Benchmark Litigation 2017 US Awards - Recap, Winners List and Photos

The Benchmark Litigation 2017 US awards was held at the Essex House Hotel in New York last night. The event was full capacity, with representatives from 40 of the 50 states represented via attendees from nearly 100 private practice firms. In-house counsel from Volkswagen, AIG, Novartis, ICAP and Sanofi were also present. Benchmark also honored Mike McKool, founder and namesake of the McKool Smith firm, with the "Lifetime Achievement" award, which was followed by a lively speech from McKool that was peppered with insightful anecdotes. Tom Kendris of Novartis and Stuart Wexler of ICAP were also honored with "Outstanding In-House Counsel" awards.

Manfred Doess, GC of Volkswagen, also traveled from Germany to attend the event, delivering an emotional and conciliatory speech following the announcement of the final impact case of the evening, the landmark April 2016 $14 billion settlement in the Volkswagen class action, for which lead private practice counsel on both sides (Sullivan & Cromwell and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein) collected a rare double award. Volkswagen was awarded honorary in-house status for this matter.

Photos of the event are available here.

Congratulations to the winners, all of which are listed below:

STATE FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Alabama Firm of the Year 

Lightfoot Franklin & White

Alaska Firm of the Year
Ashburn & Mason

Arizona Firm of the Year
Osborn Maledon

Arkansas Firm of the Year
Friday Eldredge & Clark

California Firm of the Year
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Colorado Firm of the Year
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell

Connectictut Firm of the Year
Wiggin and Dana

Delaware Firm of the Year
Friedlander & Gorris

District of Columbia Firm of the Year
Williams & Connolly

Florida Firm of the Year
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod

Georgia Firm of the Year
King & Spalding

Hawaii Firm of the Year
Kobayashi Sugita & Goda

Idaho Firm of the Year
Gjording Fouser

Illinois Firm of the Year
Kirkland & Ellis

Indiana Firm of the Year
Barnes & Thornburg

Iowa Firm of the Year
Nyemaster Goode

Kansas Firm of the Year
Stinson Leonard Street

Kentucky Firm of the Year
Stoll Keenon & Ogden

Louisiana Firm of the Year
Phelps Dunbar

Maine Firm of the Year
Preti Flaherty

Maryland Firm of the Year
Whiteford Taylor Preston

Massachusetts Firm of the Year
Ropes & Gray

Michigan Firm of the Year
Bodman

Minnesota Firm of the Year
Blackwell Burke

Mississippi Firm of the Year
Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes

Missouri Firm of the Year
German May

Montana Firm of the Year
Crowley Fleck

Nebraska Firm of the Year
Kutak Rock

Nevada Firm of the Year
Bailey Kennedy

New Hampshire Firm of the Year
Nixon Peabody

New Jersey Firm of the Year
Sills Cummis & Gross

New Mexico Firm of the Year
Rodey Law

New York Firm of the Year
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

North Carolina Firm of the Year
Brooks Pierce

North Dakota Firm of the Year
Zuger Kirmis & Smith

Ohio Firm of the Year
Ulmer & Berne

Oklahoma Firm of the Year
McAfee & Taft

Oregon Firm of the Year
Lane Powell

Pennsylvania Firm of the Year
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check

Rhode Island Firm of the Year
Adler Pollock & Sheehan

South Carolina Firm of the Year
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

South Dakota Firm of the Year
Heidepriem Purtell Siegel

Tennessee Firm of the Year
Bass Berry & Sims

Texas Firm of the Year
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka

Utah Firm of the Year
Fabian VanCott

Vermont Firm of the Year
Gravel & Shea

Virginia Firm of the Year
LeClairRyan

Washington Firm of the Year
Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner Fogg & Moore

West Virginia Firm of the Year
Bowles Rice

Wisconsin Firm of the Year
Gass Weber & Mullins

Wyoming Firm of the Year
Holland & Hart

PRACTICE AREA FIRM AND LITIGATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Antitrust Firm of the Year
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Appellate Firm of the Year
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Bankruptcy Firm of the Year
Ropes & Gray

General Commercial Firm of the Year
Cravath Swaine & Moore

Insurance Firm of the Year
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year
Weil Gotshal & Manges

International Arbitration Firm of the Year
White & Case

Product Liability Firm of the Year
Kirkland & Ellis

Securities Firm of the Year
Sullivan & Cromwell

White Collar/Enforcement/Investigations Firm of the Year
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Antitrust Attorney of the Year
George Cary, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Appellate Attorney of the Year
Joshua Rosenkranz, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year
Andrew Leblanc, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

General Commercial Attorney of the Year
Richard Marooney, King & Spalding

Insurance Attorney of the Year
Robin Cohen, McKool Smith

Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year
George Lombardi, Winston & Strawn

International Arbitration Attorney of the Year
Mark Friedman, Debevoise & Plimpton

Product Liability Attorney of the Year
Christy Jones, Butler Snow

Securities Attorney of the Year
Jonathan Youngwood, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

White-Collar/Investigations/Enforcement Attorney of the Year
William Burck, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Trial Lawyer of the Year
Tara Lee, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

BOUTIQUE FIRM OF THE YEAR
Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

PLAINTIFF FIRM OF THE YEAR
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR
Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

IMPACT CASES

Brady vs. NFL - Winston & Strawn

AIG v. Lawsky - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

AIG v. Coventry et al - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Apple vs. Samsung  - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

COMMISA v. PEMEX - King & Spalding

Eisai v. Sanofi -
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Aurelius Capital Master v. Republic of Argentina - Cravath Swaine & Moore

Volkswagen class action - Sullivan & Cromwell AND Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein