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Litigation: General Commercial — Eastern Pennsylvania


Ballard Spahr LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice with an experienced bench of litigators, excelling in high-stakes general commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Acts for a distinguished roster of clients across a diverse range of industry sectors, including financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals. Strong choice for First Amendment litigation following the firm's merger with Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

Strengths One interviewee enthuses: "The firm places strong emphasis on being responsive and communicating effectively with clients, which from my perspective is absolutely critical."

Another market commentator attests: "The lawyers that I have worked with are fine people, highly capable, and keen on client service."

Work highlights Defended USA Technologies against a securities class action brought on behalf of purchases of the USA Technologies stock, concerning allegations that the company had made materially false and misleading statements.

Represented John Dougherty, the leader of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in a federal grand jury investigation.

Notable practitioners

David Pittinsky is described as an "incredible litigator who is both prepared and a fabulous writer of legal briefs" by sources, who also note that he has a "reputation as a trial lawyer who handles complex commercial cases." He is an experienced practitioner whose counsel is frequently sought for antitrust, consumer finance and contract claims.

Norman Goldberger is the practice leader of the firm's securities enforcement and litigation group and attracts praise from interviewees who label him a "very good lawyer." He is best known for his vast experience in securities litigation, as well as his expertise in consumer fraud class actions.

Henry Hockeimer is popular among market commentators, who attest to his "commitment to dedicated client service and passionate advocacy on behalf of his clients." He is well known for his white-collar crime and government investigations practice, earning plaudits for his experience in public corruption mandates.

Stephen Kastenberg has over two decades of experience advising on antitrust, corporate governance and securities disputes. His counsel is frequently sought by clients in the life sciences, financial services and technology sectors.

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Blank Rome LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Established group of highly skilled litigators noted for its capabilities in major general commercial disputes. Recognized for its strengths in product liability and environmental litigation, and also regularly sought after for its adept counsel in high-stakes IP cases. Well known for representing clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, insurance and technology sectors.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They have some fantastic and detail-oriented litigators. The quality is impeccable and the attention to detail is fantastic."

Work highlights Defended DePuy Synthes against wrongful death claims valued at more than $100 million brought by plaintiffs concerning a cement known as Norian which is used during spinal surgery.

Represented Dorman Products in a dispute brought by GM relating to allegations concerning copyright and breach of trade secrets.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees label James Smith as a "fantastic litigator," with one source reporting that he is able to "strategically think ahead and figure out the best route to that solution better than anyone I have ever met." He is a seasoned litigator with over 30 years of experience in commercial litigation, including product liability, IP, breach of contract and fraud cases.

Grant Palmer is the national chair of the firm's litigation practice. He is an established commercial litigator who is frequently active on the defense of class actions, IP, antitrust and fraud cases. One client adds: "He is an exceptional litigator whose advice is very valuable."

Daniel Rhynhart is a litigator with over 20 years of experience of acting on software and technology-related commercial disputes. He frequently represents clients in the telecommunications, real estate and financial services sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

  • 90+ full-time litigators in Pennsylvania, including a litigation-centered Pittsburgh office.
  • Courtroom-tested trial lawyers combine keen advocacy, a practical and client-focused approach to litigation strategy, and cutting-edge technology for every case, from straightforward business disputes to high-risk, high-exposure litigation.
  • Clients range from upper-mid market businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
  • Litigation concentrations include: antitrust, corporate, construction, creditors’ rights, derivative actions, First Amendment, consumer fraud and product liability defense, securities, IP, technology and telecommunications, white-collar criminal defense, high-level appellate work.​
  • National “go-to” firm for high-stakes theft of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, non-compete, and unfair competition cases – including many precedent-setting cases.
  • Often retained by clients to take over for other highly ranked firms to shift direction before a looming trial, or to handle a high-stakes appeal.
  • Strong class actions capabilities, particularly in defending consumer fraud, product liability, mass tort, antitrust, employment, RICO, securities, and data privacy and communications actions—often high-profile cases that implicated millions or billions of dollars in potential liability.
  • Notable sector experience in financial services and banking, pharmaceutical and medical device, technology, energy, chemical, maritime and insurance industries.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded litigation team in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. Distinguished for its expertise in IP, antitrust and product liability disputes and also highly regarded for its strong white-collar practice. Capable of handling class action defense and insurance-related litigation.

