MoloLamken is a law firm focused exclusively on representing clients in complex disputes. It handles civil, criminal, and regulatory matters, as well as appeals, across the United States. The firm’s clients span the globe. MoloLamken is involved in some of the most significant disputes of the day.
The firm’s founding partners, Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken, developed national reputations based on their courtroom successes while partners at large full-service firms where they held leadership positions. With an abiding belief that complex disputes are most effectively handled by smaller teams comprised of smart, highly experienced lawyers focused on results rather than process, they formed the firm.
MoloLamken provides experienced advocacy – for claimants as well as defendants – before judges, juries, arbitral forums, and courts of appeals, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The firm also represents clients in regulatory and criminal investigations and conducts internal investigations.
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP (“SKV”) is a diverse and growing litigation boutique based in Houston, Texas, with an office in New Orleans, with nationally-recognized civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense practices.
With its Houston roots, SKV has tried and won numerous energy cases over the years. But our practice is broader than that. We handle civil matters of all sorts, including intellectual property, healthcare, bankruptcy, and general commercial cases. We also have a flourishing white-collar practice, with a third of our attorneys specializing in the area.
Our work spans all stages of a case and types of forums. We negotiate favorable resolutions to disputes before they go to court. We go to trial. We arbitrate. We mediate. We handle appeals. And we do so in jurisdictions across the country.
While building our firm, we’ve stayed true to a single principle: People drive success. That’s why we’ve put together a first-class team. The vast majority of our lawyers began their careers as law clerks, and since then, they’ve seen just about everything. So it’s a rare day when we confront a legal issue for the first time.
Experience, though, is just one piston in the engine that powers our firm. Another is our junior attorneys’ vigor. We hire promising young lawyers out of clerkships or early in their careers, and we treat them as future partners. That means they take depositions, draft dispositive motions and appellate merits briefs, and present oral arguments. The results speak for themselves: our associates provide terrific outcomes for our clients.
But all of the individual talent in the world is useless without cohesion. We understand that, too, which is why we’ve fostered a family atmosphere. We’re not only colleagues; we’re friends.
As SKV has grown, we’ve developed into one of the nation’s premiere litigation boutiques, and our commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. In recent years, SKV has been named:
The “Best Litigation Firm in Texas” (Benchmark Litigation)
One of the “10 Best Litigation Boutiques in the United States” (Benchmark Litigation)
The Small Firm Litigation Department of the Year for 2019 (Texas Lawyer)
A “Top 150 Under 150” firm for 2019 (Vault)
SKV has also topped Vault’s national rankings for midsize firms, placing #1 for quality of work for associates, #2 for hours, #2 for culture, #4 for compensation, and #5 for career outlook.
Racking up awards has never been our goal, but we appreciate the high praise. What matters most is delivering exceptional results for our clients while maintaining the family-like culture that brought us together in the first place. And as these decorations suggest, over the past 25 years we’ve done just that.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a leading international law firm, consistently ranks among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications. The firm is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,400 lawyers and 20 offices.
Litigation Practice: Acclaimed as a litigation powerhouse, Gibson Dunn and the members of the Litigation practice have a long record of outstanding successes. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn its 2020 Litigation Department of the Year, recognized as the “best of the best.” This unprecedented achievement was the firm’s fourth win in the last six years of the publication’s biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” competitions, and the sixth time in a row the firm has been a finalist.
The members of our litigation practice group are not just litigators, they are first-rate trial lawyers. Each year, we try numerous cases to verdicts before juries, judges and arbitrators. Our clients have trusted us to try their most significant disputes to verdict.
We have tried cases and argued appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts in addition to federal and state courts across the United States involving almost every foreseeable area of controversy. We also handle disputes before a wide variety of nonjudicial forums, from federal and state agencies to international arbitrations.
Antitrust & Trade Regulation: Gibson Dunn serves clients in virtually every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including cartel and government civil investigations, class action treble damage litigation, private antitrust litigation, government review of mergers and acquisitions, and trade regulation matters.
Appellate: Gibson Dunn has one of the nation’s leading appellate practices with broad experience in complex appellate litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems. The practice has been involved in matters covering an array of constitutional, statutory, regulatory and common-law issues. Our lawyers have presented arguments in front of the Supreme Court of the United States more than 100 times.
Business Restructuring & Reorganization: The firm has extensive experience in both US and multinational insolvencies. Its lawyers regularly represent and counsel official creditors’ committees, ad hoc creditor groups, secured lenders, investors and companies (including DIP and exit financing) in out-of-court work-outs and Chapter 11 cases.
Commercial Litigation & Arbitration: Gibson Dunn’s approach emphasizes the full spectrum of services for our clients. Our litigators are trained to evaluate actual and potential cases at the earliest stages, to first determine if litigation can be avoided, or, if it is filed, whether the matter can be resolved quickly and economically. We pride ourselves on handling our litigation matters as efficiently as possible. Gibson Dunn lawyers are fully familiar with a wide array of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including arbitration, mediation, “mini-trials” and the like.
Intellectual Property: Gibson Dunn’s deep bench of trial lawyers with technical backgrounds, advanced degrees and industry experience provides the necessary insight to develop and defend against sophisticated claims in a wide range of industries and complex technologies. Our litigators are recognized throughout the industry as leaders in prosecuting, defending and trying IP claims in federal and state courts, before administrative bodies including the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as before arbitration panels.
Labor & Employment: Gibson Dunn is known for our unsurpassed ability to help the world’s preeminent companies tackle their most challenging labor and employment matters. We have prevailed in what are believed to be the largest class actions under several different U.S. employment laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the wage and hour laws. Gibson Dun has also worked on high-profile ERISA cases, nationally recognized Sarbanes-Oxley ‘whistleblower’ cases and aggressive advocacy on OSHA issues.
Securities Litigation, Regulation & Corporate Governance: A recognized leader in the defense of securities class actions, derivative litigation and SEC enforcement actions, the firm advises companies on disclosure, accounting and regulatory issues for domestic and foreign regulatory bodies. The partners include nationally recognized securities class action defense counsel and a number of former senior officials with the SEC, NASD and DOJ.
Transnational Litigation: Gibson Dunn’s Transnational Litigation practice specializes in protecting clients against claims in U.S. and other courts stemming from overseas activities, as well as reducing and eliminating the risks posed by foreign litigation that, if unchecked, threaten company-wide implications. Our uniquely skilled, creative and experienced transnational team is equipped to manage all aspects of cross-border litigation, including devising, coordinating and implementing offensive and defensive global strategies and has represented clients in some of the highest-profile cases around the world. Gibson Dunn’s international team consists of US, English, French, Spanish and German-qualified lawyers, many of whom are dual qualified.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: The firm defends prominent companies and executives against federal and state prosecutions and has conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations in areas including anti-money laundering; computer and IP crimes; environmental violations and compliance; FCPA matters; forfeiture (civil and criminal); health care fraud; privacy; procurement fraud; securities, financial institution and accounting fraud; and tax offenses. The practice group includes numerous former federal and state prosecutors and officials, many of whom served at high levels within the DOJ, SEC and other key investigative arms of the government. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a finalist for the White Collar/Regulatory Department of the Year in 2020, and in 2016 was the winner.
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 is 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 also represent clients in securing regulatory clearance for major transactions, 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 conduct 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 and Regulatory Enforcement: 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.