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Headquartered in Chicago, with nearly a dozen offices throughout the U.S., McDermott Will & Emery is comprised of a team of over 1000 lawyers specialized in various industries. The team is praised for their "diligence, accuracy, quick response time" and for being "client-oriented," as expressed by a client, who also highlights the firm's "international network [and] deep understanding of cultural differences between countries."
Washington, DC-based litigator Fredric “Rick” Firestone represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings by various federal and state securities regulators. Firestone represented ITT's Educational Services' former chief financial officer in a case that settled a suit against two former executives accused of hiding the defunct for-profit college operator's actual financial condition from investors. Kerry Scanlon's practice has included representation of some of the largest employment discrimination class actions. As head of the firm's U.S. labor and employment litigation practice, Scanlon has been at the forefront of recent high-stakes disputes, including serving as a member of the lead counsel team to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. in a suit that accuses the company of lack of proper accommodation for their patrons with disabilities. The matter was recently sent to private mediation ahead of trial.
Margaret Warner maintains a diverse practice including antitrust, product liability, class actions, and insurance disputes. Her expertise includes serving as first chair in numerous cases tried to verdict before juries, judges and arbitration panels. Fellow DC trial lawyers Paul Thompson and Raymond Jacobsen were part of the lead counsel team representing Impax Laboratories in multidistrict litigation brought by direct purchasers, indirect resellers, and end payers of digoxin and licocaine-prilocaine and in related congressional, state attorney general, and U.S. DOJ investigations into price increases by leading generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Jacobsen Jr., who heads the firm's antitrust practice, and Chicago partner Katherine O'Connor represented American Gypsum Company and its parent company Eagle Materials, against allegations of price-fixing in the drywall industry following of 35% price increase.
O'Connor, a Benchmark Future Star, was also instrumental in preserving a major victory for Steel Dynamics in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after the court affirmed the dismissal of claims against Steel Dynamics, preserving a major victory. The had previously secured another victory for the client in a nationwide class action alleging that steel makers comprising 85% of the US market conspired to restrict the supply and to fix prices of all steel products, with sales exceeding $100 billion. The firm took the lead for all defendants on a successful motion to dismiss all claims in the steel antitrust litigation indirect purchaser case. As a result of the motion, all indirect purchaser claims against defendants were dismissed. With $17.4 billion in claimed damages for direct and an undetermined amount for indirect purchasers, this matter is considered one of the largest private antitrust cases in the country. The antitrust team generated rave reviews from a client who states, "They got great results for us in our toughest litigation. In court, they are fierce competitors and well-prepared advocates.” Chicago’s David Rosenbloom is global head of the firm's litigation practice group and focuses his practice on criminal investigation and trials, qui tam litigation and health care fraud and abuse compliance, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation.
Boston-based Sarah Chapin Columbia heads the firm's global IP practice. She has participated in infringement disputes and invalidity trials on patent and trademark litigation proceedings. She is currently lead counsel for Amgen in a patent infringement action and jury trials involving biologic therapy for the treatment of high LDL cholesterol.
Greenberg Traurig is a full-service law firm with a world-wide presence across a variety of practice areas. The firm hosts more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices across the world, and due to its global platform, is positioned to offer services to both domestic and international clients.
The firm is revered for its product liability litigation prowess behind the efforts of Atlanta-based partner Lori Cohen, who chairs the pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation practice, as well as co-chair of the global litigation practice. Cohen is recognized for her medical device and pharmaceutical litigation defense practice. She is a member of the lead counsel team representing Alcon Laboratories and fellow Novartis subsidiary Sandoz in several multi-state putative class actions. This case alleges that the manufacturers of brand-name and generic prescription eye drops intentionally designed their droppers to dispense drops of medication larger than the human eye can hold, allegedly resulting in waste of the product and purchase of more frequent refills. After the client's motion to dismiss was granted by the District Court on grounds of impossibility preemption, Cohen and company were chosen to represent all defendants in briefing and arguing the appeal. The First Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision. Cohen was also co-counsel to Medtronic in a case where a dismissal with prejudice was successfully obtained for the client, the world's largest manufacturer of medical devices. This dismissal—the first of its kind in Alabama—was granted on the basis of federal preemption of state law claims for medical device liability. Cohen celebrates her second year on Benchmark's Top 10 Women in Litigation list.
New York-based trial lawyer Alan Mansfield is on the lead national counsel team to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the arbitration of payment adjustment disputes arising under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement ("MSA") between certain tobacco manufacturers and 52 states, districts, and territories of the U.S. The firm also represents the client in all related disputes arising under the MSA, as well as disputes arising under R.J. Reynolds' settlements with four previously settled states. Additionally, the firm has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in state court proceedings before the courts of Florida, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, and New Mexico, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, including appeals before the Florida and New Mexico courts of appeal.
Co-managing partner of the Silicon Valley office is William Goines, who dedicates his practice to complex commercial litigation and business disputes. Goines, along with New York-based vice-chair Richard Edlin were co-lead counsel to KT Engcore Corporation in a case against Moneual, an up-and-coming South Korean computer manufacturer that arose out of one of the largest corporate frauds ever prosecuted in South Korea. The client was positioned as an intermediary, providing certain financing support and acting as the computer manufacturer's exporter. After the two companies had worked together for several years, the Korean Customs Department and the Seoul Central District Prosecutors revealed that they had undertaken a large-scale investigation in which the founder of Moneual and his longtime associate were convicted of having run a massive scheme. It was determined that the computers that were supposed to have been shipped for seven years were, in fact, never shipped, and the entire scheme was a fraud. This matter is the first case of its kind to be tried in the United States and, after a five-week jury trial, Goines and Edlin scored a $32 million verdict and full damages awarded. In all, more than a dozen high-ranking business executives and government employees went to jail on the matter.
Miami-based Kerri Barsh co-chair's the firm’s environmental practice where she routinely represents public and private clients on environmental, regulatory, permitting and litigation matters. She served as the firm's lead counsel for Fane Lozman before the U.S. Supreme Court in a victory that vacated an earlier decision by the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a case with implications for how governments must balance arrest powers with citizens’ constitutional rights of free speech. Fellow Miami partner David Coulson defends Champion Petfoods USA in a suit filed in the Federal Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin alleging the client's dog food was tainted with dangerous levels of heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury which in turn rendered some of the statements on Champion's packaging misleading. The plaintiff asserted claims for breach of express and implied warranties, unjust enrichment, and alleged violations of state consumer protection and unfair competition statutes. In February 2019, the District Judge granted summary judgement and dismissed plaintiff's complaint with prejudice on the basis that the small amounts found in Champion's dog food were naturally occurring, safe, and did not render any of Champion's statements on its packaging misleading or deceptive. Shortly after, consumers in 15 additional states, including another in Wisconsin, filed suits against Champion making similar allegations – for a total of 17 matters now being litigated state-by-state, rather than in a multi-district litigation proceeding.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is a mid-Atlantic shop with a robust northeast footprint that consists of eleven offices across six states and Washington, D.C. The expertise of the firm’s legal professionals, who are “the best in the business” goes far beyond their regional location and encompasses clients on a national and international scale. “They are very commercial, efficient, experienced and extremely knowledgeable,” a client declared, adding “They are about the best you can get in all respects.” The firm’s team of specialized lawyers are described as “terrific lawyers [who] provide excellent services, and are both efficient and responsive.”
Baltimore-based Jason St. John, who chairs the litigation group, is on a lead counsel team with trial authorities Michelle Lipkowitz and Charles Monk II in a suit on behalf of the State of Maryland in a high-profile litigation matter relating to a $1.5 billion, multi-use real estate project set to redevelop a 28-acre state office complex in a midtown area. The suit stems from a project that dates back to 2005 and was originally envisioned by the State as a transit-oriented, mixed-use, and mixed-income community of private office, retail, and residential space. In 2010, a lawsuit was filed against the State and the State Center developer by a group of business entities, which resulted in the project being stalled, and the State since exercised its contractual rights not to move forward with the project. The State filed a declaratory judgment action in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City asking the Court to declare that the State has no further obligations to the developer of the Project. The developer filed a 32-count counterclaim against various State officials and agencies, alleging various contract, tort and constitutional claims, including a claim for specific performance that would bind the State to proceed with the Project. The matter is currently pending. Lipkowitz was described by a peer as "an excellent trial lawyer and client manager," adding, "I would often refer cases and that’s a high standard to me."
Fellow Baltimore partner and labor and employment specialist Harriet Cooperman was co-lead counsel representing Trade Point Rail in two inter-related actions concerning a union organizing campaign and representation application filed by the International Longshoremen's Association with the National Mediation Board under the Railway Labor Act. During the representation case, the company fired three employees and suspended another employee, all of whom were active in the union organizing drive. The employees alleged that the company had retaliated against them for their union activity and support, and brought an action against the company in federal court under the Railway Labor Act. The court ordered plaintiffs to turn over substantial discovery, which, in turn, resulted in a very favorable settlement for the client.
Edward ‘Ted’ Baines runs an appellate, real estate, and commercial litigation practice. He represents numerous insurance companies and brokers, including one of the three largest international insurance brokers, in claims of professional malfeasance and coverage-related disputes. Baines is also active representing builders, developers, property owners and property managers where he has successfully defended claims ranging from failings in multi-unit residential dwellings to $150 million commercial building projects.Newark-based partner Charles Lizza represented Helsinn Healthcare in two major trial victories against Dr. Reddy's and Teva involving the Aloxi brand drug in a case that, after a six-day bench trial, a US District Judge issued an opinion and judgment in favor of the client on all issues. This decision upheld Helsinn's patents based on a complex scientific analysis of the compound in Aloxi and written descriptions in the patents against Dr. Reddy's proposed generic product. In the case against Teva, following a 12-day bench trial, the Judge issued a 167-page opinion and judgment in favor of Helsinn on infringement and validity, upholding Helsinn's patents over multiple claims of obviousness and the on-sale bar provisions of the America Invents Act, which was an issue of first impression due to recent changes to the AIA. After an appeal to the Federal Circuit by Teva, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Helsinn's petition for certiorari from the Federal Circuit's decision on the on-sale bar, an issue that was one of first impression before the Supreme Court. Lizza represented Helsinn for oral argument in defense of their patents before the Supreme Court.
With offices in New York, Washington, DC; Hartford, Connecticut and San Francisco, Axinn maintains a specialty focus on litigation, particularly of the antitrust and intellectual property varieties. One appreciative client addressed the firm as “excellent, very accessible, responsive and reasonably priced.” This client goes on to note that “Axinn is also more diverse than most IP firms. More diverse meaning not all white men and women.”
In the firm’s Hartford office, Matthew Becker represented Alvogen Pine Brook in patent infringement litigation brought by plaintiffs concerning Alvogen's ANDA submitted to FDA for approval of its Budesonide Extended-Release Tablets, which was marketed by Santarus and now plaintiff Valeant Pharmaceuticals under the name UCERIS, a corticosteroid medicine used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. In May 2017, a trial was held in Wilmington, Delaware. At the close of plaintiffs’ case-in-chief, Axinn moved for judgment of non-infringement, which was granted, ending the case with a judgment in Alvogen's favor in November 2017. The plaintiffs appealed that judgment. Oral arguments in the appeal were held in January 2019, and the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's decision that same month. Becker also, along with fellow Hartford partners Chad Landmon and Ted Mathias, represented this same client in a case regarding patents related to Pernix hydrocodone extended-release capsules, Zohydro. This case is currently on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
Operating in the DC office, Aziz Burgy defended Par Pharmaceutical in four separate suits filed by Horizon Therapeutics in various jurisdictions involving a generic version of the drug Ravicti. Collectively, the cases involved six different patents. The four lawsuits and inter partes reviews have all been dismissed and/or terminated in light of a favorable settlement, which grants Par a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to manufacture generic Ravicti after July 1, 2025 or earlier under certain conditions. The July 2025 License Effective Date represents allows Par to enter the market nearly a decade before the latest expiring patents directed to Ravicti. Burgy also acts for Par in several other patent matters.
Debevoise & Plimpton has generated itself a well-earned niche as “the most worldly all of the US firms.” By way of supporting this claim, the firm’s nine offices, which span North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, have only two locations in the US: its flagship New York location and a smaller outpost in DC. “Debevoise is the firm that, collectively, is a runner-up for the biggest number of stamps in their passports,” quips one practitioner. The firm remains a favorite of peers, who are taking notice of the firm’s talent roster. “They have been recruiting left and right,” observes one competitor, “and over the past year or two they have gotten some impressive names coming on board.”
Already possessing one of the stronger securities enforcement and white-collar benches, Debevoise escalated to near-unassailable status in this capacity when it welcomed white-collar and enforcement luminary Mary Jo White (as well as her team partner Andrew Ceresney) back to the firm after a stint at the SEC under the Obama administration. “Debevoise benefits greatly from having Mary Jo,” opines one peer. “Boards and companies are coming to her to handle their stickiest matters.” Another peer extols, “In the criminal defense bar, Mary Jo has substantial credentials but she really has the skill set and ability to effectively accomplish extraordinary things. She really is the real deal.” White is noted for also becoming a leading force in matters involving a #MeToo element. Ceresney is not wanting for acclaim either. “I think the world of him, he is super smart and a pleasure to work with,” voices one peer. “Some people out there command the room, and Andy is not one of those people. But he is all brains, and is becoming a real leader. Although I should mention that I am also equally fond of [longtime white-collar star] Bruce Yannett and [relatively recent recruit] Helen Cantwell also. They are both great, and all together compose one of the deepest and most balanced white-collar teams.”
In the securities capacity, Shannon Rose Selden represents Standard General in numerous cases across multiple jurisdictions arising from its 2014 investment in clothing company American Apparel, including disputes with the company's disgraced founder and former CEO. Maeve O’Connor provides lead counsel to the Winged Foot Golf Club, along with certain present and former members of the Board of Directors of the club’s holding corporation, in pending shareholder derivative and securities class-action lawsuits. The derivative action alleges that the Directors of the Winged Foot Holding Corporation breached their fiduciary duties to the Winged Foot Holding Corporation by running the corporation on a non-profit basis for the benefit of the Club and by leasing the land to the Club at a purportedly below market rate. The putative securities class action alleges securities fraud, common-law fraud, and breaches of fiduciary duty against the Club and certain Winged Foot Holding Corporation Directors based on the Club’s purchases of shares from members or heirs of members over the course of over 50 years.
Another area for which Debevoise has long reigned supreme is its international arbitration and disputes capacity. In addition to the mainstay pillars of this practice, David Rivkin and Donald Donovan, both considered “icons” in this field, others have emerged as stars. Most notably, Mark Friedman and Ina Popova, who are representing Perenco Ecuador against the Republic of Ecuador in an ongoing ICSID claim concerning Ecuador’s 2006 amendment of the Hydrocarbons Law, through which the State increased its taxation rate over crude oil revenues to 99% above a fixed “reference price,” and its declaration that Perenco’s Participation Contracts had come to an end. Attending to a more Asian-focused practice, Christopher Tahbaz is noted for his foresight in seeing “an opportunity to develop an Asian practice and worked hard to do it. He just went over to Hong Kong, without even speaking the language at the time, and met people and developed this from the ground up. He is a tremendous writer, very calm, with a good pair of hands.” Another peer simply quips, “Chris is exactly the type of guy you’d want on your side in Asia to get through a major mess.” In yet another return to the fold, Catherine Amirfar has rejoined the firm after a stint with the State Department. “She’s back!” exclaims a peer. “She has gotten busy and is attracting work from clients already. She is an incredible expert on all things international treaty-wise.” Amirfar and Rivkin have been engaged by the Government of Qatar as lead counsel in one a high-profile and complex set of international disputes arising out of the coercive measures imposed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on Qatar in June 2017 that include the expulsion of Qatari citizens from the four States and restrictions on the four States’ citizens traveling to Qatar; closure of airspace to Qatari aircraft; closure of the Saudi-Qatar land border; criminalized speech and other actions taken in “support” of Qatar, and a prohibition on ships flying the Qatari flag or those serving Qatar from entering the four States’ territorial waters and docking at ports. As a result of these coercive measures, Qatari nationals have been suffering grave human rights abuses. The Debevoise pair is lead counsel to the Government of Qatar in human rights proceedings against Saudi Arabia and UAE in the first ever State-to-State claim before the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, a human rights body within the UN system. Future star Jyotin Hamid obtained a significant victory in March 2019 for W. P. Carey in a dispute with a former senior executive.
The smaller DC office received a considerable boost when Debevoise lured antitrust specialist Ted Hassi to its ranks from his former post at O’Melveny & Myers earlier in 2018. A peer and client favorite, Hassi is a recipient of a vocal level of praise and recognition from contemporaries. “We are encountering Ted quite often, and we are suitably impressed with him.” A client, meanwhile, confirms, “Ted was one of the leaders of the team of lawyers on our litigation. His preparation was tremendous and provided great leadership to team.”
With offices in numerous locations along the East Coast, Akerman is described by a client as "high quality," while another says, "It's a great firm. [They are] always sharp with the client’s wellbeing in mind."
With its origins in Florida, it is not suprising that the firm houses litigation stars in a number of its Florida offices: Miami-based Michael Marsh is part of the lead counsel team representing a French plane manufacturer and its US subsidiary in in design defect allegations following a plane crash of its TBM 850 model that injured two people. Plaintiffs in the consolidated cases sought more than $40 million in punitive and other damages prior to trial. The three-week trial resulted in a unanimous jury verdict that cleared the client's on design defect, failure-to-warn, and negligence claims. Fellow Miami partner Michael Mena is lead counsel to Texas entities Henry Ventures and Henry ADR, defendants in a partnership dispute involving two competing provisions in a joint venture agreement. The parties asserted declaratory judgment claims against one another implicating approximately $2 million, not including fees. The defendants sought to exercise a provision that allowed it to convert its Class A shares to Class B shares. The Court found that the partnership agreement was unambiguous and that the defendants timely exercised the conversion option to convert its Class A shares to Class B shares. After the plaintiff appealed the decision, the Court affirmed the trial court's decision and granted defendant's Motion for Attorney's Fees. Brian Miller obtained a dismissal with prejudice in a securities fraud class action filed against client Tech Data Corp, the largest publicly traded company in Florida. The company was sued after its stock price dropped following an earnings announcement in the first quarter after it acquired billions of dollars in assets worldwide from a competitor. “Brian is really growing in the commercial and securities space,” voices a peer. James Miller is a distinguished litigator with a reputation of delivering exceptional results for clients before juries, judges and arbitrators. One client expresses their content with Miller's work, asserting "In the best sense. James Miller, is an efficient lawyer, with much knowledge and experience in the field. Miller has an impeccable strategic vision and is very close to the client, in such a way that he is very capable of sharing the mentioned strategy with the client. The communication is unmatched and the results in this and many other cases and consultancies have been very satisfying." Katherine Giddings of the Tallahassee branch of the firm serves as deputy chair of the litigation practice group. She is part of the lead counsel team representing the owner and operator of the Magic City Casino in Miami in two appeals on remand to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This matter was the subject of a film titled "Magic City Hustle."
New York-based litigator Brian Fraser represents ED&F Man Capital Markets in a suit brought by SKAT, as the IRS in Denmark is known. The tax authority filed suit over 100 US pension plans alleging a tax fraud scheme involving more than $2 billion in refunds of withholding tax on dividends paid to the pension funds pursuant to a tax treaty between the US and Denmark. Virginia partner Stephen Hurlbut, who attends to commercial litigation, often with a construction focus, represents the Architect of the Capitol in connection with a dispute arising out of a contract with Washington Gas Light Company to design and construct a cogeneration power plant within the Capitol Power Plant facility in Washington, DC. Completion of the project was delayed beyond the contract completion date and WGL has asserted delay claims against AOC in excess of $6.7 million.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton reigns as an international powerhouse, servicing both the most established and the fastest emerging business centers of the world. Mirroring its geographic reach, the firm maintains one of the most diverse litigation portfolios of any major firm; Cleary Gottlieb boasts star players and high-level appointments across a spectrum of practices including antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial, international arbitration, securities, white-collar and investigations and intellectual property in its domestic offices in New York and DC.
Illustrating its international clout, Jeffrey Rosenthal, is counsel to claimant Vale, one of the largest mining and metals companies in the world, in an arbitration in London against its former joint venture partner for fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of warranty, and frustration, seeking damages of approximately $1.2 billion. The tribunal held a merits hearing in February 2017, and issued an award in April 2019 ruling in Vale’s favor on each cause of action and awarding Vale $1.2 billion in damages, as well as pre- and post-award interest, costs, and legal fees. Enforcement proceedings are underway in the US, and will also be enforced in other jurisdictions. Another international arbitration stalwart Howard Zelbo has, along with Rosenthal and Ari MacKinnon been steering Western Digital and its subsidiary SanDisk through the clients’ pursuit of three ICC arbitration cases and related injunction litigation against Toshiba arising out of Toshiba’s efforts to sell its stake in the parties’ multibillion-dollar NAND flash memory joint ventures (which had operated for two decades prior) without SanDisk’s consent. The clients pursued injunctive and declaratory relief in these arbitrations, while also attempting to reach a negotiated, business resolution with Toshiba. In a matter bridging international arbitration and the firm’s celebrated bankruptcy practice, Lisa Schweitzer represents American Express Travel Related Services, with whom Aegean Marine Petroleum Network defaulted under an agreement in early 2018. After failed payment negotiations, American Express initiated arbitration proceedings with the International Center for Dispute Resolution to pursue the amounts due under the contract, at that time approximately $20 million. Shortly after American Express initiated the arbitration, Aegean filed for Chapter 11.
Another firm practice earning substantial accolades is its white-collar and investigations team. A peer in this capacity offers a glowing accolade in summation: “Other firms have white-collar superstars but Cleary is great because the whole team there is strong, and also relatively young. If I’m referring a case, I’m looking for depth and breadth, not just one star player who may not be even be there by the time a case goes to trial. The Cleary people in this space are knowledgeable, and experienced, and there are a bunch of them. David Brodsky, Lev Dassin, Victor Hou, Joon Kim – these people are all a solid team, very tough litigators.” Hou in particular, along with Meredith Kotler, scored in a massive commercial matter for National Amusements and entertainment magnates Shari and Sumner Redstone in their blockbuster Delaware Court of Chancery litigation against CBS Corporation and its then-CEO Les Moonves. Hou and Kotler obtained a complete victory for the clients in September 2018, reaching an agreement that included rescission of the dividend, National Amusements retaining its voting control, the replacement of six members of the CBS board, the resignation of Moonves, and dismissal of the litigation. Kotler and securities star Roger Cooper represent Whirlpool in litigation against Nidec Corporation, seeking to enforce a provision in a share-purchase agreement requiring Nidec to take “any and all actions necessary” to obtain antitrust approvals in connection with its $1 billion purchase of a Whirlpool business unit. Representing the firm’s intellectual property capacity, David Herrington is representing Tom Ford and the Neiman Marcus Group against the estate of iconic actor Steve McQueen, which alleges that the “McQueen” cardigan sweater designed and sold by Tom Ford and Neiman Marcus infringes the McQueen trademark and violates Steve McQueen’s right of publicity under California law.
The group’s antitrust group, primarily operating in its smaller DC office is, is considered one of the country’s most vaunted, and this pedigree is in no small part attributed the team of senior partner George Cary and Leah Brannon, both of whom have been at the forefront of a series of recent victories for clients in several industries. Another esteemed and quickly risen antitrust practitioner, DC’s Jeremy Calsyn played a key role in obtaining a Third Circuit victory for clients Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and its subsidiary “K” Line America, securing dismissal of antitrust class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers of ocean vehicle carrier services. The January 2017 appellate decision affirmed the District Court’s August 2015 dismissal of all claims. “The Cleary antitrust team is small, but terrific,” voices a peer. “They benefit from the seasoned wisdom of George, and the youthful go-getter energy of Leah and Jeremy, both of whom I view as the next generation of antitrust superstar talent.”
With offices in Chicago and Denver, Bartlit Beck continues to be lauded for its longstanding reputation as a stable of all-purpose litigation talent, with an emphasis on trial skills. “Bartlit Beck are definitely seen as somewhat of an elite shop, and they are national in profile – it’s barely even relevant where they are geographically based at this point – and they are ready to try just about anything, sometimes on a moment’s notice.”
While founder and name partner Phil Beck remains on every shortlist concerning top trial lawyers in the country, others within the firm are emerging as leading practitioners of note. In particular, Chicago’s Rebecca Weinstein Bacon has “arrived,” peers stress. Bacon is lead counsel for USG, a drywall manufacturer, and its former distribution company against Sherman Act and state price fixing claims related to its drywall business. USG settled the class cases and subsequently, 12 of the largest homebuilders in the US brought similar claims that are currently pending. Bacon has and Sean Gallagher have been chosen by Johnson & Johnson to assist national counsel in providing strategic guidance for its pelvic and hernia mesh mass tort litigation. Gallagher and Bacon were chosen to try two bellwether cases in state court in Philadelphia. In the case tried by Gallagher, a jury in Philadelphia returned a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon in a pelvic mesh case. Another swiftly risen star, Kaspar Stoffelmayr, has taken the mantle in several firm’s appointments to some of the country’s most thorny litigation matters. Stoffelmayr is lead counsel and trial counsel for Walgreens in a nationwide litigation relating to the distribution and sale of prescription opioids, including hundreds of cases brought by states, cities, counties, tribes, and private parties seeking recovery in connection with the opioid abuse crisis. Stoffelmayr is also lead counsel for Monsanto, acquired by Bayer, in cases pending in courts across the country alleging that Roundup herbicides cause cancer. After the first such case went to trial and resulted in $289 million verdict against Monsanto, Bayer retained Bartlit Beck and other new counsel to assist with the defense. The firm's first trial representing Monsanto in this matter is currently scheduled for August 2019. A second Bartlit Beck team is scheduled for an October 2019 trial. Managing partner Jason Peltz and future star Hamilton Hill are representing Spirit in a dispute with its customer Boeing regarding warranty issues. The claims relate to Boeing's refusal to pay Spirit money owed for parts due to separate warranty issues. A complaint was filed in July 2018 in King County, Washington and the case settled in January 2019. As part of the settlement, the remainder of the outstanding issues will now be arbitrated.
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann is nearly always the first to be name-checked by clients, competitors and opponents when discussing plaintiff shops conducting high-level securities work. A client cheers the firm’s “outstanding service,” and goes on to confirm that the firm was “successful in all litigation and provided constant updates.” “They are top in my mind,” declares one defense-side peer. “They’ve actually had somewhat of a ‘resurgence,’ and they are very creative and are trying things every day.”
The alluded-to resurgence could be in reference to the firm’s latest development, that of its push into the Wilmington, Delaware market, which was made this past year. This office got off to a running start, with the strategic hire of Greg Varallo, formerly a defense-side partner with Delaware mainstay Richards Layton & Finger. This bold move has not gone unnoticed by peers. “Greg Varallo switched sides! This move speaks volumes about the shift taking place among some of the bigger Delaware firms right now, and is an interesting commitment on Bernstein Litowitz’s part. They already have a name here and now they also have a physical presence as well.”
Several peers speculate that the firm’s Delaware gambit was crafted by Mark Lebovitch, a New York-based partner that nonetheless is a frequent visitor to the Delaware Chancery court and a respected name in the Wilmington community. “Mark is really smart and a really fine lawyer,” confirms one peer, “but he is also ambitious and has an entrepreneurial ‘leader’ streak about him. He is constantly in Delaware, and he is very creative, particularly in the activist space.” Lebovitch led a groundbreaking litigation action alleging that billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and his Pershing Square Capital Management fund secretly acquired a near 10% stake in pharmaceutical concern Allergan as part of an unprecedented insider trading scheme by Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals. After a ferocious three-year legal battle over this attempt to circumvent the spirit of the US securities laws, Lebovitch and his team scored a $250 million settlement for Allergan investors. The court granted final approval of the settlement in August 2018. Another leader in the New York office, Salvatore Graziano scored for Fresno County Employees' Retirement Association in a case concerning the 2012 IPO for Facebook, which was bedeviled by false and misleading statements regarding Facebook’s reduction in revenue growth due to an increase of users on mobile devices rather than traditional PCs, at the time of the IPO. The parties had engaged in substantial preparations for trial before a settlement was reached for a $35 million cash payment. In November 2018, the court granted final approval of the settlement. A younger talent in the New York office, Hannah Ross led an action for Merced County Employees' Retirement Association; Automotive Industries Pension Trust Fund alleging that Wilmington Trust, its CEO and Chairman along with the company's other senior executives, board members, its outside auditor KPMG, and underwriters of a February 2010 public stock offering, concealed from investors the drastic deterioration of Wilmington Trust's loan portfolio and improperly accounted for the value of its loans under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. After eight years of vigorous litigation, a $210 million settlement received final approval in November 2018.
Cravath Swaine & Moore boasts a unique pedigree amongst even the strongest of peer firms. Operating from a single domestic office in New York, the firm commands the kind of nationwide acclaim that is usually reserved for firms with a much larger geographic footprint. Indeed, Cravath’s name alone is synonymous with a certain level of prestige, and the firm is known to set trends in the marketplace via its business model and policies, which are closely monitored and observed by competing firms. One such peer jokingly refers to Cravath as “a little up-and-coming firm you may have heard of,” and goes on to quip, “They really seem to be going places these days.” While the firm evokes a “white-shoe” image that has become the standard of firms servicing financial institutions, its casework and client roster provides evidence of a surprising level of diversity. One such client applauds the firm’s “excellent work attended to by a team that is incredibly responsive and insightful.”
