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General commercial disputes in United States

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Rated by clients for its 'superior knowledge and business oriented approach', Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's New York team handles corporate disputes spanning various areas, including antitrust, securities, IP infringement and FCPA claims. Its work is equally diverse in terms of the range of industries it covers, with noted strengths in technology, financial services, pharmaceuticals and retail. Veteran litigator and firm chairman Evan Chesler continues to be engaged by prominent companies, including Tesla's CEO and board of directors in two major class actions. David Marriott is another key name; he is representing Alcon in over 50 putative class actions relating to alleged violations of antitrust and consumer protection laws. Kevin Orsini, who has broad strengths in M&A- and antitrust-related cases and tort litigation, is currently representing Palantir Technologies in multiple actions in Delaware. Lauren Moskowitz is a contact for disputes in the financial services sector; she was a key member of the team that successfully represented Credit Suisse in over 50 RMBS cases, and more recently she acted for Goldman Sachs in relation to a breach of contract and fraud claim. Darin McAtee is another important member of the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Evan Chesler; David Marriott; Kevin Orsini; Lauren Moskowitz; Darin McAtee

Key clients

Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Goldman Sachs & Co.

NCR Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

PG&E

Starz Entertainment, LLC

Tesla Board of Directors

Turner Network Sales, Inc.

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and its parent company, PG&E Corporation in every facet of PG&E’s response to the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires, serving as lead trial counsel in hundreds of lawsuits and helping to steer the company through the largest utility bankruptcy in US history.
  • Representing the Boston Red Sox in litigation relating to Major League Baseball’s highly publicized electronic sign-stealing scandal.
  • Representing IBM in a lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the District of Utah in which SCO accuses IBM of improperly contributing source code from the UNIX operating system to the open-source Linux operating system.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is perhaps best known for its record in headline-grabbing financial services disputes, but the team also excels in significant commercial litigation cutting across numerous sectors, including pharmaceuticals, retail and oil and gas. In a recent highlight, James Rouhandeh secured a favourable result for Walmart in its high-profile proceedings against Tesla regarding solar panels installed at numerous Walmart sites. Frances Bivens' outstanding work includes leading the successful defense of Corelle Brands in a nationwide consumer class action in which it was alleged that its Pyrex glassware was defective. Brian Weinstein is a contact for matters in the financial services space, where he has defended Morgan Stanley in numerous RMBS cases. Other key figures include Benjamin Kaminetzky, who is recognized for his expertise in bankruptcy cases; Paul Spagnoletti a name to note for high-stakes medical malpractice and breach of duty litigation; and Andrew Ditchfield, a go-to partner for clients embroiled in high-value M&A disputes. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

James Rouhandeh

Other key lawyers:

Frances Bivens; Benjamin Kaminetzky; Brian Weinstein; Paul Spagnoletti; Andrew Ditchfield

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Citibank, N.A.

Clearstream Banking S.A.

Con Edison Corelle Brands

Morgan Stanley

Murphy Oil Corporation

Novo Nordisk A/S

Roche

Walmart Corporation

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for Novo Nordisk in two actions pending in the USDistrict Court for the District of New Jersey, one of which is a putative nationwide class action.
  • Obtained a complete dismissal on behalf of AstraZeneca in an Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuit asserted against several pharmaceutical and medical device companies for allegedly aiding terrorist attacks in Iraq.
  • Secured a total victory for Verisk Analytics, Inc. in a case filed in federal court in Northern California relating to the impact of the wildfires in Sonoma that started in late 2017.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Well regarded for its consistent success at the motion-to-dismiss stage of court proceedings, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's 'outstanding' New York team handles cross-border and domestic litigation in various fields, including financial services, healthcare and life sciences. With a wealth of experience in white-collar crime disputes and government investigations, 'stellar attorney' Mark Goodman has continued to attract business critical mandates. In one recent matter, Goodman is representing Georgia-Pacific LLC and Koch Industries regarding Bestwall LLC's pending Chapter 11 proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court. Fellow practice head Maura Monaghan has a phenomenal reputation in healthcare litigation. Currently, she is retained by former directors and shareholders of Purdue Pharma to defend the company in its nationwide opioid litigation. Maeve O’ Connor stands out for her expertise in securities and insurance litigation. Susan Reagan Gittes and Elliot Greenfield are also key members of team, with diverse experience in commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Goodman; Maura Monaghan

Other key lawyers:

Maeve O’Connor; Susan Reagan Gittes; Elliot Greenfield

Testimonials

‘Mark Goodman is very responsive, has a calm demeanor and gives extremely practical advice. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

adidas America, Inc.

Allergan plc

Body Armor

Purdue Pharma, Inc.

Chubb

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

EmblemHealth / Group Health Incorporated, Inc.

Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Glaxosmithkline

Hospital Corporation of America

JAB Holdings

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

MetLife Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Robinhood Markets, Inc.

South Carolina Public Service Authority

The Alavi Foundation

Tribune Media Company

VMWare, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Tribune Media Company in a number of matters in connection with its failed merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
  • Representing HCA-affiliated Sarasota Doctors Hospital in a suit originally filed in Florida State Court in November 2017 and removed to the Middle District of Florida in June 2019.
  • Representing Robinhood Markets, Inc. and affiliates in more than a dozen nationwide putative class actions arising from outages to Robinhood’s securities trading platform in early March 2020.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Known for its roster of prominent trial lawyers, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's nationwide practice group continues to attract praise for its role in high-profile and often precedent-setting disputes. Over the review period, Randy Mastro (New York) secured a win in the US Supreme Court on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, regarding excessive and unnecessary Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance in New York. Fellow practice head Theodore Boutrous (California), who has argued more than 150 appeals throughout his career, is currently representing Ashley Judd in a high-profile defamation suit against Harvey Weinstein. Trial lawyer Orin Snyder (New York) is engaged in several significant ongoing cases for well-known companies, including Facebook. Trey Cox (Dallas) and Christopher Belelieu (New York) joined the firm in 2020 from Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst  and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Reed Brodsky; Theane Evangelis; Veronica Moyé; Helgi Walker

Other key lawyers:

Orin Snyder; Trey Cox; Christopher Belelieu; Randy Mastro; Theodore Boutrous

Key clients

Comcast Corporation

AMC Film Holdings

Tinder (founders and employees)

Textron Financial

SES Americom, Inc.

Uber Technologies

Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz USA

Deutsche Telekom

MGM Domestic Television Distribution, LLC

Facebook

Jerry Seinfield

Madison Square Garden

Nestle USA

J.M. Smucker

Kraft Heinz

Starbucks

Gavina

Keurig Dr. Pepper

Amrock, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Obtained a victory on behalf of Comcast Corporation, whereby the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously vacated a Ninth Circuit decision allowing a discriminatory contracting claim to proceed past the pleadings stage.
  • Represented AMC Film Holdings in a high-profile case filed by Frank Darabont, the former show-runner of The Walking Dead, alleging that AMC owned him money due to false accounting of the TV series’ profits.
  • Representing founders and early employees of Tinder, as plaintiffs, in a dispute in which it is alleged that Tinder’s corporate parents Match Group breached and interfered with the stock option contracts governing Tinder employees’ stock options.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Fielding a 'creative and dedicated team with deep expertise in class actions'Kirkland & Ellis LLP's nationwide practice group is a popular choice for plaintiffs and defendants in bet-the-company disputes. In a current matter, Mark Filip (Chicago) is leading the team that is defending Allergan in its highly publicized, nationwide opioid litigation involving thousands of civil suits in addition to government investigations. A name to note for class actions is 'top notch' partner Richard Godfrey (Chicago), who represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of disputes. Highly regarded trial lawyer James Hurst (Chicago) has over three decades' experience in prominent disputes, with particular strength in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Daniel Donovan (Washington DC) is a go-to partner for clients seeking corporate governance advice, though he also has experience in trials and commercial arbitration. Diana Watral (Chicago), Joshua Greenblatt (New York) and Atif Khawaja (New York) are also key members of the team.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Filip; Richard Godfrey; James Hurst; Daniel Donovan; Diana Watral; Joshua Greenblatt; Atif Khawaja

Testimonials

‘The team is unique due to its breadth and depth.’ 

‘Rick Godfrey proactively reduces risk and effectively manages it when it cannot be avoided.’

Key clients

Allergan

Albertsons

Boeing

Chesapeake Appalachia

Frontier Communications Corporation

General Motors

GrubHub

Honeywell

JUUL Labs

Teva Pharmaceuticals

United Airlines

Urban Compass

Work highlights

  • Represented Abbott Laboratories and its subsidiary St. Jude Medical in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida regarding a suit brought by Humana, Inc. seeking reimbursement for tens-of-millions of dollars in health care costs arising from St. Jude’s recall of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.
  • Acted for AbbVie, Inc. in the dismissal of a consolidated putative class action alleging violations of federal antitrust laws and state unfair-competition laws relating to Humira®, its blockbuster biologic drug, and the highest-selling drug in history.
  • Advised Safeway Inc, a subsidiary of Albertson Companies, Inc, on False Claims Act (FCA) litigation alleging that defendants’ pharmacies misrepresented their usual and customary prices.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From offices in New York and Washington DC, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP consistently attracts mandates from prominent corporates and financial services companies in their most urgent disputes. Recognized by the industry as a top flight lawyer, Brad Karp's recent work includes securing a landmark victory on behalf of defendant Blackstone Alternative Asset Management in a $50bn derivative lawsuit. Also of note, Karp secured the dismissal of a putative securities class action against Ericsson in January 2020. Highly regarded trial lawyer Theodore Wells continues to advise on ExxonMobil's high-profile disputes related to alleged violations of environmental law, having already secured several wins for the client across the US, including a complete defense verdict in a landmark trial in New York state court. Jaren Janghorbani is noted for her remarkably diverse commercial litigation practice; she has recently been engaged by CBS Corporation's former directors in the defense of a shareholder class and derivative action in Delaware regarding CBS and Viacom's $30bn merger. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Wells; Jaren Janghorbani

Key clients

Amazon

Apple

Blackstone Alternative Asset Management

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CBS

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

In 2020, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP consolidated its position in the market with the addition of four partners: Dennis Hranitzky formerly at Dechert LLP, Angus Chen from Haug Partners, Kevin Hardy from Williams & Connolly LLP and John Bash, who previously worked for the DOJ. Focused solely on litigation, the group is widely regarded as one of the top plaintiff teams in the US; however, it also attracts prominent corporate defense work. Of particular note, the team successfully represented affiliates of Mirae Asset Financial Group in the first post-Covid 19 remote trial regarding a terminated takeover dispute to take place in the US. IP specialist Charles Verhoeven (San Francisco) stands out for taking a lead role in remote litigation during the pandemic, having conducted one of the first Markman hearings and one of the first depositions via video conference. Andrew Rossman (New York) has also managed to maintain a busy caseload during the pandemic: in 2020, he won three major corporate disputes, including a bench trial in New York Supreme Court. John Quinn (New York) is particularly well known for his reputation in technology litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Hranitzky; Angus Chen; Kevin Hardy; John Bash; John Quinn; Charles Verhoeven; Andrew Rossman

Key clients

The California Institute of Technology

Google

Mirae Asset Management

Elon Musk

Rescap

Knighthead Capital

OMERS (the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System)

StubHub, Inc.

eBay Inc.

Express Scripts, Inc.

Samsung Electronics, Co.

c3 IoT

Safeguard Properties

Stripe, Inc. and PayPal, Inc.

Washington Nationals

Rural Hospital Acquisition, LLC

First Physicians Realty Group LLC

First Physicians Business Solutions LLC

First Physicians Services LLC

First Physicians Resources LLC

First Physicians Capital Group Inc.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

With an excellent standing in the financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals and insurance sectors, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's New York team is well positioned to handle major disputes on behalf of global and domestic clients. In a recent highlight, Jonathan Youngwood led the team that represented SeaWorld Entertainment in a series of high-profile disputes, including a federal securities class action in California. Bryce Friedman has an impressive record in fraud and False Claims Act litigation, and is also noted for his experience in insurance disputes. Friedman has also recently handled a number of business interruption disputes on behalf of insurance companies following the outbreak of Covid-19 in the US. Lynn Neuner is a go-to partner for clients involved in securities, M&A, insurance and false advertising disputes. Linton Mann III is highly regarded for his role in major securities and M&A litigation, and Paul Curnin is recognized for his representation of the outside directors of PG&E in matters relating to the 2017/18 California wildfires.

