Our Approach

BakerHostetler was named a “go-to law firm” for litigation by Corporate Counsel® magazine’s general counsel survey of in-house law departments at the nation’s top companies. The key to our effectiveness is our commitment to learning every aspect of our clients’ business needs to meet their broader objectives. We handle complex matters through trial and appeal, and understand that winning takes many forms, from successfully defending clients to asserting their rights as plaintiffs. For each client, large or small, we bring to bear the full resources of our national litigation practice, as well as the multidisciplinary strengths of our entire firm.

Our People

Our litigators—thought leaders who boast practical experience in their fields—are former prosecutors, veteran civil trial lawyers, and former enforcement officials from various agencies with credentials that have won them inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, as well as fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. They are nationally regarded for their pre-litigation strategies and decisions and their ability to prepare, try, and win cases.

Our Capabilities

With nearly 350 litigators in offices coast to coast, we represent market-leading clients in virtually every type of case and proceeding, nationally, and around the world. BakerHostetler serves client needs in the international arena through relationships developed over the years in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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  • As court-appointed counsel to Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee Irving H. Picard, BakerHostetler has been working since December of 2008 to unravel, deconstruct, and litigate one of the largest and most complex financial frauds in U.S. history—Bernard L. Madoff’s decades-long Ponzi scheme. We were selected to lead this global investigation and ongoing litigation based on the excellence and diverse experience of BakerHostetler attorneys in complex business litigation, bankruptcy law, white collar criminal investigation, securities litigation, e-discovery, and corporate finance.
  • Our antitrust practice received a national first chair ranking from Best Lawyers in America, and was named a “top team working in the hub of antitrust law” by Global Competition Review. With more than 40 antitrust lawyers firm wide, we have successfully tried numerous antitrust and competition cases to verdict, and have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust and competition litigation, including class action lawsuits. We also advise clients on all aspects of their businesses and successfully help them navigate the merger review process, frequently obtaining clearance of transactions without government investigations.
  • Our white collar lawyers represent Fortune 50 companies, major hedge funds, and individuals facing government scrutiny. Our lawyers have served as assistant United States attorneys, assistant district attorneys, and SEC enforcement attorneys. Their experience has proven invaluable not only in representing clients in dealings with the SEC, DOJ, IRS, FTC, and other federal and state agencies, but also in advising corporations on compliance implementation and testing. BakerHostetler has also been repeatedly selected to conduct complex monitorships for world-leading financial institutions, such as Merrill Lynch, Bank of New York, and Mellon Bank, among others.
  • We have defended more than 200 national and state class actions for major corporations in more than 25 states in the last five years. We aggressively defend against class certification and in the event the class is certified, we are prepared to try the case to judgment.
  • Our securities litigation and regulatory enforcement team features over 40 prominent attorneys with a wealth of knowledge and legal experience in the fields of securities litigation; SEC, CFTC, and FINRA investigations and enforcement proceedings and examinerships; regulatory and compliance legal services for regulated entities; and internal investigations.
  • BakerHostetler’s dedicated 60-attorney shale practice team understands the industry’s rapidly evolving regulatory, legal, and political climate. It has experience across all the proven shale plays and has an unmatched ability to represent clients at all points in the life cycle of energy development. Lawyers on our team have technical degrees and have worked in-house with major energy companies.
  • Unlike most law firms, our E-Discovery Advocacy and Management team is led by seasoned trial lawyers who understand how information is used in litigation. Our advocacy controls costs, risks, and burdens by limiting the scope of discovery. We defensibly deploy emerging technologies like predictive coding to cut through the noise of large data sets. We also build practical preservation and litigation response plans, and defend against claims of intentional or inadvertent loss of data. From sophisticated keyword screens, to data categorization and clustering, to technology assisted review, we have negotiated and won court approval of sophisticated approaches to search and review. Our experience in the courtroom coupled with our ability to break down complex technological issues has saved many of our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in individual cases.


Name Title Office Email
Robert G. Abrams Partner Washington, D.C.
Joyce Ackerbaum Cox Partner Orlando
Loura L. Alaverdi Partner New York
Rebecca C. Alexander Partner Denver
Brian F. Allen Associate New York
Mary L. Arens Staff Attorney Columbus
Laurie A. Babinski Associate Washington, D.C.
