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David Boies - Boies Schiller Flexner LLP The ‘legendary’ David Boies has represented clients such as Apple, Barclays and The Weinstein Company in high-profile trials. Boies’ reputation precedes him; his historic work highlights include landmark lawsuits such as Bush v Gore (in which he acted for Gore) and Hollingsworth v Perry (in which he obtained the judgment legalizing same-sex marriage in California), as well as managing the antitrust case against Microsoft for the US government. In a more recent engagement, Boies was hired by Professor Lawrence Lessig in a challenge to the winner-take-all allocation of electoral votes.

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John Keker - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLPSenior statesman’ John Keker has numerous high-profile trials under his belt. His track record spans general commercial disputes as well as intellectual property disputes and white-collar defense work. Keker defended McGraw-Hill Companies against accusations of fraud in the residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDO) rating; the government sought over $5bn in statutory penalties. In another highlight, Keker represented Major League Baseball in an antitrust dispute filed by San Jose, pertaining to the Oakland Athletics’ relocation to the city.

Daniel Petrocelli - O'Melveny & Myers LLP The ‘outstanding’ Daniel Petrocelli maintains a busy national trial practice across areas ranging from intellectual property and unfair competition to entertainment and media. Petrocelli’s impressive reputation allows him to frequently secure lead trial counsel position; for example, he led the team for President Donald Trump and Trump University in two class actions filed in the Southern District of California, and is currently leading the defense of AT&T and Time Warner against an antitrust suit brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), pertaining to their $85.4bn merger. No stranger to appellate work, Petrocelli helped to secure the Florida Supreme Court victory for Sirius XM in a dispute regarding royalties for broadcasting pre-1972 sound recordings.

Dan Webb - Winston & Strawn LLP From general commercial lawsuits to insurance disputes, Dan Webb continues to build upon his three decades of experience in courtrooms across the country. Recently, Webb secured a victory for Beef Products in a high-profile defamation claim against the American Broadcasting Company and other defendants, arising from the series of broadcasts which misrepresented the plaintiff’s product and resulted in substantial business losses. In another highlight, Webb defended Cisco Systems in a trade secret misappropriation dispute with Backflip Software.

Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Theodore Wellswalks on water’ in high-profile trials nationwide, ranging from private class actions and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuits to claims involving sexual harassment and retaliation against entertainment companies. From ExxonMobil to the National Football League, the largest corporations trust Wells with high-stakes disputes; he sought settlement approval in concussion litigation for the latter, and is defending the former in environmental investigations brought by a coalition of state attorneys general.

Beth Wilkinson - Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz Beth Wilkinson is a ‘recognized leader in the field’, who has built her reputation as a lead counsel in over 45 jury trials across the country. Wilkinson has a strong track record as a generalist, handling white-collar defense matters as well as managing sport-related claims. In a notable example of the latter, she is representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in a dispute with college athletes who allege that the client’s practice of capping players’ benefits is anticompetitive. Wilkinson also acted for Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, in the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

Evan Chesler - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP The ‘excellentEvan Chesler’s ‘terrific’ expertise spans trial and appellate courts. Chesler is handling the Second Circuit appeal for American Express in a case against the DOJ and 17 state attorneys general regarding the violation of section 1 of the Sherman Act. With a strong specialism in pharmaceuticals, Chesler is representing Merck in two patent infringement claims pertaining to the marketing and sale of generic drugs, while managing qui tam actions involving allegations of False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute breaches for Novartis. Qualcomm is also a major client.

Randy Mastro - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Randy Mastro handles a wide range of cases, including white-collar crime. Mastro won a complete dismissal of SEC fraud charges filed against financier Lynn Tilton and is defending Evan Greebel, a former legal counsel for Retrophin, following his criminal indictment by the DOJ. In another highlight, Mastro handled the seven-week bench trial and secured a victory for Chevron in a racketeering lawsuit against attorney Steven Donziger, who was charged with a range of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations. Vale, Lavastone and Empire Merchants are also clients.

