Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Litigation - California


What the team is known for Los Angeles litigation boutique with a broad base of expertise in commercial disputes of all types. Particular recent activity in securities cases and matters relating to the entertainment industry. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been excellent - they think not only as lawyers, but as businessmen as well, and look for practical solutions."

"We have always found the work of the firm and its lawyers to be top-quality and fairly priced."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of a group of investors in a dispute relating to their multimillion-dollar losses to a fraudulent investment scheme.

Represented Ansett Aircraft in its litigation against a competitor, gaining a preliminary injunction preventing the use of Ansett's trade secrets.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Caldwell's commercial litigation practice encompasses work in the entertainment industry, as well as dealing with issues involving professional liability claims. 

Significant clients CBS, Nike, Charlotte Russe, Gap, Shell Oil.

What the team is known for Expertise in privacy class actions, as well as consumer class actions for a range of high-profile clients. Regularly acts for major clients in the internet and technology spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a great, solid Silicon Valley team." 

Work highlights Defended Qualcomm in a suit alleging the misappropriation of trade secrets and the subsequent improper inclusion of those secrets in patent applications.

Acted for LinkedIn in privacy class actions arising from the theft and publication of user passwords.

Notable practitioners  

Firm chairman Stephen Neal is cited by sources as "a very strong litigator in general." He focuses largely on general commercial litigation, and also regularly handles disputes related to federal and state securities law.

The "excellent" John Dwyer draws warm praise from sources, who describe him as a "very, very good lawyer." He is cochair of Cooley's national securities litigation group, focusing on this area as well as disputes arising from M&A.

Michael Rhodes is described by sources as an "extremely effective and very formidable" lawyer who gives "really solid, practical and efficient ways to manage dispute resolution." He handles litigation arising from IP and privacy issues, as well as shareholder and venture capital disputes.

Significant clients Facebook, eBay, Google, Rigel Pharmaceuticals, AUO Optronics.

What the team is known for Preeminent California firm specializing in the representation of plaintiffs, with deep experience in disputes on the West Coast. Offers the full range of litigation services, with particular expertise in pharmaceutical, antitrust, environmental and consumer protection issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are a big case, big gun firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Cotchett enjoys a sterling reputation for his work representing plaintiffs over a long career practicing in California. He represents clients ranging from large multinationals to individuals. He is known as "a giant of the plaintiff securities litigation Bar."

What the team is known for Healthy reputation in California for a broad range of commercial disputes. Has handled a number of recent cases involving healthcare and pharmaceutical clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very strategic, cost-effective and really care about the outcome of the matter. We have been extremely happy with them."

"They are amazing writers. I expect them to produce high-quality work, and they deliver."

Work highlights Represented car rental service provider Enterprise Holdings in a series of federal and state consumer class action cases.

Continued to act for The Regents of the University of California in its suit against Medivation concerning the licensing of a number of cancer drugs developed by a team at the university.

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" Gregory Call elicits praise from sources for being "exceedingly articulate and very strategic." He is cochair of Crowell's litigation group and has expertise in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes.

Sources laud Michael Kahn, saying that "he is responsive, empathizes with the client, and is very creative, practical and strategic in his thinking." He has recently worked in the defense of consumer class actions.

Douglas Sullivan is regarded by sources as a go-to lawyer for dispute work. He focuses on complex litigation, with recent involvement in defending clients under environmental statutes.

Significant clients Health Net, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, UnitedHealth Group, GM.

What the team is known for Well versed in all types of commercial litigation, with a particularly strong recent record in shipping and transportation disputes. Also represents clients in the chemical and entertainment areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very critical thinkers who can think on their feet, so if anything changes they can work around it effectively."

"When it comes to trial work, there wouldn't be any other firm that I would recommend."

Work highlights Represented DHL Express in cases addressing whether the company's decision to withdraw from the domestic US shipping market could sustain claims for compensation under the False Claims Act.

Acted successfully for John Hancock Life Insurance in securing dismissal of a putative class action case.

Notable practitioners  

William Oxley attracts praise for his strength in trial work, with sources commenting that "he is very charming and very good at communicating and simplifying complex topics - juries love him." He has handled asbestos mass tort and product liability cases, and also has experience in handling intellectual property matters.

Matthew Larrabee is deputy chair of the firm's global litigation practice, and focuses on securities as well as handling general commercial disputes. Sources praise his ability to navigate his clients through the litigation process and give practical advice.  

Christopher Ruhland elicits praise from sources for being "a brilliant strategist" who is "excellent at cross-examination." He has particular experience in handling intellectual property disputes.

Significant clients Filmore Capital Partners, Dow Chemical, Fox Entertainment Group, Golden Living, Union Carbide.

What the team is known for Global reach of firm supports a strong California securities practice, enabling the team to handle cases with international dimensions. Recent involvement in mortgage-backed securities issues, as well as handling allegations of misleading financial reporting.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Having this team gave me immediate confidence in being able to do what we had to have done. Every time we had a call, I left it knowing exactly what the strategy was, what the next steps were and what to do."

"They understand the business side of things very well, to the level of corporate lawyers."

Work highlights Defended Orient Paper in a shareholder class action alleging it had made materially false financial statements. 

Represented Finisar and its directors and officers in shareholder class action and derivative disputes.

Notable practitioners  

The "formidable" Shirli Fabbri Weiss is described by peers as "a force to be reckoned with" in securities disputes. Her practice takes in the representation of public companies and directors, as well as providing compliance counsel.

Significant clients Yorkville Advisors, Dutchess Capital, Miller Energy, Van Andrews. 

What the team is known for Broad litigation focus taking in commercial and consumer class action disputes involving real estate, IP and antitrust issues. Clients come from a range of industries, with recent concentration in the food and beverage and technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a truly trusted partner and adviser on litigation matters, and do outstanding work. They are resilient, brilliant, and in general help us resolve typically complex matters."

"They have done very high-quality work." 

Work highlights Defended Toyota against multidistrict class action suits alleging inappropriate marketing and sales practices, unintended acceleration and product liability.

Represented Dell in a number of class actions involving antitrust and trade secret counseling.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Young attracts warm praise from clients for being "very good at using his experience to explain to lay businesspeople what is going on" and for being "outstanding in front of a board of directors." He offers expertise in white-collar work, as well as the full range of commercial disputes.

Significant clients Coupons, The Smiths Group, Nestle Waters North America, Visa, Ghirardelli Chocolate.

What the team is known for Litigation powerhouse both in California and on a national scale. Provides strong representation in securities and general commercial litigation, with experience in some of the largest cases over recent years including a series of high-value lawsuits arising from the mortgage-backed securities crisis.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We've been very pleased - they're the guys you go to with bet-the-company litigation. When you need to bring in the top litigation firm in the country, you turn to Gibson Dunn."

"I think their performance is exceptional. The folks in California have an excellent, hands-on, client-focused approach to securities litigation defense."

Work highlights Represented Hewlett-Packard in its dispute with Oracle involving breach of contract and unfair competition related to software support for HP's Itanium servers.

Defended the independent directors of JPMorgan against shareholder derivative actions brought in the aftermath of its high-value write-down of improper trades carried out by a rogue trader known as 'The London Whale'.

Represented UBS in a securities class action stemming from its role as underwriter for public offerings of Lehman Brothers structured notes.

Notable practitioners  

Dean Kitchens is respected for his securities practice, as well as the breadth of his commercial representation. According to clients, "he does a great job of being efficient, he's very down-to-earth and very focused on what we're trying to accomplish." He focuses on securities matters, with additional experience in class actions and shareholder derivative actions.

Wayne Smith is "a very fine lawyer," according to sources. He cochairs the firm's securities litigation practice and has experience in representing clients from a range of industries in such disputes including the technology, entertainment, healthcare and insurance sectors.

Jonathan Dickey is a partner in both the New York and Palo Alto offices of Gibson Dunn, reflecting the national scope of his securities practice. Sources describe him as "a real thought leader" in the securities field.

Orange County partner Meryl Young is well regarded by peers and clients for the quality of her work in the securities area. She recently defended Lone Star in a derivative action seeking the return of $1 billion invested in the client's funds.

Significant clients Walmart, Wells Fargo, Artémis, Standard Fire Insurance, Apple.

What the team is known for Represents clients from a range of industries including life sciences, telecommunications and education as well as financial institutions in securities fraud class actions, mortgage issues and disputes arising from M&A. Additional expertise in SEC investigations and the defense of government prosecutions.

Work highlights Defended Medicis in a shareholder class action and derivative litigation alleging that the erroneous application of generally accepted accounting principles in its financial statements amounted to securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

Represented Apollo Group in defense of a securities class action alleging it had misled investors as to the principal reasons for its growth.

Notable practitioners  

"Highly skilled trial lawyer" Forrest Hainline handles a broad range of commercial disputes, with expertise in product liability, breach of contract and false advertising.

Daniel Tyukody focuses on the defense of issuers, underwriters and directors in securities class actions, as well as offering counsel on conducting internal investigations. 

Significant clients Ariba, Countrywide, TetraTech, Globespan Capital Partners, Fortis Advisors.

