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Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations — New York


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the Department Offers expert handling of complex criminal and civil investigations, including cross-border proceedings before the DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC and wider regulators. Demonstrates notable expertise in defending individuals and companies against enforcement actions, fielding particular experience in representing financial services clients. Enjoys a growing profile for its adroit handling of major FCPA investigations.

Strengths One client says: "They're extremely knowledgeable, competent professionals who have served us well on key issues. They're responsive, they're fast and, more importantly, they're committed to a partnership."

Sources add: "They're really smart, very responsible, customer-centric and great writers."

Work highlights Defended a former employee of broker-dealer ConvergEx in an SEC civil enforcement action, following allegations that the defendant participated in a scheme to charge undisclosed markups to clients of a global broker-dealer in connection with large-scale securities transactions executed in Bermuda.

Represented an ex-employee of hedge fund Artis Capital to negotiate a civil settlement with the SEC, following allegations the defendant was complicit in an insider trading scheme between another Artis employee and the CIO of technology company Foundry.

Notable practitioners

James Benjamin receives praise for his work on complex cross-border investigations and is highly commended for his representation of senior executives in the financial industry. He is widely acknowledged to be a leading practitioner in the white-collar defense Bar and is sought out by clients for his "strong and calming influence."

Michael Asaro is "extremely smart and super responsive," according to his clients. He works on regulatory investigations and enforcement, earning particular praise for his handling of securities fraud allegations.

Robert Hotz is described by his fellow practitioners as an "excellent lawyer with a very strategic approach." His practice features broad strengths in handling interactions with the DOJ, the SEC and wider agencies, acting on behalf of both high-profile individuals and corporate clients.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Offers an impressive breadth of expertise in civil and criminal litigation and complex cross-border investigations for a range of corporations, financial institutions and senior executives. Strong multijurisdictional capabilities complement its extensive regulatory practice, which includes a significant focus on financial services disputes. Also draws on notable experience in high-value commercial cases, demonstrating particular expertise in bankruptcy and antitrust disputes.

Strengths One source reports: "They have a ton of technical expertise and they have a lot of sophistication in the way we do business, which helps them get to the bottom of what is often complicated material."

Clients add: "They have good working relationships with the regulators, a deep knowledge of US criminal law and they are able to offer a global reach working with their partners in other regions."

Interviewees further commend the team's "very hands-on and practical advice."

Work highlights Represented Robert Olan, a partner in hedge fund Deerfield Management, in an insider trading case brought by the US Attorney for the SNDY.

Continued to defend Samsung SDI and Samsung SDI America to defend multiple civil antitrust actions, following allegations the company participated in international price-fixing conspiracies in the lithium ion battery and cathode ray tube industries.

Notable practitioners

Clients value Pamela Chepiga's "exceptional breadth of experience" and "good legal instincts," describing her as "very pragmatic and hands-on." She earns particular praise for her defense of banks and wider financial institutions in white-collar and regulatory investigations, alongside additional strengths in a broad range of commercial disputes.

David Esseks offers highly regarded strengths in defending financial institutions and executives against criminal litigation and regulatory investigations, including fraud and antitrust cases. One client reports: "He is very practical and he knows the area of the law inside out. I trust his analysis."

Michael Feldberg is praised by fellow practitioners for his "great judgment" and is labeled a "great boardroom presence." His diverse litigation practice includes strengths in both white-collar criminal and commercial disputes, acting for clients in sectors including financial services, technology and healthcare.

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Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Our Dispute Resolution practice offers:

  • A full-service U.S. litigation practice. The practice serves clients in significant disputes including: financial institutions litigation, antitrust litigation and criminal/cartel investigations, complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, regulatory and white collar defense, corruption investigations and regulatory compliance, international disputes, professional liability, and internal investigations and special investigations for boards.​

  • A deep-bench of experienced trial lawyers. The U.S. litigation practice is led by several senior litigators, who have experience litigating and trying cases in a wide variety of areas, with a special emphasis on the defense of federal criminal and regulatory cases as well as federal and state civil litigation. The practice is driven by several senior litigators who have served in senior positions in the government.

  • Relationships with leading regulatory bodies. The practice is composed of a team of lawyers that have deeply entrenched relationships and first-hand experience dealing with U.S. regulatory agencies.

  • An integrated global firm with unmatched cross-border capability. Allen & Overy is able to call upon the resources of the firm and utilize those close working relationships that exist among our global network, enabling us to provide truly integrated legal services and ensure smooth coordination and closing of cross-border transactions.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Active white-collar practice fielding a strong group of litigators with significant prosecutorial experience. Frequently retained to oversee large-scale internal investigations, as well as defending against external proceedings. Broad expertise covers matters such as money laundering, FCPA violations and healthcare fraud. Criminal practice is complemented by expertise in civil SEC investigations.

Strengths Sources describe BakerHostetler as: "An efficient, well-run firm that puts its clients needs first. The attorneys grasp the issues quickly, are clear on how best to navigate them, and have the acumen, temperament, reputation, and finesse necessary to ensure that we are dealt with fairly and reasonably."

Notable practitioners

John Carney of Baker & Hostetler LLP has a broad white-collar practice with particular expertise in accounting fraud claims, drawing from his past experience as a qualified accountant. Sources single out his "fantastic technical confidence" for particular praise, revealing: "He is a rare-breed attorney who has full understanding the law, full understanding of accounting and knowledge of how they mix."

Lauren Resnick of Baker & Hostetler LLP acts for both corporate clients and high-level executives on a road range of white-collar enforcement and investigation matters, with notable expertise in FCPA claims, securities fraud issues and accounting matters. Sources describe her as "an extremely tenacious and very good advocate," with one client describing her as "one of the smartest people I've ever met."

Clients say that George Stamboulidis of Baker & Hostetler LLP "has the experience and temperament to get results" in litigation matters, with sources praising his "incredibly responsive and efficient" approach. He draws from a wealth of experience in white-collar matters, where he acts for both corporations and executives.

Marc Powers of Baker & Hostetler LLP leads the firm's securities litigation and regulatory enforcement practice and offers considerable strengths in class and derivative actions, M&A disputes and regulatory matters. Clients describe him as a "business-friendly" attorney who "has a wealth of knowledge in his field," with sources valuing his ability to "couch things in a way that businesses can understand."

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Strong litigation practice that is well equipped to handle major commercial proceedings, offering extensive insurance, antitrust and First Amendment expertise and notable experience acting for major financial services and telecommunications companies. Litigates securities cases involving RMBS, CDOs and rate-fixing issues for multiple financial institutions, as well as handling related government investigations. Also defends clients facing regulatory enforcement proceedings, acting for both individuals and corporate entities in areas including financial fraud, money laundering and FCPA matters.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They have an incredible depth of resources, a comprehensive approach and subject matter experts who are excellent litigators. The team's approach is mindful of various internal and external dynamics, and effective and efficient in handling matters."

One client remarks: "The Cahill team has delivered exceptional results for us in litigation. I have a tremendous amount of faith that if I have a challenging case and give it to them, I will get the right outcome."

A source adds: "I have been thrilled with the team. They are excellent professionals, experts in the field and confident enough to be straightforward with us."

Work highlights Advised the DOJ-appointed monitor for Toyota Motors' safety-related compliance processes, in connection with a deferred prosecution agreement entered into with the DOJ following the company's admission that it misled US consumers about problems with its cars over unintended acceleration.

Continued to defend Credit Suisse Group in multiple civil litigation claims over allegations the bank manipulated Libor and other reference rates during the financial crisis.

Successfully defended Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton Operating Corporation, The Sheraton and Westin Hotel Management against a suit brought by Cityfront Hotel Associates and Dream Team Hotel Associates, seeking to enjoin the $13.6 billion merger between Starwood and Marriott International. The plaintiffs alleged the merger would violate area of protection agreements relating to their properties in Chicago and New York.

Notable practitioners

Charles Gilman is a civil litigator with expertise in complex commercial and securities disputes, often acting for a wide range of international banks and other financial service providers. Interviewees highlight his oral advocacy, with one remarking: "He is very clear and concise in his arguments and his thinking."

Herbert Washer is called upon by corporate clients and senior officers and directors for his expertise in securities litigation matters, offering strengths in claims involving securities fraud, accounting matters and price fixing. Clients report: "His counsel is just incredibly valued. He keeps his cool in really difficult situations, and brings reasonable and very smart thinking to any given problem."

Anirudh Bansal focuses on regulatory enforcement and investigations, often representing public companies, international banks and individual clients facing actions by the DOJ, the SEC and FINRA. Interviewees offer particular praise for his advocacy skills, calling him a "stand-up trial lawyer."

Thomas Kavaler is described by clients as a "very accomplished trial lawyer," with sources citing his "very practical" approach as a notable strength. He is an experienced civil litigator who works on a range of commercial disputes, with expertise in areas including intellectual property, product liability and wider class action claims.

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Cahill has a prominent litigation practice with approximately 150 litigators. Our clients operate in an increasingly complex litigation landscape. We handle matters in highly specialized areas including appeals; securities laws; antitrust and trade regulation; insurance and reinsurance; First Amendment and other constitutional law challenges; copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes; communications; bankruptcy litigation; structured finance; anti-corruption law including FCPA and OFAC; as well as complex commercial disputes involving claims of accounting and legal malpractice, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and other business disputes. 

We have recently represented public and private multinational companies, insurers, financial institutions and publishing companies, among others, in a variety of complex commercial disputes and in regulatory and enforcement situations. We are also proud to be considered "the litigator's litigator," the firm that a number of the country's largest and most successful law firms have chosen to defend them in high-stakes securities and professional responsibility claims.

Among our litigators are former law clerks at the federal trial and appellate levels, including the Supreme Court of the United States, and lawyers who joined Cahill following distinguished careers in the SEC, DOJ, Department of the Treasury and other federal and state bodies.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Accomplished practice that combines extensive experience in white-collar defense and securities disputes with notable commercial litigation capabilities. Highlighted for its impressive global reach, which allows it to regularly act on cross-border investigations and civil disputes. Leverages its high-level partner experience at the SEC to offer a wealth of expertise in regulatory proceedings, internal investigations and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Counts a number of leading banks and wider financial institutions among its illustrious client base, alongside roles acting for major corporates and senior officers and directors.

Strengths Sources observe: "You think the partners are the great ones, but then the associates also blow you away. What distinguishes them is that they are not afraid to litigate and take positions which are adverse to the government; they know how to draw the line in the sand and litigate when it needs to be done."

A client adds: "In litigation, particularly in derivatives litigation, they have a very, very strong team. On the law and the facts they were very strong; I've been thrilled with the work product."

One source remarks: "They did a spectacular job. They were very efficient and they came in with a thoughtful approach."

Work highlights Retained by Bosch to handle governmental investigations and related civil litigation claims arising out of claims that Volkswagen used equipment supplied by the company to manipulate vehicle emissions tests.

Successfully defended Miles Nadal, former CEO of MDC Partners, in a securities class action filed following MDC’s announcement of an ongoing SEC investigation into its disclosures concerning Nadal’s compensation and MDC’s goodwill accounting.

Assisted Goldman Sachs in defending a consolidated putative class action claim brought against multiple foreign exchange dealers, alleging an antitrust conspiracy based on the alleged manipulation of the WM/Reuters benchmark exchange rates for a broad range of currencies.

Notable practitioners

Mitchell Lowenthal is recognized as a senior statesman of the securities litigation Bar with deep experience appearing in trial and appellate proceedings, including before the Delaware Chancery Court. Sources say: "He is a brilliant, brilliant lawyer. He thinks about the issues in a way that is so deep and multidimensional that there really is no parallel."

David Brodsky is a formidable white-collar litigator, with clients who call upon his outstanding strengths in enforcement and investigations resulting from alleged market manipulation, bribery, foreign corrupt payments and banking related exposure. He has particular expertise in insider trading cases. Sources say: "He's just very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. From the client perspective, he instills confidence. He knows the financial markets extremely well."

Lewis Liman earns impressive praise for his "awesome pedigree" in litigation work, with interviewees labeling him as "effective in front of judges" and "intellectually gifted." He has a broad practice which covers both criminal and civil litigation, offering excellent strengths in defending governmental enforcement actions, handling investigations and advising clients on securities disputes.

The "unflappable" Lev Dassin is acclaimed for his "great judgment" and his "even-keeled" approach in high-stakes disputes. He is held in particularly high regard for his credentials in white-collar matters, regularly representing corporations and individuals facing actions by the DOJ, the CFTC and other global regulators.

Meredith Kotler represents financial advisers, investment funds and underwriters in securities class actions, with significant experience defending clients in state and federal courts. She earns praise for her "hands-on" approach to client concerns, with fellow practitioners describing her as "very smart."

Thomas Moloney is a highly experienced litigator, drawing from over four decades of experience handling a wide array of commercial disputes. He earns particular praise for his adroit handling of matters arising from the Madoff investment scandal, with interviewees praising his ability to "pick out what issues will appeal to a judge."

Lawrence Friedman is experienced in a wide array of commercial disputes, including intellectual property issues, advertising matters and wider corporate litigation. Clients describe him as a "dedicated and efficient team manager with good client relationships skills." He currently serves as the firm's general counsel.

Victor Hou is an "incredibly talented lawyer and has the ability to get to the heart of a matter quickly and efficiently," according to sources, who also point out his "extremely good judgment." His litigation and investigations practice features strength in FCPA matters, financial fraud cases and wider regulatory actions brought by the DOJ, the SEC and FINRA.

Breon Peace has a broad white-collar defense practice which includes significant strengths in fraud and insider trading cases, where he defends a range of leading corporations and senior executives. Clients say: "Breon is particularly good at developing a strong rapport with US regulators and the DOJ in particular. He has that added level of credibility; he is well known and respected."

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Clifford Chance US LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Acts for multinational corporations, financial institutions and senior company executives in litigation and investigations alleging violations of the FCPA, securities regulations and other statutes. Strong enforcement practice, bolstered by a notable group of former federal prosecutors. Extensive global platform sees it frequently retained in cross-border proceedings.

Strengths Clients say: "They are exactly who you should call for complex litigation matters or sensitive regulatory investigations."

Sources add: "They are very strong and they do high-quality work."

Work highlights Represented former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb to defend against criminal charges alleging he made corrupt payments over the sale of commercial rights to TV coverage of various soccer tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup.

Defended former Alston executive Lawrence Hoskins following an indictment charging him with FCPA violations, stemming from the alleged bribery of Indonesian government officials by a third party agent hired by Alstom's US subsidiary.

Notable practitioners

Robert Houck primarily defends major financial sector professionals and institutions facing securities litigation matters, alongside significant experience in handling regulatory issues with the SEC. Clients say: "Rob provides practical, business-focused advice, exceptional client service and superior judgment. He is a pleasure to work with."

Christopher Morvillo earns impressive praise for his "very powerful intellect" and "very good judgment," with sources describing him as "extremely good with clients." His white-collar practice features expertise in areas including healthcare fraud, FCPA violations, insider trading and wider financial fraud claims.

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Cohen & Gresser LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Recognized for its strong regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, calling upon a talented pool of litigators with a wealth of governmental experience. Regularly advises individuals and corporations on fraud, money laundering and insider trading allegations, calling upon an expert financial services practice to offer particular strengths in FINRA and SEC proceedings. Growing international presence further strengthens its handling of cross-border proceedings.

