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Washington DC-based Pratik Shah and Los Angeles’ Rex Heinke jointly head the practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, which mainly handles civil matters. At the Fifth Circuit, Shah defended Propel Financial Services in bet-the-industry proceedings pertaining to the applicability of the Truth In Lending Act to property lien transfers made when a homeowner falls behind on property tax payments. Federal Circuit victories included defending Google in an appeal brought by Grandeye contesting patentability of 37 patents related to texture mapping technology. Thomas McLish and Scott Heimberg successfully appealed to the Federal Circuit for the joint venture of KCPC and Morris, challenging the termination of a subcontract for the provision of dining facilities for the US Army in Iraq.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Lisa Blatt is defending Dignity Health and two other religious hospital systems in an ERISA appeal filed by a putative class of current and former employees challenging the ‘church plan’ exemption from ERISA. A team led by Blatt secured the reversal of a $156m jury award against Nucor on the grounds of insufficient evidence in an antitrust case pertaining to an alleged group boycott of a steel distributor. Howard Cayne and Michael Johnson represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency in numerous cases, including a successful appeal dismissal at the DC Circuit. Anthony Franze was part of a team that reversed the $20m verdict against TriReme Medical in an alleged patent infringement and fiduciary breaches case brought by AngioScore. The group is acting on two pending appeals: Pharrell Williams et al v Frankie Christian Gaye in the Ninth Circuit, related to the claim that the plaintiffs’ song Blurred Lines infringed copyright of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up; and Pro-Football, Inc v Blackhorse, et al arising from the government’s cancelation of the NFL’s Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations.

Bracewell LLP’s Warren Harris and Jeffrey Oldham represented W&T Offshore in an appeal to the Fifth Circuit pertaining to an insurance dispute following Hurricane Ike. The Houston-based pair successfully defended KBR Inc against claims of human trafficking arising under the Alien Tort Statute and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act regarding 12 Nepalese citizens and their alleged forced transportation to Iraq to work at a US military base. Other highlights included defending Westlake Chemical in a multimillion-dollar patent infringement case filed by Equistar Chemicals and filing an appeal for Weatherford against allegations of breach of contract made by Spitzer Industries. Other clients include GDF SUEZ Energy North America, BP Products North America, and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company.

Robert Long, John Hall and Mark Mosier lead the appellate practice at Covington & Burling LLP. Paul Schmidt, George Pappas and San Francisco-based Clara Shin defended Autodesk before the Federal Circuit in patent infringement proceedings brought by East Coast Sheet Metal Fabricating Corp seeking $800m in damages. Other highlights included serving as co-counsel with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to Microsoft in an appeal brought by the US government in the Second Circuit challenging the lack of extraterritoriality of search warrants under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act; the decision effectively barred the government during criminal investigations from accessing emails stored on servers abroad. The group filed an amicus brief on behalf of financial trade associations, including the American Bankers Association, in Spokeo v Robins. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Beth Brinkmann joined the Washington DC office.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s New York-based group is acting for Alcon Laboratories in a constitutional challenge of pricing regulations for manufacturers of contact lenses and represented the Republic of Argentina in the sovereign debt litigation. At the Sixth Circuit, Evan Chesler secured the affirmation of a dismissal of a putative class action against ESPN and ABC brought by former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football and basketball players. American Express is a prominent client; the team secured a reversal of a district court judgment in antitrust proceedings concerning merchant acceptance rules and obtained a favorable outcome in a class action brought by consumers alleging conspiracy to adopt arbitration clauses barring class actions between May 1999 and October 2003. Richard Clary is also recommended.