Ryan S. Babiuch Associate Cleveland
Mark I. Bailen Partner Washington, D.C.
Matthew C. Baisley Associate Denver
Gregory L. Baker Partner Washington, D.C.
G. Thomas Ball Partner Orlando
Stanley C. Ball Associate Cleveland
Stephen L. Ball Associate New York
Damon C. Barhorst Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Jonathan R. Barr Partner Washington, D.C.
Mark S. Barron Associate Denver
Darin R. Bartram Partner Washington, D.C.
Chris Bator Counsel Cleveland
Robertson D. Beckerlegge Partner New York
Stacey A. Bell Partner New York
Marc L. Benezra Partner Los Angeles
Melonia A. Bennett Staff Attorney Columbus
Ambika J. Biggs Associate Washington, D.C.
Brian C. Blair Partner Orlando
Jonathan D. Blattmachr Associate New York
Frank Blechschmidt Associate Chicago
Fernando A. Bohorquez Jr. Partner New York
Martin T. Booher Partner Cleveland
J. David Bournazian Partner Costa Mesa
Erin L. Brechtelsbauer Associate Chicago
Terry M. Brennan Partner Cleveland
Robert J. Brookhiser Partner Washington, D.C.
Seanna R. Brown Associate New York
Taurean M. Brown Associate Houston
John F. Bruce Counsel Washington, D.C.
Alexander D. Burch Associate Houston
John J. Burke Partner Washington, D.C.
John H. Burtch Partner Columbus
Carey S. Busen Associate Washington, D.C.
Daniel J. Buzzetta Partner New York
Matthew J. Caccamo Counsel Chicago
Matthew W. Caligur Partner Houston
Torello H. Calvani Associate New York
Patrick T. Campbell Associate New York
Samantha A. Cardenas Staff Attorney Columbus
Marie L. Carlisle Partner Houston
David A. Carney Partner Cleveland
John J. Carney Partner New York
Susrut A. Carpenter Associate New York
Melissa M. Carvalho Associate New York
Lee A. Casey Partner Washington, D.C.
Jesús J. Castillón Associate Houston
John F. Cermak Jr. Partner Los Angeles
Joseph L. Chairez Partner Costa Mesa
Diane P. Chapman Partner Cleveland
Trischa Snyder Chapman Associate Columbus
Frederick W. Chockley III Partner Washington, D.C.
David Choi Associate New York
Teresa C. Chow Partner Los Angeles
Sammantha E. Clegg Associate New York
Dennis O. Cohen Partner New York
Tracy Cole Partner New York
Hurlie H. Collier Partner Houston
Casie D. Collignon Partner Denver
Lisa N. Collins Associate Atlanta
Louis A. Colombo Partner Cleveland
Kevin M. Colton Partner Costa Mesa
Gregory J. Commins Jr. Partner Washington, D.C.
María R. Coor Associate Washington, D.C.
M. Kristin Craig Associate Houston
Darren A. Crook Associate Cleveland
Brandon T. Crossland Partner Orlando
Cory M. Curtis Partner Houston
Barry J. Cutler Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Mark A. Cymrot Partner Washington, D.C.
Lisa I. Damji Partner Los Angeles
Douglas D. D'Arche Partner Houston
Lauren A. Deeb Partner Costa Mesa
Melissa A. DeGaetano Partner Cleveland
Mark W. DeLaquil Partner Washington, D.C.
Caroline Dettmer Slye Staff Attorney Cincinnati
William DeVinney Counsel Washington, D.C.
Alan C. deVries Staff Attorney Columbus
Sashe D. Dimitroff Partner Houston
Robert M. Disch Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Thomas A. Donaho Associate Houston
Billy M. Donley Partner Houston
Rosario C. Doriott Domínguez Associate Denver
Justin M. Dortch Staff Attorney Columbus
Breaden M. Douthett Counsel Cleveland
Dennis P. Duffy Partner Houston
Jeffry W. Duffy Counsel Philadelphia
Damon M. Durbin Staff Attorney Columbus
Denis L. Durkin Partner Orlando
Rodger L. Eckelberry Partner Columbus
Geraldine E. Edens Partner Washington, D.C.