Evan Chesler, a senior-level Cravath mainstay who has earned a considerable reputation on the strength of his decades-long career as a dyed-in-the-wool trial lawyer, continues his reign. Chesler led American Express to a landmark victory in early 2018 in the Second Circuit against the DoJ and 17 state attorneys general in a six-year-old lawsuit alleging that “nondiscrimination” provisions in card agreements prohibiting merchants from steering customers to use other cards restrained competition in violation of the Sherman Act. The DoJ, which led the investigation, trial and appeal for plaintiffs, decided not to petition for certiorari—a decision joined by six of the 17 states in this matter. After decades of attracting universal acclaim for his keen trial skills, Chesler’s acumen still dazzles. “Evan is still the Energizer bunny,” marvels one peer. “I keep waiting for the day he dials it back and it just never seems to come. His flame remains undiminished!” While Chesler is the undisputed trial figurehead at the firm, others are coming up the ranks and making their mark. In particular, all-purpose litigator Kevin Orsini is generating an elevated profile. “It’s definitely time to give Kevin more attention,” insists one peer. “He is very gifted in the courtroom, a hard litigator.” Another attests, “Kevin may not get as many opportunities to try cases as Evan did in his heyday, but he has the fluency to do it, and the chutzpah. He could be a great trial lawyer, in the classic ‘do-it-all’ style.” Orsini, along with future star Rory Leraris, is representing Palantir Technologies in multiple actions in Delaware state court, including two actions filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery by a shareholder seeking inspection of Palantir's books and records. The first action was tried in June 2017 and went up on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court. The second action is currently pending. Two other trial stars that have been recipients of vibrant peer review, David Marriott and Darin McAtee, also worked with Chesler in representing Mylan Laboratories in a consolidated set of antitrust lawsuits concerning alleged “reverse-payment” settlement agreements between Cephalon and generic drug manufacturers. The plaintiffs collectively sought damages amounting to several billion dollars. Others are seeing their profiles soar as well. One vocal peer reinforces the general consensus that antitrust and securities litigator Michael Paskin is “active everywhere. We see him all the time, and we’re always impressed.” Another partner on the rise, Karin DeMasi represented the Board of The Weinstein Company in connection with the sale of the assets of The Weinstein Company Holdings to Lantern Asset Management for $310 million in cash plus the assumption of up to $127.5 million in liabilities. The sale was approved in May 2018.
A partner whose long-time reputational glow nearly rivals that of Chesler, Richard Clary continues to elicit favorable recognition from admirers. “I did a bunch of Credit Suisse cases, in which Rich and I worked together a lot,” testifies one peer, “and I was consistently impressed. I view him as the cream of the crop.” Clary’s representation of the aforementioned client and several of its subsidiaries as creditors in connection with the Lehman bankruptcy over losses arising from the early termination of over 30,000 derivative trades. The parties reached a settlement, approved by the bankruptcy court in July 2018, providing the Credit Suisse creditors with allowed claims of $385 million for derivative claims and $363 million for guarantee claims. Another partner who has been lauded for decades, Katherine Forrest returned to the firm after a stint on the bench from 2011 to 2018. Forrest, who has a history in technology and media cases and is currently a frequent speaker and writer on AI developments, conducts work in the antitrust space as well as investigations. Some of these include an employment element, such as #MeToo investigations.
Cravath has been at the forefront of cases that exemplify “event-driven litigation.” An all-star firm team is representing Pacific Gas and Electric Company as lead trial counsel in over 145 lawsuits brought by property and business owners in California state courts for damages related to the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires. Plaintiffs claim that the company violated state regulations and committed negligence, trespass and other torts by allegedly failing to maintain and repair electrical transmission lines, which allegedly led to the outbreak of fires across California's Napa and Sonoma wine country and several other counties. Damages have been estimated to be in the billions of dollars. These lawsuits have been coordinated before the Superior Court of California in the county of San Francisco. Cravath is also advising on Chapter 11 strategy in connection with the fires.
With a relatively small and compact bench of 38 litigation partners spread across three domestic offices (New York, DC and Silicon Valley), Davis Polk & Wardwell enjoys national name recognition for its services. Although the firm is considered a “go-to” for corporate clients in the financial services arena, Davis Polk has also been noted for servicing a surprisingly diverse array of industries. “They have a basket of client engagements that goes well beyond the financial services arena, although the firm is obviously well known in this area, and for good reason,” confirms one peer. Another observes, “They have even been getting into a bit of the international arbitration world these days, which is not typical for them.”
The New York office hosts its highest percentage of the firm’s star litigators. One competitor notes, “I see a good deal of [securities star] Jim Rouhandeh these days. He has become the main banking guy there and does a ton of work for Morgan Stanley.” Supporting this claim, Rouhandeh is this client’s outside counsel in over 50 lawsuits arising from the mortgage meltdown and financial crisis of 2007–2008, as well as in connection with the client’s recent settlement with the Department of Justice of claims related to RMBS under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act. As a result of various motions, have eliminated well in excess of $10 billion in damage claims. Brian Weinstein is another partner frequently called into service for this client. Weinstein is acting with Rouhandeh in the aforementioned matter as well as acting on his own regarding billions of dollars’ worth of “put-back” claims filed by investors challenging the client to repurchase non-performing RMBS loans. Weinstein lays claim to several key victories for this client in these matters.
In the firm’s commercial litigation capacity, Paul Spagnoletti is said to be “especially keen in the areas of M&A litigation and professional liability.” Spagnoletti represents Roche in a matter filed by a representative of the former owners and selling shareholders of an entity that was acquired by the client in 2013. The plaintiff alleges that Roche breached its obligation under the merger agreement to act in good faith and to use commercially reasonable efforts to achieve certain “milestone events” that dictate certain payments to be made by Roche to the former shareholders of the purchased entity. Another prolific New York commercial litigator, whose practice also traverses the quasi-white-collar criminal sphere, Frances Bivens has been regularly attending to manifold matters for Con Edison arising from gas explosions, steam ruptures and blackouts. On a decidedly less local scale, Bivens exemplifies the firm’s growing international arbitration capacity, as well as demonstrating her white-collar acumen, in her representation of four affiliates of Sete Brasil in four separate ICC arbitrations brought by affiliates of Singaporean shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine relating to an $800 million dispute arising out of the construction of four deepwater drilling rigs. The rigs were being constructed to produce oil for Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned energy company, and the contracts are the subject of bribery and bid-rigging allegations in the Petrobras criminal matter pending in Brazil.
A firm team is representing JPMorgan in a state securities fraud litigation pending in Florida state court. In June 2017, the team secured a complete reversal of the trial court’s grant of summary judgment against the client under the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act. The appeals court also reversed the denial of JPMorgan’s motion to dismiss claims against two JPMorgan employees in their individual capacities. The allegations at issue were the client’s material misstatements or omission in connection with plaintiff’s decision to invest in a manufacturer of LED light products. The Davis Polk team is comprised of Charles Duggan, Amelia Starr and future star James McClammy, the latter of which has been seeing a pronounced level of peer support. “There has been a generational shift happening at Davis Polk,” announces one peer, “and James McClammy is one of the people there that more and more people seem to have their eyes on. He is increasingly present and in the conversation, particularly in the antitrust practice. I think we will continue to hear more about him going forward.”
Davis Polk is considered particularly preeminent in the white-collar crime, securities enforcement and investigations capacity, an area that spans both the firm’s New York and DC offices, with Starr, Angela Burgess, Martine Beamon, Jon Leibowitz, Neil MacBride and Avi Gesser all namechecked as leaders in the practice. “They are certainly top-tier in that space, and what is especially impressive is how they have diversified and really cultivated that practice,” sums up one peer who goes on to observe, “Once upon a time it was the [retired white-collar celebrity] ‘Bob Fiske show’ over there but these days there is an entire league of men and women of varying ages as well as varying niches. They really did a great job of covering the waterfront.” MacBride represents ExxonMobil in a case against the U.S. government, filed in July 2017, which seeks to overturn an unlawful penalty levied against the company by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control under the Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Beamon and Burgess have found themselves called into service to represent companies, boards of directors and executives in highly sensitive, confidential investigations related to alleged sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.
While Anderson Kill offers a full range of litigation services including commercial, bankruptcy, securities and intellectual property, its primary calling card is insurance; in that regard, the firm is dedicated to policyholder-only matters. Far from finding this a limiting approach, the firm has instead excelled at this with gusto, and is revered by peers on both sides of the “V.” “These guys are zealots,” opines a peer. “They view insurance litigation as a ‘holy war - good and evil.’ But they know what they’re doing; they’ve been doing this a long time. They know these carriers and they’ve kept these files, meticulously protecting them.” The firm has also managed to parlay its reputation as a go-to shop for traditional insurance-related areas like asbestos into a haven where clients can turn in instances of more recent threats such as cloud-related data breach and privacy issues. “These types of matters - cybersecurity, the cloud! - are areas that Anderson Kill really got a head start on years ago.” Clients are equally appreciative; “Anderson Kill excels at representing businesses and individuals in insurance coverage and claim disputes. They literally wrote the book in this arena, entitled Insurance Coverage Litigation. They are outstanding lawyers, brief writers and strategists” Firm figurehead Robert Horkovich is applauded by all who come into contact with him, including adversaries. “I fight tooth-and-nail with Bob Horkovich on a very frequent basis, but you can’t help but love him. No one fights harder for his clients, and no one keeps you on your game like him. Doing battle with him makes you a better lawyer.” In one of his many lead trial counsel appointments, Horkovich represents The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in litigation commenced by its insurance company relating to coverage for numerous asbestos claims dating to the construction of the original World Trade Center. The matter, valued at over $50 million, was in front of the New York Supreme Court, which in November 2017 granted all five of Port Authority’s motions, ruling that coverage is triggered if claims allege exposure during the construction of the World Trade Center, that AIG has not set forth a valid argument of exhaustion of its policy, and that AIG’s duty to defend continues even after the policy exhausts. The court then reaffirmed its decision in April 2019. Horkovich also represented Siltronic in a policyholder matter, also against AIG. The client moved for summary judgment to the effect that an exclusion applied only if the pollution was expected or intended by the policyholder, in this case Siltronic, which bought the property not knowing that it already was contaminated. AIG moved for summary judgment that the exclusion applies if the releases to the environment were expected or intended by anyone, including the historic polluters and even neighbors. In July 2018, the court granted Siltronic's summary judgment motion and denied AIG's. Horkovich also represented the San Diego Unified Port District, once again against AIG, in a matter in which the client sought liability insurance coverage to help clean up the Port of San Diego arising from claims and suits. When AIG alleged exhaustion of policy limits and cut off funding, the Port filed suit. AIG recanted its claim of exhaustion, acknowledging that policy limits remained, but litigation continues as to when umbrellas take over what obligations and as to bad faith. In March 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that AIG must pay claims under its umbrella policies in addition to its primary policies. The Court entered final judgment regarding these two important rulings in March 2019.
With six offices across Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, Bingham Greenebaum Doll has made a name for itself in the region. The firm was formed in 2012 with the merger of Bingham McHale and Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, but its roots can be traced all the way to 1914. Since the merger, the firm, which specializes in business law, has become a standout in the area.
James Hinshaw is a co-chair of the litigation department at the firm, working from the Indianapolis office. He defended Simon Property Group in a lawsuit brought forward by World of Leggings regarding trademark infringement. The plaintiff alleged that a tenant in several of Simon’s malls used a name that the plaintiff accused of infringing on its trademark. They believed Simon Property Group to be liable for this trademark infringement because they collected rent from the tenant. The plaintiff agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice for a nominal settlement amount once the defendant proved that the lawsuit was unfounded. Out of the Louisville office, Mark Grundy is the other co-chair of the litigation department. He represented Patoka Capital in a dispute against Craig Construction. Patoka Capital owns Wild Eggs Operations, which used Craig Construction to manage three construction projects for its restaurants. A subcontractor and the general contractor filed liens against Wild Eggs, following which the client disputed the liens and filed a lawsuit against Craig Construction for judgment on the liens as well as breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment. A favorable settlement was reached for the client following mediation and all lien were fully released. In the Indianapolis office, Greg Neibarger co-chairs the fiduciary litigation practice and leaders the unfair competitive business practices team. He was lead counsel for client Fred Treadway in a matter related to breach of fiduciary duty. Treadway pursued claims against two co-owners of a closely held company, accusing them of using company money and professionals to amend the operating agreement of the company allowing for a call of a member’s ownership interest for any reason at a purchase price of Net Book value. Following this amendment, the co-owners used their majority position to call the client’s ownership interest. The jury in the trial ruled in Fred Treadway’s favor. Rusty Denton sits on the Partnership Board at the firm. Specializing in employment and commercial litigation, he assisted Neibarger in the Treadway case. Fellow partner Karl Mulvaney co-leaders the appellate team and is a key member at the firm. His focus lies in the practice areas of appellate, litigation and disciplinary law. Also in the Indianapolis office, J. Richard Kiefer chairs the white collar practice group and leaders the long term care litigation team. His works lies in complex and criminal and civil litigation and is highly respected in his field. In the Louisville office are star litigators Janet Jakubowicz and Margaret Keane. Jakubowicz has a wide array of experience in business and commercial litigation and sits on the Partnership Board. Keane co-leaders the beverage alcohol team at the firm. She specializes in product liability defense, general commercial litigation, defending employers in employment litigation and family law.
Initially a Philadelphia-based firm and still one of that market’s key players, Blank Rome has since swelled to 13 offices in the U.S. and over 600 attorneys. The firm offers services in a wide range of areas, but arguably its most significant development as of late is its entry into an especially busy policyholder-only insurance recovery practice, which Blank Rome managed to cultivate through its absorption of several leading partners from now-defunct DC-based plaintiff shop Dickstein Shapiro. The firm didn’t stop there, however; the firm has since launched an insurance-led expansion that has netted the firm key litigators in the practice such as Linda Kornfeld from the Los Angeles office of Kasowitz Benson & Torres and, more recently, Mary Craig Calkins, who the firm lured away from the Los Angeles office of Kilpatrick Townsend in August 2019. Calkins, a member of the American College of Coverage Counsel, is viewed by fellow insurance litigators as a particularly prized acquisition.
Kornfeld, a similarly celebrated insurance trial lawyer, represents Cottage Health, a group of hospital facilities in Central California, in the first insurance coverage lawsuit filed nationwide regarding coverage under a data breach-specific insurance policy for a data breach event. Cottage suffered one of California's largest data breaches and is pursuing coverage from Columbia Casualty Company and certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London for resulting class action litigation and regulatory proceeding expenditures. Trial is set for October 2019. Washington, DC’s Jim Murray and New York future star Jared Zola are leading the charge for numerous archdioceses across the country seeking insurance proceeds to cover defense costs and any potential settlements or judgments incurred from claims of alleged sexual abuse within the clergy, frequently many decades ago. Murray and Zola were also retained by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Malik Jefferson to pursue a claim for insurance coverage under his “Loss of Value” disability policy while he was a student at the University of Texas. This line of coverage is marketed to top college football players destined for the NFL to protect the financial value of their NFL draft status in the event they suffer an injury playing college football. This retention follows on the heels of the firm’s representation of Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee under a similar policy.
Boies Schiller Flexner is the embodiment of a maverick litigation firm, with an innovative and unconventional approach to the practice and a team of practitioners dispersed throughout a network of 13 US offices, some in less typical locales, such as Albany, New York; Hanover, New Hampshire and Hollywood, Florida. The firm also made a recent push into California, with its 2017 absorption of the Los Angeles shop Caldwell Leslie & Proctor. “This made the whole LA market take notice,” observes one peer. “It was like, ‘What are THEY doing here?’ It threw a lot of people off balance.”
In addition to the firm expanding its geographic reach, Boies Schiller has also made a notable investment in its grooming its bench for succession. Few would argue that the lion’s share of the firm’s gravitas rests on the shoulders of Armonk, New York-based David Boies, a celebrity litigator that has been at the forefront of some of the most high-visibility and high-stakes cases for decades, in both the plaintiff and defense positions as well as in both the trial and appellate capacities. “David Boies really needs no introduction, he is ‘Trial Law 101,’” quips a peer, summing up the general consensus. “He is still a force to be reckoned with, even into his seventies.” Other partners, however, are quickly rising to a level of prominence that, while perhaps not equal to Boies’, is at least significant enough to announce that the younger breed is a force to be reckoned. Most notably Karen Dunn, a Washington, DC-based commercial and “crisis” litigator, has left an indelible stamp on the litigation scene, with a series of high-profile appointments, including several key wins. In tandem with Robbie Kaplan of New York’s Kaplan Hecker & Fink, is representing 11 people who were injured during a tumultuous, and ultimately violent, white supremacist and neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. The team scored a big first-round win in July 2018 when a federal judge in Virginia refused to dismiss their suit against 24 of 25 defendants. Dunn scored big twice in 2019; once in March for Apple in a patent-related case against Qualcomm, for which Dunn secured summary judgment for her client, and again in August when she logged a bench trial victory on behalf of Uber in Massachusetts federal court in a case brought by Boston’s largest taxi conglomerate demanding more than $750 million in damages, alleging that Uber had competed unfairly in the Boston market when it operated without licenses, violating long-standing taxi rules. “Karen Dunn has just had one hell of a ride for the past couple of years,” ventures a peer, “but she deserves it because she really hustles.” Another declares, “I’ve been against Karen Dunn, and I can tell you that she is tough as nails, but with a level of civility about her that makes you want to witness her in action, even you are in an adverse position to her.” New York’s Nick Gravante, a multipurpose commercial trial lawyer, counts the Kushner Companies as one of the higher-profile names among his long list of clients. Gravante represents this corporate entity in connection with various criminal investigations regarding the EB-5 Visa Program; a Deutsche Bank loan to company made shortly before the last presidential election, and various incorrect filings made with various NYC agencies relating to company-owned buildings.
Headquartered in Birmingham, Bradley has emerged as a dominant player in the legal services industry in the Southeast, boasting an ever-expanding network of offices throughout the region (in Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Washington, DC, as well as its native Alabama.) An appreciative client raves on the firm’s behalf, “The Bradley team has helped me develop and resolve complicated product liability matters in Alabama that required deep understanding of our product and operations, and a creative approach to making our case. They are presently working on two other matters for me, in Tennessee and Arkansas, where they are showing the same excellence. I hold Bradley up as my premier firm when it comes to strategy development, legal research and writing, and overall case handling.”
In the firm’s Birmingham flagship, quickly risen future star, Lindsey Boney has been involved in several high-profile cases involving major pharmaceutical clients. Boney served as lead counsel for Bayer in a number of lawsuits involving the drug Xarelto, leading the strategy and legal briefing team. Litigation practice chair Kim Martin is another star who worked alongside Boney in the Bayer case, leading the discovery team. In addition, Martin is currently representing Avectus Healthcare Solutions in class action lawsuits spanning multiple states. Tripp Haston is highly regarded for his defense of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in numerous matters. He currently works alongside Boney and Martin, serving as lead counsel for Wyeth, a Pfizer subsidiary, in a set of litigation alleging injury from the anti-arrhythmic drug Cordarone. In addition, Haston represents another Pfizer subsidiary, Hospira, in a number of product liability cases. David Hymer leads Bradley’s role as co-lead counsel in a class action filed on behalf of an Indiana artist against Alibaba for copyright infringement, with a claim value of $30 million. Hymer also leads the firm’s defense of a confidential defendant in the massive, sprawling opioid litigation. Montgomery-based Charles “Chuck” Stewart is another product liability standout, and is cheered by a client as “client- driven, fantastic on his feet, a clear writer and strategist, and a true leader of his team. He is open to feedback and quick to develop in areas where we have discussed trying new things.” Stewart is also touted for his acumen in the labor and employment arena.
Lela Hollabaugh and Will Goodman, both based in the Nashville office, serve as Tennessee counsel for Amazon in a product liability litigation arising from the sale of hoverboards by third-party sellers on the Amazon Marketplace. The allegations in the complaint seek to hold Amazon liable as a seller of the products that are sold by others on its Marketplace. The matter value is $30 million.
With domestic offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, Buckley (formerly Buckley Sandler and renamed last year) was launched when several partners decamped from Skadden to form the firm over 10 years ago, cultivating a practice consisting largely of white-collar crime and investigations work, with a financial services focus. Peers sum up the firm as “a group that represents companies and individuals, and they go to trial. They are driven by the government policies like the FCPA. A lot of firms do FCPA work, but Buckley does FCPA trial work – they these cases! Nobody tries these!” Another peer offers the glowing review, “In assessing a firm, you have to ask yourself, ‘Would you refer your brother here if he had a problem?’ For Buckley, that is YES!”
The firm made a recent key strategic hire when trial and appellate luminary Henry “Hank” Asbill recently decamped from Jones Day to join the firm in its DC office. “That speaks volumes, it’s a coup for both parties,” voices one peer. “Hank is one of the best, and he probably wouldn’t leave a comfy big firm environment like Jones Day to go just anywhere. Clearly he was looking for a firm with some more ‘fire in the belly,’ which he himself has plenty of.” Asbill has a particularly keen acumen with white-collar work. “Hank has been lucky enough over the course of his career to represent individuals without hurting the companies. He doesn’t get hired to cut deals, he gets hired to try cases or at least leverage his trial skills.” Asbill’s prowess was called into service when the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Alabama charged two partners at a prominent Alabama law firm and the executive of a major local company, with bribing a former Alabama state legislator to take official actions to oppose proposals by the Environmental Protection Agency related to a Superfund Site in North Birmingham. Asbill led a team of attorneys from Buckley and Jones Day in defending the executive in a four-week trial. In another high-stakes matter, Benjamin Klubes and Preston Burton, two other DC partners, represent the former Director of Security for the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who was charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters. The client pleaded guilty in October 2018 to only one of the three counts in his indictment, and was sentenced to two months prison in December 2018. David Krakoff represents a former senior executive of Deutsche Bank who pleaded guilty to allegations of manipulating LIBOR. The client testified for several days in October 2018 as a key government witness at the trial of two of his former colleagues at Deutsche Bank, who were subsequently convicted. In April 2019, as a direct the client was sentenced to time served and a $300,000 fine.
With 27 locations internationally, Butler Snow has developed its presence since its founding in 1954. The firm’s work elicits praise from clients, one of whom remarks, “The teams for each of the matters we used them on were top notch. The resolution of the matter in the SDNY was achieved cost effectively. The resolution of the matter in the Commercial Division was part of a complex litigation involving courts in three different states.” Another client agrees, specifically cheering the “High level of attention, sound strategic advice, and commitment to timely work product.”
Ryan Beckett chairs the firm’s litigation department and works out of the Jackson, Mississippi office. Among his numerous cases, he represented Global Tel*Link, a correctional technology vendor, in a consumer class action suit regarding civil RICO, fraud and consumer protection claims against the client. These claims are over rates, fees and commissions charged to inmates and their friends and family members. The case was dismissed for a third time. William Gage is the lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in various matters, one of which relates to a pelvic repair system product liability litigation matter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Butler Snow is the national coordinating counsel for the client, due to the size and scope of the matter. Other key individuals at the firm Andrea La’Verne Edney, John Henegan and Kari Sutherland, who work in the Jackson and Oxford, Mississippi offices, respectively, are also assisting with the matter. At its peak, there were over 62,000 active cases in multiple multi-district litigation cases, making this one of the largest litigation matters. Also out of the Jackson office, Orlando “Rod” Richmond Sr. is a notable member on the executive committee who primarily works with the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare sectors. He represented Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in product liability claims involving their product Pradaxa. Richmond successfully defended the company, gaining a verdict in favor of the defense from the jury following a multi-week trial in the second bellwether trial in Connecticut. Richmond is cheered for his trial acumen, with one peer extolling, “Rod is a great, level-headed trial lawyer, who knows how to go in front of tough juries in tough plaintiff-friendly venues like Philadelphia and Atlantic City, present compelling, persuasive arguments and WIN!”
Crowley Fleck operates out of 11 offices throughout Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. In Montana, the firm has six offices in Billings, which serves as the firm’s main office, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula. It has two offices in North Dakota, in Bismarck and Williston, as well as three offices in Wyoming, in Casper, Cheyenne and Sheridan. The most current iteration of the firm came into existence in 2009, from the merger of Crowley Haughey Hanson Tool & Dietrich, founded in 1895 and Fleck Mather & Strutz, founded in 1945. Crowley Fleck is one of the most reputable firms in the region, highly regarded by their clients and peers.
Distinguished litigator Jeffery Oven heads the firm’s litigation department and was previously on the firm’s Executive Committee. He specializes in general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on environmental, natural resources and tax litigation. Colby Branch primarily operates out of the Billings office. He is a highly esteemed partner in the energy, environment and natural resources department. He focuses on general commercial litigation, specifically oil and gas law and Native American law. Peter Habein is another key individual at the firm. His specialization lies in tort litigation, with an emphasis on insurance law. Kiely Keane is an acclaimed partner in the Helena office. She has a variety of litigation experience within the general commercial practice area, notably in the construction, healthcare, medical malpractice, personal injury and professional liability areas. Kenneth Lay also has extraordinary experience in construction litigation, in addition to real estate law. Notable litigator Julie Lichte focuses her practice on healthcare and medical malpractice. She works out of the Bozeman office. Joe Maynard Jr. maintains strong relationships with clients through his work in insurance and labor/employment litigation. He is a partner in the Billing litigation department. Ian McIntosh is an acclaimed litigator in the region, operating out of the Bozeman office. His work focuses on insurance, product liability and healthcare litigation. David Wagner is also a partner in the Bozeman office. He is especially skilled in business law, having represented banks, business and individuals in civil litigation over his career.
Dickinson Wright was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1878. They have since expanded to 18 offices in three U.S. regions and Canada. Over 475 lawyers make up the full-service firm in over 40 practice areas, 18 of which fall into their litigation practice. The firm’s140 years of experience is shown through their work, which is praised by clients.
Thomas McNeill is the director of the litigation division, working out of the Detroit office. He represented Brew Detroit and Longstock in matters stemming from arbitration claims and claims of fraudulent inducement. Longstock, an investment entity by Donald Foss, invested in the construction of a brewery, Brew Detroit, along with three other investors, each receiving 25% ownership interest for their investment, with Foss being the preferred and priority investor. The brewery suffered under poor management, following which Foss changed management and forced out two of the investors in exchange for their conveyance of their 25% interests. The final investor refused to hand over his ownership interests to Foss, who sued for fraudulent inducement. The remainng investor then filed arbitration claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the LLC Operating Agreement and for shareholder oppression. The arbitration became a week-long trial before three arbitrators, who decided that the investor’s claims were unmerited. The investor then relinquished his remaining interest to Foss, who agreed to drop the other fraud claims. Phoenix’s Scot Claus has varied experience spanning numerous practice areas. He defended Fain Signature Group and Prescott Valley Signature Entertainment in a class action matter. The plaintiff, Allstate, accused the defendants of violating the Arizona Securities Act, in addition to common law fraud and negligent misrepresentation. Allstate purchased 80% of bonds issued by the Industrial Development Authority of Yavapai County, Arizona, under the name of Prescott Valley Event Center. Prescott Valley Signature Entertainment made up some of the members of the entity. A putative class filed a similar class action securities fraud suit and Wells Fargo, the Indenture Trustee, filed a securities fraud suit on behalf of the non-class bondholders. The Dickinson Wright team won judgment denying class certification and received summary judgment on the other federal securities fraud and common law claims. They also received a favorable settlement on the state law claims.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher enjoys a nationwide status as one of litigation’s most dominant entities. While its origins lie in California, the firm has grown in size and stature to transcend any notion of greater importance in any particular jurisdiction, boasting a star-studded roster that encompasses virtually all of its offices. Peers offer accolades aplenty. “From a litigation perspective, Gibson Dunn continues to rule the roost,” declares one competitor. “They just seem to attract the top-class work and seem to retain the most formidable talent to handle it.” Another assesses, “When I do a mental review of what competing firms are up to, I have to give the crown to Gibson Dunn. The trial victories, the appellate victories, cases running the gamut from resolving cutting-edge commercial issues to setting important legal precedent and even creating new law – they just seem to have it all covered.”
The firm’s bench is flush with star talent all across the board, the past year has seen a particular spotlight on Los Angeles’ Ted Boutrous, a frequent first-call at the trial and appellate levels. Boutrous has been at the forefront of several major firm appointments over the past year, and has logged several significant victories throughout. Boutrous is part of a team leading the defense of Chevron Corporation in multiple lawsuits brought by state and local governments around the country seeking abatement and damages for climate change-related harms. The suits were brought by 12 state and local governments and target a group of major fossil fuel producers, including Chevron, alleging public nuisance and other torts arising out of the production, sale, and promotion of fossil fuels. In June 2018, the firm secured a groundbreaking motion to dismiss on behalf of the client litigation brought by the governments of San Francisco and Oakland in the Northern District of California. Boutrous also leads a team that has been retained to represent the McClatchy Company in a defamation lawsuit brought in April 2019 by a California Congressman seeking $150 million in damages, against the client, a reporter, and a political consultant. The lawsuit stems from a newspaper’s publication of an article detailing a 2016 lawsuit filed against a winery partly owned by the Congressman, in which a former employee alleged sexual harassment and other claims in connection with a charity cruise. The Congressman alleges defamation in connection with the publication of the article and a conspiracy between McClatchy and the political consultant defendant to defame him. Boutrous was also part of a team that scored a stunning August 2019 reversal of a commercial and antitrust case for Swisher concerning a dispute with a former business venture partner-turned-competitor in the space of the client’s “Cigarillos” brand. With potential treble damages, the case was valued at $44 million. Working with Boutrous on this matter was Daniel Swanson, a Los Angeles partner who has long been acknowledged for his profile primarily in the antitrust arena.
