Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a leading international law firm, consistently ranks among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications. The firm is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,300 lawyers and 20 offices.
Litigation Practice: Acclaimed as a litigation powerhouse, Gibson Dunn and the members of the Litigation practice have a long record of outstanding successes. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a Finalist in its 2018 Litigation Department of the Year competition.This award followed our firm’s unprecedented three wins in this biennial competition – as the 2016, 2012 and 2010 Litigation Department of the Year – and 2014 Finalist honors.Benchmark recognized Gibson Dunn as the 2019 Appellate and Labor & Employment Firm of the Year.
The members of our litigation practice group are not just litigators, they are first-rate trial lawyers. Each year, we try numerous cases to verdicts before juries, judges and arbitrators. Our clients have trusted us to try their most significant disputes to verdict.
We have tried cases and argued appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts in addition to federal and state courts across the United States involving almost every foreseeable area of controversy. We also handle disputes before a wide variety of nonjudicial forums, from federal and state agencies to international arbitrations.
Antitrust & Trade Regulation: Gibson Dunn serves clients in virtually every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including cartel and government civil investigations, class action treble damage litigation, private antitrust litigation, government review of mergers and acquisitions, and trade regulation matters.
Appellate: Gibson Dunn has one of the nation’s leading appellate practices with broad experience in complex appellate litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems. The practice has been involved in matters covering an array of constitutional, statutory, regulatory and common-law issues. Our lawyers have presented arguments in front of the Supreme Court of the United States more than 100 times.
Business Restructuring & Reorganization: The firm has extensive experience in both US and multinational insolvencies. Its lawyers regularly represent and counsel official creditors’ committees, ad hoc creditor groups, secured lenders, investors and companies (including DIP and exit financing) in out-of-court work-outs and Chapter 11 cases.
Commercial Litigation & Arbitration: Gibson Dunn’s approach emphasizes the full spectrum of services for our clients. Our litigators are trained to evaluate actual and potential cases at the earliest stages, to first determine if litigation can be avoided, or, if it is filed, whether the matter can be resolved quickly and economically. We pride ourselves on handling our litigation matters as efficiently as possible. Gibson Dunn lawyers are fully familiar with a wide array of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including arbitration, mediation, “mini-trials” and the like.
Intellectual Property: Gibson Dunn’s deep bench of trial lawyers with technical backgrounds, advanced degrees and industry experience provides the necessary insight to develop and defend against sophisticated claims in a wide range of industries and complex technologies. Our litigators are recognized throughout the industry as leaders in prosecuting, defending and trying IP claims in federal and state courts, before administrative bodies including the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as before arbitration panels.
Labor & Employment: Gibson Dunn is known for our unsurpassed ability to help the world’s preeminent companies tackle their most challenging labor and employment matters. We have prevailed in what are believed to be the largest class actions under several different U.S. employment laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the wage and hour laws. Gibson Dun has also worked on high-profile ERISA cases, nationally recognized Sarbanes-Oxley ‘whistleblower’ cases and aggressive advocacy on OSHA issues.
Securities Litigation, Regulation & Corporate Governance: A recognized leader in the defense of securities class actions, derivative litigation and SEC enforcement actions, the firm advises companies on disclosure, accounting and regulatory issues for domestic and foreign regulatory bodies. The partners include nationally recognized securities class action defense counsel and a number of former senior officials with the SEC, NASD and DOJ.
Transnational Litigation: Gibson Dunn’s Transnational Litigation practice specializes in protecting clients against claims in U.S. and other courts stemming from overseas activities, as well as reducing and eliminating the risks posed by foreign litigation that, if unchecked, threaten company-wide implications. Our uniquely skilled, creative and experienced transnational team is equipped to manage all aspects of cross-border litigation, including devising, coordinating and implementing offensive and defensive global strategies and has represented clients in some of the highest-profile cases around the world. Gibson Dunn’s international team consists of US, English, French, Spanish and German-qualified lawyers, many of whom are dual qualified.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: The firm defends prominent companies and executives against federal and state prosecutions and has conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations in areas including anti-money laundering; computer and IP crimes; environmental violations and compliance; FCPA matters; forfeiture (civil and criminal); health care fraud; privacy; procurement fraud; securities, financial institution and accounting fraud; and tax offenses. The practice group includes numerous former federal and state prosecutors and officials, many of whom served at high levels within the DOJ, SEC and other key investigative arms of the government. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn the winner in the White-Collar & Regulatory category of its 2016 ‘Litigation Department of the Year’ competition.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a global law firm with approximately 2,500 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has 15 offices around the world: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.
