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Jenner & Block Partners Kevin T. Collins, Mark J. Nackman and Rick Richmond are Law360 MVPs, which Law360 describes as “elite” attorneys who have “distinguished themselves … by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.”
In making the announcements, Law360 editors noted that competition was especially fierce this year, with more than 1,000 submissions across 38 practice areas. From these nominations, 177 lawyers from 76 firms throughout the United States were chosen.
Mr. Collins was recognized in the Capital Markets category for his leadership in our representation of US Foods Holding Corp. in its high-profile $1.176 billion IPO and for leading the firm’s team as securities and corporate governance counsel to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. in its $1.91 billion acquisition of Diamond Foods. Both deals were multifaceted and required substantial coordination. In his profile, Mr. Collins told Law360: “What I really enjoy about capital markets work is the problem solving and doing it as part of teams.” He credits Partners Jason M. Casella and William L. Tolbert for their key contributions to the US Foods IPO.
Mr. Nackman was named in the Government Contracts practice area. His profile describes significant wins in driving a False Claims Act qui tam to dismissal and separately developing an unconventional strategy that led to the award of a multi-billion dollar ship contract for client General Dynamics, as well as wins in several bid protests, including successfully defending a $575 million US Army Corps of Engineers contract awarded to client SAIC from a bid protest by Lockheed. That victory was a cross-disciplinary, cross-office effort that included government contracts Partners Carrie F. Apfel and Gregory H. Petkoff, as well as transactional partners Brian R. Boch, Geoffrey Davis and Jolene E. Negre.
Mr. Richmond's selection as a Technology MVP was based largely on his leadership of the firm team that achieved a record-setting victory on behalf of Epic Systems in its corporate espionage case against Tata Consultancy Services. Mr. Richmond and many others from our Los Angeles office spent weeks in Madison, Wisconsin, ultimately proving that Tata workers stole Epic’s trade secrets and other confidential information about Epic’s proprietary software and winning a $940 million federal jury verdict. He will be profiled later this month.