With more than 225 attorneys in seven major cities, Robins Kaplan LLP is among the nation’s premier trial law firms. Our attorneys litigate, mediate, and arbitrate client disputes, always at the ready for an ultimate courtroom battle. When huge forces are at play, major money is at stake, or rights are being trampled, we help clients cut through complexity, get to the heart of the problem, and win what matters most.
Our attorneys are experienced in a wide range of litigation. A few key areas in which we practice include:
Antitrust and Trade Regulation: The Antitrust and Trade Regulation group is one of few national practices to have obtained landmark successes on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in major antitrust litigation and at trial, including in several of the most significant antitrust cases ever litigated. With nearly $10 billion in recoveries for antitrust plaintiffs in the past several years alone and a long history of successfully defending Fortune 100 companies in antitrust disputes, Robins Kaplan regularly ranks as one of the top firms in the United States for antitrust litigation.
On the plaintiffs’ side, Robins Kaplan antitrust attorneys represent businesses and individuals in classes and direct actions in courts throughout the country, where we have achieved historic recoveries in some of the largest antitrust cases in U.S. history. Our lawyers secured the first settlement between a state and Big Tobacco using an antitrust theory, and our plaintiff successes have forced critical structural reforms in many other industries. As court-appointed co-lead counsel, we recently reached the largest settlement of a private antitrust action in the 130-year history of the Sherman Act in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation.
Robins Kaplan antitrust attorneys also have a proven track record of successfully defending clients in high stakes antitrust cases and government investigations. Among our notable defenses, we successfully represented UnitedHealth Group and PacifiCare in an antitrust lawsuit alleging price-fixing and fraud related to prescription drug reimbursement, with claimed damages in excess of $1 billion.
Intellectual Property and Technology: The Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation group has a long history of extraordinary courtroom victories in high-stakes intellectual property and technology disputes. Our lawyers have led multiple enforcement campaigns on behalf of IP rights holders where recoveries in each exceeded $100 million. We are known for zealously representing and sharing risk with a broad range of clients, including some of the world’s largest technology-oriented companies, and innovative emerging companies, as well as individual inventors, authors, and developers.
Robins Kaplan’s attorneys represent clients across a full range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, strategic IP monetization, Hatch-Waxman litigation, trade secret litigation, copyright litigation, trademark litigation, and more. We have litigated and monetized technologies as diverse as software, microprocessor design, telecommunications equipment, drug and other therapeutic technologies, and imaging hardware. We have an established record of winning in federal and state courts, theInternational Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and both national and international arbitration forums.
Commercial Litigation:The commercial litigation attorneys are no strangers to high-stakes, mission-critical litigation. They know how to litigate and efficiently resolve cases with a view to the bottom line. Our clients include an enviable sampling of Fortune 500 companies along with multinationals, technology superstars (and iconoclasts), and mom-and-pop success stories. Agile across a wide range of business sectors, we have developed particular depth serving entertainment, financial, food and beverage, insurance, manufacturing, and retail industry members as well as a nationally recognized government and internal investigations practice.
Since its founding in 1996, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP has provided the most sophisticated counsel to clients across the country in their highest-stakes matters. The firm remains small by design, preserving a model that demands the utmost standards, personal attention, and a focus on efficiency.
HNRK lawyers bring decades of experience at leading Am Law 100 law firms and government agencies, and are recognized for excellence in commercial litigation generally, and in the specific areas of insurance recovery, employment, white collar defense, construction disputes, and the representation of public agencies.
Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution: HNRK lawyers litigate large-scale, complex, and sophisticated matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitral forums nationwide. HNRK has successfully represented individuals and businesses, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, in a full range of business disputes and has handled numerous matters with billions of dollars at stake. HNRK attorneys are creative and resourceful in identifying best approaches to resolve client matters and in quickly assembling effective, efficient, and tightly focused teams to address and resolve potential or actual disputes cost-effectively and with maximal benefit to the client. Among other high-profile trials, the firm recently represented plaintiffs in an intellectual property licensing dispute involving the famous Palm restaurant, resulting in a $120 million award at trial, unanimously affirmed by the New York appellate court.
Insurance Recovery Litigation & Counseling: HNRK represents policyholders only. Beyond that, the firm places no limits on its leading insurance practice, which has secured hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. HNRK is regularly sought out by corporate and individual policyholders to advise and represent them in complex and valuable insurance coverage disputes. The firm is known for its ability to aggressively and creatively develop solutions to maximize clients’ insurance recoveries. Among other engagements, HNRK serves as coverage counsel to the world’s largest agrochemical company, Syngenta, and the communications, media, and automotive conglomerate, Cox—regularly advising and representing them in connection with losses and claims implicating numerous different types of coverage. The firm is also coverage counsel for high-profile individuals and has obtained coverage for clients facing headline-grabbing claims. The firm has delivered successful outcomes for clients through litigations in courts around the country, as well as through arbitrations and mediations in the U.S. and internationally, and negotiated settlements.
Employment Litigation & Counseling: HNRK’s Employment Litigation & Counseling practice is unique in that its employment attorneys have significant expertise in litigation through trial and arbitration, including at administrative agencies. HNRKstands ready to further clients’ interests, whether they are startups or large multinationals, public sector or private, international or domestic. HNRK represents management clients in employment litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or illegal pay practices; prosecuting or defending claims arising from restrictive covenants; and other employment-related agreements. HNRK also conducts internal investigations for company clients regarding all kinds of discrimination and retaliation claims, and its partners are members of the Association of Workplace Investigators.