Strengths Sources say: "They're a very high-quality firm. They are very smart, very capable people who are very dedicated to their clients."

Another adds: "They have great judgment and they are excellent lawyers."

Work highlights Retained by Vanja Baros, a former analyst for Och-Ziff Capital Management's European subsidiary, to defend against a suit brought by the SEC charging him with FCPA and Investment Advisers Act violations.

Notable practitioners

Mark Cohen comes highly recommended for his representation of senior executives in white-collar litigation, alongside wider expertise acting for corporates facing civil and criminal disputes work. Sources say: "He is an excellent trial lawyer with great strategic and tactical judgment."

Jonathan Abernethy is "an extremely energetic lawyer who is extraordinarily responsive," according to interviewees, who also point out his "analytic and strategic" approach. He works on criminal and civil litigation and regulatory investigations, earning praise for his strengths representing senior employees and institutions in the financial services sector.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Go-to practice for life science companies under investigation by domestic and international regulatory bodies, routinely advising clients on areas including financial crime, international trade issues and tax fraud matters. Its client base also includes high-profile political figures, technology companies and financial institutions. Highlighted for its extensive courtroom experience, as well as its strong bench of former government attorneys.

Strengths One client remarks: "We are very happy with the outcome. They are well prepared, very knowledgeable and well organized."

Work highlights Represented David Samson, former chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in a public corruption suit, alleging he pressured United Airlines to reinstate flights between Newark and his second home near Columbia, South Carolina by delaying the Port Authority board's consideration of the construction of a maintenance hangar for United at Newark airport.

Continued to advise Valeant Pharmaceuticals in DOJ and Congressional investigations in connection with price increases for certain products, Valeant’s relationship with a specialty pharmacy Philidor Rx and other patent assistance programs and distribution issues.

Notable practitioners

Alan Vinegrad is a criminal and civil litigator who has a wealth of experience in defending clients against regulatory actions, often acting on behalf of international banks and their employees. Clients offer notable praise for his abilities in technically complex cases, revealing: "Nobody gets into a record and learns the case better than Alan."

Nancy Kestenbaum is described as "very smart" and "a very talented lawyer" by fellow practitioners, who note her excellent handling of white-collar litigation matters. She earns particular praise for her expertise in investigatory matters, with recent work including conducting investigations into historic sexual abuse allegations at educational institutions.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for First-class player across an impressive breadth of big-ticket disputes, acclaimed for its standout reputation in defending suits brought against issuers, auditors and financial institutions in securities matters. Demonstrates excellent abilities in wider commercial litigation, frequently acting on multibillion-dollar breach of contract claims as well as matters such as malpractice suits and class actions. Also highly esteemed for its strengths defending government enforcement and investigations involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies. Calls upon a formidable roster of talented litigators, offering extensive expertise in trial and appellate proceedings.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The firm has an impressive litigation and investigation practice which offers high-value services."

Clients reveal: "I think the team is incredibly strong. They are very tactical in their thinking, very diligent and provide very good client service."

Another adds: "Davis Polk handles our biggest and most difficult matters. It's a wonderful and fantastic relationship. The level of coordination within the firm is also exemplary."

Work highlights Retained by Cisco Systems to handle investigations conducted by the SEC and DOJ into potential breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, arising out of the firm's business activities in Russia and the wider CIS region.

Successfully defended The Bank of New York Mellon and certain of its directors and officers in a shareholder litigation claim, following allegations that the bank defrauded customers in connection with its standing instruction foreign exchange trading practices.

Represented Albemarle Corporation to defend a claim brought by Huntsman Corporation, alleging fraud and breach of contract arising out of a $1 billion sale of a chemical business.

Notable practitioners

Denis McInerney is praised by clients for his government investigations practice and expert knowledge of federal agencies, with his standing in the market considerably bolstered by his former high-powered roles within the DOJ. Clients say: "He is one of the most talented and detail-oriented attorneys I have ever worked with. He digs into the heart of a matter and rolls his sleeves up."

Lawrence Portnoy is noted for his trial experience and his strengths in shareholder litigation, with an array of leading financial institutions and corporations calling upon his excellent skills in securities claims. Clients describe him as "a tough litigator," appreciating his "great instincts" in disputes work.

James Rouhandeh is head of the firm's litigation department and primarily handles securities litigation matters, earning impressive praise for his deft touch and strong defense of individuals, financial institutions and corporates facing high-stakes derivative and class action claims. Sources report: "He is a very thoughtful and nuanced strategist on how to maneuver clients into the right position. He knows when the time is right to settle and knows how to negotiate, without letting the temperature rise."

The "terrific" Martine Beamon earns impressive praise for her "sophisticated judgment, pragmatic analysis and engaging personality." She acts for corporate clients and individuals in a variety of criminal and civil disputes, with notable expertise in FCPA investigations.

Charles Duggan enjoys a strong reputation for his "encyclopedic understanding of securities laws," with fellow practitioners labeling him "a very thoughtful and creative lawyer." He handles a range of securities class actions, with strengths defending companies, underwriters and senior executives.

Edmund Polubinski primarily handles complex securities litigation, acting for clients such as international financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies defending class and derivative actions. Sources describe him as "superb" and highlight his "excellent judgment."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished litigation practice which offers extensive civil and criminal litigation capabilities. Go-to firm for major litigation in fields as diverse as education, energy and pharmaceuticals, fielding particular strength in the representation of insurance companies and private equity funds. Expert handling of criminal and civil investigations conducted by agencies such as the DOJ, attorneys general and the SEC, complemented by significant experience in securities class actions and commercial litigation. Counts a number of former governmental luminaries among its impressive stable of litigators.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "They are very strong, strategic and extremely thoughtful. They're unusually smart, which above all else distinguishes them."

Clients add: "Debevoise has always provided a high level of service and remains very client service oriented."

A source notes: "I have been extremely pleased with the service provided by Debevoise. I have no doubt that they are leaders in the market."

Work highlights Acted alongside its London offices to defend Rolls-Royce in a long-running global investigation concerning allegations of bribery and corruption involving intermediaries in overseas markets. The firm successfully negotiated a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ and the UK's Serious Fraud Office and secured a leniency agreement from Brazil's Ministério Público Federal.

Advised HRG Group, Fidelity Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Raven Reinsurance and Front Street Re on defending a claim brought by a putative class of annuitants, alleging the defendants engineered a series of fraudulent reinsurance transactions to inflate Fidelity's financial condition in its financial statements.

Defended Russian bank Sberbank against claims brought by the former owner of Russia's largest granite company, following allegations the bank conspired to take over ownership of the company and steal hundreds of millions of dollars from the company and its owner in connection with the bank's foreclosure of loan obligations and sales of company assets.

Notable practitioners

Mary Jo White is a doyenne of the white-collar Bar and "a towering figure" in the litigation market, earning acclaim for her outstanding knowledge in defending government enforcement and handling sensitive investigations. Her prestigious reputation in the market is considerably enhanced by her prior role as chair of the SEC and as the US Attorney for the SDNY. Fellow practitioners observe: "She's incredibly smart and she works very hard. She can do anything, she's just remarkable - there's nobody like Mary Jo."

Bruce Yannett commands respect for his formidable skills in litigation matters, regularly representing clients facing in investigations and high-stakes government enforcement proceedings. He offers particular expertise acting for clients accused of FCPA violations. Clients point out his ability to "generate trust quite quickly," describing him as "very down-to-earth and approachable."

Andrew Ceresney enjoys an excellent reputation in the litigation market, drawing from a wealth of experience gained in prosecutorial roles at the SEC and in the US Attorney's Office for the SDNY. Fellow practitioners laud him for his "compendious knowledge of the facts" and his "extraordinary memory," describing him as "a marquee name" in the market.

John Kiernan's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, representing clients in areas including intellectual property disputes, business tort claims and defending wider class actions. Sources point out his "excellent reputation" in the market, describing him as "thoughtful and intellectual."

Interviewees describe Matthew Fishbein as "unflappable" in his defense of clients facing enforcement actions, with sources revealing he is "enormously respected by the government." He offers well-honed trial skills for clients facing significant litigation matters, acting for leading corporates and individuals.

Mark Goodman cochairs the firm's commercial litigation group and has broad strengths across contract and fraud disputes. Clients describe him as an "accomplished and experienced litigator," adding: "He picks a strategy and wrestles with the argument. He is very analytical and also a good team player."

Helen Cantwell is described as "incredibly bright and sharp" by fellow practitioners, who praise her ability to "get up to speed lightning fast." Her broad white-collar practice features strengths in governmental and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement by the SEC and DOJ and advising clients on crisis management matters.

Maura Monaghan is characterized as "an effective communicator and a creative and flexible problem solver" by clients, who reveal that "she's always the smartest person in the room." She cochairs the firm's commercial litigation practice, offering strengths across major class actions and claims concerning environmental law, product liability issues and healthcare matters.

Maeve O'Connor works on securities class actions and derivative disputes, alongside expertise counseling clients on corporate governance issues. Sources describe her as an "outstanding litigator and a pleasure to deal with."

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Dechert LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Renowned for the depth of its white-collar defense practice and notable bench of experienced civil and criminal litigators. Recognized as a go-to practice for individuals facing external investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as acting for major banks and global corporations. Frequently retained on cross-border matters, including investigations conducted by foreign regulators. Also highlighted for its strong securities practice, which includes acting on high-stakes mutual fund disputes, M&A litigation and derivative actions.

Strengths Clients say: "The team as a whole was very good. They were very business-oriented and practical in their advice."

Sources also describe the group as "very responsive to client needs" and praises their "excellent workmanship and efficient deployment of resources."

Work highlights Continued to advise former New Jersey Governor and MF Global CEO Jon Corzine on civil and criminal litigation and investigations arising from the high-profile collapse of MF Global. Most recently, the firm negotiated a settlement of an enforcement action brought against him by the CFTC.

Advised the underwriters of Revance Therapeutics' follow-on offering, including Cowen & Co, Piper Jaffray, William Blair & Co and BMO Capital Markets, on a putative class action claim brought by stock purchasers. The plaintiffs allege Revance's registration statement contained misleading statements and omissions concerning progress in the clinical trials for a potential product.

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"Superstar" Andrew Levander is lauded as "one of the great lawyers of our generation" by fellow practitioners, who hail his "remarkable work in front of the court." He is a renowned white-collar and securities litigator who represents high-profile individuals, corporations and investment firms in their most complex disputes and regulatory investigations. Sources report: "He's the best lawyer in the city. I've run out of adjectives for him - he's two steps ahead of everybody; he knows what's coming and he's ready for it."

David Kelley is a leading figure in the criminal defense and investigations Bar, regularly defending clients such as audit committees and international corporations in major governmental litigation. Clients describe him as "very proactive," with one source reporting: "He communicates well and is aggressive in his representation of our company."

Jonathan Streeter offers particular expertise in insider trading cases, as part of a broader white-collar practice. Fellow practitioners highlight the value of his prosecutorial experience, revealing: "He was good as a prosecutor and he has managed to translate all his skills as a prosecutor into his practice as a defense attorney. He's a very client-friendly and very driven lawyer."

Matthew Larrabee serves as chair of the firm's global litigation group and is based across its San Francisco and New York offices. He often represents investors and corporate clients in a wide range of securities disputes. Clients say: "He has an unquestionable knowledge base and an extremely good demeanor. His bedside manner is great, and he's very knowledgeable and articulate when presenting to court."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly skilled in multijurisdictional commercial and white-collar criminal litigation. Frequently sought after by financial institutions for its expertise in insider trading and accounting fraud investigations, as well as acting for a broad client base on matters such as antitrust disputes, product liability issues and M&A litigation. Strong New York bench complemented by an impressive global platform that sees the firm regularly act on large-scale investigations into issues such as market manipulation. Leverages strengths in its transactional and restructuring practice groups to offer a holistic risk management and dispute resolution service.

Strengths Sources remark: "They provide innovative solutions."

One client adds: "It's become a very deep team with tons of talent."

Work highlights Retained by Volkswagen Group to lead its global defense of proceedings arising from its emissions scandal. Most recently, the firm advised on the resolution of criminal claims brought by the government against the company.

Advised affiliates of ExxonMobil and Shell to bring claims against Nigerian National Petroleum, seeking the enforcement of a multibillion-dollar arbitral award.

Notable practitioners

The "world-class" Aaron Marcu is one of the country's leading white-collar specialists, with sources offering particular praise for his "first-rate" skills in handling regulatory investigations for both corporate clients and financial institutions. Clients say: "He is just fantastic. He is the kind of lawyer whose number you keep in your wallet. He is very, very experienced."

Adam Siegel is described as "very smart and very experienced," with sources offering particular praise for his "very pragmatic" demeanor. His white-collar practice features significant strengths in FCPA matters, where his clients label him "a genuine expert in the field."

Benito Romano is proficient in white-collar litigation disputes and both internal and governmental investigations, offering expertise in areas including securities fraud, criminal antitrust and wider financial fraud claims. His clients include major corporates, international banks and senior officers and directors.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Notable strength in criminal and civil investigations and enforcement proceedings, drawing on its strong bench of former prosecutors and experienced litigators. Regularly defends financial services clients in multijurisdictional actions, alongside roles for high-profile individuals and public sector entities. Also acts on complex commercial litigation for an impressive range of clients, acting on matters including real estate, insurance and bankruptcy disputes.

Strengths Clients report: "The Fried Frank team has been constantly excellent. They're well respected by regulators, colleagues and the marketplace."

One source adds: "They have been very responsive, flexible and have provided excellent service."

Interviewees report: "They are very well liked by their clients. They are consistently very smart, hard-working, organized, and they really staff their teams leanly, making their work more economical for their clients."

Work highlights Retained by the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections to assist with an investigation by the New York City Department of Investigation and wider governmental entities into the alleged personal use of City vehicles and the Department of Corrections' alleged illegal monitoring of telephone calls between inmates and the Department of Investigation.

Defended Vanderbilt Capital Advisors against a suit brought by the Indiana State Insurance Commissioner on behalf of policyholders and creditors of the now-defunct Standard Life Insurance Company of Indiana, in litigation arising out of Vanderbilt's role as the company's portfolio manager.

Notable practitioners

Evan Barr has attained an impressive reputation in the market for his credentials in defending high-profile government enforcement actions, offering experience in areas including public corruption, antitrust and financial fraud allegations. Clients say: "He is multidimensional and he can implement a lot of different litigation strategies. Some lawyers are exceptional at using the sledgehammer, but Evan can also use the scalpel. He is tactical and strategic."

Peers reveal that Lawrence Gerschwer is "very good on his feet," with sources citing his "great judgment" and "good credibility with the government" as key strengths. He has a wealth of experience defending individuals and corporate clients facing complex financial fraud claims, as part of a broad white-collar practice.

Steven Witzel heads the firm's white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement practice group and has considerable experience defending individuals and corporations before the DOJ, the SEC and other government agencies. Clients say: "He has an impressive depth of expertise, instincts, advice and pitch-perfect tactical choices."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Preeminent litigation practice that offers top-quality work on an impressive range of bet-the-company civil and criminal disputes. Much admired for its experienced bench of litigators, fielding extensive trial and appellate expertise. Expertly handles cross-border investigations and defends high-profile enforcement actions involving multiple regulators. Regularly handles high-stakes securities disputes such as RMBS litigation, as well as advising public companies on derivative suits and class actions. Acts for an impressive roster of clients, including industry-leading technology companies and financial institutions, as well as prominent political figures.

