Jennifer Parent of full-service law firm McLane Middleton serves as director of the litigation group, as well as chair of its business litigation practice. Parent is active in high-stakes complex commercial, employment and labor, tax abatement, bet-the-company, and land development litigation. Her experience includes representing employers and companies in a wide array of employment related disputes.
Securities litigator Hannah Ross of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann is lauded for her dedicated advocacy in protecting the rights of shareholders and investors. Ross served as a member of the lead counsel team who led the direct actions on behalf of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System against Allianz Global Investors, which resulted in nearly $2 billion recovered for the over 20 injured investor clients. She is also involved in two distinct securities litigation matters on behalf of separate retirement systems that have respectively settled for multi-millions.
Robin Cohen of Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna is recognized as one of the leading litigators in the insurance coverage space. With her select policyholder client base, Cohen has been at the forefront of impactful insurance-related wins that have had substantial implications across the industry. She currently serves as lead counsel to Thor Equities in an ongoing case that questions whether property insurers must cover business interruption losses of policyholders arising out of the pandemic. The team obtained a major victory in April 2021 for policyholders that established coverage is possible.
Managing partner of Cravath Swaine & Moore’s litigation department is Karin DeMasi, a potent force in the complex commercial sphere. She possesses expertise in securities, antitrust, ERISA, and general commercial matters. DeMasi was recently active as lead counsel to the largest provider of communications infrastructure in the US, Crown Castle International Corporation, defeating both a putative securities class action and a related stockholder derivative action against the client. The suits alleged that Crown Castle made misleading statements as to revenue attributable to its cellular tower installation service, leading to an artificially inflated stock price. Fellow New York partner Rachel Skaistis dedicates her practice to providing counsel in government & internal investigations, shareholder demands, derivative actions, and accounting restatement matters, as well as providing appellate, employment, securities, bankruptcy, and general commercial representation. Skaistis is lead counsel representing Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation on numerous related matters including both direct and indirect purchaser putative classes, as well as individual plaintiff matters which allege that Novartis entered into an illicit agreement with Par Pharmaceuticals to the ends of hindering generic competition for the drug Exforge. Also hailing from the firm’s New York office, former US District Judge Katherine Forrest has cultivated a practice dedicated to antitrust and commercial litigation, with emphasis in areas such as artificial intelligence, big data, and the digital environment. In addition to her ongoing role as lead counsel to Epic Games in the company’s closely watched antitrust suit against Apple, Forrest was recently active in the role of lead counsel to Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Biosense Webster, obtaining a summary judgement decision which defeated an action alleging monopolization and restraint of trade in the nation’s market for high-density mapping and ultrasound catheters for electrophysiological cardiac mapping. Lauren Moskowitz holds standout experience in the speres of antitrust, intellectual property, general commercial, securities, and financial restructuring litigation. In addition to her co-lead role representing Epic Games and, previously, Biosense Webster, Moskowitz was also recently active in defeating over 50 antitrust class actions filed against Alcon Laboratories in Florida federal court alleging violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act in connection with the client’s unilateral pricing of contact lenses. Known for her roles as a former US Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and a former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, Christine Varney now serves as chair of the antitrust practice of the firm. Nationally revered as an authority in this space, Varney’s private practice is dedicated to representing clients from diverse industries on matters related to joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions. Previously recognized for her continued co-lead role representing Epic Games, Varney also serves as lead counsel to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and numerous of its member plans in consolidated multidistrict antitrust class actions, which include separate putative classes of both healthcare providers and insurance subscribers, that allege violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act in connection with the BlueCard program and the company’s implementing of exclusive service areas. While preliminary approval of a settlement for claims brought by subscribers has been obtained, claims by providers remain in dispositive motion phases.
Bindu Donovan of Desmarais’ New York City outfit is a powerhouse in life sciences litigation. Her practice is dedicated to pharmaceutical and medical device disputes that test the bounds of scientific innovation. A frequent advocate on Hatch-Waxman Act cases on behalf of drug companies, Donovan routinely finds herself retained by high-profile clients, such as Johnson & Johnson, Gilead, and Roche/Genentech. Leveraging her MIT-accredited mastery of computer science and engineering, Desmarais’ Leslie Spencer is a patent trial specialist representing clients both in federal court and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Spencer’s representation is often sought-after by industry leaders who seek insider knowledge of artificial intelligence, automotive technology, blockchain, encryption tech, Fintech, medical devices, and network communication-related technologies.
