THE FIRM This firm has a fine regional presence and an army of litigators stationed across its five North Carolina offices. The team's strengths are in complex commercial and product liability litigation, with much recent work flowing from the state's major financial institutions as a result of the continuing fallout of the 2008 financial crisis. The group also has a noted presence in the areas of healthcare and white-collar criminal litigation, and an unparalleled capacity in the e-discovery arena. Clients include Google, BB&T and Wells Fargo.
Sources say: "I have a great affinity for their litigation practice and the work they do in this arena. They are top-notch litigation attorneys."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Cooney has an exceptionally broad practice, representing individuals, organizations and businesses in the most complicated and testing of scenarios. His white-collar criminal practice has earned him the reputation as "one of the deans of the bar" and has led to his representation of former Senator John Edwards in a highly publicized federal investigation and indictment.
Mark Horoschak has a niche in healthcare-related antitrust work. Representative clients include Carolinas Healthcare System and Legacy Hospital Partners. "He is wonderful," said a source.
Jim Cooley heads the firm's litigation practice and is described by one admiring peer as "a tremendous trial lawyer who knows everything there is to know about the law." He practices in business litigation and product liability litigation.
Andrew Copenhaver is an experienced trial attorney whose name carries considerable weight in the areas of class action and federal multidistrict litigation. He has represented some of the firm's most prestigious corporate clients, including Krispy Kreme and R.J. Reynolds.
Pressly Millen is a seasoned trial attorney with a focus on complex business litigation. Sources say that he "gets to the root of a problem to find the solution."
Keith Vaughan is the chairman of the firm and has a long history in business and product liability litigation.
Fred Rom focuses on product liability litigation for clients including AIG and Chartis Insurance. Sources attest that he is "very attentive to his clients and has significant trial experience."
Hayden Silver focuses on commercial litigation, often with an element of IP law. He recently joined the firm from Kilpatrick Townsend.