James V. Etscorn Partner Orlando
Paul P. Eyre Partner Cleveland
Joseph E. Ezzie Partner Columbus
Guenther Karl Fanter Partner Cleveland
Michael K. Farrell Partner Cleveland
Diane L. Feigi Staff Attorney Cleveland
Matthew D. Feil Associate New York
Amanda E. Fein Associate New York
Elliot J. Feldman Partner Washington, D.C.
José C. Feliciano Partner Cleveland
Ryan Fischbach Partner Los Angeles
Eric R. Fish Partner New York
Marc D. Flink Partner Denver
Renee C. Floyd Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Danyll W. Foix Partner Washington, D.C.
Jimmy Fokas Partner New York
Jonathan A. Forman Associate New York
John R. Fornaciari Partner Washington, D.C.
John W. Foster Partner Orlando
Yulia M. Fradkin Associate New York
Paul S. Francis Partner Houston
David M. Friebus Associate Chicago
Edward L. Friedman Partner Houston
David R. Funk Staff Attorney Columbus
Jessie M. Gabriel Associate New York
Carey R. Gagnon Counsel Denver
Dominic A. Gentile Associate New York
Lisa M. Ghannoum Partner Cleveland
Lisa M. Gibson Of Counsel Costa Mesa
Emerald P. Greywoode Associate Washington, D.C.
Regina L. Griffin Partner New York
Andrew M. Grossman Associate Washington, D.C.
Anthony M. Gruppuso Counsel New York
Daniel J. Gunsett Partner Columbus
Patrick H. Haggerty Associate Cincinnati
Patrick Hannon Partner New York
Francesca M. Harker Associate New York
Ruth E. Hartman Partner Cleveland
William H. Hawkins II Counsel Cincinnati
Katharine E. Heitman Associate Chicago
Ronald L. Hellbusch Staff Attorney Denver
William W. Hellmuth Associate Washington, D.C.
Eric B. Hiatt Associate New York
Lauren M. Hilsheimer Associate Columbus
Erin Bolan Hines Counsel Chicago
Margaret E. Hirce Associate New York
Carl W. Hittinger Partner Philadelphia
Lan Hoang Partner New York
Farrell A. Hochmuth Partner Houston
Michelle M. Hoff Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Craig A. Hoffman Partner Cincinnati
Thomas E. Hogan Counsel Washington, D.C.
Scott C. Holbrook Partner Cleveland
Rachel Palmer Hooper Associate Houston
Shawn P. Hough Associate New York
M. Elizabeth Howe Associate New York
Brad K. Howell Partner Houston
Dean D. Hunt Partner Houston
Michael N. Hutter Staff Attorney Orlando
Nancy Inesta Partner Los Angeles
Sonja A. Inglin Partner Los Angeles
Edward J. Jacobs Partner New York
Suzanne M. Jambe Partner Cleveland
Peter W. James Partner Los Angeles
David R. Jarrett Partner Houston
Karin Scholz Jenson Partner New York
Mark A. Johnson Partner Columbus
Bradley K. Jones Associate Houston
Parker G. Jordan Associate Orlando
Nola Jose Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Michael P. Joy Partner Denver
Justin J. Joyce Staff Attorney Columbus
Mark C. Joye Partner Houston
Tegan E. Kahner Staff Attorney Cincinnati
William K. Kane Partner Chicago
Paul G. Karlsgodt Partner Denver
Daniel M. Kavouras Associate Cleveland
Gilbert S. Keteltas Partner Washington, D.C.
Robert M. Kincaid Jr. Partner Columbus
Kody D.L. Kleber Associate Houston
Ronald J. Klepetar Of Counsel Los Angeles
Richard M. Knoth Partner Cleveland
Christine Koo Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Jonathon Korinko Associate Cleveland
Mark A. Kornfeld Partner New York
Melissa L. Kosack Associate New York
Ganesh Krishna Associate New York
Eric W. Kristiansen Partner Houston
C. Thomas Kruse Partner Houston
Salomon Laguerre Associate Orlando
Gretchen L. Lange Partner Cleveland
Sherri Blank Lazear Partner Columbus
L. Poe Leggette Partner Denver
Michael R. Levin Partner Orlando
Paul M. Levine Partner Washington, D.C.
John B. Lewis Partner Cleveland
Jonathan L. Lewis Partner Washington, D.C.
Patrick T. Lewis Partner Cleveland
Nina C. Liao Associate Washington, D.C.