Rita Glavin founded the New York-based litigation firm Glavin PLLC in March 2021. A nationally recognized and accomplished white collar defense and government investigations lawyer, Glavin continues to represent former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in various investigations, and related civil matters, including a lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York with regard to allegations of sexual harassment in the concurrent investigations conducted by the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee, as well in the criminal case in Albany County charging the Governor with forcible groping – an element which was later dismissed by the District Attorney. Glavin also served as an appointed prosecutor for the United States in the Southern District of New York in its case against Steven Donziger, as well as in the appeal of this case to the Second Circuit.
Co-founding partner of Glenn Agre Bergman & Fuentes, Olga Lucia Fuentes-Skinner provides expert litigation and trial counsel in a broad variety of commercial and bankruptcy matters from the firm’s New York City office. Fuentes-Skinner boasts extensive and laudable experience in a host of specific matters, including those pertaining to accounting malpractice, data breaches, the FCPA, federal securities actions trade secrets, whistleblower claims, government investigations, regulatory proceedings, and internal investigations. Fuentes-Skinner is retained by clients hailing from a variety of sectors, including agriculture, energy, life sciences, and beverage production. Fellow Glenn Agre Bergman & Fuentes founding partner Lyn Agre is formidable both in the role of white-collar criminal defense, as well as in that within the civil arena. In addition to her deep and extensive experience providing defense counsel on high-exposure criminal proceedings related to antitrust, environmental issues, healthcare, insurance, maritime law, public corruption, and taxation, Agre’s work conducting internal investigations involving accounting malfeasance, insider trading, and obstruction of justice are of equal merit. Her activity in the civil sphere, often bridging her educational background in social work and legacy of social service, finds its focus on matters of employment disputes, defamation actions to Title IX and ADA cases, and whistleblower complaints. Agre is currently active in providing defense representation to the director of a company which acquired another firm to allegedly harvest its blockchain technology. The matter, still in its early stages, asserts claims for breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, among others.
One of the more formidable litigation boutiques, Kaplan Hecker & Fink, was founded by renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan. Kaplan is widely recognized for her trial acumen and for garnering precedent-setting outcomes for her clients in high-stakes commercial, civil rights, and higher education matters. Her passionate advocacy on public interest and civil rights issues, including landmark decisions on gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and racial violence, has led her to the forefront of the nation’s most recent legal advancements. Kaplan maintains a consistent record of compelling advocacy, innovative arguments, and remarkable results, which results in her inclusion on Benchmark’s Top 10 Women in Litigation list. Kaplan was lead counsel in a number of significant victories, including securing numerous awards of sanctions against the defendants in a case brought upon by a group of plaintiffs suing the neo-Nazi white supremacists who organized the racial and religious-based violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Jurors in the November 2021 trial found that more than a dozen white supremacist and hate groups were liable under state law for injuries to counter-protesters in the 2017 Unite the Right rally and ordered them to pay the plaintiffs over $25 million in damages. Additionally, in 2020, Kaplan secured a settlement on behalf of Brown University in one of the first Title IX athletics cases in the country, Cohen v. Brown University. The matter was brought by plaintiffs who alleged violations of a 1998 agreement that required Brown to satisfy certain gender proportionality requirements in its varsity athletics programs.
Jennifer Recine of Kasowitz Benson & Torres’ New York office represents an impressive roster of clients in general commercial litigation, as well as real estate litigation – of which she serves as firm co-chair. Recine is continuously recognized for her role in real estate disputes, civil RICO and other securities actions, professional malpractice, tax, and other complex proceedings. Recine currently represents 960 Franklin Ave. Acquisition and its parent, Continuum Company, in litigation involving the company’s residential development near the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, a source of wide-spread local media attention.
Kobre & Kim’s New York-based Danielle Rose is a formidable force in the market of financial services, bankruptcy, and general commercial litigation. Leveraging her expertise in market disruptions and sophisticated financial products, Rose attends to significant matters in the litigation landscape that grows increasingly complex in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Co-chair of the white-collar defense and investigations practice at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel’s New York office is Dani James who leverages her history as a federal prosecutor to provide companies, as well as their officers and directors, with counsel in complex and frequently high-exposure criminal and regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies alike. James currently serves as counsel to former Lieutenant Governor of New York Brian Benjamin in a federal corruption and bribery matter arising from allegations that the client granted state funds to a real estate developer in exchange for campaign contributions. Head of the firm’s life sciences practice, Dr. Irena Royzman is a patent specialist who bridges her extensive background in biology – made apparent by her PhD from MIT – with her advocacy skills. Royzman has cultivated a practice emphasizing pharmaceutical and biotech patent proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, representing industry leaders in Hatch-Waxman disputes, and other patent actions. Royzman currently represents Janssen Products and Pharma Mar in a suit filed against eVenus Pharmaceuticals Laboratories and numerous other pharmaceutical manufacturers related to allegations of infringement under the Hatch-Waxman Act of two patents protecting the anti-cancer agent Yondelis.
