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David Boies - Boies Schiller Flexner LLP David Boies’ enviable track record warrants his reputation as the go-to attorney for seemingly unwinnable cases at trial as well as appellate level. The New York-based lawyer acts for companies across a broad range of sectors, including antitrust, banking, cybersecurity, technology and white-collar crime. Sony, Apple, HSBC and NASCAR are some of his representative clients. Boies is defending Maurice Greenberg against claims of orchestrating a fraudulent accounting scheme allegedly committed during his time as a chairman of American International Group.

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John Keker - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP San Francisco-based John Keker is one of the top trial lawyers in the country, practicing in the areas of general commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and intellectual property. Keker was lead counsel to Fannie Mae’s former CEO Daniel Mudd in a financial crisis-related case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging the defendant approved misleading statements to investors about holdings of mortgage securities. In another highlight, following a three-week bench trial, Keker secured the largest plaintiff verdict in California in 2015 (by dollar value) for the San Diego County Water Authority in its $188m inflated and illegal water transportations rates claim against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Daniel Petrocelli - O’Melveny & Myers LLP The ‘thorough, knowledgeable and practical’ Daniel Petrocelli is ‘one of the best litigators around’ and achieves ‘outstanding quality and results’. Based in Los Angeles, he earned his star reputation acting for the Goldman family in the civil litigation against OJ Simpson and has a solid track record representing Hollywood studios, professional athletes, celebrities and financial institutions in major litigation. He is representing Kesha in an ongoing dispute with her producer Lukasz Gottwald and handles Fox’s claims alleging an unlawful campaign to target and raid its executives by Netflix. The broad geographical scope of Petrocelli’s practice is reflected by his representation of Tesla Motors in licensing proceedings nationwide. Active on cases drawing public attention, Petrocelli served as trial counsel to Donald Trump and Trump University in two class action lawsuits.

Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP Dan Webb has served as first chair in over 100 trials, advising clients in the areas of commercial litigation and white-collar crime. Webb was part of the chief trial defense team in Federal Trade Commission v Advocate Health Care Network, arising from allegations that the proposed merger of NorthShore University with Advocate Health Care would unlawfully restrain competition in the acute care inpatient services in the Chicago metropolitan area. Webb, based in Chicago, also acted for Brunswick Corporation in a challenge to a $25m settlement in a post-trial fraud dispute with Brunswick’s trial opponents and their counsel.

Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Theodore Wells co-chairs the litigation and white-collar and regulatory defense departments from New York. Highlights included advising key firm client the National Football League (NFL) on an internal investigation into alleged tampering of game-day balls used by the New England Patriots and representing the same client in lawsuits brought by over 5,000 former NFL players - including an MDL - arising from the alleged long-term effects of concussions sustained during their professional football careers.

Beth Wilkinson - Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Renowned trial lawyer Beth Wilkinson is based in Washington DC and has a reputation across multiple industries, including sports, life sciences and media. She served as a lead trial counsel to the NFL in a putative antitrust class action arising from the broadcast arrangement for the Sunday Ticket Package and to Georgia-Pacific in a multibillion-dollar antitrust class action. Other highlights included representing Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff in civil litigation arising from the use of private email during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State and acting for FedEx Ground in a lawsuit brought by the state and city of New York alleging illegal shipment of untaxed cigarettes.

Evan Chesler - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP New York-based Evan Chesler’s sector expertise ranges from life sciences to sports. He has a stellar track record in appellate courts and represented Mylan Laboratories in antitrust litigation pertaining to reversed payment agreements between Cephalon and generic drug manufacturers; he also defended Novartis in two qui tam actions alleging violations of the False Claim Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute. Chesler’s activity in the securities area is reflected in his representation of Merck & Co alongside its current and former officers and directors in individual and class action securities cases pertaining to the development and sale of a prescription pain medication withdrawn from the market in 2004.

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP ‘All-around excellent trial lawyer’ Robin Gibbs represents both plaintiffs and defendants. The Houston-based lawyer is acting for plaintiff Sanchez Oil & Gas and two related public companies against three former employees and Terra Energy Partners, claiming alleged trade secret and confidential data misappropriation; the trial is scheduled for March 2017. Other highlights included assisting Enterprise with delay, defect and project mismanagement claims against Amec Foster Wheeler arising from the construction of a large petrochemical refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Houston-based Gibbs is also defending a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan against the attempt to frustrate a coal delivery contract by Drummond Coal Sales.

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Randy Mastro is a go-to name for commercial litigation and operates from the firm’s New York office. In a widely publicized highlight, he acted for a coalition of food container manufacturers and small business owners in a case seeking to reverse New York City’s ban on polystyrene foam foodservice articles. Mastro represented Lavastone in bringing claims against Coventry and the Buerger family alleging fraud and other crimes in the sale of life insurance policies. He also defended Vale in a federal securities class action alleging public misstatements and omissions in the aftermath of the environmental disaster following the collapse of the Fundão Dam.

James Quinn - Berg & Androphy New York’s James Quinn moved from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP to his new firm in January 2017. Work conducted at his previous firm includes securing the dismissal with prejudice of a putative nationwide class action for CBS Broadcasting brought against several college athletic conferences, networks and licensors pertaining to the broadcasting of college sports games. The suit, filed by current and former student athletes, alleged violations of the Tennessee right of publicity statute, the Sherman Act and the Lanham Act. Quinn also successfully defended Vivendi in a $57m securities fraud class action and secured summary judgment in a related claim filed by a company shareholder.

John Quinn - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP John Quinn’s track record has earned him multiple accolades and the distinction of being among the country’s toughest trial lawyers. Los Angeles-based Quinn is defending the University of Southern California in a dispute brought by the University of California, San Diego, following the move of an employee from the plaintiff to the USC; claims include misappropriation of confidential research information pertaining to the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study.

David Beck - Beck Redden Texas-based David Beck is a seasoned trial lawyer with 50 years of practice under his belt. His areas of expertise include insurance coverage disputes, product liability class actions and general commercial litigation, particularly within the energy sector.

Richard Clary - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP New York-based Richard Clary’s expertise includes acting for large financial institutions in complex litigation across the country. Clary is defending Credit Suisse against allegations of civil conspiracy through assisting monetary transactions for certain Iranian commercial banks that were allegedly used by Iran to fund terrorist groups attacking US forces in Iraq; the suit is brought by veterans of war in Iraq and their estates. He is also defending the client in proceedings filed by Lehman Brothers Special Financing for the recovery of payments allegedly received by Credit Suisse from sponsored investments in synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).

Sandra Goldstein - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP A strong choice for securities, M&A and commercial litigation, Sandra Goldstein secured dismissal of consolidated putative class actions against Mylan Pharmaceuticals brought by its shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary and contractual duty following the company’s acquisition of Abbott Laboratories. Goldstein, based in New York, also assisted Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and its directors with the dismissal of a derivative suit brought by its shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary duty and other wrongdoing pertaining to the $13.3bn merger with Marriott International.

Marc Kasowitz - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP Mark Kasowitz’s areas of expertise include banking and securities disputes. Kasowitz, based in New York, is defending affiliates of AMC Networks Entertainment in a $200m-plus action brought by Frank Darabont and Creative Artists Agency for alleged unpaid contingent compensation concerning The Walking Dead television series. He also represented ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation in claims against Goldman Sachs of fraud and unjust enrichment pertaining to a synthetic CDO; the case settled.

Abbe Lowell - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Abbe Lowell is a renowned white-collar defense and trial lawyer, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York. Key work examples included defending international companies as well as public officials, lobbyists and international organizations against allegations of conspiracy, financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and money laundering. Goldman Sachs and Intuit are examples of past clients.

Gary Naftalis - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Pre-eminent New York trial lawyer Gary Naftalis has a client base that includes investment banks and brokerage firms as well as CEOs and media companies. Naftalis represented Al-Rushaid Parker Drilling and its affiliates in a claim filed against vendors alleging bribery of the plaintiffs’ former employees. In another highlight, Naftalis also successfully represented Congregation Jeshuat Israel in a dispute with a New York City congregation over the ownership of Touro Synagogue.

Kathy Patrick - Gibbs & Bruns LLP Although Kathy Patrick’s main strength is in securities law, she also tries cases of legal malpractice and credit recovery. She secured court approval for a $4.5bn settlement for 21 institutional investors in a case involving mortgage repurchase claims filed by the trustees of 330 RMBS trusts. Houston-based Patrick’s clients also included PIMCO, Ambac Assurance and the State of Arizona.

William Price - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP A specialist in defending ‘bet-the-company’ cases, Los Angeles-based William Price is co-chair of the firm’s national trial practice. In 2015, Price secured a favorable sentence for Joseph Sigelman, the co-founder of Colombian oil company PetroTiger, rebutting allegations of bribery, money laundering and fraud. He also defended Micron Technology in antitrust proceedings pertaining to random access memory chips; the $4bn claims for compensatory damages, filed by Rambus, included violations of the Cartwright Act.

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP New York-based Diane Sullivan achieved a complete defense jury verdict for Philip Morris USA in a class action arising from a multimillion-dollar ‘medical monitoring’ claim. Sullivan is acting for Repsol in a counterclaim against OxyChem for the recovery of $65m in clean-up costs following a dispute between the oil and gas companies and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection arising from pollution of the Passaic River. Also in the energy sector, Sullivan represented ExxonMobil in several disputes arising from the use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline. Antitrust highlights included acting for Toyobo in a series of investigations and litigation pertaining to the use of Zylon fiber in bullet-resistant vests used by law enforcement agencies worldwide, and representing Staples in an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into its $6.3bn acquisition of Office Depot.

Robert Van Nest - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP Robert Van Nest, based in San Francisco, is a seasoned advocate with numerous high-stakes trials for clients such as Intel, Google and Broadcom under his belt. His track record includes cases ranging from patent infringement to securities fraud and antitrust proceedings. Oracle America v Google is one of Van Nest’s landmark trial appearances.

Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. White-collar crime expert Elkan Abramowitz is renowned for acting for high-profile executives in investigations. The New York-based attorney defended former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis in a prosecutorial probe into allegations of wrongdoing and misrepresentation of the firm’s financial situation, including a scheme to defraud and conspiracy, and acted for the Executive Chamber of the Office of the Governor of the State of New York in relation to the inquiry into the shutdown of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Another highlight included representing Kenneth Lipper in a claim of accounting malpractice against PwC; the jury award exceeded $6m in damages.

Philip Beck - Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP Philip Beck’s impressive CV includes representing George Bush in Bush v Gore and the United States in United States v Microsoft. Chicago-based Beck also acted as lead counsel to PwC in a dispute with shareholders of Freddie Mac, defending the client against allegations of assisting the Treasury Department and the Fair Housing Finance Agency to divert profits from the plaintiff to the Treasury during the housing crisis.

Barry Berke - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Co-chair of the firm’s litigation department, New York-based Barry Berke acts for corporate clients in class actions and in all matters related to white-collar crime, including investigations and trials. Berke defended Al Haymon against a $100m antitrust claim brought by Top Rank alleging an attempt to monopolize US boxing management and marketing.

Jay Cohen - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Jay Cohen in New York is a reputable name among media and creative clients. Recent highlights include securing the dismissal of an FCC administrative action alleging unlawful discrimination brought by Liberman Broadcasting against client Comcast, and defending Harlequin Enterprises in a royalty class action brought by authors of romance novels claiming unfair compensation for the digitalization of their works written between 1990 and 2004. Another client is Time Warner Cable, which Cohen defended in an action brought by the company’s shareholders involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duties by the directors in relation to the merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications.

Arturo González - Morrison & Foerster LLP Arturo González in San Francisco successfully defended Los Angeles World Airports in a five-week trial arising from the supply contract for fire trucks. He also defended VMware in a $100m dispute filed by Phoenix Technologies claiming licensing and copyright breaches. As a lead trial counsel to Monster Energy, González defended against allegations of failure to disclose adverse effects of consuming the company’s beverages; the matter is set for trial in April 2017.

Susan Harriman - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP San Francisco-based Susan Harriman’s past successes include defending Western Athletic Clubs in a class action suit alleging age discrimination. Harriman also defended Electronic Arts against claims for unpaid royalties filed by Robin Antonick, the programmer of John Madden Football video game. Her general commercial litigation practice also extends to real estate and wrongful termination cases.

Bill Isaacson - Boies Schiller Flexner LLP New York’s Bill Isaacson represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex antitrust litigation. In 2015, he secured a $50m verdict for Oracle in a copyright infringement and state law violation case. Another historical win was in O’Bannon v NCAA in 2014, in which he represented college athletes.

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Brad Karp in New York is renowned for his expertise in sports law and special investigations. Karp defended the NFL against lawsuits filed by over 5,000 former NFL players alleging concussions sustained during their professional careers had long-term effects. He acted for the defendant in Ross v AXA Life Insurance, a putative class action brought by policyholders claiming a private right of action for ‘persons aggrieved’ by an insurer’s misrepresentation of its financial condition.

Stephen Neal - Cooley LLP Stephen Neal secured a favorable outcome for Pure Storage in a case filed by EMC alleging patent infringement, confidential data misappropriation and conspiracy to poach customers and employees. He defended Qualcomm against a $500m patent infringement claim filed by ParkerVision in the electromagnetic signal conversion sector. In another highlight, Palo Alto-based Neal acted for Sony and its subsidiaries in multidistrict litigation, including two class actions and several direct actions and allegations of a conspiracy to fix lithium-ion battery prices with other manufacturers in breach of section 1 of the Sherman Act.

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