New York law firm Lowenstein Sandler opens Washington office

Lowenstein Sandler has become the latest national law firm to open an office in Washington.

The firm, which has about 330 lawyers in the United States, opened its D.C. office in Foggy Bottom on Monday with seven attorneys, including four from D.C. law firm Dickstein Shapiro. The firm represents investors and sponsors of hedge funds, private-equity funds, venture funds and technology companies, and also has offices in New York, New Jersey and California.

Like many law firms that have opened offices in Washington over the past few years, Lowenstein Sandler plans to capture work advising corporate clients on how to navigate government regulations.

“A clear trend in the world is toward larger government and more regulation,” said Gary Wingens, Lowenstein Sandler’s chairman and managing partner. “We’re seeing more of our clients who are subject to regulations that didn’t exist a few years ago, and we need to continue to broaden our regulatory expertise and go where the regulators are.”

The attorneys from Dickstein are insurance litigators Andrew Reidy, Cathy Serafin, Joseph Saka and Courtney Alvarez. Reidy and Serafin are partners, Saka is counsel and Alvarez is an associate. They join, from Lowenstein, Jeff Blumenfeld, an antitrust and trade regulatory attorney, Matt Magidson, a derivatives attorney, and Miguel Pozo, a commercial litigator. Dickstein insurance attorney Michael McGaughey has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Wingens said he expects the firm to expand “substantially more” in Washington, and that one area of growth has been representing technology start-ups.

“More and more, we’re representing the ‘disruptors,’ ” Wingens said. “The people and companies being disrupted, their defenses are going the legislative or regulatory route to try to find a regulator who will create a barrier of entry to a new company trying to change the business model for their industry. It’s important for us to continue expanding our regulatory capabilities to better representing our tech companies.”

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Catherine Ho covers law and lobbying for the Capital Business section of The Washington Post. She previously worked at the LA Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Wichita Eagle and the San Mateo County Times.
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