Litigation - District of Columbia
THE FIRM This remarkable litigation powerhouse handles an impressive range of cases, offering expertise in everything from breach of contract actions to the defense of major consumer class actions. The team represents both individuals and institutions in the most complex of cases, as illustrated by its role in the $1 billion litigation between the joint liquidators of Carlyle Capital and several entities affiliated with The Carlyle Group. Other notable clients include Bank of America, Bayer and UBS.
Sources say: "They possess a combination of intellect, work ethic and client focus."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Brendan Sullivan is a preeminently experienced practitioner who has litigated in federal and state courts throughout the country. He divides his respected practice between complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense, and represents numerous Fortune 500 companies.
John Villa is highly respected as a leading individual in the litigation arena. He concentrates his practice on corporate, securities and financial litigation, with particular expertise in legal malpractice defense.
The "outstanding" David Kendall can draw on his tremendous amount of experience as a litigator in multiple civil and criminal cases at the trial and appellate level. He is highly regarded by commentators for his widespread expertise and remains a key member of the team.
William McDaniels is an enormous asset to the team as a senior litigator who specializes in civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. He offers extensive experience across a broad spectrum of sectors, and is a noted trial lawyer.
Kevin Downey impresses sources with his experience in commercial and securities litigation, with one peer commenting: "He has a great reputation and deservedly so - he has all the qualities of a very good litigator and counselor." As well as representing government officials, CEOs and corporate executives, Downey also works on behalf of law firms and large corporations.
Dane Butswinkas garners a significant amount of praise for his commercial litigation and arbitration practice. Commentators enthuse: "He has great judgment and a very good manner with juries and clients."
John Vardaman continues to be a force to be reckoned with in complex civil and criminal litigation matters. Sources characterize him as being "outstanding in every respect," with the ability to give "superb judgment and advice."
David Zinn proves to be a very popular choice for white-collar criminal defense cases and complex civil litigation. Market sources commend his "great approach and good bedside manner," and identify him as a "real rising star" in the white-collar space.
The "extraordinary" Robert Cary has shifted his practice focus in recent years to criminal defense litigation, while maintaining his noted ability to handle civil matters. His recent work includes advising clients on government investigations and issues arising from securities fraud.
THE FIRM This firm's DC office is staffed with a significant bench of respected lawyers who frequently handle a combination of white-collar, securities and complex commercial litigation. The team recently obtained a significant victory for Liberty Media following years of litigation against Vivendi Universal, with the jury awarding Liberty EUR765 million in damages. It was also successful in its representation of Marathon Oil Company and Marathon GTF Technology in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Other notable clients included Drummond Company and Samsung Electronics.
Sources say: "Baker Botts has a solid team of very strong lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "phenomenal" William Jeffress has a stellar track record in successfully handling general commercial litigation, and is also considered to be one of the "deans of the white-collar defense Bar." His recent work includes defending the former CFO of Bank of America in litigation related to the bank's acquisition of Merrill Lynch.
Joe Caldwell remains a respected member of the team whose practice encompasses both commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He has represented clients from a wide range of sectors, illustrating the breadth of his trial expertise.
Michael Barta attracts a huge amount of praise from clients for his criminal defense practice, as well as his growing general commercial litigation portfolio. His recent work includes representing Samsung Electronics and several of its US affiliates in nine pending patent litigation matters across the country. Sources comment: "He is a great litigator who performs well in the courtroom."
THE FIRM This preeminent DC firm is fully integrated within a wide-reaching national network as impressively broad as its litigation practice. The large team handles a staggering number of cases, focusing on securities, white-collar and general commercial litigation. Its recent work includes representing Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in a highly publicized breach of contract action and a separate patent infringement case. Its client base also includes Janus Capital, the Investment Company Institute and the Business Roundtable.
Sources say: "They are extremely responsive, very knowledgeable, and very helpful to us."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Warin is singled out by sources as "a very practical person" who offers particular expertise in securities and white-collar litigation. Described as "a tireless worker who is effective in resolving massive, complicated cases," Warin also has a tremendous reputation for his expertise in government investigations and litigation related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
THE FIRM This litigation behemoth fields an impressive team of lawyers with a wide range of expertise spanning commercial and white-collar criminal matters. Clients also benefit from its closely linked regulatory practice, which is largely housed in the DC office. The team recently secured an important win for Millennium Laboratories in a false advertising case brought against its competitor Ameritox. The jury unanimously found Ameritox's advertisements to contain false information.
