named in Corporate Compliance Law
      • 5 lawyers named in Corporate Governance Law
      • 16 lawyers named in Corporate Law
      • 10 lawyers named in Health Care Law
      • 3 lawyers named in Leisure and Hospitality Law
      • 5 lawyers named in Litigation - Bankruptcy
      • 8 lawyers named in Mergers & Acquisitions Law
      • 1 lawyer named in Project Finance Law
      • 11 lawyers named in Real Estate Law
      • 4 lawyers named in Securities/Capital Markets Law
      • 4 lawyers named in Securities Regulation
    • Named a top-tier, middle market ($500m or less) mergers and acquisitions firm by the 2014 Legal 500.
    • Recognized by The M&A Advisor in 2012 for the “Sector Deal of the Year (From $100 million to $1 billion)” in the Technology, Media and Telecom category for The E.W. Scripps Company’s purchase of McGraw-Hill’s Broadcasting Group.
    • The India Business Journal included BakerHostetler in its 2012 list of leading U.S. law firms doing business in India.


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