Litigation: New York
Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.
THE FIRM This experienced litigation team handles a wide range of general commercial and securities litigation, as well as white-collar crime and government investigations work. The group has been particularly busy in major financial services litigation. With litigation practices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the firm’s strong global footprint enables it to handle complex national and international cases. Notable clients include Balfour Beatty, Bank of China, Barclays Capital, Citi, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank and Société Générale.
Sources say: “The group offers extremely efficient teamwork, very prompt service - anticipating their client's expectations - and excellent value for money.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Feldberg leads the litigation department. Praised as “a seasoned and polished advocate who is highly pragmatic in delivering results,” he focuses his practice on defending federal criminal and regulatory cases and civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the financial services industry. Senior counsel Patricia Hynes is recommended for her “incredibly client-focused and smart” approach. She continues to represent Richard Fuld, the former chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers Holdings, in an array of intersecting proceedings arising out of Lehman's bankruptcy. Working with her on this case is Pamela Rogers Chepiga, who is described as “an intelligent, highly skilled attorney with great judgment.” Sources appreciate that she “has an extremely clear concept of the client's ultimate goal and works assiduously to achieve it.” Up-and-comer David Esseks enters the rankings, backed by strong support of his “experienced, thoughtful and results-driven” practice. He “is calm under pressure, smart and strategic,” say sources.
THE FIRM Arnold & Porter’s New York litigation practice is highlighted in particular for its experience in matters relating to commercial contracts, fraud, IP and environmental cases. The team is adept at handling civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings and is recommended for its commercial awareness and client service. Notable clients include GE, BP America, Visa, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Philip Morris USA, Ernst & Young and Daimler.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stewart Aaron handles commercial litigation and has particular expertise in securities law cases. He represents Kynikos Associates LP and its principal against claims alleging violations of the New Jersey Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act relating to the short selling of Fairfax stock, with the plaintiffs seeking in excess of $6 billion.
THE FIRM This is widely respected as one of the sector's preeminent securities plaintiff firms. The group represents clients in a variety of securities and shareholder actions, such as class, non-class and derivative claims, and shareholder rights, breaches of fiduciary duty and subprime-related litigation. The team impresses clients with its effectively aggressive approach. The group is currently representing institutional investors as lead counsel in a wide variety of matters relating to the subprime crisis against investment banks, bond insurers and other participants in the subprime mortgage securitization process. Recent work highlights include successfully reaching a $200 million settlement in a securities litigation case on behalf of the WellCare Health Plans.
Sources say: “The firm has experienced research staff, a great documentation unit, and a superb brief-writing team.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Max Berger leads the firm’s litigation practice. He is “extremely responsive and knowledgeable,” say sources, and "a skilled and highly respected litigator.” Salvatore Graziano is respected for his trial skills and is described as “a wonderfully talented lawyer with excellent judgment.”
THE FIRM Bingham's solid New York litigation team forms a central part of the firm's strong national presence. The team is especially renowned for its expertise in complex financial products disputes, and its securities litigation group also continues to reap the benefits following the arrival of a number of litigators from McKee Nelson in 2009. Clients include Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings and Credit Suisse Securities.
Sources say: “The firm has devoted a lot of resources to servicing financial services companies and has built an extremely strong team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Smith cochairs the firm’s financial institutions litigation group. He is “an extremely polished litigator," say sources, "and an expert in sizing up a situation and bringing meaningful feedback to his clients.” His recent case highlights include representing Morgan Stanley in a breach of contract and tort action arising out of the credit crisis. Scott Eckas is widely respected as an experienced securities and commercial litigator. He is noted in particular for his expertise in bankruptcy-related disputes and debt transactions. Susan DiCicco focuses on litigation involving financial products and transactions, such as mortgage and asset-backed securities, OTC derivatives, structured products, CDOs and distressed debt. Together with Jeffrey Smith, she is representing Credit Suisse Securities in a subprime-related public nuisance claim brought by the City of Cleveland against more than 20 financial institutions.
THE FIRM This group is highly respected for its leading litigation practice. Backed by the firm's impressive national capabilities, the team offers strong trial experience across the range of complex commercial, white-collar criminal and securities litigation. The group receives particular praise for its work with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases.
Sources say: "Superbly smart attorneys who demonstrate amazing retention of complex issues and detail."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Firm chairman David Boies is a nationally renowned trial lawyer with “pure star power,” according to commentators. He has appeared in some of the country's most high-profile disputes, and recently made headlines with his role as plaintiffs' attorney in the opposition of Proposition 8. He also recently joined the team representing the NFL against an antitrust suit filed by players.
THE FIRM This group is especially renowned for its strong capabilities in commercial disputes and securities litigation. The team is adept at handling matters involving antitrust, intellectual property and healthcare, as well as insurance and reinsurance, and is praised for its deep expertise in the financial services and structured products arena.
Sources say: “A group of stellar attorneys who are known for producing an excellent work product.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Louis Solomon is the chair of the firm’s commercial and international litigation groups and cochair of the litigation department. Respected as “an immense litigator,” he is particularly praised for his experience in international litigation matters. Fellow group cochair Gregory Markel offers a “tremendous wealth of experience,” say sources. He represents clients in securities, antitrust and other complex commercial litigation, including in class action defense, derivative actions, trade secret cases and RICO litigation. He is defending Morgan Stanley in securities, derivative, antitrust and Delaware 220 actions relating to auction rate securities. Jonathan Hoff is recommended as “a thoughtful and thorough advocate who ensures that no stone will be left unturned.” His practice covers the representation of public companies and financial institutions in corporate and securities litigation. Recent highlights include representing Pharmacia and Pfizer, along with a number of former officers and directors, in a class action securities litigation. Up-and-comer Jason Halper impresses clients by “continuously doing an excellent job.” He represents domestic and international clients in complex business disputes in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the USA.
THE FIRM This litigation team is prized for its experience in handling high-profile and complex business disputes and securities litigation. The group draws particular praise for its capabilities in handling litigation relating to the insurance sector. Other areas of expertise include antitrust litigation and professional liability cases and the team receives strong praise for its commitment to client service. Notable clients include the Audit Committee of QualCom and the Bank of New York, among others.
Sources say: “This group possesses excellent depth and industry knowledge.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Gilman has “excellent business acumen,” according to sources. His recent highlights include representing Deutsche Bank in a New York Supreme Court action filed by Sebastian Holdings, seeking damages of more than $750 million allegedly suffered in connection with Sebastian’s foreign exchange currency trading through Deutsche Bank. Acting alongside him in this case is David Januszewski, who clients describe as “extremely bright and responsive.” He handles complex commercial litigation and is adept at handling securities, employment, bankruptcy and environmental law issues, among other litigation types. Thomas Kavaler receives praise as “a practical, responsive, thorough and valued counselor, and a prominent and aggressive litigator.” He represented the Bank of New York in litigation brought by Bluebird Partners after its purchase of Continental Airlines trust certificates, for which the Bank serves as collateral trustee. Bart Friedman represents clients in significant corporate and securities matters, with extensive expertise in M&A, corporate compliance and enforcement issues. He is representing a member of management at Lehman Brothers in investigations by the DOJ, the SEC and FCIC in connection with litigation arising from its bankruptcy proceedings. Working alongside him is David Kelley, who receives strong praise from interviewees: “He has a great bedside manner, puts clients at ease and is extremely articulate.” Commentators are impressed by his government background and recommend him for his expertise in representing boards of directors, public companies, officers and directors, and audit committees in matters involving business crime and government investigations.
THE FIRM This respected litigation team has strong trial experience and a national and international presence. The team handles litigation across a wide array of industries, including banking and financial services, accounting, media, energy, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. Clients include Fortune Brands, Jim Beam Brands, Petróleos Mexicanos and RBS.
Sources say: “Chadbourne has a deep litigation bench with broad experience and skills.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas McCormack is regarded as a strong litigator on a whole host of complex commercial, securities and class action litigation.
THE FIRM This group is prized for its cross-practice approach, offering strong corporate, regulatory and finance expertise, and is recommended for its international capabilities, allowing for seamless client service. The group is widely respected for representing large financial institutions in complex civil litigation and securities-related litigation as well as regulatory and criminal matters. The team is praised for its diligent bench of attorneys and its client-focused approach. The firm is also increasing its offering in the white-collar criminal defense and regulatory space, advising financial institutions and multinational corporations on a broad range of regulatory and criminal matters.
Sources say: “The group has terrific lawyers with the ability to handle significant litigation cases.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Moloney receives praise for his excellent writing skills and impressive courtroom presence. He focuses his practice on general litigation matters and bankruptcy issues. Sources appreciate Lawrence Friedman's “superb sense of strategy and conscientiousness.” He focuses on international and domestic disputes, and is an expert in IP and M&A litigation. Leading securities specialist Mitchell Lowenthal is described as “an incredibly hardworking and cerebral lawyer.” Devoting his time to civil litigation, he focuses particularly on disputes arising out of securities and M&A transactions. Clients laud him as “a highly strategic and exceptional litigator.” According to sources, David Brodsky has “the ability to quickly provide clients with both practical and technical advice to help them develop the necessary legal strategy to achieve the desired results.” He has been extensively active representing major financial institutions in connection with disputes arising from Madoff-related frauds. Lewis Liman is an expert in white-collar defense matters and complex commercial litigation, including securities class action lawsuits. His recent highlights include representing Bank of America in the settlement of an SEC investigation into its merger with Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch’s payment of employee bonuses.
THE FIRM This talented group offers vast trial experience. The team is praised for its capabilities in white-collar crime, as well as commercial litigation in areas such as life sciences, tax and IP law. Notable work includes the defense of Jim Giffen, who had been under indictment for more than seven years, in one of the largest criminal cases in Federal Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) history. Other highlights of the past year include the representation of Facebook in high-profile litigation concerning access to sensitive documents and records.
Sources say: “Cooley has an exceptionally deep and highly regarded practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Levine receives particular recognition for his expertise in complex commercial litigation as well as white-collar criminal matters. Sources praise him as a strategic individual and applaud his attention to client service. Experienced trial lawyer Celia Barenholtz handles complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on copyright, trademark and Internet litigation. Sources think highly of William Schwartz and remark on “his amazing dedication to his work and his impressive experience.” He is the chair of the firm's white-collar and regulatory defense practice group and offers impressive expertise in both white-collar criminal and complex commercial litigation. Jonathan Bach is recommended as “an extremely accomplished, bright and creative litigator." He has strong experience in white-collar criminal defense, government investigations, corporate internal investigations, and general commercial litigation.
THE FIRM Sources consider this firm a strong choice for white-collar criminal defense work. The lawyers are also praised for their skill in handling parallel civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. Key clients include Adelphia Communications and SG Cowen Securities.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Vinegrad impresses with his “unrivalled strategic judgment.” He represents clients in criminal and regulatory enforcement matters as well as complex civil litigation. Recent work includes representing Robert Graham, former assistant general counsel of Gen Re, in the defense of a criminal prosecution, SEC enforcement action and civil litigation arising out of an alleged $500 million accounting fraud between Gen Re and AIG.
THE FIRM This firm remains a leading light in the New York litigation arena, winning masses of plaudits for its expertise in complex commercial and securities litigation. The attorneys are prized for their strong trial experience and capabilities across a wide variety of sectors and areas of law, including antitrust, civil rights, discrimination law, fraud, insurance, IP, class actions, derivative suits, professional liability and real estate. The group represents its impressive clientele in some of the sector's most significant cases. These include its continued representation of Vivendi in one of the most significant and complex securities class action cases in recent times.
Sources say: “Very smart, hardworking and dependable litigators."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees agree that Evan Chesler "has an all-around, multi-skilled kind of talent that is hard to find in one person.” He handles some of the most complex commercial litigation around and offers expertise in a variety of industries, including technology, pharmaceutical, metals, manufacturing and financial services. He is representing Novartis Pharmaceuticals in connection with a consolidated class action wage and hour lawsuit brought by current and former Novartis sales representatives. Litigation managing partner Robert Baron is well-liked by peers and clients for his extremely collegial and sharp approach. “He is cheerful and smart as a whip,” remarked one interviewee. Baron offers extensive experience in representing major domestic and foreign issuers and financial institutions in litigation related to securities offerings and trading and complex structured financing transactions. Richard Clary is an “exceptionally steady presence in the courtroom,” say sources, and "is diplomatic in dealing with all groups involved and equally adept at dealing with judges and juries." He is especially recognized as an excellent choice for securities litigation. He is currently representing Credit Suisse in a number of high-profile securities litigations concerning mortgage-related debt and mortgage-backed securities. Sandra Goldstein is the firm’s head of litigation. She enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for her expertise in securities litigation and M&A disputes. Clients appreciate that she is “effectively tough and aggressive when needed.”
THE FIRM Davis Polk is recognized for its preeminence across a broad range of litigation types, and continues to impress in securities, complex commercial, white-collar criminal cases and investigations. The lawyers offer particularly strong expertise in IP, professional liability, non-public, M&A, antitrust, securities enforcement, and product liability and mass tort litigation, among other areas. Its notable highlights include the representation of Hyundai Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of the Deepwater Horizon oilrig, in the multidistrict litigation arising out of the Gulf oil spill. Other key clients include Comcast, Morgan Stanley, PwC and Roche.
Sources say: “The firm possesses great expertise, depth and strong trial lawyers.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Carroll is prized as “a strategic thinker and creative litigator.” His practice spans commercial litigation as well as criminal, regulatory and internal investigations. Carey Dunne is recommended as “a knowledgeable and talented adviser.” He undertakes criminal, civil and regulatory matters, including grand jury inquiries, internal investigations, enforcement actions and complex commercial disputes. Recent highlights of his include the representation of Intesa in criminal and civil investigations regarding alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran. Dennis Glazer “is an experienced and well regarded litigator,” according to sources. He has a varied practice handling securities litigation, M&A disputes, general commercial litigation, as well as regulatory and governmental investigations. Robert Fiske is a seasoned litigator who demonstrates "the most wonderful judgment and amazing presence” in court. Securities specialist Daniel Kolb is also described as "a master in the courtroom,” by sources; "in terms of strategy and multilayered litigation he is just excellent.” A market leader, he offers extensive expertise in representing major accounting firms. Lawrence Portnoy impresses market sources with his “even-handed, low-key and deliberate approach.” His recent work includes the representation of the board of directors, and certain officers, of Bank of America in connection with the civil litigation and investigations relating to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch. Scott Muller is a leading expert in white-collar crime cases and government investigations. He is particularly recommended for his knowledge of SEC and FCPA matters. The "strong and highly effective litigator" Martine Beamon focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement, as well as complex commercial litigation.
Since publication, Michael P Carroll has moved in-house.
THE FIRM Debevoise is strongly recommended for its expertise in commercial litigation, securities litigation and white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters. The talented team offers expertise in a wide variety of areas, including product liability, IP and media, antitrust, bankruptcy, environmental and cross-border litigation. The group's highlights include obtaining a summary judgment dismissing $1.1 billion in claims by administrators of a bankrupt telecommunications entity asserting breaches of fiduciary duty by former officers and directors.
Sources say: “Debevoise maintains one of the finest white-collar practices today.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Star litigator Mary Jo White is respected as “a top-notch and established white-collar lawyer" and one of the leading lights in general commercial cases. Her recent highlights include the representation of Kenneth Lewis, former CEO of Bank of America, in regulatory matters relating to the Merrill Lynch acquisition, including defense against civil claims brought by the New York Attorney General and various civil securities and derivative cases. Working with her on this matter was “impressive litigator and collegial practitioner” Andrew Ceresney. He focuses his practice on criminal investigations and SEC-related matters. John Kiernan is respected as “a superb litigator.” His practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation, arbitration and internal investigations. Recent highlights include his defense of a leading developer of shopping malls against claims by a subsidiary’s limited partners of breach of partnership agreements, breaches of fiduciary duty and usurpations of partnership opportunity in connection with its acquisitions and operation of numerous malls. The “amazingly talented" Bruce Yannett is recommended for his expertise in white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. Matthew Fishbein is appreciated for his “gifted and right-to-the-point” approach. He focuses on trial and appellate cases involving securities, government contract, and mail fraud, as well as environmental crime, political corruption and money laundering. The up-and-coming Sean Hecker makes an excellent impression on sources with his “superb technical knowledge and magnificent interpersonal skills.” His practice spans white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. Another rising star is Mary Beth Hogan. She devotes her practice to employment law, internal investigations and product liability defense.
THE FIRM This talented litigation group is praised for its capabilities in white-collar criminal defense and investigations. Its expertise spans a wide variety of areas, and the team is adept at handling commercial disputes, securities litigation, antitrust cases and product liability matters. Clients include Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg and Verizon.
Sources say: “A wonderful group with an impressive client list.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Firm chairman Andrew Levander is “creative and brilliantly client focused,” according to sources. He is rated as one of the country's best white-collar criminal attorneys, and a formidable expert in securities fraud, commercial litigation and government investigations. Sources agree that Robert Jossen is “thorough, responsive, strategic and an attorney offering strong professional relationships.” His practice covers complex commercial litigation, securities and white-collar criminal defense.
