Ms Vanessa Lavely > Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP > NEW YORK, United States > Lawyer Profile

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
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Litigation

Position

Vanessa A. Lavely is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.  She has handled a wide variety of litigation cases, including antitrust, intellectual property, environmental, general commercial and securities matters.  Ms. Lavely has significant trial experience; she has tried nine cases in federal and state courts to date.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Intellect and litigation strategy are key strengths’ at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, which is noted for its ‘solid, remarkably thorough work’. The firm had another busy year in 2018, continuing to handle high-profile and high-stakes cases. Highlights included representing Qualcomm in consolidated actions in the Southern District of California against Apple concerning Qualcomm’s patent licensing and modem chipset businesses; the team included Evan Chesler, J Wesley Earnhardt and Vanessa Lavely, who was promoted to partner in 2018. Elsewhere, Benjamin Gruenstein represented Avon in a breach of contract dispute filed by ASG, Technologies, while in the New York State Court of Appeals, Richard ClaryMichael Reynolds and Lauren Moskowitz secured the dismissal of a Martin Act claim against client Credit Suisse filed by the New York Attorney General. In a significant development in September 2018, former District Judge for the Southern District of New York Katherine Forrest returned to the firm. Darin McAtee is ‘a first-rate trial lawyer with outstanding performance in the courtroom’ and Omid Nasab is also recommended. Key litigator David Marriott is another name to note.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York has particular strengths in the pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. On the pharmaceuticals side, Keith Hummel and David Greenwald defended Amgen in pioneering BPCIA litigation brought by AbbVie in 2016, alleging infringement of ten AbbVie patents by Amgen’s Amjevita, a biosimilar to blockbuster drug Humira. On the telecoms side, the group represents Qualcomm in a series of suits regarding modem chips, including several cases against Apple and a case against the Federal Trade Commission concerning an alleged breach of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Act. A major technology highlight was the successful representation of Alarm.com in a Federal Circuit case following IPRs against Vivint, which had filed for patent infringement of home security technology patents. Other notable instructions came from DRI Capital, Juno Therapeutics and OrbusNeich. Richard StarkDavid KapposDavid Greenwald and chairman Evan Chesler are other names to note. Vanessa Lavely made partner, and former US district judge Katherine Forrest joined the team.

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

The advice provided by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s antitrust team is ‘practical and takes business realities into consideration‘. David Marriott and Lauren Moskowitz are currently representing Alcon Laboratories in over 50 putative class actions alleging violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act by the client’s pricing policies for its contact lenses. Also notable are Evan CheslerPeter Barbur, Rory Leraris and Kevin Orsini, who together secured a complete victory for American Express in the Second Circuit and US Supreme Court to end a longstanding dispute first brought by the DOJ then followed by several state attorneys alleging the client’s card agreement ‘non-discrimination’ provisions violated the Sherman Act. Clients also recommend Lauren Roberta Kennedy and Karin DeMasi, who are ‘both extremely responsive and give great legal counsel‘. Katherine Forrest joined the team from her position with the government, and Vanessa Lavely was recently promoted to partner.

United States > Antitrust > Merger control

Christine Varney leads the merger control practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, which recently welcomed former US district judge Katherine Forrest. The group was recently appointed by Akorn to oversee its pending sale to Fresenius Kabi, and Varney acted for Alere in its sale to Abbott Laboratories. Also notable are Margaret Segall D’Amico, who represented Jose Cuervo in the antitrust issues arising from its acquisition of the Pendleton Whiskey brand assets from Hood River Distillers, and Julie North, who handled Crown Castle’s acquisition of Lightower from Berkshire Partners, Pamlico Partners and other investors. Recent-made partner Vanessa Lavely is also a key name.