IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Cole Schotz

A standout firm in restructuring and insolvency, Cole Schotz is nationally recognized for its top practice area. Founded in 1928, the firm has grown to over 120 attorneys who work in domestic locations that include Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Texas, and Florida.  

Opened in 2008, the firm’s Baltimore office primarily advises clients in restructuring and insolvency. Cole Schotz’s group in Maryland represents debtors, creditors’ committees, institutional and individual creditors, secured parties, venture capitalists, equity holders, trustees throughout the United States. One recent highlight came from representing Videology, a leading advertising technology company, on its Chapter 11 restructuring process. 

DLA Piper

With two offices located in Baltimore, DLA Piper stands out in Maryland for its M&A practice across a variety of industries, such as technology, healthcare, life sciences, financial services and manufacturing.  

One standout deal for the firm came from advising Maryland Proton Therapy Center on its $277.4 million tax-exempt municipal bond financing. Another interesting mandate saw the firm represent Blackpoint Cyber, a Maryland-based cyber security company, on its recent round of series A financing. 


National firm McGureWoods has offices spread throughout the country, many of them in the Mid-Atlantic or Southeast regions, with locations in cities such as Washington DC, Charlotte, Atlanta and Baltimore.  

McGuireWoods’ Baltimore office has an outstanding M&A practice. The team represents several of the nation’s largest commercial and investment banks, state agencies and local governments, Fortune 500 energy companies, national and international retailers. 

The M&A team worked on a number of deals over the research period. In one highlight, the firm represented Scottish private equity firm Clyde Blowers Capital on an agreement to sell Cone Drive, a Michigan-based industrial gearing manufacturer, to The Timken Company. 

Whiteford Taylor Preston

Whiteford Taylor Preston, founded in 1933, is a mid-Atlantic firm with 16 offices in Delaware, DC, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The firm, with over 170 attorneys, has a strong reputation in restructuring and insolvency from local to national cases and across different industries such as real estate, retail, transportation, health care and manufacturing. In addition, it has a robust M&A practice focused on mid-market transactions.  

In Maryland, the firm operates offices in Baltimore, Bethesda, Columbia, Ocean City and Towson.  

In the M&A space, the firm worked on numerous deals, most of them confidential. It actively represented sellers in all types of M&A transactions including equity, asset acquisitions, joint ventures and tender offers and worked in a range of sectors with a focus on life sciences, clean energy and security. In addition, the M&A team has significant experience in cross-border deals. One recent highlight came from representing Client Network Services on the sale of a majority interest to Alvarez & Marsal Capital. Another transaction saw the firm advise Platform Aerospace on its acquisition of an unmanned aerial vehicle company. 

Whiteford Taylor Preston has one of the largest restructuring and insolvency teams in the mid-Atlantic region. The firm has advised debtors, bankruptcy trustees and creditor trusts on a local and national basis. Over the research period, the firm advised the aircraft manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Corporation in various bankruptcy matters.  

Client feedback 

“Generally outstanding, top tier work. I have worked with numerous bankruptcy professionals and this firm is consistently among the best. Have found them to be outstanding and cost effective too.” – Restructuring and insolvency 

Paul Nussbaum 

“Paul is simply one of the best commercial bankruptcy lawyers in the country, for debtor or creditor side representation.”