Strengths One client remarks: "Gibson Dunn is an outstanding firm. It has the resources, ability and talent to handle any type of litigation matter. The lawyers have a remarkable ability to make clients feel like their matter is the only one they are working on."

Another adds: "They are very experienced professionals. Very responsive, on top of everything and extremely well connected."

Sources report: "They are fantastic lawyers, very smart, very good in court and they do very good written work."

Work highlights Represented Facebook before the New York Court of Appeals to challenge the legality of 381 search warrants for user data brought by the New York District Attorney.

Advised Patriarch Partners and CEO Lynn Tilton on defending an administrative proceeding launched by the SEC, alleging they reported misleading values for assets held by three CLO funds and failed to disclose a conflict of interest arising from Tilton's undisclosed approach to categorization of assets.

Retained by Hyperloop Technologies to defend against claims brought against the company by its cofounder and several former executives, alleging violations of state labor laws, wrongful termination, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. The firm successfully negotiated a global settlement for all claims.

Notable practitioners

Randy Mastro is a renowned trial lawyer with razor-sharp trial skills, regularly defending leading corporations and high-profile individuals in complex commercial and wider civil litigation. Clients say: "Randy is the best; he's one of the top litigators in the country and he can take on anybody. He is always fully prepared, and can synthesize and master the facts of a case quicker than anyone I've ever met. He's so persuasive and has a great mind."

Orin Snyder is a leading trial lawyer with broad experience across breach of contract, fraud and defamation matters. He is widely recognized for his expertise in entertainment industry disputes. One client remarks: "He is just a very, very talented trial lawyer but also someone who is a great litigator and very strategic. He is the perfect storm."

Mark Kirsch earns praise from clients for his "very good strategic sense" and "fantastic" cross-examination skills. He is held in high regard for his securities litigation expertise, regularly representing asset managers, investment firms and major corporates facing shareholder claims.

Reed Brodsky earns impressive praise for his "pragmatic and efficient approach" and his "credibility with regulators," with clients valuing his ability in "cutting through and getting to the solution." He offers in-depth expertise across a broad spectrum of white-collar matters, with notable abilities in defending SEC and DOJ enforcement actions.

Joel Cohen cochairs the firm's white-collar defense and investigations practice group. He is highlighted for his expertise in providing counsel on regulatory and criminal issues to major international banks, as part of a broad white-collar practice. Clients describe him as "very, very smart and very knowledgeable."

Lawrence Zweifach is "a very creative lawyer" who is "smart and 100% dedicated to clients," according to fellow practitioners. He has significant expertise defending regulatory actions, counseling a range of individuals and corporates against enforcement and investigations by the SEC, DOJ and CFTC.

Alexander Southwell garners praise for his white-collar defense and government enforcement practice, with interviewees describing him as a "really thoughtful and impressive guy" who is "careful to think of our business needs." He works on investigations and litigation arising in areas including financial fraud, corruption and cybersecurity concerns.

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Goodwin - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Draws on the significant expertise in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings of its notable bench of former federal prosecutors and trial lawyers. Also noted for its expert corporate governance practice and strength in handling internal investigations. Offers considerable abilities in securities litigation, acting for clients such as technology companies, banks, underwriters and REITs in M&A litigation, RMBS disputes and wider class and derivative actions.

Strengths Clients say: "They're attentive to our needs, very quick to respond and proactively seek business-friendly solutions."

Interviewees report: "It's an excellent team. They are savvy, have credibility with the regulators and they back it up with trial capability."

One source adds: "The team has been fantastic. We've received quality lawyering with insightful strategy discussions, clear and consistent communication, and no surprises."

Work highlights Advised Fort Schuyler Management and Fuller Road Management on criminal investigations by the US Attorney for the SNDY and the New York Attorney General into possible corruption by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other officials in connection with economic development efforts in upstate New York.

Retained by the underwriting syndicate of a secondary offering of ARIAD Phamaceuticals in a securities class action alleging the offering materials failed to disclose adverse clinical trial results for a new cancer drug and misstatements and omissions over the drug's allegedly adverse health effects. The firm successfully dismissed the case at trial and affirmed the dismissal before the First Circuit.

Notable practitioners

Richard Strassberg is a leading white-collar litigator who represents high-profile executives, financial institutions and major corporations facing regulatory enforcement proceedings, with strengths in areas including FCPA violations, securities fraud cases and wider financial litigation. Clients say: "He is incredibly well regarded and for good reason. He is an amazing trial attorney who is very responsive, very agile and creative. He is a former prosecutor, which really sets him apart. He spends time in the courtroom and is quick on his feet."

Brian Pastuszenski cochairs the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice group and is described by interviewees as "very tactical and strategic." He frequently represents underwriter syndicates and wider financial institutions in securities class and derivative actions, alongside roles acting for clients facing SEC investigations and litigation.

Derek Cohen is a criminal and and civil trial litigator who is noted for his experience at trial, with sources labeling him "a formidable courtroom presence." He offers strengths in defending cases that include insider trading, corruption and healthcare fraud. Interviewees report: "He's extraordinarily savvy and very skilled in a courtroom; you would not want to try a case against him."

William Harrington specializes in white-collar investigations and prosecutions, offering notable strengths in the healthcare space. Sources highlight his courtroom expertise, with one remarking: "He hit a home run in front of the jury. He just handled it magnificently."

Mark Holland represents investment banks, underwriter syndicates and wider financial sector clients facing major securities litigation matters, including notable experience defending class actions. One client says: "He made the issues understandable from a legal standpoint so we could make decisions from a board standpoint."

Marshall Fishman enjoys an excellent reputation for his credentials in securities disputes, offering a wealth of expertise in advising financial institutions in a wide array of civil litigation claims. Clients value his strong advocacy skills, with one remarking: "If I have to go into battle he is the one I want in my foxhole; he is smart, aggressive, client-friendly and sensitive about the key issues."

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Esteemed white-collar defense practice with particular experience in financial fraud matters, regularly seen defending clients in investigations and enforcement actions launched by the SEC, FINRA, the CFTC and wider financial market regulators. Demonstrates wider strengths in international corruption claims, including FCPA violations, export control issues and breaches of international sanctions.

Strengths One client says: "The thing I like about Hughes Hubbard is that they are very pragmatic when it comes to ending litigation and they understand our ethos. I like their pragmatic, client-focused attitude."

Sources describe the team as "very responsive, innovative, practical."

Work highlights Defended former J.P. Morgan trader Julien Grout against criminal and civil charges arising out of the London Whale scandal, following allegations that Grout and a fellow trader falsified records to understate losses to senior bank executives in the USA.

Notable practitioners

Edward Little is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal cases and government investigations, with notable expertise in acting for financial sector professionals. Sources offer praise for his "terrific demeanor and great courtroom skills," with clients adding: "He is very personable and easy to work with, and his experience in his field is extensive."

Marc Weinstein is a "truly brilliant and unflappable attorney," according to his clients, who offer praise for his "great knowledge of substantive litigation issues." He defends financial institutions, international corporations and high-profile employees against civil and criminal charges.

William Maguire has substantial experience defending securities litigation claims, with notable expertise in acting for accounting firms and international banks. Clients say: "He has all the right skills for complicated cases," noting his "great judgment, ton of experience and tremendous advocacy."

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Kobre & Kim - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Prominent litigation boutique that provides individual and institutional clients with top-flight representation in high-profile white-collar investigations and litigation. Criminal defense offering complemented by extensive cross-border expertise and courtroom experience, as part of a broader commercial disputes practice. Regularly defends clients from proceedings conducted by bodies such as the SEC and CFTC.

Strengths Sources say: "They have built themselves into a powerhouse with focused, effective and efficient representation."

Clients add: "Their written work is amazingly good and their strategic thinking really is a cut above."

Peers report: "They are good, sophisticated lawyers. They can handle difficult matters and get good results for their clients."

Notable practitioners

Michael Kim is described by sources as "hyper responsive" and "very insightful." He works on complex civil and criminal litigation and government investigations, including fraud and bankruptcy disputes.

Steven Kobre acts for clients in government investigations and prosecutions, calling upon his extensive expertise defending individuals and corporates against enforcement from a wide array of governmental regulators. One client remarks: "He is very smart and terrific with clients. He is a real people person who puts clients at ease."

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Maintains its strong reputation for white-collar criminal litigation and sophisticated regulatory matters, boasting an impressive success rate in defending criminal defense cases at trial. Houses a strong bench of expert litigators with an excellent pedigree in acting for individuals in high-stakes external investigations and defending regulatory enforcement actions. Also acts on an impressive range of commercial matters, including product liability cases, breach of contract actions and accounting malpractice claims.

Strengths Clients say: "They're excellent litigators who are thorough and strategic."

Sources add: "They are good advisers and zealous and aggressive advocates. They give reasoned advice and fight when needed. Their reputation is a huge plus too."

Interviewees add: "They have assembled a really good team that covers all the angles. It's the right team with the right experts."

Work highlights Defended professional gambler William Walters against claims brought by federal prosecutors alleging he participated in an insider trading scheme.

Secured a $250 million settlement for consumer packaged goods companies including H.J. Heinz and The Dial, following an antitrust class action against News Corporation and affiliated co-defendants alleging that the defendants monopolized the third-party in-store promotions market.

Notable practitioners

Barry Berke continues to be regarded as one of the foremost white-collar defense lawyers in the market. He enjoys an excellent reputation born out of his high-profile roles defending leading political, business and legal figures in criminal litigation and government investigations. Clients value his pragmatic approach and extensive experience, with one interviewee remarking: "He has a lot of wisdom because he has done so many cases. He has such a good, practical sense of how to handle things."

Gary Naftalis has a stellar reputation for his trial skills, with a wealth of knowledge acting for clients in civil and criminal litigation disputes. Clients say: "Working with him is an excellent experience. His strength is his common sense and unbelievable intelligence and knowledge of the law. He is also fantastic at explaining legal issues to non-legal professionals."

Michael Dell is described by his clients as "very collaborative, always available and very smart." He handles civil litigation for financial institutions and executive officers, offering specialist skills in securities fraud and auditor liability cases.

The "frighteningly intelligent" Paul Schoeman is a white-collar litigator who has a strong reputation for his defense of senior executives and financial institutions, with noted expertise in insider trading cases. Clients appreciate his ability to "cut to the heart of things."

John Coffey is "excellent on his feet and has great instincts," according to his clients. He defends financial institutions, public corporations and their employees in securities class actions, leveraging his extensive prior experience as a plaintiff-side securities litigator.

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Kramer Levin lawyers have taken on and won precedent-setting federal and state court cases and bet-the-company matters, handling trials and appeals, and resolving disputes through arbitration, mediation and negotiated settlement. Our litigators are regarded as trial-ready, formidable opponents, which often enables us to resolve cases advantageously without litigation. We are also known for our success in achieving early case dismissal through skillful motion practice.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Consistently demonstrates strength in high-stakes civil litigation, including disputes arising out of M&A, major bankruptcy disputes and class actions. Attracts a strong roster of multinational corporates across a range of industries, as well as leading financial institutions. Expert securities practice draws on extensive trial experience and regulatory capabilities, fielding particular strength in the representation of accounting and audit firms. Strong bench of former government attorneys and broad global network allows it to act on high-profile investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Strengths One client says: "The several Latham teams I worked with were excellent from top to bottom. The litigation partners displayed excellent responsiveness and superb practical judgment."

Sources further praise the litigation group's "exceptional client service and depth of resources."

One commentator adds: "I have a great deal of confidence in the Latham team. They have fantastic judgment and a deep bench. We trust them with our most difficult problems."

Work highlights Retained by Deutsche Bank to negotiate a settlement with the DOJ, following an investigation under FIRREA related to the issuance and underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

Successfully defended individual directors of Books-A-Million in a shareholder class action in the Delaware Court of Chacery, seeking to challenge a take-private transaction by the controlling shareholder. The firm subsequently appeared in the Delaware Supreme Court to affirm the dismissal of the case.

Advised Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals to bring a patent infringement claim against Prazair, in connection with Praxair's abbreviated new drug application to market a generic version of Mallinckrodt’s INOmax product.

Notable practitioners

James Brandt has a civil litigation practice which covers complex commercial disputes for major financial institutions and leading corporations. Interviewees remark: "He has superior business judgment and understands what is best for his client. He is very responsive, has great instincts and is very good at managing cases in an efficient matter."

Christopher Clark serves as global cochair of the firm's financial institutions industry group. He represents senior executives, funds and corporations in regulatory and criminal investigations and has particular expertise in insider trading cases. Sources report: "He is this perfect mix of intellect and aggression. When you want to go out and fight, you want the guy leading the charge to be that smart and that tough."

Richard Owens is "very responsive" and "thorough," according to his clients. He focuses his practice on white-collar crime and government enforcement, with considerable experience defending financial institutions facing investigations by the DOJ.

Miles Ruthberg is a securities litigator who earns impressive praise for his expertise in accounting liability matters. Interviewees describe him as "very practical and business minded," with sources pointing out his "impeccable judgment" as a notable strength.

Andrew Clubok handles securities litigation, with skills in class actions and shareholder derivative cases. He attracts clients from a wide variety of industries, including financial service providers and technology companies. Clients say: "He is definitely able to take matters through litigation and appeal but is also able to think about business interests."

Joseph Serino represents an array of financial services providers in securities litigation, including broker-dealers and investment banks. He offers additional strengths in wider commercial litigation claims, including insurance, privacy and antitrust matters.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for High-level corporate litigation practice that offers deep understanding of complex financial markets and instruments. Acts for clients such as private equity funds, global investment banks and individual investors on a range of securities and commercial disputes, including cases involving asset-backed securities and CDOs. Offers solid strengths in white-collar matters, often advising on investigations and enforcement actions in disputes concerning FCPA violations, criminal antitrust, securities fraud and wider financial fraud claims.

Strengths One client reports: "They know our business extremely well and are highly collaborative. We were delighted with the work."

Sources add: "They take a very thoughtful approach, they have good judgment and their papers are extremely good."

Clients report: "They operate well as a team and are respectful and client-oriented."

Work highlights Advised American Renal Associates on DOJ and SEC inquiries into alleged healthcare fraud and misstatements in its financial reports, in connection with enrolling patients in Affordable Care Act plans with the assistance of charitable premium payments.

Successfully defended Hartford Funds Management and Hartford Investment Financial Services against a $700 million claim brought by plaintiff investors, alleging that Hartford had delegated substantially all of its investment management services to the subadvisers for six Hartford mutual funds while retaining the majority of the funds’ management fees.

Defended Broadcast Music against copyright licensing claims brought by ESPN seeking to reduce the fees it pays to BMI for its performing rights license, arguing that the industry-standard percentage of revenue rate structure inappropriately forces an unwanted and undeserved partnership with BMI.

Notable practitioners

George Canellos is considered a leading light in the defense of financial institutions and executives against business-critical regulatory enforcement actions, famed for his expert handling of claims and investigations launched by the SEC. Interviewees describe him as "an extremely intelligent, highly analytical and creative guy," with sources reporting: "There is basically nothing in the white-collar world that he hasn't faced before. He is someone who can speak authoritatively to a lot of different things, so it's very easy to get practical advice from him."