John Quinn - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP Major corporations put their trust in John Quinn’s abilities in high-profile trials, which frequently lead to complex appellate proceedings. For example, Quinn represented Samsung in the high-stakes patent infringement case which resulted in an 8-0 ruling in the client’s favor in the US Supreme Court. In another intellectual property case, he is defending Hyundai Motor Company against patent infringement claims filed by Michigan Motor Technologies in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Diane Sullivan - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Big-ticket, bet-the-company trials, whether mass tort or antitrust, are Diane Sullivan’s forte. Sullivan’s reputation for defending household names in product liability class actions also continues to thrive, as she secured a favorable judgment in an unfair trade practices suit for Philip Morris USA, following a three-week federal jury trial in a medical monitoring class action. Sullivan is also defending Johnson & Johnson in a product liability lawsuit in Missouri relating to the client’s talcum powder products. SAC Capital retained Sullivan to defend the company against conspiracy and fraud allegations made by Fairfax Financial Holdings concerning short sales of securities.

Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Elkan Abramowitz has a strong reputation in the New York courts and maintains a track record of representing directors in high-stakes trials. Recent highlights include handling accusations of sexual misconduct for a media mogul, acting for a senior executive of General Motors in the investigation into ignition-switch defects, and managing a federal trial for the CEO of a reverse distributor of pharmaceuticals. Advising individuals in DOJ investigations forms a substantial part of his practice.

David Beck - Beck ReddenOne of the finest lawyers’, David Beck tries cases ranging from insurance coverage disputes and professional liability claims to class actions. Beck is defending Duane Morris in a legal malpractice claim filed by investors including Ascent Resources, alleging that the defendant pretended to represent them in a lawsuit against the ex-CEO of Chesapeake Energy.

Richard Clary - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Richard Clary defends financial institutions in a range of general commercial disputes. In the Eastern District of New York, Clary is representing Credit Suisse in a lawsuit filed by US soldiers wounded in Iraq and the estates of deceased soldiers, involving claims under the anti-terrorism legislation. Clary is also handling RMBS matters for the client, including the suit filed by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Robin Gibbs - Gibbs & Bruns LLP Robin Gibbs maintains a broad commercial litigation specialism, and is representing Sanchez Oil & Gas and two related public companies in a trade secret misappropriation claim against its three former employees and Terra Energy Partners. In addition to managing trade secrets work, Gibbs handles construction and engineering disputes; for example, he is acting for Enterprise Products Operating in a suit against Amec Foster Wheeler pertaining to the construction of a petrochemical refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

Sandra Goldstein’s general commercial litigation experience includes major securities actions. For example, at her prior firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, which she left in April 2018, Goldstein handled a consolidated putative securities class action brought against client Mylan. Goldstein also represented Barnes & Noble Booksellers in a putative class action filed by online purchasers of video media, alleging violations of the federal Video Privacy Protection Act and corresponding state laws. Other highlights at her prior firm included acting for current and former executives of Qualcomm in a shareholder derivative suit, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and legislative violations.

Marc Kasowitz - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP Marc Kasowitz’s year was marked by obtaining a favorable judgment and settlement for Trump University in a claim challenging its business practices, brought by the New York Attorney General. Kasowitz is defending the AMC television network against a claim made by producer Frank Darabont, alleging unpaid contingent compensation for the television series The Walking Dead. TPG Capital and Vandelay Ventures are also clients.

Abbe Lowell - Winston & Strawn LLP Defense attorney Abbe Lowell’s reputation for high-profile white-collar work, including investigations, continues to thrive, as he is set to represent Jared Kushner in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. In another notable highlight, Lowell secured a favorable outcome for Senator Bob Menendez following his indictment by the DOJ and subsequent bribery charges.

Kathy Patrick - Gibbs & Bruns LLP The ‘superb and reliableKathy Patrick handles securities litigation as well as commercial cases, with highlights including enforcement of buyout agreements and defending a client against allegations of market allocation conspiracy. Patrick secured a settlement with the plan administrator for Lehman Brothers and other debtors on behalf of 14 institutional investor clients in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy proceedings.

William Price - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP Although William Price is based in Los Angeles, he has tried cases in courts across the country for clients such as Broadcom, Disney, Samsung and Motorola. Price’s broad practice spans a wide spectrum of intellectual property disputes as well as antitrust suits and securities litigation.

Robert Van Nest - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP Robert Van Nest handles a broad range of intellectual property matters as well as claims arising from commercial contracts. Van Nest represented Google in the mammoth patent and copyright infringement claim brought by Oracle, defended Arista Networks against claims of a similar nature made by Cisco, and acted for the defendant in Round Rock Research LLC v SanDisk Corporation.

