Litigator of the Week

Jenner & Block partner Susan Kohlmann.

Litigator of the Week: A Win in the Steinbeck Feud

By Ben Hancock |

You might call it a literary success. Susan Kohlmann, managing partner of Jenner & Block’s New York office, secured a shutout win for the stepdaughter of John Steinbeck in the latest installment of a long-running legal feud over book rights that has divided the late author’s progeny.

Steven M. Witzel.

Litigator of the Week: A Slap on the Wrist? More like the Tap of a Feather

By Colby Hamilton |

It was an offer his client couldn’t refuse.That’s how Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson partner Steven Witzel described the deal offered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to William Tirrell, a former top executive at Bank of America and its wholly owned broker-dealer Merrill Lynch.

Left to right: Jeff Barker and Daniel Petrocelli, O'Melveny & Myers partners.

Litigators of the Week: Grabbing the Prize After the Prize Fight

By Amanda Bronstad |

Floyd Mayweather’s defeat over Conor McGregor wasn’t the only boxing win worth talking about this past week—lawyers at O’Melveny & Myers scored a total knockout of dozens of class actions brought over a 2015 bout dubbed the “Fight of the Century.”

Mark Robinson, left, and Allen Smith, right.

Litigators of the Week: This Huge Talc Verdict is One for the Record Books--–But It Almost Didn't Happen at All

By Amanda Bronstad |

A talcum powder trial in Los Angeles ended with a bang on Monday--–a $417 million bang, to be exact. But jurors almost didn’t hear the case at all.

Douglas Baldridge, front, heads in for the morning session in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Denver.

Litigator of the Week: Taylor Swift’s Lawyer Tells All

By Jenna Greene |

Forgive the tabloid headline. Venable partner J. Douglas Baldridge is actually quite discreet when discussing his famous client. But he spent last week litigating under a blinding media spotlight, with everyone from People Magazine and Inside Edition to The New York Times covering Taylor Swift’s six-day federal trial in Denver.

David Siegal of Haynes and Boone.

Litigator of the Week: When the Feds Say ‘Uncle’ in a Fraud Case

By Colby Hamilton |

It took five years for the government to decide to halt its securities fraud prosecution of international financier Benjamin Wey. But for his attorney, Haynes and Boone partner David Siegal, the problems with the feds' case were baked-in from the start.

Stuart Newberger of Crowell & Moring.

Litigator of the Week: In Terrorism Case, the Long View Paid Off

By Tony Mauro |

In Stuart Newberger's legal practice, patience is essential. So when the Crowell and Moring partner logged a significant win in a terrorism suit against Sudan before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he shrugged off the fact that it came 17 years after his clients first came to him.

Mike McKool.

Litigator of the Week: A Jury ‘Thriller’ for a Music Legend

By Todd Cunningham |

Veteran Texas litigator Mike McKool calls the breach of contract case pitting producer Quincy Jones against MJJ Productions and the estate of pop superstar Michael Jackson “one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever handled.”

Michael S. Schachter.

Litigator of the Week: When the Feds Went Too Far, This Willkie Lawyer Hit Back

By Colby Hamilton |

For a criminal defense lawyer, there’s no better feeling than winning exoneration for a deserving client. Just ask Willkie Farr and Gallagher partner Michael Schachter.

Philippe Selendy.

Litigator of the Week: Quinn Emanuel's $25 Billion Man

By Scott Flaherty |

Following a string of successful mortgage-backed securities cases against most of the banking industry, Philippe Selendy of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan notched another achievement this week.

James Bernard of Stroock

Litigator of the Week: Playing the Long Game for Victims of Terrorism

By Andrew Denney |

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan partner James Bernard led a fight to recover more than $1 billion in assets for creditors who obtained favorable rulings from U.S. courts for losses suffered in Iran-backed attacks

Ballard Spahr's Mark Gaylord.

Litigator of the Week: Distilling a $350M Trade Secrets Fight Down to the Essential Facts

By John Council |

To win a defense verdict in a $350 million trade secrets fight between the world’s two largest essential oil companies, Ballard Spahr partner Mark Gaylord first had to convince a Utah judge that the case boiled down to simple contract dispute.

Neal Katyal.

Litigator of the Week: Practice Makes Perfect for This Hogan Lovells Star

By Amanda Bronstad |

Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal scored a game changing win in a SCOTUS case that fundamentally alters the growing practice of mass tort litigation--starting right now. How'd he do it? Hint: “It’s not like I sit in my room and read the briefs.”

Kannon Shanmugam.