Sources say: "They are great litigation strategists and are simply terrific when it comes to client relations; they are extremely responsive and go out of their way to provide the highest level of service."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "outstanding" Robert Bennett maintains an active practice representing corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal litigation and investigations. He is held in high regard by commentators for his extensive experience in the arena.
Practice cochair Craig Hoover is a popular choice for clients facing class actions and other complex litigation. His recent work includes defending numerous Blue Cross Blue Shield companies against a host of antitrust challenges brought against the Blue Cross system as a whole. Sources report: "We are enormously impressed with him."
Former federal prosecutor Ty Cobb has a "superb" securities and white-collar criminal litigation practice, built upon years of experience across the country. He chairs the firm's securities enforcement and compliance practice.
David Hensler is held in high esteem for his experience representing defendants and plaintiffs in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. His practice also includes a particular focus on insurance litigation.
Peter Spivack elicits significant praise in his capacity as leader of the firm's investigations, white-collar and fraud practice. He has particular expertise in representing clients from within the life sciences arena, exemplified by his recent work for medical device manufacturer Orthofix. Sources highlight his "ability to analyze and provide solutions to our practical problems."
Former chief federal prosecutor Carl Rauh brings a wealth of experience to his current role of criminal defense lawyer. Sources highlight his "excellent client service," and praise him as a practitioner who "doesn't hesitate in getting into the weeds of a case."
Rising star Desmond Hogan is highly recommended by market commentators as "a very fine lawyer and a good writer" who has "the whole package." He focuses predominantly on commercial litigation and has particular expertise in high-value class actions.
THE FIRM This renowned firm houses a sizable team of talented attorneys singularly dedicated to litigating complex and high-value disputes. The team demonstrates its broad legal knowledge and versatility by handling cases across a huge array of areas, and is highly regarded for its trial experience. Its recent work includes representing Constellation Energy Group in the defense of multiple shareholder class action suits filed after its announced merger with Exelon. Other notable clients include Hershey, ConocoPhillips and Boeing.
Sources say: "They are very practical lawyers who know the law very well and write brilliant appellate briefs and motions, but also tie advice to what the client wants to do from a business perspective."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Yannucci has a celebrated commercial litigation practice and offers particular expertise in class actions. He is praised as being "very articulate and business-minded," and continues to defend Hershey in a raft of antitrust actions brought against it.
Neil Eggleston has a glowing reputation in the litigation arena for his specialist skills in white-collar criminal defense, with clients enthusing: "Neil is a person you definitely want to have fighting your corner." He also renowned for his expertise in securities litigation.
Eugene Assaf is characterized as "an extraordinarily bright, analytical and responsive" commercial litigator who is also "articulate in explaining the law in a way that the layperson can understand." He is able to handle a wide range of cases, with recent highlights including acting for Honeywell in a much-publicized False Claims Act case brought by the DOJ.
THE FIRM This highly experienced litigation practice is extremely well versed in a wide range of civil disputes, and also frequently defends individuals and companies in criminal investigations. It is further commended for its strong securities litigation capabilities. It recently acted for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on dismissing a complaint filed by RSM, alleging that Freshfields had engaged in corrupt activities while representing Grenada in an international arbitration.
Sources say: "They blend sheer brainpower and legal knowledge with a lot of practical know-how."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Howard Shapiro is the highly respected chair of the firm's litigation and controversy department, and is particularly noted for his white-collar criminal defense practice. Sources comment that he is "a phenomenal lawyer who is incredibly responsive to client requests."
David Ogden enters the rankings backed by significant praise for his broad-based civil and regulatory litigation practice. He is characterized as an "extremely talented, hands-on lawyer" by one source, and is "hugely approachable and very responsive." Clients also appreciate his previous experience as Deputy Attorney General of the United States.
THE FIRM This full-service firm prides itself on providing exceptional client service and top-quality trial skills. It tackles a plethora of matters involving securities litigation and white-collar investigations, and works on a national and international scale. It is also recognized for its commercial litigation expertise. The team recently represented Titan America in a number of class actions alleging price-fixing in the cement and concrete production industry in Florida.