The ‘superb’ Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP team is led by Mark Perry, New York-based Caitlin Halligan and Dallas-based James Ho. With a strong track record of success in the Supreme Court, as well as in federal and state courts of appeals, the team represents clients in areas ranging from white-collar crime to regulatory and constitutional cases. Matthew McGill and Theodore Olson led a team to two victories in the US Supreme Court: Bank Markazi v Peterson, which answered important questions regarding the separation of power, and BlueMountain Capital Management v Garcia-Padilla, et al, concerned with restructuring the debt of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Ho led a team defending Walmart Stores at the Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court in a $100m putative class action arising from alleged violations of the Texas Optometry Act. At the Second Circuit, Olson and Halligan represented Chevron in a case against Steven Donziger; the court affirmed the district court’s decision and confirmed the allegations of fraud, money laundering, witness tampering, bribery and obstruction of justice. A team including Los Angeles-based Theodore Boutrous acted for Uber and secured a unanimous judgment confirming the enforceability of arbitration agreements with its drivers. Miguel Estrada successfully defended the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in favor of Comcast in its dispute with The Tennis Channel arising from the terms of carriage of programming to cable subscribers. Helgi Walker has been representing the National Association of Broadcasters in its appeal at the DC Circuit regarding the FCC’s new restrictions on sharing agreements between local broadcasters.

Kevin Martin in Boston and the ‘sought-after’ William Jay head the practice at Goodwin. In the US Supreme Court, Jay argued for petitioners in Star Athletica LLC v Varsity Brands; the pending opinion is to decide whether designs on apparel are subject to copyright protection. Jay persuaded the US Supreme Court to deny certiorari in the First Amendment case concerning an incendiary advertisement about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict run on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority buses and was retained by Watson Pharmaceuticals in the patent litigation brought by Merck and Bayer. Thomas Hefferon successfully represented Bank of America in an appeal at the South Carolina Supreme Court challenging the use of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System. Hefferon submitted an amicus brief in a Fourth Circuit appeal concerning discrimination claims filed by a transgender student against the school that denied him the right to use the boys’ restrooms. Brian Burgess was made partner.

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s team, led by Miami-based Elliot Scherker, Mark Solomons in Washington DC and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick in New York, ‘delivers high-quality advice’. At the Second Circuit, New York’s Marc Mukasey is representing former UBS employee Gary Heinz in appealing his conviction for bid-rigging. John Gibbons and the ‘highly experienced and capable’ Francis Citera in Chicago successfully represented Sears in a Second District appeal, affirming that the proposed class of plaintiffs in an alleged mislabeling, misrepresenting and false advertising case was overbroad. Whole Foods, Lost Tree Village and Taco Bell are clients. Barry Richard splits his time between Tallahassee, New York and Washington DC and is a name to note.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team houses Neal Katyal, who secured a victory for Geico Insurance in the US Supreme Court case concerning the authority of a federal trial judge to recall jurors after dismissing them in case of an error in the jury verdict. Katyal defended JP Morgan Chase in antitrust proceedings pertaining to an alleged price-fixing conspiracy regarding ATM access fees. ‘One of the best appellate attorneys in the nation’, Cate Stetson is a ‘splendid advocate in and out of court’; she succeeded in the DC Circuit appeal for the American Hospital Association, challenging the US Department of Health and Human Services’ delay in proceeding Medicare appeals. Stetson also won multiple cases related to the construction of LNG export facilities on Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. Jessica Ellsworth secured the dismissal of a psychiatric services reimbursement class action against Anthem on the grounds of lack of standing under ERISA’s limited private enforcement cause of action.

Jessica Ring Amunson, Matthew Hellman and Chicago-based Michael Brody lead the practice at Jenner & Block LLP, following the departure of Paul Smith, who left to teach law at Georgetown and take up a position at the Campaign Legal Center. Amunson won a unanimous victory at the US Supreme Court for Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing for deviations from absolute equality of districts for ‘legitimate considerations’ as compliant with the ‘one person, one vote’ principle of the Equal Protection Clause. Adam Unikowsky successfully argued for two criminal defendants in the US Supreme Court case of Puerto Rico v Sanchez Valle, which held that Puerto Rico and the United States are the ‘same sovereign’ for the purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause, effectively barring the US government from prosecuting the defendants who had previously been tried in Puerto Rico. Matthew Hellman successfully argued the dismissal of a $900m contractual claim against WMC Mortgage; the case is now pending in the New York First Department Appellate Court. Clients also include EMI Music Publishing, Honeywell, Duroc and CashCall.

