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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Extraordinary’ firm Winston & Strawn LLP receives accolades for its ‘excellent client service, strategic advice and execution’. The firm opened an additional Texas office in Dallas in 2017, expanding its presence in the state; the ‘simply excellent’ team there includes Steven Stodghill, Thomas Melsheimer and John Sanders. The firm’s roots are in Chicago, where many of its leading litigators are based, including co-chairs Stephen D’Amore and George Lombardi, though it has dispute resolution experts stationed in several key jurisdictions in the US. In June 2017, the team secured a major win for BPI in a defamation lawsuit against American Broadcasting Company; after several weeks of trial in South Dakota, the case settled. In Los Angeles, ‘smart and tireless litigatorGayle Jenkins is recommended.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Winston & Strawn LLP’s Chicago-based practice regularly represents manufacturers in the food, beverages, cosmetics and electronics industries in class actions and product liability suits. The class actions team is co-led by Amanda Groves in Charlotte and Los Angeles-based Stephen Smerek. Scott Glaubermann heads the products team and George Lombardi is another key figure. Stephen D’Amore and Washington DC-based Andrew Nichols continue to represent Archer Daniels Midland in a class action alleging equine products were contaminated with a chemical additive that is poisonous to horses. In other work, Kimball Anderson acted for Dell in a putative class action alleging false advertising of the battery life of Inspiron laptops. In early 2017, trial expert Thomas Melsheimer joined the firm from Fish & Richardson P.C., in course of the establishment of a new office in Dallas.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

The ‘excellentWinston & Strawn LLP is particularly active in defence work. Los Angeles’ David Enzminger, noted for his ‘command of subject matter’ and ‘excellent client service’, and Chicago’s Michael Brody lead the team. A recent highlight was the successful representation of Teva in a Federal Circuit case regarding the interpretation of the on-sale bar as amended by the America Invents Act. Securing a precedent-setting opinion from the Federal Circuit on behalf of Smith International regarding a patent on an oil well drilling device was another major success. Dell, Schlumberger and Hospira are also on the client roster. The practice has recently opened a Dallas office, staffed among others by former Fish & Richardson P.C. litigators Thomas Melsheimer, Tom Walsh, Michael Bittner and Brett Johnson. In Silicon Valley, Michael Rueckheim and Kathi Vidal joined from Fish & Richardson P.C. and Esha Bandyopadhyay joined from Turner Boyd. New Los Angeles additions Andrew Grossman from Paul Hastings LLP and Nimalka Wickramasekera from Kirkland & Ellis LLP further strengthen the group. Other key lawyers are Chicago’s George Lombardi and Kurt Mathas. Luke Culpepper went in-house to ARM; Tyler VanHoutan joined McGuireWoods LLP and Constance Ramos left to found AKIRA IP.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

John Keville heads Winston & Strawn LLP’s group from Houston, where Sheryl Falk is also noted. The team assists clients such as Walmart, Yahoo! and Logitech with contentious matters involving breaches of restrictive covenants, unfair competition and data theft. Dallas-based Thomas Melsheimer, who joined the firm from Fish & Richardson P.C., led a team which obtained a favorable judgment for the defendants in a billion-dollar jury trial in Tech Pharmacy Services, LLC v Alixa Rx LLC, et al.

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