What the team is known for Securities expertise including the defense of underwriter clients and corporate entities in actions arising from mergers and acquisitions. Also defends consumer class actions in a range of industries including food and beverages, media, retail and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We always find that the partners and support staff they bring to us from within the firm are very knowledgeable in their respective areas."

Work highlights Defended VIVUS in securities class action and shareholder derivative cases brought by investors alleging the misrepresentation of side effect risks of an anti-obesity drug.

Defended Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings in litigation arising from the announcement of its $85.4 million acquisition of Orchid Cellmark.

Notable practitioners  

Of counsel Douglas Schwab has deep experience in litigation, with a particular emphasis on securities issues on behalf of entities from a wide range of industries. 

Significant clients Dendreon, Mercury Interactive, Sanmina, Autodesk.

What the team is known for Particular expertise in toxic tort and product liability, as well as experience in class action defense, antitrust and insurance litigation, among other areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They handle cases quickly and efficiently, and they are communicative."

Work highlights Acted for the cities of Alameda, Irvine, Newport Beach, Roseville, San Ramon and Santa Fe Springs as lead counsel in a collective action disputing the method of applying sales taxes to goods imported from out-of-state.

Represented Signature Flight Support in its defense of protest litigation relating to the proposed construction of private jet facilities at San Jose Airport.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Matthew Vafidis is a key practice contact.

Significant clients Crowley Marine Services, City of Brisbane, Harris Corporation, Oracle America, Zhenhua Logistics.

What the team is known for Enjoys a healthy reputation for its litigation practice, earning particular acclaim for the strength of its securities group, which handles class actions, M&A disputes and derivative actions. Broader commercial litigation practice takes in a series of complex intellectual property disputes, among other cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were outstanding: extremely organized, very articulate and explained things in plain English, as opposed to in a complex legal way."

"The firm assembled a good team for us and we were happy with the result."

Work highlights Represented the management of MGM Resorts International in shareholder class and derivative actions seeking to attribute liability for the decline in MGM's stock during the financial crisis.

Defended Amgen against claims of trade secrets theft made by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Acted for the founder and CEO of Oxbow Carbon & Minerals in relation to a federal consumer fraud case.

Notable practitioners  

"Fantastic litigator" David Siegel enjoys an outstanding reputation for his great strength in securities litigation. He handles securities class actions and investor claims as well as SEC enforcement investigations, an area in which sources say that he is "thoughtful and strategic," with "a tremendous track record."

Significant clients Angelo Mozilo, GlaxoSmithKline, Carmel Land & Cattle, University of California Regents, TowerBrook Capital Partners.

Since publication, John C Hueston has joined Hueston Hennigan LLP

What the team is known for Established presence in California with five offices forming part of a larger national and global litigation network, providing deep resources to clients from a range of sectors including the technology, tobacco and manufacturing industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good, very thorough lawyers. They do a great job."

"They were very innovative in how they approached the case for us."

Work highlights Defended Chevron in defense of class action claims alleging violation of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act relating to personal identification information in credit card transactions. 

Represented R.J. Reynolds in various claims relating to attempts to seek damages for injury and death arising from lung cancer.

Notable practitioners  

The "tenacious and thorough" Robert Mittelstaedt is known to be a strong commercial litigator, with additional expertise in the antitrust area.

Rick McKnight's practice focuses on complex litigation, with expertise in toxic mass torts and product liability disputes.

Notable practitioners AECOM, Experian Information Solutions, Lennar, Micron Technology, Proctor & Gamble.

What the team is known for Litigation boutique whose relatively small size belies its superbly strong bench, demonstrating outstanding prowess in complex commercial and securities matters. Handles the full range of disputes including SEC cases and federal lawsuits on behalf of clients from a variety of sectors including healthcare, communications and technology. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"This firm is at the top, and provides super high-quality work. I have been very impressed - they are strategically brilliant." 

"The firm has done a very good job of leadership in trials."

Work highlights Represented Revance Therapeutics in a dispute with Medicis Pharmaceutical relating to development and commercialization rights for a product.

Defended Daniel H Mudd, the former CEO and President of Fannie Mae, in a suit brought by the SEC for alleged violations of Sections 10b and 17 of the Securities Act.

Acted for Standard & Poor's in a $5 billion mortgage-related securities lawsuit brought by the government.

Notable practitioners  

John Keker is known to be one of the finest trial lawyers in the USA in commercial and white-collar litigation. His courtroom prowess is renowned, with commentators noting that he "shows up all the time in major trials and is a great lawyer." He handles the most complex of commercial, antitrust and IP disputes. 

Robert Van Nest handles complex commercial matters, with strength in patent disputes. Sources say: "He is exceptional, is very smart and presents well." Besides his work in IP matters, he focuses on commercial contract disputes, securities fraud and insurance bad faith issues.

