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


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Expert handling of complex criminal and civil investigations, including cross-border proceedings before multiple regulators. Notable expertise in defending individuals and companies against enforcement actions, fielding particular experience in representing financial services clients. Recent experience includes handling complex multijurisdictional investigations into alleged FCPA violations.

Strengths One source describes this as a "fantastic group," noting that "they are very knowledgeable in the field" and that "they know what the regulator likes and doesn't like; they're very helpful."

One impressed client states that "their work is absolutely top-notch," while another highlights both the team's "very practical" approach and the fact that "almost all the lawyers we deal with come out of government, and so they understand how it works and how it is likely to think about our matters."

Work highlights Represented Kal Bassily, a former employee of ConvergEx, in an SEC enforcement case alleging that he and other officials at the broker-dealer conspired to charge improper markups.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Greenlight Capital, Perry Capital, Crestline Investors.

Notable practitioners

James Benjamin is acclaimed by interviewees as "an extremely strong lawyer" who is "at the center of the white-collar defense community." He regularly defends clients from SEC enforcement proceedings and related criminal investigations. One client states: "He's one of the standard-bearers in terms of the whole package he offers: he's intelligent, understands complex issues, is extremely personable and practical, and just has a great disposition."

Michael Asaro maintains a broad white-collar practice, which sees him handle both internal investigations and civil enforcement and criminal proceedings. One client enthuses: "You can take his advice to the bank," adding: "We thank the law gods for him every day."

Robert Hotz is an experienced litigator whose criminal defense practice is complemented by notable expertise in handling civil litigation. He is particularly noted for his representation of individuals subject to investigation by the DOJ anKansas City & Surrounds 6 17 5 119 St Louis & Surrounds 7 18 5 136 d SEC. Sources highlight his "terrific judgment" and describe him as "a strategic thinker with incredible attention to detail."

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Allen & Overy LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Offers an impressive breadth of expertise in civil and criminal litigation, as well as handling complex cross-border investigations. 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 Sources recommend the group for its "intellectual firepower," stating that it offers an "excellent combination of mastery of the facts and the law."

Clients praise the team's "absolutely stellar work" as well as its "tremendous people and product."

Interviewees speak highly of the way "the attorneys took real ownership of the case and had a vast command of the facts."

Work highlights Successfully defended Xanadu Mezz Holdings against a $1.3 billion breach of contract and consequential damages suit arising from the alleged failure to fund the construction of New Jersey retail complex Xanadu.

Served as litigation counsel for BNP Paribas in a foreign exchange antitrust class action.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays Bank.

Notable practitioners

The "first-class" Pamela Chepiga is well liked by clients, one of whom highlights her "very sophisticated and very serious" civil and criminal practice. Financial institutions often retain her to handle major government investigations, as well as high-value civil disputes.

David Esseks represents both individuals and institutions in investigations conducted by a range of agencies, including proceedings arising from the manipulation of foreign exchange markets. Clients note that he is "particularly good on FCPA and related corruption issues."

Michael Feldberg is well regarded for his extensive litigation practice, which sees him act on complex white-collar disputes and represent clients such as Bosch in commercial actions. Sources describe him as a "terrific lawyer."

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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

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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 commend the way the team "enters things with an open mind and then can be creative along the way," while also noting that "they all have different strengths and work as a team where everyone plays their part; they come together very well."

One impressed client highlights the team as "particularly suited for complicated matters that involve financial issues," describing it as "superb at this."

Work highlights Represented Caterpillar in a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud and violations of environmental law at its subsidiary's Rail Terminal Island facility in California. Also conducted a major internal investigation into the matter.

Represented Copperstone Alpha Fund, Copperstone Capital and David Amaryan in insider trading proceedings initiated by the SEC.

Significant clients Thomas Conradt, Local 14-14B of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., Dr. Gail Cawkwell, Town of Brookhaven.

Notable practitioners

Clients value John Carney for his "incredibly insightful" approach and "keen strategic insight," as well as his "deep knowledge of the SEC's internal processes." His strong government investigations practice includes multiple insider trading and money laundering mandates.

Former prosecutor George Stamboulidis is “very highly respected" for his longstanding practice in the white-collar defense space. He is particularly noted for his experience serving as an independent monitor for major financial institutions.

Marc Powers maintains a broad securities practice, with experience in both litigation and regulatory matters and a particular strength in representing broker-dealers and hedge funds. Clients highlight his ability regarding "how to best position what we are doing today to minimize risk," as well as his "great energy levels, responsiveness and direct experience with the SEC."

Lauren Resnick is retained by a broad range of institutions subject to government investigations, offering particular expertise in FCPA and other corruption matters. Clients describe her as "extremely impressive and super-smart," praising her ability to "get what you need to get without burning bridges."

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Strong litigation practice that is well equipped to handle major commercial and criminal defense proceedings. Extensive insurance, antitrust and First Amendment expertise, as well as notable experience in 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 cross-border government investigations.

Strengths Sources note that Cahill is "absolutely a firm that can deliver on large-scale investigations," confirming that it is a "first-rate firm with excellent advisers."

According to another impressed interviewee, "Cahill Gordon is one of the finest law firms in America."

One client describes the firm as "fantastic," highlighting its efficient approach to staffing as a particular asset: “They come in and just get it from the start, proposing a lean and mean team.”

Work highlights Continued to represent McGraw Hill Financial and Standard & Poor's in litigation concerning the rating of various structured finance securities, including recently defeating an appeal brought by IKB in the Second Circuit.

Acted for the audit committee of Qualcomm in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged FCPA violations.

Represented the audit committee of Walmart in investigations by the SEC and DOJ into the company's compliance with the FCPA.

Notable practitioners

Charles Gilman maintains a wide-ranging practice, representing clients in both commercial disputes and significant securities class actions. One client labels him "someone we go to when we need a very smart and tough litigator," while another notes that "he is flexible and creative, and we always enjoy working with him."

Herbert Washer represents financial services institutions across a broad range of securities-related matters. His practice draws on experience in both litigation and regulatory investigations. Interviewees highlight his “incredible instincts and really good ability to read a situation."

Clients commend Thomas Kavaler for his all-around strength in disputes: "He is a very smart litigator, a good tactician and has a very good understanding of my business." He is a seasoned commercial litigator whose recent experience includes representing other law firms and handling securities cases.

Anirudh Bansal brings significant prosecutorial experience to bear in white-collar defense work. His broad-based practice involves representing clients subject to government investigations and regulatory proceedings.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Litigation

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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 for international clients on cross-border investigations and civil disputes. High-level partner experience at the SEC attracts an impressive roster of financial institutions and multinational companies on regulatory proceedings, internal investigations and breach of contract claims.

Strengths Sources state that they are "top-notch in everything they do," noting that "they get the results you want, so while it's a higher-cost firm, they are worth every penny you spend because they never cease getting results."

Another interviewee states: “They have been consistently excellent," adding that "they really do whatever they can to try and make it work."

The group wins praise for its versatility: “One of the strengths is that it's a lockstep firm, so you are able to draw on different partners with different expertise.”

Work highlights Conducted an internal investigation for Samarco Mineração, BHP Billiton and Vale into the collapse of the Fundão tailings dam in Brazil.

Successfully defeated a breach of contract and contractual indemnity action brought against Bank of America and other affiliates before the New York Supreme Court, as well as handling the recent appeal of related claims.

Represented Petrobras in a securities fraud class action and parallel opt-out claims arising from an investigation into corruption within the Brazilian construction and service industries.

Significant clients Atlantic Power, Barclays Bank and Barclays Capital, BHP Billiton, Goldman Sachs, Nortel Networks.

Notable practitioners

David Brodsky is highly reputed for his long record of defending both criminal and civil government proceedings, as well as conducting internal investigations. His recent work includes handling complex regulatory matters for clients such as Citi, HSBC and Goldman Sachs.

Lev Dassin acts for a number of individual and institutional clients on high-stakes white-collar criminal defense proceedings, including defending major financial institutions against FCPA and insider trading charges. Sources describe him as a "super talent" who "works on the most sophisticated matters."

Interviewees label Lewis Liman “one of the class acts" at the New York Bar, praising his "excellent presence with judges" and handling of high-level mandates. His practice spans the white-collar and securities litigation space, including significant experience both at trial and in the appellate courts.

Clients value Thomas Moloney for his “super-smart" approach, as well as his ability to “analyze very complex things and come up with practical solutions." His impressive practice draws on notable expertise in bankruptcy-related disputes, as well as experience in securities litigation.

Sources note that the "extremely effective" securities litigator Meredith Kotler is "smart, tough and practical." She is particularly noted for her expert handling of disputes arising from M&A deals, as sources confirm: "She understands transactions and the dynamics there."

Lawrence Friedman maintains a broad practice across commercial litigation and arbitration, acting for a number of financial services clients. One source praises his “unparalleled intellect," as well as the way he “quickly adds insightful value even among the best legal teams."

Mitchell Lowenthal wins respect across the board as an “eminently experienced" securities litigator. While his longstanding practice has seen him work in many areas, he offers particular expertise in M&A litigation and in representing underwriters.

Breon Peace regularly acts on major internal investigations, as well as providing counsel on a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations. Clients appreciate his government experience and his responsiveness, as well his ability “to remain very logical, straightforward and calm.”

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Clifford Chance US LLP - Litigation

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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 One source states: “Clifford Chance has put together a really first-rate team that is highly regarded in the city."

Clients praise the team as "very globally joined up" and "meticulous in terms of thoroughness and rigor of advice and analysis," adding that it does an "excellent job."

Work highlights Represented the founder of Autonomy, Dr. Mike Lynch, in relation to DOJ, SEC and UK Serious Fraud Office investigations into alleged accounting improprieties at the UK-headquartered company.

Secured an appellate victory for Fokker Services before the DC Circuit, establishing a new precedent in relation to the resolution of enforcement actions through deferred prosecution agreements.

Significant clients Achilles Macris, Jeffrey Webb, Lawrence Hoskins.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Morvillo frequently represents clients subject to government investigations, offering notable strength in matters with an international aspect. According to one interviewee, he is "particularly adept at complicated fact patterns," as well as being "so good with people that he puts them at ease in really rough situations."

Robert Houck is highlighted by interviewees for his “impressive advocacy skill" and comes recommended as a “quick study on complex facts." He is well regarded for his ability to "expertly handle complex civil litigation as well as government enforcement investigations" involving the SEC and DOJ, as well as foreign regulators.

Edward O'Callaghan draws on his experience as a prosecutor to defend clients involved in a wide range of government investigations. Interviewees praise the "masterful job" he does, labeling him “an expert in handling high-stakes federal criminal investigations."

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Cohen & Gresser LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Recognized for its strong regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, which includes advising individuals and corporations on fraud, money laundering and insider trading allegations. Expert financial services practice that regularly acts on FINRA and SEC proceedings. Also acts on securities litigation arising out of complex financial products. Growing international presence further strengthens its handling of cross-border proceedings.

Strengths One source states: “They put themselves in their clients' shoes and use litigation as a tool to advance their clients' causes or solve their problems in a creative, efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Another interviewee highlights the team's ability to balance the conflicting demands of a litigation: “I find that they do a very good job of both being effective advocates for their clients while also working strategically with other counsel.”

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Mark Cohen as "a real trial lawyer" who "has a great combination of raw intelligence, experience and common sense." His impressively broad criminal defense practice runs the full gamut of external and internal investigations, as well as civil securities disputes.

Jonathan Abernethy frequently acts on investigations involving FCPA concerns and domestic corruption concerns as part of his wide-ranging criminal defense practice. One source reports being "very impressed with his mastery of the facts," while others note his "very good sense of how things will sound to a prosecutor."

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Covington & Burling LLP - Litigation

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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. Regularly acts on financial crime investigations, fielding significant expertise in areas such as international trade, securities regulatory violations and tax fraud. Highlighted for its extensive courtroom experience, as well its strong bench of former government attorneys.

Strengths One client reports: "They are outstanding; they are lean, efficient and produce a very high quality of work. It's hard to imagine a more qualified and effective support."

Another source notes: “The level of quality there is extraordinary."

Work highlights Defended Valeant Pharmaceuticals in parallel DOJ and congressional investigations into various matters, including its relationship with Philidor Rx and price increases involving certain products.

Assisted Hyperdynamics following its 2013 grand jury subpoena from the DOJ relating to money laundering and FCPA issues, including negotiating with the DOJ and SEC, and overseeing an internal investigation.

Notable practitioners

Alan Vinegrad is a well-regarded white-collar litigator whose practice frequently includes defending clients against allegations of FCPA violations. One client states: "He really owns the representation, and knows our cases better than the government knows them."

