DEAR FRIENDS OF THE FIRM,
With the New Year underway, we find ourselves with an optimistic outlook generated by the positive gains in 2015. The country returned to prerecession levels, creating the most jobs since 2007 and seeing unemployment at its lowest level in seven years.
The good economic news gave companies the confidence to grow, posting record numbers for mergers and acquisitions in 2015.
The legal industry experienced the same trend and continued to consolidate. In this dynamic environment, Dinsmore completed three mergers. For us, a decision to merge is part of a thoughtful process that begins and ends with serving our clients. As a result, we added seasoned litigators from Leventhal Law, full-service attorneys from Huddleston Bolen and deepened our Intellectual Property bench with the attorneys from Gifford Krass. Our footprint now includes offices in Michigan and California, expanding our platform and enhancing our service offerings for clients coast to coast.
In this year’s review, we cover a range of issues that affected our clients in 2015 and set the stage for the year ahead. We worked with our clients to navigate new challenges and took part in benchmark legal issues. Highlights include:
Labor Practice Group Chair Mark Carter was called to testify before a United States Senate Committee on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mark weighed in on a National Labor Relations Board regulation known as the “Ambush Election” regulation, which went into effect in April 2015.
In a landmark case, Washington D.C. attorneys William Sherman and Reed Rubinstein represented LabMD in its ongoing challenge of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) administrative complaint regarding LabMD’s data security procedures. In gaining a win before an FTC Chief Administrative Judge, William and Reed set the parameters on how to challenge the FTC on data security matters and will guide this case through the appeals process.
Dinsmore ranked 6th in the nation among The American Lawyer’s Top 200 firms for our percentage of women equity partners.
The Bond Buyer ranked Dinsmore 9th in the nation for our public finance volume.
The Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) honored Dinsmore as Deal Maker of the Year at the ACG Cincinnati Deal Maker Awards Program for our leadership, innovation and success in the M&A world.
The year ahead looks to be an exciting one for the firm and our clients. The country will focus on electing a new president and leaders on state and national levels. Companies will face increasing regulation on privacy and data security. We have yet to fully see the ripple effect of the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act and changes to the country’s labor law regulations. As always, you can look to us to monitor the impact of these issues on your operations and to help you navigate them with confidence.
Thank you for partnering with us in your legal endeavors. We remain committed to strategically growing and evolving to serve your needs and look forward to helping you accomplish more in 2016.