Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms,” Lieff Cabraser is a 95-attorney law firm representing plaintiffs in Antitrust, Consumer Fraud, Employment Discrimination, Mass Tort, Product Defect, Securities and Financial Fraud, and Qui Tam litigation. Our clients include individuals, classes and plaintiff groups, businesses, and public and private entities.
We take great pride in our innovative approach to the practice of law and our firm’s leadership role in cases resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings, including some of the most significant civil cases in the United States over the past 45 years:
Attorney General litigation against the tobacco industry in which our clients received $42 billion in settlements;
settlements valued at over $15 billion in litigation over Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud affecting nearly 600,000 U.S. vehicles;
the High-Tech Employee Antitrust litigation against Apple, Google, Intel, and other tech giants resulting in a landmark $435 million settlement, the largest employment-setting antitrust recovery in history;
the Bank of New York Mellon foreign currency exchange case, which resulted in a $504 million payback of overcharges to the bank’s custodial customers;
settlements totaling $399 million in California state court litigation charging that Bayer and other generic prescription drug manufacturers conspired to restrain competition in the sale of the blockbuster antibiotic Cipro;
groundbreaking Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases over abusive text messages and calls leading to over $300 million in consumer settlements;
Qui tam litigation against University of Phoenix for Higher Education Act violations resulting in a $78.5 million settlement, second-largest ever in a False Claims case involving the U.S. Department of Education; and
settlements in the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill case against BP and Halliburton valued to date at $11.6 billion.
Lieff Cabraser’s attorneys are recognized as some of the most qualified and skilled professionals in their fields, routinely appointed by federal and state courts to serve as leaders in national litigation. The majority of our attorneys are, or have served as, directors and officers of local, state, and national bar organizations, including the American Association for Justice, Public Justice Foundation, Consumer Attorneys of California, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Law360 has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the Top 50 law firms nationwide for litigation, including our firm as the first among five elite litigation heavyweights with fewer than 200 attorneys, victorious in case after case “against some of the largest and strongest defense law firms in the world.” The National Law Journal has named Lieff Cabraser to its “Elite Trial Lawyers” list multiple times over multiple years including 2019, and Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser one of the “Top 10 Plaintiff Firms in America.”
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 providestrategic 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
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.
Weil is a leader in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services. Our pioneering “one-firm” approach, which integrates approximately 1,100 attorneys across three continents and multiple practice areas, allows the Firm to partner with many of the world’s most successful organizations on matters as complex and interconnected as the businesses themselves.
Featuring approximately 350 lawyers in more than a dozen practice areas and areas of specialization, Weil’s Litigation Department is one of the largest, most diversified, and highly respected in the legal industry. Weil provides clients with business oriented solutions to complex, multi-faceted legal challenges, including business disputes, regulatory actions and investigations, financial distress, and other potentially enterprise-changing circumstances.
Our expertise spans a number of substantive areas:
Antitrust: Weil is regularly retained by some of the largest corporations in the world to handle their antitrust litigation matters. Our antitrust litigators advise clients on the inter-relationship between antitrust, intellectual property, trade, and unfair competition laws and regulations, and litigate and try those cutting-edge issues in civil and criminal cases before juries and judges in multiple jurisdictions. Representative clients include Bridgestone, CBS, Farmers Insurance, H&R Block, Hilton Worldwide, Panasonic, and Sanofi.
Appellate: Weil’s Appellate practice focuses on a broad array of substantive areas, including employment, securities, copyright and trademark, patent, tax, bankruptcy, antitrust, civil rights, and constitutional law, among other areas. With 30 practitioners, including numerous former clerks for federal appellate judges and U.S. Supreme Court justices, we regularly handle appeals in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bankruptcy: Weil is well-known as the leading restructuring firm in the world. We not only invented much of what is standard today, but we have been involved in almost every type of consensual and litigated restructuring transaction in the U.S. since the 1970s. Weil has served as chief debtors’ counsel in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcy filings in history and has represented clients in numerous complicated international insolvencies. Our experience extends to exchange offers, debt for equity swaps, pre-packaged and pre-arranged chapter 11 cases, as well as conventional chapter 11 reorganizations.
General Commercial: Weil is a one-stop firm for commercial litigation matters, and has achieved significant victories in recent high-profile disputes for CBS, Discovery Communications, ExxonMobil Corporation, Farmers Insurance, First Data, Nuance Communications, and StubHub, among others. We specialize in trying highstakes breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, unfair competition and otherbusiness tort claims, class actions, and litigations arising under RICO, the False Claims Act, and numerous other statutes.
Intellectual Property: Weil’s IP practices offer market-leading capabilities in IP litigation – including complex patent, trade secrets, copyright, and trademark disputes – and IP counseling. For decades, Weil’s prestigious IP & Media group has been at the forefront of hot-button intellectual property and media issues. The group’s work in the area of digital media has been trailblazing, touching on multiple areas of commercial significance including e-commerce, digital rights management, and digital content licensing. We are also recognized for our expertise in false advertising, music licensing, television/motion picture and other content distribution, and privacy/data protection issues. Representative clients include Alibaba, eBay, Facebook, Harper Collins, Sirius XM Radio, and Twitter. Weil’s Patent Litigation group focuses on high-stakes patent and IP disputes, whether they involve winning a key patent infringement action at trial or on appeal, litigating a complex investigation at the U.S. ITC, or trying contested post-grant proceedings at the PTAB. Our team includes more than 40 attorneys, many of whom have technical degrees, allowing us to identify critical issues, understand the technology at the forefront of a case, and become trusted advisors to our clients, which include CBS, General Electric, HP, Illumina, Intel, Sanofi, T-Mobile, and Tesla Motors.
International Arbitration: Weil’s International Arbitration and Trade practice possesses vast experience, having been involved in more than 200 major international disputes – including scores of arbitrations – dealing with the laws of dozens of nations. Leading multinationals involved in important international disputes repeatedly turn to Weil for its business-oriented approach, understanding of specific cultural issues, extensive government and trade experience, and recognized skill in handling complex investment and commercial arbitrations before all major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, AAA, LCIA, and ICSID.
Product Liability: Weil handles significant product liability and complex mass tort matters, including nationwide class actions, MDL proceedings, and joint state/ federal litigations. Our group has won some of the largest consumer fraud class actions involving alleged product defects in the United States, and has handled one of the single-largest product recalls in European history. Our experience extends to a broad range of areas, including automotive products, industrial chemicals, medical devices, toys, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, heavy equipment, and airlines. Notable clients include Domestic, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Repsol, Sanofi, Toyobo, and Walgreens Boots Alliance..
Securities: Weil’s Securities Litigation group has handled numerous high-stakes, precedent-setting assignments including those relating to the insolvency or restructuring of major financial institutions, high profile SEC enforcement proceedings, white-collar securities prosecutions, proxy contests, busted-deal and other M&A litigation, and class action and derivative litigation. The group continues to tackle complex litigation and investigations for clients such as AIG, BTG Pactual, General Electric, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Sanofi, Signet Jewelers and Walgreens Boots Alliance, and shareholder suits arising out of large, sophisticated M&A transactions.
White Collar Crime: Led by an elite group of highly ranked criminal defense lawyers with extensive government experience, Weil’s White Collar practice conducts complex internal investigations and handles an array of criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations and parallel litigation arising out of accounting and securities issues, allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, and cartelization, and allegations related to U.S. criminal and regulatory laws with international and extra-territorial dimensions, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.