Practice head(s):

Paul Curnin; Jonathan Youngwood

Other key lawyers:

Bryce Friedman; Lynn Neuner; Linton Mann III

Key clients

Alibaba

Bumble

Deutsche Bank

Foot Locker

Hilton Worldwide Holdings

Micron Technology

Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co., Prisma Capital Partners

Pfizer

SeaWorld

TD Bank

The Travelers Companies and its affiliates

Twitter

UBS AG

Valeant Pharmaceuticals (n/k/a Bausch Health Companies, Inc.)

Work highlights

  • Represented various insurance companies in connection with insurance claims and commercial litigation arising from Covid-19.
  • Defeated class certification in Hilton ERISA action.
  • Represented a top five pharmaceuticals company in a fully virtual, three-week arbitration arising out of the decision to discontinue the development of one of its drugs.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields a 'highly skilled and attentive' nationwide team representing clients in commercial disputes and class actions covering consumer fraud, unfair competition, IP infringement, trade secrets and bankruptcy. among other areas. Among recent highlights, a team led by David Lender (New York) obtained a defense jury verdict in an $800m antitrust class action for its client C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Diane Sullivan (New Jersey) and Edward Soto (Florida) successfully defended Repsol against a multibillion-dollar fraudulent conveyance and environmental tort claim in New Jersey. Gregory Silbert (New York) continues to defend Farmers Insurance in multiple cases across the US involving allegations that the company violated antitrust and RICO laws, including a case which Silbert won in the Eleventh Circuit regarding complaints filed in Utah, Indiana and Mississippi. Jared Friedmann (New York) is also a standout litigator, with a strong corporate defense practice.

Practice head(s):

David Lender; Gregory Silbert; Edward Soto

Other key lawyers:

Diane Sullivan; Jared Friedmann

Testimonials

‘Weil is very professional, organized, and prepared. Their work is top notch. Their strategic advice and experience gives the client a sense of confidence and comfort.’

Key clients

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Sears Holdings Corporation

Sanofi

Panasonic Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

ExxonMobil

Starbucks

ViacomCBS

BASF

Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

H&R Block

PG&E

Core-Mark Holding Company

Farmers Insurance

Rent the Runway

Ross Stores

AdColony

J. Crew

Work highlights

  • Secured a complete defense jury verdict for C&S Wholesale Grocers in an $800m antitrust class action, and subsequently sustained that victory before the Eighth Circuit.
  • Acted for Sears in contentious Chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation, including a total of four evidentiary trials, resolving a series of subsequent disputes worth more than $6bn.
  • Representing Spanish energy company Repsol, S.A. as lead trial counsel in multibillion-dollar fraudulent conveyance and environmental litigation in connection with the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey.

Williams & Connolly LLP

Based in Washington DC, Williams & Connolly LLP acts for clients in their most critical disputes, showing particular expertise in litigation involving financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Noted for his a strong track record in trials and arbitration proceedings, Dane Butswinkas is frequently involved in antitrust-related disputes, securities law cases and product liability matters. Fellow practice head Robert Van Kirk has a remarkable track record in a wide range of white-collar crime disputes. Recently, Van Kirk prevailed in the long-running defense of The Carlyle Group against numerous liquidators' claims relating to the collapse of the company. Trial lawyer Enu Mainigi specializes in representing financial institutions and healthcare companies in complex disputes, including FCA-related litigation and investigations. Among the firm's junior ranks, associate Luke McCloud stands out for his role in complex civil disputes and patent litigation, in addition to his notable experience in appeals up to the level of the US Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Dane Butswinkas; Robert Van Kirk

Other key lawyers:

Enu Mainigi; Luke McCloud

Key clients

Galaxy Entertainment Group

AstraZeneca

Booking.com

Google

Bank of America

Cardinal Health

The Carlyle Group LP

Hospira/Pfizer

Sprint

Lockheed Martin Corporation

The Carlyle Group, Inc./Former Directors of Authentix, Inc.

Brown University

Danaher Corp. and Envista Holdings Corp.

United Therapeutics

Progrexion Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a complete defense victory for Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd following a hotly contested two-week trial in the New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division and affirmance of the trial court’s judgment on appeal.
  • Secured a complete trial victory on behalf of AstraZeneca defeating plaintiffs’ claims that they were owed $275m following the merger of an affiliate with AstraZeneca.
  • Representing Bank of America in litigation across the country concerning its implementation of an eligibility criteria under the Payroll Protection Program, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which provides up to $610bn in federal guarantees of loans by private lenders to small businesses and non-profits.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

With a varied roster of international and domestic clients, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's New York practice group has a strong reputation in financial, regulatory, corporate and antitrust disputes. Among the firm's ongoing highlights, Carmine Boccuzzi is representing Bosch in multi-district litigation relating to the widely publicized diesel vehicle emissions testing scandal. Boccuzzi is also serving as lead counsel to BNP Paribas in ongoing claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act and Alien Tort Statue brought by various different plaintiffs residing in the US and overseas. Noted for his remarkably diverse commercial disputes practice, Jeffrey Rosenthal is one of several partners involved in a slew of cases by financial institutions regarding the Madoff fraud and subsequent bankruptcy; at the time of publication, the team has secured favourable results for HSBC, Citibank, Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas and BNYM. Also recommended are Lina Bensman, who is also involved in the ongoing series of Bosch disputes, and Rishi Zutshi, noted for his experience in securities and derivatives litigation. Lewis Liman left the firm in January 2020 to serve as US District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Practice head(s):

Carmine Boccuzzi

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Rosenthal; Lina Bensman; Rishi Zutshi

Testimonials

‘The lawyers we work with in this practice are incredibly responsive and have in-depth knowledge.’

‘From the first meeting, we knew we were in the right hands. They had the appropriate balance of being authoritative and taking charge, and at the same time having compassion for us as individuals and for what we were going through. They were patient with us, and took the time to explain complicated terms and issues associated with our case – this in particular, was very much appreciated since the more we understood, the more we were able to participate in discussions that led to outcomes. They spoke to us, not at us, and made sure that we understood what we were agreeing to. They most definitely put our team at ease and gave us a tremendous amount of confidence in their ability to represent and protect us.’

Key clients

Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC

BHP Group Limited, BHP Group plc, BHP Hawaii Inc.

Medytox, Inc.

Manbro Energy Corporation

Copa Airlines

ESL Investments, Inc.

HSBC

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

BNP Paribas (BNPP)

Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and ANZ

Assured Guaranty

J. Aron & Company

Citibank

Commerzbank

LVNV Funding LLC

Goldman Sachs

Vale S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC in multi-district litigation and other proceedings in the US arising from allegations that Volkswagen and other automobile manufacturers used equipment supplied by Bosch to manipulate the results of diesel vehicle emissions tests.
  • Advising BHP Billiton on climate change litigation filed by a municipality in Hawaii state court relating to allegations of rising sea levels.
  • Advising Medytox Inc. on national litigation alleging misappropriation of trade secrets related to the manufacture and sale of botulinum toxin products, recently securing a victory in a decision by an administrative law judge of the US International Trade Commission.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP made several significant hires in 2020: first, Kimberly Branscome and Jay Bhimani joined the Los Angeles team from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in April 2020, then, in September, Brenda Sharton and Karen Neuman joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Boston and Washington DC, respectively. The litigation group has particular strengths in multi-district cases and class actions, and frequently defends large corporations in disputes relating to consumer fraud, commercial agreements, M&A, bankruptcy and product liability. Christina Sarchio in Washington DC, who previously worked as a prosecutor, is well known for representing clients in matters before regulatory agencies, such as the DOJ and the SEC. Sarchio jointly leads the group alongside Branscome, who has expertise in product liability and professional negligence.

Practice head(s):

Christina Sarchio; Kimberly Branscome

Other key lawyers:

Karen Neuman; Brenda Sharton; Jay Bhimani

Key clients

Quest Diagnostics Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute

Rent-A-Center

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Ulma Forja

Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC

JPMorgan Chase

Gater Assets Ltd.

BLOM Bank and Fransabank

Ferring

St. George Logistics

Jones Day

Jones Day's nationwide team is well equipped to handle the defense of large-scale claims spanning various areas, including product liability, consumer protection and false advertising. Its track record in class actions is particularly impressive. In one recent example, the team is currently defending multiple universities in over 400 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players suffering from the adverse effects of concussions. In another prominent matter, the team is defending Whirlpool Corp against claims brought by 247 UK residents in connection with the Grenfell fire tragedy in London, in which the plaintiffs allege that a design defect in one of the company's fridge-freezers started the fire. John Majoras (Washington DC) has diverse trial experience, covering consumer class actions, antitrust and M&A disputes. Stephanie Parker (Atlanta) specializes in product liability litigation, with an emphasis on the healthcare and life sciences industry. Elizabeth Manning is a standout associate in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

John Majoras; Stephanie Parker

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Manning

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Fox Corporation

International Business Machines Corporation

Marathon Petroleum Company

Merck & Co., Inc.

Pennsylvania State University

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Sherwin-Williams Company

United States Steel Corporation

Walmart Stores, Inc.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP recruited eighteen partners from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in 2020, including Damien Marshall, Andrew Michaelson, Leigh Nathanson and Laura Harris, all of whom joined the New York office in June 2020. The firm has particular expertise in class actions in financial services, aviation and healthcare sectors, among others. In Atlanta, David Balser is currently representing Equifax in numerous putative class actions relating to a cyber incident in 2017 that affected approximately 143 million customers worldwide. Bobby Burchfield in Washington DC has notable expertise representing c-suites and boards in antitrust, securities and contract disputes, and San Francisco-based Quyen Ta is noted for her experience in consumer class actions and complex IP and commercial litigation, including trade secrets and patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman

Other key lawyers:

Damiem Marshall; Andrew Michaelson; Leigh Nathanson; Laura Harris; Davis Balser; Bobby Burchfield; Quyen Ta

Key clients

AstraZeneca

AT&T

Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bristol-Myers Squibb

British American Tobacco

Chevron USA

Citibank

The Coca-Cola Company

Community Health Systems

ConocoPhillips

Credit Suisse

CVS Health

Deloitte

Delta Air Lines

Eaton Corporation

Emory University

Ernst & Young

Equifax, Inc.

Exterran Energy Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acted for Halyard Health, Inc. and Kimberly-Clark Corporation when the Ninth Circuit vacated the district court’s judgment and decertified a class of California hospitals and healthcare providers that purchased allegedly defective personal protective equipment—erasing what was once a $454m verdict.
  • Secured a victory in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for DaVita Inc., the nation’s largest provider of renal dialysis services.
  • Representing Equifax in numerous putative class actions arising from the cyber security incident announced on September 7, 2017.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's nationwide trial practice represents plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes litigation, including consumer class actions, breach of contract disputes and mass torts. Among its recent highlights, the team is representing PG&E in shareholder litigation relating to the 2017/18 California wildfires, and is also defending Facebook in a consumer class action related to a criminal attack on Facebook's web platform that affected over 29 million global users. In Chicago, Sean Berkowitz ('thoughtful, reassuring and incredibly smart') is recognized for his work in high-profile civil and criminal litigation. Elizabeth Deeley in San Francisco stands out for her consistent role in high-profile litigation, a recent example of which was UBS' $1bn breach of contract case, in which the Deeley and the team secured a complete victory. New York-based James Brandt is another core member of the trial team, with significant experience in bet-the-company litigation; Laura Washington in Los Angeles has a strong reputation in media, entertainment and technology litigation; and Eric Leon (also in New York) acts as global vice chair of the complex commercial litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Sean Berkowitz; Elizabeth Deeley; Eric Leon

Other key lawyers:

Laura Washington

Testimonials

‘Sean Berkowitz would be my first choice when hiring a trial lawyer for any important matter.’

‘The Latham team displays excellent judgment in all matters. The team is very responsive and diligent.’