THE FIRM This firm has quickly and effectively established itself as a major player in the sector with its relatively young New York litigation practice, which launched in 2009. The group is recommended for its impressive capabilities in white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement and internal investigation matters, as well as civil litigation cases. The team offers strong experience in handling matters relating to antitrust, banking, bribery, contract, corrupt practices, criminal, and securities laws. Recent work highlights include the representation of Merrill Lynch/Bank of America and a senior in-house lawyer at Bank of America in connection with investigations by the SEC and the Attorney General for the State of New York, in allegations relating to the disclosure of executive compensation and losses at the time of Bank of America's merger with Merrill Lynch.
Sources say: "The firm has a dedicated and impressively strong team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Aaron Marcu is a well-respected litigator, representing clients in white-collar criminal and SEC enforcement investigations, as well as related civil litigation. His recent highlights include the investigations and subsequent litigation commenced by the SEC and the Attorney General for the State of New York regarding Bank of America's merger with Merrill Lynch. Benito Romano is adept at handling white-collar defense, including SEC and other regulatory enforcement matters, as well as complex civil litigation. Sources state: “He does an excellent job and is a pleasure to work with.”
THE FIRM This firm is recognized for its ability to draw on its international resources to provide a range of skills across a multitude of jurisdictions. The team offers deep expertise in complex financial, securities and commercial disputes, as well as antitrust, IP and real estate-related matters. The group represents Wells Fargo/Wachovia, and its former officers and directors, in consolidated class actions claiming alleged breaches of directors��� fiduciary duties, fraud and negligent misrepresentation. The group is also prized for its strong capabilities in handling white-collar criminal matters, government investigations and internal investigations. It recently represented Pequot Capital Management in relation to its settlement with the SEC regarding allegations of insider trading in Microsoft securities.
Sources say: “The firm is very commercially aware, and provides exceptional services to its clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Flaum is praised as “an extremely articulate and pleasant lawyer,” who focuses on securities and commercial litigation. Recent work highlights include the representation of Wells Fargo/Wachovia, and its former officers and directors, in an array of consolidated class actions. William McGuinness is praised for his detailed knowledge of “the ins and outs of the finance markets.” Described as “a solid litigator with an easygoing manner,” he has particular expertise in M&A, IP and securities litigation. According to sources, Stephanie Goldstein "always does a class-A job.” Her practice covers commercial, securities and corporate governance litigation. She is representing Enrique Molina, former CEO and controlling shareholder of Pepsi-Gemex, in litigation commenced by the estate of a former Pepsi executive. Howard Goldstein is renowned as “a thorough, thoughtful and exceptionally skilled advocate.” He handles white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, RICO and fraud-related civil litigation. The “wonderfully talented” Carmen Lawrence coheads the firm’s securities enforcement and regulation practice. She handles a variety of investigations and litigations, and represented the State of New Jersey in the settlement of SEC charges alleging the fraudulent marketing of $26 billion in municipal bonds to investors.
THE FIRM This efficient litigation group is an excellent choice for representing clients in commercial disputes, ranging from breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims to antitrust violation claims, media-related litigation and insurance disputes.
Sources say: “A terrific firm with a consistent level of superb talent in the litigation area."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Seiler is “a bright and extraordinarily able litigator who brings a practical sense to the proceedings,” according to market commentators. He focuses on high-value commercial, employment and securities litigation and arbitration.
THE FIRM This formidable litigation group is adept at handling complex civil litigation, securities litigation and antitrust and IP disputes, as well as white-collar crime and government investigations. Its New York-based team is able to draw on the firm's impressive national and international resources to provide a range of capabilities and disciplines across a multitude of jurisdictions.
Sources say: "Gibson Dunn is excellent in terms of commercial awareness, client service and value for money."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Randy Mastro is cochair of the firm’s litigation practice group. He is praised as “an exceptional litigator" across a range of complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal matters. His recent highlights include his representation of Amazon.com in a constitutional challenge to New York State law requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax on transactions with New York consumers. Orin Snyder is cochair of the firm's media, entertainment and technology practice. His practice spans civil and criminal matters, with a particular focus on IP, media and technology disputes. He is defending longtime client Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg in substantial breach of contract cases. Mark Kirsch is cochair of the firm's litigation practice group. He is known as “a force to be reckoned with” and an efficient practitioner across an array of complex securities and financial litigation. His recent case highlights include securing the dismissal of a class action against the Bank of New York Mellon seeking billions in damages resulting from the Medical Capital Holdings Ponzi scheme. The "enormously talented" Lawrence Zweifach handles a wide variety of securities and SEC enforcement litigation, as well as white-collar criminal defense. He recently achieved the dismissal of a securities class action against Ernst & Young in complex Madoff-related litigation.
THE FIRM This national litigation boutique enjoys a sterling reputation in relation to securities and derivatives litigation and corporate governance matters. The team represents public and private institutional investors and is praised for its ability to handle nationwide securities class actions. Recent work highlights include acting as lead counsel in many of the country's largest securities class actions, including a $3.2 billion settlement in the Tyco International litigation. On the corporate governance side, the firm has successfully achieved considerable benefits for shareholders in connection with corporate transactions and breach of fiduciary duty claims, including a $115 million settlement against former executives of AIG.
Sources say: ��An immensely impressive firm with a leading presence.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jay Eisenhofer and Stuart Grant are cofounders and managing directors of the firm. Eisenhofer is widely regarded as “an exceptionally talented litigator,” whilst Grant is described as someone who “covers the full spectrum of personality, and is able to be everything to everyone in a very successful way.”
THE FIRM This team is strongly recommended for its general commercial litigation capabilities. The firm boasts an impressive network of national and international offices, providing clients with wide-ranging resources and a seamless service across disciplines. Notable clients include Verizon Communications, Par Pharmaceutical, Signatures Network and Lorillard Tobacco.
Sources say: “The firm has the highest level of commercial awareness and service."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Edlin is a respected commercial litigator who offers expertise in a range of disputes involving bankruptcy, IP, securities and antitrust matters. His partner Alan Mansfield chairs the litigation practice in the New York office and is experienced in representing clients in complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal litigation matters. He is particularly adept at handling products liability, securities, defamation and fraud.
THE FIRM This firm is renowned for its ability to handle securities-related class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, investigations and criminal prosecutions. It acts for many clients in the accounting industry, with three out of the big four accounting firms among its top clients. Recent highlights include the representation of the firm's own James Giddens as the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) trustee in the Lehman Brothers liquidation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS William Maguire is recommended as a skilled securities litigator. Impressed sources describe him as “an extremely astute litigator who clearly understands the issues that global accounting networks face in the US litigation system.” Edward Little is known as “a creative and formidable litigator.” His practice spans white-collar and internal investigations as well as civil securities disputes.
THE FIRM This litigation team draws on the vast resources of the firm’s national and international offices to handle complex disputes. With a sizable team at its back, the group is adept at handling complex commercial work as well as matters relating to CDOs, labor law, environment, health, trademark infringement and antitrust matters. Clients include American Needle, Chevron and NACCO Industries.
Sources say: “The group understands the business needs of its clients extremely well.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Douglas is a key contact for commercial litigation group, while David Carden co-heads the firm’s securities litigation practice.
THE FIRM Kasowitz Benson remains a national leader for complex litigation and business disputes. The group is praised for its experience of a broad range of litigation types, including enforcement proceedings and securities, antitrust and restructuring disputes. Its case highlights include the group's representation of the unsecured creditors and the Adelphia Recovery Trust in a billon-dollar lawsuit against Adelphia's primary lenders. Other key clients include Comcast, Ernst & Young, Fairfax Financial Holdings and Fortress Investment Group.
Sources say: "The attorneys bring real intelligence and innovative thinking, coupled with an unmatched tenacity and tireless effort and enthusiasm.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees recommend Marc Kasowitz as “a creative and aggressive litigator." He offers leading expertise in the areas of antitrust, securities, bank finance, mass tort, breach of contract and other types of commercial litigation. Former federal prosecutor Daniel Fetterman receives praise as “a great lawyer and adviser.” Sources particularly appreciate “his detailed knowledge of the law and the litigation process.” He has extensive expertise in complex litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He currently represents hotel operator Hilton Worldwide in a high-profile grand jury investigation relating to the alleged theft of trade secrets from their competitor Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
THE FIRM This firm is adept at handling high-profile complex commercial litigation, and its experience encompasses a range of product liability, patent, trademark and antitrust disputes, as well as bankruptcy and structured finance-related litigation. The group's highlights include representing the Renco Group in connection with fraudulent conveyance claims brought against it by the Chapter 7 trustee for Magnesium Corporation of America.