Nancy Kestenbaum draws praise for her expert defense of pharmaceutical companies in criminal and regulatory proceedings. Clients note that her "ability to make complex cases simple and navigate to find good solutions is remarkable."

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for First-class player across an impressive breadth of big-ticket disputes. Go-to practice for commercial litigation, frequently acting on multibillion-dollar breach of contract claims as well as matters such as malpractice suits and class actions. Expert representation of issuers, auditors and financial institutions in securities matters. Particularly experienced in defending clients from government investigations involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies, fielding notable prosecutorial experience.

Strengths Interviewees enthuse about the team's “incredibly thorough command of the facts and the law, superb written work product and deep strategic thinking.”

Sources commend the cohesiveness of the team: “Every lawyer and paralegal involved was intelligent, skilled, client-friendly and extremely responsive. This reflects not only the high quality of the professionals Davis Polk attracts, but also their training and the culture of the firm.”

Another client states: “It is just top-rate work. They are really spectacular, with tremendous motion briefings and submissions to the court; I have just been blown away by the quality of the work product.”

Work highlights Acted for Citigroup Global Markets in negotiating the settlement of two SEC investigations following the discovery of errors in the company's trade surveillance practice.

Successfully defended Con Edison against a gross negligence action arising from power outages following Superstorm Sandy, as well as negotiating three settlements that vacated pending multimillion-dollar claims.

Acted for all underwriters of the 2012 Facebook IPO against a consolidated securities class action brought by shareholders, as well as defending the three main underwriters against a parallel derivative action.

Significant clients DFS Investors, Electrobras, Morgan Stanley, Comcast, AstraZeneca.

Notable practitioners

Denis McInerney is held in high esteem for his white-collar expertise. Clients describe him as "absolutely terrific," noting that he is "incredibly well respected and good with strategy in terms of how to navigate government proceedings." His defense practice is complemented by significant DOJ experience.

Lawrence Portnoy comes recommended for his strong track record in defending issuers and financial institutions against securities class actions and derivative suits. He is an "exceptional attorney" who is frequently retained in high-value disputes, including his recent representation of IBM in a class action and follow-on ERISA claim.

James Rouhandeh attracts effusive praise from clients, who describe him as "devoted, strategic, and extraordinarily effective on his feet." He leads the firm's representation of Morgan Stanley in a number of high-stakes securities disputes, including multimillion-dollar RMBS litigation.

Martine Beamon maintains a broad white-collar defense practice, advising on internal investigations, criminal proceedings and regulatory inquiries. Her recent work includes advising Citigroup Capital Markets on SEC investigations into trade surveillance. Sources describe her as a "top-notch lawyer," noting her "commanding presence" in adverse proceedings.

Clients describe Michael Carroll as an “excellent litigation strategist and oral advocate, with excellent judgment.” He works on a range of civil cases as both plaintiff and defense counsel, offering experience in arbitration as well as commercial litigation.

Edmund Polubinski is regularly retained by clients in major securities litigation, including a recent victory for the underwriters in a class action related to the Hospital Corporation of America IPO. Clients describe him as "very conscientious and extremely smart."

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Distinguished white-collar practice that also offers extensive civil 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. The recent return of Andrew Ceresney and Mary Jo White from the SEC further bolsters the firm's deep bench of white-collar and enforcement experts.

Strengths Clients speak highly of the team's intellectual prowess: “They are all really smart men and women; they are in the rocket scientist category, except that they're lawyers!”

One interviewee comments: “I can't say enough good things about their work, particularly on the litigation front.”

Sources report their “excellent experience working with the team," adding: "They have always been very responsive to our requests and a pleasure to deal with.”

Work highlights Acted for Prudential Financial in several securities class actions and derivative lawsuits which arose from industry-wide investigations into unclaimed life insurance benefits.

Successfully defended the Federal Reserve Bank in proceedings brought by Starr alleging breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the US Constitution.

Served as counsel for FanDuel in proceedings questioning the legality of daily fantasy sports contests.

Acted for Toyota Motor Sales on multiple agency investigations into vehicle acceleration issues, negotiating a settlement that resulted in no criminal convictions being brought against the company.

Significant clients MetLife, JPMorgan Chase, The Home Depot, Royal Dutch Shell, 3M Company.

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Bruce Yannett is a "very strong communicator and litigator" who "has a lot of credibility with regulators," according to interviewees. His extensive practice involves defending both individual and institutional clients from government investigations and criminal proceedings.

Sean Hecker maintains a broad white-collar defense practice that includes notable strength in corruption issues and internal investigations. Sources highlight his “really outstanding grasp of the facts and complexities,” calling him “an incredibly fast thinker.”

John Kiernan is an experienced commercial litigator who represents clients such as Federal Reserve Bank in multibillion-dollar disputes. His broad civil litigation practice is complemented by significant expertise in overseeing internal investigations.

Mark Goodman “sees things from 30,000 feet and also sees the details,” according to one impressed client, who also praises his “great combination of street smarts and book knowledge.” His wide-ranging commercial litigation practice sees him act for a broad range of clients, including private equity funds and pharmaceuticals.

Matthew Fishbein is recognized for his broad white-collar expertise, which sees him defend clients from SEC enforcement actions and criminal proceedings. He regularly acts on large-scale investigations conducted by multiple regulatory bodies, as well as handling internal investigations and commercial disputes.

Maeve O'Connor comes recommended for her "very talented" securities litigation practice, which includes recent experience defending leading insurance companies such as MetLife and Prudential from class actions. Sources describe her as a "good negotiator who has a lot of credibility with the other side" and as an "outstanding writer and advocate."

Interviewees describe Helen Cantwell as a “top-drawer professional" who has a "very practical sense of how to solve problems." Her extensive white-collar defense caseload involves representing clients such as Toyota in government investigations involving multiple bodies.

Maura Monaghan's work in civil litigation includes defending American Airlines from liability claims resulting from damages sustained as a result of 9/11. One client states: "She's one of the best lawyers I've ever worked with. She's extremely bright, drafts very well and I would trust her with high-value work in a heartbeat."

Andrew Ceresney recently returned to the firm as cochair of the litigation practice, having formerly served as Director of Enforcement at the SEC. He offers an impressive breadth of expertise in advising on internal and external investigations, as well as defending individuals and institutions against enforcement proceedings.

Mary Jo White is a preeminent figure at the white-collar Bar, who recently returned to Debevoise having served as chair of the SEC for four years. She is senior chair of the firm, and draws on market-leading regulatory expertise to advise boards of directors and companies on government investigations and enforcement proceedings.

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Dechert LLP - Litigation

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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 disputes, 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 Impressed clients note: "Dechert excels above others in quality of service, responsiveness and value for money. They are thorough, offer practical advice and look out for our best interests."

One source states: “They have been very responsive to our needs, and they have consistently delivered results that have helped us as a client.”

Interviewees also highlight the firm's "thoughtful analysis, ability to devote resources and strength in being both tactical and strategic."

Work highlights Acted for Takata and its affiliates in relation to multiple criminal, regulatory and civil investigations into faulty airbags and inflators.

Acted for Carl Icahn in SEC and Southern District investigations into alleged insider trading, following on from which no charges have been brought against the client individually.

Defended Calamos Advisors and Calamos Financial Services in a mutual fund lawsuit brought by two shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary duty.

Significant clients OppenheimerFunds, Universal American, Jon S. Corzine, Delcath Systems.

Notable practitioners

"Super litigator" Andrew Levander is widely acknowledged to be “one of the best white-collar lawyers in the city.” Sources describe him as “an excellent writer and terrific in court,” skills that he turns to the defense of individual and institutional clients from government investigations that frequently include both white-collar criminal and securities elements.

Interviewees are "incredibly impressed" by Jonathan Streeter, praising his ability to draw effectively on his previous prosecutorial experience when handling white-collar criminal defense. He is recognized as a go-to litigator for insider trading mandates, as part of his broad investigations and enforcement proceedings expertise.

Robert Jossen is a seasoned white-collar defense attorney with impressive experience in taking high-profile cases to trial. One source draws attention to his all-around strength in disputes: “He is very experienced and clear-cut in his advice, as well as being responsive and practical. He has a very good feel for the legal issues but he lives in the real world. As a rounded adviser in what is often a very complex environment, he is exceptionally effective."

Matthew Larrabee is described by commentators as a "fantastic litigator and trial lawyer" who "just has a demeanor that is very calming and low-key, but in a really confidence-inspiring way." He focuses on securities disputes and splits his time between the firm's New York and San Francisco offices.

Interviewees are quick to praise leading defense attorney David Kelley, noting that he "can speak with authority not only on the law but also in terms of understanding business realities." He draws on significant government experience to provide first-class representation to clients facing DOJ and SEC investigations.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP - Litigation

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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, securities class actions 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.

Strengths One client states: “It's never fun to deal with litigation, but they made it as painless as possible. They took a lot of work off our shoulders and were several steps ahead. I have nothing but good things to say about them.”

Sources praise the team's commitment to client service: “They understand us and service us as best they can. They spend a lot of time, on their own dime, to make sure the relationship is complete.”

Work highlights Defended Citi against a $370 million suit brought by Highland Capital Management, arguing successfully for summary judgment against multiple contract claims and upholding counterclaims against the plaintiff.

Acted for Alcoa in litigation brought by Samsung, which sought damages of over $200 million in relation to a construction project in Saudi Arabia.

Acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb in a long-running DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation, securing a civil settlement with the SEC and no criminal prosecutions.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Atmel, MoneyGram International, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Marcu offers a wealth of experience in white-collar criminal defense, including handling multiple government investigations for financial institutions. Clients praise him as “preternaturally calm under pressure,” also highlighting his “broad international and cross-border experience” and the fact that he is “extremely well regarded by prosecutors and adversaries.”

Adam Siegel is held in high regard for his ability to “understand the pressure point of a matter very well and very quickly.” He maintains a broad government investigations practice, offering particular experience in acting for major companies on FCPA matters.

Benito Romano is best known for his defense of clients facing regulatory enforcement action, particularly by the SEC. He has represented companies and individuals in both criminal and civil investigations relating to trade sanctions and FCPA violations, among other areas. One source describes him as a "great lawyer and a very tenacious defender of his clients."

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

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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 from multijurisdictional actions, including multiple recent price-fixing cases. Also acts on complex commercial litigation for an impressive range of clients. Broad practice includes real estate, insurance and bankruptcy disputes.

Strengths According to one source, “their client service and commercial acumen are top-notch.”

Interviewees state that "the team is excellent," citing its "detailed and very strong work, with the added benefit of being able to keep costs down whenever possible."

One peer is “incredibly impressed” with the team's work, describing it as “an incredibly talented group in the white-collar space.”

Work highlights Represented Pier 55 in the Article 78 suit brought against it by the City Club of New York, winning a dismissal in the New York Supreme Court.

Successfully defended NorthStar Realty Finance against a $30 million suit alleging tortious interference and the breach of fiduciary duties, brought by Colony Hills Capital.

Achieved a favorable outcome for Samir Barai of Barai Capital Management, by which he entered a guilty plea for federal charges of insider trading, fraud and the obstruction of justice, and avoided jail time.

Significant clients Activity Kuafu Hudson Yards, Tishman Speyer, TradeWeb, T.RAD, Princeton Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Evan Barr achieves widespread recognition as an "extremely talented and capable" white-collar lawyer who frequently represents individuals subject to a range of high-stakes government investigations. Sources note that he “has a flair for creative responses to difficult challenges and is renowned for inventive solutions.”

Lawrence Gerschwer comes recommended for his expert defense of clients in criminal investigations and enforcement proceedings. Sources note his "extensive experience in representing individuals and institutions," as well as his "tremendous judgment" and "great demeanor; he's loved by his opponents and his clients, which makes him particularly effective."

William McGuinness maintains a wide-ranging civil practice, which includes acting on securities class actions and M&A litigation. He represents a number of notable financial institutions in high-value disputes.

Steven Witzel is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who offers significant expertise in handling regulatory investigations. Interviewees highlight the breadth of his experience: "He has a unique window into priorities for in-house lawyers, because he's been a prosecutor, a partner and in-house counsel. He is incredibly well respected by the Bar, regulators and prosecutors."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Litigation

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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. Extensive handling of cross-border investigations involving multiple regulators. Acts for financial institutions on high-stakes securities disputes such as RMBS litigation, as well as advising public companies on derivative suits and class actions. Impressive roster of clients includes industry-leading technology companies, as well as prominent political figures.

Strengths One client is full of praise: “I have the utmost respect for their smarts, diligence and professionalism. It is really a very, very solid team.”

One source highlights the firm's “extremely good client service,” describing its attorneys as “incredibly responsive, even at strange times of day and night.”

Interviewees report that “they are very strategic and also very thorough, leaving no stone unturned. In important matters, that is what you want.”