Key clients

A.O. Smith Corporation

Bartlit Beck

Baxter

Beyond Meat

Carvana

CF Entertainment

Facebook

ICM Partners

Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation

PMI

Steelhouse, Inc.

Stericycle, Inc.

UBS Securities

US Soccer

Zynga

Work highlights

  • Obtained a victory on behalf of UBS before the New York Supreme Court against hedge funds affiliated with Highland Capital Management.
  • Representing law firm Bartlit Beck LLP in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in connection with an unpaid $54m arbitration award fee by Japanese Casino billionaire Kazuo Okada.
  • Obtained a victory for the US Soccer Federation in litigation with the US Senior Women’s National Team (WNT) regarding equal pay.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is frequently engaged by large corporates in class actions and multi-district litigation. Of recent note, Chicago-based Michael Olsen and several other partners are representing 3M Company in over a thousand lawsuits across nineteen states involving a variety of claims, including personal injury, medical monitoring and property damage suits. New York-based appellate specialist Lauren Goldman stands out for her consistent stream of work for Facebook, including numerous appeals in the Ninth Circuit over the last two years. In Los Angeles, John Nadolenco has developed a leading reputation in class actions. Also recommended is Archis Parasharami in Washington DC, who has notable experience in arbitration and class actions. Partners Gina Parlovecchio (New York) and Michael Levy (Washington DC) joined the firm in 2020 from the Eastern District of New York and Paul Hastings LLP, respectively. The commercial litigation practice is jointly led by John Conlon in New York and Reginald Goeke, who divides time between New York and Washington DC. Richard Spehr leads the global litigation and dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Spehr

Other key lawyers:

John Conlon; Reginald Goeke; Lauren Goldman; John Nadolenco; Archis Parasharami; Gina Parlovecchio; Michael Levy

Key clients

3M Company

The Bank of New York Mellon

Banque Pictet

Shutterfly

Veolia

Nestlé USA

Ghirardelli Chocolate Co.

The Big Ten Conference

TransCanada

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Representing TransCanada Corporation, a major North American energy company, in a dispute alleging breach of representations, warranties, covenants and fraud in connection with the $2.2bn sale of interests in various electricity generating facilities.
  • Secured a victory in New York’s First Department Appellate Division on behalf of Banque Pictet, facing civil conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty claims for $350m.
  • Represented 3M in two of its closely watched and highly publicized suits aimed to fight price-gouging during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Based in New York, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's 'brilliant' team is particularly strong in financial services, technology and consumer products disputes. Over the review period, Elyse Echtman successfully defended Johnson & Johnson in multiple high-stakes cases regarding claims that its talcum powder contains cancerous asbestos. Another contact in the product liability space is Peter Bicks, a popular choice for major corporates embroiled in high-profile, nationwide class actions. Richard Jacobsen is a contact for financial services disputes; he continues to represent clients including Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in business critical disputes.

Practice head(s):

Elyse Echtman

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bicks; Richard Jacobsen

Testimonials

‘Elyse Echtman is a terrific lead partner. She strives to understand the her clients’ objectives and factor them into the overall case strategy. She is also great in terms of brainstorming with clients to ensure the most effective and business friendly outcome is achieved.’

‘The team I worked with are very professional, reliable and possess in- depth legal expertise.’

Key clients

Codefied

Credit Suisse

DISH Network

ExamWorks

Fisker

Goldman Sachs

Indiegogo

Johnson & Johnson

Marathon Oil

NCAA

Netflix

Ocwen Loan Servicing

Oracle

The Regents of The University of California

Work highlights

  • Represented J&J in relation to claims brought by the Lanier Law Firm alleging that the company’s baby powder and shower products contain asbestos and require a cancer warning pursuant to California’s Proposition 65.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in relation to all of its RMBS litigation, including an action brought by monoline insurer MBIA.
  • Acting as one of the NCAA’s trial counsel in its student-athlete concussion litigation; coordinating and executing strategy, and successfully defending the NCAA in courts across the country.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP is well versed in commercial litigation, with particular strength and depth in product liability disputes. The group is also strong in appellate litigation, and has built a strong track record in federal and state court appeals. Timothy Mungovan in Boston stands out for his ongoing work on behalf of the Financial Oversight Management Board of Puerto Rico in connection with the restructuring of Puerto Rico's finances. New York-based Margaret Dale has a wealth of experience in media and entertainment, financial services and consumer products litigation. Contacts in Los Angeles include Michael Firestein, who has a fantastic reputation in bankruptcy litigation, Bart Williams and Susan Gutierrez. Recently, the Los Angeles team has taken on a number of mandates for Monsanto and Bayer concerning their RoundUp product, which plaintiffs allege caused them to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Mungovan; Margaret Dale; Michael Firestein

Other key lawyers:

Bart Williams; Susan Gutierrez

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Power Five athletic conference defendants (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and SEC)

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Mattel/Fisher Price

Bayer/Monsanto

Amgen

Shamrock Capital Advisors

Live Nation

Ellen DeGeneres

NBCUniversal

Gilead Sciences

Bed Bath & Beyond

T-Mobile

Absorption Pharmaceuticals

Major League Soccer

Medley Capital

Reed Smith LLP

Praised for its 'strategic thinking and courtroom savvy', Reed Smith LLP's nationwide team specializes in class actions, toxic torts, white-collar crime and fraud litigation. Team leader Janet Kwuon, based in LA, has a phenomenal track record in multi-district litigation, with a particular focus on the healthcare and life sciences field. In Miami, Edward Mullins is a standout partner, with almost three decades' experience in various types of commercial litigation, including complex fraud disputes. Martin Bishop and Peter Ellis are key contacts in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Janet Kwuon

Other key lawyers:

Edward Mullins; Martin Bishop; Peter Ellis

Testimonials

‘The team consists of outstanding lawyers who are practical and dedicated to client service as well as obtaining the best possible results. The associates and partners are very efficient and exercise excellent common sense, yet they are not afraid to go to trial when necessary.’

‘Peter Ellis is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely understanding of and responsive to clients’ needs.’

‘Reed Smith possesses actual trial experience and well-earned courtroom savvy.’

Shearman & Sterling LLP

With offices in New York and San Francisco, Shearman & Sterling LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in securities litigation and M&A disputes. In a recent highlight, Adam Hakki in New York secured a decisive victory for Nikko Asset Management, its former CEO and its affiliates, in a case regarding alleged violations of federal securities laws and fraud. Among his ongoing matters, Hakki is representing the underwriters of Tesla (including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) in a high-value securities class action pending in the Northern District of California. Another name to note in New York is Jerry Fortinsky, who heads up the China group and has a strong standing in cross-border securities litigation. A contact on the West Coast is Patrick Robbins in San Francisco, who has been representing Uber in connection with its highly contentious IPO.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Robbins; Jerry Fortinsky; Grace Lee

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Nikko Asset Management

Citigroup

Sundial Growers Inc.

Gogo Inc.

Uber Technologies, Inc.

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.

Synchrony Financials

Cemex LatAm

Dycom Industries Inc.

Credit Suisse

Evercore

Cantor Fitzgerald

Altice USA

BNP Paribas

Viacom

Goldman Sachs

Taro Pharmaceuticals

Bank of Montreal

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented SS&C Technologies in trade secret litigation against Clearwater Analytics alleging misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Achieved a litigation victory in a putative securities class action brought in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York related to the collapse of the VIX (volatility index) in February 2018.
  • Successfully represented Altice USA, its board of directors, and Altice Europe in a putative securities class action pending in New York Supreme Court, Queens County.

Susman Godfrey LLP

Susman Godfrey LLP has wide-ranging expertise in civil and commercial litigation, and is rated by clients for its collaborative approach and its deep bench. Among the team's recent highlights, Bill Carmody in New York has been acting for WeWork founder Adam Neumann in a billion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against Softbank, and Houston-based Neal Manne represented Walmart in appeal proceedings brought by BP arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, managing to secure the enforcement of all six settlement agreements awarded in favour of Walmart a decade earlier. Los Angeles-based Kalpana Srinivasan stands out for her expertise in media and entertainment disputes; she is representing plaintiffs in a class action against TikTok under the Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Practice head(s):

Neal Manne; Kalpana Srinivasan

Other key lawyers:

Bill Carmody; Ashley McMillian; Amanda Boon

Testimonials

‘In my experience of working with Susman Godfrey, its collaborative approach to handling commercial litigation is exceptionally effective because of the depth of its bench, which includes lawyers with decades of experience in numerous different disciplines.’

‘Highly skilled trial lawyers who really dig in and learn what they need to understand about businesses and different industries.’

‘Neal Manne’s skill and insight in terms of trial strategy is invaluable.’

Key clients

Universal Cable Productions

Adam Neumann

Amy’s Kitchen

Huston Tillotson University

Repeat Precision LLC

Chevron

General Electric Capital Corporation

NASDAQ

Walmart

Alley Theatre

Ancora

Avi Dorfman

Bitdefender

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

City of Baltimore, MD

Click-to-Call Technologies

Ethanol Boosting Systems

Expedia

Flo and Eddie

HouseCanary

Intellectual Pixels

KPN

Linde Engineering

Louis Bacon

Milestone Aviation

NetFuel

Personalized Media Communications

Saba Capital

Sol IP

STC University of New Mexico

The Rawlings Company

Vaporstream

Vitol

Westlake

Work highlights

  • Obtained a $40m verdict for Repeat Precision, which was the target of a fraud and breach of contract lawsuit, among other claims, brought by Diamondback Industries.
  • Secured nearly $140m in settlements for the States of California and Nevada against the world’s leading cellular providers for fraudulent overbilling.
  • Secured a $314m shareholder oppression recovery for minority shareholders of Promega.

White & Case LLP

The team at White & Case LLP regularly handles nationwide domestic and cross-border disputes, touching on all areas of commercial law. In June 2020, Tara Lee joined the Washington DC office from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, strengthening the firm's class actions and white-collar investigations offering. Glenn Kurtz chairs the global commercial litigation group from New York. In Miami, Raoul Cantero is leading the firm's representation of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz in the high-profile multi-district Takata airbag litigation. Another key partner is Rachel Feldman in Los Angeles, who has particular expertise in complex litigation involving global technology and social media companies.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Other key lawyers:

Raoul Cantero; Tara Lee; Rachel Feldman

Key clients

Anthem, Inc.

Bank of China

Bank of Communications

China Construction Bank

China Merchants Bank

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Toshiba Corporation

Hess Corporation

Novartis Pharma AG

Aixtron Inc.

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (Purina)

V5 Technologies, LLC

LA Fitness

Nestlé USA, Inc.

Buchanan Ingersoll

SGG Management matters

Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Work highlights

  • Achieved a victory in the Delaware Court of Chancery for Anthem, one of the largest health benefits companies in the country, in the trial against its former merger partner Cigna.
  • Representing Toshiba in a securities dispute involving claims under the US Securities Exchange Act against a foreign issuer regarding unsponsored American depositary receipts.
  • Defended Purina in a putative nationwide class action alleging Purina conspired with other pet food manufacturers and national retailer PetSmart to fix the prices of prescription pet food.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP handles a variety of complex commercial disputes and class actions, including securities, antitrust, M&A and patent litigation. Noted for his 'unique blend of talent, tenacity and creativity', firm chairman Tariq Mundiya in New York has a great track record in corporate, securities and derivatives disputes. In a recent highlight, he represented Liberty Tax in high-profile litigation relating to the alleged misconduct of Liberty's founder, John Hewitt, securing dismissal of all claims in New York's Second Circuit. Washington DC-based Elizabeth Bower is recommended for her expertise in corporate international investigations and multi-district litigation. In March 2020, the firm opened a new Chicago office with the hire of six partners from Jenner & Block LLP, including 'outstanding trial lawyer' Craig Martin.

Practice head(s):

Tariq Mundiya

Other key lawyers:

Craig Martin; Tariq Mundiya; Elizabeth Bower

Testimonials

‘Craig Martin is an outstanding trial lawyer. He is incredibly effective in court. And despite his leadership role, he is very much a practicing lawyer who goes to court and tries cases regularly.’ 

