Litigation Practice: The Paul, Weiss Litigation Department is unparalleled in achieving successful results for our clients. Our litigators regularly go up against the most skilled adversaries in the world, winning decisive courtroom, arbitration and appellate victories. We have vast experience successfully handling the full range of regulatory and enforcement inquiries and internal investigations. Our litigation clients include Fortune 50 corporations and well-known companies in financial services, energy, technology, sports, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, media, asset management, insurance and other sectors.
We are trial lawyers, not just litigators. Our ability and confidence to go to trial, no matter how great the stakes, is a key weapon in our arsenal. And our unmatched track record of success at trial helps us eliminate our clients’ most damaging exposures and reach highly favorable settlements. We also play the long game from day one, preparing to win at trial and building an evidentiary record to succeed on appeal.
In addition to our deep bench of courtroom veterans, our litigation team features numerous former senior officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the N.Y. Attorney General’s office and the White House, among others.
Our lawyers have litigated in virtually every forum, from state and federal trial and appellate courts to domestic and international arbitral panels and other administrative tribunals. Many of our matters cross borders, making us particularly effective in matters involving multiple jurisdictions. We are also sought out for our sound business counsel and proactive advice on managing litigation and regulatory risk.
Securities Litigation: Paul, Weiss is widely recognized as having the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practice. For decades, our lawyers have guided global corporations, financial institutions, boards and individuals through ‘bet-the-company’ securities-related crises, winning trials, prevailing on motions or negotiating favorable resolutions. Through our victories, we have helped shape securities laws in ways that have substantially benefitted our clients.
White-Collar & Regulatory Defense: Government investigations of corporations or individuals pose unique threats and require unique skills. Clients rely on Paul, Weiss to protect their businesses and reputations and to manage the behind-the-scenes interplay among competing regulators and enforcement agencies. Our strength as trial lawyers, credibility with the government and track record of results set us apart from our peers.
Internal Investigations: Companies turn to Paul, Weiss to handle their most sensitive and threatening internal investigations, including involving allegations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering and sanction laws, antitrust matters, insider trading, securities fraud, employment matters, data security and privacy matters, and other corporate misconduct. We have extensive experience conducting investigations on behalf of companies, boards, audit committees and special litigation committees in response to shareholder demands.
Antitrust: Paul, Weiss lawyers are involved in all aspects of antitrust law in the U.S. We represent many of the world’s largest companies in the full range of antitrust litigation, counseling and investigations; cartel matters; advice on transactions; and advocacy before regulators. The team includes former top officials from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. With a deep bench of former antitrust officials and first-class trial lawyers, the team handles matters involving significant reputational and financial exposure.
Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation: Led by one of the nation’s preeminent Supreme Court advocates, we handle high-impact appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, regularly winning appellate victories in cases of critical national and business interest.
Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation: We are among the leading firms representing clients in high-stakes disputes arising in the transactional context in multiple state and federal jurisdictions—including in the Delaware Court of Chancery, where we have won several recent landmark matters.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Our lawyers are well versed in the advanced scientific and technical aspects of patent law and have successfully represented clients in scores of enterprise-threatening patent litigations, including dozens of jury trials. Our lawyers are also on the front lines helping clients protect and enhance their intellectual property rights, whether the matter involves copyright, trademark, trade dress, false advertising, unfair competition and trade secrets concerns.
Crisis Management: When an adverse incident threatens to cause a full-blown crisis, Paul, Weiss provides the multidisciplinary advice needed to stabilize the situation and allow the company to get back to business. We provide comprehensive counsel on all manner of crises, enabling clients to take informed action to mitigate fallout.
Bankruptcy Litigation: Our Bankruptcy Litigation team works hand in hand with our preeminent Restructuring Department to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients facing challenging situations in the context of a bankruptcy, out-of-court restructuring or insolvency, whether domestic or foreign.
Cybersecurity & Data Protection: Paul, Weiss helps clients manage and respond to fast-moving data breach situations while advising them on effective, proactive strategies to reduce business risk and in the defense of related litigation and regulatory enforcement matters.
Product Liability: Paul, Weiss has defended industrial and medical product companies and negotiated and administered landmark settlements on a wide range of product liability matters. We have successfully handled some of the largest, most complex cases of the last few decades, including at trial.