Strengths One impressed client comments: "We are very comfortable working with them because they do a good job and they understand our business."

Work highlights Represented PNC Bank, corporate trustee of the trust of Richard Mellon Scaife, in a dispute brought by the children of Scaife claiming that payouts in excess of $350 million from the trust constitute abuse of discretion.

Assisted Toshiba America Medical Systems in a breach of contract claim that it brought against a medical imaging center for violations of a master lease agreement.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Bergstrom is labeled a "wonderful attorney" by market commentators, who note his tremendous expertise in white-collar litigation. His clients include corporates, senior executives and wider individuals.

James Becker is an accomplished litigator who has a strong reputation in the market based on his representation of clients under government investigations. He is also capable of assisting clients with securities, tax and antitrust litigation.

Howard Scher is highly valued by interviewees who consider him to be a "very active trial lawyer" and a "very prominent attorney in the market." His diverse litigation practice encompasses complex antitrust, class actions and mass tort cases.

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Our litigators handle disputes across a broad range of industries and business components, from energy to healthcare, from manufacturing to financial services, from employment to intellectual property, from business combinations to business finance, and many more. We can handle your highest-profile, most complex litigation, as well as the routine disputes most businesses occasionally encounter. When it’s in your best interest, we can negotiate a settlement and avoid trial, utilize arbitration and mediation, or go to the courthouse.

And go to trial we do. One distinguishing feature of our litigators is that they do indeed try cases. Many firms that say they are trial lawyers rarely set foot in a courtroom. While we are often able to have claims against our clients dismissed or settled on favorable terms, when those outcomes are not possible or even the best options, we readily proceed to trial.

In the courtroom, our experience makes a world of difference. Our veteran litigators have spent decades trying complex cases in court. We are known internationally, nationally, regionally and locally for the successes we have achieved handling high-stakes and bet-the-company cases, ground-breaking class actions, multi-district litigation, mass tort and other sophisticated litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.

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Conrad O'Brien - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished boutique with a formidable bench of experienced trial lawyers. Excels in legal malpractice cases and also noted for its assured counsel in insurance, antitrust, trade secret and employment disputes. Additionally recognized for its fine reputation in white-collar crime litigation. Offers niche expertise representing religious institutions against sexual abuse allegations.

Strengths Clients say: "Their work is impeccable: They comprehensively researched the complex legal issues of the case and distilled it down to a very user-friendly application of facts to legal principles to explain to the court."

Sources add: "They have a high quality of legal work and possess high-quality attorneys."

Work highlights Defended the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York against a plaintiff who alleged that they had failed to report the sexual abuse of a minor congregant of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation located in York, Pennsylvania.

Represented a graduating senior at the University of Notre Dame in a suit to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana concerning the dismissal of the student over alleged excessive texting with an ex-girlfriend.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees note that Nancy Gellman is a "key practitioner in the firm and a very strong attorney." She has significant experience assisting clients with commercial disputes, insurance coverage claims, class actions and antitrust disputes. Her advice is also frequently sought on employment and professional liability matters.

Chair of the firm James Rohn commands the respect of his peers, who consider him to be an "incredible attorney." He has vast experience of dealing with complex white-collar crime and legal malpractice disputes. His broad practice also encompasses antitrust, securities and insurance litigation.

Nicholas Centrella attracts strong praise from peers who regard him as an "excellent, smart and tenacious attorney" who is "very capable and very wise." He is an accomplished litigator noted for his representation of clients in professional malpractice and product liability disputes. He is also recognized for his defense of religious institutions and schools on First Amendment, employment and sexual abuse claims.

Howard Klein is a seasoned commercial litigator possessing over 35 years of experience assisting clients with product liability, professional liability and medical malpractice cases. His diverse practice also encompasses construction and class action disputes.