‘I would say the commercial litigation group at Willkie is top notch. Willkie has a very deep bench of extremely brilliant attorneys who are always available and strive to produce the best outcomes for their clients.’

‘Tariq Mundiya boldly delivers results in high pressure environments often involving “bet-the-company” litigation. He brings a unique blend of talent, tenacity and creativity to every case he handles, in the relentless pursuit of the best possible outcomes for his clients.’

Key clients

CITGO

Google LLC

CenturyLink

BlackRock, Inc.

Aon

PG&E

Liberty Tax

Navy Federal Credit Union

Ulta Beauty, Inc.

Northern Trust Corporation

Public Storage

Marsh Inc.

Popsugar, Inc.

Scientific Games Corporation

Workday, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory in the securities fraud trial of Jean Boustani, obtaining a complete acquittal after a six-week jury trial over an alleged $2bn fraud and kickback scheme involving Mozambican state-backed loans.
  • Secured a ruling by the Delaware Supreme Court which held that certain closed-end funds managed by BlackRock (the client) could exclude nominees proposed by an activist investor for failing to meet bylaw-imposed deadlines to return a director questionnaire.
  • Obtained an $11m jury verdict on behalf of William Kent Dean, including a $10m punitive damages award, in a civil rights lawsuit against Wexford Health Sources.

WilmerHale

Recognized for its trial and appellate work, WilmerHale handles a wide range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, securities fraud and credit reporting litigation. Denver-based Regina Rodriguez remains a very active member of the team; she successfully represented Loxo Oncology in a trade secrets suit relating to the development of its breakthrough cancer drugs, resulting in the dismissal of all claims against the client. In New York, trial lawyer Hallie Levin stands out for her strong track record in business torts, IP and trade secrets cases; and Noah Levine has a reputation in consumer class actions. Also recommended are Howard Shapiro in Washington DC, who focuses on white-collar crime and securities litigation; and Boston-based John Butts, a broadly experienced litigator with strength in financial services disputes.

Practice head(s):

Howard Shapiro; Noah Levine; John Butts

Other key lawyers:

Regina Rodriguez; Hallie Levin

Testimonials

‘WilmerHale has an experienced group of real trial lawyers with a deep bench of specialists in various areas, including securities and tax law.’

‘Great subject matter expertise and great working relationships with federal court judges in the Central District of California.’

Key clients

T-Mobile

Deutsche Telekom AG

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians

Bank of America

Facebook

Mozilla Corporation

Fidelity Charitable

Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Loxo Oncology, Inc.

Wiececki and McCord

Tryke Companies

Brigade Energy Services

Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians

AWL, Inc.

Navient Solutions

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC

Northrop Grumman Corporation

World Trade Center Properties

Care.com, Inc.

Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc.

Webloyalty.com, Inc. (“Webloyalty”)

Reckitt Benckiser Group

Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp.

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc.

Cigna Corporation

Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc.

MSD Capital, L.P.

Alcresta Therapeutics, Inc.

Maria Alejandra Celemin Savino, Julio Cesar Medeiros Neves

State Street Global Advisors, et al

UBS Financial Services Inc., UBS Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P

Work highlights

  • Obtained victory as co-lead trial counsel for T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom in an antitrust trial in which Attorneys General from 13 states and the District of Columbia failed in their effort to enjoin the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP fields a large nationwide team of trial lawyers, including six fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a dozen former prosecutors in the US Attorney's Offices. In a recent highlight, Steve D’Amore (Chicago) successfully represented A.J. Gallagher & Co in the defense of a nationwide putative class active filed in Arizona, winning on appeal in the Ninth Circuit. Denise Scofield (Houston) also had a strong year; she has been representing Schlumberger in numerous high-stakes disputes, and also served as part of the team that secured the country's first permanent injunction requiring a prison to introduce measures to protect inmates from  Covid-19. Co-chairs Amanda Groves (Los Angeles), Thomas Walsh (Dallas) and George Lombardi (Chicago) are also key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Groves; Thomas Walsh; Steven D’Amore; George Lombardi

Other key lawyers:

Denise Scofield

Key clients

FM Global

Schlumberger Technology Company and subsidiaries

MegaFon PJSC

M-I LLC

Prophet Equity

Panasonic Corporation

Comcast Corp.

Marc Sigel

Archer Daniels Midland

Westlake Chemical

Arthur J. Gallagher

AMN Healthcare, Inc./Merritt Hawkins

Lexington Health Network

CPB Contractors Pty Ltd. (CPB)

Plymouth Venture Partners III

Plymouth Management Co.

Bootstrap Venture Fund

Bootstrap Venture Fund II

Cloud 2011

Indiana 21st Century Fund

Team Health

Young Living Essential Oils

Seminole Electric Cooperative

Work highlights

  • Obtained a complete victory for Occidental Petroleum regarding its motion for summary judgment in a federal action brought by former Ecuadorian oil workers seeking to recover more than $265m.
  • Secured a complete victory at trial for Schlumberger in a breach of contract dispute with Hess Corporation.
  • Secured a complete win on summary judgment for an insurer after the NYU Medical Center sought $1.25bn in damages in a coverage dispute stemming from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter specializes in litigation in the areas of antitrust, financial services, environmental law and life sciences, leveraging its deep bench of regulatory specialists to tackle complex cases. The team also has a strong reputation in mass torts and multi-district litigation. In a recent mandate, Los Angeles-based Rhonda Trotter acted for Planned Parenthood in its high-profile claim against the Center for Medical Progress. Kenneth Chernof in Washington DC is recommended for his work in data breach litigation, and James Herschlein in New York has a diverse trial practice covering product liability, securities and bankruptcy disputes. Craig Stewart, former chief counsel to the US Attorney General, and Jami Mills Vibbert, formerly a partner at Venable LLP, joined the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Chernof; James Herschlein

Other key lawyers:

Rhonda Trotter; Craig Stewart; Jami Mills Vibbert; Robert Katerberg; Margaret Rogers

Key clients

AIG

Airbus

BP / Atlantic Richfield

Carnival Corporation

Endo Pharmaceuticals

General Electric

Gilead Sciences

Novartis

Planned Parenthood

Robert Bosch

Samsung

Tandem Diabetes

Vail Resorts

Wellstat Therapeutics Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Carnival Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Princess Cruise Lines, in more than 45 cases (including six proposed class actions) in connection with highly publicized outbreaks of Covid-19 on several of their ships.
  • Secured judgment for Novartis Pharma AG for the US market in a suit against Amgen, Inc. relating to the parties’ collaboration in the development and sale of a new migraine therapy drug, Aimovig.
  • Represented University of Vermont Health Network in successfully obtaining dismissal of a data breach class action.

Bartlit Beck LLP

Bartlit Beck LLP's Chicago-based team is active in disputes across various industries, including financial services, healthcare, oil and gas and technology. It is particularly well known, however, for its expertise in multi-district litigation and class actions, predominantly in the healthcare and life sciences industry. In a current matter, Sean Gallagher is serving as Pratt & Whitney's lead counsel in environmental tort cases against the company involving alleged property damage and personal injury claims. Also of note, Brian Prestes is defending Sterigenics against over 200 cases brought by more than one thousand plaintiffs alleging that emissions from a sterilization facility caused them to develop cancer and related illnesses. Also recommended are Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, who specializes in class actions, including product liability and antitrust cases, and practice head Jason Peltz.

Practice head(s):

Jason Peltz

Other key lawyers:

Sean Gallagher; Brian Prestes; Rebecca Weinstein Bacon

Key clients

Pratt & Whitney

Sterigenics US, LLC

Sotera Health LLC

GTCR, LLC

Medline Industries

DuPont

Monsanto and Bayer

ConocoPhillips Co.

Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC

Walgreens

Johnson & Johnson

Trinity Industries

Trinity Highway Products

Arconic Inc.

USG and L&W Building Supply

Elliott Associates LP

Federal Express Ground Package System

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead and coordinating counsel and trial counsel for Walgreens in nationwide litigation relating to the distribution and sale of prescription opioids.
  • Acting as national counsel for ConocoPhillips and ConocoPhillips Company in a series of cases brought by states and municipalities across the United States seeking damages and injunctive relief related to climate change issues allegedly caused by the sale and marketing of petroleum products.
  • Representing Medline Industries in litigation related to ethylene oxide emissions at Medline’s plant in Waukegan, Illinois.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Based in New York, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is perhaps best known its expertise in financial services litigation, though the team also stands out in antitrust, insurance, professional liability and media disputes. Joel Kurtzberg and Herbert Washer are representing Credit Suisse in LIBOR-related litigation, having achieved a string of favourable results, including a district court ruling that narrowed the scope of claims against the client. In another highlight matter, David Januszewski is acting for Deutsche Bank in its enforcement proceedings against an investor and his offshore investment entity, Sebastian Holdings. Another key figure in the team is Tammy Roy, rated for her experience in complex commercial and securities litigation.

Practice head(s):

Herbert Washer; David Januszewski

Other key lawyers:

Joel Kurtzberg; Tammy Roy

Testimonials

‘Joel Kurtzberg has a phenomenal memory for facts and an excellent mind for strategy. I couldn’t imagine pursuing my case without him.’

Key clients

S&P Global Inc.

UBS AG

Hayman Capital Management, L.P. and J. Kyle Bass

Credit Suisse

ExodusPoint Capital Management, LP

NYP Holdings, Inc. and Shawn Cohen

Deutsche Bank

Clearview AI, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented UBS AG in connection with a breach of contract action filed by Bloomberg Finance LP in the Southern District of New York.
  • Representing defendants Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG in a shareholder derivative suit in relation to Bayer’s $66m acquisition of Monsanto in June 2018.
  • Acted on behalf of ExodusPoint Capital Management in dismissing claims brought by its competitor, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, in New York State Supreme Court for alleged tortious interference with contract, misappropriation of confidential information, and unfair competition.

Gibbs & Bruns LLP

Based in Houston, boutique firm Gibbs & Bruns LLP regularly represents plaintiffs and defendants in energy, technology and financial services litigation. In an ongoing matter, Kathy Patrick is acting for 21 institutional investors in claims against JP Morgan regarding the distribution of a $4.5bn settlement agreement reached in 2013. Founding partner Robin Gibbs continues to handle major cases in the oil and gas industry, including breach of contract, trade secrets and construction and engineering disputes. Barrett Reasoner is also noted for his impressive record in energy litigation, and Ross MacDonald is a recommended associate in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Robin Gibbs; Kathy Patrick; Barrett Reasoner

Other key lawyers:

Ross MacDonald

Key clients

Reynolds & Reynolds

Trustmark National Bank

Occidental Petroleum

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

GUI Global Products, Ltd. d/b/a Gwee

Enterprise Products

Waste Management

BlackRock

Sanchez Oil & Gas

TCW

Rig Up, Inc.

SM Energy Company

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of major opt-out plaintiffs, namely national merchant retailers known collectively as the Target Plaintiffs, in a direct action against Visa and Mastercard.
  • Representing Trustmark National Bank in three lawsuits related to the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group, headed by convicted financial fraudster R. Allen Stanford.
  • Representing Reynolds & Reynolds in high-profile data privacy and antitrust disputes.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a varied portfolio of work, which includes major class actions spanning numerous different industries. Of particular note, Las Vegas-based Jacob Bundick and Robert Herrington in Los Angeles are leading several consumer class actions arising from the impact of Covid-19 on international travel. In another ongoing case, Jeff Scott (also in Los Angeles) is defending Activision Publishing in putative class actions involving allegations of unjust enrichment. Another key member of the team is Gregory Ostfeld in Chicago, best known for his strong track record in appeals and class actions involving clients in heavily regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Scott

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Bundick; Robert Herrington; Gregory Ostfeld; Tiffany Fordyce; Michael Hogue

Key clients

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

The McClatchy Company; McClatchy Newspapers

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Seok Kang

Florida State University

Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power

Global Tel*Link

CBRE

Walmart Inc.

Samsung

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation in two class actions captioned, Helman et al v. Marriott International, Inc. et al and Lennen et al v. Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. et al.
  • Acted for McClatchy Newspapers in securing the dismissal of all claims, including decertification of all classes, in disputes originally filed against the client in 2014.
  • Obtained a successful verdict in January 2020 for Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power against the inclusion of Amendment 18-10 on Florida’s November 2020 ballot.