Sources say: “The team offers top-quality legal work and practical advice.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Aaron Rubinstein is the chair of the financial services litigation practice group. He undertakes complex commercial litigation, including securities, commodities, derivatives and contract claims. Recent work highlights include defending Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca against a lawsuit seeking $1.28 billion in damages for fraud and breach of contract brought by Verus Pharmaceuticals.
THE FIRM The firm's substantial litigation practice is widely respected for its tremendous capabilities in complex commercial litigation, and clients benefit from its impressive national trial experience and capabilities. The team is well equipped to represent clients in a wide variety of disputes, including commercial, securities, defamation, antitrust, mass tort, product liability, insurance coverage, construction and environmental litigation. Its enviable client roster includes 3G Capital, Dow Chemical, IBM, Verizon and WR Grace.
Sources say: “Kirkland & Ellis is an exceptionally strong firm with a large stable of tremendously capable commercial litigators and trial lawyers.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jay Lefkowitz is respected in the legal community as “a skilled advocate.” He has substantial experience in securities, shareholder derivative, antitrust and breach of contract matters, as well as criminal cases. He recently represented UBS in a putative class action challenging its policies, procedures and agreements regarding the sweep of un-invested cash from brokerage accounts. William Pratt has a broad-based litigation practice, and is praised for his “superb courtroom presence.” The “terrific up-and-comer" Andrew Genser handles criminal and regulatory investigations as well as internal investigations and securities-related disputes.
THE FIRM This increasingly renowned litigation boutique is widely recommended for its representation of clients in white-collar criminal and complex civil litigation matters. With offices in New York, Miami, Washington DC, London and Hong Kong, the team is well equipped to represent its clients in high-profile investigations into businesses with operations in Europe, Asia and the USA. Highlights include the firm's representation of Dawn Schlegel, the former CFO of DHB Industries (now known as Point Blank Solutions), in litigation relating to the investigation into alleged insider trading and accounting improprieties alleged to have defrauded the company of more than $180 million.
Sources say: “This firm possesses tremendous talent and fosters an exceptionally competent and professional environment with its clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Kim is praised as a “thoughtful, responsive, commercially oriented and strategic thinker.” He is adept at handling cases involving US and UK government investigations, and is noted in particular for his expertise with antitrust, FCPA, securities, tax, and money laundering cases. Fellow founding partner Steven Kobre is renowned as an "extremely thorough attorney who shows good judgment and projects confidence" on behalf of his clients. Sources go on to praise his white-collar criminal defense expertise as well as his experience of commercial and financial disputes.
THE FIRM This widely respected litigation group is renowned for its complex commercial and white-collar criminal capabilities. The firm is highlighted for its representations of companies and individuals in simultaneous civil and criminal proceedings, as well as SEC and regulatory investigations. The group's trial experience spans a wide variety of areas, including securities, accounting fraud, tax investigations, unfair competition, employment and environmental violations, among other areas. The team recently won dismissal in favor of Kenneth Langone, former Chair of the New York Stock Exchange Compensation Committee, of charges brought against him relating to the compensation of NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso.
Sources say: “This firm has a responsive and commercially aware team of litigators.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources praise the preeminent Gary Naftalis for his “broad appreciation of the issues his clients face," as well as for his "in-depth strategic advice.” He is cochair of the firm and the head of its litigation department. He has a near-unparalleled practice covering complex civil and criminal litigation, with recent highlights including his successful representation of the City of New York in the inquiry by the New York County District Attorney relating to the fire at the Deutsche Bank building adjacent to the World Trade Center site. Barry Berke is cochair of the firm's white-collar defense and SEC regulatory practice. He is “persuasive with a very calm demeanor that gives clients a lot of comfort,” according to sources. He has a solid practice covering criminal, commercial and securities litigation.
THE FIRM Labaton Sucharow enjoys an established reputation as one of the leading plaintiffs' class action securities law firms in the USA. Sources praise the firm for its excellent and focused team, which is well regarded for prosecuting class action cases on behalf of institutional investor clients. Recent highlights for the group include representing the Attorney General of Ohio and three of the state’s largest pension funds in litigation concerning AIG's involvement in a market division scheme and related accounting fraud.
Sources say: “The firm has a superb team with bright and creative litigators."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chairman of the firm and respected litigator Lawrence Sucharow devotes his time to complex securities and class action matters. His partner Thomas Dubbs specializes in representing institutional investors including pension funds in securities fraud and other types of litigation. Market commentators describe him as “an incredibly smart and experienced lawyer.”
THE FIRM This litigation boutique excels in white-collar criminal defense work. The lawyers are widely respected as superb trial lawyers and defend clients in allegations of securities fraud, antitrust violations, bank fraud, RICO violations, tax violations, healthcare fraud, insurance fraud, public corruption, labor union violations and environmental violations, amongst others. The group also draws praise for its extensive experience of internal investigations.
Sources say: “An excellent and highly regarded litigation firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Siffert is “an incredibly smart litigator who really understands how his clients' businesses function.” He specializes in representing clients in white-collar criminal matters and government investigations. Frank Wohl is an experienced trial lawyer who regularly acts for clients in SEC, government and regulatory investigations. Helen Gredd focuses her practice on regulatory matters, criminal proceedings and complex commercial disputes. The eminently experienced Rusty Wing is often called upon by peers for his extensive trial expertise. He is experienced in representing clients in investigations relating to securities, tax, antitrust, RICO laws, fraud and antitrust proceedings.
THE FIRM This international firm offers litigation expertise across a broad range of areas. The team is adept at advising clients in complex commercial litigation, including transactional-related disputes involving M&A, restructurings and proxy contests matters. The group also boasts strong knowledge in handling white-collar criminal matters, including bankruptcy, procurement and securities fraud, and antitrust, theft of trade secrets, computer and environmental crime. Case highlights include representing Koch Industries in a breach of contract action against Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft arising out of a $1.5 billion asset purchase transaction. On the white-collar side, the group represented Andrew Forster, the head credit trader at AIG Financial Products, during the SEC and Department of Justice investigations of AIG’s collapse.
Sources say: “The group has a lot of depth and has the ability to draw on talented people at a moment's notice.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Brandt is managing partner of the firm's New York office. He is respected for his complex commercial litigation expertise and his skills with financial, insolvency and securities litigation. He demonstrates "tremendous business judgment," say sources, and "is superb in knowing when to settle and when to litigate." Observers are similarly impressed by David Brodsky's "deep understanding and his ability to comprehend extremely technical and complicated financial matters.” His practice covers class action securities litigation and white-collar crime and government investigations. Leading the firm's litigation group is the "extraordinarily capable and thorough" Richard Owens. He is highly recommended for his expertise in handling criminal, internal and regulatory investigations. Christopher Clark, a recent arrival from Dewey & LeBoeuf, specializes in white-collar criminal defense and regulatory investigations. He receives effusive praise for his “strong ability to think logically about problems and map potential options based upon the strength of all arguments.”
THE FIRM This international firm is highlighted in particular for its cross-practice approach and its ability to undertake multijurisdictional litigation. The group has broad-ranging expertise covering general business litigation, banking and insolvency disputes, regulatory investigations and securities litigation. The group is particularly recommended for its capabilities in white-collar criminal defense. The group's highlights include its recent representation of BAE Systems in an investigation by the Department of Justice involving allegations of making false statements to the US Government.
Sources say: "The team demonstrates a great understanding of the law inside and out."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Armao is described as “an extremely efficient litigator with superb knowledge of regulators and government agencies.” Sources remark upon his “excellent sense of the big picture," and his "excellent advice as to how and when to proceed.” He represents clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions as well as regulatory enforcement actions. Lawrence Byrne is US co-managing partner and head of the firm's US litigation practice. He is an expert in white-collar criminal, government regulatory and civil litigation involving antitrust, securities, class action, bankruptcy and First Amendment matters, among other areas.
Since publication, Lawrence Byrne has joined Pepper Hamilton LLP
THE FIRM This firm impresses with its wide-ranging international capabilities and its ability to deliver seamless cross-border litigation representation. The group is experienced in handling a wide variety of disputes, including antitrust, banking, financial services, IP, product liability, securities enforcement and securities litigation. Clients include the Bank of Montreal, BMW, Dow Chemical, EMI North America, Google and YouTube.
Sources say: “Mayer Brown is a joy to work with and always leads with extremely high-quality representations."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Wolowitz is the firmwide litigation practice leader. He is a respected litigator and trial lawyer who focuses primarily on representations in the financial services sector. His recent highlights include the representation of Bank of America in a variety of complex cases, including a rogue trading case brought by Allied Irish Banks and in a subprime mortgage case involving CDO defaults.