Joanne Lichtman Partner Los Angeles
Erika Lindberg Associate Houston
Jerry R. Linscott Partner Orlando
James A. Loeb Partner Cleveland
Thomas L. Long Of Counsel Columbus
Thomas R. Lucchesi Partner Cleveland
Sammi Malek Partner New York
Evan M. Mannering Associate Washington, D.C.
Christopher H. Marraro Partner Washington, D.C.
David J. Martin Associate Columbus
Ted T. Martin Partner Cincinnati
Marshall J. Mattera Associate New York
Jacqueline K. Matthews Associate Columbus
Michael R. Matthias Partner Los Angeles
Anat Maytal Associate New York
Bridget S. McCabe Associate Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth B. McCallum Partner Washington, D.C.
Rand L. McClellan Partner Columbus
Elizabeth G. McCurrach Associate New York
Marcus McCutcheon Associate Costa Mesa
Cara McGourty Associate New York
John C. McIlwee Associate Chicago
M. Scott McIntyre Partner Cincinnati
Katherine L. McKnight Associate Washington, D.C.
David M. McMillan Associate New York
Elizabeth McNellie Partner Columbus
Michael W. Mengis Partner Houston
Michael Dominic Meuti Partner Cleveland
Wade A. Mitchell Partner Cleveland
Marco Molina Associate New York
Michael J. Montgomery Partner Cleveland
Matthew J. Moody Associate New York
James L. Moore Partner Houston
Elliot Morrison Associate Cleveland
John W. Moscow Partner New York
A. Mackenna Mosier Associate New York
Michael E. Mumford Partner Cleveland
Andres A. Muñoz Associate New York
Sanja Muranovic Associate Houston
Jonathan B. New Partner New York
Pamela D. Nieto Counsel Houston
Brian R. Noethlich Staff Attorney Columbus
Geoffrey A. North Partner New York
James H. Nye Partner Houston
Alexander K. Obrecht Associate Denver
Ivana V. Ognjanovic Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Ronald S. Okada Partner Chicago
Frank M. Oliva Associate New York
Travis I. Owsley Staff Attorney Columbus
Edward D. Papp Counsel Cleveland
John D. Parker Partner Cleveland
Stacey M. Patrick Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Michelle D. Pector Partner Houston
Jason P. Perdion Partner Cleveland
Benjamin D. Pergament Partner New York
Francesca J. Perkins Associate New York
Julian D. Perlman Associate New York
Peggy A. Peterson Senior Advisor Washington, D.C.
John W. Petrelli III Partner Houston
Timothy Scott Pfeifer Partner New York
James E. Phillips Associate Houston
Patricia A. Poole Partner Cleveland
Marc D. Powers Partner New York
Kenneth G. Prabucki Associate Cleveland
David F. Proaño Partner Cleveland
Laurin D. Quiat Partner Denver
P. Alexander Quimby Associate Orlando
Richard B. Raile Associate Washington, D.C.
Matthew R. Raley Partner Houston
Samir K. Ranade Associate New York
Erik J. Raven-Hansen Associate Washington, D.C.
Robert T. Razzano Partner Cincinnati
Lora M. Reece Partner Cleveland
Andrew W. Reich Counsel New York
Deborah H. Renner Partner New York
Lauren J. Resnick Partner New York
David B. Rivkin Jr. Partner Washington, D.C.
Joel E. Roberts Partner Orlando
Jennifer B. Rollins Staff Attorney Cincinnati
James H. Rollinson Partner Cleveland
Nicholas M. Rose Associate New York
Jocelyn R. Roy Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
J. Keith Russell Associate Houston
Gregory S. Saikin Counsel Houston
Morvareed Z. Salehpour Associate Los Angeles
Jack I. Samet Partner Costa Mesa
Maurice Sanchez Partner Costa Mesa
Bruce W. Sanford Partner Washington, D.C.
Jody E. Schechter Associate Houston
Jessica Schichnes Associate New York
Elizabeth M. Schutte Associate New York
Justin J. Schwab Associate Washington, D.C.
Melvin S. Schwechter Partner Washington, D.C.
Justin T. Scott Associate Houston
Elizabeth A. Scully Partner Washington, D.C.