One of the four New York-based partners at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison recognized in Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation is securities litigation practice co-chair Susanna Buergel. She serves as lead counsel representing Citigroup in three qui tam cases alleging the client defrauded the municipal Variable Rate Demand Obligation bond (VRDO) issuers of the States of Massachusetts, California, and New York as a result of periodical resets applied to the interest rates for VRDOs. Claudia Hammerman’s practice is centered around the defense of corporations and financial institutions in complex commercial and securities litigation. Hammerman recently represented the special committee of the Credit Suisse AG board of directors in an internal investigation into its relationship with Archegos Capital Management following its default in March 2021, which resulted in $5.5 billion in losses for Credit Suisse. The massive investigation was mandated to occur within 90 days and resulted in a 165-page report published by the client. The matter garnered significant attention from legal, finance, and mainstream media outlets. Michele Hirshman is a trusted authority on white-collar defense, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations. Hirshman has previously been recognized for her central role in one of the most critical separation-of-powers matters, as well as for representing clients such as 21st Century Fox, Merck, and Columbia University in high-profile investigations and litigation proceedings. Loretta Lynch, who boasts the rare distinction of having previously served as the Attorney General of the United States, leads internal and congressional investigations, and handles white-collar and complex government matters. Lynch recently served as counsel to BlackRock Investment Management, conducting a highly public review and investigation into the company’s handling of workplace misconduct complaints soon after the release of numerous media reports detailing allegations by former employees of harassment and discrimination.
Hailing from Pomerantz’s New York office, Emma Gilmore provides plaintiff counsel on high-stakes class-action matters. She has previously been noted for her spearheading the firm’s representation against Brazil’s largest oil firm, Petrobas – a case which resulted in the largest securities class action settlement involving a foreign issuer on record. Her successes also include leading an action against Deutsche Bank in connection with the Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse scandal. Also in New York, Pomerantz’s Murielle Steven Walsh is a securities class action and corporate governance specialist whose advocacy has contributed to reshaping the securities landscape. She currently leads the firm’s efforts in a widely spectated securities class action against Wynn Resorts in connection with allegations of a long-standing history of sexual misconduct against company employees on the part of its former CEO and founder Stephen Wynn.
Agnès Dunoguéof Shearman & Sterling’s New York City branch is a complex commercial and securities litigator representing investment banks, corporations, as well as their directors and officers in a variety of capacities. Equipped with the ability to analyze trends within government enforcement agencies and other regulatory bodies, Dunogué has been retained by clients such as Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Nomura.
Despite serving as co-head of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s insurance and reinsurance practice, Mary-Beth Forshaw resists being typecast as a strictly insurance-minded litigator – displaying her distinguished expertise not only in her primary practice area, but in those of securities, bankruptcy, complex commercial law, banking, and international arbitration, as well. Forshaw currently provides counsel to Chubb Limited regarding the approval of a reorganized settlement and releases in connection with Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy and insurance coverage proceedings, which arose in the wake of numerous sexual abuse claims nationwide. Lori Lesser serves not only as head of the firm’s intellectual property practice, but also as the co-chair of its privacy and cybersecurity practice. Lesser provides counsel to clients from a vast selection of sectors, including apparel, financial information, internet, media & entertainment, mobile & social media services, pharmaceuticals, retail & consumer products, software & technology, and others. Lesser is noted for her expertise in all aspects of IP, privacy, and technology law, including but not limited to corporate transactions, licensing, outsourcing, and strategic agreements. Multi-specialist and global co-chair of litigation Lynn Neuner regularly represents industry leaders in complex commercial, false advertising, insurance & reinsurance, mergers & acquisitions, and securities litigation. Neuner has represented corporate entities such as Pfizer, the Toronto-Dominion Bank, Weight Watchers International, and Jabil in proceedings of great complexity and high stakes. Neuner currently provides defense representation to the leading providers of home warranty services to US homeowners, the ServiceMaster Company and American Home Shield, in a matter brought by Servix, which asserts claims of breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as promissory & equitable estoppel claims. Neuner has been successful in obtaining the dismissal of the estoppel claims while the contract and implied covenant claims remain in discovery.