Philip Beck - Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP In addition to being one of the key names for product liability and mass tort actions, Philip Beck handles intellectual property matters and has a track record representing corporate plaintiffs in claims against financial institutions. Beck is representing PwC in a professional negligence case filed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as the receiver for Colonial Bank, concerning the issue of the auditor’s responsibility to detect fraud.

Barry Berke - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLPOutstanding’ white-collar defense attorney Barry Berke is ‘stunningly excellent at trial’, and acts for directors, officers and corporates in matters ranging from RICO violations and tax offences to bribery and embezzlement. His track record includes securing a dismissal of tax fraud charges against David Parse, a former Deutsche Bank broker, and acting for a former SAC Capital Fund Advisors fund manager in an insider trading case.

Peter Bicks - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Peter Bicks’s expertise spans not only general commercial disputes, including RICO and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims, but also product liability and intellectual property trials. Bicks represented KBC Bank in a $1.5bn RICO claim filed by Lazare Kaplan and first-chaired a bench trial in the Southern District of New York. In addition to handling the penalty and remedies phase of a trial involving allegations of telemarketing violations against DISH, Bicks managed contractual and intellectual property violation claims against Bayer for Dow AgroSciences.

Arturo González - Morrison & Foerster LLP Arturo González maintains a ‘stellar reputation’, which places him ‘in league of his own when it comes to trial strategy and presentation’. González secured a victory for Los Angeles World Airports, following a five-week trial in San Mateo County Superior Court, stemming from the sale of fire trucks to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta airports. Uber is also a client; González is representing the company in the high-profile trade secrets dispute with Waymo.

Susan Harriman - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP Susan Harriman’s practice focuses on complex business disputes, particularly pertaining to real estate and wrongful termination matters. Harriman defended Electronic Arts in a royalties claim brought by a former employee who alleges that Madden Football video games are derivative works of the game he programmed.

Bill Isaacson - Boies Schiller Flexner LLP Bill Isaacson has a strong record in major antitrust and class action litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. In 2016, Isaacson led the team serving as co-lead class counsel in multidistrict litigation relating to price-fixing in the sale of multiple derivatives by a number of financial institutions; this resulted in a settlement of approximately $225m for the plaintiffs. He is also defending the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) against an antitrust lawsuit filed by UFC athletes accusing the organization of monopolistic practices.

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Brad Karp’s broad specialism in general commercial disputes includes securities litigation, regulatory matters and financial disputes. Karp defended Citigroup against several claims arising from Lehman Brothers’ collapse, including representing the client at trial in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In another highlight, Karp represented the National Football League in an appeal challenging the outcome of the ‘Deflategate’ internal investigation.

George Lombardi - Winston & Strawn LLPA dream to deal with in every respect’, George Lombardi is ‘as good as it gets’ when it comes to multimillion-dollar trials; he is ‘great at distilling complex concepts into simple thoughts’ and ‘extremely good with juries, while demonstrating excellent judgment’. Lombardi obtained an 11-1 jury verdict for Philip Morris USA in a consumer fraud claim alleging false advertising of Marlboro Lights. Patent infringement claims for pharmaceutical companies form a large part of Lombardi’s practice; for example, he defended Actavis in a suit filed by Orexo pertaining to generic drugs manufacturing.

Gary Naftalis - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP The ‘experienced’ Gary Naftalis is based in New York, where he is representing corporations as well as executives in a range of civil, criminal and regulatory cases. His career highlights include representing Ian Schrager in the Studio 54 tax evasion matter and defending Walt Disney’s CEO Michael Eisner in a shareholders derivative claim; in a more recent highlight, Naftalis acted for Congregation Jeshuat Israel in an ownership dispute with a New York City congregation over Touro Synagogue.

James Quinn - Berg & Androphy Highly complex commercial disputes define James Quinn’s practice, spanning areas such as antitrust, securities, intellectual property, entertainment and sports. Historic highlights include Stan Lee Media v Marvel Inc (a copyright dispute concerning the ownership of a number of Marvel’s characters), City of Omaha v CBS Corp (a putative securities fraud class action) and EchoStar, Inc v ESPN, Inc (which concerned allegations of contractual breaches against the client).

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLPSuperb trial lawyer’ Reid Weingarten is a white-collar criminal defense specialist and has a formidable track record in high-profile cases. Recently he led the defense of Richard Ireland against 79 counts of honest services bribery and money laundering in connection with allegations that Ireland bribed Pennsylvania’s former state treasurer, resulting in a full acquittal. Weingarten splits his time between Washington DC and New York.

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