What the team is known for Outstanding criminal and civil litigation practice with broad-ranging expertise across several significant industries, including automotive, consumer products and healthcare. The team has a broad range of expertise, acting for clients on class actions, IP, private equity and securities litigation, both in the first instance and at the appellate level.
Strengths Clients say that "the litigation team is very well resourced," with "a national image and profile."
The firm's breadth of practice is also highlighted, with one source observing: "The firm is easy to work with. They've got a wide variety of specialties and areas of expertise."
Work highlights Represented the plaintiff, LivePerson, in three related IP cases against 24/7 Customer, involving claims of copyright infringement, patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. The total damages sought by LivePerson exceed $100 million.
Acting for William Beaumont Hospital on a patent infringement case against Varian concerning a radiotherapy treatment, a matter valued at over $50 million.
Significant clients Ally Financial, DTE Energy, GM, Raytheon, Valeo.
Philip Kessler has over four decades' experience representing individuals and businesses, both public and private, in a range of IP litigation. He also acts on trade secret cases, and in one such matter recently defended UPS Midstream Services following its hiring of a number of former Arkos employees. Clients say: "He's very thorough, very efficient, knows our business intimately, and provides GC-level guidance."
Joseph Aviv is best known for his work on complex family, matrimonial, estates and trusts litigation. Clients are satisfied that "he pays meticulous attention to detail and his advice is clear, crisp and precise."
Richard Zuckerman is the leader of the firm's white-collar crime and investigations group, and is well known for his experience acting for tobacco, pharmaceutical, air cargo and software businesses. He also acts for individuals and companies on tax audit investigations.
Raymond Henney is noted for representing clients in securities litigation, as well as shareholder disputes and product liability cases. One client enthuses that he is "extremely diligent," while another views him as "a very skilled litigator and a good negotiator in terms of mediating resolutions."
IW Winsten regularly represents clients in disputes relating to business sales, loan agreements and shareholder matters. One client reports that "he thinks very clearly and analytically and can really get right to the bottom line."