McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, the team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective – and often unexpected – solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong , the firm brings personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.
Key capabilities: Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. Our litigation lawyers collaborate with colleagues across the Firm, to bring our clients fully developed solutions that make meaningful progress toward their business goals, in and out of the courtroom.
White Collar: Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of our lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors. We are able to assemble strong, lean teams of seasoned legal counsel, to spot—and mitigate—potential compliance risks, respond quickly to government investigations and provide world-class defense in qui tam actions, criminal charges and parallel proceedings.
Antitrust Litigation: We provide effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition regimes worldwide to help our clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals. Our top-ranked lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. We assist clients with challenges resulting from increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation.
Intellectual Property Litigation: For business leaders leveraging intellectual property to drive growth or defend market position, we are your secret weapon in the boardroom and the courtroom. We help you respond quickly to changing market dynamics with actionable recommendations designed to capitalize on opportunity and mitigate risk. We work to uncover value at every stage of the IP lifecycle and we marry our business savvy, technical acumen and personal passion to help you benefit from it.
Employment: Pairing deep resources with broad geographic coverage, we meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, delivering a complete legal offering covering the full spectrum of employment and labor issues. We help develop and implement effective employment policies, defend clients in government investigations and compliance audits, and bring first-chair trial skills when defending employers in courts around the world.
Our team engages in every aspect of civil, regulatory and commercial defence litigation, including:
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.”
Cravath strives to be the firm of choice for clients facing their most difficult and critical litigation. We are not just litigators; we are trial lawyers. We are trained across multiple disciplines, which enables us to think outside the box and apply creative solutions to complex matters, regardless of the subject matter, industry or client’s role in a particular dispute. The credibility and experience we bring to each matter and our preparation of each case from the outset as if it were going to trial give us a strategic advantage in all steps of litigation. Some of our practice areas include:
Antitrust: Since successfully defending IBM during the 1970s and ’80s in the landmark government case over alleged monopolization of the computer market, Cravath continues to be the go-to firm for major antitrust litigation. Our practice is chaired by the only person to have ever served as both the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. We represent clients in securing regulatory clearance for major transactions. We also advise clients on business conduct or potential investments and handle government investigations.
Appellate: We have extensive experience representing appellants and appellees in federal and state courts across the country. We regularly handle the appellate work for matters in which we are conducting the trial court litigation, including interlocutory appeals and appeals following trial or other disposition. In addition, we are frequently retained to take over matters on appeal that were originally handled by another firm at the trial court level. We also prepare amicus briefs in connection with important cases pending in the U.S. Supreme Court or in other appellate courts in which our clients have an interest but are not parties.
Arbitration: Our litigators represent companies in many of the largest and most complex domestic and international arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, AAA, JAMS, UNCITRAL and private arbitrations) involving diverse industries and areas of law. Our attorneys are also from time to time nominated to serve as arbitrators by experienced litigators at other major firms.
Financial Restructuring and Reorganization: Companies facing their most challenging and critical litigation due to bankruptcy, restructuring or reorganization often rely upon our extensive experience in complex litigation. Our experience includes handling matters related to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by officers and board members of distressed companies, disputes arising out of lender claims, alleged breaches of contract and alleged fraudulent conveyances.
General Commercial: Cravath regularly represents clients in high stakes commercial litigation. Our practice includes breach of contract, ERISA, False Claims Act, RICO, unfair competition and employment matters. We have also handled several environmental and product liability matters (including at trial) and numerous qui tam actions.
Intellectual Property: Our team includes the former head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We handle patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters involving complex technologies and products, as well as commercial litigation that frequently arises from IP matters, such as antitrust and breach of license claims. We bring to each case a trial lawyer’s courtroom perspective and deep trial experience, which distinguish us from many firms who may be IP specialists but do not try cases on a regular basis. We also supervise and coordinate IP disputes that span the globe and regularly advise clients on national and worldwide IP strategy.
Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense: Cravath handles major white collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement actions and investigations for corporations, both foreign and domestic, in diverse industries. We also assist clients in handling complex internal investigations, conduct fact-finding exercises with respect to shareholder demands and advise company executives and directors on compliance obligations, potential areas of exposure and preventive measures. We have extensive experience in matters involving the FCPA, insider trading, accounting fraud, trade sanctions, export and anti-money laundering controls, tax fraud, healthcare fraud, antitrust and other issues. Our team includes attorneys who have spent portions of their careers at U.S. government agencies.