Ted Olson, the appellate “icon” based in the firm’s DC office, logged another landmark win at the Supreme Court in May 2018 when the court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, opening the door for legal sports betting on a state-by-state basis. As a result of the decision, sports betting is now legal in seven states. Olson and Boutrous acted in concert to secure a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that ordered the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass given to reporters who regularly cover the White House because the White House infringed CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment liberty interests without providing due process as required by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This pass was revoked by Donald Trump in November 2018 after the White House resident refused to answer Acosta’s questions that displeased him. Yet another firm practitioner who is no stranger to the Supreme Court, Drew Tulumello triumphed at the nation’s highest court for BNSF Railway in a case concerning allegations by two former BNSF employees that they sustained injuries while working for the railway. Rather than pursue relief in the states where they were injured, the employees filed suits in Montana state court, a forum known for its liberal construction of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. In May 2017, the US Supreme Court reversed the Montana Supreme Court’s plaintiff ruling by a vote of 8-1.
A team composed of New York’s Orin Snyder and Brian Lutz, who works from the New York and San Francisco office, represents Facebook and its directors and officers in all civil litigation, which includes securities class action cases, shareholder derivative cases, and consumer class action cases, arising out of reports of the alleged misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica and related parties. A swiftly risen star, Lutz is cheered by a client as “excellent, a very good tactical and strategic thinker, very gifted on his feet.” Snyder has long been acknowledged as a “trial lawyer you don’t want to get on the wrong side of.” Also in the New York office, Avi Weitzman is heralded by a peer as “very sharp, talented and effective. He was a US attorney at the Southern District of New York, he was involved in the [Raj] Rajaratnam case. I’ve seen him take apart a witness or two.”
The firm’s intellectual property capacity is seeing a steady ascent in profile. Los Angeles’ Wayne Barsky secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of Merck-Serono and Pfizer in a patent infringement suit concerning multiple sclerosis medicine. In February 2018, a jury rejected the plaintiff’s staggering claim of $5.4 billion in damages.
Headquartered in Boston, where it remains a market leader, Goodwin has since morphed into a global firm, with 10 offices (six in the US, covering both coasts) housing approximately 1,000 lawyers.
Consistent with its Boston roots, the firm enjoys a particular niche in the life sciences area, with several wins on the part of its litigators in patent and patent-related actions. Christopher Holding provides lead counsel to Actavis in antitrust litigation challenging a patent settlement agreement between the client and another pharmaceutical entity concerning generic versions of Intuniv, an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication. Holding is also playing a role in a case led by another Boston partner, Anthony Downs, for Teva USA as the company faced a $235 million judgment following a seven-day patent infringement trial. Goodwin persuaded the federal district court in Delaware to set aside the jury’s verdict as lacking support, and to find for Teva on the issue of infringement. Beyond IP and life sciences, Holding is also successfully defended BarBri, a provider of bar exam prep courses, in antitrust litigation involving claims of monopolization and collusion (including allegations of bribery) between 12 law schools. Holding secured a dismissal of all claims in the 13-count complaint. Downs meanwhile successfully defended longstanding client Applied Materials and its largest customer against infringement claims concerning a series of patents, employed by the client in a tool for creating very high-density semiconductor chips, allegedly owned by a sole inventor. Downs secured a favorable settlement for Applied and its customer in mid-2018. Boston ERISA authority Jamie Fleckner won a complete bench trial victory for American Century Investments in a class-action brought by former employees participating in American Century's defined-contribution 401(k) retirement plan who claimed that the client breached ERISA fiduciary duties by creating a 401(k) plan that included only American Century-affiliated investment options, when supposedly better-performing and cheaper investment alternatives existed.
In the New York office, Elizabeth Holland regularly works on high-profile patent litigation cases for companies including Actavis, Teva, Boston Scientific, Ceva Sante, Enzymotec, Celltrion, and Lupin. A peer voices on Holland’s behalf, “I’ve never witnessed Elizabeth at trial but I have interacted with her and she presents excellently and I like her personally.” New York commercial partner Marshall Fishman acts for BNP Paribas, one of 12 defendants in a series of putative class actions and two individual actions alleging that the financial institutions conspired to maintain control of the over-the-counter interest rate swap market and exclude fund managers and other buy-side investors from trading IRS on electronic exchanges. Fishman is also representing Citigroup and several of its wholly owned subsidiaries in commercial litigation arising under an option a hedge fund purchased in the residual value of an undivided interest in a nuclear power facility pursuant to a complex sale and leaseback transaction. Brian Pastuszenski is another favorite among peers, with one insisting, “He is fantastic, and you should consider him for a national level securities listing. We see him in a ton of work.” In one such matter, Pastuszenski represents Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation in multiple securities class action, shareholder derivative, and related matters arising out of its September 2016 announcement that it had identified certain potentially improper payments made to government officials in India, where it operates nearly 45 facilities and has several tens of thousands of employees, in connection with obtaining permits for certain of its facilities. White-collar specialist Richard Strassberg represents John Stumpf, the former Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo, in litigation and investigations arising from the September 2016 announcement that Wells Fargo agreed to pay $185 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and City of Los Angeles, to settle allegations that it opened unauthorized accounts and issued unauthorized products for customers, as well as other recent reports concerning Wells Fargo's alleged sales practices. Acting with Strassberg on this matter is another white-collar partner, Grant Fondo, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
Another Silicon Valley partner who has made quite a name for himself, Neel Chatterjee, who joined the firm from Orrick in 2017, has kept particularly busy in his tech-focused IP practice. Among several high-profile appointments for buzzy, Valley-centric clients, Chatterjee is representing Anthony Levandowski, star engineer at the heart of the widely publicized Google/Uber dispute over self-driving car technology. Chatterjee is also well known for defending social media network Facebook and at its founder Mark Zuckerberg against claims that the internet entrepreneur stole the idea.
The DC office’s appellate practice has also seen a vibrant spike in activity, with Willy Jay keeping particularly busy. Jay argued on behalf of a group of Indian tribes from western Washington State in the Supreme Court in a matter involving the interpretation of a set of historic treaties that protect the tribes’ fishing rights. Washington State has redirected numerous salmon-bearing streams through culverts that are impassable to fish, endangering the fragile fisheries. The tribes have successfully argued that refusing to repair these culverts violates the tribes’ treaty-protected rights. Goodwin was hired after the Supreme Court granted certiorari to defend the decision in favor of the tribes. Jay is widely admired, with a vocal contingent of peers offering plaudits on his behalf. “I’m a HUGE fan,” raves one highly regarded and seasoned peer in the appeals space. “He’s young enough that I would say he’s ‘up-and-coming,” but nah, he’s ‘there’ already. Clients just love him, he’s like a walking encyclopedia of the law. He’s just awesome, very charming.” Another peer testifies, “We co-wrote briefs with Goodwin, and we have a great relationship with them. Willy Jay is just personally a very good guy and is a team player, who is not about trying to take all the credit for anything. He was very gracious in recognizing the contribution that we made to the briefs in a way that frankly you don’t always see. He is excellent, the go-to guy for appeals court work, and he was excellent in his presentation to the Supreme Court.”
Founded in 1895, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale uses its decades of experience to its advantage. Through the years, it has become a mainstay in the region. Over 150 lawyers work between four offices, two in St. Louis, Missouri, with the other two in Chicago and Belleville, Illinois.
St. Louis-based Abby Risner heads the Energy and Class Action practice areas at the firm. She has defended BP West Coast Products in a matter filed by SA Mission. The plaintiff is seeking to stop the client from terminating its franchise agreements related to an ARCO ampm station in Northern California. The case in pending in the Northern District of California. David Harris also successfully defended BP West Coast Products in a separate matter, where its dealers claim that BP West Coast Products overcharged them for gas and sold them a defective computer system. Working between the St. Louis and Chicago offices, his interests lie in the energy, securities and healthcare sectors. Also in the St. Louis office, Erwin Switzer serves as the firm’s general counsel. He is incredibly knowledgeable in commercial and government litigation, specifically in consumer protection, government regulatory affairs and the appeals process.
One of the heartland’s dominant institutions, Husch Blackwell is home to a diverse collection of attorneys who serve clients in numerous diverse industries and practice areas. A client declares, “The Husch Blackwell team has broad experience and good depth. I rate their litigation representation as excellent.” Another client identifies the firm as “top-notch on all fronts: cost, efficiency, capability and expertise.” Still another gets more specific: “Husch Blackwell attorneys are the premier lawyers in Higher Education work. They have the subject matter expertise needed for this complex litigation. They are diligent, strategic, and practical. The only weakness from my selfish perspective is their absence of an Iowa office, but you can’t everything!”
In Kansas City, consistently noted top star Cynthia Cordes practices in the areas of government compliance, investigations and litigation, hospitality, human trafficking compliance, and white-collar criminal defense. Christine Miller, member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transpiration industry group, manages a diverse practice which centers on business, international, labor and employment, product liability, rail, trade secret, and information protection litigation. Rudy Telscher defends Emerson Electric against allegations of trade secret theft in connection with a winning bid to build a $200 million data center for Facebook. Telscher also scored in February 2019, when the PTAB entered a Final Written Decision providing client Cascades Canada a complete victory in its patent dispute with Essity Hygiene and Health AB over the configuration of folding napkins used in dispensers. It was the third consecutive victory that month before PTAB for Cascades in its long-running dispute with Essity. Kansas City future star Hayley Hanson is cheered by a client as “an exceptional attorney. She is thoughtful in her advice and always extremely responsive. She has the expertise to provide legal solutions and her team is the best in the field of higher education.”
Husch Blackwell also made a recent play for the Wisconsin market, viewed by local peers as a successful one, when it acquired the Whyte Hirschboeck & Dudek firm. The team the firm took on was of solid enough standing to instantly propel Husch into the "highly recommended" category in this jurisdiction. All-purpose Milwaukee-based commercial and professional liability practitioner Ross Anderson, the firm's only elected member of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, is cheered by peers as "wonderful, a true trial lawyer and a very hard worker." Another Milwaukee partner, Anne Maher, is called "very smart and one of those appellate guru types but is also very articulate." Maher is also a leader in the firm's technology and transportation industry group.
Bringing Husch’s Omaha office firmly to the fore, Marnie Jensen posted a huge victory in Nebraska in July 2019 in what was ultimately a family squabble wrapped around a valuation dispute of company valued at approximately $900 million. Jensen also scored a complete victory on summary judgment for Farmobile in connection with a lawsuit brought by Farmers Edge alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and seeking a judgment be entered declaring Farmers Edge to be the owner of certain Farmobile intellectual property. The court dismissed all claims brought by Farmers Edge.
Operating throughout the South, with three locations in Louisiana alone, Jones Walker is a regional powerhouse with an expanding national footprint. The firm offers a full range of litigation services to clients in a variety of industries, with the ability to draw on a deep bench of skilled litigators. One client concurs the firm possesses an “extremely intelligent and experienced litigation team that knew the details of a very complex set of cases.” Pauline Hardin is a seasoned litigator with a focus on business, commercial, and labor disputes. Among her recent clients, Hardin defended Ochsner Health System in a federal lawsuit involving wrongful termination, successfully obtaining a motion to dismiss the case. Co-team leader of the corporate compliance and white collar defense team is Mark Cunningham, who is highly regarded for serving clients in a variety of industries. Cunningham is currently representing the Sun Belt Conference in ongoing multidistrict litigation involving football and basketball players challenging the amateurism rules of college sports. R. Patrick Vance is leader of the firm’s litigation group and focuses his practice on business, commercial and financial litigation. In particular, Vance is adept at handling complex bankruptcy cases representing both secured and unsecured creditors in a variety of matters.
Headquartered in New York City, Kasowitz Benson Torres is known as a commercial litigation maverick shop with an aggressive litigation style, generating a reputation as a "rough-and-tumble" firm. One client affirms, calling them "Excellent, think outside the box, aggressive, focused on the outcome in the most direct way," adding, "The firm is top notch for disputes that will end up at trial. Not all get there but if trial is the likely route - don't leave home without them."
Kasowitz Benson Torres is a firm rated highly by a client for their litigation prowess, stating, "I rate this firm the best for litigation work that will need to go to trial." The firm is composed of “absolutely wonderful litigators-smart, efficient and aggressive” behind the efforts of firm founder and figurehead Marc Kasowitz, who hails from the New York office. He is lead counsel in an ongoing matter on behalf of Fairfax Financial Holdings, the largest Canadian insurance company, in a $6 billion New Jersey action arising out of insider trading, market manipulation and short-selling attack on Fairfax and its operating subsidiaries by a group of hedge funds and their operatives in connection with purportedly independent securities analysts. After more than a decade of litigation, one part of the trial commenced in September 2018, resulting in $31 million in jury awards and settlements in favor of Fairfax, not including prior settlements of Fairfax with other defendants. This case is notorious for helping to lead to several insider-trading indictments.
Other acclaimed New York litigators include Paul "Tad" O'Connor, Mark Ressler, David Rosner and Sheron Korpus. Korpus is described as "the best trial lawyer and litigator they have there now" by a client. Korpus is co-lead counsel in the largest pharmaceutical litigation currently active in the US, representing Teva, the world's largest generic drug manufacturer and its subsidiary Actavis. The matter stems from antitrust class actions consolidated in an MDL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that allege price-fixing of dozens of generic drugs. Korpus and Rosner, who chair the firm’s bankruptcy litigation and restructuring group, are also lead members of a trial team representing global asset manager MatlinPatterson, and certain of its principals and affiliates in a fiduciary duty action brought by DuCool. The lawyers secured the dismissal of $123 million breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by DuCool. The minority shareholder had alleged that the defendants had breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the management of the company, diluting the plaintiff's equity interest. Appellate litigator O'Connor. He obtained a significant appellate victory for InterContinental Hotels Group in an action involving their long-term license agreement related to the 795-room Crowne Plaza Times Square hotel in New York City. Fellow New York partner Ressler was part of the lead counsel team in a precedent-setting, multi-million dollar verdict in favor of client Copart. A jury in California federal court found a software consulting firm liable for professional negligence and fraud arising from a massively-botched implementation of SAP enterprise resource planning software for Copart. The jury delivered the favorable verdict for $20 million in damages for negligence and $5 million for fraud, after a four-week jury trial in the Eastern District of California. This groundbreaking verdict is the first verdict ever against a consulting firm for professional negligence in an ERP software implementation. Historically, only law firms and accounting firms have been found liable for professional negligence.
Los Angeles-based litigator Daniel Saunders was co-lead counsel to television stars Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz and author Kathleen Reichs. In a landmark victory on behalf of the producer and television stars of the long-running TV show "Bones", the firm obtained a $179 million arbitration award for fraud and breach of contract, including $50 million in compensatory damages and over $128 million in punitive damages, against 21st Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company, and other Fox entities. This is the largest arbitration award ever issued in a profit participation dispute.
Founded in 1924, Katten Muchin Rosenman has its roots in Chicago, Illinois. It has since expanded nationally to 11 offices, including the Chicago office. The firm has offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Irvine, Oakland and Los Angeles, California; New York, New York and Washington D.C. They have also established an international presence in London, UK and Shanghai, China. The firm has risen to become a star performer in the litigation sphere.
David Halberstadter serves as the firm’s deputy general counsel and is an acclaimed entertainment law litigator. He defended STX Entertainment in an intellectual property matter. The plaintiff, Sesame Workshop, filed a temporary restraining order, trademark infringement and trademark dilution actions in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. These matters were filed because of the use of the tagline “No Sesame. All Street.” in STX’s R-rated movie The Happytime Murders. The plaintiff demanded STX remove all references from Sesame Street, which the client did not comply with. The district court judge denied the temporary restraining order, concluding that the plaintiff failed to show that the tagline might confuse moviegoers that Sesame Street is associated with the movie. Following this ruling, the plaintiff dismissed the other matters in the lawsuit. Esteemed litigator Sheldon Zenner represented Wells Fargo in litigation matters regarding allegations of discriminatory lending. Wells Fargo was sued by the government of Cook County, Illinois under the Fair Housing Act. Cook County argued that it was entitled to compensatory damages due to the loss of tax revenues from foreclosures caused by the client’s discriminatory lending. The client moved to dismiss the complaint, which was granted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with leave to amend, but also stayed the proceeding pending a related decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. Following the Supreme Court’s decision, the district court allowed Cook County to file a new amended motion, which Wells Fargo then moved to again dismiss. The district court partially granted and partially denied the motion, while also denying the plaintiff’s motion to reconsider the decision. The case is now in discovery following the defendant’s answering of the second amended complaint. Michael Lohnes is well known for his skill and experience in securities and financial services litigation. He assisted in defending Spectranetics in a securities class action. The class action purports that the client missed its sales forecasts for two straight quarters due to a channel stuff scheme based on information from seven confidential witnesses. The defendant filed a motion to dismiss, which was granted by the court. This ruling is being briefed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
King & Spalding is an internationally-lauded law firm with a network of 20 offices worldwide, with 10 of these outside the US. Peers are quick to address the firm’s most obvious strengths; one being its global balance of power. “King & Spalding was way ahead of the curve in terms of establishing an international scope. That firm has as many tentacles internationally as it does in the US.” Another area in which the firm reigns supreme is the energy sector. One competitor confirms, “King & Spalding is very deep in the life sciences world, and in energy - forget it. No other big national firm can touch them on the litigation side.” The firm is also said to be “the best in the world when it comes to representing the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms.”
Atlanta-based trial lawyer David Balser was lead counsel to SCANA in criminal and SEC investigations. The dispute was related to the abandonment of SCANA’s new nuclear development at the V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina, including defense of ratepayer class actions, derivative claims, federal securities class actions, and state and federal governmental investigations. Additionally, an expedited federal court injunction proceeding seeking to block implementation of confiscatory legislation targeting SCANA was also at stake. A multi-practice, cross-office team, led by Balser, were involved in a multi-week evidentiary hearing before the South Carolina Public Service Commission that sought to block SCANA’s proposed $14.6 billion merger with Dominion Energy. A complete victory for the client was obtained, leading to the closing of the Dominion merger in January of 2019. Balser and fellow Atlanta partner Michael Smith were members of the lead counsel team representing Equifax in numerous high profile putative class actions arising from the cyber security incident announced in September 2017. The client is involved in more than 250 consumer and financial institution class actions from the data breach. Trial and global disputes practice group leader Andy Bayman successfully obtained a reversal of a $3 million jury verdict in favor of his client GlaxoSmithKline in a wrongful death lawsuit. Bayman was co-lead counsel in this matter, the first lawsuit ever tried under the “innovator liability” theory. The decision is the first by the 7th Circuit to find federal preemption in a prescription drug case since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2009 decision in Wyeth v. Levine, which set out the standard for this issue.
Ursula Henninger hails from the Charlotte office of the firm. She routinely represents companies in tobacco, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries in personal injury, wrongful death and tort matters. She is a member of the lead counsel team continuing to represent RY Reynolds in engle progeny tobacco cases pending in Florida, in which former members of a decertified class action may bring additional individual lawsuits. Kenneth Steinthal is a California-based intellectual property authority who often represents clients in media, copyright and licensing matters. He represented the Radio Music License Committee on behalf of over 7,000 commercial radio stations in the first rate setting arbitration against performing rights collective SESAC under the RMLC’s 20-year antitrust settlement with SESAC.
New York litigation luminary Richard Marooney continues to manage a stand-out practice dedicated to securities, general commercial and international disputes. He was the lead lawyer who won the dismissal with prejudice of a Section 10(b) securities fraud complaint against automotive transportation and logistics provider Jack Cooper Holdings Corp. and two of its officers in the Southern District of New York. The judge held that the plaintiff failed to plead either that Jack Cooper or its officers made any material misstatements or omissions. This early result not only dismissed the case against Jack Cooper Holdings Corp., its CEO and former CFO, but also denied River Birch the opportunity to file another amended complaint. Edward Kehoe is the managing partner of the New York office, and co-head of the international arbitration practice. He specializes in business arbitration and litigation. He is involved in an ongoing dispute between pharmaceutical companies relative to a joint venture agreement. Kehoe and Houston trial lawyer Doak Bishop obtained a groundbreaking victory for Spanish gas company Union Fenosa Gas in an international arbitration proceeding. A historic award of approximately $2.2 billion, including interest and legal costs, against the Arab Republic of Egypt was secured.
Seasoned trial lawyer Bobby Meadows also hails from the Houston office where he is recognized as a frequent face in trials in state and federal court, as well as arbitration proceedings. He is lead counsel to Chevron USA in multiple lawsuits arising from an explosion and fire at its Richmond, California Refinery. He has secured the dismissal of over 10,000 plaintiffs in the individual claimant actions. The court also agreed to a random selection of individual plaintiffs to go through discovery and eventually be tried. Of the 160 plaintiffs randomly selected, 100 elected to dismiss their claims rather than proceed through discovery and trial. The firm also achieved the dismissal of two purported class actions at the pleadings stage.
Texas-based Tracie Renfroe serves as the managing partner of the Houston office, as well as co-head of the energy practice. Her trial practice is centered on toxic tort, environmental, professional and product liability, and commercial disputes. She currently represents DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, in a multi-district litigation involving metal-on-metal hip implants. New York litigator Carmen Lawrence 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. Renfroe, Lawrence, and DC litigator Dixie Johnson are also acclaimed as one of Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation. Johnson is the deputy practice group leader for government matters of the firm, where she represents businesses and individuals in securities enforcement investigations and conducts internal investigations for corporate board committees and companies.Fellow DC partner Michael Pauzé represented PricewaterhouseCoopers Auditores Independentes (PwC Brazil) in connection with a securities class action and five individual actions arising out of the corruption investigation of PwC Brazil’s audit client, state-controlled oil and gas giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras, which at the time was one of the largest companies in the world. As co-lead counsel, Pauzé successfully moved to dismiss class plaintiffs’ Section 10(b) claim and all individual plaintiffs’ claims against PwC Brazil, save the Section 11 claims. This multi-billion dollar matter resulted in announced settlements with PwC Brazil and with Petrobras and underwriter defendants. The total class settlement amount is approximately $3 billion, of which PwC Brazil contributed $50 million, or about 1.7%. Despite an Order approving those settlements, a handful of objectors filed appeals from aspects of the settlements or related rulings. The parties briefed those appeals in late 2018 and early 2019.
Nationally-recognized Kirkland & Ellis is an international institution with roots in Chicago. Since the firm's inception in 1909, it has grown to house approximately 2,200 lawyers with expertise in numerous practice areas, with notable strengths in commercial litigation, product liability, intellectual property, bankruptcy, restructuring and counseling matters and white-collar/investigations work. One client highlights the firm's bankruptcy practice, asserting, "They are preeminent in the bankruptcy space, debtors, and a lot of that comes out of their private equity. It’s pretty astounding how Kirkland managed to get to number one by a wide margin in bankruptcy."
Chicago's seasoned litigator James Hurst and DC-based appellate authority Paul Clement are part of the lead counsel team that represents AbbVie, AbbVie Products, and Abbott Laboratories in the AndroGel bellwether multidistrict litigation regarding testosterone replacement therapy products. This product liability dispute concerns allegations of injuries as a result of taking prescription testosterone replacement therapy drug.
Fellow partner Mark Filip heads the firm's government enforcement defense and internal investigations group. He and Jennifer Levy are one of the leading members of Kirkland's nationwide team that represents Allergan Finance in the nationwide opioid litigation, which is described as being on par to be the largest mass litigation in U.S. history. The litigation consists of over 1,500 separate lawsuits filed on behalf of states, counties, cities, hospitals, Indian Tribes, and putative classes of individuals. Hurst is also lead counsel with Kevin Van Wart on behalf of Central State Funds, a large multiemployer defined benefit pension plan, and its trustees, in a complaint for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA brought by 11 participants in the fund. Senior litigation partner Richard Godfrey represents Aon Risk Services Central with respect to claims associated with its brokerage of insurance policies at issue in a dispute regarding the coverage of losses relating to the May 2010 flooding of the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, Tennessee.
Antitrust partners David Zott, Daniel Laytin and Jeffrey Zeiger are lead counsel members in a team representing the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, as well as co-coordinating counsel for all defendants, in a series of putative class action lawsuits filed across the country challenging the structure of the Blue System of health insurance under the antitrust laws. Zeiger is also active in restructuring cases, with one client highlighting some of his recent work, stating, "Jeff Zeiger in Chicago, he's great! He just got a big win for Neiman Marcus in a litigation relating to their ongoing bankruptcy." Zeiger obtained a dismissal of a $1 billion fraudulent transfer lawsuit against Neiman Marcus. The state trial court has also decided the client can sue the debt investor Marble Ridge Capital for defamation over statements the firm made about its debt. Fellow antitrust authority Jim Mutchnik advised Geo Specialty Chemicals, a private global chemical manufacturing company, in a criminal DOJ antitrust investigation alleging price-fixing and customer allocation conspiracy in connection with water treatment chemicals sold to municipalities and other customers in North Carolina and elsewhere. He negotiated a plea agreement on behalf of the client, and the related civil suits alleging collusion in the sale of liquid and dry alum, a wastewater treatment chemical, on which Kirkland also advised, were settled favorably. The court granted final approval of the settlement in a matter where no other defendants have reached a settlement with any parties.
New York-based trial luminary Sandra Goldstein manages a diverse litigation practice. She serves as a member of the firm's global management executive committee. She and fellow partner Stefan Atkinson represent Barnes & Noble, a long-standing client since their days at Cravath, in a putative consumer class action. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order just two days after oral argument that dismissed the appeal against the client for lack of jurisdiction. Dale Cendali heads the firm’s copyright, trademark, internet and advertising practice group, where she specializes in intellectual property litigation. As a nationally revered leader in the IP field, Cendali and her practice group have defended WeWork’s “HQ by WeWork” brand in a Texas trademark action, as well as shot down suits against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive by celebrities claiming copyrights on their dance moves. Cendali has also persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to let a Ninth Circuit decision stand in favor of Nike in a dispute over a famous photograph of Michael Jordan. She is also actively defending Take-Two against a company that claims to control the copyrights on LeBron James and other NBA players’ tattoos. Fellow partner Leora Ben-Ami handles cases in all areas of technology, including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, mechanical devices, and electronics. Ben-Ami's experience includes trying numerous cases on behalf of Pfizer including, Pfizer v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, a recent case in which she successfully defended Pfizer's patents on Celebrex.
Kobre & Kim is a unique, and, in the eyes of peers “elite,” firm that focuses exclusively on disputes and investigations involving international fraud and misconduct. “Kobre & Kim is just awesome,” extols a peer. “They have some black belt-level trial skills, and their model is so well crafted and strategic, and they were so far ahead of the curve with cornering that niche. They don’t chase repeat business, and they are strictly bet-the-farm litigation, so they are free to take on only the most select work.” Founding partner Michael Kim is based in New York but enjoys an international profile, particularly with entities headquartered in or doing business in Asia. Much of Kim’s work is of a confidential nature, but one of his few public appointments involves represents Daewoong Pharmaceuticals in an action brought before the ITC by Allergan and Medytox, who are seeking to block US imports of a new rival to the wrinkle-treatment "Botox," alleging that Daewoong's botulinum toxin drug was developed using misappropriated trade secrets from Medytox. Danielle Rose is acknowledged by peers as “very talented, and one of a rare breed of women who generate that level of business.”
Plaintiff shop Labaton Sucharow has been historically viewed as, and still is primarily known as, a securities boutique, although the firm has broadened its scope to take on cases in the antitrust arena as well. Operating in the financial district of New York as well as in Wilmington, Delaware; and Washington, DC, the firm is well poised to feed heartily on a steady diet of corporate disputes arising on Wall Street and in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
One of the Labaton’s biggest developments over the past year has been the rising profile of the firm’s Delaware practice. This has largely been attributed to the efforts of Ned Weinberger, a partner who has the community talking. “Ned Weinberger is a real up and comer,” confirms one Wilmington peer. “He is not yet at the level of the big Delaware of the more established senior guys around [Wilmington] but he has a couple of wins under his belt and a lot of people really respect him.” Another observes, “There’s definitely something going over at Labaton in Delaware, you can feel it. And that’s Ned. He is making waves around here and is going to start making life a little more difficult for some of the more senior ‘swashbucklers’ who are used to running the show.” Weinberger scored a plum appointment in March 2019 when he was appointed co-lead counsel in a class action against Dell Technologies stemming from a $14 billion share exchange transaction that closed in December 2018. The action alleges that the controlling stockholders of Dell breached their fiduciary duties and expropriated billions of dollars in value from Dell's Class V Stockholders. According to the complaint, Dell's controllers created a sham special committee that was riddled with conflicts, failed to obtain appropriate and independent advice, and ultimately aligned itself with Dell.
Another major development within the firm is blossoming of its whistleblower practice, an area that has received a significant level of attention from peers, opponents, and the media. The credit for this lies with New York’s Jordan Thomas. Over the past seven years, Thomas, a former SEC regulator himself, has cultivated “a very impressive space for himself in that world, and a very impressive pathway for this practice in general.” One peer insists, “He is the guy – the most renowned SEC whistleblower in the nation. He had a $13 million claim. He has a pipeline of about 30 matters that have been accepted by the SEC.” Thomas scored big in March 2018, when the SEC announced that it awarded a group of whistleblowers more than $83 million, the largest awards announced by the agency since the inception of the SEC's Whistleblower program in 2011. The firm’s clients tipped the SEC off to misconduct at Merrill Lynch, leading to a landmark enforcement action resulting in Merrill paying $415 million to settle charges that it misused customer cash to generate profits for the bank and failed to safeguard customer assets. Another New York partner, Jonathan Gardner secured a $42.5 million recovery in a securities class action against Intuitive Surgical. The action alleged that Intuitive violated federal securities fraud laws by making false and misleading statements regarding the safety and efficacy of its marquee product, the da Vinci Surgical System, and its compliance with FDA regulations.
