Hall Of Fame

Leading trial lawyers in United States

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Evan Chesler Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Considered to be one of the best litigators in the US, Evan Chesler continues to be involved in jury trials in both trial and appellate courts, as well as in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. A current standout mandate is representing Starz Entertainment in a copyright infringement and breach of contract action which is scheduled to be tried next year. Chesler also continues to represent Elon Musk and Tesla board members in an action related to the board’s approval of a performance-based compensation plan for Mr. Musk, scheduled to be tried in April 2022. Chesler is based in the New York office.

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‘Evan Chesler is the best trial lawyer in the US in my opinion.’

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    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

    Karen Dunn – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Washington DC based litigation partner Karen Dunn leads many of the most significant cases in the US, particularly those where settlement is not an option. In 2021, Dunn had a major trial victory for Apple in Epic v. Apple.  Other notable representations within the technology sector include leading the team defending Uber against Waymo in a billion dollar trade secrets case over the future of self-driving cars.

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Diane SullivanWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Diane Sullivan in New York concentrates on high-value disputes and bet-the-company trials. Among her many successes is a highly favorable settlement for Giant Eagle in the first-ever federal jury trial against pharmacies in the opioid MDL which highlights her cross-practice expertise and high-profile work. Mass torts are another specialism in her varied practice. As first-chair lawyer in a mass tort trial, Diane secured the first defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey state court.

    Winston & Strawn LLP

    Dan Webb – Winston & Strawn LLP. A career-long trial lawyer who has been first-chair lawyer in over 100 jury trials, Dan Webb‘s strong track record includes acting as chief trial counsel in one of the most significant antitrust merger challenges in the healthcare industry in the past decade. In 2021, he was particularly prolific in the aviation industry and white-collar criminal trials continue to be area of particular strength for him. He also focuses on major commercial, civil and regulatory disputes. Webb’s practice is based in Chicago.

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      Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

      Theodore Wells – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. New York-based Theodore Wells has conducted many of the most influential matters in the US. Historical cases of note include serving as lead counsel to New Jersey Governer Phil Murphy in an unprecedented lawsuit involving a Democratic power broker attempting to stop an investigation by a special governor’s task force into the state’s tax incentive programs. Wells is highly regarded for SEC investigations, exemplified by his defence of ExxonMobil in a three-year SEC investigation which ended with no enforcement action being recommended against the company. He was also retained to represent ExxonMobil in a series of tort suits.

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        Wilkinson Stekloff

        Beth Wilkinson – Wilkinson Stekloff. Founding partner Beth Wilkinson, based in Washington DC, has been lead counsel in over 50 jury trials in the US. Wilkinson continues to have a full trial and appellate practice, with big ticket work including antitrust class actions being among its key components.

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          Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

          Greg Andres – Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. With over 20 years trial experience on both the government and defense sides, New York-based Greg Andres concentrates on criminal and complex civil litigation. Clients include household names such as Facebook and WhatsApp Inc., who Andres is currently acting for in a pioneering litigation in Californian federal court. On the government side, Andres represented a senior Department of Justice official in the congressional investigations into the events of January 6, 2021 at the Capitol.

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            Gibbs & Bruns LLP

            Robin Gibbs Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Based in Houston, founding partner Robin Gibbs‘ diverse practice involves high-stakes litigation. A recent multi-million dollar trial win was in the oil and gas sector for private client David Dunwoody, Jr. Another high-stakes case in this sector is leading a large plaintiff’s suit involving $1billion+ in cost overruns. Gibbs is also known for financial services and private client disputes; in a standout highlight he continues to represent Trustmark National Bank over many years in three lawsuits related to the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group with damages in excess of $5 billion.

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              Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

              William Isaacson – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Mandates covered by Washington DC-based William Isaacson  include complex class actions. His practice focuses on antitrust matters; notably securing an arbitration victory on behalf of Uber in a high-profile, lengthy antitrust action against the company. Isaacson has acted in antitrust class actions on the defense and the plaintiff side, a unique element to his practice. On the plaintiff side, he also undertakes significant and impactful pro bono work. Current notable mandates include defending Apple in a crucial class action for the business and securing a favorable settlement for Apple in early October 2021.

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                Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

                Marc KasowitzKasowitz Benson Torres LLP. Marc Kasowitz is a well renowned trial lawyer and litigator, and is often lauded for his litigation work in the financial services industry. At present he is leading a litigation involving losses in the residential mortgage-backed securities market and was particularly successful in this area in 2021. A significant historical win involves successfully arguing in the New York Court of Appeals that a $120 million lawsuit against Goldman Sachs on behalf of ACA Financial Guaranty should be reinstated. Kasowitz is based in New York.