Jones Day’s ubiquity at the US Supreme Court was demonstrated by seven cases argued by five different members of the team. Shay Dvoretzky argued for the respondents in the pending case of National Labor Relations Board v SW General, concerning the presidential power to distribute high-level vacancies without the Senate’s advice and approval under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. Noel Francisco, who secured a unanimous decision for the petitioner in a landmark corruption law case McDonnell v United States, is now Acting Solicitor General of the United States. Highlights also included representing RJ Reynolds Tobacco in a US Supreme Court appeal concerning the extraterritoriality of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; Gregory Katsas, who argued the case, is now Deputy Counsel to the President. Other Supreme Court highlights included Christian Vergonis arguing for the respondents in Simmons v Himmerlrich, which involved issues of the Federal Tort Claims Act’s ‘judgment bar’, and Michael Carvin’s challenge to mandatory union fees on behalf of nine public school teachers in Friedrichs v California Teachers Association. On courts of appeals side, the group successfully challenged the constitutionality of Ohio’s criminal prohibition on false statements in election campaigns at the Sixth Circuit and argued for Sirius XM and other co-petitioners in an appeal at the DC Circuit against the FCC’s interpretation of the TCPA’s statutory penalties for automatic telephone dialing system violations. Beth Heifetz and Glen Nager are recommended. Jacob Roth was made partner.

David Frederick is a key contact at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. and argued three cases in the US Supreme Court for the respondents: Friedrichs v California Teachers Association, which concluded in a 4-4 decision and the affirmation of the lower court’s judgment; Universal Health Services v United States ex rel Escobar, which held that the implied certification test could form a valid basis for False Claims Act (FCA) liability; and RJR Nabisco v The European Community, which affirmed the extraterritorial applicability of the RICO statute. Scott Angstreich and Aaron Panner are noted.

The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ King & Spalding LLP team is ‘excellent at setting legal strategies’, particularly in the regulatory sphere. Practice head Daryl Joseffer led a team in two patent infringement cases at the Federal Circuit: securing a victory in Microsoft Corporation v GeoTag, Inc, arising from alleged patent infringement of the standard store locator tool; and convincing the court to affirm the summary judgment of patent invalidity in Priceplay, Inc v AOL Advertising, Inc on the grounds that Priceplay’s method of setting prices was no more than an abstract idea. Jeffrey Bucholtz represented Chevron in a DC Circuit appeal brought by the Republic of Ecuador challenging the enforceability of a $96.3m arbitral award. In Glennen v Allergan, Bucholtz persuaded the court to affirm the case dismissal on express and implied preemption grounds. Former Assistant US Attorney Anne Voigts joined the Palo Alto office.

The combination of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and specialist appellate firm Bancroft PLLC has helped form ‘a top-notch team of highly skilled and creative attorneys’. This includes the renowned Paul Clement, from the legacy Bancroft firm, who achieved unanimous victories in Encino Motorcars v Navarro and Hughes v Talen Energy Marketing, supported by Jeffrey Harris and Erin Murphy respectively. Christopher Landau led a team that persuaded the US Supreme Court to reverse a California state court judgment and compel arbitration proceedings against DirectTV under the Federal Arbitration Act, effectively prohibiting state courts from infringing federal arbitration rights. The group had notable successes for clients in the energy and technology sectors. Chicago’s Andrew McGaan convinced the Third Circuit to affirm a bankruptcy court order approving a $4.4bn settlement in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Energy Future Holdings. Daniel Laytin, also based in Chicago, secured a favorable judgment for Trina Solar at the Sixth Circuit, resulting in the dismissal of a complaint regarding alleged predatory pricing. John O’Quinn convinced the Federal Circuit to vacate a $16.2m damages award against Cisco arising from patent infringement proceedings. In the Delaware Supreme Court, Chicago-based of counsel Robert Kopecky secured an affirmation of the dismissal of a shareholder derivative action for General Motors, preventing a potential flood of liability claims following a large-scale safety recall. Daniel Donovan and New York-based Jay Lefkowitz are also noted.

