A long history at the forefront of change
Throughout our long history, we have helped create and guide some of the world's most successful companies, delivering groundbreaking work on their behalf.
Pillsbury is inextricably linked to the development of the industrial age and the evolution of today's global digital economy. In the late 1800s, we helped AT&T’s predecessor install the first telephone wires on city streets, the beginning of our long-standing client relationship. We incorporated the predecessor to Chevron in 1900 and, a century later, advised Chevron in its $18.5 billion acquisition of Unocal. We enforced the first patent for an X-ray machine used in the treatment of cancer in 1940, launched the nation's first nuclear energy practice in 1960 and advised on the formation of Intel Corporation in 1968. In 1994, at the dawn of the Internet age, we registered the first trademark for a dotcom.
More recently, we facilitated a cutting-edge $1 billion carbon-capture project by a Japanese company in the U.S., and helped protect the rights for a cancer drug worth $1.9 billion in annual sales. We oversaw the sale of the land that will become the new home for the Atlanta Braves, advised Lenovo on its estimated multibillion-dollar deal with network server and storage company EMC, and handled Tesoro’s $2.5 billion acquisition of BP refineries and gas stations. We also led the nuclear energy industry in its epic $50 billion fight over spent nuclear fuel fees and achieved the first major settlement arising from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Pillsbury lawyers have influenced and shaped not only the law, but also the geopolitical landscape, helping to set policy on everything from energy and the environment to telecommunications and securities reform, antitrust and competition laws, international banking regulations, data privacy and cyber-security, healthcare, social media and virtual currencies.
Among the firm's illustrious alumni are two Secretaries of State, two Secretaries of War, an Assistant Secretary of Defense, a Supreme Court Justice and a Nobel Laureate. Today, dozens of Pillsbury lawyers throughout the firm and in our largest office in Washington, DC, have held top positions at government and regulatory agencies—including the DOJ, EPA, FAA, FERC, IRS, NOAA, SEC, FCC and USPTO—and have served in Congress and as senior White House staff and advisors.