Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is one of the largest firms in the world specializing in the prosecution of complex litigation on a contingent basis. Kessler Topaz hasdeveloped a worldwide reputation for excellence in the areas of shareholder, consumer protection & antitrust, and fiduciary litigation. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, and with an office in San Francisco, California, Kessler Topaz is comprised of a highly skilled team of attorneys, paralegals, in-house investigators, legal clerks and other personnel. The Firm proudly notes that it has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of itsclients.
Kessler Topaz’s shareholder litigation practice focuses on the prosecution of securities fraud claims brought against public companies as well as their officers, directors, and advisors. With a large and sophisticated client base — comprised of over 300 institutional investors of all types from around the world — Kessler Topaz has been entrusted to lead some of the most important actions being litigated in our field today.
In addition, Kessler Topaz has been a leader in implementing important corporate governance reforms designed to protect shareholder rights, improve shareholder value and prevent corporate mismanagement. The Firm has a robust Shareholder Derivative and Mergers & AcquisitionLitigation Department which represents institutional investors in many important shareholder derivative actions. This Department also specializes in takeover litigation, actively representing institutional investors in actions where shareholders are not receiving fair value for their investments.
Notably, the Firm has also been at the forefront of representing institutional investors in non-U.S. jurisdictions in light of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank. The Firm has previously, or is currently representing institutional investors in actions in Canada, Brazil, Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Portugal, and Japan.
$3.2 billion settlement in In re Tyco International,Ltd. SecuritiesLitigation;
$2.425 billion settlement in In re Bank ofAmerica Corp. SecuritiesLitigation;
$2 billion trial judgment in In re Southern Peru Copper Corp. Derivative Litigation (largest damage award in Delaware Court of Chancery history);
$3.9 billion increase in value in In re Genentech,Inc. Shareholder Litigation;
€1.3 billion recovery in settlement with Ageas, N.V.(the Netherlands; successor entity to FortisBank, N.V.; largest shareholder recovery in Europe todate)
£900 million settlement in a group action againstRoyal Bank of Scotland(U.K.);
€323.8 million recovery in the groundbreakingRoyal Dutch Shell European Litigation (theNetherlands)
Finally, Kessler Topaz also dedicates a large portion of its practice to complex litigation on behalf of consumers as well as public and private entities, including municipalities, state agencies, and multi-employer welfare funds. Kessler Topaz’s consumer protection efforts are global in scope and include consumer fraud and antitrust practice groups.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys in 16 offices across the country. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Litigation team, including approximately 200 litigators, is routinely in court handling complex, high profile matters and bet-the-company lawsuits. The team is known for its success, having yielded a highly effective and accomplished track record of results including favorable jury verdicts, dismissals and summary judgments, creative settlements, and innovative solutions to disputes of all sizes and sophistication. Our litigators have experience in a vast amount of federal and state courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums throughout the country. They have substantive experience in a full range of litigation matters ranging from commercial real estate disputes, high profile higher education investigations, construction dispute resolutions, and complex commercial contract litigation. Our litigators provide early case assessments and consider creative solutions to directly address the attendant risks and costs of litigation. Whatever the circumstance, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr litigators are ready to offer immediate, trusted, and experienced counsel. A few highlights of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s litigation experience include:
Real Estate Litigation When disputes arise concerning real estate transactions, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Real Estate Litigation Practice combines real estate knowledge and litigation skills to provide advice and representation to both regional and national clients. Our experienced attorneys handle all types of commercial real estate disputes, including: land use appeals, acquisitions that fail to close, litigation over real estate arising out of bankruptcy proceedings, "takings" cases, landlord-tenant issues, disputes between brokers and buyers, real estate tax assessment appeals, and title disputes.
Higher Education Litigation The legal issues facing colleges and universities are more challenging than ever, reaching every corner of campus life with increasing complexity. From discipline to drones, Title IX to taxes, FERPA to financing, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr has a deep bench of lawyers who wrestle with these issues every day, including acting as general counsel to small colleges and universities without in-house lawyers. In the past few years, our Higher Education Practice has rendered service in some of the nation’s highest profile matters, including multi-campus university systems in large-scale government investigations and in proactive compliance reviews and audits (Clery Act, Title IX, Title IV, Title II, minors on campus) and defending institutions in front-page news lawsuits, including allegations of hazing, child abuse, sexual violence, student death, suicide, faculty dismissal, racial discrimination, ADA discrimination, and more.