Scott Edelman has a broad litigation practice which covers commercial, securities and regulatory disputes. Clients characterize him as "a very talented and intelligent lawyer," adding that "he is fluent in the details but understands the big picture." He is currently serving as chair of the firm.

Antonia Apps is a former prosecutor with a deep understanding of insider trading cases, as part of a broad practice representing corporations, funds and individuals in white-collar investigations and enforcement. Sources highlight her "brilliant legal mind," adding: "She is capable of explaining complex legal concepts clearly to management and she is credible with regulators because she used to be one."

Sean Murphy is described as a "great database" by his clients, who point out his extensive knowledge of previous cases and rulings. He is a securities disputes specialist and represents corporations and financial service providers in class action litigation and SEC proceedings.

James Cavoli earns praise for his "pitch-perfect tone" in litigation work, with clients also highlighting his "very impressive case knowledge and strong client focus." His practice features notable strengths in governmental investigations and regulatory investigations.

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Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is one of the few law firms that leading corporations and financial institutions throughout the world actively seek out to handle their most important, financially significant and difficult litigation and arbitration matters. Milbank lawyers represent clients across the spectrum of business disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions, proxy battles, international and domestic financings, corporate restructurings, securities offerings, class action defense, and real estate workouts. Our white-collar criminal practice assists corporations in the defense of criminal and regulatory proceedings and discreetly handles highly sensitive internal investigations of potential wrongdoing by corporate insiders.


Milbank litigators handle the full range of litigation and arbitration matters, including complex adversarial proceedings. We regularly represent companies in “bet the company” cases and are frequently called on to manage multi-jurisdictional litigation.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Accomplished group of trial lawyers with broad civil litigation expertise, which includes handling high-value privacy, IP and product liability disputes. Regularly defends against class actions, as well as offering strong criminal defense capabilities. Popular choice of counsel for US-based and international corporations under investigation by multiple regulators, drawing on strength in areas such as FCPA, insider trading and sanctions violations. Acts for an impressive roster of technology giants, alongside roles for major retail companies, manufacturers and financial institutions.

Strengths Clients say: "They are extremely business-minded and wonderful partners. They are efficient, effective and provide actionable advice."

Another commentator adds: "The team's bench is full of people who have deep experience with the DOJ. That is invaluable."

Sources add: "They're very strong at strategic analysis and thinking about it in a global way."

Work highlights Represented Marc Broidy and Broidy Wealth Advisors in a criminal prosecution brought by the US Attorney’s Office for the EDNY and a parallel SEC civil case involving allegations of investment adviser fraud.

Defended Nordstrom in a putative class action alleging the company’s disclosures in connection with its credit card accounts violated the Truth in Lending Act.

Notable practitioners

Carl Loewenson is an expert criminal defense lawyer with a wealth of expertise defending a wide range of white-collar claims, in areas including insider trading, FCPA violations, government contracting fraud and securities issues. One client remarks: "He gets into the weeds, is extremely bright and has a good read on regulators."

Ronald White offers "good insight and strategic thinking," according to his clients. He represents institutions and senior employees from the financial industry in white-collar enforcement matters, including DOJ and SEC investigations.

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Morrison & Foerster is no stranger to complex, high-stakes disputes. Our clients, whether they are Fortune 100 multinationals or early-stage tech companies, turn to us for help with their most difficult legal issues. 

We work closely with them to understand their businesses, identify potential areas of legal exposure, devise strategies to manage risk, and, where appropriate, resolve disputes short of trial. If it comes to trial, Morrison & Foerster litigators win. Our clients have prevailed in hundreds of cases before judges and juries.

With more than 50 litigators based in its New York office, Morrison & Foerster handles the most complex and demanding litigation and appellate matters for clients at all levels of federal and state courts in New York

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  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities
  • Antitrust
  • White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Products Liability
  • Class Action Defense
  • Unfair Competition
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  • Trade Secrets Litigation

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Universally recognized as a preeminent litigation firm with first-class expertise across civil and criminal disputes. Houses an enviable bench of outstanding courtroom advocates and regulatory experts who act on market-leading litigation, drawing on strength in areas such as product liability, IP, antitrust and wider commercial claims. Frequently retained to handle investigations conducted by bodies such as the DOJ, SEC and CFTC. Dominant securities litigation and regulatory enforcement practice that attracts leading financial institutions, alongside multinational corporates from a breadth of industries.

Strengths Commentators describe the firm as "a gift from the legal gods," revealing: "They bring their A game and excellence to everything they do. They are never off their game."

Interviewees report: "They are the premier litigation team in the city. They have a huge team so they can handle any size of case and there is a ton of quality with their partners. They're the heaviest of heavyweights."

One client adds: "Their service is everything. There is nothing that they will not do for our firm. You know that things are going to be done very well on a very complex case."

Work highlights Secured a non-prosecution agreement for J.P. Morgan following a three-year FCPA investigation into hiring practices in its China offices, following allegations the bank hired the children of senior government officials in an attempt to win business from Chinese state-owned entities.

Defended ADT in a securities regulatory probe, securities class action and shareholder derivative suits related to a share price decline that followed a stock buyback and a disappointing earnings statement.

Successfully defended AXA against a multibillion-dollar class action claim brought by a class of policyholders and variable annuity holders, alleging that its reinsurance of certain risks to an affiliate and the subsequent removal of those risks from its balance sheet caused its financial condition to be misrepresented and its policies to be less safe.

Notable practitioners

Of counsel Mark Pomerantz is a senior statesman in the white-collar Bar. He has a wealth of experience representing clients in DOJ and SEC investigations. Sources say: "He is able to figure out the thorniest problems quickly and come up with elegant solutions."

Firm chairman Brad Karp is a renowned litigator with extensive experience handling high-stakes securities and commercial disputes for global financial institutions. He comes highly recommended for his work in class actions and multi-jurisdictional investigations. Sources say: "He is an enormously talented lawyer. He is a brilliant guy, a great negotiator and clients love him. He is the whole package."

Daniel Kramer is a leading securities litigator with a wealth of experience in federal disputes, regularly representing market-leading corporations and individuals facing business-critical class action and wider securities claims. One client enthuses: "Dan's well-established and well-earned reputation for both ethical and intellectual integrity translates into a deep and instant credibility with regulators, courts and opposing counsel, making his representation of client interests that much more effective and impactful. He's the best all-around litigator I’ve ever observed and the counselor I would want at my side in a boardroom battle."

Theodore Wells is a titan of the litigation market, with a fully deserved reputation as one of the most effective and formidable trial lawyers of his generation. He boasts an outstanding track record in some of the most critical courtroom battles of recent years, and continues to advise industry-leading financial services organization and wider corporates in commercial and white-collar criminal disputes. Clients say: "He is the best crisis matter lawyer in the business. He knows the law, but also has the judgment. He is cool under pressure and has the strategic thinking skills to avoid trapdoors."

Richard Rosen is a securities class action specialist who regularly represents publicly held companies and underwriters in defending fraud claims and issues arising out of M&A. Clients describe him as "finely articulate" when dealing with boards of directors and senior business figures, adding that "he knows how to present himself and his ideas, and he has a keen aptitude in asking the right questions."

Jay Cohen counsels clients facing a broad spectrum of commercial litigation disputes, offering notable expertise in the media and entertainment sector. His practice features strengths in intellectual property, antitrust and wider breach of contract claims. Clients describe him as "very effective in court," noting his "real touch with both judge and jury."

Roberto Finzi is described by clients as "super pragmatic and very down-to-earth," with interviewees valuing his "very good judgment" when facing governmental investigations and litigation. He cochairs the firm's white-collar and regulatory defense practice.

Michele Hirshman is a highly respected white-collar practitioner with a wealth of experience in governmental enforcement matters, with expertise defending individual, corporate and financial services clients against DOJ, SEC and wider regulatory actions. Sources commend her "very clear eye and dedication to following the facts" in investigatory work.

Martin Flumenbaum has a broad litigation practice which focuses on product liability claims, transactional disputes and wider commercial matters. His clients include financial services organizations, energy companies and telecommunications businesses. Sources highlight his "strong reputation" and describe him as a "tough litigator."

Bruce Birenboim is a securities expert with a depth of litigation experience, earning particular praise for his defense of RMBS claims. One clients reports: "Bruce was able to marshal and organize the necessary resources to do an amazing amount of work in a very short period of time."

Susanna Buergel cochairs the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice, offering considerable strengths in defending financial institutions facing a range of class action claims.

Senior partner Leslie Fagen is proficient in litigation claims concerning intellectual property rights, antitrust issues, real estate matters and trust and probate disputes. He offers notable wider strengths in arbitration and appellate proceedings.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Brings extensive skill and industry expertise to commercial litigation, regularly acting for market-leading corporates and financial institutions. Offers niche skills in sports law matters, representing a range of sporting associations in disputes work. Draws from a strong bench of seasoned trial attorneys and former prosecutors who represent individuals and companies involved in criminal and administrative proceedings. Particularly noted for its handling of cross-border investigations involving multiple regulatory regimes.

Strengths A client says: "I think the litigation team is amazing. It's a great mix of experience and expertise."

Another praises the team's "cross-border capabilities" and "detailing analysis."

Work highlights Retained by recording artist Lady Gaga to defend a $31 million copyright infringement claim brought by a French sculptor in the District Court of Paris, following allegations that Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album cover artwork and video infringed several of her works.

Successfully defended FCA US, formerly Chrysler Group, in a $5.1 million antitrust suit brought by a dealership, challenging FCA’s dealer incentive program.

Notable practitioners

Robert Cleary comes highly recommended by fellow practitioners as "an outstanding advocate," with interviewees commending his "tremendous amount of experience" in high-stakes criminal enforcement. He offers particular strengths in tax controversy matters.

Dietrich Snell is characterized as "a really smart guy with good judgment" by market sources, who also highlight his "great experience" in several prior prosecutorial roles. He represents clients such as financial institutions and individuals in their interactions with various governmental regulators.

Bradley Ruskin has a civil litigation practice which covers complex commercial disputes and arbitrations, with particular expertise in sports law matters. Clients say: "He is a unique mix of a brilliant legal mind and an incredible strategist, all with a foundation of practical, business-focused advice and understanding."

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Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Impressive experience in representing institutional and individual clients across a range of commercial and criminal defense matters, with particular expertise in cross-border cases involving both criminal and civil agencies. Considered a destination practice for financial services entities facing major regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Calls upon a strong group of courtroom advocates with extensive trial and appellate experience, which includes corporate governance, antitrust and insurance disputes.

Strengths One interviewee remarks: "They have done an extraordinarily wonderful job. Whenever I have a matter of extraordinary importance, they are the shop I turn to."

Clients add: "They have excellent subject matter expertise, and they're very strategic and tactical. They write powerfully and have great client skills."

Sources report: "They have a lot of top-level experience complemented by good associates underneath. They handle matters efficiently."

Work highlights Continued to advise Argentine sports broadcasting company Torneos y Competencias on an EDNY prosecution and investigation of FIFA officials and wider entities over alleged bribery and racketeering in connection with the acquisition and sale of rights to major soccer tournaments.

Represented BDC Finance to bring proceedings against Barclays in connection with the termination of a $1.5 billion total return swap entered into as part of an ISDA master agreement.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Lee Richards has a wealth of experience acting for corporations, financial institutions and senior employees in criminal and civil investigations. Sources say: "He is one of the deans of the white-collar Bar in New York. He is a great tactician and has unparalleled experience as a white-collar defense lawyer."

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Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP’s civil litigation group comprises veteran litigators and maintains one of the nation’s premier practices for clients facing unusually challenging, high-stakes legal disputes. While each of our litigation engagements raises unique questions, the reasons that clients turn to us are constant. We are seasoned and aggressive trial lawyers in addition to being thoughtful legal and business counselors. Of course, clients also turn to us because of the results we achieve.

Consistent with the firm’s prominence in the financial services industry, our clients—such as Black Diamond Capital Management, Appaloosa Management and ICAP —include commercial banks, investment banks, hedge funds, investment advisors, broker-dealers and insurance companies. Our clients have entrusted us with a wide range of complex matters, with an emphasis on securities, corporate governance, competition, executive compensation and creditors’ and shareholders’ rights. Our engagements regularly require us to appear in federal, state, bankruptcy and appellate courts throughout the United States. We frequently work with our nationally-recognized regulatory and criminal practice groups to formulate and advise on litigation strategy in the context of parallel proceedings in ways our peers cannot. The deep experience of our litigators—coupled with the broader capabilities of the firm—gives us an unusual ability to assess litigation and business risk.

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Ropes & Gray LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Extensive experience in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, fielding a strong team of expert litigators and former prosecutors with significant trial experience. Acts on cross-border investigations arising from industries such as healthcare and manufacturing, drawing on resources in Asia and London. Also draws from a strong civil litigation practice that handles a range of commercial and securities disputes, including M&A issues, employment matters and wider class action claims.

Strengths Clients say: "They have many very smart attorneys who work well together as a team and are committed to winning."

One client adds: "I really do like them a lot; they have always done a great job. They work together very well, they're very practical and they understand businesses."

Sources report: "They are very experienced; I don't think there's any type of case they haven't seen. They're effective at distilling complexity."

Work highlights Assisted Calvert Investment Management in negotiating a settlement with the SEC, in connection with valuation errors on certain bonds issued during the construction of the Dulles Toll Road.

Retained by LPL Financial to defend against claims by a former executive who alleged the termination of his employment constituted unlawful retaliation and that LPL failed to pay over $20 million in severance benefits, stock options and bonuses.

Notable practitioners

David Hennes specializes in business litigation, with clients calling upon his expertise in business tort cases, breach of contract matters and wider transactional disputes. Fellow practitioners offer praise for his "judgment and strategic thinking."

The "tenacious" Michael McGovern receives plaudits for his ability to "achieve amazing results for his clients," with sources citing his "very helpful government experience" in regulatory enforcement matters. He offers experience defending clients facing claims of healthcare fraud, FCPA violations and tax claims.

Christopher Conniff is "highly intelligent and really anticipates what the next steps are in a matter," according to sources. He offers broad strengths in white-collar criminal defense, with expertise in areas including public corruption, criminal antitrust and securities fraud.

Joan McPhee handles civil and criminal investigations and disputes, with clients offering praise for her extensive experience representing clients from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Sources report: "She is really dedicated and really smart. People like her and want to listen to her."

The "masterful" Gregg Weiner cochairs the firm's business and commercial litigation practice group. He handles a variety of contentious matters, including bankruptcy litigation, class actions and corporate governance disputes. Interviewees reserve particular praise for his cross-examination skills.

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With leading practices across a range of key litigation specialties, Ropes & Gray’s litigators consistently deliver winning results for clients, including multinational conglomerates, private equity firms, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, financial institutions, mutual funds, and hospital systems, as well as their officers and directors.

With nearly 400 litigators working in 11 offices worldwide, we have the resources and experience to handle large, sophisticated cases in multiple forums and jurisdictions. Our team of litigators includes former federal prosecutors and SEC enforcement attorneys, as well as veterans of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and Office of the Solicitor General. We work hand-in-hand with the firm’s corporate, transactional and regulatory attorneys to provide clients with the strategic solution that best fits their needs.