John Guernsey is described by one market commentator as a "very good trial lawyer," while another adds that he is "smart, communicates well, knows the legal issues and pursues cases with an aim at an early resolution whenever possible." He is a litigation specialist whose counsel is sought on trade secret and restrictive covenant cases. He is also capable of handling a range of wider commercial matters including insurance and construction disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Conrad O'Brien)

Conrad O’Brien is a Philadelphia-based litigation boutique.  Founded in 1984 by three litigation attorneys from a major Philadelphia law firm, Conrad O’Brien has established itself as the insider’s law firm—winning bet-the-company cases for AmLaw 100 firms and Fortune 500 companies, as well as high-stakes cases for government entities and individuals.  We tackle complex cases with tenacity and serve clients with responsiveness and integrity. Our uniquely agile, collaborative approach to litigation allows us to solve client's problems. Whether it’s successfully taking a case to trial or preventing legal problems before they occur, we perform with the smarts and tenacity of a special-ops team. Conrad O’Brien handles cases in these key practice areas: Commercial Litigation; Education Law; Employment Law; Government Relations; Products Liability & Complex Torts; Professional & Fiduciary Litigation; White Collar & Internal Investigations; and Title IX & Campus Discipline.

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Cozen O'Connor - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Talented litigation group with a reputation for excellence in insurance defense. Also noted for its adroit handling of antitrust, product liability and professional negligence cases and regularly called upon for its counsel in complex white-collar crime litigation. Acts for a diverse client base that cuts across a wide spectrum of sectors, including healthcare, energy and real estate. Recently expanded its geographical reach within the state with a newly opened office in Pittsburgh.

Strengths Clients say: "Their professional approach, along with their knowledge of the subject matter, is the most impressive aspect in how they conduct themselves."

Another market commentator reports: "They have some really good trial lawyers and they are a full-service commercial litigation firm."

Work highlights Defended BRK Brands against a product liability and wrongful death action brought by a plaintiff over allegations a smoke alarm had failed to operate during a fire.

Defended HopFed Bancorp and its board of directors following shareholder claims challenging the board’s adoption of a qualification bylaw for nominations to the board which disqualifies nominees under criminal or regulatory sanctions.

Notable practitioners

Founder and chair of the firm Stephen Cozen attracts strong praise from clients, who describe him as a "very creative and strategic person to have for a complicated case." He is highly respected for his commercial litigation expertise, as well as his appellate work.

William Winning cochairs the firm's criminal defense and internal investigations practice and is highly experienced in handling regulatory investigations and defending governmental enforcement. He also advises clients on compliance issues.

Cochair of the firm's commercial litigation department Jeff Weil is appreciated by clients for being "very knowledgeable, having a very strong skill set and a good demeanor for litigation." His diverse litigation practice includes product liability, class action, antitrust and securities cases.

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Dechert LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Standout practice offering wide-ranging expertise in high-stakes commercial litigation and also highlighted for its substantial strengths in white-collar crime disputes. Highly adept in complex securities cases, alongside expertise in antitrust, product liability and professional negligence litigation. Additionally maintains an excellent reputation for its work in appellate matters. Boasts an impressive client base, including leading consumer goods, chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.

Strengths "The team is extremely diversified and they are able to handle just about any legal issues. We have been extremely impressed with the competence, professionalism and talent of the litigators that we have worked with," one client reports.

Another client offers: "We have used the team for general commercial litigation matters and have found them to be just tremendous."

Work highlights Represented the former directors and officers of Genaera Corporation, John Skolas, Argyce and the Genaera Liquidating Trust in a putative class and derivative action. The plaintiff alleged a wide-ranging fraudulent scheme to liquidate and dissolve Genaera Corp and had sought more than $1 billion in damages.

Defended The Bancorp, Betsy Cohen, Paul Frenkiel, Jeremy Kuiper, and Frank Mastrangelo in a putative class action relating to allegations of federal securities claims brought on behalf of those who had purchased Bancorp securities. The matter settled for $17.5 million.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Lee is a seasoned litigator who represents clients in the life sciences and financial services sectors in white-collar crime and government investigations. He attracts praise from market commentators who describe him as a "top-drawer, phenomenal lawyer" and he is particularly adept at assisting clients with False Claims Act litigation.

Robert Heim is "one of the most respected litigators in the city of Philadelphia" and is a "legendary figure in the market," according to interviewees. He specializes in high-profile complex commercial disputes and is a recognized expert in product liability and antitrust matters.

Steven Bizar is highly prized by clients for his work in commercial litigation and he is particularly adept at handling insurance, trade regulation and antitrust cases. He is also appreciated for his notable appellate experience. One client reports: "He is a fantastic litigator who has excellent awareness of the legal issues combined with a great killer instinct. He is an aggressive and fearless litigator."

