Regularly hailed as one of the strongest litigation teams in the industry, the Debevoise litigation practice has been described by The American Lawyer as akin to “the Army Rangers—a small but elite group that works seamlessly and handles the most challenging cases,” consistently delivering outstanding results for its clients. Recent matters include:
Winning a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court victory concerning constitutional limits of state taxation for the Kaestner Family Trust
Securing a historic $6 billion ICSID arbitration win for Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited
Dismissal of a $14.5 billion qui tam lawsuit filed against Prudential, John Hancock, AXA, Guardian, MassMutual, TIAA and others in the New York Supreme Court
Representing the Board of Directors of CBS Corporation in an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against the CEO and senior personnel
Defeating MZ Wallace’s trade dress infringement claim against our client Oliver Thomas in a complete victory at trial
Negotiating the favorable settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Jane Doe, an 11-year old transgender girl, in her suit to use the girls’ restroom at her school
The firm’s litigation practice is led by co-chairs Mary Beth Hogan and Andrew Ceresney (the immediate past Director of Enforcement at the SEC) and features an all-star roster, including former Attorneys General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC and Michael Mukasey and former Chair of the SEC Mary Jo White, who returned to Debevoise in 2017 following her four-year tenure. Ms. White, who previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for nine years, is Senior Chair of the firm and leads the Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Group.
Their team also includes 14 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys or Department of Justice attorneys, including a former federal district court judge, the former Chief of the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York, the former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Criminal Division, the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security and three former Unit Chiefs of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.
The breadth of experience offered by Debevoise in and out of the courtroom sets their litigators apart. They bring personal attention, seasoned judgment, deep industry knowledge, credibility and substantive legal experience to each matter, tailoring advice to clients’ needs and circumstances. They work seamlessly and collaboratively with clients and co-counsel and across practices to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
Based in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Hong Kong, their broadly skilled team of nearly 300 litigators handle domestic and cross-border disputes of every kind and complex matters in courts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, France and elsewhere, as well as before arbitration tribunals, agencies and administrative bodies worldwide. They represent clients as plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of areas, including:
Antitrust & Competition
Arbitration & International Disputes
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
Insurance Industry Disputes
Labor & Employment Litigation
White Collar & Regulatory Defense
Another notable and distinguishing feature of the Debevoise litigation practice is the success of their women partners. For three consecutive years, Benchmark Litigation has named eight Debevoise women litigation partners among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation”—an exceptional ranking for a firm of its size.
Milbank LLP is a leading international law firm providing innovative legal solutions to clients throughout the world for over 150 years. Milbank is headquartered in New York and has offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, DC.
The firm’s lawyers provide a full range of legal services to the world’s leading commercial, financial and industrial enterprises, as well as to institutions, individuals and governments. Milbank’s lawyers meet the needs of our clients by offering a highly integrated and collaborative range of services across key practice groups throughout our global network. Milbank’s integrated practice is underpinned by our attorneys’ acknowledged technical excellence, sectoral expertise and a strong tradition of innovation and client service.
Milbank’s key areas of practice include: Corporate, Finance, Financial Restructuring, Litigation and Arbitration, Securities, Tax, and Trusts, Estates and Exempt Organizations. Milbank’s lawyers have extensive experience in particular industries, including: Aviation, Biotechnology, Finance, Gaming, Healthcare, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Mining and Metals, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Power and Energy, Renewable Energy, Space and Satellite, Technology, and Telecommunications.
Litigation: With over 30 litigation partners and nearly 200 attorneys, Milbank litigators serve as lead counsel in some of the largest, most significant and highest profile disputes in the world. The Firm regularly represents clients in “bet the company” cases ranging from multi-jurisdiction securities litigations to white collar/regulatory investigations to complex disputes involving intellectual property, international arbitration, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, and other commercial litigation.
The attorneys in Milbank’s Litigation Department pride themselves on being trial lawyers. We frequently try cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, and before domestic and international arbitral tribunals in many different kinds of matters. Our lawyers have tried prominent cases involving federal securities laws, patent infringement, corporate control contests, accounting fraud and financial restructuring.
We tailor our strategies to each client’s goals and risks. Crucial to our Firm’s effective representation of clients is our development, at the outset of a case, of an approach that will maximize a client’s likelihood of success and reduce its risk exposure. Our department has the ability to respond to a crisis facing a client by assembling an integrated team of attorneys who are able to explore a wide range of strategic alternatives, from pursuing a consensual resolution to seeking immediate recourse to courts, where appropriate.
We routinely represent major US and non-US corporations. Clients of note include: Ambac Assurance, American Renal Associates, Atrium Holding Company, Auven Therapeutics, AXA, Broadcast Music, Inc., Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, Inc., Cerberus Capital Management, Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Helix Generation, LLC, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Financial, Morgan Stanley, Rabobank and VEREIT.