To learn more about our practice, please visit: https://www.ropesgray.com/practices/litigation.aspx

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Dominant securities litigation group that is recognized for its representation of leading financial institutions and blue-chip corporations in big-ticket dispute work. Calls upon a deep bench of trial and appellate lawyers who are regularly retained to act on multibillion-dollar securities class actions and derivative suits. Its wider commercial litigation capabilities include strengths in bankruptcy disputes, insurance coverage matters and consumer class actions. Also offers a prominent white-collar group whose regulatory expertise includes major FCPA, antitrust and insider trading investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Strengths One client remarks: "I would say they are incredibly practical. They are tough, they fight hard but they are business-oriented and focused."

Another client praises the team's "great understanding of business issues and related judgment" as well as their "timely and efficient lawyering."

Sources add: "They are excellent. They have a good touch, they are good at marshaling the facts, they are knowledgeable and they are very thorough."

Work highlights Served as a DOJ and SEC-appointed FCPA monitor for Avon Products, following its deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ after allegations the company concealed more than $8 million in cash and other gifts to Chinese government officials.

Retained by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and certain of its current and former directors and officers to defend a consolidated securities class action brought by shareholders and bondholders. The plaintiffs alleged fraudulent misstatement or concealment of material information related to four offerings of corporate debt, which caused Valeant’s market capitalization to decline by nearly $80 billion.

Advised insurer FM Global to defend against a putative class action filed by a group of Connecticut homeowners, following allegations that a number of insurers had unlawfully failed to pay for repairs for defects in their homes' foundations.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Youngwood is highly esteemed for his distinguished securities litigation practice, with a number of major financial institutions calling upon his skills in defending class actions, derivative claims and wider disputes work. Sources describe him as "a great advocate" who "commands respect in the courtroom."

Paul Curnin earns particular praise for his "impeccable judgment" and his ability to "inspire confidence," with sources reporting that he is "respected across both sides of the table" in high-stakes litigation disputes. He offers expertise in civil disputes, with his practice featuring strengths across securities class and derivative claims and regulatory investigations.

Fellow practitioners describe Peter Kazanoff as "extremely bright and talented" and note his "common-sense" approach to litigation matters. His practice focuses on securities and derivative litigation, where he acts for mortgage service providers, retailers and other corporations.

Mark Stein leads the firm's government and internal investigations practice, offering significant expertise defending corporate and individual facing an array of white-collar criminal allegations. Clients remark: "Mark is very experienced and very calm under pressure. He knows the regulatory processes and how the systems work. He is very clear and very persuasive."

Nicholas Goldin is a white-collar and government investigations specialist whose practice covers financial fraud allegations, FCPA matters and False Claims Act issues. Interviewees label him "the complete package," offering particular praise for his ability to "home in on key issues" and his "very practical approach."

Josh Levine earns praise for his advocacy skills, with sources praising his "steady hand" in the courtroom and revealing that he "plays very well to judges and juries." He advises a client base of senior executives, committees and corporate entities facing regulatory investigations and DOJ and SEC enforcement proceedings.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Fields a bench of expert litigators who are frequently retained to handle major commercial and criminal disputes at trial and appellate level. Acts for an impressive list of major global corporations, financial institutions and underwriters on securities litigation, including shareholder derivative suits and M&A disputes. Also maintains a leading enforcement and investigations practice that frequently handles cross-border proceedings on behalf of individuals and institutions.

Strengths One client remarks: "The team has always surpassed our expectations from the standpoint of technical skill, strategy and integrity. They seem to be able to deliver that consistently."

Interviewees add: "They are the best. They are so seasoned, so you never blink about any issues being missed. It gives strategic advice with the most current developments in the law."

One source adds: "The lawyers on the Skadden team were great. They are hard-working and smart, but also pleasant and very strategic in their thinking."

Work highlights Advised Barclays on parallel investigations launched by the DOJ, the SEC and SIGTARP into the company’s secondary market trading of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Represented News Corporation to successfully dismiss multimillion-dollar stockholder claims against the company, in relation to a stock price drop following worldwide publicity over news-gathering practices in British newspapers The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World.

Successfully dismissed claims filed against BMW by plaintiffs Neil Whitesell and various Whitesell entities, alleging fraudulent misrepresentation, defamation and tortious inference in connection with the purchase of a parts supply company and its assets in Germany by Whitesell-controlled entities and a subsequent long-term supply agreement.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Lerner is a veteran civil litigator, offering clients a wealth of experience in securities claims and wider commercial disputes. Sources say: "He has fantastic tactical skills, an indefatigable work ethic and uncanny legal knowledge. He is an exceptional leader."

Jay Kasner commands respect for his masterly trial skills, with sources describing him as "a leader in the industry" and a "forceful adversary." Clients call upon his "practical and straightforward advice" in a wide array of high-stakes securities disputes, where he acts for heavyweight corporates and senior directors and officers. Sources report: "He's very high in Skadden's hierarchy, but he was always available and very involved. In terms of strategy, he is really brilliant."

Scott Musoff is held in very high esteem for his top-tier securities litigation practice, with clients valuing his extensive trial experience at the state and federal level. Sources say: "He is a brilliant litigator who has an encyclopedic knowledge of securities law and a great rapport with the courts."

David Zornow is a longstanding expert in white-collar criminal defense, offering clients a tremendous depth of knowledge in high-stakes enforcement and investigations. He offers strengths in areas including FCPA violations, insider trading claims and securities fraud disputes. He is acclaimed by peers for his "phenomenally good judgment" and his ability to "see around corners" in interactions with regulatory agencies.

John Carroll impresses sources with his skills representing executive officers and institutional clients facing high-stakes criminal and civil investigations, earning particular praise for his expertise in FCPA matters. Sources describe him as "incredibly quick and direct" and reveal that "his judgment sets him apart."

David Meister enjoys an excellent profile in the market, with a number of leading corporations calling upon his skills in defending DOJ and SEC investigations and litigation. One client remarks: "He is exceptional, he really is. He has this great style where he is always cooperative and credible and at the same time he is always an advocate. He understands the nuances of dealing with the government." He heads the firm's government enforcement and white-collar crime practice group.

Lauren Aguiar is a commercial litigator with expertise in breach of contract matters, licensing disputes and wider commercial claims. Her clients include pharmaceutical companies and retailers. Sources highlight her "superb service and excellent strategic skills" as key areas of strength.

Susan Saltzstein focuses on securities class action litigation, acting on behalf of emerging companies, major corporations and financial institutions. Sources describe her as "very good in court and really calm," commending her ability to "relate well to judges."

Lawrence Spiegel works on government investigations for a range of corporate and individual clients, who call on his expertise in international DOJ investigations and FCPA matters. Clients commend his "big-picture view" and note his "extraordinary presence in hearings."

Warren Feldman focuses his practice on government and regulatory investigations, working on behalf of senior executives and corporate entities. His wide-ranging expertise covers FCPA matters, securities fraud claims and wider investigatory work.

Jonathan Frank works on complex commercial litigation and has extensive trial experience, with interviewees describing him as "terrific on his feet" and praising his "very persuasive" advocacy. His clients include public companies, private equity groups and executive officers.

Steven Glaser demonstrates broad strengths in white-collar defense, with expertise in areas including healthcare fraud, securities matters and FCPA issues. One client reports: "He has been great in assisting us in these new times in which compliance with different anti-corruption and sanctions laws and regulations is at an all-time high."

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Our Litigation Group comprises approximately 600 attorneys throughout the firm’s offices, and our attorneys are admitted to practice throughout the U.S. as well as more than 30 other countries and territories. Our international experience enables us to effectively represent non-U.S. plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. judicial proceedings. We represent clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. We also represent clients in proceedings involving government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

We have handled some of the largest and most high-profile cases in recent years. In securities litigation, we have served as lead counsel in several of the largest securities class actions in U.S. history, and we have handled cases responsible for the law that today guides participants in corporate control contests. In the area of mass torts, our litigators pioneered the “national counsel” model of handling this complex litigation, and we have been involved in many of the significant mass tort litigations of the last 20 years.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Consistently demonstrates its first-class command of complex financial services litigation, acting for leading market players on precedent-setting securities disputes and regulatory concerns. Also noted for its broad commercial litigation practice, which draws on extensive industry expertise in areas such as manufacturing, energy and wider technology-rich sectors. Fields a standout criminal defense team with strong cross-border capabilities, which is frequently retained in internal and external investigations, as well as high-stakes litigation. Acts for both individual and institutional clients facing criminal charges.

Strengths Clients say: "They just have a very deep bench and they are incredibly thorough. They have a deep understanding of the financial industry."

Sources add: "One of the things that makes the firm unique is their banking expertise. The combination of their white-collar practice and their banking practice is unparalleled."

A client remarks: "The degree of excellence is almost unparalleled. They are always able to put the right lawyer on the right case. Their bench is very deep."

Work highlights Continued to serve as national coordinating counsel for Volkswagen in multinational litigation and investigations arising out of its emissions scandal. Most recently, the firm negotiated a $1.2 billion settlement for consumer and environmental claims, a $4.3 billion settlement with the DOJ, EPA and Customs and Border Protection and a second $153.8 million settlement with Customs and Border Protection in civil penalties and reimbursement of certification costs.

Successfully dismissed an ERISA class action filed against JPMorgan Chase brought on behalf of a putative class of 401(k) Savings Plan participants, arising out of London Whale trading losses suffered by the company. The firm subsequently affirmed the dismissal before the Second Circuit.

Defended Goldman Sachs in a nationwide class action complaint alleging gender discrimination.

Notable practitioners

Robert Giuffra is an "extraordinarily brilliant" litigator who works on big-ticket commercial and securities matters, often advising global financial institutions and public companies on their most complex and significant disputes. Clients describe him as "the complete package of what you want in a litigator in any situation," with one source reporting: "He is fierce – when you are in a foxhole there is nobody I would rather have by my side. He has strong relationships with the judiciary; when he steps up in court they take him seriously."

Samuel Seymour is recommended for his deep regulatory expertise in the financial sector, with a range of leading financial institutions calling upon his top-tier strengths in handling government investigations. Fellow practitioners report: "Sam is a great, great lawyer - a picture of credibility. He's extremely talented, clients love him and people in the government love him."

The "very smart and thoughtful" Richard Klapper is described as "a statesman and a counselor" by clients, with one enthused commentator revealing: "He's the lawyer I would call if I was in trouble." He offers particular strengths in securities litigation, with a wealth of experience defending major financial organizations.

Nicolas Bourtin offers a "levelheaded" approach to white-collar disputes, according to clients. He offers strengths across litigation work and investigatory work, with expertise in areas including FCPA, financial fraud and antitrust issues. Sources describe him as "unflappable," revealing that he is "very capable and able to explain things in a simple way."

Sharon Nelles represents financial services providers in securities litigation, with significant strengths defending corporations against shareholder class actions. Clients describe her as "enormously talented and practical."

Richard Pepperman is described as "analytically strong" by market sources, who also commend his "very smart and hard-working" approach to litigation. He manages the firm's litigation practice and offers particular strengths in defending clients facing securities claims.

Alexander Willscher handles a broad range of regulatory investigations and litigation for his clients, offering expertise in defending against allegations of FCPA violations, securities fraud and wider criminal claims. Clients say: "He is fantastic. He is extremely smart, has a ton of experience in the field and knows how to be tenacious without being offensive."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Strong presence in business-critical civil and criminal litigation, highly regarded for its deep bench and expert representation of financial institutions and global corporations. Preeminent M&A litigation capabilities demonstrated by its frequent handling of high-stakes takeover and corporate governance disputes, with extensive experience appearing before the Delaware Court of Chancery. Also offers an expert cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, with strengths in antitrust, FCPA, securities fraud and criminal tax issues.

Strengths One client remarks: "I think that of all the firms we use for government enforcement work, they are the best. Their team works extraordinarily hard and they are tireless. They bring their A game all the time; their reputation is deserved."

Another client adds: "They are a highly thoughtful and very knowledgeable operation. If I were to pick a group of litigators, I would absolutely pick Wachtell."

Sources add: "They are willing to take positions and support them. They are universally strong across the firm."

Work highlights Appeared in the Delaware Supreme Court for Chicago Bridge & Iron to overturn a Chancery Court judgment in favor of Westinghouse Electric, following a $2 billion claim brought by Westinghouse arising out of its purchase of CB&I's nuclear construction business.

Successfully represented PetSmart in appraisal litigation brought by a group of minority investors, following the company's $8.7 billion sale to a consortium of investors led by BC Partners.

Notable practitioners

Bernard Nussbaum is a highly respected and deeply experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge in commercial litigation claims. He continues to advise clients facing substantial business disputes.

Eric Roth is a veteran commercial litigator, calling upon decades of experience in corporate disputes work. His clients include public companies, financial institutions and insurers.

Founding partner Herbert Wachtell commands respect for his deep knowledge and excellent track record in commercial disputes work. Sources say: "He is a lion of the Bar. He is as prominent a name as you can get."

Theodore Mirvis is lauded for his "fantastic mind" and his ability to "capture the imagination" of judges and juries. He is held in particularly high regard for his exceptional strengths in M&A litigation disputes, where his ability to "make a complex subject matter come across simply" is particularly valued by market sources.

John Savarese is an "incredibly experienced" criminal defense lawyer with a depth of expertise in regulatory enforcement matters, where he defends leading financial service providers and multinational corporations. Sources say: "He's a fantastic lawyer and sees all the angles. He's determined, persuasive, and good with regulators and prosecutors."

Marc Wolinsky is a "phenomenal lawyer," according to market sources, who describe him as "commercial" and "really smart." His broad civil litigation practice covers areas including antitrust disputes, insurance issues and wider corporate governance matters.

David Anders specializes in complex regulatory enforcement and white-collar criminal investigations, where clients value his "creative and smart" approach. He defends clients in areas including money laundering issues, immigration violations and securities fraud claims.

Of counsel George Conway has a broad civil litigation practice which covers securities, contract and antitrust disputes. One source remarks: "He is one of the best writers I have ever dealt with."

Practice cochair William Savitt is a recognized expert in defending clients facing high-stakes securities claims, with considerable skills handling M&A litigation, corporate governance disputes and wider class and derivative actions.

Paul Vizcarrondo offers diverse strengths in securities work, acting for clients facing class actions, derivative suits and SEC enforcement proceedings. Fellow practitioners label him a "bright and accomplished" litigator, revealing: "He is so smart. If I had a case and Paul was handling it, I know it would be in good hands."

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded business litigation group with a strong track record of trial success. Regularly retained to act on civil disputes in the finance, insurance and bankruptcy fields as part of its broad industry coverage. Offers a notable securities practice, recognized for its expert class action, financial reporting and M&A litigation capabilities. Also acts on regulatory investigations and criminal cases, particularly those involving parallel civil securities proceedings. Its wide-ranging client base includes auditors, financial institutions and major corporates.

Strengths One client remarks: "Our Willkie team is brilliant, effective and instills in us a peace of mind that we are covered by the best and brightest minds."

Sources add: "I think they are excellent. They're are responsive, they know my business very well and they produce a high-quality work product."

Interviewees offer additional praise for the team's "tremendous judgment and guidance."

Work highlights Retained by Deerfield Management to advise on an investigation conducted by the DOJ and SEC into alleged insider trading.

Defended Warburg Pincus, in its capacity as majority stakeholder in Bridgepoint Eduction, against a derivative claim filed by purported Bridgepoint shareholders. The suit alleges the defendants breached their fiduciary duties, were unjustly enriched and wasted corporate assets in connection with a tender offer.

