Stradling’s Securities Litigation and M&A practice groups were ranked in the newly released 2018 edition of The Legal 500 United States, published on May 30. This marks the first time the M&A practice has been ranked in the Middle Market (sub $500 million) category, and the second year in a row the securities litigation practice secured a spot in the table. Litigation shareholders Kathleen Marcus, and Jason de Bretteville, and corporate shareholders Chris Ivey, Mark Skaist, and Ryan Azlein were individually commended for their work. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit. It is widely acknowledged as the world’s largest legal referral guide, with analysis of law firm capabilities extending to 107 jurisdictions around the globe.
With regard to the securities litigation practice, the firm was described as “outstanding - a smaller firm that always provides timely, practical advice.” Kathleen Marcus received high marks for being “very experienced and practical in their approach,” and former federal prosecutor Jason de Bretteville is described as having “exceptional business acumen” and the ability to manage cases efficiently. Standing out for its medical device industry expertise, the firm’s M&A practice is noted for delivering “excellent service levels for good value for money, and responses are always timely; the team also has great business acumen, providing broad advice that takes into account business considerations.” Corporate department co-chair Chris Ivey received praise for his “outstanding business acumen” and his ability to consider transactions “holistically,” shareholder Mark Skaist is described as an “experienced adviser,” and Santa Monica-based shareholder Ryan Azlein is described as “excellent.”