International Arbitration: The world’s largest companies call on Paul, Weiss to resolve their most complex and high-stakes arbitrations. We handle an array of international arbitrations in a broad range of arbitral forums.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is a law firm created by the 2018 merger of two preeminent firms— Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon—each more than a century old. With nearly 1,000 lawyers in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the firm serves clients across a broad range of complex transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.
Hunton Andrews Kurth boasts two internationally renowned energy practices—a tier one oil and gas practice, and a tier one power practice. In addition to its deep and diversified corporate and finance practices with robust capabilities in capital markets, private equity and structured finance, the firm has one of the largest full-service litigation practices in the country, with particular depth in the key litigation markets of Texas, California, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic.
Hunton Andrews Kurth brings together multiple widely recognized industry-leading practices, including privacy and cybersecurity, labor and employment, intellectual property, environmental and P3, public finance and infrastructure. Both legacy firms have received recognition and accolades in the league tables and rankings outlets for their work in these, and other, practice areas.
With over 350 attorneys, Hunton Andrews Kurth has one of the top litigation teams in the country, having litigated and/or arbitrated in each of the 50 states and in many foreign countries. Our diverse team has the collective knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to help businesses identify and manage potential risks, respond to existing or threatened litigation, and pursue resolution in any venue. Clients have distinguished us for having the “manpower and experienced attorneys who can handle the most sophisticated and high-end litigation” (Chambers USA, 2018).
Our lawyers regularly handle litigation matters in the energy, financial services, healthcare, construction, aviation, consumer products and retail industries. We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our strategy to the needs of the client’s specific situation. Our commercial litigation docket regularly includes class action defense, commercial contract disputes, white collar defense matters, administrative matters and investigations, and appeals in state and federal courts.
Our team of litigators draw upon decades of experience to handle all aspects of disputes with the goal of achieving successful results whether in the boardroom or a courtroom. We collaborate with clients to develop strategies that are comprehensive in scope and aligned with their needs. The firm’s representation does not exist in a vacuum, and we approach each matter within the larger context of client businesses.
We serve as national or worldwide coordinating counsel for many of our clients. We are engaged by corporations and other large entities across a broad range of matters – from providing advice and counsel about business disputes and torts to civil litigation, trial and appeal, when necessary. We are often engaged in “bet-the-company” cases, complex commercial disputes, multidistrict litigation and coordinated state law proceedings, as well as class actions. Our lawyers have the experience to handle cases that involve multiple adversaries in federal and state courts across the nation and abroad.
The Only Truly Global Law Firm: Truly a “one-firm” firm – Latham has no headquartered office, as firm and practice management is spread throughout the world, allowing Latham to quickly mobilize the best-suited teams regardless of location. With more than 2,700 lawyers qualified to practice law in 31 countries, and at least 60 different languages spoken across the firm, Latham provides clients with an unmatched global platform.
Litigation & Trial Practice: Latham’s more than 800 litigators are located in key business centers around the world, allowing the firm to bring together diverse teams and talent to develop and implement aggressive and creative litigation strategies. Our extensive experience enables us to dispose of most matters well short of trial, and when settlement is not an option, clients can count on our ability to seamlessly handle the full life cycle of a litigation.
Antitrust & Competition: Latham’s integrated Global Antitrust & Competition Practice is built around highly qualified lawyers who are accustomed to working across borders and are fully aware of both the local and international dimensions of antitrust and competition issues – no matter what the business model or industry. Latham’s antitrust lawyers provide forward-looking, business-centric advice and counsel on the full scope of antitrust and competition law issues, including merger clearance, cartel investigation and litigation, competition-related litigation, intellectual property antitrust, and compliance counseling and training programs.
