We are 725+ lawyers serving clients from 13 offices located in the leading financial and business centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The world’s leading organizations, companies and corporations choose us to be their representatives in their most critical situations. But more, they consider Proskauer a strategic partner to drive their business forward. We work with asset managers, major sports leagues, Fortune 500 companies, entertainment industry legends and other industry-redefining companies.
Litigation Overview: Our team wins make-or-break cases, changes laws and establishes precedents. Our litigators cover the full spectrum of complex commercial litigation practice areas, including: antitrust, asset management, bankruptcy, copyright, false advertising, insurance recovery, patent, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability, real estate, international arbitration, securities, sports, trademark and white collar. We are also known for our appellate practice, which handles appeals in federal and state court, and advises on trial issues.
Proskauer’s 150+ litigators have built a track record of success both inside and outside the courtroom. We pride ourselves on being trial lawyers, and we have extensive experience trying cases before juries, judges and arbitral tribunals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Where appropriate, we embrace alternative dispute resolution and have achieved significant success resolving challenging matters for our clients.
Our lawyers include former senior government officials and prosecutors with formidable trial and regulatory experience. Our litigators have served as the U.S. Attorneys for New Jersey and the Southern District of Illinois; chiefs and deputy chiefs of divisions of U.S. Attorney’s offices in New York and the District of Columbia; General Counsel of the SEC; New York Deputy Attorney General; the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York; clerks for justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Our litigators have consistently earned top rankings from Chambers and The Legal 500, U.S. News Best Lawyers, Daily Journal and The American Lawyer. The Firm was recently noted in the New York Law Journal as a General Litigation Finalist for Litigation Department of the Year.
Select recent representations include: We represent the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, created by the United States Congress to restore the long-term economic viability of the most populous US territory, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has approximately $74 billion of bond debt and $50 billion of underfunded public pension liabilities. We are serving as lead counsel with respect to all aspects of the five Title III debt adjustment proceedings, including over 50 related adversary proceedings and over 20 related appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. This docket is likely the most active docket in the United States, involving the most sophisticated counsel, and we are involved in literally every filing.
We were lead trial counsel for the Power Five athletic conference defendants (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and SEC) in complex antitrust litigation in U.S. District Court in Oakland, CA, where the plaintiffs challenged the limits on compensation for student athletes. Following a ten-day bench trial, the Court held that the rules promote demand for college sports by recognizing the distinction with professional sports. The Court rejected plaintiffs’ effort to eliminate all rules limiting athlete compensation and removed only those rules limiting in-kind educational benefits.
We served as lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson in a two-week Daubert hearing before the U.S. District Court in Trenton, NJ, in multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings involving the alleged link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The MDL action featured cross-examination of the parties’ experts to determine whether their proffered testimony could satisfy the minimum standards for the admissibility of scientific evidence. The parties await a ruling from the Court. A successful result could lead to the dismissal of over 12,000 cases pending against J&J.
We represented The Metropolitan Opera, the nation’s largest performing arts organization and one of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, in its investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by its Music Director Emeritus.
We successfully represented Sycamore Partners, the private equity owner of Nine West Holdings Inc., in resolving mid-trial a contested plan of reorganization to carry the fashion company out of bankruptcy. The plan includes a favorable settlement releasing Sycamore of liability for claims valued by the creditors committee at more than $1 billion.
We represent Major League Soccer in several active and high-stakes matters including:
an antitrust lawsuit brought by the North American Soccer League (NASL) against MLS and the U.S. Soccer Federation following the Federation’s decision not to sanction NASL as a Division II professional league for the 2018 season.
an action by the State of Ohio and City of Columbus seeking to prevent Columbus Crew SC from relocating without first obtaining permission from the City of Columbus or providing local residents the opportunity to purchase operating rights to the team.
We represent Target Corporation in connection with defending a trademark infringement action filed in the Southern District of New York by clothing company Universal Standard. Plaintiff claims that Target’s brand infringes its trademark and is seeking over $400 million in damages including disgorgement of all of Target’s profits from sales of Universal Thread clothing and royalties, as well as injunctive relief.
We represent Amgen in BPCIA litigation involving dozens of patents against Genentech and City of Hope in connection with Amgen’s Mvasi biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin product, an antibody-based cancer therapy. Over the past twelve months, we have obtained dismissal of various claims on an issue of first impression, obtained favorable claim constructions for key patents being asserted, and defeated motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, as well as a motion for an injunction pending appeal. These successes facilitated Amgen’s first-ever at-risk U.S. launch of a biosimilar.
We represented Creative Artists Agency in a litigation against United Talent Agency and a group of defecting CAA talent agents in which the “7-year rule” was being tested. The former CAA agents were under contract with CAA at the time of their departure for UTA, resulting in CAA’s claims against them for breach of contract and against UTA and others for tortious interference with contract and unfair competition.
We represent the Women’s Tennis Association in a series of litigations in the United States and Europe brought by an owner of a WTA tournament, his affiliated entities, and a former professional tennis player alleging that that the WTA violated EU competition laws, breached the membership agreement between the Tour and the member and defamed them.
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.”
Sophisticated clients worldwide entrust us with their formidable disputes for a single reason–our remarkable track record. Clients seek our advice on high-stakes litigation, cross-border disputes, as well as government and internal investigations in the America, Europe and Asia.
