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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP stands out for its ability to take on the full gamut of commercial litigation, with a client base that spans the financial services, pharmaceutical, retail, technology and media industries, among others. From its base in New York, the team handles disputes across the length of the country. Its representation of Alcon Laboratories is one example; David Marriott is representing the company in antitrust and consumer protection class action lawsuits in the Middle District of Florida, while he and Evan Chesler are also defending it in an employment dispute brought in the Southern District of New York. A team including Marriott, Chesler, Darin McAtee, Yonatan Even and Omid Nasab continued to represent NCR Corporation in multifaceted litigation brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. J Wesley Earnhardt is another key figure in the team.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is one of the top dispute resolution firms in the US and is well versed in high-stakes litigation and arbitration. Regular clients include household name corporations, financial institutions and law firms. Paul Spagnoletti is well known for his legal malpractice expertise; in a recent case, he secured the dismissal of a claim against a major law firm in New York State Supreme Court. Con Edison is a notable client, which Frances Bivens continued to represent in litigation arising from Hurricane Sandy in 2012; recent developments in the complex dispute included securing a summary judgment to dismiss claims for gross negligence and the negotiation of three settlements. Other recent victories include Michael Carroll and Dana Seshens’ successful representation of a client in arbitration proceedings involving a multibillion-dollar contract. Elsewhere, Benjamin Kaminetzky is defending a bank in lawsuits arising from investigations by multiple agencies into alleged aiding and abetting of tax evasion.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has strong renown in the market thanks to its continued involvement and successful track record in major complex litigation. For long-time client Prudential Financial, Maeve O’Connor and Edwin Schallert have handled securities class action and derivative lawsuits regarding unclaimed life insurance benefits and a putative class action concerning the interpretation of a provision of the California Insurance Code. Other ongoing cases include John Kiernan and David O’Neil’s representation of FanDuel in litigation and negotiations surrounding the issue of whether daily fantasy sports contests constitute illegal gambling. Other key figures in the department include Shannon Rose Selden, whose clients include Standard General and JC Flowers, and fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers Mark Goodman.

The litigation group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP regularly has a hand in high-profile and high-stakes disputes. A team led by Orange County-based Jeffrey Thomas secured a victory for Hewlett-Packard in a breach of contract dispute with Oracle in the Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara; after a five-week trial, the court awarded Hewlett-Packard over $3bn in damages. 2016 saw the firm making several high-profile hires, including former Acting Associate Attorney General of the Department of Justice Stuart Delery in the Washington DC office, New York-based Eric Stock - previously chief of the antitrust division of the New York Attorney General’s Office - and former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner in Palo Alto. Randy Mastro and Theodore Boutrous co-lead the litigation group from New York and Los Angeles, respectively.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains its position among the top echelons of litigation practices in the US and is regularly called upon by household-name corporations in the pharmaceutical, financial services, energy and transportation sectors, among others. A cross-office team led by Michael Slade and Los Angeles-based Michael Baumann secured a bench trial victory for Boeing in the Central District of California, which found that two US subsidiaries of RSC Energia were alter egos and thus liable for a $300m judgment against the Russian company. Other successes included James Hurst’s successful representation of AbbVie in a breach of contract and good faith and fair dealing case against MedImmune. In a significant development for key client BP in a string of litigation following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a team led by Richard Godfrey, Mark Filip, Hariklia Karis and Washington-DC based Mike Brock secured the dismissal of Oil Pollution Act claims. Partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

A ‘go-to New York law firm for litigation and regulatory investigations’, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPprovides the highest level of service’ to a broad range of clients across the financial services, technology, media, sports, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. ‘Well-connected’ firm chair Brad Karp maintains a broad commercial and securities litigation practice; he and Bruce Birenboim and Elizabeth Sacksteder are defending AXA Equitable Life Insurance in a putative class action in the Southern District of New York that followed a 2013 report by the New York State Department of Financial Services on captive reinsurance. Time Warner Cable is another significant client; teams led by Jay Cohen, Jacqueline Rubin and Aidan Synnott have been representing it in two antitrust investigations and a shareholder dispute concerning corporate transactions. Leslie Fagen and Jack Baughman are also recommended. All partners are based in New York.

