Lightfoot, Franklin & White is dedicated to solving its clients’ problems. From complex, “bet the company” litigation to internal and government investigations, risk management, and compliance, Lightfoot works hard to identify challenges and develop solutions for its clients, so they can, in turn, focus on their mission.
Lightfoot attorneys spend each and every moment on a matter pursuing the best possible resolution for clients. While disputes are a part of doing business, they are always a distraction for clients. The core goal at Lightfoot is to handle litigation in a way that lets clients get back to what they do best – running successful companies.
Leadership Lightfoot continues to advance its reputation as a formidable defense litigation firm. In 2019 Benchmark Litigation recognized Lightfoot as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm” in the nation. The firm elected its first female managing partner in 2018. Additionally, six partners at Lightfoot are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Two of the firm’s founding partners are past presidents of the college.
Efficient Litigation Strategy Focused on the Client The lawyers at Lightfoot develop litigation strategies that deal with disputes in the most efficient way possible while also meeting a client’s exact goals. Whether it’s shutting down a lawsuit with a well-crafted motion to dismiss, defending a client’s rights by securing a favorable settlement or taking a matter all the way through a trial to a verdict or ruling, they find the solution that fits every unique situation. The firm focuses on the litigation, clients tend to their business and both are partners in building a promising future.
Talent Honed by Decades of Tackling Challenging Cases For nearly 30 years, Lightfoot’s lawyers have tried cases in virtually every jurisdiction in the country. The firm was founded during a time when Alabama was home to jurisdictions that were openly hostile to corporations, and plaintiffs’ lawyers were pursuing new avenues of attack not attempted anywhere else. Our lawyers gained invaluable experience handling high-stakes cases in tough venues. They take that hard-earned institutional knowledge into every case they handle — to the benefit of clients — no matter the jurisdiction. This approach followed the firm to its location in Houston, Texas.
Trusted Counsel to Well-Known Companies Lightfoot represents industry-leading American and multinational companies across a broad range of sectors. Lightfoot’s lawyers regularly handle cases involving commercial disputes, product liability, catastrophic injury, healthcare, energy, white collar crime, internal investigations, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, collegiate athletics and the media.
Litigation Practice: The Paul, Weiss Litigation Department is unparalleled in achieving successful results for our clients. We regularly go up against the most skilled adversaries in the world, winning decisive trial, arbitration and appellate victories, and we have vast experience successfully handling a range of regulatory and enforcement inquiries and internal investigations. Our clients include Fortune 50 corporations and well-known financial services, energy, technology, sports, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, media, asset management, insurance, industrials and other companies.
We are trial lawyers, not just litigators. Our ability and confidence to go to trial and win, no matter how great the stakes, is a key weapon in our arsenal. Our unmatched track record of success at trial also helps us eliminate our clients’ most damaging exposures and reach highly favorable settlements. We also play the long game from day one, preparing to win at trial and building an evidentiary record to succeed on appeal.
In addition to our deep bench of courtroom veterans, our team features numerous former senior officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the N.Y. Attorney General’s office and the White House, among others.
Our lawyers have litigated in virtually every forum, from state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, to domestic and international arbitral panels and other administrative tribunals. Many of our matters cross borders, making us particularly effective in matters involving multiple jurisdictions. We are also sought out for our sound business counsel and proactive advice on managing litigation and regulatory risk.
Securities Litigation: Paul, Weiss is widely recognized as having the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practice. For decades, our lawyers have guided global corporations, financial institutions, boards and individuals through ‘bet-the-company’ securities-related crises, winning trials, prevailing on motions or negotiating favorable resolutions.
White Collar & Regulatory Defense: Government investigations of corporations or individuals pose unique threats and require unique skills. Clients rely on Paul, Weiss to protect their businesses and reputations and to manage the behind-the-scenes interplay among competing regulators and enforcement agencies.
Internal Investigations: Companies turn to us to handle their most sensitive, threatening internal investigations. We have extensive experience conducting investigations on behalf of companies, boards, audit committees and special litigation committees in response to shareholder demands.
Antitrust: We are involved in all aspects of antitrust law in the U.S. We represent many of the world’s largest companies in the full range of antitrust litigation, counseling and investigations; cartel matters; transaction clearance matters; and advocacy before regulators. With a deep bench of former antitrust officials and trial lawyers, we handle matters involving significant reputational and financial exposure.
Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation: Led by one of the nation’s preeminent Supreme Court advocates, we handle high-impact appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, regularly winning appeals in cases of critical national and business interest.
Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation: We are among the leading firms representing clients in high-stakes disputes arising in the transactional context in multiple state and federal jurisdictions—including the Delaware Court of Chancery, where we have won several recent landmark decisions.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Our lawyers are well versed in the advanced scientific and technical aspects of patent law and have successfully represented clients in scores of enterprise-threatening patent litigations. We are also on the front lines helping clients protect and enhance their IP rights.