Complex Commercial Litigation: The lawyers in Latham’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice combine trial-ready capabilities, business fluency, and pragmatism to deliver a winning edge, no matter how complex a client’s challenge. Latham regularly represents public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity firms and portfolio companies, states and other municipal and governmental entities, and high net worth individuals in complex commercial disputes. With insight and experience in more than a dozen industries, Latham lawyers keenly understand clients’ business objectives and the necessity of nuanced litigation strategies that support these broader goals. We evaluate early exit options to minimize costs, including dispositive motions, alternative dispute resolution, and settlement, as well as third-party indemnification and insurance coverage. In the most aggressive of matters, Latham thrives on its extensive trial experience and shrewd negotiation skills to achieve the best possible resolution for clients. The team has tried or arbitrated several hundred cases to verdict over the past decade with an extraordinary success rate. The firm’s victories span every stage of litigation in US federal and state courts. The Latham arsenal includes more than 300 former federal law clerks from each of the US circuit courts, as well as 41 different districts courts. In addition, more than 30 former federal prosecutors from districts across the United States contribute invaluable institutional knowledge and a wealth of courtroom experience.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Latham’s award-winning Intellectual Property Practice consists of more than 100 IP litigators with unparalleled experience in the full range of IP disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets. We practice regularly in all forums, including multijurisdictional litigation around the world, across more than 45 district courts around the US, and before the Federal Circuit, International Trade Commission, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Our team also includes 75 technically trained lawyers, seven technical analysts, and 18 dedicated IP paralegals. Latham’s highly trained technical teams have litigated cases across a wide range of areas, including semiconductors, software, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, image processing, audio processing, therapeutics, medical devices, electric motors, engines, cloud computing and networking, packaging, building products and materials, and banking technologies, among others.
Securities Litigation & Professional Liability: Latham boasts one of the most experienced and successful securities and derivative litigation groups in the United States. Our securities litigators are recognized as among the best lawyers in the field, and include former federal prosecutors, senior staff of the SEC Division of Enforcement, and former clerks at the US Supreme Court, federal appellate and district courts, and state courts. We are a “go-to” law firm for Fortune 500 companies, major financial institutions, their officers and directors, and the Big Four accounting firms. Our approach is simple: identify the most expedient, cost-effective means of ending litigation with the least disruption to the client and its business. This may not be unique to Latham, but what does set the firm apart is our execution. We have obtained dismissals and favorable settlements in multi-billion dollar securities class actions. In the rare instances where trial is unavoidable, Latham is best positioned to represent our clients in achieving optimal results, as our securities litigators are also seasoned trial lawyers. For example, Latham tried one of the only private federal securities class action to go to trial in nearly 10 years. Over the past year, our lawyers have represented clients as defendants in more federal securities class actions than any other law firm, across 22 US district courts.
Supreme Court & Appellate: Led by a former US Solicitor General, Latham’s appellate team has represented clients in numerous groundbreaking cases, with an outstanding record before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Latham appellate practitioners have appeared before the Supreme Court more than 30 times since 2007 alone, representing Fortune 100 corporations, State governments, leading educational institutions, and individuals. The appellate team regularly prepares petitions for certiorari, as well as merits and amicus briefs. The practice has secured certiorari in nearly a dozen cases on behalf of firm clients in the past few years alone. Latham’s appellate lawyers have served at all levels in the US Office of the Solicitor General and clerked for Supreme Court Justices and judges serving on every US federal courts of appeals, providing them with crucial insights into the US appellate court system. The firm has argued and briefed hundreds of cases before the Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeals.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: Latham’s formidable White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice comprises some of the world’s top white collar lawyers, who are uniquely situated to handle the highest-stakes cases. Our roster includes former regulatory practitioners, career defense advocates, and former government lawyers from Republican and Democratic administrations, including former top-ranking DOJ, SEC, CFTC, and SFO officials, along with Obama White House Counsel’s Office attorneys, among others. Our team knows the inner workings of the government and regularly delivers results that dramatically reduce our clients’ financial exposure, prevent or navigate through potentially debilitating investigations, and manage potentially brand-destroying public discourse. Notably, Latham is a top global firm in securing FCPA declinations, a market leader in healthcare regulation, the world’s leading CFIUS regulatory group, a destination firm for CTFC enforcement litigation, and a leader in highest profile investigations.