Renowned litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP excels in high-stake disputes, particularly in the fields of IP and financial services. In a demonstration of its prowess in the latter, New York-based Daniel Brockett successfully represented a putative class in an antitrust lawsuit against 12 Wall Street banks, culminating in the approval of a nearly $1.9bn settlement by the Southern District of New York. Other cases that made the headlines included its representation of Samsung in its long-running smartphone patent dispute with Apple; Brian Cannon and Victoria Maroulis in Silicon Valley and Kathleen Sullivan and Richard Erwine in New York had lead roles. Key figures in the Los Angeles office include John Quinn, fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers Christopher Tayback and A William Urquhart, whose broad practice takes in class action lawsuits, international arbitration and internal investigations. In March 2017, Lazar Raynal joined in Chicago from McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP demonstrates real strength in state and federal court proceedings as well as arbitration. Its recent caseload crosses multiple industries and fields of law, with a unifying feature being the complexity of the dispute at hand, often involving various lawsuits or investigations. A cross-office team including Jonathan Youngwood in New York and James Kreissman and Alexis Coll-Very in Palo Alto defended Alibaba in numerous class action and derivative cases. New York-based Noah Leibowitz took a lead role in representing a Japanese company in an ICC arbitration alleging fraudulent inducement against the former owners of an Indian company. Elsewhere, Los Angeles-based Deborah Stein is defending two insurance subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway in a cybersecurity class action lawsuit. Youngwood and Paul Curnin co-head the practice from New York, where securities and commercial litigation expert Thomas Rice is also based. Rising star Craig Waldman’s broad practice takes in complex commercial, M&A and securities ligitation.

With a strong track record in ‘bet-the-company’ litigation, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is a popular choice for major European and US companies and financial institutions involved in complex and delicate disputes. Keeping the team busy in 2016 was its representation of Volkswagen in its $14.7bn settlement with customers and multiple regulators following the emissions scandal; Robert Giuffra led the team, which also included Sharon Nelles, Suhana Han and William Monahan. In a significant case concerning the correct standard for enhanced patent infringement damages awards, Jeffrey Wall in Washington DC successfully represented Fortune 500 company Stryker Corporation in the Supreme Court. Partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s broad geographic footprint - which includes eight US offices - enables it to handle disputes across the length and breadth of the country. Complex litigation occurring on several fronts is its forte; Diane Sullivan in New Jersey and David Lender and Theodore Tsekerides in New York have been representing Exxon in proceedings in various state and federal courts, including multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of New York concerning the use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline. In Florida, the highly regarded Miami-based Edward Soto secured a string of victories for client Procter & Gamble in product liability litigation. David Yohai in New York co-leads the practice with Soto; he has a strong track record in technology, media and entertainment, and insurance disputes and receives a steady flow of cases from household-name companies in these sectors. Yehudah Buchweitz is a rising star in the team, having recently secured a string of successes for clients, particularly in the media and entertainment space.

From its office in Washington DC, litigation firm Williams & Connolly LLP handles complex disputes in forums across the US. It saw an uptick in international arbitration as a preferred form of dispute resolution in sensitive and high-value cases; in a recent highlight, Kevin Hardy and John Buckley represented Samsung Electronics in an ICC arbitration against Nokia in a case concerning the value of large standard essential patents (SEP) portfolios. Other highlights included Joseph Petrosinelli and John Joiner’s representation of Pfizer in a product liability MDL in the Northern District of California, and the firm’s successful representation of Bank of America at trial and on appeal to the Second Circuit against claims brought by the government that it had defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; Enu Mainigi took a lead role. Robert Van Kirk and Dane Butswinkas co-head the practice, which also counts AstraZeneca, UBS and Omnicare among its clients.

With ‘excellent lawyers from senior partner to junior associate’, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP provides a ‘superb’ service. Its national practice sees its attorneys litigating in venues throughout the country and the team is also well versed in international disputes. A cross-office team including Jeffrey Rosenthal and Howard Zelbo represented Nortel Networks in several matters relating to its Chapter 11 proceedings, including a cross-border trial concerning the allocation of $7.3bn of sale proceeds. Major financial institutions account for a significant number of the team’s clients and for HSBC and BNP Paribas, Carmine Boccuzzi, Lawrence Friedman and Jonathan Blackman won an appeal in the Second Circuit affirming the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of RICO claims. ‘Senior team leader’ Thomas Moloney and ‘all-round excellent partner’ Roger Cooper are also recommended. Rishi Zutshi and Jared Gerber made partner in 2016.