Litigation Kirkland & Ellis is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration. The Firm believes that the best litigation results happen when the lawyers and client form a team that assumes it will try the case. Because of this trial-ready philosophy, the Firm is able to offer clients a deep bench of lawyers who have been taking cases to verdict since the early stages of their careers. Whether in the courtroom, at the bargaining table or helping clients avoid risks without litigation, Kirkland has a long and proven track record of generating successful results for clients in their most high-stakes cases.
The Litigation Practice Group comprises approximately 500 attorneys throughout the firm’s worldwide offices. The Firm’s international experience enables effective representation of non-US plaintiffs and defendants in US judicial proceedings. Kirkland represents clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. The Firm also represents clients in connection with proceedings involving government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, US Attorneys General Offices, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange, the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the US Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.
Lawyers in all of Kirkland’s US offices have tried cases, successfully to verdict or to judgment, in virtually every substantive area and business segment including accountant liability, antitrust and competition, appellate, class action, mass tort and toxic tort, construction, ERISA/benefits, First Amendment and defamation, franchise and distribution, insurance coverage, international arbitration and ADR, product liability, securities and shareholder.
Kirkland has been recognized by clients and the media for its achievements in litigation:
For the eighth time, Kirkland was selected as one of the “Fearsome Foursome” in BTI Consulting’s 2019 Litigation Outlook report. Kirkland was also identified
as a “powerhouse” firm for intellectual property litigation, class actions, complex employment litigation and complex commercial litigation, and as a “standout” firm
for securities and finance litigation.
In 2018, Kirkland ranked #1 in The Lawyer’s “Global Litigation Top 50.”
The American Lawyer has recognized Kirkland as a top firm in every “Litigation Department of the Year” contest since 2002.
Kirkland was awarded “Illinois Firm of the Year” and “Bankruptcy Firm of the Year” at the 2019 Benchmark Litigation US Awards.
The National Law Journal has named the firm to its “Appellate Hot List” every year since 2012.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Kirkland & Ellis’ Intellectual Property Practice Group is one of the oldest such practices in a full-service firm in the country, having been an integral part of Kirkland since 1925. Kirkland has approximately 200 intellectual property lawyers who are experienced in a variety of technical disciplines and registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. More than 70 percent of the lawyers are engineers and scientists trained with degrees and professional backgrounds in technical areas.
Kirkland has one of the most respected intellectual property litigation practices in the country, with particular experience in large-scale patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret misappropriation and advertising matters. The work of the group frequently extends to antitrust, securities/compliance, products liability and appellate matters.
Kirkland’s experience in venues where IP cases are most often litigated is extensive. The Firm tries cases before juries, judges and arbitrators in venues across the country including state courts, district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Kirkland has one of the most active trial practices in the country. Our success rate at trial is among the best, with only a few of losses over the last 10 years despite handling some of the most challenging litigation cases in history.
The Intellectual Property Practice Group has been recognized by numerous publications for its achievements:
In Managing Intellectual Property’s 2019 IP Stars, Kirkland was named as a leading firm for Copyright, ITC, Life Sciences and Patent Contentious.
Managing Intellectual Property named Kirkland “U.S. National Appellate Firm of the Year” at its 2019 Americas Awards.
Kirkland was named to World Trademark Review magazine’s 2019 WTR 1000 list of the world’s top trademark law firms nationally and in Illinois, and was recognized
as a Tier 1 firm for enforcement and litigation in New York.
In 2019, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine recognized Kirkland in Tier 1 for Litigation: United States - National in its IAM Patent 1000 guide.
Kirkland was named “Law Firm of the Year” for Litigation - Patent by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers in their 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings.
The New York Law Journal named Kirkland as its 2019 “Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year.”
Weil is a leader in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services. Our pioneering “one-firm” approach, which integrates approximately 1,100 attorneys across three continents and multiple practice areas, allows the Firm to partner with many of the world’s most successful organizations on matters as complex and interconnected as the businesses themselves.
Featuring approximately 350 lawyers in more than a dozen practice areas and areas of specialization, Weil’s Litigation Department is one of the largest, most diversified, and highly respected in the legal industry. Weil provides clients with business oriented solutions to complex, multi-faceted legal challenges, including business disputes, regulatory actions and investigations, financial distress, and other potentially enterprise-changing circumstances.