Retained by Bloomberg to defend a defamation suit filed by Emmanuel Lemelson, the chief investment officer of Lemelson Capital Management. The plaintiff alleges Bloomberg falsely reporting that the SEC had opened an investigation into whether Lemelson had engaged in a 'short and distort' scheme by publishing negative research about companies that his hedge fund was shorting.

Notable practitioners

Michael Young is renowned for his representation of accounting firms and major financial institutions in high-stakes securities litigation disputes. He attracts particular praise for his advocacy skills, with one client reporting: "His argument was great to behold. He interacted with familiarity and respect with the judges on the bench. I admire his capabilities in every regard."

Michael Schachter comes highly recommended for his well-honed trial skills, with a broad spectrum of corporates, banks and senior officers and directors calling upon his deep strengths in defending governmental enforcement actions and in wider investigatory work. One client says: "His exceptionally strong analytical skills and knowledge of government investigations make him a formidable white-collar defense lawyer and counselor. He is passionate and enthusiastic about his work and his clients, for whom he cares a lot."

Litigation practice chair Tariq Mundiya is described as a "tenacious" litigator who is "very easy to work with." He focuses on securities matters, defending clients against a broad range of civil claims and in interactions with regulators. One client remarks: "He's very practical-minded and is able to read the client's risk tolerance, needs and objectives very well."

Todd Cosenza is described as an "invaluable" resource by clients, who note his "sharp mind, tenacity and ability to take charge and command a room." He offers particular strengths in securities litigation matters, with noted expertise defending clients facing class action claims.

Antonio Yanez enjoys an international securities litigation practice, with strengths in cross-border disputes involving Latin America, Europe and Asia. He has expertise in areas including M&A disputes, accounting matters and wider class actions. He also assists clients facing investigations and SEC enforcement proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP)

The hallmark of a successful litigation department is offering creative solutions to our clients’ most complex commercial disputes. Willkie is at our best when the issues are tangled and complex. Whether the problem involves a labyrinthine series of contracts and agreements, a joint venture ordeal, a heated shareholder battle, accusations of fraud, a problem with a regulator, or any other company-threatening event, we dive in with an industry-experienced team to identify immediately the issues critical to the matter. Our litigators then develop and implement a strategy while maintaining flexibility and being mindful of unintended consequences.  Our fearlessness, 125-year track record, and small staffing philosophy helps our clients get the results they need, whether through trial or, more often, commercial resolution.

Willkie’s litigators have earned significant victories and prominent representations in key sectors in which the practice group excels.

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WilmerHale - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice that regularly acts on big-ticket civil and criminal disputes, drawing on a strong global platform and notable trial skills. Offers expert commercial litigation capabilities, offering experience in areas such as securities class actions, insurance matters and credit reporting disputes. Also acts on cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings for financial institutions and international companies, involving bodies such as the DOJ, CFTC and SEC.

Strengths A client says: "The team was an effective extension of my internal team. They are very client-focused and their approach is calm, thoughtful and reflective. They made the engagement fun, intellectually rewarding and professional."

One source reports: "I have found the team impressive. When you are looking at these white-collar cases that have a lot of touch points, with US and foreign regulators and US Attorneys' Offices, they have a complement of attorneys who cover all those areas and who are very good at laying out the options."

Sources add: "They are excellent. They are very responsive, they are very strategic and they are very practical. Besides being experts on the issues, they also understand how a company works."

Work highlights Represented Bank of America in connection with an investigation by the CFTC concerning possible violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Defended HeartWare International and its President and CEO Douglas Godshall in a securities class action alleging the defendants made false or misleading statements concerning the company’s efforts to remediate issues raised in an FDA warning letter and regarding the safety and commercial viability of a new heart pump product.

Represented CIGNA in a nationwide class action alleging breach of contract in connection with monthly charges, which affected the investment component of life insurance contracts.

Notable practitioners

Boyd Johnson has a strong reputation for his defense of corporations and individuals facing high-stakes regulatory proceedings, drawing from his wealth of prosecutorial experience. Clients say: "His practical experience for us, having served in the positions he did, has been incredibly useful. He also commands a level of respect, encourages people to step up and is a joy to work with."

Lori Martin is a securities litigator who represents investment advisers and fund companies and is held in particulary high regard for defending regulatory enforcement by the SEC. Interviewees reveal that she "inspires confidence in clients," because she "knows more about the case and the law than her opponents."

Fraser Hunter has deep expertise across a range of financial services and securities litigation claims, where he advises individual banks, underwriter syndicates and executives. He is described as "very smart and very experienced" by market sources.

Jay Holtmeier offers notable strengths in governmental investigations, including deep expertise in FCPA cases. A client says: "I benefited greatly from Jay’s coaching and counseling. He was an effective mentor, being both patient and understanding."

Anjan Sahni comes highly recommended by market sources, who describe him as "an extremely smart and incisive person who has excellent judgment." He offers considerable expertise defending corporates and individuals facing DOJ, SEC and wider regulatory enforcement.

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IP Litigation

Our IP Litigation Practice features a premier litigation team backed by the academic and industry experience of more than 120 lawyers and technology specialists with scientific or technical degrees. We have successfully grown our reputation as an IP litigation powerhouse by delivering trial and appellate victories to a diverse client base, and by playing a major role in shaping intellectual property law including in newer areas such as post-grant review proceedings under the American Invents Act and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. WilmerHale lawyers have substantial experience trying IP cases in the district courts nationwide, at the US International Trade Commission and before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court.

IP

Our Intellectual Property Department has one of the most successful post-grant proceedings practices, provides clients with strategic advice around the acquisition, exploitation, and protection of their intellectual property portfolios, and boasts 60 lawyers and technology specialists registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. In the last two years, our patent prosecution team filed 4,070 US and foreign patent applications, including 50 design patent applications, and obtained 1,717 US and foreign patents for clients. WilmerHale IP lawyers are currently responsible for over 10,000 active patent assets.

To learn more, visit: https://www.wilmerhale.com/intellectual_property/

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Senior Statesperson

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Elkan Abramowitz is a highly experienced and respected white-collar defense trial lawyer, with tremendous expertise in representing senior executives in high-profile criminal proceedings. Sources say: "Elkan is in a different class based on his level of experience and the respect he commands from the jury and judges."

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Senior Statesperson

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Of counsel Mark Pomerantz is a senior statesman in the white-collar Bar. He has a wealth of experience representing clients in DOJ and SEC investigations. Sources say: "He is able to figure out the thorniest problems quickly and come up with elegant solutions."

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Senior Statesperson

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding partner John Siffert is described as "a calming force in any situation," with clients calling upon his "amazing judgment and terrific attentiveness." He has a wealth of experience defending criminal and civil cases in both state and federal proceedings.

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Senior Statesperson

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Stillman of Ballard Spahr LLP maintains his exalted reputation at the forefront of the white-collar criminal market. He continues to advise a broad range of businesses and individuals on the issues that arise out of criminal allegations. One source notes: “He is an outstanding trial lawyer and a very experienced negotiator.”

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Senior Statesperson

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Wing is described by sources as "one of the deans of the white-collar Bar," with fellow practitioners hailing his reputation as a veteran litigator in big-ticket disputes. He has decades of experience defending individuals and corporations in criminal fraud matters, environmental law violations and RICO issues.

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Senior Statesperson

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "tremendously experienced" Frank Wohl is acclaimed as "an exquisite lawyer" who "has a lot of insight and wisdom." He has a distinguished reputation for his long history of handling high-stakes enforcement and wider criminal matters for industry-leading individuals and organizations.

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Eminent Practitioner

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Jo White is a doyenne of the white-collar Bar and "a towering figure" in the litigation market, earning acclaim for her outstanding knowledge in defending government enforcement and handling sensitive investigations. Her prestigious reputation in the market is considerably enhanced by her prior role as chair of the SEC and as the US Attorney for the SDNY. Fellow practitioners observe: "She's incredibly smart and she works very hard. She can do anything, she's just remarkable - there's nobody like Mary Jo."

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Star Individuals

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Berke continues to be regarded as one of the foremost white-collar defense lawyers in the market. He enjoys an excellent reputation born out of his high-profile roles defending leading political, business and legal figures in criminal litigation and government investigations. Clients value his pragmatic approach and extensive experience, with one interviewee remarking: "He has a lot of wisdom because he has done so many cases. He has such a good, practical sense of how to handle things."

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Star Individuals

Andrew J Levander

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Superstar" Andrew Levander is lauded as "one of the great lawyers of our generation" by fellow practitioners, who hail his "remarkable work in front of the court." He is a renowned white-collar and securities litigator who represents high-profile individuals, corporations and investment firms in their most complex disputes and regulatory investigations. Sources report: "He's the best lawyer in the city. I've run out of adjectives for him - he's two steps ahead of everybody; he knows what's coming and he's ready for it."

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Star Individuals

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Naftalis has a stellar reputation for his trial skills, with a wealth of knowledge acting for clients in civil and criminal litigation disputes. Clients say: "Working with him is an excellent experience. His strength is his common sense and unbelievable intelligence and knowledge of the law. He is also fantastic at explaining legal issues to non-legal professionals."

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Star Individuals

Theodore V Wells Jr

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Wells is a titan of the litigation market, with a fully deserved reputation as one of the most effective and formidable trial lawyers of his generation. He boasts an outstanding track record in some of the most critical courtroom battles of recent years, and continues to advise industry-leading financial services organization and wider corporates in commercial and white-collar criminal disputes. Clients say: "He is the best crisis matter lawyer in the business. He knows the law, but also has the judgment. He is cool under pressure and has the strategic thinking skills to avoid trapdoors."

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James J Benjamin, Jr

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Benjamin receives praise for his work on complex cross-border investigations and is highly commended for his representation of senior executives in the financial industry. He is widely acknowledged to be a leading practitioner in the white-collar defense Bar and is sought out by clients for his "strong and calming influence."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Bohrer of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is considered a leading authority in white-collar criminal matters, with fellow practitioners labeling him "a consummate lawyer." He has tremendous expertise in litigation, with clients calling upon his strengths in antitrust, financial fraud and environmental claims. Peers say: "He's the finest trial lawyer out there; he really is a master lawyer. If I were in trouble, I'd go to Barry."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Brodsky is a formidable white-collar litigator, with clients who call upon his outstanding strengths in enforcement and investigations resulting from alleged market manipulation, bribery, foreign corrupt payments and banking related exposure. He has particular expertise in insider trading cases. Sources say: "He's just very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. From the client perspective, he instills confidence. He knows the financial markets extremely well."

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Brune Law P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Brune of Brune Law P.C. is lauded by peers for her  "extraordinary ability to see all the nuance and see paths forward that have the least possible harm." She commands respect for her outstanding credentials in defending high-stakes government enforcement, with sources reporting: "She is one of the stars of her generation, hands-down one of the best in the city. She has the ability to take a case through trial, which gives her tremendous leverage and credibility in the pretrial phase."

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George S Canellos

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Canellos is considered a leading light in the defense of financial institutions and executives against business-critical regulatory enforcement actions, famed for his expert handling of claims and investigations launched by the SEC. Interviewees describe him as "an extremely intelligent, highly analytical and creative guy," with sources reporting: "There is basically nothing in the white-collar world that he hasn't faced before. He is someone who can speak authoritatively to a lot of different things, so it's very easy to get practical advice from him."

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Chavkin is an acknowledged leader in white-collar criminal defense matters, earning particular acclaim for his defense of high-profile individuals facing enforcement actions. Clients say: "He is extremely analytical, amazingly strategic and he has an overwhelming desire to win. He is just an absolutely outstanding individual."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cleary comes highly recommended by fellow practitioners as "an outstanding advocate," with interviewees commending his "tremendous amount of experience" in high-stakes criminal enforcement. He offers particular strengths in tax controversy matters.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Kelley is a leading figure in the criminal defense and investigations Bar, regularly defending clients such as audit committees and international corporations in major governmental litigation. Clients describe him as "very proactive," with one source reporting: "He communicates well and is aggressive in his representation of our company."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lewis Liman earns impressive praise for his "awesome pedigree" in litigation work, with interviewees labeling him as "effective in front of judges" and "intellectually gifted." He has a broad practice which covers both criminal and civil litigation, offering excellent strengths in defending governmental enforcement actions, handling investigations and advising clients on securities disputes.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "world-class" Aaron Marcu is one of the country's leading white-collar specialists, with sources offering particular praise for his "first-rate" skills in handling regulatory investigations for both corporate clients and financial institutions. Clients say: "He is just fantastic. He is the kind of lawyer whose number you keep in your wallet. He is very, very experienced."

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Petrillo Klein & Boxer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Guy Petrillo continues to impress sources with his deep strengths in white-collar litigation work, earning acclaim for his representation of individuals facing high-profile investigations and enforcement. Sources describe him as "seriously smart, preternaturally calm and very, very well respected."

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Lee S Richards III

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding partner Lee Richards has a wealth of experience acting for corporations, financial institutions and senior employees in criminal and civil investigations. Sources say: "He is one of the deans of the white-collar Bar in New York. He is a great tactician and has unparalleled experience as a white-collar defense lawyer."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

John Savarese is an "incredibly experienced" criminal defense lawyer with a depth of expertise in regulatory enforcement matters, where he defends leading financial service providers and multinational corporations. Sources say: "He's a fantastic lawyer and sees all the angles. He's determined, persuasive, and good with regulators and prosecutors."

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Seymour is recommended for his deep regulatory expertise in the financial sector, with a range of leading financial institutions calling upon his top-tier strengths in handling government investigations. Fellow practitioners report: "Sam is a great, great lawyer - a picture of credibility. He's extremely talented, clients love him and people in the government love him."

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely talented" Paul Shechtman of Bracewell LLP is a formidable trial and appellate lawyer with top-tier strengths in white-collar work, with experience defending clients facing bet-the-company enforcement actions and major investigations. Clients highly rate his "brilliant legal mind" and reveal he is "very well respected in the state and federal systems."

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Richard M Strassberg

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Strassberg is a leading white-collar litigator who represents high-profile executives, financial institutions and major corporations facing regulatory enforcement proceedings, with strengths in areas including FCPA violations, securities fraud cases and wider financial litigation. Clients say: "He is incredibly well regarded and for good reason. He is an amazing trial attorney who is very responsive, very agile and creative. He is a former prosecutor, which really sets him apart. He spends time in the courtroom and is quick on his feet."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Yannett commands respect for his formidable skills in litigation matters, regularly representing clients facing in investigations and high-stakes government enforcement proceedings. He offers particular expertise acting for clients accused of FCPA violations. Clients point out his ability to "generate trust quite quickly," describing him as "very down-to-earth and approachable."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

David Zornow is a longstanding expert in white-collar criminal defense, offering clients a tremendous depth of knowledge in high-stakes enforcement and investigations. He offers strengths in areas including FCPA violations, insider trading claims and securities fraud disputes. He is acclaimed by peers for his "phenomenally good judgment" and his ability to "see around corners" in interactions with regulatory agencies.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Albert primarily represents individuals in criminal prosecutions and government investigations, with deep experience acting for executives in the financial services sector. Market sources describe him as "an aggressive advocate" in defending his clients' interests, revealing he is "very smart and very tactical."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

David Anders specializes in complex regulatory enforcement and white-collar criminal investigations, where clients value his "creative and smart" approach. He defends clients in areas including money laundering issues, immigration violations and securities fraud claims.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Evan Barr has attained an impressive reputation in the market for his credentials in defending high-profile government enforcement actions, offering experience in areas including public corruption, antitrust and financial fraud allegations. Clients say: "He is multidimensional and he can implement a lot of different litigation strategies. Some lawyers are exceptional at using the sledgehammer, but Evan can also use the scalpel. He is tactical and strategic."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Breen chairs the firm's investigations and white-collar defense practice. He has offers broad strengths in white-collar matters, earning particular recognition for his defense of clients in the financial services sector. Clients say: "He has been excellent to work with through difficult issues. He is a good communicator and a very strong advocate for his clients."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

John Carroll impresses sources with his skills representing executive officers and institutional clients facing high-stakes criminal and civil investigations, earning particular praise for his expertise in FCPA matters. Sources describe him as "incredibly quick and direct" and reveal that "his judgment sets him apart."