Sources also point to the firm's commercial awareness as a key strength: "They understand our business and the pressures we are under, and try to find practical outcomes."

Work highlights Acted for Yik Yak in a multimillion-dollar dispute, in which the plaintiff claimed that he was entitled to a share of the company's profits under an alleged joint venture agreement.

Represented Crystallex International in a suit to revoke the $2.8 billion dividend issued by PDVSA's US subsidiaries, arguing that PDVSA should be held liable for damages arising from Venezuela's expropriation of the Las Cristinas mines.

Secured the dismissal of a putative securities class action brought against Coty over alleged misrepresentations made to investors in the lead-up to its 2013 IPO.

Continued to represent Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in a multi-agency FCPA investigation, which is potentially precedent-setting in terms of the applicability of the Act to financial services organizations.

Significant clients Lavastone, Merck, Walmart, UBS, Facebook.

Notable practitioners

Joel Cohen acts for a number of clients subject to criminal and regulatory proceedings, offering particular strength in the representation of financial services organizations such as Crédit Agricole. He is recognized for his strong trial skills and handling of large-scale investigations.

Interviewees enthuse about Reed Brodsky's impressive white-collar practice, describing him as a “superstar” who "brings his prosecutorial knowledge to bear" and "gives people real guidelines that you can operate a business under." He formed part of the team defending attorney Evan Greebel against criminal charges relating to his representation of Retrophin.

Orin Snyder is an experienced commercial litigator with an impressive record of trial success. He is particularly noted for his representation of technology and media entities such as Yik Yak and Facebook. One source calls him “a wonderful lawyer,” praising his ability to be “creative in his approach and strategy, and aggressive when appropriate.”

Interviewees describe Mark Kirsch as a “strong strategist with very good client skills” who is able “to synthesize complex issues into understandable terms.” His strength in the securities litigation space is illustrated by his recent success in securing the dismissal of a high-value class action suit against Coty.

The "first-rate" Randy Mastro is a highly respected trial lawyer whose "very focused and strategic" approach attracts significant praise. He is retained by major clients on a wide range of civil suits, as well as acting in criminal defense proceedings and high-profile internal investigations. One source states: "He is one of the busiest lawyers in the country, but when he's handling a matter for you, you feel like it's his only one."

Lawrence Zweifach's white-collar practice spans the full range of government investigations, including recent work acting for UBS on inquiries into its role in the manipulation of foreign exchange markets. Interviewees describe him as "very thoughtful and always prepared," highlighting his "very good results" in criminal and civil regulatory disputes.

One client states that Alex Southwell is “someone I know I can rely on for the toughest matters.” His strong white-collar criminal defense practice attracts significant praise, with sources highlighting his "really good relationship with the regulators" and "very smart and strategic" handling of issues.

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Goodwin - Litigation

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What the team is known for Draws on significant expertise in regulatory compliance and enforcement proceedings when acting on major tax, securities and anticorruption investigations. Also noted for its expert corporate governance practice and strength in handling internal investigations. Notable bench of former federal prosecutors and trial lawyers. Increasing strength in securities litigation, acting for clients such as technology companies, financial institutions and REITs in derivative and class actions, and RMBS disputes.

Strengths Sources are impressed with the team: “The experience has been very positive. They have done an excellent job in terms of written work product and client relations. They are very smart and sophisticated in securities."

Another client states: “Goodwin has been excellent. We've been extremely happy with their services and their representation of us.”

Market sources commend the group's expert representation of individuals and describe it as a "very capable white-collar team."

Work highlights Represented Julia Vivi Wang against charges of alleged bribery of UN officials, including the President of the UN General Assembly.

Acted for Symphony Communications on parallel state and federal investigations into the use of its encryption technology in the banking industry.

Defended J.P. Morgan Investment Management against two consolidated actions alleging that the charging of over $400 million in management fees was a breach of fiduciary duty and therefore violated Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Countrywide, Ash Aggarwal, Carl Reichel, Matthew Martoma, Physicians' Alliance.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees commend Richard Strassberg for his “wonderful way with clients,” while also stating that “his ability to master complex facts quickly is off the charts.” He is noted for his strength at trial and for his expert representation of company directors in wide-ranging criminal proceedings.

Sources label Brian Pastuszenski both a "thought leader" and an "excellent advocate," describing him as "knowledgeable and credible." He is an expert in handling class actions and derivative suits for financial services clients, offering particular strength in representing underwriters.

Mark Holland is an experienced securities litigator whose broad practice includes significant expertise in defending cases brought under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Clients describe him as "extraordinarily intelligent," noting that he "provides very helpful and incisive comments."

Derek Cohen is a go-to defense expert for clients involved in high-profile criminal proceedings, drawing on experience in areas such as allegations of insider trading and corruption. One client comments: “What sets Derek apart from others is his judgment and clear thinking. He is able to strategize through a complex maze of options because he sees what will happen next. He is a real asset and valuable adviser.”

The "phenomenal" William Harrington is highlighted by sources for his “great style and manner both with clients and with juries," and they also note that "most of all, he knows his facts.” He frequently defends individuals from fraud charges, including a notable focus on allegations arising from the healthcare and financial services industries.

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Maintains its strong reputation for white-collar criminal litigation and sophisticated regulatory matters. Impressive success rate in defending criminal defense cases at trial. Houses a strong bench of expert litigators whose experience includes both high-stakes external investigations and complex civil disputes. Acts on an impressive range of matters, including product liability cases and breach of contract actions. Also recognized for its defense against claims such as accounting malpractice and RICO violations.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the level of service provided: “The team is extremely client-oriented and prepares the client for every variable; there are no surprises with billing transparency. The professional and commercial acumen team-wide was outstanding, and they are worth every penny they charge.”

Clients commend the breadth of the practice: “The team is excellent, and has become my go-to firm for significant corporate litigation matters.”

Interviewees highlight the team's versatility: “They can do the big internal investigations but are not afraid to go to trial.”

Work highlights Secured the dismissal of a $100 million suit brought against Al Haymon by Top Rank, which alleged that he had attempted to monopolize the US boxing promotions and management market.

Acted for TransPerfect cofounder Elizabeth Elting in her successful case against other company cofounder Philip Shawe, arguing for the appointment of a custodian in order to sell the entity.

Retained by New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio to advise on ongoing state and federal investigations relating to fundraising activities.

Significant clients The Rashi Foundation, KPMG, TydenBrooks, William Walters, David Parse.

Notable practitioners

The "supremely talented" Barry Berke is universally regarded as “the real deal,” drawing particular praise for his expertise as a "terrific trial lawyer." His extensive work defending individuals from white-collar criminal charges is complemented by experience in wide-ranging civil disputes, as well as conducting internal investigations for institutional clients.

Gary Naftalis is held in high regard for his top-drawer white-collar defense practice, as well as his winning record of litigating civil cases both at trial and on appeal. Clients offer superlative praise: "He is superb as litigation counsel. He has great intelligence, and is a likable person and an excellent strategist. Likability is powerful both in the courtroom and on the courthouse steps, and he has it."

Michael Dell is recognized for his civil litigation practice, which includes recently representing Royal Bank of Canada in a dispute over CDO obligations. One interviewee comments: “I have nothing but praise for Michael. He is the consummate professional: very calm and thoughtful and able to think ahead.”

Sources recommend Paul Schoeman as an “extraordinary lawyer who is able to cut through to the heart of an issue extremely efficiently and just has really good judgment.” He has an impressive record of successfully defending clients from a wide range of government investigations.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Litigation

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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 transactions and major bankruptcies. 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 source comments that “Latham's consistent strength is commercial acumen and client service. Their teams have significant depth and expertise.”

Another interviewee enthuses: “Simply put, they are our problem solvers. We call them 'The Avengers' as they have been our superheroes on more than one occasion.”

Clients highlight the team's "excellent client service coupled with strategic thinking and thorough analysis" as a key strength.

Work highlights Represented RKA Film Financing in a $110 million suit brought against Relativity Media alleging the misappropriation of funds, and defeated a $200 million counterclaim of tortious interference.

Acted as the US representative for the British Bankers' Association, in defense of Libor manipulation claims that were largely dismissed by the Southern District of New York on jurisdictional grounds.

Acted for the former chair of Dean Foods, Thomas Davis, following his guilty plea to insider trading charges and role as a central witness in a major wire fraud conspiracy case.

Significant clients NML Capital, Virgin Media, Caesars Acquisition Company, JPMorgan Chase, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe James Brandt as “an outstanding litigator with great business judgment and negotiating skills,” adding that he is both “very smart and very good on his feet.” Recent examples of his extensive civil litigation practice include successfully defending JPMorgan Chase against allegations that it was in breach of RICO.

Christopher Clark draws on high-level prosecutorial experience to defend major financial services clients against criminal and regulatory proceedings, offering particular strength in insider trading matters. One source states: "I will tell you without hesitation that if I got into trouble, I would definitely call Chris first."

Richard Owens comes recommended for his “extremely sophisticated” practice. He is a trusted counselor for leading financial services institutions subject to government investigations, as evidenced by his ongoing work on matters related to the manipulation of foreign exchange markets.

Miles Ruthberg wins wide praise for “his tremendous experience in boardrooms and in court.” He is widely acknowledged as a go-to representative for accounting firms in securities disputes, where he is praised for his experience as "an excellent trial lawyer."

Joseph Serino recently joined the firm from Kirkland & Ellis and maintains a broad securities practice that sees him advise an impressive range of financial services clients on regulatory investigations and civil disputes. He regularly defends institutions and individuals against high-value class actions and derivative actions. Clients particularly value his responsiveness and industry expertise.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP - Litigation

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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 in a range of securities and commercial disputes, including cases involving asset-backed securities and CDOs. Increasingly recognized for its white-collar practice, which also acts on civil enforcement proceedings brought by bodies such as the SEC, FINRA and the CFTC.

Strengths One source highlights the group for its commercial awareness: “They are very smart and very business-oriented. They don't just do legal analysis in a vacuum; they apply it to our business.”

Interviewees highlight a number of strengths, stating that its "delivery power in terms of quantity, quality and timeliness is amazingly high," as well as citing its "strategic capabilities and relationship building with the authorities involved."

Clients praise the team for its handling of complex disputes: “They have just been very organized and responsive. It is a pretty big matter but they have been able to keep track of all the moving pieces, and kept up to speed very efficiently.”

Work highlights Acted for AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and AXA Equitable Funds Management Group in a suit brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, which alleged that it had breached its fiduciary duties by charging excessive fees.

Defended Rabobank from multiple civil actions arising from the alleged fixing of Libor, as well as other interest rate benchmarks. Recent work includes securing the dismissal of multiple RICO and Sherman Act claims from the multidistrict litigation pending in the Southern District.

Provided counsel to VEREIT in multiple matters arising from alleged fraud in the company's financial statements, including a state-level criminal investigation, an SEC proceeding and a shareholder class action.

Significant clients Citi, Ambac Assurance, Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe George Canellos as "one of the best white-collar lawyers in the USA" and a "powerhouse," citing his ability to draw expertly on his SEC enforcement experience when defending major financial services clients. He acts on a range of criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as handling criminal proceedings at state and federal level.

The "really outstanding" Scott Edelman is highlighted by sources as offering an “unparalleled level of intellect packaged in a very modest individual.” His broad litigation practice spans both criminal and civil work and includes notable experience in securities regulatory matters. He is particularly noted for his strength as a trial lawyer.

Sean Murphy defends clients from a range of securities class actions and derivative suits, offering significant strength in acting for mutual funds. Clients hold him in high regard, stating: "He has an outstanding presence in the courtroom, with an uncanny ability to put witnesses at ease during examination. His depth of knowledge and ability to retain and communicate complex issues is superb.”

Antonia Apps comes recommended for her white-collar defense practice, which sees her defend against a range of regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings. Interviewees describe her as a "terrific trial lawyer" who "understands the difficulties of the world we live in" and gives "advice tailored to a practical approach."

Commentators describe James Cavoli as a "very strong lawyer" who has a "phenomenal ability to remember the details and facts of a case." He offers impressive experience in handling complex regulatory and criminal investigations for major financial services clients, including those involving foreign regulatory bodies.

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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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Our US-based litigators are supported by and work closely with attorneys in practice groups throughout the Firm, domestically and across the globe. Our clients are assured of access to the full resources of Milbank’s offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, London, Frankfurt, Mungich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Seoul and São Paulo to support the litigation and dispute resolution services we offer.


Morrison & Foerster LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths Sources state: “MoFo is an excellent firm. The individuals we have worked with have shown a very strong legal acumen, excellent business judgment, wonderful customer service and, above all, availability.”

