Cravath strives to be the firm of choice for clients facing their most difficult and critical litigation. We are not just litigators; we are trial lawyers. We are trained across multiple disciplines, which enables us to think outside the box and apply creative solutions to complex matters, regardless of the subject matter, industry or client’s role in a particular dispute. The credibility and experience we bring to each matter and our preparation of each case from the outset as if it were going to trial give us a strategic advantage in all steps of litigation. Some of our practice areas include:
Antitrust: Since successfully defending IBM during the 1970s and ’80s in the landmark government case over alleged monopolization of the computer market, Cravath continues to be the go-to firm for major antitrust litigation. Our practice is chaired by the only person to have ever served as both the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. We represent clients in securing regulatory clearance for major transactions. We also advise clients on business conduct or potential investments and handle government investigations.
Appellate: We have extensive experience representing appellants and appellees in federal and state courts across the country. We regularly handle the appellate work for matters in which we are conducting the trial court litigation, including interlocutory appeals and appeals following trial or other disposition. In addition, we are frequently retained to take over matters on appeal that were originally handled by another firm at the trial court level. We also prepare amicus briefs in connection with important cases pending in the U.S. Supreme Court or in other appellate courts in which our clients have an interest but are not parties.
Arbitration: Our litigators represent companies in many of the largest and most complex domestic and international arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, AAA, JAMS, UNCITRAL and private arbitrations) involving diverse industries and areas of law. Our attorneys are also from time to time nominated to serve as arbitrators by experienced litigators at other major firms.
Financial Restructuring and Reorganization: Companies facing their most challenging and critical litigation due to bankruptcy, restructuring or reorganization often rely upon our extensive experience in complex litigation. Our experience includes handling matters related to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by officers and board members of distressed companies, disputes arising out of lender claims, alleged breaches of contract and alleged fraudulent conveyances.
General Commercial: Cravath regularly represents clients in high stakes commercial litigation. Our practice includes breach of contract, ERISA, False Claims Act, RICO, unfair competition and employment matters. We have also handled several environmental and product liability matters (including at trial) and numerous qui tam actions.
Intellectual Property: Our team includes the former head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We handle patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters involving complex technologies and products, as well as commercial litigation that frequently arises from IP matters, such as antitrust and breach of license claims. We bring to each case a trial lawyer’s courtroom perspective and deep trial experience, which distinguish us from many firms who may be IP specialists but do not try cases on a regular basis. We also supervise and coordinate IP disputes that span the globe and regularly advise clients on national and worldwide IP strategy.
Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense: Cravath handles major white collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement actions and investigations for corporations, both foreign and domestic, in diverse industries. We also assist clients in handling complex internal investigations, conduct fact-finding exercises with respect to shareholder demands and advise company executives and directors on compliance obligations, potential areas of exposure and preventive measures. We have extensive experience in matters involving the FCPA, insider trading, accounting fraud, trade sanctions, export and anti-money laundering controls, tax fraud, healthcare fraud, antitrust and other issues. Our team includes attorneys who have spent portions of their careers at U.S. government agencies.
Securities: We have achieved significant wins and established important precedent in mega-deal litigation, traditional securities fraud litigation and regulatory enforcement matters on behalf of every key category of defendant: issuers, financial institutions and audit firms. Our wins and innovative strategies from the boardroom to the courtroom have given corporate defendants greater ammunition to protect critical business interests and leveled the litigation playing field. Securities cases rarely go to trial, and we have tried four in the past several years.