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Andrew J Ceresney

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Ceresney enjoys an excellent reputation in the litigation market, drawing from a wealth of experience gained in prosecutorial roles at the SEC and in the US Attorney's Office for the SDNY. Fellow practitioners laud him for his "compendious knowledge of the facts" and his "extraordinary memory," describing him as "a marquee name" in the market.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients value Pamela Chepiga's "exceptional breadth of experience" and "good legal instincts," describing her as "very pragmatic and hands-on." She earns particular praise for her defense of banks and wider financial institutions in white-collar and regulatory investigations, alongside additional strengths in a broad range of commercial disputes.

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Christopher J Clark

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Clark serves as global cochair of the firm's financial institutions industry group. He represents senior executives, funds and corporations in regulatory and criminal investigations and has particular expertise in insider trading cases. Sources report: "He is this perfect mix of intellect and aggression. When you want to go out and fight, you want the guy leading the charge to be that smart and that tough."

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Cohen & Gresser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Cohen comes highly recommended for his representation of senior executives in white-collar litigation, alongside wider expertise acting for corporates facing civil and criminal disputes work. Sources say: "He is an excellent trial lawyer with great strategic and tactical judgment."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "unflappable"Lev Dassin is acclaimed for his "great judgment" and his "even-keeled" approach in high-stakes disputes. He is held in particularly high regard for his credentials in white-collar matters, regularly representing corporations and individuals facing actions by the DOJ, the CFTC and other global regulators.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Edelman has a broad litigation practice which covers commercial, securities and regulatory disputes. Clients characterize him as "a very talented and intelligent lawyer," adding that "he is fluent in the details but understands the big picture." He is currently serving as chair of the firm.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Esseks offers highly regarded strengths in defending financial institutions and executives against criminal litigation and regulatory investigations, including fraud and antitrust cases. One client reports: "He is very practical and he knows the area of the law inside out. I trust his analysis."

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Daniel J Fetterman

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Fetterman enjoys an excellent reputation for his abilities in international criminal and civil investigations, offering substantial knowledge in areas including professional malpractice, insider trading and corruption. Clients describe him as "a very strong litigator," offering praise for his "extremely commercial approach" and his "ability to translate legal processes and risks into commercial terms."

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roberto Finzi is described by clients as "super pragmatic and very down-to-earth," with interviewees valuing his "very good judgment" when facing governmental investigations and litigation. He cochairs the firm's white-collar and regulatory defense practice.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Fishbein is described by sources as a "really smart and talented lawyer" who can "methodically and succinctly communicate to senior management." His practice covers white-collar litigation and government investigations.

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Lawrence Gerschwer

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers reveal that Lawrence Gerschwer is "very good on his feet," with sources citing his "great judgment" and "good credibility with the government" as key strengths. He has a wealth of experience defending individuals and corporate clients facing complex financial fraud claims, as part of a broad white-collar practice.

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Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Gitner comes highly recommended as a "natural in the courtroom" and "an amazing trial lawyer," with clients valuing his "concise arguments" and "great temperament" in highly charged investigations and litigation. His practice focuses on white-collar defense cases, garnering particular praise for his expertise in representing individuals facing insider trading allegations.

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Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sean Hecker of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is a highly regarded white-collar defense lawyer who represents banks, public companies and board-level individuals. Clients say: "Sean is an excellent partner and a pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and applies it in a very practical way."

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Howard Heiss as a "very good strategic lawyer" who is "very well respected" in the market. He primarily acts on regulatory investigations and criminal cases for financial service providers, corporate clients and senior executives.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michele Hirshman is a highly respected white-collar practitioner with a wealth of experience in governmental enforcement matters, with expertise defending individual, corporate and financial services clients against DOJ, SEC and wider regulatory actions. Sources commend her "very clear eye and dedication to following the facts" in investigatory work.

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Spears & Imes LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Imes is a white-collar litigator who offers recognized expertise defending senior officers from financial institutions in criminal matters, with notable experience in cross-border disputes. Clients say: "Linda is very thorough and very focused. She is incredible. She really knows how to get things done and is very proactive."

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Boyd M Johnson III

WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Boyd Johnson has a strong reputation for his defense of corporations and individuals facing high-stakes regulatory proceedings, drawing from his wealth of prosecutorial experience. Clients say: "His practical experience for us, having served in the positions he did, has been incredibly useful. He also commands a level of respect, encourages people to step up and is a joy to work with."

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kim is described by sources as "hyper responsive" and "very insightful." He works on complex civil and criminal litigation and government investigations, including fraud and bankruptcy disputes.

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Kobre acts for clients in government investigations and prosecutions, calling upon his extensive expertise defending individuals and corporates against enforcement from a wide array of governmental regulators. One client remarks: "He is very smart and terrific with clients. He is a real people person who puts clients at ease."

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Little is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal cases and government investigations, with notable expertise in acting for financial sector professionals. Sources offer praise for his "terrific demeanor and great courtroom skills," with clients adding: "He is very personable and easy to work with, and his experience in his field is extensive."

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Carl H Loewenson Jr

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Loewenson is an expert criminal defense lawyer with a wealth of expertise defending a wide range of white-collar claims, in areas including insider trading, FCPA violations, government contracting fraud and securities issues. One client remarks: "He gets into the weeds, is extremely bright and has a good read on regulators."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Denis McInerney is praised by clients for his government investigations practice and expert knowledge of federal agencies, with his standing in the market considerably bolstered by his former high-powered roles within the DOJ. Clients say: "He is one of the most talented and detail-oriented attorneys I have ever worked with. He digs into the heart of a matter and rolls his sleeves up."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

David Meister enjoys an excellent profile in the market, with a number of leading corporations calling upon his skills in defending DOJ and SEC investigations and litigation. One client remarks: "He is exceptional, he really is. He has this great style where he is always cooperative and credible and at the same time he is always an advocate. He understands the nuances of dealing with the government." He heads the firm's government enforcement and white-collar crime practice group.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Owens is "very responsive" and "thorough," according to his clients. He focuses his practice on white-collar crime and government enforcement, with considerable experience defending financial institutions facing investigations by the DOJ.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Rogoff is described as "the full package" by impressed clients, who reveal he has "really good relationship skills where he tries to anticipate the client's needs." He co-heads the firm's white-collar litigation practice, offering particular strengths in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Michael Schachter

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Schachter comes highly recommended for his well-honed trial skills, with a broad spectrum of corporates, banks and senior officers and directors calling upon his deep strengths in defending governmental enforcement actions and in wider investigatory work. One client says: "His exceptionally strong analytical skills and knowledge of government investigations make him a formidable white-collar defense lawyer and counselor. He is passionate and enthusiastic about his work and his clients, for whom he cares a lot."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Siegel is described as "very smart and very experienced," with sources offering particular praise for his "very pragmatic" demeanor. His white-collar practice features significant strengths in FCPA matters, where his clients label him "a genuine expert in the field."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Stein leads the firm's government and internal investigations practice, offering significant expertise defending corporate and individual facing an array of white-collar criminal allegations. Clients remark: "Mark is very experienced and very calm under pressure. He knows the regulatory processes and how the systems work. He is very clear and very persuasive."

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Temkin receives plaudits for his ability to "get the best results for his clients," with fellow practitioners praising his "tenacious" approach and his "encyclopedic knowledge of the facts." His criminal practice includes strength in accounting fraud cases, insider trading and FCPA cases.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Vinegrad is a criminal and civil litigator who has a wealth of experience in defending clients against regulatory actions, often acting on behalf of international banks and their employees. Clients offer notable praise for his abilities in technically complex cases, revealing: "Nobody gets into a record and learns the case better than Alan."

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Marc A. Weinstein

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Weinstein is a "truly brilliant and unflappable attorney," according to his clients, who offer praise for his "great knowledge of substantive litigation issues." He defends financial institutions, international corporations and high-profile employees against civil and criminal charges.

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Jonathan S Abernethy

Cohen & Gresser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Abernethy is "an extremely energetic lawyer who is extraordinarily responsive," according to interviewees, who also point out his "analytic and strategic" approach. He works on criminal and civil litigation and regulatory investigations, earning praise for his strengths representing senior employees and institutions in the financial services sector.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Anello earns praise for his "detail-oriented" approach to defending clients in white-collar matters, offering considerable experience handling claims brought by the SEC, the DOJ and FINRA. He offers particular expertise defending clients in the financial services sector. Sources say: "He is a fantastic lawyer and a very ardent advocate on behalf of his clients."

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Antonia Apps is a former prosecutor with a deep understanding of insider trading cases, as part of a broad practice representing corporations, funds and individuals in white-collar investigations and enforcement. Sources highlight her "brilliant legal mind," adding: "She is capable of explaining complex legal concepts clearly to management and she is credible with regulators because she used to be one."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Asaro is "extremely smart and super responsive," according to his clients. He works on regulatory investigations and enforcement, earning particular praise for his handling of securities fraud allegations.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marcus Asner comes highly recommended for his advocacy skills and is praised for his "very versatile and substantive" knowledge. He handles national and international white-collar matters for a wide variety of corporations and senior employees, with notable strengths in the FCPA field.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anirudh Bansal focuses on regulatory enforcement and investigations, often representing public companies, international banks and individual clients facing actions by the DOJ, the SEC and FINRA. Interviewees offer particular praise for his advocacy skills, calling him a "stand-up trial lawyer."

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Barkow has an impressive white-collar practice which includes deep strengths in defending major clients against regulatory enforcement, alongside strengths in international investigations. Sources observe: "He handles the government well and is respectful, but he never forgets his job is to advocate for his client. He is a very thoughtful and incredibly analytical mind, and he is a pleasure to work with."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific"Martine Beamon earns impressive praise for her "sophisticated judgment, pragmatic analysis and engaging personality." She acts for corporate clients and individuals in a variety of criminal and civil disputes, with notable expertise in FCPA investigations.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicolas Bourtin offers a "levelheaded" approach to white-collar disputes, according to clients. He offers strengths across litigation work and investigatory work, with expertise in areas including FCPA, financial fraud and antitrust issues. Sources describe him as "unflappable," revealing that he is "very capable and able to explain things in a simple way."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Reed Brodsky earns impressive praise for his "pragmatic and efficient approach" and his "credibility with regulators," with clients valuing his ability in "cutting through and getting to the solution." He offers in-depth expertise across a broad spectrum of white-collar matters, with notable abilities in defending SEC and DOJ enforcement actions.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Carney of Baker & Hostetler LLP has a broad white-collar practice with particular expertise in accounting fraud claims, drawing from his past experience as a qualified accountant. Sources single out his "fantastic technical confidence" for particular praise, revealing: "He is a rare-breed attorney who has full understanding the law, full understanding of accounting and knowledge of how they mix."

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Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek Cohen is a criminal and and civil trial litigator who is noted for his experience at trial, with sources labeling him "a formidable courtroom presence." He offers strengths in defending cases that include insider trading, corruption and healthcare fraud. Interviewees report: "He's extraordinarily savvy and very skilled in a courtroom; you would not want to try a case against him."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Cohen cochairs the firm's white-collar defense and investigations practice group. He is highlighted for his expertise in providing counsel on regulatory and criminal issues to major international banks, as part of a broad white-collar practice. Clients describe him as "very, very smart and very knowledgeable."

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Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers describe Eric Corngold as "one of the smartest white-collar strategists out there," with sources describing him as "confidence-instilling." He represents high-profile individuals, boards of executives and multinational corporations in criminal litigation and government investigations.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Curnin earns particular praise for his "impeccable judgment" and his ability to "inspire confidence," with sources reporting that he is "respected across both sides of the table" in high-stakes litigation disputes. He offers expertise in civil disputes, with his practice featuring strengths across securities class and derivative claims and regulatory investigations.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Feldberg is praised by fellow practitioners for his "great judgment" and is labeled a "great boardroom presence." His diverse litigation practice includes strengths in both white-collar criminal and commercial disputes, acting for clients in sectors including financial services, technology and healthcare.

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Matthew E Fishbein

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees describe Matthew Fishbein as "unflappable" in his defense of clients facing enforcement actions, with sources revealing he is "enormously respected by the government." He offers well-honed trial skills for clients facing significant litigation matters, acting for leading corporates and individuals.

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Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Helen Gredd is an accomplished criminal defense attorney with considerable strengths defending regulatory enforcement proceedings, acting on behalf of a range of senior executives and corporate clients. Interviewees commend her ability to "get fantastic results," drawing on her strengths as "a very smart, very tactical and incredibly hard-working lawyer."

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William Harrington

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

William Harrington specializes in white-collar investigations and prosecutions, offering notable strengths in the healthcare space. Sources highlight his courtroom expertise, with one remarking: "He hit a home run in front of the jury. He just handled it magnificently."

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Hellerer of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP advises both corporate and individual clients in a variety of white-collar criminal actions, with strengths in areas including trade sanction violations, securities law matters and insider trading claims. Interviewees offer particular praise for his "terrific judgment" and "good instincts."

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Spears & Imes LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Joanna Hendon is a well-regarded white-collar expert and trial lawyer whose strengths are her "analytical ability" and "ferocious preparation," according to interviewees. She represents clients in criminal fraud and antitrust investigations, as part of a broad white-collar practice.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

John Hillebrecht cochairs the national white-collar, corporate crime and investigations practice at the firm, offering a wealth of experience defending clients in both trials and appellate proceedings. Market sources describe him as "a terrific person and a terrific lawyer," offering praise for his "extremely affable" demeanor and his "good strategic sense."

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Robert H Hotz, Jr

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Hotz is described by his fellow practitioners as an "excellent lawyer with a very strategic approach." His practice features broad strengths in handling interactions with the DOJ, the SEC and wider agencies, acting on behalf of both high-profile individuals and corporate clients.

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Suzanne Jaffe Bloom

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Suzanne Jaffe Bloom of Winston & Strawn LLP is well known for representing both individuals and corporate entities in white-collar criminal cases and government investigations. Sources note: “She is exceptionally smart and tenacious. She is an outstanding strategist and a great trial lawyer.”

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Johnson of King & Spalding LLP offers notable strengths in defending financial fraud cases, where he represents senior executives, financial institutions and corporate clients. Sources report: “He is a very thoughtful advocate with strong legal knowledge. He has a very easygoing manner which plays well with the regulators."