Interviewees highlight the team as being “very professional and very helpful,” noting that it is “very good at dealing with and negotiating with the government.”

Work highlights Acted for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in bringing a constitutional law action against the State of New York's ban on live performances of professional mixed martial arts.

Significant clients LexisNexis, NYCLU.

Notable practitioners

Carl Loewenson is an experienced litigator in the white-collar defense space whose recent practice includes defending against allegations of market manipulation. One client describes him as “the perfect combination of smart, diligent and practical,” while peers also highlight a range of strengths: “He's just great: great with individuals, a quick study, really calm under pressure - just top-notch.”

Ronald White is highlighted for his increasing prominence at the white-collar Bar, drawing praise for his "very professional, very responsive and very smart" approach. He handles both criminal defense and SEC enforcement actions, as well as acting on internal investigations into issues such as corruption and insider trading.

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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
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  • Class Action Defense
  • Unfair Competition
  • Privacy
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Universally singled out as a preeminent litigation firm that offers first-class expertise across civil and criminal disputes. Houses an enviable bench of formidable courtroom advocates and regulatory experts who act on market-leading litigation, drawing on strength in areas such as product liability, IP and 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 One source describes the team as “world-class litigators who see the big picture,” specifying as a particular strength their “good balance of pushing and challenging plaintiff's counsel to show they are formidable, without breaking relationships.”

Interviewees are impressed by the team's client service: “What stands out for me particularly is their approachability: they constantly inform you of what is going on and keep you fully advised. It's a really impressive team.”

Commentators highlight the firm's “very deep bench,” with one interviewee suggesting that “the thing about them is that they check every box. Paul, Weiss has a breadth of skill sets that is rare.”

Another source notes: “I have the highest praise for the entire team. Everything was first-rate and they are total professionals. They immersed themselves in the entire business.”

This interviewee has superlative praise for the team: “When it comes to what's really important, if you want the best and the brightest, the Paul, Weiss lawyers are the smartest, most thorough and most focused.”

Work highlights Acted for Paramount Pictures in the successful defense of charges that it had misled SPV investors by including false information in a private placement memorandum.

Defended The Bank of New York Mellon from multi-agency state and federal investigations and civil litigation, arising from allegations of mispricing in foreign exchange transactions.

Acted for Citi in several multibillion-dollar actions, including recently securing the dismissal of a $9 billion putative class action alleging that it had disguised the extent of its subprime exposure in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, FIFA, ADT, Citco Corporate Services, Garmin International.

Notable practitioners

Brad Karp represents some of the world's largest corporations in bet-the-company litigation, offering a market-leading record in the defense of securities class actions as well as expert regulatory enforcement capabilities. According to one source, he is "among a handful of lawyers in New York that is without peer," while others single him out as "the consummate client service lawyer."

Sources are quick to praise the "extraordinary" Michele Hirshman, with one interviewee stating: “She has one of the best judgments I have ever seen, as well as being a tireless and fierce advocate.” She frequently acts for both individuals and organizations subject to white-collar government investigations.

Roberto Finzi draws praise for his broad white-collar and regulatory practice. One source describes him as “the best litigator I have ever seen practice in a courtroom,” highlighting his “unique ability to distill the most complicated material into perfectly digestible elements for whatever audience he has.”

Jay Cohen's commercial litigation practice includes significant expertise in the representation of industry-leading media clients such as Time Warner Cable. Sources describe him as "an excellent litigator with a great personality and a very good approach to reaching resolutions."

Leslie Gordon Fagen is particularly commended for his strong courtroom practice, and is described by one client as "the most superb trial lawyer in New York City." He maintains a broad caseload of commercial disputes, including recently representing Citco Group in a contract and fraud action.

Martin Flumenbaum is recognized for his longstanding litigation practice, which sees him handle commercial claims, securities class actions and regulatory investigations for a broad client roster. His recent work includes defending Fitch Ratings against allegations that it breached Wyoming securities laws.

Theodore Wells is a “superstar” litigator who combines his first-class white-collar defense expertise with a sterling reputation for civil disputes. Sources highlight his “wisdom, experience and judgment,” as well as his ability to “command a room when he walks in.” His trial practice attracts particular praise, as one interviewee confirms: “He is one of the best trial lawyers in the country, if not the best.”

Sources suggest that Daniel Kramer is “easily one of the best in the business,” with one interviewee stating that “he is as knowledgeable substantively as any lawyer in this space; he is our go-to guy for anything securities-related.” He frequently defends against large-scale securities class actions, with recent clients including Ply Gem and iStar Financial.

The "tremendous" Richard Rosen remains a leading figure at the securities litigation Bar, whose representation of underwriters wins him particular plaudits. He is also noted for his representation of public companies and their directors in class actions. Sources commend his “strong intellect,” labeling him “a very thoughtful lawyer.”

Mark Pomerantz maintains a strong reputation as a dean of white-collar litigation. One impressed source describes him as the “best lawyer ever.” His extensive defense practice includes a notable focus on proceedings involving allegations of insider trading.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Brings extensive skill and industry expertise to commercial litigation, regularly acting for market-leading pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions and sports leagues. 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 Sources report being "incredibly impressed" with the team, noting that the attorneys "are extremely flexible and transparent, and have a client-first mentality."

Interviewees highlight the team's �����great bench of former prosecutors” and “great credibility.”

One client states: "They think outside the box and are very hands-on. I think highly of them."

Work highlights Represented T-Mobile USA in a dispute with Site Management Solutions, successfully defending it from a $500 million breach of contract claim before bringing counterclaims of fraud.

Defended the directors of Community Health Services from a shareholder derivative action alleging that the company's billing and admissions practices constituted a breach of its fiduciary duties.

Significant clients Keith Haring Foundation, National Hockey League, Diageo North America, Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico, Sony Music Entertainment.

Notable practitioners

One interviewee describes Robert Cleary as “one of the best criminal defense lawyers I know,” while others draw particular attention to his strong trial practice. He heads the firm's white-collar practice, and offers an impressive track record of success in securing the voluntary dismissal of government charges.

Dietrich Snell's white-collar defense practice draws on an extensive prosecutorial experience. Sources describe him as “absolutely terrific,” noting that he is “very practical and understands about getting to the nub of an issue.”

Bradley Ruskin's expertise in sports law disputes forms part of a broad civil litigation practice, which also includes the representation of clients such as T-Mobile in commercial disputes. Market sources highlight his “very good judgment in seeing all sides of an issue.”

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Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team: “Our experience working with them is outstanding. They work hard to be available to us, and they are thoughtful in their work.”

One source praises the group in the highest terms: “They are the top firm in New York City of their size and practice, in my experience.”

Work highlights Represented ICAP in a number of different matters, including defending ICAP Capital Markets against a class action arising from allegations that it participated in a conspiracy to manipulate ISDAfix.

Acted for a South American sports marketing company in an EDNY investigation and criminal proceedings into allegations of bribery involving FIFA officials.

Significant clients Black Diamond Capital Management, Wibbert Investment, Carisma Prima, Alex Geissbuehler.

Notable practitioners

Market consensus confirms that Lee Richards is a “very strong and well-respected lawyer” who “never fails to live up to his impeccable reputation.” His white-collar litigation practice is complemented by his impressive expertise in serving as a corporate monitor.

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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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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. Strong civil litigation practice that handles a range of commercial and securities disputes, bolstered by a series of recent hires.

Strengths Impressed sources state: “It's a tremendous firm and a tremendous team. They have incredible substance and depth.”

Another commentator notes: “They have built their office in New York brilliantly and have developed an outstanding reputation for excellence. People know them to be good across the board.”

Work highlights Secured the dismissal of all obstruction of justice charges brought against Kurt Mix, following his indictment for his role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Defended Costco from a suit brought by Ritchie Capital, which sought over $30 million in damages for Costco's alleged participation in Tom Petters's Ponzi scheme.

Represented Rabo Securities in a case against John Ferolito, a former client of the bank, which alleged that he had breached the contract he made in his engagement letter by refusing to pay the bank $6 million when he sold his interest in Beverage Marketing.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank Securities, Apax Partners, LPL Financial, Adam Skelos, Brookfield Office Properties.

Notable practitioners

Michael McGovern regularly defends clients subject to both DOJ and SEC investigations, offering particular expertise in alleged antitrust violations. One client says: “I can't imagine having a better attorney than him. He excels at all aspects: he is very good strategically, knowledgeable and calming.”

Marc Berger is a former prosecutor with a strong reputation in the white-collar defense field. His practice includes advising on FCPA and insider trading investigations and criminal proceedings, acting for both individuals and institutional clients.

Christopher Conniff draws praise from interviewees, who state that he "knows the ins and outs of how to respond to government investigations." He recently defended Adam Skelos against charges of extortion, bribery and conspiracy, securing a sentence well below the normal guidelines.

Sources commend David Hennes for his “great balance between aggressive advocacy and the ability to close on a compromise.” His extensive litigation practice has recently seen him represent clients such as Deutsche Bank and Shire US Holdings in securities and breach of contract cases.

Gregg Weiner maintains a broad civil litigation practice which includes both commercial disputes and securities cases. Clients highlight his "very commercial" approach, noting that he "gives very clear, well-reasoned advice."

Joan McPhee is an experienced white-collar practitioner who regularly defends financial and healthcare clients from criminal and civil enforcement proceedings. Clients describe her as a "brilliant lawyer who does a lot of deep thinking in this field." She has recently relocated to New York, moving from the firm's Boston office.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Dominant securities litigation group that is recognized for its leading representation of financial institutions in big-ticket disputes. Also attracts blue-chip corporations from a broad range of industries. Deep bench of trial and appellate lawyers who are regularly retained to act on consumer class actions, multibillion-dollar securities class actions and derivative suits. Prominent white-collar group whose regulatory expertise includes major FCPA, antitrust and insider trading investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Strengths One source comments: “Simpson Thacher has an outstanding white-collar team. It's a trusted adviser and first call for all matters.”

One peer remarks: “That is a firm I am extremely impressed with. They have tremendous depth and talent. Their papers and in-court presence are terrific.”

Clients find a number of qualities to praise: “They are so responsive and so thoughtful. The service and responsiveness is through the roof.”

One interviewee says simply: “If the chips were down, I would immediately go to them.”

Work highlights Represented Best Buy in an Eighth Circuit appeal, in which it succeeded in reversing the certification of a class by showing that Best Buy's alleged misrepresentations to plaintiffs had not impacted its share price.

Acted for underwriters at Lloyd's of London in their suit against LifeLock, successfully arguing that they could not be liable for the damages accruing from cases brought against LifeLock for deceptive advertising.

Defended the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project from various state investigations into the alleged misappropriation of funds intended for the Project's core goals of aiding wounded servicemen and women.

Significant clients Pfizer, Deutsche Bank, SeaWorld, Travelers, Alibaba.

Notable practitioners

Peers concur that Jonathan Youngwood is a “really outstanding” securities litigator. He frequently defends cases arising from the financial crisis, with recent clients including Morgan Stanley and UBS. His practice also includes high-value M&A litigation.

Clients appreciate Paul Curnin for his “depth and breadth of experience,” as well as his “very steady hand at the tiller.” He represents clients subject to both civil and criminal government investigations, as well as in securities litigation.

Thomas Rice comes recommended for his extensive securities litigation practice, which includes handling multiple large-scale RMBS litigations. One source describes him as “one of the best lawyers I have ever dealt with.”

Mark Stein maintains a broad white-collar and regulatory practice, offering particular expertise in monitorships and internal investigations. Sources highlight his “great demeanor,” noting that he is “really smart and gets along really well with the client.”

Peter Kazanoff is highlighted by a clients as “extraordinarily knowledgeable and a very good adviser.” His extensive work in the securities space includes acting on a number of cases arising from the collapse of Ponzi schemes, as well as representing mortgage providers.

In the words of one interviewee, Nicholas Goldin is “incredibly insightful, thorough, and is able to connect the dots probably better than any other attorney I've worked with.” He regularly acts on cybercrime and money laundering matters, as well as advising private equity funds on SEC investigations.

Josh Levine defends clients in a wide range of regulatory and criminal matters, including FCPA and securities fraud work. According to one source, “he's incredibly smart and has great judgment. He is just very calm and is never rattled. He's able to give really excellent advice to the clients under all kinds of settings.”

Mark Cunha maintains a broad civil litigation practice, including both securities cases and commercial disputes. His recent work includes representing Princeton University in a dispute over its tax-exempt status, which illustrates his strength in the defense of educational institutions.

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Fields a preeminent bench of expert litigators who are frequently retained to handle market-leading commercial and criminal disputes at trial and appellate level. Acts for an impressive list of major global corporations and financial institutions 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 source gives high praise: “I consider them to be one of the best law firms in the world.”

