Litigation - District of Columbia
THE FIRM This remarkable litigation powerhouse handles an impressive range of cases, offering expertise in everything from breach of contract actions to the defense of major consumer class actions. The team represents both individuals and institutions in the most complex of cases, as illustrated by its role in the $1 billion litigation between the joint liquidators of Carlyle Capital and several entities affiliated with The Carlyle Group. Other notable clients include Bank of America, Bayer and UBS.
Sources say: "They possess a combination of intellect, work ethic and client focus."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Brendan Sullivan is a preeminently experienced practitioner who has litigated in federal and state courts throughout the country. He divides his respected practice between complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense, and represents numerous Fortune 500 companies.
John Villa is highly respected as a leading individual in the litigation arena. He concentrates his practice on corporate, securities and financial litigation, with particular expertise in legal malpractice defense.
The "outstanding" David Kendall can draw on his tremendous amount of experience as a litigator in multiple civil and criminal cases at the trial and appellate level. He is highly regarded by commentators for his widespread expertise and remains a key member of the team.
William McDaniels is an enormous asset to the team as a senior litigator who specializes in civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. He offers extensive experience across a broad spectrum of sectors, and is a noted trial lawyer.
Kevin Downey impresses sources with his experience in commercial and securities litigation, with one peer commenting: "He has a great reputation and deservedly so - he has all the qualities of a very good litigator and counselor." As well as representing government officials, CEOs and corporate executives, Downey also works on behalf of law firms and large corporations.
Dane Butswinkas garners a significant amount of praise for his commercial litigation and arbitration practice. Commentators enthuse: "He has great judgment and a very good manner with juries and clients."
John Vardaman continues to be a force to be reckoned with in complex civil and criminal litigation matters. Sources characterize him as being "outstanding in every respect," with the ability to give "superb judgment and advice."
David Zinn proves to be a very popular choice for white-collar criminal defense cases and complex civil litigation. Market sources commend his "great approach and good bedside manner," and identify him as a "real rising star" in the white-collar space.
The "extraordinary" Robert Cary has shifted his practice focus in recent years to criminal defense litigation, while maintaining his noted ability to handle civil matters. His recent work includes advising clients on government investigations and issues arising from securities fraud.