Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund logo
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund

Most innovative North American law firms 2016: Innovation in unlocking and delivering value

View full ranking
Rankings at a glance
AwardStandout
Originality8
Rationale10
Impact8
Total innovation score26
CommentThe firm covered every aspect of an unusual transaction to allow non-for-profit client Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund take over Patriot Coal operations in West Virginia. Pillsbury advocated extensively to work out a deal, taking a commercial risk on its cash-strapped client. The deal saw VCLF reopen mines providing work for more than 400 mineworkers near Morgantown, West Virginia, and freeing up millions of dollars to reinvest in clean-up and reforestation.