Construction Litigation & Counseling: HNRK has extensive experience counseling, litigating, and arbitrating on behalf of public and private clients in the construction, engineering, and real estate fields in matters involving project delays, change order disputes, differing site conditions, and other contract issues. This experience includes, for example, the firm’s longtime representation of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York and its affiliated operating authorities in connection with its capital construction program, in addition to the firm’s representation of private contractors. HNRK’s insurance recovery practice also includes representation of policyholders in construction-related insurance claims, where insurance for alleged construction damage may be challenged by the insurer.
White Collar Defense & Government Investigations: HNRK represents individuals and corporations facing a broad spectrum of complex government investigations, regulatory issues, and civil and criminal litigation, including foreign criminal and tax investigations. The successes secured on behalf of clients include favorable outcomes in cases involving: internal corporate investigations of alleged securities fraud; government investigations of alleged corporate wrongdoing; and the Securities Exchange Act, Investment Company Act, Investment Advisers Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
HNRK is certified by the State of New York and the City of New York as a Women Owned Business Enterprise.
Hueston Hennigan has twice (in a row) been recognized by Law360 as national “Trials Group of the Year” and by Benchmark Litigation as “U.S. Trial Firm of the Year.” On the heels of a “landmark” defense verdict for America’s drug industry — its first major victory in the nationwide opioid crisis litigation — last year came both the largest trademark infringement award in U.S. history and a record-breaking Lanham Act award.
The success achieved by Hueston Hennigan’s eight-year-old firm was made possible, says Chambers, because “clients who need to make strategic bet-the-company, high-stakes choices” turn to our “expert trial lawyers” as the “go-to for a hard trial case.” Hueston Hennigan’s “portfolio consists of sophisticated matters, many of which are high profile,” for which we “regularly attain successful outcomes.” The firm’s “multi-year streak of trial wins” (Benchmark Litigation) is due, adds Chambers, to an “incredibly deep and talented” bench of “phenomenal trial lawyers who carry tremendous gravitas with the court.” (Legal 500).
Over the past three years, the firm has won eight trials, to include three described as “landmark” and “historic.” The headlines speak for themselves: Law360 called the judge’s decision in Endo “A Landmark Opioid Trial Win,” and The American Lawyer said that it gave the pharmaceutical companies “their first major victory” in the nationwide opioid litigation. Reuters described Monster’s trial verdict — a historic $175 million judgment — as “the largest-ever U.S. trademark award.” Both ranked as industry-defining decisions. After delivering a compelling opening and a devastating cross-examination of the plaintiff ’s first witness, we also won a favorable settlement for Synchrony Financial (the former GE Capital) in a lawsuit involving breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and alter ego claims.
Our streak of trial victories and innovative, winning motions practice place Hueston Hennigan among the best litigation firms in the country and one of the “Most Feared Law Firms in Litigation” according to BTI Consulting. Head for head, lawyer for lawyer, Hueston Hennigan not only matches the best but exceeds the competition.
What Our Clients Say:
“Hueston Hennigan is the firm we turn to when we know we must win at trial. Their attorneys are not only masterful lawyers; they are creative, thoughtful, strategic, and tenacious. From the moment the first document is filed, every option is considered and every decision is made with the ultimate goal in mind: winning at trial. Hueston Hennigan has achieved historic, record-setting results for Monster in incredibly complex matters. Those results were achieved because Hueston Hennigan did what Hueston Hennigan does: win.” —Aaron Sonnhalter, Chief Legal Officer, Monster Energy Company
“After taking over a bet-the-company case months before trial, the Hueston Hennigan team quickly immersed themselves in the business and facts of the case, earned the trust and respect of our team, and positioned the case for victory. At trial, they put on a master class, including incredible opening and closing arguments, a compelling case-in-chief, and cross-examinations for the ages. Their entire team is smart, honest and a pleasure to work with.” —Alex Dimitrief, Acting General Counsel, Amulet Estate, Former General Counsel, GE Capital
“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, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Electronic Arts
“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, Vice President, Intellectual Property and Antitrust, T-Mobile
“In one of Western Digital’s most important legal matters in recent years, Hueston Hennigan partnered with us to craft and implement a creative, multi-staged litigation strategy that delivered repeated victories in both court and international arbitration. Hueston Hennigan has a very deep bench of legal talent who are our trusted counselors for our most important cases.” —Michael Ray, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Western Digital Corp.
“Hueston Hennigan is bold, strategic, and relentless. Their deep lineup of talented and diverse trial lawyers weaves masterful arguments, impactful direct exams, and devastating crosses. We especially value their close and collaborative partnership with our in-house team in order to obtain the best possible outcomes. Hueston Hennigan is the total package, and we are glad to have them on our side.” —Jonathan Mothner, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital)
“Hueston Hennigan lawyers distinguished themselves by being dynamically creative and unsurpassed in courtroom advocacy. Their care extends beyond the individual case; they work closely with our in-house counsel, and their postmortem 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, former Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Waste Management
“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, Global Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Taco Bell
“Hueston Hennigan is a world-class law firm for the 21st century, capable of serving the litigation needs of 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, Corporate Vice President, General Counsel, Edwards Lifesciences LLC
“Hueston Hennigan creatively and relentlessly investigated and prosecuted claims arising from a complex, high-stakes commercial fraud, obtaining recoveries worth more than $75 million. They skillfully and efficiently positioned us for courtroom victories while working hand in glove with in-house counsel to ensure that the legal strategy aligned with our business objectives. Their team was a pleasure to work with, and I strongly recommend the firm for difficult and important cases.” —William B. Sailer, Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel, Qualcomm Inc.
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