Sources say: "The lawyers really understand our business, enabling them to come up with the most practical and strategic ways of handling our litigation matters."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior counsel David Gersch is hailed as a "very strong litigator" who garners praise for the diversity of his practice. His recent work includes representing Honeywell in two large class actions.
Scott Schreiber maintains an active general commercial litigation practice and is increasingly recognized for his focus on securities litigation. Clients praise his "methodical and thorough" approach to cases and highlight his strong understanding of regulatory matters.
John Nassikas is described as a "phenomenal litigator" by market sources, who also commend his experience of working with regulators across the country. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense and related civil litigation.
James Cooper elicits substantial praise for his experience in a range of white-collar criminal matters, with sources stating: "He's a very good trial lawyer." He is also described as "extremely intelligent and strategic," and "has good working relationships with everyone."
THE FIRM This firm is renowned for dealing with complex and novel litigation issues involving white-collar criminal defense and commercial disputes. The team's caseload illustrates the broad array of industries the litigators engage with, such as life sciences and aerospace. It recently represented Samsung Electronics in a multibillion-dollar class action emerging from alleged price-fixing of liquid crystal displays found in a variety of electronics. Sources particularly highlight the depth of regulatory expertise offered by the firm alongside its litigation practice.
Sources say: "They've always had an enormous amount of depth in white-collar and commercial litigation, and in arbitration."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Nields has a solid background in white-collar litigation and also focuses on commercial disputes. Sources regard him as "a client's dream who thinks, breathes and lives your case," while also praising his trial skills.
The "terrific" Stephen Anthony can draw on his previous experience as a federal prosecutor when acting for clients in white-collar criminal defense matters and internal investigations. His recent work includes representing Johnson & Johnson in a range of investigations and civil lawsuits.
THE FIRM This impressive DC team is supported by the firm's extensive international network and significant bench of experienced trial lawyers. The office handles a broad range of litigation matters, including white-collar criminal defense and securities litigation, and is considered to be particularly adept in the commercial disputes arena. Alongside representing IBM and Bayer, its recent work includes successfully defending a patent held by Myriad Genetics.
Sources say: "They are very good from top to bottom."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Romatowski is highlighted as "the go-to lawyer for investigation and securities cases for many companies," and additionally maintains an active white-collar criminal defense practice. Sources characterize him as a "tremendous lawyer" who is particularly praised for his analytical skills.
Thomas Cullen is heralded as a "very strong commercial litigator," and recently obtained a dismissal for GM after former employees claimed that the company unlawfully reduced retirement benefits. Commentators also draw attention to his expertise as a trial lawyer.
Henry Asbill is held in high esteem by commentators for his expertise in white-collar criminal defense. Sources praise him as "a uniquely creative trial strategist who finds ways to win very hard cases."
THE FIRM This firm has a thriving securities litigation practice and also impresses with its expertise in white-collar criminal and commercial matters. Its broad-based expertise attracts clients from a wide range of sectors. The talented team recently acted for Bank of America on defending actions brought by the Attorneys General of Nevada and Arizona. It also recently represented Ford before the Ohio Court of Appeals and was successful in having a $2 billion judgment overturned.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stevan Bunnell brings a wealth of experience to his white-collar criminal and civil litigation practice, having served as a prosecutor for many years. He is praised by market commentators for his "thoughtful and thorough" approach.
Jeffrey Kilduff chairs O'Melveny's securities litigation practice and is held in high regard for his breadth of expertise in this arena. He remains closely involved in the defense of Fannie Mae against a number of securities class actions.
THE FIRM Sidley Austin's DC litigation practice handles an impressive range of commercial, securities and white-collar criminal defense matters. It houses more than 200 litigators and is an integral part of the firm's wider global network, allowing for a truly multijurisdictional service. The team's recent work includes representing Bank of America in a number of investigations into mortgage securitization. Other clients include Tyson Foods, KPMG and Johnson & Johnson.
Sources say: "They have a deep, talented bench of former prosecutors and regulators from across the US and the globe."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior counsel Thomas Green is highly respected for his leading white-collar criminal defense practice and extensive trial experience. His recent work includes representing the former CEO of Freddie Mac in several securities disputes and an SEC enforcement action.
Mark Hopson is the managing partner of the firm's DC office and is highly regarded for his expertise in white-collar criminal defense matters. His notable experience as a trial lawyer is particularly highlighted by market commentators. His recent work includes representing several pharmaceutical companies in a number of extensive FCPA investigations.
Kristin Koehler enters the rankings having earned significant praise for her white-collar criminal defense practice. She is also noted for her experience in civil litigation. Clients particularly commend her responsiveness and practical approach to handling matters.
THE FIRM Skadden's respected DC office is noted for its expertise in a wide range of commercial litigation and white-collar criminal proceedings. Commentators highlight its deep bench of litigators and extensive global network, and its ability to handle multifaceted disputes. The group recently represented Community Health Systems and its subsidiary Quorum Health Resources in a range of contentious matters. Its client base also includes Pfizer, UBS and Medtronic.
Sources say: "They have top lawyers from around the world and have the resources to do anything."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michele Roberts is lauded by peers and clients alike as "an extremely talented trial lawyer" who concentrates on both commercial and criminal litigation. Her recent work includes representing Host Hotels & Resorts in a civil fraud action against the company's real estate brokers.
Mitchell Ettinger cochairs the firm's government enforcement and litigation group, and focuses on civil and criminal litigation. He recently represented Rosetta Stone in a highly significant case that confirmed its right to bring trademark infringement claims against Google.
THE FIRM This DC office has a significant bench of attorneys dedicated to litigation and renowned for their impeccable trial skills. The team is adept at handling sophisticated, multijurisdictional cases within the areas of white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. Its recent work includes representing UK-based IMI and its US subsidiary CCI in an extensive FCPA investigation.
Sources say: "They have a well-oiled team that worked relentlessly on my behalf, and they were masters at what they were doing."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Reid Weingarten is a star of the criminal defense Bar. He receives extensive praise from peers and clients, with one source stating: "I have never seen or heard a more eloquent and articulate advocate in the courtroom." Weingarten tackles cases "with courage and great skill," and provides clients with the "extremely important feeling that you're in good hands."
Brian Heberlig is highly regarded for his experience in FCPA matters and is characterized as someone who "deals with matters clearly and efficiently." He recently successfully defended DOJ trial attorney Edward Sullivan in a long-running investigation into the prosecution of Alaskan senator Ted Stevens.
THE FIRM This compact yet highly effective DC office fields a highly regarded litigation team, which tackles complex civil and commercial litigation, as well as white-collar criminal defense. Its recent work includes representing Dominique Strauss-Kahn in criminal and civil matters relating to allegations brought against him. The team also acted for the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Tribune bankruptcy.
Sources say: "Their work is of the highest quality and they have a very innovative approach to their litigation practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS William Taylor is lauded by peers as "an incredibly experienced criminal defense lawyer" who has tallied up numerous successes before the federal and state courts nationwide. He is characterized by one source as a "consummate trial lawyer."
The "excellent" Steven Salky has amassed a huge amount of experience in the litigation field and is held in high regard by market commentators. He is particularly adept at representing financial services executives in civil and criminal litigation.
Firm founder Roger Zuckerman is adept at handling a wide array of civil and criminal defense litigation. Sources acknowledge his "knack of simplifying complicated situations," and applaud his attention to client service.
Blair Brown is a new addition to the rankings and is commended for his civil and criminal litigation practice. He represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of disputes, and offers significant experience in successfully trying cases.
THE FIRM Crowell & Moring's DC office offers significant litigation capabilities across a range of sectors. It acts for an impressive range of national clients, including DuPont, for which the team managed to obtain almost $920 million damages in the biggest ever US contested trade secrets verdict. DuPont alleged that Kolon, a competitor, had stolen over 150 trade secrets relating to DuPont's Kevlar product.
Sources say: "The team is very confident and technically skilled in many areas, and definitely values us as a client - we know that whatever the issue is, it will be addressed promptly and efficiently."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Kathleen Taylor Sooy is widely regarded as "very experienced and strategic." She concentrates on commercial and product liability litigation, and is also commended for her approach to client service.
Philip Inglima has notable expertise within the white-collar crime field and is praised for his ability to "handle individual and corporate representation with equal aplomb." Market sources further praise his ability to "nimbly adapt to a number of different areas."
THE FIRM This expanding DC branch prides itself on maintaining a thriving litigation team, with many lawyers possessing expertise across a wide range of practice areas. Its focus extends to antitrust, insurance and IP litigation, and it frequently handles multijurisdictional disputes. The team is comfortable representing both individuals and companies, and its client base includes Carson Helicopter, Novell and Meritor.
Sources say: "They provide first-rate counsel based on decades of experience, and help navigate extremely tricky matters safely."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The respected Barry Levine cochairs the white-collar practice and also maintains a focus on commercial litigation. His recent work includes representing the former executive of Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries, David Sokol, in a range of matters associated with his Lubrizol stock transactions.
Biz Van Gelder leads the Congressional investigations practice and is noted for her experience in white-collar defense matters. She is praised for her ability to be "really creative on behalf of her clients," and one source enthused: "Her representation is worth its weight in gold."
THE FIRM This notable DC group specializes in complex commercial litigation and is a popular choice among a wide range of clients. The team offers a number of services, including class action litigation, product liability, criminal defense and insurance litigation. Recent highlights include successfully representing Quicken Loans before the Supreme Court in a case concerning the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.
Sources say: "The firm is particularly adept at analyzing complex issues and drafting briefs and motions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Aldock is characterized by sources as a "fantastically talented litigator." He focuses his national practice on complex commercial litigation, and is described as "very strategic and experienced." His recent work includes representing Arrowood Indemnity in long-running litigation relating to alleged fraud and involving over 10,000 plaintiffs.
Mark Raffman is highlighted for his complex commercial litigation practice and offers expertise in a range of other areas, including product liability and mass tort litigation. He represented Lafarge North America against claims alleging the client promoted defective drywall from China.
THE FIRM This litigation group enters the rankings having earned praise for its complex civil and criminal litigation practice. Its broad base of clients benefit from the firm's significant network of US-based and international offices. The team recently achieved a significant win for HCA after five years of litigation against the Foundation for Seacoast Health, which sought over $1 billion in damages; the court rejected the plaintiff's claims in their entirety.
Sources say: "The team has a diversity of strengths and a capacity to look at a contentious issue from all the standpoints necessary for outstanding representation."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alice Fisher is the managing partner of the firm's DC office and a new entry to the rankings. She focuses on white-collar criminal investigations and is particularly praised for her ability to draw on her experience as former DOJ Assistant Attorney General. She currently works on behalf of HCA in a range of matters.
THE FIRM Mayer Brown's DC office is recognized for its ability to handle a wide range of disputes, and has access to an impressive global bench of litigators. The team recently secured a victory for Foster Poultry Farms, having been hired only a month before the trial. Another recent highlight involved representing Lockheed Martin in defending a challenge brought against its 401(k) plans.
Sources say: "The team consistently delivers insightful counsel, superior advocacy and results."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Dan Himmelfarb cochairs the firm's DC litigation practice, and is a key contact at the firm.
THE FIRM This firm's respected team of litigators has expertise in trying cases, enhanced by extensive experience serving in government roles. The group works closely with the firm's criminal tax and FCPA and international anticorruption teams. It is particularly commended by sources for its dedicated approach to client service.
Sources say: "Their approach is proactive, very balanced and practical - they do not jump to the most expensive solutions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Pollack can draw on his previous accountancy experience when litigating sophisticated financial matters. Sources praise his "professional demeanor and candid approach," and highlight his ability to "communicate effectively and efficiently."
Mark Rochon chairs the litigation practice and is praised for his extensive white-collar criminal defense experience. Sources also commend his "extraordinarily good ability to relate to people."
Richard Hibey is hailed as "one of the real veterans of the DC trial Bar," having represented clients in an impressive range of white-collar criminal defense matters. Sources consider him "a trusted and excellent" choice of litigator.
Andy Wise is a new addition to the rankings and has a growing litigation practice representing both individuals and corporations in investigations and white-collar criminal defense. Market sources highlight him as someone who "will soon be a star if he isn't already."
Mark MacDougall of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP brings his prior experience as a federal prosecutor to his criminal defense practice. He represents a range of US-based and international companies and individuals.
Barbara Wahl heads the commercial litigation practice at Arent Fox LLP, and is praised for her "tremendous commitment, energy and passion." Sources also commend her significant trial experience.
John Rowley of Baker & McKenzie is a former Assistant US Attorney, and his practice includes a focus on False Claims Act litigation and FCPA investigations. Market sources characterize him as "very knowledgeable, practical and a focused strategist."
Amy Carpenter-Holmes of Bingham McCutchen LLP is a new addition to the rankings, and is rapidly building a solid reputation for representing clients from a range of industry sectors in various government investigations. Market sources are impressed with her ability to "go toe-to-toe with senior lawyers."
Bingham McCutchen LLP white-collar litigation practice head Michael Levy is heralded as "a master at representing individuals and groups in complex white-collar cases." His recent highlights include representing former Fannie Mae executive Thomas Lund in an SEC investigation and related charges.
Henry Schuelke of Blank Rome LLP is renowned for representing individuals and corporations in a wide range of white-collar criminal matters. Market sources enthuse that "he's an absolute joy to work with" and consider him "a really well-respected white-collar litigator."
Shortly prior to publication, Stephen Best joined Brown Rudnick LLP from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Best maintains an active practice in the white collar crime arena. Clients commend him as an "extremely knowledgeable and practical adviser."
Lauren Curry is an associate at Brown Rudnick LLP and enters the rankings having earned numerous recommendations. Market sources highlight her "very positive attitude and enthusiasm," and praise her as someone who "provides tireless support." One client noted that she "distilled millions of pages of material into readable and very useful briefing notes."
Mark Tuohey is an "extremely experienced and supportive" white-collar litigator at Brown Rudnick LLP. His recent work includes representing a senior BP official, Gregory Walz, in civil and criminal matters arising from the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Gregory Bruch, formerly of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, recently became a founding partner of Bruch Hanna LLP. He draws from a wealth of governmental experience gained serving as a senior enforcement official at the SEC. He has a thriving securities litigation practice and is seen as being "at the top of his game."
David Krakoff of BuckleySandler LLP is described as "an outstanding attorney" and is respected for his criminal and civil litigation practice. He is experienced in representing both individuals and corporations in a range of often high-profile matters.
Raymond Banoun cochairs the business fraud group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. He deals with a myriad of cases across the spectrum of criminal and civil enforcement litigation, and is considered "wonderful and experienced" by market sources.
Abbe David Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP is highly praised by sources for his white-collar criminal defense expertise. Commentators are quick to applaud his recent success on behalf of John Edwards, the former presidential candidate, who faced charges related to his election campaign.
Shawn Chen of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP primarily concentrates on white-collar criminal defense but is also recommended for his experience in commercial and securities-related matters.
Barry Boss of Cozen O'Connor has a tremendous reputation as "a very fierce advocate in the white-collar area" and is particularly praised for his proactive approach. Sources further note that he is "dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients."
Earl Silbert of DLA Piper LLP (US) is considered one of the "most revered lawyers in Washington" for his well-established criminal and civil defense litigation practice. Before entering private practice, he served as the US Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Charles Leeper heads the white-collar litigation practice at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and is also a managing partner of the firm. Commentators highlight his trial expertise and his "comprehensive knowledge of the facts."
Robert Burgoyne of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP has amassed a substantial amount of experience in commercial litigation. Sources commend his devotion to client service, stating that "he gives you his full attention in any matter." His recent clients include the Law School Admission Council and Shell.
Joseph Esposito of Hunton & Williams LLP has a respected commercial litigation practice and is praised by clients for his ability to "take the time to understand our business and our interests." Sources also confirm that "he is hard-working, insightful, organized and very good at executing a strategy."
Jeff Ifrah of Ifrah PLLC is highly regarded for his white-collar defense practice and is praised for his "very entrepreneurial" approach. He is characterized as an attorney who is "very well prepared and cares a lot about his clients."
Carol Bruce of K&L Gates has significant experience in representing individuals and corporations in criminal and civil litigation. Sources applaud her dedication to client service, as well as her ability to "clearly explain complex legal issues."
John Bray is a senior partner at King & Spalding LLP and an experienced trial lawyer. He has dealt with a range of matters across the civil and criminal litigation spectrum.
Eric Bruce of Kobre & Kim LLP is a respected white-collar criminal defense litigator, and is particularly noted for his FCPA expertise. Sources also highly commend his trial experience. His recent work includes defending Pankesh Patel in a high-profile trial involving allegations of FCPA violations.
Bernie Grimm has recently set up his own litigation practice and is hailed as "an excellent trial lawyer" who is "always willing to take on a challenging case." He is reputed to have "a terrific demeanor in the courtroom."
Stephen Braga of the Law Office of Stephen L. Braga, PLLC is an experienced white-collar criminal defense practitioner, and is respected by commentators for his broad range of expertise in the field.
Steven McCool of Mallon & McCool, LLC enters the rankings having earned praise for his criminal defense practice, with commentators noting that he is "quick on his feet, absolutely tenacious and will fight for his client." Sources further praise his "strong courtroom presence."
Bobby Burchfield of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a popular choice of commercial litigator, with a highly impressive trial record. His recent work includes representing manufacturing companies CNH Global and BorgWarner in separate health benefit class actions brought by separate retiree groups.
Adam Hoffinger of Morrison & Foerster LLP is a former Assistant US Attorney and brings this substantial experience to the table when representing individuals and corporations in high-stakes criminal and civil litigations. Commentators regard him as a "very talented" litigator whose trial expertise is particularly highlighted.
Laura Ariane Miller of Nixon Peabody LLP maintains a "sterling reputation in DC" for defending clients against civil and criminal allegations. She has amassed an enormous amount of experience within this area, and market sources highlight her ability to bring a "practical, real-world approach to issues."
Michael Madigan of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is characterized as a "highly skilled defense lawyer" who is particularly noted for his trial expertise. He recently achieved an acquittal on all counts for his client in a significant FCPA enforcement action. Market sources commend "how he strategically deals with issues before trial" and consider him to be a "great negotiator."
Jim Meyers of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a highly respected securities litigator. Recent highlights include representing former StarMedia executive Adriana Kampfner in an SEC enforcement action, negotiating a favorable settlement that included no monetary payment.
Kirby Behre of Paul Hastings LLP has a growing reputation for his "absolute ferociousness toward defense litigation." He is currently representing two former executives of IndyMac Bank in a $300 million suit brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Beth Wilkinson of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is lauded by peers as "a highly regarded trial lawyer." She has a broad practice covering white-collar criminal defense, product liability, internal investigations and commercial litigation. She is described as "super smart and very energetic."
Preston Burton of Poe & Burton PLLC is a highly regarded white-collar criminal defense practitioner, and is highlighted as "a phenomenal trial lawyer and a great strategist." Sources additionally comment that "he is an incredibly effective advocate for his clients."
Gregory Poe of Poe & Burton PLLC is highly esteemed for his experience in the white-collar criminal defense arena. He is considered to be "incredibly diligent and thoroughly prepared," and his experience in trial advocacy is also particularly commended.
Shortly prior to publication, Michael Lyle joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP from Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Lyle is recommended for his expertise in commercial litigation. At his previous firm, recent work included successfully representing SEACOR Holdings in its defense of claims brought against it following on from the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Michael Mann of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is highly recommended for his securities litigation and enforcement practice, with sources commenting that his understanding of international regulatory concerns puts him "in a league of his own." He is further characterized as "smart, thoughtful and creative."
Lawrence Robbins of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP brings his time serving as a former Assistant US Attorney to his civil and criminal litigation practice. Sources consider him "a skilled trial lawyer" and highlight his appellate litigation practice as a significant strength.
David Schertler of Schertler & Onorato LLP has conducted a wide range of civil and criminal litigation, and "has had a series of really interesting and topical cases with very good results throughout the years." In the courtroom, he is "very good on his feet" and possesses "the ability to simplify complex issues into common language."
Plato Cacheris of Trout Cacheris PLLC is an "outstanding" member of the DC criminal defense Bar. He is a highly experienced practitioner, whose expertise spans a wide range of investigatory matters. His practice also includes a focus on civil litigation.
Robert Trout of Trout Cacheris PLLC has amassed over 35 years of experience conducting civil and criminal litigation, and is applauded as "an exceptional lawyer" who is "very effective in the courtroom."
Christian Bartholomew of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP maintains a solid practice in securities enforcement and litigation, and is particularly adept at handling SEC investigations. Clients highlight his experience and ability to handle a broad spread of matters.
Thomas Connolly of Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is recognized for his white-collar criminal defense expertise. Commentators agree that he is "very analytical and thorough," and "is someone who knows how to get to the finish line in the best possible way."