THE FIRM This firm boasts an experienced and increasingly recognized litigation team. The group is adept at handling complex multijurisdictional litigation and white-collar and regulatory investigations, but comes most recommended for its securities litigation expertise. The team also demonstrates additional strength in bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, IP, insurance, M&A and antitrust cases. The firm attracts an enviable roster of clients, including ABN AMRO, Bank of New York Mellon, Credit Suisse Securities and NASCAR.
Sources say: “Milbank is a sophisticated firm with an immensely broad and very deep litigation team.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Benedict chairs Milbank’s litigation department and heads its securities litigation practice group. He is a preeminent securities litigator, particularly in multiparty class and derivative suits, who draws praise for his “experience and knowledge in the field” and his "phenomenal courtroom and boardroom presence." Scott Edelman is lauded as “one of the most insightful litigation attorneys in New York; extremely smart and level-headed.” He focuses on civil, criminal and SEC enforcement litigation matters, and corporate governance and investigations. Sean Murphy is “a brilliant and experienced younger lawyer who combines intellect, excellent writing talents and strong interpersonal skills,” say sources. He is an expert in securities and antitrust matters.
THE FIRM This respected litigation team can take advantage of the firm’s national and international resources, which are strongly valued by clients. The group offers strong capabilities in consumer class actions, general business litigation and product liability disputes, as well as white-collar defense, antitrust and IP matters. Notable clients include Ernst & Young, JPMorgan, Honeywell and Astellas Pharma.
KEY INDIVIDUALS “Skilled trial lawyer” Dennis Orr handles complex litigation, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, accounting and securities industries. Cochair of the firm's securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar defense group Jack Auspitz comes equipped with “many years of experience in the field of class action lawsuits and an excellent reputation with the judges,” according to sources. Fellow cochair Carl Loewenson offers in-depth expertise in white-collar defense work and regulatory matters. He continues his role as court-appointed receiver in Credit Bancorp, in which he has actively been returning a majority of the $200 million lost through the CBL Ponzi scheme.
THE FIRM This premier litigation boutique is widely recommended for its white-collar crime capabilities in federal, state and local courts, and the seasoned and talented team is praised for its work in internal investigations. The group is also experienced in representing clients in economic crime matters, environmental offenses, insurance and healthcare fraud, FCPA-related issues, and IP theft and political corruption cases.
Sources say: “Morvillo Abramowitz is an excellent litigation firm with a deep bench of attorneys.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Bohrer focuses on complex civil and white-collar criminal matters. He offers extensive trial experience and expertise in securities, commodities, environmental and antitrust cases. Lawrence Iason is an experienced litigator representing clients in SEC, Department of Justice and regulatory investigations. Robert Anello is a formidable expert in white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and internal corporate investigations. The “smart, smooth and experienced” Elkan Abramowitz is a highly respected and seasoned litigator in the legal community. He devotes his time to representing clients in civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts, and is especially renowned for his expertise in white-collar criminal defense cases. The firm recently mourned the passing of the very highly esteemed Robert Morvillo, who was long regarded as one of the finest names for white-collar criminal defense law.
Since publication, Barry A Bohrer has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
THE FIRM This talented group remains a strong choice for complex commercial litigation and multijurisdictional disputes, with a strong presence in the USA and an impressive global footprint. The team is also adept at handling white-collar criminal defense work and investigations, as well as securities litigation. Clients include Deutsche Bank, Apollo Global Management and Morgan Stanley.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bradley Butwin is chair of the firm's litigation department. He is a leading expert in complex commercial litigation, and also offers experience in securities litigation. He recently won a dismissal of securities and common law fraud claims against Bank of America, and its former CEO, in relation to its acquisition of Countrywide. Andrew Frackman has a broad-ranging commercial litigation practice, and strong expertise in antitrust and securities litigation. He represents Banc of America Securities and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in six cases involving alleged naked short selling. Jonathan Rosenberg is a "solid and dedicated" securities litigator. He recently took the spotlight having obtained a dismissal of a $500 million action against UBS alleging aiding and abetting international terrorism. Howard Heiss has a solid practice spanning white-collar criminal defense, SEC matters, regulatory proceedings and corporate internal investigations.
THE FIRM Market commentators laud this firm for its strong litigation practice. The team is recommended for its capabilities in handling class actions and complex commercial litigation. Notable work of the past year includes its representation of GE in a dispute between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and GE Transportation Systems Global Signaling. The team is also adept in securities enforcement and white-collar criminal issues.
Sources say: "A tremendously talented and flexible litigation group."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Sher is chair of the firm's New York litigation practice. He is “an extremely focused litigation attorney,” who receives strong praise for his “excellent judgment and acute commercial acumen.” His recent case highlights include representing Appaloosa, a large hedge fund, in connection with an adversary proceeding brought by auto-parts manufacturer Delphi in bankruptcy court. Kenneth Breen impresses clients as “a dedicated, tireless and efficient counselor who can quickly and effectively understand legal issues and the business needs of his clients.” He is recommended for his thorough understanding of regulatory enforcement, white-collar criminal defense and investigations. Up-and-comer Douglas Koff is highlighted for his expertise in representing clients in securities and corporate litigation, government and internal investigations, and complex business disputes.
THE FIRM Paul Weiss stands as one of the country's strongest litigation groups across a range of civil and criminal proceedings, including commercial disputes, securities litigation and white-collar criminal cases. Praised for its excellent client service, the team offers a deep and varied practice encompassing antitrust, employment, tax, insurance, environmental and product liability matters. The firm is a go-to for major financial institutions, such as Citi, for which the team recently secured the dismissal of a pair of class action lawsuits in which plaintiffs alleged manipulation of the market for auction rate securities. Other notable clients include Morgan Stanley, AIG and Merck.
Sources say: “A top-quality trial team with extraordinarily bright associates and partners."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources laud star attorney Theodore Wells as “a charismatic litigator with exceptional trial experience and excellent judgment." Cochair of the firm's litigation group, he is considered one of the best litigators in the USA for any and all types of commercial and white-collar litigation. His recent highlights include securing the dismissal of two cases filed against ExxonMobil alleging complicity in human rights violations in Indonesia. Impressed market commentators describe senior partner Martin Flumenbaum as “a superb and focused litigator.” He represents clients in securities, M&A, IP, white-collar criminal and antitrust matters. Also one of the group's senior partners, Leslie Gordon Fagen represents clients in highly complex commercial litigation matters, with sources describing him as “an invaluable adviser” who is “creative, constructive and thoughtful" in his approach. Respected litigator Daniel Beller has a practice spanning complex civil and criminal matters, including securities, real estate and antitrust disputes, and government enforcements, internal corporate investigations, compliance and white-collar criminal defense. Chair of the firm Brad Karp is considered one of the best litigators in the USA on behalf of major financial institutions. He receives overwhelming praise as an “intelligent, dedicated litigator with a phenomenal network and excellent judgment.” An excellent colleague and team leader, interviewees laud "his phenomenal communication and excellent sense of strategy about the way he and his team approach the client relationship.“ Daniel Kramer is cochair of the securities litigation and enforcement group. He “has a wonderful courtroom presence,” say sources, with "tremendous academic knowledge of securities law.” He recently represented AIG in its settlement of a securities fraud class action and derivative lawsuits. Richard Rosen is an "excellent securities litigator" with expertise in securities, directors' liability, derivatives, banking and commodity futures litigation. Sources are immensely impressed by his "superb work and talent.” Eric Goldstein offers experience in representing clients in a wide array of litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on securities class actions, white-collar crime, corporate investigations and complex commercial disputes. Mark Pomerantz is "an incredibly tough and effectively aggressive" attorney renowned as a preeminent white-collar criminal and regulatory trial lawyer. He impresses sources with his “amazing intellect and his ability to always make an exemplary case in front of jury and judge.” His case highlights include representing a major financial institution in SEC, FINRA, FCIC, New York Attorney General and overseas regulatory investigations.
THE FIRM This firm is widely respected for its solid and varied litigation practice encompassing insurance, sports, entertainment, employment, antitrust, bankruptcy and securities disputes, among other areas. Highlights of the past year include representation of T-Mobile in a series of litigations relating to whether T-Mobile is subject to certain taxing ordinances. The group also represented the NHL in a lawsuit against the former beneficial owners of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Sources say: “A strong and well-established firm.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bradley Ruskin is cochair of the firm's litigation practice group. He impresses sources with his trial experience and is lauded as "an excellent strategist with tremendous trial experience." He is adept at handling a broad range of disputes, including communications, sport, and telecom matters. Bruce Fader is described as “a brilliant strategic thinker and creative in his approach.” He concentrates on commercial litigation and international arbitration.