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                  Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

                  David Lender – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Working from the firm’s New-York office, David Lender has over 25 years of experience in areas such as antitrust litigation and complex class actions. Of note is his representation of General Electric in multiple high-value IP disputes. Lender’s appearances in a variety of courts also include representing ExxonMobil in federal and state courts in connection with the use of the chemical MTBE in gasoline.

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                    Gibbs & Bruns LLP

                    Kathy Patrick Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Kathy Patrick, based in Houston, is particularly relied upon by clients for securities, antitrust, and general commercial matters. Patrick is currently representing a group of major opt-out plaintiffs in a direct action against Visa and Mastercard. Emblematic of the firm, she represents both plaintiffs and defendants and in the financial services sector, following the financial crash in 2008, Patrick represented 14 institutional investors, securing over $20bn from major financial institutions, including Bank of America, JPMorgan and Citigroup.

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                      O'Melveny & Myers LLP

                      Daniel Petrocelli – O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Working from the firm’s Los Angeles office, Daniel Petrocelli is highly regarded for media and entertainment disputes, though he is also regularly instructed in areas such as employment, IP and sports litigation. A significant matter in his career includes being instructed by Johnson & Johnson as lead trial counsel in a case regarding its alleged role in the US opioid crisis. Petrocelli is chair of O’Melveny’s trial practice and a vice chair of the firm.

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                        Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

                        John Quinn – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Firm founder John Quinn has a strong track record as a trial lawyer, especially within the financial services sector. Uniquely, he has represented plaintiffs pursuing action against global financial institutions and has been involved in litigations recovering over $40 billion from international financial giants. Quinn is also a key player in the firm’s insolvency practice, a standout highlight from 2021 being acting for Softbank Vision Fund in relation to the global bankruptcy of the Greensill Capital group, in which Quinn’s client was a large investor and shareholder. Quinn works from the firm’s Los Angeles office.

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                          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

                          Daniel Slifkin Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. New-York based Daniel Slifkin‘s trial practice, of which securities disputes are an important component, continues to thrive. Slifkin is one of few litigators to have taken a securities fraud class action through to a jury verdict. A standout recent highlight is acting as first chair in a case relating to securities offerings conducted in connection with Occidental’s $57 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, the largest oil and gas merger in over 20 years, and he won a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s claim of violations of federal security law in March 2021. Other key clients include Westpac Banking and Alcoa.

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                            Winston & Strawn LLP

                            Tom Melsheimer – Winston & Strawn LLP. ‘Smart, prepared, entertaining and convincing‘ litigator and trial lawyer Tom Melsheimer has a broad practice both as a federal prosecutor and as a private practitioner. Experienced in high value matters, Melsheimer was retained to defend Kent Thiry in a large-scale DaVita criminal antitrust trial scheduled for March 2022. On the government side, Melsheimer was instrumental as first-trial lawyer in achieving an injunction blocking Texas Governor Abbott’s Texas-wide ban on mask mandates in public schools. Melsheimer is based in Dallas.

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                            ‘Tom Melsheimer is smart, prepared, entertaining and convincing. His presentations are cogent and empathetic.’

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                              Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

                              Elkan Abramowitz – Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Elkan Abramowitz, who founded the firm, is a white-collar crime expert based in New York. Recent notable mandates include Abramowitz’s representation of the Chamber of the office of the Governor of New York in relation to inquiries about nursing home orders and reports. Abramowitz has been recognized by clients for his ‘deep knowledge and great wisdom.’

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                              ‘Elkan Abramowitz has deep knowledge and great wisdom.’

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                                Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

                                Barry Berke – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Barry Berke, who works in the firm’s New York office, is known for representing clients in high-profile trials, investigations and complex litigation. A standout mandate of Berke’s in the investigations sphere was the Senate impeachment trial concerning the former US president Donald Trump, in which he acted as chief impeachment counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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                                  Latham & Watkins LLP

                                  Andrew Clubok – Latham & Watkins LLP. Based in New York and Washington DC, Andrew Clubok is experienced in trial, appellate, and administrative litigation in such sectors as financial services, automotive, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. Clubock has gained a wealth of experience in complex shareholder litigation, representing clients such as Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook), Peloton, Twitter, Lyft and high-profile directors and officers, among which is Mark Zuckerberg. Notably in 2021, Clubock led the team to securing a complete victory for Riverstone Holdings LLC and two of its subsidiaries in a shareholder derivative suit and putative class action filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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                                    Morrison Foerster

                                    Arturo González Morrison Foerster. Described by a client as ‘one of the finest trial lawyer in the country’, San Francisco-based trial lawyer Arturo González is known for his corporate defense and pro bono work and is well respected in these areas. He is also trusted by large companies such as Uber and VMware for high-stakes litigation and trial work.