Interviewees state that “the entire team is very intelligent, savvy and diligent. I have great faith in the firm's ability to represent us thoroughly and not leave any stones unturned.”

One impressed interviewee states that “Skadden represents the perfect marriage between zealous, aggressive advocacy for clients and a meaningful appreciation for the concepts of justice and equity.”

Another commentator notes: “My experience with all Skadden attorneys has always been of the highest professional caliber.”

Work highlights Defended Relativity Media and its directors from charges of fraud, stemming from allegations that Relativity used funding earmarked for promotional purposes to service its debts.

Acted for UBS Real Estate Securities in defense of $2 billion claims that it breached its RMBS contracts, winning a significant victory in summary judgment that forced the plaintiffs to argue on a case-by-case basis.

Represented 14 underwriters of Petrobras securities, successfully winning a ruling in the Southern District that the Securities Act did not apply because the transaction was not domestic to the USA.

Represented William Jennings, a former executive at Jefferies LLC, in multiple regulatory and criminal investigations related to the sale of fixed-income securities.

Notable practitioners

Sources hold Jay Kasner in high regard, praising him as a "securities litigator through and through" who is "very hands-on, accessible and good to deal with." His leading securities practice sees him regularly represent major clients such as UBS in their most high-value disputes.

John Carroll puts his deep experience to work acting on the full range of government investigations and white-collar proceedings. His recent work includes representing JPMorgan Chase as it was investigated for its foreign exchange practices. One client simply says: “I think the world of him.”

Lauren Aguiar maintains a broad commercial practice, acting for clients from a wide range of industries. One interviewee states that “she is very smart, thorough and has represented our company very well,” while another highlights her “good, practical judgment as well as her excellent background in the law."

Warren Feldman is an experienced white-collar litigator who represents a number of life sciences clients on cross-border matters. Clients describe him as “incredibly smart and incredibly thoughtful,” calling him “a true partner, in the sense of really making an effort to understand the business and look at what its real needs are.”

Clients describe Jonathan Frank as a “terrific asset,” ascribing the “masterful job” he does to the fact that “he's smart, does his homework and doesn't take anything for granted.” His civil litigation practice includes a focus on real estate disputes.

Commentators describe Steven Glaser as “really fantastic, super-smart and a great partner for us,” with one source saying: “He is someone we trust with our lives.” He draws on his experience as a former prosecutor when handling the defense of white-collar criminal and securities fraud charges.

Scott Musoff works on a broad range of top-drawer securities cases, maintaining his reputation as a leading practitioner in this field. He has recently led on a series of disputes arising from IPOs for Asian companies, becoming a major player in this fast-growing market. He is highlighted for his “user-friendly style” and “strong intellect,” and sources agree that he “merits his strong reputation.”

Sources describe David Zornow as “one of the smartest lawyers in New York," describing him as "a person of exceptional judgment.” His first-rate white-collar practice deals with criminal proceedings at both state and federal levels, as well as investigations with a civil element. One client comments: “He's just unparalleled: he's amazing at dealing with prosecutors, he defuses situations early and effectively, and he has excellent relationships.”

David Meister is the former head of enforcement at the CFTC and wins recognition from interviewees for his "great credibility" in the handling of government investigations. He is a go-to white-collar expert for a range of financial institutions, and is applauded for his "very valuable and insightful" practice.

Lawrence Spiegel is an “excellent strategist” who regularly counsels clients on government investigations, particularly those with multijurisdictional reach. Interviewees describe him as “very smart and analytical,” praising his “ability to be a strong advocate for us while presenting a very positive view of the client to the regulator.”

Commentators highlight Susan Saltzstein as a “very client service-oriented” lawyer with notable strength in handling civil disputes. She represents clients in a wide range of securities litigation, including cases alleging fraud resulting from IPOs.

Jonathan Lerner is a stalwart of the civil litigation world, with a longstanding practice that includes both securities and commercial disputes. His recent work includes securing the dismissal of high-value shareholder class actions.

Department profile by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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 and energy. 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 One client states: “We've had great success with them; they're top-notch,” adding that the team is “very successful in achieving outcomes. No firm wins more cases than they do.”

One impressed commentator describes them as “one of the finest law firms in the world,” stressing that it was a “uniformly positive experience.”

Sources highlight the “really great, hard-fighting, hard-charging team,” noting that “they are at the top of the game in everything.”

One interviewee highlights the firm's responsiveness, as well as the quality of its work: “They are available 24/7, their response times are always immediate and their advice is always on point.”

Work highlights Represented the Central Bank of Argentina at the Second Circuit, successfully arguing against plaintiffs' claims that it serves as an alter ego of the government and confirming that it should be granted sovereign immunity.

Won a ruling in favor of UBS, with the court holding that a credit-linked note structured in Hong Kong was not within its jurisdiction, even though the note referenced a CDO that plaintiffs alleged had been structured in New York.

Successfully represented BP in a number of cases arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including securing the recent Fifth Circuit denial of class certification on an putative class action by investors.

Acted for Michael Coscia, the former head of Panther Energy Trading, in the first criminal prosecution involving charges of breaching the Commodity Exchange Act's anti-spoofing stipulations.

Significant clients New York Bankers Association, Barclays, Rolls-Royce, Goldman Sachs, HSBC.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, Robert Giuffra is a “very thoughtful, very careful and always a pleasure to work with.” He wins recognition for his wide-ranging civil litigation practice, which sees him represent large corporations and banks in securities class actions and commercial disputes. He is also highlighted as an “excellent trial lawyer” who is “incredibly smart and amazing on his feet.”

Interviewees hold Richard Klapper in high regard as a "top litigation lawyer." He focuses on the defense of major securities cases for marquee financial services clients, including acting in class actions and disputes involving products such as CDOs.

The "fantastic" Sharon Nelles wins praise from interviewees as an “excellent adviser who is experienced in litigation and investigations.” She frequently represents leading financial institutions in major securities class actions, as well as handling related regulatory proceedings.

Richard Pepperman attracts market recognition for his “well rounded” litigation practice, drawing particular praise for his strong advocacy. He leads the firm's litigation practice and acts for clients such as BP and HSBC on securities disputes, as well as matters involving antitrust concerns.

Nicolas Bourtin is a highly regarded white-collar litigator with experience in representing both individual and institutional clients in multijurisdictional investigations. According to one impressed source, he is “exceptionally knowledgeable, he has a very grounded common-sense approach to addressing issues and his advice is totally reliable.”

Samuel Seymour fields extensive experience as a criminal defense lawyer, acting on a wide range of white-collar investigations across a number of industries. One client enthuses: “He is very experienced and very senior, and has done a lot of the big cases. He brings deep knowledge and real respect from the regulators and government, so he really is a high-quality guy. He's just first-class."

Karen Patton Seymour is a leading practitioner in white-collar defense who is highlighted for the “tremendous amount of credibility” she brings to a case, as well as the “incredible skill and deftness" with which she handles even the most complex matters. Her practice extends to the representation of both individuals and institutions in criminal and regulatory investigations, with a focus on the financial services industry.

Clients highlight Alexander Willscher for his "fantastic” work in white-collar criminal defense and civil investigations. He maintains a broad caseload, drawing on extensive experience in arguing cases at trial and appellate levels.

Penny Shane is an experienced litigator who frequently represents clients from the financial services industry in securities litigation and related regulatory matters. Impressed interviewees note that she is "blazingly smart and very good on her feet."

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strong presence in market-leading 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. Expert cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement practice that includes antitrust, FCPA, securities fraud and criminal tax issues.

Strengths One client states: "I find them to be outstanding in every respect," adding: "There are few firms I'd compare to them in terms of offering everything from domain confidence to practical, responsive and high-quality legal support. They are excellent across the board."

Sources confirm that "for M&A litigation, they are without peer."

Interviewees agree that Wachtell is a “phenomenal” firm, describing it as “a collection of 180 IQ people.”

Notable practitioners

John Savarese is a “formidable” opponent in the courtroom who is frequently highlighted for his expert representation of financial organizations. He is noted for his handling of internal investigations and criminal proceedings, as well as advising on SEC regulatory concerns.

Theodore Mirvis is distinguished for his deep expertise across a range of securities, M&A and white-collar crime disputes. He is well regarded for his focus on litigation involving corporate governance and shareholders' rights, offering notable expertise in trial and appellate proceedings.

A "well-known adviser to top companies," David Anders is an “exceptionally able, responsive, creative and hard-working” litigator who is “extremely effective” and a “pleasure to work with.” He is regularly retained on white-collar matters such as internal investigations and FCPA compliance. He is also noted for his securities fraud expertise.

Marc Wolinsky is a “very, very strong” litigator who draws praise for his broad civil disputes practice. His recent experience includes advising on matters such as ERISA class actions, bankruptcy litigation and real estate disputes.

The "outstanding" George Conway is a well-regarded courtroom advocate who is noted for his handling of civil litigation at trial and appellate stage. He frequently acts on securities disputes, including class actions arising from private exchange issues and shareholder suits arising from M&A deals.

William Savitt provides "excellent counsel, with good comprehension of issues and attention to detail," according to interviewees. He frequently acts on shareholder actions concerning M&A transactions, as well as disputes involving corporate governance and wider breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Paul Vizcarrondo offers counsel on a range of contentious proceedings involving securities, including defending against class actions arising from allegations of financial misrepresentation in IPOs. His practice also includes advising on regulatory concerns.

Bernard Nussbaum is a dean of the civil litigation world who continues to advise clients on commercial disputes. His longstanding trial practice sees him regularly provide counsel on court proceedings.

Eric Roth is esteemed by market commentators for the depth of his experience in civil disputes. He continues to advise on a range of contentious proceedings, including claims brought under the False Claims Act, creditors' rights actions and the defense of hostile takeovers.

Herbert Wachtell is a highly regarded commercial litigator who attracts praise for his wealth of trial experience. He continues to represent clients in civil disputes, including acting on cases such as professional malpractice claims.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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. 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. Additional expertise in arbitration and mediation.

Strengths Interviewees give the firm “ten out of ten” for the quality of its client service.

Sources suggest that “the group is excellent in every way: fast, diligent and all that you would want from lawyers.”

Commentators confirm that this is a “very strong” litigation shop.

Work highlights Represented Cameron International Corporation in a suit against its insurers, successfully recovering over $200 million in liabilities incurred during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and pursing a breach of contract action against a final insurer for $50 million.

Acted for Facebook in derivative and class actions arising from its IPO, recently securing Second Circuit confirmation that derivative plaintiffs did not hold contemporaneous share ownership.

Represented Anthony Allen, a former executive of Rabobank, in the appeal of his conviction for participating in an alleged conspiracy to manipulate Libor.

Significant clients Citi, Kenneth Cole, Lehman Brothers Holdings, KPMG, Goldman Sachs.

Notable practitioners

Michael Young is an “extremely experienced” securities litigator who is highlighted for the quality of his analytical skills and client service. One interviewee says: “He is extremely efficient, always up to date on legal developments and helps figure out the best strategies.”

Michael Schachter is highlighted for his expert white-collar defense practice, which includes acting for high-profile individuals and institutions in criminal proceedings and investigations. Sources confirm that he is "an excellent all-around lawyer" who is "thorough, creative and really digs into legal and factual issues."

Todd Cosenza draws praise for his handling of securities class actions arising from alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, which form part of his broad civil practice. Clients describe him as a "rock star New York lawyer" who is "very responsive and appropriately aggressive."

Sources describe Tariq Mundiya as a "real fighter who will pull out all the stops to get victory," as well as highlighting that he is "very, very smart." He frequently acts on securities litigation arising from M&A, with recent work including a victory for Kenneth Cole against a challenge to a going-private transaction.

Antonio Yanez is an experienced securities litigator who regularly acts for public company issuers and auditors in shareholder class actions and derivative suits. Clients applaud his "very good business sense" and the way he "approaches things in an even-handed and steady way."

Department profile 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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Esteemed practice that regularly acts on big-ticket commercial and criminal disputes, drawing on a strong global platform and notable trial skills. Expert securities and ERISA class action capabilities, offering particular experience in arguing against class certification. Acts on cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings for financial institutions and international companies involving bodies such as the DOJ and SEC. Also advises board committees on wide-ranging securities and commercial disputes.

Strengths Peers confirm that this is “a great group” that offers “some of the best appellate practitioners” in the market.

Sources report: “They have tremendous depth and are so well regarded. The quality of lawyer per capita is remarkable.”

One interviewee states: “The team is always available no matter the issue and their knowledge of regulatory matters is beyond compare.”

Work highlights Acted for TransUnion in its efforts to reinforce its claim to ownership of assets bought in a bankruptcy auction in Florida, the outcome of which was disputed.