Crisis Management: When an adverse incident threatens to cause a full-blown crisis, we provide the multidisciplinary advice needed to stabilize the situation and allow the company to get back to business. We provide comprehensive counsel on all manner of crises, enabling clients to take informed action to mitigate fallout.
Bankruptcy Litigation: We work hand in hand with our preeminent Restructuring Department to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients facing challenging situations in the context of a bankruptcy, out-of-court restructuring or insolvency, whether domestic or foreign.
Cybersecurity & Data Protection: We help clients manage and respond to fast-moving data breach situations, advising them on effective, proactive strategies to reduce business risk and in the defense of related litigation and regulatory enforcement matters.
Cryptocurrency & Blockchain: We leverage a deep familiarity with both the technology and the evolving regulatory climate of digital assets to help clients navigate enforcement challenges and mitigate legal risks, including anti-money laundering, sanctions and other financial crimes risks.
SPAC Litigation: As among the most experienced SPAC advisors in the country, we are well positioned to defend or favorably resolve deal and regulatory challenges, manage the full range of shareholder litigation and provide proactive strategic litigation counsel across the SPAC life cycle.
Sustainability & ESG: Our dedicated, multidisciplinary team helps clients navigate the economic, legal, political and reputational risks that accompany socially focused initiatives, advising on a full suite of sustainability and ESG reporting, risk and compliance concerns.
Product Liability: Paul, Weiss has defended industrial and medical product companies and has successfully handled some of the largest, most complex cases of the last few decades, including at trial.
International Arbitration: The world’s largest companies call on us to resolve their most complex and high-stakes arbitrations. We handle an array of international arbitrations in a broad range of arbitral forums.
Described by Chambers USA as a “relentless and creative high-stakes trial litigation firm,” Hueston Hennigan LLP is “enjoying meteoric success.”
Since Hueston Hennigan opened its doors in 2015, it has established itself as “a maximum trial threat” (Legal 500) known for finding a way to win in the highest-stakes litigation, trials, and white-collar defense cases.
Our lawyers approach cases differently than most litigation firms do. From day one, we treat each matter as though it will go to trial. This emphasis on trial readiness inspires us to bring creative strategies to each matter. By developing a deep understanding of the facts, the context, and the law relevant to each case, we can aggressively litigate without relying on a rulebook. Our focused preparation and forceful posture in the first 90 days help us achieve the most successful and cost-effective outcomes for our clients.
This approach works because we don’t function like a traditional hierarchal law firm. Instead, we train our teams to think like “outside GCs.” Since each client is a firm client, not a client of any individual partner, every lawyer is focused on comprehensively, creatively, and collaboratively solving their clients’ unique problems.
Representative Reviews and Recognitions:
“A maximum trial threat.”—Legal 500
“Hard-driving, insightful, and aggressive.”—Chambers
“A reputation for a creative and often disruptive approach to litigation.”—Los Angeles Business Journal
“Phenomenal track record in trials.”—Legal 500
“Sharpest legal minds in the business. Early instinct for the jugular. Always comfortable in the courtroom.”—Legal 500
“It is the perfect litigation boutique—very bright and very committed.”—Chambers
“A National Powerhouse.”— Daily Journal
“A force to be reckoned with.”—Chambers
“The firm to beat … dynamic and engaged … reshaped the landscape.” —Benchmark Litigation
Our Edge: Remarkable Results Through Disruptive Strategies
We have a history of obtaining remarkable results in our clients’ most important cases. Our creative and disruptive approach has earned us a national reputation as the “go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation.” With ever-increasing frequency, we are adding new clients—including Broadcom, ThermoFisher, the Houston Astros, Momofuko, Sonder, and Coronal—to our growing list of clients that are technology innovators, Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, universities, individuals, and entrepreneurs. They include PwC, Caltech, SpaceX, the University of California, Electronic Arts, Western Digital, T-Mobile, Tesla, PIMCO, Allergan Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Showtime Networks, Edison International, The Boy Scouts of America, Palantir, Monster Energy, Taco Bell, Bausch Health, Amgen, and Walt Disney, among others.
Our Team: Unmatched Talent at Every Level
Based in California and practicing nationwide, our more than 70 lawyers hail from the most selective law schools and clerkships and are veterans of prominent national law firms. Some joined us after distinguished national careers in public service. Our attorneys have collectively participated in over 200 trials, and our partners are recognized as among the country’s top trial lawyers. At trial, our diverse teams reflect the profiles of our juries.
