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United States: Antitrust
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Representing defendants as well as corporate plaintiffs, Winston & Strawn LLP is singled out for its diverse client base. Jeffrey Kessler, David Greenspan and David Feher, all based in New York, are representing a group of college football and basketball athletes in a landmark antitrust suit challenging the limits placed under NCAA rules on remuneration of athletes on athletic scholarships. On the defense side, Robert Sperling, who splits his time between Chicago and New York, and Elizabeth Papez, who splits her time between Washington DC and New York, acted for Goldman Sachs in the CDS antitrust litigation encompassing several putative nationwide class actions alleging a conspiracy between global financial institutions to manipulate the CDS market and block new entrants. Verizon Wireless and TreeHouse Foods are also clients.
United States: Dispute resolution
Securities litigation - defense
Within: Securities litigation - defense
Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘fabulous, a first-rate litigation firm’ and group chair James Smith is ‘a great lawyer with excellent judgment’. Working with Smith in New York, Matthew DiRisio (‘a rising star, smart, sensible and knowledgeable’) and Richard Reinthaler are greatly respected. Los Angeles-based John Schreiber is ‘one of the up-and-coming lawyers in this space’, and with Smith and Reinthaler played a key role in one of the highest-profile securities cases in recent years against Omnicare, obtaining a favorable judgment in the Supreme Court. Smith and Reinthaler are also leading the defense of RCS Capital in a 10b-5 case following a fall in stock prices related to the disclosure by American Realty Capital Properties - which shares a chairman with RCS - that it intentionally concealed accounting errors. The firm has a strong team across the country, with highly capable partners such as Caryn Jacobs and Robert Sperling in Chicago, and Casey Berger in Houston. Neal Marder, moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.