Successfully defended UBS against a case concerning an alleged pump-and-dump scheme involving Biozoom securities.

Represented HSBC in a consumer class action and suits brought by individual merchants, which alleged that credit card transaction fees were artificially heightened.

Advised Cisco's audit committee on DOJ and SEC investigations into possible FCPA violations connected with its operations in Russia, which have now concluded without charges being brought.

Significant clients Susquehanna Investment Group, RBS, Statoil, AVEO Pharmaceuticals, TerraForm Power.

Notable practitioners

Boyd Johnson is esteemed by peers as a “top-notch criminal defense and regulatory practitioner.” He is a go-to adviser on proceedings arising from a range of allegations, including racketeering, FCPA and fraud claims. Clients praise his "excellent experience" and note that he is "good at taking the emotions out of an issue and looking at it practically."

Fraser Hunter is regarded as a “very smart” lawyer who is highlighted for his expertise in securities enforcement actions and civil disputes. He frequently acts for financial institutions involved in litigation, including recently advising RBS on civil claims arising from Libor rate-setting allegations.

The "remarkable" Lori Martin is widely viewed as an “incredibly hard-working and smart” practitioner who is valued for her “impeccable” judgment. She is particularly recommended for her representation of mutual funds in securities litigation and regulatory investigations.

The "very experienced" Jay Holtmeier is applauded for his “ability to anticipate issues and help put effective solutions in place.” He is particularly applauded for his deep knowledge of FCPA proceedings and is highlighted for his strength in advising on DOJ investigations.

Anjan Sahni is a former Southern District prosecutor with an increasing profile in the white-collar defense market. One client describes him as "one of the most incredible legal minds I've ever conversed with," as well as noting that he is "great on his feet in the courtroom."

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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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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Elkan Abramowitz is preceded by his “terrific reputation,” with market commentators agreeing that he stands out as “one of the deans of the white-collar Bar.” He continues to represent clients in some of the most high-profile cases in the white-collar space.

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Hafetz & Necheles LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fred Hafetz of Hafetz & Necheles LLP stands out for his longstanding white-collar criminal defense practice, which includes successfully defending individual clients facing trial. He is also noted for his expert representation of institutional clients.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Pomerantz maintains a strong reputation as a dean of white-collar litigation. One impressed source describes him as the “best lawyer ever.” His extensive defense practice includes a notable focus on proceedings involving allegations of insider trading.

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Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Siffert comes highly recommended as a “thoroughly skilled practitioner" and "one of the deans of the white-collar Bar.” His longstanding criminal defense practice is complemented by significant experience in taking civil cases to trial.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Stillman of Ballard Spahr LLP wins high acclaim as a white-collar practitioner who is "a legend in the field of individual representations," able to "give people reassurance in tough situations because he has seen everything and is so respected by judges and the Bar." He continues to advise companies and their executives on high-stakes criminal proceedings and investigations.

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Senior Statesmen

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Wing is a “terrific” attorney whose depth of experience in this field draws significant acclaim. He continues to advise on wide-ranging white-collar matters, defending both individuals and large organizations from criminal charges.

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Senior Statesmen

Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators confirm that Frank Wohl is “a legend in this area,” with more than 40 years of white-collar experience as both a prosecutor and a founding partner at the firm. He remains a go-to litigator for civil enforcement and criminal proceedings, as well as advising on commercial disputes.

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Eminent Practitioner

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Jo White is a preeminent figure at the white-collar Bar, who recently returned to Debevoise having served as chair of the SEC for four years. She is senior chair of the firm, and draws on market-leading regulatory expertise to advise boards of directors and companies on government investigations and enforcement proceedings.

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Star Individuals

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "supremely talented" Barry Berke is universally regarded as “the real deal,” drawing particular praise for his expertise as a "terrific trial lawyer." His extensive work defending individuals from white-collar criminal charges is complemented by experience in wide-ranging civil disputes, as well as conducting internal investigations for institutional clients.

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Star Individuals

Andrew J Levander

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Super litigator" Andrew Levander is widely acknowledged to be “one of the best white-collar lawyers in the city.” Sources describe him as “an excellent writer and terrific in court,” skills that he turns to the defense of individual and institutional clients from government investigations that frequently include both white-collar criminal and securities elements.

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Star Individuals

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Naftalis is held in high regard for his top-drawer white-collar defense practice, as well as his winning record of litigating civil cases both at trial and on appeal. Clients offer superlative praise: "He is superb as litigation counsel. He has great intelligence, and is a likable person and an excellent strategist. Likability is powerful both in the courtroom and on the courthouse steps, and he has it."

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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 “superstar” litigator who combines his first-class white-collar defense expertise with a sterling reputation for civil disputes. Sources highlight his “wisdom, experience and judgment,” as well as his ability to “command a room when he walks in.” His trial practice attracts particular praise, as one interviewee confirms: “He is one of the best trial lawyers in the country, if not the best.”

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Evan Barr achieves widespread recognition as an "extremely talented and capable" white-collar lawyer who frequently represents individuals subject to a range of high-stakes government investigations. Sources note that he “has a flair for creative responses to difficult challenges and is renowned for inventive solutions.”

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James J Benjamin, Jr

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Benjamin is acclaimed by interviewees as "an extremely strong lawyer" who is "at the center of the white-collar defense community." He regularly defends clients from SEC enforcement proceedings and related criminal investigations. One client states: "He's one of the standard-bearers in terms of the whole package he offers: he's intelligent, understands complex issues, is extremely personable and practical, and just has a great disposition."

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Bohrer is universally regarded as "one of the leaders of the white-collar Bar in the city." Interviewees describe him as "a great trial lawyer and an excellent tactician who is very thoughtful about legal issues and an excellent appellate advocate as well." He is based at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

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Brune Law P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers commend Susan Brune of Brune Law P.C. as “the full package,” noting that “she is smart, good with people, focused on the law and the facts, and always gets great results.” Her specialty lies in the representation of individuals facing government investigations and enforcement proceedings, as is evidenced by her high-profile recent defense of Patriarch Partners owner Lynn Tilton.

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George S Canellos

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees describe George Canellos as "one of the best white-collar lawyers in the USA" and a "powerhouse," citing his ability to draw expertly on his SEC enforcement experience when defending major financial services clients. He acts on a range of criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as handling criminal proceedings at state and federal level.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients are effusive in their praise of Peter Chavkin, stating: "Of all the attorneys we've dealt with, no one has had the tenacity, drive, work ethic, creativity and all-around brilliance of Peter Chavkin." He heads the firm's white-collar practice, offering an impressive record of defending institutional and individual clients from a range of government investigations.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One interviewee describes Robert Cleary as “one of the best criminal defense lawyers I know,” while others draw particular attention to his strong trial practice. He heads the firm's white-collar practice, and offers an impressive track record of success in securing the voluntary dismissal of government charges.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees are quick to praise leading defense attorney David Kelley, noting that he "can speak with authority not only on the law but also in terms of understanding business realities." He draws on significant government experience to provide first-class representation to clients facing DOJ and SEC investigations.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Aaron Marcu offers a wealth of experience in white-collar criminal defense, including handling multiple government investigations for financial institutions. Clients praise him as “preternaturally calm under pressure,” also highlighting his “broad international and cross-border experience” and the fact that he is “extremely well regarded by prosecutors and adversaries.”

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Petrillo Klein & Boxer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Guy Petrillo as "a superb attorney" who is "very smart and has good judgment." He frequently represents individuals charged with white-collar crimes, as well as handling civil proceedings before bodies such as the CFTC and the SEC.

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Lee S Richards III

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Market consensus confirms that Lee Richards is a “very strong and well-respected lawyer” who “never fails to live up to his impeccable reputation.” His white-collar litigation practice is complemented by his impressive expertise in serving as a corporate monitor.

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

John Savarese is a “formidable” opponent in the courtroom who is frequently highlighted for his expert representation of financial organizations. He is noted for his handling of internal investigations and criminal proceedings, as well as advising on SEC regulatory concerns.

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Karen Patton Seymour

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Patton Seymour is a leading practitioner in white-collar defense who is highlighted for the “tremendous amount of credibility” she brings to a case, as well as the “incredible skill and deftness" with which she handles even the most complex matters. Her practice extends to the representation of both individuals and institutions in criminal and regulatory investigations, with a focus on the financial services industry.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Seymour fields extensive experience as a criminal defense lawyer, acting on a wide range of white-collar investigations across a number of industries. One client enthuses: “He is very experienced and very senior, and has done a lot of the big cases. He brings deep knowledge and real respect from the regulators and government, so he really is a high-quality guy. He's just first-class."

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to one interviewee, Paul Shechtman of Bracewell LLP is a "rock star" who is "everybody's go-to person if you have a jam." He is a top-drawer criminal defense attorney, recognized especially for his work defending individual clients in high-profile white-collar cases.

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Richard M Strassberg

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees commend Richard Strassberg for his “wonderful way with clients,” while also stating that “his ability to master complex facts quickly is off the charts.” He is noted for his strength at trial and for his expert representation of company directors in wide-ranging criminal proceedings.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Yannett is a "very strong communicator and litigator" who "has a lot of credibility with regulators," according to interviewees. His extensive practice involves defending both individual and institutional clients from government investigations and criminal proceedings.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe David Zornow as “one of the smartest lawyers in New York," describing him as "a person of exceptional judgment.” His first-rate white-collar practice deals with criminal proceedings at both state and federal levels, as well as investigations with a civil element. One client comments: “He's just unparalleled: he's amazing at dealing with prosecutors, he defuses situations early and effectively, and he has excellent relationships.”

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

From the Chambers USA guide

A "well-known adviser to top companies," David Anders is an “exceptionally able, responsive, creative and hard-working” litigator who is “extremely effective” and a “pleasure to work with.” He is regularly retained on white-collar matters such as internal investigations and FCPA compliance. He is also noted for his securities fraud expertise.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marcus Asner is a white-collar crime specialist who draws high praise for his "impressive depth of knowledge and expertise." He regularly acts on FCPA and False Claims Act investigations, offering extensive experience in defending against DOJ proceedings.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Kenneth Breen as a "very smart and analytical" white-collar litigator, noting that as "a former prosecutor over many years, he understands the system and gives you lots of confidence.” He regularly acts for high-profile clients facing criminal proceedings, including his recent representation of former Deutsche Bank employee Matthew Connolly.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Brodsky is highly reputed for his long record of defending both criminal and civil government proceedings, as well as conducting internal investigations. His recent work includes handling complex regulatory matters for clients such as Citi, HSBC and Goldman Sachs.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

John Carroll puts his deep experience to work acting on the full range of government investigations and white-collar proceedings. His recent work includes representing JPMorgan Chase as it was investigated for its foreign exchange practices. One client simply says: “I think the world of him.”

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Andrew J Ceresney

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Ceresney recently returned to the firm as cochair of the litigation practice, having formerly served as Director of Enforcement at the SEC. He offers an impressive breadth of expertise in advising on internal and external investigations, as well as defending individuals and institutions against enforcement proceedings.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "first-class" Pamela Chepiga is well liked by clients, one of whom highlights her "very sophisticated and very serious" civil and criminal practice. Financial institutions often retain her to handle major government investigations, as well as high-value civil disputes.

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Christopher J Clark

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Clark draws on high-level prosecutorial experience to defend major financial services clients against criminal and regulatory proceedings, offering particular strength in insider trading matters. One source states: "I will tell you without hesitation that if I got into trouble, I would definitely call Chris first."

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Cohen & Gresser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Mark Cohen as "a real trial lawyer" who "has a great combination of raw intelligence, experience and common sense." His impressively broad criminal defense practice runs the full gamut of external and internal investigations, as well as civil securities disputes.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lev Dassin acts for a number of individual and institutional clients on high-stakes white-collar criminal defense proceedings, including defending major financial institutions against FCPA and insider trading charges. Sources describe him as a "super talent" who "works on the most sophisticated matters."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Esseks represents both individuals and institutions in investigations conducted by a range of agencies, including proceedings arising from the manipulation of foreign exchange markets. Clients note that he is "particularly good on FCPA and related corruption issues."

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Daniel J Fetterman

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Fetterman leads the firm's white-collar practice and is a go-to litigator for high-profile individuals and institutions. Clients note that he is “very hard-working and smart, and tries to look at every angle of a situation,” particularly valuing the way he and his team “take ownership of the case as if they were the defendants.”

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roberto Finzi draws praise for his broad white-collar and regulatory practice. One source describes him as “the best litigator I have ever seen practice in a courtroom,” highlighting his “unique ability to distill the most complicated material into perfectly digestible elements for whatever audience he has.”

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Fishbein is described by interviewees as “very knowledgeable and good with regulators,” as well as attracting praise for his "pragmatic, levelheaded approach." His litigation practice covers both civil and criminal work, including notable expertise in investigations and criminal proceedings involving charges of insider trading.