Founding member of women-owned boutique Tadler Law is Ariana Tadler, a notable authority in the securities, consumer and data breach class actions, and complex litigation spaces. Tadler brings almost three decades of experience to the plaintiffs’ law firm where she routinely advocates for consumers and investors against corporate abuse and fraud. Tadler is often called upon by courts to leadership positions in complex multi-district and state proceedings, with a recent appointment to the consumer plaintiffs’ steering committee in a case known as re: Marriott International, Inc. Custom Data Security Breach Litigation.
Elaine Golin of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has developed her practice around securities litigation and complex commercial matters relating to contracts, corporate governance, residential mortgage-backed securities. Golin is recognized for her involvement on notable matters of public importance, such as matters arising from the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as in the implementation of COVID-19 relief programs which include the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program. Golin has represented such financial institutions as Huntington Bank and PNC and is recognized for her representation of Bank of America in the client’s ground-breaking settlement of claims related to Countrywide’s mortgage-backed securities. Golin also serves on the board of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a non-profit organization that provides leadership education to low-income women students of color. Fellow partner Rachelle Silverberg has a deep knowledge of mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, and class & derivative actions relating to federal securities claims and fiduciary duties. She has earned a reputation as a successful advocate for domestic and foreign corporations alike.In addition to acting on behalf of clients in internal and SEC investigations, including complex accounting issues, insider trading claims, and regulatory compliance matters, Silverberg also teaches a course on deal litigation at Stanford Law School.
Co-chair of Wilmer Hale’s trial practice, Hallie Levin provides expert counsel to clients in a variety of commercial regards, which include antitrust matters, business torts, complex contractual disputes, government investigations, and trade secrets cases. Levin recently achieved victory at trial on behalf of T-Mobile and its controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG against Cox Communications, who had allegedly breached its obligation to partner with T-Mobile pursuant to an exclusive wholesale wireless agreement if Cox were ever to begin providing wireless services. Following five days at bench trial, Levin successfully obtained a decision which held that Cox was, in fact, in breach of its agreement with T-Mobile and, further, enjoining Cox from partnering with any other mobile operator.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Cathleen Devlin, the first woman named to the chair position of the litigation department in the firm’s history, litigates commercial and environmental matters and provides representation on government investigations and audits. Philadelphia based, Devlin boasts a deep, 25-year-long history honing her commercial contract, business torts, class action, and complex environmental dispute resolution abilities. She achieved a recent victory on behalf of client GoBrands – the operator of the “goPuff” delivery service – in a putative class action filed by the service’s delivery drivers seeking overtime compensation pursuant to the Illinois Minimum Wage Payment and Collection Law and other Illinois statutes. The action, which touches on pertinent questions regarding legal protections and financial entitlement afforded to workers in the gig economy, was resolved by a court ruling stating the matters must be settled by means of individual arbitration proceedings – which were favorably settled. This established a precedent relevant to companies that similarly rely on delivery drivers acting as gig workers.
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An insurance coverage thought leader, Hunton Andrews & Kurth’s Lorelie Masters represents policyholders in complex commercial litigation proceedings and arbitration. She is recognized for her extensive involvement in litigation relating to COVID-19 business interruption. Masters is notably active in the pro bono sphere and serves as chair of the board for the Human Trafficking Legal Center, an organization which both aids survivors of trafficking in seeking justice and trains pro bono attorneys to represent them.
At Kramer Levin’s Washington, DC office, Alison Barnes represents companies and individuals in an abundance of complex commercial, securities, and white-collar cases, including class actions, breach of fiduciary duty disputes, business torts, and fraud claims. With emphasis on matters arising within the healthcare products and services sector, Barnes is recognized for her role in obtaining the voluntary dismissal of claims brought by Aetna on behalf of Mednax, as well as for her successful representation of Plantronics. She is also active in civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations before the DOJ and the SEC.
Karen Dunn of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s DC office boats a formidable practice centered around the representation of public companies and their highest-ranking officials and public figures in high-exposure investigations and litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Frequently retained as a premier choice to argue before the US Supreme Court, Dunn’s expertise is also in complex antitrust matters, as well as environmental law matters. She currently leads the firm’s representation of Amazon in putative antitrust actions. Additionally, Dunn also continues to serve at the helm of the firm’s representation of Apple in its high-profile suit against Epic Games. Fellow DC partner Jeannie Rhee has distinguished herself as a civil, white-collar, and regulatory litigation authority. Rhee recently resolved critical litigation on behalf of General Electric Company, which was filed following the unlawful appropriation, disclosure, and use of certain GE trade secrets by Siemens Energy.