Significant clients Genentech, McKesson, Intel, Intuitive Surgical, Electronic Arts.

What the team is known for Offers depth of experience in class action defense from three California offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Los Angeles. Clients come from a range of industries including the technology, pharmaceutical and aviation sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been extremely responsive and creative with us, as well as being very diligent. I rate them very highly."

"I was very, very impressed with the level of their work. One thing that applies to all the staff there is that they are very responsive. They were always communicating with updates and suggestions."

Work highlights Represented Pfizer in defense of class action claims relating to misleading expiration dates on its Advil labeling.

Defended Facebook in an antitrust suit brought by Sambreel relating to software designed to modify Facebook's webpages.

Notable practitioners  

Mark McKane is described by sources as "diligent and very responsive to client needs." He practices across a broad span of commercial litigation matters, including disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions, antitrust disputes and consumer class actions.

Significant clients Boeing, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, Union Carbide, 24hr Fitness.

What the team is known for Handles complex commercial disputes involving high stakes across a range of areas in state and federal courts. Also offers a strong securities litigation practice with recent involvement on behalf of large accounting firms in disputes arising from bank failures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have done A-plus work. They are extremely responsive, extremely detailed, and able to assemble a cohesive and coherent approach to litigation." 

"I have maximum confidence in their litigation team." 

Work highlights Acted for Shocking Technologies in a suit accusing one of its directors of breach of fiduciary duty.

Successfully defended Live Nation in arbitration of a breach of contract dispute with CTS Eventim.

Represented biopharmaceutical company Medivation in breach of contract and fraud claims relating to licensing rights for prostate cancer treatment. 

Notable practitioners  

Peter Wald is praised for his ability to "boil the complaint down to its simplest form and clearly articulate a logical response." His practice focuses primarily on securities, but also covers complex commercial, antitrust and intellectual property disputes, among others.

Significant clients Alphatec Holdings, Oracle, Chevron, Adobe Systems, Ernst & Young. 

What the team is known for Expertise across a range of areas in litigation, with recent involvement in healthcare, real estate and trademark disputes. Represents major organizations from the media, entertainment and retail industries, among others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been absolutely superb. Everyone has been incredible - they are very efficient and talented."

"We have had excellent results and very good working relationships with the Manatt lawyers."

Work highlights Represented Carmel Partners in the successful defense of a suit alleging wrongful interference in the attempted refinancing of a multimillion-dollar loan.

Acted for Intuit in a defense of its advertising campaign in litigation brought by competitor H&R Block contending that the advertisements were misleading.

Notable practitioners  

Key contact Matt Kanny chairs the firm's litigation practice. 

Significant clients Altfillisch Construction, AT&T, Raytheon, Nutrisystem, Automobile Club of Southern California.

What the team is known for Experienced in complex litigation involving technology and intellectual property, and disputes surrounding the healthcare sector. Particularly involved in recent FCPA cases and qui tam false claims actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I've been very pleased with the quality of the advice and the expertise they bring." 

Work highlights Defended Seagate Technology in a long-running dispute with MIT and Convolve, alleging patent and trade secret breaches.

Represented Isis Pharmaceuticals in patent violation claims brought against Santaris Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Ryan heads the trial practice in Los Angeles and Orange County while Dan Alberti leads in Silicon Valley.

Significant clients Constellation Brands, HTC, DaVita, Universal Health Services, Northrop Grumman.

What the team is known for Prominent focus on securities enforcement defense on behalf of financial institutions and public entities in SEC and FINRA proceedings alongside securities class action and shareholder derivative expertise. Also offers representation to companies in the healthcare, retail and energy industries in commercial disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have without reservation liked every Morgan Lewis lawyer I have worked with. They are all very smart, have good judgment and are a pleasure to work with."

"They are very professional and always have good knowledge of the issues and how they might affect the client." 

What's new? A highly rated team, including Donn Pickett, Dale Barnes, Charlene Shimada and David Balabanian, recently joined the team from Bingham McCutchen.

Work highlights Represented Asahi Kasei in its successful suit against Actelion for intentionally interfering with a license agreement concerning its drug treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Successfully represented Hewlett-Packard in a securities class action alleging the company's former CEO had failed to meet its standards of business conduct.

Acted for Plant Insulation in its asbestos-related bankruptcy proceedings and subsequent coverage litigation.

Notable practitioners  

David Schrader handles commercial litigation involving a number of areas including the energy and healthcare sectors. Clients describe him as "brilliant in front of the judge and the juries" and praise his strategic approach.

Donn Pickett is a respected litigator who handles antitrust issues, securities and general commercial litigation. He recently defended Intel in antitrust litigation.