Noted for its ‘exceptional trial skills and experience in large commercial cases’, Dechert LLP is a popular choice for major companies across a myriad of industries. Its ability to handle parallel litigation in multiple forums in the US and abroad is a particular draw. In a recent highlight, Robert Cohen and Dennis Hranitzky in New York worked alongside colleagues in the London and Paris offices to represent NML Capital in litigation and enforcement actions in numerous venues in the US, Europe and Africa concerning defaulted sovereign bonds issued by the Argentine Republic. William Oxley and Christopher Ruhland in Los Angeles are highlighted for their ability to ‘take very complex issues and present their case in a way that is compelling and understandable to a jury’. New York-based Andrew Levander was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2016.

With resources on the ground in 36 offices globally, Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts for a broad range of clients, both domestic and international, and is recognized for its ‘excellent service and global reach’. In a clear illustration of its ability to handle complex, multifaceted disputes, ‘terrific attorney and counselorAlan Mansfield in New York and Elli Leibenstein in Chicago are representing RJ Reynolds Tobacco in arbitration brought by it and other settling tobacco companies arising from the high-profile Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement concerning tobacco-related illnesses that was reached with multiple states. Praise is also leveled at Philip Sellinger and David Sellinger in New Jersey and Houston-based Shari Heyen.

The ‘extremely responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Jones Day is spread across the firm’s numerous offices, providing substantial geographic coverage. Its notable trial experience is another great asset. A team led by Stephanie Parker in Atlanta recently won a case on behalf of client Idenix in a patent dispute with Gilead; after a nine-day trial, a federal jury in Delaware awarded Idenix over $2.5bn in damages, the largest patent infringement verdict in the US to date. John Majoras in Washington DC co-heads the team of ‘exceptional lawyers’ alongside Parker; receiving particular praise are Theodore Grossman, Sharyl Reisman and Louis Chaiten in New York and Cleveland-based Richard Bedell Jr.

The ‘outstanding’ litigation department at Mayer Brown, which benefits from the firm’s first-rate appellate practice, is well versed in complex litigation on multiple fronts and forums on the East and West coasts. Its diverse client base takes in household-name clients in the technology, pharmaceutical and consumer products spaces, among others. In the financial services arena, a New York team led by Matthew Ingber has been representing Bank of New York Mellon in numerous high-profile RMBS lawsuits. In Palo Alto, the ‘extremely user-friendly’ Lee Rubin is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Washington DC-based partners Andrew Pincus, Evan Tager, Archis Parasharami and Kevin Ranlett also draw praise.

The ‘top-shelf’ litigators at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP demonstrate dexterity in a multitude of commercial disputes affecting companies from diverse industries. Recent examples of high-profile, complex litigation include Washington DC-based Christina Guerola Sarchio and Los Angeles-based Valerie Goo’s successful defense of Boiron in a false advertising class action; after a week-long trial in the Central District of California, a federal jury rejected the claims. Seattle-based Paul Rugani, New York-based Richard Jacobsen and William Molinski in Los Angeles are also recommended. Peter Bicks in New York was inducted to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2015.

Paul Hastings LLP has a strong track record in commercial litigation, where it acts for a range of financial institutions and blue-chip companies. For Amgen, a team led by Douglas Flaum and Joseph O’Malley obtained a complete victory in a breach of contract dispute brought by Pfizer. Elsewhere, Barry Sher and Los Angeles-based Joshua Hamilton secured the dismissal of claims brought against the underwriters of SeaWorld Entertainment’s IPO in shareholder litigation in the Southern District of California. Houston-based partners Samuel Cooper and S Joy Dowdle are recommended. Partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

The ‘forward-thinking’ and ‘proactive’ litigation department at Shearman & Sterling LLP acts for domestic and international companies in litigation and arbitration, and is well versed in cases with a cross-border element. Financial products disputes are a sweet spot, though the team’s recent caseload spans multiple industries and fields of law. 2016 saw a number of victories; among them Stuart Baskin and Brian Polovoy securing a win for Volaris in a RICO action brought by Mexican nationals in the Southern District of Georgia. Daniel Laguardia is ‘outstanding in every respect’. Adam Hakki and Richard Schwed co-head the department from New York, where the majority of the team is based.