Nexus U. Sea Associate New York
Edmund W. Searby Partner Cleveland
Judy Selby Partner New York
Peter B. Shapiro Associate New York
David J. Sheehan Partner New York
Karen E. Sheffer Staff Attorney Columbus
Charles E. Shelton Counsel Los Angeles
James A. Sherer Counsel New York
Nkosi D. Shields Counsel New York
Maximillian S. Shifrin Associate New York
Douglas L. Shively Associate Cleveland
Glen Shu Partner Houston
John Siegal Partner New York
Lee H. Simowitz Partner Washington, D.C.
Jordan A. Sinclair Associate Houston
Julie Singer Brady Partner Orlando
Krista A. Sivick Associate Orlando
Nicole A. Skolout Associate Los Angeles
James A. Slater Partner Cleveland
Brian E. Smith Associate Orlando
Greer D. Smith Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
Mark E. Smith Associate Houston
Rachel M. Smith Partner Houston
Michael S. Snarr Partner Washington, D.C.
Erica Sollie Associate New York
Brian W. Song Associate New York
Ericka H. Spears Staff Attorney Cincinnati
George A. Stamboulidis Partner New York
Trevor M. Stanley Associate Washington, D.C.
Robert N. Steinwurtzel Partner Washington, D.C.
Justin T. Stewart Staff Attorney Cincinnati
Richard T. (Tom) Stilwell Partner Houston
Terry L. Sullivan Partner Washington, D.C.
Karen E. Swanson Haan Associate Cleveland
Robert W. Thielhelm Jr. Partner Orlando
Emily B. Thomas Associate Cleveland
Joshua C. Thomas Associate Houston
Aaron J. Thompson Associate Denver
Martha B. Timmers Staff Attorney Denver
Drew B. Tipton Partner Houston
John M. Touhy Partner Chicago
Sarah Jane T.C. Truong Associate New York
Robert J. Tucker Associate Columbus
Christa Cowart Turner Partner Orlando
George J. Tzanetopoulos Partner Chicago
Gregory C. Ulmer Partner Houston
Michelle R. Usitalo Associate New York
Ernest E. Vargo Partner Cleveland
Denise D. Vasel Associate New York
Cody T. Vasut Associate Houston
Michael S. Vitale Partner Orlando
Douglas A. Vonderhaar Staff Attorney Columbus
Brett A. Wall Partner Cleveland
Jennifer M. Walrath Associate Washington, D.C.
Ona T. Wang Partner New York
Kendall E. Wangsgard Associate Washington, D.C.
Daniel R. Warren Partner Cleveland
Thomas D. Warren Partner Cleveland
Coleman W. Watson Associate Orlando
Craig M. White Partner Chicago
Peter C. Whitfield Associate Washington, D.C.
W. Ray Whitman Partner Houston
Gillian Lindsay Whittlesey Associate Chicago
Edward H. Williams Partner Chicago
Jeffrey T. Williams Partner Cleveland
Justin T. Winquist Associate Denver
James C. Winton Partner Houston
Robert M. Wolin Partner Houston
Catherine E. Woltering Associate Columbus
Andrew A. Wood Associate Costa Mesa
Jeremiah J. Wood Staff Attorney Columbus
Donald A. Workman Partner Washington, D.C.
Gonzalo S. Zeballos Partner New York
Madiha M. Zuberi Associate New York
Kathryn M. Zunno Associate New York


"They really made remarkable efforts to learn our business; at some points I think they knew more than we did about the company. They would recall details on stuff that I had completely forgotten – they were also scary in the level of grasp they had on the matter." – Chambers and Partners
  • Baker HostetlerDesignated by Chambers USA 2014 as being among the top commercial and environmental litigation firms in Ohio, as well as one of the top white collar litigation firms in New York.
  • BakerHostetler’s Litigation practices in antitrust and First Amendment law each received a national first-tier ranking from The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 edition
    (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
  • More than 50 BakerHostetler lawyers are listed in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in various litigation-related categories, such as "Bet-the-Company" Litigation, Commercial, Criminal Defense/White Collar, Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, Environmental, International Arbitration, Product Liability, Appellate, and Maritime.
  • High-ranking former members of the United States Attorney's office in California, Ohio, the District of Columbia, New York, and New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, and Executive Office of the President.
  • Named a "go-to law firm" for litigation by general counsel surveyed for Corporate Counsel® magazine's guide to in-house law departments at the nation's top companies.
  • Numerous fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • Team members listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the Law.


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