Steven Feirson has a broad practice which encompasses complex securities litigation as well as commercial and appellate cases. He commands the respect of his peers and is also popular among his clients, with one commenting: "He is able to provide quality legal insight and is a very deep and clear thinker who is good at problem solving. He is extremely good on his feet and is able to present to the court very well."

Michael Kichline is a respected litigator who comes highly recommended by interviewees, who note that he is "incredibly knowledgeable and takes the times to learn all of the factual and legal issues as well as being able to present complex issues in court." He is an authority when it comes to securities and class action litigation as well as complex commercial litigation.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Offers expertise in antitrust, IP, white-collar crime and securities litigation. Also regularly called upon for its counsel in product liability and insurance disputes, and a strong choice for consumer class action defense work. Renowned for its representation of clients in the life sciences, technology and telecommunications industries.

Strengths One client reports: "We have found their attorneys to be both very knowledgeable and skilled. Their lawyers are excellent at responding to our questions and they are able to provide us with strategic advice immediately."

Another interviewee reports: "They have a very strong and diverse practice."

Work highlights Defended VWR International against claims brought by Alpha Pro Tech in a $76.9 million dispute concerning alleged false advertising and theft of trade secrets.

Defended Brett Lillemoe against 16 counts brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut concerning an alleged scheme to defraud two US financial institutions.

Notable practitioners

William McSwain is a highly rated trial lawyer who focuses on white-collar defense and government investigations. One client reports: "He is very bright and aggressive; you know that if he goes to trial that he stands a good chance of winning the case."

Seamus Duffy is hugely popular among clients, who consider him a "good strategist with terrific diplomatic skills." He comes highly recommended for his ability to handle class actions. He is particularly well known for his representation of clients in the communication industry.

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Duane Morris LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Broad litigation team with extensive experience representing clients in class actions before the state and federal courts. Renowned for its prowess in securities and white-collar crime cases and also noted for its strengths across IP, product liability and antitrust disputes. Particularly recognized for its representation of clients in the life sciences, technology and financial sectors.

Work highlights Defended SAP America in a patent infringement matter relating to a method and system for uniform resource locator transformation.

Defended Wright Medical Technology in a product liability matter relating to allegations from a plaintiff that the metal-on-metal hip implant products he received were unreasonably dangerous.

Notable practitioners

John Soroko is the firm's chair and CEO and is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer with a wealth of experience in commercial disputes. His counsel is sought on class actions and professional liability matters, as well as securities disputes.

Matthew Taylor is highly prized by clients, who regard him as a "superstar and a great attorney." Peers are equally complimentary, describing him as a "top lawyer in the market." He boasts a wealth of experience on complex commercial disputes, including product liability and antitrust cases.

Michael Mustokoff is highly acclaimed as a trial lawyer and is valued by clients for his experience of white-collar crime litigation. He is particularly adept at assisting on fraudulent insurance cases, RICO claims and wider regulatory proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

Sophisticated consumers of legal services require certain qualities of their litigators. They look for depth, specific experience, geographic representation and a well-defined approach to complex matters.

Duane Morris' trial lawyers have the level of industry-specific litigation experience necessary to successfully manage large-case litigation for clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.

Our clients tell us that our strength is in our know-how. Our process is to listen with an experienced ear, understand a client's business needs and objectives, and then fully evaluate appropriate strategies and combination of tactics. We employ an interdisciplinary approach – drawing on the appropriate practice group and industry-specific professionals.

Some of the industry areas we serve and litigation practices we maintain include:

  • Antitrust and Competition​• Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration, ADR and Mediation
  • Aviation Law
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Financial Institution Litigation
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Hospitality Industry Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Products Liability and Toxic Torts
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Risk Management
  • Securities Litigation
  • Surety and Fidelity Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Litigation

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Handles multidistrict litigation and class action cases involving the full breadth of business disputes. Highly regarded for its work in IP, trade secrets and professional negligence cases, and offers experienced representation to an impressive client base drawn from a diverse range of sectors, including healthcare, technology and transportation. Enjoys a growing reputation for its strengths in white-collar litigation.

Strengths One client reports: "We like the aggressive, intelligent approach that their attorneys take."

Another client adds: "The firm's client service and commercial awareness are strong. They immediately grasped the commercial issues of the case and were able to get up to speed on the matter."