Sidley Austin LLP’s team has considerable geographic reach in the US, with litigators based in cities across the country, and also demonstrates strong capabilities in cross-border disputes. The class action practice is particularly buoyant; among a string of recent successes was its defense of AT&T in a class action case alleging conspiracy to increase the cost of pay-per-use text messaging services; Charles Douglas and John Treece in Chicago led the team. In a separate case, Washington DC-based Michael Hunseder is defending the same client in litigation in the Northern District of California involving claims under the California Unfair Practices Act. Chicago-based Walter Carlson is ‘a class action lawyer to be reckoned with’. The department is led by Angela Zambrano and Yvette Ostolaza in Dallas.

With a sizable team well-versed in the gamut of litigation, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP balances a busy caseload that takes in corporate and shareholder disputes, bankruptcy-related litigation and a host of breach of contract cases. Lauren Aguiar is representing International Flavors & Fragrances in complex litigation involving claims of trade secret theft, unjust enrichment and fraudulent inducement, while Jonathan Frank and Maura Barry Grinalds are acting for Credit Acceptance Corporation in multiple litigation and arbitration proceedings seeking to challenge the company’s business practices. George Zimmerman heads the New York litigation practice, where all named partners are based.

Noted for its ‘worldwide coverage’, White & Case LLP has carved out a strong reputation for cross-border litigation, where it represents household-name multinationals. Firm developments in 2016 included the opening of an office in Boston, where Michael Kendall, Kevin Bolan and Lauren Papenhausen - who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP - are based. A multi-office team including Bryan Merryman, James Lee and Earle Miller in Los Angeles and Kenneth Caruso in New York is representing the Export-Import Bank of Korea as plaintiff in litigation against Moneual following its high-profile fraud scandal. New York-based Glenn Kurtz is the global chair of the litigation department.

At WilmerHale, Howard Shapiro ‘leads a terrific litigation team’, which ‘leaves no stone unturned’. Securities, shareholder and bankruptcy litigation are among its areas of expertise, as is class action defense. David Ogden is representing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in two putative class actions filed in the Middle District of Florida by former employees. In a case closely watched by the automotive industry, Robert Cultice and John Butts in Boston are representing Maserati in a case involving RICO, antitrust and unfair competition claims, and a related action surrounding a new Maserati dealership. Joel Green is also recommended. Partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP was established in January 2017 through the merger of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer, expanding and consolidating each firm’s already considerable litigation expertise. Other developments included the arrival of Sara Shudofsky from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was formerly chief of the civil division. In Los Angeles, James Speyer has developed a strong class action practice; in a recent highlight, he successfully defended Kohl’s in a consumer class action case. Key figures on the East coast include Kenneth Chernof in Washington DC and James Herschlein and Angela Vicari in New York.

Standout areas for Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s sizable litigation team include antitrust, insurance and securities litigation. Litigation on the East Coast accounts for a high proportion of its caseload, though the national practice is well equipped to litigate in forums across the country. The First Amendment practice is especially highly regarded; recent highlights include Floyd Abrams, Michael Weiss and Joel Kurtzberg’s representation of Amarin Corporation in a high-profile First Amendment suit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) challenging the constitutionality of certain restrictions on off-label promotion; after prevailing in the Southern District of New York, the dispute was settled.

The ‘qualified, creative and solid practitioners’ at Dentonsengage with and listen to in-house counsel in strategic decisions’. The firm’s substantial geographic reach sees it litigating in numerous states; in an ongoing case in the Northern District of Texas, Washington DC-based Lora Brzezynski and a multi-office team are representing over 20 owners of domain names - most of whom reside in Canada or China - in a major domain name dispute brought by Associated Recovery. In Denver, Sandra Wick Mulvany is ‘incredible at finding ways to win judgments and save money for her clients’ and Lino Lipinsky de Orlov is ‘very smart and effective’. Recommended partners in the St Louis office include Tami Lyn Azorsky and Stephen Rovak.

Excellent in terms of responsiveness and quality of work’, Jenner & Block LLP’s national litigation practice is active in state and federal courts in multiple states and cities. It represents Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies across a spread of industries, often in high-stakes disputes. A highlight from a substantial list of victories in 2016 was its successful defense of Duroc LLC in a patent infringement case brought by Deere in the Southern District of Iowa; practice chair Craig Martin led the team. Aside from Martin, praise is also leveled at Washington DC-based Thomas Perrelli and Katya Jestin in New York.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP’s client base takes in Fortune 500 companies and major private equity firms, which turn to the team for representation in novel and high-stakes disputes. Of particular note during 2016 was the firm’s representation of ACA Financial Guaranty as plaintiff in a long-running dispute against Goldman Sachs concerning a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) known as Abacus; Marc Kasowitz took a lead role in the case, which was settled in October 2016. In a case playing out in New York, California and the Bahamas, Aaron Marks is representing fashion tycoon Peter Nygard in a high-profile dispute with Louis Bacon involving claims of defamation, conversion and other torts.