Recent Litigation Clients:
• Alarm.com • American Express • Amgen • Anheuser-Busch InBev • Avon Products • Big Lots • Biogen • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee • British American Tobacco • Chemed • Colgate-Palmolive • Credit Suisse • Deutsche Bank • Disney • Dooney & Bourke • DreamWorks Animation • DRI Capital • First Solar • Goldman Sachs • IBM • Insys Therapeutics • JPMorgan Chase • Merck • Morgan Stanley • Mylan • NCR • Nomura • Novartis • Palantir • PG&E • Pinnacle Foods • Precision Castparts • PricewaterhouseCoopers • Qualcomm • Sabre • SPI Group • Spirit AeroSystems • Unilever • Vivendi • WarnerMedia • The Weinstein Company • Westpac • The Williams Companies • YPF
Powerful corporations sometimes trample the rights of individuals and smaller businesses. Litigation is often the only avenue to compensate victims of corporate wrongdoing. For over 45 years, we have fought corporate abuse, pursuing litigation on behalf of affected individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that have raised challenging, significant and often novel issues. Cohen Milstein specializes in holding large corporations accountable for their actions even though they often have significantly more resources than those damaged by their misconduct. Often, this is accomplished by bringing large numbers of plaintiffs together in a single class to enhance their ability to litigate effectively. One of the premier firms in the country handling major complex plaintiff-side litigation, Cohen Milstein has over 90 attorneys in offices in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The firm litigates primarily in the following areas:
Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death
Civil Rights & Employment
Ethics and Fiduciary Counseling
Managed Care Abuse
Securities Litigation & Investor Protection
Unsafe & Defective Products
Whistleblower/False Claims Act
Cohen Milstein has earned its international reputation by winning complex cases that other law firms did not want to handle. The firm has litigated numerous groundbreaking cases, resulting in landmark decisions on previously untried issues involving antitrust, securities, consumer rights, civil rights and other far-reaching matters.
Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms,” Lieff Cabraser is a 95-attorney law firm representing plaintiffs in Antitrust, Consumer Fraud, Employment Discrimination, Mass Tort, Product Defect, Securities and Financial Fraud, and Qui Tam litigation. Our clients include individuals, classes and plaintiff groups, businesses, and public and private entities.
We take great pride in our innovative approach to the practice of law and our firm’s leadership role in cases resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings, including some of the most significant civil cases in the United States over the past 45 years:
Attorney General litigation against the tobacco industry in which our clients received $42 billion in settlements;
settlements valued at over $15 billion in litigation over Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud affecting nearly 600,000 U.S. vehicles;
the High-Tech Employee Antitrust litigation against Apple, Google, Intel, and other tech giants resulting in a landmark $435 million settlement, the largest employment-setting antitrust recovery in history;
the Bank of New York Mellon foreign currency exchange case, which resulted in a $504 million payback of overcharges to the bank’s custodial customers;
settlements totaling $399 million in California state court litigation charging that Bayer and other generic prescription drug manufacturers conspired to restrain competition in the sale of the blockbuster antibiotic Cipro;
groundbreaking Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases over abusive text messages and calls leading to over $300 million in consumer settlements;
Qui tam litigation against University of Phoenix for Higher Education Act violations resulting in a $78.5 million settlement, second-largest ever in a False Claims case involving the U.S. Department of Education; and
settlements in the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill case against BP and Halliburton valued to date at $11.6 billion.
Lieff Cabraser’s attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled professionals in their fields, routinely appointed by federal and state courts to serve as leaders in national litigation. The majority of our attorneys are, or have served as, directors and officers of local, state, and national bar organizations, including the American Association for Justice, Public Justice Foundation, Consumer Attorneys of California, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Law360 has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the Top 50 law firms nationwide for litigation, including our firm as the first among five elite litigation heavyweights with fewer than 200 attorneys, victorious in case after case “against some of the largest and strongest defense law firms in the world.” The National Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser to its “Elite Trial Lawyers” list multiple times over multiple years including 2019, and Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser one of the “Top 10 Plaintiff Firms in America.”
For more than 140 years, Stroock has been firmly committed to helping our clients achieve their strategic business goals. Stroock partners with our clients to deliver exceptional advice and achieve outcomes that support their objectives. We believethat a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential to providing the highest quality legal services and maximizing opportunities for personal and professional development. We providestrategic transactional, regulatory and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses and non-profit ventures in the U.S. and globally.
Litigation Overview: Our litigators, nationally recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation, represent clients in a range of complex disputes, appearing in federal and state trial courts, appellate courts and before public agencies and arbitration tribunals throughout the country.
We are focused on finding cost-effective solutions, including engaging in pre-litigation dispute resolution, and providing ongoing counsel on minimizing transaction litigation risk and the evolving regulatory environment. Our litigation team also advocates for vulnerable groups and civic, charitable and nonprofit entities, as well as indigent persons; in courts and administrative proceedings through our award-winning pro bono program.
We counsel clients in the following areas:
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA
Employment and Labor
Financial Services Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement