Top 250 Women in Litigation - Northeast


Koskoff Kosfkoff & Bieder's Kathleen Nastri specializes in medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and personal injury cases, as well as complex commercial litigation matters. Utilizing her "strategic, outside-the-box litigation skills" has helped Nastri in obtaining a variety of multi-million-dollar, precedent-setting decisions.

Rhonda Tobin serves as the co-chair of Robinson + Cole's litigation department while maintaining a strong practice focusing on insurance related cases such as bad-faith litigation, along with complex commercial disputes. She successfully represented Interstate Fire and Casualty Company on a bad faith and unfair trade practices claim. Tobin is additionally handling a pending appeal in this matter on a breach of contract claim against the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Victoria "Tory" W. Chavey of Jackson Lewis focuses her practice on general employment litigation, wage-and-hour disputes, single-plaintiff discrimination cases and class-action matters. Recognized for her leadership on a wide range of employment issues, Chavey also regularly defends claims before both federal and state agencies, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the U.S. Appellate Court levels, as well as in arbitration.


Catherine Dearlove of Richards Layton & Finger maintains a robust corporate securities litigation practice involving shareholder class actions, derivative actions, and fiduciary duty matters. Her extensive experience counseling corporations through complex litigation and transactions has attributed to her ample success. Dearlove represents Wells Fargo in defense of a Section 220 action seeking records as well as derivative litigation stemming from improper sales practices.

Jennifer Voss of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is recognized for her litigation practice including her representation in defense of companies, directors, and officers on derivative claims, shareholder disputes, fiduciary duty challenges, and government investigations, among others. Voss represents Sprint on fiduciary and appraisal actions stemming from its Clearwire acquisition.

District of Columbia

Beth Wilkinson is the founding and name partner of Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz whose 30-plus years of expertise have, as a peer opines, "transcended the legal community." She is a nationally recognized litigator who has obtained countless victories on white collar, antitrust, mass tort and product liability, contract, commercial and class-action disputes in both state and federal court. Fellow founding and name partner Alexandra Walsh represents clients on criminal and civil litigation matters, as well as represents corporate clients on internal investigations. Some of her noted clients include Major League Baseball, Citigroup, Liberty Media, and Pfizer, among others. Lori Alvino McGill of Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz is described as "an appellate powerhouse." Her practice has been dedicated to representing clients in high-stakes civil and criminal appeals, as well as "cutting-edge expertise" on administrative law issues.

Elizabeth Papez of Winston & Strawn serves as the Co-Chair of the Financial Services Litigation Practice and specializes in class action and commercial litigation. She represents clients in numerous multi-billion-dollar commercial class actions and multi-district litigation disputes. She is co-lead counsel defending a global financial institution in an ongoing multi-district litigation of alleged countrywide antitrust class actions. Peers sing Papez's praises: "She is a fierce, dynamic, bright, powerhouse of a litigator." Fellow partner Heather Kafele specializes in nationwide internal investigations of cartel activity. She routinely represents individuals and companies cases before the Department of Justice. Additionally, her expertise includes bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Heidi Hubbard of Williams & Connolly manages a practice focused on product liability claims, multidistrict litigation, class actions, and professional liability disputes. She served as lead defense counsel in Delaware state court on a commercial dispute involving contract and trade secret claims. The jury returned a favorable verdict on the contract claims, after a favorable trade secret summary judgment decision. She was also second-chair trial counsel representing Coventry First on an alleged breach of contract claim, tort theories, and RICO claims. A favorable verdict was returned in both the district and appellate courts. Fellow partner Katherine Turner focuses her practice on government investigations and complex civil litigation, most notably concerning securities litigation, Lanham Act claims, and commercial contract disputes. She serves as Co-Chair of the Williams & Connolly's Women's Initiative. With extensive experience representing healthcare companies, financial institutions, and executives in all stages of civil and criminal litigation, fellow partner and well-known trial lawyer Enu Mainigi serves as chair of the firm's False Claims Act and Qui Tam practice, as well as the co-chair of the firm's Healthcare practice. She recently represented Bank of America at trial and on appeal to the Second Circuit on a government-intervened qui tam suit. The claim stated client Bank of America had allegedly defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them loans that were of lesser quality than the parties had agreed upon. The Second Circuit denied a government-requested hearing and chose not to seek Supreme Court review. Ana C. Reyes, fellow partner and Co-Chair of the firm's International Litigation practice group maintains a global practice representing foreign governments, foreign officials, multi-national corporations, and international organizations. Her practice is additionally devoted to representing refugee organizations and those seeking asylum in the U.S. on a pro bono basis. This initiative led her to be named the D.C. Women's Bar Association's Woman Lawyer of the Year. She served as lead counsel representing the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees seeking en banc review of a panel decision upholding the denial of asylum claim of a gay man from Mexico. The review was granted and reversed the Board of Immigration Appeals' rejection of the man's asylum claim in a landmark decision for gay rights in asylum proceedings in the Ninth Circuit and has the potential for precedent-setting impact for the LGBTQ community.

Dixie Johnson of King & Spalding co-chairs the Securities Enforcement and Regulation Practice and is a partner in the Special Matters Government and Investigations group. She routinely appears before numerous government and administrative agencies where she is noted for her high success rate on behalf of her clients. She is on the lead counsel team representing PwC Brazil in connection with investigations and litigation stemming from the corruption investigation involving PwC Brazil's audit client, Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras.

Marinn Carlson is a partner in the D.C. office of Sidley Austin, where she focuses her practice on international arbitrations and dispute settlement, most notably on investor-state arbitrations and international commercial arbitrations. "She is very smart and an excellent strategist and excellent lawyer," notes a peer. Carlson has recently served as representation for foreign investors and the governments of those countries where they invest. She is a member of ArbitralWomen, an international non-governmental organization for women practitioners who are active in international dispute resolution. Jennifer Haworth McCandless, a fellow partner, also specializes in the area of international dispute resolution, including investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration. She also regularly represents governments in WTO disputes. She is a member of the AbitralWomen and Women in International Trade organizations. Karen Popp is the Global Leader of Sidley Austin's White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations group. She is praised by her peers as "a leader in the world of government investigations and corporate compliance." Her representations include high-stakes matters with political and legal components that include congressional investigations and State Attorney actions. Kristin Graham Koehler is a member of Sidley Austin's Executive Committee and a leader in the white-collar crime and government investigations area. She is active in representing corporations in the healthcare sector on joint criminal and civil investigations. Her practice is predominantly active in civil false claims actions in stages with the DOJ.

The Appellate and Supreme Court practice leader of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer's D.C. office, Lisa Blatt, is recognized as "one of the strongest litigators this country has ever seen." Her outstanding record of Supreme Court wins (33) is often admired by competitors who cannot help but sing her praises: "When you see Lisa's name on [the opposite side of] any document, you can't help but sometimes assume inevitable defeat. She's put together an impeccable practice." Blatt recently represented the Washington Redskins in a trademark dispute over the team's trademarks. Fellow partner Laura Shores utilizes more than 25 years of experience litigation antitrust and white-collar matters, as well as other complex civil and criminal matters. She represented Fougera Pharmaceuticals in a putative class action dispute alleging price fixing by manufacturers of generic drugs.

Chair of the Transnational Litigation group at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Benchmark Litigation's own U.S. Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2017 is "supremely brilliant" Tara Lee. Peers praise her legal expertise in litigation and managing investigations for clients expanding into the global market. She also boasts an in-depth white-collar defense and government enforcement practice.

Alison Barnes of Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber is an "experienced and accomplished" trial and appellate litigator whose practice ranges from securities class action and derivative matters, to commercial disputes, to representing companies and individuals in federal criminal investigations.

Robin Bergen of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton manages her practice with a focus on internal and white-collar defense, government investigations, regulatory enforcement, and corporate governance. She also possesses extensive experience on structured finance and investment regulations of companies and their advisors. Fellow partner Leah Brannon is a specialist on antitrust litigation matters in both state and federal courts. She regularly assists clients in FTC and DoJ investigations, as well as investigations by state antitrust authorities.

Margaret Warner of McDermott Will & Emery maintains an in-depth practice that spans across several practice areas, including antitrust, product liability, class actions and insurance disputes, among others. She is currently trial counsel for Weyerhaeuser, a containerboard manufacturer, in a case in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois against allegations that it violated the Sherman Act, the federal antitrust law that prohibits anti-competitive behavior.

Christina Guerola Sarchio serves as Chair of the Class Action Strike Team at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe's D.C. office. Her business litigation, class action, and white collar criminal defense practice spans several industry sectors, most notably oil and gas, pharmaceutical, transportation, and consumer products, among others.

Karen Dunn of Boies Schiller & Flexner specializes on high-stakes civil litigation disputes. She is nationally recognized for her accomplished trial experience, with peers describing her as being "a consummate court room professional." Her crisis-management expertise has bolstered her career managing issues for some of the country's top public officials and executives.

Deanne Maynard of Morrison Foerster's D.C. office co-Chair's the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court practice. She is nationally recognized for litigating high-profile matters in the federal court of appeals. She also maintains an active antitrust and intellectual property litigation practice.

Laura Foggan of Crowell Moring specializes in litigating complex insurance matters, including coverage disputes, products liability, and privacy claims, among others. She also bolsters an in-depth appellate practice, participating in numerous cases in courts across the country.

Davis Polk's Linda Chatman Thomsen specializes in federal securities litigation, including on matters of insider trading, FCPA, financial reporting, manipulation and regulatory compliance. "Linda is an expert in persuading the SEC that their time would be better spent elsewhere," attests a peer.

Carol Elder Bruce of K&L Gates focuses on white-collar criminal defense, anti-corruption cases, civil litigation, complex commercial disputes, internal investigations, international arbitrations, and class action defense.

At Covington & Burling, Deborah Garza co-Chairs the firm's Global Antitrust and Competition Law Practice. Her expertise ranges from class action and commercial litigation, and congressional investigations and white-collar defense, to antitrust litigation and global compliance matters.

Lorelie Masters, who recently made the move from Perkins Coie to the D.C. office of Hunton & Williams, focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Aside from her practice as an insurance coverage litigator, she regularly tries cases in state, federal, and appellate courts across the country as well as in arbitration proceedings, most notably in the product liability and environmental sectors.

Masters' erstwhile colleague at Perkins Coie, Selena Linde is a partner in the firm's Insurance Recovery practice, where she specializes in complex insurance coverage matters. Her significant trial experience extends to include representing corporate policyholders and clients on high-stakes bankruptcy disputes.

Christine Gregorski Rolph of Latham Watkins is the Global co-Chair of the firm's Product Liability, Mass Torts, and Consumer Class Actions practice. Aside from her expertise in this area of law, she also represents clients in major insurance matters involving liability policies and bad faith damages. Fellow partner Margaret Zwisler is a highly-touted antitrust litigator with more than 40 years of experience successfully defending clients in trials and class action suits. She currently represents Ocean Spray on a proposed competition class-action suit in which the client is accused of alleged predatory pricing in its compensation for berries that are then used to make cranberry concentrate.

Abby Cohen Smutny serves as Co-Head of White & Case's International Arbitration Practice in the Americas and head of the Public International Law Practice, where she represents clients in arbitrations before all major arbitral forums and tribunals. She represents the Republic of Bulgaria in two separate ICSID cases: one case was initiated by Energo-Pro under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Bulgaria-Czech Republic bilateral investment treaties (BITs); the other matter was brought by EVN AG under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Bulgaria-Austria BIT. Fellow partner Carolyn Lamm manages her practice focusing on international dispute resolution via international arbitration, litigation and international trade proceedings. Andrea Menaker also specializes on complex international arbitration cases, with a strong focus on investment treaty arbitration representing both investors and respondents before numerous arbitration institutions. She participated in developing dispute resolution and investment provisions in her prior role Chief of NAFTA Arbitration Division for the U.S. State Department. As members of the lead trial counsel team, both Lamm and Menaker helped secure a victory for the Republic of Uzbekistan on a $132 million ICSID case that was dismissed in its entirety for alleged violations of applicable investment laws. This was the third-consecutive victory for the client.

Colleen Mahoney of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom heads the D.C. Securities Enforcement practice. Her prior experience in senior positions with the Securities and Exchange Commission has bolstered her expertise in representing financial services firms, board committees, corporations, officers, directors and employees in law enforcement investigations. Fellow partner Jennifer Spaziano specializes in civil litigation representing individuals, corporations, and financial institutions in both state and federal courts. She has extensive experience in the healthcare, life sciences, and cybersecurity and privacy sectors.

Cheryl J. Scarboro hails from the D.C. office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where she specializes in representing individuals, corporations, and financial institutions in regulatory enforcement proceedings. Her global practice is also focused on anti-corruption matters, including investigations brought by the FCC, FCPA, and DoJ regarding issues in various parts of the world.

Lisa Jose Fales serves as the Chair of the Antitrust Practice and co-Chair of the Regulatory Practice at Venable. She bolsters a 20-plus year practice specializing in civil government antitrust investigations, mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust litigation. She regularly represents Fortune 500 companies in investigations brought by the FTC and the DoJ.

Paula Junghans of Zuckerman Spaeder is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience litigating federal tax and white-collar criminal matters, including criminal investigations and conspiracy prosecutions, mail, wire, bank, and healthcare fraud, environmental crime, and money laundering.


Martha Gaythwaite of Verrill Dana is recognized for her ample experience and deep history of successfully trying hundreds of trials to verdict. Her litigation practice has recently been inspired by her interest in environmental law, which aligns with her accomplishments in the product liability arena. Gaythwaite currently represents Norwalk, Connecticut in a multi-million- dollar water pollution matter against the water-pump manufacturer. This matter is pending in federal court with a trial expectant in October. Fellow partner Karen Frink Wolffocuses her practice on behalf of healthcare providers with a large dedication to risk management as well as medical negligence. She currently represents client Spectrum Medical Group as well as an individual physician on a matter that is being disputed to determine whether drugs provided by an anesthesiologist during surgery caused permanent urological harm to the patient. Trial is expected to begin in 2018.

Melissa Hewey of Drummond Woodsum manages a practice dedicated to school and education law, labor and employment litigation, civil rights litigation, and general commercial and business litigation. She often appears before both state and federal courts, as well as before the Maine Human Rights Commission. Hewey currently represents Vescom Corp, one of the largest privately owned security firms in the country, on an alleged whistleblower protection matter.

Martica Douglas of Douglas Denham Buccina & Ernst maintains a robust civil litigation practice with a focus on personal injury, malpractice, and insurance coverage disputes. Her experience encompasses her role in a number of landmark decisions in Maine as well as the highest award ever decided by a Maine jury in a slip-and-fall personal injury case.


As a member of McDermott Will & Emery's Management and Executive Committees and the global head of the firm's intellectual property practice, Sarah Chapin Columbia's expertise stems from infringement and invalidity trials to patent and trademark enforcement litigation. A federal jury returned a favorable decision on a matter where Chapin Columbia served as lead counsel in defense of Blackberry in a week-long trial in the Northern District of Texas.

Over the course of her career, Joan Lukey of Choate Hall & Stewart has tried numerous employment and business litigation cases throughout the country, with countless jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations in a variety of industry sectors to her credit. Additionally, Lukey maintains a robust appellate practice. She recently represented renowned crime writer Patricia Cornwell in resolving a case stemming from breach of fiduciary duty allegations on behalf of former accountants.

New Hampshire

In the New Hampshire branch of Jackson Lewis, Martha Van Oot specializes in labor and employment litigation, commercial litigation, unfair competition litigation, and class-action disputes. Her extensive experience stems from trying a copious number of cases in state and federal courts, New Hampshire Supreme Court, and the First District Court of Appeals.

New Jersey

Kim Catullo of Gibbons' PC serves as Chair of the Product Liability Department and is Co-Administrator in charge of the firm's New York office, as well as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Her practice predominantly encompasses matters in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. She serves as national and regional product liability counsel on some of the firm's most high profile multidistrict litigation cases.

Beth Rose of Sills Cummis & Gross serves as Chair of the Product Liability Practice and Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group. One of her focuses has been representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and she has recently expanded her practice to include consumer products and services litigation. Additionally, Rose has served as lead counsel in countless cases representing Fortune 200 and 500 companies.

New York

Christine Varney of Cravath Swaine & Moore serves as Chair of the Antitrust practice and is nationally recognized for her work in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other business transactions in both the private and public sector. She represents clients such as AGL Resources, Biogen, Time Warner, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts on several multi-billion-dollar acquisitions. Fellow partner Julie North manages a broad litigation practice dedicated to securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial litigation, although she has recently pivoted to a primarily antitrust-focused practice. She represents clients including Stanley Black & Decker, Delhaize Group, and Akorn. She also represents Weyerhaeuser Company on an antirust matter concerning a $2.2 billion sale of its cellulose fibers pulp mills to an international paper company. Fellow partner Sandra Goldstein focuses her practice on securities and commercial disputes, along with mergers and acquisitions. She represented Zale Corporation and its board of directors in a consolidated class-action suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery challenging the $1.4 billion sale of the company. After the court denied an injunction due to Goldstein's arguments against plaintiff's motion to preliminarily enjoin the merger, the Delaware Supreme Court successfully affirmed the dismissal.

Weil Gotshal & Manges' Diane Sullivan specializes in the trial of complex commercial litigation, class action, and mass tort cases. She predominantly focuses in the energy, healthcare, life sciences, retail and consumer products sectors. She secured a significant victory for Sanofi when an Illinois federal court granted the dismissal of all claims in a putative consumer class action without prejudice concerning Sanofi's epinephrine injection product, Auvi-Q. Fellow partner Marcia Goldstein, a member of the firm's Business Finance & Restructuring Department and a member of the Management Committee, specializes within the area of domestic and international debt restructuring and crisis management.

Co-head of her firm's Class & Collective Actions Group, Elise Bloom of Proskauer Rose practices in the areas of appellate and labor and employment litigation. She often represents clients in wage-and-hour and high-profile collective class-action disputes. Bettina Plevan, a fellow partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Law Department, has tried numerous jury and non-jury trials on behalf of some high-profile clients, which hail from a variety of different industries, including banking and finance, health care, entertainment, publishing and education. Fellow partner Margaret Dale's expertise spans to include a variety of complex commercial disputes, including class-action defense, privacy and data security, intellectual property, securities and corporate governance, and regulatory and internal investigations. Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, who most notably represents clients in the entertainment industry sector, runs a portfolio of work routinely involves cases concerning copyright infringement, trademark infringement, enforcement of personal services contracts, accounting and royalty disputes, and rights of privacy and publicity. Her clientele includesthe likes of Madonna, The Recording Academy, and Lady Gaga.

Sullivan & Cromwell boasts a high concentration of Top 250 candidates. Penny Shane specializes in financial services, securities, and class-action litigation. She also litigates complex commercial disputes, such as contract performance or corporate governance disputes. Fellow partner Sharon Nelles runs a diverse practice which focuses on securities and commercial litigation. She serves as part of the national coordinating counsel for Volkswagen in multinational litigation. Yvonne Quinn manages an antitrust litigation and merger analysis and review practice where she represents clients including commercial banks, equity funds, investment banks, and insurance companies, among others. Karen Patton Seymour specializes in white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. Her clients are often individuals, corporations, and financial institutions who are involved in allegations of securities fraud and insider trading, violations of the FCPA, money laundering violations, OFA sanctions, and criminal antitrust violations Seymour's impressive list of past clients includes everyone from household names like Martha Stewart, who Seymour represented in a high-profile insider trading case, to executives of BNP Paribas, for whom she negotiated a landmark settlement with prosecutors.

Kathleen Sullivan is chair of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's national appellate practice. She has earned plaudits from peers nationwide for her track record precedent-setting appeals wins. "Kathleen is just such a rock star," enthuses a peer. "She was just storming for Samsung on those smartphone cases against Apple. Every time her opposition made headway, Kathleen would hit back hard." Also at Quinn Emanuel, Sheila Birnbaum serves as Co-Chair of the Global Product Liability and Mass Tort Practice where she represents corporations in complex mass tort and insurance litigation. She is accustomed to favorable decisions representing clients in numerous high-stakes litigation disputes. Peers praise her "excellence and dexterity when it comes to developing legal strategies." Faith Gay serves as Co-Chair of the firm's National Trial Practice and as Co-Chair of the New York White-Collar Practice. Her extensive courtroom experience ranges from civil litigation to corporate governance and white-collar disputes, making her one of the most well-known white collar trial lawyers in the country. Fellow partner Jane Byrne specializes in insurance and product liability and mass tort litigation matters, as well as in general commercial matters. "Jane is one of the most brilliant insurance lawyers around," confirms a fellow insurance practitioner. "I'm delighted to see her on your list because she deserves more attention than she has been getting."

Arguably armed with the highest number of Top 250-level female talent of any competing New York firm, Debevoise & Plimpton boasts a whopping eight candidates spread across a broad spectrum of practices. Spearheading this group, Mary Beth Hogan, co-Chair of the Litigation Department at Debevoise & Plimpton, specializes in general commercial, government investigations, and labor and employment litigation matters. Fellow partner Helen Cantwell focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement actions, and internal investigations. A peer testifies: "She's absolutely terrific and handles huge investigations with nuance and fervor." Mary Jo White, Senior Chair of the firm and leader of the Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions group, specializes in multi-faceted government investigations and white collar criminal and civil defense. She returns to private practice after one of the longest tenures as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Catherine Amirfar, another partner to return to the fold after a stint in government (with the State Department,) is co-Chair of the firm's Public International Law Group and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group where she routinely represents multinational corporations, sovereign states, and international organization before international arbitration tribunals and U.S. court systems. Her expertise in international commercial and treaty arbitration, international and complex commercial litigation, and public international law practice is noted as "one of the best in the country." Natalie Reid, another member of the firm's famed International Disputes Group, specializes in international arbitration, public international law, and complex commercial litigation matters. She often acts as counsel in commercial and treaty arbitrations and litigation concerning breach of claims, indemnification disputes, and shareholder class action and derivative suits. Maura Monaghan, who, a peer asserts, "has a photographic memory and unassailable writing skills," focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation including products liability and mass tort litigation, environmental, healthcare, regulatory and criminal investigations, and arbitration. Competitors acknowledge how "skilled and savvy" she continues to be. Maeve O'Connor focuses her practice on complex civil and commercial litigation. She often represents life insurance companies and defends in securities litigation matters. She currently represents MetLife in connection with putative shareholder class-action suits pending in state and federal courts in New York and Alabama regarding to payment of death benefits and escheatment of unclaimed death benefit practices. The court issued an opinion dismissing all claims, as well as all securities fraud claims under Section 12 of the Securities Act. Shannon Selden maintains a sharp focus in the investment management industry where she represents clients such as hedge funds and private equity firms. She currently represents Standard General on two related suits arising out of agreements, including a bankruptcy proceeding pending in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Additional clients include D.E. Shaw and Madison Dearborn Partners and Nexbank SSB.

