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Katten Supports Exelon Foundation's 2022 Investment in Nine Startups Addressing Climate Change

With legal support from Katten, Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation selected nine startups for the latest round of funding through the Climate Change Investment Initiative. The 10-year, $20 million initiative boosts companies with clean energy and environmentally sustainable technologies that have potential for wide-scale impact.

Real Good Dental Strategic Investment in Enamel Dental Garners Media Attention

Several dental trade publications highlighted the news that Katten client Real Good Dental (RGD) has invested in the Enamel Dental Group. Katten advised RGD, a portfolio company of Katten's long-standing global private equity client TriSpan, on its strategic investment in the Enamel Dental Group.

Law.com Profiles Deepro Mukerjee's Path to Intellectual Property Department Chair

Featured in Law.com's "How I Made It" Q&A series, Deepro Mukerjee discussed his journey to becoming chair of Katten's global Intellectual Property department. Sharing insight gleaned from his legal practice and leadership positions, including his role as a member of Katten's Board of Directors, Deepro offered thoughts on topics touching on business development as well as professional and leadership development.

Gary DeWaal Speaks With Reuters on Industry Uncertainty Regarding When a Cryptoasset Is a Security

In a Reuters video report, Gary DeWaal, special counsel and chair of Katten's Financial Markets and Regulation practice group, discussed the crypto industry's current uncertainty regarding the circumstances under which a crypto asset might be considered a security and under the jurisdiction of the SEC.

Bisnow Highlights Louise Carroll's Insight on New York City's Affordable Housing Sector

During Bisnow's New York City Affordable Housing Summit, Real Estate partner Louise Carroll discussed how record-high rents are continuing to plague New York City's rental housing market.

Capital Forensics Features Financial Markets and Funds Partner Susan Light

As part of its CFI Professional Insights Series, Capital Forensics Inc. featured the career of Susan Light, from her time as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney's office, to regulatory roles at the New York Stock Exchange and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, to partnership at Katten.

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 Named Best Onshore Law Firm for Hedge Fund Client Services

HFM recognized Katten for its industry-leading hedge fund client offerings during the 2022 HFM US Service Awards ceremony on September 13 in New York. Wendy Cohen and Allison Yacker, co-chairs of the firm's Investment Management and Funds practice, attended and accepted the HFM award for Best Onshore Law Firm for Hedge Fund Client Services on behalf of the team.

Katten Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®

More than 150 attorneys from Katten were recognized in the 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch™, having been identified by their peers in a wide range of practice areas.

National Law Journal Honors Louise Carroll and Daniel Davis Among 2022 "Trailblazers"

The National Law Journal has featured Real Estate partner Louise Carroll and Financial Markets and Funds partner Daniel Davis in the 2022 Trailblazers series, which spotlights professionals who are "agents of change in their respective practice areas." Louise was named on the list of Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazers, and Dan was named on the list of Cryptocurrency/Blockchain/Fintech Trailblazers.

Katten Is Saddened by the Passing of Renee Friedman

The Katten community is heartbroken by the loss of our friend and colleague Renee M. Friedman, who passed away on Saturday, August 6. Renee is remembered as an advocate for her clients and champion for social justice.

Crain's Recognizes Leslie Minier, Kimberly Smith and Jennifer Wolfe as Notable Women in Law

Leslie Minier, Corporate partner and chief diversity partner, Kimberly Smith, global Corporate Department chair, and Jennifer Wolfe, Private Credit partner, were named as 2022 Notable Women in Law by Crain's Chicago Business. All three partners received recognition for the impact they have made through their practices, their professional and civic leadership, and their mentorship of other female attorneys.

Inclusive Approach

Katten Recommits to Increasing Diversity in Leadership Ranks

Katten has joined more than 180 large law firms in participating in the Mansfield Rule 6.0 certification process aimed at diversifying leadership in the legal profession. The Mansfield Rule is a winning idea offered in 2016 during Diversity Lab's Women in Law Hackathon and was named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States.

Crain's Names Leslie Minier a Notable Executive in HR and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Crain's Chicago Business selected Chief Diversity Partner Leslie Minier for its 2022 list of Notable Executives in HR and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Crain's noted that Leslie spearheaded Katten's participation in Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule program, aimed at boosting diversity in law firm leadership by creating pipelines for women and attorneys of color. She was instrumental in helping Katten achieve Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification Plus status in 2021.

Texas Lawyer Honors Kenya Woodruff as a "Best Mentor"

In announcing this year's Texas Legal Awards, Texas Lawyer honored Health Care partner and deputy general counsel Kenya Woodruff as a "Best Mentor." The Texas Legal Awards recognizes attorneys for their "meaningful work and achievements in 2021" and beyond.

BTI Consulting Group Ranks Katten Among Top Firms With Partners Invested in Associates' Success

Featured in BTI Associate Satisfaction A-Listers 2022: BTI Survey of Law Firms Where Associates Are Happiest, Katten has been named as one of 12 law firms that are the "Best of the Best" when it comes to having at least one partner who is invested in an individual associate's success. The BTI Consulting Group's report was based on a large-scale independent survey that generated more than 4,000 responses.

Crain's New York Business Names David Crichlow to Its 2022 Notable Diverse Leaders in Law List

Crain's New York Business has named national Commercial Litigation chair David Crichlow as one of its 2022 Notable Diverse Leaders in Law. The list honors 80 individuals who "stand out for their counseling and the nature of their pro bono work" and "demonstrate a commitment to community service, philanthropy, professional mentorship, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives."

Diversity is a reality. Inclusion is a choice.

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.

Recognizing that our attorneys are at the heart of our business

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

First Independent Swap Data Repository Is Granted CFTC Registration

Financial Markets and Funds attorneys Carl Kennedy, James Brady, and Gary DeWaal led the team successfully guiding KOR — a trade data processing and management platform for derivatives markets — in its registration application with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The approval marked several firsts, the first registration for an independent and cloud-native swap data repository (SDR); the CFTC's first SDR registered in eight years; and the first SDR registration approval by the CFTC since the agency amended its SDR rules in 2020. The registration enabled KOR to provide full SDR service for all asset classes and client segments.

KOR claims it has created a uniquely modern, user friendly approach to complying with reporting obligations.

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.