DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers worldwide. It provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognized for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients - whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.
Faegre Baker Daniels is a full-service law firm dedicated to serving the legal needs of regional, national and international businesses. One of the 75 largest law firms headquartered in the U.S., FaegreBD’s locations span coast to coast, cover the heartland, and extend to the U.K. and China – with regional and national coordinating capabilities across hundreds of jurisdictions. FaegreBD collaborates to achieve clients’ objectives, bringing together the best-matched expertise and resources from across its global platform. The firm’s 750 legal and consulting professionals partner with clients ranging from emerging startups to multinational corporations, delivering advice customized to each company’s business needs.
BakerHostetler is a full-service law firm representing clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, the firm’s more than 940 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth. BakerHostetler has five core practice groups: Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, sports and entertainment, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. BakerHostetler’s attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality. BakerHostetler distinguishes itself through a commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as the legal work, the firm is determined to surpass client expectations.
Joanna Sykes-Saavedra focuses her practice on the intellectual property and technology sector, with an emphasis on outsourcing and procurement as well as licensing and technology transactions. Joanna has represented financial services companies and other large corporations in connection with complex professional services agreements and license agreements relating to finance and accounting, information technology and other business process services.
Joanna also has counseled clients on gaming-related matters. She has represented an overseas wagering technology company in its transaction with a governmental agency and has advised clients on evolving regulatory requirements for internet gaming licensure in New Jersey. Joanna has represented clients seeking to launch Internet gaming offerings in the United States and has worked with state governments to procure and engage lottery private management services.
Faegre Baker Daniels Partner Libby Cierzniak represents corporations, trade associations and public sector clients in regulatory and government relations matters before the Indiana General Assembly and state agencies. She plays an active role in drafting and advocating for passage of legislation addressing education finance, taxation, gaming, professional regulation, health insurance and other issues. She has particular expertise in gaming law, counseling casino licensees and other gaming entities on a broad range of gaming regulatory matters including corporate financings, licensure, transfer of ownership and bankruptcy/restructuring. Libby recently authored the chapter on Indiana gaming law for The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Gambling 2019. Prior to joining FaegreBD, Libby spent 14 years in the political arena, serving as Communications Director for the Indiana Republican Party and as Publications Director for the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus.
Elizabeth McCurrach is an attorney in BakerHostetler’s New York office and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Industry team. In addition to her litigation practice, a significant portion of Elizabeth’s time is devoted to counseling clients in the sports industry on a wide range of issues, including the implications of legalized sports betting and developing strategies to proactively prepare for a widespread increase in sports betting. Elizabeth has extensive domestic and cross-border investigations experience. She represents financial institutions, governmental entities and high-net-worth individuals in motion practice, discovery, trial preparation and appellate litigation for complex contractual disputes and bankruptcy proceedings. Elizabeth works with clients to address and minimize compliance risk in connection with environmental laws, FTC rules, FCPA and import/export regulations. Elizabeth's commentary has been featured in Sports Litigation Alert, Law360, Law360UK and Financial Disputes, and she has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”