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Lawrence Gerschwer

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Gerschwer comes recommended for his expert defense of clients in criminal investigations and enforcement proceedings. Sources note his "extensive experience in representing individuals and institutions," as well as his "tremendous judgment" and "great demeanor; he's loved by his opponents and his clients, which makes him particularly effective."

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Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Gitner is widely lauded for his expert white-collar defense practice, with one source saying that he is “the full package, just the whole thing. He has great judgment and is a doggedly determined, terrific lawyer.” He is particularly known for his representation of individuals in matters such as insider trading and FCPA violation charges.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sean Hecker maintains a broad white-collar defense practice that includes notable strength in corruption issues and internal investigations. Sources highlight his “really outstanding grasp of the facts and complexities,” calling him “an incredibly fast thinker.”

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Heiss comes recommended as a “very strategic thinker” who is "excellent at handling very high-stakes criminal and civil matters for clients." His strong trial practice is complemented by notable experience in regulatory investigations, including those involving allegations of securities fraud.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources are quick to praise the "extraordinary" Michele Hirshman, with one interviewee stating: “She has one of the best judgments I have ever seen, as well as being a tireless and fierce advocate.” She frequently acts for both individuals and organizations subject to white-collar government investigations.

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Spears & Imes LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Imes is widely commended for her “ferocious attention to detail and extremely effective advocacy on behalf of her clients.” She works on a range of criminal investigations and proceedings, including recent work defending individuals from FCPA and RICO charges.

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Boyd M Johnson III

WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Boyd Johnson is esteemed by peers as a “top-notch criminal defense and regulatory practitioner.” He is a go-to adviser on proceedings arising from a range of allegations, including racketeering, FCPA and fraud claims. Clients praise his "excellent experience" and note that he is "good at taking the emotions out of an issue and looking at it practically."

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kim receives comprehensive praise from the market for his “very sharp legal mind and exceptional oral advocacy skills.” His practice covers both white-collar and commercial litigation, and includes deep expertise in defending individuals from the financial services industry. Sources note that he is "very creative in terms of how one pursues various defendants."

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Kobre & Kim

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Steven Kobre wins acclaim from interviewees for being "brilliant at keeping the big picture in mind." He frequently defends clients involved in regulatory investigations, while also drawing praise for his representation of major corporations in civil disputes. One source describes him as "really at the top of the field," noting that "he's not afraid to go adverse to financial institutions."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees label Lewis Liman “one of the class acts" at the New York Bar, praising his "excellent presence with judges" and handling of high-level mandates. His practice spans the white-collar and securities litigation space, including significant experience both at trial and in the appellate courts.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Little of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is known for defending high-profile clients from government investigations, as well as for his experience in taking cases to trial. Sources label him "a worthy adversary," noting that he is both a "tough, tenacious litigator" and "a clever and creative strategist who is well regarded in government circles."

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Carl H Loewenson Jr

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Loewenson is an experienced litigator in the white-collar defense space whose recent practice includes defending against allegations of market manipulation. One client describes him as “the perfect combination of smart, diligent and practical,” while peers also highlight a range of strengths: “He's just great: great with individuals, a quick study, really calm under pressure - just top-notch.”

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Denis McInerney is held in high esteem for his white-collar expertise. Clients describe him as "absolutely terrific," noting that he is "incredibly well respected and good with strategy in terms of how to navigate government proceedings." His defense practice is complemented by significant DOJ experience.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Owens comes recommended for his “extremely sophisticated” practice. He is a trusted counselor for leading financial services institutions subject to government investigations, as evidenced by his ongoing work on matters related to the manipulation of foreign exchange markets.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Michael Rogoff is an experienced criminal defense litigator who is "excellent on investigations but can then deal with the follow-up as well," according to sources. One interviewee states: "He is tireless in his work ethic, very passionate about cases and a very good choice for anyone in that space."

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Michael Schachter

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Schachter is highlighted for his expert white-collar defense practice, which includes acting for high-profile individuals and institutions in criminal proceedings and investigations. Sources confirm that he is "an excellent all-around lawyer" who is "thorough, creative and really digs into legal and factual issues."

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William J Schwartz

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced white-collar litigator William Schwartz maintains his well-regarded practice in defending individuals and organizations from criminal and related civil investigations. He is particularly noted for his trial experience.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Stein maintains a broad white-collar and regulatory practice, offering particular expertise in monitorships and internal investigations. Sources highlight his “great demeanor,” noting that he is “really smart and gets along really well with the client.”

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Temkin is recognized by fellow practitioners as “one of the leading lights of the current generation of criminal tax lawyers.” His expert tax fraud practice is complemented by experience in criminal and regulatory proceedings related to antitrust, securities and FCPA violations.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Vinegrad is a well-regarded white-collar litigator whose practice frequently includes defending clients against allegations of FCPA violations. One client states: "He really owns the representation, and knows our cases better than the government knows them."

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Marc A. Weinstein

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Weinstein of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP maintains an impressive reputation for his white-collar practice, which sees him described as "very strong in the courtroom." His recent work includes acting on foreign exchange and antitrust matters.

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Jonathan S Abernethy

Cohen & Gresser LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Abernethy frequently acts on investigations involving FCPA concerns and domestic corruption concerns as part of his wide-ranging criminal defense practice. One source reports being "very impressed with his mastery of the facts," while others note his "very good sense of how things will sound to a prosecutor."

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers agree that Richard Albert is a “tremendous” attorney and a “thorough, well-respected guy.” He works on an impressive range of disputes, including a notable focus on defending financial services clients from parallel civil and criminal proceedings.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Anello is described by one source as "the complete package: a first-rate trial lawyer and litigator" who is "everything you want in a lawyer and counselor." He attracts a broad international client base, offering recent experience in areas such as the FCPA, espionage charges and SEC investigations.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Asaro maintains a broad white-collar practice, which sees him handle both internal investigations and civil enforcement and criminal proceedings. One client enthuses: "You can take his advice to the bank," adding: "We thank the law gods for him every day."

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients commend Jonathan Bach as an "out-of-the-box thinker" who "takes the confusion out of complex situations and comes up with creative and realistic approaches to allow for the best outcome possible." He is a white-collar defense specialist with strong trial capabilities.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martine Beamon maintains a broad white-collar defense practice, advising on internal investigations, criminal proceedings and regulatory inquiries. Her recent work includes advising Citigroup Capital Markets on SEC investigations into trade surveillance. Sources describe her as a "top-notch lawyer," noting her "commanding presence" in adverse proceedings.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees enthuse about Reed Brodsky's impressive white-collar practice, describing him as a “superstar” who "brings his prosecutorial knowledge to bear" and "gives people real guidelines that you can operate a business under." He formed part of the team defending attorney Evan Greebel against criminal charges relating to his representation of Retrophin.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients value John Carney for his "incredibly insightful" approach and "keen strategic insight," as well as his "deep knowledge of the SEC's internal processes." His strong government investigations practice includes multiple insider trading and money laundering mandates.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Cohen acts for a number of clients subject to criminal and regulatory proceedings, offering particular strength in the representation of financial services organizations such as Crédit Agricole. He is recognized for his strong trial skills and handling of large-scale investigations.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients appreciate Paul Curnin for his “depth and breadth of experience,” as well as his “very steady hand at the tiller.” He represents clients subject to both civil and criminal government investigations, as well as in securities litigation.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "really outstanding" Scott Edelman is highlighted by sources as offering an “unparalleled level of intellect packaged in a very modest individual.” His broad litigation practice spans both criminal and civil work and includes notable experience in securities regulatory matters. He is particularly noted for his strength as a trial lawyer.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Feldberg is well regarded for his extensive litigation practice, which sees him act on complex white-collar disputes and represent clients such as Bosch in commercial actions. Sources describe him as a "terrific lawyer."

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Matthew E Fishbein

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Fishbein is recognized for his broad white-collar expertise, which sees him defend clients from SEC enforcement actions and criminal proceedings. He regularly acts on large-scale investigations conducted by multiple regulatory bodies, as well as handling internal investigations and commercial disputes.

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Spears & Imes LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joanna Hendon is an “off-the-charts brilliant” attorney whose “ability to take charge and put you at ease” is regarded by clients as an “incredible” asset. She fields an impressive string of recent victories in criminal cases, including at the appellate level.

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Robert H Hotz, Jr

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Hotz is an experienced litigator whose criminal defense practice is complemented by notable expertise in handling civil litigation. He is particularly noted for his representation of individuals subject to investigation by the DOJ anKansas City & Surrounds 6 17 5 119 St Louis & Surrounds 7 18 5 136 d SEC. Sources highlight his "terrific judgment" and describe him as "a strategic thinker with incredible attention to detail."

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Iason maintains an active white-collar criminal defense practice, which benefits from additional expertise in civil securities investigations. Clients note that he “provides us with timely advice and always offers a levelheaded and experienced perspective on all issues."

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Johnson of King & Spalding LLP comes recommended as a "very smart, gifted and capable lawyer. His strong white-collar criminal defense practice draws on impressive experience as a prosecutor and at the SEC.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Jossen is a seasoned white-collar defense attorney with impressive experience in taking high-profile cases to trial. One source draws attention to his all-around strength in disputes: “He is very experienced and clear-cut in his advice, as well as being responsive and practical. He has a very good feel for the legal issues but he lives in the real world. As a rounded adviser in what is often a very complex environment, he is exceptionally effective."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Kestenbaum draws praise for her expert defense of pharmaceutical companies in criminal and regulatory proceedings. Clients note that her "ability to make complex cases simple and navigate to find good solutions is remarkable."

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Josh Levine defends clients in a wide range of regulatory and criminal matters, including FCPA and securities fraud work. According to one source, “he's incredibly smart and has great judgment. He is just very calm and is never rattled. He's able to give really excellent advice to the clients under all kinds of settings.”

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Levine Lee LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Experienced white-collar litigator Seth Levine is described by peers as "incredibly impressive, a zealous advocate and a pleasure to work with." He handles a range of criminal investigations and related civil enforcement proceedings for individual clients from the financial services industry.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glen McGorty of Crowell & Moring LLP has a strong reputation in the government investigations space, advising on areas such as FCPA violations and insider trading. He receives high praise from interviewees, who state that he is "just in his own category in terms of knowing how to deal with clients, opposing counsel and judges."

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Michael G McGovern

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael McGovern regularly defends clients subject to both DOJ and SEC investigations, offering particular expertise in alleged antitrust violations. One client says: “I can't imagine having a better attorney than him. He excels at all aspects: he is very good strategically, knowledgeable and calming.”

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

From the Chambers USA guide

David Meister is the former head of enforcement at the CFTC and wins recognition from interviewees for his "great credibility" in the handling of government investigations. He is a go-to white-collar expert for a range of financial institutions, and is applauded for his "very valuable and insightful" practice.

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MoloLamken LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Molo of MoloLamken LLP is a versatile litigator whose wide-ranging practice extends across the civil and white-collar spaces. Sources describe him as "one of the most talented lawyers in the city," citing his ability to "cut to the chase" in court and commending his "really great instincts and expertise."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Mukasey comes highly recommended as an "exceptional lawyer" who is "very sharp in the courtroom, as well as being tactically astute." His expert white-collar defense practice includes criminal environmental law matters, FCPA issues and securities fraud investigations. Sources particularly “respect his dedication to clients,” saying: “It doesn't matter what time of day or night, Marc is always there for his client.”

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Park Jensen Bennett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tai Park draws on his experience as a former prosecutor to act as white-collar defense counsel to a range of individual and institutional clients. He is also noted for his handling of securities class actions and commercial litigation.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Polkes is held in high regard for his expert financial services litigation practice, which includes advising on civil securities disputes, regulatory proceedings and criminal charges. According to impressed clients, his "really strong advice and judgment combines with a really thorough work product to lead to very good outcomes," resulting in him serving as "the go-to person on the hardest issues."

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources recommend Paul Schoeman as an “extraordinary lawyer who is able to cut through to the heart of an issue extremely efficiently and just has really good judgment.” He has an impressive record of successfully defending clients from a wide range of government investigations.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Shargel of Winston & Strawn LLP is a well-regarded criminal defense advocate who is particularly known for his skill as a trial lawyer. He has a strong record of defending high-profile individuals on a range of charges, with recent clients including Kathleen Kane, the former Attorney General of Pennsylvania.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Siegel is held in high regard for his ability to “understand the pressure point of a matter very well and very quickly.” He maintains a broad government investigations practice, offering particular experience in acting for major companies on FCPA matters.