Very responsive’ New York-based firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is praised for its ‘actionable advice’. Daniel Goldman led the representation of The Kraft Heinz Company and Dial Corporation in a private antitrust action against News Corp, which settled favourably in 2016. On the West Coast, Barry Berke successfully defended prominent boxing manager and adviser Al Haymon against a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by Top Rank. Also recommended are Jonathan Wagner, John Coffey and Gary Naftalis, who is ‘very smart and very practical’.

Latham & Watkins LLP has numerous offices in the US, to which it has added multiple partners and counsel in recent years. Recent hires in the New York office included New York State’s former chief judge Jonathan Lippman and Douglas Yatter, a former chief trial attorney at the CFTC. In a closely watched Supreme Court case, Gregory Garre in Washington DC secured a victory for the University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the constitutionality of the university’s affirmative action plan. In Chicago, the ‘extremely well-preparedMichael Nelson and Thomas Heiden are able to ‘anticipate legal arguments and put together a well-articulated defense’.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is particularly active in the financial services space, though its client base also takes in corporate clients in the energy and media and entertainment sectors, among others. In a case with significant implications for the mutual funds industry, a New York team including Sean Murphy, Robert Hora and James Cavoli successfully represented AXA in derivatives litigation in the District of New Jersey; finding on behalf of the firm’s client, the case was dismissed with prejudice in August 2016. Practice group leader Daniel Perry, recommended partner David Gelfand and rising star Atara Miller are also key contacts.

Proskauer Rose LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ to its clients, which include leading corporations and high-profile individuals. The team was bolstered by the arrival of prominent litigators Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán from Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles in 2016. Sports litigation is a standout area, where New York-based Bradley Ruskin and Scott Cooper in Los Angeles are leading names. Cooper is currently representing the Pacific-12 Conference in a putative class action concerning the use of college athletes’ images. Department chairs Steven Bauer and Brendan O’Rourke are based in Boston and New York respectively.

Reed Smith LLP’s sizable litigation department is split across the firm’s many offices in key hubs across the country and is highlighted for its ‘very practical advice’. Cases on the West Coast included Robert Phillips’ successful representation of Optimum Nutrition in a false advertising and misbranding case in the Southern District of California, which was resolved in 2016. In Philadelphia, Carolyn Short is ‘sharp, incisive, personable and practical’. Dan Hofmeister, Kevin Tessier and Martin Bishop in the Chicago office are also recommended.

Providing high-quality legal services’, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is highlighted for its ‘extensive trial experience’. Highlights among its substantial case list in 2016 was securing a defense verdict on behalf of client PG&E against claims brought by Tesoro arising out of a power outage at a refinery; Chicago-based Michael Dockterman and Laurie Edelstein in Palo Alto led the team. Aside from its diverse corporate client base, the team is also retained by prominent individuals in high-profile disputes. In New York, the ‘pragmatic and goal-oriented’ Michael Miller is recommended. Karl Tilleman heads the department from Phoenix.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is particularly renowned for its track record in transactional disputes and is regularly called upon by its clients in high-profile corporate governance and takeover cases. William Savitt, Bradley Wilson and Ryan McLeod represented the outside directors of the board of Facebook in a stockholder class action that challenged the company’s stock reclassification. Other cases in 2016 included antitrust and securities litigation and a host of disputes in the financial services space. Jonathan Moses co-heads the team alongside Savitt.

Winston & Strawn LLP has an impressive trial record and demonstrates strong capabilities across a diverse range of commercial disputes. In a jury trial in Lake County, Illinois, Chicago-based Stephen D’Amore secured a $93.8m verdict in favor of client AbbVie in a breach of contract dispute with MedImmune. Class action expert Amanda Groves - who splits her time between Charlotte and San Francisco - is representing Diamond Foods in a consumer class action concerning the use of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in certain products. Key figures in the New York office include Harvey Kurzweil and Kelly Librera.

Allen & Overy LLP’s client base primarily consists of financial institutions and high-level executives, which call on the team for representation in a range of commercial, securities, white-collar and bankruptcy-related litigation. Under the leadership of Michael Feldberg, the New York-based litigation department handles a steady stream of cross-border disputes. David Esseks and Laura Hall are defending BNP Paribas in an antitrust class action and several parallel litigation proceedings concerning the foreign exchange market. Other key figures in the team include Pamela Chepiga, Todd Fishman and Jacob Pultman.

The ‘reliable, trustworthy and knowledgeable’ attorneys at Bracewell LLP are particularly prominent in the energy sector, in which many of the firm’s major clients operate. Stephen Crain and Andrew Zeve are representing Baker Hughes in high-profile litigation brought by German company TRIUVA concerning allegedly defective equipment; the court granted the motion to stay the case pending arbitration in Germany. Though Texas is its main stomping ground, the team is experienced in litigating in various forums elsewhere in the US; in an ongoing case in Arkansas, Sean Gorman is defending Southwestern Energy Company in litigation concerning royalty payments for a gas producing area in the Fayetteville Shale.

K&L Gates balanced a busy caseload in 2016 and secured a number of victories for its clients, particularly in IP litigation, which is a sweet spot for the practice. A highlight was its representation of Carnegie Mellon University in a patent infringement dispute with Marvell Technology; after a lengthy trial process, the case was settled favorably in February 2016, with Patrick McElhinny in Pittsburgh and Seattle-based Douglas Greenswag taking lead roles. Other key litigators in the sizable disputes department are located in Los Angeles and Newark.

The ‘great team’ at King & Spalding LLP stands out for its extensive trial experience and track record of successful verdicts. It handles litigation and arbitration in various forums in the US and is also adept at cases with cross-border aspects. Clients include multinational energy, industrial and pharmaceutical companies and leading accounting firms. Recent high-profile engagements include Richard Marooney’s representation of a KBR subsidiary in a complex dispute with Pemex; he and the team secured confirmation of an arbitral award, which was subsequently affirmed by the Second Circuit, despite the award being previously annulled by Mexico’s highest court. James Capra, Israel Dahan, Kenneth Turnbull and Michael Pauzé are recommended.

With a significant international network, K&L Gates is regularly entrusted in complex, cross-border disputes, often taking a special litigation counsel role. A case in point was its work for Chevron in enforcing an arbitral award in multiple jurisdictions. Key figures in the ‘very responsive’ team include founding partners Michael Kim and Steven Kobre, head of financial products and services litigation Danielle Rose, and David McGill, who provides ‘invaluable and practical, business-oriented advice’.

From its office in New York Linklaters LLP handles a range of cross-border disputes and investigations. It has international renown in antitrust litigation and continues to represent Air France, KLM and Martinair in a private lawsuit brought by Schenker following investigations into an air cargo cartel; James Warnot took a key role. Warnot is also leading the firm’s representation of Société Generale in a class action in the Southern District of New York. White-collar crime and government investigations expert Adam Lurie joined the Washington DC office in 2016.

Healthcare litigation is a sweet spot for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which is also well versed in financial litigation and tax controversies. Product liability cases also feature; Anthony Bongiorno in Boston is representing key client ExxonMobil in litigation brought by state claimant Rhode Island against major players in the oil industry. Its office network means it has partners on the ground in strategic locations across the country; key figures include Russell Hayman in Los Angeles. In March 2017, Lazar Raynal joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

The ‘imaginative and persistent’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a diverse and busy caseload, which includes numerous class action cases. In a recent highlight, a team led by J Gordon Cooney and Steven Reed in Philadelphia resolved two putative class action suits against clients Cephalon and Teva regarding “off-label” promotion; the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied certification, and the plaintiffs’ petition to appeal was denied. Among its ‘superb lawyers’ are the ‘client orientedHugh Tanner in Houston, and Kenneth Kliebard and Gregory Fouts in Chicago.

The practice at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP had already added a number of litigators to its ranks in 2016 – including new arrivals in Washington DC, San Antonio and Dallas - before the firm’s June 2017 combination with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which brought with it an ‘always prepared’ team with a broad commercial litigation practice that is particularly adept in disputes with cross-border elements. In a recent example, New York-based Thomas Hall represented Argentinian oil and gas company YPF in major environmental litigation brought by Occidental Chemical Corporation, and in separate litigation filed by Peterson Energía and other entities in a dispute involving sovereign immunity and Act of State issues. Jeffrey Margulies secured a successful jury verdict for Hyland in a false advertising class action suit and later obtained dismissal of two remaining claims. Key names in the newly merged group also include M Scott Incerto, Richard Krumholz, John Simpson, Michelle Pardo, Robin Ball and Thomas McCormack.

Private equity and healthcare are among the key areas of expertise at Ropes & Gray LLP, which counts Boston Children’s Hospital, TPG Capital and Artis Capital Management among its clients. The firm has litigators in major hubs on the East and West coasts. Among the department’s leading figures are the ‘fantastic’ Robert Fischler in New York, Richard Gallagher, who co-manages the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, Chicago-based Jeffrey Bushofsky, who maintains an active pro bono practice alongside his regular caseload and Anne Johnson Palmer in San Francisco.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP’s recent cases include complex shareholder, antitrust and bankruptcy-related litigation. Its reputation in the financial services sector ensures a steady flow of mandates from major players in this field and it is a popular choice also for lawyers and law firms. Names to note include Robert Abrahams, Michael Swartz and Alan Glickman; all three are based in New York, from where the team handles litigation in various states.

Litigation firm Susman Godfrey LLP is highly visible in the market, both in its birthplace of Texas and throughout the country. Patent litigation and energy-related disputes are particular sweet spots, though the firm maintains a diverse commercial litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants. In one recent highlight, Jacob Buchdahl and Arun Subramanian successfully represented Globus Medical before a jury in the Eastern District of Texas in a patent infringement dispute.

The ‘very responsive’ team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has a broad commercial litigation practice and is particularly noted for trial work. It is regularly engaged by household-name companies as well as individuals in high-stakes litigation. Recent cases include New York-based Todd Cosenza’s successful defense of Barclays in litigation brought by MBI International seeking billions in damages concerning alleged bribery; the New York Commercial Division rejected the claims. In Washington DC, David Murray, Michael Hurwitz and ‘first-rate legal mind’ and senior counsel Richard Bernstein are recommended. Tariq Mundiya chairs the litigation department from New York.

A great firm from top to bottom’, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP impresses with its extensive trial experience. It has a strong track record taking on a variety of disputes, including antitrust, patent and product liability litigation. The team’s busy caseload included Jeffrey Hall, Martha Pacold and John Phillips’s representation of DuPont in a mass environmental tort action in New Jersey Superior Court. Highly recommended are the ‘exceptionally bright’ Adam Hoeflich, Sean Gallagher, whose ‘commitment to getting the best possible result for his client is truly amazing’, and Chris Lind, whose ‘charisma and charm in the courtroom are a valuable asset’.

First-rate litigation boutiqueCohen & Gresserdifferentiates itself by the creativity and flexibility it brings to its work, enabling it to handle disputes across an incredibly wide number of subject areas’. It is regularly engaged by multinational companies and financial institutions in a host of commercial disputes, with recent cases including antitrust litigation, consumer class actions and royalties disputes. Firm developments in 2016 included the opening of a new office in Washington DC, under the leadership of the ‘extraordinary’ Melissa Maxman. Also recommended are ‘outstanding lawyer and shrewd tactician’ Nathaniel Read, ‘very good litigatorMark Cohen, the ‘committed and insightfulS Gale Dick and the ‘very knowledgeable and thoroughDaniel Tabak.

Cooley LLP is particularly adept at handling complex litigation in the technology and life sciences sectors. In a recent highlight, Michael Rhodes and Matthew Brown in San Francisco successfully defended Facebook against class actions consolidated in the Northern District of California concerning its users’ privacy rights. In a long-running dispute involving claims of unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty, among others, Alan Levine, Ian Shapiro and Celia Goldwag Barenholtz in New York represented AIB as plaintiff against Citibank, which settled favorably in 2016.

Crowell & Moring LLP’s repertoire includes patent infringement, antitrust, tortious interference and trade secrets litigation. The healthcare industry is a focus area; other major clients are drawn from the retail, education and hospitality sectors. In San Francisco, Gregory Call successfully represented the Regents of the University of California and professor Michael Jung in complex litigation concerning licensing for a prostate cancer drug. Key contacts on the East Coast include Jack Thomas in New York and Tracy Roman in Washington DC.

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP was born in February 2017 following the merger of Eversheds and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The team is particularly well versed in high-stakes litigation in the education sector. In one recent example, a team led by Rocco Testani defended the state defendants in a constitutional challenge to Florida’s public school funding system; the team secured a victory after a four-week trial and the case is now pending before the Florida First District Court of Appeal. The firm’s accountants’ liability practice continues to thrive; Amelia Toy Rudolph is a key name in this field. Other sector specialisms include insurance, where Thomas Curvin is active.

Extremely knowledgeable in complex litigation’, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s US dispute resolution department is split across its New York and Washington DC offices and forms part of the firm’s global litigation network. Aaron Marcu leads the team, which includes key litigators Timothy Harkness, Linda Martin and Gabrielle Gould. Marshall Fishman left for Goodwin in January 2017.

James Wareham’s ‘smart, thoughtful and super responsive’ team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP was bolstered by the arrival of Scott Luftglass from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Real estate litigation is a mainstay, where recommended partner Janice Mac Avoy is a key figure. Lisa Bebchick successfully defended Pier 55 in the New York State Supreme Court in an Article 78 proceeding brought by the City Club of New York.

The 26-strong team at Gibbs & Bruns LLP operates from Houston and is widely recognized as a leading litigation firm in Texas. Its broad caseload also takes it elsewhere in the country, with recent cases playing out in New York, Alabama and California. Scott Humphries, Aundrea Gulley and Sam Cruse are currently representing FGH Biotech in fraud and trade secrets litigation against Medivation. Founding partner Robin Gibbs is a ‘top-of-his-game trial lawyer’.

Herrick, Feinstein LLP’s litigation department is split across the New York and New Jersey offices and is particularly renowned for real estate disputes. Therese Doherty and Ronald Levine co-head the practice. Other key figures include employment litigation expert Carol Goodman and Lawrence Kaye, who specializes in art law, acting for both domestic and international clients.

McGuireWoods LLP has experts in the energy, healthcare and financial services sectors across its offices, who act for Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions. In one highlight, a team led by Bryan Fratkin in Richmond, Virginia obtained a victory for Bank of America in a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California concerning its employment application practices. For key client Verizon, Los Angeles-based Gregory Evans has handled numerous disputes in states such as California, Nevada and Arizona; in a recent case, he led a successful challenge against the City of Los Angeles’ use of a nuisance statute which would have halted a Verizon Wireless communications facility.

Michelman & Robinson, LLP saw significant expansion in 2016, hiring litigators to its New York and Orange County offices, and opening a new office in Chicago under the leadership of Michael Kasdin and Seth Darmstadter, who between them have a range of litigation and regulatory experience. Insurance litigation is among the firm’s specialisms, with Todd Stitt and Mona Hanna in Orange County key names in this space. The class action practice is particularly buoyant; in a recent success, Hanna settled an employment class action that was moved to mediation on favorable terms for client Norman Industrial Materials.

Kirke Hasson and Kenneth Taber lead the litigation department at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, which made several hires to its New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC offices in 2016. The sizable team balances a busy workload, which recently included litigation and arbitration concerning fraud, insurance and antitrust claims, among others. Joseph Jean and Colin Kemp secured a significant victory for client Victaulic in a long-running dispute with three AIG entities that included a six-week jury trial.

The ‘hardworking and client-friendly’ team at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLPstands out for its responsiveness and experience’. Of particular note is its ‘incredible grasp of complex financial instruments’. Clients include ICAP Capital Markets, Black Diamond Capital Management and Wibbert Investment Company. Among the team’s key litigators are ‘excellent operator’ H Rowan Gaither as well as ‘smart and strategic thinkers’ David Daniels and Matthew Riccardi. Brian Fraser joined Akerman LLP in May 2017.

Consumer class actions are a focus area for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, which recently defended numerous financial institutions in lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Miami and New York are the key hubs, though the firm also has litigators stationed in the Los Angeles and Washington DC offices. Charles Moerdler and Alan Klinger chair the group, while James Bernard is another name to note

Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team acts for a plethora of financial services clients, though its client base extends into various other industries. Ongoing cases include representing Bank of Austria in multiple disputes surrounding clawback claims asserted by the Madoff Trustee, where Franklin Velie has a lead role. Laura Steinberg is representing Comcast subsidiaries in litigation brought by government units under the False Claims Act in multiple states. Harry Rimm and Clark Freeman are ‘super smart and very effective lawyers’.

Vinson & Elkins LLP has carved out a leading position for energy litigation in Texas and throughout the country. It is also called upon by well-known companies in diverse sectors such as pharmaceuticals, TMT and automotive, where its trial experience is a strong draw. Highlights in 2016 included its work as lead trial counsel for Energy Transfer Equity in litigation in Delaware Chancery Court with The Williams Companies concerning a merger agreement; Michael Holmes, John Wander and George Gerachis led the team.

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