With offices in Boston, Chicago, two offices in Colorado, one in California, one in Dallas, one in Kansas and three in Missouri, Lathrop Gage has grown from its heartland roots to attain national prominence in its primary areas of service, much of which centers on environmental and insurance work. “Lathrop does various types of work but by far where they have gotten the most ‘push’ is in environmental litigation,” testifies one peer, echoing the sentiment of several others.
Kansas City’s Michael Abrams is fresh off of a 2018 trial win for Nostrum Laboratories, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical entity that will get to keep its specialty manufacturing equipment in Kansas City following a federal jury’s verdict in its favor. The plant’s equipment was acquired through seven capital leases from California-based Balboa Capital. Nostrum alleged that, upon expiration of the lease, it would obtain ownership of the equipment for a nominal fee. Balboa, however, maintained that the pharmaceutical company had to continue to make rental payments. In a declaratory judgment suit filed in 2016 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Nostrum sought to enforce its understanding of the agreement. Balboa filed a counterclaim, alleging it was owed $7 million plus return of the equipment. In August 2018, the federal jury sided with Nostrum and denied Balboa’s counterclaim. Abrams has since scored again in a very different, but no less important, capacity. A longtime dedicated champion of representing exonerated prisoners suing for civil rights violations, with a focus on insurers providing coverage for the cities and counties and states responsible for the wrongful convictions, Abrams has been leading a team that triumphed on behalf of the estates of three men wrongly accused of raping and murdering a woman in, Mississippi in 1979. The men (who have all since died) were exonerated by DNA evidence after serving a combined 83 years in prison. Their families settled with Mississippi authorities for $16.5 million, with the potential for $4 million more. Subsequently, the Lathrop team pursued Travelers Insurance and Scottsdale Insurance, and in May 2019 was able to convince the Fifth Circuit that the carriers have a duty to defend Forrest County and its officers in the suit will be obligated to settle for “a reasonable amount.” Also in the Kansas City office, Jennifer Hannah on malpractice liability, breach of fiduciary duty cases, trust litigation and non-compete litigation.
Nancy Sher Cohen, who joined the firm from Proskauer, leads the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling practice team in the Los Angeles office. Cohen practices in the area of insurance coverage, product liability, toxic and mass tort, class actions, and general commercial litigation. Her insurance practice includes prosecuting insurance coverage cases, providing counsel to clients with regard to designing insurance coverage strategies, conducting policy review, advising on policy implications resulting from a merger or acquisition, and other insurance related issues.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie is a leading firm in the western US, with nine offices throughout the region. They are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Los Angeles and Menlo Park, California and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Clients are quick to praise the firm noting that they, “Efficiently manage the case for effectiveness and cost. They strategically plan out the case and proactively anticipate challenges and the opposing side’s moves. They listen carefully to the client and manage expectations.” Peers also remark that Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie is, “Excellent. They were responsive and did a very good job.” Another peer agrees saying, “They are thorough, thoughtful and creative.”
Robert McKirgan co-heads the litigation practice group at the firm and is on the firm’s executive committee. Working from the Phoenix office, he is highly specialized in business, intellectual property and bankruptcy litigation. Esteemed litigators in the Denver office, Scott Browning and Michael Plachy work together to represent the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in a state-wide class action lawsuit regarding significant first amendment issues. The plaintiffs seek a mandatory injunction which requires the disclosure of all church documents and records relating to abuse allegations. Browning notably primarily works with religious institutions. Plachy is well experienced in civil lawsuits that involve financial or reputational exposure. Daniel Polsenberg works between the Las Vegas and Reno offices. He defended First Transit as lead counsel in a wrongful-death appellate case. The plaintiffs are the decedent’s parents, who sued First Transit and the client’s employee, accusing the employee of failing to adequately check on the decedent and improperly administering first aid once they noticed the decedent in need of assistance. The plaintiffs accuse the company of negligent training. The trial resulted in favor of the plaintiff, a decision which is being appealed at the Nevada Supreme Court. Robert Charles assisted in representing MCA Financial Group, a court appointed receiver in a receivership started by the secured creditor of CSW Contractors, the defendant. Charles aided in the legal work associated with the liquidation of CSW’s assets. Frederick Baumann is defending Washington Gas Light Company and its affiliate WGL Midstream in a matter against Antero Resources Corporation related to two long term natural gas contracts under which WGL was to buy natural gas from Antero. The client claimed that Antero breached the contracts, but Antero claimed that because WGL did not follow through on the contract’s terms, they had to sell the natural gas elsewhere for lower prices. Antero sued for the loss in profits, plus interest. The defendant contends that the breach of contract supersedes its failure to take the natural gas. Bruce Samuels works out of the Phoenix office. He is best known for his work in business litigation and intellectual property. Daniel Waite practices in the Las Vegas office. He is also well known for his work in business litigation, with an emphasis on real estate, mechanic’s lien and fiduciary litigation.
With offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco, Massey & Gail fashions itself as “a different kind of law firm,” with lawyers covering areas of litigation involving administrative, commercial, antitrust, intellectual property and appeals. An appreciative client raves, “Massey & Gail have been working hard on our behalf on an ongoing sales tax issue.”
Chicago’s Leonard Gail has kept particularly active with a varied portfolio of litigation matters over the past 12 months. Gail represented JP Morgan Chase after, in April 2018, plaintiffs brought tort and contract claims against the client for over $100 million. The primary plaintiff is a high-net-worth individual who banked with Chase for a decade. Over nearly a decade, the plaintiffs' family office manager to whom he had delegated substantial financial authority over his empire was systematically stealing from the plaintiff and his many entities. After the fraudulent scheme was uncovered, the plaintiff blamed Chase for failing to identify what it claims were forged documents and suspicious patterns of activity. In a separate matter, Gail triumphed for this same client after two wealthy foreign nationals filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that they had been defrauded by their former business partners in the US and claimed that the JPMorgan parties had aided and abetted those breaches of fiduciary duty. They sought damages in excess of $88 million, in a trial that lasted more than three weeks and heard testimony from more than 20 witnesses. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the client.
Jonathan Massey, based in DC, represented the Director of Illinois Department of Insurance, the court-appointed liquidator of Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company, in a case that presents the legal question of the lawfulness of a unilateral setoff taken by the federal government to withhold over $27 million concededly owed to Land of Lincoln under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As a result of the federal government's failure to pay, Land of Lincoln was forced into liquidation and ceased operations in 2016, leaving 50,000 Illinois residents who unexpectedly lost their health insurance with three months remaining in the plan year scrambling to find coverage. For those who managed to purchase other insurance for the remainder of the year, many had to pay higher premiums, and all had to restart from scratch paying their annual deductibles and co-pays. The case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court in June 2019. Massey also represented the aforementioned JPMorgan Chase in a putative nationwide class action under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The action alleges that homebuyers who obtained residential mortgage loans from JPMorgan Chase and who made down payments of less than 20%, were required to obtain private mortgage insurance. Plaintiffs claim that the primary mortgage insurers subsequently reinsured the loans with an affiliate of the client’s, who allegedly received a percentage of plaintiffs' insurance premiums in exchange for assuming some of the primary insurer's risk. Plaintiffs contend that JPMorgan Chase's conduct constituted an unlawful "captive reinsurance" scheme in violation of the federal statute. The case implicates potentially many thousands of borrowers and substantial damages.
McKool Smith developed deep roots in Dallas, Texas, where it started in 1991 with 13 trial lawyers. Since then, the firm has rapidly and strategically expanded to now include 185 trial lawyers in seven offices nationwide. They are located in New York, New York; Washington D.C.; Houston, Marshall, Austin and Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California, where they are known in the state as McKool Smith Hennigan. Their strategic and entrepreneurial approach has won them praise from clients and peers alike.
Mike McKool is the chairman and a founding partner, as well as a noted ace trial lawyer. McKool triumphed for WiLAN in patent infringement claims against Apple. The Southern District of California ruled in favor of WiLAN, awarding them $145 million in damages claiming that Apple infringed patents related to voiceover LTE wireless communication technology. The client has also filed a second patent infringement claims against Apple regarding iPhones that support VoLTE enhanced calling over the 4G network. Apple filed a damages retrial, which has yet to take place. Managing partner David Sochia is based in the Dallas Texas office, and specializes in complex commercial disputes and intellectual property litigation, specifically patent law. Sochia, along with fellow Dallas-based partner Douglas Cawley began defending Xerox, Conduent and New Jersey Transit in an intellectual property case. Bytemark accused the clients of patent infringement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, interference of business relations, unfair competition and unjust enrichment claims. Based in Los Angeles, Michael Hennigan specializes in complex commercial trial litigation. He was part of the team that defended City National Bank in five class-action lawsuits and multiple individual-action lawsuits. In these lawsuits, it was alleged that City National Bank aided and abetted a Ponzi scheme operated by Nationwide Automated Systems. The team won the dismissal of one action, exposed the remaining plaintiffs to the high risk of dismissal and blocked all discovery. The remaining cases settled in July 2018 and was approved by the Los Angeles Superior Court in January 2019. New York based litigator Robin Cohen heads the insurance recovery practice area at the firm. She is the lead principal in a matter in which she represented Verizon in matters against four primary and excess-layer executive and organization liability insurance carriers. Verizon filed a motion to recover unreimbursed defense costs plus interest from these carriers, who had denied coverage to the client from an underlying lawsuit filed against Verizon earlier. The Delaware Superior Court granted the client’s motion for entry of final judgment and prejudgment interest. The ruling succeeded an earlier ruling in which Verizon was deemed entitled to securities claim coverage for another underlying litigation matter against Verizon, setting a precedent. These rulings have all been appealed by the carriers and Verizon has settled with two of the four carriers. Christopher Johnson and Gayle Klein are also based in the New York office and specialize in business litigation. Johnson in particular focuses on structured financial products, especially residential mortgage-backed securities. They have worked together in representing US Bank, as trustee, in several securities litigation matters. They sought repurchase and/or damages stemming from defective mortgage loans against Morgan Stanley. These matters was settled in May and December 2018. In similar matters, they represented the same client seeking to recover costs stemming from defective mortgage loans from Goldman Sachs. Hugh Ray chairs the firm’s Bankruptcy practice area. He works between the Houston and New York offices and is highly respected in his field, receiving numerous accolades for his work.
Highly experienced litigator Samuel Baxter works in the Marshall and Dallas offices and is especially skilled in intellectual property matters. He, along with Dallas based partner Theodore “Ted” Stevenson III, who also is especially experienced in intellectual property, represented PanOptis Patent Management in a patent infringement case. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of the client, finding that defendant Huawei infringed five PanOptis patents in relation to wireless communications technologies. Lewis LeClair acted as lead counsel in an arbitration matter against five entities affiliated with the aviation industry of China. LeClair sought confirmation of an arbitration award issued in 2015. In August 2018, a district court confirmed the arbitration amount in full against the aviation industry of China, which was appealed to the 5th Circuit Court.
With domestic offices in New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, Milbank has a steady and uninterrupted ascent in its profile. “Milbank remains a force to be reckoned with,” confirms a peer. Another adds, “They occupy a space in the market that is kind of unique to them, a very interesting offering of practices.” Clients are equally appreciative, with one offering the plum accolade, “They have a deep bench of very skilled litigators that have actually gone to trial.
The firm’s LA office, and its intellectual property practice overall, got a significant boost in August 2019 when it lured a sizeable IP team from Irell & Manella to the firm’s bench. This includes the especially auspicious acquisition of David Gindler, a routinely revered patent and licensing partner. “This is big news,” offers a peer in the IP space. “Milbank definitely scored here, and their already strong IP team in New York is now complemented by a West Coast component.”
A member of the New York IP team, Errol Taylor, scored in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for Tris Pharma in a lawsuit concerning patents that cover Tris's ADHD treatment. In November 2018, the appellate court cemented Taylor’s hard-fought victory. “Errol is underrated and deserves more notice,” ventures a peer. “He is just awesome.” In a particularly novel matter spanning IP and international arbitration, New York IP specialist Chris Gaspar and DC-based international arbitration partner Michael Nolan chalked up a win in March 2017, when the Federal Circuit affirmed a $450 million arbitration award on behalf of client Bayer CropScience in an international-level dispute concerning infringement of a patent on a gene used by farmers to modify their crops to withstand weed-killing herbicides. The two cemented that win with a December 2017 order from Supreme Court denying certiorari. Nolan also represented the Government of Mongolia, prevailing in an arbitration brought by Chinese state-owned entities pursuant to the investment-protection treaty between the two countries over Mongolia’s revocation of a license for the Chinese entities to mine a vast iron ore deposit. The leases were cancelled in 2006 after the Chinese entities allegedly breached Mongolian laws and the terms of the license. The Chinese entities sought to recoup their investment, as well as potential profits and arbitration costs. The tribunal’s issued a unanimous award as of June 2017, dismissing all claims. Nolan logged another win for the developers and owners of a 148.5-MW wind farm in northeast Mexico against a subsidiary of the Spanish conglomerate Abengoa. In the award issued in the summer of 2018, the Arbitral Tribunal ruled that Abengoa had breached its obligations as general contractor for the construction of the wind farm. In 2019, the Southern District of New York confirmed the award in favor of Nolan’s clients. Fellow New York partner and securities enforcement and white-collar practitioner, George Canellos, who returned to the firm in 2014 after a stint with the SEC, receives plentiful plaudits from peers. “George has really built a nice practice over there,” confirms one, who concedes, “More litigators should try to be like him, not just in his work but in his approach. You feel like you can trust him, he has immediate credibility.” Another peer reinforces this claim. “George is just fantastic - one of the best and most experienced enforcement lawyers you’ll find, and, it should be said, one of the nicest and most easygoing. That’s a rare find.” Canellos represents the founder and managing partner of a private equity firm in connection with a federal government investigation of insider trading activity in the securities of a semiconductor entity. In January 2019, the court rejected the prosecution's request for a sentence of between six and a half to eight years' imprisonment, and sentenced the client to just three months’ imprisonment. New York’s Dan Perry is representing Primero Mining in a putative securities class action in the Central District of California, related to the Canadian company’s allegedly false or misleading disclosures regarding its Mexican subsidiary, which allegedly harmed investors when the company’s share price dropped. The matter is currently on appeal in the Ninth Circuit. A client weighs in on Perry’s behalf, “Dan is a highly skilled trial lawyer who strikes the right balance of taking the time to understand the details/nuances of a matter or issue while still being efficient and mindful of costs. He also communicates well with the business side where necessary.”
Managing partner of the Washington, DC office, Andrew Leblanc was recently a part of the lead counsel team (which also included Dennis Dunne and Atara Miller) who achieved a significant victory on behalf of Ambac Assurance Corporation before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a case that threatened to derail Puerto Rico’s efforts to reach consensual resolutions with its creditors. This decision allows negotiations to move forward without the distraction of creditor litigation, and supports important principles concerning the application of the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay. Leblanc enjoys a unanimous reputation as one of the leading genuine bankruptcy litigators in the US. “Andy is the real deal,” confirms a competitor. “He’s not just a restructuring lawyer, he’s not a litigator who just dabbles in bankruptcy, he is a true insolvency court fighter. Other clients go out of their way to avoid him - they didn’t want him cross-examining their CEO!” One peer quips, “Andy Leblanc is the one bankruptcy litigator that I’m really worried about going up against.”
Nelson Mullins boasts a powerhouse presence in the Southeast, housing more than 500 attorneys and government relations professionals in offices throughout the Carolinas as well as in Georgia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Washington, DC. The firm also maintains a northeast footprint with offices in New York and Massachusetts, and western locations in Colorado and California.
South Carolina-based lawyer David Dukes is recognized for his diverse practice on pharmaceutical, medical device, business and patent litigation, as well as the coordination of national litigation. Dukes is lead trial counsel for Purdue Pharma in response to a lawsuit that was recently filed against the company. The State of South Carolina recently filed suit against the pharmaceutical manufacturer alleging improprieties in the marketing of the popular painkiller Oxycontin. South Carolina is one of a number of states to sue an opioid maker for allegedly deceptive marketing, joining several counties and cities across the nation. Michael Brown is a Baltimore-based litigator who frequently handles complex cases in the areas of products liability defense, mass tort litigation, as well as commercial litigation matters. Peers affirm Brown is "a leader in the room" adding, "He covers the biggest litigation in the state of MD. He was prized by every firm on the east coast [and] tries cases all over the country on product liability." Another peer exclaims, "He fills up the whole room. He is a gentle giant who could go into any courtroom, convince those tough juries and win!"
North Carolina partner Noah Huffstetler is lead counsel to Tyron Medical Partners in an antitrust matter. The dispute stems from a group of 92 physicians, servicing approximately 100,000 patients annually in various disciplines, employed by North Carolina's largest hospital system, Carolinas Healthcare System (now known as Atrium Health), in their attempt to break away from their employee status to form an independent healthcare provider. Subject to stringent non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, these physicians had been asked to agree to lower compensation or be terminated. The firm filed suit against Atrium, asserting, among other things, claims for antitrust violations and seeking declaratory relief to invalidate the non-compete agreements. After litigation commenced, Atrium agreed to release the physicians from their contractual obligations. This is the largest physician separation dispute ever handled in North Carolina.
West Virginia-based Marc Williams, along with future stars Melissa Foster Bird and Robert Massie, were lead counsel to Eastman Chemical in numerous class actions and governmental lawsuits related to the January 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill and water contamination event. This litigation ultimately involved over 300,000 class members and spanned across several Circuit Courts, federal courts and the West Virginia mass litigation panel. The matter was successfully resolved in favorable terms for the client.
With 16 offices, including four international ones, Nixon Peabody has become a client favorite. “Nixon Peabody is excellent. Service is top notch, billings rational. I hire Nixon Peabody for virtually all of our construction claims and litigation,” one client enthuses. Another notes, “They provided an excellent service, both in terms of strategic advice and the detailed handling of the litigation.” One client succinctly describes the excellence of the firm by saying, “The firm has highly experienced trial lawyers at reasonable rates.”
While the firm has increasingly established itself outisde this region, few would dispute the firm’s bench strength and brand power in the New England market. Acclaimed practitioner Scott O’Connell chairs the litigation department and spends his time between the firm’s Boston and New Hampshire offices. O’Connell and Kevin Fitzgerald worked together to represent a consortium of over 300 health care providers, on behalf of themselves and a class of over 6,000 current and past policyholders in the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (NHMMJUA) in a matter that challenged state legislation that required NHMMJUA to transfer millions in alleged excess surplus funds to the state’s general fund from 2009 to 2011. The Nixon Peabody team argued that the legislation impaired the clients’ contract rights in violation of the New Hampshire Constitution, which was confirmed by both the trial court and the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The team then filed a precedent setting class action on behalf of the client following successful judicial, administrative and legislative proceedings. The client won class certification and summary judgment, entitling them to receive an amount equivalent to the excess surplus funds. O’Connell and Fitzgerald also filed a companion case, representing an expanded class. This case was also a success, resulting in the recovery of additional excess surplus funds. Jeffrey Brenner leads the firm’s real estate litigation team and construction practice area, working between the Providence and Boston offices. He represented Endoscopy Associates in a significant matter involving the obtaining of a certificate of need. This certificate was required for the client to change its license status from physician ambulatory surgery center, limited to physician owners, to free standing ambulatory surgery center, allowing the client to gain corporate ownership. While the certificate was initially approved by the Rhode Island Department of Health, a competitor convinced an administrative law judge and the Rhode Island Supreme Court to overturn the approval. Following a hearing, the Rhode Island Supreme Court allowed the client to receive the certificate, granting the license change. Boston-based Brian Kelly represented Trinity Industries and Trinity Highway Products in a series of product liability actions and a federal investigation stemming from automobile accidents and Trinity guardrail end terminals. Plaintiffs accuse the client of product design defects resulting in injuries. The federal investigation ended with no findings of wrongdoing by the client. Working between the Boston and Manchester offices, David Vicinanzo leads the government investigations & white collar defense practice areas. He is an esteemed litigator who focuses his practice on government investigations and represents a wide variety of clients in complex civil and criminal matters.
O’Melveny & Myers has grown from its roots as a vaunted California name brand in the legal industry into a commanding presence on the world stage, with 15 offices globally. The firm is viewed as a valued advisor by a vast and diverse span of business clients, several of whom have dominated the media over the past year.
Dan Petrocelli is not only the firm’s most celebrated trial lawyer, but is also arguably one of the nation’s most revered. “He’s a good example of someone who can specialize in a craft rather than a doctrine. [He’s a] Hell of a trial lawyer, who deserves the accolades, not that he’s wanting for any more.” Petrocelli made waves on the national stage again this year, securing a landmark victory for AT&T in a case in which the government attempted to block this client’s proposed vertical merger with Time Warner. Petrocelli’s trial prowess has been called into service locally as well, most notably for Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, for whom Petrocelli secured a complete defense verdict in the first, bellwether trial in a California Coordinated Proceeding involving more than 10,000 claims over the antipsychotic medication Risperdal. The trial involved claims by a 24-year old man that he developed gynecomastia from prior Risperdal use. The man was prescribed Risperdal “off-label” as a child for severe violence and behavioral issues, before it was approved by the FDA for children. The plaintiff argued that defendants could and should have warned of the risk of gynecomastia to children and adolescents even before the pediatric approval. After a more than two-week trial, the jury rendered a verdict for the defense in less than two hours. Demonstrating his flexibility and versatility as a trial lawyer, Petrocelli also represented Top Rank and boxer Manny Pacquiao, who was sued by plaintiffs after the fighter sustained a shoulder injury just prior to a scheduled fight that shattered attendance and pay-per-view records. Plaintiff lawyers filed over 40 class actions in state or federal courts seeking a refund of monies paid for tickets, pay-per-view broadcasts, or closed-circuit licenses, claiming that class participants would not have paid to watch the fight had Pacquiao’s injury (or the fact that he was not “100%” fit) been disclosed. After getting the state lawsuits removed to federal court and coordinated with the federal filings in a single multidistrict proceeding, last month Petrocelli and his team “knocked out” every one of them. Petrocelli is far from the only O’Melveny partner to claim headline-making victories, however. Los Angeles-based securities partner Seth Aronson secured a major victory for all class action defendants when the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of client China Agritech, holding that courts cannot extend statutes of limitations to permit endless follow-on class actions. This win also shows the firm flexing its muscle in the China-focused space, an area also attended to by William Pao, a commercial litigator also based in LA. Another LA partner, Richard Goetz, is currently representing Hill’s Pet Nutrition, owned by firm client Colgate-Palmolive, in more than 21 putative class actions brought by more than 300 plaintiffs in cases currently pending before 15 judges in 11 different courts. The allegations relate to a voluntary Hill’s recall of certain pet foods that, due to a supplier error, contained potentially elevated levels of vitamin D, an otherwise essential nutrient. Goetz is also actively representing a well publicized defendant in the nationwide opioid class actions. Intellectual property partner Ryan Yagura has mined a sizeable profile in the patent arena, particularly for clients in the tech sector. Yagura led a team that won victories for Samsung against plaintiffs seeking more than $1 billion in damages and an order that would have barred Samsung from importing any of its smartphones, tablets, computers, or smart watches to the US. The plaintiffs settled with Samsung for a fraction of their original claims. O’Melveny is also noted for being one of the few major national firms with an established California-focused environmental and land use practices. In this capacity, Matt Kline secured a significant summary judgment victory in favor of client Coachella Valley Water District in a federal groundwater rights lawsuit filed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Agua Caliente Tribe filed suit in 2013, seeking to secure rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley basin and to prevent the client, one of two primary agencies managing water resources in the Coachella Valley, from transporting water from the Colorado River to the Coachella Valley.
In the firm’s DC office, Ian Simmons has emerged as the firm’s antitrust figurehead. Simmons is representing Bitcoin.com and individual developers in the first federal antitrust complaint against a cryptocurrency. In civil litigation filed in the Southern District of Florida, United American Corporation alleges that defendants conspired to “hijack” a cryptocurrency fork. In its motion to dismiss, Simmons responded that the fork birthed rival cryptocurrencies and therefore increased rather than stifled competition. The decision on the motion to dismiss is currently pending in this closely watched case of first impression. Simmons also triumphed for Samsung, defeating antitrust claims seeking more than US$1 billion in actual damages—US$3 billion in treble damages—in multidistrict litigation alleging the company was part of a conspiracy to fix prices of optical disk drives, a key component for reading and writing data on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs found in computers, video game consoles, and other devices. The litigation included claims brought by indirect purchasers, direct purchasers, retailers, and states. In August 2018, the parties reached a final settlement, effectively concluding eight years of litigation, discovery, and investigations.
The New York office is home to one of the firm’s top securities practitioners, Brad Butwin. Butwin is cheered by a vocal contingent of peers. One calls him, “a superb litigator — tenacious, smart, high-energy and quite effective, with good judgment.” Another notes, “Brad has deep securities litigation experience. He is a senior- level advisor to many boards and GCs. He also has an incredible bench, which includes partner Jonathan Rosenberg.”
With a history stretching back to 1875, today Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison enjoys a pedigree that few other legal outfits can claim. One client sums sums up, “[They are] excellent lawyers, with a strong strategic vision and approach.” From its domestic offices in New York and DC, the firm has attained a reputation of first-call among a “who’s who” of corporate entities across an increasingly diverse spectrum of industries. The firm’s bench is becoming increasingly diverse as well; earlier in 2019 the firm lured “appellate whiz-kid” Kannon Shanmugam to its bench from his post at Williams & Connolly. Shanmugam boasts an impressive track record, particularly for someone of his relatively young vintage. Paul Weiss also welcomed Loretta Lynch, the former US Attorney General under the Obama administration, to its ranks in 2019.
New York’s Brad Karp, long a perennial favorite, continues to ride a decade-long wave of near unanimous accolades. “Brad continues to do a wonderful job for the institutions,” confirms one peer. “How Brad could work as hard as he does and still remain such a ‘people person’ is astonishing. He is out there pressing flesh, orchestrating favorable settlements for his clients, and at the same time, running that firm.” Another offers an anecdote to illustrate Karp’s stamina: “I was talking to a fellow partner friend who considered himself fairly ambitious, and I had to laugh when he told me he wanted to clock around 1200 hours – that’s about a third of what Brad Karp does.” Clients meanwhile call Karp “an excellent lawyer, with great judgment and superior presence in both court room and board room.” Karp’s primary blue-chip client is Citigroup, for whom Karp secured a highly favorable resolution in May 2017 of a global multi-year anti-money laundering probe. The investigation involved claims that Citigroup’s Banamex USA unit failed to heed red flags concerning thousands of suspicious remittances to Mexico and to adequately monitor more than 30 million remittance transactions worth $8.8 billion over a five-year period. The resolution - which involved a $97.44 million penalty, avoided any criminal charge and required no independent monitor - was dramatically more favorable than those secured by other banks. Karp did not act alone on this matter; Michelle Hirshman and Susanna Buergel also played a role, and both are seeing consistently elevated profiles. “Susanna is more and more being seen as second in command along with Brad on those Citi cases,” observes a peer. Karp also achieved a major victory for Glencore in March 2019 when the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed a lawsuit against the client and other oil traders for allegedly conspiring to cheat Venezuela's state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, out of billions of dollars. The claims, filed by a U.S. litigation trust purportedly on behalf of PDVSA, alleged that the defendants had conspired to bribe Venezuelan officials and rig bids submitted to PDVSA for decades, allegedly costing PDVSA $5.2 billion in lost revenue.
Ted Wells is another evergreen choice among peers and clients for “hard-core trial work.” A peer sums up Wells’ standing in the community: “He obviously needs no introduction. He commands the room, he has charm and an 'aw shucks!' manner about him. Everybody loves him and wants to hang.” However, it is also noted that others at the firm are quickly rising up to grab the baton. “Paul Weiss is one of those white-collar departments that will actually try a case,” asserts a peer, “and Ted is usually the first-call but it’s not only about him anymore. Others have stepped up. I referred a case there once that Ted took in, but I saw Lorin Reisner pretty much exclusively after that, and he was fabulous, a pleasure to work with.” Another peer elaborates, “If I have to refer a case that is just getting started and looks like it might be another three years before it goes to trial, I frankly will be looking more at referring to someone like Roberto Finzi, who is really coming into his own and has a demonstrated skill set.”
It is also noted that the firm’s reach and reputation have steadily expanded beyond servicing the usual client cadre of Wall Street titans in securities actions. In the DC office, Nicholas Groombridge is being heralded as “the sleeper hit” in intellectual property circles. “Nick was way ahead of the curve in the biosimilar patent space, which has since become the sexy place to be in the patent world,” attests a peer. In March 2018, Groombridge secured an inter partes review for Edwards Lifesciences before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) that, if affirmed, ends Boston Scientific’s high-value patent suit against the client a transcatheter heart valve device. The PTAB invalidated all of Boston Scientific’s patent claims; meanwhile, Edwards’ infringement case against Boston Scientific over its rival transcatheter heart valve technology is set to be tried to a jury. Groombridge, along with fellow DC partner Kenneth Gallo, represent Genentech in patent infringement litigation brought by Baxalta concerning a potentially life-changing treatment for hemophilia A, which Genentech brought to the U.S. market. Another practitioner in the intellectual property capacity, Eric Stone (based in the New York office) is carving out a name for himself among IP peers. “He is the right-hand man of Nick Groombridge. Nick is good in front of juries and he’s good with the arguments, but I think Eric is the strategist. It’s his show!” Peer favorite David Bernick is defending Dow Chemical in several class actions alleging that Dow, together with a number of other manufacturers and sellers, engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy to raise prices for chemicals used in the production of polyurethane products. In October 2018, the actions were transferred to the Western District of Pennsylvania in a multidistrict litigation, where it is currently pending.