Litigator of the Week: No Complaints from Kannon Shanmugam

By Tony Mauro |

It has been an eventful spring for Williams and Connolly partner Kannon Shanmugam. In April, his wife Vicki gave birth to their third son, Henry. In May and June, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered two other bundles of joy: victories in both the cases he argued this term. "Two Supreme Court cases and a baby. I can't complain," Shanmugam said.

Lynne Hermle, Orrick partner

Litigator of the Week: Shooting the Moon for SpaceX

By Ross Todd |

Orrick’s Lynne Hermle, an employment law trial specialist if there ever was one, has developed something of a sub-specialty recently. For the second time in the past eight months, Hermle this week convinced a Los Angeles jury to side with Elon Musk-led SpaceX in a lawsuit brought by a disgruntled former employee.

Andrew Tulumello of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Litigator of the Week: A Big-League Double Play for This Gibson Dunn Litigator

By Cogan Schneier |

Andrew Tulumello co-chairs Gibson Dunn and Crutcher’s sports law practice, so he’s familiar with the term “double play.” He pulled one off this week, bringing home two big victories for his clients, including a Supreme Court win.

Long & Levit partners Joseph McMonigle, right,  and Jessica MacGregor, left.

Litigators of the Week: When Your Client is a Retired Judge, You Better Bring Your A Game

By Scott Graham |

Defending JAMS Inc. and one of its neutrals over resume padding charges, these litigators soldiered through an unconventional three-week trial in San Diego Superior Court only to be faced with a possible jury deadlock.

Joseph Sellers of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.

Litigator of the Week: A Giant of the Plaintiffs Bar—and a Giant Settlement

By Cogan Schneier |

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll partner Joseph Sellers just won approval of a major settlement in a decades-old discrimination class action, for what he hopes is the last time.

Left to right: Bill Lee and Joseph Mueller, WilmerHale.

Litigators of the Week: Shutting Down a $2 Billion Case Against Intel, Again

By Ben Hancock |

You might say Wilmer's William Lee and Joseph Mueller were in a good position heading into trial in Delaware on behalf of Intel Corp. The day it began, the judge compared their opponent’s case to someone “floating off into the inky blackness of space with no hope of survival or rescue.”

Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz.

Litigator of the Week: Going for the Jugular in Blood Thinner Bellwether

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal jury in New Orleans deliberated for less than two hours before coming back this week with a defense win in the first bellwether trial over the blood thinner Xarelto. That’s a bona fide slam dunk--even for lead defense counsel Beth Wilkinson, who’s notched a streak of trial victories in her career.

Theodore Boutrous Jr.

Litigator of the Week: From Zero to Hero in Seven Days

By P.J. D’Annunzio |

It all comes back to square one. That’s how Gibson Dunn appellate litigator Theodore “Ted” Boutrous Jr. describes his strategy for handling appeals—and it helped Travelers Insurance dodge a $36 million bullet.

Litigator of the Week: An Appellate Attorney Fends Off Honda in a $55M Fight

By Max Mitchell |

After appellate attorney Howard J. Bashman appeared in front of a panel of Pennsylvania Superior Court judges with a $55 million verdict against Honda at stake, he quickly jumped on his appellate blog, “How Appealing,” to say how well the arguments went, and to subtly dig the opposing counsel for alleged cell phone use in court.

Garrard Beeney of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Litigator of the Week: The Brains Behind BlackBerry’s $815M Blowout

By Ben Hancock |

For a trial lawyer, sometimes backing away from a fight is the smartest move to make. That was the lesson that Sullivan & Cromwell partner Garrard Beeney said stuck with him as he argued his way to an $814.9 million arbitration win for BlackBerry that was handed down this week.

Craig Hoover and Adam Levin, Hogan Lovells

Litigators of the Week: This Hogan Team Beat Back a $100 Million Class Action

By Robert Storace |

After years of litigating a $100 million class action against Anthem Inc. by 87,000 former employees and retirees of the state of Connecticut, Adam Levin found himself anxiously awaiting the Connecticut Supreme Court’s ruling on March 31.

Reid Weingarten, left, and Brian Heberlig, right, of Steptoe & Johnson. November 28, 2016.

Litigators of the Week: How a Steptoe Team Got Their Client Off the Hook in Pay-to-Play Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Reid Weingarten and Brian Heberlig of Steptoe & Johnson had four boxes full of evidence meant to destroy the credibility of Pennsylvania’s former treasurer on the witness stand. Turns out, they didn’t need to open a single box.