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Robert Jossen, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Robert Jossen is a "very good lawyer and a smart guy with lots of experience," according to sources. Aside from his notable trial experience, he offers expertise in regulatory and internal investigations.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Kestenbaum is described as "very smart" and "a very talented lawyer" by fellow practitioners, who note her excellent handling of white-collar litigation matters. She earns particular praise for her expertise in investigatory matters, with recent work including conducting investigations into historic sexual abuse allegations at educational institutions.

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Levine Lee LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding partner Seth Levine works on white-collar prosecutions and government investigations, with notable experience in representing senior executives. Clients say: "He brings a lot of energy, attention and focus," adding: "He is very, very client focused."

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glen McGorty is“very polished, very good on his feet and well respected," according to peers. He draws from extensive experience as a former prosecutor to advise clients facing a broad array of white-collar claims and investigations. He serves as managing partner of the New York office of Crowell & Moring LLP.

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Michael G McGovern

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "tenacious" Michael McGovern receives plaudits for his ability to "achieve amazing results for his clients," with sources citing his "very helpful government experience" in regulatory enforcement matters. He offers experience defending clients facing claims of healthcare fraud, FCPA violations and tax claims.

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MoloLamken LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Molo is an expert trial lawyer who "really excels in the courtroom," according to impressed clients. His practice incorporates both criminal and civil litigation claims, with substantial experience acting for an array of corporate and individual clients in some of their most difficult courtroom challenges. Interviewees describe him as "a very strong oral advocate" who is "smart and nimble on his feet."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Mukasey advises clients on areas including environmental law violations, securities fraud issues and FCPA matters, as part of a broad white-collar practice. Sources remark upon his trial expertise, highlighting his "total command of the courtroom."

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Hafetz & Necheles LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Necheles of Hafetz & Necheles LLP comes highly recommended by fellow practitioners, who note her expert advocacy skills in high-stakes government enforcement matters. Sources report: "She is a great lawyer in that she is not afraid to take the government on and take the case to trial. She is totally unafraid and she has a track record to back up her lack of fear. If you want to go the distance she is a person to take you the distance."

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Park Jensen Bennett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tai Park of Park Jensen Bennett LLP is described as "a tough lawyer who never gives in to prosecutors," according to sources. He offers extensive experience in defending regulatory actions brought by a wide array of government agencies. Clients observe: "When we're in a difficult position, he always finds a way out - it's amazing how he can always find a solution for our issues."

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Jodi Peikin represents both individuals and corporations in SEC, DOJ and FINRA investigations and enforcement matters, acting for a range of accounting firms, investment advisers and banking executives. Commentators praise her ability to "master the facts and the law" and point out her skills as "an extraordinary writer."

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Polkes is an "extremely gifted trial lawyer," according to his clients, who particularly value his "extraordinary" presentation skills. His practice encompasses civil and criminal litigation matters, where he advises individuals, financial institutions and corporate clients facing investigations and litigation brought by an array of governmental regulators.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lauren Resnick of Baker & Hostetler LLP acts for both corporate clients and high-level executives on a road range of white-collar enforcement and investigation matters, with notable expertise in FCPA claims, securities fraud issues and accounting matters. Sources describe her as "an extremely tenacious and very good advocate," with one client describing her as "one of the smartest people I've ever met."

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "frighteningly intelligent"Paul Schoeman is a white-collar litigator who has a strong reputation for his defense of senior executives and financial institutions, with noted expertise in insider trading cases. Clients appreciate his ability to "cut to the heart of things."

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William J Schwartz

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Schwartz is a white-collar litigation and government investigations specialist, offering clients deep knowledge of the regulatory landscape. One client reports: "Bill's analysis of the situation and his approach with the government was spot on. He was an aggressive advocate for me."

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Smith Villazor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Smith of Smith Villazor LLP focuses on defending clients facing enforcement and investigations by the DOJ, the SEC and wider regulators. Peers say: "He is really whip smart, just incredibly creative and incredibly effective. He is a really, really well-rounded defense lawyer."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dietrich Snell is characterized as "a really smart guy with good judgment" by market sources, who also highlight his "great experience" in several prior prosecutorial roles. He represents clients such as financial institutions and individuals in their interactions with various governmental regulators.

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Mintz & Gold LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Lee Sorkin of Mintz & Gold LLP is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney, with deep experience in government investigations and litigation. He offers expertise in areas including insider trading, accounting fraud and Ponzi scheme matters.

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Spears & Imes LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Spears represents international banks, law firms and individuals in securities fraud litigation and criminal investigations. Clients say: "He is dogged, incredibly thorough, exceptionally well prepared, and an effective and zealous advocate for his clients. He is a pleasure to work with."

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Lawrence S Spiegel

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Spiegel works on government investigations for a range of corporate and individual clients, who call on his expertise in international DOJ investigations and FCPA matters. Clients commend his "big-picture view" and note his "extraordinary presence in hearings."

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George A Stamboulidis

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say that George Stamboulidis of Baker & Hostetler LLP "has the experience and temperament to get results" in litigation matters, with sources praising his "incredibly responsive and efficient" approach. He draws from a wealth of experience in white-collar matters, where he acts for both corporations and executives.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Stewart is "very effective at engaging with governmental entities," according to sources. His white-collar practice focuses on the representation of companies and employees in both litigation and investigations, with expertise in areas including corruption claims and securities fraud issues.

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Jonathan Streeter

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Streeter offers particular expertise in insider trading cases, as part of a broader white-collar practice. Fellow practitioners highlight the value of his prosecutorial experience, revealing: "He was good as a prosecutor and he has managed to translate all his skills as a prosecutor into his practice as a defense attorney. He's a very client-friendly and very driven lawyer."

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Richard D Weinberg

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Weinberg is described by sources as a "very experienced criminal defense lawyer with very good judgment." He represents individuals, corporations and audit committees in regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings, acting for clients active in industries including financial services, retail and entertainment.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Zelenko chairs the white-collar practice of Crowell & Moring LLP and offers notable strengths in areas such as criminal antitrust claims, securities fraud and FCPA violations. Sources highlight his former governmental experience, revealing: "He is unique in that he spent time at the DOJ Antitrust Division and also at the SEC in enforcement, which gives him a lot of insight."

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Lawrence J Zweifach

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Zweifach is "a very creative lawyer" who is "smart and 100% dedicated to clients," according to fellow practitioners. He has significant expertise defending regulatory actions, counseling a range of individuals and corporates against enforcement and investigations by the SEC, DOJ and CFTC.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Bach is an experienced criminal defense attorney with solid strengths defending against SEC, DOJ and wider regulatory enforcement actions. Interviewees offer praise for his "superb communication skills," noting his ability to "synthesize complex issues and refine them for lay understanding."

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Buretta's practice focuses defending clients against criminal proceedings and government investigations, alongside roles serving as a government-appointed monitor. He offers particular expertise in FCPA matters. Sources report: "He is very gifted, very bright and has a great strategic mind. He is sensible about how the leadership of the Justice Department view cases."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Helen Cantwell is described as "incredibly bright and sharp" by fellow practitioners, who praise her ability to "get up to speed lightning fast." Her broad white-collar practice features strengths in governmental and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement by the SEC and DOJ and advising clients on crisis management matters.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Cavoli earns praise for his "pitch-perfect tone" in litigation work, with clients also highlighting his "very impressive case knowledge and strong client focus." His practice features notable strengths in governmental investigations and regulatory investigations.

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Christopher Conniff

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Conniff is "highly intelligent and really anticipates what the next steps are in a matter," according to sources.He offers broad strengths in white-collar criminal defense, with expertise in areas including public corruption, criminal antitrust and securities fraud.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry DePippo is noted for his extensive experience and is described by clients as "very knowledgeable and very practical." He works on white-collar criminal cases and has expertise in FCPA matters, False Claims Act disputes and internal investigations.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Warren Feldman focuses his practice on government and regulatory investigations, working on behalf of senior executives and corporate entities. His wide-ranging expertise covers FCPA matters, securities fraud claims and wider investigatory work.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Glaser demonstrates broad strengths in white-collar defense, with expertise in areas including healthcare fraud, securities matters and FCPA issues. One client reports: "He has been great in assisting us in these new times in which compliance with different anti-corruption and sanctions laws and regulations is at an all-time high."

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Goldberg is a white-collar defense lawyer with extensive experience of government investigations, often acting for major financial institutions and their employees. Clients say: "He is extremely practical, thoughtful and has a terrific way of communicating with law enforcement agencies."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicholas Goldin is a white-collar and government investigations specialist whose practice covers financial fraud allegations, FCPA matters and False Claims Act issues. Interviewees label him "the complete package," offering particular praise for his ability to "home in on key issues" and his "very practical approach."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Holtmeier offers notable strengths in governmental investigations, including deep expertise in FCPA cases. A client says: "I benefited greatly from Jay’s coaching and counseling. He was an effective mentor, being both patient and understanding."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Victor Hou is an "incredibly talented lawyer and has the ability to get to the heart of a matter quickly and efficiently," according to sources, who also point out his "extremely good judgment." His litigation and investigations practice features strength in FCPA matters, financial fraud cases and wider regulatory actions brought by the DOJ, the SEC and FINRA.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Iason acts for corporate officers and companies in regulatory investigations and criminal defense proceedings, earning praise for his strengths in accounting and investment matters. One client offers glowing praise, reporting: "Aside from being a phenomenal advocate and his wealth of knowledge, he is also a counselor to the company in the truest sense of the word. He gives us the feeling, time and time again, that we can reach out for even minute questions. He's a true friend of our firm."

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Katya Jestin garners accolades for her "masterful ability to give clients comfort and security," with sources reporting: "She is able to navigate the system well for her clients, she knows when to be aggressive and when to be more strategic." Her white-collar practice includes strengths defending clients facing money laundering, bribery and wider financial fraud claims.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Josh Levine earns praise for his advocacy skills, with sources praising his "steady hand" in the courtroom and revealing that he "plays very well to judges and juries." He advises a client base of senior executives, committees and corporate entities facing regulatory investigations and DOJ and SEC enforcement proceedings.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joan McPhee handles civil and criminal investigations and disputes, with clients offering praise for her extensive experience representing clients from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Sources report: "She is really dedicated and really smart. People like her and want to listen to her."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Mitchell of Ballard Spahr LLP is described as "a calm and reassuring presence" in white-collar matters, where his "great skills with clients" and his "big-picture view" come to the fore. He offers broad strengths in regulatory litigation and investigations, with experience in areas including FCPA matters, government contracting fraud and money laundering claims.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "tremendous" Kelly Moore of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is recognized for her defense of individuals and corporations in a wide variety of white-collar criminal matters, including cases of money laundering, antitrust and healthcare fraud. One client observes: “She is one of the most fantastic attorneys I've ever worked with. She is steadfast in the defense of her clients and she thinks about every potential angle."

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Christopher Morvillo

Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Morvillo earns impressive praise for his "very powerful intellect" and "very good judgment," with sources describing him as "extremely good with clients." His white-collar practice features expertise in areas including healthcare fraud, FCPA violations, insider trading and wider financial fraud claims.

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Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Mulligan offers solid strengths in white-collar matters, with a broad practice which encompasses insider trading matters, healthcare fraud, criminal antitrust and FCPA issues. Sources say: "Mary is very, very impressive. She is on top of every detail and she is also very good at a high-level sense of strategy."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynn Neils of Baker Botts LLP is recognized for her skillful handling of complex global investigation and litigation matters, acting for clients in areas such as money laundering claims, corruption matters and FCPA violations. Clients say: “She is a very calm adviser who is on top of all the issues. She is inquisitive, thoughtful and has a really nice pleasant style with her clients.”

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Breon Peace has a broad white-collar defense practice which includes significant strengths in fraud and insider trading cases, where he defends a range of leading corporations and senior executives. Clients say: "Breon is particularly good at developing a strong rapport with US regulators and the DOJ in particular. He has that added level of credibility; he is well known and respected."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marjorie Peerce of Ballard Spahr LLP is “an outstanding criminal defense lawyer," according to sources, who describe her as "practical, smart and thorough.” She draws from over three decades of experience to advise clients facing a wide array of government investigations and major enforcement actions, with strengths in areas including healthcare fraud, environmental law and financial fraud.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "remarkably intellectual" Robert Radick earns praise for his abilities as "a calm presence and a tireless worker." He offers particular strengths in defending criminal matters in the healthcare sector, alongside wider strengths in areas including securities fraud and insider trading.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Resnik chairs the white-collar practice of of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He acts for a range of individual and corporate clients facing healthcare, insurance and financial fraud allegations.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benito Romano is proficient in white-collar litigation disputes and both internal and governmental investigations, offering expertise in areas including securities fraud, criminal antitrust and wider financial fraud claims. His clients include major corporates, international banks and senior officers and directors.

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Ruzumna is an "extremely talented white-collar and regulatory trial lawyer," according to sources, who add: "He is just good at everything. He is thorough, smart and a good tactician." He cochairs firm's white-collar defense group and frequently represents clients before the DOJ, the SEC and other regulatory bodies.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Sack is a "knowledgeable and experienced" litigator with a broad criminal and commercial disputes practice, earning particular praise for his strengths in handling investigatory work and defending actions brought by a broad range of regulators. Sources observe: "He is a very strong lawyer who will advocate forcefully for his client, but within the bounds of prioritizing the client's interests."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Anjan Sahni comes highly recommended by market sources, who describe him as "an extremely smart and incisive person who has excellent judgment." He offers considerable expertise defending corporates and individuals facing DOJ, SEC and wider regulatory enforcement.

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Alexander H. Southwell

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alexander Southwell garners praise for his white-collar defense and government enforcement practice, with interviewees describing him as a "really thoughtful and impressive guy" who is "careful to think of our business needs." He works on investigations and litigation arising in areas including financial fraud, corruption and cybersecurity concerns.

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Walden Macht & Haran LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jim Walden of Walden Macht & Haran LLP is a seasoned expert in cross-border investigations and white-collar litigation, with noted strengths in antitrust and FCPA matters. His ability to "think outside the box" draws particular praise, with clients describing him as a "tireless, dogged advocate for his clients."

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Band 4

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald White offers "good insight and strategic thinking," according to his clients. He represents institutions and senior employees from the financial industry in white-collar enforcement matters, including DOJ and SEC investigations.

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Band 4

Alexander Willscher

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alexander Willscher handles a broad range of regulatory investigations and litigation for his clients, offering expertise in defending against allegations of FCPA violations, securities fraud and wider criminal claims. Clients say: "He is fantastic. He is extremely smart, has a ton of experience in the field and knows how to be tenacious without being offensive."

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Band 4

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Witzel heads the firm's white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement practice group and has considerable experience defending individuals and corporations before the DOJ, the SEC and other government agencies. Clients say: "He has an impressive depth of expertise, instincts, advice and pitch-perfect tactical choices."

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Up and Coming

Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Priya Chaudhry of Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP enjoys a burgeoning reputation in the white-collar market, with sources commending her abilities in defending employees and senior offices in litigation disputes. Sources say: "She is a great trial lawyer. She is very creative and very smart."

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Up and Coming

Christopher L. Garcia

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Garcia enjoys a burgeoning profile for his proficiency in white-collar matters, with a strong reputation for his handling of criminal litigation and government investigations for senior financial services employees and corporations. He has "a tremendous grasp of the issues, and offers practical and well-thought-out solutions," according to clients.

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