Nearly 80 percent of our associates have clerked for judges at federal district courts, courts of appeals, or the highest courts of several states. Former judicial clerks bring real-world experience and superior research skills to their work, seamlessly stepping into positions of significant responsibility. We offer competitive bonuses and credit for time spent clerking, and we encourage current or prospective clerks to apply.
What Our Clients Say
“The lawyers at Hueston Hennigan have distinguished themselves with their wise counsel and outstanding advocacy from the boardroom to the courtroom. Their ability to balance legal and business considerations practically and efficiently is truly exceptional. They are among our go-to trial counsel, and they deliver results.” —Jake Schatz, Electronic Arts, SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
“In one of Western Digital’s most important legal matters in recent years, Hueston Hennigan partnered with us to craft and implement a creative, multistage litigation strategy that delivered repeated victories in both court and international arbitration. Hueston Hennigan has a very deep bench of legal talent and are our trusted counselors for our most important cases.” —Michael Ray, Western Digital, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
“Hueston Hennigan is an ideal choice for the toughest cases; the combined, concentrated trial talent of Hueston Hennigan makes this firm a top-shelf litigation choice for virtually any high-risk, complex matter.” —Melissa Scanlan, T-Mobile, Vice President, Intellectual Property and Antitrust
“Hueston Hennigan lawyers distinguished themselves as dynamically creative and unsurpassed in courtroom advocacy. Their care extends beyond the individual case: they work closely with our in-house counsel, and their post-mortem review of matters is a value-add that fits squarely with our continuous improvement culture. They are a go-to firm for the most complex and challenging cases.” —Barry H. Caldwell, Waste Management, former Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Office
“I turn to Hueston Hennigan for our most significant legal matters. In each engagement, they have provided extraordinarily effective lawyering, counsel, and strategic business advice. They are unrivaled as go-to trial counsel for complex, high-risk litigation.” —Julie Davis, Taco Bell, Global Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
“I hired Hueston Hennigan because of their extensive experience litigating and winning high-profile fraud cases. It was a fantastic decision. In short order, they filed a compelling complaint, defeated the other side’s efforts to dismiss the case, strategically obtained devastating discovery, and secured a phenomenal settlement for me. Their commitment to my case, insights, and advocacy resulted in a total and unmitigated victory.”
—Alec Baldwin, Actor and Philanthropist
“John Hueston and Brian Hennigan have created a world-class law firm for the 21st century, capable of serving the litigation needs of clients ranging from individuals to global companies. Its talented team of professionals is dedicated to working closely with clients and has the creativity and flexibility to bring the simplest solutions to the most complex problems.”
—Arnold Pinkston, Edwards Lifesciences LLC, Corporate Vice President, General Counsel
For over 45 years, MORVILLO ABRAMOWITZ GRAND IASON & ANELLO PC has been at the forefront of advising companies and individuals on complex white collar and regulatory matters and sophisticated business disputes. We are best known for our unparalleled trial experience and our expertise in white collar defense, securities enforcement, and regulatory matters. Equally important is the sophisticated civil litigation we do for financial institutions, other business entities, and their senior executives. Our size and expertise allow us the flexibility to provide the highest quality legal services at competitive rates.
We are renowned for our accomplishments litigating cases at all levels of the federal and state courts, in arbitrations, and before government agencies, regulatory organizations, and other tribunals. More than a quarter of the firm’s partners are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious organization that was created to recognize excellence in trial lawyers. We regularly represent companies and individuals in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act inquiries and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and foreign regulators and prosecutors. We also are well-known for our appellate practice and regularly handle complex civil and criminal appeals before federal and state courts throughout the nation. Our expertise as litigators, and the respect it has earned our firm, enables us to negotiate effectively with regulators, prosecutors, and adversaries on behalf of our clients.
We have persuaded the government not to indict identified grand jury targets, thereby helping individuals and corporations avoid criminal charges altogether. When a client has been indicted, because of our experience, reputation as skilled trial lawyers and advocates, and through hard work, we often are able to obtain favorable pretrial dispositions. Similarly, in civil disputes, our ability and willingness to try high-stakes cases often helps us achieve advantageous settlements without trial.
Our lawyers also provide litigation-avoidance advice, FCPA guidance, securities law-related analysis, and other confidential legal counseling, often in highly sensitive contexts. Institutional clients frequently retain us to conduct sensitive internal investigations aimed at uncovering or resolving allegations of officer, director, trustee, or employee misconduct, both in the U.S. and globally. Our lawyers also have led court-appointed independent monitorships, acted as independent examiners for U.S. Department of Justice initiatives, and been appointed to government-approved positions as corporate integrity counsel.
Our lawyers are thought leaders who have been recognized for their trial skills by professional organizations, lecture frequently on issues relating to criminal law, and regularly contribute to various well-known publications.