Multi-practice firm Pepper Hamilton is home to roughly 400 attorneys with expertise ranging from intellectual property, health sciences, government regulation and business services litigation. The firm, with a home base in Philadelphia, operates out of seven other locations.
Distinguished litigator Thomas Gallagher chairs the executive committee. His practice is dedicated to white collar litigation and investigations work. He routinely represents pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, payers, providers, and defense contractors in antitrust investigations, as well as federal criminal, civil and state investigations. Duncan Grant heads the Delaware litigation group where he is recognized for his corporate and commercial litigation work, most notably in securities and antitrust matters.
Experienced trial lawyer Francis Devine III manages his practice with a focus on complex commercial and business dispute, professional liability and malpractice, insurance coverage, products, directors, and officers liability, and intellectual property disputes. His expertise involves having tried more than 70 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts throughout his career. Michael Baughman co-chairs the firm's higher education and first amendment and newsroom practices. He obtained a full defense verdict in weeks-long bench trial in certified class action alleging nearly $1 billion in damages in alleged breach of contract case. The case was upheld on appeal. Robin Sumner is dedicated to antitrust and competition law, as well as the False Claims Act work, securities law and complex civil litigation.
Polsinelli is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri but maintains a national presence with the help of its 20 additional offices throughout the U.S. More than 800 attorneys provide legal counsel in approximately 100 practice areas and 70 industry areas, making it one of the most comprehensive firms serving individuals, corporations, and institutions. “Polsinelli has really made its mark," confirms a client.
Missouri litigators Dan Boulware and Russell Jones, Jr. were part of the lead counsel team that obtained a verdict on behalf of former Kansas resident, Gene Bicknell -the largest Pizza Hut franchise owner in the U.S.-in what is believed to be the largest individual tax case in Kansas history. The suit stemmed from a $48 million tax bill determined by the Kansas Department of Revenue claiming that he was still a Kansas resident and therefore owed Kansas taxes on the sale of his company. Following an eight-day trial in July 2018, the Court ordered the State of Kansas must return $48 million paid by Bicknell in tax, interest and penalties over the course of the 10+ year dispute. Boulware also represented 372 plaintiffs-farmers, landowners and business owners to victory in a mass-action lawsuit for flooding against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The suit, originally filed in 2014, alleged the Corps of Engineers' actions violated the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment that bars the Government from taking private property without just compensation. Kansas City litigator William Quirk chairs the appellate practice group, where he is active representing clients on appeals and trial motions in state and federal courts.
Denver trial lawyer Colin Deihl is a new addition to the Benchmark list for his work across all stages of business litigation. His more than 25 years of courtroom experience has made him a trusted authority on breach of contract, fraud, and representations, as well as environmental statute violations. He is active representing a theme park and entertainment company in two putative consumer class actions involving automatic renewal of annual passes.
Trial lawyer and newly acquired star litigator Connie Bertram joins Polsinelli’s DC office where she focuses her practice on whistleblower, trade secrets, government contractors and litigation. She routinely conducts internal investigations involving top-level executive employees in matters involving alleged fraud, theft or misuse of company data, trade secrets, sexual harassment and code of conduct violations. Recent representations include successfully representing a Fortune 50 food distributor on claims for trade secret theft, breach of contract and breach of duty of loyalty, as well as defending claims under SOX and the FCA. Polsinelli also added veteran healthcare litigator David King to their litigation team in the Nashville office. He routinely represents a wide range of health care entities, including profit and not-for-profit hospital systems, ambulatory surgery centers, air ambulance services, specialty providers, physician groups and ancillary service providers, and other medical device companies.
With offices in Augusta, Maine; Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire and Washington D.C., Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios is one of the most well-known and respected firms in New England. The firm was founded in 1978 and since then has only continued to grow in size and reputation. The firm works across three disciplines, with litigation being one of the largest not just within the firm, but in northern New England. Clients rave about the firm saying, “No room for improvement. The firm provides consistent, excellent quality work.”
Timothy Bryant is a co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice group, also chairing the firm’s franchise and entrepreneur’s practice groups. He was part of a complex commercial litigation in which he advised plaintiff InfoBridge and Shaun Meredith in an ongoing dispute against Chimani. The dispute claims breach of contract, professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and recoupment of common stock regarding the design and production of Chimani, a sophisticated mobile application software for United States national parks. Bryant is extremely well versed in the professional liability practice area. Gregory Hansel practices primarily in the antitrust, general commercial and securities practice areas. He continued to represent direct purchasers of auto parts in the Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2311. This litigation matter is related to a joint investigation by United States, Japanese and European authorities into global price-fixing cartels, accusing companies of conspiring to fix prices and rig bids to major automakers and other direct purchasers of auto parts. This conspiracy resulted in higher prices than would otherwise have been paid in a competitive market. Throughout 2018 and 2019 settlement agreements were filed with the court, subject to the court’s approval and litigation continues against the remaining defendants. Sigmund Schutz, though experienced in several practice areas, frequently represents media companies in media law matters. He was recently a part of a precedent setting appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in which he represented a coalition of eight public interest and news media groups, headed by the New England First Amendment Coalition. This coalition supported public radio station WBUR in calling for the station’s right to gain access to the names and addresses of jurors in a criminal prosecution case. The federal trial court embargoed release of any juror information for a specific time period and sealed full juror addresses. The First Circuit Court sided with the client, stating that juror information is public. This allowed WBUR to gain their requested information.
With eight of its 13 global offices situated strategically throughout the US, Proskauer provides a wide range of services to clients across a broad spectrum of practices ranging from commercial to intellectual property to securities, to white-collar crime and investigations. Where Proskauer stands out from many others is its noted “near-monopoly” on the specialty areas of employment, entertainment and sports law. “No big firms can touch Proskauer in those areas,” opines one peer. “The only other firms with that much of a focus on those areas are boutiques or local shops. Proskauer does work for actual celebrities, not just celebrities in the financial world.” Indeed, the firm’s client roster includes household names ranging from Major League Baseball to Madonna.
The firm has also seen a pronounced spike in its bankruptcy profile, solidly on the strength of its mammoth appointment as lead outside counsel to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, which was created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) to oversee the restructuring of Puerto Rico's finances, the largest ever municipal restructuring in the US. Puerto Rico has approximately $74 billion of bond debt and $50 billion of underfunded public pension liabilities. The Board's mandate is to return Puerto Rico to fiscal health with access to the capital markets, and to initiate pro-growth reforms designed to generate a free flow of capital between Puerto Rico and the US. This action involves a team of Proskauer attorneys from numerous offices, including Boston’s Timothy Mungovan, New York’s Martin Bienenstock and Stephen Ratner, and Los Angeles’ Michael Firestein. A peer extols, “This is HUGE! Proskauer landed a deep and complex engagement with this, and they have a team of the right people working on it.” In another bankruptcy-related matter, New York’s Michael Mervis represented Sycamore Partners, the private equity owner of the woman's apparel company Nine West Holdings, in its Chapter 11 restructuring. A main focus of the case was allegations by creditors that Sycamore was liable for more than $1 billion in damages in connection with its 2014 leveraged buy-out of The Jones Group, then a public company, and the carve-out of certain Jones Group business lines from Nine West. Ultimately Sycamore reached a favorable settlement of the putative claims as part of a plan of reorganization. The plan, including the settlement, was opposed by bondholders and set for a three-week trial in February 2019. After several trial days, a global settlement was reached.
New York white-collar specialist Robert Cleary represented the former president of the US subsidiary of a Chinese construction company and former Chinese diplomat, in a one-month jury trial, in connection with federal criminal charges related to human trafficking and forced labor. “Bob Cleary is just the right person for this kind of work,” assesses a peer. “He has the patience and the calm demeanor necessary to unpack all of the messy legal issues, and also has the backbone to not flinch from them.” Sports law authority Brad Ruskin represents Major League Soccer in several active and high-stakes matters, including defending this client against a lawsuit brought by the North American Soccer League (NASL) against the client and the US Soccer Federation following the Federation's decision not to sanction NASL as a Division II professional league for the 2018 season. NASL alleges that the client and the Federation are engaged in an antitrust conspiracy to ensure that the client is the sole Division I soccer league in the United States, and further alleges that the client is an illegal monopoly in violation of the Sherman Act.
Proskauer has also doubled down on California through some recent strategic recruits in its Los Angeles office. “Proskauer is definitely ‘having a moment’ out here,” observes one Los Angeles peer. “It’s been an interesting development, and we’ve all been watching it and keeping up on the news there.” One such strategic hire is in the intellectual property capacity, where Siegmund “Sige” Gutman has taken charge of growing this practice, bookending its power on the East Coast helmed by Boston IP partner Steven Bauer. Gutman (along with Bauer) represents Amgen in a high-profile life sciences patent matter brought under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act concerning Amgen’s development and commercialization of a biosimilar to Genentech’s Avastin, a monoclonal antibody cancer therapy.
Another recent key recruit was trial lawyer “extraordinaire” Bart Williams, championed by a vocal and enthusiastic chorus of peers. “He is just magnificent in front of a jury,” raves one. Williams, along with Manuel Cachan, was retained as trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in the first of potentially over 300 individual lawsuits filed in California regarding an alleged causal link between talc powder and ovarian cancer. The bellwether case was brought by a 63-year old woman claiming that perineal use of J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products caused or contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer. The trial resulted in a plaintiff’s verdict, but in October 2017, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nelson granted the defendants’ motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and entered judgment in favor of the defendants. In another matter that pulls Proskauer’s famed sports law practice into play, Williams, along with Scott Cooper, also represents the Pac-12 conference, and is lead trial counsel on behalf of the college athletic conference defendants (which includes the Pac 12, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and ACC), in a nationally high-profile multidistrict antitrust litigation proceeding in the Northern District of California challenging the legality of NCAA amateurism rules in collegiate football and men’s and women’s basketball. The trial began in September 2018, and closing arguments ended in December 2018, and the matter is ongoing. Cachan meanwhile led a team representing Johnson & Johnson in a number of high-profile product liability trials, including as trial counsel in a three-week jury trial in Oklahoma City state court alleging that exposure to Johnson's Baby Powder causes mesothelioma. Following jury deliberations but before a verdict had been reached, the matter was resolved on highly favorable terms in April 2019.
While it maintains four offices (two in Texas - Dallas and Austin - as well as one in DC and one in New York,) Reid Collins & Tsai has crafted itself a niche as a true maverick trial boutique, one that is flexible to take on whatever cases it sees as suitable and desirable. The firm is often the fortunate recipient of cases that other, usually larger, firms refer or are conflicted out of, and these cases fall primarily on the plaintiff side of the ‘V.’ “These guys are definitely purveyors of an increasingly lost art,” offers one peer. “But they are not just ‘cowboys,’ they are strategic. They prepare incessantly and they are not just looking to do ‘the settlement dance’ and get out.” Another declares, “Reid Collins & Tsai is a relatively new force but they have come on the scene big-time. There is a lot to learn from Bill Reid and his bunch – they forcing other ‘trial lawyers’ to take a minute to reflect and decide whether they are really worthy of that designation.” The firm also has its fans among a dedicated and vocal client base. One such client cheers the firm lawyers as “responsive, smart and appropriately aggressive.” Another commends, “They are smart attorneys who give honest evaluations, have good judgment and experience in the certain key areas who also look to cost/benefit risks, as opposed to only looking to litigate for fees. They are also willing to be creative on arrangements for their fees.” Still another confirms, “I needed smart and efficient litigation counsel to handle one of the larger matters for a post-bankruptcy litigation/liquidation trust. I interviewed several top-tier litigation boutiques, and selected Reid Collins. It is a high-end, results-driven firm.”
Austin-based Bill Reid, an architect of the firm and an all-purpose commercial trial lawyer, scored a considerable victory on behalf of Claymore Holdings, taking Credit Suisse to task for fraud and breach of contract in connection with a $540 million loan to the developers of a Lake Las Vegas resort. Following a five-week trial, Reid and his team obtained a $287.5 million judgment against Credit Suisse, which affirmed on appeal in February 2018. Reid has also kept busy with representations for other clients as well, triumphing on their behalf on either appeals (including one in the US Supreme Court) or in favorable settlements shortly before scheduled trials. In May of 2018, Reid filed an amended complaint in the Supreme Court of New York on behalf of affiliates of Highland Capital Management against several individual defendants and a group of entities they created for breach of contract for defaulting on notes. The suit seeks to recover both the principal and interest owed on the notes, totaling over $500 million. In November, these claims survived motions to dismiss filed by the defendants. Only two months after this action was filed, Reid also filed a shareholder derivative action in New York state court on behalf of Renren against its CEO, chairman, and largest shareholder, and one of its directors. The complaint asserts claims for, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty in connection with Renren's spinoff of its most valuable assets — for far less than fair market value — to a private company owned and controlled by the defendants and other insiders. The complaint seeks to recover more than $500 million in damages. The firm is also noted for its bankruptcy prowess, with Reid and Eric Madden, a future star with a more decidedly insolvency focused partner, appearing as lead counsel in two separate major cases, one of which involves nearly $1 billion in damages and which survived a motion to dismiss when this was denied by the court in March 2018.
Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber is a litigation boutique renowned for its “leading industry expertise [and] excellent client service” in antitrust, appellate, and white-collar defense matters. One client describes the firm as “one of the strongest litigation firms in the United States” made up of a skilled lot of “very strong, smart and practical litigators.” Another praises the “excellent, practical lawyers [who provide] smart advice in tricky situations” and are “aggressive, but not needlessly so.”
Appellate litigator and co-founder of the firm Roy Englert has experienced tremendous success before the various appellate courts and the Supreme Court. Englert won a decision from the Second Circuit in February 2019 allowing the trustee of Bernard Madoff's now-defunct investment firm to pursue claims against major investors that invested with Madoff through offshore funds. Englert persuaded the court to overturn a 2014 district court decision holding that money transferred overseas is out of the trustee's reach. The unanimous panel accepted Englert's arguments in all respects. In February 2019, Larry Robbins won a judgment in excess of $300 million on behalf of Aurelius Capital Master after a Manhattan federal trial in a dispute arising from a series of exchange offers and consent solicitations launched by Windstream Services, LLC. Windstream had bet its company on prevailing at trial, and filed for bankruptcy shortly after losing the case in all respects. Robbins also represented Dr. Jane Sanders, former President of Burlington College and wife of presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders, in connection with a federal criminal investigation. The government terminated that investigation in late 2018 without taking any action against Dr. Sanders. Richard Sauber led a team that represented HMA, a large hospital system, in resolving nine qui tam lawsuits filed by private relators in which the United States intervened, and a related criminal investigation. Plaintiffs alleged False Claims Act violations related to inappropriate inpatient admissions and improper physician relationships and sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and penalties. In September 2018, after a lengthy investigation, HMA entered into a global settlement with the Department of Justice resolving all criminal, civil, and administrative claims against the company. That settlement involved a non-prosecution agreement, a comprehensive civil agreement, and a corporate integrity agreement, as well as one of its indirect-subsidiary hospitals pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Mark Stancil led a team representing Wilmington Trust, the agent for PetSmart's term loan lenders, as defendant and counterclaim-plaintiff in litigation arising out of transactions through which PetSmart had transferred away equity in online retailer Chewy, putting that value beyond the reach of its term-loan lenders. After months of litigation, PetSmart provided the lenders financial incentives and increased value on the term loan in exchange for amending the term loan, leading to the litigation's voluntary dismissal.
Robins Kaplan is one of the larger and more comprehensive plaintiff shops in the country, with eight US offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, Sioux Falls, Bismarck, Naples and its home base in Minneapolis. “Top-notch all around - strategy, efficiency, legal acumen, overall wise counsel” declares a client. Another client voices, “They are strong litigators, serious lawyers, and deeply knowledgeable about antitrust and class-action litigation,” adding, “They are very skilled, sophisticated and practical. They know the law well and are good in court.”
The Minneapolis headquarters are home to a robust group of trial lawyers. Craig Wildfang is a new addition to the firm's list of star litigators. He is the co-chair of the antitrust and trade regulation group where he frequently represents clients in civil antitrust actions. He and Thomas Undlin, an authority on business disputes, served as co-lead counsel in a multidistrict litigation for a class of over seven million U.S. merchants who accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards and debit cards for the purchase of goods and services. The defendants include Visa and Mastercard, and major card-issuing banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Capital One. In September 2018, the parties reached a $6.26 billion settlement for plaintiffs—the largest known settlement of a private antitrust case in the 120-year history of the Sherman Act. This case concludes more than a decade of litigation over an innovative theory that the organizational structure of Visa and Mastercard, and the voluminous rules they require retailers to follow, are anticompetitive in nature. The preliminary approval of the settlement was granted in January 2019.
Fellow partner Ronald Schutz has significant trial experience where he has obtained favorable multi-million dollar jury verdicts for numerous clients. He represented celebrity chef Chloe Coscarelli in a suit filed before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The suit alleges that former business partners ESquared Hospitality and its restaurant group BC Hospitality Group have exploited Coscarelli's name, fame, and image for their own benefit after an arbitration proceeding removed Coscarelli from the restaurant operations in 2017. The suit alleges copyright and trademark infringement, federal unfair competition, unjust enrichment, and violations of California's business and professions code, among other claims. While the California suit was voluntarily dismissed, another lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York, which added several more claims in addition to the claims included in the original complaint.
New York litigator Hollis Salzman, one of Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation, was co-lead counsel in an unprecedented multidistrict litigation where nearly $1.3 billion in settlements was secured for victims of a massive web of anticompetitive conspiracies throughout the auto parts industry. The civil litigation stems from the largest criminal antitrust investigation in U.S. history. It has encompassed 41 separate actions against more than 160 defendants, each involving different auto parts, different anticompetitive agreements, different conspirators and different timelines. The firm represents "end-payor" plaintiffs—consumers and businesses that purchased auto parts, and cars incorporating them, subject to price-fixing agreements. The cumulative settlement figure, which now amounts to almost $1.3 billion, is believed to be the largest indirect purchaser recovery in U.S. history.
With offices in New York and DC, Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) is most notably recognized for its stellar work within the financial services sector. Clients vouch for the “excellent legal analysis and writing skills” of the firm’s partners, while also cheering them as “very responsive to client needs.” Widely regarded as the preeminent firm for hedge, private equity and regulated funds, SRZ advises leading investment firms investing in blockchain and digital assets. “This is not just a fad, this is here to stay,” comments one partner on this novel sector of the economy, “and Schulte is definitely doing a great job in getting out in front of the cutting-edge aspects of this.”
In one such matter, a team composed of DC partner Howard Schiffman and New York partners Michael Swartz and Gary Stein advised ParagonCoin in a trailblazing settlement with the SEC that effectively put an end to the uncertainties of the legal status of cryptocurrencies. A securities-focused partner, Swartz is also advising Starboard Value in a securities class action involving Advance Auto Parts and is also advising Veritas Capital in multiple class actions. New York’s Harry Davis represented National Bank of Canada and various Canadian and US subsidiaries in a major litigation relating to the alleged manipulation of a benchmark rate known as the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate (CDOR). In March 2019, Davis secured a dismissal of a putative class action alleging the manipulation of CDOR in its entirety. DC white-collar star Adam Hoffinger, who is championed by a client as “a superb lawyer and strategist,” is representing the former Chairman and CEO of Anham, a government contracting and procurement company, against an indictment filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, charging violations of Iran sanctions in connection with providing food to US troops in Afghanistan.
Since its founded in 1945 in Chicago, Seyfarth Shaw has grown to 16 offices internationally, 11 offices nationally and five internationally. Beginning as a labor and employment firm, Seyfarth Shaw has expanded to a full-service firm with over 850 lawyers. Their commitment to their clients has not gone unnoticed. One client remarks, “Seyfarth Shaw has been great to work with, they are very thorough and are very attentive to all pertinent deadlines. I had previous counsel for this dispute before Seyfarth Shaw and the difference can be easily seen.” A peer meanwhile voices the observation that “There’s something going on over at Seyfarth Shaw these days. I’m not sure of the specifics, but they have made some really strategic key hires lately, especially in New York.”
One such key New York recruit, Greg Markel, who came to the firm several years ago after a lengthy stint with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, chairs the firm’s New York litigation department, co-chairs the national Securities Litigation practice area and is a member of the national Litigation Leadership team. He led an ICC arbitration on behalf of their client, who sought recovery of costs related to the purchase of another company. The Arbitral Tribunal ruled in favor of the client on all issues and awarded amounts totaling over $23 million in their favor. Another notable New York recruit, Steven Paradise, a trial-tested partner who joined the firm from Richards Kibbe & Orbe, defended Scotia Capital in an arbitration matter. The claimant accused the client of denying him commission payment that he claims to have earned under a consulting agreement. He sought punitive damages and to be considered an employee under the arbitration panel instead of a consultant so that he could claim a higher percentage of liquidated damages under New York’s Labor and Employment law. Following the arbitration hearing, the claimant’s claims were denied and was only awarded a portion of the damages he sought. “Steve Paradise is a great litigator,” insists a peer effervescently. “If you’re looking for some wimp to push papers around and sit around an office and analyze things, re-analyze things, and re-re-re-analyze things, look elsewhere. Steve is dying to get into court!”
William Berkowitz co-chairs the firm’s Antitrust practice area from the Boston office. He represented Mitsubishi Motors North America and Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America in matters brought forth by four affiliated Mitsubishi dealerships in Southern California, with the lead plaintiff being Surf City. The clients were accused of various contract, tort and statutory violations following the sale of property the client owned and historically leased to Surf City. The client was also accused of imposing excessive finance charges on the plaintiff’s vehicle purchases and forcing the plaintiffs to purchase inventory beyond their sales capacity. Berkowitz won summary judgment on all claims, which was affirmed in a subsequent appellate case. He also moved for and won a complete judgment of nonsuit following the plaintiff’s presentation of evidence in a second action filed by Surf City. Claims made by the three other dealers were tried in front of a jury, following which they delivered a verdict in favor of the client, which was again appealed and dismissed. Scott Lindvall heads the Intellectual Property Trial practice area at the firm. He is especially skilled at high-stakes patent litigation and is especially well known in the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and software sectors. Robert Carty Jr. is an esteemed partner in the Labor and Employment practice area at the firm who also co-chairs the Appellate practice area. While he specializes in blockchain technology, he also has a broad range of experience with other sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, retail, oil and energy. Atlanta-based acclaimed practitioners William “Hill” Hill and Nancy Rafuse are new partners and important additions to the Seyfarth Shaw team, having moved from Polsinelli, where Rafuse headed their Labor and Employment department. She has experience over the full range of employment litigation. Notably, she has served as lead trial counsel in numerous diverse employment cases, specifically cases related to anti-discrimination statutes. Hill specializes in commercial and complex litigation, most notably in business torts, business divorces, internal investigations, contract disputes, ADR and early case resolution. He is also especially skilled in arbitrations, where he regularly serves as the neutral in mediations and arbitrations.
A fully integrated international conglomerate, Shearman & Sterling has been at the forefront of some headline-making litigation on a global basis and is routinely recognized as a leading legal entity by disputes lawyers from such locales as Europe and Southeast Asia. “Many firms talk the talk when it comes to their ‘long corridors,’ but Shearman really walks the walk when it comes to its seamless international reach.” With most of its 20 offices being based in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, some would even argue that the firm is too globally integrated to even be relegated to assessment on just a one-country level. Nonetheless, within the States the firm is called upon most often for its experience and acumen with matters of the securities and white-collar and FCPA enforcement variety. Clients offer vibrant support for the firm’s attentiveness to service: “Shearman offers top-notch service and work product. [They are] very attentive to client needs, they appropriately staff cases, and they are very thorough and careful.”
Perennial favorite Adam Hakki continues to elicit rave reviews. “Adam is someone you see everywhere now, in both antitrust and securities,” confirms a peer, “and you see him representing a lot of different banks, which is unusual, as most of the people in his practice tend to get identified with one particular bank. But he represents Goldman [Sachs], Bank of America, and a host of others. He has really carved out a big space for himself.” Another peer testifies, “I was on a case with Adam once, and he showed up for every deposition and was totally immersed in the case, which is something you can’t say about every litigator. He was strong but never acted outside the bounds of professionalism.” One appreciative client confides, “Adam is fantastic, just a dynamite lawyer. He has the kind of personality that you just implicitly trust, and I know for a fact that colleagues of mine a financial institutions feel the same.” Illustrating the alluded-to breadth of his portfolio, representing the underwriters of various securities offerings by SunEdison and TerraForm Global, one of SunEdison's “yieldcos,” in connection with multiple individual and class-action lawsuits filed at the end of 2015 and 2016. The plaintiffs, who seek unspecified damages, allege that the offering materials issued in connection with the offerings failed to accurately disclose the now-bankrupt SunEdison’s liquidity and access to capital to complete planned renewable energy projects for TerraForm Global, as well as the existence of certain loan agreements and SunEdison's ability to satisfy its obligations and/or the terms of the loans. In January 2019, the court granted in part and denied in part the motion for class certification in the class action, and, in March, four of the individual cases were dismissed with prejudice. Hakki is also representing a covey of major financial institutions that acted as underwriters of the IPO of Adeptus Health, an operator of freestanding emergency rooms in connection with securities class action lawsuits filed in late 2016. The plaintiffs, who seek unspecified damages allege, among other things, that the offering documents filed in connection with the offerings were misleading and omitted material information because they failed to disclose material problems with the company's billing practices and declining patient volumes. The parties are in the process of briefing class certification, which will be completed in May 2019, and fact discovery is ongoing. Hakki is acting in tandem with Jeffrey Resetarits on this matter, and the latter partner is developing his own fan and client base as well. “You definitely want to look more into Jeff, he is fantastic and is really starting to show up more,” insists a peer.
Stephen Fishbein, long revered for his acumen in the white-collar and enforcement space as well as his trial acuity, is representing SS&C Technologies, a fintech software and services company, as lead trial counsel in trade secret litigation. A competing entity recruited a client sales executive, who brought with him client’s sales pipelines, client lists and other confidential information. Fishbein argued that SS&C was entitled to a “reasonable royalty” based on the value of the information at the time of theft, and that the competing entity should also pay punitive damages. In April 2019, at the conclusion of a two-week jury trial in state court in Chicago, the jury returned a verdict of $44 million, consisting of $16 million in compensatory damages and $28 million in punitive damages.
Stuart Baskin is representing the independent directors of Wells Fargo in an independent investigation into the client’s retail banking sales practices and related matters by a special committee of the Board. Following Wells Fargo’s announcement on September 8, 2016 that it reached agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney regarding allegations that some of its retail customers received products and services they did not request, the Board formed the committee. Following a six-month investigation, the Board’s committee issued its report publicly in April 2017. Acting with Baskin and Hakki on numerous issues, future star Daniel LaGuardia receives an increased level of praise and recognition. “Dan is a total gentleman and fantastic lawyer,” enthuses one peer. “With him, it is that rare opportunity where it’s a pleasure to be adverse to someone. And I think he will continue to emerge; he is being held out as someone who is getting his own cases.”
In the firm’s DC office, Todd Stenerson is gaining traction among the litigation community for his antitrust and general commercial hybrid practice that sees him acting on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. “Todd is an incredibly smart and thoughtful trial lawyer,” testifies one. “With these big mega-cases, you think about trial or settlement, but Todd is taking depositions, making decisions, really thinking about how this is going to play out in trial. That’s not something you see every day.”
International firm Sidley Austin maintains its headquarters in the Midwest’s financial center of Chicago but today houses more than 1,800 attorneys in 20 offices around the world. The team of litigators spans a multitude of industries, including intellectual property, white-collar, commercial litigation and international arbitration.
Head of Sidley’s national IP practice is David Pritikin, a Chicago-based trial lawyer who remains at the forefront of intellectual property litigation, with one peer attesting he is “still on top of his game.” He recently made headlines with a blockbuster win in a patent dispute worth billions on behalf of client Amgen, and its subsidiary Immunex. Three subsidiaries of global biopharma company Novartis were trying to invalidate patents that protect a successful biologic drug Enbrel, made by Amgen, which is the world’s fifth-bestselling biologic, and methods to make it, so that they could import into and sell a biosimilar version of that product in the U.S. After a two-week bench trial, a federal judge in New Jersey sided with Pritikin in rebuffing the validity challenge—a decision that sent Amgen’s stock soaring. Mark Hopson joins Pritkin in representing Merck & Co. in a trademark and breach-of-contract case regarding the use of the name “Merck” in the U.S. It is just one front in a multi-jurisdictional battle between the “two Mercks” that has been described as one of the most significant trademark disputes in the world. The client is known as “Merck” in the U.S. and Canada, and owns the “Merck” trademark in the U.S., while Merck KGaA, the opposing party, has certain rights to it elsewhere.
Patent litigator Rick Cederoth is representing Microsoft in a Delaware patent case brought by IPA Technologies involving six patents related to the navigation of electronic databases using software agents. The patents originated with SRI International, and were transferred to IPA. IPA asserts the patents against all the popular digital assistants in today’s marketplace, including Microsoft’s Cortana and Xbox. Three of the six asserted patents were dismissed on a patent eligibility motion directed to the complaint, and the case is now proceeding on the remaining patents. Fellow Chicago partner Maja Eaton is part of the lead counsel team representing Arkema in litigation pending in the Southern District of Ohio arising out of plaintiffs’ alleged exposure to per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS). Sidley has filed a motion to dismiss on jurisdictional and pleadings-based grounds. Eaton is the global leader for the product liability and mass tort practice where she specializes in the defense of toxic tort litigation, mass tort litigation on pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.