Hueston Hennigan LLP

Rated by clients for its 'intelligence, creativity and trial skills', Los Angeles-based Hueston Hennigan LLP represents high-profile individuals and major companies in corporate disputes, class actions and other high-stakes trials. Founding partner John Hueston has a phenomenal track record in trials involving securities law, environmental issues and business torts. Among his ongoing matters, Hueston is representing Palantir Technologies in a trade secrets case against one of the company's original investors. Firm co-founder Moez Kaba is also noted for his diverse trial practice. Another key figure in the team is Robert Klieger, a go-to contact for disputes in the area of media and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

John Hueston

Other key lawyers:

Moez Kaba; Robert Klieger; Alison Libeu; Andrew Walsh; Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn; Joseph Reiter

Testimonials

‘The team at Hueston Hennigan is unique in that they bring such passion and focus to every engagement. They approach litigation with creativity and innovation rather than simply running the traditional playbook. Although the firm is relatively small, they pack an astounding punch and that’s due to the high quality of the people they recruit and retain. I have truly enjoyed my association with Hueston Hennigan and plan for it to continue as long as I’m in a position to engage counsel.’

‘John Hueston is one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with in my 35 year career. He puts together and leads great teams to achieve outstanding results. His teams are diverse and clearly enjoy working together.’

‘Hueston Hennigan’s partners and associates are exceptionally effective in commercial disputes – both on offense and defense.’

‘John Hueston and Moez Kaba are two of the best oral advocates and trial lawyers I’ve seen in my nearly thirty year long career. They can be as cerebral as any federal judge while being able to explain matters plainly and clearly to juries.’

‘John Hueston is incredibly sharp but also very personable. His mastery of the facts is always impressive. This coupled with his keen strategic mind is a powerful combination.’

Key clients

Edison International and Southern California Edison

Houston Astros

Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com, an Amazon Company)

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Palantir Technologies

Clear One, Inc.

Monster Beverage Corporation

Sonder Corporation

Bausch Health

Tesla

Freedom for Immigrants

Navajo Nation

Deloitte Consulting LLP

California Institute of Technology

Robert K. Barth

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for Amazon in an arbitration in which eBay Inc. alleged that Amazon employees infiltrated eBay’s internal messaging systems to solicit sellers to leave eBay and move to Amazon.
  • Secured a victory for IMDB in a Ninth Circuit First Amendment case regarding California’s Assembly Bill and its impact on the website’s freedom to publish the ages of individuals in the entertainment industry.
  • Secured a win for Peloton Interactive in an intellectual property case against Flywheel Sports.

Jenner & Block LLP

Based in Chicago, Jenner & Block LLP's 'top flight' team has a wealth of experience in trials, appeals and arbitration proceedings involving large domestic and international companies. An 'excellent advocate', Debbie Berman specializes in unfair competition and trade secrets litigation. Of recent note, Berman obtained a $112m federal jury verdict on behalf of Methode Electronics in a breach of contract trial. Michael Doornweerd and Megan Poetzel are recommended for their broad expertise, having handled numerous breach of contract disputes, business torts and class actions. A dozen partners left the team in 2020, however four partners joined the firm from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, including Douglas Mitchell and David Pressman.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Berman; Ross Bricker; Michael Doornweerd; Megan Poetzel; David Bradford; Reid Schar

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Mitchell; David Pressman; Jeremy Creelan

Testimonials

‘Top flight. Among the very best that I have ever worked with.’

‘Debbie Berman is an excellent advocate, knowing both the facts of the matter and the law very well.’ 

‘Debbie Berman is an extremely dedicated, fierce litigator.’

Key clients

Methode Electronics, Inc./Hetronic International, Inc.

SoundExchange

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

AmeriCash Loans

Clearview AI

Redeemer Committee of the Highland Crusader Funds

Cboe

Mondelēz International

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Fix Auto USA (FUSA)

Microsoft Corporation and Princeton University

WMC Mortgage, LLC

Hyatt Hotels

Equity Lifestyle

EGI-VSR LLC

Sony Music Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Achieved a $114m federal jury verdict and global injunction for Hetronic, a subsidiary of Methode Electronics, in a series of interrelated cases concerning theft of confidential and proprietary information.
  • Represented Fix Auto USA in a $330m arbitration concerning an alleged breach of a supply and royalties agreement relating to the development, manufacture and sale of independent suspension systems.
  • Secured a final AAA arbitration award in favor of AmeriCash Loans, LLC concerning claims brought against it by a consumer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Based in New York, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP has particular strength in financial services litigation and real estate disputes. Among the team's recent highlights, founding partner Marc Kasowitz is representing MBIA in a long-running put-back action against Credit Suisse in which MBIA is seeking to recover over $740m. Highly regarded for his trial and appellate practice, Paul O’Connor is frequently engaged by real estate developers and investors in federal and state court disputes. Paul Burgo is recognized for his ongoing work for former president Donald Trump in multiple disputes, including a defamation suit in New York Court of Appeals. Jennifer Recine is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marc Kasowitz

Other key lawyers:

Paul O’Connor; Paul Burgo; Jennifer Recine

Testimonials

‘World class litigators, with a practical, business oriented approach.’

Key clients

Angelo Gordon

Astra Asset Management

Davidson Kempner Asset Management

Douglas Elliman Realty

Eros International, Bollywood producer

Federal Housing Finance Agency

FinancialApps

Harbinger Capital

InterContinental Hotels Group

JDS Development Group

Liggett Group

Loreley Financing

Mahindra and Mahindra

Maverick Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of over 15 major hedge funds, including Angelo Gordon, Waterfall Asset Management, One William Street, and Libremax Capital, in various actions concerning the management and control of the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts.
  • Representing Intercontinental Hotels Group in a number of public and private disputes relating to hotel management agreements.
  • Representing US Bank, as trustee of various RMBS securitization trusts, in actions that collectively seek billions of dollars for breaches of representations and warranties made by the sellers and loan originators with respect to the defective mortgage loans pooled in these securitizations.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Based in New York, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP represents large corporate clients in breach of contract, fraud and product liability disputes, among others. A key figure in the team is practice co-chair Gary Naftalis, who has over three decades of experience in complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters, including disputes involving various kinds of financial fraud. Daniel Goldman is noted for his strength in antitrust disputes; he recently obtained a $250m settlement from News Corp, acting on behalf of various consumer packaged goods companies, including Heinz and Procter & Gamble. Kerri Ann Law is recommended for her expertise in white-collar crime matters, such as securities litigation and market manipulation cases. Also recommended is joint practice co-chair Barry Berke.

Practice head(s):

Gary Naftalis; Barry Berke

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Goldman; Kerri Ann Law

Key clients

EIG Global Energy Partners

EIG Energy Funds XIV and XV

Deloitte LLP (UK), Deloitte CIS Limited, and Deloitte CIS Holdings Limited

RCS Creditor Trust

Oppenheimer Funds

Tort Claimants’ Committee in Dow Corning’s mass tort bankruptcy

ETF Managers Group

Sutton 58 Associates LLC

Deloitte Italy

Work highlights

  • Representing funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners in a $660m RICO suit filed in New York federal court against Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.
  • Secured a decision in the DC Circuit court that EIG Energy Funds XIV and XV, could continue to pursue their suit against Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., the state-owned Brazilian oil company, in the US federal courts, rather than in Brazil.
  • Defending Deloitte against a suit by Starr Russia Investments III B.V. that alleges fraud, negligence, and aiding and abetting claims based on consulting and audit work that Zao Deloitte & Touche CIS provided to Investment Trade Bank, a Russian company in which the plaintiff invested.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP strengthened its disputes offering with the addition of seven new partners in 2020, including Joshua Simon and Warren Haskel from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and insurance specialists Jane Byrne and Guyon Knight from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. The firm handles a wide range of cases, but is particularly active in healthcare, antitrust and IP litigation, including class actions. John Calandra in New York is a name to note for complex commercial litigation, while Los Angeles-based Jon Dean is a key contact for IP disputes. Simon, Haskel, Byrne and Knight all joined the New York office.

Practice head(s):

John Calandra; Jon Dean; David Rosenbloom

Other key lawyers:

Jane Byrne; Guyon Knight; Joshua Simon; Warren Haskel

Key clients

Amgen Inc.

BDO USA, LLP

BlackBerry

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Cigna Corporation

Cummins Allison

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Dawn Rowe

Dimension Data

eBay

Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil)

Furie Operating Alaska, LLC

George E. Warren LLC

Healthcare Distribution Alliance

HIG Growth Partners, LLC. and HIG Capital, LLC.

Honeywell International Inc.

Ideal Industries

IKO Industries, Ltd.

Intelsat

Invensys Inc.

James Hardie Building Products, Inc.

Jeunesse

Joseph Chen

Kleinfelder, Inc.

KOS Services, Inc.

Kymeta

Larry Basemore – Pro Bono

Motorola Mobility

National Football League

Milbank

Based in New York, the team at Milbank represents financial institutions and other corporates, private equity firms and high-net-worth individuals in high-stakes commercial litigation. In addition to core strengths in insurance and financial services litigation, the team has experience of business torts, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference claims. Firm chairman Scott Edelman maintains a varied caseload cutting across major industries, such as real estate and healthcare; he recently represented VEREIT in 19 high-value securities fraud claims, securing a successful outcome in each claim. Also recommended are Atara Miller and Daniel Perry, who specialize in securities and bankruptcy litigation, respectively.

Practice head(s):

George Canellos; Daniel Perry

Other key lawyers:

Scott Edelman; Atara Miller; Daniel Perry

Key clients

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels

Citigroup Inc.

Broadcast Music, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Lincoln Financial

Rabobank

Deutsche Bank

VEREIT

Primero Mining Corp.

Work highlights

  • Successfully moved to dismiss, on behalf of Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, Inc., a case filed by the Bangladesh Bank in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, relating to the alleged cyber-hacking of the Bangladesh Bank in February 2016.
  • Successfully moved for dismissal, on behalf of ITOCHU Coal Americas, Inc., in Collingsworth, et al. v. Estate of, Garry N. Drummond, et al., a RICO case filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia, relating to alleged illegal activity connected to the Drummond Company’s coal mining activities in Colombia.
  • Achieved a victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Primero Mining Corp. in a putative securities class action brought by investors related to the company’s disclosures regarding its Mexican subsidiary Primero Empresa Minera, S.A. de C.V.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a range of significant disputes for large corporate clients, but is noted in particular for its expertise in class actions targeting healthcare and life sciences clients. In a recent example of this industry strength, Gordon Cooney has been acting for Teva Pharmaceuticals and various other drug companies in a multi-district litigation regarding alleged antitrust violations in the generic drugs industry. Troy Brown stands out for his strong track record in M&A-related disputes, and Elizabeth Herrington in Chicago is recommended for her experience in multi-district litigation and class actions. Michael Kichline and Washington DC-based Robin Nunn joined the team from Dechert LLP in September 2020. Named lawyers are based in Philadelphia unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Cooney

Other key lawyers:

Troy Brown; Elizabeth Herrington

Key clients

Aeroméxico

Amazon Web Services

AmerisourceBergen

Angie’s List

Anthem, Inc.

Cigna

CubeSmart

Covance Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Edison Energy/Altenex LLC

Expedia, Inc.

Health Net of California, Inc.

Homeaway.com

Hudson’s Bay Co.

Jackson National Life Insurance Company

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Manus Bio

Medacta USA

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.

Microsoft

National Gas & Electric, LLC

New-Indy Containerboard LLC

NIBCO

ODN Holding Corp.

Penn Mutual Life

Premium Point Investments

Rite Aid Corp.

Savencia

Securus Technologies

SEI Investments

Sempra Energy

Southern California Gas Company

Spark Energy, Inc. (Spark)

Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA (Teva)

The Meet Group, Inc. and Initech, LLC dba Growl

TradingScreen Inc.

