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Freshfields receives top tier rankings in Legal 500 US 2023

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has received cross-practice recognition in the 2023 Legal 500 United States rankings. Highlights include Tier 1 rankings for Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration, for which the firm has been continuously ranked Tier 1 for the past 14 years; M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Corporate Governance; and Tax – International Tax.

Additional recognitions include:

  • Antitrust – Cartel
  • Antitrust – Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense
  • Antitrust – Merger Control
  • Dispute Resolution – Corporate Investigations & White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Dispute Resolution – Customs, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
  • Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution – International Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution – International Trade
  • Dispute Resolution – M&A Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution – Securities Litigation
  • Finance – Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Issuers
  • Finance – Capital Markets: Debt Offerings – Advice to Underwriters
  • Finance – Capital Markets: Equity Offerings – Advice to Issuers
  • Finance – Capital Markets: Equity Offerings – Advice to Underwriters
  • Finance – Commercial Lending
  • Industry Focus – Healthcare: Life Sciences
  • Industry Focus – Transport: Aviation and Aire Travel – Litigation and Regulation
  • Labor and Employment – Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional
  • M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+)
  • M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards   
  • Media, Technology and Telecoms – Cyber Law: Data Privacy and Data Protection
  • Tax – Financial Products
  • Tax – US Taxes, Non-Contentious

26 Freshfields lawyers received individual rankings, in addition to recognition for dozens of other US lawyers across the firm’s corporate, dispute resolution and regulatory practices:

Elizabeth Bieber (Rising Star), Corporate Governance

Nigel Blackaby KC (Hall of Fame), International Arbitration

Stephanie Brown Cripps (Rising Star), Customs, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

Dennis Caracristi (Rising Star), Tax – Financial Products

Mary Eaton (Leading Lawyer), M&A Litigation

Sebastian L. Fain (Next Generation Partner), M&A: Large Deals

Boris Feldman (Hall of Fame), Securities Litigation: Defense

Valerie Ford Jacob (Hall of Fame), Capital Markets: Debt Offerings; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings

Elliot Friedman (Leading Lawyer), International Arbitration

Jenny Hochenberg (Next Generation Partner), M&A: Large Deals

Vinita Kailasanath (Next Generation Partner), Healthcare: Life Sciences

Ethan A. Klingsberg (Leading Lawyer), M&A: Large Deals

Meredith Kotler (Leading Lawyer), Securities Litigation

Christine Lyon (Leading Lawyer), Media, Technology, Telecoms – Cyber Law

Pamela Marcogliese (Hall of Fame, Next Generation Partner), Corporate Governance; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings

Aaron R. Marcu (Leading Lawyer), Corporate Investigations & White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Corporates

Noiana Marigo (Leading Lawyer), International Arbitration

David Mitchell (Rising Star), International Tax

Caroline Richard (Next Generation Partner), International Arbitration

Sarah Solum (Leading Lawyer), Capital Markets: Equity Offerings

Claude Stansbury (Leading Lawyer), International Tax

Paige von Mehren (Rising Star), International Litigation

Nabeel Yousef (Next Generation Partner), Customs, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

Kimberly Zelnick (Next Generation Partner), International Litigation

Damien Zoubek (Leading Lawyer), M&A: Large Deals

Taryn Zucker (Rising Star), Capital Markets: Equity Offerings

Rankings are determined by Legal 500’s research team based on data pertaining to matters and innovations achieved by the firm for clients, thought leadership introduced by attorneys and feedback from peers and clients, including industry-leading, publicly traded companies in the US.


About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global elite law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on groundbreaking and business-critical mandates. Our 2,800-plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading local firms. Our commitment, local and multinational expertise, and business know-how means our clients rely on us when it matters most.

Freshfields is ranked by Chambers Global in Band 1 across the six areas of antitrust, corporate/M&A, litigation, international arbitration, tax, and public international law. For more information visit

This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.