Mr Evan Chesler > Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP > NEW YORK, United States > Lawyer Profile

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
WORLDWIDE PLAZA
825 EIGHTH AVENUE
10019-7475
United States

Work Department

Litigation.

Position

Evan R. Chesler is Cravath’s Chairman.  He has broad experience in both trial and appellate courts, and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts all over the country.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

(Hall of Fame)

Evan CheslerCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

(Leading trial lawyers)

Evan CheslerCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Evan CheslerCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Based in New York, Evan Chesler maintains a versatile trial practice and continues to attract leading work from a wide range of clients. Following California’s wildfires in 2017 and 2018, Chesler represented Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Chapter 11 proceedings related to the catastrophic event, culminating in a $13.5bn settlement with the individual plaintiffs and an additional $11bn settlement with the insurance companies. Currently, Chesler is acting for Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and other members of the board in two major stockholder class and derivative suits involving multibillion-dollar transactions.

Evan CheslerCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Based in New York, Evan Chesler maintains a versatile trial practice and continues to attract leading work from a wide range of clients. Following California’s wildfires in 2017 and 2018, Chesler represented Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Chapter 11 proceedings related to the catastrophic event, culminating in a $13.5bn settlement with the individual plaintiffs and an additional $11bn settlement with the insurance companies. Currently, Chesler is acting for Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and other members of the board in two major stockholder class and derivative suits involving multibillion-dollar transactions.

United States > Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP represents investment banks, broker-dealers, funds, and other financial institutions in disputes, with particular expertise in handling antitrust and securities litigation. The team’s ability to handle high-profile antitrust work is demonstrated by its recent representation of American Express in a series of cases related to the company’s anti-steering clause, as well as other alleged anti-competitive practices; these cases, brought by retailers, allege violations of the Sherman Act as well as California’s Cartwright Act, and are being led by Evan Chesler and Peter Barbur. Daniel Slifkin serves as head of litigation, and in addition to representing a number of major banks in antitrust cases, he is also acting for Westpac in class action securities litigation arising from Westpac’s breach of Australian anti-money laundering and terrorism financing laws. Lauren Moskowitz is also recommended, and is noted for her work on RMBS litigation. Richard Clary retired at the end of 2020, but Michael Addis, Justin Clarke, and Lauren Rosenberg were all promoted to partner at the beginning of 2020.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

(Leading lawyers)

Evan CheslerCravath, 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.

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

(Leading lawyers)

Evan CheslerCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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.