In just over five years, Wilkinson Stekloff has established itself as the leading trial litigation boutique in the country. Our innovative business model allows us to serve our clients efficiently while maintaining our commitment to developing the next generation of trial lawyers. Our clients have included heavy-hitters in a wide range of industries, including Allergan, Bayer, Facebook, FedEx, Georgia Pacific, Medtronic, Monsanto, the NCAA, the NFL, Pfizer, Altria Group Inc., and Philip Morris USA––all of which have come to rely on Wilkinson Stekloff as a go-to trial firm that can handle some of their toughest matters.
We have achieved successful outcomes for our clients before, during, and after trial in some of the toughest jurisdictions in America, with a growing bench of trial lawyers capable of handling any case. Our attorneys have now tried almost 20 cases to verdict since the firm opened its doors. And, since the firm’s founding, eight partners have had first- or second-chair roles in prominent trials, and many more have achieved significant on-their-feet experience, including through pro bono cases. We know that trials are won by tight-knit teams of smart, innovative, and highly skilled litigators committed to delivering excellent results for their clients. That is who we are. Our attorneys come from the country’s premier large firms, DOJ, the White House, and federal clerkships, including seven former Supreme Court clerks. Our workforce reflects our ongoing commitment to diversity; Chambers has recognized Wilkinson Stekloff as a 2020 “Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion.” We view it as critical not just to hire diverse attorneys, but to give them meaningful trial experience and client exposure. As just one example, the vast majority of the firm’s associates have already worked on at least one trial.
Because we believe we can litigate any case, anytime, anywhere, we do not have practice groups or limitations on the types of cases we can handle. But we have developed considerable expertise in antitrust, class actions, products liability and sports-related matters. For example, Wilkinson Stekloff won five bellwether trials in mass tort proceedings involving the blood thinner Xarelto. In the first two federal trials in New Orleans, our firm secured unanimous defense verdicts within two hours of closing arguments. Then, in the first three state-court trials in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, we secured two defense verdicts and a judgment notwithstanding an adverse verdict in a third case. We also won an outright defense verdict after just over an hour of jury deliberation in a multi-state class action trial involving One A Day multivitamins, relying solely on devastating cross-examinations by our lawyers. Wilkinson Stekloff has also handled some of the most significant litigation matters and investigations shaping professional and college sports today. The firm features a deep bench of lawyers with experience in sports litigation, led by Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson, who was recognized as a “Power Player” by Sports Business Daily. We have also quickly become the go-to firm for clients who want to litigate antitrust cases with an eye toward trial rather than settlement, representing clients in civil and criminal matters, in courts and in agency proceedings. And we continue to be a leader in class action defense, currently representing the NFL, NCAA, Altria, and members of the Executive Council of the Habamatolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a sovereign Indian nation, in putative class action lawsuits.
In addition to bet-the-company cases, Wilkinson Walsh has handled almost 50 separate pro bono matters since its founding in 2016, with over 90% of the firm’s attorneys devoting significant time to those matters and the firm’s brightest young talent winning trials in leadership roles. As a trial boutique, we pride ourselves on providing pro bono representation to clients facing trials, which can be particularly confusing or intimidating to individuals unfamiliar with the legal system. But the range of our pro bono litigation practice is unmatched, covering appeals, class actions, and strategic counseling. Recognizing these efforts, Chambers & Partners recently gave us their “Highly Commended Pro Bono Program” award, recognizing us as having one of the two best pro bono programs out of all law firms nationwide.
Clients welcome the certainty provided by Wilkinson Stekloff’s fixed fees, the quality of work ensured by the firm’s commitment to right-sized teams, and the exposure to a broad array of attorneys ready to do whatever it takes to achieve positive results. And the firm has continued to receive accolades for its successes in delivering results to its clients while deepening its diverse bench of go-to litigators. Most importantly, Benchmark Litigation has twice named Wilkinson Walsh “Boutique Firm of the Year,” calling the firm a “litigator’s dream shop,” and provided numerous individual recognitions for our attorneys, including “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (for Beth Wilkinson), “Future Stars” (for Rakesh Kilaru), Top 250 Women in Litigation (for Beth Wilkinson) and the “40 & Under Hot List” (for Rakesh Kilaru and Kosta Stojilkovic).
These accomplishments show that, lawyer for lawyer and matter for matter, Wilkinson Stekloff is a litigation juggernaut that is running in stride.