Charlene Shimada maintains a broad practice encompassing securities and general commercial litigation, as well as offering counsel on corporate governance. Distinguished practitioner

David Balabanian has extensive experience in litigation for clients arising from securities, commercial and antitrust issues. Sources praise him as "exceptional - very efficient, very practical and able to take a holistic approach to complex matters."

"Excellent" practitioner Dale Barnes enjoys a healthy reputation for his work in securities litigation, and has expertise in issues arising from financial and tax accounting and disclosure. Sources praise him for being "careful, thoughtful and strategic."

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Thorpe Insulation, E*TRADE Financial Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, ITT Corporation.

What the team is known for Market-leading strength in both securities and commercial litigation, with five California offices drawing on the firm's global reach to serve clients. Able to handle cases of significant stature, particularly in patent and product liability of late, with expertise in high-stakes securities disputes from shareholder derivative and class actions to internal investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been terrific. The quality of their lawyers is very high. They have a very good understanding of our company, anticipate issues that may be of concern and bring them to our attention."

"They are cost-effective because they are so knowledgeable and they work very quickly."

Work highlights Defended roof tile manufacturer Monier in a class action lawsuit alleging the company had made false and misleading statements about the characteristics of its roof tile product.

Acted for Yahoo! and its officers in securities fraud class action litigation which arose from its stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group.

Represented McKesson in litigation relating to prescription drug pricing benchmarks.

Notable practitioners  

Jordan Eth offers deep experience and expertise in securities class actions, SEC investigations and shareholder derivative actions. One source praised him as "a preeminent subject matter expert and the first guy I would call - he is super-responsive."

Litigation department cochair Arturo González has experience in defending high-stakes litigation on behalf of corporate clients.

Significant clients Alaska Airlines, Toshiba, Yahoo!, Zynga, Capital One.

What the team is known for Impressive depth of expertise across securities and commercial litigation. Both elements encompass the representation of a series of major banks in both state and federal disputes, particularly those arising from the financial market collapse.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They were all fantastic and did a great job. They are the type of people you want lawyers to be - they are all very intelligent and tend to be very humble." 

"They have been excellent and creative. They have mastered the facts and the tactical context very well and brought clear-headed thinking to the case."

Work highlights Defended Transocean in high-value litigation arising from the oil spill from its Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Acted for Facebook's board of directors in shareholder class action and derivative claims arising from its May 2013 IPO.

Represented Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in shareholder litigation arising from the company's decision to issue a new type of Class C stock.

Notable practitioners  

Brad Brian is one of the leading trial lawyers both in California and nationwide, enjoying a superlative reputation for his prowess in general commercial and white-collar litigation. According to market commentators, he is "a veteran who is very experienced and insightful, and a great leader; someone with charisma, and very well reputed."

The "superb" John Spiegel maintains a broad practice covering all aspects of commercial and securities litigation. Sources speak of the depth of his insight, saying: "He is a real strategist who is very, very savvy on the dynamics of securities litigation."

Ronald Olson is a highly experienced commercial litigator who is described by one source as a "driving force" at the firm. He covers the full range of commercial issues in his litigation practice.

The "excellent" Marc Dworsky is lauded as an "extremely smart" practitioner. His litigation practice focuses on securities matters, with experience in handling high-stakes class actions and derivative lawsuits.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Citigroup, Corinthian Colleges.

What the team is known for Los Angeles stalwart with a healthy reputation both in securities and general commercial litigation. Represents clients from a variety of sectors, with recent activity in litigation involving US-listed companies based in China. Also acts for banks in significant mortgage-backed securities litigation.

Work highlights Acted for BGI-Shenzhen in one of the first contested acquisitions of a US public company by a Chinese company.

Represented Amylin Pharmaceuticals in a series of product liability disputes alleging that plaintiffs developed pancreatitis as a result of taking one of its drugs, Byetta.

Represented Wellpoint in defense of a securities fraud class action claiming the company had violated federal securities law antifraud provisions.

Notable practitioners  

Seth Aronson draws praise from clients, who respect his knowledge of shareholder litigation. He maintains a broad commercial disputes practice, with particular expertise in securities-related matters, as well as disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions.

Daniel Petrocelli enjoys an excellent reputation for the strength of his trial work, which spans the range of commercial representation with a particular specialty in media and entertainment matters.

Significant clients Bank of America, Power-One, China Agritech, US Airways, Allergan.

What the team is known for Well-established team of litigators in California handling high-profile commercial disputes across a range of industries for finance, technology and energy clients. Noted expertise in securities litigation and related regulatory enforcement, as well as litigation relating to M&A activity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Orrick is truly outstanding. Very strong leadership and a quality team of associates underneath." 