Bankruptcy:Our comprehensive practice covers all aspects of bankruptcy-related litigation–from disputes over plan confirmation to tender liability and equitable subordination claims to issues arising out of insurance disputes and mass tort-related bankruptcies.
Antitrust and Competition:Recipient of The American Lawyer’s Antitrust Department of the Year, companies across every major industry rely on our premier practice for every aspect of their global antitrust and competition needs.
ERISA Litigation: Clients benefit from our coordinated advice in closely aligned areas, including securities, bankruptcy, and government investigations, and our ability to present arguments and evidence in the manner best suited to advance business interests and resolve conflicts with minimal disruption to their operations.
False Advertising Litigation: Companies in a broad range of fields, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, consumer products and food and beverage, turn to us for our significant experience in false advertising litigation, including disputes between competitors and consumer class actions.
Government and Internal Investigations:Government and internal investigations can be a highly sensitive, time-consuming ordeal for any company. Large and small companies and their boards, audit and special committees, officers and directors, and other individuals regularly turn to us for advice on a wide range of criminal, regulatory, congressional and other sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations.
Insurance and Reinsurance:Clients benefit from our experience as the leading firm representing the interests of both ceding companies and reinsurers in litigations and arbitrations throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Bermuda. Major insurance groups, including Travelers, AIG, Berkshire Hathaway, Swiss Re, Lloyd’s of London and CNA have trusted us on their most significant matters.
Intellectual Property:Understanding and protecting IP is crucial to the long-term success of many businesses. Clients seek our advice in high-stakes, “make it or break it” disputes and rely on our broad array of substantive experience in both litigation and transactional matters to help them protect their interests.
International Arbitration:Multinational corporations across the globe rely on our International Arbitration Practice for high-stakes matters when their business reputation or commercial relationships are at risk. We have a track record of success in taking cases through trial and final awards in major international arbitration venues such as Paris, London, Geneva, The Hague, Singapore, New York and Washington, D.C.
International Regulatory and Compliance: With increased activism and cross- border cooperation between enforcement and regulatory agencies, we represent the interests of clients operating in multiple jurisdictions and have advised on issues in China, India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The clients we represent are involved in numerous sectors, including financial services and asset management, telecommunications, energy, mining, manufacturing, technology and healthcare.
Law Firm Practice: For several decades, the nation’s top law firms and attorneys have turned to us for their most sensitive matters—when there is risk of reputational damage as a result of claims against the firm or the financial risks are significant. Clients rely on us to obtain favorable results and know us as the “lawyers’ lawyers.”
Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation: Clients seek our market-leading advice in all aspects of M&A litigation—where we excel at defending challenges to the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions. They appreciate our extensive experience defeating efforts to enjoin transactions prior to closing; resolving claims through reasonable settlements pre-closing; and litigating claims for damages post-closing.
Privacy and Cybersecurity:Our multidisciplinary Privacy and Cybersecurity team advises global companies facing heightened regulatory, contractual and consumer obligations surrounding the management of data.
Product Liability and Mass Tort:Since the 1970s, clients have relied on our advice as a leader in the development of product liability and mass tort law in the United States. We have taken countless product liability and mass tort cases to jury trial in state and federal courts over the years, amassing invaluable courtroom experience.
Securities:For decades, clients have relied on our securities litigators in the most complex, high-profile, high-stakes securities matters of the day. The country’s most respected Fortune 500 corporations and financial institutions turn to us to help defend against headline-making allegations.
Whistleblower and False Claims Act:Companies and their boards have relied on us to respond to allegations by whistleblowers and to help them devise and implement corporate whistleblower policies. Clients seek our counsel on whistleblower matters in a broad range of sectors—including defense, healthcare, technology and financial services.
Cahill has a prominent litigation practice with more than 150 litigators. We lead large-scale securities, insurance, reinsurance, antitrust, First Amendment, professional liability, intellectual property and white-collar litigations, as well as corporate and governmental investigations around the world.
Cahill lawyers try and argue cases in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and a wide range of administrative agencies throughout the country, as well as before specially constituted domestic and international dispute resolution tribunals.
Our team includes several former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, alumni of the Securities and Exchange Commission and other lawyers who joined Cahill following distinguished careers in the Department of the Treasury, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other government agencies and commissions.
Cahill advises boards of directors, special committees and directors and officers of publicly held companies in significant corporate governance matters and investigations. We are often called upon to assist clients with particularly sensitive matters involving corporate governance and ethical malfeasance, including accounting fraud and earnings management, market manipulation, disclosure violations, insider trading and fraud. The firm is widely regarded for its ability to develop remedial and compliance plans that appropriately address potential liabilities and provide appropriate responses to governmental and regulatory inquiries.
We have extensive experience conducting multinational investigations involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and commercial bribery laws. We also have a long track record conducting antitrust and price fixing investigations in a variety of markets including health care, pharmaceuticals, automotive industries, paper products, homebuilding and tobacco.
We represent parties in proceedings before Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the United States Attorneys’ Offices, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of the Inspector General, the State Attorneys General, as well as the New York Stock Exchange, FINRA and other prosecutorial and regulatory agencies.