Best Lawyers Honors Kelley Drye Attorneys In DC, Chicago

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 16:48

For the third year in a row, Best Lawyers has named an attorney from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP the Washington, DC Advertising “Lawyer of the Year.” Partner William C. MacLeod is the recipient of the 2013 honor, which was previously held by partner Gonzalo E. Mon (2012) and partner John E. Villafranco (2011).

With a practice focused on advertising, privacy, and competition law, Mr. MacLeod’s notable cases include one of the largest judgments ever awarded in an advertising and antitrust case, the FTC's first trial under the modern unfairness doctrine, and the FTC's first preliminary injunction action in an ad-substantiation case.

Mr. MacLeod previously served as director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, which is the chief federal prosecutor of unfair and deceptive advertising. In this position, he also served as the U.S. delegate to a committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, where agency heads of Europe, Australia and Japan develop policies for financial regulations, product safety and international advertising. Mr. MacLeod also previously held positions as advisor to the assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division; director of the FTC's Chicago regional office; and attorney advisor to the FTC chairman.

In addition to Mr. MacLeod, the 2013 Best Lawyers guide recognizes five other Kelley Drye advertising law attorneys, including Mr. Mon and Mr. Villafranco, as well as partners Lewis Rose, Dana B. Rosenfeld, and Christie Grymes Thompson. The attorneys were chosen for their outstanding reputations and excellence in legal work.

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Henry T. Kelly, managing partner of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Chicago office, was named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Chicago Communications Law “Lawyer of the Year.” 

For more than 25 years, Mr. Kelly has advocated for companies in telecommunications-related litigation matters involving commercial transactions, intellectual property, municipal regulation, class action defense, state and federal preemption issues, and actions enforcing state and federal telecommunications laws. 

Mr. Kelly recently represented Madison Dearborn Partners in the telecommunications due diligence related to their sale of NextG Communications to Crown Castle for $1 billion. 

He also successfully defended Peerless Network, a growing carrier in Chicago, against communications patent infringement claims by a competitor.  In this proceeding, the client prevailed in a critical motion for preliminary injunction and won the case on summary judgment.  He vigorously represented his client in the Court of Appeals, the District Court, and at the U.S. Patent Office. 

Mr. Kelly has represented an impressively wide variety of clients.  This honor recognizes not only the depth of Mr. Kelly’s experiences but also his extensive range of issues and cases handled.  This includes trial experience in more than 11 state public service commissions, and litigating communications enforcement actions in state and federal courts including those in Illinois, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.