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                                    ‘Arturo Gonzalez, one of the finest trial lawyer in the country. His ability to educate and engage a jury on complex technologies is true artistry.’

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                                      Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

                                      Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Firm chairman Brad Karp continues to successfully defend high-profile financial institutions and corporations including Morgan Stanley and Blackstone Alternative Asset Management in their most challenging litigations. He has also represented the NFL over several years, notably achieving in October 2021 a settlement of claims by retired black players alleging race-based adjustments in dementia testing in the settlement payout process. Karp is based in New York.

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                                        Winston & Strawn LLP

                                        Abbe Lowell – Winston & Strawn LLP. Washington DC based Abbe Lowell‘s success rate in the courtroom is particularly impressive, with twenty-seven wins and just one loss to his name. Work includes representing high-profile individuals such as former US Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor in relation to an extradition request by the US Department of Justice and the Ministry of Justice of Japan. Lowell is also currently first-chair lawyer defending a real estate developer Ruel Hamilton in a federal case involving corruption.

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                                          Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

                                          Craig Martin Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Based in Chicago, Craig Martin ‘knows the law and is incredibly responsive‘ according to one client. He has been trying cases for over a decade; these span  several areas, including patent infringement, antitrust, commercial contract, trade disputes, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements. White-collar criminal defense work and civil rights cases are also frequent mandates for Martin. Following a trial in the Middle District of Florida in 2021, he secured a significant victory for Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, Inc. in a high-profile action related to its consulting services.

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                                          ‘Craig Martin knows the law and is incredibly responsive. Great results!’

                                           

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                                            Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

                                            Orin Snyder – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Orin Snyder is co-chair of the firm’s global trial practice group and is particularly well regarded as a technology, media and entertainment litigator. In a standout, long-running case, he represented the founders and early employees of Tinder in their claim in New York state court against Match Group, Inc. and IAC/InterActiveCorp. After a trial that began in November 2021, the defendants settled the case in the amount of $441 million. Snyder is based in New York.

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                                              Kirkland & Ellis LLP

                                              James HurstKirkland & Ellis LLP. Mandates taken on by James Hurst include patent, product liability, contract and trade secrets litigation, for which he has a strong track record. Historical matters include representing Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and affiliates in a US District Court as part of a consolidated patent infringement action against 16 pharmaceutical companies and their affiliates. He has also handled multiple appeals before the US Supreme Court.

                                              Winston & Strawn LLP

                                              Jeffrey Kessler – Winston & Strawn LLP. New-York based Jeffrey Kessler has served as lead trial counsel in some of the most complex antitrust, sports, trade, and commercial trials in the US. His practice often focuses on antitrust and sports law; notably securing a unanimous US Supreme Court verdict for classes of Division I college football and basketball players against the NCAA in a landmark antitrust challenge in 2021.

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                                                Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

                                                Ashok Ramani – Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. As head of Davis Polk’s IP litigation practice, patent and trade secret litigation and investigations make up a large proportion of Ashok Ramani‘s practice. Acting as lead counsel for both plaintiff and defendant clients, he has secured multiple, high-value settlements for plaintiffs and achieved a ‘no violation’ finding on multiple patents before the ITC.

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                                                  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

                                                  Peter Bicks – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. When facing some of their biggest challenges, clients look to New York-based Peter Bicks who is highly regarded for his expertise in product liability trials and large-scale class actions. In one such example, in 2021 Bicks co-led the team which represented Johnson & Johnson in three significant litigation matters related to California’s Proposition 65 and won motions to dismiss as well as an early summary judgment.

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                                                    Williams & Connolly LLP

                                                    Dane Butswinkas – Williams & Connolly LLP. Based in Washington DC, Dane Butswinkas has amassed experience in both state and federal courts across a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, real estate, manufacturing and media and entertainment. Notably, he gained a complete bench trial victory in Delaware defending AstraZenca in a suit brought by a company seeking $275m in milestone payments after the two companies merged several years previously.

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                                                      Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

                                                      Jay Cohen Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. New-York based Jay Cohen is former co-chair of the firm’s litigation department and is particularly renowned for his expertise in commercial, media and entertainment, antitrust and intellectual property disputes. A recent victory for the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and 14 independent music publishers in a copyright infringement action against Peloton Interactive, one of the largest copyright cases ever brought in the music industry, demonstrates his prowess in this area.

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                                                        Greenberg Traurig LLP

                                                        Lori Cohen – Greenberg Traurig LLP. The 'especially talentedLori Cohen is well known for her work defending global pharmaceutical and medical device companies and continues to deliver precedent-setting wins after amassing over 25 years experience as a trial lawyer. In 2021, as lead trial counsel, Cohen won a complete defense verdict for C. R. Bard Inc. in an IVC filter case in Louisiana. Cohen works out of the firm’s Atlanta office.

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                                                        ‘Lori Cohen is especially talented. She gives her entire self to the case and to preparing for and during trial. She is personable with the judge, the jury, and even opposing counsel.’

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                                                          Kirkland & Ellis LLP

                                                          Sandra Goldstein Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Renowned for her forté in securities and M&A litigation, New York based Sandra Goldstein has achieved more than 20 pretrial wins, including in a multi-billion dollar securities fraud class action lawsuit where she won a significant summary judgment. In an ongoing matter, Goldstein defended Constellation Brands and some of its subsidiaries in a case brought by Modelo de Mexico involving contract and trademark claims relating to the use of the Corona trademarks.

                                                          Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

                                                          Tarek Ismail – Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP. Firm founder and ‘great trial lawyerTarek Ismail, who is based in Chicago, tries complex cases in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors, especially those involving large companies. Clients who instruct Ismail include Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, and Pfizer. He was lead defense counsel for medical device manufacturer Rex Medical in a jury trial scheduled for September 2021; the case was settled just before the trial was due to start.

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                                                          ‘Tarek Ismail is perhaps the smartest person I have ever met. Great trial lawyer.’

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                                                            Winston & Strawn LLP

                                                            George Lombardi – Winston & Strawn LLP. Chicago-based George Lombardi ‘offers good strategic insights and has a depth of experience actually trying cases‘. He is best known for his strong track record in complex life sciences and consumer product issues, as well as acting for clients in the healthcare sector. His cases often involve significant and complex legal issues, and his success rate is impressive. Notably, Lombardi represented Monsanto Company in the first product liability jury trial involving Roundup in the US, defending against claims that the herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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                                                            ‘George Lombardi is a smart, talented lawyers and a good collaborator. He offers good strategic insights and has a depth of experience trying cases that is beneficial both at trial and during the case work-up process.’

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                                                              Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

                                                              David Marriott – Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. David Marriott has gained litigation and arbitration experience over several years in intellectual property and employment issues as well as in antitrust and securities matters. Marriott continues to work at the forefront of these issues, including acting for Viatris in a consolidated putative securities class action in 2021 in relation to its EpiPen product. In an upcoming jury trial, he is representing Alcon Laboratories in more than 50 class actions. Marriott is based in New York.

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                                                                MoloLamken LLP

                                                                Steven Molo – MoloLamken LLP. New York-based Steven Molo utilizes his ‘great analytical abilities and communication skills‘ to represent senior management of companies and government officials in their most challenging white collar matters in court. Although securities class action cases do not often go to trial, Molo is trusted to represent clients when they do. Indicative of this; in 2021 Molo was retained not long before trial to represent the plaintiff in a high value Dakota Plains securities fraud class action in the Sothern District of New York.

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                                                                ‘Steven Molo has great analytical abilities and communication skills.’

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                                                                  Gibbs & Bruns LLP

                                                                  Barrett Reasoner – Gibbs & Bruns LLP. Houston-based Barrett Reasoner has a diverse trial practice, spanning antitrust issues through to environment, trade secrets, defamation and energy disputes. Notably as first chair lawyer, he helped to secure a total defense verdict for private client Richard Murphy, a subsea tree engineer, after a three-week jury trial in a multi-million dollar trade secrets case. Simultaneously, he was retained to represent national merchant retailers in a complex direct antitrust action against Visa and Mastercard.

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                                                                    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

                                                                    Charles Verhoeven – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, LLP. Experienced trial lawyer Charles Verhoeven, who heads up the firm’s offices in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is particularly prolific when it comes to representing high-tech companies in make-or-break litigations. IP litigation is a particular strength for Verhoeven, currently serving as lead counsel in a cross-border matter for Google LLC in an ongoing patent litigation brought by Sonos LL. Verhoeven is also significantly experienced in appellate proceedings. 

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                                                                      Irell & Manella LLP

                                                                      Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP 

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                                                                        Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.

                                                                        Mark Hansen - Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.

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                                                                          Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

                                                                          John Keker - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP 

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                                                                            WilmerHale

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                                                                              Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

                                                                              Gary Naftalis – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

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                                                                                Berg & Androphy

                                                                                James Quinn - Berg & Androphy

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                                                                                  Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

                                                                                  Robert Van Nest – Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

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                                                                                    Steptoe & Johnson LLP

                                                                                    Reid Weingarten – Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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                                                                                      Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

                                                                                      Michael Dell - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

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                                                                                        Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

                                                                                        Susan Harriman - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

                                                                                        Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

                                                                                        William Price - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

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