Amelia Starr of Davis Polk & Wardwell focuses on commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and bankruptcy-related litigation. Her diverse practice includes representing financial firms and their boards of directors, including commercial banks, hedge funds and private equity firms. Fellow partner Angela Burgess represents clients on fraud allegations, anti-bribery law violations, insider trading, money laundering, criminal tax fraud, antitrust, and other financial crimes. Jennifer Newstead manages a global practice representing clients before numerous law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Her practice has a strong focus in white collar criminal defense work, ranging between FCPA enforcement cases and investigative economic sanctions work. Her clientele includes international corporations, financial institutions and Boards of Directors. Martine Beamon manages a robust practice where she specializes in cases concerning allegations of insider trading, commodities fraud, foreign corrupt practices, and pharmaceutical marketing violations. Frances Bivens often represents client as lead counsel ono commercial litigation matters in courts across the country. Her clients include ConEdison and Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison's Susanna Buergel focuses on complex securities and commercial matters. She often represents financial institutions and corporations in complex securities and commercial matters, such as Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. Fellow partner Michele Hirshman specializes in white-collar defense, regulatory enforcement matters, and internal investigations. Her clients include entities such as marketing companies, political organizations, and public and private company executives and individuals before law enforcement and administrative agencies.

Rachelle Silverberg of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, represents companies and directors in litigation involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance disputes, fiduciary duty actions, and internal SEC investigations. Fellow partner Elaine Golin represents clients on matters concerning contracts, corporate governance, securities litigation, and a variety of complex commercial litigation issues. Her clientele includes Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and J.C. Flowers, among others. Ilene Knable Gotts focuses on antitrust litigation matters, most notably in reference to mergers and acquisitions.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Mary Beth Forshaw is a renowned personality in insurance litigation. One peer testifies, "Mary Beth is as elite as they come," adding, "her experience is so vast that she can advise on any legal issue." Fellow partner Lynn Neuner maintains a practice that also touches on insurance, as well as litigation involving securities, mergers and false advertising disputes. Peers rave about Neuner's expertise, with one offering, "Lynn is a mastermind, she's everyone's first choice." She is defending Corp Group Holding Inversiones LTDA in connection with an ongoing international arbitration claim and New York state lawsuit alleging a breach of shareholder agreement. Lori Lesser, head of the firm's Intellectual Property Transactions Practice and co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, represents clients on intellectual property, technology and privacy law disputes, including corporate transactions, litigation, licensing, outsourcing, and strategic agreements. She took part in representing TD Bank, NA on a copyright infringement suit in a New Jersey federal suit.

Head of McKool Smith's insurance recovery practice, Robin Cohen represents insurers in complex insurance coverage matters. Throughout her 30-plus-year career, she has tried numerous noteworthy insurance disputes, such as asbestos, product liability, and employment coverage cases. She obtained a recent victory in the Delaware Supreme Court when it was ruled that her client, Verizon Communications, was owed $48 million in reimbursement. She has obtained several big trial wins for the firm's insurance practice since shifting over from Kasowitz Benson Torres, such as a landmark decision representing Givaudan Fragrances Corporation in the New Jersey Supreme Court on a ruling that entitles the company to seek more than $500 million in insurance coverage. Fellow partner Elizabeth Sherwin focuses on the representation of policyholders in all areas of insurance coverage litigation, such as comprehensive liability insurance, products liability coverage, and first-party property coverage. Her clientele consists of small and privately owned businesses and individuals, as well as Fortune 500 companies. She was able to secure a landmark decision from the Supreme Court of Delaware for client Warren Pumps LLC that applied New York law on policy assignments, trigger of coverage, and the obligation of excess carriers to pay defense costs. Fellow partner Gayle R. Klein focuses her practice on business litigation, such as complex financial transaction disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and violations of non-competition agreements. She regularly represents clients in residential mortgage back securities cases.

Hollis Salzman of Robins Kaplan serves as co-Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group, Member of the Executive Board, Hiring Partner and Assistant Managing Partner of the New York office. She boasts extensive antitrust law experience, most notably in prosecuting antitrust violations involving international cartels. She represents businesses that purchased airfreight services directly from defendants in a court-appointed air cargo shipping services antitrust litigation.

With over two decades of experience representing companies and individuals in white-collar criminal cases, enforcement matters and complex civil litigation, Joan McPhee of Ropes & Gray is a member of the firm's governing Policy Committee. Her expertise expands to include life sciences, as well as appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

Nationally recognized litigator Roberta "Robbie" Kaplan, who is known for her high-profile Supreme Court win that toppled the Defense of Marriage Act, decamped from Paul Weiss in June 2017 to launch her own litigation boutique firm, Kaplan & Company, where she will continue to specialize in high-stakes commercial litigation. Peers rave about her "ability to thrive in any situation."

Dale Cendali of Kirkland & Ellis heads the firm's Copyright, Trademark, Internet and Advertising practice group, where she specializes in intellectual property litigation, most notably on copyright, trademark, false advertising, patent, internet, defamation, and trade secrets issues. She is also well versed in the right of publicity, privacy, complex contract disputes, and similar areas. She achieved a major victory on behalf of client AT&T, defeating a preliminary injunction motion brought by Citigroup related to AT&T's launch of a new customer appreciation program. Fellow partner Leora Ben-Ami handles cases in all areas of technology, including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, mechanical devices, and electronics. She also has a robust appellate experience.

