Litigator of the Week

Litigator of the Week: Paul Reichler of Foley Hoag

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Paul Reichler has been dubbed Mr. World Court for his dominance at the seat of public international law. But in the past week Mr. World Court became Mr. Arbitration. It was a great week for public health and maritime borders. And a terrible week for international bullies.

Jeff Thomas of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (HANDOUT).

Litigator of the Week: Jeffrey Thomas of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Ben Hancock |

Jeffrey Thomas knew how he had to set it up. After working for years on Hewlett-Packard’s breach of contract suit against Oracle Corp., his strategy was clear when the phase-two jury trial began this May, with $3 billion on the line.

Hank Asbill & Noel Francisco of Jones Day (Asbill: Courtesy photo. Francisco: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ).

Litigators of the Week: Henry Asbill and Noel Francisco of Jones Day

By Zoe Tillman |

By the time former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell was indicted on public corruption charges in January 2014, his lawyers at Jones Day already had their eye on the U.S. Supreme Court.

David Dahlquist at Winston & Strawn and Robby Robertson at Hogan Lovells (HANDOUTS).

Litigators of the Week: David Dahlquist of Winston & Strawn and J. Robert Robertson of Hogan Lovells

By Amanda Bronstad |

David Dahlquist and J. Robert Robertson handed the Federal Trade Commission a rare loss in a hospital merger case.

Robert Van Nest and Christa Anderson of Keker & Van Nest (HANDOUT).

Litigators of the Week: Robert Van Nest and Christa Anderson of Keker & Van Nest

By Scott Flaherty |

With $9 billion on the line, Google Inc. never lost faith in its lawyers at Keker & Van Nest.

Kannon Shanmugam, left, and Joshua Rosenkranz.

Litigators of the Week: Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly and Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick

By Scott Flaherty |

The pair knocked out a billion-dollar judgment against Bank of America that had stood out as a bright spot for prosecutors in the wake of the financial crisis.

Gary Naftalis of Kramer Levin

Litigator of the Week: Gary Naftalis of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

By Scott Flaherty |

Litigators like to tout their track record in "bet-the-company" cases. But how many lawyers can claim a victory in "bet-the-temple" litigation?

Litigator of the Week: Tariq Mundiya of Willkie Farr & Gallagher

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of board-friendly wins for Mundiya in New York and Delaware makes it tougher for shareholders challenging going-private transactions.

George Cary

Litigator of the Week: George Cary of Cleary Gottlieb

By Scott Flaherty |

Dispatching a multibillion-dollar threat to Sanofi-Aventis, Cary polished off claims that the company blocked rival drugmakers from competing to sell blood thinners to hospitals nationwide.

Rick Richmond

Litigator of the Week: Rick Richmond of Jenner & Block

By Scott Flaherty |

Richmond's $940 million jury verdict for Epic System is one of the largest ever in a trade secrets case.

Michael Paskin, attorney for Argentina, leaves the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, April 12, 2016. The court on April 13 cleared Argentina to make payments on its debt, paving the way for the country to settle its long battle over bonds defaulted in 2001.

Litigators of the Week: Michael Paskin of Cravath and Paul Clement of Bancroft

By Scott Flaherty |

After a change in government and a change of lawyers, the end of Argentina’s long battle with bondholders may finally be near.

Mark Cheffo

Litigator of the Week: Mark Cheffo of Quinn Emanuel

By Scott Flaherty |

Product liability litigation against drug companies often hinges on the science. But when it comes to convincing a judge that the science is bad, it’s all about the lawyers.

Eugene Scalia.

Litigator of the Week: Eugene Scalia of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Jenna Greene |

Eugene Scalia has long been known as a regulation killer, the go-to lawyer for attacking government overreach. This week, the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner slayed one of his biggest dragons yet: the designation of MetLife Inc. as a “systemically important financial institution.”

Steven Zalesin

Litigator of the Week: Steven Zalesin of Patterson Belknap

By Scott Flaherty |

Regrouping after a setback at the Supreme Court, Steven Zalesin cleared Coca-Cola of long-standing false advertising claims by juice-maker POM Wonderful.

Litigator of the Week: James Rouhandeh of Davis Polk

By Scott Flaherty |

Rouhandeh’s persistence paid off in lingering litigation tied to $7 billion Ponzi scheme, to the great relief of his law firm client, Proskauer Rose.

John Neuwirth

Litigator of the Week: John Neuwirth of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

By Scott Flaherty |

In his second securities class action win for drugmaker Sanofi this year, Neuwirth dissuaded the Second Circuit from taking a plaintiffs-friendly view of the Supreme Court’s decision in Omnicare.

Kathleen Sullivan.

Litigator of the Week: Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel

By Scott Flaherty |

After half a decade, the smartphone patent wars may be winding down without an unqualified winner. But not without unqualified wins.

Michael Scarborough

Litigator of the Week: Michael Scarborough of Sheppard Mullin

By Scott Flaherty |

When patent and antitrust laws collided for Samsung Electronics Co., Sheppard Mullin's Michael Scarborough pulled out an important victory.

(l-r) Joshua Rosenkranz, Douglas Greenswag, and Patrick McElhinny.

Litigators of the Week: Douglas Greenswag and Patrick McElhinny of K&L Gates and E. Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick

By Scott Flaherty |

The trio’s efforts in a high-stakes fight for Carnegie Mellon University paid off this week to the tune of $750 million.

Diane Sullivan

Litigator of the Week: Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges

By Scott Flaherty |

Everyone knows class action trials are rare. After a win for Sullivan this week, an unusual type of class action facing the tobacco industry may soon be extinct, at least in Massachusetts.

Brad Caldwell

Litigator of the Week: Bradley Caldwell of Caldwell Cassady & Curry

By Julie Triedman |

The software patent gravy train is still chugging for VirnetX and its lawyers, who won a $625.6 million infringement verdict against Apple this week.

Richard Godfrey, left, and Mike Brock, right.

Litigators of the Week: Richard Godfrey and Mike Brock of Kirkland & Ellis

By Scott Flaherty |

In the first GM ignition switch trial, the automaker’s lawyers exploited an unexpected advantage.