For more than 140 years, Stroock has been firmly committed to helping our clients achieve their strategic business goals. Stroock partners with our clients to deliver exceptional advice and achieve outcomes that support their objectives. We believethat a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential to providing the highest quality legal services and maximizing opportunities for personal and professional development. We provide strategic transactional, regulatory and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses and non-profit ventures in the U.S. and globally.
Litigation Overview: Our litigators, nationally recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation, represent clients in a range of complex disputes, appearing in federal and state trial courts, appellate courts and before public agencies and arbitration tribunals throughout the country.
We are focused on finding cost-effective solutions, including engaging in pre-litigation dispute resolution, and providing ongoing counsel on minimizing transaction litigation risk and the evolving regulatory environment. Our litigation team also advocates for vulnerable groups and civic, charitable and nonprofit entities, as well as indigent persons; in courts and administrative proceedings through our award-winning pro bono program.
We counsel clients in the following areas:
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA
Employment and Labor
Financial Services Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement
Sophisticated clients worldwide entrust us with their formidable disputes for a single reason–our remarkable track record. Clients seek our advice on high-stakes litigation, cross-border disputes, as well as government and internal investigations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation: Clients turn to us for our record of success in handling high-stakes antitrust disputes, investigations, and achieving regulatory clearance for the largest and most complicated transactions.
Bankruptcy: Our practice covers all aspects of bankruptcy-related litigation–from disputes over plan confirmation to tender liability and equitable subordination claims to issues arising out of insurance disputes and mass tort-related bankruptcies.
Funds Compliance, Regulatory and Investigations: Our team includes attorneys with decades of experience in the funds industry, former senior SEC officials, federal prosecutors, and a former PE CCO, who draw upon their deep experience to advise clients on a broad spectrum of critical regulatory and compliance issues.
Government and Internal Investigations: Large and small companies and their boards, audit and special committees, officers and directors, and other individuals regularly turn to us for advice on a wide range of criminal, regulatory, congressional and other sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations.
Insurance and Reinsurance: Clients benefit from our experience as the leading firm representing the interests of both ceding companies and reinsurers in litigations and arbitrations throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Bermuda.
Intellectual Property: Clients seek our advice in high-stakes, “make it or break it” IP disputes and rely on our broad array of substantive experience in both litigation and transactional matters to help them protect their interests.
International Arbitration: We have a track record of success in taking cases on behalf of multinational corporations across the globe through trial and final awards in major international arbitration venues globally.
International Regulatory and Compliance: With increased activism and cross-border cooperation between enforcement and regulatory agencies, we represent the interests of clients operating in multiple jurisdictions and have advised on issues in China, India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
Product Liability and Mass Tort: Since the 1970s, clients have relied on our advice as a leader in the development of product liability and mass tort law in the United States. We have taken countless product liability and mass tort cases to jury trial in state and federal courts over the years, amassing invaluable courtroom experience.
Securities: For decades, clients have relied on our securities litigators in the most complex, high-profile, high-stakes securities matters of the day. The country’s most respected Fortune 500 corporations and financial institutions turn to us to help defend against headline-making allegations.
Founded in 2019 by former Big Law attorneys with decades of experience handling thorny, complex matters, DTO handles matters on behalf of a variety of clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Filled with a burning obsession for superior results, DTO lawyers are strategically aggressive in the pursuit of their clients’ goals. Rather than focusing only on the matter in front of them, they focus on their clients’ larger business goals—what matters and what doesn’t—so they can tailor their litigation strategies to their client’s business objectives.
DTO’s mantra is straightforward: great success is not born of half-measures. Rather, success requires unparalleled, unflinching, compulsive commitment to both the mission and the principle of excellence.
The firm’s attorneys have many years of experience handling challenging and complex business litigation in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. In addition to its deep class action and intellectual property litigation experience, DTO has handled litigation relating to breaches of contracts, partnership and founder disputes, fraud claims, employment disputes, mass torts, and products liability claims. DTO’s extensive mediation experience serves it well in that department: it has handled over 300 mediations, and one of its attorneys is a certified mediator.
DTO also has extensive appellate experience. It has had great success defending clients’ successful trial court victories on appeal, including on issues of first impression. Its team includes two former federal clerks, and its lawyers have bar admissions to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Companies facing the threat of a class action often turn to DTO to navigate class action defense and secure the best result. DTO’s attorneys have handled nearly 100 threatened or filed class actions and are recognized by their peers as leaders in the field. DTO has had success in all phases of class actions: resolving threatened class actions, obtaining dismissals at the pleading stage, compelling a case to arbitration, defeating class certification, winning motions for summary judgment, and negotiating favorable settlements in tough cases.
Having represented plaintiffs and defendants in the intellectual property arena, DTO is adept at both protecting intellectual property and protecting businesses from accusations of infringement. Its substantive experience includes patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and domain name disputes. DTO has litigated over 100 IP disputes in federal court.
On the deal making side, the firm’s lawyers help clients develop strategic plans compatible with overall business strategy. In its capacity as real estate counsel, DTO has assisted a variety of clients, including investors, property owners, tenants, developers and lenders with the purchase, sale, development and financing of real property transactions.
DTO also has deep experience managing challenging issues in the areas of technology, commercial solutions and sourcing to achieve critical business objectives. The firm’s attorneys work hard to understand business needs and bring their business acumen to guide transactions and offer creative solutions.
The firm has significant experience handling complex business and commercial finance transactions. Trusted by large financial institutions, the attorneys at DTO keep abreast of changing business environments that affect their clients’ needs and tirelessly work to become trusted advisors.
This year, the firm was profiled by leading legal publication Los Angeles and San FranciscoDaily Journal, which also named it one of its “Top Boutique Law Firms” in California.
Awards and Recognition
DTO’s lawyers have been recognized time and again for the results they have achieved on behalf of their clients and their reputation in the legal industry. A sampling of the recognition its attorneys have received over the years includes:
“Litigation Star” (Benchmark Litigation)
“California Star” (Benchmark Litigation)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
“The Best Lawyers in America” (Best Lawyers)
“Top Latino Lawyer” (Latino Leaders Magazine)
“Labor & Employment Star - West” (Benchmark Litigation)
“Top 20 Defense Verdicts” (The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal)
“Top 5 Appellate Reversals” (The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal)
“Top 20 Lawyer Under 40" (The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal)
“Lawyers on the Fast Track” (The Recorder)
DTO does not pay lip service to diversity. It embodies it.
The firm is 100% owned by women and people of color, and the firm is a member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). This year, DTO was honored by NAMWOLF as its “Law Firm MVP.” Each year, the award recognizes a law firm member for its outstanding achievement in advancing NAMWOLF’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion by fostering the relationship between preeminent minority and women owned law firms and corporations and public entities. Additionally, the firm and/or its lawyers are members and/or leaders of various organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in the legal field, such as the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), ChIPs, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA), and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). One of the founding partners serves as Vice Chair of NAMWOLF, and all of its partners have been LCLD Fellows. Its attorneys also speak regularly on diversity and inclusion-related topics.