DC-based Marinn Carlson co-leads the firm’s global arbitration, trade and advocacy practice, in which she focuses on international arbitrations and dispute settlement, most notably on investor-state arbitrations and international commercial arbitrations. Fellow DC partner Jennifer Haworth McCandless specializes in the area of international dispute resolution, including investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration. Karen Popp is the global leader of the firm’s white collar/government litigation and investigations group. Popp is active representing clients in crisis-management situations, and in high-stakes matters within the legal, political and public relations area. She showed off her crisis-management expertise in her successful defense of OSU Head Football Coach Urban Meyer in an investigation directed by a special, independent working group of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees into allegations Coach Meyer mishandled allegations of domestic abuse against former OSU Assistant Football Coach Zach Smith.
Debra Pole is a Sidley luminary who manages her practice out of the Los Angeles office of the firm. Her trial expertise extends to include multi-district litigation, class actions, mass tort and product liability litigation. As a global leader on products liability matters, Pole has overseen local and international pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. She is involved in the ongoing talc litigation for Johnson & Johnson in a matter that was brought by 13 plaintiffs who alleged that talc caused their ovarian cancer. In January 2019, shortly before the commencement of trial, the Missouri Supreme Court issued an order that ordered that the trial court, among other things, take no further action on the case until further order. The case is stayed pending resolution of the Supreme Court’s order. However, the client continues to engage Pole as trial counsel on other ongoing talc-related matters, such as a case in St. Louis, Missouri that earned a mistrial in a matter brought by the families of three women who died of ovarian cancer. Carol Lynn Thompson is a San Francisco-based trial lawyer who was part of the lead counsel team that defeated a putative class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of clients, New York Life Insurance Company and two co-defendants, UnitedHealth Group and AARP. The suit stemmed from allegations that the clients deceptively marketed AARP-branded life insurance and health insurance policies to a class of elderly California consumers. The judge dismissed plaintiffs’ claims against New York Life with prejudice, finding that the plaintiffs lacked standing to pursue their claims against New York Life and failed to state a claim as to New York Life, while permitting the case to proceed as to AARP.
The Dallas office of the firm has been a hotbed for high-stakes commercial disputes work, behind the efforts of firm-wide practice co-leader Angela Zambrano. Yvette Ostolaza is managing partner of the Dallas office, as well as global co-leader of the litigation practice. Yolanda Garcia represents corporations, corporate officers and directors in matters including national class actions, multi-jurisdictional cases, domestic and international arbitrations, securities cases, and internal investigations. The trio of powerhouse trial lawyers represents Forterra and certain of its officers and directors in three putative securities class actions pending in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York. These actions involve claims under Sections 11 and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 arising from Forterra’s 2016 Initial Public Offering. Two of the lawsuits also allege claims under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Court has not yet ruled on the pending motions for consolidation. After a motion to transfer, the plaintiffs agreed to the relief request in the motion and the cases were transferred to the Northern District of Texas.
Stinson is located in 13 offices nationwide in 10 states. They have offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kansas City and Wichita, Kansas; St. Louis and Jefferson City, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; Bismarck, North Dakota; New York, New York and Washington D.C. One client described the firm as, “Very diligent and effective. They keep clients informed.” Another praised Stinson saying, “The firm has quickly become my go-to firm for many corporate and litigation matters.”
Mark Hinderks is the managing partner at the firm, operating from Kansas City. He also sits on the executive committee and board of directors, and has led the firm since 2010. Allison Murdock serves as the deputy managing partner at Stinson, and has done so since 2010. She also sits on the board of directors. John Munich defended the state of New York in a constitutional challenge regarding the level of state funding provided to New York’s public schools. The plaintiffs, parents and students in eight small city school districts across New York State, alleged that the level of school funding that the districts get violates the New York Constitution because the funding did not provide a “sound basic education” for children and so filed an order requiring New York to increase public school funding. The court ruled in the defendants favor. Acclaimed litigator Robert Kugler represented the Committee of Unsecured Creditors made up of sexual abuse survivors through at least six matters. In one matter, Kugler won a $210 million settlement for the survivors in a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The result of this case led to the unprecedented adoption of Child Protection Protocols by the Archdiocese. Jeffrey Goulder was co-lead trial counsel in an aiding and abetting fiduciary duty trial, representing 10K. The trial resulted in a ruling in favor of the client, which has since been appealed. The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the original ruling in favor of the client. William Greene, another key individual at the firm, is representing George’s and George’s Farms in a series of class action lawsuits, with the plaintiffs alleging that the client, considered to limit the supply of chickens in order to raise the price. Todd Noteboom specializes in business litigation, with a focus on financial services and insurance litigation. Over his career, he has defended large corporations against class actions and other substantial litigation matters. Douglas Dalgleish works out of the Kansas City office, where he is best known for his work in commercial litigation.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is a multidisciplinary firm known for providing legal services to some of the nation’s leading corporations, investment funds, entrepreneurs, and financial institutions. The firm's litigation team is compiled of some of the most skilled trial lawyers in their profession.
Kristopher Hansen chairs the nationwide financial and restructuring group where he specializes in deal-making and bankruptcy and appellate disputes. Hansen is lead counsel to the largest non-insider lender under a second lien credit facility extended to Sears Roebuck Acceptance Corp. and Kmart Corporation in connection with the chapter 11 cases of Sears Holdings Corporation and its affiliated debtors and in connection with their credit-default swap purchases.
Alan Klinger, a noted labor and employment litigation expert and co-chair of the litigation group, lead outside counsel to the Municipal Labor Committee and its constituents in ongoing negotiations for a new multiyear healthcare savings agreement. One client commends the labor practice group, testifying, “The Stroock team is the best for all aspects of public sector labor relations in NYC. They have extensive experience, depth of client knowledge, [and are] very responsive. They provide creative and smart solutions to all manner of disputes and negotiation situations. They always see the bigger picture of client needs and inform their work on any specific matter.” The client continues to praise the “depth of knowledge of substance, players and client needs” and adds, “They win. They play a major role in achieving our goals.” Another client notes Klinger for taking “the time to get to know our union and our members and always [approaching] matters with that knowledge in mind.”
Founded in 1879, Sullivan & Cromwell has grown from a small firm in New York’s Financial District to a 12-office international powerhouse routinely sought by clients for their most complex and pressing cases. Peers address the firm in tones of reverence. “Sullivan & Cromwell is where the biggest companies in the world look to when they need their biggest problems solved - not garden-variety headaches but literal bet-the-company issues.” A client cheers, “S&C simply has the best bench strength of any law firm supporting financial institutions in the myriad matters in which they become involved, and this has been the case for a long time. The level of service, in terms of expertise, efficient use of partner/associate/other professionals for tasks, cost, responsiveness and client management is unparalleled in my 35 years of litigation management.”
Lending support to this claim, Sullivan & Cromwell, and specifically New York’s Robert Giuffra and Sharon Nelles, served as National Coordinating Counsel for German automaker Volkswagen Group in connection with an unprecedented agreements in principle with the US DoJ, US EPA, the US FTC, the California Air Resources Board and the Plaintiffs Steering Committee, to resolve a significant portion of the massive multidistrict litigation arising from the company’s recent emissions scandal. A settlement was reached in April 2016, and it includes offering to almost 500,000 US owners of certain Volkswagen vehicles buybacks, repairs, compensation and environmental remediation. The overall value of the settlement is estimated at over $14 billion. Since the initial global settlement, the team has guided Volkswagen to reaching multiple other settlements arising out of the litigation, including a $1.2 billion settlement of consumer and environmental claims; a $4.3 billion settlement with the DoJ, EPA and Customs & Border Patrol at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security resolving claims for criminal penalties, civil penalties and injunctive relief; a second settlement with CARB totaling $153.8 million in civil penalties and reimbursement of certification costs; and a $1.2 billion settlement with 652 Volkswagen franchise dealers. “This is just huge, historic,” marvels a peer. “Bob and Sharon have literally saved that company from being brought to its knees.”
Giuffra and Nelles have both been plenty busy with individual engagements since then. In January 2019, Giuffra secured a series settlements for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles between the client and state and federal regulators, as well settlements of a putative class of consumer plaintiffs, concerning allegations of excess emissions from approximately 100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles sold in the US. The settlements, which do not include any admissions of wrongdoing, resolve the vast majority of FCA’s emissions-related civil litigation in the United States. Beyond the auto-related litigation, Giuffra also triumphed on appeal in May 2019 when the Fifth Circuit confirmed dismissal of decades-long litigation against longtime firm client UBS in a case dealing with the former Paine Webber entity, which was absorbed by UBS in 2000. Plaintiffs allege that UBS had knowledge of the dubious goings-on at Enron, whose stock was being purchased by Paine Webber retail brokerage customers even as Enron was about to tip into crisis. “Bob Giuffra is just a trial lawyer,” opines one peer. “He doesn’t get to try cases nearly as often as he could, but he’s definitely got the spirit and the gusto to do it when it’s inevitable. I’ve heard judges remark, ‘[Bob] really wishes he was going to get a full trial out of this case.’” Nelles meanwhile represents another blue-chip firm client, Goldman Sachs, against a lawsuit accusing the bank of discriminating against more than 2,300 women in pay and promotions. The eight-year-old case was brought by female associates and vice-presidents who have worked in Goldman’s investment banking, investment management and securities divisions since September 2004. Nelles also scored for Airbnb in January 2019, obtaining a preliminarily injunction against the City of New York from implementing an ordinance that would have gone into effect in February and would have required Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms to hand over to the City, on a monthly basis, massive amounts of data belonging to the platforms and their hosts, including hosts’ names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and information for each rental listing about its length, whether it was for a portion or the entirety of the accommodation, and the amount of fees received. The City argued that this information is necessary to enforce state and City laws prohibiting the rental of most apartments for fewer than 30 days unless a permanent resident remains on the premises. Nelles is widely regarded as “one of the best people at Sullivan and absolutely one of the top women litigators at any firm, anywhere. She knows the law, but she knows how to translate it to those who may not, and that’s a major advantage.” Beyond the aforementioned pair of mainstays, others in the New York office are making their mark. Marc De Leeuw, who attends to a varied practice encompassing commercial, intellectual property, securities and antitrust, is generating a rising level of peer commendations. “Marc is great – watch for him!” Peers also insist, “You’ve got to give it to Richard Pepperman. He’s got a practice that sits nicely on that line between securities and antitrust, and he has exhibited great skills in both areas.”
Although primarily recognized and revered for being a guardian of Wall Street, Sullivan & Cromwell has also steadily maintained its West Coast presence through its Los Angeles office. LA managing partner Robert Sacks represented Pabst Brewing Company in a three-week jury trial in its $500 million lawsuit against MillerCoors for MillerCoors’ breach of the parties’ decades-old Brewing Agreement and unfair competition. On the second day of jury deliberations following the liability phase of trial, Pabst reached a favorable settlement with MillerCoors.
Historically known as an “old-line Houston firm,” Susman Godfrey has, within a relatively short period of time, reinvented itself as a litigation juggernaut with national ambitions, which it has fulfilled through its offices in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles. These offices, while newer, have quickly become key players in their respective markets due to them each being populated by high-level trial talent juggling a hybrid of plaintiff and defense commercial litigation with exceptionally high stakes. “Susman grooms some of the best litigators you’re going to find,” declares one peer. “If you’re taken on by that firm, you have to be damned good and you’re going to do even better once you are there.” Another testifies, “In my 40 years of lawyering, the best oral argument I’ve ever heard was delivered by Susman Godfrey’s New York team. They are very smart lawyers who work hard for the client, [they offered a] brilliant strategy in extremely difficult case.”
The Los Angeles office has swiftly made its mark on this crowded legal community. Kalpana Srinivasan, a younger partner who is nonetheless considered “a force,” serves as co-lead counsel for HouseCanary in its misappropriation of trade secret case, fraud and breach of contract case against Title Source (now known as Amrock) related to HouseCanary’s real estate appraisal and valuation technology. At the conclusion of the seven-week trial, a 12-person jury found unanimously in favor of HouseCanary, awarding the client $706.2 million against Title Source on counterclaims in this high-stakes legal battle. In late 2018, the court entered final judgment of $740 million including fees and interest. The court rejected Amrock’s motion for a new trial in January 2019. Houston intellectual property “heavyweight” Max Tribble acted with Srinivasan on this matter, and has his own stable of work and vocal plaudits from peers who acknowledge it. One peer bemoans, “We see Max Tribble all the time, usually by looking over our shoulder – he always seems to be there bothering us. He has made a semi-career of suing Samsung.” Srinivasan was also chosen by the court to represent millions of consumers allegedly impacted by Qualcomm’s anticompetitive conduct. This case involves issues at the intersection of antitrust and technology law and involves Qualcomm’s alleged monopoly in the modem chipset market to extract exorbitant licensing fees on its intellectual property. The damages are estimated to top $5 billion. Srinivasan also, along with fellow Los Angeles partner Steven Sklaver, secured a settlement valued at $100 million – including a $43 million cash fund and an agreement by Spotify to pay future royalties to copyright owners to resolve a class-action copyright infringement lawsuit with Spotify brought on behalf of music copyright owners. The suit alleged that Spotify made music available online without securing mechanical rights from the tracks’ composers. On the other end of the generational spectrum, fellow Los Angeles partner Marc Seltzer is a seasoned trial veteran. Seltzer serves as the West Coast half of a pair of firm litigators serving as court-appointed co-lead counsel in a consolidated antitrust proceeding arising out of the LIBOR-rate fixing scandal. Susman Godfrey represents a direct purchaser class, which was certified by the Court in 2018, the only one of several proposed classes to receive certification. Recent agreements with several defendants, including Barclays, HSBC, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, have brought settlements to date to $590 million. Litigation remains ongoing with non-settling defendants.
Seltzer and New York-based Bill Carmody are a core members of a team serving as court-appointed co-lead counsel in a consolidated antitrust proceeding arising out of the LIBOR-rate fixing scandal. The Susman Godfrey pair represents a direct purchaser class, which was certified by the Court in 2018- the only one of several proposed classes to receive certification. Recent agreements with several defendants, including Barclays, HSBC, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, have brought settlements to date to $590 million. Litigation remains ongoing with non-settling defendants. Carmody, an all-purpose bet-the-company trial lawyer, is lauded by all fellow litigators who are familiar with him. “Bill Carmody can just strut into the court like he owns the place,” extols one peer. “For the wrong person, this could be considered off-putting but for him, it just works.” Another contemporary notes, “When you hire Bill Carmody, your metric should be not just be ‘How much do I want to win?’ but more ‘How much can I afford to lose?’ If the answer to the latter question is ‘I can’t,’ you should hire Bill.” Another New York favorite, Jacob Buchdahl also has a vocal fan base amongst loyal clients. “Jacob is an incredible lawyer – just brilliant,” raves one.
In the firm’s Seattle office, Parker Folse, another all-purpose commercial litigator, remains a revered presence, who generates plaudits from peers well outside the city. “Oh man, this guy is just ‘King Cool,’” quips one peer. “Great lawyer, has the skills and the polish. He is so good that they basically set up the Seattle office of the firm just to accommodate him when he decided to relocate there. How cool is that? That’s how you know you’re good.”
Thompson Hine is a Cleveland-based national law firm that currently maintains eight offices throughout the US, from which lawyers counsel clients across a variety of industry sectors spanning a plethora of practice areas. One client highlights the firm's "excellent performance with persistence."
Cleveland trial attorney John Mitchell is experienced in criminal, administrative and civil trials in state and federal courts, most notably on matters relating to white collar, securities, product liability, and business litigation. One client testifies, ""I needed the best possible lawyer for a complicated case requiring discretion, patience, and confidence. John Mitchell was the best and gained our trust with every step thanks to his incredible dedication and get-the-job-done-right mindset. A lot was at stake, and we felt incredibly fortunate to have someone of this caliber in our corner." Another client echoes this sentiment, stating, "John Mitchell showed the highest professionalism. First, he was always accessible and responsive. Second, he showed unfailing level-headedness while methodically putting in place the various pieces (criminal, employment, public relations) needed to make certain that we were fully protected. Third, he genuinely cared about our well-being, investing personally in each phase of the process."
Fellow partner Timothy Coughlin chairs the mass and toxic tort group and leads the chemical industry group. He is revered for his work in the emerging technologies sector where he is keen on finding creative solutions to clients in the chemical industry. He represented PolyOne in a novel claim in California where the plaintiff claimed pulmonary fibrosis from occupational exposure to plastics. The client took the lead of an industry wide joint defense group in confronting these first of a kind claims. Litigation luminary Kip Bollin is the partner in charge of the Cleveland office, where he manages a practice dedicated to product liability and business disputes. He was counsel in defense of multiple ROI class action lawsuits against multiple defendants alleging violation of a New York Public Health Law, which governs the costs for copying medical records, along with claims for violations regarding deceptive business practices and unjust enrichment. Elizabeth Wright tried a case to a jury in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota where she obtained a favorable defense verdict in a case where a woman was rendered a quadriplegic after she lost control of her vehicle in reverse and hit a building. She alleged there was an electronic defect in her throttle control that allowed her vehicle to accelerate at a high rate of speed without driver input on the accelerator, and that the brakes were also ineffective.
Dayton-based hiring partner and vice chair of the business litigation practice group Christine Haaker is experienced in business, product liability and securities and shareholder litigation. She served as lead trial for Thoroughbred Resources in an action related to coal mining and coal lease agreements, settlement agreements and other agreements, including claims for breach of contract, tortious interference with contracts, trespass, unjust enrichment, and declaratory judgment brought by a coal investment entity and royalty trust in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. This matter involves issues dating back to a 2008 settlement agreement by and among several entities, which went through bankruptcy in 2017-2018. The issues involved rights to mine coal under certain land, hauling of coal under certain land, payment of royalties, claimed trespass to lands, and demands for payment of amounts owed by entities that have gone through a reorganization in bankruptcy.
Venable is not only the largest firm in Maryland, but also the oldest, having opened its doors in Baltimore in 1900. Since that time, the firm has not only switched its headquarters to Washington, DC but has also stretched well beyond its Mid-Atlantic roots and established a more nationwide footprint. Already acknowledged as a national player for its work in product liability and work revolving around the federal government, the firm recently doubled down on the intellectual property space, acquiring the IP stalwart firm Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto in 2018.
In the firm’s DC office, Lisa Jose Fales is championed as the firm’s “antitrust expert.” Fales’ practice encompasses a wide spectrum of industries, ranging from health care to e-commerce and advertising. The firm’s product liability depth is exemplified by Baltimore’s Bruce Parker and Craig Thompson, who operates from Baltimore and DC and is revered by a peer as “one of the best trial lawyers I have ever witnessed,” a sentiment shared by many who have witnessed his courtroom acuity. Thompson attends to a “more diversified” practice; one peer attests, “He really is one of the most ‘complete’ litigators I can name.” One prominent piece of litigation Thompson attends to outside of product liability is a case he was called to try for the State of Maryland concerning the State’s alleged underfunding of a historical African-American college. DC’s Allyson Baker is a commercial litigator with a niche in banking and consumer financial services. In the firm’s San Francisco office, Jessica Grant is another trial lawyer attending to a varied practice that encompasses labor and employment, class actions and IP. “If I were assembling a trial ‘dream team’ right now, Jessica would be on it,” confirms a peer.
Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz operates out of its one and only office in New York, but the firm’s prestige is undeniably national, and increasingly, international in scope. “Everyone knows Wachtell, or knows about them, and for very obvious reasons. They are masters at what they do.” The “what they do” is a reference to the firm’s famed M&A dispute practice, which, coupled with its transactional corporate pr actice, has allowed Wachtell do nothing short of corner a market. However, peers are quick to note, “They are not only about Delaware corporate disputes, although they obviously occupy a huge space in that world.” One peer marvels, “Increasingly, when I look at Wachtell, I am stunned by the growing level of diversity. I’m seeing a lot more international arbitration, which was never considered Wachtell’s forté, but with cross-border deals falling into dispute, [the firm’s services] are more in demand.” The firm is also considered to be “second-to-none” in the white-collar and securities capacities. One peer also observes, “In the past few years, I’m noticing them doing more trial work! More of the cases that they are dealing with are not ones that can be easily swept away by other means.”
William Savitt is championed by several peers. “Bill Savitt is the best in the business. His judgment is exquisite,” extols one. Another peer, based in Delaware, confirms, “Bill is constantly in Delaware, and he has exactly the right tone for the Chancery court. He’s sort of become the go-to here. Wachtell of course has a really good core, but Bill is omnipresent.” Savitt, along with another celebrated younger partner, Steve DiPrima, are litigating for Cigna regarding its merger transaction with Anthem, which did not go forward on antitrust grounds, regarding the question as to whether or not Cigna can obtain a breakup fee, estimated to be roughly $1.5 billion. Savitt and DiPrima are being assisted in this case by future stars Steven Winter and Graham Meli. Another future star, Ryan McLeod, is also championed by peers as “incredibly smart. He clerked in Delaware and is very strategic in his thinking.”
Peers also voice an ever-increasing level of enthusiasm for Marc Wolinsky. “He’s becoming a leader in the M&A world, following in the footsteps of those Wachtell lawyers of an older vintage. I see a lot of him in cases and it’s always a pleasure. He comports himself in a very professional manner, in the classic Wachtell style, yet never makes things unnecessarily difficult or uptight. In this field of law, you’d be surprised how rare and appreciated that is.” Another peer ventures, “Marc is trying the GM case in front of the bankruptcy court, and is trying all kinds of cases. I think Wachtell is holding him out as their main young star right now, and he is definitely rising to it.” Rachelle Silverberg is also noted as “a real standout, who is very active in cases. She is Petsmart’s counsel and is doing great work for them.” Elaine Golin, in a litigation brought by ResCap Liquidating Trust against over 60 mortgage originators, not only serves as lead trial for PNC Bank, but also as one of the leaders of the Joint Defense Group responsible for coordinating an overall defense strategy. “Do NOT mess with Elaine Golin,” warns a peer. “She does not suffer fools! Bring a weak argument to the table when you’re against her and she will knock them down like dominoes. She is not arrogant or off-putting, she is just confident and knows her [stuff.]” At the future star level, Emil Kleinhaus is making his mark. Peers herald him as “a real up-and-comer who is establishing himself quickly and soon going to be right there with the more established stars at Wachtell. He had a great win at the Second Circuit with that Marblegate case.” In this referred-to matter, Kleinhaus was lead trial and appellate counsel for Education Management in litigation relating to its $1.5 billion restructuring. The firm’s white-collar capacity is spearheaded by David Anders and John Savarese, both of whom earn a unanimous affirmative response from those familiar with them, which includes many out-of-state practitioners. One Florida practitioner confirms, “John Savarese is a regular here, and I view him as a true trial lawyer. He is absolutely unafraid, with a huge backbone.”
Weil Gotshal & Manges is noted for the diversity of its business model. Its national reach is spread among offices on the East Coast in New York and DC, throughout several locations in California, two locations in Texas, one in Boston and a location in Miami. Its practice area portfolio also covers a lot of ground, with product liability, bankruptcy, antitrust, commercial, intellectual property, securities and white-collar crime all playing prominent positions in the overall composition of the firm’s comprehensive litigation service offerings. Weil is also noted for its recent strategic hires; within the past year, the firm managed to lure Sarah Coyne, a New York-based swiftly rising white-collar and investigations star, to its ranks from her former post at Debevoise & Plimpton.
Arguably the firm’s largest and most high-profile engagements – and game-changing victories – involved its representation of Johnson & Johnson. In particular, Diane Sullivan, a nationally revered trial lawyer, provided lead trial counsel for this client in a four-week bellwether trial in New Jersey state court involving claims the client’s baby powder caused cancer. Sullivan secured a unanimous defense verdict, the first defense verdict in New Jersey courts, where thousands of cases in the talc mass tort are pending against the Company. “Diane Sullivan does it again,” trumpets a peer. “She is just a force of nature.” While Sullivan’s star power is unquestioned, she is not the only one triumphing on Johnson & Johnson’s behalf. Allison “Ali” Brown scored big when, in May 2019, she secured a complete defense jury verdict (and the third of a series of wins) for this client in mass tort talc litigation following one week of trial in South Carolina state court. The jury returned a unanimous, 12-0 verdict in favor of the client. Sullivan and Brown, along with Miami partner Edward Soto, represented Spanish energy company Repsol in litigation involving allegedly more than a billion dollars in liabilities in connection with the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey, one of the EPA's largest Superfund projects in history. This litigation, which saw its genesis more than five years ago, saw the Superior Court of New Jersey entering final judgment in favor of Repsol in November 2018.
The firm’s commercial capacity is helmed by David Lender, an all-purpose litigator whose practice incorporates almost all of the components that Weil is known for. Lender secured a complete defense jury verdict for C&S Wholesale Grocers following nine days of trial in April 2018 in an antitrust class action in the Minnesota federal court. The jury’s verdict erased several hundred million dollars sought in treble damages, plus attorneys’ fees, and brought nine years of litigation to a close. Plaintiffs alleged that the client, as well as another wholesale grocery operator, entered into a conspiracy to allocate their respective geographic territories between themselves for a period of five years, resulting in inflated grocery prices. (The other defendant settled before trial.) Lender also serves as counsel for Credit Suisse and certain of its affiliates in a series of real estate loan disputes in courts around the country, with billions of dollars at stake, regarding Yellowstone Resort in Montana. The plaintiff, who is now in jail, is trying to say he was duped into taking a loan on real estate that went bankrupt in the post-2007 environment. In 2018, Lender led the client to an appellate victory before the Ninth Circuit in a unanimous decision dismissing the claims. Lender also is part of a team representing Sears Holdings Corporation, the parent company of the Sears and K-Mart retail brands, and certain of its debtor affiliates in connection with their Chapter 11 proceedings before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The team assisted the restructuring by handling the disputed, proposed sale of the debtors’ assets to Sears’ chairman and largest pre-petition shareholder, ESL Investments. “Lender killed it on that,” crows a peer. “He led Sears at the trial to decide if they were going to get sold to Eddie Lampert! If they lost this trial, 85,000 people would have lost their jobs! But they WON!” The firm’s bankruptcy prowess was also on display in its representation of Pacific Gas & Electric in its Chapter 11 filings and restructuring in the wake of litigation filed against the utility monolith following deadly California wildfires. A peer at a firm assisting Weil in this litigation offers commendations for the lead partner on this matter, Ted Tsekerides. “He’s really good, and I’ve enjoyed strategizing with him. He has a good practical common sense about him, and is kind of an understated guy, no ego.” Securities and white-collar star Jonathan Polkes is also widely acclaimed. “I’ve sent him cases without hesitation,” confirms a peer. “He tried a game-changer of a case for Morgan Stanley against a Russian oligarch and did a fabulous job.” This case ended in triumph for Polkes and his client when the Second Circuit affirmed the federal jury verdict in Morgan Stanley’s favor in June 2017. Elaborating on Polkes’ appeal, one peer declares, “You’d be hard pressed to find someone more easygoing, who keeps their cool and keeps the ego out of the way when dealing with these huge, tangled, messy cases than Jonathan. He’s got immediate credibility, you always know you’re going to get solid and even-handed lawyering when dealing with him.”
The firm’s intellectual property practice has seen elevated recent attention as well. New York patent-focused partner Elizabeth Weiswasser triumphed in October 2018, obtaining an appellate victory for LiquidPower Specialty Products in a major patent infringement dispute with competitor Baker Hughes. Acting with Weiswasser on this matter was Edward Reines, a Silicon Valley partner who himself won a major victory for a UnitedHealth subsidiary, Optum, when the Federal Circuit vacated a $12.3 million jury verdict finding that Optum infringed a patent for measuring doctors' efficiency. The appellate court held that the lower court erred in its construction of one of the key claims in the case.
Williams Mullen is a full service law firm with more than 230 attorneys across eight offices throughout the mid-Atlantic. The firm is known to provide “excellent service, good results, [and] knowledge of our company” voiced a client. “The firm has a history with my organization that predates my tenure. I continue to use them because of that history and relationship, but also because they are competent, responsive, and reasonable in billing and have pursued the relationship actively” expressed another.
Brian Cashmere represents contractors, subcontractors and sureties in commercial litigation. As a partner in the firm's construction practice group, Cashmere represents The Donohoe Companies in contract disputes with subcontractors arising out of delays to the 100 K Street Project. He also served as lead counsel to Unity Health Care in the pre-construction phase of two projects that include the preparation and negotiation of AIA based contract documents.
Elizabeth Scott defended a Georgia company sued for wrongful death in Missouri state court in a suit that alleged the client was liable as a "successor-in-interest" for the failure of an aviation product that was installed on the defendant's plane before it crashed. Scott is a long-time advocate on behalf of manufacturers and long-term care providers in personal injury, products liability, business and insurance coverage disputes and appeals.
Calvin “Woody” Fowler, Jr. serves as the firm’s President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. He is a trial lawyer who often represents clients in commercial, banking, education, consumer class action, products liability, insurance, and healthcare litigation. Richmond-partner Turner Broughton chairs the litigation practice, where he focuses on consumer class actions, business litigation, and environmental litigation. Fellow partner Camden Webb leads the firm’s firearms industry practice, but also maintains an active bank and financial services, consumer finance, and white-collar investigations practice.
Winston & Strawn has grown from its Chicago beginnings and has blossomed into one of the nation’s most prominent and prolific litigation hubs. It is also recognized as one of the country’s most trial-centric. “Of all the ‘big-law’ firms, Winston really seems like the one that is focused on building out a bench stocked with true trial lawyers,” observes a peer. “They are also attracting stars in the making, undoubtedly with the agenda of giving them the platform to hone their trial skills further.” The firm has also chosen wisely with its expansion strategy, shying away from going all-in with any particular market and instead maintaining a geographically even roster of trial talent, which is spread among its offices in New York, DC, Texas, Illinois and California.
