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Practice areas:

Dispute resolution
Intellectual property
White collar crime

Landis C. Best represents global corporations, multinational financial institutions, and leading media companies in litigation and appeals, as well as before government and regulatory bodies. Her practice covers a broad spectrum of matters, including securities litigation, government investigations, regulatory guidance, First Amendment/media litigation and appellate work. Landis served as a senior leader of the legal team supporting the DOJappointed Monitor of Toyota Motor Corp. She was also part of the legal team that represented HSBC in a multi-year government investigation into allegations of Bank Secrecy Act and trade sanctions violations, leading to a favorable resolution.


A partner since 2001, Landis joined Cahill in 1995 after completing her clerkships for the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court; the Honorable N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina; and the American Arbitrators, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands.


Current Representative Matters Include:

  • Representation of HSBC in a multi-year investigation by the Department of Justice, Office of Foreign Asset Controls, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, District Attorney’s Office of New York, and the U.K. Financial Services Authority concerning various issues, including the bank’s dollar clearing services and Bank Secrecy Act compliance.
  • Representation of a major consumer lending company and certain former officers in a large and complex securities class action; defended company in five week jury trial tried to verdict.
  • Defended a major cable company against a nationwide class action alleging novel claims under the privacy provisions of the Federal Cable Act to a successful resolution.
  • Represented a major communications company in challenges to Federal Communication Commission regulation and proceedings on First Amendment and other grounds.
  • Defended a reinsurance company in breach of contract and tort action, and prosecuted counterclaims to successful resolution.
  • Won dismissal of defamation claims brought by state court judge against a prominent cable company.
  • Defended a national broadcasting company in a copyright infringement action involving a famous speech that presented novel questions concerning the 1909 Copyright Act and the First Amendment.
  • Secured reversals of contempt judgments against journalists and newspapers in federal appellate court regarding protection of confidential sources.
  • Representation of numerous media companies as amici and submission of briefs amicus curiae in the United States Supreme Court and appellate courts on issues of importance to the media industry.


Last updated Aug 2019