Penny Windle serves on Cahill Gordon & Reindel's Development Committee where she routinely represents global corporations, leading banks, boards of directors, special committees, and directors and officers in high-stakes commercial litigation and government investigations. Fellow partner Landis Best focuses her practice on securities litigation, government investigations, regulatory guidance, First Amendment and media litigation, and appellate work. She is also a member of the firm's Women's Initiatives and Legal Recruiting Committees.

Intellectual property specialist Bindu Donovan of Sidley Austin boasts more than 18 years of experience representing life science companies in complex patent litigation. She recently represented Janssen Biotech in a patent infringement matter in response to the defendants seeking approval to market a generic version of Janssen's ZYTIGA drug prior to the expiration of the patent. Fellow Sidley partner Maria Melendez litigates cases in courts and arbitration proceedings involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts. She regularly represents public companies, investment banks, broker-dealers, directors, officers, and corporate issuers, entities and individuals in investigations and other federal securities disputes. Melendez, the first Latina partner at the firm, is an advocate for the New York City Bar Association's "Diversity and Inclusion" initiative.

Andrea Neuman serves as co-Chair of the Transnational Litigation Practice group at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. She maintains a global practice, specializing in the areas of environmental litigation and mass tort, appellate and constitutional law, international arbitration, and securities litigation. She has served as trial counsel for state and local governments, including foreign plaintiffs in U.S.-based litigation. Fellow partner Caitlin Halligan is the co-Chair of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice group. She is nationally known for her expertise in litigating cases before the federal appellate courts, and for arguing more than 45 matters at various stages in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Heather McDevitt of White & Case serves as head of the firm's Global Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Group. She specializes in antitrust and appellate matters as well as general commercial and government investigative litigation. One peer testifies to her impact: "Her presence is a noted as the reason for improved success at that firm." She currently represents Hess Corp. in defense of an action alleging breach of contract and fraud in connection with the sale of its East Coast bunker oil business to Aegean Marine. A ruling on a client's Motion to Dismiss is pending. Fellow partner Sung-Hee Suh heads the firm's White Collar Team. She bolsters extensive knowledge in enforcement and compliance issues stemming from her 18 years in private practice, as well as her recent return from an eight-year stint in the U.S. government. Her practice is focused on complex and multijurisdictional anti-corruption cases, fraud and anti-money laundering disputes. Ank Santens is a well-known international arbitration specialist who operates in commercial, investment, construction, and insurance arbitrations around the world. Her global representations continue as she is counsel to the Republic of Bulgaria in two separate ICSID cases: one case was initiated by Energo-Pro under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Bulgaria-Czech Republic bilateral investment treaties (BIT); the other matter was brought by EVN AG under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Bulgaria-Austria BIT.

The 35-plus year career of Cooley's Celia Goldwag Barenholtz has been structured around high-profile, high-stakes litigation in complex commercial, media, and intellectual property disputes and arbitration. Fellow partner Laura Grossfield Birger maintains a diverse practice specializing in a mix of both commercial and white-collar disputes, most notably with a focus on internal investigations and political corruption issues.

Shari Brandt of Richards Kibbe & Orbe focuses her practice on environmental, securities, and white-collar litigation and government investigations. She currently represents a global brokerage firm in connection with an in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission into swaps trading around corporate bond issuances.

Phoebe Wilkinson of Hogan Lovells' New York practice serves as a member of the firm's Global Board, as well as the manager of the New York Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice. She typically represents clients in disputes involving claims that parties engaged in fraudulent conduct, failed to perform under contracts, as well as violated state and federal laws and statutes.

Mendes & Mount's Eileen McCabe has defended insurers in both state and federal courts concerning multimillion dollar, high-stakes disputes, including bankruptcy proceedings. Throughout her 20-plus year career, she has also bolsters an in-depth alternative dispute resolution and mediation practice.

Lisa Beckerman of Akin Gump focuses her practice on corporate restructuring and creditors' rights in the areas of manufacturing, airlines, media, energy, and real estate. Her expertise stems from representing debtors, creditors, and creditor committees in Chapter 11 cases.

Lisa Prager of Holland & Knight focuses her practice on government investigations and enforcement actions relating to anti-money laundering laws, U.S. export controls and economic sanctions laws, FCPA, and the Dodd-Frank Act's whistleblower provisions and government contract matters. Her expertise before numerous law enforcement agencies, such as the DoJ, have garnered significant praise from colleagues who "continue to be impressed by her work".

Carmen Lawrence of King & Spalding specializes in securities-related government investigations and litigation. She serves as co-lead of the firm's Securities Enforcement and Regulation practice and often represents both public and private companies in regulatory and investigative matters conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, US Department of Justice, and other regulatory organizations. She is co-lead counsel to ComScore's audit committee where she conducted a comprehensive internal investigation into more than twenty allegations of misconduct relating to complex accounting issues.

Lankler Siffert & Wohl partner Helen Gredd practices in the area of regulatory enforcement, white-collar crime, complex commercial and securities litigation. She has defended clients in investigations brought by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as numerous other state and federal agencies. She often represents clients on financial disclosure cases and cross border investigations.

Hailing from the New York office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Laurie Strauch Weiss specializes in mass torts and product liability, as well as complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. A strong component of her practice consists of representing clients in complex and multi-party class-action litigation.

Rachel Bien of Outten & Golden, whose practice focuses on representing employees in various industries on complex multi-plaintiff litigation disputes, serves as co-Chair of the firm's Class and Collective Action practice.

Jennifer Recine is a specialist in commercial, plaintiffs, and real estate and hotel litigation at Kasowitz Benson Torres. She currently represents Beverly Hills Unified School District in its ongoing National Environmental Policy Act action against the Federal Transit Administration challenging the proposed route for the extension of the purple line subway in Los Angeles, CA, which is presently set to run under Beverly Hills High School.

Hannah Ross of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann focuses her practice on securities fraud, shareholder rights, and complex commercial litigation in the plaintiff capacity. Her expertise spans across both civil and criminal proceedings. She has been a senior member of several trial teams in landmark securities recoveries.

Helene Jaffe recently joined Fox Rothschild as co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust Group. She continues to focus on a practice centered on transactional, counseling, and litigation aspects of antitrust law, most notably on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, single firm conduct, and distribution matters. She currently serves on the Leadership Council for the International Women's Health Coalition.

Helen Maher of Boies Schiller & Flexner focuses her practice on antitrust work as well as on appellate and general commercial matters. Maher is tipped as "a go-getter workaholic with an unshakeable demeanor and more backbone than some with 20 years of experience on her." Maher provides counsel to NASCAR, for whom she has logged several substantial, recent wins.

Susan Brune of Brune Law is a noted high-stakes, high-profile white collar criminal defense litigator. Her "outright amazing reputation" is one that is nationally known by peers and competitors alike.


Leslie John serves as the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Antitrust Group, with clients predominantly concentrated in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Her practice is not limited to antitrust and complex litigation matters, but also consists of robust class-action experience on product liability, securities, ERISA matters, and commercial cases. She is currently involved in the representation of GlaxoSmithKline in connection with two related antitrust class actions filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Fellow partner Hara Jacobs is recognized for her litigation work on intellectual property matters, as well as wealth management and fiduciary litigation. She maintains ample experience litigating before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices, and in state and federal courts.

Nancy Winkelman of Schnader Attorneys boasts an extensive state and federal appellate litigation practice throughout the course of her 28-year career. She is regularly contacted to participate in pre-trial and trial stages of litigation due to her success. She obtained a significant victory in the NJ appellate courts on behalf of the New Jersey Institute of Technology on a First Amendment, breach of contract, and trademark dispute against the former alumni association. The appellate court ruled on behalf of NJIT's favor in every issue.

Stephanie Resnick, Managing Partner of Fox Rothschild's Philadelphia Office, is an experienced trial lawyer who handles high-profile, complex business disputes. She has established a career representing Fortune 500 companies, corporate executives, and small businesses on liability, shareholder, and partnership disputes. Resnick also handles general commercial insurance, intellectual property, and employment cases. Fellow partner Jacqueline Carolan concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation, administrative law litigation, with substantial experience in product liability matters. Her experience as a critical care nurse has offered a unique perspective when representing clients in ERISA and non-ERISA actions within the healthcare and insurance sectors.

Michele Hangley of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller is recognized for her commercial litigation practice with emphasis on intellectual property disputes, breach of contract claims, business torts, and legal malpractice, among others. Her experience stems from representing clients in a variety of industry sectors on multi-million-dollar disputes.

Chair of Pepper Hamilton's Health Services Department and member of the Executive Committee, attorney Nina Gussack's practice is largely focused on civil litigation matters with a notable representation of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Amongst her peers, Gussack is often praised for her "brilliant and strategic mind" as well as "her sophisticated knowledge of the law". Additionally, she is nationally recognized for her work on multi-district and class action litigation. Fellow partner Amy Ginensky manages an active media and communications practice with a focus on First Amendment issues. She often defends newspapers, radio and television broadcasters, to internet publishers on defamation accusations. Clients include John Dowd in a defamation suit brought upon by Major League Baseball's hit-king Pete Rose. She also serves as outside counsel to several Philadelphia media outlets.