Securities: We have achieved significant wins and established important precedent in mega-deal litigation, traditional securities fraud litigation and regulatory enforcement matters on behalf of every key category of defendant: issuers, financial institutions and audit firms. Our wins and innovative strategies from the boardroom to the courtroom have given corporate defendants greater ammunition to protect critical business interests and leveled the litigation playing field. Securities cases rarely go to trial, and we have tried four in the past several years.
Recent Litigation Clients:
• Alarm.com • American Express • Amgen • Anheuser-Busch InBev • Avon Products • Big Lots • Biogen • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee • British American Tobacco • Chemed • Colgate-Palmolive • Credit Suisse • Deutsche Bank • Disney • Dooney & Bourke • DreamWorks Animation • DRI Capital • First Solar • Goldman Sachs • IBM • Insys Therapeutics • JPMorgan Chase • Merck • Morgan Stanley • Mylan • NCR • Nomura • Novartis • Palantir • PG&E • Pinnacle Foods • Precision Castparts • PricewaterhouseCoopers • Qualcomm • Sabre • SPI Group • Spirit AeroSystems • Unilever • Vivendi • WarnerMedia • The Weinstein Company • Westpac • The Williams Companies • YPF
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg was founded in 2012 by the Hon. Richard J. Holwell, who served as a highly respected federal judge in the Southern District of New York, and his former colleagues from White & Case: Michael S. Shuster (who was global head of commercial litigation), Daniel P. Goldberg, and Dorit Ungar Black.
Since its founding, HSG has expanded from four founding partners to approximately 60 lawyers today, giving the firm the capacity to handle complex commercial litigation matters of any size, in any forum. HSG was named the 2016 New York Law Firm of the Year and a Top 10 Boutique since 2017 by Benchmark Litigation, and, within three years of being founded, was one of 10 firms named to The National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List.
HSG serves as lead counsel for clients such as Visa, HSBC, Freddie Mac, and the state-owned Alberta Investment Management Company in a range of high-stakes commercial litigation, and is particularly well known for:
Financial Markets & Securities Litigation: HSG lawyers have been involved in numerous landmark financial markets cases, representing banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, foreign governments, trustees, and other market participants in all manners of litigation involving the world’s financial markets. At the forefront of litigation stemming from the 2008 financial crisis, HSG represented hundreds of RMBS trusts and leading bank trustees asserting so-called “putback” claims, where HSG established itself as a leader in the area. Currently, HSG represents a Canadian government investment fund pursuing “life settlement” claims against insurers over their efforts to raise premiums on investor-owned policies.
Impact Antitrust Litigation: In addition to the firm’s ongoing representation of Visa in multidistrict litigation involving billions of dollars in potential damages, the firm’s lawyers have represented Comcast, Raytheon, General Re, Saudi Refining, Inc., and other clients in major antitrust litigation and governmental reviews. On the plaintiffs’ side, the firm represents Valassis, a MacAndrews & Forbes company, in a massive antitrust case against competitor News Corp.
Complex Commercial Disputes: HSG represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. Its clients have ranged from one of the founders of Facebook to multinational corporations, financial institutions, hedge and private equity funds, family-owned businesses, and individual directors of public companies. The firm has represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense side.
Transnational Litigation: The firm has represented numerous clients in matters with transnational dimensions, including creditors against foreign sovereigns in disputes over defaults of their debt. The firm’s lawyers have also represented various sovereigns, including Croatian, Finnish, and Canadian national banks and investment funds, in a variety of matters. Additionally, they have represented a range of commercial parties in commercial disputes with a transnational dimension, in matters ranging from international arbitrations to Section 1782 proceedings, and everything in between. Representative clients include Alstom in a dispute with GE; Montreux Partners in a dispute with Argentina; and the founders of multinational gaming conglomerate Codere in a dispute with various hedge funds.
Appellate Litigation: In addition to Judge Holwell’s experience sitting as a designated Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge, HSG draws on the experience of James M. McGuire, a respected litigator who has served the state of New York as an appellate judge, trial court judge, and as chief counsel to former Gov. George Pataki. HSG’s ranks also include multiple former U.S. Supreme Court clerks and federal circuit court clerks in its active appellate practice. Among other notable matters, the firm recently secured a first-of-its-kind Appellate Division ruling for Caterpillar on an important issue of causation in asbestos cases, which have occupied courts for decades.
Investigations/Monitorships: Bringing to bear the firm’s considerable judicial experience, HSG lawyers handle criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations, as well as independent monitorships brought about by consent decrees, settlements, or otherwise. Most recently, Judge Holwell has been serving as the independent monitor of a major financial institution under the terms of an agreement with the SEC.