What's new? Leading commercial litigator Marshall Grossman recently joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen, adding significant expertise to Orrick's litigation practice.

Work highlights Defended Chesapeake Energy in a securities class action arising from an allegedly misleading secondary offering before the financial market collapse.

Represented Chevron in proceedings against two Shell entities establishing that they were operating a crude oil pipeline as a public utility and seeking refunds on the rates and terms of service previously paid.

Acted for PG&E in regulatory enforcement proceedings relating to its gas business. 

Notable practitioners  

The "spectacular" Marshall Grossman recently joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen. He is lauded by sources for his ability to "get the point incredibly quickly and be a great advocate for his clients." He offers experience in both prosecution and defense, and has recently handled litigation dealing with breach of contract and estate enforcement.

The "very calm and experienced" Michael Torpey enjoys a strong reputation for his expertise in handling breach of fiduciary duty matters, securities class actions and SEC investigations.

Significant clients DISH Network, L'Occitane, Credit Suisse, Oracle, KBC Financial Products. 

What the team is known for Strong presence in IP, securities and consumer class action litigation. Acts on behalf of a range of clients including financial institutions and technology companies in significant disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been terrific - Paul Hastings has hit the mark every single time. The work product is excellent on all levels at all times."

Work highlights Represented L'Oréal USA in the defense of a consumer class action alleging misleading advertisements for an anti-wrinkle product.

Acted for UBS in six mortgage-backed securities suits alleging that documentation issued contained misstatements and omissions.

Represented Morgan Stanley in a breach of fiduciary duty and fraud action brought by multiple plaintiffs in Hawaii.

Notable practitioners  

William Sullivan draws praise for his "vast knowledge of the law" and sophisticated work product. He is global chair of the firm's litigation group, and brings his experience in defending companies in securities class actions and derivative actions.

Significant clients IBM, JPMorgan, Dow Chemical, Hitachi, Korean Airlines.

What the team is known for Powerful litigation boutique with expertise in intellectual property disputes, acting on behalf of a series of household names from the technology, entertainment and financial services sectors. Also offers significant strength in sophisticated securities litigation on behalf of plaintiffs against financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a good understanding of our business, our company, the industry and what we hope to achieve. They provide us with very constructive advice and guidance."

"I've found them to be very responsive, very strategically astute and very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Acted for the Federal Housing Finance Agency in seeking to recover massive losses from purchases of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Defended Samsung in patent infringement litigation brought by Apple relating to a unified search function in the Android operating system.

Represented Mattel in a dispute with MGA Entertainment involving the misappropriation of trade secrets. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very savvy and very responsive" John Quinn maintains a broad practice that includes antitrust, intellectual property, entertainment and financial industry litigation. He recently led the firm's representation of Samsung in high-profile patent infringement litigation against Apple.

Bill Price is experienced in handling high-stakes disputes. He recently defended Micron in a patent infringement case worth over $1 billion.

The "immediately responsive" William Urquhart is praised by clients for his ability to meet their needs. He focuses on complex business litigation, with particular expertise in intellectual property matters.

The "outstanding" Harry Olivar has an impressive securities practice, with an emphasis on defending class action suits. He draws praise from sources for being "very creative in problem solving and an extremely strong writer who is very persuasive and very clear."

Molly Stephens is a securities litigator with a growing practice and reputation in the California market. Clients say she is "very personable, can relate to us and understands our business."

Significant clients MBIA Insurance, Allstate Insurance, Landwin Group, Google, HTC. 

What the team is known for Represents a diverse range of clients including pension funds, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Broad litigation expertise including class actions and consumer products disputes.

Work highlights Acted for Equitrust Life Insurance in the successful defense of an annuity sales class action.

Represented a series of Deutsche Bank affiliates, including MortgageIT, in more than 300 borrower cases and putative class action disputes 

Notable practitioners  

Lorenzo Gasparetti is a key contact for the firm's California practice.

Significant clients BNY Mellon, CR Bard, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Federated Investors, GE.

What the team is known for Widely regarded as one of the leading firms in California focusing on the representation of plaintiffs in corporate securities and fraud litigation. Lawyers offer clients the benefit of their experience in government agencies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Robbins Geller is the preeminent plaintiff firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Sources speak of Darren Robbins's expertise in pursuing securities matters for his plaintiff clients. He is particularly noted for his strength in handling a series of securities class action disputes. 

Seasoned practitioner Patrick Coughlin has deep experience representing plaintiffs in securities disputes. He has handled a host of highly significant cases in the securities field.

What the team is known for Offers the full range of commercial litigation services to clients in a broad range of industries. Handles a number of disputes in the real estate and banking sectors, as well as recent work in the pharmaceuticals space.

Work highlights Defended Amgen in securities fraud litigation brought against it by Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds on the basis of an alleged artificial inflation of stock prices.

Secured a complete defense verdict for Mid-West National Life and its insurance agent in a claim alleging fraud and bad faith in failing to pay a portion of a policyholder's medical bills.

Notable practitioners  

Key contact Fred Puglisi heads the practice from the firm's Century City office. 

Significant clients State Compensation Insurance Fund, Stonebrae, First Citizens Bank & Trust Company.

What the team is known for Handles commercial and securities litigation for prominent corporations on a local, national and international level. Recently involved in disputes in the pharmaceutical, technology and media industries, among numerous others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are great - very responsive, and they provide very thorough advice. I have been very happy with them."

"They take a holistic approach. They see a problem and figure out how to get out of it in the best way."

Work highlights Represented Diamond Foods' former CEO in state and federal securities class actions and derivatives litigation following the company's restructuring. 

Acted on behalf of Mitsubishi in relation to a lawsuit brought against the client alleging nondisclosure agreement breaches.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Sara Brody is seen by sources as a "great lawyer and a good person." She is global cochair of the firm's securities litigation group, and offers a wealth of experience in defending shareholder class actions and derivative matters for a range of clients.

The "very well thought of and experienced" Norman Blears has recently joined Sidley from fellow California practice Hogan Lovells. He is known to be an effective securities litigator. 

Michael Mallow recently joined Sidley Austin from Loeb & Loeb LLP. He enjoys a healthy reputation for his expert handling of consumer class actions alleging charges of unfair competition, business torts and intellectual property violations.

Significant clients Alphatec Spine, PG&E, Raytheon, KPMG, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.   

What the team is known for Outstanding strength in both general commercial and securities disputes, with deep resources in California and globally within the firm as a whole. Its commercial practice offers experience in consumer and product liability class actions, while the securities group represents a diverse client roster in the full range of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They did a superb job in terms of positioning us to put forth our case in the best light. They gave a very thorough, very detailed, five-star quality service." 

"Skadden is the top of the top. Their lawyers' skills and intellect, combined with their commitment to client service, set them apart from any of the other law firms with which I have dealt."

Work highlights Represented American Apparel in class and derivative actions alleging misstatements in the company's press releases and a failure to maintain internal controls, in violation of the Securities Exchange Act.

Defended First California Bank in a series of suits brought by high-profile members of the Democratic Party, following the fraudulent embezzlement of funds from their accounts with the bank by the party's former campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee.

Has continued to act on behalf of State Farm Insurance in various class action disputes across the country.

Notable practitioners  

The highly experienced Raoul Kennedy is described by sources as "a great advocate and a wonderful guy." His practice spans both securities and general commercial litigation, with expertise across the full variety of disputes.

West Coast litigation practice chair Thomas Nolan is praised by sources for being "calm in the eye of the storm - he is the one who thinks things through and gives wise advice." He offers experience and ability in trial matters ranging from FCPA investigations to securities fraud and consumer class actions.

Allen Ruby deals with both general commercial and white-collar criminal litigation. He recently defended Intuitive Surgical in a series of actions alleging injuries caused by the company's platform for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

Eric Waxman is praised by sources as being "very thoughtful" and "a fantastic litigator" in the securities arena. He focuses on all aspects of federal and state securities law, including claims arising from director misconduct and civil RICO matters.

Significant clients ConAgra Foods, Red Bull North America, MGA Entertainment, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Starbuck Bancshares.

What the team is known for Focuses on the representation of clients across all disciplines of commercial litigation. Offers expertise in antitrust and IP disputes, contentious issues arising from M&A transactions, and corporate and regulatory investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is great on the litigation side of things. They are very thorough and one of the first places I would go with any high-stakes matter."

Work highlights Acted for 17 leading financial institutions in their challenge to MBIA Insurance's restructuring. The last of these clients eventually recovered significant settlements in May 2013.

Represented Amgen in litigation relating to its offer of over $10 billion to acquire Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Sacks enjoys a strong reputation for his litigation practice, which spans both general commercial disputes and, in particular, securities cases. Sources describe him as "a really outstanding, tremendous litigator." 

Michael Steinberg's practice focuses on commercial litigation for clients in a diverse range of industries, including finance, technology, and oil and gas.

Significant clients Microsoft, Philips Electronics, Standard Chartered Bank, J2 Global, JPMorgan Chase.

What the team is known for Worldwide presence and impressive global resources drawn on by the California litigation practice. Covers a wide range of business and class action disputes in areas including the technology and entertainment industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"White & Case are certainly a go-to firm." 

Work highlights Acted for Time Warner Cable in its defense of putative and national class actions alleging data retention and privacy law violations.

Notable practitioners  

Bryan Merryman "does an excellent job of cutting to the heart of lawsuits," according to sources. He has particularly notable experience in defending consumer class actions.

Significant clients Nestlé SA, Bank of New York, Bankrate, Los Angeles Lakers, Comcast.

What the team is known for Impressive standing in securities litigation with deep expertise in shareholder class actions. Offers additional representation to clients in SEC investigations, derivative disputes and litigation arising from M&A transactions. Further class action expertise in commercial disputes involving consumer class actions relating to unfair competition and consumer protection.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Subject matter expertise and practicality are the two characteristics that make them very cost-effective and efficient."

"They have been very good in securities litigation." 

Work highlights Acted for former and current directors of Hewlett-Packard in defense of a shareholder derivatives action alleging the violation of both Delaware and federal securities law.

Represented YouTube in defense of putative class action claims alleging copyright violation. 

Notable practitioners  

Securities specialist Boris Feldman is described by sources as an "absolutely terrific" lawyer who is "very wise, very able to take leadership on a case and is clearly in command of very complicated cases." He primarily represents companies from the technology, life sciences and investment banking industries.

The "very capable" Nina Locker focuses on securities law, both in litigation and general corporate counseling. She recently defended Juniper Networks in a putative suit alleging false or misleading reporting of financial results.

Steven Schatz's practice encompasses both securities and general commercial disputes. He handles SEC investigations, M&A litigation and the defense of shareholder class actions.

Keith Eggleton elicits praise from sources for being "very pragmatic and very strategic in his approach to managing litigation." He handles the defense of consumer fraud and advertising litigation, as well as securities litigation and counseling.

Significant clients Google, Netflix, Stryker, McAfee, Janus Capital Group.

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Michael Matthias of Baker & Hostetler LLP handles complex litigation matters. He focuses primarily on commercial litigation, besides having substantial experience in representing clients in regulatory enforcement proceedings. 

John Pernick of Bergeson LLP focuses his securities practice on shareholder class actions and derivatives litigation, representing clients from a broad range of industries, including the finance, energy and technology spaces. Sources praise his pragmatism, saying that he "understands that for companies there has to be a business purpose behind litigation - it is a means to an end." Pernick recently joined Bergeson from Bingham McCutchen.

Joseph Tabacco of Berman DeValerio has deep experience in private practice, litigating securities fraud, antitrust, intellectual property and commercial technology disputes. This expertise is bolstered by his background as a former senior trial attorney for the antitrust division of the DOJ in both California and New York.

Blecher Collins Pepperman & Jaye, P.C. founding partner Maxwell Blecher is a distinguished practitioner in the field of antitrust litigation, with notable expertise in intellectual property, securities and complex commercial disputes.

Covington & Burling LLP securities and commercial litigation group cochair David Bayless is respected for his prowess in handling enforcement investigations for clients. He also has experience in general commercial disputes.

Patricia Glaser heads the litigation department at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP. She offers expertise in handling disputes in the media and entertainment sector. 

John Hueston, previously of Irell & Manella, recently became a founding partner of Hueston Hennigan LLP. Hueston is "a very, very strong litigator" who is "an extremely effective communicator," according to sources. He handles business torts, IP and environmental disputes for clients.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's national securities litigation and enforcement practice chair Bruce Vanyo is experienced in handling securities issues in the technology, aviation, energy and finance industries. He also coordinates internal investigations for his clients.

"Terrific lawyer" Larry Feldman recently joined Liner LLP from Kaye Scholer LLP. Feldman maintains a broad commercial litigation practice encompassing the entertainment, insurance and real estate arenas.

According to clients, Edward Johnson of Mayer Brown LLP has "a great understanding of the business realities we face," and is known to be "very good at identifying obstacles and solutions." He represents technology and telecommunications companies in class actions, antitrust and intellectual property disputes.  

Michael Hennigan of McKool Smith is a highly experienced trial lawyer with a sterling reputation both in California and nationwide. Sources say he is "very practical, responsive and client-oriented." He specializes in handling complex commercial trials.

"Outstanding litigator" Jonathan Shapiro of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC is "extremely intelligent, thorough and practical," according to sources. He heads the firm's West Coast litigation group, and concentrates his practice on defending commercial and securities class actions, and internal investigations in the face of threatened SEC and DOJ enforcement actions. 

Daniel Woods of Musick Peeler & Garrett is experienced in trials and appeals in both federal and state court. He is an expert in the representation of financial institutions, particularly in relation to resolving real estate disputes. 

Michael McNamara of Steptoe & Johnson LLP represents clients in complex litigation. He leads Steptoe's national professional liability and malpractice group, and also handles securities issues.

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