Work highlights Defended Susan Devine in a RICO suit valued at over $50 million concerning allegations that she participated in international money laundering conspiracy with her ex-husband to hide proceeds of a US penny stock scheme.

Represented Lannett Company in a securities fraud matter involving alleged generic drug price-fixing conspiracy.

Notable practitioners

Cochair of the firm Abraham Reich is an experienced practitioner who has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice. He regularly assists clients with antitrust, trade secrets and IP cases.

Stephanie Resnick attracts praise from clients, who describe her as "a terrific lawyer" and value the combination of "both her legal and personal skills." She focuses on defending class actions, IP disputes and D&O litigation.

Scott Vernick is highly recommended by clients, who value his "strategic approach and the ability to quickly grasp the business situation and all of the important facts." He specializes in commercial litigation, frequently representing clients on technology, IP, healthcare and data security disputes.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Excellent litigation boutique firm that exhibits strength in litigating a wide variety of matters at both trial and appellate levels. Noted for its prowess in breach of contract, IP and insurance coverage cases. Also excels in professional negligence and antitrust cases. Frequently represents other law firms, commercial property owners and insurance companies.

Strengths "We have been impressed by the superior legal work and extraordinary service they have provided," reports one client.

Another satisfied client adds: "The attorneys at the firm are highly responsive; they anticipate our needs in terms of both the legal and communication requirements and they provide quality legal service."

Work highlights Represented Ten Penn Center Associates in an appeal concerning the commercial lease for space at an office tower known as Ten Penn Center in Center City, Philadelphia.

Acted as lead counsel to the School District of Lancaster in a case concerning the denial of the application of the applicants for the Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship Charter School to open a charter school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Notable practitioners

Mark Alan Aronchick's practice includes strengths in antitrust, professional negligence, class action and employment litigation, among others. One client concludes: "Mark has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the best lawyers in Philadelphia. He is a go-to advocate for high-profile, high-stakes litigation and is a trusted adviser outside of the courtroom."

William Hangley attracts praise from market sources, who regard him as a "great litigator" and a "very good lawyer." He is an experienced practitioner who is valued for his vast trial experience and his broad practice, which encompasses First Amendment, IP and antitrust disputes.

Daniel Segal attracts praise from market commentators who describe him as a "really smart lawyer" and who his deep experience in commercial disputes, including class actions and breach of contract claims. His counsel is also highly prized for defamation, First Amendment and IP disputes.

Chair of the firm's litigation department John Summers is recognized for his work on complex commercial litigation. He is active in representing clients in the technology, financial services and manufacturing sectors. He is labeled a "very strong lawyer" by market commentators.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller has one of the most respected litigation departments in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our litigators are an extraordinarily talented and capable group of attorneys, with a wealth of experience in the local and national arenas and a highly flexible approach to managing litigation. While we are particularly well known for our trial experience, clients across the region and, increasingly, across the country, seek us out to handle all phases of disputes—from preliminary stages, where the goal often is to avoid litigation completely, through discovery, trials, and appeals. 

Our goal is to resolve our clients' disputes efficiently, effectively and favorably. Our litigators pride themselves on their courtroom expertise, as well as on their ability to avoid the public resolution of private conflicts. We frequently represent clients in arbitration proceedings, as well as in private or internal investigatory and review proceedings. 

We are neither a plaintiffs’ nor a defendants’ firm. Our litigation clients include privately and publicly owned corporations, partnerships, governments, nonprofits, and individuals. We represent national, regional, and local clients in state and federal courts across the country. 

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading group with a deep bench in commercial, securities and white-collar criminal litigation. Highly esteemed for its strengths in antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. Particularly distinguished for its representation of clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. Strong choice for complex class action mandates and distinguished for its handling of appellate proceedings.

Strengths One client attests: "They have been very dedicated and diligent in their work. They have been able to scale up or down the size of their team as needed and their written work product has been excellent."

"Their performance was top-notch across the board. They were responsive, explained things clearly and they handled everything really well," reports one client.

Work highlights Successfully defended Zimmer Biomet against a $15 million False Claims Act case brought by a former Zimmer Biomet's sales team leader.

Successfully represented Hitachi Metals America in a case involving breach of contract claims valued at approximately $6.8 million brought by True North Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm Jami Wintz McKeon is a respected litigator with a vast amount of experience of commercial litigation, including business disputes, class actions and M&A-related disputes. She is labeled a "terrific attorney" by her peers and garners significant praise from clients, with one noting: "She operates at a very high level, can easily identify what the important issues are and she is extremely client-oriented."

Gordon Cooney is the leader of the firm's global litigation practice and attracts strong praise from clients, who report: "He is a very talented and skilled trial lawyer, a great strategist, a trusted advisor and an attorney that excels in customer service." He is a seasoned trial lawyer whose counsel is sought on complex class actions, with clients valuing his top-tier strengths in a broad array of commercial disputes.

John Dodds is considered by interviewees to be a "very talented, fine white-collar lawyer" and he is valued by clients for his experience of handling government investigations. He is particularly adept at handling qui tam cases and he boasts an impressive client list which includes several major pharmaceutical companies.

Market commentators agree that Eric Sitarchuk is a "very highly regarded attorney," with one noting that "he is sensational and I love to watch him work." He possesses vast trial experience and is particularly adept at FCA and qui tam litigation.

Marc Sonnenfeld is described by peers as the "dean of the securities Bar" and a "terrific litigator." His broad practice encompasses both securities litigation as well as complex commercial litigation, frequently assisting clients with corporate governance matters and shareholder disputes. One interview reports: "He is very quick, smart and distills things down to their essence as well as anyone I have ever seen. He is a class act, a tough lawyer and represents his clients beautifully and effectively."

Eric Kraeutler has a diverse practice which encompasses complex commercial, IP and white-collar crime disputes, including expert knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as patent and trademark disputes. Market commentators agree that he is "an exceptionally good lawyer" with an "excellent reputation."

John Lavelle is noted for his vast experience in product liability disputes, frequently assisting medical device and pharmaceutical companies. One client enthuses: "We always feel that he is in control of the case. He understands how to advance the case effectively and he has a very nice manner, dealing with adversaries in a respectful way."

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Proven track record. Client-centric service. Tenacious and creative advocacy. These attributes define Morgan Lewis’s global litigation practice upon which clients rely to guide them on their contentious matters, including their most complex crisis management matters. Our litigators handle a broad scope of matters, including commercial disputes and class actions, as well as securities, white collar, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, tax, product liability and mass tort, and environmental litigation.

We are guided by our clients’ business objectives regarding a successful result—early resolution, arbitration, or aggressive courtroom advocacy up to and including US Supreme Court arguments. Depending on the desired result, we are positioned to prevail in every environment. We win in state courts, federal courts, bankruptcy courts, arbitration forums, and US Tax Court; before regulators; and in the court of public opinion.

Our clients are a “who’s who” of industry leaders in financial services, automotive, food and beverage, healthcare, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, retail, and technology. Morgan Lewis litigators routinely represent leading global companies such as HP, Toyota, JPMorgan Chase, Uber, Anthem, Johnson & Johnson Company, Schlumberger, Deutsche Bank, E*TRADE, Health Net, Southern California Gas Company, and Intel, among others, in commercial litigation disputes, many of which involve defending against class actions.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected practice with a deep bench of strong trial lawyers, well-versed in commercial, securities and white-collar crime cases. An excellent choice for First Amendment litigation, and also highly esteemed for its strengths in antitrust, insurance and product liability disputes. Additionally maintains an excellent appellate practice and is a go-to for complex class action work. Frequently represents clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.

Strengths "I think they are fantastic. They are extremely responsive, pragmatic, very customer service-oriented and their work product is always excellent," one client reports.

Another client adds: "The litigation team is highly experienced, very professional and delivers consistently high-quality legal services."

Work highlights Acted for Teva Pharmaceuticals US in a trade secret dispute concerning allegations that a former employee provided confidential information to the CEO of Apotex, a competitor in the generic pharmaceutical market.

Represented Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen in qui tam litigation in relation to allegations that Janssen’s off-label marketing of two products used to treat HIV/AIDS violated the Federal and State False Claims Acts and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

Notable practitioners

Francis Devine is an experienced trial lawyer who specializes in assisting clients with commercial, insurance coverage and professional liability disputes. His counsel is frequently sought by both public and private companies, including technology vendors, software designers and manufacturers.

Thomas Gallagher chairs the firm's executive committee and his counsel is frequently sought by pharmaceutical businesses, medical device companies and healthcare providers. His expertise in white-collar crime and government investigations is highly prized by clients, with one noting: "He has a wealth of experience of handling big matters which informs his legal ability, he analyzes the issues and is able to explain them in a way that makes sense."

Robert Hickok is a market-leading litigator who commands respect his work on commercial and securities disputes, with sources describing him as "a great all-around lawyer." In addition to his antitrust and securities expertise, he is also highly prized for his experience of defending a broad range of commercial class actions.

Michael Schwartz is cochair of the firm's white-collar litigation and investigations team, attracting praise from interviewees who consider him a "great defense attorney" with "high-caliber legal skills." He is an expert at handling regulatory enforcement actions, as well as First Amendment mandates. One client adds: "He is incredibly knowledgeable, combining wisdom with remarkable humility."

Nina Gussack chairs the firm's health sciences department and is noted for her expertise defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She is a seasoned litigator with vast experience of assisting clients with complex pharmaceutical liability cases, commanding respect from peers who note her "tremendous reputation as a trial lawyer."

Amy Ginensky is chair of the firm's media and communications and First Amendment practices, drawing praise from market commentators who consider her a "very good First Amendment attorney." Her practice also encompasses commercial litigation and wider media-related mandates.

Joseph Crawford is an experienced trial lawyer adept at assisting clients with commercial litigation. His diverse practice covers a range of disputes, including breach of contract, product liability, insurance and M&A-related mandates.

Jan Levine is a specialist in healthcare litigation matters. She is also capable of assisting clients with class actions, antitrust and D&O liability disputes.

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Commercial litigation has been the bedrock of Pepper Hamilton’s legal practice since the firm’s founding. Clients choose Pepper because our team is led by some of the best trial lawyers in the country. In addition to handling a wide array of breach of contract, fraud, and other general business cases, we have developed teams focused on particular types of cases or areas of litigation, including:

  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Consumer Fraud Litigation
  • Corporate Risk Management, Stockholder Litigation and Special Committee Representation
  • Electronic Records Management and Discovery
  • ERISA and Employment Litigation
  • First Amendment and Transparency Practice
  • Professional Responsibility Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Regulatory Litigation
  • Securities and Financial Services Enforcement Group
  • Securities and Shareholder Litigation

We guide our clients through complex commercial litigations and arbitrations, from single-issue injunction cases to multimillion-dollar contract disputes. Whether it is a TRO or a mass tort, a class action or an international arbitration, Pepper has the trial experience necessary to resolve the toughest cases.

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Reed Smith LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished team of commercial litigators based in both Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. Excels in product liability cases as well as IP litigation and is regularly called upon for its strengths in complex antitrust disputes. Highly skilled in appellate matters and also noted for its capabilities in white-collar crime litigation. Frequently represents financial institutions as well as clients in the pharmaceutical sector.

Work highlights Served as national co-counsel to AmerisourceBergen to handle claims filed against pharmaceutical distributors and opioid manufactures by state and local governments seeking to recover the alleged costs incurred in responding to the opioid abuse epidemic.

Successfully defended M&T Bank in a putative nationwide class action concerning allegations that customers did not receive accurate notices of repossession when their vehicles were repossessed after defaulting.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Suddath comes recommended for his white-collar defense and government investigations practice, with notable strengths representing clients in the healthcare sector. He is particularly adept at handling False Claims Act and antikickback matters.

Carolyn Short is highly prized for her experience in the commercial litigation space, assisting clients with class actions, antitrust and medical device claims. She is also known for her expertise in employment disputes.

Daniel Booker offers considerable expertise in antitrust matters, alongside broader strengths in M&A litigation and securities disputes. He is based in the Pittsburgh office of the firm.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Strong bench of litigators experienced in commercial disputes, insurance, business torts and white-collar criminal matters. Also highlighted for its strengths in employment, IP and product liability litigation. Strong choice of firm for clients in the education sector as well as for those in the areas of life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Interviewees offer particular praise for the "personal attention" the team offers.

Work highlights Advised former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board employee James Short on a DOJ investigation into his alleged failure to disclose gratuities he received from spirit manufacturers and brokers.

Represented Investment Management Advisory Group and its president in a long-running investigation by the DOJ Antitrust Division of alleged criminal bid rigging in the municipal bond reinvestment market.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Hall is chair of the firm's white-collar and government enforcement practice and is well regarded for his representation of corporations in government enforcement actions. He is popular among clients, with one noting: "I always felt the success of my case was personal for him and I believe he is someone who cares deeply."

Joseph O'Dea has vast experience in commercial litigation matters, with experience acting for educational institutions and corporate clients on a broad spectrum of disputes. Clients say: "He goes the extra mile, leaves no stone unturned and follows up to get ahead of the issues."

James Keller is highly prized by universities and colleges for his commercial litigation expertise. He is appreciated by market commentators, with sources labeling him "a fantastic lawyer." He is particularly adept at assisting clients with shareholder disputes and ERISA claims.

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Respected trial and appellate lawyers with vast experience in general commercial litigation. Highlighted for its depth of expertise in IP and antitrust cases. Particularly proficient in the healthcare, construction and financial services sectors, among others. Capable of assisting with white-collar crime defense and government investigations.

Strengths Clients say: "The attorneys are very good communicators and writers. The firm is well resourced and has multiple lawyers who can assist on litigation mandates."

Another client adds: "They are very knowledgeable about the area that we work in."

Work highlights Represented Graham Spanier, former President of Pennsylvania State University, in criminal proceedings filed against him by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania concerning alleged child endangerment, perjury, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

Defended Chaka Fattah, former US Representative for Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district, in a federal criminal trial on charges including RICO, bank fraud, wire fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice and money laundering.

Notable practitioners

Dennis Suplee is vastly experienced in all areas of civil litigation and is described by market commentators as a "great attorney." He possesses a very strong track record of handling IP, trade regulation and antitrust disputes. His counsel is also sought on litigation involving the higher education and financial services sector.

David Smith is chair of the firm and comes highly recommended for his diverse litigation practice, which includes class actions, IP, construction and bankruptcy litigation, among others. One client enthuses: "He is a very, very intelligent person and a deep thinker. The thing that I admire most about him is that he out-thinks me every step of the way."

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Experienced team of litigators with significant expertise acting for clients in the financial service sector, including investment funds, banks and broker-dealers. Frequently engaged to advise on complex insurance, IP and shareholder disputes, and is also recognized for its capabilities in contentious matters arising out of M&A. Often sought to assist with government and healthcare-related litigation.

Strengths One client reports: "I have been impressed by the fact that we have been able to get hold of them when we need them, the promptness of their responses and their good knowledge of the subject matter."

Work highlights Represented more than 100 investors, including Aberdeen Investment Management, Delaware Investments, Dimensional Fund Advisers and Russell Investments, in a series of lawsuits against Petrobras in connection with a securities fraud arising from the company’s alleged bid-rigging and bribery scheme.

Defended Golden Rule Insurance Company against a putative class action complaint brought by a plaintiff after the company privately rescinded a health insurance policy due to material misrepresentations in the policyholder’s application.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Lutsky is labeled a "very successful lawyer" who is recognized for his experience of commercial disputes, particularly those relating to the healthcare sector. Clients report: "He is prompt, has good knowledge of the subject matter and is very efficient in his work."

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Litigation Practice

Stradley Ronon’s litigation team routinely handles high-risk, high-stakes litigation in a wide array of matters spanning state and federal courts, before governmental agencies, and in international and domestic arbitrations. From pre-litigation planning through discovery, trial and appeal, our litigators become steeped in and allied with our clients’ business goals and stay focused on the end game: delivering results.

We define our approach and measure our success with three simple core values: passion, commitment and results.

  • Passion: What we enjoy most – and do best – is develop and execute winning strategies. Our lawyers listen carefully to clients to gain an understanding of their business needs and goals. We then work collaboratively to craft and execute a clearly articulated, results-oriented plan. 
  • Commitment: Once we are engaged, our purpose remains focused and our approach dogged. Although cases ultimately rise or fall on the facts and the law, committed litigators live the case; they think about client matters off the (billable) clock, in the car or on the treadmill to find the theme, the angle, the solution that turns the case in the client’s favor. 
  • Results: We measure our success the same way our clients measure it – by our results. Our clients are businesspeople who, at the end of each engagement, ask: What was the result, and how much did it cost to get there?

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