Litigator of the Week

Litigator of the Week: Michael Mueller of Hunton & Williams

By Scott Flaherty |

Mueller knocked out a pair of wage-and-hour class actions against Tyson Foods this week, even as he and his longtime client face an even bigger test at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Litigator of the Week: Todd Harrison of McDermott Will & Emery

By Scott Flaherty |

Despite the shifting landscape in insider trading law, it’s still rare these days for a jury to clear an accused inside trader. But that’s what happened this week, when Todd Harrison of McDermott Will & Emery won an acquittal for a retired hedge fund manager.

Litigators of the Week: Floyd Abrams and Joel Kurtzberg of Cahill Gordon

By Scott Flaherty |

The Cahill duo successfully wielded the First Amendment in a closely watched case against the FDA, persuading a judge that pharma companies can’t be hit with off-label marketing claims based on truthful statements about their drugs.

O'Melveny, Cravath Lawyers Are Litigators of the Week

By Scott Flaherty |

Jonathan Hacker of O’Melveny & Myers (pictured at left) and Keith Hummel of Cravath, Swaine & Moore convinced a federal appeals court that Ford Motor Co. and IBM couldn't be tied to human rights abuses in apartheid South Africa under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute.

Litigator of the Week: William Dawson of Gibson Dunn

By Scott Flaherty |

Dawson successfully defended drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis against a novel False Claims Act case alleging that his client defrauded the government by improperly getting a drug patent on a blood thinner.

Litigators of the Week: Matthew McGill of Gibson Dunn and Thomas Mayer of Kramer Levin

By Scott Flaherty |

When bondholders challenged a Puerto Rico debt restructuring law, their lawyers set off on a difficult quest to convince a federal judge in San Juan to invalidate the law aimed at helping the commonwealth grapple with crippling municipal debt.

Neal Katyal

Litigator of the Week: Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells

By Scott Flaherty |

Katyal won an important victory for employers when the Second Circuit adopted a more employer-friendly test to determine when interns need to be paid.

Merrill Davidoff of Berger & Montague. HANDOUT.

Litigator of the Week: Merrill Davidoff of Berger & Montague

By Scott Flaherty |

Over 25 years of litigation ups and downs, Davidoff has represented property owners near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado who sued Dow and Rockwell. With a dramatic win from the Tenth Circuit, Davidoff and his clients may finally get some relief.

Litigator of the Week: David Woll of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

By David Bario |

Banks that sold or sponsored mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis breathed a sigh of relief last week, when Woll persuaded New York's highest court that the deadline for most investors to sue has long since passed.

Litigators of the Week: Michael Magner of Jones Walker; Brian Heberlig and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson

By Scott Flaherty |

This defense team convinced a New Orleans jury to acquit former BP executive David Rainey of charges he lied to federal investigators about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

John Elwood

Litigator of the Week: John Elwood of Vinson & Elkins

By Scott Flaherty |

This time of year the U.S. Supreme Court enters its version of postseason play, doling out many of its most-anticipated rulings before the term winds down at the end of June. For Elwood, the fast pace made for a big week.

Mark Werbner, left, with Commil co-owner Jonathan David outside the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2015.

Litigator of the Week: Mark Werbner of Sayles Werbner

By Scott Flaherty |

In his U.S. Supreme Court debut, Werbner prevailed over one of the high court's most seasoned veterans in a closely watched patent case against Cisco Systems Inc.

Neal Katyal

Litigator of the Week: Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells

By Scott Flaherty |

Katyal turned a troubling defeat for Google and its industry allies into a major copyright victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Philippe Selendy

Litigator of the Week: Philippe Selendy of Quinn Emanuel

By David Bario |

Even if Selendy had lost his landmark securities trial for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, it would be hard to call the FHFA's litigation campaign against Wall Street anything but a victory. But boy, did he ever win.

Litigators of the Week: Jeffrey Bucholtz and Kenneth Steinthal of King & Spalding

By Scott Flaherty |

As the music industry struggles to adapt to an endless stream of tunes online, Bucholtz and Steinthal reminded ASCAP and the major music publishers of the limits of their clout.

Mark Harris

Litigator of the Week: Mark Harris of Proskauer Rose

By Scott Flaherty |

Who says you need an IP specialist to win a major patent appeal?

Barry Berke

Litigators of the Week: Barry Berke and Eric Tirschwell of Kramer Levin

By Scott Flaherty |

Most top white-collar litigators don't spend part of their careers battling the U.S. Mint over missing coins. But most coins aren't anything like the 1933 Double Eagle.

Helgi Walker

Litigator of the Week: Helgi Walker of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Scott Flaherty |

Walker's Sixth Circuit win for Ford Motor Co. was a clear victory for employers that could wind up leaving workers better off as well.

Litigators of the Week: Paul Schmidt and Michael Imbroscio of Covington & Burling

By Scott Flaherty |

After 12 years of litigation, plaintiffs in the Accutane mass tort can no longer claim the upper hand.

Litigator of the Week: Lynne Hermle of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

By Julie Triedman |

Ellen Pao's discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins riveted Silicon Valley and grabbed headlines nationwide. And so did Hermle's knockout defense win.

Litigators of the Week: Rachel Krevans and Grant Esposito of Morrison & Foerster

By Scott Flaherty |

It may take years before the law on "biosimilar" drugs is settled. But for now, MoFo's Krevans and Esposito have set the standard.

Michèle Corash

Litigator of the Week: Michele Corash of Morrison & Foerster

By Scott Flaherty |

Facing litigation over California's toxic chemical law, Prop 65? Better call Corash.

Litigator of the Week: Richard Busch of King & Ballow

By Scott Flaherty |

Plenty of people weren't happy with this week's $7.4 million copyright infringement verdict over Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines." Busch, who represents the heirs of Marvin Gaye who won the award, says the critics just don't get it.

Leo Beus of Beus Gilbert

Litigators of the Week: Leo Beus and Scot Stirling of Beus Gilbert

By Scott Flaherty |

With just 30 lawyers and no website, Beus Gilbert keeps punching above its weight.