The ‘tremendous’ and ‘highly skilled’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for its ‘great bench strength’. Gregory Garre is ‘one of the best’, according to sources, and presented a successful argument in Fisher v University of Texas, which confirmed the constitutionality of the respondent’s affirmative action in its undergraduate admissions policy. Garre successfully represented the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in ‘The Tri-State Water Wars’ proceedings against Georgia and persuaded the US Supreme Court to affirm the action. Scott Ballenger persuaded the Ninth Circuit to dismiss a damages claim brought against Booz Allen Hamilton by a former equity partner. Richard Bress and Melissa Arbus Sherry successfully represented Maher Terminals in the DC Circuit appeal, reversing the Federal Maritime Commission’s decision in a case against the Port Authority. In the Seventh Circuit, Sherry and Los Angeles-based Russell Sauer secured a favorable judgment for US Soccer, reversing the outcome of arbitration in a contractual dispute with the US National Team Players Association over approval for video advertising. Former assistant to the Solicitor General Roman Martinez rejoined the team.

Mayer Brown’s group houses ‘legends in the field’, who think ‘beyond the case to the big picture, yielding the best results over the long haul’. ‘Outstanding strategist’ Andrew Pincus and ‘unsung hero with a keen eye for legal issues’ Evan Tager are ‘elite among the elite’. Special counsel Charles Rothfeld successfully argued the US Supreme Court case of Birchfield v North Dakota, which ruled warrantless breath tests for possible drunk drivers permissible, but not warrantless blood tests. In another US Supreme Court appeal, the group represented the petitioner in Spokeo v Robins, concerning matters of standing and the standard required to establish injury-in-fact. Highlights also included Paul Hughes arguing for the respondent in Ross v Blake, with the US Supreme Court considering the Prison Litigation Reform Act’s exhaustion precedents and administrative aspects of internal grievance procedures for inmates. The team is also very active in the courts of appeals; Brian Netter represented Council of the District of Columbia in the DC Circuit case concerning the District’s power to control the budget without seeking permission from Congress. Michael Kimberly served as a liaison counsel to 57 business and municipal petitioners in the challenge to the ‘waters of the US’ rule at the Sixth Circuit. Chicago-based Stephen Shapiro is recommended.

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Miller Baker and Boston-based Mark Pearlstein successfully petitioned the US Supreme Court for certiorari in Universal Health Services v United States ex rel Escobar, concerned with the scope of implied certification liability under the False Claims Act. A cross-practice team including Baker secured a unanimous dismissal of an antitrust claim against Constellation Brands and Anheuser-Busch at the Ninth Circuit, arising from the anticipated merger of Anheuser-Busch and Grupo Modelo. Other highlights included a successful opposition, on behalf of Evonik, to plaintiffs’ petition for writ of certiorari in a claim for additional benefits under a supplemental executive retirement plan.

MoloLamken LLP is a ‘firm of choice for the Supreme Court’, housing ‘top-notch attorneys with superlative skills’. ‘Brilliant, fast and easy-to-work-with’ practice head Jeffrey Lamken argued for the petitioners in the US Supreme Court cases of Bank Markazi v Peterson and Ziglar v Abbasi. Michael Pattillo and Lamken successfully represented McRO in the Federal Circuit appeal against Bandai Namco Games America, concerning the enforceability of patents for automated lip-syncing software for 3D animation; the court held that patents describe concrete processes producing tangible results as opposed to mere ‘abstract ideas’. Lamken and Robert Kry defended the lower court’s judgment in the Second Circuit securities fraud appeal In re Vivendi, SA Securities Litigation, which upheld a nearly $50m jury verdict for the class of investors in Vivendi Universal. Other highlights included acting for Merck in the appeal to the Federal Circuit against Gilead Sciences, challenging the outer limits of the ‘clean hands’ doctrine in patent proceedings concerning compounds for treating hepatitis C; it is attempting to reinforce the $200m damages award nullified by the district court on the grounds of false testimony. New York’s Steven Molo is also recommended. Jessica Ortiz joined the New York office from the narcotics unit at the United States Attorney’s Office. Justin Weiner was promoted to the partnership.

David Salmons and Allyson Ho co-head Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice from Washington DC and Dallas respectively. The team is acting for an employee in a gender discrimination case filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against McLane; the claim concerns the petitioner’s inability to meet the physical standards imposed by the employer after her return from maternity leave and is currently pending in the US Supreme Court. Ho and Chicago-based Jason White persuaded the Federal Circuit to affirm the dismissal of a complaint brought by Edwin Lyda in a patent infringement suit against CBS Corporation. The ‘excellent’ Bryan Killian is ‘unflappable and maintains a great demeanor’. William Peterson joined the Houston office from Beck Redden. Randall Mark Levine was made partner. Vonage America, International Paper, and East Ramapo Central School District are among its new client wins.

Deanne Maynard is ‘a tireless advocate with sterling client skills’ and alongside Joseph Palmore heads the team at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Maynard secured an en banc victory for Sotheby’s at the Ninth Circuit, holding the California Resale Royalties Act in violation of the Commerce Clause in regulating art sales outside of California; Maynard argued the case on behalf of the client and co-defendants Christie’s and eBay, and successfully defended against a certiorari petition. Marc Hearron led on the US Supreme Court case in VL v EL, a landmark victory for families with a second-parent adoption that reversed the Alabama Supreme Court’s refusal to recognize an adoption order issued by a Georgia state court. Maynard, Hearron and Palmore achieved a victory for Sandoz in the Federal Circuit appeal determining the scope of the Hatch-Waxman ‘safe harbor’. Other successes included Immersion Corporation v HTC Corporation at the Federal Circuit, determining the guidelines for filing a patent ‘continuation application’, and Gregory Berry v LexisNexis at the Fourth Circuit, confirming the settlement class of approximately 200 million individuals. Michèle Corash and Brian Matsui are recommended.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘responsive’ team provides ‘exceptional and unparalleled advice and results’, based on its ‘in-depth knowledge of its clients’ industries and business issues’. ‘Outstanding advocate’ Jonathan Hacker and newly promoted New York lawyer Anton Metlitsky won a Second Circuit appeal against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), persuading the court to apply a stricter interpretation of client CoreLogic’s liability as a ‘relief defendant’. At the First Circuit, a team secured the dismissal of a nationwide ERISA class action in Kelley v Fidelity Management Trust Co, providing guidelines on the limits of the administration of float by 401(k) plan fiduciaries. Hacker obtained a favorable judgment at the Ninth Circuit for Warner Bros and DC Comics, concluding a copyright battle over Superman. Walter Dellinger filed an amicus brief for the Guttmacher Institute and a coalition of social science researchers in the US Supreme Court case of Women’s Health v Cole. Counsel Deanna Rice is a name to note.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s team argued two patent appeals for Apple: In re Lemay, concerning an app enabling users of handheld devices to browse and access online videos; and In re Van Os, dealing with the technology for reconfiguring the icons on a smartphone’s home screen. The ‘first-rate’ group persuaded the Second Circuit to dismiss the $1m penalty against a former Countrywide senior executive, previously held personally liable for misconduct leading to the 2008 financial crisis by the lower court; ‘insightful and excellent advocate’ Joshua Rosenkranz delivered the argument, Kelsi Corkran led the advice. For Facebook, Eric Shumsky defended a permanent injunction against Power Ventures before the Ninth Circuit, obtaining a judgment that the appellant had committed unlawful computer trespass when using Facebook users’ login details to spam. Robert Loeb led a team acting for Microsoft in the Second Circuit appeal concerning the government’s authority to access private correspondence stored on servers abroad. US Supreme Court highlights included Rosenkranz representing two individuals seeking to overturn the foreclosure of their home by Fannie Mae. Mark Davies is noted.

Paul Hastings LLP’s interdisciplinary team is active in areas ranging from antitrust and white-collar crime to employment and technology. San Francisco’s Paul Cane successfully argued in the California Supreme Court case Baltazar v Forever 21 that the mandatory arbitration clause in a pre-employment agreement was valid, with the court compelling the sex and race discrimination claims to arbitration. Stephen Kinnaird was successful in an Eighth Circuit appeal for Midland and Central Iowa Power Cooperatives concerning the interpretation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulation of wind power rates imposed on small wind turbines. Neal Mollen secured a denial of extraordinary appellate relief at the Ninth Circuit for the 23 individuals who filed a race discrimination claim against United Airlines. Barclays Bank is also a client.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s practice is led by Mark Harris and Myron Rumeld out of New York. Harris defended Coca-Cola in a Second Circuit appeal filed by several production operators alleging race discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation. In another case, Harris obtained a victory in an interlocutory appeal at the Second Circuit, finding that student plaintiffs in a case against former school board president Nathan Rothschild had no standing to sue under the Establishment Clause. Other highlights included securing a favorable judgment for pop star Madonna at the Ninth Circuit, which held that the alleged use of a 0.23-second horn arrangement featured in the song ‘Vogue’ was too de minimis to amount to copyright infringement. The group is also prominent in employment and class action appellate work.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s team maintains a stellar reputation for patent appellate work and secured the reversal of a $399m damages award for Samsung Electronics in US Supreme Court proceedings with Apple Inc. In another US Supreme Court case, New York-based Kathleen Sullivan and Sheila Birnbaum represented State Farm Fire & Casualty Co, in a decision holding that a violation of the seal requirement, as per the False Claims Act, is not sufficient grounds for a case dismissal. Following his victory at the Second Circuit, Los Angeles-based Stephen Broome argued Lynch v Morales-Santana at the US Supreme Court, a case arising from derivative citizenship laws that make it easier to gain citizenship for a non-marital child born outside of the US to a US citizen mother than a US citizen father; the case is pending. The group had a streak of victories at the Second Circuit, with New York’s Stephen Neuwirth obtaining, on behalf of Home Depot, the reversal of the over $7.2bn settlement of the class action antitrust suit against Visa and MasterCard involving interchange fees, arguing that the class was inadequately represented, and New York-based Mark Cheffo securing a unanimous dismissal of off-label marketing claims against Pfizer under the False Claims Act. At the Federal Circuit, San Francisco’s Charles Verhoeven obtained the reversal of an $85m verdict of patent infringement brought by Simple Air against Google. Silicon Valley-based Daniel Bromberg is also noted.

Reed Smith LLP’s James Martin in Pittsburgh, praised for his ‘sound judgment of what appeals to judges’ and his ‘teamwork with trial firms’, successfully defended Safeway in a patent infringement suit at the Federal Circuit brought by Kroy relating to a computerized incentive technology. The team secured a stream of victories in class action proceedings for EquiTrust Life Insurance and North American Company, defeating the combined claims of over $2.5bn. In the Supreme Court, Pittsburgh-based practice head Kim Watterson represented Scranton Times in a case pertaining to the First Amendment protections for media defendants in defamation claims. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is also a client.

Matthew Madden and Michael Bromwich are key contacts at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber. Roy Englert successfully argued the case at the Third Circuit which affirmed the judgment of the Bankruptcy Court in the case concerning the Trump Taj Mahal casino, allowing Trump Entertainment’s decision to eliminate health and pension benefits for unionized workers. Englert also argued for the petitioner in the US Supreme Court case of Universal Health Services v United States ex rel Escobar, pertaining to the ‘implied certification’ theory as a basis of liability under the False Claims Act. Philip Sechler joined the firm from academia.

‘Standout in regulatory law’, Ropes & Gray LLP’s group has ‘strong appellate capabilities’. ‘Terrific’ practice head Douglas Hallward-Driemeier demonstrates ‘deep expertise, boundless creativity, tireless work ethic and incomparable geniality’. The team represented three medical associations and six physicians in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Florida regulation preventing physicians from enquiring about patients’ ownership of firearms. Other highlights included defending Media Innovation Group against a putative class action alleging deceptive placement of third-party cookies on internet users’ devices. James Batchelder in Silicon Valley is recommended. In January 2017, Steven Baughman joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘top-notch’ group has an impressive roster of clients, including Microsoft, Citigroup and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. Chicago’s Constantine Trela is active in patent litigation; Trela successfully argued the Federal Circuit case regarding sales under a single-use license and patent exhaustion in printer cartridges for Lexmark and won a patent infringement appeal for Johnson Matthey Pharmaceutical Materials. Joseph Guerra persuaded the DC Circuit to overturn a ruling by the FCC regarding compensation paid by AT&T and other long-distance carriers for VoIP calls to local exchange carriers. Los Angeles-based Mark Haddad, who is ‘steady under fire’, secured a victory for AstraZeneca at the Delaware Supreme Court, dismissing with prejudice a national class action challenging the marketing of Nexium. At the US Supreme Court level, Carter Phillips successfully argued for the the private petitioners in Federal Regulatory Commission v Electric Power Supply Association and argued for the respondents in Halo Electronic v Pulse Electronics. Jonathan Nuechterlein joined from the US Attorney’s Office, while New York-based Michael Levy joined from the FTC. Peter Keisler is another name to note.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s largely New York-based team is ‘routinely excellent’ and has a ‘deep bench’ of ‘highly respected and effective partners’. David Woll and Thomas Rice are handling several mortgage repurchase appeals for DB Structured Products arising from alleged breaches of RMBS contracts. Joseph McLaughlin and George Wang persuaded the Eighth Circuit to reverse certification of a securities class action against Best Buy and its executives. Linton Mann and Washington DC-based Abram Ellis made partner. Mary Kay Vyskocil was appointed a bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of New York. Mary Beth Forshaw, Lynn Neuner and Los Angeles-based Chet Kronenberg are also noted.

Largely based out of New York, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s team stands out in the financial services sector and has numerous patent and antitrust appeals under its belt. Richard Pepperman acted for Goldman Sachs in a Second Circuit case challenging the limits of commercial and consumer end users plaintiffs’ standing in In Re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation. He also dismissed seven actions deriving from the ‘London Whale’ trading losses for JPMorgan Chase, including an appeal to the Second Circuit pursuant to ERISA and filed by the class of participants in the company’s 401(k) savings plan. Garrard Beeney and Robert Giuffra successfully represented Stryker Corporation in the US Supreme Court case that affected the award of enhanced damages in patent infringement cases, widening the discretion of district court judges and amending the applicable standard of evidence; Washington DC’s Jeffrey Wall delivered the oral argument. Beeney argued for Cuozzo Speed Technologies in a challenge to the US Patent and Trademark Office’s approach to the America Invents Act’s post-grant proceedings. Joseph Neuhaus and Palo Alto’s Brendan Cullen are also noted.

Marie Yeates in Houston, Thomas Leatherbury in Dallas and John Elwood in Washington DC lead the practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP. The group is renowned for its environmental expertise and advises clients across a range of industries. Jeremy Marwell is representing a coalition of trade associations from Arizona and New Mexico, led by the Arizona Mining Association, against the Environmental Protection Agency’s amendment to the definition of ‘waters of the US’ under the Clean Water Act. Yeates and newly promoted Austin-based Michael Heidler represented Marathon in two appeals pertaining to the accrual of liability by its subsidiary on surface use agreements for transferred oil and gas leases in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Other highlights included a successful appeal to the Second Circuit for Cortron, reversing a $35m antitrust award made in favor of MacDermid Printing Solutions.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s group is active in areas ranging from copyright and professional malpractice to bankruptcy and antitrust. Gregory Silbert secured a victory for Marsh & McLennan in a lawsuit brought by two former executives; the precedent-setting judgment provides guidelines for compelling employees to participate in internal investigations. Head of securities litigation John Neuwirth successfully argued the Second Circuit appeal in a securities fraud class action for Sanofi. Edward Reines in Silicon Valley, who focuses on intellectual property appeals, obtained a victory in a Federal Circuit appeal for Adobe, affirming a jury verdict invalidating two digital rights management patents asserted by Digital Reg of Texas. Steven Reiss is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

At Wiley Rein LLP, Claire Evans leads the team, and Bert Rein argued for Abigail Fisher in the US Supreme Court case challenging the admission procedures at the University of Texas. Brett Shumate and Eve Reed are representing Alamo Broadband and Daniel Berninger in the DC Circuit appeal challenging the FCC’s neutrality rules and seeking clarification on the scope of the Commission’s regulatory authority over the internet. Highlights also included successfully acting for the State of Tennessee in a Sixth Circuit appeal regarding the FCC’s attempt to preempt state laws that restrict the growth of municipal broadband. Andrew McBride joined Perkins Coie LLP.

Williams & Connolly LLP’s group has a ‘strong practice in the Supreme Court’. ‘Star’ and ‘exceptional oral advocate’ Kannon Shanmugam argued for the petitioner in Dietz v Bouldin at the Supreme Court and Neustar v FCC at the DC Circuit. Elsewhere, Shanmugam represented Jesse Litvak in reversing his conviction for securities fraud and other offenses allegedly committed during his time as a Jefferies & Co trader, and defended Bank of America against the alleged fraudulent sale of loans of a lesser quality than contractually agreed upon to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Shanmugan also secured a victory at the Federal Circuit for AstraZeneca in a case against Mylan Pharmaceuticals regarding the proper jurisdiction for a patent infringement suit. Grant Geyerman persuaded the First Circuit to affirm the ruling in CVS’ favor against allegations of over-billing Medicare and Medicaid for generic drugs. Allison Jones Rushing and Amy Mason Saharia were made partner.

Paul Wolfson and Seth Waxman head the ‘excellent team of responsive legal professionals with exceptional ERISA litigation skills’ at WilmerHale. Waxman’s reputation at the US Supreme Court was bolstered by his successful arguments for the respondent in Gobeille v Liberty Mutual Insurance Co and for the petitioner in Hurst v Florida and Amgen Inc v Harris. Thomas Saunders persuaded the US Supreme Court to affirm the applicability of the mandatory nature of the contracting preference favoring veteran-owned businesses to all contracts awarded by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Kingdomware Technologies v United States. At the Second Circuit, the team secured a victory for Google against a copyright infringement claim brought by the Authors Guild, with the judge affirming Google Books’ search tool and snippet display as examples of transformative use, shaping the fair use doctrine in copyright cases. ‘Super star’ William Lee in Boston won an induced patent infringement appeal at the Federal Circuit for Cisco, reversing a $74m verdict favoring Commil. Other appeals court victories included O’Bannon v NCAA.Danielle Spinelli argued for petitioners in Czyzewski v Jevic Holding Corp, dealing with the authority of bankruptcy court to distribute estate property in a manner not compliant with the statutory priority scheme. Other highlights included a victory at the Third Circuit for Avaya, overturning a $62.5m verdict in an antitrust case on the grounds that a district judge improperly threw out the company’s counterclaims during trial. ‘World-class appellate lawyer’ and ‘consummate advocate’ Mark Fleming is ‘head and shoulders above the competition’. Catherine Carroll is also recommended. Shirley Woodward departed to the US Department of State.

Chicago-based Linda Coberly’s expertise in securities fraud class actions and professional liability defense, combined with Steffen Johnson’s antitrust, constitutional and IP practice, is what distinguishes Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘diligent and savvy’ group. Coberly represented the petitioner in Arias v Lynch and secured a favorable judgment at the Seventh Circuit, obtaining the court’s clarification on the interpretation of the immigration law term ‘crime involving moral turpitude’. Johnson is acting for Cox Communications in a case concerning 21 patents for VoIP technology. Elizabeth Papez argued for the respondent in United States, ex rel Anthony Oliver v Philip Morris USA; the DC Circuit FCA appeal arose from a whistleblower’s accusation of knowing and fraudulent over-billing of sales to the US military. Clients also included Apotex, Morgan Stanley and Panasonic. Geoffrey Eaton is recommended.

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