Insurance Litigation The Insurance Practice represents insurance industry clients in litigation in the United States and abroad. We litigate in many forums – including private arbitration and in federal and state courts – and in various substantive areas, including coverage for environmental, asbestos and other mass tort liabilities, coverage under professional liability, E&O, D&O, fiduciary claims and other insuring provisions, and claims and matters relating to life insurance and long term care insurance. Our insurance litigators have also represented a number of large, national insurers in putative class action suits challenging a variety of different business practices in the sale of insurance policies, billing and collection practices, claims administration and payment practices and policy administration practices.
Construction Litigation Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Construction Practice provides experienced counsel throughout the life cycle of projects – from planning and contracting through project performance and dispute resolution – to clients across the country and around the globe. Due to our extensive knowledge on construction – ranging from project-specific matters to ongoing developments – our team is well equipped to handle disputes of any variety. We regularly practice before the Agency Boards of Contract Appeals, and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. We have prosecuted and defended GAO, GSBCA, EPA and DOT protests, as well as Small Business Administration Size Appeals, and a variety of labor matters. Our conflict resolution experience includes representations in allegations of defective pricing, defective design, delay and inefficiency claims and time extensions, payment and performance bond sureties claims, among others.
White Collar and Government Litigation Whether it is a search warrant, interrogation, subpoena, grand jury appearance, whistleblower claim or civil investigative demand, our White Collar and Government Litigation attorneys are prepared to respond quickly, conduct internal investigations, master the facts, and provide trustworthy and reliable counsel. As former federal prosecutors and regulators our attorneys have direct, practical experience to help our clients enhance their compliance procedures and to rigorously defend them against government investigations. We regularly handle ethics and compliance-related investigations involving a variety of regulations including: the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybersecurity, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), U.S. government contracts, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, securities, and government lobbying activities, among others.
Blank Rome is an Am Law 100 firm with 13 offices and more than 600 attorneys and principals, including 300 litigators, who provide a comprehensive range of legal and advocacy services to clients operating in the United States and around the world. Our professionals are widely recognized for their leading knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of industries, as well as their dedication to pro bono, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
Our nationally recognized Insurance Recovery practice exclusively represents policyholders, taking a creative and business-minded approach to insurance. Our focus on policyholders makes us conflict free, and we can be adverse to any insurer. Our strength is finding coverage where others do not. We break new ground, making law for our clients and shaping it for others with precedent-setting litigation, mediation, arbitration, and settlement strategies that lead to landmark rulings, new types of coverage, and major advances.
With decades of insurance experience, deep bench strength in trials, and a full-time focus on insurance coverage matters, we offer comprehensive services to clients across industries—from Fortune 50 companies to private businesses and entrepreneurs facing bet-the-company losses.
What Sets Us Apart
Benchmark Litigation’s2020 Insurance Firm of the Year.
Law360 Practice Group of the Year in Insurance two years in a row(2018 & 2019).
The National Law Journal’s 2020 & 2017 D.C. Litigation Department of the Year in Insurance.
Nationally ranked by Chambers USA in: Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Policyholder; Energy: Oil & Gas; Government Contracts; and Shipping/Maritime (Band 1).
“Top-Tier Firm” by The Legal 500 United States in: Insurance: Advice to Policyholders; Shipping.
Tier 1 Rank in U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers: Insurance; Admiralty & Maritime; Banking and Finance; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Employee Benefits (ERISA); Litigation – Bankruptcy; Mergers & Acquisitions; Real Estate; Tax.
About our Insurance Recovery practice, clients tell Chambers USA: - “They have assembled one of the premiere teams across the U.S.” - “Blank Rome provides value-added and cost-conscious legal services. They are a go-to firm in this practice area.” - “They are aggressive and creative—and the carriers know that they are willing to fight to get the coverage for which their insureds bargained.” - “They are really very knowledgeable in this area of the law and are excellent strategic thinkers.”