Uber

Varel International

Vertiv Group Corporation

Zyla Life Sciences

Work highlights

  • Defending generic drug companies in a sprawling MDL that has been consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania pertaining to alleged industrywide anticompetitive actions regarding generic drugs.
  • Represented Anthem in several behavioral health class action cases.
  • Secured a favorable result for Rite Aid Headquarters Corp. in litigation pending in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Based in Los Angeles, O'Melveny & Myers LLP is particularly well known for its strength in high-stakes media and entertainment litigation. Daniel Petrocelli is a key figure in the team, as is Washington DC-based Steve Brody, who has represented clients in mass torts, product liability claims, class actions, government investigations, and appeals. Richard Goetz, who co-heads the practice alongside Randall Oppenheimer, stands out for his broad trial practice, covering false advertising, medical negligence and product liability cases. All attorneys are based in Los Angeles unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goetz; Randall Oppenheimer

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Petrocelli; Steve Brody

Paul Hastings LLP

With notable strength in key sectors such as healthcare, financial services and technology, Paul Hastings LLP is frequently engaged in consumer class actions, international supply chain disputes and securities litigation. It is also well known for its expertise in IP, real estate and restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Global chair Barry Sher is recommended for his track record in financial services litigation. Sher has been defending Barclays Bank in a number of extremely high-value disputes, including a case involving allegations of price-fixing. Fellow practice head Kurt Hansson has a broad commercial disputes practice, acting for major clients such as GSK and General Electric.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sher; Kurt Hansson

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

General Electric

FIM Advisors

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Royal Bank of Canada

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)

Daiichi Sankyo

Samsung Electronics

CFM International (jointly owned by GE & Safran Aircraft Engines)

L’Oreal

Google

Tall Oak

Millennium Partners

Work highlights

  • Defending Barclays Bank PLC and certain of its affiliates against allegations of involvement in a global, decade-long conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition in the $9tn SSA bond market.
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in numerous high-stakes disputes.
  • Representing the opposition governed ad-hoc boards (appointed by Venezuelan Interim President Guaido) of PDVSA and PDVSA Petroleo as plaintiffs in S.D.N.Y. litigation against the trustee and collateral agent of PDVSA’s 2020 Notes, seeking a declaration that the 2020 Notes (and associated collateral agreements) are void and invalid because they violate Venezuela’s constitution.

Selendy & Gay

New York-based boutique litigation firm Selendy & Gay has developed a fantastic reputation since entering the market in February 2018. Acting for plaintiffs and defendants, the team attracts a wide range of work, including fraud, unfair competition, securities and trade secrets litigation; however, its track record in financial services litigation is particularly impressive. In just one standout matter, the team is representing plaintiff Cerberus Capital Management in a $950m breach of contract action against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Highly regarded for his trial practice, David Elsberg displays particular strength in financial litigation, including major bankruptcy and securities cases. Also recommended is founding partner Jennifer Selendy, who has experience in virtually every core area of commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Elsberg; Jennifer Selendy

Other key lawyers:

Faith Gay; Jordan Goldstein; Yelena Konanova

Key clients

American Federation of Teachers

Cerberus Capital Management

Christofferson Robb & Co.

Financial Guaranty Insurance Co.

Ambac Financial Group

AMERRA Capital Management

MBIA and National Public Finance Corp.

McKinsey & Company

Kenneth Krys and Greig Mitchell as Joint Liquidators for three BVI funds: Fairfield Sentry Limited; Fairfield Sigma Limited; Fairfield Lambda Limited

Kingate Funds

Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

UMB Bank NA

WeWork

US Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing American Federation of Teachers and eight individual plaintiffs in a claim against the US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the US Department of Education, concerning the administration of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness  program and the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
  • Represented several investors alleging that the controllers of the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex falsely claimed that their cryptocurrency token Tether was backed by US dollars.
  • Representing National Public Finance Guarantee and MBIA Insurance Corporation in a lawsuit against eight Wall Street banks involving allegations of inequitable conduct, contributing to Puerto Rico’s economic collapse.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's nationwide commercial disputes practice specializes in complex financial litigation, including major antitrust claims against financial institutions. In addition, the team has notable strengths in class actions, securities and bankruptcy litigation. The group also stands out for its pro bono work. In one such matter, Lauren Aguiar represented a class of plaintiffs in partnership with several immigration organizations to oppose the Trump administration's refugee ban declared in October 2017. In another notable matter, Scott Musoff is defending numerous companies against securities class actions following from a 2018 decision by the Supreme Court granting state courts the authority to pursue such claims without limitation.

Practice head(s):

Scott Musoff

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Aguiar

Testimonials

‘Lauren Aguiar is very consistent, steady, clearheaded and knowledgeable.’

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Based in Washington DC, Steptoe & Johnson LLP's 'incredibly diligent and hardworking' litigation group displays particular strength in energy and financial services disputes and consumer class actions. It is also well regarded for its expertise in international trade and arbitration. Known for his diverse trial practice and extensive experience in cross-border disputes, Michael Dockterman stands out for his involvement in a wide array of high-profile class actions over the review period. Steven Davidson, who leads the practice alongside Antonia Ianniello, continues to represent Credit Suisse in multiple debt and financing disputes. Another key member of the team is Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov, who leads the firm's class action defense group.

Practice head(s):

Steven Davidson; Antonia Ianniello

Other key lawyers:

Michael Dockterman; Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov

Testimonials

‘Steptoe has the ability to get the job done in a business oriented and efficient manner. The team’s strengths are in the core areas of class action defense, privacy, insurance and contract disputes.’

‘What sets the firm apart is their true first chair trial experience combined with exceptional commercial skills.’

‘This practice has a breadth of expertise and experience that is unique in my view. They are also incredibly diligent, hardworking, and easy to get along with.’

Key clients

Pearson

Dish Network

The Premium Cigar Association

Eddystone Rail Co. LLC

Credit Suisse

Exxon Mobil

BNSF

Colonial Pipeline Co.

SourceHOV

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pearson in the dismissal of two proposed nationwide class actions arising from an alleged data breach that purportedly resulted in unauthorized access to student and administrator data from 13,000 school and university accounts.
  • Representing Credit Suisse at the New York Supreme Court in civil litigation related to second-home development financing transactions involving five different nine-figure transactions all across the country, totaling more than $500m.
  • Defending PG&E in 53 related lawsuits involving 78 plaintiffs arising out of the fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland in December 2016.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP specializes in cross-border and domestic disputes regarding investment funds, hedge funds and financial restructuring. In addition, the team is well known for handling large-scale disputes for clients in the energy sector. Anthony Pierce, based in Washington, DC, stands out for his strong track record in complex commercial litigation, including product liability, data privacy and consumer protection disputes. Stephen Baldini, who runs the practice from New York, has notable expertise in litigation and arbitration involving private equity firms, hedge funds and distressed corporates.

Practice head(s):

Steve Baldini

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Pierce

Key clients

Commercial Metals Company

Mammoth Energy Services

Rand Construction

Comcast

HP

Sanchez Energy Corporation

WMATA

Tellurian Inc.

Mangrove Partners

Tribune

AEG Presents

National Football League

AEXG

Kennedy Lewis Investment Management

Relevant Group

Work highlights

  • Achieved an appellate victory on behalf of Cobra Acquisitions LLC, and CEO Arty Straehla in a dispute concerning the potential for claims to proceed to arbitration under an agreement between Cobra and AL Global Services, LLC related to the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s power grid after Hurricane Maria.
  • Acted for Mangrove Partners in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit that was filed in New York State court by a public company.
  • Obtained multiple victories on behalf of Kennedy Lewis Investment Management (KLIM) in connection with a lawsuit filed by Student Advantage Fund I LLC (SAF) before Judge P. Kevin Castel in the Southern District of New York.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Fielding a nationwide team of trial lawyers, Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for major companies and financial institutions in a wide range of disputes, including fraud, unfair competition and product liability litigation. In addition, the firm has a strong pro bono practice. In a recent standout matter, Danny David in Houston represented Vectren Corporation in proceedings relating to its $6bn merger with Centerpoint Energy. Well known for his trial practice, Washington DC-based Michael Calhoon continues to handle prominent securities and energy disputes. Also recommended is Austin-based associate Stephanie Cagniart, who has experience at trial and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Danny David; Bridget Moore

Other key lawyers:

Michael Calhoon; Stephanie Cagniart

Key clients

Bristow Group

Brownsville GMS

Clarion Corporation of America

Ernst & Young

Hunt Consolidated

IDEV Corporation

Kaiserair

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc

Lior Ron

Martin Debono

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Oxbow Calcining

Phillips 66

QVC

TPC Group

Vectren Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Ralph S. Janvey, the court-appointed Receiver of the Stanford International Bank, in matters against Colorado billionaire Gary D. Magness and a series of entities under his control.
  • Secured a copyright victory in favor of Clarion Corporation of America in the matter of Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, Inc. v. Denso International America, Inc. et al, before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  • Secured a complete victory for Oxbow in an arbitration brought by PASE—defeating over $100m in PASE’s claims, winning $2.1m in counterclaims and costs, and securing the termination of the parties’ contract.

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP's 'extremely impressive' nationwide team is best known for its strong reputation in civil disputes involving major technology and healthcare companies. In this regard, the team has developed particular expertise in contract disputes, IP litigation and antitrust-related cases. Of recent note, Washington,DC-based Michael Klisch represented Patheon in a high-value class action regarding alleged violations of the Sherman Act. Ian Shapiro in New York stands out for his experience in complex commercial litigation, including antitrust claims and shareholder disputes. Patrick Gunn leads the practice from San Francisco. Experienced trial and appellate lawyer Kathleen Hartnett joined the firm's San Francisco office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Gunn

Other key lawyers:

Michael Klisch; Ian Shapiro; Kathleen Hartnett

Testimonials

‘Because Ian Shapiro understood our goals, he did not push us towards litigation but helped us pave a path to avoid it. Ian was instrumental in our business negotiations and in trying to help us find the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Ian is an expert at handling difficult personalities and keeping the parties calm and moving forward.’ 

‘The team is incredibly practical and efficient in its approach. While instilling confidence that they can litigate the most complex matters, they seek to resolve disputes efficiently, looking to obtain a cost-effective, beneficial outcome for clients.’

Key clients

Uber Technologies

University of Southern California

Mott Corporation

Conventus Orthopedics Corporation

BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Frontline Technologies Group

Appdiff

Turo

47 Senate Democrats

Abeona Therapeutics

Charlotte School of Law

CenturyLink

FabFitFun

Facebook

WhatsApp

Full Sail University

Gray Television

Inovio Pharmaceuticals

IQVIA

Mutual Pharmaceutical Company

Patheon

Cardtronics

Google

PayPal

Twitter

Hawaiian Gardens Casino

Qualcomm

ChromaDex

Cigna Corporation/Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company

Chicago Title Company

Zoom Video Communications

Airbnb

Wells Fargo & Company

Liberty Media Corporation

Iridium Communications

Maxar Technologies

Sony Electronics, Inc.

Rappi

Lux Capital

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Google in a class action brought by a nationwide class of Google advertisers alleging claims for breach of contract, unfair competition and others, in relation to the company’s AdWords online advertising campaign.
  • Representing CenturyLink, Inc. and ten subsidiaries in a multi-district consolidated class action alleging that CenturyLink generated illegal revenue by lying about its prices and overcharging its over 20 million customers.
  • Representing Turo, a leading peer-to-peer car-sharing company, in four separate lawsuits involving novel issues arising from Turo’s business model and car sharing at airports across the country.

Dentons

The team at Dentons handles a huge variety of civil and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on matters in the financial services, media and healthcare sectors. Chicago-based Natalie Spears is currently engaged by 15 major news outlets, including ABC, CNN and The New York Times, in a claim to uncover vital information, considered to be in the public interest, about a hate crime committed by actor Jussie Smollett. Glenn Ballard is a contact in the Houston office; he has experience of a wide range of business litigation, acting for corporates across a variety of industry sectors. Also recommended is Sandy Hauser, who leads the team from New York.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hauser

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Spears; Glenn Ballard

Key clients

Zuru LLC

Unisys Corporation

Kansas City Life Insurance Company

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

PubWorx Services / Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.

GemCap Lending I, LLC

Broadband iTV, Inc.

