Eight BakerHostetler Partners Named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Stars

Fourth consecutive year firm's attorneys land on exclusive list

Press Releases / February 7, 2017

CLEVELAND, Feb. 7, 2017 — The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., of Wellesley, Massachusetts, announced that eight BakerHostetler partners have been named as 2017 BTI Client Service All-Stars. Among the 160 U.S. firms that have at least one Client Service All-Star, BakerHostetler is one of just six firms with eight or more attorneys listed. Only 319 attorneys across the country received this distinction.

Partners Eric R. Fish, Craig A. Hoffman, Jay P. Krupin, L. Poe Leggette, John S. Letchinger, Paul Rosenberg, Paul M. Schmidt and Sabrina L. Shadi were “identified solely and exclusively by corporate counsel” at leading companies who singled them out for their superior client service. BTI defines six common traits shared by All-Stars: superior client focus, innovative thought leadership, unmatched business understanding, legal skills, outsized value and outstanding results. This is the fourth consecutive year BakerHostetler attorneys have been recognized by BTI.

Nominated by a leading retail company, Eric R. Fish is a litigator with extensive experience representing clients in complex civil litigation focused on products liability, toxic tort and business litigation. Based on his intimate knowledge of New Jersey state and federal practices, Fish handles many civil matters pending in New Jersey, and he is part of the BakerHostetler team representing Irving H. Picard, SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS).

A major consumer goods retailer nominated Craig A. Hoffman, who also received BTI’s designation as an “MVP” for having his outstanding service recognized for two or more years in a row. A leading member of the firm’s Chambers-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team, Hoffman has guided clients through hundreds of security incidents and any resulting litigation, regulatory actions and card network assessments. He also provides proactive counsel on the complex regulatory issues that arise from data collection and use, including customer communications, data analytics, emerging payments, cross-border transfers and security incident response preparedness.

National co-leader of the Labor Relations team and National Labor and Employment team leader for Industry Sectors, Jay P. Krupin was nominated by a leading hospitality company. Krupin represents national and international businesses, counseling on appropriate employment procedures and establishing effective practices for dealing with labor relations and concerns. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States and has been named among the top 100 “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” by Human Resource Executive for seven consecutive years.

L. Poe Leggette, managing partner of the Denver office, was nominated by a large energy company. Leggette is national co-leader of the Energy team. His experience includes four principal areas of representation: onshore shale plays, federal and private mineral royalties, oil and gas companies operating on federal and Indian lands, and companies operating under federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico. He is recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States and many other leading legal organizations.

An accomplished trial attorney, John S. Letchinger was singled out by a major consumer goods retailer. He has handled a wide scope of intellectual property and related commercial disputes, representing industry-leading manufacturers, marketing companies and retailers, litigating complex disputes and taking many cases to trial and appeal. Letchinger is recognized by Chambers USA and the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.

A leading hospitality company nominated Paul Rosenberg, who represents clients in a wide array of industries including manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and the media industry in labor management relations and advises on state and federal employment-related issues. He is recognized by The Legal 500 United States for his work in labor and employment law disputes.

Leader of the national Tax Group and the International Tax team, Paul M. Schmidt was nominated by a leading hospitality company. He has extensive experience in corporate and international tax matters and has worked on all facets of taxation, from controversy to transactions to planning. He also serves on the firm’s governing Policy Committee. Schmidt is recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States.

A leading hospitality company nominated Sabrina L. Shadi, who focuses her practice on employment law, with an emphasis in age, sex, race, and national origin harassment and discrimination matters; Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability discrimination claims; and wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, workers' compensation discrimination claims and OSHA issues. She also counsels clients in the defense of class action matters, particularly with regard to wage and hour issues.

BTI Consulting Group recognized BakerHostetler in November 2016 as a top law firm for client service for the third year in a row on The BTI Client Service 30 list. In addition to this top honor, the firm was recognized as a “Best Value Leader” – a category that recognizes firms who are the best at providing value for the dollar. Described by BTI as the “gold standard (used by law firms and corporate counsel alike) to assess how law firms honestly stack up in client service delivery,” this list is part of a larger client survey, “The BTI Client Service A-Team 2017: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance.”

The full BTI Client Service All-Stars 2017 report can be found here.

Read Law360 coverage of the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2017 here.

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About BakerHostetler
Recognized as one of the top firms for client service, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax – the firm has more than 940 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice and an industry-leading business practice. The firm is also recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work recovering more than $11 billion in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit bakerlaw.com.

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Laura Scharf, 216.430-2908 (lscharf@bakerlaw.com), or Stephanie Moore, 216.430.2939 (semoore@bakerlaw.com)

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