Sara Razi, based out of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Washington, DC office,serves as global co-chair of the antitrust and trade regulation practice – offering the invaluable knowledge that is inherent to her nearly decade-long tenure as a former senior official at the FTC. With a history of representing world-leading corporate bodies in significant antitrust actions, Razi’s practice is centered around competition issues, government antitrust investigations, and merger reviews. She currently represents HCA Healthcare in a class action filed against the client in North Carolina state court which alleges that HCA and an Asheville-based hospital system recently acquired by the client have engaged in monopolistic practices in order to raise the costs of inpatient and outpatient care in the area. Having previously served both as an associate director in the SEC’s division of enforcement and the first chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, Cheryl Scarboro – also of the firm’s DC office – represents corporations, financial institutions, and individuals in regulatory enforcement proceedings before the SEC and other bodies. Scarboro also conducts internal investigations and advises ondisclosure & corporate governance requirements, FCPA compliance, and SEC reporting. Scarboro recently secured the successful resolution of an SEC investigation into the Korean telecommunications company known as KT Corporation arising from allegations of FCPA violations in Korea and Vietnam.
Wilkinson Stekloff founding partner Beth Wilkinson litigates in the antitrust and general commercial practices with several bet-the company matters exceeding the multi-billion-dollar range under her belt. Among the nation’s preeminent trial attorneys – boasting the distinction of over 50 lead counsel roles in various jury trials – Wilkinson displays an impressive level of versatility, representing clients not only in antitrust and general commercial capacities, but also in mass tort, product liability, white-collar, and class action litigation. Wilkinson currently serves as lead trial counsel to Covidien and Medtronic in a number of products liability matters which arise from claims of defective design and inadequate warning related to the clients’ hernia mesh products.
Chair of the Supreme Court and appellate practice at Williams & Connolly, Lisa Blatt is an icon of appellate litigation in the DC legal market with a resounding 42 cases before the Supreme Court. She is widely regarded as a formidable and effective litigator. Blatt adds another Supreme Court case to her belt this year with a closely watched copyright case that will be the first case since Google v. Oracle to address a fair use question. Blatt represents Lynn Goldsmith, a renowned photographer who shot a black-and-white photo of Prince that Andy Warhol had based a series of illustrations on. The Andy Warhol Foundation filed a copyright infringement claim against Goldsmith and won summary judgment at the District Court. Goldsmith hired the team for the Second Circuit appeal challenging the decision, which was successful both before and after the Google v. Oracle decision. The Supreme Court granted certiorari over the case in March 2022 to address the fair use issue. Heidi Hubbard is an acclaimed trial lawyer with expertise in product liability, torts, and medicine. Hubbardhas continued to be victorious as lead partner representing Pfizer subsidiary Hospira in an ongoing dispute in which competitorApotex seeks over $300 million in damages related to allegations of monopolization of the US market for the cephalosporin antibiotic known as cefepime as well as a number of other drugs. The most recent win included a motion for summary judgment – for the third time in a row on statute of limitations grounds. Blatt and Hubbard scored a summary judgment victory for GlaxoSmithKline recently in the Zofran MDL. They continue to represent the client in the appeal at the First Circuit. Another of D.C.’s finest trial lawyers, Enu Mainigi regularly represents notable clients in a variety of complex disputes related to healthcare fraud, financial services, banking, and securities. After six years of litigation and a trip to the Ninth Circuit and back, Mainigi received a complete defense verdict in a class action lawsuit against CV related to the Health Savings Pass generic discount drug program S, rejecting the claims on all counts against the client – which spanned six jurisdictions and five contracts. Co-chair of the international disputes practice Ana Reyes is a key player and expert on all things multinational with experience in litigation and arbitration. In addition to international related litigation, she has a diverse practice handling cases involving product liability, patents, and torts. She has been active in pro bono work throughout her years of practice, often representing asylum seekers and refugee organizations. Co-chair of the account liability and the government investigations groups Katherine Turner is distinguished for her experience and capability in related litigation. She has a strong track record with representing accounting firms in particular, having represented three of the nation’s “Big Four” firms in regulation proceedings and professional liability matters. Her experience in litigation has involved commercial and securities litigation, spanning federal, state and appellate courts as well as various arbitration venues. As to the government investigations side of her practice, Turner has previously represented then Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Benghazi hearing before the House Select Committee in 2015. Throughout her career, Turner has been active in uplifting women at the firm, being the co-founder of its Women’s Initiative.