The most obvious example of the firm’s trial star power is Chicago’s Dan Webb, long a figurehead within the firm. “Once upon a time, I thought that Winston wouldn’t have the light bulbs changed without consulting Dan Webb first, so big was his gravitas,” quips one peer hyperbolically. “Nowadays, there are plenty of other great trial lawyers at Winston with their own skills and reputations…but I still think they would not change the light bulbs without Dan Webb’s blessing!” Despite his senior status, Webb remains active and visible, with near-annual trial victories to confirm this. Webb represents TreeHouse Foods in one of the largest antitrust cases in food industry history, concerning single-serve coffee pods. In late 2017, the Southern District of New York handed TreeHouse a victory when it summarily denied Keurig’s motion to dismiss the client’s complaint that Keurig engaged in anticompetitive conduct designed to maintain the coffee giant’s monopoly of the single-serve coffee pod market. Another Chicago star, Robert Sperling earns plaudits for his securities and financial institution-focused practice. Sperling represents the former CFO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a putative class action brought by holders of Valeant common stock and debt securities. Plaintiffs filed suit after the prices of Valeant securities declined significantly following negative publicity concerning prices that Valeant charged for certain drugs, Valeant’s relationship with a now-defunct pharmacy, and a restatement of certain of Valeant’s historical financial statements. The plaintiffs allege billions of dollars in damages.
Winston & Strawn recently doubled down in its white-collar capacity, making the auspicious recruit of DC trial veteran Abbe Lowell to its ranks. Lowell, a politically savvy and connected practitioner who attends to both criminal and civil matters, joined the firm in May of 2018 from Norton Rose Fulbright (after that firm had absorbed Lowell’s longtime former firm, Chadbourne & Parke.) Peers view Lowell’s hire as “unquestionably a win-win situation.”
Lowell’s position within the firm was via an invitation from his old pal from law school, New York-based Jeffrey Kessler, another Winston partner not wanting for recognition. Kessler attends to a unique hybrid of sports and antitrust law. While his work in the latter practice often depends on keeping his clients out of the limelight, the former practice lands Kessler squarely in the headlines. Kessler won a major victory in March 2018 on behalf of college football and basketball players challenging the legality of the National College Athletic Association’s (NCAA) restraints on compensation when the Northern District of California denied the NCAA’s motion for summary judgment and granted partial summary judgment in favor of Winston’s clients. Kessler first brought the suit in 2013. Subsequent to several earlier rulings, a potentially history-making showdown bench trial was held in September 2018 and, in March 2019, Kessler led the Winston team in scoring an historic victory when the court ordered a permanent injunction against the NCAA's limitations on colleges and universities providing education-related benefits beyond tuition. “Jeff Kessler is a huge name, and he’s on board for plaintiffs and defendants,” testifies a peer. “He has a superstar presence in the sports arena, for which he gets all the publicity, but we actually see him a lot more in the defense arena for antitrust matters. He can drive you crazy because he pounds the table to get what he wants. But quite often, get it he does.” Beyond Kessler, Susannah Torpey is noted as someone who is “getting a lot more active on the plaintiff side of antitrust. She just filed two major cases in this capacity.”
Intellectual property star Michael Elkin secured a major victory for client PNY Technologies and its CEO, who was named individually, when the District of New Jersey entered judgment in PNY’s favor on all 11 claims brought against it by a former consultant. The court also preserved all of our clients’ counterclaims. The protracted and contentious litigation, initiated in state court in Florida in 2015, alleged that PNY had failed to compensate the consultant plaintiff fully and in accordance with certain “secret” terms that were never written down or memorialized, which allegedly entitled the plaintiff to upwards of $500 million in damages.
Winston has also been making strategic augmentations to its California presence as of late. It has also been observed that some of its strongest players in California are women. In the Los Angeles office, Nimalka Wickramasekera, an intellectual property specialist, is currently representing Alphatec in connection with a patent infringement suit filed by a competitor that filed this suit after a number of key executives left the competitor for Alphatec. The patents asserted are related to spinal surgery systems. After unsuccessfully seeking expedited discovery, the plaintiff filed a motion for a preliminary injunction directed to Alphatec’s lateral surgical instruments and devices. “She has really come up and jumped in,” asserts a peer. “She is really one to keep your eye on.” The San Francisco office will soon be augmented by the arrival of Sandra Edwards, who will soon join the firm from her former post at Farella Braun & Martel. Edwards is a peer favorite, with one remarking, “I worked on a products case with her, and I considered her an experienced trial lawyer. I was impressed by her trial skills and her poise and strategic abilities as well.”
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein is nationally known and respected plaintiffs-only firm. Founded in San Francisco in 1972, Lieff Cabraser also has offices in New York and Nashville and handles cases involving consumer protection rights, intellectual property, product liability, labor and employment, securities cases, and class actions. The firm is also cornering an expanding niche of litigation concerning the automotive and auto parts industry as well as the “no poaching” statutes that govern employee movement between competitors. A glowing summary of the firm’s strategy and towering stature is offered by a peer: “Lieff Cabraser specializes in fraud. Quite simply, they look at fraud and how to combat it. They really pride themselves in doing their homework before taking a case, and when defense counsel sees that they’re involved that it’s serious – they know they’re in trouble. It takes years to develop this reputation but it’s hard-won. The defendants and their counsel know that they have a fight on their hands and they have to plan accordingly.” Another peer raves, “Lieff Cabraser is one of my favorite firms.."
The firm’s flagship San Francisco office remains home to its highest concentration of star partners. Firm figurehead Elizabeth Cabraser is known nationwide for having handled some of the largest class actions in US history, as well as being one the firm’s, and the country’s, foremost trial lawyers. “There is no greater advocate for justice that I’ve witnessed than Liz Cabraser,” testifies a peer. “She takes her cases to heart.” In a recent example of this commitment to justice, Cabaser has also filed separate lawsuits on behalf of Northern California’s Yurok Tribe, seeking money damages, court orders against the named pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors prohibiting them from engaging in the unlawful overpromotion and indiscriminate over-supply of opioids in these areas, as well as the creation of abatement funds for the purpose of righting the wrongs created by the drug manufacturers and distributors and the attendant opioid catastrophe.
Following on to her landmark settlement with Volkswagen concerning the German automaker’s well publicized emissions scandal, Cabraser is at the forefront of another auto-related MDL, the Takata Airbag Litigation. Cabraser serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in litigation against Takata, which allegedly equipped nearly 34 million vehicles, mostly manufactured before 2009, with defective and dangerous airbags that can explode in an accident, shooting metal casing debris. One opponent concedes, “When we’re about to go against Liz Cabraser, I warn my team to make sure they are extremely prepared, because it will be a fight. She is aggressive, but she is also unquestionably ethical, and just quietly always seems to know more than you do.” Another peer notes, “Liz Cabraser is known as having the lead, even if she doesn’t wind up trying the case. She is very good at organizing teams of lawyers and delegating work. If it’s a bellwether, she knows how to pick a case.” Peers also insist, “Don’t let Richard Heimann get overshadowed! He doesn’t get the press and he doesn’t seek it, but he is a very dangerous lawyer. I saw him come in and do a trial one time and people’s hair just blew back!” Heimann serves as co-lead counsel for Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado and The City of Birmingham Retirement and Relief System in a consolidated shareholder derivative action alleging that, since at least 2011, the Board and executive management of Wells Fargo knew or consciously disregarded that Wells Fargo employees were illicitly creating millions of deposit and credit card accounts for their customers, without those customers’ consent, in an attempt to drive up the selling of complementary Wells Fargo banking products to prospective or existing customers. Heimann also provides lead in the firm’s representation of certain funds and accounts of institutional investors BlackRock and Senzar in recently filed individual actions against Valeant Pharmaceuticals and certain of Valeant’s senior officers and directors for securities violations, specifically the defendants’ alleged scheme to generate revenues through massive price increases for Valeant-branded drugs while concealing from investors the truth regarding the company’s business operations, financial results, and other material facts. In September 2018, the court denied defendants’ partial motions to dismiss in both action, and BlackRock plaintiffs filed an amended complaint.
Robert Nelson maintains a focus on mass torts and consumer fraud. Nelson represented California consumers in a class- action lawsuit against BP Solar International and Home Depot U.S.A. that charged that the companies sold solar panels with defective junction boxes that cause premature failure and a fire risk. A proposed settlement was granted in January 2017. Nelson also represents Florida smokers, and the spouses and families of loved ones who died, in litigation against the major cigarette companies Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Lorillard Tobacco Company for their 50-year conspiracy to conceal the hazards of smoking and the addictive nature of cigarettes. In late November 2018, a unanimous panel of the 11th Circuit found in favor of plaintiffs with respect to the disputed application of Florida law and reinstated the original intentional harm and punitive damages findings. Antitrust specialist Eric Fastiff is a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee representing indirect purchasers in a price-fixing class-action lawsuit filed against the world’s largest manufacturers of capacitors. Fastiff also represented California consumers and third-party payors in a class-action lawsuit filed in California state court charging that Bayer Corporation, Barr Laboratories, and other generic prescription drug manufacturers conspired to restrain competition in the sale of Bayer’s blockbuster antibiotic drug Ciprofloxacin, sold as Cipro. In May 2015, the California Supreme Court reversed the grant of summary judgment to the defendants and endorsed the rights of consumers to challenge pharmaceutical pay-for-delay settlements under California competition law. Additional settlements were reached with the remaining defendants, bringing total settlements to $399 million. Lexi Hazam represents patients prescribed the high blood pressure medication Benicar who have experienced chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss, severe gastrointestinal problems, and the life-threatening conditions of sprue-like enteropathy and villous atrophy in litigation against Japan-based Daiichi Sankyo, Benicar’s manufacturer, and Forest Laboratories, which marketed Benicar in the U.S. The complaints allege that Benicar was insufficiently tested and not accompanied by adequate instructions and warnings to apprise consumers of the full risks and side effects associated with its use. In August 2017, a settlement valued at $300 million covering approximately 2,300 Benicar injury cases in both state and federal courts was announced.
The firm's New York office has also made its role. "David Stellings is someone that people really think highly of on the plaintiff side," insists one defense-side lawyer at a prominent white-shoe firm.
Hunton Andrews Kurth boasts more than 1,000 lawyers in numerous offices throughout the southeast region of the US, as well as in Latin America, Europe and Asia. The full-service firm is equipped with a strong litigation team that have landed major victories for clients in a variety of industries.
Virginia-based Lewis Powell was part of the lead counsel team that successfully challenged a consummated merger, which no private party has ever done, winning a jury verdict for Steves and Sons in the door manufacturer's antitrust suit. The jury found that the opposition's acquisition of CraftMaster violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act, which prohibits mergers that "substantially lessen competition." Fellow partner Michael Shebelskie is co-counsel to the County of Maui in an appeal to the US Supreme Court regarding whether the Clean Water Act prohibition on discharges to navigable waters without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit extends to facilities that add pollutants to groundwater that eventually migrate to navigable waters. The lower courts are divided on this question, and the Maui appeal, set to be heard in October 2019, is expected to resolve this long-standing question of national importance. Miami-based litigator Samuel Danon is co-lead counsel defending Yahoo in highly publicized consumer class action lawsuits over what is reported as the largest data security incidents in history. The breaches occurred in 2013 and 2014, and affected as many as 500 million and three billion accounts globally. The lawsuit includes 29 federal class actions and seven parallel state class actions. The parties informed the Northern District of California court presiding over the multidistrict litigation that the sides had reached an agreement where Yahoo! (now Altaba) would create a $50 million fund for the reimbursement of losses linked to the breaches, as well as provide credit monitoring for victims. In January 2019, a federal judge declined to approve this agreement and settlement discussions remain ongoing. One client asserts, "Danon is superb. There are no words. A relationship based on results and excellent understanding" adding," human factor included."
DC litigation Deidre Duncan is part of the lead counsel team representing Mountain Valley Pipeline on environmental matters involving the construction and operation of approximately 301 miles of a new 42-inch-diameter pipeline and associated facilities extending from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. The firm is representing MVP on matters involving the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Additionally, and are lead counsel on all Fourth Circuit appeals involving federal permits issued for the pipeline, including authorizations issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Texas litigator and retired Judge Scott Brister co-leads the firm’s issues and appeals practice group. His practice, which covers all aspects of litigation, is described by a client as "top-notch" and "first class."
With offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Washington, DC, six offices across California, and abroad, Paul Hastings has blossomed into an international full-service powerhouse. "Paul Hastings has really started to build up, in terms of office numbers and bench strength," notes one peer. "They have always had great litigators there."
Celebrated patent star Yar Chaikovsky serves as the global vice-chair of Paul Hastings's IP practice in the firm's Palo Alto office. A peer states, "Yar is a real character – talking to him makes you think he was reading about patents while still in the cradle! He's a hell of a lawyer and has some 'star power' about him." Chaikovsky serves as lead counsel for companies in all stages of development, from start-ups to established companies. Among others, these companies recently include eBay, Fox, HTC, Rovi, Trend Micro, Twitter, Vitesse Semiconductor, and Yahoo! Another trial authority is white-collar and enforcement partner Thomas Zaccaro. Peers testify, "Tom is just great–if I were in trouble in LA [and] needed an SEC enforcement-type guy I'd call Tom. I've worked with him before and it's been a pleasure."
In the firm's New York office, global litigation chair Barry Sher earns a healthy share of peer plaudits. The New York office also houses IP star litigator Bruce Wexler who chairs the life sciences industry practice group and is the global co-chair of the IP practice group. Wexler served as lead counsel for Merck in patent infringement litigation where he defended Merck’s patent protecting the active ingredient in Emend for Injection, a drug for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. In a complete victory for the client after a six-day bench trial, a judgment was entered in favor of Merck on all aspects of invalidity defenses.
|Abramowitz, Elkan||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello|
|Adams, Kip||Future Star||Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith|
|Adams, Robert||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance, Intellectual Property, Product Liability||Shook Hardy & Bacon|
|Adams, Samantha||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||General Commercial||Adams + Crow Law|
|Adkins, Robert||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, White Collar Crime||Winston & Strawn|
|Agneshwar, Anand||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Arnold & Porter|
|Albert, Richard||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello|
|Alexander, Trevor||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Energy and Natural Resources, Utility||Calfee Halter & Griswold|
|Alexandrov, Stanimir||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance, International Arbitration||Alexandrov Law|
|Ali, Arif||National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Dechert|
|Allen, Winn||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Appellate, General Commercial||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Allerhand, Joseph||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Amato, Jeffrey||National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, General Commercial||Winston & Strawn|
|Ambrose, Emily||Future Star||Blackwell Burke|
|Anders, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz|
|Anderson, Conrad||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Balch & Bingham|
|Anello, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Labor & Employment Star, Local Litigation Star||Labor and Employment, White Collar Crime||Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello|
|Anker, Philip||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||WilmerHale|
|Anstoetter, Mark||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Environmental, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability||Shook Hardy & Bacon|
|Armas, Oliver||General Commercial, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities||Hogan Lovells|
|Armstrong, Lee||Intellectual Property||Jones Day|
|Aronson, Seth||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Competition, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, Securities||O'Melveny & Myers|
|Arovas, Gregory||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Arquit, Kevin||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Kasowitz Benson Torres|
|Ashbaugh, Denise||Yarmuth Wilsdon|
|Asperger, James||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||White Collar Crime||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Astigarraga, José||National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, International Arbitration||Reed Smith|
|Au, Benjamin||Future Star||Civil Litigation, White Collar Crime||Durie Tangri|
|Auslander, Mitchell||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Insurance||Willkie Farr & Gallagher|
|Babbin, Jeffrey||Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Insurance, Product Liability||Wiggin and Dana|
|Backman, Jeffrey||Local Litigation Star||Class Action, General Commercial||Greenspoon Marder|
|Bacon, Rebecca||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Antitrust, Appellate, General Commercial, Product Liability||Bartlit Beck|
|Bailey, Chandler||Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Lightfoot Franklin & White|
|Balascio, Michael||Future Star||Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver|
|Ball, Dan||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Product Liability||Bryan Cave|
|Ball, Dane||Future Star||Smyser Kaplan & Veselka|
|Ballenger, Scott||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Appellate||Latham & Watkins|
|Balus, Allison||Future Star, Labor & Employment Star||Labor and Employment||Baird Holm|
|Barbur, Peter||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, Securities||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Barnett, Thomas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Competition, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Covington & Burling|
|Baron, Randall||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Securities||Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd|
|Baron, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Barsky, Wayne||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Bartlit, Jr., Fred||General Commercial||Bartlit Beck|
|Barton, Travis||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Oil & Gas||McGinnis Lochridge|
|Baskin, Stuart||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities||Shearman & Sterling|
|Batchelder, James||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Ropes & Gray|
|Bates, Walter William||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability||Starnes Davis Florie|
|Bauer, Steven||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Proskauer|
|Baughman, Jonathan||Local Litigation Star||Energy, General Commercial, Product Liability||McGinnis Lochridge|
|Baxter, Sam||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||McKool Smith|
|Bayman, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Health Care, Mass Tort||King & Spalding|
|Bayuk, Frank||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Product Liability||Jones Day|
|Beamon, Martine||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, White Collar Crime||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Beck, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Beck Redden|
|Beck, Philip||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Bartlit Beck|
|Becker, David||Future Star||General Commercial, Securities||Freeborn & Peters|
|Beckman, Kristin||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Insurance||Pipes Miles Beckman|
|Beisner, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, Product Liability||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Ben-Ami, Leora||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Bendernagel, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Sidley Austin|
|Bendinger, Gary||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities||Sidley Austin|
|Benjamin, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld|
|Bennett, Robert||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Hogan Lovells|
|Bentley, Michael||Future Star||Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP|
|Benton, Jason||Future Star||Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein|
|Berg, Sara||Future Star||FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, Professional Liability, Securities||Browning Kaleczyc Berry & Hoven|
|Bergen, Robin||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Berger, Max||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Competition, General Commercial, Securities||Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann|
|Berke, Barry||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Criminal, Securities, Top 10 Boutiques, White Collar Crime||Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel|
|Berkeley, Jill||General Commercial, Insurance, Professional Liability, Securities||Neal Gerber & Eisenberg|
|Berkowitz, Matthew||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Intellectual Property||Shearman & Sterling|
|Berl, David I.||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Williams & Connolly|
|Berman, Brett||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial||Fox Rothschild|
|Berman, Norman||Securities||Berman Tabacco|
|Bernard, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Stroock & Stroock & Lavan|
|Bernick, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Product Liability||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Bernstein, David||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Professional Liability, Securities||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Bevilacqua, Theresa||Future Star||Dorsey & Whitney|
|Bicks, Peter||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Insurance||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Bienenstock, Martin||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Proskauer|
|Bierman, Steven||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial||Sidley Austin|
|Birnbaum, Sheila||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Dechert|
|Bishop, R. Doak||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Arbitration||King & Spalding|
|Bivens, Frances||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Competition, General Commercial, Securities||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Black, Dorit||Future Star||Holwell Shuster & Goldberg|
|Black, Martin||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Professional Liability, Securities||Dechert|
|Blackaby, Nigel||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, International Arbitration, Securities||Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer|
|Blatt, Lisa||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Appellate||Williams & Connolly|
|Blecher, Maxwell||Antitrust, Competition, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Blecher & Collins|
|Bloch, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, White Collar Crime||Mayer Brown|
|Blumenfeld, Jack||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell|
|Boccuzzi, Carmine||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, International Arbitration||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Bohrer, Barry||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Schulte Roth & Zabel|
|Boies, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Antitrust, Appellate, Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities||Boies Schiller Flexner|
|Bonner, Raymond||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Sidley Austin|
|Bornstein, Gary||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, Securities||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Boutrous, Jr., Theodore||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, Labor & Employment Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Labor and Employment, Media and Entertainment, Product Liability, Securities||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Boyer, Jamie||Future Star||Stinson|
|Braff, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Intellectual Property, Securities||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Brame, Frank||Future Star||Vinson & Elkins|
|Brannon, Leah||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Antitrust, General Commercial||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Braun, Monica||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Stoll Keenon Ogden|
|Brewster, William||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Lanham Act, Securities||Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton|
|Brock, Mike||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Broderick, Christopher||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Manatt Phelps & Phillips|
|Brodsky, David||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Brody, Sara||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability, Securities||Sidley Austin|
|Brody, Steve||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||O'Melveny & Myers|
|Bromley, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Brooker, Christopher||Future Star||Wyatt Tarrant & Combs|
|Brooks, Juanita||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Local Litigation Star, Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Fish & Richardson|
|Brooks, Todd||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Banking and financial services, Bankruptcy, Energy||Whiteford Taylor & Preston|
|Brown, Arthur||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Arnold & Porter|
|Brown, Donald||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Covington & Burling|
|Brown, Loren||Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||DLA Piper|
|Brown, Michael||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Product Liability||Reed Smith|
|Brown, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP|
|Brown, Walter||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||White Collar Crime||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Bruch, Gregory||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Bruch Hanna|
|Brune, Susan||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Civil Litigation, White Collar Crime||Brune Law|
|Brunstad Jr., G. Eric||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Bankruptcy||Dechert|
|Buchanan III, John||National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Covington & Burling|
|Buchanan, Thomas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, White Collar Crime||Winston & Strawn|
|Buchweitz, Yehudah||Future Star||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Buckley, Peter||Fox Rothschild|
|Bullock, Henninger||Mayer Brown|
|Burchfield, Bobby||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Administrative, Antitrust, Appellate||King & Spalding|
|Burck, William||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||FCPA and Enforcement, White Collar Crime||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Buretta, John||National Practice Area Star||White Collar Crime||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Burgess, Angela||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||FCPA and Enforcement||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Burke, Arthur||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Securities||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Bushby, Jason||Future Star||Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP|
|Buter, Victoria||Local Litigation Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Appellate, General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Kutak Rock|
|Butswinkas, Dane H.||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities, White Collar Crime||Williams & Connolly|
|Butwin, Brad||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities||O'Melveny & Myers|
|Byrne, Jane||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Caccia, Ralph||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Wiley Rein|
|Calsyn, Jeremy||National Practice Area Star||Antitrust||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Campillo, Ralph||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California||Product Liability||Mintz|
|Canellos, George||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Milbank|
|Cannella, Nicholas||Intellectual Property, Securities||Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto|
|Cantero, Raoul||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||White & Case|
|Carey, Michael||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Product Liability||Dykema Gossett|
|Carlinsky, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Antitrust, Appellate, General Commercial, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Securities||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Carlson, Marinn||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||Energy and Natural Resources, Insurance, International Arbitration, Product Liability||Sidley Austin|
|Carmody, Bill||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial||Susman Godfrey|
|Carroll, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Carroll, John||National Practice Area Star||White Collar Crime||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Carson, Rebecca||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Appellate, General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Irell & Manella|
|Carter, Matthew||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Appellate, General Commercial, White Collar Crime||Winston & Strawn|
|Caruso, Kenneth||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||White & Case|
|Carvin, Mike||Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Jones Day|
|Cary, George||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Cate, Brandon||Future Star||Product Liability||Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull PLLC|
|Cavanaugh, William||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler|
|Cawley, Douglas||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||McKool Smith|
|Cederoth, Richard||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Sidley Austin|
|Celebrezze, Bruce||Local Litigation Star||Insurance||Clyde & Co|
|Cendali, Dale||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Ceresney, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Chaffee- McClure, Zach||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Antitrust, Appellate, Class Action||Shook Hardy & Bacon|
|Chaikovsky, Yar||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Paul Hastings|
|Challis, John||Future Star||Estate, Intellectual Property, Trusts & Estates Litigation and Dispute Resolution||Kirkland Woods & Martinsen|
|Chapin Columbia, Sarah||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||McDermott Will & Emery|
|Chauvin, Chris||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Real Estate||Thompson & Knight|
|Chavies, Michael||Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, White Collar Crime||Akerman|
|Check, Darren||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check|
|Cherry, Steven||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||WilmerHale|
|Chesler, Evan||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Antitrust, Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Professional Liability, Securities||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Chester, Max||Future Star||General Commercial, Securities||Foley & Lardner|
|Chou, Jenny||Future Star||Wiggin and Dana|
|Choy, Sun||Future Star||Freeman Mathis & Gary|
|Christiansen, Brian||Future Star||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Chu, Morgan||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Irell & Manella|
|Chung, Daniel||Future Star||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Ciresi, Michael||Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability||Ciresi Conlin|
|Clark, Anthony||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Clark, James||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial||Fox Rothschild|
|Clark, Peter||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft|
|Clary, Richard||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Bankruptcy, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Securities||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Clayton, Dana||Local Litigation Star||Real Estate||Akerman|
|Clement, Paul||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Clinkinbeard, Karrie||Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Armstrong Teasdale|
|Cohen Smutny, Abby||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||White & Case|
|Cohen, David||Local Litigation Star||Civil Rights & Human Rights, Labor and Employment||Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky|
|Cohen, Lori||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Health Care, Product Liability||Greenberg Traurig|
|Cohen, Robin||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Insurance, Securities||McKool Smith|
|Cole, David||Future Star, Labor & Employment Star||Labor and Employment||Freeman Mathis & Gary|
|Cole, Eva||40 & Under Hot List 2019, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Winston & Strawn|
|Colton, Lauren||National Practice Area Star, Future Star||General Commercial, Securities||Hogan Lovells|
|Commons, James||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||McDermott Will & Emery|
|Conlan, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, Insurance||Sidley Austin|
|Conlin, Jan||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Securities||Ciresi Conlin|
|Cooper, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Competition, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Insurance, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Arnold & Porter|
|Cooper, Roger||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Cordell, Ruffin||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Fish & Richardson|
|Cotton, Stuart||Insurance||Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass|
|Crepeau, Brian||Rosenberg Martin Greenberg|
|Crouse, Toby||Future Star||General Commercial, Securities||Foulston Siefkin|
|Cruse, Sam||Future Star||Gibbs & Bruns|
|Curnin, Paul||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Curran, Christopher||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, White Collar Crime||White & Case|
|Czeschin, Brock||Future Star||Energy and Natural Resources, Product Liability||Richards Layton & Finger|
|Dabney, James||National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Hughes Hubbard & Reed|
|D'Amore, Stephen||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Class Action, General Commercial||Winston & Strawn|
|Daniels, Brad||Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Securities||Stoel Rives|
|Danilow, Greg||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Dankworth, Courtney||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Banking, Consumer Litigation||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Dassin, Lev||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, White Collar Crime||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|David, Danny||Future Star||Baker Botts|
|Davidoff, Amanda||Future Star||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Davidson, Jonathan||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Securities||Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check|
|Davis, Alvin||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial||Squire Patton Boggs|
|Dawson, Cari||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Alston & Bird|
|deGruy, Tiffany||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Health Care, Insurance||Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP|
|DeLelle, Claire||Future Star||White & Case|
|Dellinger, Walter||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||O'Melveny & Myers|
|Demarest, Kate||Future Star||Dorsey & Whitney|
|Deming , "Kay" Karen||National Practice Area Star||Product Liability||Troutman Sanders|
|Demitrack, Thomas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Jones Day|
|Denis, Paul||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Dechert|
|Denman, Harrison||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Bankruptcy||White & Case|
|DePippo, Henry||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Desmarais, John||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Desmarais LLP|
|Diamant, Michael||Future Star||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|DiClemente, Ryan||Future Star||Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr|
|DiNapoli, Daniel||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Arnold & Porter|
|Dittmann, Eric||Local Litigation Star||Intellectual Property||Paul Hastings|
|Dodds, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Environmental, White Collar Crime||Morgan Lewis & Bockius|
|Dodson, Christopher||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Environmental, General Commercial||Bracewell|
|Dolin, Mitchell||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Covington & Burling|
|Donovan, Donald||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Competition, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Doroghazi, John||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Class Action, Franchise||Wiggin and Dana|
|Dorrington, Greg||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Environmental, Immigration||Crowley Fleck|
|Douglas, Charles||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities||Sidley Austin|
|Downs, Anthony||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Goodwin|
|Drake, Geoffrey||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Product Liability||King & Spalding|
|Drivas, Dimitrios||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||White & Case|
|Droze, William||Future Star||Troutman Sanders|
|Dubanevich, Keith||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Appellate, Class Action, General Commercial, Securities||Stoll Berne|
|Dukes, David||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP|
|Durie, Daralyn||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Local Litigation Star, Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California, National Practice Area Star||Civil Litigation, Class Action, Intellectual Property||Durie Tangri|
|Dusing, Benjamin||Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Law Offices of Benjamin Dusing|
|Eaton, Maja||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, Product Liability||Sidley Austin|
|Eblen, Charles||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial||Shook Hardy & Bacon|
|Eckstein, Kenneth||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Restructuring & Insolvency||Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel|
|Edelman, Scott||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Milbank|
|Egan, Jr., James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Elacqua, James||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Elbert, Andrea||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Neal Gerber & Eisenberg|
|Elkin, Michael||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Winston & Strawn|
|Elwood, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Vinson & Elkins|
|Enenbach, Matthew||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Product Liability||Kutak Rock|
|Enerson, Wendy||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Cozen O'Connor|
|Englert, Roy||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber|
|Ervin, Courtney||Future Star||Hicks Thomas|
|Estes III, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Estrada, Miguel||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Evangelis, Theane||Labor & Employment Star, Future Star||Labor and Employment||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Evanson, Blaine||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Appellate, Intellectual Property, Product Liability||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Ewing, Elaine||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Antitrust||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Falasco, Joseph||Future Star||Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull PLLC|
|Farley, Jessica||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|Faunce, Susan||Berman & Simmons|
|Favretto, Richard||National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, White Collar Crime||Mayer Brown|
|Feder, Meir||National Practice Area Star||Appellate||Jones Day|
|Fee, Kevin||Future Star||Sidley Austin|
|Feldman, Matthew||National Practice Area Star||Bankruptcy, General Commercial||Willkie Farr & Gallagher|
|Feldman, Rachel||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Class Action, General Commercial||White & Case|
|Fellas, John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, International Arbitration, Securities||Hughes Hubbard & Reed|
|Fenton, Kathryn||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Jones Day|
|Fenwick, Anthony||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Competition, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Filip, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Finnern, Christianna||Future Star, Local Litigation Star||Winthrop & Weinstine|
|Fiore, Kristen||Future Star||Akerman|
|Fisch, Alan||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Fisch Sigler|
|Fishbein, Matthew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Competition, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Fishbein, Stephen||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||FCPA and Enforcement, White Collar Crime||Shearman & Sterling|
|Fisher, Alice||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Latham & Watkins|
|Fitzgerald , Partick||National Practice Area Star||White Collar Crime||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Flaum, Douglas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities||Goodwin|
|Fliman, Daniel||Future Star||Stroock & Stroock & Lavan|
|Flumenbaum, Martin||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, White Collar Crime||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Flynn, Aaron||Future Star||Hunton Andrews Kurth|