Alpine Group USVI, LLC

1520 Swift

Los Angeles Rams

Tyson Foods

Computershare Inc.

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Kabbage Inc.

LL Atlanta, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing an American gaming and entertainment company in all of its litigation, patent and trademark work globally.
  • Representing Kansas City Life Insurance Company, including several of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, in various disputes and lawsuits with its partners in three ongoing ventures, which were intended to facilitate their joint investment in and development of properties in Urbandale, Iowa.
  • Secured a series of wins for Alpine Group in a hotly contested action in Los Angeles Superior Court to recover a multimillion-dollar 1964 Ferrari GTB prototype after the seller changed its mind and absconded with the vehicle.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC runs a nationwide corporate defense team that handles a diverse range of matters, showing particular strength in energy, financial services and healthcare litigation. Recently, Detroit-based Thomas McNeill has been representing Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha and Usi International in a series of high-stakes civil class actions in the Eastern District of Michigan against numerous automotive suppliers. Another contact in Detroit is Daniel Quick, who takes a lead role in shareholder disputes, trade secrets cases and IP litigation. Also recommended are John Desmond in Reno, who stands out for his strong appellate practice and wider commercial litigation work; and Scot Claus in the Phoenix office.

Practice head(s):

Thomas McNeill

Other key lawyers:

John Desmond; Scot Claus; Logan Mayfield; Daniel Quick

Testimonials

‘The firm is incredibly flexible in meeting client demands no matter where the firm’s team members are located. Without a doubt, in conjunction with providing exceptional legal analysis and work product, the firm consistently strives to accommodate the client in planning and scheduling.’

‘The DW team is atypically responsive and highly efficient. They are a valued business partner.’

‘The team I employed was skilled in litigation but well-informed by their frequent transactional work that typically precedes such litigation. This endowed the team with a more holistic understanding of the dispute.’

‘Dickinson Wright demonstrates first class knowledge and legal skills but what really sets them apart is their practical and reasoned approach to litigation. They do not take unnecessary steps and focus on resolving issues while still advocating forcefully on our behalf.’

Key clients

American Furukawa

Archon Corporation

Wynn Resorts, Ltd.

Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Hankook Tire America Corp

Usui-Japan

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Sterling Bancorp

Work highlights

  • Representing American Furukawa and its Japanese parent, Furukawa Electric, in a case stemming from Toyota’s recall of hundreds of thousands of cars due to problems that developed in a switch within the steering columns.
  • Acted for the former board of directors of Southwest United Bancshares in litigation involving a $250m dispute among shareholders and directors for control of a community bank.
  • Defending the Levin Family Limited Partnership and Alan Levin against claims brought by Lake Mountain Mining Company in Nevada state court alleging that appeals made the clients to the Nevada Supreme Court, as well as other actions, prevented the plaintiff from undertaking mining operations.

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP is best known for its involvement in sprawling antitrust, product liability, IP and mass tort litigation, with a particular experience in disputes in the healthcare industry. In a current matter, Tarek Ismail and several other partners are representing 3M in thousands of claims relating to the alleged health risks posed by the company's use of certain chemicals in its products. Additionally, Alan Littmann is acting as AbbVie's lead counsel in ten consolidated cases in Illinois, brought by hedge funds asserting that AbbVie made fraudulent statements affecting the funds' investments. Jennifer Greenblatt stands out for her strong track record in multi-district litigation, particularly in the healthcare and life sciences field. All named attorneys are based in Chicago, though the firm also has a presence in Dallas and Santa Monica.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Ismail

Other key lawyers:

Alan Littmann; Jennifer Greenblatt

Testimonials

‘Goldman Ismail takes a proactive approach to disputes.’

‘Tarek Ismail is on top of all important matters. It’s nice to have a partner who can discuss the ins and outs of each case.’

‘Jennifer Greenblatt is also remarkable in terms of her knowledge of the facts and relevant law.’

Key clients

Merck & Co., Inc.

3M

Apple, Inc.

Major League Baseball

UCB, Inc.

AbbVie, Inc.

Lafarge North America Inc.

Holcim (US) Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defending Apple, Inc. against a series of patent infringement cases brought by one of the country’s most prolific patent plaintiffs that span five jurisdictions and feature a ten-figure damages claim.
  • Representing Merck & Co in antitrust class actions and opt-out actions all claiming that Merck’s settlement of a Zetia Hatch-Waxman patent case in 2010 violated federal and/or state antitrust laws.
  • Representing Lafarge North America Inc. in an opt-out antitrust matter brought by Home Depot alleging that Lafarge violated the Sherman Act by participating in a nationwide conspiracy to fix prices in the drywall industry.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP' litigation group is active across the US, handling a wide range of business and commercial disputes and class actions. Contacts in the Pittsburgh office include practice co-head Melissa Tea, who is defending several clients in nationwide asbestos litigation, including PPG Industries and United States Steel Corporation, and Thomas Birsic, who has an excellent reputation in environmental class actions and toxic tort litigation. In Seattle, Pallavi Mehta Wahi is a name to note for various corporate and IP litigation. Jeffrey Patterson in Boston jointly heads the practice alongside Tea.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Tea; Jeffrey Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Birsic; Pallavi Mehta Wahi

Key clients

WWE

Arkema

Kettle Cuisine

PPG Industries

Quest Software

XFL/Vince McMahon

MoloLamken LLP

Boutique litigation firm MoloLamken LLP added five lawyers to its ranks in 2020, including Eugene Sokoloff, a general commercial litigator who joined the firm following a clerkship with US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and Jonathan Barbee, who joined from Kobre & Kim, specializing in IP litigation. In New York, practice head Steven Molo remains extremely active in a wide range of cases; he recently represented plaintiff Marion Healthcare in a high-value Sherman Act case against Becton, Dickinson & Co. Robert Kry in Washington DC stands out for his involvement in headline grabbing litigation, including ongoing civil litigation arising from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trial lawyer Megan Cunniff Church in Chicago and general commercial litigator Jessica Ortiz in New York are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steven Molo

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kry; Megan Cunniff Church; Jessica Ortiz; Jonathan Barbee; Eugene Sokoloff

Testimonials

‘Robert Kry is simply an excellent litigator. He knows his case law and procedural rules, how they differ from one state to another, and how to navigate those differences to use them to your advantage. He is always willing to explain and will engage in meaningful discussion to ensure the best result.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has recently bolstered its global cyber risk and antitrust offerings, two areas of focus for the litigation team in particular. Chris Cwalina and Steven Roosa joined the cyber risk group in Washington DC and New York, respectively; while Vic Domen joined the antitrust team in Washington DC. Over the review period, Houston partner Layne Kruse obtained summary judgment for Robert Bosch Tool Corp in a $450m antitrust conspiracy claim filed by SawStop. Based in New York, trial lawyer Thomas McCormack remains active in a wide range of disputes. Also recommended are Scott Incerto in Austin, and Dallas-based Richard Krumholz, who heads the global litigation and disputes group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Krumholz; Thomas McCormack; Scott Incerto

Other key lawyers:

Chris Cwalina; Steven Roosa; Vic Domen; Layne Kruse

Key clients

Shell Oil Company

Willis-Knighton Health System

Phillips 66

Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

Pfizer, Inc.

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Ascension Health

Farmers New World Life Insurance Company

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP runs a large and experienced team, including former SEC lawyers and federal prosecutors from the DOJ and numerous US Attorney's offices. Its range of expertise covers breach of contract disputes, class actions and various white-collar crime matters, with a particular focus on the healthcare and financial services sectors. In a recent highlight, David Hennes, based in New York, successfully defended Shire Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in a $425m claim brought by Fortis Advisors under a merger agreement. Jeffrey Bushofsky, based in Chicago, is noted for his diverse trial practice, which includes consumer fraud cases and MDL in the healthcare industry. Boston-based John Bueker also has a strong reputation in healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Bueker; Jeffrey Bushofsky

Other key lawyers:

David Hennes

Key clients

Apax Partners, LLP

Behrman Brothers Management Company

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

Invesco, Ltd.

Merck & Co.

Nine West Joint Defense Group

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (f/k/a Hilton Worldwide, Inc., f/k/a Hilton Hotels Corporation)

Schroders plc

Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Tribune Shareholder Defense Group

Walgreen Co.

Work highlights

  • Secured complete dismissal of fraudulent conveyance claims against Nine West Joint Defense Group, which sought to claw back $1bn in proceeds from the 2014 leveraged buyout of Jones Group.
  • Obtained dismissal of two breach of contract actions on behalf of Shire Pharmaceuticals and Novartis in the Delaware Court of Chancery in which stockholders sought $425m in damages for alleged failure to make certain milestone payments.
  • Successfully resolved a long-running False Claims Act case regarding two of Merck’s drugs, which raised novel First Amendment issues in a case involving claims of off-label promotion.

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has a solid track record in commercial litigation. Key names are Mark Hopson in Washington DC and Yvette Ostolaza in Dallas. Chicago-based Thomas Rein is recommended for IP disputes.

Allen & Overy LLP

Based in New York, Allen & Overy LLP has a deep bench of trial lawyers and regulatory specialists, with a solid reputation in a variety of civil disputes, including professional liability, securities litigation and shareholder suits, at federal and state level. The group also handles the enforcement of arbitral awards. Practice head Jacob Pultman has a strong track record in class actions and general commercial litigation. Bradley Pensyl is recognized for his expertise in financial services litigation, and Andrew Rhys Davies is recommended for securities litigation and cross-border commercial disputes, more generally.

Practice head(s):

Jacob Pultman

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Pensyl; Andrew Rhys Davies

Testimonials

‘Bradley Pensyl and Jacob Pultman show integrity, dedication to the issues, and flexibility.’

Key clients

Refinitiv India Private Limited

Samsung SDI

Bank of China Hong Kong Limited

Argo Infrastructure Partners

Mubadala and Masdar Solar & Wind Cooperatief U.A

Bridgepoint Group Limited and Watkins Holdings S.à r.l.

International Car Wash Group

Intermediate Capital Group

Hidrock Properties

Juster Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented Bridgepoint Group and Watkins Holdings in US federal court proceedings regarding the enforcement of an ICSID arbitral award granted in favour of our client.
  • Represented Argo Infrastructure Investors, SUEZ Environmental Services and Water Capital Partners in connection with a federal court litigation and arbitration relating to the joint venture’s 50-year lease of the water and sewer assets of the Borough of Middletown, Pennsylvania.
  • Represented Refinitiv India Private Limited in a dispute against Omnesys Technologies regarding the termination of a licensing agreement with Refinitiv India.

Bracewell LLP

Based primarily in Houston, Bracewell LLP is regularly involved in large disputes in the energy sector, including bankruptcy matters and construction litigation. The team is also well known for representing public sector bodies in complex litigation. In an ongoing matter, Stephen Crain is leading a large team acting for Wells Fargo in relation to Alta Mesa's Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, involving over $50m in total defaults. Sean Gorman has expertise in business torts, antitrust and IP litigation, and Daniel Connolly in New York is recommended for trial and appellate work.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Crain

Other key lawyers:

Sean Gorman; Daniel Connolly

Key clients

Apache Corporation

BMC Software, Inc., a KKR portfolio company

Kinder Morgan, Inc., Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC

City of Houston, Texas

Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch

Battery Park City Authority

NH Hotel Group, S.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Vopak Americas

Southern Copper Corporation

Baker Hughes Incorporated

The Bank of New York Mellon

Enerflex Ltd. and Enerflex Energia Ltda.

Natixis, New York Branch

Genesis Networks Enterprises, LLC

Foro Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Apache Corporation in numerous disputes, including in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
  • Defending Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC, Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC in two related lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
  • Represented NH Hotel Group, S.A. in an action brought under Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act, 22 U.S.C. § 6082–6085, et. seq., commonly known as the Helms-Burton Act.

