Litigator of the Week

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.

Left to right: Colleen Roh Sinzdak and Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells

The Hogan Associate (and Partner) Who Knocked Out the Travel Ban

By Cogan Schneier |

Colleen Roh Sinzdak only had a half a cup of coffee the morning before she argued against President Donald Trump’s newest immigration executive order in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii. But the Hogan Lovells associate knows she talks too fast when she’s had caffeine, and she’s “never argued a case of this magnitude" she said. Little wonder.

L-R Bart Williams and Manuel Cachan

Litigators of the Week: How New Lawyers Broke J&J's Losing Streak in Talc Trials

By Amanda Bronstad |

Following a month of trial, a Missouri jury found that Johnson & Johnson wasn’t liable for a Tennessee woman’s ovarian cancer. It was the first defense win in the talcum powder litigation for Johnson & Johnson, which was hit with verdicts of $55 million, $70 million and $72 million last year from jurors in the same St. Louis courthouse. What changed?

Robert Giuffra, left, and Brendan Cullen, right.

Litigators of the Week: Knocking Out the Last of the Enron Suits

By Miriam Rozen |

Some wins take time. Sullivan & Cromwell partners Robert Giuffra Jr. and Brendan Cullen know that for sure--it took them almost 15 years to win dismissal of a would-be class action against UBS stemming from Enron's collapse.

Benjamin Razi and Bruce Baird of Covington

Covington Team Takes Fight to the Feds to Make Clients Whole

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers from Covington & Burling faced a formidable opponent and carried the burden of proof. But the team overcame those challenges to persuade a jury that the federal government should return assets seized from a Chinese couple running an import-export business.

Craig Primis, Winn Allen and Devora Allon of Kirkland & Ellis

A Look at the Lawyers Who Won Key Battle in Water War

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

From the beginning, the Kirkland team’s strategy was to make it impossible for Florida to build its case against Georgia in an epic battle over water rights.

(l-r) Shaimaa Hussein, Paul Hughes, and Andrew Pincus.

Litigators of the Week: Travel Ban First Responders, Take a Bow

By Robin McDonald |

Working in an atmosphere rife with uncertainty, misinformation and often devoid of communication by government officials, these lawyers surrendered sleep, prepared for every contingency and, in some cases, went with their gut to bring their clients safely to the United States.

Derek Cohen, left, and Grant Fondo, right, of Goodwin Procter.

Litigators of the Week: A Major Defense Win in Insider Trading Case

By Ross Todd |

In one of the first cases to go to trial since the Supreme Court lowered the bar for prosecutors in insider trading cases, this team from Goodwin Procter handed the feds a big defeat.

Arent Fox partner Russell P. McRory

Litigator of the Week: An Exceptional Carve-Out in VW Litigation

By Amanda Bronstad |

Arent Fox partner Russell McRory got a big win when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated a case he brought against Volkswagen, but a bigger problem was about to wipe out his victory.

Nancy Hollander.

Litigator of the Week: The Lawyer Who Won Chelsea Manning Her Freedom

By Miriam Rozen |

When a man from the Office of the White House Counsel called Nancy Hollander to tell her President Barack Obama had decided to commute her client Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, Hollander, a 38-year veteran criminal defense lawyer failed in one respect.

Sarah Columbia, left, and William Gaede Ill, right, of McDermott Will & Emery.

Litigators of the Week: A Rare Feat in a Billion Dollar Drug Fight

By Tom McParland |

In a case with billions of dollars at stake, McDermott Will & Emery partners William G. Gaede III and Sarah C. Columbia won a rare post-trial ruling for Amgen Inc. that booted a rival’s drug from the market.

David Boies and Carl E. Goldfarb, w/ Boies Schiller & Flexner, FTL

Litigators of the Week: Stamina Pays for David Boies and Carl Goldfarb in 14-year fight

By Celia Ampel |

After 14 years and two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, Boies, Schiler & Flexner partners David Boies and Carl Goldfarb secured a $100 million settlement from Halliburton.