Our expertise spans a number of substantive areas:
Antitrust: Weil is regularly retained by some of the largest corporations in the world to handle their antitrust litigation matters. Our antitrust litigators advise clients on the inter-relationship between antitrust, intellectual property, trade, and unfair competition laws and regulations, and litigate and try those cutting-edge issues in civil and criminal cases before juries and judges in multiple jurisdictions. Representative clients include Bridgestone, CBS, Farmers Insurance, H&R Block, Hilton Worldwide, Panasonic, and Sanofi.
Appellate: Weil’s Appellate practice focuses on a broad array of substantive areas, including employment, securities, copyright and trademark, patent, tax, bankruptcy, antitrust, civil rights, and constitutional law, among other areas. With 30 practitioners, including numerous former clerks for federal appellate judges and U.S. Supreme Court justices, we regularly handle appeals in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bankruptcy: Weil is well-known as the leading restructuring firm in the world. We not only invented much of what is standard today, but we have been involved in almost every type of consensual and litigated restructuring transaction in the U.S. since the 1970s. Weil has served as chief debtors’ counsel in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcy filings in history and has represented clients in numerous complicated international insolvencies. Our experience extends to exchange offers, debt for equity swaps, pre-packaged and pre-arranged chapter 11 cases, as well as conventional chapter 11 reorganizations.
General Commercial: Weil is a one-stop firm for commercial litigation matters, and has achieved significant victories in recent high-profile disputes for CBS, Discovery Communications, ExxonMobil Corporation, Farmers Insurance, First Data, Nuance Communications, and StubHub, among others. We specialize in trying highstakes breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, unfair competition and otherbusiness tort claims, class actions, and litigations arising under RICO, the False Claims Act, and numerous other statutes.
Intellectual Property: Weil’s IP practices offer market-leading capabilities in IP litigation – including complex patent, trade secrets, copyright, and trademark disputes – and IP counseling. For decades, Weil’s prestigious IP & Media group has been at the forefront of hot-button intellectual property and media issues. The group’s work in the area of digital media has been trailblazing, touching on multiple areas of commercial significance including e-commerce, digital rights management, and digital content licensing. We are also recognized for our expertise in false advertising, music licensing, television/motion picture and other content distribution, and privacy/data protection issues. Representative clients include Alibaba, eBay, Facebook, Harper Collins, Sirius XM Radio, and Twitter. Weil’s Patent Litigation group focuses on high-stakes patent and IP disputes, whether they involve winning a key patent infringement action at trial or on appeal, litigating a complex investigation at the U.S. ITC, or trying contested post-grant proceedings at the PTAB. Our team includes more than 40 attorneys, many of whom have technical degrees, allowing us to identify critical issues, understand the technology at the forefront of a case, and become trusted advisors to our clients, which include CBS, General Electric, HP, Illumina, Intel, Sanofi, T-Mobile, and Tesla Motors.
International Arbitration: Weil’s International Arbitration and Trade practice possesses vast experience, having been involved in more than 200 major international disputes – including scores of arbitrations – dealing with the laws of dozens of nations. Leading multinationals involved in important international disputes repeatedly turn to Weil for its business-oriented approach, understanding of specific cultural issues, extensive government and trade experience, and recognized skill in handling complex investment and commercial arbitrations before all major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, AAA, LCIA, and ICSID.
Product Liability: Weil handles significant product liability and complex mass tort matters, including nationwide class actions, MDL proceedings, and joint state/ federal litigations. Our group has won some of the largest consumer fraud class actions involving alleged product defects in the United States, and has handled one of the single-largest product recalls in European history. Our experience extends to a broad range of areas, including automotive products, industrial chemicals, medical devices, toys, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, heavy equipment, and airlines. Notable clients include Domestic, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Repsol, Sanofi, Toyobo, and Walgreens Boots Alliance..
Securities: Weil’s Securities Litigation group has handled numerous high-stakes, precedent-setting assignments including those relating to the insolvency or restructuring of major financial institutions, high profile SEC enforcement proceedings, white-collar securities prosecutions, proxy contests, busted-deal and other M&A litigation, and class action and derivative litigation. The group continues to tackle complex litigation and investigations for clients such as AIG, BTG Pactual, General Electric, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Sanofi, Signet Jewelers and Walgreens Boots Alliance, and shareholder suits arising out of large, sophisticated M&A transactions.
White Collar Crime: Led by an elite group of highly ranked criminal defense lawyers with extensive government experience, Weil’s White Collar practice conducts complex internal investigations and handles an array of criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations and parallel litigation arising out of accounting and securities issues, allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, and cartelization, and allegations related to U.S. criminal and regulatory laws with international and extra-territorial dimensions, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Sidley provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of its diverse client base. The strategic establishment of its offices in the key corporate and financial centers of the world has enabled the firm to represent a broad range of clients that include multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds and financial institutions. With more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley’s successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to “bet the company” litigation to cutting-edge regulatory issues.