THE FIRM Quinn Emanuel continues to build upon its reputation as one of the strongest plaintiff-side litigation groups in New York. Backed by its tremendous trial experience, the group has solid litigation capabilities in a range of areas, including IP, antitrust, bankruptcy and white-collar criminal cases. The team's highlights include representing MBIA in a $14 billion fraud and breach of contract suit against Countrywide and Bank of America relating to the issuance of mortgage-backed securities.
Sources say: “A highly regarded litigation group undertaking impressive work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Carlinsky is “brilliant and aggressive when needed,” according to impressed sources. He is particularly adept at handling high-profile matters across a range of commercial litigation types, including financial fraud, IP, trade secret and employee noncompete litigation. Richard Werder is "a hardworking and brilliant partner" who sources appreciate for his "superb sensitivity to his client's needs.” His broad experience covers complex litigation in a variety of areas, including bankruptcy, shareholder and consumer class action, product liability and derivative litigation. Peter Calamari has a longstanding practice encompassing a wide array of complex commercial litigation. He is particularly adept at handling cases relating to the financial services industry and receives praise from clients for being “dedicated and excellent in delivering great results.” Sources describe Faith Elizabeth Gay as "a strong leader to bring a case forward; she is well spoken and a real team player.” She is cochair of the firm's nationwide trial practice group and focuses on civil litigation, corporate governance and white-collar cases.
THE FIRM This team is especially renowned for its white-collar criminal defense work, and the firm’s expertise covers a variety of class action, creditors' rights, capital markets, securities, financial services and corporate governance litigation. Case highlights in civil litigation include the group's representation of BDC Finance in a breach of contract action against Barclays in connection with derivative transactions entered into as part of an ISDA Master Agreement.
Sources say: “This firm's excellent litigation team enjoys a superb reputation.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founding partner Lee Richards is described as “a practical lawyer who instills confidence" by sources. Interviewees mostly appreciate “his stability and strength, and that his word is gold with the government agencies.” His practice focuses on securities, regulatory, banking, white-collar criminal and commercial litigation, and internal investigations.
THE FIRM Robbins Geller comes highly recommended for plaintiff-side securities litigation. While based on the West Coast, the firm has an increasingly recognized presence in New York, and has quickly established itself as major player in the sector's class action arena.
Sources say: “This is a truly wonderful firm that does an excellent job in representing its clients.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "extensively experienced" Samuel Rudman demonstrates "excellent courtroom presence," say sources. A young up-and-comer, he is highlighted in particular as one of the sector's future leaders.
THE FIRM This respected firm has an impressive global footprint and is recommended for its capabilities in IP, antitrust and business disputes, as well as criminal law, white-collar crime, enforcement and regulatory matters. The group is prized for its strong offering in securities litigation, handling federal and state shareholder class actions, investigations by the SEC, FINRA, state securities regulators, claims under state law and securities industry arbitrations. The group is currently representing Galleon Management in connection with the major insider trading case filed against its founder.
Sources say: “The team has extraordinarily fast response times to requests and their memos are focused and reliable. I truly enjoy working with them.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Fishbein leads the firm's litigation group. He is renowned as an “extremely knowledgeable attorney who is able to analyze and communicate with business people in the terms they can understand easily.” He is highlighted for his expertise in white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and commercial litigation. Stuart Baskin offers extensive expertise in securities class actions as well as complex commercial litigation. Work highlights include his representation of Merrill Lynch in class actions arising from its merger with Bank of America. Adam Hakki has “the rare balance of being incredibly smart and effectively confident,” say sources. Peers state: "He is easy to work with and is productive and effective for his clients.” Sources also appreciate Herbert Washer for his “terrific expertise and sound judgment.” He is deputy leader of the firm's litigation practice group and focuses on complex securities and derivative-related disputes.
Since publication, Herbert S Washer has joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
THE FIRM This group offers particularly deep expertise in securities litigation and is adept at handling class actions and direct litigation concerning securities fraud and distressed investment products. Recent highlights include representing a Deutsche Bank-related investment adviser and investment manager, as well as two officers of two publicly traded closed-end investment funds in a putative class action. The team also handles complex commercial litigation and white-collar crime matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Pietrzak is co-head of the firm's New York litigation practice and global coordinator of its securities practice group. Described as “extremely smart, strategic and academic,” he shows particular strength in securities class action litigation as well as securities regulatory proceedings. Sources appreciate Barry Rashkover as “a valuable adviser,” and praise his in-depth SEC knowledge and expertise. He acts as the global coordinator of the firm’s SEC enforcement practice and represents clients in federal securities litigation and investigations. A recent addition to the team, Gary Bendinger joined the firm in December 2010 from Howrey. Market sources describe him as someone who provides “excellent value, skill and service."
THE FIRM This stellar litigation group is nationally renowned for its strong securities litigation capabilities and its commercial litigation expertise. For its impressive client base, which consists of domestic and foreign clients, the team handles disputes across a wide variety of areas, including antitrust, insurance and reinsurance, M&A, IP, insolvency and product liability. The group is particularly praised for its strength in securities litigation and is an excellent choice for high-profile disputes.
Sources say: “The team always remains laser-focused on litigating matters in the most efficient manner possible.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Ostrager draws great praise from impressed sources who describe him as a “phenomenal team player with a successful attitude; he’s highly cerebral, soft-spoken and very effective.” In addition to the integral part he plays in leading the firm's litigation efforts, he has also been key in developing its insurance and reinsurance practices. David Ichel is held in high regard by interviewees, many of whom describe him as “a fantastically strong litigator with a diverse set of experiences in areas of the law.” His case highlights include obtaining dismissals for Heineken, and other alcohol beverage manufacturers, of class actions alleging that alcohol beverage marketing targeted underage consumers. Commentators “think the world of” Bruce Angiolillo. He offers expertise in securities disputes, including class actions, derivative actions and internal investigations. He is particularly praised for his expertise in representing private equity firms in matters arising from their investment activities. Recent highlights include his representation of The Blackstone Group in a putative class action relating to its $4.3 billion IPO in 2007. The "terrific and dedicated litigator" Paul Curnin is praised for his solid judgment: “He knows when to push and when not to push,” say sources. He concentrates on securities matters, white-collar criminal defense and government and internal investigations, as well as takeover litigation. Jonathan Youngwood receives wide support as “an excellent litigator, especially in the securities field.” He focuses his practice on an array of complex commercial litigation matters, including securities, corporate control, antitrust and ERISA disputes. Sources appreciate Peter Kazanoff’s “exceptional mastery of securities law, and his responsiveness and sensitivity in dealing with individual clients.” He is currently representing several companies and individuals associated with Fairfield Greenwich in litigation and investigations arising out of investments made with Bernard Madoff. Meanwhile, Mark Stein is recommended for his "consistently sound judgment.” He focuses his practice on the representation of companies and individuals in government and internal investigations.
THE FIRM This major New York litigation player is widely respected for its capabilities across the board, handling securities litigation, complex commercial disputes and white-collar criminal defense and regulatory matters. The firm is regularly sought out by financial institutions for their most complex disputes and offers a deep practice with expertise in energy, healthcare, insurance, banking, pharmaceutical, real estate, technology and manufacturing, to name a few. With a strong national footprint and offices across the globe, this group offers a seamless service to its impressive client roster.
Sources say: "The firm has a world-class litigation team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jonathan Lerner is increasingly recognized as one of the sector's best experts in securities, corporate and commercial litigation, as well as matters involving commercial arbitration. He is described as “an exceptionally fine and effective lawyer,” and sources particularly value his insights and strategic thinking. Recent highlights include obtaining the dismissal of a federal securities class action for Cano Petroleum in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Michael Gruenglas is adept at handling a wide range of complex disputes, including corporate, commercial and securities matters. He recently represented Biogen Idec in a high-profile breach of contract dispute with Elan. Susan Saltzstein is a highly respected “excellent and dedicated litigator.” She devotes her practice to complex commercial dispute and securities litigation. Jay Kasner leads Skadden’s securities class action defense practice and is widely regarded as “one of the top guys for class action defense work in the sector.” Impressed interviewees state: “His strategic thinking, oral advocacy and written skills are immense.” Sources admire Scott Musoff for his "immensely effective presence in the courtroom." He represents financial institutions, corporations and individuals in federal and state trial and appellate courts and is widely recommended for his expertise in securities litigation. John Carroll focuses on criminal, regulatory and complex civil disputes. He is considered a preeminent attorney in domestic and multinational criminal and regulatory investigations relating to alleged financial fraud, corrupt payments and online gaming, amongst other matters. He is acting as counsel to Morgan Stanley in private actions arising out of Morgan Stanley's sale and marketing of auction rate securities. David Zornow is global head of Skadden’s litigation and controversy practice, and leader of the New York white-collar crime group. Lauded as a charismatic and tenacious lawyer, he acts for corporations and individuals in grand jury investigations and at criminal trials, as well as representing clients in regulatory and internal investigations. He recently represented Dell in its resolution of a longstanding SEC investigation into disclosure issues relating to aspects of its commercial relationship with Intel. Keith Krakaur impresses market commentators as “an extremely bright and very diligent individual.” He draws praise from sources for being “well prepared, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.” He is recognized for his lonstanding experience representing corporations and their directors and officers in criminal and regulatory investigations and at trial.
THE FIRM This litigation boutique is highly regarded for its outstanding client service and advice, and is widely recommended for its work in white-collar criminal defense and government investigations. The team receives praise for its deep trial experience and its expertise in securities enforcement defense and complex civil litigation. Recent work includes the representation of Angelo Mozilo, former CEO and Chairman of countrywide, in two civil securities fraud cases. Other key clients include Société Générale, The Real Estate Board of New York and Wal-Mart.
Sources say: “An excellent firm doing fantastic work.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Linda Imes impresses market sources as “a talented and effective lawyer.” She is observed to be “extremely intelligent, well versed in the law in her practice area, and a pleasure to work with.” She devotes her time to the defense of clients in white-collar criminal proceedings, government or regulatory investigations, and complex civil litigation. Sources similarly laud David Spears as “a phenomenal lawyer.” He impresses with his "high energy levels, very thorough technical skills and solid advocacy skills.” He handles white-collar criminal defense, securities enforcement defense and civil litigation matters.
THE FIRM This highly respected litigation boutique concentrates its practice in complex civil litigation and regulatory matters, and particularly excels in white-collar criminal defense. The firm represents clients in a diverse range of complex litigation and demonstrates particular expertise in the securities and financial services industries, as well as in real estate, healthcare, telecommunications and accounting.
Sources say: “A highly regarded firm with a talented team.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Seasoned authority Charles Stillman continues to receive wide praise as “an excellent advocate and adviser." His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory matters and complex civil trial work.
THE FIRM Interviewees are impressed by this firm’s attention to detail and excellent client service. The group is particularly adept at handling disputes in antitrust, commodities and securities, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, labor, real estate and white-collar crime.
Sources say: "An excellent-quality, very knowledgeable team with strength and depth."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Co-managing partner Alan Klinger is a lead partner in the New York litigation team, while Charles Moerdler is the founding partner of the firm's litigation practice.
THE FIRM This celebrated litigation team is widely respected for its tremendous capabilities in securities litigation, complex commercial disputes and white-collar criminal cases. The group is prized for its business-focused legal strategies and its strong bench of diligent attorneys who are all noted for their client-focused approach. Particular areas of expertise include environmental law, employment, banking, IP and antitrust. Notable clients include Barclays, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs.
Sources say: “The group has invaluable access to a range of resources and is a top-notch choice for any kind of dispute."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Giuffra is a “phenomenally smart litigator” whose practice spans securities, white-collar criminal, commercial, insurance, banking and tax litigation. Recent highlights include his representation of 18 major financial institutions, including Barclays, RBS and JPMorgan, in litigation against MBIA. Gandolfo DiBlasi enjoys an excellent reputation as “an outstanding strategist and legal thinker,” with an “extremely down-to-earth, real-world perspective.” Alongside Giuffra, he is representing Porsche Automobil Holding SE in securities fraud litigation brought by 35 hedge fund entities. Sources recommend Richard Klapper as a “talented and creative litigator.” He represents SafeNet in connection with investigations relating to its stock options granting and accounting policies and practices, among other things, by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the SEC. Penny Shane is an “exceptionally effective litigator” who offers particular expertise in securities litigation matters. Recent highlights include her representation of Goldman Sachs in defense of an action arising out of the eToys IPO and claims about the relationship between IPO underwriters and issuers. The "simply outstanding attorney" Karen Patton Seymour is head of the firm’s criminal defense and investigations group. She is considered one of the sector's best experts in white-collar criminal defense and investigation issues, and wins praise for her calm manner and exceptional experience. She recently represented oil and gas company Eni S.p.A in an FCPA investigation relating to the joint venture to build liquid gas facilities in Bonny Island, Nigeria. Samuel Seymour stands out as a “smart, calm, considered and committed litigator,” who impresses sources with his "considered advice and tremendous presence in the courtroom.” He represents RBS in a criminal investigation of its predecessor, ABN AMRO, by the Department of Justice. Steven Peikin is "a tremendous white-collar litigator" with a practice spanning white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations. He is especially experienced in handling high-profile matters involving alleged violations of the federal securities and commodities laws, insider trading, foreign bribery, price fixing, healthcare fraud, and money laundering offences.
THE FIRM This leading New York firm's highly sought after litigation practice has an impressive client roster featuring some of the world's largest multinational corporations and financial institutions. The team represents its clients in a wide array of matters, ranging from high-profile business disputes and securities litigation to white-collar defense and investigations issues. The group is particularly prized for its capabilities in bankruptcy and M&A-related litigation.
Sources say: “Wachtell is a wonderful litigation group that delivers exceptional service.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "extraordinarily talented” Eric Roth receives accolades for his effective ability to “think about the problems facing his clients and then proactively get in front of the issues.” He is experienced in handling corporate, securities, insurance, creditors’ rights and other complex commercial litigation matters. Lawrence Pedowitz is renowned as a preeminent white-collar criminal litigator. His practice also encapsulates high-profile complex civil and corporate litigation, as well as regulatory and professional liability matters. Sources highlight his "tireless, highly creative and dedicated approach to working with his clients." Marc Wolinsky is described as “extremely smart and superb at understanding the potential implications for his clients.” He focuses on corporate governance, contracts, insurance and securities litigation. Seasoned litigator Bernard Nussbaum is described as “a super attorney who is extremely effective in front of judges.” He is an experienced authority in corporate and securities litigation. Firm co-founder Herbert Wachtell is similarly lauded as one of the sector's most experienced litigators. Theodore Mirvis draws praise from interviewees as “an exceptional attorney.” He is particularly adept at handling corporate governance and M&A issues, and also offers expertise in stockholder rights and other matters involving corporate and securities litigation. Paul Vizcarrondo is an excellent choice for securities-related matters and is well liked by market commentators, many of whom hold him as “a superb lawyer with great judgment.” Interviewees describe John Savarese as “a wonderful litigator and a pleasure to work with.” He is an expert in white-collar crime and government investigations, with particular expertise in accounting fraud, insider trading, criminal tax and criminal antitrust work. David Anders is a new entry to the rankings this year. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he comes recommended as one of the sector's future stars. Sources appreciate that "he is immensely personable and can juggle huge cases simultaneously.”
THE FIRM The firm impresses with its securities litigation capabilities and is strongly recommended for its expertise in M&A disputes, internal investigations, corporate governance, derivative litigation and regulatory matters. The group is also adept at representing clients in complex commercial litigation, and is noted in particular for its expertise in contract, fraud, RICO, tort and class action matters, among other areas. Key clients include CBS Broadcasting, Farmers Insurance Company and GE.
Sources say: “The team has fantastic strength, depth and breadth, and often displays superb commercial awareness."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Quinn is co-head of the firm’s global litigation practice. Widely respected for his complex commercial litigation expertise, his practice includes antitrust, securities, false advertising, sports, entertainment, patent, and related complex intellectual property litigation. He recently represented ExxonMobil in defeating a class certification on behalf of a purported national class action alleging major petroleum companies conspired to restrict gasoline supplies. Jonathan Polkes cochairs the securities litigation group. His practice covers a variety of major commercial disputes, white-collar criminal defense and investigations, as well as securities litigation. Sources describe him as “a terrific attorney with effective emotional intelligence in dealing with prosecutors and regulators.” Fellow practice co-head Joseph Allerhand draws praise for his “superb focus, strategic thinking and creativity." He offers wide expertise in securities litigation, M&A litigation, SEC investigations and arbitrations. David Lender is "an excellent attorney, skilled in understanding the big picture and communicating the law clearly to his clients,” according to interviewees. His recent highlights include representing GE in a competitor lawsuit brought by Mitsubishi alleging the monopolization of the US market for variable speed wind energy turbines through the unlawful enforcement of certain patents. Securities litigator John Neuwirth is singled out by observers as "a young lawyer appearing on a substantial number of impressive matters."
THE FIRM White & Case’s broadly experienced litigation team undertakes business disputes, securities litigation, consumer and commercial class actions as well as trademark and technology disputes. The firm is particularly recommended for its cross-practice approach and international reach. Notable clients include Fairfield Greenwich Group, Experian and Toshiba.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Global head of commercial litigation Glenn Kurtz “brings a level of experience and intellect in large complicated litigation that is truly excellent,” according to sources. His practice encompasses complex class actions and multidistrict litigations in federal and state courts.
THE FIRM This group offers extensive litigation expertise and is particularly admired for its strengths in securities, financial reporting and internal investigations. In relation to securities work, the group is especially lauded for its representations of accounting firms. On the commercial side, the team is adept at handling complex civil disputes for insurance companies and brokers. Clients are particularly impressed with the creativity and expertise of the team and the wider resources the firm offers.
Sources say: “They provide terrific advice as to how clients should proceed in these uncharted financial waters."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Young is chair of the firm’s securities litigation and enforcement practice. He offers extensive experience in the area of accounting fraud and also undertakes securities and financial reporting matters. He is representing the risk management capability of AIG in class and derivative actions arising from the government's bailout of AIG in 2008. Antonio Yanez has substantial experience in financial reporting and accounting matters. He led the team in obtaining the dismissal of claims asserted against KPMG in the Ambac securities class action relating to Ambac’s alleged failure to properly value and reserve against its CDO and mortgage-backed securities exposure.
THE FIRM With a nationwide presence and an impressive international network, this firm is particularly recommended for its expertise in securities regulation and enforcement matters. The team is also adept at handling financial services litigation, international arbitrations and class actions.
Sources say: "I don't think there is anything in a corporate environment that these attorneys have not experienced before."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Commercial litigation expert Charles Platt is praised for his knowledge of class action matters on behalf of financial services and insurance companies. Sources describe him as "a terrific attorney with a lot of courtroom stature." Fraser Hunter represents a broad range of clients, including accounting firms, hedge funds, investment banks and other financial institutions, in a variety of complex litigation, regulatory and enforcement matters. Peers comment that "he is a superb lawyer and someone you would happily refer work to.” Rising securities star Lori Martin impresses clients as an “excellent and extremely successful litigator.” She handles litigation and regulatory proceedings involving investment advisers, open and closed-end investment companies, and hedge funds.
of Gregory P Joseph Law Offices LLC is deemed by market sources “an excellent lawyer who really stands out and impresses those he works with.”
His work focuses on complex commercial litigation. Joe Cyr
of Hogan Lovells US LLP is regarded as “a wonderful and extremely talented litigator.”
He comes highly recommended for his work in complex international disputes. He and his team are currently serving as national counsel for Taishan Gypsum, a Chinese manufacturer of drywall, in litigation regarding imported drywall products. Jerome Katz
of Ropes & Gray LLP offers substantial experience in complex commercial litigation. He was the lead trial counsel for United National Insurance in a nine-week jury trial, where the jury awarded his client more than $33 million in damages arising from misrepresentations by Aon, in the course of a reinsurance placement. Judith Archer
of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP offers deep commercial litigation experience in a number of areas, including telecom, IP disputes and toxic tort. Kenneth Kelly
is cochair of the litigation practice at Epstein Becker & Green PC and focuses on complex commercial litigation, banking disputes and defense of employment discrimination claims in the financial industry. He “is highly skilled, responsive and extremely easy to work with,”
report sources; "he has the effective ability to explain complex technical matters clearly to non-legal professionals.” Mark Holland
of Goodwin Procter LLP is a relatively recent addition to the firm, having arrived from Clifford Chance in 2009. He is a recognized expert in defending securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits. He has particular expertise in defending investment advisers and mutual funds in litigation under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and “clearly knows his stuff in this area,”
according to interviewees. Sources go on to describe him as “absolutely fantastic and a great asset to have on your side.” James Moyle
of Alston & Bird LLP is “a superb litigator,”
according to impressed interviewees. His practice focuses on class actions, derivative claims and other complex litigation.
of Vinson & Elkins LLP is leader of the firm's securities litigation practice and is “definitely a go-to guy for complex litigation significant to a company.”
He is representing Cohmad Securities in multiple actions and regulatory investigations, including separate federal lawsuits, by the SEC and the SIPC Trustee for the estate of Bernard Madoff Investment Securities. Stuart Shapiro
of Shapiro Forman Allen & Sava LLP is a well-regarded securities litigator whose practice includes contractual disputes, accounting issues and fiduciary duty matters. One impressed interviewee commented: “He litigates circles around others.” Sanford Dumain
of Milberg LLP is highly praised for his representations of plaintiffs in cases involving securities fraud, consumer fraud, insurance fraud, and violations of antitrust law. Interviewees describe him as “pure excellence.”
The "fearless and truly excellent" Susan Brune
is one of the co-founders of Brune & Richard LLP. She offers vast expertise in white-collar criminal defense work. Richard Strassberg
of Goodwin Procter LLP is the chair of the firm's white-collar crime and government investigations practice. He handles white-collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, as well as complex business and financial litigation. Impressed interviewees laud him as “enormously talented with a magnificent track record.” James Benjamin
of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP “gains the confidence of clients and has unmatched credibility with prosecutors and regulators,”
say sources. He is an expert in government and regulatory investigations and litigation, and has extensive experience with matters arising under the federal securities laws. John Carney
of Baker Hostetler cochairs the firm's white-collar and corporate investigations practice. He represents clients in securities enforcement, white-collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. He has particular expertise in matters involving alleged insider trading, accounting and securities fraud, FCPA matters and allegations of healthcare-related misconduct. Interviewees are impressed with Peter Chavkin
of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC: “He has a strategic mind that operates at lightning speed,"
A highly regarded white-collar criminal defense lawyer, he is praised for his “dedication, creativity and thoughtfulness."
of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is head of the firm’s corporate investigations and white-collar defense practice group. He comes most recommended for his “tremendous technical knowledge.” Tai Park
of Park & Jensen is increasingly recognized as an “immensely respected and wonderful lawyer.”
He excels in white-collar criminal and regulatory defense work, as well as related securities class action litigation and other complex litigation. Guy Petrillo
is co-founder of Petrillo Klein LLP. A new addition to the rankings, he is recommended as “an inordinately smart attorney with an excellent reputation.”
A former Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office, he offers vast experience in representing clients in civil and criminal litigation, regulatory proceedings, corporate investigations and compliance matters. Martin Perschetz
of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP enters the rankings based on excellent feedback from impressed interviewees: “Marty is a superb trial lawyer who knows securities law inside and out.”
He is an expert in white-collar criminal defense, SEC enforcement, securities litigation and accountants' liability issues. Linda Addison
is partner in charge of the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, but also spends time in the firm's Houston office as a lead litigator. She offers expertise in complex commercial, ERISA and IP litigation, as well as corporate governance and class actions. Michael Miller
of Steptoe & Johnson LLP enters the rankings backed by strong feedback. Impressed sources praise his "excellent grasp of the technical aspects of the law."
He is also recommended as "an extremely strong strategic thinker with a really broad view of a case."
His practice covers commercial disputes, white-collar criminal and regulatory cases, and internal investigations. John Cooney
of McKool Smith is “an effectively forceful advocate on behalf of his clients.”
Sources appreciate his “tremendous ability to explain difficult situations in terms easily understood by laymen.”
He is adept at representing clients in insider trading, tax, FCPA, and antitrust matters, among other areas. Robert Bodian
of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC enters the rankings backed by strong praise from clients, who describe him as "highly responsive and practical, as well as decisive, with a lot of energy and creativity."
Notable clients of his include The Blackstone Group and Apollo Capital. Former Stillman, Friedman & Shechtman principal Paul Shechtman
recently joined Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, leaving his previous firm to continue as Stillman & Friedman. He receives inordinate praise from sources, who describe him as someone who “can juggle a lot of balls, is a great presence in court and who also works constructively with the government.”
He is a sector leader in representing clients in criminal and regulatory investigations in federal and state courts. Michael Shuster
, previously of Kasowitz Benson, now of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, is renowned as “a wonderfully talented litigator.”
He represents clients in a wide range of cases, including securities litigation, contract disputes, class actions and antitrust matters, among others. Harvey Kurzweil
, recently acquired by Winston & Strawn LLP, is described as “a client-oriented, strategic and eloquent litigator.”
The former Dewey attorney represents clients in complex commercial litigation and has expertise in antitrust, insurance coverage, IP, ERISA, and consumer class actions.
Since publication, James F Moyle has joined Moyle LLC