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Smith Villazor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources state that Patrick Smith of Smith Villazor LLP "really knows his stuff," noting that he is "very effective in trying cases, but is also a problem solver." He defends clients from SEC enforcement actions and criminal proceedings on issues including corruption and insider trading.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dietrich Snell's white-collar defense practice draws on an extensive prosecutorial experience. Sources describe him as “absolutely terrific,” noting that he is “very practical and understands about getting to the nub of an issue.”

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Mintz & Gold LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Lee Sorkin of Mintz & Gold LLP is a respected white-collar practitioner with significant experience in handling investigations by the SEC and FINRA as well as by state and federal criminal agencies. One client describes him as "a fearless advocate" who is "charismatic and impressive in the courtroom."

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Spears & Imes LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly smart" David Spears draws on extensive experience in white-collar and securities litigation to provide sterling representation for clients. His practice covers a wide range of matters, including wire fraud charges and SEC investigations.

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Lawrence S Spiegel

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Spiegel is an “excellent strategist” who regularly counsels clients on government investigations, particularly those with multijurisdictional reach. Interviewees describe him as “very smart and analytical,” praising his “ability to be a strong advocate for us while presenting a very positive view of the client to the regulator.”

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George A Stamboulidis

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Former prosecutor George Stamboulidis is “very highly respected" for his longstanding practice in the white-collar defense space. He is particularly noted for his experience serving as an independent monitor for major financial institutions.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very seasoned and super-smart" Craig Stewart is a "very talented" practitioner who is highlighted for his strong counsel on complex criminal investigations. He offers strength in assisting with cases involving issues such as money laundering allegations, criminal taxation charges and FCPA violations.

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Jonathan Streeter

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees are "incredibly impressed" by Jonathan Streeter, praising his ability to draw effectively on his previous prosecutorial experience when handling white-collar criminal defense. He is recognized as a go-to litigator for insider trading mandates, as part of his broad investigations and enforcement proceedings expertise.

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Richard D Weinberg

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Weinberg is held in high regard for his longstanding experience advising on external and internal investigations. He is particularly recognized for his strength in securities regulatory proceedings, which draws on in-house financial services industry experience.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Zelenko of Crowell & Moring LLP defends clients against a range of white-collar charges, as well as on related regulatory proceedings from bodies such as the SEC and CFTC. One peer states that he has a "tremendous amount of respect for him," particularly noting that "he excels at preparing witnesses for cross-examination."

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Lawrence J Zweifach

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Zweifach's white-collar practice spans the full range of government investigations, including recent work acting for UBS on inquiries into its role in the manipulation of foreign exchange markets. Interviewees describe him as "very thoughtful and always prepared," highlighting his "very good results" in criminal and civil regulatory disputes.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Antonia Apps comes recommended for her white-collar defense practice, which sees her defend against a range of regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings. Interviewees describe her as a "terrific trial lawyer" who "understands the difficulties of the world we live in" and gives "advice tailored to a practical approach."

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anirudh Bansal brings significant prosecutorial experience to bear in white-collar defense work. His broad-based practice involves representing clients subject to government investigations and regulatory proceedings.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees describe Anthony Barkow as a "really terrific" white-collar defense lawyer who provides "the complete package: he's very smart, understands the law very well, is able to assess how facts apply to the law and has high emotional intelligence" while also "understanding exactly how to react to a myriad of situations." He is frequently highlighted for his ability to draw on an impressive prosecutorial background and for his strong trial skills.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Berger is a former prosecutor with a strong reputation in the white-collar defense field. His practice includes advising on FCPA and insider trading investigations and criminal proceedings, acting for both individuals and institutional clients.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicolas Bourtin is a highly regarded white-collar litigator with experience in representing both individual and institutional clients in multijurisdictional investigations. According to one impressed source, he is “exceptionally knowledgeable, he has a very grounded common-sense approach to addressing issues and his advice is totally reliable.”

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees describe Helen Cantwell as a “top-drawer professional" who has a "very practical sense of how to solve problems." Her extensive white-collar defense caseload involves representing clients such as Toyota in government investigations involving multiple bodies.

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Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Carpenito of Alston & Bird LLP is recognized for his expert white-collar defense practice, which sees him described as a "phenomenal lawyer" who is "extremely dedicated to his clients." He offers significant expertise in cross-border investigations and those with a securities regulatory element.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators describe James Cavoli as a "very strong lawyer" who has a "phenomenal ability to remember the details and facts of a case." He offers impressive experience in handling complex regulatory and criminal investigations for major financial services clients, including those involving foreign regulatory bodies.

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Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek Cohen is a go-to defense expert for clients involved in high-profile criminal proceedings, drawing on experience in areas such as allegations of insider trading and corruption. One client comments: “What sets Derek apart from others is his judgment and clear thinking. He is able to strategize through a complex maze of options because he sees what will happen next. He is a real asset and valuable adviser.”

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Christopher Conniff

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Conniff draws praise from interviewees, who state that he "knows the ins and outs of how to respond to government investigations." He recently defended Adam Skelos against charges of extortion, bribery and conspiracy, securing a sentence well below the normal guidelines.

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Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Regarded by one source as one of the "wisest white-collar practitioners in New York," Eric Corngold is noted for the quality of his client care skills and his strategic guidance on sensitive proceedings. His practice includes advising on DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged corruption and tax fraud.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources commend Henry DePippo for his “very good judgment,” as well as his ability to "make the right connections and be a steady hand at the tiller.” He conducts internal investigations and defends enforcement proceedings for a range of clients, including Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Warren Feldman is an experienced white-collar litigator who represents a number of life sciences clients on cross-border matters. Clients describe him as “incredibly smart and incredibly thoughtful,” calling him “a true partner, in the sense of really making an effort to understand the business and look at what its real needs are.”

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators describe Steven Glaser as “really fantastic, super-smart and a great partner for us,” with one source saying: “He is someone we trust with our lives.” He draws on his experience as a former prosecutor when handling the defense of white-collar criminal and securities fraud charges.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

In the words of one interviewee, Nicholas Goldin is “incredibly insightful, thorough, and is able to connect the dots probably better than any other attorney I've worked with.” He regularly acts on cybercrime and money laundering matters, as well as advising private equity funds on SEC investigations.

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Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Helen Gredd attracts praise for her strong white-collar defense capabilities, drawing on additional expertise in defending clients from securities enforcement actions brought by agencies such as the SEC and CFTC. Interviewees highlight her "stellar" handling of regulatory proceedings.

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William Harrington

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

The "phenomenal" William Harrington is highlighted by sources for his “great style and manner both with clients and with juries," and they also note that "most of all, he knows his facts.” He frequently defends individuals from fraud charges, including a notable focus on allegations arising from the healthcare and financial services industries.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Hellerer of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP draws praise for his "great boardroom presence: he is one of those folks who can talk to board members and reassure them as needed." His broad criminal defense practice sees him regularly act for multinational companies and financial institutions.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

John Hillebrecht is increasingly recognized for his strong white-collar practice, which includes representing individuals in high-profile proceedings involving matters such as FCPA violations and foreign exchange market manipulation. Sources describe him as a "very talented lawyer," praising his "excellent judgment" and noting that "he gets facts quickly, figures out what's important and communicates it."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very experienced" Jay Holtmeier is applauded for his “ability to anticipate issues and help put effective solutions in place.” He is particularly applauded for his deep knowledge of FCPA proceedings and is highlighted for his strength in advising on DOJ investigations.

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Suzanne Jaffe Bloom

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Suzanne Jaffe Bloom is a highly regarded white-collar defense litigator based at Winston & Strawn LLP. Her recent work includes defending clients such as AIG and Omnicare against False Claims Act charges.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Koff of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP regularly defends broker-dealers from government investigations, as well as acting for individuals facing criminal charges. One client describes him as "extraordinarily focused and tenacious," as well as "very good at building relationships and getting on with other attorneys."

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joan McPhee is an experienced white-collar practitioner who regularly defends financial and healthcare clients from criminal and civil enforcement proceedings. Clients describe her as a "brilliant lawyer who does a lot of deep thinking in this field." She has recently relocated to New York, moving from the firm's Boston office.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Kelly Moore of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a strong white-collar litigator whose practice includes advising on FCPA investigations and False Claims Act proceedings. One clients calls her "one of the smartest people I know," highlighting her prosecutorial experience as a key strength.

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Christopher Morvillo

Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Morvillo frequently represents clients subject to government investigations, offering notable strength in matters with an international aspect. According to one interviewee, he is "particularly adept at complicated fact patterns," as well as being "so good with people that he puts them at ease in really rough situations."

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Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Mulligan is an “excellent” litigator who wins plaudits for her "command of subject matter, terrific judgment and incredible attention to detail.” Her strong white-collar criminal defense practice includes handling internal investigations involving money laundering and FCPA concerns.

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Hafetz & Necheles LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Necheles of Hafetz & Necheles LLP is recognized by peers as a "very resourceful" attorney and a "real trial lawyer." She represents both individual and institutional clients across an impressive range of white-collar criminal matters.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynn Neils of Baker Botts LLP defends clients from multiple industries facing white-collar charges. One client was impressed by the way "she quickly dealt with complex technical matters," as well as noting the "very in-depth understanding of white-collar matters" she gained from her time at the DOJ.

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Edward O'Callaghan

Clifford Chance US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward O'Callaghan draws on his experience as a prosecutor to defend clients involved in a wide range of government investigations. Interviewees praise the "masterful job" he does, labeling him “an expert in handling high-stakes federal criminal investigations."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very experienced" Marjorie Peerce of Ballard Spahr LLP is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer who is committed not only to clients in large cases but to everything she undertakes." Her white-collar criminal defense practice focuses on the defense of individuals.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jodi Peikin is held in high regard for by interviewees, who describe her as “the calm in a storm for a lot of her clients.” Her impressive experience in white-collar work includes defending against proceedings initiated by the full range of investigative bodies.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Radick attracts praise for his expert defense of healthcare companies and executives from white-collar criminal charges. Interviewees describe him as an "outstanding lawyer" who "is very levelheaded, has a nice way with people and has good judgment."

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lauren Resnick is retained by a broad range of institutions subject to government investigations, offering particular expertise in FCPA and other corruption matters. Clients describe her as "extremely impressive and super-smart," praising her ability to "get what you need to get without burning bridges."

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Resnik of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is particularly recognized for his representation of healthcare and life sciences clients in criminal investigations and litigation. Interviewees describe him as a "top-flight attorney," applauding the "sense of urgency and importance" with which he approaches cases, as well as his "real trial experience, both as a prosecutor and as a defense lawyer."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benito Romano is best known for his defense of clients facing regulatory enforcement action, particularly by the SEC. He has represented companies and individuals in both criminal and civil investigations relating to trade sanctions and FCPA violations, among other areas. One source describes him as a "great lawyer and a very tenacious defender of his clients."

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

White-collar practice head Daniel Ruzumna offers deep experience in defending clients at trial and on appeal, also drawing on his time as a federal prosecutor. His recent work includes defending a senior executive at Walmart, who was charged with FCPA violations relating to his management of the company's Mexican operations.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Sack's strong litigation practice spans both the criminal and civil aspects of regulatory investigations. He is highlighted for his deep experience in trial and appellate proceedings, both as a former federal prosecutor and as a defense attorney. One client states: "I hold him in the highest regard," adding that "he's extremely smart and thorough."

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Alexander H. Southwell

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One client states that Alex Southwell is “someone I know I can rely on for the toughest matters.” His strong white-collar criminal defense practice attracts significant praise, with sources highlighting his "really good relationship with the regulators" and "very smart and strategic" handling of issues.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald White is highlighted for his increasing prominence at the white-collar Bar, drawing praise for his "very professional, very responsive and very smart" approach. He handles both criminal defense and SEC enforcement actions, as well as acting on internal investigations into issues such as corruption and insider trading.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Witzel is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who offers significant expertise in handling regulatory investigations. Interviewees highlight the breadth of his experience: "He has a unique window into priorities for in-house lawyers, because he's been a prosecutor, a partner and in-house counsel. He is incredibly well respected by the Bar, regulators and prosecutors."

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Christopher L. Garcia

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Garcia comes recommended for his handling of criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings involving issues such as FCPA violations and securities fraud. Clients "couldn't speak more highly" of him, noting that "he was extremely well versed, very helpful and very pleasant to deal with," as well as "skillful in terms of dealing with difficult issues."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Breon Peace regularly acts on major internal investigations, as well as providing counsel on a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations. Clients appreciate his government experience and his responsiveness, as well his ability “to remain very logical, straightforward and calm.”

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Anjan Sahni is a former Southern District prosecutor with an increasing profile in the white-collar defense market. One client describes him as "one of the most incredible legal minds I've ever conversed with," as well as noting that he is "great on his feet in the courtroom."

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Alexander Willscher