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Katten Assists Fashion Powerhouse Jessica Simpson in Partnership With Second Avenue Partners

Second Avenue Capital Partners (SACP) announced May 18 that it closed a $67.5 million term loan for The Jessica Simpson Collection, a $1 billion fashion empire and lifestyle brand. Private Credit associate Michael Howald represented The Jessica Simpson Collection in the negotiation of the new credit facility.

Katten and McDonald's Pro Bono Team Wins Asylum for Family Fleeing Gang Violence in El Salvador

A team of pro bono attorneys from McDonald's and Katten helped secure asylum for a Salvadoran mother and her two children. Attorneys from Katten and McDonald's worked on her case for more than a year, gathering supporting affidavits from the client's family (many of whom were afraid to even speak to the client's lawyers for fear of gang retribution).

Josh Rubenstein Discusses Rise in Private Wealth Demand in American Lawyer Interview

In an interview with The American Lawyer, Joshua Rubenstein, partner and national Private Wealth practice chair, explained that trusts and estates work is on the rise at large law firms partly due to the pandemic and partly because of rising demand from baby boomers.

First Independent and Cloud-Native Swap Data Repository — KOR SDR — Obtains CFTC Registration With Assistance of Katten

The first registration for an independent and cloud-native swap data repository (SDR) granted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has been obtained by Katten Financial Markets and Funds client KOR Reporting Inc. (KOR) — a trade data processing and management platform for derivatives markets. Under the CFTC’s registration order, KOR is permitted to provide full SDR services for all asset classes and client segments.

Cboe Global Markets Company Closes Its Acquisition of Katten Client ErisX

Katten client Eris Digital Holdings, LLC (ErisX), a US-based exchange and clearing house operator that offers both cryptocurrency spot and futures on a single platform, was acquired in early May by Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe), a leading provider of global market infrastructure and tradable products. The acquisition positions ErisX as a long-term leader in the evolving digital assets market, with Cboe poised to make the early investments necessary to help maximize revenue growth potential going forward.

Katten Represented Growing Urology Practice AUI in Its Affiliation With Solaris Health

Katten's Health Care group represented the Advanced Urology Institute (AUI), a leading provider of urology services in Florida, in its affiliation with Solaris Health, a portfolio company of Lee Equity. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the affiliation further expands the service territory for Solaris, which now includes 500 providers and 730,000 annual patients. AUI brings to the affiliation 105 providers and 150,000 annual patients.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our world, stay up to date on Katten’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center. The latest legal news, firm event information and more will be featured as it's released. 

Creative Thinkers

Katten Ranked Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA 2022

Katten announced that 77 attorneys were named to the 2022 edition of the Chambers USA guide. The firm also received recognition as a leader in 32 practice areas. Katten's highest rankings were in the categories of Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Healthcare; Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets; Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Real Estate; and Real Estate: Finance. Eleven attorneys received the highest individual rankings possible in their respective fields.

Managing Intellectual Property Honors Karen Artz Ash Among "Top 250 Women in IP"

Karen Artz Ash, co-chair of Katten's Trademark/Copyright/Advertising/Privacy practice group, has been named on Managing Intellectual Property's 2022 list of the "Top 250 Woman in IP." This is the seventh year in which Karen has been selected by Managing Intellectual Property for its annual list of leading female intellectual property (IP) practitioners across the globe..

Chaz Beasley Honored on the Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 List

The Charlotte Business Journal honored Chaz Beasley, Structured Finance and Securitization counsel, as part of its 2022 40 Under 40 class. This list recognizes "rising leaders who are shaping Charlotte's future" as well as "setting the agenda in business and civic life."

Law360 Honors Daniel Render on the 2022 Rising Stars List

Sports and Sports Facilities partner Daniel Render made Law360's Rising Stars of 2022 list, which recognizes "attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age."

Managing Intellectual Property Recognizes Seven Katten Attorneys as 2022 IP Stars

Seven attorneys in Katten's Intellectual Property practice have been named in Managing Intellectual Property's 2022 edition of IP Stars, which recognizes senior practitioners across the globe who have been recommended or identified as leaders in their respective firms or jurisdictions. Katten's Intellectual Property attorneys cover their clients' IP needs on both domestic and international levels, working with a broad array of clients that include some of the most recognized companies in the world.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Offers Programming to Boost Well-Being Among Legal Professionals

Aligned with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Katten hosted its Well-Being Week in Law to raise awareness about mental health and encourage action and innovation across the profession to improve well-being. A series of activities and resources were offered during the week to support the well-being of the firm's attorneys and business professionals, cope with mental health issues facing the legal industry and combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

Katten Welcomed Former Senior Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett as Guest Speaker for Black History Month Event

Barack Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer Valerie Jarrett was the keynote speaker during Katten's Black History Month event that celebrated her remarkable civic contributions and career in public service.

Katten Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Assessment of LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality

Katten received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index, marking the 12th year that Katten achieved a perfect score and earning the firm the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

Katten's Women's Leadership Forum Featured NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg as Guest Speaker for International Women's Day

National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg joined Katten's Women's Leadership Forum national chair Kenya Woodruff for a virtual fireside chat honoring International Women's Day and Totenberg's achievements as an award-winning journalist.

Katten Joins Diversity Lab Effort to Draw 200 Women Back to the Law Practice

Katten signed on to Diversity Lab's OnRamp Fellowship program, an initiative with the goal of bringing 200 women back into the legal profession by 2025. The re-entry platform matches experienced attorneys returning to the workforce with top law firms and legal departments for one-year paid positions.

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We choose inclusion.

We are committed to having the brightest lawyers on our team, and we recognize that the best talent is diverse in many ways, including gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, and ability.

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If you're seeking to join a firm where you can enjoy exceptional career opportunities, as well as the resources to help you take your personal and professional goals to the next level, take a closer look at Katten.

Case Studies

Record Award in False Advertising Case

Partners Terence Ross, Shaya Rochester, Michael Justus and Tami Sims led the Katten litigation team that successfully represented communications and software company Windstream Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Windstream) in a seven-count complaint against Charter Communications Inc. and Charter Communications Operating, LLC (together, Charter), a competitor of Windstream. Steven Reisman, Chair of Katten’s New York Insolvency and Restructuring Practice, is Windstream’s principal attorney at Katten and represents Windstream in matters unrelated to the litigation against Charter.

Marathon Music Royalties Dispute Ends in Estate Victory

Zia F. Modabber, Managing Partner of Katten’s California offices and leader of Katten’s Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, Partner Tami Kameda Sims and Associate Leah E.A. Solomon, along with co-counsel at Kinsella Weitzman and Greines Martin, successfully represented Michael Jackson’s Estate in a seven-year long dispute over royalties from Jackson’s albums Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Successful Defense of Infringement Claim

Intellectual Property partner Floyd Mandell and associate Julia Mazur won a crucial victory for client PepsiCo’s Gatorade in a landmark federal trademark case that was named one of the top ten IP decisions of 2019 by legal periodical Law 360. The case involves the fair use doctrine and establishes an important precedent for future trademark disputes.

Navigating a Critical Joint Venture Transaction

Attorneys in the Health Care and Corporate practices, in the Dallas office, represented Genesis Physicians Group in a joint venture transaction with Innovista Health Solutions.