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

Litigation.

Position

Michael T. Reynolds is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.

He represents a broad range of public and private companies as well as non‑profit organizations in complex civil litigation and internal investigations relating to securities, antitrust, contract, copyright, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and compliance with federal and international laws and regulations.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

Praised for its ability to ‘muster impressively cohesive intellectual firepower‘, New York-headquartered Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP provides a seamless service to a wide range of financial services clients, from the initial agency investigation and enforcement action through to the private class actions that frequently follow in their wake. The team continues to handle a significant amount of antitrust-related disputes for financial services clients, including American Express, which renowned trial lawyer Evan Chesler successfully represented before the US Supreme Court (thereby bringing an end to an eight year lawsuit brought by the DOJ and 17 state attorneys general). In another notable market manipulation-related dispute, John Buretta successfully secured the dismissal of a consolidated class action brought against Nomura International as one of the alleged participants in collusion and price fixing among numerous financial institutions of supranational, sub-sovereign and agency bonds. Appreciated by clients for his ‘strong intellect and excellent bedside manner‘, Richard Clary is regularly at the forefront of the most significant financial services litigation handled by the firm, including his defense, along with Lauren Moskowitz and Michael Reynolds, of Credit Suisse in residential-mortgage backed securities (RMBS) litigation brought against it in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis. Daniel Slifkin and Michael Paskin are also regularly involved in financial services-related litigation and have both been pivotal to the firm’s defense of Morgan Stanley in individual and class action lawsuits alleging collusion among banks to restrain competition in the market for certain derivatives.

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 > Dispute resolution > Appellate

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP regularly handles the appellate stage in matters in which the group is already conducting trial court litigation. In the antitrust enforcement case of Ohio v American Express Co., the team successfully defended the respondent against claims brought before the US Supreme Court; Evan Chesler presented arguments and convinced the Court to reject antitrust challenges to American Express’ anti-steering provisions contained in its merchant contracts. In a highlight at the New York State Court of Appeals, the trio of Richard Clary, Michael Reynolds and Lauren Moskowitz secured a victory for Credit Suisse Securities USA by achieving the dismissal of claims brought pursuant to the Martin Act, a New York anti-fraud law. Antony Ryan and Gary Bornstein are also key figures. In September 2018, former judge Katherine Forrest re-joined the firm.