Named to the 2019 BTI Client Service 30 as one of only three firms to earn a place on the list for 18 consecutive years
Recognized as “Team of the Year” for International Trade for the second consecutive year at the 2018 Chambers USA awards
Named Insurance and International Arbitration “Practice Group of the Year” by Law360
Named 2019 “Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal in Data – Security, Life Sciences – Regulatory, and Trade & Customs categories
Named to The National Law Journal’s 2018 Appellate Hot List for the eleventh year in a row
Named a 2018 “Appellate Practice Group of the Year” by Law360
Named by The National Law Journal as the 2016 ‘Chicago Litigation “Department of the Year” for White-Collar Defense
Ranked second out of 50 firms honored in the Law360 2016 Litigation Power-house rankings
Named as one of the top 25 national corporate law firms in Corporate Board Member Magazine’s 2016 survey of corporate directors and general counsel
Sidley recently won a high-profile case for Ford Motor Company, in a matter that challenged the U.S. Government’s tariff reclassification of Ford’s Transit Connect vehicles that would have resulted in a 25% tariff, resulting in nearly an additional $1 billion in tariffs. The U.S. Court of International Trade granted Ford summary judgment on its classification.
Sidley represents DirecTV in a federal court action brought by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged violations of the FTC Act and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act based on advertising of introductory pricing of DirectTV’s subscription satellite television services. The case may determine what the standard is for proving consumer deception by advertising under the FTC Act where the company offers truthfully advertised legitimate services and where the allegations are only about whether disclosures in the advertising are sufficiently clear and conspicuous; and how consumers provide express consent to deal terms in online transactions.
Sidley represents Honda in the multidistrict litigation related to the Takata-manufactured airbags recall. The litigation involves millions of airbags installed in vehicles across the United States which were recalled as potentially dangerous and involves the largest vehicle recall in history.
Sidley represents Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and its subsidiaries in over 8,200 cases in state and federal courts around the country involving the pharmaceutical Actos.
In one of the first biosimilar cases in the U.S., Sidley prevailed for Amgen against patent infringement claims brought by Sandoz around the blockbuster drug Enbrel®. Sidley also defeated an inter partes review challenge filed by the Coalition for Affordable Drugs on a patent related to the Enbrel.
Sidley represents Johnson & Johnson in consolidated Hatch-Waxman litigations, involving 14 generic drug manufacturers concerning ZYTIGA®, a drug used to treat prostate cancer. This matter has parallel proceedings in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia.
Sidley represents Amazon Inc. in a patent litigation case relating to website search functionality that presents novel issues of claim vitiation and file wrapper history estoppel under a Doctrine of Equivalents analysis.
Sidley represents Citigroup in consolidated multidistrict litigation brought on behalf of all merchants in the United States in the largest private antitrust litigation in U.S. history. The plaintiffs allege that card issuers have colluded with and through Visa and MasterCard for the networks to adopt rules regarding interchange fees. The individual actions include multi-billion dollar claims brought by some of the largest merchants in the US, including Amazon, 7-11 Stores and Costco.
Sidley represents the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in the investigations of corruption in world football. Sidley previously conducted an internal investigation for the CONCACAF Integrity Committee after the arrest of numerous FIFA officials in Zurich. Sidley completed the investigation and successfully advocated for the DOJ to consider CONCACAF to be a victim organization rather than a culpable. Sidley continues to represent CONCACAF in the DOJ’s ongoing investigation and prosecution of individual football officials and in asserting restitution claims against those individuals in favor of CONCACAF and individual federations in the region.
Pro Bono Service is an important component of daily work life at Sidley, with the firm’s lawyers devoting an average of 100,000 hours to pro bono service each year. Such efforts include Sidley’s role as a founding member of a national program in which the Pro Bono Institute, the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the American Legion have partnered to represent service members with disabilities returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Sidley lawyers also devote thousands of hours to our three other firmwide pro bono projects: Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program, the Political Asylum and Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Capital Litigation Project. Sidley’s Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program was recognized as a “standout” innovator at the Financial Times European Innovative Lawyer Awards for “Innovation in Social Responsibility” in recognition of its work providing free legal support to eligible small- and medium-sized for-profit enterprises and market-focused NGOs and nonprofits that have a clear social impact in developing countries across Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The firm was also honored in June 2016 by Public Counsel, a California nonprofit and the largest public interest law firm in the United States, as its “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” in recognition of the many years that Sidley has provided pro bono assistance to the organization’s causes.