Ms Katherine Forrest > Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP > NEW YORK, United States > Lawyer Profile

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
United States

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Katherine B. Forrest is a former U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  During her tenure on the bench, Ms. Forrest presided over a diverse range of matters.  She has significant experience in complex litigation (including in the areas of antitrust, pharmaceutical, financial services, toxic tort, intellectual property and significant employment matters), as well as criminal matters and investigations.  Over the course of her 28-year career, she has been regarded as a leader in legal issues relating to technology, including the digital environment, high‑speed trading and content distribution (from both the content provider and distributor sides).  She has recently given speeches on big data and artificial intelligence.

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United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has formidable strengths in antitrust and corporate securities litigation, with additional expertise in copyright infringement and contract breach cases. Another differentiator for the practice is the unique experience of its chair Katherine Forrest, who is a former US District Judge for the Southern District of New York and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice. She is supported by Kevin Orsini, who is also skilled in antitrust and corporate securities matters, and has handled disputes for clients including The Walt Disney Company. The firm has also been handling cases surrounding the downfall of The Weinstein Company following the scandals surrounding its founder, Harvey Weinstein.

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP maintains its long and illustrious history in the antitrust space, where it excels in high-stakes and complex litigation. The department, which is led by Christine Varney, is active across the gamut of litigation, from single-plaintiff suits to consumer class actions on a domestic and international scale. It also demonstrates expertise in various litigations that intersects with antitrust, including securities and IP disputes. One key practitioner here is chairman Evan Chesler, who handles myriad multi-district antitrust class action suits and made his reputation defending large corporations in bet-the-company cases. Gary Bornstein garnered praise for his recent defense work for Qualcomm Incorporated in the Ninth Circuit, in litigation brought by the FTC, whereas Kevin Orsini has carved out a reputation through his continued representation of American Express in a series of high-profile class actions. Other names to note are Peter Barbur, Katherine Forrest and Yonatan Even. All named attorneys are based in New York.