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Cohen & Gresser LLP's New York-based team handles a diverse range of commercial disputes across numerous industries, including finance, software, technology and healthcare. Contacts in the team include practice co-head Mark Cohen, who has extensive experience in jury and bench trials at the federal and state level; Gale Dick, whose recent highlights have included corporate investigations, white-collar criminal enforcement, and securities litigation; and firm co-founder Lawrence Gresser, who stands out for his ongoing work for Goldman Sachs.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cohen; Lawrence Gresser

Other key lawyers:

Gale Dick

Testimonials

‘They are a cut above the rest. When it comes to litigation there is a difference between litigators and trial lawyers. The lawyers at Cohen & Gresser LLP are trial lawyers. They are very effective at knowing their audience, staying on message, and telling a persuasive and successful story.’

‘They are able to handle complex, sophisticated matters in a cost-effective manner.’

‘Lawrence Gresser brings gravitas and clearheaded thinking to the issue at hand, combined with a very intuitive and smart way of handling problems.’

‘Mark Cohen is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Bridgewood Capital, Inc., Patrick Leret, Luis Gonzalez, Carlos Valedon

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York FDNY Monitorship – United States v. City of New York

HRG Group

Sitoy K. Retailing Company Limited and Sitoy Group Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defending Goldman Sachs & Co. in a case alleging a group boycott among major investment banks.
  • Serving as court monitor to oversee an extensive and multi-tiered remedial process involving, among other things, the FDNY’s practices and procedures for recruiting, testing, and screening black and Hispanic entry-level firefighter candidates.
  • Representing several defendants in a dispute relating to EPK Kids, one of the largest children’s clothing brands in Latin America.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland fields a large team of experienced commercial litigators and trial lawyers with particular strength in antitrust, employment and energy litigation. Atlanta-based Amelia Toy Rudolph is well known for representing accounting firms and clients in the financial services sector in complex commercial litigation. Ronald Zdrojeski is the key figure in New York; he has an excellent reputation in fraud, toxic torts and trade secrets litigation. A name to note in Washington DC is Brian Rubin, who focuses primarily on securities litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Zdrojeski; Amelia Toy Rudolph; Brian Rubin

Testimonials

‘Strong strategic thinking. Always thinking about the interaction between litigation strategy and long-term business goals.’

Key clients

Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Served as co-lead counsel to Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. in a multibillion-lawsuit arising from a nuclear project that was abandoned after several years of construction.

Katten

Katten displays particular strengths in financial services litigation, shareholder claims and general business disputes. Among the team's recent highlights, New York-based practice head David Crichlow represented UMB Bank as indenture trustee in a case against Caesars Entertainment Corporation for breach of its guarantee of payment under the trust indenture. Also in New York, Anthony Paccione stands out for his ongoing work for several major financial institutions, hedge funds and individual defendants in claims arising from the Madoff Ponzi scheme. Chicago-based Gil Sofer, who previously served as a federal prosecutor, is noted for his expertise in FCA and FCPA matters.

Practice head(s):

David Crichlow

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Paccione; Gil Sofer

Key clients

UBS AG

Republic Tobacco

Cree, Inc.

Allston Trading LLC

Praxair/Huntsman

Parq. Casino

UBS Bank / UBS Securities

Basin Concrete

Glencore, Ltd.

Lazard Freres & Co. LLC

Work highlights

  • Defended Praxair/Huntsma against an allegation that the company breached a complex gas supply agreement.
  • Representing UBS AG and UBS Securities LLC in an antitrust class action and a set of related individual cases.
  • Represented Republic Tobacco in a series of federal and state actions against sellers of counterfeit cigarette papers as part of a nationwide effort to combat the proliferation of illegal counterfeit products.

Kibbe & Orbe LLP

Based in New York, Kibbe & Orbe LLP has particular strength in financial services litigation, acting for commercial banks, investment firms, hedge funds and broker-deals in a wide range of matters. It is also very experienced in disputes involving media and entertainment companies. Rowan Gaither and David Massey  are defending a South American broadcasting company in a case involving allegations of antitrust, RICO and common law violations related to the high profile FIFA bribery scandal. David Daniels is a key member of the team in Washington DC, with notable expertise in securities and capital markets litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rowan Gaither; David Massey

Other key lawyers:

David Daniels; Shari Brandt; Matthew Riccardi; Margaret Meyers

Testimonials

‘The litigation team has assisted us in several matters, always providing excellent quality and proactivity, ensuring coordination with counsel in several jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C.,

BD IAP Holdings LLC

GSC Partners CDO Fund IV Ltd.

Mayer Brown LLP

Intercapital Capital Markets LLC

Domus BWW Funding, LLC

Versa Capital Management, Inc.

Torneos y Competencias S.A.

Special Committee of RMG Networks Holding Corp.

Vestis Investments II, LLC

Greg Josefowicz and Stacey Rauch

Rodam LLC and Versa Capital Fund

Domus BWW Funding, LLC

Versa Capital Management, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Black Diamon Capital Management, BD IAP Holding and GSC Partners CDO Fund in a lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court Commercial Division, seeking specific performance of an agreement to sell to our client certain securities in a closely-held company.
  • Representing Mayer Brown in a derivative lawsuit filed in New York.
  • Representing Incercapital Markets LLC and its former senior executives in a lawsuit filed in New York, seeking specific performance of an agreement to sell to our client certain securities in a closely-held company.

Linklaters LLP

Working in conjunction with colleagues across its global office network, the team at Linklaters LLP is regularly engaged in commercial litigation with a cross-border element. The firm is also well known for its work in international arbitration, including the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Adam Lurie heads up the practice in Washington DC; he previously served as a senior member of the DOJ and a white-collar prosecutor, and remains very active in financial disputes and class actions. Contacts in New York include James Warnot, who is acting as lead counsel to Fuji Xerox in disputes relating to Fujifilm's failed merger with Xerox in 2018; and Brenda DiLugi, who has experience in securities and antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lurie

Other key lawyers:

James Warnot; Brenda DiLugi

Key clients

Sibanye Stillwater

Société Générale

Australia and New Zealand Bank Group Limited

Government of Gabon

Metro bank

Fuji Xerox, Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Defending Sibanye-Stillwater in a fraud lawsuit claiming that the company concealed unsafe mining conditions from US investors.
  • Representing Société Générale in regulatory investigations, class actions and individual lawsuits in the Southern District of New York alleging a global fraud scheme in connection with foreign exchange trading.
  • Defending Metro Bank in a securities fraud case involving claims of a massive accounting fraud scandal resulting in hundreds-of-millions of dollars in losses for investors.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Largely based in Los Angeles, the team at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP focuses primarily on disputes in the financial services, healthcare, media and energy sectors, showing notable expertise in large-scale class actions. In an ongoing case, Christine Reilly is defending Porch and GoSmith in more than 20 lawsuits asserting that the companies violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, with total claims exceeding $350m. Trial lawyer Ronald Turovsky is also involved in significant disputes touching on various areas of commercial litigation. Currently, he is representing Blue Shield of California in an appeal concerning a high-value tax dispute. Matty Kanny and Adrianne Marshack are recommended for consumer class actions.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Turovsky

Other key lawyers:

Christine Reilly; Matt Kanny; Adrianne Marshack

Testimonials

‘Strategic approach, creative in problem solving, persevere to find negotiating position even in the most difficult of situations.’ 

Key clients

Aetna

Mattel & Fisher-Price

Gensler

GoSmith

Blue Shield of California

Porch.com

ViSalus

Shopify

Stevens Transport, Inc.

West Publishing Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Mattel and Fisher Price in numerous putative class actions filed across the US related to its Rock ‘n Play sleep product for infants.
  • Represented Aetna in its claims against settlement administrator Kurtzman Carson Consultants for indemnity and contribution arising from a highly publicized privacy incident.
  • Represented Stevens Transport, a trucking company, in a major antitrust class action filed in California federal court regarding alleged violations of the Sherman Act and California’s Cartwright Act.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP leverages its network of offices throughout the US to represent clients in a wide range of commercial disputes and class actions, often involving clients in the financial services and energy sectors. Jonathan Blank leads the practice from Charlottesville and has maintained a steady flow of cases in the natural resources sector, including natural gas litigation and cases involving mineral rights. In the Baltimore office, Ava Lias-Booker has an active trial practice covering a variety of commercial and civil disputes. David Powell in San Francisco is a name to note for financial services litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Blank

Other key lawyers:

Ava Lias-Booker; David Powell

Testimonials

‘Excellent team of professionals from the top to bottom, consisting of dedicated attorneys who truly care about the client and the outcome of cases.’ 

Key clients

Telos Corporation

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Known for its strength in class actions, cybersecurity disputes and complex commercial litigation, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has recently been engaged in a number of disputes relating to the impact of the pandemic on businesses in the US. With particular strength in real estate litigation and healthcare disputes, Deborah Baum continues to handle high value corporate disputes across all forums. Also recommended is Melissa Lesmes, who has been recognized throughout the market for her expertise in construction and insurance coverage disputes. Both named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Baum

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Gans; Dianne Sweeney; Michael Finnegan

Key clients

Lyft/Bay Area Motivate

Clark Construction Group

JUUL Labs, Inc.

Duke Energy

Boston Properties

FLUOR

Silicon Valley Bank

IDS Real Estate Group

The UP Companies, Inc.

Union Bank (MUFG)

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Based in New York, the litigation group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is best known for its expertise in shareholder litigation and financial services litigation involving private investment funds. Among the team's recent highlights, Michael Swartz obtained a major victory for Pantera Capital Management in a high-value case against a cryptocurrency investment fund manager. Another key contact in the team is William Gussman, who is recommended for his role in securities fraud and M&A litigation. Peter White  jointly leads the practice group alongside Swartz.

Practice head(s):

Michael Swartz; Peter White

Other key lawyers:

William Gussman

Key clients

Blackwells Capital

Harbert Discovery Fund

Hudson Bay Capital

Immunomedics

Pantera Capital Management

venBio Select Advisor

Veritas Capital

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester LLP has particular expertise in securities, insurance and tax litigation, but is also active in employment, trade finance and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Laura Steinberg stands out for her extensive experience in shareholder disputes and matters involving complex fiduciary issues. Practice head Gerry Silver has experience in financial services, IP, employment and insurance coverage disputes. Patrick Dinardo is noted for his expertise in bankruptcy and debt restructuring disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gerry Silver

Other key lawyers:

Laura Steinberg; Patrick Dinardo; Nicholas O’Donnell; Nathaniel Koslof; Jeffrey Gleit

Key clients

Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders

United Parcel Service, Inc.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

DBC Pri-Med, LLC

GLAS Trust Company

Capgemini America, Inc.

SDL, Inc.

Outbox Systems

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Leveraging a strong presence across Texas, Vinson & Elkins LLP has particular expertise in litigation in the energy sector, but has been involved in a range of commercial and civil litigation over the review period. In a recent matter, Matthew Moran (Dallas) represented an ad hoc group of lenders in relation to Pioneer Energy Services' Chapter 11 proceedings involving $175m in debt, resulting in a successful settlement. Jim Thompson (Houston), John Wander (Dallas), Craig Seebald (Washington DC) and Michael Holmes (Dallas) jointly lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Jim Thompson; John Wander; Craig Seebald; Michael Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Moran

Key clients

Energy Transfer Equity, LP

EZCORP, Inc.

Plains All-American Pipeline, LP

Herring Bancorp, Inc.

Marathon Oil Corporation

Software AG USA, Inc.

HEB Grocery Company, LP

Episcopalians of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Southwest Airlines, Inc.

AirTran Airways

Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc.

Angelo, Gordon & Co., LP

K&L Gates

The University of Texas MD Anderson

Zero Gravity Inc.

Vitol, Inc.

Apache Corp.

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

Dyno Nobel

Texas Capital Bank

Lone Star Funds

United States Pipe and Foundry Company, LLC

Carbo Ceramics

Taco Bueno Restaurants

Noble Energy, Inc.

Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of Zynga, Inc.

The San Miguel Electric Cooperative

ALTR Solutions, Inc. and current board members

Innovex Downhole Solutions, Inc

Houston Astros

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Hat Size 3 Media, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Apache in climate change litigation brought in the Northern District of California.
  • Defending the State Bar of Texas against three plaintiffs who allege the state’s requirement for attorneys to pay dues to the state bar as a condition of practicing law in the state violates their First Amendment rights.
  • Representing Texas Capital Bank in a lender-liability case brought by a real estate development company, 572-Three, Ltd., in the 458th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas.