Litigation: New York
Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.
THE FIRM Allen & Overy's relatively young New York litigation group is famed for its strong experience in commercial litigation and white-collar criminal investigations. The group has a particular stronghold in regulatory and cross-border investigations and litigation. The firm's impressive international network is a draw for clients seeking a seamless service across international borders. Clients include Deutsche Bank, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Research in Motion and Morgan Stanley.
Sources say: "This group has great successes and great clients. An excellent team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Pamela Rogers Chepiga is an experienced litigator with strong expertise in the white-collar criminal litigation space. She is respected in the market and sources state that it is "terrific working with her on a case." She leads the team defending Fabrice Tourre, the former vice president of Goldman Sachs, in SEC charges alleging fraud in marketing a CDO tied to subprime mortgages.
David Esseks is acknowledged for his strong experience in defending clients in investigations in the CDO market, insider trading and FCPA-related matters. He is part of the team defending Fabrice Tourre against his SEC charges.
Michael Feldberg is highly regarded for his expertise in both commercial litigation and criminal investigations. He is representing the Royal Bank of Scotland in its exposures to the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Senior counsel Patricia Hynes devotes her time to complex commercial litigation. She is currently representing Richard Fuld, former CEO of Lehman Brothers, on an array of proceedings arising out of Lehman's bankruptcy.
THE FIRM Arnold & Porter's sizable litigation department continues to undertake high-profile litigation work. The team has strong capabilities in commercial, securities and white-collar criminal litigation. Clients appreciate the group's responsiveness and praise its keen insight into the New York State court system. Among the firm's clients are Viacom International, GE Healthcare, VISA and BP.
Sources say: "The team clearly consists of extremely talented attorneys and litigators. They have been able to utilize many internal and external resources to position us very favorably."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Curtis is a key contact in the firm's New York office. He is the cochair of the firm's product liability litigation practice group.
THE FIRM This firm stands at the forefront of securities plaintiff litigation. The group offers exceptional expertise in prosecuting class and private actions on behalf of both individuals and companies. Recent highlights for the group include the obtaining of a $627 million recovery from Wachovia on behalf of investors in a major securities class-action lawsuit.
Sources say: "This is a very powerful firm that is very involved in major litigation." "They have been a leader in mortgage-backed securities litigation, and are doing cutting-edge kind of work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Max Berger offers long-standing experience and is, according to impressed sources, "the best there is for plaintiff work." His litigation prowess is demonstrated by his recent victory in the Wachovia Securities litigation, as well as his involvement in the negotiations for a $516 million recovery in the Lehman Brothers Equity/Debt Securities Litigation.
Salvatore Graziano impresses sources with his strong securities litigation capabilities. He regularly appears in complex and high-profile securities class actions for both investors and hedge funds.
THE FIRM This superb group offers particularly strong expertise in securities litigation. The talented team is skilled in handling complex financial products disputes arising out of the credit crisis. Clients benefit from the firm's strong national network and praise its strong regulatory expertise. Notable clients include MBIA Insurance Corporation, Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings and Merrill Lynch.
Sources say: "This group is really deep and has specialised expertise in securities enforcement."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Smith cochairs the firm’s securities and financial institutions litigation group. He wins strong praise as "a smart and brilliant writer and trusted counselor for his financial institutions." He is representing Credit Suisse Securities in a class action alleging claims under the Securities Act on behalf of purchasers of certain home equity mortgage pass-through certificates.
Scott Eckas is a skilled securities litigator with in-depth knowledge of bankruptcy and debt transaction-related matters. He is currently representing Wells Fargo in a dispute with Lehman Brothers Special Financing arising out of two CDO transactions.
THE FIRM This excellent litigation group has a strong track record for its skillful handling of high-profile commercial, white-collar criminal and securities litigation. Regularly called upon by clients for their most complex of litigations, the team benefits from the resources offered by the firm's extensive national network.
Sources say: "Very commercially grounded approach, understood business and risks, and were resolution focused."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The celebrated David Boies is recognized for always being "engaged in the most interesting and high-profile litigations," and impresses with his skillful representation of noteworthy clients. "He brings to his clients a sense of calm," and is regarded as "simply extraordinary." He has made his name acting in some of the highest profile cases in recent times, most notably in the recent Perry v Brown (formerly Perry v Schwarzenegger) case relating to Proposition 8.
THE FIRM This group wins accolades for its broad litigation capabilities, with strong depth and breadth in both general commercial and securities litigation. The 170 lawyer-strong litigation department has an impressive client roster, consisting of large financial institutions and corporations. Recent work includes its representation of the former outside directors of Merrill Lynch in a shareholder derivative action alleging breach of fiduciary duties to the company by supposedly permitting to underwrite and invest in risky subprime mortgage securities.
Sources say: "Cadwalader litigators distinguish themselves by being especially nimble, sharp and thorough."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gregory Markel cochairs the firm's litigation group. He is recognized as "a very good strategist and a good scholar of the law." Clients highlight his "great rapport with the judges," adding that "he is respectful and professional and does look to not only advance his client's legal interest but advance them in a way that really helps them."
Jonathan Hoff is an experienced securities litigator. He recently represented MBIA Insurance in claims against Residential Funding Company for fraud and breach of contract arising out of MBIA’s insurance in connection with five residential mortgage securitizations.
Jason Halper is considered to be "incredibly smart and very capable in the courtroom." He is representing Aladdin Capital Management in a lawsuit filed by Bayerische Landesbank, alleging that his client was responsible for approximately $60 million in losses sustained by BayernLB in respect of its investment in Aladdin Synthetic CDO II SPC.
Louis Solomon is reported to be "a responsive and smart guy." He heads the firm's commercial and international litigation groups and cochairs the litigation department.
THE FIRM This compact but tremendously effective firm is sought out for its expertise in commercial and criminal litigation and offers clients expertise across a wide range of sectors, including intellectual property, product liability and antitrust matters. The firm's key clients include Lehman Brothers, Time Warner Cable, The New York Times Company and CNBC.
Sources say: "They are very thorough and excellent brief writers. They really know the law and can turn stuff around quickly."
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Kelley enjoys "a great background and reputation" for his in-depth expertise in white-collar criminal defense work. He is active representing high-profile clients in a number of international investigations. Sources describe him as a "fantastic litigator."
Charles Gilman is experienced in general commercial litigation and garners praise in the market as "a tenacious litigator." Peers state that "he is great to work against as he does the best for his clients, whilst remaining a reasonable negotiator as well."
Bart Friedman is "a consummate professional who is widely considered to be a leading expert in complex corporate governance and securities matters," market sources report. Clients appreciate that "despite the high demand for his services, he is always available to address even the smallest concern." He is representing a member of the management of Lehman Brothers in a variety of investigations by the DOJ and the SEC.
David Januszewski is experienced in complex commercial litigation and is "a very polished and smart advocate," according to clients. Market sources go on to state that he has "a pleasant disposition but is very firm in defending his client's position."
General commercial litigator Thomas Kavaler is described as a "smart and hardworking" individual, with sources also reporting him to be extremely "easy to work with."
Herbert Washer is renowned as "a dean of the securities Bar," according to sources, who go on to describe him as "experienced, smart, creative and client friendly." He recently joined the firm from Shearman & Sterling.
THE FIRM This growing group offers strong trial skills and expertise across a wide range of areas, such as the financial and insurance sectors. Recent work highlights for the group include the representation of GLG Partners and four of its directors in three stockholder class actions. Other clients include Citigroup Capital Markets, Tribune Company, Fortress Investment Group and Royal Bank of Scotland Americas.
Sources say: "A large and deep team, with lots of very smart lawyers contributing to the work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas McCormack impresses sources as a "thorough, clear, careful, and reassuring" individual. Clients praise him for being "well-organized and doing a good job of summarizing the factual and legal issues."
THE FIRM This litigation stalwart comes particularly highly recommended for its deep understanding of the financial sector, based on the firm's strong corporate and regulatory presence. The talented team of attorneys offers a wealth of former government experience which, in addition to the firm's impressive international network, continues to attract numerous high-profile clients, including many large financial institutions. From white-collar criminal defense work and securities litigation to complex commercial disputes, the team skillfully handles the full range. The group is closely involved in Madoff-related work, and recently won the dismissal of the Madoff trustee’s common law claims against client HSBC, which sought more than $6.5 billion in damages. Other clients include the Bank of New York Mellon, Alpha Natural Resources and Lafarge North America.
Sources say: "Cleary is a general counsel's dream, based on the approach they take, the depth of the team and experience; they really have the perfect blend."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Former assistant US Attorney David Brodsky is "level headed and experienced, with exceptionally good oratory skills," clients report. He comes highly recommended for his extensive expertise in securities and white-collar criminal defense work. He recently advised a variety of hedge funds and financial institutions in the SEC and Justice Department’s investigation into Galleon Group, along with other insider trading investigations.
Lewis Liman "has fantastic analytical skills," and "brings a lot of economic and financial services expertise to the table." Described as "a skillful strategist," he is reported to be "a good judge of human nature." His recent highlights include representing IMAX Corporation in SEC investigations into alleged accounting fraud and in parallel class actions.
Lev Dassin is the former acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and joined the firm in 2009. He enters the rankings backed by strong support, with market sources commenting that they are "phenomenally impressed by his presence, judgment and management skills."
Mitchell Lowenthal is an experienced securities litigator. According to clients he is someone "who understands the need to provide aggressive defense, whilst not letting that stand in the way of being a good counselor." He is advising over 50 financial institutions, including BNY Capital Markets, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch, in securities actions arising out of the Lehman Brothers collapse.
Thomas Moloney is a "very talented" litigator. He devotes his practice to advising clients on complex commercial disputes and bankruptcy matters.
Lawrence Friedman is a "wonderful litigator," market sources report. He has extensive expertise in commercial litigation, both on a domestic and international scale. He has particular expertise in matters relating to intellectual property disputes.
THE FIRM This talented litigation group, which includes nine partners, is well regarded for its strength and depth across a wide range of sectors. The team handles both complex commercial disputes and high-profile criminal investigations, and is sought out by clients for its strong trial skills. The group represents both individuals and corporations, with clients including the likes of Credit Suisse, AIB Group, Facebook and Kerr-McGee Corporation.
Sources say: "The firm is smart, savvy, with really good trial lawyers." "They have been both helpful and responsive in taking questions from us and guiding us where we needed to go as a team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Levine is an experienced litigator and defends both individuals and companies in complex commercial disputes as well as criminal investigations. He recently defended Colorado Energy Management in a major construction contract dispute.
William Schwartz heads the firm's white-collar and regulatory defense practice. Described as "a consummate professional who is equally knowledgeable in the law and trial tactics," clients go on to state that they have "the utmost faith in his abilities." He is currently representing a former senior partner at a US law firm in a criminal fraud case relating to the collapse of Refco. Working with him on this case is Jonathan Bach who chairs the firm's New York litigation group. Bach has "proven to be highly knowledgeable of the litigation process and knows how to deal amicably with regulators," say interviewees.
Celia Barenholtz is praised as a "thoughtful, thorough, precise and careful litigator," and is known to be "very effective at marshalling a large litigation team." She is currently representing Hypo Real Estate Capital Corporation in five related actions relating to a $520 million loan made in connection with a ski resort complex in Colorado.
THE FIRM This compact group enjoys a solid reputation for its expertise in handling complex criminal and regulatory enforcement matters. Current matters the firm is involved in include the representation of Robert Graham, the former senior vice president and assistant general counsel of Gen Re, in defense of a criminal prosecution, SEC enforcement action and civil litigation regarding an alleged $500 million accounting fraud between Gen Re and AIG.
Sources say: "It has been an extreme pleasure working with the team, I have found they have a deep bench of skilled attorneys who are not only knowledgeable but practical in giving legal advice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS According to happy clients Alan Vinegrad is "one of the most thoughtful and committed lawyers to work with." He is "well prepared and fights hard on his client's behalf, ensuring the best outcome possible."
THE FIRM This talented litigation group is a respected name in the New York market, one that excels in both commercial disputes and securities-related litigation. The group impresses with its client-oriented approach and commercial know-how, and it is regularly sought out for the most complex of litigation issues. The firm also has a strong international focus, supported by its team in London, and caters for many international clients. The group is national coordinating counsel for Credit Suisse in all litigation relating to residential mortgage-backed securities, and also defended Credit Suisse and four of its senior officers in connection with a federal securities class action. Other clients include Alcoa, Barnes & Noble, Deloitte & Touche and JPMorgan Chase.
Sources say: "This is one of the elite law firms in the city and, from our perspective, we view these guys as critical in a go-to sense for our most important matters." "They understand our business, and there is no case that is too hard or too complex for them."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Evan Chesler is "a legend in New York," according to sources, and "someone you turn to when you have a really difficult problem." Clients commend his "outstanding courtroom presence," and appreciate that he is "remarkably calm under pressure, and highly strategic."
Richard Clary is an "incredibly hardworking securities litigator with terrific judgment," say interviewees. Clients praise his attention to detail and his strong courtroom presence, describing him as "a tremendous gentleman." He recently represented the outside directors of Citigroup in shareholder derivative actions, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, corporate waste and mismanagement.
Robert Baron is the firm's litigation group managing partner and is respected for his strong expertise in complex commercial disputes. His recent highlights include representing Casey’s General Stores in a number of litigations relating to the unsolicited proposal by Alimentation Couche-Tard to acquire Casey’s.
Head of litigation Sandra Goldstein is praised as "always rational, calm and comforting." She specializes in securities litigation and M&A disputes. She is representing the special committee of the board of directors of J Crew Group in 16 purported class action lawsuits relating to the sale of J Crew to TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.
THE FIRM This firm boasts one of the top litigation groups in New York. Its talented team offers in-depth expertise across a variety of areas, and demonstrates strong capabilities in securities, white-collar crime and general commercial disputes. Clients benefit from the firm's national presence as well as its strong international network supported by offices in Brazil, Europe and Asia. Recent highlights include its representation of Sterling Equities, the owners of the New York Mets, in connection with litigation arising from the Madoff liquidation. Notable work on the criminal investigations side includes the group's representation of Intesa in criminal and civil investigations regarding alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran.
Sources say: "I am delighted with the service they provide, it has been a great partnership and I appreciate the fact that they craft solutions that work." "The firm's attorneys are very responsive and their bench is second to none. "
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Fine litigator" Carey Dunne undertakes both complex commercial disputes and white-collar criminal investigations. He heads the firm's litigation practice and is currently representing Hyundai Heavy Industries, which manufactured the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, in litigation arising out of the oil spill.
Lawrence Portnoy is a recognized authority in securities litigation matters. He is "a terrific lawyer and great professional," who is "focused, hardworking, and pays attention to clients' needs." Sources particularly appreciate that he "keeps an eye on what you need to worry about."
Dennis Glazer offers specialist expertise in disputes relating to mergers and acquisitions. Recent highlights include his representation of a special committee of the board of directors of GSI Commerce in relation to the approximately $2.2 billion acquisition of GSI Commerce by eBay.
Scott Muller concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense and investigations. He represents Morgan Stanley in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations into possible FCPA violations relating to its real estate investing operations in China.
Martine Beamon specializes in white-collar criminal defense work, and has in-depth experience in the field, backed by her time as an Assistant US Attorney for the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.
THE FIRM This talented team handles the full range of complex commercial and securities litigation, and has particularly strong expertise in the white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement field. Recent successes include its representation of Forest Laboratories and Forest Pharmaceuticals in the settlement of civil and criminal investigations regarding marketing, promotional and other activities for its Celexa, Lexapro and Levothroid products. Other key clients include Rank Group/Reynolds Group Holdings, Westfield America Trust and New Jersey Basketball.
Sources say: "This is a first-rate litigation shop." "They have incredible client service. They are so happy to go to work and talk with you on the phone, and solve your problems."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources state that Mary Jo White is "universally considered the cream of the crop" for litigation work. She garners praise as a "dynamic and excellent" attorney with "excellent judgment and tactical sense." She enjoys a great deal of credibility for her commercial and white-collar criminal expertise, and has tremendous experience backed by her time as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She recently led in the firm's representation of Forest Laboratories and Forest Pharmaceuticals. It has also recently been confirmed that she will take on the high-profile role of chairing the SEC.
Andrew Ceresney enjoys a strong reputation in the white-collar criminal defense arena. Praised for his "efficiency and effective analysis," he is "remarkably thoughtful when dealing with clients and the numerous parties involved in a case." He was part of the team representing Kenneth Lewis, the former CEO of Bank of America, in connection with regulatory matters arising out of the bank’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch.
John Kiernan cochairs the firm's litigation group. He is "incredibly creative in his solutions, able to foster great working relationships with opposite counsel, but is tough when needed to be." Clients commend him as "great when put in front of a board of directors, an incredible writer and just a truly superb lawyer."
Bruce Yannett is praised for "his extreme responsiveness, collaborative nature, and client-oriented approach." He has a leading profile in the white-collar arena and comes highly recommended for his "superb experience and strong expertise."
Sean Hecker is considered "a brilliant, practical and incredibly talented lawyer." Clients seek out his expertise for white-collar criminal defense and investigations in particular.
Matthew Fishbein is another expert white-collar criminal defense attorney in the team. Clients "rely on his in-depth expertise."
THE FIRM Dechert comes highly recommended for its superb white-collar criminal litigation expertise. The group is able to draw on the resources offered by the firm's extensive international network. Recent work highlights include defending hedge fund manager J Ezra Merkin and his company, Gabriel Capital Corporation, in multiple litigations arising out of the hedge fund's losses relating to the Madoff Ponzi scheme. Other notable clients include Bank of New York Mellon, Acorn, Bayou Group, and Oppenheimer Funds.
Sources say: "The team has served me very well through the changing landscape of litigation and arbitration. I would highly recommend them for their breadth and depth."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Star litigator Andrew Levander is described as "someone who is having a very significant impact as a litigator." He impresses market sources with his extensive white-collar and securities expertise, and is hailed as "a great lawyer, who is on the ball and communicates well."
Robert Jossen is a "solid litigator" who dedicates his practice to white collar-criminal and securities litigation work. He is commended for his legal know-how and extensive trial experience.
THE FIRM Freshfields's talented and growing litigation group handles a wide range of matters, with particular expertise in white-collar criminal investigations and complex commercial litigation. Praised for its international reach, the group - which launched in New York in 2009 - also offers expertise in securities and regulatory matters. Recent engagements include its representation of Anglo Irish Bank in a suit by noteholders challenging the Republic of Ireland’s regime to recapitalize Anglo. Other notable clients include Deutsche Bundesbank, Rothschild and Daimler.
Sources say: "Great litigators, very focused and always turn up at a moment's notice. Very cost conscientious, do not overstaff and are highly efficient with their time."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Aaron Marcu is the head of the firm's financial institutions litigation group and focuses on white-collar criminal defense and investigations. Sources commend him as "a super-intelligent and unbelievably nice guy, who is dedicated to his clients," adding that he is "uniquely skilled and pleasant in dealing with the DOJ and regulators."
Benito Romano is experienced in white-collar criminal defense work. He is representing HSH Nordbank and a senior executive in an investigation into an alleged obstruction of justice relating to the fabrication of evidence submitted to support the termination of an employee.
David Onorato wins applause for his "excellent judgment" and as "a very knowledgeable securities litigator." Clients describe him as "a calm head and a very soothing influence in what can be difficult situations."
Marshall Fishman is well known in the market for his securities litigation expertise. Clients consider him to be "a great litigation strategist, an unparalleled oral advocate and a devastating cross examiner at trial." He recently represented JPMorgan in various cases arising out of the collapse of two Bear Stearns hedge funds with investments in structured finance securities.
THE FIRM This solid team is widely respected for its substantial presence in New York. The group has extensive expertise across a wide range of disputes, ranging from complex commercial and securities disputes to bankruptcy related litigation, white-collar criminal work and government investigations. The firm also benefits from its additional presence in Europe and China. Notable highlights include its successful representation of Wells Fargo, Wachovia Corporation, and Wachovia’s former officers and directors, in two major class action securities cases and various additional securities matters. Other key clients include Goldman Sachs, Costco Wholesale, Malaysia Airlines and Bank of New York Mellon.
Sources say: "The way they do things, their style and integrity, makes you pleased and proud to have them on your side."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Flaum provides clients with "great judgment and a great sense of the ebb and flow of legal process." Described as "a sound and thoughtful contributor to all of a client's decisions," he is praised for his "unflappability and great instincts." He successfully represented Merck & Co in litigation arising out of its $430 million acquisition of Inspire Pharmaceuticals through a tender offer.
The "excellent and very competent" Howard Goldstein devotes his practice to representing individuals and corporations in major white-collar criminal matters and government investigations, and has particular expertise in RICO matters.
Carmen Lawrence co-heads the firm's white-collar defense and securities enforcement group, and its securities enforcement and regulation practice. She provides clients with extensive expertise in criminal investigations and SEC-related matters.
William McGuinness heads the firm's litigation department. With his longstanding expertise, he provides clients with extensive trial experience and is adept in handling complex commercial and securities litigation. He has a particular focus on representing clients in the financial sector and recently represented Goldman Sachs, UBS and Citigroup in defeating class certification in a securities class action involving the issuance of approximately $9 billion of residential mortgage-backed securities.
William Johnson is the head of Fried Frank’s white-collar criminal defense group and has extensive expertise in this field. He recently served as an Independent Monitor of the US Virgin Islands Police Department, following selection by the US Department of Justice and the Virgin Islands Attorney General.
THE FIRM This specialist litigation boutique has a compact but extraordinarily talented team sought out for its strong commercial litigation expertise and its efficient handling of cases in federal and state courts in New York and throughout the country. Peers are particularly impressed by the firm's focused litigation strength.
Sources say: "They have some terrific depth." "A solid team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Seiler is widely respected for his strong complex litigation expertise. He "is one of the brightest people delivering the highest quality of work," sources state, and "a pleasure to deal with."
THE FIRM This firm wins particular accolades for its strong national and international litigation capabilities. The New York group has a strong track record in a broad array of complex commercial litigation, securities, white-collar criminal defense work and government investigations. The firm has had a run of successes of late, including its representation of former AIG executive Joseph Cassano in credit default swap investigations. The team has also secured numerous victories on behalf of clients like Dole Food, PwC and Ernst & Young.
Sources say: "The team is very deep and works in a seamless fashion." "They are outstanding."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients recommend Mark Kirsch for his "nice manner and excellent judgment." He cochairs the litigation practice group and is well versed in matters relating to securities and financial litigation. He successfully defeated claims against TCW Asset Management Company in a derivative swap transaction linked to a CDO.
Fellow litigation group cochair Randy Mastro is a "marvelous commercial litigator." He offers extensive previous government experience and is called upon by clients for the most complex of litigations.
Orin Snyder is commended for his "deep trial experience." He has a strong litigation background and is particularly skilled in litigation in the media and entertainment sector. He cochairs the firm's media, entertainment and technology group and has had a successful year representing a variety of media companies in complex litigation. He is currently representing Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg in the breach of contract action brought by Paul Ceglia claiming a share in Facebook.
Lawrence Zweifach is an experienced securities litigator who wins applause as "a conscientious, attentive and thorough attorney." He is currently representing UBS and its affiliates in a mortgage-backed securities class action alleging violations of Section 11, 12 and 15 of the Securities Act.
THE FIRM This solid group is recognized as one of the go-to firms for plaintiff side securities litigation. The compact litigation boutique is regularly called upon by clients for representation in their most complex securities and derivatives litigation.
Sources say: "They do excellent work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jay Eisenhofer and Stuart Grant are the founding members of this boutique firm. Both enjoy a strong reputation in the market for their specialist securities litigation expertise.
THE FIRM Clients enjoy working with this firm and appreciate the group's strong litigation offering in New York. The team is frequently involved in cutting-edge disputes, and offers solid trial experience. The firm's strong national and international resources are a further draw for clients. It continues to handle a number of litigation matters for clients such as Lorillard Tobacco, American Express, Citigroup, Hearst Communications, LG USA and Lifelock.
Sources say: "A tremendous firm; first rate, great value. A deep, nationwide bench."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Mansfield chairs the firm's New York litigation group. He is respected for his solid litigation expertise. His recent highlights include representing Lorillard in a number of cases, such as bringing a constitutional challenge under the First Amendment to an ordinance enacted by the City of Worcester limiting outdoor and indoor tobacco product advertising.
Richard Edlin is known for his "skillful performance in the courtroom." He receives particular praise for his capabilities in cross examining witnesses, in which clients say he is "accomplished and polished."
THE FIRM This team wins praise for its solid capabilities in both securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. The group also offers particular expertise in the products liability, class action and intellectual property areas, combined with solid trial experience. Key clients include Abbott Laboratories, Fortis Bank, PwC and the firm's own James Giddens, the trustee for the SIPA Liquidation of Lehman Brothers.
Sources say: "The firm demonstrated extremely thorough research, was well prepared, had good court presence and great support staff."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients applaud William Maguire for his "versatility and his ability at dealing with cross-border litigation." He has longstanding experience in securities litigation.
Edward Little is a "top-notch lawyer and character," clients report. Described as "extremely thorough and detail oriented," he impresses with his strong knowledge of and experience in white-collar criminal defense work.
Marc Weinstein enters the rankings on the back of strong market support. He devotes his time to defending clients in white-collar criminal cases, government investigations as well as securities fraud litigation.
THE FIRM This national firm's strong litigation capabilities are backed by its excellent corporate group. The New York team is able to draw on the firm's extensive national and international resources to provide clients with a seamless and collaborative service. Clients include Bombardier, Chevron, Goodyear, Lehman Brothers and NACCO Industries.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Le Douglas is a key litigation contact in the firm's New York office.
THE FIRM Kasowitz is increasingly renowned for its exceptional performance in complex commercial litigation. The firm wins praise for its strong group of talented litigators offering expertise across a wide range of disputes, as well as capabilities in white-collar criminal defense and investigations. Recent highlights include its representation of Fairfax Financial Holdings and its subsidiary in their RICO action against various hedge funds, securities analysts and other parties. Other key clients include Adelphia Litigation Recovery Trust, Celanese, Comcast and Ernst & Young.
Sources say: "It is always a pleasure to work with these knowledgeable and responsive lawyers who understand the unique needs of an in-house litigator and who have a grasp of the big picture. "
KEY INDIVIDUALS Renowned litigator Marc Kasowitz is regarded as "one of the best litigators in New York City." Described as "extremely bright and quick," he gets "to the essence of the issue and is very dedicated to his practice and his firm." He leads in some of the firm's most significant engagements, including its role on behalf of MBIA in defense of four separate actions relating to its restructuring in 2009.
Former federal prosecutor Daniel Fetterman is "a talented trial lawyer" and "very thorough, careful - an attorney who looks beyond the obvious." He is strong in both complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work.
The "extremely methodical" Aaron Marks "offers particularly deep expertise in IP and is extremely responsive," say sources. With accomplished litigation capabilities, clients appreciate that he is "very understanding and sensitive to the needs of in-house counsel."
THE FIRM Clients seek Kaye Scholer's strong expertise in complex business disputes and appreciate the group's hands-on approach. The group is highly capable in handling multijurisdictional litigation with the support of its strong national and international resources. Clients include Royal Bank of Scotland, Merrill Lynch, AstraZeneca and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Sources say: "I would be hard pressed as to whether it is their client focus or their legal knowledge that is the real strength - both are excellent."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Aaron Rubinstein chairs the firm's financial services litigation practice group. According to sources, he "puts a lot of energy into his thoughts and recommendations" and "he knows his federal and state law procedure very well."
Vincent Sama enters the rankings on the back of his strong securities litigation skills and market feedback. He is recommended as "absolutely terrific; he listens and has a great grasp of the issues."
THE FIRM Kirkland's exceptional team of talented attorneys is widely recognized for its strong commercial litigation capabilities. With a solid offering of experienced trial lawyers, the group is sought out for some of the most high-profile disputes. The group has broad-ranging expertise covering all manner of commercial, antitrust, securities, product liability, environmental and insurance litigation matters. Key clients include Avis Budget Group, Credit Suisse Group, Honeywell International and Samsung.
Sources say: "They have incredible depth and are able to quickly assemble a top-notch team to address any issue very quickly and effectively."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Genser is praised for being "timely in responding to inquiries; heavily focused on clients’ needs; highly skilled and technically superior." He focuses predominantly on white-collar criminal defense work, and has been integral in the firm's role on behalf of BP America in investigations arising out of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion.
Sources describe Jay Lefkowitz as "responsive, knowledgeable, aggressive, and impressive." What makes him a trusted litigator, according to clients, is his "ability to articulate tough issues and respond to them incredibly succinctly and understandably."
A founding partner of the firm's New York office, experienced litigator William Pratt is "an outstanding trial lawyer who is very skilled in developing strategies in complex cases." Clients are thrilled with his "excellent work product, strategic execution and client service."
THE FIRM This successful and relatively new litigation boutique wins significant praise in the market for its creative and dedicated approach to white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation, and for its strong trial skills. The firm is also commended for its international capabilities; supported by further offices in London and Hong Kong, the group is well placed to handle cross-border disputes. Notable work includes representing Brian Hunter, former head of energy trading for $9 billion hedge fund Amaranth Advisors, in connection with CFTC and FERC regulatory enforcement actions. Other recent clients include Dawn Schlegel, the former CFO of DHB Industries, and MAXAM Capital Management.
Sources say: "They really exceed expectations; they are all very professional and thorough. Just very, very good in guiding clients, and forward thinking."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Kim is seen as "an extraordinary attorney" by sources. He has "great trial and legal skills and knows how to give clients what they want." He comes most recommended for his white-collar expertise, and recently led on behalf of Brian Hunter.
Steven Kobre is "focused, thoughtful and practical," sources remark. Clients particularly appreciate that "he is willing to be aggressive when needed but urging settlement when appropriate." He recently represented Dawn Schlegel, former CFO of DHB Industries, in litigation relating to an investigation into alleged insider trading and accounting malfeasance.
THE FIRM This firm boasts excellent strength across all manner of white-collar criminal defense, government and regulatory investigations, securities litigation and complex commercial disputes. Noted in particular for its solid team of experienced trial lawyers, the firm is well equipped to handle any dispute. Recent highlights include the team's representation of Rajat Gupta, former managing director of McKinsey & Company, in relation to the Galleon Group investigation. On the general commercial side, the group acted for United Rentals in class action litigation relating to its failed merger agreement with an affiliate of Cerberus Partners.
Sources say: "Kramer Levin is a very good firm, high powered but all the lawyers care about your case and are attentive to detail."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The tremendously respected Gary Naftalis is praised for his "great people skills" and his "ability to take tension out of a situation." He is regularly sought out for some of the most complex litigations occurring in the sector. Recent highlights include his defense of Phillip Bennett, former CEO of Refco, against securities fraud and other criminal charges brought against him relating to the falsification of Refco's financial statements.
Barry Berke is "the finest lawyer I have ever met," one enthusiastic source commented. He "is an incredibly sharp legal mind and an awesome trial lawyer," and clients appreciate his "great connection with juries and good strategic sense." He recently represented Bear Stearns in regulatory and civil proceedings relating to the collapse of two Bear Stearns investment funds following the subprime mortgage crisis.
THE FIRM This firm is one of the preeminent groups for plaintiff securities litigation, and one that regularly succeeds in receiving large settlements for investors. The firm's recent successes include its victory in the Broadcom options-backdating matter, in which it represented lead plaintiff New Mexico State Investment Council, achieving a $160.5 million settlement. Other key clients include the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the State-Boston Retirement System, Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds and Irish Life Investment Managers.
Sources say: "This is a very good group, with talented people who are great to work with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Dubbs is a highly sought-after plaintiff securities litigation specialist, focusing on the representation of institutional investors and pension funds. He acted as co-lead counsel for the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System, the West Virginia Investment Management Board and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Pension Group, in the Goldman Sachs Group Securities Litigation, claiming against Goldman Sachs on behalf of all purchasers of Goldman securities from 2007 to 2010.
Managing partner Lawrence Sucharow is a highly experienced securities litigator who frequently handles large class actions for clients.
THE FIRM This successful New York team is applauded for its strength in white-collar criminal defense work. The group is sought out for its expertise in a wide range of areas, including healthcare fraud, antitrust violations and securities fraud.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Frank Wohl is an experienced litigator, concentrating on white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. While demonstrating superb criminal capabilities, he is also adept at handling civil litigation.
John Siffert is an expert in white-collar criminal defense work and government investigations. He is respected in the market for his strong and longstanding expertise.
The seasoned John Wing "is one of the best litigators" around, according to market sources. With his longstanding experience, he is a trusted adviser on securities, tax, antitrust and labor-related criminal matters.
THE FIRM This solid group has a prominent record in white-collar criminal defense work and complex commercial litigation. The team is renowned for its strong capabilities in the financial sector and regularly appears in high-profile litigation for financial institutions. Clients benefit from the firm's exceptional international presence, allowing the New York group to handle cross-border litigation with ease. Notable highlights include its representation of Deutsche Bank Securities and DB Structured Products in relation to nearly all of the regulatory investigations of Deutsche Bank’s residential mortgage-backed securities business. On the general commercial side, the group represented Boston Generating in relation to its efforts to sell substantially all of its assets to Constellation Energy Group for $1.1 billion during Boston Generating's Chapter 11 proceedings.
Sources say: "Exemplary. They work very hard, have diverse expertise, and it is clear that they function as a team."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Brandt "is a terrific litigator," who wins market support for his "very smart and exceptionally client-focused" approach. He is the managing partner of the firm's New York office and is well versed in complex litigation, especially in matters relating to financial and insolvency issues.
Richard Owens's practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense work and regulatory investigations, in which he represents both corporations and individuals. He is cochair of the New York litigation department.
Miles Ruthberg recently relocated from the firm's Los Angeles office to New York. He is a highly respected litigator with strong expertise in both securities and complex commercial litigation.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf attorney Christopher Clark "is unbelievably smart and really experienced," clients report. Described as "young, energetic and hardworking," he impresses by "being very practical combined with a hard-edged litigator's understanding." He represents both individuals and companies in criminal investigations.
THE FIRM This solid litigation group has a strong track record in white-collar criminal defense work and also handles complex commercial litigation. With its various offices spread around Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the firm is an excellent choice for meeting clients' needs globally and regularly appears in large cross-border disputes and investigations. Notable clients include Lloyds TSB, BAE Systems, Royal Ahold and the Yokohama Rubber Company.
Sources say: "They bring great vision and purpose to difficult matters requiring litigation."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees describe Joseph Armao as an "excellent attorney." He is the head of the firm's US litigation group and receives praise for his strong capabilities in the white-collar criminal defense space.
THE FIRM Sources recommend this firm's deep bench and impressive capabilities in major commercial litigation and securities disputes. With the firm's wide-reaching international presence, the New York team is able to draw on the firm's global resources for multijurisdictional disputes. The group is currently representing several senior officers and directors of AIG in the securities and derivative actions brought against AIG and several other defendants. Other notable clients include Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, Bristol-Myers Squibb, BMW, and Dow Chemical.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Litigation practice head Steven Wolowitz is "forceful in a positive way when needed," say sources. He recently represented Société Générale in two adversary proceedings relating to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.
THE FIRM This firm wins praise for its strong national and international litigation capabilities. The New York group is highly regarded for its deep expertise in both complex commercial and securities litigation. The firm is a first choice for complex international and cross-border work, supported by its excellent resources in Asia and Europe.
Sources say: "The team is well-prepared and extremely responsive to the needs of the client." "They have the persistence necessary to advocate issues through to conclusion. Easy to work with, and very cognizant of the role of in-house counsel."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Benedict is recommended for his exceptionally strong securities litigation know-how, with sources describing him as "well versed in securities litigation and excellent in court." He is the chairman of the firm’s litigation and arbitration group and head of its securities litigation group.
Scott Edelman is vice-chairman of the firm. He concentrates his practice on complex securities litigation as well as on representing clients in white-collar criminal cases and investigations.
Sean Murphy is an experienced securities litigation specialist. He regularly represents clients in complex multijurisdictional class action and derivative litigation.
THE FIRM This firm's litigation practice comes highly recommended for its depth of expertise. The group handles complex commercial and criminal matters and offers particular expertise in areas such as IP and antitrust. Clients appreciate the firm's talented team and highlight the benefits of the firm's strong international resources. The firm's impressive client roster includes Astellas Pharma, EchoStar/DISH Network, Honeywell and JPMorgan Chase, among others.
Sources say: "What I appreciate about Morrison & Foerster is the level of excellence in all areas of the firm. They are truly full service. I know that I can go to them with the most complex legal issue and it will be addressed with what seems like ease within necessary timelines."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Carl Loewenson is a respected criminal litigator who wins market approval as "an incredibly smart and well-prepared lawyer." Clients regularly "rely on his sound advice." He co-leads the firm's securities litigation, enforcement, and white-collar defense group.
Jack Auspitz is a strong securities litigator. Clients applaud him as "a very good strategic thinker," and appreciate his approach; "he is measured but forceful when needed." He is also a cochair of the firm's securities litigation, enforcement, and white-collar defense group.
Commercial litigator Dennis Orr has "an excellent rapport with judges," say sources. His recent highlights include his successful representation of Ernst & Young in an accounting malpractice case.
THE FIRM This established litigation powerhouse is widely respected for its seasoned and talented attorneys. Its focused team is the first port of call for many corporations and individuals for their most high-profile litigation matters. The group is regularly involved in complex insider trading, FCPA and CDO sale-related work. Recent highlights include the representation of a client in connection with a criminal indictment against the founders of the three large poker websites charged with bank fraud and money laundering.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Anello is an experienced criminal litigator highlighted for his excellent trial skills. He recently represented a hedge fund trader in connection with allegations of insider trading relating to the sale of securities on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
The seasoned Elkan Abramowitz is a "steady hand at litigation," remark interviewees. He has in-depth, longstanding experience in the white-collar arena, and is "amazing at dealing with clients and incredibly well respected."
Jeremy Temkin is an experienced white-collar criminal defense lawyer, with particular expertise in matters relating to criminal tax issues. He recently acted on behalf of clients in connection with two separate criminal investigations conducted by the DOJ and the IRS into the marketing of tax shelters.
Lawrence Iason comes highly recommended for his in-depth expertise in white-collar criminal litigation and government investigations.
THE FIRM This highly respected group is recognized for its superb commercial litigation capabilities. The team has expertise in representing high-profile clients in securities and white-collar criminal litigation and, in particular, complex business litigation. Clients appreciate the firm's deep resources and seek out the team for major cross-border litigation matters. The group's impressive client list includes the likes of UBS, Morgan Stanley, IMH Secured Loan Fund and Bank of America.
Sources say: "Their dedication to have subject matter expertise is exceptional."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Firmwide chair Bradley Butwin is a "competent and thoughtful litigator," who is "practical, smart, hardworking, and client focused." He is part of the team defending Credit Suisse in litigation arising out of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System’s participation in Credit Suisse’s securities lending program. He also chairs the firm's litigation department.
Howard Heiss is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on white-collar criminal litigation and government investigations.
Sources recommend Andrew Frackman for his "expertise in a wide range of areas, which gives him a much broader range of experiences to draw upon." He is a commercial litigator with deep expertise in antitrust and securities-related matters.
Jonathan Rosenberg is an experienced commercial and securities litigator. He has played a role in advising Banc of America Securities on auction rate securities matters.
THE FIRM Paul Hastings's New York office continues its strong track record in litigation. With a developing reputation in the sector, its growing team offers in-depth expertise in class action litigation and complex commercial disputes. Notable highlights include the representation of Acument Global Technologies and Wells Fargo & Co Master Pension Plan in relation to their investment in a $1.5 billion Ponzi scheme. Other key clients include General Electric, Marvel Entertainment, Invensys, Korean Airlines and Lehman Brothers.
Sources say: "They are responsive, understanding of our goals and help us out with tricky and complex problems."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Koff is "hardworking, attentive and client-focused." Clients appreciate his "remarkable ability to get along with anyone, making it his business to develop a rapport with other attorneys involved in his cases." He represents clients in white-collar and regulatory investigations, and also handles commercial litigation.
The highly respected Kenneth Breen focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense work and co-heads the firm's securities regulatory enforcement and white collar criminal defense group.
Skilled commercial litigator Barry Sher is the head of the firm's securities litigation practice and the chair of the New York litigation group. He recently represented Korean Airlines in a nationwide antitrust class action.
THE FIRM This litigation behemoth remains a leading light in the market. The firm excels in all manner of litigation, with a dedicated team of exceptional trial lawyers representing clients in complex civil, criminal and securities litigation. Clients praise the team's focused expertise and consistent quality throughout. The firm is particularly sought after for its expertise in the financial sector. Recent engagements include the representation of Deutsche Bank in the resolution of a long-running government investigation into tax shelter transactions for high net worth individuals. The team also acted for Bank of America in regulatory investigations and litigation relating its merger with Merrill Lynch. Other notable clients include Citigroup, UBS, Merck and Deloitte.
Sources say: "Paul Weiss gets all the accolades - very high quality, good partners and associates. One of the very fine litigation firms." "They have broad and deep relationships with the folks that matter."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Considered by peers to be "a god of litigation," Brad Karp is the current chair of the firm and is one of the strongest experts in the country for complex litigation and regulatory investigations. He is representing a group of underwriters in securities class action litigations relating to more than $20 billion of AIG bond offerings.
Mark Pomerantz is praised for being "incredibly smart with a great touch and dedication" and is also described as "strategic, creative and analytical." He is lauded as one of the foremost white-collar criminal and regulatory specialists in the country.
Nationally preeminent litigator and practice group cochair Theodore Wells is described by peers as "an unbelievable trial lawyer with immense judgment and experience." His excellence extends to both commercial and criminal litigation matters. Clients go on to praise his ability to "reduce the complex to the simple."
Martin Flumenbaum is a leading commercial litigator with longstanding experience. He recently represented Natexis in the dismissal of a breach of contract and declaratory judgment action, in which the plaintiff sought $94 million in payments under an agreement to provide price protection for shares of Natexis stock received as part of an acquisition.
Daniel Kramer cochairs the firm's securities litigation and enforcement group. Sources describe him as an "exceptionally responsive and very wise lawyer who sees the entire picture." He has played an integral role in representing Bank of America in the regulatory investigations and litigation relating to its merger with Merrill Lynch.
Leslie Gordon Fagen is an experienced commercial litigator admired as "a smart, honest and responsive lawyer who knows how to win." Market commentators praise his strong writing skills and in particular his expertise in intellectual property, product liability and antitrust-related matters.
Richard Rosen is "a sharp and knowledgeable" attorney who is respected as a "competent and excellent litigator." He focuses on securities-related litigation and also cochairs the firm's securities litigation and enforcement group.
Daniel Beller is "not only superbly smart, but also has a great demeanor that makes him extremely effective," sources report. He is an experienced commercial litigator who also comes highly recommended for his expertise in securities and RICO-related issues.
Michele Hirshman is increasingly recognized as a major player in the sector, backed in part by praise of her experience as first deputy attorney general for the State of New York.
Another new entrant in the rankings, Roberto Finzi is praised as "funny, smart and someone with great credibility." He focuses his practice on complex white-collar criminal defense work.
THE FIRM This group has a strong presence in New York and is recommended by clients for its superb experience in complex commercial litigation across a wide range of sectors, including intellectual property, sports, antitrust and employment. Recent highlights include the team's representation of Major League Soccer in an antitrust and RICO case brought by ChampionsWorld. The group is also increasingly recognized for its white-collar capabilities.
Sources say: "The firm has very experienced and intelligent attorneys with a broad range of commercial experience."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Litigation group cochair and expert trial lawyer Robert Cleary is lauded for his "tremendous thoroughness and experience." He has a strong track record in representing individuals in white-collar litigation matters, including his role on behalf of Christopher Garand, former senior vice president at General Re, in a case appealing the conviction of five former Gen Re and AIG executives.
Bruce Fader wins praise as "an incredible strategist for general and commercial litigation," who clients "would go back to in a flash." He offers strong trial skills, and in-depth knowledge of commercial and securities litigation and international arbitration.
Bradley Ruskin is the cochair of the firm's litigation group. He focuses on complex commercial disputes, and is particularly well versed in sports-related matters. He recently represented Major League Soccer in the high-profile antitrust and RICO suit brought by ChampionsWorld.
THE FIRM This national litigation powerhouse's New York team is well known for its attorneys' superb expertise and extensive experience across all types of civil litigation. The group receives strong praise for its plaintiff-side capabilities as well as for its solid cross-border resources supported by offices in Germany, London and Tokyo. Key clients include AIG, American Express, Barnes & Noble, Coca Cola, Dow Chemical, Google and Honeywell International.
Sources say: "These guys are tough, aggressive and smart." "Great for big, high-stakes commercial litigation."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Carlinsky has "incredible instinct as a litigator," say sources, and is "a very good tactician." He is a respected commercial litigator, with a particular focus on disputes relating to financial arrangements. Interviewees state that "any clients are in good hands with him."
Faith Elizabeth Gay co-heads the firm's national trial practice group and has extensive experience as a former government official. She is an expert white-collar defense lawyer and also handles complex commercial and securities disputes.
Richard Werder impresses clients as "an excellent and committed litigator." His in-depth expertise extends across a range of industries, including intellectual property and antitrust law.
Peter Calamari offers longstanding experience as a litigator. He focuses his practice on complex commercial work and is particularly knowledgeable in cases occurring in the financial services area.
THE FIRM This firm is famed for its white-collar criminal defense capabilities, as well as for its commercial litigation expertise. Recent highlights on the commercial side include the group's representation of BDC Finance in a case against Barclays relating to various derivative transactions entered into as part of an International Swaps and Derivatives Association Master Agreement (ISDA). Other notable clients include Citigroup Global Markets, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and One Liberty Properties.
Sources say: "Their sophisticated work, meticulous investigations and research, extraordinary ability to extract utility out of the smallest piece of information, are, to say the least, impressive. As is their ability to reduce complex legal matters to layman’s language."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lee Richards enjoys "lots of credibility in the market" for his extensive expertise in white-collar criminal defense work and government investigations. His practice also includes securities, regulatory, commercial and banking-related litigation.
THE FIRM This firm is a top choice for plaintiff-side securities litigation. With a presence on both East and West Coasts, its team is able to represent clients on a national level in complex class action litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Samuel Rudman is moving up the rankings. He is a highly respected securities lawyer who devotes his time to plaintiff class action work and is really making his mark in the market.
THE FIRM Shearman & Sterling's excellent team is regularly involved in complex and high-profile work across the commercial and securities litigation spaces. Its recent highlights include its representation of Countrywide in 13 separate cases filed against its client and other defendants by purchasers of private-label residential mortgage-backed securities. Other key clients include the likes of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Boston Scientific.
Sources say: "Their research and attention to detail is impeccable, their concern for the client and timeliness is absolute, and they are always a pleasure to deal with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Adam Hakki impresses clients and peers as "a talented litigator who understands the issues at hand and knows how to run a case." He has solid expertise in securities class actions and shareholder disputes.
Stephen Fishbein is head of the firm's litigation group. He focuses on both general commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. He recently advised Cargoulx on investigations by various international regulators relating to an alleged air cargo price-fixing cartel.
Stuart Baskin is another key member of the firm's securities litigation group. He has superb securities expertise, and additional strength in M&A, antitrust, bank and regulatory-related litigation.
THE FIRM This growing team is recommended for its strength in securities and financial litigation, including class actions and securities fraud, and its strong expertise across a wide range of industries. The firm's international network also allows for a seamless service on cross-border disputes. Clients include the likes of SMART Technologies and Merrill Lynch.
Sources say: "An excellent team with excellent depth."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Pietrzak heads the firm's securities litigation practice and co-heads the New York office's litigation team. He is representing JPMorgan Chase, along with other parties, in putative securities class actions brought by investors in mortgage-backed certificates.
Respected securities litigator Gary Bendinger joined the firm in 2010 from his position as cochair of Howrey's litigation practice. His highlights include recently representing KPMG in an action brought by the trustee of the Refco Litigation Trust.
Barry Rashkover is the global co-head of the firm's SEC enforcement practice. He wins praise for his securities and white-collar criminal defense expertise.
THE FIRM This firm remains at the forefront of litigation work, and has a preeminent track record in commercial, securities and white-collar criminal defense work. With its strong trial skills and global resources, the group is sought out by domestic and international clients for representation on national and cross-border disputes. The firm offers expertise across a wide range of industries, including antitrust, insurance, and intellectual property. Key clients include Deutsche Bank, Fairfield Greenwich, Heineken NV and Heineken USA, and Swiss Re.
Sources say: "The firm is professional, responsible and commercially user-friendly." "They give unbelievably great customer service."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bruce Angiolillo is a top choice for securities litigation and regularly represents financial institutions in complex commercial and shareholder disputes. He recently represented the non-management members of the board of directors of Morgan Stanley in two derivative actions relating to the company's marketing and selling of auction rate securities.
Barry Ostrager "is the most strategic thinking litigator I have ever met," one impressed client states. Described as "an unbelievably dedicated worker," he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and is recommended for his additional expertise in antitrust and securities. His recent highlights include obtaining a $110 million jury verdict on behalf of apartment developer Gray Development.
Paul Curnin is the cochair of the firm's litigation group and "one of the finest lawyers on the planet," according to sources. Clients admire him as "someone who is very effective and extraordinarily decent." He, alongside Chepiga, has been representing the former CEO and chair of the board of Merrill Lynch in a number of civil actions and investigations relating to the company's CDO and subprime mortgage exposure.
David Ichel is "a good guy and effective litigator," market sources agree. He has longstanding expertise in complex commercial work. Case highlights include his representation of Ducati in a national consumer class action alleging defective motorcycle fuel tanks.
Mark Stein is regarded as "an excellent white-collar lawyer," who is "deeply experienced, smart and strategic." He is currently representing an investment adviser to funds with exposure to the Madoff Ponzi scheme in a number of government and regulatory investigations.
Jonathan Youngwood has extensive securities knowledge and is experienced in representing clients in securities, corporate control and ERISA disputes. Notable recent work includes his representation of JPMorgan Chase in a number of securities matters relating to the collapse of the auction rate securities market.
The up-and-coming Josh Levine is an "effective criminal litigator," who enters the rankings backed by strong market support. He is part of the team representing various officers and employees of Lehman Brothers in a number of government investigations.
Peter Kazanoff impresses sources by being "smart, commercially aware, and not just a technical lawyer but also aware of commercial impacts." Clients describe him "like an in-house counsel's dream," applauding his responsive nature.
Mark Cunha is a respected trial lawyer and a new entry to the rankings. Impressed clients appreciate his strategic approach and state that "the way he takes the view of the longer term is masterful."
THE FIRM Commentators acknowledge this excellent group as one of the market leaders for litigation. The firm houses an extremely deep bench in New York, further boosted by the its extensive international network, and represents high-profile clients in domestic and international disputes and investigations. The group is well equipped to handle complex commercial and securities litigation, as well as white-collar defense work, for clients from a broad range of industries. The group remains a preeminent powerhouse in litigation involving the financial sector.
Sources say: "They are focused, passionate, caring about their clients; offering incredible breadth of service." "We feel confident that when we engage them we will get a high level of service and responsiveness."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jay Kasner heads the firm's securities litigation practice. He wins strong praise for his written and oratorical skills, and impresses "as a highly knowledgeable and experienced litigator, especially in securities class actions." He gives "clear, prompt and actionable advice and is one tough and highly effective litigator," sources say. He successfully represented Merrill Lynch in the dismissal of claims brought by MBIA alleging that Merrill misrepresented the quality of approximately $5.7 billion of CDOs.
John Carroll is a sector leader in white-collar criminal defense and regulatory investigations. Sources report that he is "very smart, with a great tactical sense." He recently represented former Citigroup CFO Gary Crittenden in an SEC investigation.
Jonathan Lerner is praised as "a professional and superb lawyer" by sources. Clients describe him as "a quiet jaguar who sits, thinks, strategizes and pounces on the kill." He recently obtained a favorable settlement of a federal securities class action and related derivative actions against JAKKS Pacific.
David Zornow, head of the firm's litigation and controversy practices and leader of the white-collar practice group in New York, is one of the "best white-collar defense attorneys in town." He is regarded as "a top-notch litigator in the criminal field," and his "incredible experience and terrific judgment" see him regularly involved in some of the most high-profile criminal litigations.
Keith Krakaur wins praise for his "great communication skills" and his ability to "define potential implications really well and provide clients with options as to how to resolve things in the best possible way." Well-versed in criminal litigation he is currently representing an overseas executive of a multinational company in DOJ, SEC and World Bank investigations involving potential improper payments under the FCPA.
Scott Musoff is a respected securities expert. He is lauded as "an exceptional and super smart litigator" who "knows what he is doing, has a good demeanor and a great bedside manner." He was part of the team that won an appeal for client Merrill Lynch in connection with the company’s alleged conduct relating to the auction rate securities market.
Michael Gruenglas has "a mind like a steel trap and never stops thinking," according to happy clients. He is experienced in handling corporate, commercial and securities litigation.
Susan Saltzstein is an experienced commercial litigator with strength across a range of securities and complex business litigation. She is part of the team representing Anadarko in connection with a class action securities complaint filed against the company and some of its officers and directors.
Up-and-comer Steven Glaser enters the rankings following strong market recommendations. He is involved in a number of the group's most significant matters, such as the representation of a former legal officer of a prominent hedge fund in its DOJ and SEC investigation relating to fiduciary duty and disclosure issues.
THE FIRM This 12-strong litigation boutique is highly regarded for its superb and focused expertise in white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement matters. Its excellent trial experience comes in for particular praise. Notable clients include Bayerische Landesbank/BayernLB, MetLife, The Real Estate Board of New York and Société Générale.
Sources say: "This is a great small boutique, with very sharp, prudent lawyers who fight for their clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Spears has the "ability to anticipate problems and come up with solutions for his clients," sources report. He enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his strong white-collar expertise and is described as "tenacious with an amazing success rate."
Linda Imes is considered "a very talented and dedicated lawyer." With 30 years' experience of both criminal and civil litigation proceedings, clients recommend her as one of their most trusted advisers.
THE FIRM Sullivan & Cromwell continues to sit in the vanguard of the New York litigation market. Whether it is complex commercial, white-collar criminal defense and complex securities and shareholder litigation, clients find all their litigation needs catered for. The firm's New York office houses an impressive team of trial lawyers who are able to draw on the firm's strong international resources. The group receives particular recognition for its multiple representations of BP in ongoing litigations, including in derivative, securities and ERISA litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon incident and resulting oil spill.
Sources say: "Absolutely top notch." "They are a great firm for the complex matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gandolfo DiBlasi is a widely recognized star litigator, focusing on complex securities litigation. He is known for being "excellent; an incredibly smart and rational attorney," and applauded for his "good rapport with judges and great handle on the law." He is a key attorney for the likes of Goldman Sachs, who he represents in various cases including in connection with actions brought by purchasers of mortgage-backed securities.
Samuel Seymour "instills confidence in clients," and is praised for his strong criminal defense expertise. Clients appreciate that "he has a business view as much as a great legal view," and describe him as "a mature and rational person."
Karen Patton Seymour heads the firm's criminal defense and investigations group. Clients commend "her amazing judgment" and describe her as "polished and someone who has the complete confidence of her clients." Her recent highlights include representing Wells Fargo in the SEC inquiry into sales and accounting practices surrounding CDOs.
Steven Peikin is increasingly recommended for his "incredible judgment and tremendous credibility." He has a strong track record in white-collar criminal defense work and has been highly active in representing clients in FCPA investigations.
Penny Shane is highly regarded for her strong litigation capabilities. She regularly represents large financial institutions in complex securities and commercial litigation. She was part of the team that successfully represented Goldman Sachs in an action arising out of the eToys IPO.
Robert Giuffra wins client approval as "a real character and a truly magnificent attorney." With his strong knowledge of both complex commercial and securities litigation, he is a regular go-to attorney for both corporations and individuals.
Richard Klapper is praised for his "expert knowledge of the securities and regulatory area," and is described as "extremely easy to work with."
Nicolas Bourtin is a newcomer to the table. He is experienced in white-collar criminal defense work and recently represented ABN AMRO in a $500 million deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ relating to OFAC sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance.
THE FIRM This highly respected and successful firm boasts preeminent strength across the full range of litigation matters, including all manner of white-collar, securities and business disputes. The group demonstrates leading expertise in bankruptcy and takeover-related litigation, and has strong capabilities in M&A-related cases. The firm recently took the spotlight with its precedent-setting success in Morrison v National Australia Bank, a US Supreme Court case concerning the extraterritorial impacts of US securities law.
Sources say: "Wachtell are first rate in everything they do."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "incredibly smart" Lawrence Pedowitz is one of the country's leading white-collar criminal litigators. He recently represented Citigroup in an SEC investigation into its 2007 public disclosures relating to its subprime exposure. Peers are in awe of his "enormous intellect and calming manner, which works well with a lot of clients" and further state that "any client would be lucky to be represented by him."
Eric Roth is a preeminent expert in complex general commercial disputes. He wins praise as "an absolutely first-rate lawyer with tremendous intellect, great judgment and people skills."
John Savarese regularly represents individuals and corporations in complex white-collar criminal litigation and investigations. He recently represented Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell, in an SEC investigation relating to the company's past financial restatements and relationship with Intel.
Marc Wolinsky is "a talented litigator" who devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation, including insurance and securities litigation. His recent engagements include representing Airgas in the successful 'poison pill' defense in the Air Products takeover bid.
The seasoned Bernard Nussbaum is an experienced senior litigator with longstanding expertise in business and securities litigation.
Firm co-founder Herbert Wachtell is similarly renowned as one of the most experienced litigators in the field. He continues to handle high-profile litigation work and recently represented Union Bancaire Privée in connection with the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Theodore Mirvis stands out for his "intelligence and creativity," sources marvel. He has longstanding litigation expertise, with a particular specialism in securities litigation.
Paul Vizcarrondo is widely respected for his expertise in securities litigation. Sources describe him as "a solid litigator" and appreciate his in-depth knowledge.
David Anders specializes in regulatory, white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation work. Before joining the firm, he was the Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
THE FIRM This respected litigation stalwart is highly regarded in the New York market for its strong commercial and securitities litigation expertise. Backed by excellent international resources, the firm sits at the forefront of multijurisdictional litigation and regularly advises domestic and international clients on regulatory issues, internal investigations, derivative litigation, governance issues and other complex commercial disputes. Key clients include General Electric, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, eBay and Lehman Brothers.
Sources say: "This firm offers outstanding quality in a broad variety of litigation matters."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Quinn co-heads the firm's litigation group and is considered a preeminent authority in the market for his extensive litigation expertise. His recent highlights include representing CTS Eventim in a dispute with LiveNation over a ticketing agreement.
Cochair of the firm's securities litigation practice group, Jonathan Polkes "is a power lawyer and really good on his feet," according to sources. With experience across the full range of litigation work, including securities and white-collar issues, he is praised for his style and described as "calm and relaxed but tough when needed."
Fellow cochair of the securities litigation group Joseph Allerhand is lauded for his "spontaneous mastery of complex litigation." He is noted for his extensive knowledge of all manner of securities issue, and is further recognized as "a smart and good strategic thinker."
Litigation group cochair David Lender is increasingly praised for his expertise with commercial litigation. He is currently representing ExxonMobil in multiple putative class actions brought against motor fuel retailers.
The up-and-coming John Neuwirth is "extremely knowledgeable and practical," according to clients. His recent workload includes his representation of Sanofi in shareholder class action litigation challenging its $20.1 billion acquisition of Genzyme.
THE FIRM This accomplished group is recognized for its strong commercial litigation capabilities. In addition to the firm's strong national presence, the team is able to draw upon the firm's extensive international resources, providing clients with a seamless service in multijurisdictional litigation matters. Notable clients include UBS, Deutsche Bank, Fairfield Greenwich, Experian, and Toshiba.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Glenn Kurtz is the firm's global head of commercial litigation. He offers longstanding expertise in litigation and class actions in both state and federal courts. He successfully defended Hess Corporation against 16 putative shareholder class action lawsuits challenging the proposed $450 million acquisition by Hess of American Oil and Gas.
THE FIRM This large group impresses with its litigation capabilities and comes strongly recommended for its track record in securities litigation, with particular expertise in financial reporting matters. Recent highlights include the representation of AIG's risk management capabilities in securities litigation, federal investigations, and congressional hearings. The firm is also recognized for its solid commercial litigation expertise. Notable clients include Bloomberg, MasterCard, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Young chairs the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice group. He is singled out by clients for his ability "to apply the law quickly and with great depth." Praised for his "strong contacts in the profession and in the regulatory regime," he is a go-to name for complex securities litigation matters.
Antonio Yanez comes increasingly recommended as "a good and capable litigator." He is experienced in the securities litigation arena and regularly involved in international disputes.
Mei Lin Kwan-Gett has "keen insights and a great network to ascertain what the most important issues are," a quality much appreciated by clients. She is described as "a tireless person regarding communication and excellent at preparing clients thoroughly."
THE FIRM WilmerHale's New York litigation group is well regarded for its expertise in securities and general commercial litigation. The team, which includes a number of former prosecutors, is renowned for its deep securities expertise, with a particularly strong grasp of securities enforcement and regulation. Recent work includes the representation of PwC regarding Madoff-related litigation arising out of audits by PwC member firms of certain funds that invested with Madoff. Other clients include Credit Suisse Securities and JPMorgan Chase.
Sources say: "They have a very deep knowledge. They have a great bench with many very good junior and mid-ranking associates and a good bench strength amongst the more senior ranks."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients acknowledge Fraser Hunter as a "wonderful and talented lawyer," while peers "enjoy litigating against him." He is well thought of for his strong securities litigation expertise. He continues his representation of Credit Suisse in connection with IPO and short sale-related litigations.
Cochair of the firm's business trial group Charles Platt is recommended for his deep litigation expertise. He recently represented various European banks in clawback actions by a liquidator of the Fairfield feeder funds seeking a return of redemptions paid out by the Bernard Madoff investment fund.
Since publication, James Moyle
has left Alston & Bird LLP to found litigation boutique Moyle LLC. He is experienced in representing clients in complex securities litigation and class actions. He also offers expertise in employment and general commercial disputes.
of Baker Hostetler is regarded as "a very effective litigator,"
and co-heads the firm's white-collar and corporate investigations practice. He cochairs the firm's white-collar practice and brings tremendous experience in the field, backed by his time as a former Assistant US Attorney, DOJ securities fraud chief, and senior counsel to the SEC.
of Brune & Richard LLP is known in the market as "a tremendous litigator."
She is a respected white-collar criminal defense lawyer and also offers commercial litigation expertise.
leads the securities enforcement and litigation practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He receives strong praise from sources as "a good, honest and hardworking attorney."
Peers are impressed by his experience and state "he is a pleasure to work with but is tough when needed."
of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP "is an outstanding counselor and even better trial attorney,"
sources say. Described as "a phenomenally responsive and well-connected lawyer,"
clients see her as an indispensable and trusted source for complex litigation matters. She is partner-in-charge of the firm's New York office.
also of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP is well versed in complex commercial litigation and regularly appears in state and federal courts. She also has expertise in securities and intellectual property disputes.
leads Goodwin Procter LLP's white-collar crime and government investigations group. He is "an excellent litigator"
who enjoys much admiration in the market. He is currently acting as counsel to the audit committee of a publicly traded company in an investigation relating to allegations of massive theft of company assets and improper disclosure relating to operations in China.
, also of Goodwin Procter LLP, is an experienced securities litigator who is "thorough, responsive and gives very sound advice."
Clients state they "rely on him heavily; he is looking out for his clients in making sure they are protected and that makes him extremely valuable."
The "well-respected" Fred Hafetz
of Hafetz Necheles & Rocco enters the rankings based on strong market support. He is an experienced white-collar criminal defense lawyer.
of Gregory P Joseph Law Offices LLC is highly regarded due to the fact that "his knowledge of the law is compendious."
A preeminent commercial litigator, he enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and is described as "a unique talent with incredible judgment."
is a respected general commercial litigator at Hogan Lovells US LLP. He is sought after for his strong expertise in complex international litigation and disputes.
leads the white-collar defense group at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. He is a "bright and personable individual"
who wins praise for his collegial manner. He enters the rankings backed by strong support from commentators for his extensive white-collar criminal defense and investigations expertise.
, the New York litigation practice group cochaircochair at Venable LLP, is praised for his "integrity, knowledge,"
and for "providing excellent counsel to his clients
of Milberg LLP is an experienced securities litigator, focusing on representing plaintiffs. He wins praise as someone who is "hardworking, thorough and very committed to his client's cause."
is an experienced white-collar criminal defense lawyer at McKool Smith. His clients particularly "value his wisdom and advice."
He is representing the former chief compliance officer of a brokerage firm in connection with an SEC investigation into alleged stock manipulation.
is managing partner of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, and head of its litigation practice in New York. He is "very tactical, accessible and easy to work with,"
sources report. Clients appreciate his ability to "understand the business side of things and what the client's business concerns are."
His colleague Peter Chavkin
leads the white-collar criminal defense at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC. He wins praise for his "sense of what is important and practical in how to approach complex issues."
Clients appreciate his collegial manner and pragmatic approach "in trying to find ways to resolve the law suit and deal with it without costing the earth."
of Park & Jensen LLP is a former federal prosecutor and enjoys a solid reputation in the market. He devotes his practice to white-collar criminal defense and regulatory investigations.
of Petrillo Klein & Boxer LLP "does it all and is amazingly experienced,"
sources praise. He comes strongly recommended for his strong white-collar criminal defense expertise.
Securities litigator Martin Perschetz
of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is respected in the market for his longstanding expertise. He continues to represent Guillaume Hannezo, former CFO of Vivendi Universal, in investigations and litigation relating to alleged misstatements regarding the company's financial condition.
of Shapiro Forman Allen & Sava LLP "is smart, charming and disarming in his deposition style,"
sources report. Market commentators also applaud his "uncanny knack for legal things that will either make his case or destroy the opposition's."
of Ropes & Gray LLP is an experienced commercial litigator. Recent notable successes include his successful representation of United National in litigation and arbitration against a major insurance and reinsurance broker for misrepresentation.
is co-managing partner of the New York office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He considered to be "a superb attorney, who is brilliant, savvy, hardworking and honest."
Impressed clients comment that "he works incredibly hard, is very thorough, and will know the facts and documents better than anyone else,"
whilst also praising his "excellent courtroom and people skills."
Also at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Evan Barr
enters the rankings backed by strong applause from market commentators. He "knows what it means to be a defense lawyer and is not afraid to do a bit of head-butting,"
sources report. Clients appreciate his "excellent judgment,"
adding that based on his experience "he is able to see both sides of the arguments, and has a good feel for what is and is not likely to impress."
is managing partner of the New York office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. He is singled out by clients for his "brilliant mind and memory."
Described as "an excellent listener and hand holder,"
he offers strong securities litigation expertise.
Respected litigator Paul Shechtman
recently arrived at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP's New York office from Stillman, Friedman & Schechtman. He "has tremendous knowledge, an incredible way of relating to prosecutors and is a very nice person,"
sources comment. A first choice for many clients, "he is a smart and strong lawyer with a great deal of credibility."
of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is an experienced plaintiff securities litigator. He has over 30 years of litigation expertise and is regularly involved in high profile cases.
of Crowell & Moring LLP enters the rankings following strong support from commentators. He focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense work and government investigations.
Ira Lee Sorkin
joined Lowenstein Sandler PC from Dickstein Shapiro in late 2010. Sources describe him as "an extremely strong player in the market."
He continues to receive significant praise for his representation of Bernard Madoff.
of Stillman & Friedman, P.C. is a seasoned litigator who devotes his practice to white-collar criminal defense work. He is considered one of the most experienced white-collar experts in New York.
is another experienced litigator in the team. He has in-depth expertise in complex commercial disputes, as well as know-how in securities and antitrust litigation. He cofounded Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP in January 2012, having left Kasowitz Benson, his former firm.
Suzanne Jaffe Bloom
of Winston & Strawn LLP is an expert in white-collar criminal investigations. She enters the rankings backed by strong support from clients, who describe her as "responsive and a very good strategist,"
adding that "she has a great approach with people."
Part of a crop of lawyers who recently joined the firm from the now defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, she arrives alongside Harvey Kurzweil
, an expert general commercial litigator with strong trial experience. He represents clients in a wide range of disputes, including ERISA, intellectual property, insurance and securities-related matters.
Since publication, the highly rated Barry Bohrer
has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP from Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello. Clients point out that he "has every skill a criminal litigator should have,"
and continue to praise his "ability to try a case, his ability to argue and appeal, and his ability to counsel clients."
Since publication, Lawrence Byrne
has joined Pepper Hamilton LLP from Linklaters. He is "very competent and able, and is calm and easy to work with,"
sources report. He devotes his practice to white-collar criminal, government, regulatory and civil litigation matters, and has strong capabilities in securities and antitrust-related matters.