|Foggan, Laura||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||Appellate, Insurance||Crowell & Moring|
|Fogler, Murray||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Fogler Brar Ford O'Neil Gray|
|Foresta, Stephen||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||McGuireWoods|
|Fornwald, Gerald||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019, Labor & Employment Star||General Commercial, Health Care, Labor and Employment, Regulatory Investigations||Winthrop & Weinstine|
|Forshaw, Mary Beth||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Fouts, Adrianne||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial||Drummond Woodsum|
|Fox, Frederic||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Kaplan Fox|
|Frahn, Harrison||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Fram, Robert||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Covington & Burling|
|Frank, Robert||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Choate Hall & Stewart|
|Frankel, Andrew||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance, Securities||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Frankel, Roger||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Frankel Wyron|
|Frederick, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick|
|Frederick, Sarah||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Antitrust, Class Action, Food & Drug Administration, Product Liability||Goodwin|
|Frey, Andrew||Appellate, Securities, White Collar Crime||Mayer Brown|
|Friedland, Paul||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||White & Case|
|Friedman , Lawrence||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, International Arbitration||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Friedman, Bryce||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Friedman, Donald||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial||Perkins Coie|
|Friedman, Mark||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Competition, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Frizzell, Jean||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Product Liability||Reynolds Frizzell|
|Fugazzi, Alex||Future Star||FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, International Arbitration, Product Liability||Snell & Wilmer|
|Fuller, Jessica||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Appellate, Class Action, General Commercial||Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie|
|Gallagher, Sean||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Automotive, General Commercial, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Bartlit Beck|
|Gallo, Kenneth||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Intellectual Property||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Gardiner , John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Garibaldi, Oscar||International Arbitration||Covington & Burling|
|Garner, Daniel||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Antitrust, General Commercial, Promotions||Greensfelder Hemker & Gale|
|Garre, Greg||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Latham & Watkins|
|Garvey, Michael||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Garza, Deborah||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Antitrust||Covington & Burling|
|Gay, Faith||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Product Liability, White Collar Crime||Selendy & Gay|
|Gelfand, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Geller, Kenneth||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Product Liability||Mayer Brown|
|Geltman, Susannah||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Insurance, Securities, White Collar Crime||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|George, Christian||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Akerman|
|Gidley, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||White & Case|
|Gilchrist, Wesley||Future Star||Lightfoot Franklin & White|
|Gilman, Charles||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Securities||Cahill Gordon & Reindel|
|Gitner, Daniel||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Lankler Siffert & Wohl|
|Giuffra, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Antitrust, General Commercial, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Securities||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Given, Molly||Future Star||Bowman and Brooke|
|Glasgow, Ryan||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Labor and Employment||Hunton Andrews Kurth|
|Godfrey, Richard||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Product Liability||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Goetz, Richard||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||O'Melveny & Myers|
|Goldfein, Shepard||Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Goldstein, Jayme||Future Star||Stroock & Stroock & Lavan|
|Goldstein, Marcia||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Goldstein, Ryan||Dispute Resolution Star||Commercial and Transactions, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Product liability and recall||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Asia-Pacific)|
|Goldstein, Sandra||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Securities||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Goldstein, Thomas||National Practice Area Star||Appellate||Goldstein and Russell|
|Goodman, John Mark||Future Star||Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP|
|Goodman, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Automotive, Competition, General Commercial, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Goodnow, James||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial||Fennemore Craig|
|Goodwin, David||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Covington & Burling|
|Gordon, George||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Competition, Securities||Dechert|
|Gorelick, Jamie||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||WilmerHale|
|Gottridge , Marc||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Hogan Lovells|
|Grant, Michelle||Future Star||Dorsey & Whitney|
|Gratz, Joseph||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Local Litigation Star||Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property||Durie Tangri|
|Gravante, Nicholas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities||Boies Schiller Flexner|
|Gray, Joanne||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Goodwin|
|Gray, Keisha-Ann||Labor & Employment Star||Labor and Employment||Proskauer (Labor & Employment)|
|Gray, Melanie||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Bankruptcy, General Commercial||Winston & Strawn|
|Graziano, Salvatore||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, Professional Liability, Securities||Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann|
|Greaney, William||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Covington & Burling|
|Gredd, Helen||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Securities||Lankler Siffert & Wohl|
|Green, Jonathan||Arnold & Porter|
|Grimes, Steven||Dispute Resolution Star||Commercial and Transactions, Competition/Antitrust, White Collar Crime||Winston & Strawn|
|Groombridge, Nicholas||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Grossman, Theodore||Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Jones Day|
|Guerra, Joseph||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Sidley Austin|
|Guinn, Kristen||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Labor & Employment Star||General Commercial, Insurance, Labor and Employment, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice||Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge|
|Guirgis, Ralph||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Sedgwick|
|Gunn, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Automotive, Competition, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Beck Redden|
|Gurney, Brent||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Criminal||WilmerHale|
|Hadiaris, Joshua||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability||Norman Hanson & DeTroy|
|Hakki, Adam||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Regulatory Investigations, Securities||Shearman & Sterling|
|Hall, Jill||Future Star||Jackson Kelly|
|Hall, Thomas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|Hammerman, Claudia||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Hanin, Michael||Future Star||Kasowitz Benson Torres|
|Hanna, Anne||National Practice Area Star||Product Liability||Bowman and Brooke|
|Hansen, Kristopher||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Stroock & Stroock & Lavan|
|Harbour, Jason||Future Star||Hunton Andrews Kurth|
|Harckham, Finley||National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Anderson Kill|
|Harris, Charmaine||Future Star||Blackwell Burke|
|Harris, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Proskauer|
|Haslam, Robert||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Covington & Burling|
|Hawkins, Heather||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Construction, General Commercial||Taft Stettinius & Hollister|
|Healy, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Sedgwick|
|Heard III, F. Lane||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Williams & Connolly|
|Hecker, Sean||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Securities, White Collar Crime||Kaplan Hecker & Fink|
|Heffron, Tyler||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Insurance, Oil & Gas||Triplett Woolf & Garretson|
|Heintz , John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Blank Rome|
|Heng Cheng, Tai-||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Herbison, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, White Collar Crime||Winston & Strawn|
|Herndon, Jason||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Construction||Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein|
|Herrington, David||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Hershman, Scott||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial||White & Case|
|Hester, Timothy||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Covington & Burling|
|Hettich, Dan||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Health Care||King & Spalding|
|Hewitt, Karen||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||Jones Day|
|Higgins , Claudia||Antitrust||Arnold & Porter|
|Hindelang, Michael||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Cybersecurity & Privacy, General Commercial||Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn|
|Hinton, Paula||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||General Commercial||Winston & Strawn|
|Ho, Melissa||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||White Collar Crime||Polsinelli|
|Hochstadt, Eric||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Antitrust, General Commercial||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Hoeflich, Adam||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities||Bartlit Beck|
|Hoffer, Stewart||Future Star, Labor & Employment Star||Labor and Employment||Hicks Thomas|
|Hoffinger, Adam||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||Schulte Roth & Zabel|
|Hoffman, William||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Arnold & Porter|
|Holland, Elizabeth||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Goodwin|
|Holland, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Goodwin|
|Holley, Steven||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Hollis, Amanda||Future Star||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Holmstrom, Kristina||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||ERISA, Insurance||Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart|
|Holwell, Richard||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Holwell Shuster & Goldberg|
|Hood, Sean||Future Star||General Commercial, Water||Fennemore Craig|
|Horkovich, Robert||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Competition, Insurance, Securities||Anderson Kill|
|Horrigan, Courtney||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Reed Smith|
|Horton, Michel||Insurance||Morgan Lewis & Bockius|
|Hou, Victor||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|House, Holly||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Law Offices of Holly House|
|Howell, Karen||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes|
|Hubbard, Heidi K.||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Appellate, General Commercial, Product Liability||Williams & Connolly|
|Hueston, John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California||General Commercial, White Collar Crime||Hueston Hennigan|
|Hummel, Keith||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Hunsinger II, Rodney||Future Star||HB Law Partners|
|Hunter , Fraser||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||WilmerHale|
|Hurlbut, Stephen||Local Litigation Star||Construction, General Commercial||Akerman|
|Hurst , Jim||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, Intellectual Property||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Hurst, Annette||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Hurst, Mark||Future Star||Stoll Keenon Ogden|
|Hutchins, Sarah||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Antitrust, Appellate, General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein|
|Huttenlocher, Michael||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, International Arbitration||McDermott Will & Emery|
|Iason, Lawrence||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello|
|Imbroscio, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Covington & Burling|
|Immelt, Stephen||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Product Liability||Hogan Lovells|
|Isidro, Nilda||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Consumer Litigation, Food & Drug Administration, Product Liability||Goodwin|
|Jacobs, Michael||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Morrison & Foerster|
|Jacobsen, Jr., Raymond||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||McDermott Will & Emery|
|Jaffe, Helene||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Antitrust, General Commercial||Law Offices of Helene D. Jaffe|
|James, Dani||Future Star||Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel|
|Januszewski, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial||Cahill Gordon & Reindel|
|Jarvis, Geoffrey||Local Litigation Star||Securities||Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check|
|Jeffress, Jr., William||National Practice Area Star||White Collar Crime||Baker Botts|
|Jensen, Marnie||Local Litigation Star||Food & Beverage, General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Husch Blackwell|
|Johnson, Dixie||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Securities, White Collar Crime||King & Spalding|
|Johnson, Robert||National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability||Dentons|
|Johnson, William||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||King & Spalding|
|Jones, Jason||Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||King & Spalding|
|Jossen, Robert||Automotive, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Dechert|
|Jowers, Jason||Future Star||Corporate, General Commercial||Bayard|
|Kain, Christine||Future Star||Class Action, Product Liability||Faegre Baker Daniels|
|Kaminetzky, Benjamin||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, General Commercial||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Kaminski, Michael||Dispute Resolution Star||Intellectual Property||Foley & Lardner (Asia-Pacific)|
|Kanabe, George||Future Star||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Karp, Brad||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Kasner, Jay||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Kasowitz, Marc||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Appellate, General Commercial, Insurance, International Arbitration, Product Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Kasowitz Benson Torres|
|Kattan, Joseph||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Katyal, Neal||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Product Liability||Hogan Lovells|
|Katz, Aaron||Future Star||Appellate, False Claims Act, White Collar Crime||Ropes & Gray|
|Katz, Elai||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Cahill Gordon & Reindel|
|Katz, Martin||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Media and Entertainment, Product Liability||Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton|
|Keane, Bryan||Future Star||Dorsey & Whitney|
|Kearl, Derek||Future Star||Holland & Hart|
|Kebrdle, Richard||Future Star||White & Case|
|Kehoe, Edward||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Arbitration||King & Spalding|
|Keisler, Peter||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Sidley Austin|
|Keker, John||National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Local Litigation Star, Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Keker Van Nest & Peters|
|Kelley, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Dechert|
|Kelley, Garland||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, Top 10 Boutiques||Glaser Weil|
|Kellogg, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick|
|Kelly, Brian||Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Nixon Peabody|
|Kelly, David||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Kelly IP|
|Kendall, Michael||Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Antitrust, FCPA and Enforcement, Health||White & Case|
|Kessimian, Paul||Local Litigation Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial||Partridge Snow & Hahn|
|Kessler, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check|
|Kessler, Elizabeth "Liza"||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability, Securities||Jones Day|
|Keville, John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Winston & Strawn|
|Kiernan, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Kim, Antony||Future Star||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Kim, John||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Product Liability||The Kim Law Firm|
|Kim, Michael||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Bankruptcy, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Securities||Kobre & Kim|
|Kimmelman, Benno||National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Sidley Austin|
|Kipp, Matthew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Kirpalani, Susheel||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, Product Liability||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Kirsch, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Kistenbroker, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Dechert|
|Knight, Lane||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Balch & Bingham|
|Koch, Rudolf||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Securities||Richards Layton & Finger|
|Kolasky, William||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Hughes Hubbard & Reed|
|Koopmann, Barry||Future Star||Product Liability||Bowman and Brooke|
|Kornberg , Alan||National Practice Area Star||Bankruptcy||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Kornblau, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Covington & Burling|
|Kornfeld, Linda||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Blank Rome|
|Korte, Matthew||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Environmental, General Commercial||Ciresi Conlin|
|Kotler, Meredith||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer|
|Kovner, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Kreissman, James||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Securities, Top 10 Boutiques||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Krevitt, Josh||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Securities||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Kurtz, Glenn||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||White & Case|
|Lamken, Jeffrey||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property||MoloLamken|
|Lamm, Carolyn||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||White & Case|
|Landau, Christopher||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Langham, Chanler||Susman Godfrey|
|Lantier , Gregory||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||WilmerHale|
|Lantieri, Paul||Future Star||Ballard Spahr|
|Larsen-Bright, Shawn||Dorsey & Whitney|
|Laslovich, Jill||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Insurance||Crowley Fleck|
|Lauria, Thomas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||White & Case|
|Leblanc, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency||Milbank|
|Lebovitch, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Insurance, Professional Liability, Securities||Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann|
|Lee, William||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||WilmerHale|
|Lefkowitz, Jay||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Appellate, General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Leibowitz, Jon||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Lemley, Mark||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, Appellate, Civil Litigation, Competition/Antitrust, Intellectual Property||Durie Tangri|
|Lender, David||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Intellectual Property||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Lerner, Jonathan||National Practice Area Star||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Levander, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Dechert|
|LeVee, Jeffrey||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, Product Liability||Jones Day|
|Leveridge, Richard||National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Insurance||Adams Holcomb|
|Levin, Barry||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Levin, Gabrielle||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Labor & Employment Star||Labor and Employment, Securities||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Levin, Richard||National Practice Area Star||Bankruptcy||Jenner & Block|
|Levine, Alan||Automotive, General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Cooley|
|Levine, Joshua||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||FCPA and Enforcement, Regulatory Investigations, White Collar Crime||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Levy, Joshua||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Energy and Natural Resources, Insurance, Product Liability, White Collar Crime||Ropes & Gray|
|Lew, Darryl||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||White & Case|
|Lewis, Jeffrey||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Labor and Employment||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|Limrick, Michael||General Commercial, Professional Liability||Hoover Hull Turner|
|Linde, Selena||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||Bankruptcy, Insurance||Perkins Coie|
|Lindsey , David||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Chaffetz Lindsey|
|Lindvall, Scott||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Seyfarth Shaw|
|Lipsey, Charles||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett and Dunner|
|Litt, Gregg||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Lombardi, George||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property, Product Liability||Winston & Strawn|
|Long, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities||Covington & Burling|
|Loseman, Monica||Future Star||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Loss , Gregory||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Herbert Smith Freehills|
|Lukey, Joan||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Labor & Employment Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Appellate, Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Labor and Employment, Product Liability, Securities||Choate Hall & Stewart|
|Lutz, Brian||Future Star||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Lynn, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial||Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst|
|Mackie, Caroline||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Government litigation||Poyner Spruill|
|MacKinnon, Ari||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||International Arbitration, White Collar Crime||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Mahoney, Colleen||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Energy and Natural Resources, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Mainigi, Enu A.||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||White Collar Crime||Williams & Connolly|
|Malester, Ann||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Marandett, Eric||Local Litigation Star||Intellectual Property||Choate Hall & Stewart|
|Marigo, Noiana||National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer|
|Marks, Aaron||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Marmaro, Richard||Local Litigation Star||Insurance, White Collar Crime||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Marovitz, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial||Mayer Brown|
|Martin, Scott||Future Star||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Martin, Tiffany||Modrall Sperling|
|Maskin, Arvin||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Masters, Lorelie||Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, National Practice Area Star||Insurance, Product Liability||Hunton Andrews Kurth|
|Mastro, Randy||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Securities||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Mathias, John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Product Liability||Jenner & Block|
|Mayer, Michael||Future Star||Winston & Strawn|
|Mayer, Ted||General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Hughes Hubbard & Reed|
|Maynard, Deanne||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Appellate||Morrison & Foerster|
|Mays, Stephanie||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Labor and Employment||Maynard Cooper & Gale|
|Mazin, Zachary||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||General Commercial, Securities||McKool Smith|
|McCabe, Eileen||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Mendes & Mount|
|McCormick, Kathaleen||Future Star||Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor|
|McCurdy, Megan||Future Star||Financial Services, General Commercial, Product Liability||Stinson|
|McDavid, Janet||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Securities||Hogan Lovells|
|McDermott, Kathleen||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Morgan Lewis & Bockius|
|McDevitt, Heather||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial||White & Case|
|McDonald, Edward||Appellate, Competition, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Dechert|
|McElroy, Heather||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Antitrust, General Commercial||Ciresi Conlin|
|McGaan, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Kirkland & Ellis|
|McGee, Jenna||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Construction, General Commercial||Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein|
|McGovern, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Ropes & Gray|
|McInerney, Denis||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Criminal||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|McKenna, Daniel||Future Star||Ballard Spahr|
|McKool, Mike||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Intellectual Property||McKool Smith|
|McLucas, William||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||WilmerHale|
|McPhee, Joan||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability, White Collar Crime||Ropes & Gray|
|McSherry, Dana||Future Star||McDermott Will & Emery|
|McTighe, Chadwick||Future Star||Stites & Harbison|
|Meadows, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Arbitration, Environmental||King & Spalding|
|Measley, McKinley||Future Star||Securities, Top 10 Boutiques||Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell|
|Mehta, Sonal||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Appellate, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property||WilmerHale|
|Melsheimer, Thomas||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial||Winston & Strawn|
|Mena, Michael||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Real Estate, Securities||Akerman|
|Menaker, Andrea||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||International Arbitration||White & Case|
|Mendelsohn, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Merschman, Joseph||Future Star||Wiggin and Dana|
|Metzger, Carl||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Insurance, Securities||Goodwin|
|Miles, Stephen||Future Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Insurance, Securities||Pipes Miles Beckman|
|Milne, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial||White & Case|
|Mintz, Mark||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Bankruptcy||Jones Walker|
|Mirvis, Theodore||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz|
|Mitchell, David||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Bankruptcy, General Commercial||Rose Law Firm|
|Mitnick, Joel||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities||Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft|
|Moers Mayer, Thomas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Restructuring & Insolvency||Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel|
|Moll, Peter||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Professional Liability||Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft|
|Molo, Steven||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, White Collar Crime||MoloLamken|
|Moloney, Thomas||National Practice Area Star||Bankruptcy, Securities||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP|
|Monaghan, Maura||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Competition, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Moore, Greg||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|Moore, Kimberly||Crowley Fleck|
|Moore, Mike||Future Star||Corr Cronin|
|Moore, Richmond||Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Williams & Connolly|
|Morgenstern, Saul||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Arnold & Porter|
|Morin, Michael||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Latham & Watkins|
|Moser, Kelly||Perkins Coie|
|Mosier, Mark||Future Star||Covington & Burling|
|Mottley, Kimberly||Future Star||Proskauer|
|Murphy, Sean||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Insurance, Securities||Milbank|
|Musoff, Scott||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Securities||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|Mutchnik, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, White Collar Crime||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Myers, Margaret||Labor & Employment Star||Labor and Employment||Adams and Reese|
|Naeem, Tariq||National Practice Area Star||Product Liability||Tucker Ellis|
|Naftalis, Gary||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Criminal, Securities, Top 10 Boutiques, White Collar Crime||Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel|
|Nager, Glen||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate||Jones Day|
|Nail, Garrett||Future Star||Portnoy Garner & Nail|
|Nasab, Omid||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, M&A, Securities||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|Nassikas, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Arnold & Porter|
|Neal, Stephen||National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Securities||Cooley|
|Nelles, Sharon||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Neuhaus, Joseph||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Neuner, Lynn||General Commercial, Insurance, Securities||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Neuwirth, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Newborn, Steven||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Newstead, Jennifer||National Practice Area Star||Appellate, Energy and Natural Resources, FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Nicklin, Emily||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Nikas, Luke||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Nolan , Thomas||National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Securities||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom|
|North, Julie||National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities||Cravath Swaine Moore|
|O'Connor, Kevin||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Hinckley Allen & Snyder|
|Oettinger, Andrew||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||General Commercial, Insurance||Godfrey & Kahn|
|Ogrosky, Kirk||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Arnold & Porter|
|Olsen, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Mayer Brown|
|Olson, Theodore||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Olts, Lucas||Future Star||Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd|
|O'Malley, Joseph||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Paul Hastings|
|O'Neil, William||Local Litigation Star||Winston & Strawn|
|Oshinsky, Jerold||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities||Kasowitz Benson Torres|
|Ostolaza, Yvette||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||General Commercial, Labor and Employment||Sidley Austin|
|Padilla Sivage, Mariposa||Sutin Thayer & Browne|
|Panner, Aaron||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Appellate||Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick|
|Pappas, George||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Covington & Burling|
|Parker, Richard||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Antitrust||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Pasich, Kirk||General Commercial, Insurance, Securities||Liner|
|Passannante, William||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Insurance, International Arbitration, Professional Liability||Anderson Kill|
|Pate, Kelly||40 & Under Hot List 2019||General Commercial, Labor and Employment||Balch & Bingham|
|Patrick, Kathy||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Securities||Gibbs & Bruns|
|Patryk, Robb||National Practice Area Star||Product Liability||Hughes Hubbard & Reed|
|Paul, Bruce||Future Star||Stites & Harbison|
|Pauzé, Michael||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Banking, Civil Litigation, Criminal, Health Care, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||King & Spalding|
|Pell, Owen||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial||White & Case|
|Pelz , Joel||National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Jenner & Block|
|Pepperman, Richard||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Securities||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Perry, Mark||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, General Commercial||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Persons, Ray||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Class Action, Mass Tort||King & Spalding|
|Petrocelli, Daniel||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Product Liability||O'Melveny & Myers|
|Petrosinelli, Joseph G.||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Product Liability||Williams & Connolly|
|Pfefferbaum, Daniel||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Securities||Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd|
|Phillips, Carter||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, Product Liability||Sidley Austin|
|Picard, Irving||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||BakerHostetler|
|Pickett, Donn||Antitrust||Morgan Lewis & Bockius|
|Pietrini, Jill||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton|
|Pietrzak, Robert||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability, Securities||Sidley Austin|
|Pincus, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Intellectual Property, White Collar Crime||Mayer Brown|
|Plumer, Mark||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Energy and Natural Resources, Insurance, Product Liability||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Pole, Debra||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Energy and Natural Resources, Product Liability||Sidley Austin|
|Polkes, Jonathan||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Securities, White Collar Crime||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Pomerantz, Glenn||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, Competition, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Munger Tolles & Olson|
|Popp, Karen||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Energy and Natural Resources, Insurance, White Collar Crime||Sidley Austin|
|Portnoy, Lawrence||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Post, Jessica||Future Star||Fennemore Craig|
|Powers, Duffie||Future Star||Gallivan White & Boyd|
|Powers, Matthew||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Tensegrity Law Group|
|Prager, Dietmar||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Primis, Craig||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Appellate, Product Liability, Securities||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Pritikin, David||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Sidley Austin|
|Quinn, John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Qureshi, Abid||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Product Liability||Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld|
|Rabinowitz, Stephen||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Hughes Hubbard & Reed|
|Ramani, Ashok||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Ranahan, Erin||Future Star||Winston & Strawn|
|Rand, Sascha||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|Rao, Pravin||National Practice Area Star||White Collar Crime||Perkins Coie|
|Rashkover, Barry||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Energy and Natural Resources, Insurance, Product Liability, White Collar Crime||Sidley Austin|
|Ratliff, Harley||Future Star||Shook Hardy & Bacon|
|Rauls, Ruth||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019, Labor & Employment Star||General Commercial, Labor and Employment||Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr|
|Re, Joseph||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Knobbe Martens|
|Reasoner, Harry||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Appellate, General Commercial, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Securities||Vinson & Elkins|
|Rebein, Joseph||Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, General Commercial, Product Liability, Securities||Shook Hardy & Bacon|
|Reid IV, William T.||Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Appellate, General Commercial, Professional Liability||Reid Collins & Tsai|
|Reidy, Daniel||General Commercial, Securities||Jones Day|
|Reilly, Matthew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Reines, Edward||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Weil Gotshal & Manges|
|Rettew, Douglas||National Practice Area Star||Intellectual Property||Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett and Dunner|
|Rhodes, Michael||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Competition, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Securities||Cooley|
|Richards , Lee||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Richards Kibbe and Orbe|
|Richards, Joshua||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Education, General Commercial||Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr|
|Richardson, Heather||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Class Action, General Commercial, Health Care, Insurance||Gibson Dunn & Crutcher|
|Richie, Thomas||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Class Action, General Commercial, Insurance||Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP|
|Richman, Lisa||Future Star||McDermott Will & Emery|
|Richmond, Sr., Orlando||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||Product Liability, Securities||Butler Snow|
|Richter, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Civil Litigation, Criminal, Health Care, White Collar Crime||King & Spalding|
|Riley, Thomas||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Product Liability||Herbert Smith Freehills|
|Roach, Ben||Local Litigation Star, Future Star||Nyemaster Goode|
|Robertson, Robert||National Practice Area Star||Antitrust||Hogan Lovells|
|Rocap, James||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial||Steptoe & Johnson|
|Rocca, Brian||Morgan Lewis & Bockius|
|Rogers, Morgan||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||General Commercial, Real Estate||Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein|
|Rolph, Christine||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||Product Liability||Latham & Watkins|
|Rose, Glenn||Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, General Commercial||Bass Berry & Sims|
|Rosen, Richard||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Rosenberg , Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Rosenfeld, Robert||Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, Product Liability||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Rosenkranz, Joshua||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Appellate, Intellectual Property||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|Rosenthal, Cassidy||Future Star||Stites & Harbison|
|Rosenthal, Thorn||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Insurance||Cahill Gordon & Reindel|
|Rosow, Michael||Local Litigation Star||Bankruptcy, Construction, General Commercial||Winthrop & Weinstine|
|Rouhandeh, James||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Automotive, Competition, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities, White Collar Crime||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|Royse, David||General Commercial||Ransdell Roach & Royse|
|Rudenick Ecklund, Jennifer||Future Star, Local Litigation Star||Thompson & Knight|
|Rudman, Samuel||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Automotive, Competition, FCPA and Enforcement, Insurance, Professional Liability, Securities||Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd|
|Ruiz, Rene||Future Star||Labor and Employment||Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson|
|Rule, Rick||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust, Competition, General Commercial, International Arbitration, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Securities||Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison|
|Rumanek, Eric||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Product Liability||Troutman Sanders|
|Rush, Jennifer||Future Star||Norman Hanson & DeTroy|
|Russell Jr., William T.||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Banking, Financial Services, Securities||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Russo, Richard||40 & Under Hot List 2019, Future Star||Securities||Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check|
|Sacks, Robert||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, White Collar Crime||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|Salter, Nicholas||40 & Under Hot List 2019||Class Action, General Commercial||Fox Rothschild|
|Samis, Christopher||Future Star, 40 & Under Hot List 2019||Bankruptcy||Potter Anderson & Corroon|
|Sammataro, James||Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Media and Entertainment||Pryor Cashman|
|Santens, Ank||2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||International Arbitration||White & Case|
|Sarratt, David||Future Star||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|Saval, Daniel||Brown Rudnick|
|Savarese, John||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||General Commercial, Securities, White Collar Crime||Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz|
|Savino, William||National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Rivkin Radler|
|Savitt, William||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, Top 100 Trial Lawyers||General Commercial, Securities||Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz|
|Sawyer, Justin||Local Litigation Star||Sutin Thayer & Browne|
|Scarboro, Cheryl||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star, 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation||FCPA and Enforcement, Regulatory Investigations, White Collar Crime||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|Schaeffer, Fiona||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Antitrust||Milbank|
|Scheler, Brad||National Practice Area Star||Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Securities||Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson|
|Scherkenbach, Frank||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Securities||Fish & Richardson|
|Schilling, Andrew||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||White Collar Crime||Buckley|
|Schindler, David||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Antitrust||Latham & Watkins|
|Schneider, Richard "Doc"||National Practice Area Star||General Commercial, Product Liability||King & Spalding|
|Scholes, Steven||National Practice Area Star, Local Litigation Star||Securities, White Collar Crime||McDermott Will & Emery|
|Schramek, Adam||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|Schroeder, Joel||Future Star, Labor & Employment Star||General Commercial, Labor and Employment||Best & Flanagan|
|Schryber, John||Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star||Insurance||Reed Smith|